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  Sri Lanka's President promises to strengthen free education system to benefit all children in country

Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he will take steps to create a society of intellectuals by strengthening the free education system of the country and providing equal benefits to all the children in the country.

Speaking at the centenary celebrations of Sri Lanka's prestigious girls' school Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo today (23), the President said the challenges of new technology, commercialization and competitiveness, as well as the powerful social evils pose great challenges for the future and the students should be equipped with skills to win the future challenges.

 State Minister emphasizes the need to change laws and attitudes to uplift livelihoods of fisherman and the industry:
Jan 24, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi emphasized that a desirable change need to be taken place in laws and attitudes regarding the fisheries industry in order to uplift the livelihoods of the fisherman and fisheries industry.

 Dry weather conditions impair Sri Lanka's Maha cereal output significantly this year - FAO:
Jan 24, Colombo: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations says the Maha season cereal crop in 2017 is significantly impaired by dry weather conditions and the rice import requirements are projected to increase in the year.

 Sri Lanka's Bank of Ceylon surpasses one Trillion mark, three years in a row:
Jan 24, Colombo: The Bank of Ceylon (BOC) scored its third "Trillion" at the end of the year 2016. That is surpassing the Rs. One trillion mark in advances-

 INSEE Cement partners with three big league universities in Sri Lanka:
Jan 24, Colombo: INSEE Cement (formerly known as Holcim (Lanka) Ltd) signed a milestone partnership with three of Sri Lanka's big league universities - Peradeniya, Moratuwa and Ruhuna - to boost the local construction industry with game changing, innovative, research and development advancements.

 Central Bank, law enforcement authorities probe transactions of Employees' Provident Fund:
Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Central Bank and law enforcement authorities are probing the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF), a retirement fund of private sector workers which is managed by state institution.

 Sri Lanka, MCC in discussions on multi hundred million dollar grant for economic development:
Jan 23, Colombo: A Team of senior officials of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is in Sri Lanka to discuss the island nation's economic growth strategies and its solutions to eradicating poverty through growth with the Corporation's million dollar grant for the country's economic development.
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 Former Chief Minister Pillayan further remanded over Tamil MP's murder:
Jan 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended the remand of the former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police over the killing of a Tamil parliamentarian.

 Sri Lanka strengthens Consumer Affairs Authority investigation officers force to safeguard consumers:
Jan 23, Colombo: Faced with increasing price control issues in its domestic market, Sri Lanka has started enforcing new protection measures to safeguard its consumers from errant traders, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said.

 Sri Lanka's President promises to strengthen free education system to benefit all children in country:
Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he will take steps to create a society of intellectuals by strengthening the free education system of the country and providing equal benefits to all the children in the country.

 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation marginally increases to 4.2 percent in December 2016 :
Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in December 2016 determined under the new National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) marginally increased to 4.2 percent from 4.1 percent recorded in November 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Monday.

 SriLankan Airlines most punctual among oneworld airlines in 4th quarter 2016:
Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines has further enhanced its reputation as one of the most punctual airlines in the world, by being rated as the most on-time member airline of the oneworld global airline alliance in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  Captain Angelo Mathews, injured players to return to Sri Lanka from South Africa tour :
Jan 23, Colombo: Captain of Sri Lanka's national team Angelo Mathews is expected to return to Sri Lanka from his South Africa tour to join his family this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced today.

 European Investment Bank provides Sri Lanka Euro 50 million loan to improve Colombo wastewater network:
Jan 23, Colombo: The European Investment Bank will provide EUR 50 million to support improvement and expansion of sewage networks across the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the long-term lending institution of the European Union confirmed today in a statement.

 US Navy Ship USS Hopper's visit signals growing bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka:
>Jan 23, Colombo: The USS Hopper (DDG 70) concluded its five-day port call to Colombo today as part of a visit to strengthen growing United States-Sri Lankan ties and expressed appreciation to the Sri Lankan Navy for its assistance during an emergency medical evacuation of a USS Hopper crewmember in September 2016.

