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Sunday, 30 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.



The real common candidate: President Mahinda Rajapaksa continues to win the hearts and minds of Government as well as Opposition politicians despite divergent views being expressed by political parties. Here President Rajapaksa seems to be giving a political lesson to former Minister Champika Ranawaka, ex-Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa at the alms-giving held in memory of D.S. Senanayake College founder R.I.T. Alles at his residence in Colombo. Pic: Nishanka de Silva

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Geneva players will meet their waterloo:

President’s victory at polls will silence critics

The Geneva players will meet their waterloo when President Mahinda Rajapaksa scores a resounding victory at the forthcoming election, Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told the Sunday Observer. Asked what would happen if the President loses power in the face of the probe by the UN Human Rights Council,

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Likening LTTE Heroes’ Day to Canada’s Remembrance Day:

Canadian parliamentarians slam LTTE sympathiser

An LTTE sympathiser, Canadian National Democratic Party MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan was castigated by fellow parliamentarians for making a statement in Parliament likening LTTE Heroes’ Day to Canada’s Remembrance Day. Canada’s Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said he was “shocked and appalled” at her drawing a parallel between the two events,

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Respiratory units in all State hospitals soon - Health Ministry

Respiratory Units will be set up in all state hospitals soon, a health ministry official told the Sunday Observer. “Respiratory diseases are becoming increasingly common today and Children are at high risk. Fifteen percent of children in Sri Lanka suffer from asthma because they inhale polluted air.

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Vaiko under fire for celebrating Prabhakaran’s birth anniversary

New Delhi: The leaders of various political parties on Wednesday criticised MDMK founder Vaiko for celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of slain LTTE founder V. Prabhakaran. BJP leader and former Home Secretary R.K. Singh condemned the move, saying it was extremely wrong to do so. “Prabhakaran and his organisation fought with our Army,

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