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Sunday, 3 January 2016


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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.



NEW BEGINNINGS: The toddler so tenderly carried by a boy Samanera in Kataragama on New Year’s Day, could symbolise the nation as it steps into a new year of new challenges, such as constitution-making and economic recovery, under the leadership of a President who will also begin his second year in office later this week. [Photo: Wimal Karunathilaka]


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AG’s Department studies video footage of Press briefing and call records:

Statement from daughter of supporter proves MP’s involvement:

UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra’s arrest in connection with the alleged abduction of a youth in Dematagoda is imminent, sources from the Attorney General’s Department said.

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President marks first year in office

Elaborate arrangements are being made for January 8 and 9 to mark President Maithripala Sirisena’s first year in office, according to Presidential Secretariat sources. A book titled ‘Ekama Deyak, Maha Balayak’ will be released on Jan. 8.


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NCPC’s Rs.13 b water filter under probe

Fresh investigations have resumed over the purchase of water filters worth nearly Rs.13 billion for the use of people affected with Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology of the North Central Province (NCP).

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Constitutional reform resolution: Vasu calls for clarity

Members of the Joint Opposition will meet on January 6 where the agenda would be the inclusivity of an all party representation at the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly, the leader of Democratic Left Front Vasudeva Nanayakkara told the Sunday Observer.

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Guessing game for AG’s post

The legal fraternity in Colombo is buzzing with the news of a new Attorney General assuming duties in January. The Attorney General Yuvanjana Wijayatilake PC, is scheduled to retire on January 10, on completion of his term.

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