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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.

 

 

A workshop titled Apey Gamana (Our Mission) is being held at the Diyatalawa Defence College for UPFA parliamentarians and constituent party leaders. Here President Mahinda Rajapaksa addresses the inaugural session of the workshop. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne is at right. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Dr. Suren Batagama, Prof. Ranjith Bandara, SLRC Chairman Mohan Samaranayake and Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal also made presentations at the first session. Pic: Sudath Silva

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‘Hypocrisy and double standards will undermine UNHRC’s legitimacy’:

Lankan envoy takes US under Secretary to task

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Tamara Kunanayakam strongly objected to US Under Secretary Maria Otero’s comments at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday that Sri Lanka had failed to show progress on HR issues, warning that the hypocrisy and double standards of the US would undermine gravely the legitimacy of the Council.

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Double standards of USA, Western bloc exposed

Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said had the USA had a genuine desire to safeguard human rights, they should have moved a resolution against the then UNP Government which was held responsible for the loss of 66,000 lives during the 1987-1989 terror.

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ICA consultant lauds Lanka’s Co-op Movement

Senior Consultant of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) Rangan Dutta has commended the Government’s moves to promote the country’s Co-operative Movement at the ninth Asia Pacific Co-operative Ministers’ Conference at the UN Centre, Thailand.

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Kachchathivu feast :

IMBL patrolling intensified

Fishermen from Sri Lanka and India have thronged the Kachchathivu Island to attend the annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church and the authorities from both countries said that they had intensified patrolling on the International Martime Boundary Line (IMBL) to ensure the safety and security of the devotees attending the feast, officials of the two countries said.

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‘West’s bogus concern - Sri Lanka owes explanation to none’

Almost three years after the Government inflicted a crushing defeat on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - Sri Lanka is the only country that has to date been able to defeat and destroy a terrorist organisation - a section of the international community’s ad nauseam criticism of the manner in which President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration has handled the crisis is becoming a major irritant bordering on bullying,

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