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Sunday, 20 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.


Giving new meaning to the meaningless phrase ‘same difference’, government and opposition MPs smashed coconuts at the Munneswaram temple in Chilaw yesterday, in what could be described as a move that negated each other’s supplications and no doubt confused the gods. (Top) The joint opposition led by former Ministers Bandula Gunawardena and Kumara Welgama performing the ritual at Ishwara Devalaya, while (Bottom) government MPs led by Deputy Minister Ashoka Abeysinghe and UNP MPs Shantha Abesekara and Nalin Bandara do their smashing at the Kali Kovil, both part of the Munneswaram temple complex (Pix by Prasad Poornamal)

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Govt to buy three private power plants

Moves are afoot to purchase power from three privately-owned power plants through a Cabinet Paper to be tabled next week. Authoritative sources confirmed that the government hopes to purchase the 100 Megawatt Heladhanavi power plant in Puttalam, the 100 Megawatt thermal power plant in Embilipitiya and the 60 Megawatt Ace Matara Power Station, as an emergency measure.


Port City talks before April 7

Negotiations between the government and the Chinese investor of the US $ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City project will be finalised before Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves for China on April 7 to launch the project under an amended agreement, Secretary to the Megapolis and Western Region Development Ministry, Nihal Rupasinghe told the Sunday Observer.


Multi-ministerial effort to regain GSP plus

The Foreign Ministry is coordinating a multi-ministerial effort to fulfil criteria to reapply for the European Union’s GSP plus tariff concessions, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Kolonne said. In repsonse to a query by the Sunday Observer she said, it was difficult to say when Sri Lanka will be ready to apply for the tariff concessions, since more needs to be done to become eligible to submit the application.


Tougher laws to control whale-watching

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) will introduce tougher laws to control whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa. The laws will come into effect before the next whale-watching season in August and September, Director General, Wild Life Conservation Chandrasiri Bandara said.


Wimal W spent Rs 70m on 68 vehicles

Former Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa had 68 rented vehicles, during his ministerial tenure, brazenly violating the government’s circular and causing a loss of millions of rupees to the then government, Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) sources said. FCID inquiries have revealed that the large fleet of vehicles used by him and his private staff had cost the State Engineering Corporation (SEC) and Presidential Secretariat a whopping Rs. 70 million as rent for two years.


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