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  President reiterates his policy is always to abolish the Executive Presidency

Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said that his political policy has been and will be to abolish the Executive Presidency and it was not he, who delayed the process but the parliament. However, trying to abolish Executive Presidency at the moment an election has been announced, is ridiculous, the President added.

Addressing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Matale district convention in Naula today, the President said the statement made by the Prime Minister that the emergency cabinet meeting for the abolition of the Executive Presidency on the 19th was called on the president's need was false and the cabinet meeting was held on the request of the Prime Minister.

 Attorney General orders investigation into Solicitor general's telephone conversation with the Avant Garde Chairman:
Sept 21, Colombo: The Attorney General has ordered an inquiry into Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, in connection with her controversial telephone conversation with a defendant of a major litigation, Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi, Attorney General's coordinating officer Nishara Jayaratne said.

 Prime Minister pledges to develop Kandy as a center for trade, tourism, education:
Sept 21, Kandy: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the city of Kandy will be developed as an economic, commercial, educational and cultural center in the next five years, reviving the glory of the past.

 The railway trade unions call off their work-to-rule campaign:
Sept 21, Colombo: The railway trade unions have decided to call off their work to rule campaign. They have taken the decision following discussions with the relevant authorities.

 President reiterates his policy is always to abolish the Executive Presidency:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said that his political policy has been and will be to abolish the Executive Presidency and it was not he, who delayed the process but the parliament. However, trying to abolish Executive Presidency at the moment an election has been announced, is ridiculous, the President added.

 Chinese assistance to locally produce fish bait for multi-day fishing:
Sept 21, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi stressed that the projects initiated should not be just another project but projects that would benefit the people of the country.

  UNP presidential candidate will be announced Wednesday - Akila:
Sept 21, Colombo: United National Party (UNP) candidate for the upcoming presidential election will be announced on Wednesday, the General Secretary of the party, Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says.

 State Universities and Private Universities should be of equal standard - President:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said his policy is that there should be public and private universities in every subject area and it is necessary that quality of education in the State Universities and Private Universities should be of equal standards.

 Justice Minister to consult AG on Solicitor General's alleged telephone conversation with Avant Garde chairman:
Sept 21, Colombo: Minister of Justice and Prison reforms Thalatha Atukorala said the Attorney General (AG) should make a statement regarding a telephone conversation alleged to be between the former Director General of the Bribery Commission, Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe and Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi.

 Sri Lanka Army soldier dies during parachute training exercise:
Sept 21, Colombo: A Sri Lanka army soldier has been killed at Kumburupitiya area in Kuchchaveli during a parachute training at the military field exercise Cormorant Strike, the Police said.

 Central Bank cancels license of TKS Finance Limited :
Sept 21, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has cancelled the license issued to the TKS Finance Limited (TKSF), a Licensed Finance Company under the Finance Business Act, No. 42 of 2011 (FBA).

  Quintessentially launches new local concierge 'Ceylon Defined':
Sept 21, Colombo: Quintessentially, the world's leading luxury lifestyle group, announced the introduction of a new entry-level local concierge tier: Ceylon Defined.

 Sri Lanka, Australia hold discussions on strengthening cooperation in key areas:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Australia recently held the inaugural session of the Strategic Maritime Dialogue and the Third Round of Senior Officials' Talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo.

 Sri Lanka Navy brings ashore injured seaman of an oil tanker at sea :
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has brought ashore an injured seaman who was onboard an oil tanker owned by a private company, for prompt medical treatment, on Thursday, (19th September).
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 Court's decision on revision against granting bail to former Defense Secretary and suspended IGP on October 9 :
Sept 20, Colombo: The Colombo High Court's decision on the revision application filed by the Attorney General against granting of bail to Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, will be delivered on the 9th of October.

  Health Minister takes steps to boost human resources in health care:
Sept 20, Colombo: On the instructions of the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, the Ministry of Health has taken steps to uplift the human resources of the health service with the objective of providing best health services to the public.

  Fisheries cooperation program between the Maldives and Sri Lanka:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Maldives have focused on implementing a fisheries cooperation program between the two countries during a discussion held between the State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi and Ambassador of the Maldives to Sri Lanka Omar Abdul Razzak Friday (20) at the Minister's office.

 EDB's 23rd Presidential Export Awards Ceremony recognizes top exporters:
Sept 20, Colombo: The 23rd Presidential Exports Award Ceremony organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) was held on Thursday at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

 Parliamentary Select Committee probing Easter Sunday attacks records President's statement :
Sept 20, Colombo: The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing Easter Sunday attacks met with the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today (20) at the President's Office to record his statement.

