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Sunday, 16 November 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.



Foreign and local investors have reposed implicit faith in the Mahinda Chinthana after the dawn of peace. Foreign Direct Investment inflows to Sri Lanka during the first six months of this year were USD 853 million, an unprecedented 58 percent increase. The ITC Colombo One Luxury Hotel and Residencies by ITC Ltd to be built opposite the Galle Face Green will be yet another landmark that confirms the investor confidence Sri Lanka has gained under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s illustrious leadership. The ground- breaking ceremony of the ITC Colombo One Luxury Hotel and Residencies will be held under the patronage of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on Wednesday. Here is an artist’s impression of the latest addition to one of the largest hotel chains in India which owns more than 90 hotels in over 70 countries.

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Sri Lanka – best free health service provider - WHO:

Budget 2015 provides Rs 180 b to develop health sector

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament yesterday that Budget 2015 has provided Rs.180 billion to develop the health sector next year, a Rs.18 billion increase compared to the Rs.162 billion allocation this year.

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Sri Lanka and India have close rapport - Minister G.L. Peiris

Sri Lanka and India share excellent bilateral relations with a sound understanding of the individual challenges on the regional front, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris told Parliament yesterday. Speaking during the Budget debate of the External Affairs Ministry on Friday,

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Talks with President’s Secretary next week :

Counselling service for kith and kin of missing persons

Officials of the Commission on Missing Persons will meet the President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga next week to discuss the setting up of a counselling service for relatives of those missing. The President’s Secretary chairs the Committee Monitoring the Implementation of the National Plan of Action of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

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Beware of synthetic hair dyes – Poisons Information Unit

The Head of the Toxicology Poisons Information Unit of the National Hospital, Dr Waruna Gunatilleka said hypersensitive users of synthetic hair dyes should be aware of the harmful chemical substances which could seriously undermine their health.

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Ranil’s pow-wow with LTTE leaders bared

External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin De Vaas Gunawardena tabled a photograph of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and a group of men whom he alleged to be LTTE leaders in Parliament yesterday. During the Budget debate of the External Affairs Ministry,

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