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  'Arabuma' loan scheme under 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' program targets youth

June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera at the launch of the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' (ESL) program recently said the country must develop a comprehensive entrepreneurship structure that encourages people, especially graduates, to embark on building their own businesses.

According to the Ministry of Finance, the government under the Enterprise Sri Lanka program is driven to achieve the its medium-term targets such as per capita income of USD 5,000, one million new jobs, doubling exports, more than five percent continuous GDP growth etc.

 President orders action against garbage dumping near Parakrama Samudraya:
June 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today instructed the relevant officials to take initiatives for the immediate resolution of the garbage issue near the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa.

 Saudi woman drowns in Sri Lanka:
June 25, Colombo: A 24-year-old Saudi woman has drowned in Sri Lanka when she was taking a boat trip across a river during a family vacation in the island.

 EFL teams up with Havies to uplift Sri Lanka rugby:
June 25, Colombo: Expolanka Freight Ltd (EFL) announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with the historic Havelock Sports Club with the objective of supporting the successful rugby club and developing the sport of rugby in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka HR commission denies holding up Army peacekeeping mission:
June 25, Colombo: Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) today denied that it is holding up the deployment of the next army contingent for the UN peace keeping mission due to the delay in the process of clearing the military personnel in the contingent.

 AG advises against releasing full bond commission report:
June 25, Colombo: The Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya has advised Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President Maithripala Sirisena against releasing the full report submitted by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the Treasury bond scams.

  Malwatte Mahanayake Thera speaks against continuing trade union actions:
June 25, Colombo: The Chief Prelate of Malwathu Chapter Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera says ordinary people are the ones who suffer from the strikes continuing one after another.

 Gotabhaya Rajapaksa arrives at FCID to make a statement:
June 25, Colombo: Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse arrived at the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) this morning (June 25) to make a statement on the order of the court.

 Sri Lanka police arrest another four suspects for killing a leopard:
June 25, Colombo: The police have arrested four more suspects in connection with the killing of a leopard in the Ambalakulam area in Kilinochchi last night.

  Georgia MIA arrests 8 citizens of Sri Lanka for attempting to cross border illegally :
June 25, Tbilisi: Georgia Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Border Police and the State Security Service of the Department of State Security have arrested eight citizens of Sri Lanka for attempting to illegally cross the Georgia-Turkey border in the Adjara region.

 Sri Lanka's John Keells IT to accelerate business innovation with Microsoft:
June 25, Colombo: Microsoft recently announced a strategic partnership with John Keells IT to accelerate John Keells Holdings' Digital Transformation journey as well as enable them to build on this value proposition as a Partner across Asia and MENA.

 Sri Lanka President assures government's development program will equally benefit all:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has already undertaken a development program that will promote long-term development and eradicate poverty among the poor equally benefitting all the people in the country.
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  Sri Lanka PM says plans are afoot to develop Galle as a major tourist destination:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the country will be taken forward by getting foreign investments and generating new income avenues.

 World Bank grants Sri Lanka $ 200 million to control non-communicable diseases - Health Minister:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that the World Bank has granted 200 million dollars to control non-communicable diseases.

  Three suspects including a police officer arrested for suspicious death of a constable:
June 24, Colombo: Three persons including a police constable have been arrested in connection with the murder of a police constable attached to Maha Oya police station, who disappeared while serving at the Perawelthalawa police post.

 'Arabuma' loan scheme under 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' program targets youth:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera at the launch of the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' (ESL) program recently said the country must develop a comprehensive entrepreneurship structure that encourages people, especially graduates, to embark on building their own businesses.

  Sri Lankan armed forces personnel leave on a special goodwill visit to Bodh Gaya :
June 24, Colombo: A group of 160 Sri Lankan tri-service personnel and their family members including 82 Army participants today left for Bodh Gaya on a special visit organized by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka.

 Several schools in Anuradhapura to be closed from tomorrow for Poson celebrations:
June 24, Colombo: The Ministry of Education of the North Central Province has decided to close several schools in Anuradhapura for four days from tomorrow due to the Poson festival

  Pakistani passenger dies in SriLankan flight:
June 24, Colombo: A passenger has died in a SriLankan Airlines flight that was arriving from Singapore today, the police said.

 PM calls on everyone to work together for the future of the children:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that everyone should work together to bring about a bright future for the children of the country.

 Two suspects arrested for killing the leopard:
June 24, Colombo: The police today arrested two suspects involved in the killing of a leopard in Kilinochchi were arrested today.

 Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions establishes capital and business alliance with Sri Lankan tech company Interblocks Limited:
June 24, Colombo: Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions, Corp. on Wednesday announced that it has signed a business alliance agreement with Lankan tech company Interblocks Limited and will invest in Interblocks.

  Suranga Lakmal to Captain Sri Lanka in the 3rd Test match against West Indies:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that fast bowler Suranga Lakmal will captain the 3rd Test against West Indies today in the absence of suspended skipper Dinesh Chandimal.
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  PAYable takes home highest number of awards at SLASSCOM Innovation Summit :
June 23, Colombo: Cashless solution provider for the MSME sector, PAYable, emerged the most awarded company at the inaugural SLASSCOM Innovation Summit 2018 held on 14th June. Three nominations and two Gold awards set the startup apart as the only participant with multiple nominations and multiple wins.

 Senior immigration officer arrested smuggling gold fined Rs. 3 mn:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs today conducted the inquest into a gold smuggling attempt by a senior immigration and emigration officer at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake.

 Three suspects in Matara jewellery store heist remanded, main suspect killed:
June 23, Colombo: The three suspects, who were injured in a shootout with the police during the jewellery store heist in Matara and are currently receiving treatment at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, have been remanded until July 02.
  Sri Lanka to introduce an e-Health card for all:
June 23, Colombo: The Minister of Healthcare, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says an electronic health card containing all the health information of the patient will be introduced for all soon.
  4th International Day of Yoga celebrated in Sri Lanka :
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and thousands of yoga enthusiasts celebrated 4th International Day of Yoga at Independence Square in Colombo on Saturday despite rain.
 Sri Lanka Army urges public not to be misled by rumors on 'army withdrawals' from North and East:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army urged the public not to be misled by the rumors spread by "disgruntled" politicians that the Army is in the process of withdrawing its units from the North and East and downsizing in strength.
 Senior immigration officer arrested with Rs. 36 million worth gold :
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs has arrested a senior immigration and emigration officer at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake with 6 kilograms of gold worth Rs. 36 million.
 Over 1000 applications per month for dual citizenship:
June 23, Colombo: Expatriate Sri Lankans are very much interested in obtaining Sri Lanka's dual citizenship, the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, Nihal Ranasinghe says.
 Main suspect in Matara Jewellery robbery killed in retaliatory attack:
June 23, Colombo: Chamara Indrajith, the main suspect in the armed robbery of the Matara jewellery shop, was killed in a retaliatory attack by the police in the Kiralakele area in Matara today when he attempted to lob a hand grenade at police.
 Sri Lanka military personnel, families to visit Bodh Gaya by the courtesy of Indian military:
June 23, Colombo: In a move to foster relationships with Sri Lanka military, Indian military will host about 160 Sri Lanka military personnel and their families for three days in Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
 Sri Lankan government bars 14 more LTTE members from entering the country:
June 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government has issued an extraordinary gazette notification listing the names of 14 individuals living overseas with links to the LTTE as Designated Persons.
 Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission organizes film festival to mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture:
June 23, Colombo: The UN General Assembly in 1997 proclaimed 26 June as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with the ultimate aim of total eradication of torture.
  BOI enterprise Jiffy Products Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd celebrates 15 years of operations:
June 23, Colombo: Jiffy Sri Lanka Manufacturing Plant in Kobeigane, Kurunegala celebrated the company's 15 years of operations in Sri Lanka recently.
 Sri Lanka court orders arrest of villagers who killed leopard:
June 22, Colombo: A Sri Lanka court on Friday ordered the police to arrest the villagers in Kilinochchi who beat a leopard to death after the animal attacked several villagers and evaded the wildlife officers trying to catch the endangered animal.
 Norwegian research vessel arrives in Sri Lanka for a marine resources research:
June 22, Colombo: Norwegian Research Vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen arrived in Sri Lanka on June 21 to conduct a 26-day research study on marine resources.
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 Sri Lanka Prime Minister pledges to strengthen local businesses :
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today pledging to strengthen local businesses said the government has decided to provide tax concessions to local industrialists and to exempt the VAT levied on the machinery imported by the local businesses.
 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' program to boost domestic private investment launched:
June 22, Colombo: 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' loan scheme proposed in the 2018 budget to create entrepreneurs and boost domestic private investment was launched by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall on Friday.
  Sysco LABS second Engineering Nexus meetup on 4 July :
June 22, Colombo: Sysco LABS has announced that the second Engineering Nexus meetup, which brings together specialists from diverse fields to consolidate concepts and methodologies to resolve tech problems, will take place on 4 July.
