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  UK State Minister commends Sri Lanka’s progress in human rights

Jan 20, Colombo: The United Kingdom’s State Minister for South Asia, United Nations and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad said that Sri Lanka’s program to empower human rights is making great strides.

He further stated that Sri Lanka will be able to resolve all issues pertaining to human rights by moving forward with a pragmatic approach to further strengthen it. Minister Ahmad made these remarks when he called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (20), President’s Media Division said.

 Court to decide on releasing former IGP Pujith Jayasundera on February 18th:
Jan 20, Colombo: The Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar Thursday announced that the decision in the case filed against former IGP Pujith Jayasundara in connection with the Easter Sunday terror attack will be released on the 18th of February 2022.

 New members appointed to the Committee on Parliamentary Business :
Jan 20, Colombo: The Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced to the House today (20) that new members to serve in the Committee on Parliamentary Business has been appointed in terms of the provisions of Standing Order 115 of the Parliament and the motion agreed to by Parliament.

 Dialog Enterprise partners TekSek to bring world-class cybersecurity solutions to Sri Lankan organizations:
Jan 20, Colombo: Dialog Enterprise, the corporate solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, recently announced its partnership with acclaimed cybersecurity solutions provider Cyber Security Works (CSW) and TekSek Cyber Security to bring the latest in world-class IT & OT security services to enterprises in Sri Lanka.

 Suspect who gave the bombs to the doctor in connection with the bomb in church arrested in Hambantota:
Jan 20, Colombo: A man has been arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division in the Ranna area in Hambantota for allegedly supplying bombs to a retired medical superintendent to be placed at the All Saints Church in Borella and a private hospital in Narahenpita, a senior police official said.
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  Speaker of the Republic of Korea to visit Sri Lanka Parliament tomorrow :
Jan 20, Colombo: The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Park Byeong - Seug, who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (19) on a four-day official visit, is scheduled to arrive in Parliament tomorrow (21).

  Coronavirus update: 827 new COVID-19 cases identified Thursday, total rises to 599,363:
Jan 20, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 827 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday.

 Beautification of City of Bandarawela under 100 Towns Improvement Program nearing completion:
Jan 20, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to carry out development activities in the 100 Towns Improvement Program, taking into account the economic development of those cities and their adjoining areas, as well as their revenue earnings.

 UK State Minister commends Sri Lanka’s progress in human rights :
Jan 20, Colombo: The United Kingdom’s State Minister for South Asia, United Nations and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad said that Sri Lanka’s program to empower human rights is making great strides.

  Sri Lanka reports another 12 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, toll rises to 15,255:
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Thursday reported 12 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Wednesday, January 19.

 Omani business fraternity invited to the exhibition of Sri Lanka export brands at Dubai Expo next month:
Jan 20, Colombo: The Exhibition of Sri Lanka Export Brands which is scheduled to be held at Expo Dubai from 17 - 20 February 2022 in Dubai, UAE, was introduced to the Omani business fraternity and the invitations were extended for them to visit the Exhibition.

 President opens renovated ‘Sirimathipaya’ Prime Minister’s Office:
Jan 20, Colombo: The renovated ‘Sirimathipaya,’ the Prime Minister’s Office at Flower Road, Colombo, was declared open by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (20).

 Five arrested at BIA with foreign currency worth Rs. 42Mn:
Jan 20, Colombo: Five passengers to Dubai were arrested by the Customs Narcotics Division at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today (20) for attempting to smuggle foreign currency worth Rs. 42 million, a Customs spokesman said.

 South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker arrives in Sri Lanka:
Jan 20, Colombo: South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday night (19) on a four-day official visit.

 Former Minister Rajitha’s ‘white van media conference’ case fixed for 15 March:
Jan 20, Colombo: Colombo High Court fixed the case filed against Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne and former Chairman of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation Rumi Mohammed in connection with the controversial ‘White Van Press Conference’ during the 2019 Presidential Election for March 15th.

 Island wide Dengue eradication program today and tomorrow:
Jan 20, Colombo: An island wide dengue eradication program will be implemented today (20) and tomorrow (21) jointly by the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils and the National Dengue Control Unit of the Ministry of Health.

