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  President holds bilateral discussions with German, EU leaders

Sept 29, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe held bilateral talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Thursday (28) during his official visit to participate in ‘Berlin Global Dialogue’.

  President holds bilateral discussions with German, EU leaders:
Sept 29, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe held bilateral talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Thursday (28) during his official visit to participate in ‘Berlin Global Dialogue’.

  PUCSL seeks public opinion regarding electricity tariff hike proposed by CEB:
Sept 29, Colombo: The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has decided to seek public opinion regarding the revision of electricity tariffs proposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board for 2023.

 Railway Department provides 100 houses to squatters on railway reserve lands:
Sept 29, Colombo: The delivery of 100 houses built by the Railway Department to the people who were unlawfully living in the Railway land was done under the patronage of the Minister Transport, Highways and Mass Media, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena recently.

 Sri Lanka Navy relief teams on high alert for possible flood emergency:
Sept 29, Colombo: As the inclement weather is approaching, Sri Lanka Navy has deployed relief teams in certain areas in the Southern Province, to provide assistance and support to those who may be affected by floods.

 Agriculture Minister instructs to start research to introduce species of cattle and goat suitable for the country:
Sept 29, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says one of the main factors affecting the increase in livestock production in the country is the lack of suitable animal species for the respective products.

 President of Kazakhstan hold talks with President Ranil Wickremesinghe:
Sept 29, Berlin: On the sidelines of the Berlin Global Dialogue forum, the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Thursday held talks with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the official Aqorda press service reported.

 Sri Lanka to open doors for foreign investment as soon as the debt restructuring is completed:
Sept 28, Colombo: Acting Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe says that the debt restructuring has reached its final stage, and as soon as it is completed, foreign investors will have a great opportunity to become part of the fast-growing Sri Lankan economy.

 Navy recovers Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 33 million in Karainagar:
Sept 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy has recovered over 100 kg of Kerala, during a special search operation conducted in the beach area of Pumattei on the Karainagar Island, in the dark hours of Wednesday (27th September 2023).

 Fitch upgrades Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Local-Currency IDR to ‘CCC-’:
Sept 28, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has upgraded Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Local-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘CCC-’ from ‘RD’ (Restricted Default).
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  Sri Lankan President stresses that funding available to face climate challenges ‘woefully’ inadequate:
Sept 28, Colombo Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed the need for a comprehensive dialogue between Western nations and China, the United States of America and China and the European Union and China, as a critical component of a robust international plan capable of addressing the global challenges anticipated in 2024.

 Positive progress in securing second IMF tranche - Acting Finance Minister :
Sept 28, Colombo: Acting Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe announced that negotiations to secure the second tranche of funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are progressing positively. He emphasized that the government’s economic reform efforts are currently under evaluation by the IMF.

 Six wild elephants killed in collision with trains:
Sept 28, Colombo: The Department of Wildlife reported that six (06) wild elephants have died in two separate accidents when two herds of elephants collided with trains in the areas of Galgamuwa and Palu Gaswewa yesterday (28th) night.

 Suspect arrested with Rs 10 million worth of ‘ice’:
Sept 28, Colombo: The Colombo Crime Division of Police said that a person was arrested at Pannnaloka Mawatha area in Dehiwala with a stock of ‘ice’ (crystal methamphetamine) worth over one 10 million rupees.

 Seylan Credit Cards and Union Assurance join hands to offer hassle-free life insurance payment options:
Sept 28, Colombo: Seylan Credit Cards, the Essential Card for Heartfelt Essentials, is thrilled to announce its strategic partnership with Union Assurance, one of the leading Life Insurers in Sri Lanka.

 Three wild elephants killed after being hit by a night mail train:
Sept 28, Colombo: Three elephants have died after a herd of wild elephants collided with the night mail train traveling from Kankasanthurai to Colombo.

 Providing loan guarantees for the upliftment of small and medium enterprises later this year:
Sept 28, Colombo: State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe says that in the next few months of this year, credit guarantees will be provided for the upliftment of the micro, small and medium scale enterprises that have been most affected by the economic crisis.

 Colombo Port City investor interest grows as Colombo Port City Economic Commission delivers rapid progress in 2023:
Sept 28, Colombo: The Colombo Port City Economic Commission (the Commission) recently published its Comprehensive Progress Report for the fiscal year 2023, spanning from January to August.

 ComBank conducts hackathon for staff to display problem-solving ingenuity:
Sept 28, Colombo: A team representing Central Accounts at the Commercial Bank of Ceylon won the inaugural hackathon organized by the Bank in collaboration with Dialog Enterprise for employees of the Bank to develop and demonstrate their ingenuity and problem-solving prowess.

