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Sunday, 9 August 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.



Enemies and frenemies: In a remarkable show of civil behaviour, the Police Riot Squad last Wednesday was prompt in engaging with a crowd of protesting medical students in Fort, Colombo, and apologizing to the student demonstrators for the accidental spraying by a police water cannon, even though the demonstration had been entirely peaceful. Picture above shows the moment the water cannon was accidentally fired at the peacefully seated demonstrators and the picture below shows the police officers in charge talking to the students and apologising for the error. [Photo: Samantha Weerasiri]

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CID breakthrough:

Bharatha Lakshman suspect linked to Bloemendhal shooting

Vidanagamage Amila Sampath, the sixth accused in the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder case, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with the Bloemendhal shooting incident, Police said yesterday. This ‘most wanted’ suspect had reportedly gone missing near the Hulftsdorp courts complex on August 6.

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‘Low levels of violations’:

Polls monitor commends EC

Leading election watchdog PAFFREL, commending the Election Commissioner’s (EC) role in transferring the Secretary, Ministry of Posts, said incidents of misuse of State power in the current election have come down significantly compared to previous elections. PAFFREL Chairman Rohana Hettiarachchi told the Sunday Observer, his organization had recorded 77 cases of misuse of State power,

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Dilan: Chandrika insults herself

Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) Media Spokesman Dilan Perera expressing displeasure over the recent statement by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said the former President by resorting to such remarks has insulted herself. “The former President has insulted the SLFP which was formed by her father, late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike.

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Post-August 17:

15 UPFA MPs to support UNF

Fifteen United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidates have consented to back the United National Front (UNF) for Good Governance to form the next government, if the need for a national government arises, Plantation Minister and UNF group leader for Kandy District, Lakshman Kiriella,

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