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  Sri Lanka continues to lag making progress in Transitional Justice process - UN Expert

Oct 23, Colombo: While Sri Lanka has unprecedented levels of support in the international community because of its willingness to achieve transitional justice, it continues to lag making progress in the process and nowhere close to what it should be more than two years later after the new government made its commitments to its people concerning accountability, a top UN expert says.

Issuing a statement the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, said Sri Lanka continues to deprive itself of the benefits of Transitional Justice.

 Tamil Prisoners' case transferred to Anuradhapura Court on the request of witnesses - TNA spokesman:
Oct 23, Colombo: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran disclosed that the case of three former LTTE cadres scheduled to be taken up for hearing in the Vavuniya High Court has been transferred to Anuradhapura High Court upon their request.

 Tense situation when Yala National Park reopened for public today:
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Yala National Park, which was closed for visitors for over two months for public, was reopened today for visitors. However the reopening was marred by a tense situation erupted as a result of a protest by the safari jeep drivers.

 Underworld gang member killed in shootout with police:
Oct 23, Colombo: An underworld gang member has been killed in a crossfire between the gang members and the elite Special Task Force (STF) police officers in Divulapitiya area.
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 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 7.9 percent in September 2017:
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in September 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) increased to 8.6 percent from 7.9 percent recorded in August on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Monday.

 Bangladesh Navy ship Somudra Avijan arrives at Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit :
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a Bangladesh naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Monday.

 Sri Lanka issues open international tender to import more rice:
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka has issued an open international tender to import a fresh tranche of rice - a first call in recent times to be issued to suppliers worldwide.

 TRCSL ranks Mobitel's 4G Network as the 'Fastest Broadband Network' in Sri Lanka:
Oct 23, Colombo: Mobitel achieves yet another milestone by being ranked as the 'Fastest Broadband Network' on 4G by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL). This is based on the latest speed tests conducted by TRCSL.

 U.S. Ambassador inaugurates Garment Innovation Center in Sri Lanka :
Oct 23, Colombo: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week inaugurated an innovation center created by Star Garments, a division of the U.S.-based Komar company in Colombo.

 New Pakistan envoy affirms desire to further strengthen political, economic and people-to-people relations with Sri Lanka:
Oct 23, Colombo: The new High Commissioner of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, presented his credentials to the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidentís Office today.

 Five new envoys to Sri Lanka present credentials to President:
Oct 23, Colombo: Three new Ambassadors and two High Commissioners presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday at a ceremony held in the President's House, Colombo.

 Sri Lanka continues to lag making progress in Transitional Justice process - UN Expert:
Oct 23, Colombo: While Sri Lanka has unprecedented levels of support in the international community because of its willingness to achieve transitional justice, it continues to lag making progress in the process and nowhere close to what it should be more than two years later after the new government made its commitments to its people concerning accountability, a top UN expert says.

 Milan Maersk mega containership docks at Sri Lanka's Colombo port:
Oct 23, Colombo: MV Maersk Milan, a Denmark flagged vessel owned by Maersk has docked at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port, making it the biggest ship to enter a port in South Asia, Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) said.

 Youth shot by masked gunmen in Jaffna succumbed to injuries :
Oct 23, Colombo: A youth who had received critical injuries following a shooting in the Maniyanthottam area in Jaffna yesterday has died while receiving treatment at the Jaffna Hospital.

 Austrian company to invest euro 9.6 million to improve health facilities in Sri Lanka :
Oct 23, Colombo: An Austrian company will invest nearly euro 9.6 million euros to improve the health facilities in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry said.

 Speaker assures not to sign any legislation that harms Buddhism or any other religion :
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday, assured that he will never sign any legislation that will be detrimental to the country, its people, Buddhism or any other religion.

 Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation 2017 awarded to three Sri Lankans:
Oct 23, Colombo: The Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendations was awarded to Ms. Punnyakante Wijenaike, Professor Carlo Fonseka and Mr. Punchi Banda Munasinghe, by Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma at a special ceremony held on 19th October, 2017 at the Ambassador's residence in Colombo.

 NASDAQ hosts 'Invest Sri Lanka' delegates in New York:
Oct 23, Colombo: Representatives of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) were recently hosted by NASDAQ at NASDAQ market site - the commercial marketing presence of the NASDAQ stock market and the location for Market Bell Ceremonies at New York's Times Square.

