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President to attend G7 Summit

[April 24 2016]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to invite President Maithripala Sirisena as a guest at the G7 summit next month is a further recognition of Sri Lanka’s renewed global credibility.

 

Temporary ban on Yala safari operators

[April 24 2016]

Many safari jeep private operators are temporarily banned from entering the Yala National Park, as directed by the Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation Sumith Pilapitiya.

 

30 new degree programs introduced

[April 24 2016]

The student intake for universities has been increased by 10 percent this year and around 30 new degree programs have been introduced, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof. Mohan de Silva said.

 

Transport back to normal

[April 17 2016]

Transport services will return to normal after the New Year. Chairman of the National Transport Commission M.A.P. Hemachandra said transport arrangements for the New Year ending on April 25, will continue as planned.

 

Nepal resumes direct flights to Lanka

[April 17 2016]

Himalaya Airlines operated its maiden commercial flight from Katmandu to Colombo on April 12, to mark the Sri Lanka- Nepal New Year.

 

96 Indian and nine Lankan fishermen repatriated

[April 10 2016]

The Sri Lanka Navy assisted the repatriation of 96 Indian fishermen, released from Sri Lankan custody by providing them with safe passage on board the Ranavijaya and Sri Lanka Coast Guard Vessel CG 43 yesterday.

 

Port City: A venture open to all

[April 10 2016]

The Port City is not a Sri Lanka-China venture as it will be open to everyone and several Indian investors too have expressed their willingness to invest in the Port City, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

 

PM to visit China

[April 03 2016]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is shcheduled to make an official visit to China from April 6 to 9, at the invitation of Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang. Premier Wickremesinghe will meet Chinese leaders,

 

Lasantha’s murder probe to speed up

[April 03 2016]

The murder investigation of Lasantha Wickrematunge, the founder editor of the Sunday Leader is to be completed in the coming weeks, after several snags that delayed the process.

 

O/L results out

[March 20 2016]

GCE Ordinary Level 2015 results were out yesterday. Commissioner General of Examinations stated Results could be accessed on the internet on www.doenets.lk.

 

Errant food vendors under scrutiny

[March 20 2016]

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) as placed vendors of sweetmeats, cakes, rice, dhal, canned fish, spices, flour, dairy products, cooking oils and other popular consumer products under scrutiny, ahead of the New Year.

 

 

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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