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  President stresses the need for patience to achieve desired goals and navigate the remaining challenges successfully

President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that, despite the country’s progress from past challenges, the journey is not yet complete.

The President also highlighted that the current government will consistently adhere to the “Principles and Basic Duties of State Policy Management” outlined in Chapter 06 of the Constitution, rather than pursuing political policies.

 President outlines a bold vision for Sri Lanka Tourism at THASL’s 58th Annual General Meeting:
Nov 28, Colombo: Addressing the 58th Annual General Meeting of The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) held Monday (27) at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, President Ranil Wickremesinghe outlined a comprehensive strategy to propel the country’s tourism sector to new heights.

 Representatives of trade unions and civil organizations will be informed about the 2024 budget proposals:
Nov 28, Colombo: A meeting was convened yesterday (27) at the Presidential Secretariat presided over by State Minister for Finance Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Senior Advisor to the President on Economic Affairs with representatives from numerous trade union leaders

 President stresses the need for patience to achieve desired goals and navigate the remaining challenges successfully:
President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that, despite the country’s progress from past challenges, the journey is not yet complete.

  UN Women supported women’s shelters in Sri Lanka support survivors of gender-based violence:
Nov 28, Colombo: “In our society, there is a belief that domestic violence should be kept behind closed doors and not discussed openly”, says Anoja Makawita, a social worker and counsellor at Women in Need (WIN).

 Labor Minister disappointed with delays in housing loan scheme for migrant workers:
Nov 28, Colombo: Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara expressed his dissatisfaction with the delay in implementing a low-interest housing loan scheme for migrant workers, despite Cabinet approval.

 SOC directs local government officials to provide the necessary services with equal consideration to the public:
Nov 28, Colombo: The Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on Open and Accountable Government directed the heads of local government bodies to provide the necessary services with equal consideration to the public who come to get services.

 Bulgarian President seeks increased bilateral trade and tourism flows and multifaceted cooperation with Sri Lanka:
Nov 28, Colombo: Ambassador Dhammika Kumari Semasinghe presented Letters of Credence concurrently accrediting her as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Bulgaria with residence in Warsaw, Poland, to President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria, at the Presidential Palace in Sofia on 22 November 2023.

 COYLE’s Leadership Forum themed “People, Planet, Paradise” powered by Nations Trust Bank achieves resounding success in relaying Youth Entrepreneurship:
Nov 28, Colombo: COYLE in collaboration with Nations Trust Bank PLC, marked a significant milestone on 20 November 2023 with the successful conclusion of its Leadership Forum themed, “People, Planet, Paradise”.

  JAT Holdings PLC reports topline growth amidst Export Growth of 130%:
Nov 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s market leader in wood coatings and emerging regional conglomerate, JAT Holdings PLC, reported robust financial performance for Q2 of FY 2023/24, recently.

  Four Sri Lankans stranded in Gaza safely arrived in Sri Lanka:
Nov 28, Colombo: A four member Sri Lankan family, who were stranded in the Gaza, safely arrived in Sri Lanka on November 24, 2023, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Monday.

 President to present three special proposals to the UN climate change conference in Dubai:
Nov 28, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe has decided to present 3 special proposals for the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP 28, that will take place from 30 November until 12 December 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 New Sports and Irrigation Ministers appointed:
Nov 27, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed two new ministers and they were sworn in before the President at the Presidential Secretariat later today, President’s Media Division reported.

 PM, Italian envoy hold discussions on a direct air and nautical route between Italy and Sri Lanka.:
Nov 27, Colombo: A meeting between Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Italian Ambassador Damiano Francovigh took place Monday (Nov 27) at the Prime Minister’s Office in Parliament.
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 Water Ministry unveils plans for sustainable water management and tariff reform:
Nov 27, Colombo: Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman disclosed the ongoing discussions on the formulation of a water tariff, emphasizing the need for a formula that sustains the water board while maintaining fairness for the general public.

 Saudi Arabia keen to strengthen economic ties with Sri Lanka in Garment and Tourism Sectors:
Nov 27, Colombo: The Minister of Economy and Planning for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Faisal F. Alibrahim, met with President Ranil Wickremesinghe this afternoon (27) at the Presidential Secretariat.

 Trincomalee Old Dutch Building to be given to UDA for tourism project:
Nov 27, Colombo: Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, has submitted a cabinet paper to obtain approval for the transfer of the land portion of the old Dutch building in Trincomalee to the Urban Development Authority (UDA) for a tourism development project.

 Sri Lanka Board of Investments attracts investments of $1.8 billion in 2023:
Nov 27, Colombo: State Minister of Investment Promotion Dilum Amunugama says that despite the economic contraction, Sri Lanka’s investment promotion agency , Board of Investment (BOI) has attracted investments worth US$ 1.8 billion and US$ 1.5 billion of them are foreign direct investments (FDI).

