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Sunday, 31 July 2016


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President to attend NAM Summit and UN Assembly

[September 11 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena will visit Venezuela ahead of his trip to New York to take part in the 71st United Nations (UN) General Assembly. President will be taking part in the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Caracas, Venezuela which will be held on Sept.17 and 18, 2016.


SLFP marks 65 anniversary today

[September 04 2016]

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), one of the major political parties in Sri Lanka will celebrate its 65th Anniversary in Kurunegala today. The Late Prime Minister, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, formed the SLFP on the September 2, 1951 at a meeting held at the Colombo Town Hall.


Desks for Zika screening at BIA

[September 04 2016]

All passengers are to undergo voluntary screening and testing for Zika at the Bandaranaike International Airport ( BIA) Katunayake. Disembarking passengers will also be given leaflets on symptoms of Zika,


Dilshan’s farewell today

[August 28 2016]

Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan walks with his batting equipment during a final practice session at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket stadium in Dambulla yesterday.


'Lanka, Pakistan have tremendous scope for better trade'

[August 28 2016]

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have tremendous scope to further strengthen bilateral economic and trade relations,Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told his Sri Lankan counterpart Ravi Karunanayake in Islamabad yesterday.


SLAF appeals: Kites to be flown below 200ft

[August 28 2016]

The Air Force seeks public assistance to take safety measures in flying kites around areas in close proximity to airports and selected landing helipads.


Colombo Defence Seminar

[August 21 2016]

The Colombo Defence Seminar 2016 on the theme 'Soft Power and its influence on Global Issues' will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2 at the BMICH, organised by the Sri Lanka Army.


Annual Nallur Festival 2016

[August 21 2016]

The annual Nallur Festival 2016 which commenced on August 8 will continue for 25 days and conclude on September 1. The festival attracts thousands of Hindu devotees including Sri Lankan Hindu expatriates who come to worship Lord Murugan during this annual festival.


PM, Ministers to observe Guanzhou City

[August 14 2016]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation, left for Guanzhou, the capital and the largest city of China’s Guandong province. A senior spokesman of the government said the Prime Minister’s visit to China would be important to Sri Lanka on the business and economic front.


Special train services during Kandy Esala Festival

[August 14 2016]

Eleven special trains have been scheduled to run between August 13-18, 2016 to cater to the needs of the devotees who would proceed to Kandy to the Esala Festival. These trains are in addition to normal Kandy trains.


Dengue hits new low but can escalate

[August 14 2016]

Suspected dengue cases islandwide have slumped drastically over the past one month Epidemiology Unit sources told the Sunday Observer. At least six districts which recorded an incidence above the 500 mark have plunged four fold between July 31 and August 13,


Five best opening ceremonies in Olympics history

[August 07 2016]

We look back at the best opening ceremonies of all time in Olympics history. In the world of sports, there is no other spectacle bigger than the Olympics and it is rightly called the greatest show on earth and all of them start with opening ceremonies,


‘Painting of Brotherhood’ : Leftist political party JVP celebrated ‘Day of Brotherhood’ to mark the July ‘83 riots with a series of functions spread across the country. The function held in Colombo on July 28, at the Viharamaha Devi Park featured a painting titled ‘multi colours - one country’, where the public was invited to colour a map of Sri Lanka to showcase a ‘Painting of brotherhood’. (JVP Media)

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Following attempts to smuggle in cocaine consignments:

Customs step up: Brazil cargo scrutiny

Following two botched attempts to smuggle in cocaine in sugar containers from Brazil by two different companies, Sri Lanka Customs have decided to carry out detailed inspections of all cargo from Brazilian ports.


Norochcholai Power Plant:

Spot tenders to avert coal shortage

The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy will call for five spot tenders starting next week to avert a possible shortage of coal for the Norochcholai Power Plant, due to the ongoing rift over the controversial coal tender deal,


‘National List, Executive Presidency out’

The parliamentary Steering Committee on the new constitution, will begin discussions on the alternative option for the executive presidency shortly. In the backdrop of President Maithripala Sirisena reiterating his stance that the Executive Presidency must be abolished during his term in office,


‘Paada Yathras can’t topple govt’

SLFP General Secretary and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake said the Joint Opposition (JO)’s contention of toppling a democratically elected government by engaging in a Paada Yathra, was a futile exercise that will come a cropper.


500,000 jobs on the cards

Chinese delegation to discuss Hambantota SEZ:

The Chinese government has requested 15,000 acres of land in Hambantota for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), as part of its ‘one belt one road’ network for which a delegation from China will be in Sri Lanka,


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