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Sunday, 25 October 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.



ROYALISTS RUSTIC & URBANE: The sponsoring school may be Royal College, Colombo, but the leader of the ‘March for a Healthy Life’ is from Royal College, Polonnaruwa, seems to be what President Maithripala Sirisena is saying to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is surrounded by other Royalist ‘old boy’ Cabinet Ministers, at the start of yesterday’s health promotion march near the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo. Thousands of school children from many schools in the metro region participated in the promotional walk that ended at Royal College, Colombo. [Photo: Chinthaka Kumararasinghe]

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Maldivian VP arrested

To be charged with 'high treason':

Prime suspect in President Yameen murder bid:

Following the Saturday morning arrest of Maldivian Vice President Ahmed Adheeb, charges of 'high treason' are to be pressed upon him today for his alleged involvement in the assassination bid on President,

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Channel 4 footage should be investigated

Paranagama deems it evidence, not acceptance:

British public-service broadcaster, Channel 4's footage on alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces should be investigated along with five other cases, according to the Chairman of the Missing Persons' Commission.

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Top UN official briefed on APC

Visiting UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs has taken up matters relating to reconciliation and accountability during his meetings with government leaders in Colombo.

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India offers newest ‘Tejas’ jet

Competes with Pak ‘Thunder’ for SLAF orders:

India has offered her brand new, indigenous design, ‘Tejas’ supersonic jet fighter to the Sri Lanka Air Force even as SLAF commander Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala prepares to visit Pakistan early next month where he is likely to study,

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Appropriation Bill 2016:

President’s Office gets Rs 9.6 b less

The Appropriation Bill 2016 has slashed financial provisions for the office of the incumbent president by a whopping Rs. 9.6 billion, allocating a mere Rs. 2.3 billion as compared to the Rs 11.9 billion allocated to the same office by the UPFA Government last year.

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