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  India, Sri Lanka, Maldives navies conduct joint exercise on maritime security

Nov 28, Colombo: The Navies of India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives have commenced a focused operation which aims to enhance the interoperability between the maritime security agencies of the three countries in the Indian Ocean Region.

The Tri Lateral Focused Operations, between India- Sri Lanka- Maldives commenced at Sea from 27-28 November 2021, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.

 HNB focused on remittances as an engine for development:
Nov 29, Colombo: Underpinning the power of remittances to drive development and in support of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL) efforts to optimize inward remittances to Sri Lanka, leading private sector bank HNB PLC, recognized and rewarded their top achieving customers, at a special ceremony at their premises.

 ADB honors ComBank as Leading Partner Bank for Trade and Supply Chain Finance:
Nov 29, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been adjudged the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) ‘Leading Partner Bank in Sri Lanka’ at the 2021 edition of its Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP) Awards that recognize banks that support trade in Asia and the Pacific.

 Several suspended train services to resume today:
Nov 29, Colombo: Several train services which were temporarily suspended due to the inclement weather conditions will resume from today (29), the Railway Control Room said.

 Supreme Court begins hearing of FR petitions against Yugadanavi agreement:
Nov 29, Colombo: A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court today commenced the hearing of fundamental rights petitions filed seeking to quash the Cabinet decision to transfer 40% of the government-owned shares of the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Power Plant to U.S. Company New Fortress Energy.

 Tourism Minister expects to amend labor laws affecting those in the tourism sector:
Nov 29, Colombo: Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that he expects to amend the labor laws affecting those engaged in the tourism sector next year and discussions will be held with the Ministry of Labor and necessary arrangements will be made for that.

 Assets of the Employees Provident Fund reach Rs 3.1 trillion amid the Covid crisis:
Nov 29, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka says that the assets of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the largest retirement fund in the country, have exceeded Rs. 3.1 trillion despite the Covid crisis.

  STF launches special 24-hour operation island wide to nab organized criminals and drug traffickers:
Nov 29, Colombo: The Police Special Task Force (STF) has launched a 24-hour operation covering the entire island to nab criminals involved in organized crime, drug trafficking and various other crimes.

 The car toppled into the Mahaweli River recovered after a 14 hour operation:
Nov 28, Colombo: The car that overturned into the Mahaweli River in the Ilukmodara area on the Tennekumbura Gurudeniya main road in Kandy last night was recovered this afternoon along with the body of the missing passenger after a 14-hour operation, the police said.
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  A special flight to bring home the Sri Lanka women’s cricket team stuck in Zimbabwe :
Nov 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Cricket authorities have focused their attention on sending a special aircraft to bring the Sri Lanka women’s cricket team stuck in Zimbabwe to the island.

 Coronavirus update: 742 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 562,520:
Nov 28, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 742new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.

 Sri Lanka should be prepared to face the omicron coronavirus, SLMA warns:
Nov 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) says the omicron coronavirus spreading worldwide rapidly cannot be prevented from entering Sri Lanka.

 Bread prices up by Rs. 10 from midnight today:
Nov 28, Colombo: The All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association states that the price of loaf of bread weighing 450 grams will be increased by Rs. 10.00 from midnight Sunday. Accordingly, the new price of a 450 gram loaf of bread is 80 rupees.

  India, Sri Lanka, Maldives navies conduct joint exercise on maritime security:
Nov 28, Colombo: The Navies of India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives have commenced a focused operation which aims to enhance the interoperability between the maritime security agencies of the three countries in the Indian Ocean Region.

 Foreign Minister reiterates Sri Lanka’s commitment to combat Gender-Based Violence :
Nov 28, Colombo: To mark the annual “Orange the World: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” international campaign, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Colombo Tanja Gonggrijp handed over the “Orange the World” banner to Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

 Sri Lanka reports 27 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, toll rises to 14,305:
Nov 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Sunday reported 27 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Saturday, November 27.

 Tourists from six banned countries have not arrived in Sri Lanka, Minister affirms:
Nov 28, Colombo: Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that tourists from six banned countries have not arrived in the country in the last 14 days.