 UK says dispute with Sri Lankan glove maker should be resolved by the company and local authorities:
June 22, Colombo: The British High Commission in Colombo says the dispute between a trade union and a Sri Lanka-British partner company in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone should be resolved by the local authorities and the union.
  Police officer killed in jewellery store heist, mastermind of robbery arrested:
June 22, Matara: One of the three policemen who were injured during a shootout with a group of robbers who attempted to break into a jewellery store in Matara has died.
  Sri Lanka court grants bail to extremist Buddhist monk convicted of threatening missing journalist's wife:
June 22, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court on Friday granted bail to the extremist Buddhist monk Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero who was convicted and sentenced for six months in prison for threatening the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda.
 Sri Lanka cricket captain, coach and manager admit to breaching Level 3 offence:
June 22, Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Sri Lanka cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have admitted to breaching the Article 2.3.1, a Level 3 offence, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game".
 Indian national smuggling foreign currency arrested in Sri Lanka:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs has arrested an Indian national who had illegally brought 60,000 foreign currency notes at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
 Three-wheelers with refrigeration facilities to transport perishable harvest to minimize losses:
June 22, Colombo: Steps have been taken to introduce three wheelers equipped with cold storage facilities to minimize post-harvest losses during the transport of fish, milk and vegetables.
 Sri Lanka to set up a Cyclotron to operate PET CT Scanners in government hospitals:
June 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is considering to set up a cyclotron that is needed to operate the PET CT scanners at the national hospitals.
 Bond scam suspects Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena further remanded till 5th of July:
June 21, Colombo: The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court today extended the remand of Perpetual Treasuries Limited director Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena, who are in remand custody over the bond scam charges.
 PM says development of Colombo is not limited to one area or one group:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the development of capital city of Colombo is not limited to a one area or a one group of people and the city should be developed as a whole.
 Sri Lanka reiterates continued commitment to the conservation of marine resources:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera today reiterated the Sri Lankan government's continued commitment to the conservation of marine resources and sustainable industries associated with it.
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 Sri Lanka President vows not to allow a dictatorship in the country again:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today responding to a call made by a Buddhist leader for a 'Hitler' type dictator, vowed not to allow the country to return to the dictatorship that was emerging before January 2015.
 Thailand to sign a strategic partnership deal with Sri Lanka this year to boost bilateral trade:
June 21, Bangkok: Thailand plans to sign a strategic partnership deal with Sri Lanka, hoping to raise bilateral trade value to US$ 1.5 billion in 2020, according to a report in Bangkok Post.
  World Bank roundtable discussion in Sri Lanka to address nutrition for poor :
June 21, Colombo: The World Bank has organized a roundtable discussion to address the issue of malnutrition prevalent in South Asia including Sri Lanka and to explore how the private sector can help to provide more nutritious foods for the poor.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation 2.1 percent in May 2018:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in May 2018 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) ascended to 2.1 percent from 1.6 percent recorded in April 2018 on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Thursday.
 4th Contingent of Sri Lanka Air Force aviation unit for UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan passes out :
June 21, Colombo: The Passing Out Parade of the No 4th Contingent of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Aviation Unit under the United Nations helicopter deployment in South Sudan (UNMISS) was held at SLAF Base Katunayake on Tuesday (19).
 School of Agriculture in Kundasale closed indefinitely as a fever spreads among students:
June 21, Colombo: It is reported that the Sri Lanka School of Agriculture in Kundasale, Kandy has been closed indefinitely due to a fever spreading among the students.
 Postal strike in Sri Lanka to continue as talks fail:
June 21, Colombo: The Joint Postal Trade Unions say the strike launched by them will continue indefinitely since the talks with the authorities were not successful.
 Prices of several costly drugs to be reduced next month:
June 21, Colombo: Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that steps will be taken to reduce the prices of several very expensive drugs in July.
 Bahrain impressed by Sri Lanka's high-quality products seeks to partner investors with local industries:
June 21, Colombo: Kingdom of Bahrain, the rich Gulf country impressed by Sri Lanka's diverse and high-quality range of locally made exportable products is seeking to partner its investors with the local industries, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
  Sri Lanka's manufacturing and services sectors recover in May 2018 following seasonal contraction :
June 21, Colombo: The Manufacturing Sector PMI recovered in May following the seasonal contraction observed in the previous month and recorded an index value of 60.6 in May with an increase of 15.1 index points from April.
