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Sunday, 17 October 2010


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Samantha Power arrives in Lanka

[November 22 2015]

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power arrived in the country last evening, on a visit which Washington termed, ‘Underscored the US support for Sri Lanka’s post war struggle for lasting peace’.


‘Galle Dialogue 2015’ begins tomorrow

[November 22 2015]

The International Maritime Conference, ‘Galle Dialogue 2015’, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, will get underway in the port city of Galle on November 23 for the sixth consecutive year.


Health Ministry warns food industry on sugar content in beverages

[November 22 2015]

Following the instructions of Director General of Health Services, Dr P. G. Mahipala, the Food Unit of the Health Ministry,


'Ban unethical food advertising'

[November 15 2015]

In an effort to create awareness of the adverse effect of unhealthy food, the Sri Lanka Diabetes Federation, the Diabetes Research Unit of the University of Colombo and NCD Unit of the Health Ministry reiterated the importance of eating food with less sugar,


Met dept issues bad weather warning

[November 15 2015]

The Department of Meteorology has forecast heavy rainfall and strong winds over the country today (November 15).The forecast said that showers or thundershowers will be experienced over the most parts of the island while heavy rain (about 150mm) are also likely at some places.


No-fly zone, no fishing on Nov 13

[November 08 2015]

Sri Lanka is expected to impose a fishing ban in the Southern waters and a no-fly zone over the southern sky in preparation for the fall of mysterious space object WT 1190F near its Southern coast on Friday (13).


Tropical Cyclone threat to Sri Lanka

[November 08 2015]

While Tropical Cyclone Megh is moving away from India, a new tropical concern threatens to cause flooding in southeastern India and Sri Lanka later this weekend and early next week.


Pakistan's Commerce Minister on official visit

[November 08 2015]

The Federal Commerce Minister of Pakistan Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on an official three-day visit to boost bilateral investment and trade between the two countries.


170,000 fully equipped houses for estate workers

[November 08 2015]

The UNF Government, in keeping with its pledge to do away with the plantation workers' line-room housing, will construct 170,000 more houses, compact with all facilities, phased over the next five years,


New Zealand Bag World Cup

[November 01 2015]

New Zealand’s powerful All Blacks rugby team beat arch rival Australia to win the World Cup for a record third time at Twickenham yesterday.


Russian plane crashes in Egypt with 224 passengers

[November 01 2015]

Family members of Russian passengers believed to have been on board a plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula arrived at Pulkovo airport,


India revises e-tourist visa fees from Nov 3

[November 01 2015]

Government of India has decided to revise the e-tourist visa fee in four slabs of 0, US$25, US $48, and US$60 from November 3.



President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was a Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, met the Sri Lankan contingent thereafter. Here the President admires the Gold Medal won by Manju Wanniarachchi for Boxing. It was a golden feat achieved after a lapse of 72 years - Sri Lanka last won a medal for boxing in 1938. The President pledged to provide all facilities to the Sri Lankan contingent to increase their medals tally at the forthcoming Asian Games in China and the next Commonwealth Games. Weightlifters Chinthana Vithanage (silver medal) and Sudesh Peiris (bronze medal) are also in the picture. Pic: Sudath Silva.


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Indian PM calls for greater defence cooperation

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reiterated that in the post conflict era the defence of India and Sri Lanka must be intertwined, while extending warm wishes to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his forthcoming second swearing-in,

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Special committee appointed :

Move to minimise fatal accidents

A special committee headed by former Minister Mano Wijeratne has been appointed to make recommendations to minimise the ever increasing number of fatal accidents daily, in the country. The committee has already held three rounds of discussions. Wijeratne had also functioned as Head of the previous Parliamentary Select Committee appointed in this regard,

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Assembly plants to be set up:

Vehicle manufacturers eye H'tota

Four international vehicle manufacturing companies are keen to set up assembly plants at the new Magampura Harbour in Hambantota. Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) chairman Dr. Priyath Wickrama said,

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Monorail for Colombo and suburbs mulled

The Transport Ministry is exploring the possibility of building a monorail transport system for Colombo and the suburbs. Several countries have already pledged assistance to launch the monorail system in the country,


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Ban on heavy vehicles on city highways mooted

The City Police have focused attention on banning heavy vehicles plying on main highways in the Colombo City during peak hours in the mornings and evenings. According to the police, containers, caterpillars and lorries with heavy logs and boulders could cause road accidents.

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