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  First female Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake takes reins of the Sri Lankan capital city

Mar 20, Colombo: The first female Mayor of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Rosy Senanayake and 60 other councilors elected from the United National Party (UNP) took oaths before the party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees yesterday (19).

Addressing the newly elected UNP members to the CMC, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said it is their duty to find the funds and effectively address the issues faced by the people in the city such as the spread of dengue and waste disposal.

 IGP orders to increase operations to catch criminal gangs, seize firearms:
Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Chief Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has issued an order to all police stations to increase the number of operations to nab criminal gangs and seize illegal firearms.

  SriLankan Airlines relocates FlySmiLes Service Centre :
Mar 20, Colombo: FlySmiLes, the frequent flyer program of SriLankan Airlines, has relocated its Service Centre, in order to provide an enhanced service to its members in Sri Lanka and around the world.

  MPs Wimal Weerawansa and Jayantha Samaraweera produced before court today:
Mar 20, Colombo: Parliamentarians Wimal Weerawansa and Jayantha Samaraweera, who were issued warrants for their arrest, appeared before Colombo Chief Magistrate Court today and the court recalled the arrest warrant against them.

 UNP Ministers vow to defeat no-confidence motion against the PM:
Mar 20, Colombo: The United National Party ministers today rallied behind their party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and vowed to defeat the no-confidence motion to be tabled by the joint opposition against the PM in parliament.
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 Sri Lanka reiterates commitment to two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
Mar 20, Geneva: Sri Lanka today reiterating its commitment to the UN-recommended two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict where Israel and Palestine live side by side in peace said for a durable solution to the Palestine question, it is imperative to recognize the legitimate and sensitive security concerns of both Palestinian and Israeli peoples.

  U.S. concerned by reports of right violations by security forces and attacks on minorities in Sri Lanka :
Mar 20, Geneva: The United States while welcoming the Sri Lankan government's decision to accept its recommendations on full implementation of HRC resolution 30/1 expressed concern over the ongoing reports of human rights violations and abuses by members of the security services, and recent attacks targeting members of religious minority communities.

  Sri Lanka aims to produce 150 million fish fingerlings by 2020:
Mar 20, Colombo: While breeding centers are being constructed to increase the production of fish fingerlings up to 150 million by 2020, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development is expecting a fish harvest of 256,200 metric tons by 2025.

 Nearly Rs. 900,000 Self-employment assistance for returning migrant workers:
Mar 20, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau recently conducted a self-employment assistance program at Galle and Matara districts to assist the migrant workers returned to the country.

 IAEA continues to support Sri Lanka to achieve its development goals:
Mar 20, Vienna: The International Atomic Energy Agency today said the agency will continue to support Sri Lanka to achieve its development goals.

 HRW calls on Sri Lankan government to announce a time-bound plan to implement UNHRC recommendations :
Mar 20, Geneva: The Sri Lankan government should announce a time-bound plan to carry out its pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council since October 2015, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today.

  Army officer remanded for spreading hate speech on Facebook:
Mar 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has remanded an Army officer, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for allegedly using his Facebook account to spread hate speech.

 Sri Lanka's economy slows down to 3.2 percent in Q4 2017, annual growth 3.1 percent:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economic output as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 4th quarter (Q4) from October-December of 2017 slowed to 3.2 percent year-on-year and the economic growth rate for the year of 2017 has been estimated as 3.1 percent.

 UN, Sri Lanka jointly present #SDGDataLK, first national symposium on data for SDGs:
Mar 20, Colombo: The United Nations and the Government of Sri Lanka have jointly presented a two-day symposium on data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to highlight the use of data in decision making process.

 Leesons Hospital installs world’s most advanced cardiac 640 slice CT scanner:
Mar 20, Colombo: Leesons Hospital (Pvt) Ltd, the leading private healthcare provider to the Gampaha region, announced the recent installation of the world’s most advanced 640 slice CT scanning system with a view to drastically enhance diagnostics capabilities in Sri Lanka while ensuring optimal patient safety.

