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Sunday, 3 June 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.



Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, is now a sea of heads with thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the country converging on the sacred grounds where Arahat Mahinda arrived from India with the message of Buddhism on a Poson Poya Day. Here devotees climb the steps to the top of the Mihintale Rock, the very place that King Devanampiyatissa and his retinue embraced Buddhism, giving rise to a heritage and civilisation based on Buddhist principles and values. Pic: Wimal Karunatilaka

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‘Disseminating misleading and false information’:

Govt decries UNP, JVP attempts to destabilise economy

The Government yesterday deplored attempts by the UNP and the JVP to destabilise the economy through disseminating misleading and false information. In a special statement released to the media, the Government said it has been in the forefront of protecting the entire financial system,

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Buddha’s teachings can resolve today’s conflicts too – President

The teachings of the Buddha are relevant even today as they were 26 centuries ago. If the leaders of our modern world embrace this advice, many of today’s domestic and international conflicts could be resolved, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was addressing the United Nations Day Vesak celebrations in Bangkok yesterday.

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50th anniversary of ANCL Mihintale Aloka pooja

The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) will conduct the Mihintale sacred area Aloka pooja for the 50th consecutive year from today till June 5. Abans Limited will sponsor the Mihintale Aloka pooja for the seventh consecutive year. The Ceylon Electricity Board has extended its fullest cooperation to this noble cause.

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Ideal forum to find solution:

TNA’s participation in PSC vital for Tamils

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said if the TNA has a genuine interest in the plight of the Tamil community, it should participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) which is the ideal forum to find a solution to the problems of those in the North and the East. The TNA will have to definitely come to the PSC due to international pressure, the Minister told the Sunday Observer.

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Move to curb incidence of violence:

Police gets tough over abuse of women and children

The Police Department has launched a program to curb the incidence of violence against women and children by setting up 43 branches of the Women and Children’s Bureau at police divisions and a single unit at every police station to investigate complaints of abuse against women and children,

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