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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.

 

 

The banks of the Diyawanna Oya on the Parliament Drive are becoming increasingly popular as a jogging track and a serene spot for relaxation among residents in the area. Swan boats too have become popular to enjoy the scenery. The neglected area was given a facelift on the instructions of Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Our staff photographer Vipula Amerasinghe captured the beauty of this oasis of tranquillity in the busy Rajagiriya-Ethul Kotte area.

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Increase in taxes and duties on cigarettes and liquor:

Tax revision to net Rs. 3 billion

The Government has projected an additional revenue of Rs.3 billion to the coffers through the increase of taxes and duties on cigarettes and liquor announced yesterday, the Finance Ministry said. According to the revision, the tax for a litre of imported beer has been increased by Rs. 50 and for local beer by Rs. 5. Taxes for hard liquor have been increased by Rs. 60 for a litre. All brands of cigarettes will cost one rupee more per cigarette.

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ETA targets Rs. 2,000m in visa fees

The Immigration and Emigration Department has set a targeted income of Rs. 2,000 million from visa fees under the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) scheme. The Controller General of the Department Chulananda Perera said that the Government has earned a record income of Rs. 600 million from January 1, the day the ETA was launched until the third week of March.

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More raids during festive season:

CAA gets tough with errant traders

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has been directed to increase the number of raids against errant traders during the festive season, said Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando. Traders should sell essential food items at controlled prices, he said. Adequate stocks of essential food items have been supplied to Lanka Sathosa and Coop Cities during the recent weeks.

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Opposition fishing in troubled waters all the time

Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the problem with Sri Lanka’s Opposition is that it always attempts to fish in troubled waters. Explaining the Opposition’s duty by the country in the context of the UNHRC’s decision, the Minister said that in an issue of national importance, the Opposition should stand by the Government irrespective of political differences.

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Special traffic scheme for Sinhala and Tamil New Year

A special traffic scheme will come into effect in the main cities next week on account of the forthcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Police will enforce road safety rules strictly to minimise the number of fatal road accidents during the festive season as a result of drunk driving, Police Media Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer.

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