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Sunday, 14 February 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.


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.


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30 SLFP MPs found guilty of violating Party discipline:

Disciplinary Committee given full authority to take action:

MPs making statements on dividing SLFP to be investigated:

The Disciplinary Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will initiate action against 30 MPs for violating party discipline. The SLFP Central Committee, when it met on Friday, decided to delegate full authority to the Disciplinary Committee of the party to take action against MPs breaching party discipline, irrespective of their positions in the party.

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Adverse electronic media comments on female opera singer:

Prime Minister warns of stern action

The government will not hesitate to take stern action against any media organisations that attack individuals and continue with unethical practices, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned in response to recent adverse electronic media comments on an opera singer. “Media institutions are not properties of their owners. They belong to the citizens of the country, of which nearly 52 percent are women.

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Seeking PM’s intervention ‘shameful’:

Identity crisis in UPFA

Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala said it was a shame that a group of members elected to Parliament from the UPFA is seeking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s intervention, to resolve an internal matter relating to their identity within the UPFA. The Prime Minister told Parliament on Wednesday (February 10) he had to talk to President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Sampur to get green light

The Central Environment Authority(CEA) after a lapse of over a year has finally granted approval under stringent conditions to implement the Trincomalee (Sampur) Thermal Power Plant project. Prof. Lal Dharmasiri, CEA Chairman told the Sunday Observer that approval for the Environment Impact Assessment report, submitted in January was granted conditional approval.

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SF enjoying dual privileges

JVP concerned, calls for new regulations:

JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath raised an issue of concern over the dual privileges enjoyed by the newly appointed MP and leader of Democratic Party, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka already enjoys a high level of privileges equivalent to ministerial perks afforded for his rank as Field Marshal.

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