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Rohitha transferred to general ward

[June 26 2016]

UPFA Kalutara District Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunawardena who was admitted to the ICU of a private hospital in Colombo on Friday (June 24) due to injuries sustained during a Joint Opposition's protest held in Colombo Fort was transferred to a general ward on Saturday (June 25) apparently due to his condition not being serious.

 

Media veteran Athaudahetti ITN chair

[June 26 2016]

Media veteran and long-time Media Secretary to UNP Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Saman Athaudahetti, has been appointed as Acting Chairman of the Government-owned Independent Television Network (ITN).

 

Annual Paada Yaathraa

[June 26 2016]

One of Sri Lanka's oldest traditions is the Paada Yaathraa foot pilgrimage from Jaffna to Kataragama along the East Coast through Kumana and Yala jungles which take place annually in the months of June-July.

 

Don’t pollute sacred city during Poson - Media Minister

[June 19 2016]

The Government has taken steps to extend food, water, health and sanitary facilities to devotees who come to Mihintale and Anuradhapura for Poson.

 

POSON AT MIHINTALE ALOKA POOJA

[June 19 2016]

Poson Poya is the day Sri Lankan Buddhists commemorate the formal introduction of the Sasana to the island - in the 3rd century BC. The day marks the first meeting between King Devanampiyatissa and Missionary monk Arahat Mahinda on Missaka Pabbatha hill or Mihintale near Anuradhapura.

 

Special train service

[June 19 2016]

Special train services will be in effect to Anuradhapura from June 18 and 19 for the Posson season. Additional trains and compartments will also be added

 

Crowds throng President’s House

[June 12 2016]

A throng of visitors continued to queue up outside President’s House, which was opened for public viewing, for the first time in its history. At the time this edition went to press,

 

Government tight-lipped over Mihin Lanka closure

[June 12 2016]

The Government yesterday was tight-lipped on speculation in airline industry circles that Sri Lanka’s loss-ridden budget airline Mihin Lanka is to wind up. Public Enterprise Development Minister Eran Wickramaratne

 

Turkey Foreign Minister to visit Lanka

[June 12 2016]

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka from June 14 to 15, a release from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey stated.

 

President to make second official visit to China

[June 05 2016]

Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told a recent media conference that President Maithripala Sirisena had accepted an invitation by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit China and the tour will take place soon.

 

Ramazan fast

[June 05 2016]

Ramazan, the month of fasting for Muslims the world over will be observed from tomorrow. Fasting during the month of Ramazan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam. Families gather at sunset for Iftar (break fast).

 

Victims of Aranayaka landslide move out: Army in rebuilding effort

[June 05 2016]

Landslide- affected victims in Aranayaka in the Kegalle district yesterday(June 4) began moving out from schools and government buildings making room for schools to function on Monday,

 

 

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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