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  The President says the government is committed to building a digitalized modern Sri Lanka

Mar 31, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe said the government led by him is committed to building a digitalized modern Sri Lanka.

Launching “DIGIECON 2030” on Thursday at Temple Trees, the President said digitalizing the public sector and speeding up digitalization is the responsibility of the government, and a cabinet committee will be appointed for that purpose. "DIGIECON 2030", which was launched according to the concept of President Ranil Wickramasinghe, is a unique milestone in Sri Lanka’s journey towards a digital economy. The program was organized by the Ministry of Technology.

 No more safe houses at embassies for unregistered female migrant workers, SLBFE informs:
Mar 31, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) states that from April 1st, female migrant workers who do not register with the Bureau and who seek foreign employment through illegal means will not be admitted to the shelters at embassies.

 Consideration of the petitions against the Finance Secretary for contempt of court on May 22:
Mar 31, Colombo: The Supreme Court ordered an adjournment till May 22 to consider two petitions filed against Finance Ministry Secretary Mr. Mahinda Siriwardena over contempt of court.

 The President says the government is committed to building a digitalized modern Sri Lanka:
Mar 31, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe said the government led by him is committed to building a digitalized modern Sri Lanka.

 ITC presents game-changing e-Certificate of Origin system for Sri Lankan exporters:
Mar 31, Colombo: The International Trade Centre (ITC) team, led by Ms. Raghad Altalli, Programme Manager and Trade Facilitation Advisor Thursday presented the new Electronic Certificate of Origin (eCoO) system to the Minister of Trade, Commerce and Food Security Nalin Fernando, in Colombo.

 Governor of Central Bank and Secretary to the Treasury explain IMF program at virtual Investor Presentation :
Mar 31, Colombo: Dr. P. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Mr. K M Mahinda Siriwardana Secretary to the Treasury and Ministry of Finance presented the “Sri Lanka’s IMF program and macro-fiscal framework” at a virtual Investor Presentation held on Thursday, March 30.

 Butterflies and dinosaurs, spaceships and girl-power this Avurudu – Tropic Of Linen drops its most fun collection yet!:
Mar 31, Colombo: Hold onto your hats, kiddos! The much-anticipated 2023 Avurudu Collection for kids by Tropic Of Linen has finally arrived - and it’s packed to the brim with quirky prints and playful detail.

  Belarus’ Industry Ministry seeks to build cooperation with Sri Lanka:
Mar 30, Colombo: The Industry Ministry of Belarus would like to build cooperation with Sri Lanka across a wide range of areas, Belarus’ Deputy Industry Minister Aleksandr Yefimov said as he met with Minister of Transport and Highways and Minister of Mass Media of Sri Lanka Bandula Gunawardena, BelTA reported according to an Industry Ministry press report.

  ‘Sayura’ Study Campus of Mahapola Ports & Maritime Academy opened:
Mar 30, Colombo: Training wing of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Mahapola Port and Maritime Academy’s new campus "Sayura" with modern facilities for training courses was inaugurated Thursday (30) by the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva.

  Using English for all first grade students commences from today:
Mar 30, Colombo: Minister of Education Dr. Susil Premajayantha says that to fulfill the current role of the teacher in creating a future generation of students who are ready to take on challenges, the use of English, which is essential as an alliance language, will start from today for all children in the first grade.
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  The first batch of eggs imported from India released to the market:
Mar 30, Colombo: The first batch of eggs imported from India by the State Trading Corporation (STC) was released to the market today (30) at the Kerawalapitiya warehouse complex.

  Sri Lanka President says ethnic issue must be resolved for the country to prosper:
Sri Lanka has a final opportunity to progress and it is imperative for everyone to collaborate in creating a prosperous community for future generations, without resorting to finger-pointing, emphasized President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

 Court of Appeal cannot order the retirement of doctors and other employees, AG informs court:
Mar 30, Colombo: The Attorney General informed the Court of Appeal that the Public Service Commission has the authority to make decisions regarding the retirement of all public servants, including doctors, and that the Court of Appeal does not have the power to issue orders in this regard.

 Sri Lankan High Commissioner discusses bilateral economic cooperation with India Reserve Bank Governor :
Mar 30, Colombo: Continuing his engagement with key officials of the Indian Government, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda met with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday at the Bank’s Headquarters in Mumbai.

  Sri Lanka Navy finds over 165kg of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 54 million in Madagal, Jaffna:
Mar 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy during a special operation conducted in the beach and sea areas of Madagal in Jaffna on Monday has recovered over 165kg of Kerala cannabis, on the beach and in the sea.

