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  High Level U.S. delegation arrives in Sri Lanka to address the economic crisis

June 26, Colombo: A high-level delegation representing the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of State arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday with the objective to explore effective ways to assist the island nation in the face of its worst economic crisis.

Members of the delegation include Robert Kaproth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia, and Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. During the visit, the delegation will meet with a wide range of political representatives, economists, and international organizations.

 SLT-MOBITEL’s mCash supports Peoples Leasing customers with convenient collection and repayment process:
June 27, Colombo: SLT-MOBITEL mCash, the innovative mobile money platform and wallet conceptualized by SLT-MOBITEL and approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, now offers greater convenience for People’s Leasing and Finance (PLC) customers in processing their monthly leasing repayments.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 54 persons attempting to illegally migrate to Australia:
June 27, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has foiled an illegal migration attempt and arrested 54 individuals during a special operation conducted in the Palaminmadu area in Batticaloa this morning (27th June 2022).

 One dead, two injured in shooting at Peliyagoda:
June 27, Colombo: A man has been shot dead in the Pattiya Junction area on Railway Station Road in the Peliyagoda Police Division last night (26), police stated.

 PMB rice to be released to market from today:
June 27, Colombo: The official release of rice packets prepared using the existing paddy stocks of the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) is scheduled to commence today (27).

 Luminex Limited lists on the Diri Savi Board after a capital raise of Rs. 250 Million:
June 27, Colombo: Following the completion of the IPO process, the shares of Luminex Limited ceremoniously commenced trading on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) on the 23rd of June 2022.

 Minister of Justice visits Jaffna to resolve Northern people’s issues :
June 26, Colombo: Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms and other officials of the Ministry and heads of relevant institutions visited Jaffna recently (24)

  Opposition Leader promises to provide solutions to victims of political revenge within 6 months:
June 26, Colombo: The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) will provide practical solutions to the nearly 60,000 victims of political retaliation within the first six months of coming to power, Leader of Opposition and SJB Sajith Premadasa said.

 Three-hour day and night power cuts from tomorrow:
June 26, Colombo: The Public Utilities Commission said the Ceylon Electricity Board has been given permission extend daily power cuts by 30 minutes. Accordingly power supply will be cut off for 3 hours daily from tomorrow to July 03.
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  Revised notice regarding the conduct of schools during the week from June 27 to July 1, 2022:
June 26, Colombo: Following discussions with Provincial Secretaries of Education, Provincial Directors of Education and Principals of Urban National Schools, the Ministry of Education issued a press release on June 25, 2022 regarding the conduct of schools during the week from 27 June to 01 July 2022

 High Level U.S. delegation arrives in Sri Lanka to address the economic crisis:
June 26, Colombo: A high-level delegation representing the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of State arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday with the objective to explore effective ways to assist the island nation in the face of its worst economic crisis.

 Calling of officers to government offices restricted further:
June 26, Colombo: The Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government have issued a statement restricting the calling of officers to government offices.

 Prices of food items to go up by 10%:
June 26, Colombo: Restaurant owners have decided to increase the price of a packet of rice and other food items by 10 percent due to the increase in fuel prices.

 Father and Mother die in house fire, two daughters injured :
June 26, Colombo: A father, a mother and their two daughters were hospitalized with serious injuries when a fire broke out in a room on the ground floor of their two storey house in the Magammana area in Homagama, Kahathuduwa Police said.

 Sri Lanka hikes fuel prices:
June 26, Colombo: State-owned fuel distributor, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the private Lanka Indian Oil Company (IOC) have increased fuel prices with effect from 2.00 am Sunday (26).

 Can’t say exact date of arrival of fuel ships: Do not stay in queues - Energy Minister :
June 25, Colombo: Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera has stated that due to banking and logistics reasons, the arrival dates of the ships carrying fuel and crude oil could not be announced.