 Sri Lanka PM says those who spread false rumors on proposed constitution attempt to destabilize the country:
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says those who spread false rumors about the proposed constitution aim to destabilize the country when no draft constitution has been prepared yet.
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 Main reason for breaking down of the economy is the colossal debt crisis - JVP leader:
Oct 22, Colombo: The two political parties that ruled the country for 70 years have made Sri Lanka a begging country says the Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

  Interest in Luxury yacht building and marina development in Sri Lanka is rising :
Oct 22, Colombo: While Sri Lanka is surrounded by the Indian Ocean abundant with scenic views, a high biodiversity of ocean mammals, sailing for pleasure was never a pastime of the Sri Lankans and Sri Lanka was never considered a worthy stop for yachts due to lack of a fully-fledged marina in the country, the Export Development Board says.

 Joint opposition to protest LG election delay:
Oct 22, Colombo: The joint opposition today said that they will stage a series of protests to demand the government to hold Local Government elections promptly starting from next week.

 Iran, Sri Lanka sign extradition treaty:
Oct 22, Teheran: Iran and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement on the transfer of prisoners between the two countries today in Teheran.

 Large gap in household incomes between Sri Lanka's urban, rural and estate sectors:
Oct 22, Colombo: According to the Household Income and Expenditure Survey - 2016 released by the Department of Census and Statistics recently, the mean monthly income of a household in Sri Lanka for 2016 is Rs. 62,237, which has shown an increase of 35.7% from the last survey in 2012/13.

  OPV provided by India Coast Guard to Sri Lanka Navy commissioned as Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Suraksha:
Oct 22, Colombo: The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) provided by the Indian Coast Guard to the Sri Lanka Navy last month was commissioned as Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Suraksha at a ceremony held on Saturday at the Colombo Harbor.