 EU funded SEDR Project launches Policy Brief to strengthen alternative dispute resolution in Sri Lanka:
Mar 30, Colombo: The Supporting Effective Dispute Resolution (SEDR) project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council in partnership with The Asia Foundation, launched a Policy Brief titled ‘Strengthening A Just Alternative’ to strengthen community-based alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms in the country.

 SLT-MOBITEL powers Future Minds as national ICT solutions provider:
Mar 30, Colombo: SLT-MOBITEL is serving as a proud sponsor of the ongoing Future Minds Higher Education Exhibition, in its capacity as the National ICT Solutions Provider of Sri Lanka.

 Hunas Holdings PLC announces landmark partnership with Adrian Zecha:
Mar 30, Colombo: In an exciting and highly positive development for Sri Lanka’s rebounding tourism industry, Hunas Holdings PLC – the company that owns the legendary, multigenerational favourite, the Hunas Falls Hotel – has announced a landmark partnership with Azotels – a company owned and managed by the ‘Hotelier of the Century’, Adrian Zecha.

 Sri Lanka reduces fuel prices significantly:
Mar 29, Colombo: The government has decided to reduce the price of fuel from Wednesday, March 29.

 Ministerial level committee appointed to provide land title deeds expeditiously:
Mar 29, Colombo: In relation to the lands given to the public by the government, a committee has been appointed at the ministerial level to expedite the issuing of land title deeds through the Land Reforms Commission (LRC).
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 Sri Lanka Central Bank again cautions public on risks of using and investing in Cryptocurrency:
Mar 29, Colombo: Considering the recent public inquiries and the developments observed relating to cryptocurrencies, which are also commonly referred to as “crypto”, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) reiterated to the public of the significant risks associated with using and investing in cryptocurrency.

 The students should be equipped with modern technology to take over the country by 2048 - President :
Mar 29, Colombo: Addressing the students of Ananda Vidyalaya today, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said it is crucial for students in the country to have comprehensive knowledge of modern technology and continually update themselves with the latest advancements to prepare for the future.

 Constitutional Council approves the appointment of retired High Court Judge K.B.K Hirimburegama as the new Ombudsman:
Mar 29, Colombo: The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the recommendation of the President to appoint Mr. K B K Hirimburegama, Retired High Court Judge to the post of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) which will be vacant from 31 March. 2023.

 Fourth round of negotiations on the proposed Sri Lanka-Thailand FTA held in Colombo:
Mar 29, Colombo: The fourth round of negotiations on the proposed Sri Lanka-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (SLTFTA) was held in Colombo from 27 to 29 March 2023.

  Government intends to resolve issues facing the construction sector as soon as possible – Sagala Ratnayake:
Mar 29, Colombo: The construction sector’s problems will be addressed gradually as the country’s financial situation improves, said Sagala Ratnayake, the Chief of Presidential Staff and Senior Adviser on National Security to the President.