 A suspect wanted for several murders and shootings arrested:
Nov 27, Colombo: The Police Special Task Force has arrested a man who is accused of committing multiple murders and shootings, during a raid conducted in Morayalewatta Sadalankawa area.

 Sysco LABS recognized as Sri Lanka’s Premier Technology Exporter at the Presidential Export Awards:
Nov 27, Colombo: Sysco LABS was honored with the prestigious Best Exporter Award in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector at the Presidential Export Awards for both 2021/22 and 2022/23.

 HIP’s systemic approach to community programs wins international accolades:
Nov 27, Colombo: The Hambantota International Port (HIP) was awarded in the Corporate Social Responsibility category at the 10th Maritime Standard Awards 2023.

 Construction of the Professorial Unit of Uva Wellassa University Medical Faculty at a cost of Rs. 2.26 billion commenced:
Nov 26, Colombo: The construction work of the ten-storey building for the Professorial Unit of the Faculty of Medicine of Uva Wellassa University with the financial allocation of 2.26 billion rupees commenced on Sunday, 26th November at the Badulla Teaching Hospital premises.

 Police arrest 40 people with drugs and weapons in special operation in Wellampitiya:
Nov 26, Colombo: At least 40 persons have been arrested in a special operation jointly conducted by the Police, Special Task Force (STF) and the Sri Lanka Army early this morning in Wellampitiya.
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 Government planning to provide Rs.5,000 salary hike for public servants from January:
Nov 26, Colombo: The government is paying close attention to provide Rs 5,000 from the proposed salary increase for government employees and Rs 2,500 to pensioners from next January, the Minister of State for Finance Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.

 President unveils ‘Urumaya’ Freehold Deed Program to empower farmers and strengthen export economy:
Nov 26, Colombo: In a historic move to empower the agricultural sector and strengthen the export economy, President Ranil Wickremesinghe unveiled the “Urumaya” Freehold Deed Program during the first phase of the public awareness campaign for the 2024 budget proposal.

