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Sunday, 12 April 2015


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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.



A sapling of friendship: Symbolic of the shared religious ties between the countries, visiting Bhutanese Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay respectfully holds a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree, a gift from Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thera, in Anuradhapura yesterday.
Pic by Amila Prabhath Wanasinghe

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Gotabhaya, other military officers under investigation:

The Government will receive this week the Police Criminal Investigations Department report on the probe into the arms deals and high seas military venture scandal involving the secretive Avant Garde Security Services and Rakna Arakshaka Lanka that may have cost the government billion-rupee losses as well as risked breaches in the global counter-terrorism effort.

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PMB owes Rs. 6,535m to four banks

The third report of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) tabled in Parliament by its Chairman D.E.W. Gunasekara has revealed that the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) has to pay Rs.6,535 million to the Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, National Savings Bank and the Regional Savings Bank for the loans taken.

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SLFP sacks five Central Committee members

Five senior MPs were sacked from the SLFP Central Committee in a sudden move last evening. Former Ministers, Bandula Gunawardena, T. B. Ekanayake, Salinda Dissanayaka, S. M. Chandrasena and Rohitha Abeygunawardena, currently members of the UPFA parliamentary group have been summarily removed from the Central Committee,

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NLB spent Rs 400 million on MR’s campaign

Finance Ministry calls for probe:

The Finance Ministry has asked the Anti-Corruption Committee set up by the Government to investigate the use of Rs.375 million as promotional funds of the National Lotteries Board (NLB) for the Presidential election campaign of former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

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State funeral today for Maha Nayaka Thera

The Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkhitha Maha Nayaka Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter passed away at a private hospital in Singapore on Wednesday. He was 85 years and was ailing for some time. Born in 1930 to G.M. Punchi Bandara Nilame and Jayasundara Mudiyanselage Muthu Manike at Udugama in the Kurunegala district,

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30 Lankans still stranded in war-ravaged Yemen

Nearly 30 Sri Lankans are still stranded in war ravaged Yemen, Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE) Deputy General Manager and spokesperson Mangala Randeniya said. The Government has so far evacuated 50 Lankans from the Yemeni capital Sanaa and provincial Capital Mukallah.

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