 Speaker dismisses media report which claimed he requested for presidential candidacy:
Sept 20, Colombo: Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya today (20) issuing a statement to the media dismissed the report in a major national newspaper which stated that the Speaker had made a written request for the presidential candidacy.

  UNICEF condemns the beating of two child monks:
Sept 20, Colombo: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) issuing a statement has condemned the recent assault on two child monks at a temple in Sri Lanka.

 Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce (SGCCI) offers to increase Indian investment and trade with Sri Lanka:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Development strategies and Investment Promotion Malik Samarawickrama recently hosted a group of representatives of the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce (SGCCI) at this Ministry for an interactive discussion.

  UNDP and Reforest Sri Lanka pledge to revive the cascades in Sri Lanka:
Sept 20, Colombo: UNDP and Reforest Sri Lanka recently partnered with a commitment to revive the cascade systems in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka by pledging to plant approximately 20,000 trees this season.

 Families of missing persons to receive Rs. 6000 interim monthly allowance from November:
Sept 20, Colombo: As envisioned in the budget- 2019 proposals by the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera, the Cabinet of Ministers have approved the payment of an interim monthly allowance of Rs 6000.00 to the families of missing persons.

 President to testify before the PSC probing Easter Sunday attacks today:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena is due to testify before the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate into Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in various parts of Sri Lanka and report to parliament, today.