 Sri Lanka President instructs AG to appoint a commission this week to investigate Central Bank bond scam:
Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said he has instructed the Attorney General to take immediate steps to appoint a Special Presidential Commission to inquire into the allegations of malpractices in the bond issue of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and take required legal action.

 Sri Lanka Tourism promotes island as a destination for all seasons for Latin American Market at FITUR, Madrid 2017:
Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka has made a great impact in promoting the country as a tourism destination by participating at the 37th staging of the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR, held in Madrid, Spain from 18th to 22nd January 2017, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB) said.

 Appellate Court requested to relist the appeal against acquittal of suspects in TNA MP's murder:
Jan 23, Colombo: A motion has been filed before the Court of Appeal by Shashikala Raviraj, wife of slain former TNA Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj, requesting the court to re-list an appeal filed by the petitioner earlier, which was dismissed by the Court of Appeal last week.

 Party leaders to meet today to discuss Local Government polls:
Jan 23, Colombo: Leaders of political parties are expected to meet today to discuss the upcoming Local Government Election and reach a decision on its conduct after the report on demarcation was handed over to the Minister of Local Government by the National Delimitation Commission.

 Belgium and European companies affirm to expand trade ties with Sri Lanka:
Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama met with representatives of the Belgium government and heads of several leading European companies in Brussels last week.

 Three Sinha Group receives FCCISL Silver Award:
Jan 23, Colombo: Three Sinha Group of Companies, an organization that strives to break new barriers in the roller door industry won the Silver Award in large category – manufacturing sector (national level) at 'Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 ' Awards Ceremony organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL).

 Rs. 5.7 million robbed from a stat bank ATM in Monaragala:
Jan 22, Colombo: Around Rs. 5.7 million have been stolen from a state bank in Moneragala by breaking open its Automated Teller Machine (ATM), the police said.
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 Sri Lankans urged to conserve water and electricity as rains not sufficient:
Jan 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center today urged the people to conserve water and electricity as the rains received today in many parts of the country are not enough to alleviate the severe drought prevailing in the country.

 Prices of eye lenses to be reduced from next week:
Jan 22, Colombo: The National Drug Regulatory Board has initiated a program to reduce the prices of contact lenses and the prices will be reduced by Rs.20,000 from next week, the Government Information Department said.

 Provincial Chief Ministers meet former President to unite Sri Lanka Freedom Party:
Jan 22, Colombo: Chief Ministers of six provinces representing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) met with the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa at his official residence today to discuss the future of the party in preparation for upcoming local government elections.

