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  Salary anomalies of over 500,000 pensioners to be removed from July 1st increasing the monthly pensions

June 16, Colombo: The proposal made by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in his budget 2019 to remove the pensioners' salary anomalies will be implemented effective from next month, the Ministry of Finance announced.

Accordingly, over 500,000 public servants who retired before December 31, 2015 will be benefited by the removal of this salary anomaly. The monthly salary of the public servants who retired before December 31, 2015 will be increased by a minimum of Rs.2,800 and a maximum of Rs.20,000.

 STF arrests 51 with drugs at Facebook party in Balangoda:
June 17, Colombo: The Special Task Force (STF) of Police has raided a Facebook party and arrested 51 people, who were in possession of narcotic drugs and pills.

 Mihintale SLPP Local council member arrested for assaulting six people :
June 17, Colombo: A Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member of the Mihintale Pradeshiya Sabha Nipuna Madusanka has been arrested this morning for assault.

 National program of establishing 5000 Export Zone Villages to begin today:
June 17, Colombo: The national program of establishing 5000 "Export Program Villages" will be launched today from Dehiattakandiya, Chandanagama village in Ampara district under the patronage of Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowering Daya Gamage.

 Sri Lanka urges to place nuclear terrorism high on global agenda at GICNT:
June 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka called for placing the nuclear terrorism high on the global agenda at the 2019 Plenary Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), held at Palacio San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6-7 June 2019.

  Sri Lanka EDB organizes Technical exposure and capacity building program for food & beverage entrepreneurs in Thailand :
June 17, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Export Development Board in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Thailand organized a Technical Exposure and Capacity Building Program for 12 SME, food & Beverage export potential entrepreneurs

 Sri Lanka sees manufacturing activities recover in May 2019, services sector continues to deteriorate:
June 17, Colombo: According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank on Tuesday, the industrial production in Sri Lanka recovered in May 2019 while services sector continued to deteriorate.

 No plans to halt Battle of Solar Power project - Ministry:
June 16, Colombo: The Ministry of Power and Energy has announced that no decision has been taken to halt the first phase of the 'Battle of Solar Power' project introduced to strengthen the national electricity grid.
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  New pediatric ward complex at Negombo Hospital declared open :
June 16, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne today declared open the newly constructed pediatric ward complex at the Negombo General Hospital.

 Former Minister Kabir Hashim requested to join the cabinet soon:
June 16, Colombo: Cabinet Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs and deputy leader of the United National Party (UNP) requested the Former Minister Kabir Hashim, who resigned from his ministerial portfolio earlier this month, to rejoin the cabinet as soon as possible.

 Visiting Maldivian delegation calls on Sri Lanka PM:
June 16, Colombo: A visiting Maldivian state delegation said the purpose of their visit was to show the international community that Sri Lanka is a tourist friendly, peaceful and safe country.

 Sri Lanka, Russian Presidents discuss strengthening bilateral relations, regional safety:
June 16, Colombo: A meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and the Russian President Vladimir Putin was held Saturday (15) in Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe.

  British High Commission in Colombo celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 93rd Birthday:
June 16, Colombo: On Friday 14th June the British High Commission in Colombo and the British Council celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd Birthday at Westminster House.

 In Pictures: 5th International Day of Yoga celebrated in Colombo :
June 16, Colombo: The mega public event to celebrate the 5th International Day of Yoga was held on a grand scale at the iconic Independence Square in Colombo on Saturday morning (June 15).

 Salary anomalies of over 500,000 pensioners to be removed from July 1st increasing the monthly pensions:
June 16, Colombo: The proposal made by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in his budget 2019 to remove the pensioners' salary anomalies will be implemented effective from next month, the Ministry of Finance announced.

 INTERPOL Red Notice leads to arrest of Sri Lanka bombings suspect:
June 16, Colombo: The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) says its Red Notice has helped the arrest of Sri Lanka bombing suspect Mohammed Milhan and four others in Jeddah recently.

  Sri Lanka releases 18 Indian fishermen:
June 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has released 18 Indian fishermen who were in detention after they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for illegally crossing International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
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 Two suspects arrested with 2 kg of heroin, 12 kg cannabis:
June 15, Colombo: The Police Narcotics Bureau has arrested two suspects with 2 kilograms of heroin and a firearm in Seeduwa during a raid conducted at the Rubberwatte Junction in Seeduwa.

 Prime Minister has no conflict with anyone, PM office responds to media report:
June 15, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has no conflict with the President or anyone and the Prime Minister exercising the constitutional powers vested him without violating the Constitution is no cause for a conflict or a dispute, the Prime Minister's Media Office said today.

