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Sunday, 10 April 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.


SHOPPERS FLOCK TO PETTAH: With the Sinhala and Hindu New Year round the corner, Second Cross Street, Pettah was a hive of activity with thousands of customers making last minute purchases during the weekend. (Picture by Saman Mendis)

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Convertible conversion deal:

Yuan to enter colombo

The Chinese Yuan will be made a convertible currency in Sri Lanka soon after the China Bank sets up operations in Colombo, Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran said. Mahendran was a member of the high profile Sri Lankan delegation visiting China with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.


Panama Papers secret finance exposé:

Lankan authorities to request local data

Sri Lankan law enforcement agencies are expected to shortly begin global inquiries to unearth detailed data on Sri Lankan secret account-holders listed in the ‘Panama Papers’ journalistic exposure.


UNP’s internal shuffle, a heartburn for some members

The UNP’s internal reshuffle had been the cause for heartburn of some senior members, including those who have been re-appointed to positions other than what they already hold. A senior and vocal member of the UNP said even Minister Daya Gamage was not happy to lose the national organiser’s post.


Despite PUCSL refusal:

ACE Power Embilipitiya joins national grid

Ace Power, a 100 MW thermal power station in Embilipitiya which was decommissioned last year has now begun contributing 40 megawatts of power to the national grid this week as an emergency measure to avert an energy crisis, Sulakshana Jayawardena, spokesperson for the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.


JO goes ahead with May Day rally

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday confirmed its decision to hold a joint May Day rally at Kirulapone together with the Joint Council of Trade Unions. The Joint May Day procession will commence from the Shalika grounds, Narahenpita.


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