 Extraordinary Gazette notification announces Right to Information Act to be enforced from February 3rd :
Jan 22, Colombo: An Extraordinary Gazette notification published on Friday (20) has announced the date of the enforcement of the Right to Information Act as from 3rd February 2017.
 Renuka City Hotel honors and rewards 46 long serving employees :
Jan 22, Colombo: Renuka City Hotel recently honored 46 of its longest serving staff members at a felicitation ceremony held at the hotel.
 Sarath Fonseka to be questioned further on Lasantha Wickrematunge murder :
Jan 22, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police will bring in former Army Commander and Minister of Regional Development, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday for further questioning in connection with the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, according to a report in Sunday Observer.
 Sri Lanka will try to negotiate separate trade agreements with Britain - PM:
Jan 22, Colombo: Even if Sri Lanka regains the European Union's GSP+ tariff concession, the government will try to negotiate separate trade agreements with Britain when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
 International Commission of Jurists calls on Sri Lanka to implement recommendations of Consultation Task Force:
Jan 22, Colombo: The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an international non-governmental human rights organization has called on the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations made by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms.
 President pledges to increase funding for research and development:
Jan 21, Talawakelle: President Maithripala Sirisena today said his government will allocate more funds for research and development in all areas including agriculture.
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 Motor vehicle enthusiasts to gather at Ceylon Motor Show 2017 - a showcase of the best of modern cars and classic vehicles in Sri Lanka:
Jan 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan motor vehicle enthusiasts are in for a treat with the upcoming launch of the "Ceylon Motor Show 2017" sponsored by Sri Lanka Insurance Motor Plus, the island's largest platform for cutting edge and classic motor vehicles.
 Sailors of USS Hopper restores the resting place of first US envoy to Sri Lanka in Galle :
Jan 21, Galle: The sailors of the US Navy ship USS Hopper, which is docked at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port, today cleared and restored the All Saints cemetery in Galle, where the final resting place of the first US Consul to Sri Lanka lies.
  Heavy rainfall expected in Sri Lanka as over one million people affected by severe drought :
Jan 21, Colombo: The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka said today heavy rains could be expected at different parts of the country during next few days as authorities warned that the number of people affected by the severe drought could rise if the rains do not arrive soon.
 President sets price ceiling for imported rice, instructs to expedite drought relief:
Jan 21, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has set a price ceiling on imported rice at Rs. 76 per kilogram emphasizing that private traders and rice mill owners cannot be permitted to increase prices as they want and burden the people already distressed by the drought.
 Police to check all vehicles for covering driver side windows:
Jan 21, Colombo: Local police stations island wide will be checking all vehicles for covering the driver side mirror with curtains on the window or using dark tinted glasses, the Police Headquarters has informed.
 President to take action against removal of head of Lanka Coal Company:
Jan 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to take action against the removal of Chairman of the Lanka Coal Company (Private) Limited, Maithri Gunaratne and the Director Board of the Company by the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, according to a local media report.
 Three bidders for Sri Lanka national carrier shortlisted :
Jan 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka has received nine bids from international airlines in response to the call for bids to privatize its loss-making national SriLankan Airlines and out of those three bidders are shortlisted State Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim said.
 IMF commends Sri Lanka's strategy to create financial discipline:
>Jan 20, Davos: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the new strategy of Sri Lankan government to create financial discipline and lead the country in a correct path to economic development.
 President requests industries to reduce power usage in advertising and decorations at night:
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has requested all the private institutions to join reducing usage of power by switching off lights that are used for the advertising and decoration purposes of their respective institutions.
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 'Wilpattu forest cleared by State Timber Corp, not by Muslim IDPs' - environmentalist:
Jan 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan environmentalist has claimed that the forests in the Wilpattu National Reserve were cleared by the State Timber Corporation and not by the displaced Muslims as alleged.
 4th Ministerial consultation of Abu Dhabi Dialogue in Colombo on 23 -24 January:
Jan 20, Colombo: The 4th Ministerial consultation of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) will be held in Colombo next week with the participation of ministers responsible for Foreign Employment of the ADD countries.
 Sri Lankan Prime Minister holds discussions with world leaders on expanding bilateral ties, trade and investment:
Jan 20, Davos: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is leading the Sri Lankan delegation to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland held discussions with several heads of states and business giants on expanding bilateral ties and boosting trade and investment.