 Sri Lanka President calls on Asian nations to unite in the battle against terrorism:
June 15, Dushanbe: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena called on Asian countries to unite in the battle against terrorism while protecting and preserving the integrity and the independence of the democratic and sovereign nations.

 Former Eastern Province Governor Hizbullah appears at TID over a video:
June 15, Colombo: Former Eastern Province Governor MLAM Hizbullah has arrived at the Terrorist Investigations Division to provide a statement.

  Indian and Sri Lankan military personnel and families exchange visits under cultural program:
June 15, Colombo: In a follow up of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's solidarity visit to Sri Lanka, 160 Indian Armed Forces personnel and their families arrived in Sri Lanka today

 Poson an occasion for people to feel true meaning of limitless tolerance and harmonious living - Sri Lanka President :
June 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena in his Poson Message says the Poson Poya Day is an occasion for the people to feel deep in their hearts, the true meaning of limitless tolerance and harmonious living.

  Public Administration Minister attends ISSE-2019 in Moscow:
June 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Public Administration, Disaster Management and Rural Economic Affairs Ranjith Madduma Bandara has attended the XII Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition (ISSE-2019) in Moscow on 5-8 June 2019.

  Sri Lankan Prime Minister requests people to rebuild humanity through the path of Dhamma :
June 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka needs to reflect more than ever before on the profound truth preached by Buddha and commit to work in partnership to rebuild humanity through the path of Dhamma.