 SLT-MOBITEL partners with Prime Group ‘The Grand’ in the essence of smart living with SLT-MOBITEL Fibre:
Mar 29, Colombo: SLT-MOBITEL, the national ICT Solutions Provider signed an agreement recently with Prime Lands Residencies PLC to provide comprehensive ICT solutions with SLT-MOBITEL Fibre connectivity for its prestigious and ultra-luxury masterpiece Residences, ‘The Grand’, located at Ward Place, Colombo 7.
 SJB Municipal councilor who set fire to President’s private house remanded:
Mar 29, Colombo: Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage Monday ordered to remand Weerasuriya Arachchige Chandima Nayanajit, the former opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya leader of Kotte Municipal Council, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with the burning of the private house of President Ranil Wickremesinghe during the Aragalaya protests.
 Six directors of the $100 million pyramid scam are banned from traveling abroad:
Mar 29, Colombo: Colombo Chief Magistrate Mr. Prasanna Alwis ordered yesterday (28) to ban overseas travel of six directors of a private company, ONMAX DT who are said to have committed a pyramid financial fraud of 100 million US dollars.
  Fuel distribution commences at Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela terminals amid security:
Mar 29, Colombo: Fuel distribution has commenced at Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela terminals at 6 this morning, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said.
 Union leaders and workers who obstructed fuel distribution are sent on compulsory leave:
Mar 29, Colombo: The management of the State-owned fuel supplier Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has taken steps to send the trade union leaders and the employees who supported them to disrupt the fuel distribution yesterday on compulsory leave.
  ICCR proposes to set up Sinhala and Hindi language departments in Indian and Sri Lankan universities:
Mar 29, Colombo: President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has proposed to set up Sinhala and Hindi departments in several Indian and Sri Lankan universities.
 Sri Lanka Navy receives maritime interdiction and protective equipment from the U.S.:
Mar 29, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy received a stock of maritime interdiction and protective equipment provided by the United States, at the Air Force base Katunayake Sunday (27th March 2023).
 ComBank conducts program for women MSMEs in celebration of Women’s Month:
Mar 29, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon recently hosted a special program for more than 100 female entrepreneurs engaged in micro, small and medium enterprises, with business leaders present to share their experiences and knowledge.
 Fitch assigns Seylan Bank’s Basel III Subordinated Debt Final ‘BBB(lka)’/RWN:
Mar 29, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has assigned Seylan Bank PLC’s (A-(lka)/Rating Watch Negative (RWN)) proposed Sri Lankan rupee-denominated Basel III-compliant subordinated debentures of up to LKR7 billion a final National Long-Term Rating of ‘BBB(lka)’/RWN.
 Minister instructs to take disciplinary action against trade union activists disrupting the distribution of fuel:
Mar 28, Colombo: Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has instructed the relevant authorities to take necessary disciplinary steps against trade union activist or employees who are disrupting the distribution of fuel.
  Sri Lanka ready to mobilize green energy investments in the energy sector :
Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka is to mobilize green energy investments in the energy sector and invites local and foreign direct investments for that purpose, Senior Advisor to the President on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardene said.
 Verification of more than 2.2 million welfare applications has been completed:
Mar 28, Colombo: The program initiated on the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to identify those eligible for welfare benefit payments has completed the information verification for over 2.2 million applications received during the on-going survey and verification process.
 Veteran singer Sanath Nandasiri passes away :
Mar 28, Colombo: Veteran singer, musician, and composer ‘Sangeeth Nipun’ Prof. Sanath Nandasiri has passed away today at his residence after a lengthy illness.
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 Three including a beautician arrested in Kandy for forging Attorney General’s letterhead, signature, official seal:
Mar 28, Colombo: A special police team of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested three persons, including a beautician, in Katugastota, Kandy for forging letterheads of the Attorney General’s Department.
 Cabinet approves a joint venture of CEB and India’s NTPC to build a solar power plant in Sampur:
Mar 28, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal put forward by the Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera to establish a solar power plant at Sampur, Trincomalee by a joint venture company of Ceylon Electricity Board and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)of India.
 UNFPA commends Sri Lanka on developing robust national evaluation capacities:
Mar 28, Colombo: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) congratulated Sri Lanka on its achievements in developing robust national evaluation capacities, at the policy, institutional, and professional levels.
  IFC, ComBank launch innovative digital marketplace to help Sri Lanka’s small businesses:
Mar 28, Colombo: To expand the reach of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), including women-owned small businesses, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is supporting the Commercial Bank of Ceylon (CBC) launch a digital marketplace in Sri Lanka, helping business owners connect with more customers locally and abroad.
 Court allows detention and interrogation of millionaire who supported the Easter Sunday attack for 90 days:
Mar 27, Colombo: Colombo Additional Magistrate Pasan Amarasena today (27) gave permission to the Anti-Terrorism and Investigation Division of Police to detain and interrogate a millionaire businessman who is accused of supporting the Easter Sunday terrorist attack, for 90 days
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  Two CMC workers die after falling in sewage pit:
Mar 27, Colombo: Two casual workers of the Colombo Municipal Council have died today (27) after falling into a sewage pit at the Hettiawatta junction in Kotahena, the police said.
  PM instructs state agencies to submit annual reports to parliament promptly:
Mar 27, Colombo: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has instructed the state agencies under all the ministries to submit their annual reports to the Parliament promptly.
 Sri Lanka grants licenses for three global entities to enter country’s fuel retail market:
Mar 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received the approval of the cabinet to allow entry of three global fuel giants to the country’s fuel retail market.
 Parliament will meet only on one day of next week:
Mar 27, Colombo: The Parliament is scheduled to convene only on Tuesday, 4th of April the coming Parliament Week, the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said.
