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Polls Chief says: No proxy candidates

[July 05 2015]

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya will issue a fresh decree to guide independent candidates and independent parties aspiring to contest the forthcoming general election, to stop them from becoming proxies of other candidates.

 

NDDCB unveils: MPs in drug trade

[July 05 2015]

A survey by the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) on drug traffickers has unveiled a lengthy list of parliamentarians indirectly involved in the drug trade.

 

National Immunization program gets off to a smooth start

[July 05 2015]

Sri Lanka's Expanded Immunization Programme ( EPI) which this week ( July 1) introduced a new Injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine ( IPV) for four months old infants is progressing well with a positive response from the public ,

 

Nawinne joins UNP

[July 04 2015]

Former Minister and the Kurunegala District Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) S.B. Nawinne yesterday crossed over to the ruling United National Party(UNP).

 

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,

 

 

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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