 Sectoral Oversight Committee focuses attention on Draft National Education Policy Framework:
Nov 26, Colombo: The attention of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Education was recently drawn to the report on the National Education Policy Framework which was presented to Parliament recently.
 IGP C.D. Wickramaratne retires, nominations for the post to be sent to Constitutional Council soon:
Nov 26, Colombo: It is reported that a new nomination paper will soon be sent to the Constitutional Council for the appointment of a new Inspector General of Police.
 Prime Minister’s Office cuts costs by 46% in 2023, expands responsibilities:
Nov 26, Colombo: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that by October 2023, the expenses of the Prime Minister’s Office were reduced by 46% compared to 2022.
 COPF discusses difficulties faced by school girls, women’s welfare:
Nov 25, Colombo: The Committee on Public Finance (COPF) held a special discussion in Parliament on 21 November with the representatives of civil organizations including the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in order to get ideas and suggestions on the budget proposals presented for the year 2024 and the policies to be prepared in the country.
 Government to import rice similar to Keeri Samba for the upcoming festive season :
Nov 25, Colombo: Nalin Fernando, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Food Security stated that steps have been taken to import a stock of rice similar to Keeri Samba rice to supply the necessary rice for the upcoming festive season.
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 Education Minister aims to educate children in political process through the Student Parliament:
Nov 25, Colombo: Minister of Education and Leader of the House Susil Premajayantha, said that the experience and practice that the children get through the Student Parliament will be helpful in building the future leadership of the country.
 Four police officers arrested in connection with the death of Jaffna prison inmate :
Nov 25, Colombo: Four police officers have been arrested in connection with the death of a young person who was in remand custody at the Jaffna prison.
 Constable drowned in line of duty promoted posthumously:
Nov 25, Colombo: Police Media Spokesman’s Office has announced that Officer Krishnamurthy Prathapan, the trainee Police Constable who drowned in line of duty, has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant.
 President announces plans to promote cultivation of minor export crops to boost government’s income :
Nov 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe underscored the imperative of fortifying the agricultural export economy as a pivotal component of the program aimed at revitalizing the nation’s economy.
  Power and Energy Minister announces consumer benefits from CEB’s potential December profit:
Nov 25, Colombo: Minister of Power and Energy Mr. Kanchana Wijesekera, stated that in the event of the Electricity Board realizing any operating profit by December, attributed to the favorable rain conditions, a strategic decision has been made to allocate these gains to consumers in April
 President emphasizes paramount responsibility is to build a promising future for the nation’s youth:
Nov 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that the nation is designed with a long-term perspective, focusing on the well-being of future generations rather than the present.
 Sri Lanka to approve Sinopec’s $4.5 bln refinery proposal on Monday -minister:
Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka will likely approve on Monday a proposal from Chinese state refiner Sinopec to build a $4.5-billion-dollar refinery, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera has told Reuters on Saturday.
 Court issues interim injunction suspending MP Patali Champika Ranawaka’s accident trial:
Nov 25, Colombo: The Court of Appeal Friday (24) issued an interim order suspending Colombo High Court trial proceedings against Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka in connection with the 2016 Rajagiriya motor accident case.
 Climate Smart Irrigated Agriculture Project provides Rs. 30 million worth of computers and accessories for training of farmers:
Nov 25, Colombo: The Climate Smart Irrigated Agriculture Project (CSIAP) has given Computers and accessories worth 30.31 million rupees to the Department of Agricultural Development recently to conduct training and education programs for farmers in 11 districts where the CSIAP is implemented.
 SOC looks into the future road map of the Galle Heritage Foundation:
Nov 25, Colombo: The Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on Media, Youth, Heritage and New Citizen considered the future road map of the Galle Heritage Foundation, when the committee met in Parliament under the chairmanship of MP Lalith Varna Kumara recently in Parliament.
  Sri Lanka Cricket blames Sports Ministry for omission of Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga in the World Cup Squad:
Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Friday reiterated that Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera were included in the 15-member squad selected by the Sri Lanka Cricket Selectors to take part in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
  EU grants EUR 15 million. to promote circular economy in Sri Lanka’s food sector:
Nov 25, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka and the European Union (EU) have signed a financing agreement to promote a circular economy and sustainable consumption and production in the food sector.
 Employee arrested for stealing readymade underwear from garment factory and selling :
Nov 24, Colombo: The Katunayake Police Friday have arrested an employee of the Brandix Apparel factory located in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone for stealing manufactured women’s and men’s underwear and selling them to clothing stores.
 SOC instructs to prepare a plan to increase sugar production in 2024 and export by-product ethanol :
Nov 24, Colombo: It was revealed in the Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on Increasing Export of Goods and Services that ethanol, which is a by-product of sugar factories, is currently in excess.
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 Kingslake-Infor seminar addresses warehouse management concerns with expert insight on navigating inventory challenges:
Nov 24, Colombo: Kingslake, Sri Lanka’s leading manufacturing solutions provider, is celebrating the success of its "Tackling Warehouse Management Challenges" seminar, held recently at the Hilton Residences Colombo.
 Hemas partners with Hoppers London to Establish 64th Piyawara Preschool and provides monthly nutritional support to 1,160 children:
Nov 24, Colombo: Hemas Outreach Foundation (HOF) continues its collaboration with ‘Hoppers London’, a renowned Sri Lankan restaurant group in London, to extend their "Feed the Future" project, addressing the nutritional needs of vulnerable children on the brink of malnutrition in selected Piyawara preschools.
 Sri Lanka to amend national hydrology act to boost revenue through electronic navigation charts:
Nov 24, Colombo: State Minister for Defense, Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, announced plans to amend the National Hydrology Act, paving the way for the creation of Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) that could generate an estimated $200 million annually from ships traversing near Sri Lankan waters.
 Suspect who attacked a prison guard arrested:
Nov 24, Colombo: The Homicide and Organized Crime Division says that a suspect involved in the incident of breaking into the house of a prison guard in Minuwangoda, assaulting him with firearms and injuring while threatening to stop drug raids in the prison, has been arrested.