  Court orders to produce Lalith Weeratunga's visa permit in court to grant approval for overseas travel:
Mar 20, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today ordered the lawyers appearing for former president's secretary Lalith Weeratunga to produce the visa permit in court on the 29th of this month to grant their client permission to travel abroad.

 First female Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake takes reins of the Sri Lankan capital city:
Mar 20, Colombo: The first female Mayor of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Rosy Senanayake and 60 other councilors elected from the United National Party (UNP) took oaths before the party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees yesterday (19).

 Dialog Axiata Group partners with Orion City to build Sri Lanka's first-ever High Density Data Centre:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata Group, announced a joint venture partnership with Orion City to build and manage the island's first ever High-Density Data Centre at the Orion City IT Park in Colombo.

 Establishment of Local Government Institutions from today:
Mar 20, Colombo: Establishment of Local Government Institutions will commence from today (20) and accordingly, local government bodies could be established within a month from today, the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments said.

 No legal basis to approach ICJ against Sri Lanka, Indian government tells Madras court :
Mar 20, Chennai: India's Central government on Monday told the Madras High Court that there is no legal basis for India to invoke the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

 Sri Lanka's tea production recovers in 2017, up by 5 percent :
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tea production rose by 5 percent to 307 million kilograms last year from 292.5 million kilograms produced in 2016 with the export earnings rising to Rs 233 million (US$1.5 billion).

 Sri Lankan Tourism Minister hopeful of exceeding tourist arrival target this year despite travel advisories :
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Tourism Minister John Amaratunga has expressed confidence in exceeding this year's tourist arrival target of 2.5 million tourists.

 Sri Lankan President says people need to identify politicians who only think of power not the country :
Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says some are working according to their personal agendas to gain political power and they are not interested in strengthening the peace and reconciliation or in solving the issues of the country.
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 Sri Lankan President congratulates President Putin on his election:
Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday (May 8) congratulated Russia's Vladimir Putin who was elected for another six years to lead the country after securing an expected landslide win at Sunday's presidential election, on his "solid victory".

 UNHRC adopts Sri Lanka's UPR report:
Mar 19, Geneva: The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday adopted final report of Sri Lanka's review under the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review that took place in November 2017.

