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Sunday, 15 March 2015


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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.



FIRM GRIP: With this warm handclasp on the sacred ground of the historic Ruwanveliseya, Anuradhapura, yesterday, visiting Indian Premier Narendra Modi and host President Maithripala Sirisena seem to have returned Indo-Sri Lanka ties to the firm grip of the South Asian family of nations and their common regional interests. Mr. Modi, whose BJP is famous for its Hindutva cultural nationalism, made it a point throughout his Sri Lankan visit to keep the island’s Buddhist ethos central to his focus.
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Modi wows Lanka

Visas relaxed:

US$ 318m credit for railways:

US$ 1.5b to stabilise Rupee:

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, winding up his historic two-day visit to Sri Lanka with an equally historic visit to the North yesterday, called for equitable development and respect for all citizens in Sri Lanka.

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Three mega deals:

Govt lost US $ 515m

The Anti Corruption Committee Secretariat (ACCS) conducting preliminary investigations on the complaints it received on mega financial frauds that had taken place during the previous regime found that the government had lost US $ 515 million on three mega deals alone, an official of the Secretariat told the Sunday Observer.

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‘KP’ involved?

Woman Sea Tiger’s arrest bares global LTTE financial links – Police

The arrest at the Colombo Airport last week of a former woman ‘Sea Tiger’ has exposed new global Tiger financing networks with continued links in Sri Lanka. The husband of Bagrathy Murugesu,

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Modi in Jaffna:

Protest fast called off

The hunger strike staged in Jaffna by the President of the Movement for War Affected People (MWAP) V. Sagadevan to coincide with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit yesterday,

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Trade between Lanka and India to hit a new high

Trade between Sri Lanka and India will hit at a new high with all barriers being broken down soon to facilitate the speedy delivery of goods between the two countries, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the Sri Lanka business community in Colombo on Friday.

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