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Sunday, 5 October 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 on an official visit to the Vatican last week held an audience with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa is also in the picture. Pope Francis is due to visit Sri Lanka from January 13-15, 2015 for the canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz, the “Apostle of Sri Lanka”. The Holy Father is also due to meet religious leaders and visit the Madhu Shrine in Mannar. Pic by Sudath Silva.

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‘Govt can go before the masses with confidence’:

Sri Lanka made vast strides under UPFA

Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake said that Sri Lanka which was designated as a developing country is rapidly moving towards the level of a developed country after about hundred years and this achievement should be attributed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the UPFA Government.

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Quran helps Muslims to live in harmony – President

The teachings of the Holy Quran have helped the Muslims of Sri Lanka to live in harmony with other communities in our country through many centuries as they continue to do so today. This spirit of harmony nurtured by their religious teaching has enabled them to make a significant contribution to the progress of our country,

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Dinesh to address water problems in North

Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on an inspection tour of Kilinochchi on Friday to address the acute water problem of farmers told the Sunday Observer that he met a cross section of people and they expressed their gratitude to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for launching development programs in the North.

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Rising incidence of growth promoters, a health hazard

The Poisons Centre of the National Hospital (NHSL) has alerted the health authorities of a disturbing trend where farmers use growth promoters to destroy pests attacking their crops. Head of the Toxicology and Poisons Centre at the NHSL Dr. Waruna Thilakeratne told the Sunday Observer,

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Gross inflows in telecommunication services topped US $ 719m in 2013

Gross inflows on account of telecommunications, computer and information services recorded US$ 719 million in 2013, compared to US$ 673 million in 2012, Central Bank sources told the Sunday Observer.

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36th Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest 2014 :

Grand finale on October 15

The grand finale of the 36th Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest will be held on October 15 at the Oak Room of The Cinnamon Grand Hotel from 5.30 pm. The show of shows brings out the cream of schoolboy cricketers. It has continued for over three decades and provided the platform for young aspiring cricketers.

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