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Kandy Esala perahera from Aug 15 to 29

[June 28 2015]

The Kandy-Senkadagala annual Esala Perahera will commence on August 15, the final night Randoli Perahera on Aug. 29 and the water-cutting ceremony at the Gatambe Mahaweli River in the morning hours of August 30.

 

Sangakkara to retire during India series in August

[June 27 2015]

Sri Lanka’s batting great Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday ended speculation about his future, saying he will retire during the home series against India in August. “This is my time to call it a day,” Sangakkara, 37, told reporters,

 

Heavy showers forecast

[June 27 2015]

Heavy showers are forecast for Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura and Kegalle districts today, with more than 150 millimetres of rain expected in these areas. Cloudy conditions and intermittent rains are also expected in the Western,

 

Viral flu cases top 500 mark: Government hospitals geared for emergencies

[June 21 2015]

Around 500 lab confirmed cases of viral influenza and 24 deaths have been reported from January to the 2nd week of June, Acting Chief Epidemiologist Dr Ananda Amarasinghe told the Sunday Observer.

 

Call for Double ballot system to ensure equitable representation

[June 21 2015]

Prominent constitutional reform activist Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera supports the call by the alliance of smaller political parties for a double ballot system to be included in the electoral reforms provided in the proposed 20th Amendment, the Sunday Observer learns.

 

20A – not a ploy to delay elections

[June 21 2015]

The unending debate over establishing a new electoral system through the 20th Amendment should not be used as a ploy to delay elections, said UNP General Secretary and Minister of Highways and Investment Promotion, Kabir Hashim.

 

Minor and minority parties meet today

[June 14 2015]

In the wake of yesterday’s cabinet approval to the latest electoral reform providing for the election of 237 parliamentarians,

 

3 Youth drown in Kalu Ganga

[June 14 2015]

Three youth aged between 18 to 19, from Ukgalboda, Kalutara drowned yesterday when they were bathing in the Kaluganga at Galtotupola in Ukgaboda in Kalutara North,

 

NPC urge: Cancel liqour licences contravening excise laws

[June 14 2015]

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) adopted a resolution last Monday to request the Finance Minister and other authorities to cancel licences issued in contravention of Excise laws in the country.

 

Indo-Lanka understanding needed

[June 07 2015]

Sri Lanka envoy to India, Sudharshan Seneviratne, who has been asked to return to the country following the decision taken by the Ministry of External Affairs to recall all politically appointed envoys,

 

Basil’s bail appeal tomorrow

[June 07 2015]

The bail application submitted by former Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa, is scheduled to be taken up for re-consideration at the Colombo High Court tomorrow (June 8) following its first hearing on June 1.

 

Environmental organisations handover Wilpattu report to President

[June 07 2015]

A report by environmental organisations on settlements in the Wiplattu Reserve was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday.

 

SLFP youth front urge political parties to extend support

[May 30 2015]

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Youth Front has urged all political parties represented in parliament to extend support for the 20th Amendment.

 

 

A special exposition of the Sacred Relics of the Buddha sent from the Taxila Museum, Gandhara, Pakistan, commenced yesterday at the Vidyodaya Pirivena, Maligakanda. The Government of Pakistan made this gesture following a request by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari in the backdrop of the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi 2600. Here President Rajapaksa takes a closer view of the Sacred Relics yesterday morning in the presence of Viharadhipati of the Vidyodaya Pirivena Ven. Balangoda Sobhitha Thera and Advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Minority Affairs Dr. Paul Bhatti. Pic: Nalin Hewapathirana

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Move to clear heavy backlog:

New Commission to clear 3,000 bribery cases

The newly appointed members of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption are in the process of clearing a staggering 3,000 bribery cases which had piled up during the 13 months of its inaction, Chairman Justice D. J. de S. Balapatabendi told the Sunday Observer.

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UNP MP’s son held over assault on policeman

Kollupitiya police took in for questioning Dinuk Bandara Kiriella, a son of UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella for allegedly assaulting a police officer on duty at the Kollupitiya junction when a policemen intervened to save the driver from being assaulted, Police Media Spokesman SP, Prishantha Jayakody told the Sunday Observer.

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Rs 30.8m tome on Ferrari with 1,500 diamonds:

Lankan buys world’s most expensive book

A Sri Lankan has become the first in the world to buy the world’s most expensive book currently in print - an astounding Rs.30.8 million (US$ 275,000) worth tome on carmaker Ferrari encrusted with 1,500 diamonds. In comparison, a Ferrari 458 Italia car costs only around US$ 225,000.

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Workers’ collective agreement to be signed soon

Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) President and Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Muthu Sivalingam told the Sunday Observer that their fifth round of talks with the Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) on Tuesday made considerable headway towards signing a fresh Collective Agreement over the wage increase for workers and added that they were optimistic of striking a deal at the next round of talks.

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Govt’s policies open to constructive criticism

Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said that the Government always welcomes any constructive criticism of its policies so that it can implement what is best in a very consensual way. The Minister said a proper democracy could function only if the Government responds positively to constructive criticism.

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