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  Sri Lanka President warns of falling into crisis again if government programs disrupted

Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe warns that the country slowly recovering from the economic crisis will fall into a crisis again similar to the situation last year, if the economic and agricultural programs implemented by the government and the debt restructuring program according to the IMF are disrupted.

“If we move away from these programs, the country will return to the situation it was in May, June and July last year. If that happens, we will have to face another crisis,” the President said speaking at an event in Anuradhapura.

 Support from Japan to clean Beira Lake:
Jan 29, Colombo: A Japanese company has agreed to the government to clean and beautify the Colombo Beira Lake for free.

 Support from Japan to clean Beira Lake:
Jan 29, Colombo: A Japanese company has agreed to the government to clean and beautify the Colombo Beira Lake for free.

 Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Sri Lanka:
Jan 29, Colombo: Former Secretary General of the United Nations and Chairman of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on February 06, President’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena said.

 Foreign Minister Ali Sabry concludes official visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry undertook an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 22 to 27 January 2023 on the invitation extended by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

 Another member of the National Election Commission receives death threats :
Jan 28, Colombo: National Election Commission member MM Mohammed has also received death threats to resign from his post.
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 Sri Lanka President warns of falling into crisis again if government programs disrupted:
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe warns that the country slowly recovering from the economic crisis will fall into a crisis again similar to the situation last year, if the economic and agricultural programs implemented by the government and the debt restructuring program according to the IMF are disrupted.

 Government to release 100 acres of lands in the North to the original owners :
Jan 28, Colombo: Chief of the Presidential Staff, Senior Security Adviser to the President Sagala Ratnayake has instructed the district secretaries to hand over 100 acres of land identified as private land belonging to the Tamil people that have been used by the security forces in the north, to the original owners with no impact to the national security.

 Power regulator rejects a request from the Ceylon Electricity Board for power interruption:
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s electricity regulator, the Public Utilities Commission has rejected a request by the power supplier Ceylon Electricity Board to curtail electricity supply by managing the demand.

  A special traffic plan in several areas of Colombo:
Jan 28, Colombo: A special traffic plan will be implemented in several areas of Colombo due to the rehearsals for the 75th National Independence Day.

 Details of Dinesh Schaftter’s death will be revealed in a fortnight:
Jan 28, Colombo: Public Security Minister Tiran Alles said that the information regarding the death of Mr. Dinesh Schaftetr, who was a director of Janashakti Group, will be informed to everyone including the media within the next two weeks.

 Sri Lanka saved over US$ 2,500 Mn from import restrictions - State Minister:
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka has been able to save US$ 2,500 million during the period from first the date of suspension of imports till now, State Minister of Finance Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.

  Veteran Indian movie star promotes Sri Lanka across the world:
Jan 28, Colombo: Multi Award Winning Veteran Indian Actor Ashish Vidyarthi, known for his roles as a villain and many other roles in Bollywood, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, has arrived in Sri Lanka

 Sri Lanka Tourism returns to Spanish market after pandemic:
Jan 28, Colombo: Spain is one of the fastest recovery markets for Sri Lanka Tourism after the pandemic and participation in FITUR argues well for the much-needed exposure for Sri Lanka

 Elpitiya Plantations among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens at the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2022:
Jan 28, Colombo: Elpitiya Plantations PLC (EPP), the leading plantation company in Sri Lanka, for the first time was recognized among the Ten Best Corporate Citizens award and competing among other larger corporate giants.

 U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland to visit Sri Lanka :
Jan 28, Colombo: The United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and Qatar next week.

 Government given three months to demarcate Muthurajawela boundaries:
Jan 27, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today gave the government three months to complete the demarcation of the Muthurajawela Wetland.
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  Disciplinary inquiry into former head of state intelligence regarding Easter Sunday attack:
Jan 27, Colombo: Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles Friday said a disciplinary inquiry will be conducted urgently against the former head of State Intelligence Service, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Nilantha Jayawardena.

 Hearing of a case against Johnston Fernando is scheduled for May 10:
Jan 27, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today scheduled the hearing of a case, filed by the Bribery Commission against former minister and parliamentarian Johnston Fernando and two others over corruption charges for May 10, 2023.