 Brandix secures 7th Exporter of the Year Award:
Nov 28, Colombo: Leading Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Brandix was named ‘Exporter of the Year’ for the 7th time, winning the Award for 2019/20 at the 25th Presidential Export Awards 2019/20 and 2020/21.

  Government takes steps to probe explosions of LP gas cylinders:
Nov 28, Colombo: The use of domestic LP gas cylinders has become risky as six accidents due to gas cylinder explosions have been reported across the country in November, consumer rights protection organizations have pointed out.

  Another child injured in Kinniya ferry accident dies:
Nov 28, Colombo: A seven-year-old girl who was critically injured in the ferry accident in Kinniya has died this morning (28), police said.

 18 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka Navy return home:
Nov 28, Colombo: Eighteen fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on last month, returned home on Saturday, New Indian Express reported.

 STF arrests two persons with banned pesticides:
Nov 27, Colombo: The Special Task Force (STF) of Police has arrested two individuals in the Thalawa area while transporting a stock of banned pesticides in a van.
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 Friction between ruling SLPP and ally SLFP intensifies - report:
Nov 27, Colombo: Political tensions between the ruling party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and coalition partner Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have escalated and the SLFP is already preparing to contest the forthcoming provincial council elections separately, Lankadeepa reported according to political sources.

 Coronavirus update: 719 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 561,778:
Nov 27, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 719 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday.

 Vegetable prices in Dambulla fall sharply:
Nov 27, Colombo: The Dambulla Economic Center has been receiving stocks of vegetables for several days and the wholesale prices of vegetables have dropped sharply, say traders.

