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Sunday, 10 November 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 visited the main media centre of GHOGM 2013 and inspected facilities available to the local and foreign media covering the 53-nation summit scheduled to begin in Colombo on Friday. He was accompanied by Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena and Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information Dr. Charitha Heath. Pic. Sudath Silva



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Prominence for civil society organisations:

Biggest fora to attract an array of participants

Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said that 268 foreign institutions and 190 local institutions have already confirmed their participation in the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) at Chaya Tranz, Hikkaduwa from today till November 14. The CPF’s prime objective is to give prominence to civil society organisations and create opportunities for dialogue between civil society,

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‘Govt plays pivotal role in CHOGM’s success’

The Government is playing a pivotal role for the success of CHOGM 2013, Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella told the Sunday Observer. His Ministry is working round the clock to ensure that all arrangements relating to media coverage of the international event are in place and expressed confidence that Sri Lanka’s contribution to the meeting will be as anticipated.

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Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla arrive on Thursday

The Prince of Wales who will represent the Queen of England at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held this week and the Duchess of Cornwall will arrive in the island on Thursday. The Office of the Head of CHOGM Press and Communications of the British High Commission in Colombo announced that Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla will be in Sri Lanka from November 14 to 16 and will open the summit and host a customary dinner for the Commonwealth leaders.

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Will internal issues take precedence in India?

Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation and Deputy Finance and Planning Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama said that Sri Lanka and India have close ties at present. Let’s hope that the national feeling articulated by Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should participate in CHOGM would prevail.

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Speed post courier service to overcome delays

The Postal Department introduced its speed post courier service on Friday at a ceremony at the Central Mail Exchange (CME) under the patronage of Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne. Abeyratne said that the delays experienced in sending parcels and letters can be overcome through the new service.

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