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Sunday, 10 March 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.



Royal beat S. Thomas’ by seven wickets in their 134th ‘Battle of the Blues’ cricket encounter which concluded at the SSC grounds yesterday. Royal beat their traditional rivals after eight years since winning the 2006 encounter under Nadun Punchihewa. The victorious Royal team was coached by Dilip Somaratne who incidentally guided them to successive ‘Big Match’ wins in 1990 and 1991 under Udaya Wijesena and Rohan Irriyagolle. Here jubilant Devin Pathmanathan and his boys celebrate their memorable victory. Pic: Thilak Perera



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‘US resolution, intrusive and politicised’

Rejecting it as ‘intrusive and politicised,’ Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha said the US sponsored draft resolution that is currently being circulated among members, ‘clearly contravenes the accepted principles of conduct in the Human Rights Council’.At an informal meeting called by the US on Friday to discuss the draft resolution on Sri Lanka ,

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Support for LTTE rump in Germany on the wane

The support for the LTTE rump is fast fading in Germany and the Tamils have realised that the Government is sincere in its efforts to develop the North and the East and ensure equal opportunities for the minorities. Second Secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy, in Berlin, Kohula Ratnasingam said that though the number of Tamils in Germany,

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Miss Earth Olguita in Sri Lanka for Sunday Observer beauty pageant

Miss Earth 2011, Miss Ecuador Olguita Alava is now in Sri Lanka as the chief guest for the most prestigious beauty pageant Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth 2013 which will be held today at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. The Sunday Observer is the official print media partner of the Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth 2013 beauty pageant.

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Private labs to be registered countrywide

All private laboratories will soon have to be registered with the Health Ministry prior to being permitted to operate. “At present there are several unregistered private laboratories over which the Health Ministry has no control. No one knows their exact figures because they are operating without a licence. Registration of these laboratories will be included in the wide ranging reforms in the proposed amendments to the Private Medical Institutions Act now under consideration,”

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