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Thursday, 15 December 2011


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PS chairman held in bribery case

[July 05 2013]

Walallawita Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Udeni Atukorala was arrested by Bribery Commission officials for allegedly soliciting a Rs 1.5 million bribe from the Bentara Paradeshiya Sabha chairman. It is reported that he had accepted the bribe to provide a permit to transport soil.


Anti-Dengue programmes in Kelaniya schools

[July 01 2013]

Public Health Inspectors attached to the Kelaniya MOH Office have taken steps to launch anti-Dengue programmes in 20 schools under the purview of the Kelaniya MOH Office. The programme will be conducted on the instructions of Kelaniya MOH Dr Wasantha Rajapaksa.


Principal dies during training

[June 30 2013]

Raddolugama Pagnananda Madya Maha Vidyalaya Principal W.A.S. Wickramasinghe died following a stroke while exercising in the morning at the Rantambe Cadet Camp. Wickremesinghe, 52, was among the 97 participants in the month long military leadership training programme for school Principals.


Senior Minister leaves for Geneva

[June 28 2013]

Senior Minister for International Monetary Co-operation and Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning Dr. Sarath Amunugama will leave for Geneva tomorrow to represent the Sri Lankan Government at the Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations


President unveils Buddha statue

[June 25 2013]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa unveiled a six feet Samadhi Buddha statue erected at the entrance to the Mihintale sacred area concurrent to the 2320 Mihindu Jayanthi commemoration. The President performed the first flower and oil lamp offering to the statue constructed by the Civil Defence Force (CSD).


Train crashes into parked lorry, one dead

[June 24 2013]

One died and four passengers were seriously injured when a train bound for Galle crashed into a lorry at Angulana . According to Police sources, the train was packed with rush hour passengers knocked the train when it was parked close to the railway track.


Man nabbed with ganja in bag

[June 21 2013]

A 31-year-old male, resident in Paththinigama, Galnewa was arrested by Galnewa Police on afternoon while carrying 1.508 kgs of ganja hidden in a travelling bag after alighting from a Colombo-Anuradhapura bus at Paththinigama junction.



President Mahinda Rajapaksa held discussions with representatives of traders’ and farmers’ associations over the use of plastic crates when transporting vegetables and fruits at Presidential Secretariat yesterday. Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Internal Trade and Cooperatives Minister Johnston Fernando, Finance and Planning Deputy Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena, Youth Affairs and Skills Development Deputy Minister Duminda Dissanayaka, Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga, IGP N.P.Ilangakoon and Finance and Planning Ministry Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundara also attended the meeting. Picture by Chandana Perera

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Chief Govt Whip Dinesh Gunawardena tells Parliament:

‘Key Opposition changes could affect budget debate’

Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that in case there is a change in the post of the Opposition Leader, then the budget debate too will have to be changed. Rising to a point of order, he said it was his belief that both Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga would continue in their present positions.

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President opens ‘Nelum Pokuna’ Arts Theatre today

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open the Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) Mahinda Rajapaksa Performing Arts Theatre today. The Theatre built on a model similar to the Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) of Polonnaruwa, was constructed with expertise from China at a cost of Rs 3.08 billion. China has financed a grant to cover 60 percent of the expenditure of the project,

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Traders suspend protest:

Government grants month’s grace period

The government yesterday decided to offer a month’s grace period for traders after considering the issue concerning the compulsory use of plastic crates to transport vegetables and fruits. Internal Trade and Cooperatives Ministry sources said that following a meeting between the President and traders on the issue of making plastic crates compulsory in transporting fruits and vegetables,

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National language policy:

President wants total implementation

Language policymakers and institutional leaders at state level are rapidly taking measures to elevate the status of bilingualism at public institutions, sequel to a call by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ensure 100 percent implementation of the country’s national language policy. President Rajapaksa had reportedly told officials involved in the implementation of the national language policy,

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