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  Ex-US Coast Guard Cutter provided to Sri Lanka to arrive early next month

Oct 04, Colombo: EX-United States Coast Guard Cutter, USCGC Douglas Munro gifted to Sri Lanka Navy has begun its journey home following the training of the Sri Lankan crew at the US Coast Guard Base, in Seattle, Washington.

Sri Lanka Navy officially took delivery of the USCGC Douglas Munro on 26th October 2021. Subsequently, the cutter was designated with the Pennant Number P 627 in SLN Fleet and underwent certain modernization equipped to suit the operational needs of the Sri Lanka Navy.

 New agency to be established to develop Sri Lanka’s islets:
Oct 04, Colombo: A new institution called Sri Lanka Islands Development Authority will be established with the aim of developing the small islands around the country and using them more effectively for the country’s economy, Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Urban Development and Housing said.

 SLASSCOM’s Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence onboards South Asian Technologies (Pvt) Ltd as the exclusive Strategic Partner:
Oct 04, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (CSCx) launched with the aim of positioning Sri Lanka as the Global Cybersecurity Hub

 Brandix’s Hearing Impaired Dance Group participates in International Sign Language Day celebrations:
Oct 04, Colombo: The Hearing-Impaired Dance Group of Brandix Apparel Limited, recently participated in a celebration to mark the International Day of Sign Languages.
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 HNB partners Aitken Spence for ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2022:
Oct 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, signed on as the exclusive banking partner to Aitken Spence Travels (Pvt), the Official Travel Agent (OTA) in Sri Lanka for the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, to offer cricket fans with exciting benefits.

  State Minister of Finance says decisions taken by the government to strengthen the economy are getting results :
Oct 04, Colombo: The State Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the results of the decisions taken by the government to strengthen the economy are gradually starting to be seen.

 Ex-US Coast Guard Cutter provided to Sri Lanka to arrive early next month :
Oct 04, Colombo: EX-United States Coast Guard Cutter, USCGC Douglas Munro gifted to Sri Lanka Navy has begun its journey home following the training of the Sri Lankan crew at the US Coast Guard Base, in Seattle, Washington.

 Local milk powder prices raised:
Oct 04, Colombo: Milk powder producers have decided to increase prices of locally produced milk powder.

 Strict punishment against perpetrators of ragging in universities - University Grants Commission:
Oct 04, Colombo: The University Grants Commission (UGC) says that strict punishment should be implemented against those who commit ragging in universities.

 Cement prices reduced from midnight today:
Oct 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s sole cement manufacturer, INSEE Cement has announced that it has taken steps to reduce the prices of cement to provide relief to construction industry.

 Defense Ministry announces firearm license renewal dates for 2023:
Oct 04, Colombo: The Ministry of Defense has issued a special announcement regarding the renewal of firearms licenses for the year 2023 for individuals and organizations holding firearms.

 Aid from Sri Lankarama Temple in Singapore to enhance Sri Lanka’s Piriven Education:
Oct 04, Colombo: The distribution of aid to the Pirivenas in the remote areas of Sri Lanka to enhance their education, under the courtesy of the Sri Lankarama Buddhist Temple in Singapore was symbolically held this evening (04) at the President’s Office.

 Committee on Public Finance refuses to approve the Order under the Strategic Development Project Act as BOI fails to provide data and proper analysis:
Oct 04, Colombo: Due to the failure of the Board of Investment (BOI) to provide a proper analysis, the Committee on Public Finance has refused to approve the Order under the Strategic Development Project Act, No. 14 of 2008 published under the Extraordinary Gazette Notification 2291/25, scheduled to be debated in the Parliament today.

 Foreign investments in Sri Lanka have failed in terms of government revenue – Eran :
Oct 04, Colombo: Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne speaking in Parliament today (4) said that when looked back at the history of the past 40 years of providing tax incentives to foreign investments, perhaps it had really failed in terms of government revenue.

  President issues Gazette declaring several services including fuel distribution essential :
Oct 04, Colombo: President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake has issued an extraordinary gazette notification declaring several services essential services as per the instructions of the President.

  Judicial Service Association files petition against State Minister Sanath Nishantha:
Oct 04, Colombo: The Judicial Service Association of Sri Lanka (JSASL) filed a petition in the Court of Appeal yesterday (03) requesting that State Minister Sanath Nishantha be investigated for contempt of court and penalized as he has insulted the court by making a critical statement about the judicial process related to the anti-government protests.