 SLFP General Secretary personally opposes JO's no-confidence motion against PM :
Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom party General Secretary and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake says he firmly opposes the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) to be tabled against the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by the Joint Opposition (JO).
 Sri Lanka Finance Minister hopes to promote business climate with new tax system :
Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new tax system, which will be effective from 1st of April would create a level playing field for everyone to do business promoting the business climate, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.
 U.S. terminates anti-dumping investigations on rubber products from Sri Lanka :
Mar 19, Washington, DC: The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has decided to terminate the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty investigations on imports of rubber bands from Sri Lanka.
 Malaysian police rescue two Sri Lankan engineers duped into forced labor:
Mar 19, Colombo: Malaysian police in Sibu have rescued two Sri Lankan engineers last Saturday after they were allegedly tricked into forced labor by an employment agency.
 Sri Lanka's delegation to the 37th Session of the UNHRC include three ministers:
Mar 19, Colombo: The High Commissioner for Human Rights, as requested by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 34/1 of 23 March 2017, will present a written update to the Council on 21 March 2018 on the implementation of Resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015 and reconciliation and human rights related issues in Sri Lanka.
 Arrest warrants issued against MPs Wimal Weerawansa & Jayantha Samaraweera:
Mar 19, Colombo: The Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court has issued warrants to arrest the National Freedom Front (NFF) leader parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa and MP Jayantha Samaraweera and present them before the court.
 No UNP MP will support the no-confidence motion against PM - MP :
Mar 19, Colombo: National Youth Front Chairman, parliamentarian Kavinda Jayawardene says that the no-confidence motion that is to be brought against the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by the joint opposition will not receive any support from any United National Party (UNP) member of parliament.
 Colombo MC seeks assistance of police, military to catch people disposing waste illegally :
Mar 19, Colombo: The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has sought assistance from the Police and the Military to catch people disposing solid waste indiscriminately at public places.
 New Artifacts found in Sigiriya Excavation:
Mar 19, Colombo: Several new artifacts have been found from a recent excavation at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and a statue of a lion made from terracotta was among them.
 Sri Lankan tourism experts visit Queensland for 10-day study tour:
Mar 19, Brisbane: Representatives from the tourism sector in Sri Lanka have begun a study tour as a part of the 'Sustainable Tourism Development' Short Course Award program funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Griffith University in Queensland said in a media statement.
 Plantation Minister emphasizes the need for weedicides to prevent damage to tea industry :
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake says an effective weedicide is promptly needed to prevent further damage to the tea industry affected by the glyphosate ban as human labor to control growing weeds in tea plantations is costly.
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 People's representatives should set an example to the public - President:
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says people's representatives should set an example to the public with their conduct and behavior to create a political culture with a high standard and quality.
  BMW ended up in canal driven by a relative of Minister Kabir Hashim:
Mar 18, Colombo: Minister of Higher Education and Highways Kabir Hashim said the BMW car that ended up in a canal at Thalawathugoda in Battaramulla early Saturday morning after crashing into two other cars, was driven by a relative of the Minister.
 Victims of Kandy violence to receive payments for damages tomorrow:
Mar 18, Colombo: The Kandy District Secretariat states that compensation will be distributed for properties damaged due to the recent violence in Kandy at 10.00 am on Monday, March 19.
  Indian national arrested in Sri Lanka for illegally conducting business :
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested an Indian national, who has arrived on a tourist visa and conducting a business illegally.
 Higher Education Minister looks into hostel issues at Ampara Hardy Technical College:
Mar 18, Colombo: The administration of Hardy Advanced Technological Institute in Ampara has agreed to provide prompt solutions to the residential issues of the students enrolled in full time courses at the institute.
 Sri Lankan delegation to leave for Geneva tomorrow to attend 37th UNHRC session:
Mar 18, Colombo: A high-level Sri Lankan delegation led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will leave for Geneva tomorrow to take part in the ongoing 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
 Sri Lankan President lifts nationwide state of emergency:
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has removed the nationwide state of Emergency that was imposed on March 6 after communal clashes broke out in Kandy district.
 Fisheries Minister orders company to refund money for substandard nets :
Mar 17, Colombo: Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered a company which sold substandard fishing nets to fishermen to refund the money for the nets.
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  No Confidence Motion against Sri Lanka PM: no support from UNP backbenchers :
Mar 17, Colombo: United National Party (UNP) backbench parliamentarians will not support the No Confidence Motion moved by the Joint Opposition against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, UNP Parliamentarian Thushara Indunil has said.
