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Colombo's air pollution,cause of wheezing in children

[July 24 2016]

Air pollution in Colombo city has become so bad that it is triggering or aggravating wheezing in children, top child health expert Prof. Manouri Senanayake warned yesterday. Delivering the 26th Susan George Pulimoood Oration at Visakha Vidyalaya on Friday evening, Professor Senanayake, Senior Professor in Paediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, pointed out that research data had linked city traffic pollutants and wheezing episodes.

 

Mangala Moonesinghe passes away

[July 24 2016]

Veteran politician and senior diplomat Mangala Moonesinghe passed away last morning after a brief illness. He was 84-years-old.Moonesinghe was Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2002 and High Commissioner to India from 1995 to 2000.

 

Kataragama Esala festival

[July 17 2016]

The annual Esala Festival of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devale held to pay homage to Lord Skandha, began with the flag hoisting at the auspicious time on July 5, 2016 and will continue for 15 days.

 

200 investigation officers deployed to conduct raids

[July 17 2016]

Two hundred Investigation Officers have been deployed to raid business establishments and traders which sell goods above the controlled price.

 

Dengue surge poses admission problems to hospitals

[July 10 2016]

At least three hospitals in the highly congested Colombo district have said they had seen an unexpected rise in the number of suspected dengue cases visiting their OPD's and being admitted to their in - patient wards.

 

PM to attend the third SADC in Singapore

[July 10 2016]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will participate in the third South Asian Diaspora Convention-2016 (SADC) in Singapore organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies to be held at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore from July18 -19.

 

Sri Lanka, key shipping hub

[July 10 2016]

Beijing promised to groom Sri Lanka into becoming a key shipping centre in the Indian Ocean in turn for the country’s contribution in China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative.

 

President condemns attack

[July 03 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena, condemning the terrorist act and taking of hostages in the Diplomatic conclave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, expressed his condolence to the Government and the people of Bangladesh over the incident.

 

Lanka importing fewer used cars

[July 03 2016]

Exports of used Japanese automobiles to Sri Lanka could fall by roughly half in unit terms because of import duty hikes implemented since October, the head of the auto Importers' Association told 'The Nikkei.'

 

Annual Paada Yaathraa

[June 26 2016]

One of Sri Lanka's oldest traditions is the Paada Yaathraa foot pilgrimage from Jaffna to Kataragama along the East Coast through Kumana and Yala jungles which take place annually in the months of June-July.

 

Don’t pollute sacred city during Poson - Media Minister

[June 19 2016]

The Government has taken steps to extend food, water, health and sanitary facilities to devotees who come to Mihintale and Anuradhapura for Poson.

 

POSON AT MIHINTALE ALOKA POOJA

[June 19 2016]

Poson Poya is the day Sri Lankan Buddhists commemorate the formal introduction of the Sasana to the island - in the 3rd century BC. The day marks the first meeting between King Devanampiyatissa and Missionary monk Arahat Mahinda on Missaka Pabbatha hill or Mihintale near Anuradhapura.

 

 

“The war against terrorism is now over and we have to focus more towards developing the country,” thus President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized the importance of putting development activities on the ‘Fast track’ when he reopened the tea factory at Handugalla in Wallasmulla yesterday, which was set on fire during 88-89 Insurgency by the JVP. The factory was re-constructed at a cost of Rs. 45 million. Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa and D. M. Jayaratne were also present. Pic: Indrajith Perera.

Three decades ago even the lorries from the Southern part of Sri Lanka lined up on the streets of Kankesanthurai, the coastal city at the Northern tip of the island to load the bags of cement produced by the Kankesanthurai cement factory. The Tigers in the North destroyed this industrial marvel. The damage done to the KKS cement factory had also struck a blow to over two-thousand Jaffna men who depended on the factory for their living. Steps have also been taken to rebuild the factory along with the reconstruction activities to rebuild Jaffna. Pic: Chaminda Hittatiya

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Several political parties in the fray:

‘Election fever’ in Jaffna

Jaffna is caught up with election fever after many years with political parties holding several public rallies. For more than a decade Jaffna based political parties were unable to engage in any form of election-related activities due to LTTE threats in Jaffna.

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Indian External Affairs Minister assured:

IDPs will be resettled soon

Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP who led the three-member high level delegation to New Delhi this week assured Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna that the Sri Lankan Government had no intention whatsoever of keeping Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in welfare villages.

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Over 100,000 targeted:

Boost for foreign tourists in NE next year

The Tourism Ministry will launch hotel construction projects at selected locations in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to attract over 100,000 foreign tourists during 2010. Deputy Tourism Minister Faizer Mustapha told the Sunday Observer that the ending of the 30-year war and the emergence of peace in the North and the East has encouraged the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board and private sector hoteliers to recommence their business activities in the region.

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UNP’s standpoint on 13th Amendment

The main opposition UNP said it would extend its fullest support to implement the 13th Amendment, if the proposals of the Amendment could bring fruitful results to achieve a lasting solution to the present crisis.

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