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Sunday, 8 November 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.



The second International Film Festival Colombo 2015 was inaugurated at the Regal Cinema under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday. Here Indian film director Adoor Gopalakrishan inaugurates the Festival. A host of Sri Lankan film producers and directors including Jackson Anthony, Ashoka Handagama, Udyakantha Warnasuriya and Vimukthi Jayasundera were present. Pic: Malan Karunaratne

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AG to face judicial oversight committee of house

Over inaction on 32 criminal charge files:

Department denies allegations:

Parliament is to summon the Attorney General Yuwanjana Wanasundera over ‘32 files’ containing criminal charges against individuals on which his Department is yet to take action, a senior Cabinet Minister told the Sunday Observer.

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Summoning of AG undermines authority – BASL

The summoning of individuals before Parliament to explain the legitimacy of their acts could seriously undermine the independence and integrity required of such public functionaries, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka stated in a recent communiqué.

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Kumar Gunaratnam must leave – Immigration Dept

Kumar Gunaratnam alias Kumara Mahaththaya who was arrested by Police for overstaying his tourist visa must leave the country according to the law, Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Nihal Ranasinghe said.

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IMF rebuffs Ravi K’s claims

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday refuted claims by Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake about the Fund offering ‘unconditional support for Sri Lanka’s Development initiatives.’ The IMF said this in response to a question by the Sunday Observer.

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End to monopoly in maritime security

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to end the existing monopoly in the maritime security service by inviting others interested to send in their bids to create a healthy competititon in the field.

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