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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.

 

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the Anura Bandaranaike Memorial Clinic Building and Blood Bank in Nittambuwa yesterday. Here
President Rajapaksa and Ms Sunethra Bandaranaike lend a helping hand to former Health Minister Mrs. Siva Obeysekera. Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa is on exterme right.
Pic: Chaminda Hittatiya

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Attempt to influence UNHRC delegates :

Expatriate LTTE cadres hell bent on revenge

Many expatriate LTTE cadres, including an NGO activist are in Geneva canvassing support for the US-backed resolution on Sri Lanka and are holding meetings and hosting lavish parties in an effort to influence delegates at the UNHRC sessions, Deputy Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs M.L.A.M. Hisbullah told the Sunday Observer.

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Namal calls for stronger bilateral ties with Japan

Namal Rajapaksa, MP and Special Envoy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is now in Tokyo to attend the Annual Sri Lanka Tea and Trade Promotion seminar and also hold bilateral discussions with key Japanese dignitaries including the Special Representative of the Government of Japan for Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi. MP Rajapaksa during discussions on Thursday, March 8 informed Akashi of the ongoing progress in the country and the rapid development in the North and the East.

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Fuel subsidy – 130,000 fisher families to benefit

The Government’s fuel subsidy for fishermen following their week-long protest in mid February is now being provided and nearly 130,000 families will benefit, Secretary to the Ministry of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dr. Damitha de Soyza, told the Sunday Observer. The subsidy is Rs.12 per litre for diesel and Rs. 25 per litre for kerosene. It will be augmented with an additional subsidy of 100 litres of diesel and 125 litres of kerosene for all mechanised fishing vessels as assured by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, she said.

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City Traffic Police to ‘silence’ errant motorists

The City Traffic Police will take stern action against motorists and motor cyclists who fix specially manufactured silencers that release unusual noises while driving. According to a spokesman for the Motor Traffic Department, no motorists or motor cyclists could use silencers that release unbearable noises as it violates the Noise Pollution Act. City Traffic Police, SSP Chula de Silva told the Sunday Observer that vehicles with such silencers are not permitted to ply on roads or highways on the ground that they cause severe inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians.

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Drug abuse at big matches

The Health Ministry has focused attention on the use of Corex-D syrup and Tramadol tablets by certain schoolboys during the current big match season. The Health Ministry has warned parents of young schoolboys who go to cricket grounds to be vigilant over the behaviour of their children as they too could use such drugs.

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