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Sunday, 7 July 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.



Revenue from exports of precious stones has increased sharply following the demand for Sri Lankan gems and jewellery in the global market. The Sri Lankan pavilion at the Gem and Jewellery Expo 2013 in Singapore attracted a large number of buyers. Sri Lanka is well known for precious stones. Here miners take a closer look for precious stones. Pic: Mahil Wijesinghe



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Elections to NP, NWP, CP on Sept. 21 or 28:

Polls chief to declare dates next week

The Elections Commissioner General Mahinda Deshapriya will issue thegazette notice to hold elections in the North, North Western and Central Provinces next week, a spokesman for the Elections Secretariat said yesterday. The election is likely to be held on September 21 or 28. According to the Provincial Council Elections Act,

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TNA not keen to solve Northern problem – S.B. Dissanayake

Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake said the TNA has no genuine desire to seek a solution to the problems faced by people in the North. If the problem remains unsettled it would be ideal for the TNA for its political survival. Political parties may have their own stand on this issue, but they should participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) and discuss it at the PSC.

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SLMC to contest three PCs alone

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a constituent partner of the UPFA will contest the September 21 polls to the three Provincial Councils independently under its ‘tree’ symbol. Discussions are under way to pick prospective candidates and chief ministerial candidates, the party’s General Secretary M.T. Hassan Ali MP told the Sunday Observer.

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Urban city centres will boost income

The prime objective of developing urban city centres is to facilitate people to have more business opportunities and increase their income generation, Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Friday. He said all development projects in the Colombo city are aimed at providing facilities for city dwellers, the floating population and to attract more tourists to the city.

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Lanka, the hub of international education by 2020

The Higher Education Ministry has formulated a National Higher Education Strategic Management Plan for Sri Lanka as a Mid Term Plan covering years 2012 to 2015 to make Sri Lanka an international hub of excellence in higher education by 2020. The aim of the Ministry is to turn Sri Lanka into a key higher education hub similar to countries such as Singapore,

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