 Sri Lankan Government to grant over 3,700 permanent houses to hill country plantation community this year :
Oct 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has begun a program to build permanent single houses for hill-country tea estate workers, who are at risk of landslides, replacing their line-room houses.
 Sri Lanka and Samoa propose to protect the Blue Shark at global migratory species conference:
Oct 22, Manila, Philippines: Sri Lanka and Samoa plan to jointly propose to place Blue Sharks on a special global list asking countries to conserve them and protect their habitat as approximately 20 million of the species are killed each year, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) said in a media release.
 Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thera remanded until the 30th:
Oct 21, Colombo: National Coordinator of Sinha Le group, Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thera was remanded until the 30th of this month when he was produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate's Court last night.
 Purpose of devolution is not to strengthen politicians but people - President:
Oct 21, Vavuniya: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says that the devolution of power should not be carried out in the interest of politicians but it should be dedicated to strengthen the people and fulfill their needs.
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  Dengue Prevention Programme in Colombo district wins international recognition at Digital Health awards:
Oct 21, Colombo: The Dengue Prevention Programme launched in the Colombo district of the Western Province has won the first place in the Commonwealth Digital Health Conference, according to the Deputy Health Director of the Western Province Anil Samaranayake.
  President, PM visit Vavuniya to resolve problems of the public in the North:
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today visited Vavuniya in the North to resolve the problems of the public.
 Indian High Commissioner launched new B.Tech degree course at Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy :
Oct 21, Colombo: Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the Chief Guest at the 5th Convocation Ceremony of Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) in Kandy. Anunayaka Theros of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters and other senior members of Sangha blessed the ceremony.
 Sri Lanka government says not responsible for illegal migrant workers:
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Employment Ministry says that the government does not take any responsibility for Sri Lankan migrant workers staying abroad illegally.
  Sri Lanka Navy rescues seven Indian sailors stranded in the sea:
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy this morning has rescued a seven-member Indian crew from a Maldives-bound Indian Merchant Vessel, which had sunk in the seas south of Sri Lanka due to a mechanical fault, Navy Media Unit said.
 UN and Sri Lanka Ministry of Education launch SDG Action Campaign :
Oct 21, Colombo: In celebration of the 72nd UN Day the United Nations in Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Education in partnership with Hatton National Bank, have come together to launch the 'SDG Action Campaign'.
 Probe into Principal for removing student on false allegations :
Oct 21, Colombo: The North Central Province Department of Education has commenced a probe into a school principal over the expulsion of a female student from a school on false allegations of pregnancy.
 Sri Lanka's efforts to eradicate non-communicable diseases praised at World Health Summit:
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's political commitment and efforts to eradicate non-communicable diseases (NCDs) received praise at the 9th World Health Summit held from 15th-17th October in Berlin.
 Sri Lanka to enter into agreements with Qatar in energy, water supply sectors during President's visit:
Oct 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received the cabinet approval to enter into several agreements with the State of Qatar to cooperate in energy, water supply and waste management sectors and in diplomatic training and research.
 Sri Lanka Railways raise awareness in increasing railway accidents :
Oct 20, Colombo: The Railway Department has taken steps to install reflecting boards to raise awareness in people on rising accidents on railway tracks in order to minimize the number of deaths.
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  Rice at wholesale prices from Sathosa outlets:
Oct 20, Colombo: Consumers are now able to buy rice at the wholesale price through the Sathosa outlets island-wide, Sathosa Chairman T.M.K.B. Tennakoon said.
 President inaugurates Grama Shakthi poverty alleviation program :
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today launched the Grama Shakthi People's Movement to alleviate all forms of poverty in the nation by building a strong and respectful economy.
 Court orders prison authorities to submit a report on absence of former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake in court:
Oct 20, Colombo: The court today ordered a report from the prison authorities on the absence of former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake in court.
 Sri Lanka Railway unions suspend strike scheduled to begin midnight today :
Oct 20, Colombo: Following discussions with government officials Railway trade unions have agreed to call off the strike which was to be launched from midnight today (20).
 Sri Lanka Navy hands over 6 more detained fishing trawlers back to India:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on completion of repair work, has handed over 6 more detained fishing trawlers back to India on Friday.
 President warns of attempts to mislead people on a new constitution:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has warned all the citizens of the country that they must be aware of the attempts by some section of the society to mislead them regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted.
 Sri Lanka to launch a three-year comprehensive economic program targeting $ 5 bn FDI, $ 5,000 per capita income:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will launch a three-year comprehensive economic program targeting a US$ 5 billion Foreign Direct Investment per year and a US$ 5,000 per capita income among others, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament Friday.
 Sri Lanka police arrest Buddhist monk wanted for attack on Rohingya refugees:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today arrested a Buddhist monk who was wanted in connection with the last month's attack by a Buddhist monks-led mob on a group of Rohingya refugees who were under the care of the UNHCR at a safe house of the agency in Mount Lavinia.
 Sri Lanka's Port City to draw first investment of USD 1 bn in mid-2018:
Oct 20, Colombo: The reclamation of the port city is expected to be completed by 2019 and the first investment on the reclaimed land was expected to begin by mid next year which would be an investment of US$ one billion, said Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka addressing the Sri Lanka Retailers' Association first AGM in Colombo on Tuesday.
 Sri Lanka to sign an economic cooperation agreement with South Korea during President's visit :
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will sign an economic cooperation agreement with South Korea during President Maithripala Sirisena's official visit to that country next month, the government said.
  President to issue government's final stand on SAITM next week:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said the final stand of the government on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) will be announced next week.
 Sri Lanka and U.S. governments launch $ 12 million 'YouLead!' youth employment program:
Oct 20, Colombo: The governments of Sri Lanka and the United States launched the YouLead! initiative on October 19, a Rs. 1.8 billion (US$ 12 million) program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support youth employability, vocational skills development, and entrepreneurship.
 Sri Lanka military offers another amnesty period for Army deserters:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense has declared another general amnesty period for deserters of the Army.
  Supreme Court indefinitely postpones decision on former chief Justice's petition on PC election act:
Oct 19, Colombo: The Supreme Court today indefinitely postponed the order on granting leave to proceed the fundamental rights petition relating to Provincial Council Election (Amendment) Act filed by the former chief Justice Sarath N. Silva.
 Prime Minister criticizes media for publishing fabricated news:
Oct 19, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the responsible media should not highlight false and fabricated news misleading the people of this country. He made this statement at an event held at the parliamentary complex today.
 Northern protesters meet President for discussions on Tamil prisoners :
Oct 19, Colombo: A group of protesters including the Northern Provincial councilor K. Shivajilingam held a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday at the Presidential Secretariat regarding the Tamil prisoners.
 Indonesian Naval Ship arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Bung Tomo arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on Thursday (19).
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 Human Rights Watch makes submission concerning Sri Lanka's military occupation of schools to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child :
Oct 19, Geneva: The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has made a submission to the 77th Working Group of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) focusing on Sri Lanka's military use of educational facilities during armed conflict.
  Sri Lanka Multi-Day trawlers catch over 14,000 kg of tuna in deep sea fishing:
Oct 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development says a program to provide multi-day trawlers to the fishing community under a 50 percent subsidy scheme has been successful.
 Sri Lankan President calls on journalists to present truth :
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's mainstream journalists to be truthful in what they are reporting to the people.
  Sri Lanka to launch national program to eradicate all forms of poverty by 2030:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka will implement a national program covering the entire island to alleviate poverty that has become a severe threat to country's economy especially to the rural economy.
 Pakistan Foreign Secretary launches Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka:
Oct 19, Colombo: With the vision of "Re-Connecting the Alumni for Greater Collective Good", the Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka (PASS) was launched yesterday at an impressive ceremony at a local hotel in Colombo.
 Mobitel launches South Asia's first NB-IoT Network at Techno 2017 in Sri Lanka:
Oct 19, Colombo: Mobitel, Sri Lanka's National Mobile Service Provider showcased the nascent NB-IoT technology (Narrow Band Internet of Things) for the first time in South Asia at the recently concluded Techno 2017 exhibition in Sri Lanka which took place from the 13th-15th of October 2017.
 Former JMO in Thajudeen case surrenders to court, granted bail:
Oct 19, Colombo: Former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Professor Ananda Samarasekara implicated in the Wasam Thajudeen murder case surrendered to the Colombo Magistrate court today.
 'Excon 2017' Road Show to be held in Colombo focusing on Lankan construction sector:
Oct 19, Colombo: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's Apex Industry Association, will hold a Road Show in Colombo on the 25th October, 2017 in a bid to promote one of its iconic event, 'EXCON 2017', South Asia's largest event for Construction Equipment.
 Sri Lanka, Pakistan target US$ 1 billion trade by 2018:
Oct 19, Colombo: In order to invigorate efforts to reach the target of US $ 1 billion trade by 2018, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to redouble trade promotion efforts during the fifth Sri Lanka-Pakistan Foreign Office Consultations held on Tuesday in Colombo, after a lapse of three years.
 Sri Lanka calls for proposals for 90 solar projects of 1MW capacity each:
Oct 19, Colombo: The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has affirmed that 90 small-scale solar projects can be allowed under the second stage of the Soorya Bala Sangramaya (Battle for Solar Energy) Program.
  Sri Lanka takes disaster minimizing steps to reduce landslide risks :
Oct 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to implement a special project within the next four years to reduce the landslide risk by taking disaster minimizing steps.
 Election Commission requests political parties to include more youth candidates for LG elections:
Oct 19, Colombo: The Elections Commission has decided to call on the political parties in Sri Lanka to give a 25 percent or more opportunity for youth when choosing the candidates to contest for the upcoming local government polls.
 Malaysian national arrested for smuggling foreign currency worth over Rs. 54 million:
Oct 19, Colombo: A foreign national who attempted to smuggle foreign currency out of Sri Lanka was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning, Sri Lanka Customs announced.
 Sri Lanka encourages local entrepreneurs to enter global markets :
Oct 19, Colombo: Micro, Small and Medium enterprises are prominent sectors in Sri Lanka's development vision and as the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared the Sri Lankan entrepreneurs engaged in micro, small, and medium scale business enterprises must now enter the global markets, Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
  Sri Lanka Marxist party says President will be defeated if he contests again for presidency:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the new Constitution should abolish the executive presidency and if President Maithripala Sirisena contests the next presidential election without abolishing the executive presidency he would be definitely defeated.
 Prime Minister pledges to pay off Rs. 3 trillion foreign debt within next two years:
Oct 18, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledges to complete the foreign debt payment of Rs. 3 trillion within the next two years.
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 No need for a new Constitution, Sri Lanka Buddhist prelates decide:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Chief Prelates of two main Buddhist chapters today issued a special announcement saying Sri Lanka did not need a new constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country.
 Local Government election date is uncertain - PAFFREL:
Oct 18, Colombo: Rohan Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), an election monitoring watchdog in Sri Lanka, says no comment can be made on the date of the Local Government Election, which is very uncertain.
 Sri Lanka Cabinet approves amending laws to control election campaign spending:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has given the nod for a proposal to amend the laws to control unlimited spending of money on Elections by political parties and candidates.
 Sri Lanka, Pakistan review entire range of bilateral relations during 5th round of political consultations :
Oct 18, Colombo: The Fifth Round of Foreign Secretaries Level Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was held in Colombo on 17th October, 2017. Pakistan delegation was headed by the Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua while the Sri Lankan delegation was led by the Foreign Secretary, Prasad Kariyawasam.
