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Sunday, 10 May 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.



Battling for humanity: Veterans of a ferocious war at one time, Sri Lanka’s soldiers went on rapid deployment to a new front, in Nepal on relief operations in the aftermath of the earthquake that rocked our South Asian neighbour. Here Army medical personnel swiftly tend to an injured boy just rescued by Sri Lankan troopers in devastated Kathmandu (Courtesy: Prime Minister’s Office)

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Udayanga to be branded ‘fugitive’

Whereabouts unknown; SL team to visit Kiev mid week; Interpol assistance sought for his arrest:

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the Ukraine, Udayanga Weeratunga, is to be declared a fugitive shortly as his whereabouts remain unknown. Two countries, Sri Lanka and Ukraine, are trailing him for alleged arms deals and threatening national security by collaborating with rebel forces.

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For UN Human Rights Council in September:

Eelam War missing report soon

The Presidential Commission probing disappearances in Sri Lanka since 1983, will conclude its work on the missing persons issue arising from the last phase of the Eelam War in the next two months in time to present a report to the UN Human Rights Council session scheduled for September in Geneva this year,

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RADA chief remanded

The Chief Operating Officer of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), Saliya Wickramasuriya was remanded yesterday until May 12 by the Fort Magistrate for alleged financial fraud, Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.

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No Confidence against Ravi

Motion in Parliament next week:

The main Opposition UPFA yesterday said that they would hand over a No Confidence motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to the Speaker next week, containing 15 main allegations.

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17 more cases under FCID probe

The number of investigations carried out by the Police Financial Criminal Investigation Division (FCID) has increased by 17 more cases, during the past two weeks. At present, 69 investigations are being carried out by the Division, said Police Spokesman, ASP Ruwan Gunasekara.

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