  President of Iceland assures to further strengthen friendship between Sri Lanka and Iceland:
Oct 04, Colombo: President of Iceland Guoni Th. Johannesson, congratulating Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election as the President of Sri Lanka, has further assured to strengthen the bond of friendship between the two countries.

 The Youth Community Leadership Initiative commemorates International Day of Peace 2022 at MAS Athena:
Oct 04, Thulhiriya: The Youth Community Leadership Initiative in partnership with the WHO, UNV and the UNDP in Sri Lanka came together to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

 Colombo Port wins 2022 GPF top awards:
Oct 04, Colombo: At the Sixth Global Ports Forum (GPF) Awards 2022 ceremony held on 28th of September 2022 in Dubai UAE, the Port of Colombo won top awards.

 UNHRC to take up Draft Resolution on Sri Lanka on Thursday:
Oct 04, Colombo: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry will be traveling to Geneva for the concluding segment of the 51st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Ministry announced.

 If GCE A/L is postponed, there will be a problem of covering the syllabus - Minister of Education:
Oct 03, Colombo: Education Minister, Dr. Susil Premajayantha said in Parliament today (03) that 10,000 schools will have to be closed in February if the GCE Advanced Level Examination is postponed by another two months.
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 Another student of Peradeniya University is missing:
Oct 03, Colombo: Police say that another student who studied at Peradeniya University has gone missing.

  World Bank praises the Sri Lankan government’s program to revive the economy:
Oct 03, Colombo: The World Bank appreciated the Sri Lankan government’s program to revive the country’s economy, the State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe said.

 Plans to build 2,000 housing units for low-income families in conjunction with the 75th Independence Day:
Oct 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe says plans are underway to start construction of 2,000 housing units for low-income families in conjunction with the 75th Independence Day.

  Outgoing Canadian, French envoys call on President Wickremesinghe:
Oct 03, Colombo: The Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David McKinnon and French Ambassador to Sri Lanka Eric Lavertu, who have completed their tenure in Sri Lanka and are scheduled to return to their respective countries, met President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (03).

