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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.

 

 

Sri Lanka and Pakistan have always enjoyed close diplomatic, social and economic ties which received a further boost with the three-day State visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Pakistan. Here President Rajapaksa is being warmly welcomed by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari prior to their bilateral talks in Islamabad on Friday. Pic: Sudath Silva

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Efforts to be stepped up to realise potential:

Sri Lanka, Pakistan target $2 billion in trade by 2015

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari have called for enhancing bilateral trade, targeting US$ 2 billion by 2015 from the current US$ 375 million. Pakistan is the second largest trade partner of Sri Lanka. During extensive discussions, the two leaders called to step up efforts to fully realise the potential of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement and build a mutually beneficial economic and trade partnership.

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Following US led sanctions :

World oil prices soar

World oil prices are soaring following the US led sanctions against Iran, Petroleum Industries Ministry Secretary R.H.S. Samaratunga told a media briefing on Friday at his ministry. He said that the price of a barrel of crude oil had increased by US $ 9 in the past 36 days. The price of refined oil had also increased to US $ 130 per barrel last weekend. It was less than US $ 120, two weeks ago, he said.

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The ‘Mother of All Shows’ begins

The tradition established will be kept as Sri Lanka’s first ever award show for schoolboy cricketers, which has produced many champion Sri Lanka cricketers, is back to continue its role in fostering school cricket. The countdown to the 34th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2012 event begins today with the voting for the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year All-Island and Outstation contests.

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‘Ranil tactics, only to gain political mileage’

Many political, religious and social leaders yesterday condemned Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe’s statement and categorised it as a move to take political mileage ahead of the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) sessions by discrediting the country. Minister of Trade and Consumer Affairs, Johnston Fernando said that the Opposition leader is coming out with concocted stories for his own survival.

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Civilian officer to nip crime in the bud

A civilian officer with a sociological background has been appointed to the police department to do an indepth study on the pattern of serious crime plaguing the country and recommend preventive measures to nip such crime in the bud. The officer who will be attached to the Criminal Record Office is expected to submit a report to the IGP within the next few weeks highlighting the causes that led to such heinous crime being committed,

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