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Sunday, 19 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.



WHERE DOES THE BUCK STOP? : A former presidential adviser on Buddhist Affairs Ven. Watinapaha Somananda Thera enters his luxury SUV after interrogation at the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) in Colombo yesterday afternoon in a case of embezzlement of over Rs. 600 million in State funds allegedly used for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election campaign. Pic: Sudath Nishantha

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Floating armoury report to AG

Huge forex loss, illegal procedures likely focus:

The probe report on the suspected illegal arms deal racket of the Avant Garde and Rakna Araksha Lanka security firms has been handed over to the Attorney General, but government officials were tightlipped on who were being lined up for further investigations and possible criminal prosecution. According to Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara,

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Rs 600m embezzlement case :

Bhikkhu Ex Presidential Advisor grilled

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) questioned former Presidential Advisor Ven. Watinapaha Somananda Thera in connection with a Rs. 600 million embezzlement case. The Thera, one of the advisers on Buddhist Affairs to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was yesterday questioned from 8.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

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Tipped for Thailand post :

Ex - UN envoy Kshenuka to be exonerated?

The Foreign Ministry will submit a report to the Parliament’s High Posts Committee on former Foreign Secretary and former Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Kshenuka Seneviratne, likely to exonerate her of charges with regard to ‘Genevagate.’ Seneviratne was mired in controversy over the alleged awarding of a contract to renovate her official residence in Geneva, to a company based in Zurich with alleged links to the Liberation Tigers. She is currently serving as an Additional Secretary overseeing economic affairs at the Foreign Ministry.

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Urgent talks to win back former JVP leader

No conspiracy behind Amarasinghe quitting JVP – Vijitha Herath:

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will hold urgent discussions with the party’s former leader Somawansa Amarasinghe to persuade him against his publicly-announced decision to form a new political party, top JVP sources said. The JVP is serious about having the former leader within the party fold and will hold discussions, party Propaganda Secretary and senior parliamentarian,

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TNA unable to register alliance

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is faced with problems in registering the four-party alliance as a political party with the Elections Commissioner (EC). The TNA is an alliance of four Tamil political parties with the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) as the main party and the Tamil Eelam Liberation Front (TELO), the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) being the others.


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