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Sunday, 27 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.


Reservoirs run dry: Parched valleys, dried up reservoirs and wilted vegetation are the harbinger of things to come in these extremely warm days. Here the depleted levels of water at the Rantambe reservoir.
(Pic by Gayan Pushpika)

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Local industry group counters mittal bid

Offers to build 65,ooo house using local expertise:
Submits proposal to government and ADB:
Government reportedly evaluating proposal:

Major Constructors of Sri Lanka (MCSL) submitted a conceptual paper to the Department of External Resources (DER) of the Finance Ministry on Thursday (24), outlining the consortium’s ability to build 65,000 housing units for the conflict-affected families in the North and East,


Ranil’s China visit:

Impetus for Sino-SL investments and trade

A Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Chinese Port City and Hambantota port projects are expected to feature prominently during Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s upcoming visit to China next month. The high level trip on April 6 will be undertaken to strengthen ties between the two countries.


Hassan Ali stripped of powers

The rift in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has widened after party Secretary Hassan Ali was stripped off all his powers. Slamming the actions Ali charged he was being victimised by the SLMC leadership.


Constitutional Assembly begins April 5

The Parliament will convene, for the first time, as a Constitutional Assembly when the House meets on April 5. On that day, Parliament sessions will start at 1.00 p.m. and the House will adjourn at 2.00 p.m. After the adjournment of Parliament.


CEB mulls power purchasing

With the prevailing warm weather and dry spells, the Ceylon Electricity Board(CEB) said it was still studying proposals on whether to proceed with the purchase of two Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to bridge an energy deficit in the national grid.


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