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Sunday, 26 June 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.


Arjuna Mahendran

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Deputy Governor Samarasiri tipped to be Governor:

Different views expressed on ‘acting governor’ provision:

A senior Deputy Governor currently serving in the Central Bank is likely to be appointed to head the bank, as incumbent Governor Arjuna Mahendran has decided not to seek a re-appointment until the conclusion of investigations.


Chunnakam Wind Power Project tender to resume:

LNG tender for Sampur to be called

Sri Lanka is expected to go for an international bidding process for the accelerated construction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Power Plants in Sampur, Trincomalee, Tenders will be advertised as early as July 15, Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Dr. B.M.S Batagoda, told the Sunday Observer.


Auditor General to meet COPE reps on June 29

The Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE), the parliamentary watchdog, has completed investigations into 35 state-owned enterprises and would table findings at the next parliamentary session of twenty of these enterprises, Chairman of COPE Sunil Handunnetti told the Sunday Observer.


Sweeping changes to fast track FCID probes

The Government is to change several important legislation to strengthen and fast track the financial crimes investigations process. Parallel to the Police Financial Crimes Division (FCID) being turned into a powerful bureau with a strong mandate, the government is now exploring the possibility of changing the Money Laundering Act, extradition laws and mutual legal assistance legislations, top government sources told the Sunday Observer.


BREXIT: Multiple economic impact on SL

Britain’s move to leave the EU would have multiple economic impacts on Sri Lanka, a prominent Sri Lankan economic research body said. A document published by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Sri Lanka’s socio-economic policy think tank, on Friday, described how the decision to leave the European Union would affect Sri Lanka. It was authored by IPS Researchers Suwendrani Jayaratne, Kithmina Hewage and Chantal Sirisena.


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