 Members nominated for COPE and COPA:
Oct 03, Colombo: The parliamentary Committee of Selection has nominated the members to serve in the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and Committee on Public Accounts (COPA).
 European Commission President commends Sri Lanka government on the efforts taken to overcome the crisis :
Oct 03, Colombo: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission congratulating Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election as the President of the Democratic of Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has assured its support to the government of Sri Lanka for the efforts to overcome the crisis successfully, President’s Media Division said.
  Mother of three killed after earthen mound collapses on house:
Oct 03, Colombo: A mother of three has lost her life after a mound of earth fell on an estate house in the upper part of Mount Vernon estate in Dimbula Pathana police division.
 Only professionals will be recruited for the public service next year - Public Administration Secretary :
Oct 03, Colombo: Priyantha Mayadunne, Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, said that for the coming year, only essential professionals needed for the public service will be recruited by a committee consisting of senior officials.
 ComBank launches Middle Management Development Programs:
Oct 03, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon recently launched a Middle Management Development Programme to enhance the skills and competencies of employees in this segment and to enable them to achieve their professional growth goals.
 Rumors circulating about trimming government employees’ salaries are false - State Minister:
Oct 02, Colombo: State Minister for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the government has not taken any decision to cut the salaries of public servants and reports that the salaries of government employees will be cut in half are completely false.
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  Over Rs. 60 million worth drugs seized on the Southern Expressway:
Oct 02, Colombo: Police have found over 3 kilograms of heroin during the inspection of a Montero car in the Walahanduwa area of the Southern Expressway.
  SLFP commends the political parties that do not participate in the National Council:
Oct 02, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says that it salutes all brotherly political parties who abstained from participating in the National Council.
 President meets the Bishop of Kurunegala:
Oct 02, Colombo: A special discussion took place this evening (02) between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Most Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera, Bishop of Kurunegala and the President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka.
  Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC facilitates medical aid over USD 12 million :
Oct 02, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Embassy to the U.S. working in collaboration with American humanitarian donor organizations has facilitated the provision of free medicines and medical supplies worth over Rs. 4.6 billion (USD 12.6 million) to Sri Lanka from July to October 2022.
 Sri Lanka provides tax relief on female hygiene products:
Oct 02, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to waive duties imposed on five imported raw materials for locally produced sanitary napkins in order to make hygiene products more affordable in view of ensuring hygiene among women and school girls.
 Woman in a bus killed in a shooting incident in Mirigama :
Oct 02, Colombo: A woman who was traveling in a bus has been killed in a shooting incident in Mirigama Danowita area.
  South Korea provides a USD 6 million grant to strengthen the people affected by the Covid-19 in Sri Lanka:
Oct 02, Colombo: The Republic of Korea has, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), provided a grant worth USD 6 million to Sri Lanka to help communities affected by Covid-19 in the Central and Uva Provinces.
 CSE partners with University of Rajarata, to improve financial literacy among undergraduates:
Oct 02, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka (RUSL) jointly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their collaborative efforts.
 Schools taking money from students is prohibited, Education Secretary emphasizes:
Oct 02, Colombo: Secretary to the Ministry of Education Mr. Nihal Ranasinghe has stressed that schools should not collect money from students or parents for various events including children’s and teacher’s days except for the school fees approved for each school by the Ministries of Education and Provincial Education.
 The third generator at Norochcholai Power Plant restarts electricity production:
Oct 01, Colombo: The third generator that broke down at the Norochcholai Power Plant has resumed electricity production after repair.
  Sri Lanka Navy rescues 38 people from distressed vessel in northwestern seas:
Oct 01, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy today (Oct 01) safely rescued 38 people on board a vessel that was in distress due to sea water leakage while carrying a group of local tourists from Kalpitiya to Battalangunduwa Island.
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 Health Ministry assures continuous provision of high quality Thriposha nutritional supplement :
Oct 01, Colombo: Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that the Ministry of Health will take steps to continuously provide high quality Thriposha nutritional supplement to children and mothers.
 Ceypetco reduces petrol prices from tonight:
Oct 01, Colombo: Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera announced that it has been decided to reduce the fuel prices with effect from 12.00 midnight today.
  Sri Lanka President revokes the order issued declaring high security zones:
Oct 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an extraordinary gazette revoking the order declaring several strategic locations in Colombo district as High Security Zones.
 Agriculture Minister says sufficient stocks of fertilizer for Maha Season ordered :
Oct 01, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said that sufficient stocks of fertilizer has been ordered to meet the requirement of the Maha season, and these fertilizer stocks will be released to the farmers for cultivation shortly.
 Hapag-Lloyd introduces new feeder service between Colombo and Chittagong:
Oct 01, Colombo: Hapag-Lloyd has announced a new feeder service between the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka and the port of Chittagong in Bangladesh aiming to bring more fluidity into its transshipment movement.
 Suspect arrested with over 2 kg of heroin in Avissawella :
Oct 01, Colombo: The police have arrested an individual with two kilograms and 65 grams of heroin in the Wattekade area of Avissawella.
 Weekend luxury train service between Colombo Fort and Kandy begins today:
Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Mass Media, Transport and Highways Dr. Bandula Gunawardena says that a special weekend luxury train between Colombo Fort and Kandy will start from today.
  It is the responsibility of the head of state to provide nourishment to the children and protect the elders - the President:
Oct 01, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe states in a message on the occasion of World Children’s and Elders Day that it is his mission to nurture the current generation of children and to create a developed country for the future generations.
  Children’s Caucus hopes to do a significant amount of work for the betterment of the children– Chairperson:
Oct 01, Colombo: MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Children’s Caucus, said that the caucus intends to do a significant amount of work in the future for the betterment of children of this country.
 Arjun Aloysius issued summons for tax fraud of Rs. 5.3 billion:
Sept 30, Colombo: Arjun Aloysius, director of Perpetual Treasuries Company, has been ordered to appear before the court on 03rd October in connection with an incident of non-payment of income tax amounting to Rs. 5.32 billion to the government.
 Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice to meet on the 4th to consider 22nd Amendment :
Sept 30, Colombo: The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice is scheduled to meet on the 4th at 2.00 pm in Parliament to consider the twenty-second Constitution Amendment Bill to be debated in Parliament on the 6th and 7th.
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 Former President Maithripala Sirisena file writ petition in the Court of Appeal.:
Sept 30, Colombo: Former President Maithripala Sirisena has submitted a writ petition to the Court of Appeal. Requesting to cancel the summons issued to appear before the Fort Magistrate Court.
  Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UN in New York appointed as the Chair of the UN First Committee:
Sept 30, Colombo: The First Committee of the United Nations which deals with matters relating to disarmament and international security appointed Sri Lanka’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohan Pieris as its Chair by acclamation on 29 September 2022.
 Sri Lanka expects to develop friendship with China further :
Sept 30, Colombo: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says that China-Sri Lanka friendship is expected to be further developed to gain strength for the prosperity of the people of Sri Lanka as well as global unity
  Sri Lanka’s Colombo-based inflation rises to 69.8 percent in September 2022:
sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) increased to 69.8 percent in September 2022 from 64.3 percent in August 2022, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Wednesday.
 Special discussion on National Weather Plan and its contribution to the country’s development:
Sept 30, Colombo: A discussion on the national weather plan contributing to the development of the country was held yesterday (29) at the Presidential Secretariat under the leadership of President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake and the Deputy Leader of the United National Party, President’s Advisor on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardena.
 President proposes ADB to establish International University on Climate Change in Sri Lanka:
Sept 30, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed to establish an International University on Climate Change in Sri Lanka with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in order to enable students from any country in the world to engage in educational activities.
 Hemas, Dilmah and Daraz hand over vital and essential medicines to the Ministry of Health through UNDP :
Sept 30, Colombo: Three leading businesses in Sri Lanka have come forward to pledge their financial support to procure and deliver vital and essential medicines and medical supplies for the country through a UNDP mechanism.
 No plan to cut social welfare - Acting Minister of Finance:
Sept 30, Colombo: Acting Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe says any party who is currently receiving welfare benefits will not be at risk of losing benefits under the program to identify suitable persons who are eligible to receive benefits.
 HIP seizes networking opportunity at Global Port Forum Awards, Port wins double accolades:
Sept 30, Colombo: The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) won double recognition at the Global Port Forum Dubai, being named Multipurpose Port/Terminal of the Year 2022 and Port Infrastructure Development of the Year 2022 for the second consecutive year.
  Ugandan man arrested at Sri Lanka airport with 80 cocaine pills in his stomach:
Sept 30, Colombo: The officers of the Narcotics Control Division of the Sri Lanka Customs have nabbed an Ugandan man at the arrivals terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport with cocaine pills in his stomach, Sudatta Silva, Customs Media Spokesperson, Deputy Director of Customs (Legal Affairs) said.
  CICT & HIPG gift essential foods to 362 families of ‘Hope Village’:
Sept 30, Colombo: Families in a village in Sri Lanka’s deep South witnessed corporate generosity and empathy when Colombo International Container Terminals Limited (CICT) and Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) joined hands recently to donate dry rations to residents of Kandagasmankada in the Lunugamwehera Division of the Hambantota District.
 National Council decides to form two sub-committees on national policies and economic stabilization:
Sept 30, Colombo: The National Council in its inaugural meeting held with the participation of the ruling party and the opposition has decided to appoint two sub-committees related to national policies and economic stabilization.
 Debate on the 22nd Constitution Amendment Bill on 6th and 7th October :
Sept 30, Colombo: The Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said the Committee on Parliamentary Business decided to set aside the 6th and the 7th to debate the 22nd Constitution Amendment Bill.
 Sri Lanka Navy nabs 07 more would-be illegal immigrants in Talaimannar:
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy apprehended 07 more individuals who were suspected to be attempting to illegally migrate to a foreign country by sea, during a search operation carried out in seas off Sand Banks, Talaimannar on 28th September 2022, Navy Media Unit said.
 Sri Lanka, Philippine leaders emphasize strengthening bilateral relations through new approaches:
Sept 30, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the long-standing friendship between Sri Lanka and the Philippines would be promoted by developing Asian regional cooperation.
 President Wickremesinghe calls on creditors, stakeholders to support Sri Lanka’s debt sustainability :
Sept 30, Colombo: Addressing the 55th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors in the Philippines, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said amidst major economic stress, Sri Lanka is undertaking an unprecedented fiscal effort as part of the government’s commitment to restoring the country’s debt sustainability.
  Import restrictions placed on temporarily suspended goods to be eased on priority:
Sept 30, Colombo: State Minister for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says the government is ready to ease the import restrictions on goods that have been temporarily suspended due to the ongoing economic crisis based on priority.
 New American Center opens its doors in Colombo:
Sept 30, Colombo: The American Center in Colombo has relocated to the new U.S. Embassy building and opened its doors to program participants once again Thursday.
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