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Sunday, 21 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.



President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday presented title deeds to Mahaweli farmers in Welioya at the Mahaweli grounds in Sampath Nuwara. Here the President cuddles an infant. Pic: Sudath Malaweera.



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Despite request to Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group:

CHOGM will go ahead as scheduled

Despite various false allegations levelled against Sri Lanka by local bodies with vested interests including the LTTE rump calling upon the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to suspend the country from the Commonwealth, everything was in place to hold the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo in November, Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera said.

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International challenges - Vietnam will back Lanka

Vietnam’s Communist Party’s deputy head of the Commission for External Relations, Nguyen Huy Tang said that Vietnam wound stand by Sri Lanka in the event of any challenge thrown at her internationally by Western countries. He was speaking at a discussion with Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa at his Ministry recently.

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Govt will resist external interference

Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said it was rather unfortunate that some outsiders gave timeframes and deadlines to the Government after terrorism was defeated and it had done much for the people especially for those in the North and the East.

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Govt compelled to revise power tariff

Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne told the Sunday Observer that the Government was reluctantly compelled to revise the electricity tariffs to provide an uninterrupted and efficient supply of electricity islandwide. He said that the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) incurred huge losses during the past number of years mainly due to the fact that the Board provided electricity to consumers at subsidised prices.

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‘CA protest by minor plantation TUs, politically motivated’

Labour and Labour Relations Minister Gamini Lokuge told the Sunday Observer that the proposed trade union protest tomorrow over the plantation Collective Agreement (CA) may be politically-oriented and not worker-welfare-oriented. From the inception, the biennial CA on the wage increase for plantation workers had been signed between Trade Unions having over 40 percent membership and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC),

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