 US assures continued support to Sri Lanka and expand bilateral partnership after quitting UNHRC:
June 20, Colombo: Following the announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council effective June 19, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo assured that the United States will support and expand the bilateral partnership between the two countries.
 SAITM Medical faculty will be abolished after integration of students to KDU - Higher Education Minister:
June 20, Colombo: Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapakse states that the medical faculty of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) will be abolished after the integration of its medical students into Kotelawala Defense University (KDU) and amendments will be brought to this effect.
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 Sri Lanka receives the US$ 584 mn third payment of Hambantota Port deal from Chinese company:
June 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government said today that it has received the third tranche of the proceeds from China Merchant Port Holdings Co. Ltd on the account of handing over of operations of Hambantota Port.
  Sri Lanka committed to eliminate barriers to business environment, facilitate investments- Finance Minister:
June 20, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka is committed to further facilitate the investment climate through a well thought out program for eliminating barriers in the business environment, Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said.
 IMF expects Sri Lanka's economy to gradually normalize but says vulnerable to shocks due to high debt:
June 20, Colombo: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday said Sri Lanka's economy is expected to normalize gradually but remains vulnerable to adverse shocks due to sizable public debt, large refinancing needs and low external buffers.
  Pakistan reaches out to uplift Sri Lankan youth through scholarships:
June 20, Colombo: In order to enhance younger generation's capacity building for better educational opportunities, the Government of Pakistan through its High Commission awarded scholarships to 308 Sri Lankan students under the prestigious Jinnah Scholarships Scheme at a local hotel in Kandy on June 19, 2018.
 Sri Lanka government urges people to share information on missing persons with the OMP:
June 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today urged anyone who have information on missing persons to share that information with the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) that was set up to inquire into missing persons.
 Striking postal employees to launch indefinite fast from today:
June 20, Colombo: The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front says they will launch an indefinite fast today opposite the Central Mail Exchange in Colombo.
 Retired Senior DIG Ravi Waidyalankara re-appointed to head FCID:
June 20, Colombo: Retired Senior DIG Ravi Waidyalankara has been re-employed to head the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of Police.
 Commercial Bank adjudged Best Internet Bank in Sri Lanka for 3rd year in a row:
June 20, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been named the Best Internet Bank in Sri Lanka by Global Banking and Finance Review of the UK, for the third successive year.
  Two Australians killed in road accident on expressway in Sri Lanka:
June 20, Colombo: Two foreigners were killed in a road accident on the Southern Expressway early Wednesday morning when their vehicle collided with a container truck, the police said.
  Former police OIC, DIG arrested over Lasantha Wickrematunge's killing further remanded:
June 19, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further remanded the former senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara and former Mount Lavinia Police Crimes OIC, SI Tissa Sugathapala who were arrested and in remand custody over the killing of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge.
 Police fire tear gas and water cannons to disperse SAITM protesters:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse university students protesting against the SAITM near the Parliament Roundabout in Battaramulla.
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  Sri Lanka captain Chandimal suspended for one Test after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal was suspended for one Test and fined 100 percent of his match fee after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced today.
 Sri Lanka to exempt VAT from private medical services from 1st July :
June 19, Colombo: The government has decided to remove several taxes levied in a number of fields including the Value Added Tax on private medical services from the 1st of July. Accordingly, private medical services, children's savings accounts and artists work will be exempted from taxes.
 IRRI to provide technical assistance to Sri Lanka to restore self-sufficiency in rice :
June 19, Colombo: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has agreed to provide necessary technical assistance to Sri Lanka to reduce the impact of climate change on the island's rice production utilizing satellite technology and to restore self-sufficiency in rice.
 MP Buddhika Pathirana sworn in as Deputy Minister of Industries and Commerce:
June 19, Colombo: Matara district MP Buddhika Pathirana was sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Industries and Commerce before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (19).
 Colombo Stock Exchange decides to delist Kalpitiya Beach Resort:
June 19, Colombo: the Board of Directors of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has decided to delist the securities of Kalpitiya Beach Resort PLC subject to the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the CSE announced today.
  Construction of first of four multi-purpose fishery harbors to begin soon :
June 19, Colombo: Plans are afoot to start the construction of the first harbor of the four multipurpose fishing ports to be constructed with the Korean assistance within the next few months, State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi said.
