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Sunday, 09 October 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.


BRINGING IN THE XMAS CHEER: Pouring the brandy lavishly into the mix, Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga effusively leads his team of guest ‘cooks’ from Colombo’s diplomatic and business community in finalizing the cake mix on Friday evening for the giant Christmas Cake being prepared by the Hilton Hotel, Colombo, for the forthcoming Christmas season.
(Photo: Sulochana Gamage)

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BASL President:

Judges not immune to scrutiny

‘No evidence of phone tapping’:

Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Geoffrey Alagaratnam has said that the judiciary cannot be immune from public scrutiny and wants the news media to criticise judges and court rulings “in a proper manner”. At the same time the BASL head refused to further probe recent complaints that the police were eavesdropping on a judge’s telephone conversations.


Anti-rape film screening stayed

The Colombo District Court last week stayed the public screening of award-winning film maker Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film ‘Silence by the Court’ following a case filed against by a former district judge. An interim injunction was issued by the Colombo District Court temporarily suspending screening of the film in public cinema circuits until the 19th of this month.


Plantation workers wage issue: Another discussion this week

Plantation companies and estate worker trade unions will have another discussion with Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister W.D.J. Senewiratne on Thursday, October 13 to agree on a wage formula for estate workers who are demanding a daily wage of Rs.1,000 against the Rs. 730 proposed by plantation companies.


RTI Commission not fully constituted – TISL

Public sector good governance watchdog, Transparency International Sri Lanka wants the Government to fulfill its pledge on the citizens’ right to information by appointing the full complement of the Right To Information (RTI) Commission. Last week, the government approved the appointment of three Commission members.


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