 UNHRC Chief satisfied with Sri Lanka's progress on improving Human Rights:
Jan 20, Davos: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has expressed his satisfaction towards the positive steps taken by Sri Lanka to improve the country's human rights conditions.
 Protests in Sri Lanka against US President elect Donald Trump:
Jan 20, Colombo: A small group on Friday staged a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Colombo on the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. President, officials said.
 Gulf Air commences direct operations to Colombo :
Jan 20, Colombo: Bahrain's national carrier, Gulf Air, has commenced its direct operations to Bandaranaike International Airport, in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, with 5 flights per week.
 Sri Lanka to enter into agreements with Ukraine and Denmark on recognition of Certificates issued to seafarers:
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will sign Memorandums of Understanding with the governments of Ukraine and Denmark to allow the authorities of those countries to recognize the certificates of competency issued for Sri Lankan seafarers.
 Sri Lanka Army personnel deployed for drought relief:
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, in response to a Presidential directive has deployed teams of Army personnel to distribute relief material to those who have been affected by the drought.
 Former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne granted bail:
Jan 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday granted bail to former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, who was arrested on January 2nd and remanded on charges of financial misappropriation during his tenure in the previous government.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 4 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing:
Jan 20, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy has arrested four local fishermen on Thursday for allegedly engaging in illegal fishing practices using banned fishing nets.
 New Zealnd's Fonterra welcomes fresh trade and investment discussions with Sri Lanka:
Jan 20, Colombo: The New Zealand dairy product giant, Fonterra has welcomed the announcement that New Zealand and Sri Lanka will progress discussions on new trade and investment opportunities, including the possibility of a FTA down the track, the company said in a release.
 New Zealand and Sri Lanka discuss trade opportunities, free trade agreement:
Jan 20, Davos: New Zealand and Sri Lanka have discussed a free trade agreement to promote the bilateral trade between the two countries.
 WFP pledges necessary support to Sri Lanka to cope with drought:
Jan 19, Davos: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has pledged to provide necessary support and aid to Sri Lanka to overcome challenges faced by the people due to the prevailing drought.
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 UNEP offers Sri Lanka expert advice on green economy:
Jan 19, Davos: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has offered Sri Lanka its expert advice on a green economy and an environmentally friendly financial environment to promote health, wealth, and well-being of the island nation
 Questions of Sri Lankan skipper's leadership will arise if not played well in the ODI and T20 series- Chief Selector:
Jan 19, Colombo: The Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee, Sanath Jayasuriya says that questions about the leadership of captain Angelo Mathews will arise again and again if the team does not perform well in the upcoming one-day (ODI) and T20 matches of the South African tour.
 Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue for US$ 225 mn oversubscribed five-fold:
Jan 19, Colombo: The issue of Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) for US$ 225 million has been oversubscribed with total bids received amounting to US$ 1.137 billion, the Central Bank said on Thursday.
 Appellate Court dismisses petition against acquittal of suspects in TNA MP's murder :
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal filed against the verdict issued by a lower court in exonerating all the suspects in the murder of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj.
 China's Alibaba interested in investing in Sri Lanka:
Jan 19, Colombo: The world famous Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has shown keen interest in investing in Sri Lanka and to build an e-commerce platform to promote online business ventures, Sri Lanka’s Finance Ministry said today.
  Sofia Hospitality & Carlson Rezidor break ground on Park Inn by Radisson Colombo in Sri Lanka:
Jan 19, Singapore: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups, marked its entry into Sri Lanka at a recent groundbreaking ceremony of Park Inn by Radisson Colombo.
  U.S. Navy Ship Hopper arrives at Colombo Port in Sri Lanka:
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed the United States Navy ship USS Hopper arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday, 19th January 2017 on a goodwill visit.
 Diminishing audience prompts U.S. to close the VOA station in Sri Lanka :
Jan 19, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Colombo says the diminishing audience for shortwave broadcasts prompted the decision to close the Voice of America Station in Iranawila, Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Navy accused of snapping Tamil Nadu fishermen's fishing nets :
Jan 19, Colombo: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel of damaging their fishing nets and chasing them back to Indian waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet yesterday.
 President advises field officials to provide pragmatic and viable solutions to farmers to boost agriculture sector:
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says it is the relevant field officers who can practically implement the government's policies among the people and get successful results to build a prosperous country by enhancing the agriculture.
 Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka - Sharif:
Jan 19, Davos: Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, which are most cordial and friendly. Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said when he and his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met on the sidelines of the 2017 World Economic Forum meeting in in Davos, Switzerland Wednesday.
 First Capital Holdings signs MOU with Oxford Business Group to publish Sri Lanka 2017 report:
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's efforts to boost capital inflows through the gradual liberalization of its trade and investment laws will be explored in a forthcoming report by the global publishing firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).
  Sri Lankan government takes action to arrest tri forces deserters:
Jan 19, Colombo: Authorities have begun taking legal action against tri forces deserters who have failed to obtain legal discharge during the general amnesty that ended on 31st December 2016, Military Spokesman Brigadier Rohan Seneviratne said.
 US to close Voice of America station in Sri Lanka and hand over land to government:
Jan 19, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Colombo has informed the Sri Lankan government that U.S. has decided to close the Voice of America broadcasting facility at Iranawila in Puttalam and hand over the land back to the Sri Lanka before its lease expires.
 Sri Lankan court orders police to produce suspects of 928 kg cocaine shipment:
Jan 18, Colombo: Colombo Magistrate Court today ordered the Police Narcotic Bureau to arrest the suspects linked to the last month's cocaine haul of 928 kilograms and produce them in court.
  Swiss President commends Sri Lanka's commitment to democracy and good governance:
Jan 18, Davos: President of Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard has commended the Sri Lankan government's commitment to democracy and good governance to make the country more peaceful and prosperous through sustainable peace and the national economic plan to establish economic stability.
 New Chairman appointed to head the National Police Commission:
Jan 18, Colombo: P.H. Manathunga has been appointed as the new Chairman of the National Police Commission, the President’s Media Division said.
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 President holds special ministerial discussion on drought relief preparations:
Jan 18, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena led a special ministerial discussion at the President’s Official Residence today (18) to provide essential relief to the public during the impending drought situation in Sri Lanka.
 Ceylon Chamber lines up top economists to discuss Economic Outlook for 2017:
Jan 18, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar lining up four well-known economists along with an international relations specialist to discuss the economic outlook and its implication for business during the year 2017.
 SriLankan Cargo sets new record for cargo handling at BIA with nearly 13% growth:
Jan 18, Colombo: SriLankan Cargo the freight handling arm of SriLankan Airlines, set a new record for the amount of cargo handled at the Cargo Centre of Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport.
 Sri Lankan PM solicits foreign advice for government's future development plans :
Jan 18, Davos: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is participating in the 2017 Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has received many offers of support for the future development of the island nation.
 Government to construct 1,250 new irrigational wells, repair 7000:
Jan 18, Colombo: Director General of Irrigation Department Saman Weerasinghe says the government plans to construct 1,250 new irrigational wells and repair another 7,000 as an alternative to provide irrigation water to cultivations in the drought hit areas.
 Sri Lanka Army Camp at Omanthai in North not removed, Army clarifies:
Jan 18, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army's Omanthai camp has not been removed but 18 acres of land around the camp belonging to the civilians has been handed over to the Vavuniya Government Agent, Army Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said.
 Sri Lanka-Thailand FTA feasibility study to conclude by August:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka is exploring to purchase sugar from Thailand while a feasibility study for a Sri Lanka-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is set to conclude by August 2017, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said.
 Sri Lanka introduces guidelines to identify domestic consumers who cannot pay new electricity connection charge:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's electricity sector regulator, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has introduced a guideline to identify information for the instalment payment system for those who are not able to pay the connection charge for a new electricity connection, in terms of Section 27 of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No. 20 of 2009 as amended.
 Sri Lanka agrees to follow Saudi Arabia's recruitment system for domestic workers:
Jan 18, Riyadh: A Sri Lankan labor delegation has agreed to follow Saudi Arabia's Musaned online recruitment system following a meeting with senior officials, Arab News reported.
 Sri Lanka, Sweden discuss bilateral cooperation, reconciliation process:
Jan 18, Stockholm: Sri Lanka's reconciliation process and bilateral relations were in the center of discussions when Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera met Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström Tuesday in Stockholm.
 EU reiterates implementation of 27 international conventions only criteria for Sri Lanka to regain GSP Plus:
Jan 18, Colombo: The European Union has reiterated that implementation of 27 international conventions by the Sri Lankan government was the only criteria for the European Commission to recommend restoring the Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) tariff concession to Sri Lanka.