 Electricity regulator requests public to inform in writing if power cuts are continuing :
Jan 27, Colombo: The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has requested electricity consumers to inform the PUCSL if any unauthorized power cuts are imposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

  Power and Energy Minister seeks legal action against Human Rights Commission threatening ministry officials:
Jan 27, Colombo: Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera says that they have taken advice on the legal measures that can be taken against the actions taken by the members of the Human Rights Commission regarding the power cuts during the GCE advanced Level examination period.

 Sri Lanka prorogues Parliament until February 08 :
Jan 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday prorogued the Parliament until February 08.

 PUCSL again requests CEB to refrain from imposing power cuts during GCE A/L exam:
Jan 27, Colombo: The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has again sent a letter to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) asking them to refrain from disconnecting the electricity during the period of GCE A/L exam up to February 17.

 Parliament Select Committee reviews future plans of Board of Investment :
Jan 27, Colombo: The Select Committee of Parliament to study the practical problems and difficulties that have arisen in relation to enhancing the rank in the Ease of Doing Business Index in Sri Lanka and make its proposals and recommendations, discussed the future of the Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka.

 Speaker endorses the certificate on Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill:
Jan 27, Colombo: Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has endorsed the certificate on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill which were debated and passed in Parliament recently.

  Sri Lanka President says he is bound to implement the 13th Amendment :
Jan 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is bound to implement the existing law in accordance with the executive powers of the President.
 USS Anchorage departs on successful completion of CARAT – 2023:
Jan 27, Colombo: On successful completion of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) – 2023 Exercise, USS Anchorage (LPD-23) of the United States Navy departed the island this morning (27th January 2023).
 U.S., Sri Lanka naval exercise CARAT/MAREX concludes, enhancing naval partnerships and disaster response:
Jan 27, Colombo: Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) Sri Lanka 2023 concluded in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 26, following eight days of in-person and at-sea engagements that enhanced collaboration between the Sri Lanka and U.S. militaries.
 CEB says it’s a challenge to find money to provide uninterrupted power during GCE A/L exam:
Jan 27, Colombo: The power supplier, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it is a challenge for the CEB to find money to provide continuous electricity during the GCE advanced Level examination period.
 Court grants time for State Minister Diana Gamage to file objections:
Jan 27, Colombo: The Court of Appeal ordered yesterday (26) to give State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage time until February 17 to file objections to the writ petition filed by a social activist requesting the issuance of a writ to revoke the position of State Minister Diana Gamage as a Member of Parliament.
 Election Commission says not received any resignation letter yet:
Jan 27, Colombo: The National Election Commission of Sri Lanka has stated that the Commission has not yet received a written resignation of a member of the Election Commission or a copy of a letter so sent, contrary to the media reports.
 NBRO to be strengthened further with regulatory powers :
Jan 27, Colombo: The National Building Research Organization (NBRO), which functions under the purview of the Ministry of Defense, will be strengthened with regulatory powers
 CDS signs up with Lanka IOC PLC to act as Registrar:
Jan 27, Colombo: The Central Depository Systems (CDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), recently signed a service agreement with Lanka IOC PLC as the registrar for Lanka IOC PLC, with effect from 01st of January 2023.
 President instructs to celebrate the 75th Independence with pride, at minimal cost:
Jan 27, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the relevant officials to pay attention to the current financial position of the country while estimating the required expenditure to make arrangements to celebrate the 75th Independence anniversary on 4th February.
 John Keells Properties hosts Oxbridge and Ivy Social at Cinnamon Life Integrated Resort:
Jan 27, Colombo: The Oxbridge and Ivy Social was held at Cinnamon Life Integrated Resort, an iconic 4.5 million sq.ft. integrated mixed-use development created and developed by John Keells Holdings PLC recently.
 EDB launches ‘Export Performance Indicators 2021’:
Jan 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Export Development Board has launched its flagship statistical publication “Export Performance Indicators 2021”.
  Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka discuss enhancement of bilateral relations, during FM’s visit:
Jan 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Thursday in Riyadh.
 Court issues notices to Ajith Nivard Cabraal and Lalith Weeratunga:
Jan 26, Colombo: The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court issued notices to former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga to appear before court on February 17.
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  Sri Lankan industries should prepare for the transition to the digital economy - President:
Jan 26, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out that the industrial education and training opportunities in Sri Lanka should be improved by introducing modern technology required to surpass the new industrial technology and digital economy of the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions.
 Parliamentary Caucus for Children intervenes to prevent child victims from being inconvenienced:
Jan 26, Colombo: Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Member of Parliament Mrs. Rohini Kumari Wijeratne, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus for Children, recently handed over the applications of justice of peace for the probation officers to avoid the inconvenience of obtaining affidavits required in legal proceedings for children who become victims.
 COPE summons authorities to determine a reasonable price for eggs :
Jan 26, Colombo: The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) which met yesterday (Jan. 25) under the chairmanship of Prof. Ranjith Bandara held a four-pointer discussion as an extension of the Committee meeting held on January 19.
 IMF Executive Director says Sri Lanka has completed all the requirements for the IMF relief package:
Jan 26, Colombo: Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Executive Director (India) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), says that Sri Lanka has completed all the requirements to be met for the IMF relief package.
 Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka to attend Independence Day Celebrations:
Jan 26, Colombo: Commonwealth Secretary-General, KC Patricia Scotland is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next week to attend the 75th Independence Day celebrations, the Commonwealth Secretariat said.
 Dialog Home Broadband launches Sri Lanka’s most affordable prepaid home broadband data plans :
Jan 26, Colombo: Dialog Broadband Networks (Pvt) Limited, a subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced the launch of two new Home Broadband Prepaid plans
 Grade Five Scholarship Exam results released:
Jan 26, Colombo: Examination Commissioner-General Amit Jayasundara has said that the results of the 2022 Grade Five Scholarship Examination were released at midnight yesterday (25).
  Police seize a van suspected of involvement in the robbery of the Gampola ATM machine :
Jan 26, Colombo: The Police have found a van in the Peradeniya area suspected to be involved a robbery of an ATM machine of a private bank in Gampola town.
 All 14 life-saving drugs for the next 6 months are available - Health Minister:
Jan 26, Colombo: Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella said sufficient quantities of all 14 life-saving medicines for the next six months are available in the country.
 NVQ is mandatory from April 1 for women going abroad as domestic aides :
Jan 25, Colombo: The Foreign Employment Bureau has taken measures to extend the 15-day training course for women going abroad for the first time for the position of domestic housekeeping assistant to 28 days from February 1 this year with NVQ 3 level.
 More employment opportunities for Sri Lankan workers from Saudi Arabia in 2023:
Jan 25, Colombo: The Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Mr. Manusha Nanayakkara says that in the year 2023, employment opportunities will be provided to around 200,000 workers in Saudi Arabia.
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 Sri Lanka Navy arrests three with Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 16 million in northern waters:
Jan 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy during a special search operation carried out off the Delft Island in Jaffna today has arrested three suspects in a dingy with more than 49kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis.
 Another 47 domestic workers subjected to harassment in Kuwait brought to the island:
Jan 25, Colombo: Another 47 domestic workers who were subjected to various harassments while they were working as domestic workers in the state of Kuwait arrived in the island today.
  Decision to provide uninterrupted power until GCE A/L exam over :
Jan 25, Colombo: The authorities have agreed to provide continuous electricity supply from today until the end of the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examination at the discussion held at the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission today.
 Sathosa reduces prices of six essential items:
Jan 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s largest state owned retail chain Lanka Sathosa has further reduced the prices of six essential consumer items.
 SLIIT crowned champions of Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship powered by SLT-MOBITEL:
Jan 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s largest university-level sporting event, Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship powered by SLT-MOBITEL concluded on a successful note recently with SLIIT emerging as the overall Champions.
 ComBank opens Indian Rupee Nostro Account to promote regional trade:
Jan 25, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced that it has opened an Indian Rupee denominated Nostro Account at the 116-year-old Indian Bank – Mumbai, to facilitate trade transactions between Sri Lanka and India.
