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Colombo Defence Seminar

[August 21 2016]

The Colombo Defence Seminar 2016 on the theme 'Soft Power and its influence on Global Issues' will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2 at the BMICH, organised by the Sri Lanka Army.

 

Annual Nallur Festival 2016

[August 21 2016]

The annual Nallur Festival 2016 which commenced on August 8 will continue for 25 days and conclude on September 1. The festival attracts thousands of Hindu devotees including Sri Lankan Hindu expatriates who come to worship Lord Murugan during this annual festival.

 

PM, Ministers to observe Guanzhou City

[August 14 2016]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation, left for Guanzhou, the capital and the largest city of China’s Guandong province. A senior spokesman of the government said the Prime Minister’s visit to China would be important to Sri Lanka on the business and economic front.

 

Special train services during Kandy Esala Festival

[August 14 2016]

Eleven special trains have been scheduled to run between August 13-18, 2016 to cater to the needs of the devotees who would proceed to Kandy to the Esala Festival. These trains are in addition to normal Kandy trains.

 

Dengue hits new low but can escalate

[August 14 2016]

Suspected dengue cases islandwide have slumped drastically over the past one month Epidemiology Unit sources told the Sunday Observer. At least six districts which recorded an incidence above the 500 mark have plunged four fold between July 31 and August 13,

 

Five best opening ceremonies in Olympics history

[August 07 2016]

We look back at the best opening ceremonies of all time in Olympics history. In the world of sports, there is no other spectacle bigger than the Olympics and it is rightly called the greatest show on earth and all of them start with opening ceremonies,

 

Lanka flatten Test champs

[August 07 2016]

GALLE: Sri Lanka laid their hands on the Warne-Muralitharan trophy for the first time since its inception in 2007 when they completed a comprehensive 229-run win over the world’s no. 1 ranked Test team Australia,

 

New NIE Council members nominated

[August 07 2016]

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam nominated new members to the National Institute of Education (NIE)ouncil, which he dissolved in a sudden move two weeks ago, claiming in-fighting and a lack of progress.

 

Govt will run full term - President

[July 31 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena said the Yahapalana Government was well-established and will continue its full tenure despite the political conspiracies to topple the government.

 

Yala National Park closed

[July 31 2016]

Yala National Park will be closed for visitors from September 1 to October 15, the Wild Life Conservation Department said. The authorities close the national park every year during this period,

 

Rio 2016 Olympics

[July 31 2016]

The 2016 Summer Olympics, commonly known as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event due to kick off in the host city, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5-21, 2016. There will be 10,500 athletes from 206 countries,

 

 

Tourists frolic in Unawatuna beach: The number of tourist arrivals has increased sharply this year with the country’s peaceful climate and recommendations by the world’s leading travel magazines. Here tourists enjoy a dip in the sea at Unawatuna, one of the best beaches in the world. Pic: Saman Mendis

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Sri Lanka gained from Geneva crisis :

Govt ready to face challenges

Since terrorism was eradicated, peace, national integration, political stability and sound economic management have fortified Sri Lanka to defeat any challenges. Consequently, the national development project, one project for each village linking every village could be launched, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

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Palestinian rights issue :

United States isolated before international community

The US stood isolated before the international community when a resolution on the rights of the Palestinians was taken up last week at the UN Human Rights Council, the same day the resolution on Sri Lanka was taken up. Of all 47 members of the UNHRC, 46 voted in favour of the text that supported the right of Palestinians for self-determination with only the US opposing it.

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UNHRC vote shows declining US popularity

The resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva shows the declining US popularity, said Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma. Sri Lanka obtained 15 votes and eight countries abstained from voting, he said.

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Power conservation – LG bodies respond positively

The Local Government Ministry has responded positively to the Government’s ‘Electricity Conservation Program’ by directing all local bodies to switch off additional street lights and refrain from using high voltage street lights. Accordingly, local authorities countrywide have taken steps not only to switch off additional street lights and replace low voltage street bulbs, but also to keep a close tab on street lights kept on even after 6.00 a.m.

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Resolving problems without outside help more important

The US-sponsored resolution adopted at the UNHRC Geneva sessions is not a matter for concern but what is important is resolving our own problems without any extraneous interference, Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera told the Sunday Observer.

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