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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.

 

More land in North to be released- PM

[January 17 2016]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a national event to mark Thai Pongal in Jaffna that 4,600 acres of land in the North were still under the Sri Lanka Army and will be released in two months.

 

Is this the world’s biggest Sapphire?

[January 17 2016]

Less than a fortnight after the discovery of the world’s largest Star Sapphire in Sri Lanka, a gem merchant from Beruwala is claiming to have found a 2,476 karat Blue Sapphire, making it the world’s largest Sapphire discovered so far.

 

Diesel leak contaminates Nilwala River

[January 17 2016]

Water supply to Akuressa, Malimbada, Matara, Mirissa, Dondra, Gandara, Kottagoda and Dickwella have been suspended temporarily after 15,000 litres of diesel leaked to the river from an underground tank of a fuel station.

 

 

No sound can be more soothing to a motoring enthusiast than the almost mystical notes emanating from a high-revving engine, as the rubber grips the road at high speed. The streets of Colombo Fort offered such an unprecedented adrenaline rush to motorsport fans from all over Sri Lanka and abroad, with the holding of the first-ever Colombo Night Race (CNR) last night, as part of the Electric Peacock Festival. Here drivers in their Porsches compete to edge out each other in one of the CNR events witnessed by thousands of spectators. Pic: Thilak Perera

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Norway’s dual role led to CFA breakdown – LLRC

The Lessons Learnt and Reconcilliation Commission (LLRC) in its final report to the President which was tabled in Parliament last Friday criticised the role of Norway, that their actions contributed significantly to breakdown of the CFA. It observed that the Nordic peace makers’ dual role as the facilitator and the monitor of the peace process did not synchronise well and this decision to play two opposing roles led to a conflict of interest and failed strong action by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in instances of grave violations of the CFA,

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Driver error, most common cause of accidents

Six persons die every day on Sri Lanka’s highways as a result of motor accidents which adversely affect the country’s economy as well, said Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. P. Mahipala addressing a media conference in Colombo. He said when analysing the cause of accidents,

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‘Plastic crates - not a hasty decision’

Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando told Parliament yesterday that the decision to introduce plastic crates was not a hurried decision and the subsequent gazette notification which was issued in January this year. Winding up the committee stage debate on his ministry, Minister Fernando said though the gazette was issued in January, the President had given a one year grace period to implement it, in response to a request made by farmers and traders.

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Unparliamentary behaviour to be kept under check

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has appointed a seven-member committee to make recommendations to improve discipline and ensure security within the Parliamentary Chamber in the wake of unruly scenes that broke out when President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the Budget on November 21.

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Most bus owners’ unions favour Govt efforts

All bus owners’ unions except one support the Government’s efforts to uplift the private bus service, said Private Transport Services Minister C.B. Ratnayaka. He said the Government has provided many facilities and benefits to private bus owners. Referring to the threat made by Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne to launch a country-wide private bus strike,

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