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PM for World Islamic Economic Forum

[May 29 2016]

For the first time, Sri Lanka has been invited to participate in the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (wiEF), scheduled to take place from August 2-4 at the Jakarta Convention Centre.

 

Norwegian State Secretary here this week

[May 29 2016]

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Tore Hattrem, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from May 31 - June 2, 2016. He will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera on May 31,

 

Health Ministry in emergency plan for flood victims

[May 22 2016]

An emergency plan to assist flood victims facing health challenges due to the prevailing weather is now under way in 84 districts, Director General of Health Services, Dr P.G. Maheepala told the media at a special conference at the Health Education Bureau to address issues such as food safety, sanitation and accident prevention during the Vesak season.

 

Jayanthi conquers Mt. Everest

[May 22 2016]

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala became the first Sri Lankan to climb Mount Everest. She left Camp 4 around 9 pm the previous day, with climbing partner, Johann Peries. She continued with her Sherpa to the Death Zone, the region above 26,000ft where climbing is extremely difficult.

 

Police come down hard on looters in flood-hit areas

[May 22 2016]

Police apprehended 15 persons from various flood-affected areas in the country for suspected looting and stealing valuables from houses evacuated by victims of the recent floods.

 

National Vesak Festival 2016

[May 15 2016]

The National Vesak Festival 2016, will be held at the Naigala Raja Maha Vihara, Hambantota district from May 19 to 26.Among the important events are ordaining 25 children at the Kasagala Raja Maha Vihara, workshop on novices and offering robes, display of Vesak lanterns in police stations, cultural display by the Police, Army, Air Force and the National Youth Services Council, Bodhi poojas, Bhakthi Gee, exposition of relics and holding dansalas.

 

Met Dept issues bad weather warning

[May 15 2016]

The Meteorology Department issued a bad weather warning yesterday that the atmospheric disturbance in the South East of Sri Lanka is likely to intensify and develop into a depression and move closer to Sri Lanka, affecting the weather in the country and the surrounding sea areas.

 

Vesak dansalas in Colombo to be registered

[May 15 2016]

As Colombo readies for the upcoming Vesak, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has called upon food dansal organisers, to first register with it.

 

President at Kumbh Mela, Sanchi

[May 08 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India from May 13-14 to attend the Simhasth Kumbh Mela, a popular Hindu festival in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Chandrika to address UN special session in New York

[May 08 2016]

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) will represent Sri Lanka at a special session of the United Nations

 

President tells police: Raid illegal sand mining

[May 08 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed a special police team to be deployed directly under the IGP to raid illegal mining across the country which harms the environment.

 

 

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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