 Two suspects in the case of abduction of 11 youths released on bail:
June 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday granted bail to two suspects, who were in remand custody since their arrest in connection with the abduction of 11 youths.
 Former Maldivian President calls on people of all countries to visit Sri Lanka:
June 14, Colombo: Former Maldivian President and incumbent Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has called on the people of all countries in the world to visit Sri Lanka and assist the island nation.
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 Sri Lanka Prime Minister assured of Singapore's support for counter terrorism program:
June 14, Colombo: Singapore expressed its appreciation to Sri Lanka for its assistance in combating global terrorism and assured to support the island nation's counter terrorism efforts.
  Sri Lanka, Tajikistan Presidents to work together to ensure regional security and combat drug trafficking:
June 14, Dushanbe: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Tajikistan to attend the 5th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, met with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon on Friday in Dushanbe for bilateral discussions.
 UNICEF removes 'Parent' from iconic logo in call for greater support for Sri Lankan parents:
June 14, Colombo: Marking Father's Day (Sunday, 16th June), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has temporarily removed the image of the parent from its iconic 70 year old 'parent and child' logo...
  ADB loans Sri Lanka $50 million to provide credit to micro and small rural entrepreneurs :
June 14, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of Sri Lanka and the Regional Development Bank (RDB) today signed Loan and Guarantee Agreements to further assist Sri Lanka to provide affordable and accessible credit to rural micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.
 Maldivian state delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka today :
June 14, Colombo: A high level Maldivian state delegation will arrive in Sri Lanka Friday for a three-day official visit on a request of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister's office said.
 Sri Lanka banks receive over 1000 tourism sector loan relief requests:
June 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's banks as at May 31, have received 1,055 applications for borrowing requests for moratoriums on outstanding loans and the loan requests in tourism sector is around Rs. 62 billion, according to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).
 27 complaints against Bathiudeen, Hizbullah and Salley:
June 14, Colombo: Police Headquarters has received 27 complaints against former minister Rishad Bathiudeen, Former Governor of the Western Province Azath Salley and Former Governor of the Eastern Province MLAM Hizbullah.
 Foreign Ministry participates at the 'Rajya Sewaya Gamata Gena Yana Janatha Sewaya' Program:
June 14, Colombo: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated at the first 'Rajya Sewaya Gamata Gena Yana Janatha Sewaya' national program, held in Matale on 01 June 2019
 Five suspects arrested in Dubai in connection with Easter Sunday attacks extradited to Sri Lanka:
June 14, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police have brought five suspects, who were arrested in Dubai in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks to the island, Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
 Sri Lanka will rise as a untied nation combatting extremism, Speaker assures :
June 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya meeting with Ambassadors of 17 Islamic countries has assured that the island nation will combat extremism and emerge as a untied nation.
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 St. Anthony's Shrine at Kochchikade celebrates annual feast nearly two months after bombing:
June 13, Colombo: The historic Catholic church St. Anthony's Shrine at Kochchikade in Colombo celebrated the 185th annual feast on Thursday, nearly two months after the Easter Sunday suicide attack on the shrine.
  Major General Ruwan Kulatunga appointed as new Intelligence Chief:
June 13, Colombo: Major General Ruwan Kulatunga has been appointed as the Chief of the National Intelligence (CNI) Unit.
 Sri Lanka President leaves for Tajikistan to attend Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia:
June 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday left for Tajikistan to attend the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) scheduled to be held in Dushanbe.
 AG instructs police to expedite investigations on four controversial crimes:
June 13, Colombo: Attorney General Dappula de Livera has informed police chiefs to expedite investigation into four controversial crimes including the murders of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
 Monthly allowance for differently abled persons increased:
June 13, Colombo: As part of the government's commitment to developing a caring and an inclusive society, as proposed in Budget 2019, the Ministry of Finance has decided to increase the monthly allowance granted by the government to differently abled persons by Rs. 2000.
 Spanish investor to build hotel resort at Yala, expresses confidence and support for Sri Lanka:
June 13, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed an Agreement with Putus Brother's Sustainable Developments (Private) Limited to build, construct and operate a 15 cabana Hotel Project in Palatupana, Yala.
 HRCSL raises concerns over discrimination of Muslims in commercial activities:
June 13, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has raised concerns over the discrimination of Muslims by local authorities in facilitating commercial activities.
  PSC probing Easter Sunday attacks to convene today for the fourth time:
June 13, Colombo: The Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to probe the Easter Sunday attacks and report to parliament will convene for the fourth time at 2 pm today at the Parliamentary complex.
 Chief Justice recuses himself from ex-envoy Jaliya Wickramasuriya's petition:
June 13, Colombo: Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya has recused himself from hearing a writ petition filed by Sri Lanka's former Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya.
  Dialog Foundation initiates long term educational support for children impacted by the Easter Sunday incident in Batticaloa:
June 13, Colombo: The Rally to Care initiative by Dialog Foundation, continued its relief efforts on 9th June 2019, by providing long-term educational support for children affected by the tragic incidents of Easter Sunday at Zion Church, Batticaloa.
 Ceylon Chamber organizes awareness session on exporting to US under GSP:
June 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading business chamber, the Ceylon Chamber will be organizing an awareness session on 'Exporting to the United States under the Generalized System of Preferences: New Trends and Opportunities'.
 Japan offers to support Sri Lanka to curb global terrorism :
June 12, Colombo: Japan is ready to provide full support to Sri Lanka to face global terrorism, Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. Toshiko Abe said today.
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  India's NIA conducts raids in Tamil Nadu over suspected links with Sri Lanka church attackers:
June 12, Colombo: India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) Wednesday carried out searches at various places in Tamil Nadu following reports that some people are in touch with those involved in the Easter day church blasts in Sri Lanka, Press Trust of India reported.