 SriLankan Airlines puts Sri Lanka on the Global Cycling Map with ‘Ride Sri Lanka 2023’:
Jan 25, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, in its continuous endeavor to promote Sri Lanka as a sought-after tourist destination among the niche travelers, organizes ‘Ride Sri Lanka 2023,’ a cross country cycling tour with a star-studded rider line-up from across the world.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank maintains its policy interest rates at current levels:
Jan 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review on Wednesday said the Monetary Board has decided to continue the current monetary policy stance.
 Indian HC emphasizes importance of India’s and Sri Lanka’s togetherness on the journey that lies ahead:
Jan 25, Colombo: Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay said that cooperation and working together would be very important for Sri Lanka and India on the journey that lies ahead for them to celebrate the centenary of independence in 2047 for India and 2048 for Sri Lanka.
 Italy willing to supply helicopters to Sri Lanka to combat human trafficking:
Jan 25, Colombo: The government of Italy has expressed its willingness to help Sri Lanka by supplying helicopters for anti-human trafficking measures taken by the government.
  All Party Conference to be held tomorrow under President’s patronage:
Jan 25, Colombo: An All-Party Conference is scheduled to be held tomorrow (26) at 4.00 pm at the Presidential Secretariat with the participation of all party leaders representing the Parliament, under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 Constitutional Council meets for the first time :
Jan 25, Colombo: The Constitutional Council had its first meeting today presided by the Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, the Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council.
 COPA proposes new measures to make the Inland Revenue Department more efficient:
Jan 25, Colombo: Several new measures have been proposed by the parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) to make the work of the Inland Revenue Department more efficient when the Committee met in Parliament Tuesday under the chairmanship of Member of Parliament Kabir Hashim.
 Utility regulator informs National Council that they will request Attorney General’s advice to raise electricity charges:
Jan 25, Colombo: The utility regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has informed the National Council that they will send documents to the Attorney General requesting for advice
 Immediate compensation for those who lost their lives in the Radella accident:
Jan 25, Colombo: Cabinet Spokesman, Minister of Mass Media, Transport and Highways Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said that President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha to give immediate compensation to the families of the people who lost their lives in the road accident in Nanu Oya Radella area.
 HNB official banking partner for Brand Week 2023 organized by Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM):
Jan 25, Colombo: Empowering the journey of budding marketers with exclusive opportunities to create and strengthen their brands, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC, supported the recently concluded SLIM Brand Week 2023 as the official banking partner.
  Public utility commission seeks legal opinion on the proposal to increase electricity rates again:
Jan 24, Colombo: A writ petition has been submitted to the Court of Appeal requesting that the orders made by the Cabinet of Ministers to the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) to increase the electricity tariffs together with the Ceylon Electricity Board be annulled.
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 Sri Lanka Navy seizes Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 20 Mn in Analathivu, Jaffna:
Jan 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy and Police seized over 60kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis, during a combined search operation carried out in the beach area of the Analathivu Island in Jaffna on 24th January 2023.
 China offers Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF help still in doubt:
Jan 24, Colombo: China has offered debt service relief in 2022, 2023 but Sri Lanka sources are unclear if China letter will be enough for the International Monetary Fund Reuters reported.
 Japan provides cold chain equipment and nutrition supplies to Sri Lanka worth $3.5 mn through UNICEF:
Jan 24, Colombo: The Ministry of Health has today received walk-in cold rooms and nutrition supplies procured by UNICEF funded by the Government of Japan to continue to improve the health of all children in Sri Lanka.
 Clean green city building program for youth in conjunction with the 75th Independence Day celebrations:
Jan 24, Colombo: A clean green city building program has been implemented in conjunction with the 75th National Independence Day celebration, entrusting the youth with the responsibility of creating a green Sri Lanka.
  Committee to probe into issues in Kithulgala white water rafting due to Broadlands hydropower project:
Jan 24, Colombo: Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake issued instructions to appoint a committee to look into the problems that have arisen in connection with the white water rafting water sport centered around the Kithulgala area
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