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Sunday, 23 June 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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‘Deliberations should be scientific and practical’:

Equality and dignity among communities – PSC’s aim-Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara

The newly appointed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) should strive for equality and dignity among communities while remaining free of communal discord, Senior Minister of Human Resources D.E.W. Gunasekara told the Sunday Observer. Gunasekara, a member of the PSC representing the CP said that the ultimate objective should be to get at least 60 percent consensus among political parties for a solution within a unitary Sri Lankan state.

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Discuss devolution at length, says PSC chairman

Leader of the House and Irrigation and Water Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said devolving police and land powers is a broad topic which has to be discussed at length. Some may argue that devolution is good while others may oppose it. Even some constituent partners of the Government are taking one extreme view while other parties are taking a different approach on this issue.

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Since President took office in November 2005:

Casino, betting or liquor licences were never issued

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that new casino, betting or liquor licences were never issued during his tenure of office. He was addressing media heads at the breakfast meeting at Temple Trees on Friday morning. New casino or liquor licences have never been issued and would not be given in the future too, .

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Prior to Northern polls:

Registration of displaced persons begins

The Elections Department will begin registering displaced voters ahead of the Northern Provincial Council election to ensure that the large numbers who have migrated internally or are overseas due to terrorism will have their franchise rights restored. The polls are due to be held in September this year and the polls related activities will commence when registration is completed.

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Sharp drop in poverty levels

The number of poor people living below the poverty line had dropped from 15.2 percent in 2006/2007 to 6.5 percent in 2012. According to the Annual Report 2012 issued by the Finance and Planning Ministry the most encouraging feature is that there was a drop in poverty levels in all geographical areas and across all sectors.

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