  Special transport plan for devotees during Poson week:
June 12, Colombo: A Special Transport Plan for the Poson Festival will be implemented under the supervision of the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Arjuna Ranatunga.
  Sri Lanka to give effect to UN Security Council Resolutions to counter terrorism and violent extremism:
June 12, Colombo: A delegation from the United Nations Security Council recently held discussions with the government on the measures taken to control terrorism in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks on April 21 and the results of those measures as well as the future program.
 Sri Lankan doctor in Australia found guilty of sex assault on patient:
June 12, Colombo: A Sri Lankan doctor has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a vulnerable patient at a West Australian regional hospital, Australian Associated Press reported.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister leaves for Singapore on official visit:
June 12, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for Singapore for a three-day official visit today, Prime Minister's Office said.
  EU envoys meet Sri Lanka PM, express concerns about current situation :
June 12, Colombo: Ambassadors of European countries based in Sri Lanka called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today at the Temple Trees and discussed concerns about the current situation in the island nation.
 Former IGP Illangakoon, Hizbullah to testify before PSC tomorrow:
June 12, Colombo: The special Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks on the 21st of April and report to parliament is scheduled to convene again Thursday (13th).
 New program to increase the performance of SOEs as losses mount in 2018:
June 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said a new program will be implemented to enhance the performance of the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) as they continue to make losses.
 Sri Lanka Telecom launches National Digital Roadmap to SMART Sri Lanka:
June 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Telecom Tuesday (11) marked a special milestone in the country's digital journey towards SMART Sri Lanka with the launch of the National Digital Roadmap at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
 5th International Day of Yoga to be celebrated in Colombo on 15 June:
June 12, Colombo: United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2014, piloted by India declaring June 21 each year as the 'International Day of Yoga'.
 Shangri-La Hotel Colombo to reopen tomorrow:
June 11, Colombo: Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo announced Monday that it will partially reopen on Wednesday, seven weeks after the five star property was attacked by a suicide bomber on Easter Sunday.
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 Sri Lanka Marxist party to launch agitation tomorrow demanding the government to resign:
June 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is preparing to launch an agitation campaign tomorrow (12th) demanding the government that "made the country anarchic and sacrificed public security".
 President appoints new SLFP electoral and district organizers:
June 11, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed 16 new electoral and district organizers of the party.
 Muslim parliamentarians call on Chief Prelates :
June 11, Colombo: All Muslim Parliamentarians who had resigned from their Ministerial portfolios met with the Chief Prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters in Kandy today (11) to explain their collective decision to resign.
 Former governor Azath Salley tells PSC that authorities were warned about the Muslim extremist group :
June 11, Colombo: Former Governor of the Western Province Azath Salley appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday terrorist attack said the authorities had been forewarned several times about the activities of the Muslim extremist organization National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ).
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister emphasizes independence of parliament :
June 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he will never take measures to betray the sovereignty of the people and the independence of the parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers has no right to meddle into affairs of the Parliamentary Select Committee investigating the Easter Sunday terrorist attack.
 Japanese investor reiterates his confidence in Sri Lanka:
June 11, Colombo: In the aftermath of the disruption caused by the tragic events on Easter Morning on 21st April 2019 the Board of Investment represented by its Media and Publicity Director Dilip S. Samarasinghe spoke to Jitsuo Mikasa, President of Tosslec Co. Ltd., of Kyoto
 Investigations against former government officials IH Mahanama and Piyadasa Dissanayake concluded, court told:
June 11, Colombo: The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has informed the Colombo Magistrate's Court that the investigations into Chief of Presidential Staff, IHK Mahanama and former Chairman of State Timber Corporation Piyasena Dissanayake will be concluded and charges would be brought against them.
 Sri Lanka's Mobitel 5G becomes the first and fastest in South Asia:
June 11, Colombo: Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd, the national mobile service provider in Sri Lanka successfully reached the highest mobile 5G speeds for the first time in South Asia exceeding speeds of 1.55Gbps using a commercial 5G mobile smartphone on 7th June 2019.
 Parliamentary Select Committee probing Easter Sunday attacks to meet today:
June 11, Colombo: The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to investigate the terrorist attacks on 21st April will meet again in Parliament complex today (11th) at 2.00 pm.
  U.S. Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka later this month:
June 11, Colombo: The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka later this month, the State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus announced.
 Two FR petitions filed challenging Emergency Regulations:
June 10, Colombo: The Supreme Court today ordered to fix hearing of two fundamental rights petitions filed against the violation of human rights due to Emergency Regulations for July 05.
  No Navy camp is removed from Wilpattu, media report false - spokesman:
June 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy stressed today that the media reports of removing a navy camp from Wilpattu national forest are completely false.
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  Sri Lanka Government signs Statement of Corporate Intent with 10 SOEs :
June 10, Colombo: The Government Monday signed the Statement of Corporate Intent (SCIs) with ten selected State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with a view to enhance the performance of these institutions.
 Prime Minister pledges to save carpentry industry while protecting environment:
June 10, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Monday said the government will give maximum support to the modernization and successful development of the carpentry industry.
  Sri Lanka's international airport Arrival and Departure lobbies open for visitors again:
June 10, Colombo: The arrival and departure lobbies of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have been re-opened for visitors of passengers.
