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Sunday, 2 February 2014


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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.



Sri Lanka’s 66th National Independence Day falls on Tuesday, February 4. Here people buy national flags near the Bo Tree in Pettah, to commemorate Independence Day.
Pic: Chinthaka Kumarasinghe

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Diplomatic community briefed on current developments:

Is UNHRC’s pursuit against Sri Lanka warranted? –  Minister Peiris

External Affairs Minister Prof G.L.Peiris said that no acts of terrorist violence had been committed in Sri Lanka after terrorism was eradicated in 2009 and asked the Ambassadors in New Delhi, whether the situation in Sri Lanka warranted a relentless pursuit through the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The Minister briefed the Delhi based diplomatic community on the current developments in Sri Lanka on his recent visit to India for bilateral discussions with his counterpart Salman Khurshid ahead of the cricual Geneva Human Rights sessions.

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Higher Education Ministry goes for two novel concepts

The Higher Education Ministry will introduce two novel concepts named student-outcome based education and student-centred learning in 15 universities from this month to produce skilled graduates with theoretical and practical knowledge to suit the present day needs. The Ministry will conduct a dialogue among university professors and lecturers to implement these concepts.

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‘TNA resolution, part of broader political conspiracy’

Human Rights Special Envoy and Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the recent resolution that was passed in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), weeks ahead of the Geneva Human Rights Council sessions, is part of a broader political conspiracy by international players, coordinated by diaspora groups to destabilise the country.

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Independence Day celebrations in Kegalle

The 66th Independence Day celebrations will be held under the theme ‘Get together to win the world’” will be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in Kegalle in close proximity to Nidahas Mawatha in Kegalle. Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry sources told the Sunday Observer.

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Illegal Aussie migration at zero level

Illegal migration from Sri Lanka to Australia has come down to zero level from October 2013 due to the steps taken by Sri Lanka and Australia at individual and bilateral level, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage said yesterday. It has been reported that not a single Sri Lankan would-be refugee or irregular migration by sea has reached Australian territory since October last year,

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