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Sunday, 25 September 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.


STILL STANDING TALL : Dwarfed it might be by the highrise towers of the Chinese-owned and built super luxury Shangri-La Hotel, but the statue of the late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike – also sculpted and gifted by China – still stands tall and imposing on Galle Face, Colombo, gazing symbolically into the future in memory of a national leader who gave his life for his country and a vision of the cultural revival that he espoused. Bandaranaike Remembrance Day falls tomorrow. (Photo: Vipula Amarasinghe)

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If GMOA demands are met:

Teachers Union to take legal action

The Ceylon Teachers Union is all set to initiate legal action if the government bows down to demands made by the Government Medical Officers Union (GMOA) concerning the allocation of schools for children of transferred GMOA members. According to the Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Union, Joseph Stalin, the union will take legal action against any such decision made by the Ministry of Education to grant schools requested by the GMOA in violation of the rights of other students. ¨Bowing down to such demands is not only unfair on other students but it also violates government circulars which prevents such admission to schools,” he said, adding that the union has made a decision to seek help from the courts to prevent it.


JHU leader steps down

The leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera says he resigned from the party’s leadership yesterday. Addressing the 13th National Convention of JHU he said that the decision was solely to make way for a new leader.


HIV test mandatory for State sector

HIV tests will be mandatory for all State sector employees in due course according to the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Rajitha Senaratne. “We have decided to introduce the test to all State sector employees. But there so many details that need to be gone through before we can go ahead with it. We also have to mobilize the people and the Director General is attending to it,” he said.


Reduction in SL’s UN peacekeeping contingent?

The Sri Lanka’s UN peacekeeping contingent to Mali has been slashed because of an administrative delay in passing funds to obtain ammunition, inside sources said. Initially a battalion of 800 soldiers and officers were to be sent to the West African country as peacekeeping forces by the UN.


Bid to remove LTTE from EU’s terrorist list:

SL’s Brussels Mission monitoring developments

The Sri Lankan Mission in Brussels is closely monitoring developments in the EU Court of Justice where there is a fresh bid to remove the LTTE from the EU’s list of designated terrorist organisations.


Public Accounts Committee needs more powers - Report

The first report of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) of the eight Parliament includes, comparatively, the largest number of investigations conducted within the three months from January 9 to April 7, 2016 with 41 investigations pertaining to 38 State institutions summoned before the Committee on account of the Reports of the Auditor General issued in respect of the years 2005 to 2013.


Eluha Thamil protest march in Jaffna

Hundreds of party supporters and activists of a coalition of northern Tamil political parties and social action groups marched in Jaffna yesterday morning voicing several demands related to some immediate social problems and the long-term settlement of the ethnic issue.


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