  Disabled war heroes will be paid 75 percent of their salary in addition to their pension, Finance Minister says :
Sept 20, Colombo: The Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera stated in Parliament yesterday that the government has taken measures to sort out the salary issue of the disabled war veterans.
 Fitch assigns SriLankan Airlines' guaranteed USD Bonds 'B' Final Rating:
Sept 20, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has assigned a final 'B' rating to SriLankan Airlines Limited's (SLA) USD175 million government-guaranteed 7% unsecured bonds due 25 June 2024.
  Sajith Premadasa summoned before Presidential Commission of Inquiry today:
Sept 20, Colombo: Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Sajith Premadasa has been issued notice to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and malpractices in the government at 9.30 am today (20).
 Protests organized against government targeting presidential election - report:
Sept 20, Colombo: State intelligence Service has reportedly informed the government that protests and trade union action will be organized targeting the presidential election.
 Sri Lanka Railways to launch work-to-rule campaign from midnight today:
Sept 19, Colombo: Several railway trade unions have decided to launch a work-to-rule trade union action from midnight today (19).
  UNICEF with UNDP and ILO co-host a multi-partner dialogue to enhance youth skills and solutions in Sri Lanka:
Sept 19, Colombo: While Sri Lanka has made significant achievements in education, especially in primary and secondary education, this achievement is not sustained at university level.
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 Sri Lankan envoy says Chinese company relocated and withdrew from the Lotus Tower Project:
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku says the Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co. Ltd. (ALIT), which entered into an agreement with Sri Lanka on the Lotus Tower Project had relocated and dropped out of the agreement unannounced.
  No doubt about winning free and fair elections - PM:
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (19) said the framework for holding free and fair elections has been established by the government and the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will be the most free and fair elections in the country's history.
 Sri Lankan ministers object to the proposal to abolish executive presidency:
Sept 19, Colombo: The proposal to abolish the Executive Presidency tabled before the Cabinet of Ministers today was rejected by the Cabinet, Minister Rauf Hakeem said.
  Enterprise Sri Lanka mobile service to be held islandwide to provide capital loan for investment:
Sept 19, Colombo: The Finance Ministry has made arrangements to conduct Enterprise Sri Lanka mobile service throughout the country in several districts during the next few days in order to reach the people and provide capital loans at subsidized interest rate to enable them to begin small and medium, self-employment or industries.
 Sri Lanka President thank China for continuous support given for over 60 years:
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena meeting with a Chinese official delegation thanked China for the support extended to the island nation for more than 60 years.
 Former Navy and Air Force Commanders awarded highest military ranks:
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena conferred former Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and former Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetilleke with the highest honorary military ranks at an investiture ceremony held Thursday (19).
 Indian industrialists vie for Sri Lanka projects:
Sept 19, Colombo: Indian industrial investors are preparing for major investment moves in Sri Lankan projects-not only on mega-infrastructure ventures but even on smaller outlays, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 LP gas prices reduced, milk powder prices up by Rs. 20:
Sept 19, Colombo: The cost-of-living committee has given approval to reduce the price of a 12.5kg domestic LP gas cylinder by Rs 250.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests five Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters:
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Wednesday arrested five fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 Indian national arrested at Sri Lanka airport with Rs. 8.6 million worth 'Ice':
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs Narcotics Control Unit at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has arrested an Indian passenger with 864 grams of methamphetamine, also called 'Ice'.
 COPE to probe Lotus Tower project:
Sept 19, Colombo: The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to launch a full scale investigation into the expenses incurred in the construction of the Lotus Tower in Colombo.
 UNP to announce presidential candidate within next week:
Sept 19, Colombo: General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the presidential candidate of the UNP will be announced in the next week.
 Dialog becomes only telco to receive PCI DSS Certification for Genie for 3rd consecutive year:
Sept 19, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC has become the first and only telecommunications provider in the country to receive the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification for the third consecutive year
  Sri Lankan delegation briefed about Punjab Police system:
Sept 19, Lahore: A Sri Lankan delegation of senior officials, who were visiting Pakistan has paid a visit to Central Police Office. The delegation was briefed about the working of Punjab Police.
 Fort Magistrate orders to bury the body parts of Kingsbury Hotel suicide bomber in the Borella Cemetery :
Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake ordered the body parts of the suicide bomber of the Kingsbury Hotel Mohammed Asam Mohammed placed at the Colombo Mortuary to be buried at the Borella Cemetery.
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 Sri Lanka PM says background prepared to create more employment opportunities:
Sept 18, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the necessary background has been laid to create new investments and new revenue streams in the country and steps will be taken to create new employment opportunities within the next five years.
  Sri Lanka's ILO supported National Cooperative Policy becomes a reality:
Sept 18, Colombo: After a decade's of efforts involving multiple stakeholders, the first ever national policy for Sri Lanka's historic cooperative sector has been finalized with the assistance of International Labor Organization (ILO).
  Sri Lanka President invites expatriate professionals to serve the country :
Sept 18, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has invited Sri Lankan expatriate Sri Lankan professionals and intellectuals to return to Sri Lanka to serve the country at least for a short period.
 Saudi Fund for Development grants Sri Lanka $ 50 mn loan to establish a medical faculty in Sabaragamuwa University:
Sept 18, Colombo: Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has agreed to provide a concessional loan amounting to Saudi Riyal 187.5 million (approximately USD 50 million) to establish a Medical Faculty in the University of Sabaragamuwa.
 Sri Lanka's economic growth dips to 1.6% in 2nd quarter of 2019 after Easter Sunday attack :
Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew only 1.6 percent during the second quarter of this year, reflecting the impact of Easter Sunday attacks on April 21st 2019, the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) said Wednesday releasing the GDP Summary Indicators for the quarter from April-June.
