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Sunday, 1 July 2012


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Samantha Power arrives in Lanka

[November 22 2015]

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power arrived in the country last evening, on a visit which Washington termed, ‘Underscored the US support for Sri Lanka’s post war struggle for lasting peace’.


‘Galle Dialogue 2015’ begins tomorrow

[November 22 2015]

The International Maritime Conference, ‘Galle Dialogue 2015’, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, will get underway in the port city of Galle on November 23 for the sixth consecutive year.


Health Ministry warns food industry on sugar content in beverages

[November 22 2015]

Following the instructions of Director General of Health Services, Dr P. G. Mahipala, the Food Unit of the Health Ministry,


'Ban unethical food advertising'

[November 15 2015]

In an effort to create awareness of the adverse effect of unhealthy food, the Sri Lanka Diabetes Federation, the Diabetes Research Unit of the University of Colombo and NCD Unit of the Health Ministry reiterated the importance of eating food with less sugar,


Met dept issues bad weather warning

[November 15 2015]

The Department of Meteorology has forecast heavy rainfall and strong winds over the country today (November 15).The forecast said that showers or thundershowers will be experienced over the most parts of the island while heavy rain (about 150mm) are also likely at some places.


No-fly zone, no fishing on Nov 13

[November 08 2015]

Sri Lanka is expected to impose a fishing ban in the Southern waters and a no-fly zone over the southern sky in preparation for the fall of mysterious space object WT 1190F near its Southern coast on Friday (13).


Tropical Cyclone threat to Sri Lanka

[November 08 2015]

While Tropical Cyclone Megh is moving away from India, a new tropical concern threatens to cause flooding in southeastern India and Sri Lanka later this weekend and early next week.


Pakistan's Commerce Minister on official visit

[November 08 2015]

The Federal Commerce Minister of Pakistan Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on an official three-day visit to boost bilateral investment and trade between the two countries.


170,000 fully equipped houses for estate workers

[November 08 2015]

The UNF Government, in keeping with its pledge to do away with the plantation workers' line-room housing, will construct 170,000 more houses, compact with all facilities, phased over the next five years,


New Zealand Bag World Cup

[November 01 2015]

New Zealand’s powerful All Blacks rugby team beat arch rival Australia to win the World Cup for a record third time at Twickenham yesterday.


Russian plane crashes in Egypt with 224 passengers

[November 01 2015]

Family members of Russian passengers believed to have been on board a plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula arrived at Pulkovo airport,


India revises e-tourist visa fees from Nov 3

[November 01 2015]

Government of India has decided to revise the e-tourist visa fee in four slabs of 0, US$25, US $48, and US$60 from November 3.



Trinity skipper Kaneel Seneviratne receiving the Bradby Shield from Prisident Mahinda Rajapaksa after Trinity College beat Royal College by 36-20 in the second leg at Pallekele yesterday. Aloso in the picture are Central Province Governer Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Trinity College Principal Brig. Udaya Ariyaratne. Pic Kavindra Perera.

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Severe punishment for offenders:

Tough laws soon to check human trafficking

Sri Lanka will strengthen its laws by bringing in new amendments to the Immigration and Emigration Act to prevent the country being used as a safe haven for human smuggling, Controller of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera told the Sunday Observer. Sri Lanka will take steps to put a stop to human smuggling by introducing severe punishment for the offenders under the proposed amendments to be presented in Parliament soon,

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Foreign national, Kattadiya quizzed:

Treasure hunters in the net

Several people including a foreign national who joined the bandwagon of illicit treasure hunters in the past few months along with the Kattadias have been taken in for questioning by the police and their implements seized while excavating treasures in various parts of the country,

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Reconciliation, a Lankan issue, says Menon

India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said that reconciliation is entirely a “Sri Lankan issue” and India was willing to provide all possible assistance to achieve that goal. In a media interaction following a series of meetings in Colombo including talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa,

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Drought won’t hit paddy cultivation adversely

Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said he is confident that the total paddy production will not be adversely affected due to the prevailing drought. Farmers in certain areas have already shifted to other subsidiary crops. The harvest from maize and other subsidiary crops will be higher this time.

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Japanese investors go for ayurvedic medicine

The first Japanese delegation comprising 10 top investors will arrive in Sri Lanka on July 4 following the setting up of the Japan-Sri Lanka Centre for Friendship, Culture and Trade, Commissioner of the Centre Zenjiro Kaneko told the Sunday Observer.

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