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Friday, 15 June 2012


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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.



The Minneriya National Park which lies in the Polonnaruwa district was declared
a sanctuary on July 29, 1938. It became a National Park on August 12, 1997. The Minneriya reservoir built by King Mahasena continues to play a pivotal role in the agricultural activities of the district as it did centuries ago. This reservoir is fed mainly by the Mahaweli irrigation scheme through the Yoda Ela. The forests are home to various animals with elephants being the flagship species of the Park. The reservoir and its surrounding wetlands are inhabited by a variety of aquatic birds. Here a section of Asian Open Bill Storks in the Minneriya reservoir. Picture by K A Aleem – Gampola Thinakaran correspondent

Animals too are fond of children as shown by this sambur who seems to be amused by a child’s attempt to make it rise to its feet during a visit to the Sithulpauwwa Purana Raja Maha Viharaya with her parents recently. The tame sambur is reared at the temple by Viharadhipati Ven Metaramba Hemaratana Nayake Thera. Picture by Saman Sri Wedage

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Government refutes press report:

No amendments to SAFTA

‘Trade agreements must not affect local production’:

The government has not taken a decision to restrict imports from India, Mass Media and Information Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said. The minister made this statement refuting a report in an English daily yesterday, while addressing the weekly Cabinet press briefing at the ministry.

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President on two-day official visit to Cuba

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will pay an official visit to Cuba today and tomorrow. An MoU will be signed between Sri Lanka and Cuba during the President’s visit, Mass Media and Information Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said. He said it will be signed between the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies of Sri Lanka and Raul Roa Garcia Institute of International Relations of Cuba.

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Greener pastures become nightmare for 148 Lankans

All deported, 17 diagnosed with Malaria:

Over 148 Sri Lankan bogus asylum seekers, stranded in Togo after being duped by human smugglers were deported to the country yesterday, with the assistance of Canadian and Sri Lankan authorities and the International Organisation for Migration. They had sought asylum in Canada but had been sent to Togo instead.

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Third Asian Youth Games in H’tota

Asian Olympic Committee President Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah said Hambantota has been chosen to host the third Asian Youth Games in 2017. >He made the announcement at a press briefing at the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee Auditorium last evening.

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