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Sunday, 26 October 2014


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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.



The people-friendly Budget 2015 had something for one and all. President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented his tenth Budget on Friday in his capacity as Minister of Finance and Planning in Parliament. During the Budget Speech the President called upon the TNA to join hands with the Government to support its programs and serve all people alike. Here the President is being warmly greeted by TNA leader R. Sampanthan MP and ITAK President Mavai Senathirajah MP during the customary tea party after the Budget. Pic: Sulochana Gamage

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New Zealand hails Lanka’s progress in reconciliation

WELLINGTON, Oct. 25 - New Zealand has commended Sri Lanka’s performance after terrorism was eradicated and added that the country has made significant progress in reconciliation. Divisional Manager (South and South East Asia) of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

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Budget 2015 meets the needs of all sectors

Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that Budget 2015 presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has covered all areas that need attention. Therefore, any sensible person who knows his arithmetic will understand what Budget 2015 is all about.

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LTTE sympathizer contests Ontario Mayoral post

An LTTE sympathiser, one of the Canadian members of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), an organisation proscribed by Sri Lanka under the UN resolution 1373 is running for the Mayoral post for the City of Ajax in Ontario. The elections will be held next week.

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Proposed pensions, a boon for garment employees

Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the proposed pension scheme for garment sector employees will be a boon to improve the industry and their lives. Budget 2015 includes incentives to be given to foreign and local investors. Increasing the EPF to 22 percent will ensure a good life for garment sector employees.

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Toxic chemicals lead to rise in NCDs – Health Ministry

Agro chemicals, cleaning agents such as household detergents and certain food additives, colouring agents and flavourings, could cause a further spike in the increasing number of non communicable diseases (NCDs), said the National Hospital’s Toxicology Information Centre Head, Dr Waruna Goonathilleke.

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