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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.



The much-awaited freedom has dawned in the North after three decades of terrorism. Here a carter transports cadjans in Jaffna in a bullock cart despite modern modes of transport.
Pic: Mahil Wijesinghe



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TNA and UNP to contest separately:

SLFP teams up with EPDP for Northern polls

The SLFP would contest the Northern Provincial Council elections in coalition with the EPDP headed by parliamentarian Douglas Devananda while the TNA would go it alone. SLFP sources citing Economic Development Minister and the party’s national organiser Basil Rajapaksa said that the party has already held talks with the EPDP and the latter’s chief representative Douglas Devananda would be the coalition’s chief ministerial candidate.

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President grants relief for over 2.5 m families

Over 2.5 million families who use less than 60 electricity units per month will be exempted from the proposed electricity tariff hike as announced by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the May Day Rally in Colombo, Ceylon Electricity Board sources said. The beneficiaries amount to almost half of the total electricity consumers in the country.

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Three pregnant women dead :

Fifteen tested positive for A (H1N1) Influenza

Fifteen pregnant mothers have been tested positive of the 461 samples sent for laboratory inspection. Three pregnant women have also been reported to have died of the viral disease, the latest case being reported at Moneragala on Friday, W.A.D Wanninayake, the Health Ministry spokesman told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

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Demand for electricity increases 8 percent annually:

Earlier regimes to blame for country’s power crisis

Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha said the country’s power sector is facing the present crisis due to the wrong decisions taken by the earlier policymakers and previous regimes. The Upper Kotmale, Norochcholai or any other power generation projects were not commissioned from 1995 - 2007.

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CHOGM preparations - Australia pledges support

Australia has offered to assist Sri Lanka in organising the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November. The visiting Immigration and Citizenship Minister Brendan O’Connor told a media briefing on Friday, “Through our own experiences we might be able to share our insights on the best way to do it and that is something we are likely to provide in the near future.”

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