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Sunday, 14 June 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.



Message in a snooze : In what appears to be a not so subtle indication about what the Opposition thinks about constitutional amendments, Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva is once again caught snoozing, this time at a public discourse on the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. He was caught in a similar snooze during a discussion on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. What’s the odds both historic snoozes would be captured by the same photographer?
Pix by Sudam Gunasinghe

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MR’s PCS in hot water

Over Rs 18m claimed for unregistered Trust:

The Jathika Uruma Trust, headed by Kumarasiri Hettige, the former Parliamentary Co-ordinating Secretary (PCS) to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is now in the eye of a storm, with an audit query requiring an explanation about financial irregularities amounting to Rs. 18 million,

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President’s alleged security breach:

Namal blames PSD

The CID investigation on the alleged security breach of President Maithripala Sirisena in Angunakolapelessa is trying to ascertain as to how the Corporal of the Army Commando Regiment was allowed to move out of the venue without checking his weapon after three eye witnesses confirmed that he was in possession of a weapon at the time of detention by the STF,

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SLFP set on 250 MPs

The SLFP would continue to agitate to increase the number of legislators to 250 to have the present 160 electorates intact, SLFP Media Spokesman MP Dilan Perera told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

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UNP Working Committee urges:

Dissolve Parliament now

Lashing out at the Opposition UPFA’s “concerted efforts to undermine” the Government’s endeavour to rebuild democracy in the country, the United National Party’s Working Committee has called for an immediate dissolution of Parliament and the holding of general elections,

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No Cabinet approval for Port City - Ravi K

The State-owned Chinese company that initiated the Colombo Port City Project worth US $ 1.4 billion has failed to produce the Cabinet approval and the vital environmental clearance certificate on the feasibility of the project, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

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