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  Same group responsible for Lasantha's murder and Keith Noyahr's abduction, CID tells court

Jan 18, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court that the same organized group of suspects had carried out both the murder of senior journalist and Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and the abduction and assault of The Nation's former Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr.

When the Lasantha Wickremetunga murder inquiry was taken up yesterday (17), the OIC of the CID's Gang Robbery Unit-Inspector Nishantha Silva making submissions informed the Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihail that the CID found that the same group of suspects is involved in both crimes.

 Special cash rewards to police officers and informants leading to seizure of illegal firearms :
Jan 18, Colombo: The Police Department has decided to grant cash rewards to the policemen who seize illegal firearms and informants who provide tip-offs.

  IFAD assistance to boost development of plantations and agriculture sector in Sri Lanka :
Jan 18, Colombo: Dr. Tarek Kotb, the Country Programme Manager of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Mission's Asia & Pacific region today called on Sri Lanka's Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake at his Ministry.

 Second committee to probe assault of prisoners at Angunakolapelessa Prison :
Jan 18, Colombo: Another investigative team has been appointed on the instructions of the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorala to probe the assault of prisoners at Angunakolapelessa Prison on 22 November.

 Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission probes assault of prisoners at Angunakolapelessa Prison :
Jan 18, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) taking note of media reports and the release of videos on the assault of prisoners at the Angunakolapelessa Closed Prison on 22 November 2018, said inquiries will be conducted into the incident.

  Sri Lanka Prime Minister's biography translated into Chinese:
> Jan 18, Colombo: The biography of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, published in Chinese, was handed over to the Prime Minister at Temple Trees today (18).

 Sri Lanka and IRRI sign framework to boost national rice sector:
Jan 18, Los Baños, Philippines: The Government of Sri Lanka and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Friday inked a comprehensive work plan to advance Sri Lanka's rice self-sufficiency goals through joint research for development projects in the country in the next five years.

  South Pacific Stock Exchange and Colombo Stock Exchange enter a MoU to enhance collaboration:
Jan 18, Colombo: Fiji's South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE) and Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a collaborative relationship between the two exchanges seeking mutual development opportunities in the Fijian and the Sri Lankan capital markets.

 Philippines Parliament assures to support programs for development cooperation with Sri Lanka :
Jan 18, Manila: The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines has said that the Parliament of the Philippines will extend fullest support to implement the program for development cooperation with Sri Lanka proposed by the Philippines President, with the aim of assisting Sri Lanka.

  Same group responsible for Lasantha's murder and Keith Noyahr's abduction, CID tells court:
Jan 18, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court that the same organized group of suspects had carried out both the murder of senior journalist and Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and the abduction and assault of The Nation's former Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr.

  Mahinda Rajapaksa officially assumes duties at Opposition Leader's office:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has officially assumed duties at the Opposition Leader's Office in Colombo this morning (18).

 Sri Lanka's manufacturing sector slows down, while services accelerate in December 2018:
Jan 18, Colombo: According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank, the industrial production in Sri Lanka have eased in December 2018 compared to the same month in 2017 while services accelerated.

 Sri Lanka to begin second stage of electronic company registration system on Monday:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Registrar of Companies will activate the second stage of electronic company registration system on January 21, enabling even company registrations from abroad, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

 Many projects implemented under guidance of Plantation Minister to boost rubber industry :
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Plantations Industries and National Organizer of the United National Party (UNP) Navin Dissanayake today handed over appointments to 56 newly recruited Rubber Development Officers with the aim to boost the rubber industry in the country.
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 Sri Lanka PM says unity government spent over Rs. 1.3 trillion to improve education and health :
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the government from 2015 to 2018 has spent over Rs. 1 trillion for the betterment of the education and health sectors in the country.

  UNDP hosts dialogue on Youth Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka next week:
Jan 17, Colombo: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka announced that for the second consecutive year it will hold a dialogue next week on Youth Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the participation of 200 youths.

 First Sri Lankan women graduate from Army School of Ceremonial in UK:
Jan 17, Catterick: The first women from Sri Lanka will graduate from the Army School of Ceremonial in Catterick this week.

 Sri Lanka to receive $1 billion Bank of China loan this quarter - report:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka will receive a loan of $1 billion from Bank of China before the end of the January-March quarter to help the country meet repayments in the coming months, the chief of the Central Bank has said on Thursday, according to a Reuters report.

 Human Rights Watch says Sri Lanka's political crisis threatens justice efforts :
Jan 17, Colombo: The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Thursday said Sri Lanka's political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing truth and justice for abuses from the country's civil war.