 Navy nabs suspect with Crystal Methamphetamine in Talaimannar:
Jan 20, Colombo: The Navy has apprehended a suspect in possession of about 485g of Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE), during a special operation carried out in the beach area of Urumalai, Talaimannar Wednesday evening.

  Japan grants equipment worth Rs. 400 million to Sri Lanka hospitals:
Jan 20, Colombo: Aiming to further strengthen the health service in Sri Lanka, The Government of Japan under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assistance has provided Rs. 400 million worth medical equipment to nine hospitals in the country.

 Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara contracts Covid-19:
Jan 20, Colombo: Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral (Retd) Sarath Weerasekara has been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 HNB FINANCE wins Marketing & Branding Initiative at ABF Awards:
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading integrated financial services provider HNB FINANCE PLC emerged victorious at the recent Asian Banking and Finance Awards 2021 (ABF),

 Sri Lanka to construct four flyovers with Hungarian financial aid to ease traffic congestion:
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Hungary have entered into a finance corporation agreement to provide concessionary finance facilities through the Hungarian Exim Bank for implementing infrastructure development projects in the country.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank raises policy interest rates to strengthen macroeconomic stability:
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Central Bank today said it has decided to increase both the deposit rate and the lending rate by 50 basis points each with the view to strengthening macroeconomic stability.

 Court to decide on former Defense Secretary on February 18th :
Jan 19, Colombo: A three-judge bench of the Colombo High Court today said the decision on whether to acquit Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando who has been charged in connection with the Easter Sunday massacre or call for defense statement will be taken on the 18th of February.

 Chrissworld PLC engages CDS for registrar services:
Jan 19, Colombo: Central Depositary Systems (Pvt) Ltd (CDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), has strengthened its client base for the provision of registrar services with the addition of Chrissworld PLC.
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 Sri Lanka to enter into joint tourism cooperation agreements with three countries:
Jan 19, Colombo: Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that Sri Lanka expects to enter into joint tourism cooperation agreements with three countries- Bangladesh, Cambodia and South Africa- soon.

