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Sunday, 22 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.



DOUBTING THE CHINTHANAYA? - Mahinda Rajapaksa faction loyalist and UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila seems to be pondering the lost potent of the much-hyped ‘philosophy’ of his one-time leader as he peruses an article thought provokingly headlined ‘Mahinda darshanaya adatath valanguda?’ (Is the Mahinda philosophy valid today?) in his tablet, while giving ear to Friday’s Budget speech in Parliament.
– Photo Vipula Amarasinghe

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Justice Sarath De Abrew indicted

Charged in both High Court and Magistrate’s Court:

First sitting SC Judge to be charged in HC:

The Attorney General has filed an indictment in the Colombo High Court against Supreme Court Judge, Sarath de Abrew with committing grave sexual abuse on a domestic helper on or around June 26 this year. The indictment has been filed under two counts on committing grave sexual abuse, which comes under Section 365 B of the Penal Code.

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Vehicle prices soar post budget

Vehicle prices have significantly gone up with the tax increase in the 2016 Budget Proposal, which introduces a unit rate for vehicles. Accordingly the price of an electric motor car has increased by Rs. 2.5 million,

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Rakna Lanka contract with Avant Garde under review

Defence Ministry seeks AG’s advice on termination:

The Ministry of Defence has sought the opinion of the Attorney General’s Department on the possibility of terminating the contract Rakna Arakshaka Lanka (RALL) has signed with the controversial private maritime security services company, Avant Garde. “We are in the process of evaluating the possibility of terminating the said contract.

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MPs to get Rs.15 m from budget next year

State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera told Parliament yesterday that each Member of Parliament would get Rs.15 million from the decentralised budgetary allocation next year. Responding to a question raised by Matara District UPFA parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma,

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National Unity Govt to remain till 2020

Current understanding between the stakeholders of the National Unity Government will prevail until 2020, President Maithripala Sirisena said. “This is a solid government and it will not change until 2020.

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