 PM expects all state institutions to make special progress next year:
Nov 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that all state institutions should make special progress next year.
 Central Bank dismisses rumors that migrant workers’ remittances forcibly converted into Sri Lankan Rupees :
Nov 27, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has stated that rumors that remittances sent to Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan workers abroad will be forcibly converted into Sri Lankan Rupees are completely false.
 Minister says electronic media charging unfair fees for election campaigning has become a problem :
Nov 27, Colombo: Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has noted that electronic media has become a problem during the election campaign for not charging a fair fee.
  Sri Lanka reports 20 Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, toll rises to 14,278:
Nov 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Saturday reported 20 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Friday, November 26.
  Hirdaramani Group launches ‘Future First’ Sustainability Roadmap 2025 laying out meaningful business impact:
Nov 27, Colombo: Hirdaramani Group has launched its Sustainability Roadmap, ‘Future First’ – a unified and holistic sustainability plan with ambitious targets for 2025.
  Range Bandara calls on the government to take action against gas ‘bombs’ without letting more lives to be lost:
Nov 27, Colombo: General Secretary of the United National Party Palitha Range Bandara has called on the government to take immediate action against ‘gas bombs’ without allowing more consumers to be killed.
  Another 13 dangerous ferries in the East, most in Trincomalee and Batticaloa:
Nov 27, Colombo: It has been found that there are another 13 more dangerous ferries in operation in the Eastern Province, Secretary of the Provincial Ministry of Road Development Mr. I.K.G. Muthubanda has said.
  Cabinet approval to establish a company for oil and gas exploration - Energy Minister:
Nov 27, Colombo: Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila said at a media briefing at the Ministry of Energy yesterday (26) that the Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Sri Lanka Oil and Gas Company to commence oil and gas drilling in Sri Lanka and overseas.
  Sri Lanka bans travel from several Southern African countries:
Nov 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka, joining a number of countries that has banned or restricted travel to and from southern Africa, has barred entry to passengers from South Africa and several other southern African countries due to the new Covid variant ‘Omicron’ found in South Africa.
 Foreign Minister emphasizes the need to match formal education with the job market :
Nov 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris addressing the mismatch between the content of formal education and the availability of livelihoods highlighted the need for a change in the system to result in the production of employable graduates with competencies that match the job market.
 SLT-MOBITEL appoints Cricketing Star Wanindu Hasaranga as Brand Ambassador:
Nov 26, Colombo: Wanindu Hasaranga, the explosive all-rounder making strides in International Cricket, was recently appointed as Brand Ambassador for SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider recently.
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 SriLankan Airlines committed to serve India as the Airline continues to consolidate operations to pre-COVID-19 levels:
Nov 26, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, today, assured to Indian travelers that the Airline is committed to increase the flights to destinations that were temporarily halted due to the pandemic, restore operations to pre-COVID-19 levels, and offer Indian travelers a wide range of connections to Sri Lanka.
  ComBank partners with PayHere to offer Q+ users a unique eCommerce experience:
Nov 26, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has partnered with PayHere, Sri Lanka’s largest Aggregated Internet Payment Gateway Service, to offer users of its Q+ Payment App a unique, user-friendly and secure eCommerce experience.
 Coronavirus update: 714 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 561,059:
Nov 26, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 714 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday.
  Sri Lanka President warns of having to make unpopular decisions to overcome economic challenges:
Nov 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that in the future too many unpopular decisions will have to be taken to overcome the global economic challenges and to keep the country on the path to prosperity.
 Four-day holiday for schools to celebrate Christmas:
Nov 26, Colombo: The Ministry of Education has decided to grant leave to all schools in the country on December 23, 24, 25 and 26, for the Christmas festivities, said the Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Prof. Kapila Perera.
  All road development projects promised in ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor’ will be completed on time:
Nov 26, Colombo: Steps will be taken to develop all the roads in a timely manner as promised by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the people from the “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor” policy statement, Highways Ministry Secretary R.W.R. Pemasiri said.
 IGP summoned to testify at Easter Sunday case against former IGP:
Nov 26, Colombo: The three-judge bench hearing the case against the former IGP Pujith Jayasundara, who is accused of failing to take action despite receiving prior information regarding the Easter Sunday attack, has summoned the current IGP CD Wickramaratne on the 29th to give evidence in the case.
 Introducing a single licensing model for construction for all local government bodies considered:
Nov 26, Colombo: As it is inconvenient for people to issue permits under different forms when obtaining construction permits under different local government bodies, the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Urban Development and Housing focused on creating a single model that would be applicable to the whole country.
 Sri Lanka reports 26 Covid-19 deaths on Friday, toll rises to 14,258:
Nov 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Friday reported 26 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Thursday, November 25.
  Ministerial Consultative Committee approves Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund (Amendment) Bill :
Nov 26, Colombo: The Bill to amend the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund Act, No. 66 of 1981 was approved at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Trade.
 President instructs to launch mobile vaccination service to administer booster dose:
Nov 26, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the health authorities to take necessary steps to launch a mobile vaccination service to administer a booster dose for people over the age of 60 who had their second dose three months prior.
 Navy provides safe passenger transport service at Kurinchankerny bridge:
Nov 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has made arrangements to provide safe passenger transport service at the Kurinchankerny bridge commencing from yesterday (25th November).
 Five-judge bench appointed to hear FR petition against Yugadanavi agreement:
Nov 26, Colombo: A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court has been appointed to hear fundamental rights petitions filed seeking to quash the Cabinet decision to transfer 40% of the government-owned shares of the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Power Plant to U.S. Company New Fortress Energy.
 Main suspect in Sunshine Sudda’s murder, ‘Tinker Lasantha’ killed in police shootout:
Nov 26, Colombo: Underworld gang member Hewa Lunuwilage Lasantha alias ‘Tinker Lasantha’ was shot dead by police in Kalutara this morning (26).
 Delegation from Embassy of Netherlands visits the Hambantota International Port:
Nov 26, Colombo: A delegation from the Embassy of Netherlands in Sri Lanka has visited the Hambantota International Port to explore the potential of the port for future shipping operations.
 INSEE Cement signs MOU with Hambantota International Port to improve supply chain efficiency:
Nov 26, Colombo: The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) Thursday signed an agreement with INSEE Cement, the leading cement manufacturing company in Sri Lanka, to ensure the efficient transfer of raw materials to their factory in Galle, via the Hambantota Port.
 Coronavirus update: 740 new COVID-19 cases identified Thursday, total rises to 560,345:
Nov 25, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 740 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday.
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 Government is doing a great deal in building unity among communities, Sri Lanka President assures visiting UN ASG:
Nov 25, Colombo:Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured a visiting UN top official that his government undertakes a great task in building unity among the different ethnic communities in the country.
 COPE finds many irregularities in administration of Galoya Plantations:
Nov 25, Colombo: The Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), MP Prof. Charitha Herath questioned the Chairman of the Board of Directors including the Chairman of Galoya Plantations (Pvt) Ltd. as to how two private companies hold more power when it comes to the administrative decisions of the state-owned enterprise.
 Validations begin for Sri Lanka’s first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security:
Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) aims to respond to the needs and priorities of conflict affected women.
 Sri Lanka Parliament stands in solidarity with the global movement of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence:
Nov 25, Colombo: “Gender based violence (GBV) has almost become a clichéd term in gender terminology. We have spoken about it over and over again, it has really lost its essence. But, it is not merely a term.
  Locally produced security equipment donated to enhance security of the Parliament complex :
Nov 25, Colombo: The Centre for Defense Research and Development under the Ministry of Defense handed over locally produced security equipment in Parliament today (25) to ensure the security of the Parliament complex.
 MP Mahinda Samarasinghe resigns from post:
Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Kalutara District parliamentarian Mahinda Samarasinghe has resigned from his post as a Member of Parliament with effect from today, the Parliament informed.
  Sri Lanka reports 27 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, toll rises to 14,232:
Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Thursday reported 23 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Wednesday, November 24.
  Lanka Premier League pens deal with Daraz as Exclusive Digital Streaming Partner for 2021 season:
Nov 25, Colombo: Continuing the excitement of cricket and taking local cricket to the next level, Daraz steps up as Exclusive Digital Streaming Partner for Lanka Premier League 2021.
 BIA new Apron and taxiways open:
Nov 25, Colombo: The new Apron area and taxiways at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), under the Package B, was declared open for airlines Thursday (Nov 25) with the participation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Mizukoshi Hideaki.
 Landslide warning issued for seven districts, flood warnings issued for low-lying areas of Deduru Oya and Malwathu Oya:
Nov 25, Colombo: The National Building Research Organization has issued landslide warnings for seven districts with the prevailing rain.
 Gazette notification issued with new guidelines for appointment of President’s Counsels:
Nov 25, Colombo: An Extraordinary Gazette notification has been issued on Wednesday (Nov. 24) introducing new guidelines for the appointment of President’s Counsels.
  Sri Lanka’s budget proposals weigh on insurers’ near-term earnings - Fitch:
Nov 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government’s proposal to introduce new one-off as well as recurring taxes on companies will likely constrain the near-term profitability of some insurers, Fitch Ratings says.
  ComBank wins Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2021:
Nov 25, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC was declared Sri Lanka’s ‘Best Corporate Citizen’ in 2021 by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) on Tuesday night, achieving the pinnacle of recognition for sustainability and good corporate citizenship in the country’s corporate sector.
  Can enforce law against those responsible for Easter attack through parliamentary act- President warns Opposition :
Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa warned the Opposition to be vigilant when making demands as his government has the power to prosecute the leaders of the previous government for Easter Sunday attacks.
  Sri Lanka Central Bank continues to maintain its policy interest rates at current levels:
Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review on Thursday said the Monetary Board has decided to continue the current monetary policy stance.
 UN Assistant Secretary-General Khaled Khiari calls on Sri Lanka Foreign Minister:
Nov 25, Colombo: The UN Assistant-Secretary-General (ASG) for Political, Peace building and Peace Operations, Khaled Khiari, who is currently undertaking a visit to Sri Lanka, called on Foreign Minister Prof G.L. Peiris, at the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said.
 Minister of Industries inspects factory under construction to add value to ‘one million products of farmers’:
Nov 25, Colombo: The Minister of Industries Wimal Weerawansa Wednesday inspected the factory under construction by the World Wide Commodities Private Limited in Pannipitiya with the latest production capacity and state-of-the-art technology to add value to "one million products of farmers" and export to local and foreign markets.
  Coronavirus update: 745 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 559,605:
Nov 24, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 745 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday.
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