  Indian seafood producer willing to invest $ 5 million in Sri Lanka's aquaculture sector:
June 19, Colombo: An Indian seafood producer has expressed interest in investing in Sri Lanka's aquaculture sector to boost cultivation of aquatic plants that are needed for the highly demanded shrimp farming overseas.
 Oman Post suspends sending mail to Sri Lanka:
June 19, Colombo: Oman Post has announced that it will temporarily stop receiving any mail to be sent to Sri Lanka, "due to unforeseen circumstances".
 Norwegian State Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow:
June 19, Colombo: The State Minister of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jens Frølich Holte, will visit Sri Lanka from 20th- 23rd June, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo announced in a release.
  President's former Chief of Staff, former STC Chairman further remanded:
June 19, Colombo: The Colombo Chief Magistrate today extended the remand of two top Sri Lankan government officials who were arrested last month for accepting a bribe of Rs. 20 million and in remand custody since then.
  Expert committee appointed to study removal of Agriculture Ministry from DPJ towers:
June 19, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera has appointed a six-member committee of experts on Monday (18) to study the facts regarding the removal of the Ministry of Agriculture from the DPJ Towers and take it back to the Govijana Mandiraya in Battaramulla, where it was located previously.
  Harboring of Army absentees a punishable offence, Sri Lanka Army warns:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has warned that harboring of any Army absentee is an offence punishable in court under the existing law.
 Two French naval ships arrive at Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two French naval ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Monday (18).
  Sri Lanka President asks all parties to protect children unconditionally :
June 18, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena said the all parties should render unconditional support to the government to protect the children from various menaces in society.
 Striking postal employees warned to return to work by tomorrow:
June 18, Colombo: Postmaster General Rohana Abeyratne says that striking postal employees who do not report to work tomorrow (June 19) will be considered as vacated the service.
 UK, Sri Lanka celebrate the 70 year friendship:
June 18, Colombo: British High Commissioner James Dauris hosted the Queen's Birthday Party on June 13th, celebrating the friendship between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.
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 UK to explore opportunities to invest in building rural hospitals and bridges :
June 18, Colombo: Britain's State Minister for Trade Policy Greg Hands during a discussion with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister has said that the UK expects to explore trade and investment opportunities in construction of rural bridges and hospitals in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court orders to file charges of contempt of court against Deputy Minister :
June 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ordered the Attorney General to file a charge sheet on the 30th of this month against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, who has been accused of insulting the judiciary.
  Sri Lanka's economic growth positive at 3.2% in Q1 2018:
June 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew at a positive rate of 3.2 percent during the first quarter of this year, the Census and Statistics Department said on Monday releasing the GDP Summary Indicators for the 1st Quarter 2018.
 SriLankan Airlines says no need to arrive earlier for departures due to BIA renovations:
June 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines today said that the passengers can arrive as usual, three hours prior to the departure and no need to come earlier than the usual times at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
 Ship in Kankasanthurai harbor catches fire:
June 18, Colombo: An old ship in the Myliddy fishing harbor in Kankasanthurai, Jaffna had caught fire early this morning (18), Kankasanthurai Police said.
 No decision to increase price of milk powder - CAA:
June 18, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) states that no decision has been made to raise the price of milk powder at this time.
 No plans to remove any subjects from GCE/O Level Syllabus - Education Minister:
June 18, Colombo: Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that there is no attempt to remove history, language or any other subject from the GCE Ordinary Level syllabuses.
 Rs. 3 million contract given to murder Kiri Vehera Chief Incumbent - Police :
June 18, Colombo: It has been revealed during interrogation of the five suspects arrested for the attempted murder of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Vihara Chief Incumbent, Ven. Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera a a Rs. 3 million contact has been given to assassinate the Thera.
 Gestetner subsidiary Fintek to distribute Sharp products in Sri Lanka:
June 18, Colombo: Fintek Managed Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, a fully incorporated subsidiary of Gestetner of Ceylon PLC, has been appointed the authorized distributor for Sharp Office Automation products and solutions in Sri Lanka.
 'Gamperaliya' program initiated to make a huge revolution in village development - President.:
June 17, Colombo: The rapid rural infrastructure investment scheme, 'Gamperaliya' program, initiated to make a huge revolution in the development of the village, will commence in the near future, says President Maithripala Sirisena.
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 ICC charges Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with ball-tampering :
June 17, Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lanka cricket captain, with "changing the condition of the ball" during the second Test against West Indies in St Lucia.
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