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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.

 

 

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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