  Coronavirus update: 829 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 598,536:
Jan 19, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 829 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka Speaker calls on lawmakers to prepare for their orations to prevent insult and false allegations :
Jan 19, Colombo: Only a handful of parliamentarians in Sri Lanka seem to be preparing for their speeches using the library and most MPs are not prepared for their speeches resulting in insult and false allegations, the Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said today.
  Sri Lanka to receive a donation of one million metric tons of rice from China:
Jan 19, Colombo: The government of China has decided to provide one million metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka free of charge.
 Sri Lanka reports 12 Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, toll rises to 15,243:
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Wednesday reported 12 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Tuesday, January 18.
  Defense Ministry security clearance for Sri Lankans to marry a foreigner challenged in court:
Jan 19, Colombo: A writ petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal seeking the annulment of new government regulations requiring Sri Lankans to obtain a security clearance report from the Ministry of Defense if they wish to marry a foreign national.
 Sri Lanka corrects Canada’s recent ‘erroneous and outdated’ travel advisory:
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said its attention has been drawn to the Canada’s Travel Advisory on Sri Lanka issued on 13 January, 2022 that includes erroneous and outdated information and does not reflect the actual situation in Sri Lanka.
 Women in Management, IFC and Government of Australia recognize inspiring women from Sri Lanka and Maldives:
Jan 19, Colombo: The ‘Top50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2021 – hosted by Women in Management (WIM), in collaboration with Women in Work, a partnership between IFC and the government of Australia – recently honored inspiring professional and career women in Sri Lanka and Maldives making a mark in their respective fields.
  Sri Lanka, UK agree to deepen multifaceted bilateral cooperation:
Jan 19, Colombo: The United Kingdom and Sri Lanka acknowledging the unique, multifaceted partnership between the two countries have agreed to deepen the bilateral ties in many spheres when a visiting UK minister met with Sri Lankan leaders on Tuesday.
 Gamini Senarath assumes duties as new Secretary to the President :
Jan 19, Colombo: Senior Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) officer Gamini Senarath Wednesday (January 19) assumed duties as the new Secretary to the President replacing former secretary P B Jayasundara, who has retired earlier this month.
 Sri Lanka Navy conducts naval exercises with German and Japanese Navy ships:
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy conducted successful naval exercises with the German Navy’s FFGH (123 Class) frigate BAYERN, arrived in Colombo on 15th January 2022, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships URAGA, and HIRADO which arrived in Trincomalee on 16th January, on official visits.
 Cabinet nod to gazette amended Intellectual Property Act:
Jan 19, Colombo: Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal made by Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena to publish the amended Intellectual Property Act no.36 of 2003 in the government gazette and subsequently submit to the parliament.
  The debate on the government’s policy statement begins today:
Jan 19, Colombo: The two day debate on the Government Policy Statement presented by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Parliament yesterday begins today.
 Leading German importer urges Sri Lankan agri-product exporters to practice superior packaging to capture European markets:
Jan 19, Colombo: Jan Paul Bethke, a leading German importer of Sri Lankan fruits and tea, urged Sri Lankan agri-product exporters to practice effective and superior packaging if they are to be successful in terms of capturing markets in Europe.
 Emirates adds 5 more flights to Colombo, offering customers 26 weekly flights:
Jan 19, Colombo: Emirates has announced it will add five more flights to Sri Lanka, offering customers 26 weekly flights to Colombo, including a daily service from Male to Colombo.
  Bodies of two missing fishermen wash ashore on Kayankerny Beach:
Jan 19, Colombo: The bodies of two missing fishermen were washed ahore on the Kayankerny Beach yesterday (18), Vakarai Police said.
  Opposition MPs boycott President’s tea party :
Jan 19, Colombo: Opposition parliamentarians including the MPs of Samagi Jana Balawegaya, have boycotted the tea party hosted by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for parliamentarians and guests after presenting the government’s policy statement in Parliament yesterday.
 Retired doctor nabbed in connection with the bomb in Borella church :
Jan 18, Colombo: A retired doctor has been arrested in Piliyandala in connection with placing a hand grenade in the All Saints Church on Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha in Borella, the crimes investigation unit of the Colombo South Division said.
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  Coronavirus update: 672 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 597,707:
Jan 18, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 672 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday.
 Sri Lanka reports 13 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, toll rises to 15,231:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tuesday reported 13 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Monday, January 17.
  First Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force passes away:
Jan 18, Colombo: The first Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), Air Chief Marshal Pathman Hariprasadha Mendis has passed away this morning (18), the Air Force announced.
 Foreign Ministry to repatriate body of Neela Wickramasinghe:
Jan 18, Colombo: The Foreign Ministry said the body of Late Consul General of Sri Lanka in Milan Visharada Neela Wickramasinghe will be repatriated to Sri Lanka soon.
 Colombo Stock Exchange organizes Climate Disclosure Training Program:
Jan 18, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is organizing a training program mainly for Listed Companies on Climate Disclosure in collaboration with UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE), Climate Disclosure Standard Board (CDSB) and International Finance Corporation (IFC).
 Sri Lanka condemns terrorist attacks in United Arab Emirates:
Jan 18, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka today “unequivocally” condemned the deadly terrorist attack on civilian facilities in the United Arab Emirates which resulted in deaths of several civilians.
 India offers a credit line of USD 500 mn to Sri Lanka for purchase of fuel:
Jan 18, Colombo: India has offered a new Line of Credit (LOC) of USD 500 million to Sri Lanka for purchase of petroleum products.
 KDU launches International Research Journal in Computing:
Jan 18, Colombo: The Volume 01, Issue 01 of the International Journal of Research in Computing (IJRC) published by the Faculty of Computing, General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (KDU) was launched at the KDU premises recently.
 Tourist establishments discriminating local tourists will face license cancellation:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) today warned the hotels and restaurants that follow a “Foreigners Only” policy that they would face license cancellation if they discriminate the local tourists.
 ‘Join us to overcome the challenges the country is facing’ - President delivering govt’s policy statement:
Jan 18, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivering the government’s policy statement in the Parliament today on all Government and Opposition parties to unite inside as well as outside of Parliament to overcome the challenge faced by the country.
  Two killed when tractor falls into precipice in Monaragala:
Jan 18, Colombo: The driver of a tractor and his assistant were killed when their tractor fell into a precipice at the 9th bend near the water tank on the Geelong Mountain Road in Monaragala last evening (17), Monaragala Police said.
 Over 40,000 tourists arrive in Sri Lanka within the first two weeks of the year:
Jan 18, Colombo: Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga says that 39,172 tourists have arrived in Sri Lanka in the first two weeks of this year.
 First salary, $ 100,000 given to the widow of Sri Lankan manager killed in Pakistan :
Jan 18, Colombo: First salary and the money raised by the Sialkot business community for the family of the Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara who was killed by a mob of factory employees in Pakistan’s Punjab province, have been given to his widow.
 Power crisis in Sri Lanka intensifies with scheduled trade union action by CEB engineers tomorrow:
Jan 17, Colombo: The Power crisis in Sri Lanka is expected to get exacerbated with the trade union action planned for tomorrow (18) by the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Association.
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 Coronavirus update: 688 new COVID-19 cases identified Monday, total rises to 597,035:
Jan 17, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 688 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Monday.
 National Audit office reveals a loss of Rs. 1.750 billion on importing dairy cattle:
Jan 17, Colombo: The National Audit Office has uncovered information regarding an incident where the Ministry of Mahaweli Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development has paid over Rs. 1750 million in advance to a contractor for the importation of 15,000 dairy cattle but not a single dairy cow was imported and handed over.
  Suspect wanted for multiple bank robberies arrested:
Jan 17, Colombo: The Mount Lavinia Police yesterday (16) arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a number of crimes.
  Rice imports are only an answer to the ‘mafia’ - Trade Minister:
Jan 17, Colombo: Minister of Trade Dr. Bandula Gunawardena today charged that the Polonnaruwa rice mill owners were planning to sell a kilo of rice at Rs. 300 by the Sinhala New Year.
  Record revenue from Mirigama - Kurunegala Expressway in 12 hours:
Jan 17, Colombo: Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando says that a record income has been received from the newly opened Mirigama-Kurunegala stretch of the Central Expressway in 12 hours.
 Value of EPF’s Listed Equity Portfolio at end 2021 increases by Rs. 28 billion, Central Bank reports:
Jan 17, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Monday reported that the value of Employees’ Provident Fund’s Listed Equity Portfolio as at end 2021 increased by Rs. 28 billion recording a market value of Rs. 112 billion, against cost of Rs. 84 billion.
 President condoles death of veteran singer Neela Wickramasinghe:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday offered his deepest condolences on the sudden death of veteran musician Neela Wickramasinghe, who passed away on Monday at age 71 in Milan, Italy.
 Sri Lanka reports 07 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, toll rises to 15,218:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Monday reported 07 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Sunday, January 16.
 Veteran singer Neela Wickramasinghe passes away:
Jan 17, Colombo: Veteran singer and musician Visharada Neela Wickramasinghe has passed away in Italy. She was 71 years old at the time of her death.
 Bank of Ceylon introduces ‘BoC Fuel Card’:
Jan 17, Colombo: Bank of Ceylon (BOC) has launched a “BOC Fuel card” partnering with ‘MasterCard international’ to Sri Lankan business community and the general public.
  PM opens Tomlin Park and Municipal Vehicle Park built for pilgrims visiting Kandy :
Jan 17, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday declared open the Tomlin Park and the Municipal Car Park which were built for the convenience of pilgrims visiting the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.
 Fatal head-on collision kills three, injures five in Ampara:
Jan 17, Colombo: Three people were killed and five others were seriously injured when a tipper truck collided head on with a car in the Ekgaloya area in Ampara Sunday, police said.
 Fuel will be given to CEB only if dollars are provided - Energy Minister :
Jan 17, Colombo: Udaya Gammanpila, Minister of Energy has informed the Ministry of Power that from now on fuel will be provided to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) only if dollars are provided.
 Only dignitaries allowed to use Airport VIP Terminal after ethanol racketeer smuggled in :
Jan 16, Colombo: Major General (Retired) GA Chandrasiri, Chairman at Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka Ltd (AASL), has said ordinary people traveling with dignitaries will no longer be allowed to travel from the VIP Terminal at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport.
 Coronavirus update: 690 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 596,347:
Jan 16, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 690 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.
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