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Task Force for reconciliation mechanism

[February 14 2016]

A new initiative was launched on Friday by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the District Secretariat in Jaffna where a task force comprising of 10 public personalities to design the reconciliation mechanism,

 

Over 100 stranded Lankan Kuwaiti workers return

[February 14 2016]

The government brought down over 100 workers who were stranded in Kuwait in the early hours of yesterday (13) morning, Media Secretary to Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorale said.

 

First kidney transplant ignites hope for patients at Polonnaruwa

[February 14 2016]

The first-ever kidney transplant operation at the Polonnaruwa General Hospital was a success, transplant surgeon Dr Joel Arudchelvam who led the operating team told the Sunday Observer on Friday.

 

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.

 

 

Independence Sqare at Torrington in Colombo 7 - the landmark of the country’s Independence.

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Husband and wife taken in for questioning:

Police bust large scale foreign liquor racket

A large scale foreign liquor racket was busted following the arrest of a husband and wife last week who allegedly sold well-known brands of imported foreign liquor without a permit by using a mobile luxury van with dark tinted windows, Police Media Spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody told the Sunday Observer.

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65th Independence Day celebrations on grand scale in Trincomalee

Sri Lanka’s 65th Independence Day celebrations will be held in Tincomalee on a grand scale tomorrow under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A series of mega development projects have already been completed in the Eastern Province to coincide with the Independence Day celebrations. This is the second time that the country’s main Independence Day celebrations are being held in Trincomalee after a lapse of 60 years.

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At UN Human Rights Council sessions:

Sri Lanka will stand its ground

Sri Lanka will stand its ground if there is a move for a procedural resolution by the US and its allies at the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva next month. External Affairs Ministry Secretary K. Amunugama said, “Our position is that if the USA or any other country puts forward a resolution against Sri Lanka, we will stand our ground,” in response to a query by the Sunday Observer if Sri Lanka was ready to face a negative resolution at the UNHRC in March.

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More investments to cushion impact on economy:

Two months’ natural disasters cost over Rs 100 billion

The impact on the national economy from natural disasters within the past two months may exceed Rs.100 billion as the damage to the national road network alone has been estimated at Rs.17 billion, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told the Sunday Observer. He said the Government will invest more on disaster mitigation projects to cushion the impact on the national economy.

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