 Sri Lanka Army advises public not to be alarmed over false news published in media:
Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army today advised the general public not to be alarmed over false news of an attack similar to the Easter Sunday attack.
  Sri Lanka Presidential Elections on November 16:
Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's much anticipated Presidential Election will be held on the 16th of November and the acceptance of the nominations will be on the 7th of October, the Election Commission said.
  Japan provides USD 2 million grant aid for implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka:
Sept 18, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided a grant aid worth 218 million Japanese Yen (approximately USD 2 million) to implement the project of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka PM says sweeping changes needed for a leapfrog in economy :
Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said sweeping changes in multiple levels are needed to propel Sri Lanka on a leapfrog trajectory to growth and not stagnate in the middle-income trap.
 Sri Lanka Administration Service calls off strike:
Sept 18, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association has called-off the planned island wide trade union action after the authorities have taken measures to address their demands regarding the salaries.
  NDB opens trading at CSE to celebrate 40th Anniversary:
Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's National Development Bank PLC, participated at a market opening ceremony at the Colombo Stock Exchange yesterday and rang the market opening bell as part of a series of events organized by the company to celebrate its 40th Anniversary.
  Justice Minister appreciates Boossa prison officers for meticulous action:
Sept 18, Colombo: Minister of Justice and Prisons Reforms Thalatha Athukorala appreciated the prison officers who found the mobile phones and chargers taken to the underworld leader jailed in the Boossa high security prison.
 Special announcement from UNP general secretary regarding party's candidate for presidential election:
Sept 17, Colombo: The General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam states that certain parties in an organized effort are attempting to portray that there is a crisis within the UNP and the other parties that are allied with it regarding the candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
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 Sri Lanka President explains the finances of Rs. 19 billion South Asia's tallest telecommunication tower :
Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) saving a staggering amount of funds invested Rs. 4 billion in the Lotus Tower project after China Exim Bank decided to loan only Rs. 12 billion for the Rs. 19 billion project, the President's Office said in a media release.
  Sri Lanka Central Bank assists The Finance Company to find a suitable investor to revive the company :
Sept 17, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka said the troubled finance company, the Finance Company PLC (TFC), has not find a suitable investor to revive he company and it is now vital to find an acceptable investor to bring equity capital to TFC
  Election officials and political party representatives discuss dates for presidential election:
Sept 17, Colombo: A meeting between Elections Commission officials and political party representatives was held today (17) at the Elections Secretariat, Rajagiriya.
 Sri Lanka Speaker sets abolishing executive presidency a condition to consider candidacy for presidential election:
Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says he will consider the requests made to him to be the Presidential candidate only if he finds a political alliance that is ready to abolish Executive Presidency in the country.
 Fundamental Rights petition against President's takeover of Sri Lanka Rupavahini:
Sept 17, Colombo: A fundamental rights petition has been filed before the Supreme Court challenging the President's takeover of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation by a Gazette notification.
 Sri Lanka court sentences two Indians to life imprisonment for trafficking heroin:
Sept 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today sentenced two Indian nationals to life imprisonment for smuggling in, possessing and trafficking heroin in Sri Lanka.
  Democracy, Reconciliation, Rule of Law essential for Sri Lanka's economic development - Finance Minister:
Sept 17, Colombo: Democracy, Reconciliation, and Rule of Law are essential for the sustainable economic development of Sri Lanka, country's Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said delivering a speech at a premier economic event in Colombo today.
  Sri Lanka signs its fourth Country Programme Framework with IAEA:
Sept 17, Vienna: Sri Lanka Monday signed its fourth Country Programme Framework (CPF) with the International Atomic Energy Authority for the period of 2019 - 2025.
  Selection of DPJ building to relocate Ag Ministry was based on a cabinet decision, PM tells Presidential Commission :
Sept 17, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and fraud in state institutions that the DPJ Building was selected for the relocation of the Agriculture Ministry based on a Cabinet decision.
  Former MP Shantha Bandara and two new UPFA members to be sworn in as MPs today :
Sept 17, Colombo: Two new parliamentarians and a former parliamentarian are due to be sworn in as Members of Parliament when the parliament conveners this afternoon.
 Eight officers of Chilaw Police interdicted:
Sept 17, Colombo: Eight Police officers serving in the divisional anti-vice unit attached to Chilaw Police Headquarters have been interdicted, the Police Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka's Leading Economic Summit opens today:
Sept 17, Colombo: The country's foremost economic event, the Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2019, kicks off at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo, today.
  Sri Lanka Navy trains overseas Coast Guard personnel in Search and Seizure:
Sept 17, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) is currently conducting a specialized ship search and seizure training for the overseas Coast Guard personnel in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC), the Navy said.
  SriLankan Airlines' efforts to rebuild country's tourism recognized at APEX awards:
Sept 17, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines' intensive efforts to drive the recovery of the island's tourism industry in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attack were honored with a global accolade - the 'Best Marketing Innovation' award from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).
 Sri Lanka President alleges Chinese firm of misappropriating Rs. 2 bn from Lotus Tower construction funds:
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dropped another bombshell today alleging that a Chinese company in 2012 has misappropriated Rs. 2 billion from the funds for the Lotus Tower construction.
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  UNP Deputy Leader requests PM to name party's presidential candidate soon:
Sept 16, Colombo: Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Sajith Premadasa says he has written to the Leader of the party, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, requesting him to nominate the candidate from the UNP for the upcoming presidential election soon.
