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Sunday, 9 June 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.



Sri Lanka’s national cricket team will be the cynosure of all eyes today when it launches the Champions Trophy mini World Cup campaign with a Group A match against New Zealand at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Sri Lanka’s leading telecommunications service provider Dialog Axiata entered into a three-year partnership with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) prior to the team’s departure to London. Here the Group CEO of Dialog Axiata Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya greets Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews after the team sponsorship was announced. SLC President Jayantha Dharmadasa (extreme left), Sri Lanka vice captain Dinesh Chandimal and SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga look on.



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Torrential rains lash the country:

Four fishermen drowned, nine rescued

Four fishermen were drowned and nine others who went missing due to rough seas were rescued yesterday following the torrential rains countrywide. At least nine fishermen who went missing in rough seas off the Balapitiya, Beruwala and Dehiwala shores were rescued while four bodies were also recovered in a joint rescue operation launched by the Air Force and Navy throughout yesterday.

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Govt institutions defy dengue directive

Over 90 percent of government institutions continue to ignore the Health Ministry directive to set up Dengue Prevention Committees in their institutions. The directive was issued to them some time ago. Less than 10 percent have responded. Government institutions, including corporations are the biggest breeders of the dengue carrying vector,” Health Ministry spokesman W.A D. Wanninayake told the Sunday Observer.

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‘Code of ethics not a Bill’

Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the code of ethics introduced for media personnel lays down certain terms and conditions to be adhered to on a consensual basis. “Some people are confused that we would bring in a code of ethics Bill. But this is not a Bill and it’s similar to the Sri Lanka Press Council,

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Finalising wards system in LG areas put off

Finalising the wards system in Local Government areas in accordance with the amended Local Government Elections Act has been postponed for the end of the year as public and volunteer organisations need more time to discuss it further, Secretary to the Provincial Councils and Local Government R.A.A.K. Ranawaka said yesterday.

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‘TNA obliged to take part in PSC talks’

The TNA’s obligation to take part in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) talks is more compelling following India’s clear stand as stressed by the visiting Indian delegation, political leaders said. The delegation, during its visit to the North, noted that the Tamils should facilitate a solution to their problems,

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