 Sri Lanka amends limits on possession of foreign currency:
June 25, Colombo: With the intention of attracting foreign currency in the hands of the public into the formal banking system, the Minister of Finance has issued an order reducing the amount of foreign currency owned by a Sri Lankan citizen.
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 Sri Lanka welcomes a Rs. 3 billion consignment of humanitarian supplies from India:
June 25, Colombo: The second batch of humanitarian aid provided by the Indian people to Sri Lanka arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday.

 High-Level Delegation from U.S. Government to visit Sri Lanka:
June 25, Colombo: A high-level delegation representing the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of State will visit Sri Lanka from June 26 – 29, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.

  Schools in urban areas to be opened for classes three days next week:
June 25, Colombo: The Ministry of Education following a discussion today has made an announcement regarding the opening of schools next week.

  Use of paddy and rice for animal feed is prohibited:
June 25, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification prohibiting the sale or use of rice or paddy for animal feed production.

 Consumers block Hatton-Colombo main road demanding kerosene :
June 25, Colombo: A group of consumers demanding kerosene staged a protest this morning (25) blocking the Hatton-Colombo main road.

 IGP orders videotaping rioters at filling stations:
June 25, Colombo: Inspector General of Police CD Wickramaratne has issued an order to all police stations to videotape people who are creating riots at petrol stations.

 Speaker endorses the certificate on 3 Bills including Industrial Disputes (Special Provisions) Bill:
June 25, Colombo: The Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday (23) endorsed the certificate on the Industrial Disputes (Special Provisions), the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment), Civil Procedure Code (Amendment) Bills which were passed in Parliament recently.

  CA Sri Lanka strengthens taxation profession with 57 new Certified Tax Advisors:
June 25, Colombo: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) strengthened the taxation profession in the country further by producing 57 new Certified Tax Advisors (CTA), which is one of the most recognized taxation qualifications in Sri Lanka.

  Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 Founder and CEO, receives 2022 IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award:
June 25, Colombo: WSO2, a leader in digital transformation technology, Thursday (June 23) announced that Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO, is a recipient of the 2022 IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award.
 Petrol Ship due to arrive today further delayed:
June 24, Colombo: Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera today informed that a fuel shipment that was due to arrive today (24) will be further delayed.
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 IMF delegation briefs the President on progress of the discussions :
June 24, Colombo: The visiting delegation of the International Monetary Fund called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House, Colombo this afternoon (24) to brief him on the progress in the discussions held so far on resolving the economic crisis
 Dhammika Perera sworn in as Minister of Investment Promotion:
June 24, Colombo: Newly appointed Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna National List parliamentarian and business tycoon Dhammika Perera has been sworn in as the new Minister of Investment Promotion.
 Envoys of European countries pledge to provide assistance to Sri Lanka:
June 24, Colombo: Ambassadors of European countries meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo today (24) have said that Sri Lanka is a friend and they will provide assistance at this difficult time.
 The ‘Land for All’ program begins:
June 24, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that steps will be taken to legally grant land and house ownership to millions of people who do not have a deed to their own lands and homes.
  Government’s focus on directing public servants to private sector employment:
June 24, Colombo: The Government has focused on providing the necessary facilities to direct public servants to private sector employment in the country. Steps have been taken to appoint a seven member committee to look into the possibility.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests another 35 illegal migrants bound for Australia:
June 24, Colombo: During a search operation carried out in the western seas on Thursday (23) Sri Lanka Navy apprehended 35 Sri Lankans illegally sailing for Australia in a multi-day trawler.
 Former Minister Johnston Fernando and two others issued summons by Colombo High Court:
June 24, Colombo: The Colombo High Court has issued summons on former Minister Johnston Fernando and two others in connection with a case filed by the Bribery Commission.
  Dilshan Wirasekara appointed as the new CSE Chairman:
June 24, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced the appointment of Dilshan Wirasekara as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CSE with effect from 24th June 2022.
 Army officer arrested for assaulting police officer:
An Army officer has been arrested for assaulting a police officer in the Dummaladeniya area in Warakapola.
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  Sri Lanka, Bangladesh look to strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries:
June 23, Colombo: Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Tareq Ariful Islam has said that the time has come to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.
 Sri Lanka and New Zealand Foreign Ministers meet on the sidelines of CHOGM 2022:
June 23, Colombo: A bilateral meeting took place between Minister of Foreign Affairs G.L. Peiris and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Local Government of New Zealand Nanaia Mahuta, 22 June on the sidelines of the CHOGM Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
 New Insights into Sri Lanka Cauvery and Mannar Basins from FTG and Aeromagnetic Data to be presented at SEAPEX 2022:
June 23, Colombo: Bell Geospace, the world leaders in gravity gradiometry, has conducted the first aerial mapping of petroleum resources in Sri Lanka in Q4 of 2021, and will be presenting these insights
 PM highlights promoting India-Sri Lanka investment partnership in discussions with Indian delegation:
June 23, Colombo: A visiting Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra met with Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday for discussions on the island nation’s economic crisis.
 Hemas, Dilmah, Brandix and Daraz come together through UNDP-led Private Sector Giving Facility to provide emergency relief:
June 23, Colombo: The health and food sectors are two of the most heavily affected by the ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka, with severe medical and food supply shortages, availability of basic pharmaceuticals and overall health and wellbeing continuing to be significantly affected.
 SriLankan Airlines’ Cares airlifts critical medicine to Sri Lanka:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan Cares takes on the cause of airlifting internationally donated essential medicines and medical equipment to hospitals in Sri Lanka, free of freight charges.
 India assures fullest support to Sri Lanka to overcome the current crisis as a close friend :
June 23, Colombo: Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra has said that the Government of India will extend its fullest support to Sri Lanka in overcoming the current difficult situation as a close friend.
  Businessman arrested with 1400 liters of concealed diesel :
June 23, Colombo: Police have arrested a businessman from Makumbura, Homagama with a stock of diesel worth over Rs. 500,000 hidden in his house.
 Four arrested for rioting near petrol stations:
June 23, Colombo: Police have arrested four persons for rioting near petrol stations. Three of them have been arrested in connection with a riot that took place near the Pelawatta petrol station in Meegahatenna.
 Negotiations to increase employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in Romania :
June 23, Colombo: Manusha Nanayakkara, Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment has met with Romanian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Dr. Victor Chiujdea at the Ministry of Foreign Employment to discuss new employment opportunities in Romania for Sri Lankans.
 HNB partners with Bileeta to offer tech support to SMEs:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s premier private sector bank HNB PLC renewed its partnership with Bileeta Ltd., a dominant player in the local ERP space, to provide state-of-the-art ERP solutions to its SME customers at affordable rates.
  Arrival of the 40,000MT Petrol shipment delayed by a day:
June 23, Colombo: The ship carrying a consignment of 40,000 metric tons of 92 petrol which was scheduled to reach the island this morning (23) will be delayed by about a day, said the Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera.
