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Sunday, 16 March 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.



President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday opened the second phase of the Southern Expressway from Pinnaduwa in Galle to Godagama in Matara. With the opening of the Expressway vehicles could reach Matara from Kottawa in one-and-a-half hours. This section has two inter-changes at Imaduwa and Kokmaduwa along the Galle-Deniyaya road and Weligama-Kananke road. Here the Presidential limousine driven by his son and parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the passenger seat emerges through the special arch. (Bottom): President and Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody wave at the cheering crowd.  Pics Sudath Silva

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Official Website of the Observer - Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year

Youth Observer Magazine - e Paper

Junior Observer


Marriage Proposals


Government Gazette


Peace towards Reconciliation


‘Threat needs to be defeated with vigorous engagement’:

UNHRC, a ‘post box’ - Rohitha Bogollagama

Former Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said the UNHRC in Geneva has been made a ‘post box’ to communicate matters to Sri Lanka when there were more pressing global issues which need the attention of the UN Rights Body. He said that he had never witnessed a country specific resolution being repeated like this at the UNHRC,

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UNP dreaming of regaining power – Patali Champika

Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the UNP leader is in a dream world while Western countries are trying to dictate terms to Sri Lanka in the hope that the Government could be toppled using external forces so that they could come to power. However, Ranil Wickremesinghe’s strategy has been rejected by the UNPers.

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DNA tests to identify cattle

Genotech, Sri Lanka’s pioneer and foremost genetic research laboratory, has developed a new technique of identifying cattle to establish the ownership of cattle gone missing or stolen, with DNA tests. “For the past 12 years we have been only using DNA tests to ascertain the maternity or paternity of a child in cases referred to us by the Courts.

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Sri Lankan to chair World Customs committee

A Sri Lankan Customs official has been appointed to chair a top committee in the World Customs Organisation in Brussels, Geneva. He is the first Asian to be elected. Customs Director Tharake Senevirathne was elected Chairperson of the Harmonised Systems Committee of the World Customs Organisation at its 52nd Session in Brussels on Thursday.

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Malaysian Airliner hijacked, say investigators

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said investigators now know that the missing Malaysian airliner’s communications were deliberately disabled and that it turned back from its flight to Beijing and flew across Malaysia. Najib also said on Saturday that the authorities are now trying to trace the airplane across two possible “corridors”,

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