 Sri Lanka Navy seizes four fishing vessels engaged in illegal fishing in Maldivian waters:
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has seized four Sri Lanka fishing vessels engaged in illegal activities in Maldivian waters and arrested the 27 people on board the vessels.
  Sri Lanka PM says will continue to ensure accountability :
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the fraud and corruption in the state institutions.
 Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma and others granted bail:
Sept 16, Colombo: The Matugama Magistrate's Court today granted bail and released Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Palitha Thewarapperuma and five others, who were remanded last week for violating a court order.
 Finance Ministry warns public on false reports of granting duty free vehicle permits to immigrant Sri Lankans :
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance today said it has received reports that fraudulent documents with the heading of the Department of Trade Investment Policy of the Ministry of Finance and the name and title of its Director General have been sent to Sri Lankans immigrants, stating that Sri Lankans working abroad will be granted duty free vehicle permits.
 Sri Lanka's 'Lotus Tower' declared open for public:
Sept 16, Colombo: The Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest tower in South Asia, was declared opened to the public by President Maithripala Sirisena today.
  Seventy percent of the Palaly airport development work completed:
Sept 16, Colombo: Seventy percent of the construction work by the Road Development Authority (RDA) in the first phase of the development of Palaly Airport, which is being developed as a regional and international airport, has been completed, according to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
 Two suspects arrested over Hanwella shooting:
Sept 16, Colombo: Two suspects have been arrested this morning in connection with the fatal shooting at Embulgama Junction in Hanwella Sunday night. A van and a motorcycle used by the suspects have also been recovered, the police said.
 Prime Minister before Presidential Commission today:
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and malpractice of the government at the BMICH this morning to give testimony over the complaint regarding the lease of the Agriculture Ministry building.
 I will not let anyone underestimate SLFP - President:
Sept 16, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that he would not allow anyone to underestimate of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and if that happens he is ready to show the strength of the party to all.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank to issue Treasury Bills for 8.5 billion rupees:
Sept 16, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will issue Treasury bills for 8.5 billion rupees through an auction on 18th September 2019, the Central Bank announced.
  Country cannot be developed with a dictatorship - PM:
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a country cannot not be developed with a dictatorship and to develop the country everybody must work with commitment and dedication.
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  Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center warns of floods and landslides:
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center urges the public to be vigilant of floods and landslides with heavy rains.
 Sri Lanka Navy Ships Sindurala and Suranimala arrive after joint naval exercise SLINEX 2019:
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessels, SLNS Sindurala and Suranimala which left for India on last 5th September to participate in the SLINEX 2019, the joint maritime naval exercise with the Indian Navy, have arrived in the island after successfully completing the exercise.
 Finance Minister orders probe into issuing liquor licenses without his approval:
Sept 15, Colombo: Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera ordered Excise Commissioner General, H.G. Sumanasinghe to conduct an immediate investigation into the issuing of liquor licenses in 2017 and 2018 by the Excise Department without getting his approval and, report to him within two weeks.
 Explosion in a house in Dematagoda injures two women:
Sept 15, Colombo: Two women were injured in an explosion this morning at a house in Samantha Watta, Mahawila Lane, in Dematagoda Police Division.
 Sri Lanka Army's field exercise Cormorant Strike extracts mock terrorist leader from East:
Sept 15, Colombo: Participants of the Sri Lanka Army's field exercise Cormorant Strike yesterday extracted a mock terrorist leader and whisked him away as part of the exercise.
 So Sri Lanka Pro 2019 surfing from Sept 25 to 29 :
Sept 15, Colombo: World Surfing League Qualifying Series 3000, also referred to as So Sri Lanka Pro 2019 is all set to be staged at the world-class point break of Arugam Bay from 25 to 29 September, with the participation of over 122 surfers from 24 nations.
 Sri Lanka's Lotus Tower grand opening tomorrow:
Sept 15, Colombo: The Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest tower in South Asia, will be opened to the public tomorrow under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 Compensation paid for 116 families affected by terrorist attacks on churches on Easter Sunday :
Sept 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has allocated over Rs. 94 million under the Swashakthi human development program to pay compensation to the people affected by terrorist attacks on churches on Easter Sunday.
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 UN envoy urges Sri Lanka's younger generation to take lead in addressing climate change :
Sept 14, Colombo: The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer urged Sri Lanka's younger generation to take bold steps to secure their future from the impacts of climate change, as Sri Lanka's standard of living could drop by 5 to 7 percent due to climate-related vulnerabilities.
 Sri Lanka earns over Rs. 10 billion income from Bohra conference in Colombo:
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka has earned over Rs.10 billion (US$ 55 million) from tourists who participated in the Bohra conference in Colombo, said Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board(SLTPB) Kishu Gomes.
 Local big onion farmers benefit from raising import levy:
Sept 14, Colombo: As a result of increasing the special commodity tax on imported big onions local farmers have received a good price for their big onion crops.
 SLFP to terminate membership of five party members:
Sept 14, Colombo: Five Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) National List parliamentarians who have left the party will lose their membership in the party, General Secretary of the party MP Dayasiri Jayasekara says.
 Minister Sajith Premadasa ready to fulfill the aspirations of people:
Sept 14, Colombo: Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Sajith Premadasa says, he is ready to fulfil the aspirations of the people.
 Enterprise Sri Lanka Mobile Service today and tomorrow in Kalutara:
Sept 14, Colombo: Another mobile service of Enterprise Sri Lanka which provides entrepreneurial loans at concessionary interest rates will be held Saturday (14) and Sunday (15) at the Kalutara Public Grounds.
  National Election Commission instructs to monitor social media activity during election period:
Sept 14, Colombo: The National Election Commission has informed the Information Technology Society Sri Lanka (ITSSL) to monitor social media activity during the presidential election.
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