 China assures of all possible assistance to Sri Lanka:
June 23, Colombo: Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi-Zhenhong met with Minister of Public Seurity Tiran Alles yesterday (22).
 High level Indian delegation arrive in Sri Lanka to discuss further financial assistance:
June 23, Colombo: A special delegation from the Government of India arrived in Sri Lanka this morning (23) to discuss further financial assistance to Sri Lanka.
  Payment made for another stock of crude and fuel oil:
June 22, Colombo: Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said in a Twitter message that US $ 34 million has been paid for another stock of crude oil and Furnace Oil.
 Final PCoI report on Sri Lanka Customs handed over to President:
June 22, Colombo: The final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Sri Lanka Customs was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Chairman of the Commission Supreme Court Judge Shiran Gunaratne at the President’s House, in Colombo this morning (22).
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  President meets envoys of Southeast Asian countries seeking to boost trade, investment :
June 22, Colombo: Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the Southeast Asia region called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The meeting was held at the President’s House in Colombo this afternoon (22).
  Sri Lanka’s demand for liquor decreases by about 30% due to economic hardships :
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s demand for liquor has decreased by about 30% due to the recent increase in the price of liquor and the decrease in the income of the people of the country.
  COPE to hold special meeting on power generation, procurement, distribution and CEB projects :
June 22, Colombo: The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to meet separately and hold a special meeting in near future to look into the power generation, procurement, distribution and projects of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).
 Sri Lanka Central Bank launches the International Transactions Reporting System:
June 22, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said it has implemented a new data collecting system known as the International Transactions Reporting System (ITRS).
 AIA continues its societal support through its digital Vesak Dane, with a donation to HelpAge Sri Lanka :
June 22, Colombo: AIA Insurance continued its societal support in a novel way during the most sacred month of Vesak, by organizing a first of its kind ‘Digital Dane’.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister calls on all parties to come together to ensure country’s recovery:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the parliament today called on all parties to come together to recover the country from the catastrophic economic situation.
 COPE decides to take sworn statements from officials called before COPE:
June 22, Colombo: At a special meeting held Tuesday, the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to take an oath at the commencement of the statements made by the officials when summoned before the Committee.
 Dhammika Perera sworn in as Member of Parliament:
June 22, Colombo: Leading businessman Dhammika Perera was sworn in as a Member of Parliament before Speaker today (June 22).
 Si Lanka Foreign Minister to represent President at CHOGM in Kigali, Rwanda:
June 22, Colombo: The Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris will represent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 21 to 25 June 2022, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 SC dismisses all five petitions against Dhammika Perera’s appointment to parliament:
June 22, Colombo: The Supreme Court yesterday (June 21) ordered the dismissal of five fundamental rights petitions seeking the court to issue an injunction restraining leading businessman Dhammika Perera from being sworn in as a Member of Parliament.
 Trillium Property Management holds groundbreaking ceremony for duplex apartment project :
June 22, Colombo: Trillium Property Management, A Luxury apartment owner, developer and operator, Tuesday held the ground breaking ceremony of its latest 60 upscale duplex (two stories) apartment project with exclusively designed 2 villas at its strategic location at No: 33, Lional Edirisinghe Mawatha, Colombo 05.
  U.S. announces an additional $5.75 million in response to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis:
June 22, Colombo: The U.S. government announced a third tranche of new funding Tuesday to address the immediate needs of people hardest hit by the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.
  Sri Lanka national inflation soars to 45.3 percent in May 2022:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in May 2022 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) jumped to 45.3 percent from 33.8 percent recorded in April 2022 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Tuesday.
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 PM pledges to take steps to manage food crisis:
June 21, Colombo: Although the food crisis could directly affect 4 million to 5 million Sri Lankans in the future, steps will be taken to control it, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 China to donate rice to Sri Lanka to help ease the food crisis:
June 21, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held discussions with the Deputy Ambassador of China, Hu Wei, this morning (21).
 John Keells Holdings to raise the equivalent of USD 75 million via unlisted convertible debentures to Fairfax Financial:
June 21, Colombo: John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) announced it will raise the equivalent of USD 75 million of foreign direct investment by way of a private placement of Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) denominated unlisted convertible debentures
 Suspect arrested for abetting a gunman to shoot a witness and escape:
June 21, Colombo: Tangalle Police have arrested a man yesterday for allegedly giving a car to a gunman who shot dead a witness in a court case in Tangalle in connection with an international drug trafficking between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  President declares several sectors as essential services:
June 21, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification declaring several sectors including fuel and electricity supply as essential services with effect from 20 June 2022.
 Five year visa facility to foreign investors to boost FDI:
June 21, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka encouraging foreign investors has decided to provide a five year visa facility to investors who aim to increase the country’s foreign exchange.
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