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Sunday, 13 December 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.



POISON-FILLED SEA BREEZES: As it wends its way between other vessels in Beruwela’s crowded fisheries harbour, this fishing trawler belches clouds of poisonous black engine exhaust smoke into the air, polluting the otherwise ‘healthy’ coastal atmosphere now a major attraction for tourists seeking sun and fun. Road vehicles today face fines for such air pollution. When will Sri Lanka’s environmental safeguards reach out to sea?
[Pic: Sudam Gunasinghe]


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Ruggerite Thajudeen’s mystery death:

Senior Police Officers to be quizzed

As allegations surface of attempts to cover up the mystery death of popular rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) will question former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake,

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Three opposition MPs threaten UNP’s Mujibur Rahuman

UNP Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahuman raising a privilege issue in Parliament said that three opposition members threatened him with death for speaking about the alleged murder of Wasim Thajudeen.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya observed,

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Parliament incident:

PM calls for disciplinary action

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called for disciplinary action to be taken against some of the members who were responsible for the uproar which erupted in Parliament on Friday over Wasim Thajudeen’s murder.

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TU talks with PM fails:

Unions to strike on Tuesday

The Sri Lanka Government Combine Management Services Union yesterday announced that they will resort to their strike action on Tuesday after failed talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday evening. The negotiations with the PM were on several proposals of the 2016 budget,

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Govt to introduce new fuel price mechanism:

Drop in fuel prices imminent – Minister Weerakkody

A reduction in fuel prices is imminent and will come into effect when a retail price mechanism is tabled before Cabinet next week, Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum Gas Chandima Weerakkody told the Sunday Observer.

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