 Delimitation Review Committee hands over final report to Minister :
Jan 17, Colombo: The Delimitation Committee reviewing the demarcation of electoral boundaries in local government wards handed over its much-awaited final report to the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha today.
 Sri Lanka, Iran sign agreement to cooperate on laboratory analysis for oil and gas:
Jan 17, Tehran: Sri Lanka and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on laboratory analysis for oil and gas.
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 New computerized system implemented to discharge merchant navy certificates:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday implemented a new computerized system for the Continuous Discharge Certificates of merchant navy personnel.
 India funds post of Hindi Professor at Sri Lanka's University of Kelaniya:
Jan 17, Colombo: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 17 January 2017 between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the University of Kelaniya to fund the post of an ICCR Professor for Hindi Language at the University.
 Sri Lanka is making its contribution to the economic integration in South Asia - Prime Minister:
Jan 17, Davos: Sri Lanka is making its contribution to the economic integration in South Asia by making Sri Lanka the hub of Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
 Sri Lankan signs US$125 million credit with World Bank to modernize agriculture:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka has signed a US$125 million credit with the World Bank to help the country modernize its agriculture sector.
 Sri Lankan government vehemently rejects media reports of pre conditions to GSP+:
Jan 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has vehemently rejected the media reports which say that the government has agreed to 58 conditions to get the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) tariff concession.
  Sri Lanka urges APTA member states to expand trade, investment and economic integration:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka has urged the members of the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) conclude negotiations early to broaden the trade agreements and expand into services to pave the way to further expansion of trade, investment and economic integration among the member countries.
 John Keells Holdings files its first patent related to novel energy storage material:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's diversified conglomerate, John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) filed its first patent jointly with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - India, in the area of energy storage materials.
 Tamil Tiger fundraiser losses battle to stay in Canada as federal court upholds deportation order:
Jan 17, Toronto: An alleged fundraiser for Sri Lanka's vanquished terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has lost his battle to stay in Canada after a federal judge dismissed his appeal against deportation.
 Sri Lankan national arrested in India for entering illegally:
Jan 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan national has been arrested by Tamil Nadu police for entering the state illegally by a ferry, Indian media reported.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests two with 45 kilograms of Kerala cannabis :
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy personnel Monday arrested two individuals transporting 45 kilograms of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja).
 Namal Rajapaksa pleads not guilty to contempt of Court charges:
Jan 16, Colombo: Hambantota District parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa today pleaded not guilty to contempt of court charges filed against him.
 Local government elections cannot be held before May - Election Commissioner:
Jan 16, Colombo: The National Election Commission says that Local Government (LG) polls cannot be held before May this year.
 Construction of 100 houses for landslide victims in Aranayake begin with Chinese aid:
Jan 16, Colombo: Construction of 100 houses for families displaced by the landslide at Samasara Kanda in Aranayake last year was launched today. The construction work at a cost of Rs. 217 million is supported by the Government of China.
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 Coca Cola interested in setting up a production plant in Sri Lanka :
Jan 16, Colombo: American beverages giant Coca-Cola is interested in using Sri Lanka as a production hub and set up a plant, to cater to the Indian market, the Finance Ministry said today.
 UN assures Sri Lanka assistance for drought relief:
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka faced with prolonged drought is seeking international assistance to provide relief to the affected people, especially farmers, and President Maithripala Sirisena Monday met with the top officials of international agencies to discuss relief measures.
 Travel ban imposed on Avant Garde Chairman and former Defense Ministry official:
Jan 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today imposed a travel ban on the Chairman of controversial Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Nissanka Senadhipathi and former Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Palitha Fernando
  Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister visits Sweden:
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera will visit Sweden at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström, from January 17-18, 2017.
 Sri Lankan PM reminds former president advantages of GSP+:
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka did not even manage to increase the revenues from apparel exports twofold from 2003 to 2015 without the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences plus tariff concession.
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