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Sunday, 6 March 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.


Police teams investigating into the shooting incident opposite Welikada prison in which a 23-year-old woman was injured. (Pic: Sulochana Gamage)

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Capital Gains Tax to be introduced:

Move to resolve looming crisis

A proposal for the introduction of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and tax on commodities was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CEM) at a meeting last week. The measures are aimed at resolving a revenue crisis to meet the growing expenditure of the country.


Pregnant woman shot at near Welikada prison

A pregnant woman reportedly on her way to visit an inmate at the Welikada prison was injured last evening when two gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at her just opposite the Welikada prison, Police sources said yesterday. The injured woman was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital.


DETs to check rising crime

Ten Divisional Enforcement Teams (DETs) with the backing of the Special Task Force are now operating to check the crime wave due to notorious criminals, gangsters, robbers and drug dealers, Senior DIG Western Province.


‘Occupy the Square’ against cultural policing

A public gathering has been organized to protest against the removal of a couple from the Independence Square in Colombo today(6). A video of the incident, which was widely shared on social media, shows two security officers attempting to evict the said couple.


Impartial inquiry into Rajagiriya accident

The statements to the Inspector General of Police by two eye-witnesses to the accident and the three MPs urging the police to conduct an impartial inquiry into the accident where Minister Champika Ranawaka had allegedly driven the vehicle that had injured a motorcyclist on February 28 at Rajagiriya has been referred to Senior DIG Western Province Pujith Jayasundara for further inquiry.


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