 President calls on all Muslims to come together to overcome the nation’s challenges:
Sept 28, Colombo: Issuing a message to mark Milad-un-Nabi today, President Ranil Wickremesinghe urged all Muslim brethren in Sri Lanka to unite in working towards strengthening the path, to secure a developed Sri Lanka by 2048.

 Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka found not guilty of sexual assault in Sydney:
Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka who was accused of sexual assault of a woman while in Australia for the T20 World Cup has been found not guilty by a Sydney court.

  First phase of East Container Terminal of Colombo Port to start operations in June next year :
Sept 27, Colombo: The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation stated that the construction of the first stage at the East Container Terminal of Colombo Port will be completed and its operations will begin from the first of June 2024.

  PM instructs Provincial Governors to fill vacancies in the province while giving teaching appointments:
Sept 27, Colombo: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena instructed the provincial governors to take steps to fill vacancies in the province while giving teaching appointments.

 Sri Lanka’s Colombo-based inflation drops to 1.3 percent in September 2023:
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) declined to 1.3 percent in September 2023 from 4.0 percent in August, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Wednesday.
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  Global backing for President’s 2048 Green Economy initiative funding:
Sept 27, Colombo: Dr. Anil Jasinghe, the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, announced that Sri Lanka has formally committed to providing the essential funding for President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 2048 Green Economy Programme.