 Monthly fuel prices revision: only price of 92 Octane Petrol increased:
June 10, Colombo: The government has decided not to increase the prices of three of the four fuel types at this time.
 Civil society groups urge Speaker to ensure uninterrupted functioning of PSC on Easter Sunday attacks:
June 10, Colombo: Leading civil society organizations in Sri Lanka have urged the Speaker of the Parliament to ensure that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks continue to function without any hindrance.
 Final report of Presidential Committee to investigate Easter Sunday attacks handed over to President:
June 10, Colombo: The final report of the special three-member committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to investigate Easter Sunday attacks on April 21 has been handed over to the President today at the Presidents Official Residence.
 Gazette issued announcing Public and Bank Holidays for 2020:
June 10, Colombo: An Extraordinary Gazette notification issued on Friday has announced the Public and Bank Holidays for the year 2020.
  Three acting ministers sworn in before President :
June 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka President has appointed three Acting Ministers to assume the responsibilities of the ministries left unattended by the resignation of Muslim ministers.
  Sri Lanka, India PMs discuss expansion of economic relations:
June 10, Colombo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during their meeting on Sunday have paid special attention to strengthening and expanding economic ties between India and Sri Lanka.
  Traffic lane laws to be strictly enforced from today:
June 10, Colombo: Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said the recently introduced Traffic Lane Law will be strictly enforced from today (June 10).
 Sri Lanka to open high quality lubricants blending plant:
June 09, Colombo: The lubricant blending plant built at the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd (CPSTL) complex in Muthurajawela is scheduled to be opened by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 24th June.
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 Finance Minister questions why he is barred from temples:
June 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera today questioned why some temples have barred him from visiting when he, as finance minister done a great deal for the development of temples.
 Bus foot board breaks away killing two people :
June 09, Colombo: Two people have been killed when the foot board of a passenger bus broke away while plying on the Colombo-Kandy road in Pahala Kadugannawa area.
 Pioneering speed to market solutions -Sri Lanka's EFL launches exclusive charter to Pittsburgh, USA :
June 09, Colombo: Global logistics provider EFL recently launched an exclusive weekly charter to Pittsburgh, USA as part of its continuous efforts to develop innovative solutions for global brands.
  Indian Premier concludes Sri Lanka visit pledging to strengthen bilateral ties further:
June 09, Colombo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Sri Lanka today on an invitation extended by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, held discussions with the President at the President's House in Colombo.
 PM Modi visits bombed St Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade, pays tribute to victims:
June 09, Colombo: Commencing his short trip to Sri Lanka, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade which came under suicide bomb attack on Easter Sunday and paid tribute to the victims.
 Public Administration Ministry circular on office attire is being amended, PM says:
June 09, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the government has decided to amend the recent Public Administration Ministry circular that detailed the attire for public sector employees and hence the employees need not to follow the circular.
 Indian Prime Minister arrives in Sri Lanka on a short visit:
June 09, Colombo: Narendra Modi has arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday for a brief visit on the invitation of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
  Sri Lanka Navy conducts awareness programs for fishermen on illegal fishing practices :
June 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has recently held a program for the fisheries community in the territorial area of Southern Naval Command to raise awareness in illegal fishing activities.
 Sri Lanka PM to set up a council for religious reconciliation to resolve inter-religion issues :
June 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he accepts the recent announcement of the Buddhist chief prelates and will take steps to set up a council to dispel the suspicions and misconceptions among the religions and build religious reconciliation.
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  Resigned Muslim ministers meet opposition leader:
June 08, Colombo: The group of Muslim ministers resigned from the ministerial portfolios recently met with the Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa today at his official residence.
 Traditional carpentry shops will not be closed, Ministry clarifies:
June 08, Colombo: The Ministry of Mahaweli development and Environment states that traditional carpentry sheds will not be banned and only mobile timber mills will be proscribed.
  Government officials are bound by law to appear before PSC, Speaker responds to President's criticism:
June 08, Colombo: The Office of Sri Lanka parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the government officials are bound by law to appear before parliament when they are summoned and the officials are aware of the law.
 Indian PM's visit to Sri Lanka aims to express solidarity after Easter Sunday attacks :
June 08, Colombo: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving in Sri Lanka Sunday for a one-day official visit on an invitation extended by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Malaysia arrests eight Sri Lankans engaged in human trafficking :
June 08, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian authorities have arrested 11 people including eight Sri Lankans believed to be operating a human trafficking syndicate smuggling Sri Lankan nationals to European countries, the Star online reported.
 Dutch tourists visiting Sri Lanka picking up, following the relaxation of travel advisory:
June 08, Colombo: The number of incoming tourists from The Netherlands travelling to Sri Lanka has begun to pick up, following the relaxation of the travel advisory by the Dutch Government on May 31, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a communiqué.
 Sri Lanka President threatens to boycott cabinet meetings if PSC continues the probe into Easter Sunday attacks - report:
June 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly threatened not to support the government if the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe the Easter Sunday attacks continues to function with no regard to the National Intelligence Service and national security.
 No transfer of Eastern terminal of Colombo Port to any foreign country, Government assures:
June 08, Colombo: The government has not taken any decision to hand over the East Container Terminal of the port of Colombo to any country by any means, Chief Government Whip, Minister Gayantha Karunatilaka informed the parliament Friday.
 Sri Lanka Navy takes over the gifted P625 OPV from China:
June 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy officially took over the P625 ship gifted by China at a ceremony in Shanghai recently.
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