 Suspects of Kandy unrest remanded until March 29:
Mar 17, Colombo: Ten suspects including Amith Jeevan Weerasinghe, the leader of extremist organization Mahason Balakaya, arrested for the attacks on Muslims in Kandy have been remanded by the courts until March 29.
 Sri Lanka Navy ships return after MILAN 2018 naval exercise in India:
Mar 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy ships SLNS Samudura and Suranimala, which left for India on 02 March to attend MILAN-2018, a multinational naval exercise held by Indian Navy, returned to the port of Colombo today (17 March) on completion of successful tour.
 Law and Order Ministry announces available platforms for public to lodge complaints of illegal surveillance and harassment:
Mar 17, Colombo: The Law and Order Ministry in a media release announced that there are several platforms available for the public to lodge complaints of illegal surveillance and harassment.
 Sri Lanka Tea Board investigates island wide tea factories :
Mar 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tea Board has commenced investigations on function of the tea factories in the island to continuously maintain the image of Ceylon Tea in the world market.
 Train Fares will not be increased - General Manager:
Mar 17, Colombo: General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways S.M. Abeywickrama has said that there is no plan to increase the train fares for passengers, state media reported.
 Special Police team to assist Presidential Commission inquiring into misconduct in national airlines:
Mar 17, Colombo: Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has appointed a special police team to assist the five-member Presidential Commission to probe the alleged misconduct in the national airlines and their affiliated services.
 Flower Power meets lingerie innovation: amanté's Spring/Summer Collection breaks the mould :
Mar 17, Colombo: Swatches of color, bold innovation and floral fusions took center stage at the launch of amanté's new Spring/Summer collection. Deriving inspiration from floral themes, the leading intimate wear brand's highly anticipated Spring/Summer collection highlights the fun and vivacity of summer and the colorful exuberance of spring through its latest line.
 Sri Lanka's manufacturing and services sectors expand at a higher rate in February 2018:
Mar 16, Colombo: Both manufacturing and service sectors of Sri Lanka expanded at a higher rate in February 2018, compared to the previous month, the Central Bank's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) Survey released for the month showed.
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  Indian High Commissioner speaks of India-Sri Lanka Relations at KDU:
Mar 16, Colombo: General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (KDU) Friday held its inauguration ceremony of Master’s Degree program for the year 2018 and India's High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the Chief Guest at the ceremony.
 Sri Lanka Army submits report on current situation in Kandy as troops rebuild damaged properties :
Mar 16, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army has submitted a report to the Government regarding the current situation in the Kandy district after anti-Muslim attacks by Sinhalese mob devastated the central hill capital and the suburbs.
 UNHRC to adopt Sri Lanka's UPR report next week:
Mar 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report under the 3rd cycle of the UPR will be adopted at the 37th Session of the United Nation Human Rights Council on Monday, March 19, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 Court orders Navy Commander to present Rear Admiral Ananda Guruge to CID :
Mar 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered a senior navy officer to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of police for questioning in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth.
 Justice Minister promises maximum facilities for Government Analyst Department:
Mar 16, Colombo: Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala says that the Government Analyst's Department contributes immensely for judicial activities in the country and the government will provide the fullest assistance to carry out its work successfully.
 Harassment of women on public transport, lack of childcare contribute to declining female labor force in Sri Lanka - World Bank:
Mar 16, Colombo: Harassment of women on public transport in Sri Lanka and lack of high quality child care services and marketable skills contribute to the declining female labor force participation in Sri Lanka, the World Bank says.
 Former president not signing the no-confidence motion against PM:
Mar 16, Colombo: Former president and joint opposition parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa is not signing the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, state media reports.
 No truth in BBS leader Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero was part of President's delegation to Japan - PMD:
Mar 16, Colombo: A news report currently circulating in the social media sites and news websites that Bodu Bala Sena leader Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero was part of President Maithripala Sirisena's delegation to Japan, is totally fictitious and false, President Media Division (PMD) said in a statement.
 Investigations into Kandy unrest completed almost 70 percent:
Mar 16, Colombo: The Security Forces chiefs have informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday that almost 70 percent of the inquiries into the clashes which occurred in Kandy have been now completed and the remaining investigations will be completed soon.
 HNB inks landmark partnership with Porsche Sri Lanka:
Mar 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premier private sector bank, HNB PLC, announced a landmark new partnership with Eurocars (Pvt) Ltd, the official agent for Porsche cars in Sri Lanka, to promote the luxury car brand among its premium clientele.
 Mobile service organized today to pay compensation for victims of Kandy unrest :
