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Sunday, 14 April 2013


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President to address ACD Summit today

[October 09 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena is in Thailand making a three-day official visit and attending the second Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit. The Dialogue Summit that brings together 34 nations in the Asian region takes place from October 8 -10 in Bangkok under the theme "One Asia, Diverse Strength".


Sri Lanka, Iran revive trade agreements

[October 09 2016]

Official level discussions have commenced between Sri Lanka and Iran on reviving trade agreements that were signed between the two countries and will be put into operation soon after ironing out technicalities, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen said.


SAARC summit put off

[October 02 2016]

Pakistan on Friday (September 30) officially postponed the 19th SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 9 and 10. A new set of dates for holding the Summit will be announced soon through the Chair of SAARC (Nepal), reports said.


Reservoir water levels drop, authorities warn of drastic measures

[October 02 2016]

Due to the prevailing drought, water levels of the main reservoirs have dropped to half its capacity, with authorities warning that drastic measures may need to be taken if water is to be continuously released from the reservoirs for power generation.


Dengue Prevention Week

[September 25 2016]

To avert a possible dengue outbreak in the next three months, when the number of mosquito breeding sites are likely to surge with the monsoon rains, the Dengue Control Unit of the Health Ministry will launch an island-wide Dengue Control Week starting on Tuesday, September 27 to Monday, October 3.


Sir Richard Jolly to visit Sri Lanka

[September 25 2016]

Sir Richard Jolly, former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, and Special Adviser to the Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (1996 to 2000), and Principal Coordinator of the widely-acclaimed Human Development Report will deliver a lecture on, “Development: Can Sri Lanka be a model for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)?” on September 28 at 5 pm at the BMICH Committee Room D, on the invitation of the Gamani Corea Foundation.


Charith joins elite band

[September 25 2016]

Richmondite Charith Asalanka joined the elite band of school cricketers by winning the coveted Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year 2016 title for the second year in succession emulating the feats of former Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga, 1980/82' ( Ananda) Roshan Mahanama, 1983/84'(Nalanda) Thilan Samaraweera 1994/95' ( Ananda) 'Lahiru Peiris 2004/2005 (St.Peter's) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2010'2011 (Royal) who had also won the award twice .


Mahela at Schoolboy Cricketer Awards

[September 18 2016]

Cricketing legend and former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will grace the occasion at the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night scheduled to take place at the Galadari Hotel on September 20.


Errant sugar traders warned

[September 18 2016]

Stern action will be taken against traders who sell sugar above the controlled price of Rs. 95. Instructions have been given to the relevant authorities to launch island-wide search operations, a press communique from the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.


No immediate power cuts

[September 18 2016]

Refuting speculations, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said, no decision has been taken to impose power cuts on account of the current dry spell in the country.



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Ploy to get Govts fall in line with agenda:

West makes human rights a fine art - Prof. Tissa Vitarana

Senior Minister for Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitarana said that the Western world has made the human rights issue a fine art to exert pressure on Governments to fall in line with their agenda. They have followed this practice for a long time. The biggest violators of human rights the world has even known are imperialist countries such as America and other European colonialist powers. This was done not only during overt colonialism but thereafter as well.

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Police warn drunken drivers

A 5,000-strong police force has been deployed countrywide to nab drunken drivers during the festive season and control traffic. Director, Traffic Administration and Road Safety of the Traffic Police Headquarters SSP R A D C Ranasinghe told the Sunday Observer that 5,000 traffic policemen will be deployed in every police area to maintain road safety during the Avurudu season.

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Lanka’s HC rules out asylum seekers in Australia

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Australia, Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe said he didn’t expect a flood of asylum seekers to follow the 66 potential refugees who astonished onlookers with their arrival in Geraldton. Passengers of the rickety boat that pulled into the busy port on Tuesday remain in the country but will be flown to Christmas Island for processing as soon as possible,

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Sri Lankan Navy never attacked Indian fishermen – Northern fisher Assns

A cross-section of representatives of Northern Fishermen’s Associations refuted the recent claims of their Indian counterparts that the Sri Lankan Navy had attacked them on the high seas. The Indian fishermen come for poaching in their thousands in large trawlers. They resort to bottom trawler fishing to reap huge harvests but thereby destroy fish life.

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Converting MRIA into a museum:

Azwer takes a swipe at UNP Gen Secy

UPFA parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer said when people go mad they make ludicrous statements like UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake when he said that the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) would be converted into a museum under a future UNP government. In the first instance, I don’t think the UNP would capture power during our life time.

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