 Germany authorities arrest suspect in the assassination of Sri Lanka Foreign Minister in 2005:
Jan 17, Colombo: German authorities have said that they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the assassination of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in 2005, according to an Associated Press report.

  Sri Lanka President signs three loan agreements totaling $ 455 mn with ADB:
Jan 17, Manila: Sri Lanka's President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena made his first visit to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila today while conducting a state visit to the Philippines and met with ADB President Takehiko Nakao.

 President appoints Commission to probe corruption and malpractice during unity government:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate into corruption and malpractice committed in the period from 15 January 2015 to 31 December 2018 under the Yahapalana government.

 Health Ministry bans handling prepared foods by hand:
Jan 17, Colombo: Food Control Administration Unit of the Ministry of Health has decided to completely ban the practice of handling prepared food by hand when selling to consumers. The ban will take effect from 1st of May, the state TV Rupavahini reported.

 Health Minister to reveal fraudulent activities of the GMOA soon:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajith Senaratne says he will soon reveal the fraudulent activities of the state doctors' trade union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), which has become a "political cat's paw".

 Special High Court to hear Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Museum case daily from Jan 22:
Jan 17, Colombo: The Special High Court today ordered to hear the case against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others daily beginning from the 22nd of January.

 Sri Lanka Army to release over 1200 acres in the North to original owners on Monday:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army complying with the President Maithripala Sirisena's directive prepares to return over 1,200 acres of lands held by the army in the North to the original owners with no impact to the national security.
 Person nabbed in Kaduwela with heroin worth over Rs. 60 million:
Jan 17, Colombo: The police have arrested a person with over 5 kilograms of heroin worth over Rs. 60 million.
 Sri Lanka Wildlife Department launches e-pass for national parks to control overcrowding :
Jan 17, Colombo: The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife along with the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology launched a day entry e-permit issuance e-service for national parks on Monday.
  A three member committee appointed to inquire Angunakolapelessa Prison incident:
Jan 16, Colombo: Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorala has appointed a three-member committee to launch a special inquiry into the alleged attack on prisoners at Angunakolapelessa Prison on November 22, 2018.
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 Sri Lankan court sentences two ex-LTTE cadres to prison for attack on Air Force camp in Anuradhapura:
Jan 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today sentenced two hardcore members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who pleaded guilty to their role in the attack on the Sri Lanka Air Force camp in Anuradhapura in 2007, to 10 years rigorous imprisonment.
 Sri Lanka officials to visit Israel to promote tourism:
Jan 16, Colombo: Officials from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau will visit Tel Aviv next month to participate in the International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM), the Jerusalem Post reported.
 Sri Lanka participates at Norwegian travel fair 'Reiselivsmessen 2019' in Oslo:
Jan 16, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organized and coordinated Sri Lanka's participation at the premier Nordic Tourism Fair - 'Reiselivsmessen 2019' held from 11-13 January 2019.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank subscribes to Rs. 90 bn T- Bills at the request of Treasury under 'exceptional circumstances':
Jan 16, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) today announced that it has subscribed to Treasury bills (T-bills) amounting to Rs. 90 billion in January 2019.
 Sri Lanka, Philippine leaders discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral engagements in many fields:
Jan 16, Manila: Philippine Rodrigo R. Duterte officially welcomed visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at Malacañang Palace on Wednesday and held discussions on ways to further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two maritime nations.
 Case against Chief of Defiance Staff to be heard on April 03:
Jan 16, Colombo: Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage today (16) ordered to take up the case filed against former Navy Commander and current Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne on April 03.
 Mass grave in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka unearths 300 human skeletons:
Jan 16, Colombo: Skeletal remains of 300 people and human bones have been unearthed as of today from the mass grave found in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka after the grave area has been expanded for a second time since the excavations began on May 28 last year, Senior Judicial Medical Officer Shaminda Rajapaksa said.
 Government to distribute new ambulances to 132 hospitals :
Jan 16, Colombo: The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has taken steps to provide new ambulances to 132 hospitals across the country.
 Sri Lanka to sign 6 MoUs with Philippines during President's visit:
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka and the Philippines will sign six Memorandum of Understandings during the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's visit to Manila this week.
 IATA renews SriLankan Airlines' Operational Safety Audit registry:
Jan 16, Colombo: The International Air Travel Association (IATA) has renewed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry of SriLankan Airlines for a further two year period up to 4th December 2020.
 Advantis Projects marks completion of logistics services for Matara-Beliatta railway line:
Jan 16, Colombo: Advantis Projects, a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Ltd., renowned for its expertise in transporting oversized and specialized cargo, marked the successful completion of logistics service provision for the construction of the Matara-Beliatta railway line recently.
  IMF ready to support Sri Lanka, will send team to resume discussions next month:
Jan 16, Washington,DC: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is ready to support Sri Lanka to overcome the economic challenges and a team will be in Sri Lanka next month to resume discussions on the IMF-supported program, Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.
 Sri Lanka's Port City completes land reclamation:
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's China-funded US$ 1.4 billion real estate development, Port City project has now completed the land reclamation and the construction in the reclaimed land will begin soon, the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development says.
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 Cabinet approval to streamline promotions, transfers in the school system:
Jan 15, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to a proposal presented by Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to streamline promotions and transfers in the school system.
  Illegal rare fish racket uncovered in Sri Lanka:
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have apprehended a stock of rare fish that had been transported illegally by sea from India to Kalpitiya, a coastal town in the northwest.
  ZTE hosts 300-strong delegation in Chinese Business & Investment Conference in Colombo:
Jan 15, Colombo: Aiming to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the two nations, Chinese telecom and IT giant ZTE Internet Culture Media (Beijing) Co. Ltd. successfully concluded its first ever "Civilized China" Business & Investment Conference at the Shangri-La, Colombo last Saturday (January 12).
 Sri Lanka pays back $ 1bn Sovereign Bond on time despite political crisis:
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka maintaining his track record of debt payments paid back a US$ 1 billion International Sovereign Bond borrowed during the previous government yesterday (January 14).
 Japanese Naval Ship 'Ikazuchi' arrives at Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port :
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship 'Ikazuchi' arrived at the Port of Hambantota on Tuesday (15 January) on three-day goodwill visit.
 Sri Lanka Navy to safeguard local fishermen from invading Indian trawlers:
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy says the Indian fishermen who illegally poach in the island's territorial waters have become aggressive and violent and are threatening the livelihood of local fishermen.
  Sri Lanka President to arrive in Manila today on a five-day state visit:
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has left for Manila on Tuesday on a five-day state visit upon the invitation of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
 Bank of China offers Sri Lanka $300 million loan, option to raise to $1 billion - Report:
Jan 15, Colombo: Bank of China, one of the four biggest state-owned commercial banks in China, has offered Sri Lanka a loan of $300 million which can be raised to $1 billion, a Reuters report said on Tuesday quoting a source in Colombo with direct knowledge of the matter.
  Fortude and Sandbox create Sri Lanka's largest sand sculpture on record:
Jan 15, Colombo: Fortude, a global technology solutions provider, in collaboration with Sandbox Consultancy, recently embarked on a team building initiative to create Sri Lanka's largest documented sand sculpture.
 Pilot project to distribute fresh liquid milk to the public :
Jan 15, Colombo: This year, steps will be taken through the National Livestock Development Board as a pilot project to distribute liquid milk by mini tankers to the public in urban areas in Colombo, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development P. Harrison said.
 Sri Lanka Bar Association condemns MP Wimal Weerawansa's statement on SC appointments:
Jan 15, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) said it condemns a statement made by Wimal Weerawansa MP in parliament on the 10th on the recent appointments to the Supreme Court.
  New Medical Faculty of Sabaragamuwa University to be opened this week:
Jan 14, Colombo: The new Medical Faculty of Sabaragamuwa University will be declared open in Batuhena, Ratnapura on January 17 by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.
 Health Minister prepared to face any commission looking into alleged frauds and corruptions in Health Sector :
Jan 14, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that he is not afraid to face a special commission said to be appointed by the President to look into the alleged frauds and corruptions committed by the Ministry of Health during the past 04 years.
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  Sri Lanka cabinet approves to get Buddhist scripture Tripitaka proclaimed as a World Heritage:
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal to request the United Nations to declare the Buddhist scripture Tripitaka as a World Heritage.
  Sri Lanka court sentences sea turtle killers to two years in prison:
Jan 14, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today sentenced a mother and daughter pair, arrested for killing an endangered sea turtle for meat and eggs, to 2 years in prison.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank takes many steps to strengthen transparency and accountability of operations:
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank today said it has initiated many measures to strengthen transparency and accountability in many areas of its operations in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (COI).
 Snow in US capital postpones Sri Lanka meeting with IMF:
Jan 14, Colombo: The meeting between a high level Sri Lankan delegation and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde scheduled for Monday has been postponed due to a snowstorm in Washington.
 Sri Lankan civil servants delegation visits Pakistan:
Jan 14, Colombo: A 12-member delegation of Sri Lankan Government officers is visiting Pakistan from January 14 to 21, 2019, organized by the High Commission of Pakistan, Colombo in collaboration with Pakistan's prestigious National School of Public Policy.