 Plans to launch campaigns to attract 1.5 million tourists to Sri Lanka announced:
Sept 27, Colombo: Mrs. Diana Gamage, the Minister of State for Tourism announced plans to launch promotional campaigns aimed at attracting 1.5 million foreign tourists to Sri Lanka by the year’s end.
 Acting Ministers assigned to oversee ministries under the President during overseas visit:
Sept 27, Colombo: During President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s official overseas visit to Germany, the responsibilities of the ministries under his purview have been temporarily entrusted to the respective state ministers.
  President embarks on high-level visit to Germany:
Sept 27, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe left for Germany early this morning (27) to participate in the Leaders Dialogue session, the inaugural event of the ‘Berlin Global Dialogue., President’s Media Division said.
 Ministry of Defense updates licensing conditions on regulation and registration of private security agencies:
Sept 27, Colombo: Pursuant to the Private Security Agencies Regularization Act No. 45 of 1998, the Ministry of Defense has taken steps to update the licensing conditions for the regulation and registration of private security agencies currently registered under the Ministry of Defense.
 Seylan Tikiri hosts ‘Tikiri Pola’ at Aralaganwila Welayaya National School to foster financial literacy in young students:
Sept 27, Colombo: Seylan Tikiri, the cherished children’s savings brand of the country, recently joined hands with Aralaganwila Welayaya National School in an effort to instill a sense of financial literacy among the young minds.
 IMF mission to Sri Lanka concludes without reaching agreement as full economic recovery is not yet assured:
Sept 27, Colombo: The International Monetary Fund concluded its mission to Sri Lanka without reaching a staff-level agreement as the country has not assured full economic recovery despite early signs of stabilization of the economy.
  Sri Lanka Customs arrest five people smuggling gold jewelry worth Rs. 120 million at airport:
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested five people who were attempting to smuggle a stock of gold jewelry worth more than Rs 120 million this morning.
 Sri Lanka gears up for a comprehensive social security reformation inspired by Indonesian Model:
Sept 27, Colombo: A distinguished Sri Lankan delegation led by Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment. R.P.A. Wimalaweera, embarked on a four-day study tour to Indonesia from September 4-7, 2023 to assess that country’s employment social security system.
 World Bank reaffirms full support for the Aswesuma program to reach 2 million families target:
Sept 27, Colombo: Minister of State for Finance Shehan Semasinghe held a discussion on Monday with Faris Hadad-Zervos, Country Director of World Bank on the progress of the Aswesuma welfare benefits program.
  President Wickremesinghe leaves for Germany on an official visit:
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has left the island on a four-day official visit to Germany, the President’s Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports in August 2023 surpasses USD 1 billion mark :
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports increased by 6.98 % to US$ 1,091.6 Million in August 2023 compared to July 2023 as per the provisional data released by the Sri Lanka Customs.
 HIP supplies over 80% marine bunkers to Sri Lankan market:
Sept 27, Colombo: The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) has benchmarked a 500,000 ton volume in their bunkering business during the first eight months of 2023.
 CDB as Silver Sponsor supported ‘Back to Faculty’ celebrations of University of Colombo – Faculty of Management and Finance:
Sept 27, Colombo: CDB was the Silver Sponsor, at the event ‘Back to Faculty’ organized by the University of Colombo’s Faculty of Management and Finance to celebrate the achievements and journeys of graduates during the past 42 years.
 Budget 2024 to be presented to Parliament on November 13:
Sept 26, Colombo: State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the 2024 budget proposals will be presented to Parliament on November 13.
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 An airman killed in an explosion at the firing range :
Sept 26, Colombo: An airman was killed in an explosion that took place on Tuesday evening at the shooting range of the Sri Lanka Air Force Training Camp in Kandakulia, Kalpitiya, the Police said.
 Granting permission for gem mining in Mahaweli lands during the post-harvest period considered:
Sept 26, Colombo: The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Plantation Industries took into consideration regarding granting permission in consultation with the National Gems and Jewelry Commission for gem mining activities in Embilipitiya Mahaweli lands during the post-harvest period.
  SOC Chair Mahindananda Aluthgamage calls for tax revenue boost and overhaul of collection system:
Sept 26, Colombo: Member of Parliament Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Chair of the Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on National Economic and Physical Plans, emphasized the need to establish a dedicated unit for overseeing institutions responsible for generating tax revenue, including the Inland Revenue Department.
 ‘INFOTEL Information Technology Fair’ from Nov 03-05 at BMICH:
Sept 26, Colombo: The ‘INFOTEL Information Technology Exhibition,’ orchestrated by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), is scheduled to take place at the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall in Colombo from November 3rd to 5th.
 New legislation being formulated to transform the Port City to ‘Colombo Financial Zone’, President reveals:
Sept 26, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his address at the 2023 Commercial Mediation Symposium at Colombo’s Hilton Hotel, emphasized the need for a cultural shift towards efficient dispute resolution in Sri Lanka.
 Cabinet approval granted for the submission of 2024 appropriation bill to the Parliament.:
Sept 26, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the appropriation bill for the financial year 2024 to be submitted to Parliament.
 Financial donation from Singapore to clean up beaches polluted by the X-Press pearl disaster:
Sept 26, Colombo: Singapore-based global non-profit, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste donated eight BeachTech Hydro Sweepy beach cleaning machines to the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of Sri Lanka to clean up the beaches polluted by the MV X-Press Pearl shipwreck that occurred on May 20, 2021 in Sri Lankan waters.
  S&P raises Sri Lanka local currency ratings to ‘CCC+/C’, says outlook stable :
Sept 26, Colombo: S&P Global Ratings on Monday raised its long- and short-term local currency sovereign credit ratings on Sri Lanka to ‘CCC+/C’ from ‘SD/SD’ (selective default).
 Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry says permission not given to Chinese vessel - Report :
Sept 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry on Monday said that Colombo has not given permission to a Chinese vessel to dock adding that Indian security concerns are "important" for Sri Lanka, ANI reported.
 Sri Lanka’s first centrally monitored, fully-automated, women-operated Lanka IOC filling station unveiled:
Sept 26, Colombo: In a historic milestone, Sri Lanka witnessed the grand unveiling of its very first centrally-monitored, fully-automated, women-operated Lanka IOC Filling Station, recently.
 Sri Lanka Food Festival in Karachi showcases island nation’s rich culinary heritage:
Sept 26, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Consulate General in Karachi in collaboration with the Marriot Hotel and Quality Event Pvt. Ltd. organized a Sri Lanka Food Festival at the Marriot Hotel in Karachi from 09 to 10 September 2023 with a view to showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka’s Labor Movement should be modernized in line with global trends- President:
Sept 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe addressing the launch event of the book “The Right Eye,” authored by Mr. Manusha Nanayakkara, the Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment, said that along with the global labor movement, the Sri Lankan labor movement should also be modernized.
 SOC instructs Samurdhi Development Department to identify poverty-stricken families who need empowerment:
Sept 25, Colombo: The Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on Alleviating the Impact of the Economic Crisis instructs the Department of Samurdhi Development to conduct a quick survey to identify other poverty-stricken families who need to be empowered.
 President Wickremesinghe’s US Visit Bolsters Sri Lanka’s Global Ties and Climate Commitment - Ruwan Wijewardene:
Sept 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent visit to the United States has stirred controversy among the opposition, but according to Mr. Ruwan Wijewardene, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change, the nation stands to benefit significantly from the trip.
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 Largest Asia Pacific Environmental Forum kicks off in Colombo from 3rd to 6th October:
Sept 25, Colombo: The fifth Asia Pacific Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities, the largest regional environmental event in the Asia Pacific region will convene in Colombo from October 3rd to October 6th.
 President emphasizes the need for children to learn about country’s cultural history:
Sept 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe highlighting the significance of preserving historical and cultural heritage emphasized the need for the country’s children to receive both modern education and knowledge about Sri Lanka’s rich cultural history.
 Shinnyo-en Lanka Preschool commences admissions for 2024, offering a holistic education journey for young minds:
Sept 25, Colombo: Shinnyo-en Lanka Preschool, a distinguished pioneer in early childhood education owned and operated by Shinnyo-en Japan, has announced the commencement of admissions for the academic year 2024.
 Discussion between the President and IMF representatives tomorrow:
Sept 25, Colombo: A special discussion between President Ranil Wickramasinghe and representatives of the International Monetary Fund on the first review of the Extended Fund Facility is scheduled to be held tomorrow (26).
 Former cricketer Sachithra Senanayake granted bail:
Sept 25, Colombo: The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court granted bail and ordered to release the former cricketer Sachithra Senanayake, who was in remand custody on match-fixing charges.
 Hayleys Solar expands its presence in Jaffna:
Sept 25, Colombo: Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, expands its horizons to make solar energy accessible from the south to north of the nation with its recent strategic launch in Jaffna.
 SLT-Mobitel empowers Apple iPhone users across Sri Lanka to embrace 5G revolution:
Sept 25, Colombo: SLT-MOBITEL is providing a groundbreaking opportunity, enabling customers with latest Apple iPhone devices to experience the best of 5G technology through its state-of-the-art 5G trial network.
 Five school students arrested for assaulting two police officers in Mount Lavinia:
Sept 25, Colombo: Mount Lavinia headquarters police have arrested six people, including five school students, who attacked two police officers at Mount Lavinia beach.
 Cardinal says no need for an international effort if an acceptable investigation is done into the Easter Sunday attack:
Sept 25, Colombo: Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo said that there is no need for an international investigation regarding the ‘Easter Sunday’ terrorist attack if a transparent investigation is done.
 Sri Lanka Customs arrest Kenyan national with Rs. 300 million worth cocaine at airport:
Sept 25, Colombo: Officers of the Sri Lanka Customs Narcotics Control Division last night (24th) arrested a Kenyan national who brought a consignment of cocaine estimated to be worth 300 million rupees at the arrival terminal of Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
 India is playing a crucial role in promoting developmental and humanitarian goals around the world - Prime Minister:
Sept 24, Colombo: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said India, while advancing as an economic power, is playing a crucial role in promoting developmental and humanitarian goals around the world.
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 Bar Association of Sri Lanka calls on government to immediately withdraw Anti-Terrorism Bill and Online Safety Bill:
Sept 24, Colombo: The Bar Council of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has called on the government to immediately withdraw the Anti-Terrorism Bill and the Online Safety Bill which were published in the Gazettes issued on 15th and 18th September respectively.
 Two people arrested for abetting organized criminal Harak Kata’s escape attempt from CID :
Sept 24, Colombo: Two men have been arrested in connection with the attempted escape by the organized criminal and international drug trafficker Nadun Chinthaka Wickramaratne alias Harak kata from the Criminal Investigation Department.
 The Treasury receives US$ 890,000 interim payment form X-Press Pearl insurers:
Sept 24, Colombo: The Treasury has received an amount of 890,000 US dollars as an interim payment related to the damage caused by the ill-fated X-Press Pearl containership which sank in the seas off Colombo in June 2021 after a massive fire onboard.
  President Ranil Wickremesinghe to leave for Germany on Tuesday:
Sept 24, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to leave for Germany on Tuesday on an official visit. President’s Media Division said.
 Chinese assistance to build 1996 new housing units for artists, journalists and low-income earners:
Sept 24, Colombo: The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, says the agreement to build 1996 housing units with the assistance of the Chinese government for low-income earners, creative artists and journalists will be signed next month.
 President returns to island after attending G77 summit and UN General Assembly:
Sept 24, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has returned to the island after concluding his visit to Cuba and the United States where he attended the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
 Two killed, three injured in three wheeler - bus collision in Galewela:
Sept 24, Colombo: Police say two persons traveling in a three-wheeler died and three others were seriously injured when it collided head-on with a private bus this morning (24th) in Galewela Beligamuwa area on the Kurunegala Dambulla main road.
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