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Sunday, 13 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.


View from up high: A panoramic view of Colombo from a height of 900 ft or thereabouts from the controversy mired Lotus Tower, which at 292.2 metres stands as the tallest structure in Sri Lanka, visible throughout Colombo and from most major highways. The Tower, planned at 350 metres, will lord over South Asia when the brouhaha is whittled down and the construction work, costing a whopping US $104 .3 million, is completed.
Pic: Wimal Karunathilake

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SL LINK TO US$ 81 m cyber heist

Attempted transfer of us$20m to lankan ngo :
Typographical error halts transfer:
Shalika foundation found to be bogus:

Sri Lankan authorities are investigating the US$ 81 million cyber heist of Bangladesh Central Bank money from the Federal Reserve of New York, in the backdrop that millions of US dollars were to be transferred to a Colombo-based NGO bank account.


Day of national mourning:

Mahanayake Thera’s cremation today

The cremation of the Most Ven. Galagama Sri Aththadassabhidhana Maha Nayake Thera will take place this evening at the Asgiriya police grounds with full State honours. The government has declared today as a day of national mourning. As a mark of respect to the late Maha Nayake.


UPFA looking for alliance

The UPFA hopes to form a strong alliance to contest the upcoming Local Government elections and many parties have unofficially informed the UPFA Secretary of their consent to unite with the UPFA, UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said.


On AG’s assurance:

13 Tamil prisoners call off hunger strike

The 13 Tamil prisoners on a hunger strike at the New Magazine Prison have called off their strike following an assurance that their cases would be individually investigated by the Attorney General’s Department on March 23, Minister of Prisons Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement, D.M. Swaminathan told the Sunday Observer.


On the spot drug detection for errant drivers

In the wake of increasing narcotic use by errant bus drivers on long distance buses, the police will purchase on-the-spot narcotic detecting machines to take action against the suspects, DIG Traffic Amarasiri Senaratne said.



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