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Sunday, 21 September 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.



Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan were in Sri Lanka last week. His historic visit will bolster trade, investment and mutual cooperation between the two countries. Here the Chinese President and his wife pose with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

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Seventy percent voter turnout:

Uva PC polls free and fair – Elections Chief

Returning Officers said the Badulla district had sixty eight percent voter turnout while the Moneragala district recorded a 63 per cent voter turnout. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya speaking at a press conference immediately after polls closed last evening expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the poll and said that the elections were free and fair.

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President as ICAPP Chair will send a clear message

The eighth General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo and the election of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as its Chair will send a clear message to the international community who oppose the Government’s internal reconciliation,

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Chinese President’s visit will ensure economic benefits

The Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit and strengthening China-Lanka ties will provide many economic benefits to Sri Lanka, economic analysts said. Increasing trade with China, especially our export to China will help diversify our export market. Sri Lanka exports, mostly textiles and garments (40 percent of the total exports) and tea (17 percent).

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President’s decision to reduce energy prices hailed

The business community and industrial chambers commended President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to reduce electricity and fuel prices to mark Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit last week. Industrial Development Board Chairman and Advisor to the President, Nawaz Rajabdeen said that the reduction in energy prices was a great relief for industries and the people who could save that money and invest on it developing their livelihood.

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UPFA takes early lead

United People’s Freedom Alliance took an early lead in the Uva Provincial Council elections held yesterday. Early postal votes and electoral results predicted another victory for the ruling UPFA. Election analysts predicted that the UPFA would register a convincing win in Moneragala district and would also seal victory in the Badulla district too.

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