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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.

 

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday inaugurated the construction of the second phase of the Colombo Outer Circular Highway
from Kaduwela to Kadawatha at an estimated cost of Rs. 44.8 billion. The construction of the 29 km highway will be completed in three
stages, linking the gateway to the Southern Expressway at Kottawa to Homagama, Kuduwela, Biyagama, Mahara and Wattala to end at Kerawalapitiya. It will also link the proposed Colombo-Kandy Expressway at Kadawatha as well as the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway at Kerawalapitiya. Here President Rajapaksa inspects an architectural model of the project after inaugurating the second phase at Kadawatha. Pic: Sudath Malaweera

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Minister Vitharana refutes TNA claims :

PSC talks will conclude in six months

Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitharana who refuted TNA claims that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on power devolution was a delaying tactic of the Government said that the PSC has been mandated to conclude its deliberations within six months. A report would be submitted by then recommending constitutional amendments to further strengthen unity and communal amity in the country,

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Solutions to problems of people in N-E:

Sincere political parties should be accommodating

Senior Minister for Human Resources D.E.W. Gunasekara said if political parties are sincere to seek a solution to the problems faced by people in the North and the East, they must be flexible and try to accommodate the views of others and bring about a consensus on the issue.

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Crackdown on bribery and corruption intensifies

The Commission to Investigate Allegations on Bribery or Corruption since its appointment in May 15, 2011 has arrested 48 persons, the highest number of arrests since its inception in 1994, in its effort to crack down on bribery and corruption in Sri Lanka, Dr. Jayantha Wickremaratne, one of the Commissioners in the Bribery Commission told the Sunday Observer.

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Market experts commend EPF returns

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) managed by the Central Bank yielded a return of 11.5 percent last year which had been commended by market experts. Financial experts said that 11.5 percent is a reasonable rate of return by the Fund. Over 90 percent of the EPF is invested in Government Securities which produced a good yield last year and the previous year.

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