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Task Force for reconciliation mechanism

[February 14 2016]

A new initiative was launched on Friday by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the District Secretariat in Jaffna where a task force comprising of 10 public personalities to design the reconciliation mechanism,

 

Over 100 stranded Lankan Kuwaiti workers return

[February 14 2016]

The government brought down over 100 workers who were stranded in Kuwait in the early hours of yesterday (13) morning, Media Secretary to Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorale said.

 

First kidney transplant ignites hope for patients at Polonnaruwa

[February 14 2016]

The first-ever kidney transplant operation at the Polonnaruwa General Hospital was a success, transplant surgeon Dr Joel Arudchelvam who led the operating team told the Sunday Observer on Friday.

 

Prince Zeid's first visit to SL

[February 07 2016]

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera briefed the UN Human rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on the progress the government had made in setting up the domestic apparatus to investigate war crimes charges against Sri Lanka.

 

Only India can check poaching and illegal fishing

[February 07 2016]

Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera is expected to undertake a visit to India shortly, in an effort to look at an 'innovative solution' to the fisheries issue between the two countries.

 

Minister Hakeem off to Turkey as PM's emissary

[February 07 2016]

Rauff Hakeem, Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Minister of City Planning and Water Supply is on a week-long official visit to Turkey as part of the government's initiative to expand the market for Sri Lankan tea.

 

Sicille Kotelawala must appear before Colombo MC

[February 07 2016]

The Golden Key All Depositors' Association, the victimised depositors of the Golden Key money scam yesterday emphasised that Sicille Kotelawala must appear before the Colombo Magistrate Court without sending the lawyers representing her.

 

No evidence of ship strike risk to whales

[January 31 2016]

A research belt dedicated to study whales will be set up soon in the seas off Mirissa in Southern Sri Lanka, said Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Marine Affairs Co-operation (IOMAC) Dr. Hiran Jayawardene.

 

‘No screening at BIA for visitors from Latin American, African countries’

[January 31 2016]

Health officials rejected claims of an active screening program for symptoms of the Zika virus currently spreading in Latin American and African countries for passengers arriving from these countries at the Bandaranaike International airport.

 

Virusara card for war heroes

[January 24 2016]

Virusara a privilege card for war heroes, which grants them tangible discounts on medicines, food and other essentials will be launched tomorrow, January 25 on the initiative of the State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardena.

 

 

China and Sri Lanka have enjoyed fruitful ties over centuries. Sino-Lanka cooperation has reached unprecedented heights in recent years. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official visit to China last week reinforced these bonds of friendship and mutual trust with China pledging to stand by Sri Lanka at all times. Here President Rajapaksa greets Chinese President Hu Jintao prior to bilateral talks in Beijing. Pic: Sudath Silva

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Raising funds through illegal means:

International crackdown on Tiger activities

International investigations are under way by the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany to crack down on LTTE activities, specially its international financial network, by which it is still raising funds through illegal means. Intelligence sources told the Sunday Observer that the government is engaged at diplomatic level with these and other countries in the European Union to expose the LTTE’s financial network.

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Attacks on Sri Lankan pilgrims:

No impact on neighbourly ties

The recent attacks on Sri Lankan pilgrims in Chennai were perpetrated by certain pro-LTTE political hardliners to seek publicity and these incidents have had no impact whatsoever on the traditional neighbourly relations between the two countries, Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera told the Sunday Observer.

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‘Resettled families doing well’:

Vavuniya GA refutes Tamil media reports

Vavuniya GA P.S.M. Charles has strongly refuted reports in some sections of the Tamil media alleging that the health of a large number of families who have been resettled in the Wanni is in a precarious condition and are facing the threat of death, after the Government’s relief assistance was discontinued.

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All set for CPA confab next year

The Parliament of Sri Lanka has already laid the ground work for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference at the BMICH next year from September 7-15, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa told the Sunday Observer. An organising committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody and an Advisory Panel comprising Party Leaders under his chairmanship have been appointed, he said.

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Pottuvil calm after the high drama

The situation in Pottuvil has been brought under control following the shooting incident after police opened fire on a mob in Pottuvil killing one person, a senior police officer told the Sunday Observer. The mob had protested against the arrest of six persons who attacked officials conducting a census of wild elephants. The people had attacked the officials fearing that they were Grease Yakkas.

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