 CICT launches strategic collaborative partnership with University of Moratuwa:
Nov 24, Colombo: Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has entered into a milestone collaboration agreement with the University of Moratuwa (UoM), creating a broad framework for a closer strategic alignment of academia and the logistics and engineering industries.
 Many important decisions taken to provide a reliable healthcare to public:
Nov 24, Colombo: Dr. Palitha Mahipala, Secretary of the Ministry of Health, said yesterday (23) that many important decisions were made in the Ministry of Health in order to provide maximum and reliable health services for the people of Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank further cuts policy rates by 100 bps to support economic activity:
Nov 24, Colombo: The Monetary Board of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has decided to reduce policy interest rates by 100 points aiming to enable the economy to reach its potential as inflation declined faster than expected.
 Money received by SLC should be subject to government audit, Sports Secretary informs court:
Nov 23, Colombo: The Secretary of the Ministry of Sports informed the Court of Appeal that the money received by the Sri Lanka Cricket, the cricket governing body from abroad should be subject to a government audit and that the money should not be arbitrarily spent as pleased but for the betterment of Sri Lanka Cricket.
 UN assures to continue support to agricultural development in Sri Lanka :
Nov 23, Colombo: Mr. Marc-André Franche, UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka says the support given by the organizations affiliated to the United Nations will continue to be provided for the agricultural development of Sri Lanka.
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  Fazenda Smart Agro by The Embryo Innovation Center wins Merit Award at National ICT Awards NBQSA 2023:
Nov 23, Colombo: In recognition for driving agriculture innovation and developing a smart solution, Fazenda Smart Agro by The Embryo Innovation Center won a Merit Award under the Industrial Agriculture category at the prestigious National ICT Awards NBQSA 2023 (National Best Quality ICT Awards) held recently.
 SLT-MOBITEL powers ‘Katukurunda Speed 2023’:
Nov 23, Colombo: Re-affirming its steadfast commitment to powering sports through the fusion of technology, SLT-MOBITEL has partnered with the much-awaited motor sporting event of the year, ‘Katukurunda Speed 2023’ as the telecommunications partner.
  Granting free ownership of land to the people is an investment made for the future economy - Labor Minister:
Nov 23, Colombo: Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment, Manusha Nanayakkara emphasized that retaining land, a crucial factor of production, improperly under government control contradicts the constitution.
 Budget Head of the Ministry of Defense passed by a majority vote :
Nov 23, Colombo: The budget head of the Ministry of defense taken up for debate today, on the second day of the Committee Stage of the Appropriation Bill for the year 2024, was passed by a majority of 68 votes.
  President unveils bold agricultural export initiative, plans to establish Agro – Technology University in Sri Lanka:
Nov 23, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has outlined a comprehensive plan to revitalize Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector for export, acknowledging past challenges and missed opportunities.
 Japan grants Sri Lanka JPY 360 million to boost North-East fisheries infrastructure and establish a Doppler Weather Radar Network:
Nov 23, Colombo: The government of Japan has granted Sri Lanka JPY 360 million for two projects - JPY 200 million grant assistance to boost North-East fisheries infrastructure and JPY 160 million-grant assistance for the establishment of a Doppler Weather Radar Network.
 SOC recommends Insurance Regulatory Commission to make regulations within one month to amend laws to protect clients:
Nov 23, Colombo: Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on Alleviating the Impact of the Economic Crisis recommended to the Insurance Regulatory Commission to make regulations within one month to amend laws in a client-protection manner.
 Sri Lanka participates in the Travel Expo Ankara 6th International Tourism and Travel Fair:
Nov 23, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ankara participated in the 6th Travel EXPO Ankara 2023 held at ATO Congresium in Ankara, Türkiye from 16 to 19 November.
 BYD and John Keells Group forge partnership for passenger vehicle business in Sri Lanka:
Nov 23, Colombo: BYD, the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles, announced its collaboration with Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), to provide cutting edge new energy vehicles (NEV) to the Sri Lankan market.
  SOC discusses role and future plans of Ministry of Foreign Affairs departments :
Nov 22, Colombo: The role and future plans of several departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were taken up for discussions at the Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on International Relations when it met in Parliament yesterday (21) Chaired by Member of Parliament Akila Ellawala in place of the Chair MP Namal Rajapaksa.
 HIP briefs newly appointed Sri Lankan Heads of Mission and Ambassadors:
Nov 22, Colombo: Seven Sri Lankan Heads of Mission/Ambassador designates to foreign embassies and high commissions, were given a detailed orientation by Hambantota International Port (HIP) on port operations and activities.
  SLT-MOBITEL partners IntaHub to revolutionize hospitality software solutions globally:
Nov 22, Colombo: SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider, partnered IntaHub (Pvt) Limited, a renowned software company that provides tailored solutions for the dynamic hospitality industry, with the aim of enhancing capabilities and pioneering cutting-edge hospitality technology on a global scale.
 Corruption and bribery devour Rs 300 billion of Public money annually - Eran:
Nov 22, Colombo: Eran Wickramaratne, Member of Parliament of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, asked the Speaker not to remove the school students in the gallery when the members of the Parliament misbehaved.
 Two young women perish in a landslide:
Nov 22, Colombo: Two young women have lost their lives in a landslide Wednesday (22) afternoon in Uduwara area, Hali Ela.
 FM emphasizes a long-term targeted program to resolve the economic crisis :
Nov 22, Colombo: Minister of Foreign Affairs President’s Counsel Ali Sabry emphasized the imperative for a comprehensive, long-term targeted program as the primary solution to address the economic crisis facing the country.
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 President underscores Imperative of Strategic Blueprint amid shifting Global Geopolitical Dynamics:
Nov 22, Colombo: In his address at the Graduation ceremony of the National Defense College, hosted at Eagle Lakeside, Ratmalana yesterday (21), President Ranil Wickremesinghe highlighted the historical significance associated with the National Defense College building.
 Budget Head of the President passed by majority vote :
Nov 22, Colombo: Today (Nov. 22), on the first day of the Committee Stage of the Appropriation Bill for the year 2024, the budget head of the President taken up for debate was passed with amendments by 59 majority votes.
 President tells Parliament to enact a new cricket law and free the sport from political interference :
Nov 22, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe remarked during today’s parliamentary budget debate that the state of cricket in Sri Lanka has declined due to internal conflicts within the cricketing community.
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