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Sunday, 24 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.


ANOTHER KIND OF ‘WAR’: These sturdy young women of the Vanni, now enjoying social life again after decades of traumatic warfare, put their heart and soul into their fierce contest of strength between village teams in the tug-of-war event at a Sitthirai Puttthandu (New Year) festival in Mullaitivu last week. The festival was organised with the help of the Army’s 59th Division. [Photo: Rukmal Gamage]

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Crucial talks in Brussels this week:

Renewed GSP status with EU imminent

Sri Lanka moves closer to regaining the highly advantageous ‘GSP Plus’ exporter status with the lucrative European Union market when a crucial round of talks on the renewal of the GSP plus tariff concessions takes place in Brussels, Belgium, this week. Reacting to the decline of human rights conditions in Sri Lanka during the previous regime.


FIU freezes bank accounts of Shalika directors

Bank accounts of the five directors of Shalika Foundation and their middle man Priyankara Jayadeva have been frozen by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank. Highly placed CID sources told the Sunday Observer that it was the FIU and not the CID that had frozen these accounts,


Dire warning:

Attending JO May Day rally at Kirulapone taboo

The SLFP yesterday warned disciplinary action against SLFP parliamentarians, Provincial Councillors and party organisers who skip the SLFP official May Day rally in Galle and attend the Kirulapone Joint Opposition (JO) May Day rally. Alhough the party has not yet decided on disciplinary action against the SLFP,


Third round of talks to finalise SL-China FTA

The Third round of negotiations to finalise the proposed Free Trade Agreement( FTA) between China and Sri Lanka is expected to commence shortly. Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang told the Sunday Observer that China is backing the early conclusion of talks for an FTA between the two ‘traditional good neighbours’.


NPC demands more autonomy

Following the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) passing a resolution calling for a federal solution to the national question, NPC members have called on all Provincial Councils to support the demand for greater autonomy. NPC Chairman Kandiah Sivagnanam told the Sunday Observer that all provinces had the right to federalism.



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