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Sunday, 28 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.


NO PLACE FOR A FUNERAL: The displaced people of Kajeemawatta, in Thotalanga, Colombo, now fighting their eviction by the UDA from shanty homes earlier this month, have no place even for funerals. Here, a Bhikkhu conducts the pansakoola rites for the family of an elderly lady who died, residents claim, due to the shock of the sudden mass eviction of the entire tenement. With no shelter and no privacy, the mourners have gathered in the alleyway with the coffin tucked away safe from the rain in the bit of roofed shelter that is all that remains of the homes now partially destroyed by the UDA’s bulldozers. The evicted community caused a stir on February 16 when they blocked the Japan-Sri Lanka Friendship Bridge across the Kelani River in protest over their sudden eviction. They continue to occupy their now half-demolished homes insisting that the UDA provides viable alternative houses. The UDA had given them time till February 29 to move out of the place with their belongings. (Photo: Rukmal Gamage)

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Wasim Thajudeen murder:

Net closing in on police top brass

DIG, Senior retired DIG, two PSD Officers main suspects:
Arrests likely in next two weeks:
Suspects not permitted to leave country:

A Deputy Inspector General of Police who had close links with the top brass of the previous administration is among the possible suspects in the Wasim Thajudeen case, authoritative police sources told the Sunday Observer.


President visits Rajitha in Singapore

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Singapore yesterday morning to visit Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne who is receiving treatment following surgery at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore, a spokesman for the Health Minister told the Sunday Observer.


Ravi K dismisses PAYE tax rumours

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake dismissed speculation yesterday that the Pay as you Earn (PAYE) tax on salaries would be revised to Rs. 750,000 from the threshold of Rs.2.4 million slated in the Budget proposals. The Minister dismissed the rumours saying it was mere speculation.


Govt not perturbed by Indian fisher protest

The government will not be perturbed by threats from Indian fishermen over an impending protest to be staged opposite the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner’s office in Chennai today and will not release any boats that have been seized so far.


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