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Health Ministry in emergency plan for flood victims

[May 22 2016]

An emergency plan to assist flood victims facing health challenges due to the prevailing weather is now under way in 84 districts, Director General of Health Services, Dr P.G. Maheepala told the media at a special conference at the Health Education Bureau to address issues such as food safety, sanitation and accident prevention during the Vesak season.

 

Jayanthi conquers Mt. Everest

[May 22 2016]

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala became the first Sri Lankan to climb Mount Everest. She left Camp 4 around 9 pm the previous day, with climbing partner, Johann Peries. She continued with her Sherpa to the Death Zone, the region above 26,000ft where climbing is extremely difficult.

 

Police come down hard on looters in flood-hit areas

[May 22 2016]

Police apprehended 15 persons from various flood-affected areas in the country for suspected looting and stealing valuables from houses evacuated by victims of the recent floods.

 

National Vesak Festival 2016

[May 15 2016]

The National Vesak Festival 2016, will be held at the Naigala Raja Maha Vihara, Hambantota district from May 19 to 26.Among the important events are ordaining 25 children at the Kasagala Raja Maha Vihara, workshop on novices and offering robes, display of Vesak lanterns in police stations, cultural display by the Police, Army, Air Force and the National Youth Services Council, Bodhi poojas, Bhakthi Gee, exposition of relics and holding dansalas.

 

Met Dept issues bad weather warning

[May 15 2016]

The Meteorology Department issued a bad weather warning yesterday that the atmospheric disturbance in the South East of Sri Lanka is likely to intensify and develop into a depression and move closer to Sri Lanka, affecting the weather in the country and the surrounding sea areas.

 

Vesak dansalas in Colombo to be registered

[May 15 2016]

As Colombo readies for the upcoming Vesak, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has called upon food dansal organisers, to first register with it.

 

President at Kumbh Mela, Sanchi

[May 08 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India from May 13-14 to attend the Simhasth Kumbh Mela, a popular Hindu festival in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Chandrika to address UN special session in New York

[May 08 2016]

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) will represent Sri Lanka at a special session of the United Nations

 

President tells police: Raid illegal sand mining

[May 08 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed a special police team to be deployed directly under the IGP to raid illegal mining across the country which harms the environment.

 

President to attend G7 Summit

[April 24 2016]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to invite President Maithripala Sirisena as a guest at the G7 summit next month is a further recognition of Sri Lanka’s renewed global credibility.

 

Temporary ban on Yala safari operators

[April 24 2016]

Many safari jeep private operators are temporarily banned from entering the Yala National Park, as directed by the Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation Sumith Pilapitiya.

 

 

New era of communal and religious harmony: The Adi Vel festival which started in 1874 is one of the oldest spiritual pageants in the island. A momentous occasion for the Hindu community, the festival has transcended religious and cultural boundaries to become a national event. This year, the Adi Vel festival’s Silver Chariot carrying the deity Skanda paraded through the streets of Colombo after a lapse of 16 years, signifying the dawn of peace and a new era of communal and religious harmony.
Pic: P. Weerasingham

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Court will decide on victim’s dying declaration:

Varsity student’s death - suspect identified


Police have identified the suspect who allegedly assaulted student Rajapaksa Susantha Anura Bandara of the Ruhunu University who succumbed to his injuries at the Badulla General Hospital, IGP Mahinda Balasooriya told a media briefing at the Police Headquarters yesterday.

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Canada probes LTTE aid agencies


The LTTE has either infiltrated or created two dozen front and cover organisations in Canada to support its terrorism campaign, International Terrorism Expert Prof. Rohan Gunaratne said in the aftermath of the action taken last week by the Canadian Revenue Agency to revoke the charitable status of the ‘Tamil Refugee Aid Society’.

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SLA’s 200,000 men could face any threat - Army chief


The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) with over 200,000 men is adequate to defend all threats including any new terrorism threats, Army Commander Lt. General Jagath Jayasuriya said. The Army Chief told the Sunday Observer that there were no fresh moves to increase SLA’s manpower as it already has over 203,000 well-trained soldiers.

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Convicted Lankans won’t benefit by Lebanon amnesty


Sri Lankan workers in Lebanon who were convicted by the Lebanese Government for indulging in various criminal activities will not benefit from the three-month special amnesty declared by the Lebanese Government for Asian workers.

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High stakes end a cropper:

26 businessmen held for gambling

More than 35 officers of the Central Anti Vice Striking Force (CAVSF) swooped on a luxury gambling den in a coconut estate at Bandirippuwa, Lunuwila last week and arrested 26 wealthy businessmen engaged in unlawful gambling for high stakes, police sources told the Sunday Observer.

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