Mar 16, Colombo: The program to pay compensation for the persons victimized by the unfortunate incidents occurred in Kandy recently and for the properties damaged during the unrest is now underway, Prime Minister's office said.
 Sri Lankan President visits Hiroshima :
Mar 16, Tokyo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday paid floral tribute to the victims of atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima during the 2nd World War.
  Dialog, in Exclusive Partnership with Samsung, Announces Pre-Order for Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus :
Mar 16, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider and the exclusive partner network for Samsung in Sri Lanka, announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus along with pre-order facilities.
 Sri Lanka Law & Order Minister and Muslim organizations discuss preventing racial, religious violence :
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Public Administration and Law & Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara on Thursday (15) met with representatives of Muslim religious organizations at the Ministry for discussions on the tense situation arisen in the country following the attacks on Muslim community in Kandy and on measures to prevent such attacks in the future.
  Sri Lanka HRC asks TRC to strike a balance between people's rights and maintenance of public order:
Mar 15, Colombo: The Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) welcoming the steps taken by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) to lift restrictions on social media requested the TRC to in future strike a balance between people's right to information and maintenance of public order to ensure constitutional rights of all people.
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 Sri Lanka to bring new laws to prevent hate speech and racial violence in social media:
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that a new law will be enacted to prevent hate speech and racial violence in the social media.
 International Atomic Energy Agency extends support to achieve Sri Lanka's development goals:
Mar 15, Colombo: The International atomic energy agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano says that the IAEA will extend its support to Sri Lanka to achieve future development goals.
  ITC calls for expanding Sri Lankan e-commerce payment facilities beyond large financial institutions:
Mar 15, Colombo: International Trade Centre, a multilateral development agency that supports the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has called on Sri Lanka to broaden e-commerce facilities beyond present set of few, large financial institutions so that more Sri Lankans and small businesses can trade online.
  Sri Lanka Prime Minister assures to enhance economic and trade cooperation with China :
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday has assured China of greater economic and trade cooperation and affirmed to tackle the practical difficulties of China-Sri Lanka mega-projects cooperation.
 Court issues warrant to ex-Central Bank governor, extends remand of bond scam suspects:
Mar 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued warrants to former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, a suspect of the Central Bank bond scam and further remanded the other two suspects.
  Australia donates two engines for Sri Lanka Navy ship SLNS Mihikatha:
Mar 15, Colombo: Strengthening the long standing bilateral relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka further, the Australian Government has provided two main engines for the Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) Mihikatha.
 Sri Lanka removes restriction on social media :
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka to remove the temporary restriction to access the social media site Facebook with immediate effect, President's Media Division said.
 Seychelles seeks Sri Lanka's technical support to improve its fisheries industry :
Mar 15, Colombo: High Commissioner of Seychelles in Sri Lanka Conrad Mederic has requested State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Dilip Wedaarachchi to provide Sri Lanka's technical support to improve the ice making process which directly affects the fisheries industry in that country.
 Sri Lanka is happier ranking four notches up from last year in World Happiness Report:
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka has become happier moving four notches up from last year's ranking in the 2018 World Happiness report (WHR) released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14.
 Bribery case against former Minister Priyankara Jayaratne postponed to June 19 :
Mar 15, Colombo: The Colombo Magistrate's Court today for the second time postponed the bribery case against former Minister of Civil Aviation and Joint Opposition parliamentarian Priyankara Jayaratne and another suspect.
 NSB posts record Rs. 14 billion profit before tax in 2017 :
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state-owned National Savings Bank (NSB) has posted a record profit before tax of Rs. 14 billion for 2017, the highest ever in its history, according to the bank.
 Japan agrees to assist Sri Lanka's ports, infrastructure development :
Mar 15, Colombo: Japan on Wednesday agreed to assist the development of Sri Lanka's infrastructure such as port facilities in Trincomalee and Colombo, renewable energy sources and the highways.
 First of 'Colombo Development Dialogues' next month:
Mar 15, Colombo: The Colombo Development Dialogues are convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Asia Centre of the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE-SAC), bringing together a diverse group of development thinkers
 Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka recommends measures to empower women in the informal sector:
Mar 14, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) in a report released has recommended measures for state institutions to take in empowering women in Sri Lanka's informal sector.
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 Government allocates Rs. 500 million to purchase Maha season paddy harvest:
Mar 14, Colombo: The Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) is prepared to purchase the 2018 Maha season paddy harvest and 200 paddy storage units have been prepared, the Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board, M.B. Dissanayake said.
 Bribery Commission files petition requesting Supreme Court to suspend stay order against case on former Chief Justice:
Mar 14, Colombo: The Commissioners of the Bribery Commission have petitioned the Supreme Court to suspend a stay order issued by the apex court preventing the proceedings of a case filed against the former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris in the Colombo Magistrate's Court.
 MoU signed between India and Sri Lanka for promoting cooperation in the field of IT and Electronics:
Mar 14, Colombo: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between India and Sri Lanka for promoting co-operation in Information Technology and Electronics (IT &E) field.
  Japan grants Rs. 15 billion loan to Sri Lanka for improvement of health and medical services:
Mar 14, Tokyo: Following the Japan-Sri Lanka summit meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday (March 14), Sri Lanka signed a Rs. 15 billion loan agreement with Japan to improve Sri Lanka's health and medical services.
 Sri Lankan President observes modern waste management in Tokyo:
Mar 14, Tokyo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Japan, on Wednesday (14) made an observation tour of modern waste management center in Shinagawa in Tokyo.
  Sri Lanka President advises to lift WhatsApp ban from midnight today, discussions with Facebook tomorrow:
Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently on a state visit to Japan, after evaluating the services of the social networking sites that are temporarily banned in the country has advised to lift the current ban on WhatsApp from midnight Wednesday (14).
 India announces scholarships for Sri Lankan students to study Performing Arts and Fine Arts in India:
Mar 14, Colombo: India's High Commission in Colombo announced that applications are invited for award of Scholarships for Diploma in Performing Arts and Fine Arts (Classical Music, Classical Dance and Painting) in renowned institutions and Gurukuls in India by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.
 New Mission Director for USAID in Sri Lanka and Maldives arrives as new projects start up:
Mar 14, Colombo: Reed J. Aeschliman assumed his duties as the new Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Sri Lanka and Maldives on March 5, 2018, U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.
 Strict legal action against people indiscriminately disposing waste in Colombo city :
Mar 14, Colombo: The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) requests the public to sort the garbage in a recommended manner and provide it to the relevant garbage disposal vehicles.
 Temporary ban on Facebook will be lifted in the next few days, President says:
Mar 14, Tokyo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that the temporary ban on Facebook following the incidents occurred in Kandy and Ampara will be lifted within the next few days.
  UNICEF commends Sri Lanka raising minimum age of children punished for crimes from 8 to 12:
Mar 14, Colombo: The United Nations children's organization, UNICEF commended Sri Lanka taking measures to amend the Penal Code to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12 years.
 Livelihood development for Jaffna District under reconciliation initiatives:
Mar 14, Colombo: The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, under the direction of President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, has initiated livelihood development programs to support conflict-affected communities
 Creating an environment conducive to SME growth is integral to achieve economic growth in Sri Lanka - ADB:
Mar 14, Colombo: The ability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to establish themselves and scale their operations is integral to Sri Lanka achieving equitable economic growth, a recent publication of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says.
 Sri Lanka’s Koggala EPZ earns US$122 million in 2017:
Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Board of Investment says the Koggala Export Processing Zone in the South contributed US$122 million worth of exports earnings in 2017 emerging as a major economic center in the South and an important contributor to the national economy.
 Sri Lanka to lift social media ban on Friday: minister:
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka soon will lift a ban imposed on social media networks temporarily to curb last week's anti-Muslim violence, a government minister said.
 All Ceylon Farmers' Federation commends government's decision to provide fertilizer instead of money:
Mar 13, Colombo: The All Ceylon Farmers' Federation today commended the decision taken by the government to terminate the subsidy provided for the farmers to buy fertilizer in the future and return to the old way of providing required fertilizer directly to the farmers.
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 Sri Lanka seeks more Japanese investments at investor forum in Tokyo:
Mar 13, Tokyo: An Investment Forum was held at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, on Tuesday (13) under the patronage of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on an official visit to Japan, to take Sri Lanka- Japan partnership to new heights as well as to bring more Japanese investments.
 Sri Lanka Child authority receives over 1,500 complaints of child abuse in first two months of this year:
Mar 13, Colombo: The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) of Sri Lanka says it has received over 1,500 complaints in the first two months of this year.
  Minister Sagala Ratnayaka criticizes ban on social media:
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka today criticized the government for continuing the ban on social media saying that blocking Facebook and messaging apps long term is not an option in present times.
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