 Mobitel revamps its state-of-the-art customer care center at its Flagship Store in Colombo 02:
Jan 14, Colombo: Fulfilling its promise of being the caring mobile service provider, Mobitel proudly reopened its newly-refurbished customer care center at its flagship store in Colombo 02 recently.
 Issuing E-health cards for all Sri Lankan citizens from next month:
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that the issuing of the e-Health card for all citizens in the country will commence in February.
 Sri Lanka PM requests all parties not to spread misinformation on new constitution:
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested all parties to not to spread misinformation on the new constitution raising false alarms to mislead the masses and create panic in the country.
 IGP arrives at Government Analyst's Department to give voice samples :
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara arrived at the Government Analyst's Department this morning to provide his voice samples for the investigations into the alleged plot to assassinate the President and former defense Secretary.
 Elections for all nine provinces should be held at the same time, Minister Champika Ranawaka says :
Jan 14, Colombo: Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranwaka says the elections for all nine provincial councils should be held at the same time.
 Second Special High Court in two weeks:
Jan 13, Colombo: Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Thalatha Athukorala, says the second three-member special High Court to hear large scale financial frauds and corruption cases will be set up within the next two weeks.
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  Sri Lanka Navy recovers Indian fisherman's body, rescues 8 more :
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has recovered a dead body of an Indian fisherman during a search conducted in the sea area off the Delft Island today (13th January).
 Presidential Commission to investigate corruption in health sector:
Jan 13, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to appoint a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to look into the frauds and corruption that took place during the last four years in health sector institutions.
 Two people killed in shooting in Wattala:
Jan 13, Colombo: Two persons were killed in a shooting incident which took place in Hekitta area in Wattala this afternoon.
 Prepare for provincial elections before the presidential poll - President:
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says that some groups are attempting to postpone the provincial elections that need to be held soon by creating various stories about a presidential election.
 Sri Lanka Customs to expand radiological surveillance capabilities to international airport:
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs is planning to expand its radiological surveillance capabilities to the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), the island's main international airport at Katunayake.
 Sri Lanka PM plans program to improve Buddhism and promote cooperation among religions:
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he will conduct discussions with the Maha Sangha on improving Buddhism within the country.
  Sri Lanka Foreign Minister calls on envoys to boost country's image overseas :
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana has called on country's diplomats to boost the image of Sri Lanka overseas through efficient and effective execution of public diplomacy, utilizing its intrinsic brands such as Buddhism, gems, tea, spices, high-end export products and the warmth of traditional Sri Lankan hospitality.
  Sri Lanka Navy arrests 20 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters:
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has arrested 20 Indian fishermen and seized three trawlers in two separate incidents for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 Japan's Serenity Lake Leisure to buy controlling stake of Sri Lanka's Hunas Falls:
Jan 13, Colombo: Serenity Lake Leisure Private Limited, a Japanese company, will buy controlling shares of Hunas Falls Hotels PLC amounting to 66.2 percent.
 Sri Lankan arrested in Maldives for fatally stabbing compatriot:
Jan 13, Colombo: A Sri Lankan man has been arrested by Maldivian authorities for fatally stabbing a fellow countryman Thursday night in the Ellaidhoo Maldives Resort.
  Kathak recital by Thilini Rangika and her disciples:
Jan 13, Colombo: Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting Kathak recital by Sri Lankan dancer Thilini Rangika and her disciples on 18th January 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium, 16/2 Gregory's Road, Colombo 7.
 Sri Lanka President hopes to see a new generation of youth fortified in technical knowhow and ethical values:
Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that his desire is to see the children of Sri Lanka make use of modern technological equipment for the betterment of their future as well as for the future of the country
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 CAA seizes milk powder stock for animal feed while being repacked for human consumption:
Jan 12, Colombo: A stock of milk powder released from the Ambewela Milk Powder factory as animal feed was seized in Kuliyapitiya while being processed for human consumption. The raid was conducted by officers of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA).
 Sri Lankan envoy highlights issues affecting expatriate workers:
Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Jordan A.L.M. Lafeer participated in the inter-diplomatic dialogue which was held in Amman on 10 January 2019 to discuss common issues that affect the expatriate workers from human resources exporting countries, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
  Sri Lanka Police concerned about young generation :
Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera says the Police have drawn its attention towards children who are ready to take over the future of the country.
  UNP ready to create a foundation for every citizen to live in a united country - Minister Harin :
