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President’s brother dies

[March 28 2015]

Priyantha Sirisena, the youngest brother of President Maithripala Sirisena who was attacked by Ishara Lakmal Saputhanthri with an axe on the head on Thursday evening, passed away at 3.50 a.m. at the Nawaloka Hospital.

 

Sunday Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer 2015

[March 21 2015]

The ever popular Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2015 contest is back again. The voting for the 37th Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2015,

 

Death of former Polls chief

[March 21 2015]

R.K. Chandrananda de Silva, most famous as a long-time Commissioner of Elections during many controversial polls, passed away yesterday morning at his resident at Rajagiriya. He was 78 years of age.

 

An all night Pirith chanting ceremony at ANCL

[February 22 2015]

An all night Pirith Chanting ceremony organized by Lake House to mark 129th birth anniversary of Lake House founder D.R Wijewardene. 

 

Maj. Gen. Chrishantha De Silva new Army Commander

[February 20 2015]

Major General A W J Chrishantha De Silva was appointed as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Army on the directions of President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

 

Presidential Secretariat Transport Director remanded

[February 17 2015]

Director of the Presidential Secretariat Transport Division Keerthi Samarasinghe Dissanayake who was answerable to over 748 missing vehicles was produced before Colombo Chief Magistrate Court yesterday and remanded until February 18.

 

CID records statement from Gotabhaya

February 13 2015]

The CID today recorded a statement from former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa about the activities of the Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited and the armoury affiliated to it found at the BMICH recently.

 

CID grills Duminda Silva for six hours

February 10 2015]

The CID yesterday questioned Colombo District UPFA Parliamentarian Duminda Silva for over six hours yesterday for his alleged involvement with the notorious drug kingpin Wele Sudha.

 

Sri Lankan Airlines Stewardess dies in Doha

[January 31 2015]

A Sri Lankan airlines Stewardess died on the spot and three Cabin Crew members sustained injuries when the vehicle that was carrying them on a desert safari toppled in Doha, Qatar yesterday evening.

 

Father and son burnt to death

[January 30 2015]

A 43-year-old man and his 03-year-old son were burnt to death when their shoddily built house behind Ismailpura Tsunami village in Walathapitiya in Samanthurai was gutted by fire last night, the police said.

 

Police seize 75, 000 Divi Neguma certificates

[January 28 2015]

Police seized a large stock of Divi Neguma Certificates and almanacs from a storeroom in Ampara District Secretariat this morning, the police said.

 

 

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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