 There is nothing more valuable than teaching children. - PM:
Mar 27, Colombo: The Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said teaching is the most valuable gift that can be given to children.
 Softlogic Finance PLC appoints Ivon Brohier as new Chief Executive Officer:
Mar 27, Colombo: Softlogic Finance PLC, a subsidiary of Softlogic Capital PLC, has announced the appointment of Ivon Brohier as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 27th of March 2023.
  Free rice distribution program to 2.9 million low-income families commences from Colombo District:
Mar 27, Colombo: The program to distribute free rice to 2.9 million low-income families commenced Sunday in the Colombo District under the patronage of President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayake.
 School student killed after hit by train:
Mar 27, Colombo: A 16-year-old school student has lost his life after being hit by a train near the flyover in Mulgampola area, Kandy.
  Panadura ‘Kudu Salidu’s close associate arrested with Kerala Cannabis:
Mar 27, Colombo: Police Special Task Force (STF) Special Operations Division says that Panadura Supun, a main associate of large-scale drug trafficker Panadura "Kudu Salidu", was arrested at Panadura Solomon Mawatha while transporting Rs. 3.5 million worth of Kerala cannabis on a motorcycle.
 Schools to reopen for the 2023 academic year today:
Mar 27, Colombo: The first term of the government and government approved private schools for the 2023 academic year will begin today.
 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, newest passenger plane arrives at BIA :
Mar 27, Colombo: The world’s newest passenger plane Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at Katunayake early today (27) for the first time.
 Hemas Hospitals unveils state-of-the-art Mammography System for early breast cancer detection:
Mar 27, Colombo: With the rising number of breast cancer cases among women in Sri Lanka, one of the country’s leading private healthcare providers, Hemas Hospitals, introduced its new, state-of-the-art Selenia Dimensions mammography system in an effort to combat the growing trend and facilitate advanced detection and prevention capabilities for patients.
 Once again, AIA ran for their lives - Proud sponsor of RFTL for the 3rd consecutive year:
Mar 27, Colombo: AIA Insurance was humbled to be a part of Run For Their Lives 2023, in raising funds for the Apeksha Cancer Hospital.
  Sri Lanka in further negotiations with IMF to provide more relief to low-income earners - PM:
Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said the government will further negotiate with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide more relief to low-income earners.
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 High-level Indian delegation discusses collaboration in energy sector with President :
Mar 26, Colombo: A high-level Indian delegation visiting Sri Lanka called on President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday and briefed him on the developments in the jointly-identified priority areas for bilateral collaboration in the energy sector.
 COPE probes procedural impropriety and financial misappropriation at the University of Peradeniya:
Mar 26, Colombo: The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) recently met to evaluate the current performance of the University of Peradeniya and examine the status of issues raised in the Auditor General’s report from 2020 and 2021.
 SLT-MOBITEL’s eChannelling powers Medicare 2023:
Mar 26, Colombo: Reaffirming its commitment to bringing cutting-edge digital health solutions, eChannelling, Sri Lanka’s largest channeling network, powered Medicare 2023, one of the most anticipated healthcare exhibitions in the country.
 Sri Lanka’s access to the growing Indian and African markets cannot be disrupted - President :
Mar 26, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized during an interview organized by Harvard University on the 24th, through Zoom technology, that Sri Lanka’s access to the growing Indian and African markets should not be disrupted by any big power rivalry or conflict.
 Body of the inmate drowned while escaping recovered :
Mar 26, Colombo: A detainee in the Pallekele, open-air prison had drowned in the Mahaweli River and disappeared while escaping from the prison camp.
 Government plans to provide free rice for 2.9 million low-income families :
Mar 26, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says that the government will start the program of converting paddy purchased from farmers into rice and distributing it to low-income families from tomorrow (27).
 Discounts of up to 50% to sweeten Avurudu further for ComBank cardholders:
Mar 26, Colombo: Commercial Bank’s credit and debit cardholders can look forward to discounts of up to 50% at more than 3,500 merchant outlets in addition to Easy Payment Plans this festive season, with the launch of the Bank’s ‘Avurudu’ card offers for 2023.
 BICOST IX - 2023 Science and Technology conference presents policy recommendations on Climate Change and Food Security:
Mar 26, Colombo: The 9th Biennial Conference on Science and Technology BICOST IX - 2023, organized by the National Science and Technology Commission (NATSEC) under the Ministry of Education, was held at Waters Edge in Battaramulla on 23 and 24 March.
  Government to provide a subsidy to all farmers for cultivation in Yala season:
Mar 25, Colombo: Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that the government plans to provide a subsidy to all the farmers for cultivation in the Yala season, either in the form of a voucher or cash credit to the bank account.
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 Sri Lanka, India discuss investment opportunities and enhanced corporation in the energy sector:
Mar 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has held discussions on investment opportunities and energy sector corporation with an Indian delegation led by Pankaj Jain, Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Friday, 24th March 2023.
  Government has no plans to dismantle the CSD – Sagala Ratnayake:
Mar 25, Colombo: Senior Adviser to the President on National Security and Chief of the Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayake says the Government has no intention of dissolving the Civil Service Department (CSD).
 President advises to appoint an expert committee to plan development of Sri Lanka’s sports sector :
Mar 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the Minister of Sports and officials, to establish an expert committee to assess the development of Sri Lanka’s sports sector and its future strategies.
  Supreme Court summons IGP over alleged disregard for order:
Mar 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’ Supreme Court, yesterday, issued summons to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C.D. Wickramaratne to appear before the court on April 03 for disregarding a order of the court.
 Navy conducts CBRN awareness program and exercise in Trincomalee:
Mar 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy held a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) awareness program and exercise at the Ashroff Jetty in Trincomalee harbor Friday (24th March 2023).
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