Jan 12, Colombo: Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, Harin Fernando says that the United National Party is ready to create a foundation for every citizen to live in a united country.
 Braybrooke Residencies appoints CSCEC as lead contractor for TRI-ZEN project :
Jan 11, Colombo: Moving rapidly ahead with a major upcoming real estate development in Sri Lanka, Braybrooke Residential Towers (Pvt) Ltd announced that it had appointed China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd (CSCEC) as the contractor for its groundbreaking residential project TRI-ZEN.
 IGP summoned to Government Analyst's Department to give a voice sample:
Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been summoned to the Government Analyst's Department for the first time to give a voice sample based on the revelation made by Namal kumara of a plot to assassinate the President and former defense Secretary.
 Sri Lanka Air Force hands over Ratmalana airport facilities to Civil Aviation Authority:
Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has initiated the process of handing over its facilities at Ratmalana to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) this week.
 Members appointed to parliamentary committee COPE :
Jan 12, Colombo: Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri yesterday announced that 16 members have been appointed to the Parliament Committee on Public Enterprises( COPE).
 ComBank introduces online & mobile banking registration via ATMs:
Jan 12, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has enabled its entire network of ATMs and CRMs for customers to conveniently register for Online and Mobile Banking facilities 24/7.
  Sri Lanka in discussions with China to set up a free trade zone for rubber :
Jan 12, Colombo: A Chinese delegation led by Shen Danyang, the Vice governor of Hainan Province of China met with the Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake on Friday at the Ministry premises in Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla. The Chinese delegation also included officials from the Ministry of Commerce of China.
 UNP says party will always support media freedom and right to protest:
Jan 11, Colombo: United National Party, the ruling party of Sri Lanka government today said the media freedom and freedom of expression are paramount to a democratic society and the intimidation of media will never be tolerated.
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 No room for a division of the country in the new constitution, Sri Lanka PM emphasizes:
Jan 11, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday emphasized that no room will be left for any proposal to divide the country and the foremost place would be given to Buddhism in the new constitution.
 Malaysia police bust Sri Lankan human trafficking ring:
Jan 11, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian local police have busted a Sri Lankan syndicate trafficking migrants including children, to Australia and New Zealand through Malaysia, in anti-human trafficking operations, Malay Mail reported.
  MP Wimal Weerawansa ordered to pay Rs. 10 mn compensation to JVP General Secretary :
Jan 11, Colombo: The Colombo Commercial High Court today ordered parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa to pay Rs 10 million in compensation to General Secretary of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Tilvin Silva.
 Singapore jails two Sri Lankans for offences under Passports Act:
Jan 11, Colombo: Singapore immigration authorities have jailed two Sri Lankan men each for 8 months for offences under the Passports Act on Monday (07), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Friday.
 Formal investigation into allegations of irregularities at Cey-Nor Foundation :
Jan 11, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi has assured to conduct a formal investigation into the allegations leveled by the trade unions that irregularities have taken place at the Cey-Nor Foundation.
 Two new non-cabinet ministers and deputy minister appointed:
Jan 11, Colombo: Two new non-cabinet ministers and a new deputy minister took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today (11) morning at the President's official residence.
 Minister condemns protests against media institutions:
Jan 11, Colombo: Dr. Harsha de Silva, Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reform and Public Distribution yesterday condemned a protest campaign by a group of persons clad in black against some private media institutions.
 Lanka IOC also reduces fuel prices:
Jan 11, Colombo: Following the directive of Finance Ministry to reduce prices of fuel from midnight Thursday (10), Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC), the competitor to the state-run fuel distributor Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, has also revised its fuel prices.
  Bank of Ceylon Joins hands with Institute of Physics- Sri Lanka to build future scientists in the country:
Jan 11, Colombo: As a knowledge enhancement initiative for youth in the country, the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) has joined hands with Institute of Physics-Sri Lanka/SLJSO to sponsor Sri Lankan teams to represent the country at the International Junior Science Olympiads- IJSO held in Indonesia, Netherlands and Botswana respectively.
 Estate employers prepared to grant workers' demand for Rs. 1000 daily wage :
Jan 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka estate sector employers association has informed the Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake, that they are ready to come to an agreement on the estate workers' demand for a Rs. 1000 daily wage in the future.
  SriLankan Airlines installs SkyLights' VR cinema at the Serendib Business Class Lounge BIA:
Jan 10, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, in partnership with immersive entertainment specialist SkyLights, today unveiled a new Virtual Reality (VR) cinema at its Business Class lounge.
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 Sri Lanka falls back in democracy last year:
Jan 10, Colombo: According to the latest edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, which provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide, Sri Lanka fell back in democracy in 2018 more than any other country in the region.
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