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Sunday, 17 February 2013


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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.


Reservoir water levels drop, authorities warn of drastic measures

[October 02 2016]

Due to the prevailing drought, water levels of the main reservoirs have dropped to half its capacity, with authorities warning that drastic measures may need to be taken if water is to be continuously released from the reservoirs for power generation.


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.



Adiwasis sell their products: Dambana, an Adiwasi village has become highly commercialised due to the influx of visitors. Adiwasis have given up their traditional livelihood means and today turn out ornaments. Here two Adiwasis wait eagerly to sell their products. Pic: Mahil Wijesinghe



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Changes in education system soon:

Universities to catch them young

The Higher Education Ministry is holding discussions with the Education Ministry to enact changes in the education system to get students to State universities at least one or two years earlier than at present, Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake said. He was addressing the media at the University Grants Commission. The Minister said the idea was mooted by the Vice Chancellors’ Forum of the Universities,

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Errant traders - CAA nets over Rs 300m in fines

Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has earned over Rs.300 million on 120,000 raids against errant traders within three years. The Minister said when he assumed office in 2010, the highest number of raids conducted by the CAA was 4,000 a year. However, the CAA had conducted 120,000 raids within three years following the targets given by the Minister.

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Commonwealth Secretary General satisfied with Sri Lanka’s progress:

CHOGM will focus on growth and development

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 scheduled to be held in November will focus on inclusive growth and development opportunities. ”Preparations for CHOGM 2013 are impressive and on track”, said Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma in a media statement concluding his visit to Sri Lanka from February 10 to 13.

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Reasonable price for agriculture products:

Kilinochchi DEC, a boon for farmers

Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said the Government will set up a Dedicated Economic Centre (DEC) in Kilinochchi to help farmers secure a reasonable price for agriculture products and provide cheaper food items to consumers. Following the discussion on Thursday with President Mahinda Rajapaksa ,

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STF raids on ganja cultivations, a resounding success

The three-day operation launched by the Special Task Force (STF) and the Walana Vice Squad in the state forest reserves of Udawalawe was successfully completed with the uprooting and destruction of several ganja (Cannabis Sativa) plants in the thick jungle last week. Around 300 Special Task Force (STF) Commandos and 30 police officers from the Walana Vice Squad were sent to the Udawalawe forest reserve last week on the instructions of IGP N.K. Illangakoon,

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