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Sunday, 21 December 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.



People in the North suffered untold hardships due to three decades of terror unleashed by the LTTE. But the great humanitarian operation by the Security Forces under the political sagacity of President Mahinda Rajapaksa rescued the hapless Tamils in the North who had been used as a human shield. They came in their numbers to show their gratitude to him when he attended a UPFA political rally in Mullaitivu. Pic: Sudath Silva

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Sri Lanka, a failed state under Maithripala - Udaya Gammanpila

Former JHU Deputy General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila says the New Democratic Front(NDF) candidate Maithripala Sirisena, who has only failures and grievances to put before voters, will only ensure that Sri Lanka will be nothing but a failed state.

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President Rajapaksa, leader who rescued nation from LTTE clutches -Minister Johnston Fernando

Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said that at the upcoming Presidential Election, the people will have to decide only one thing whether they vote for a leader of the calibre of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who rescued the nation from the clutches of the three decades of terrorism or vote for a person such as New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Maithripala Sirisena,

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Commonwealth election monitors arrive

The preliminary team of Commonwealth election monitors are now in the country to observe the pre-election phase, a spokesperson for the ElectionSecretariat said. In addition to the Commonwealth team a small group of Asian election monitors are also in the country since December to observe the run-up to the polls.

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CAA launches snap raids countrywide

The flying squad of the Consumer Affairs Authority(CAA) will launch a series of snap raids countrywide in the coming days where numerous complaints relating to unscrupulous vendors have been reported during this festive season. CAA Director General, J M A Douglas has instructed all district CAA senior officials to prepare a special program,

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