 Sri Lanka's trade deficit expands 9.4% in August 2017 despite exports earnings surpassing US$ 1 bn:
Oct 18, Colombo: Despite an increase in exports earnings Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened 9.4 percent to US$ 856.3 million in August 2017 from US$ 782.8 million a year earlier, according to the Central Bank data released in its External Sector Performance Review on Tuesday.
 Arts Faculty of Colombo University temporarily closed following students' clash:
Oct 18, Colombo: The administration of University of Colombo has decided to indefinitely close its Arts Faculty following a brawl between two groups of students, Vice Chancellor Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake said.
  Japan Bank for International Cooperation reiterates to continue its support to Sri Lanka:
Oct 18, Colombo: Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) reiterated their support for Sri Lanka's economic program during a meeting with Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera.
 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader urges government to release all prisoners detained under PTA :
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and the Leader of main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan Tuesday urged the Government to release all persons held in custody from the North and East under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without further delay.
 Prime Minister calls to let Deepavali be the opportunity to restore lives and rebuild relationships :
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a message to mark Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights, calls on the people to light thousand lamps and take the opportunity at the occasion to restore lives, rebuild relationships, and pave the way for harmony and healing.
 Deepavali helpful to bring forth the message of harmony - President:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says cultural ceremonies such as Deepavali are immensely helpful to bring forth the message of harmony.
 Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness, says World Bank:
Oct 18, Colombo: With a domestic market of only 20 million consumers with a modest per capita income, Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness to sustain high and long-term growth, the World Bank says.
 Sri Lanka to set up a pipeline from Muthurajawela to deliver jet fuel to aircraft:
Oct 18, Colombo: Minister of Petroleum Resource Development Arjuna Ranatunga says a project to set up pipelines to deliver aircraft fuel to Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake from the Muthurajawela storage tanks will be expedited.
 New entry period for Diversity Visa Program DV-2019:
Oct 17, Colombo: Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017 will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a media release.
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 Sri Lanka cricketing legends join Education Minister & EU to speak on the problem of violence against women:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara today joined the Minister of Education and the European Union to speak up on the problem of violence against women.
 Police to record statement from Sri Lankan suspected in plot to kill Maldives President:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Justice has sought Colombo Chief Magistrate Courtís permission to record a statement through police from a Sri Lankan suspect alleged of the attempted assassination of the Maldives President Abdulla Yameen in 2015.
 External pressures constrain Sri Lanka's credit profile - Moody's:
Oct 17, New York: Moody's Investors Service says that Sri Lanka's (B1 negative) significant borrowing requirements and heavy reliance on external and foreign-currency funding expose the sovereign to material liquidity and external financing risk, which weighs on the sovereign's credit profile.
 Sri Lanka EDB explores business opportunities through Hong Kong:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) jointly organized a business seminar recently to explore business opportunities offered to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs through the HKTDC platform.
 Sri Lankan SMEs participate in Trade Fairs in Southern China:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou has facilitated the participation of Sri Lankan Small & Medium Enterprises in trade fairs in Southern China to create awareness and boost trade for the wide range of products that are manufactured in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Navy replants corals in northern and eastern seas:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has launched a social responsibility project to rejuvenate the coral reefs in the island's northern and eastern seas.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 8 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on early Tuesday has arrested 8 Indian fishermen and impounded their mechanized fishing boat for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 Leo Burnett Sri Lanka named 'Agency of the Year' at the Effie Awards:
Oct 17, Colombo: Leo Burnett Sri Lanka was recently named the 'Agency of the Year' at this year's Effie Awards Programme in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka President emphasizes need to further consolidate relationship with Pakistan:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena recalling the long-standing bilateral relations with Pakistan emphasized the need to further consolidate the relationship between the two countries when visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua called on him at the Presidential Secretariat today (October 17).
 Sri Lanka Cricket revises Dhanushka Gunathilaka's ban :
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket board said its Executive Committee yesterday (16) decided to revise the suspension imposed on Dhanushka Gunathilaka upon consideration of the appeal made on behalf of Gunathilaka by the Sinhalese Sports Club.
 Sri Lanka to strengthen the laws against Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters:
Oct 17, Colombo: Measures have been taken to strengthen the stringent laws against Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera said.
 Education Minister warns the teachers inciting students against the Teacher Transfer program:
Oct 17, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam asserted that the Teacher Transfer program, which was not implemented for a number of years, will not be shelved.
 New prison complex complying with international standards opened in deep South :
Oct 17, Colombo: A new prison complex built in accordance with international standards in Agunakolapelessa was declared open opened Monday by the Minister of Prison Reforms D. M. Swaminathan.
  Sri Lanka's Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy named Central Bank Governor of the Year South Asia:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka announced that its Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy has been named the Central Bank Governor of the Year, South Asia by the popular publication house Global Capital.
 President says all programs to protect environment will be implemented expeditiously :
Oct 16, Colombo: Every program to protect and conserve the environment for the future generation will be implemented without any delay, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena disclosed Monday when he inaugurated the national program of "Sri Lanka Next - A Blue Green Era".
 Sri Lanka SEC to enforce more stringent stock market rules from next year:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka has decided to enforce more strictly the stock market procedures applicable to listed public companies from next year.
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