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Sunday, 27 September 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.



FRIENDLY RELATIONS: President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greet each other warmly during their meeting in New York yesterday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. INSET: The President’s son, Daham Sirisena, is also introduced to the Indian leader on that occasion. [Photo: AFP /Inset - ANI]

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No vote on US Resolution

Adoption unanimous:

FM to attend debate on September 30:

The US Resolution on Sri Lanka scheduled to be moved in the UN Human Rights Council shortly after the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is tabled, will not be taken up for vote, but adopted unanimously.

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President Sirisena to meet John Kerry

President Maithripala Sirisena will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry today (27) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, a Ministry Spokesperson said yesterday. Unconfirmed reports said a one-on-one between President Sirisena and US President Barack Obama is likely to take place during the UNGA, but the spokesperson said they haven’t been informed of such a meeting as of Saturday.

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Independent Commissions:

CC to shortlist nominees

Over 200 nominations received :

The newly constituted Constitutional Council (CC), which convened on September 23 is expeditiously make appointments to the independent commissions for their urgent reactivation. After the appointment of its 10 members, the CC was convened by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, where it was decided to shortlist the nominations received for chairpersons and members of the independent commissions when the Council is reconvened on October 9.

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Delimitation of wards completed

Report to be published next week :

Political parties will get an opportunity to make observations on the demarcation of wards with regard to respective local authority areas once the gazette on the wards system is published within the next few days, Secretary Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government H.T. Kamal Pathmasiri told the Sunday Observer.

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JVP wants Bill streamlining subject allocations

A Parliamentary Act should be introduced to streamline the process of allocating Cabinet ministries and for the scientific allocation of subjects under the purview of such ministries, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and Chief Opposition Whip, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, said.

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