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  Drought affects 16 districts of Sri Lanka, government to compensate farmers

Feb 25, Colombo: As prevailing drought continues to affect people in Sri Lanka farmland, the government has decided to continue to provide compensations to the affected people.

Dry Weather Sri Lanka has been experiencing in most of the country since the beginning of 2016 has affected people in 16 districts while a vast area of agricultural lands has been destroyed.

 We want a clean alliance free or racism, corruption - UPFA General Secretary :
Feb 25, Colombo: It is important for United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to have a clean coalition, free of corruption and racism in future elections, the General Secretary of the UPFA Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says.

 Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to file lawsuit against Central Bank and Finance Ministry :
Feb 25, Colombo: Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will take legal action against the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance for citing him as the Minister of Finance when his term had expired after President Maithripala Sirisena's election in January 2015.
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 Sri Lanka to take urgent measures to fill the shortage of Anesthetists:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says steps will be taken in future to meet the shortage of Anesthetists in the country.

 President lays foundation stone for new court complex in Polonnaruwa:
Feb 25, Polonnaruwa: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today laid the foundation stone for a new court complex to be built in Polonnaruwa at a cost of Rs. 382 million.

 Drought affects 16 districts of Sri Lanka, government to compensate farmers :
Feb 25, Colombo: As prevailing drought continues to affect people in Sri Lanka farmland, the government has decided to continue to provide compensations to the affected people.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests four people with 3.4 kg of Kerala Cannabis :
Feb 25, Colombo: On receipt of intelligence information Sri Lankan Navy personnel in coordination with Police have arrested four individuals transporting 3.4 kg of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja) in the general area of Mattakkuliya.

 World Bank says Sri Lanka is a middle performer in promoting sustainable energy:
Feb 25, Colombo: According to a new report from the World Bank, Sri Lanka is a middle performer in promoting the sustainable energy. Sri Lanka scored 61 out of 100 on the World Bank's RISE (Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy) Index placing in the yellow zone of middling performers.

  Ceylon Chamber announces 'Future of Business' innovation strategy event:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premier business chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold an informative event aimed at helping Sri Lankan businesses to become more agile and gear themselves to a rapidly changing business landscape.

  Government to introduce legislation to standardize degrees offered by state, private universities:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Higher Education Ministry plans to introduce legislation in Parliament to standardize the degree courses offered by State and private universities, Minister of Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella said.

  Sri Lanka Chief Justice to retire at the end of the month:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Chief Justice K. Sripavan will retire from service on February 28 upon reaching the retirement age of 65. The Supreme Court will hold a ceremonial farewell on the same day.

 Helmet for motorcycle, pillion rider made compulsory:
Feb 25, Colombo: A Gazette notification was issued on Thursday by the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva stipulating that a motorcycle and a pillion rider must wear a helmet that conforms to the new guidelines.

 Commercial Bank named Best Internet Bank in Sri Lanka:
Feb 25, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been recognized as the Best Internet Bank in Sri Lanka in 2016 by the prestigious Global Banking & Finance Review of the UK.

 Sri Lankan fishermen alleged of attacking Tamil Nadu fishermen :
Feb 24, Rameswaram: Four Tamil Nadu fishermen suffered serious injuries after they were attacked, allegedly by Sri Lankan fishermen, near Kodiyakarai off the island nation, PTI reported.

 Global health leaders adopt 'Colombo Statement' on migrant health:
Feb 24, Colombo: To address the health challenges posed by increasingly mobile populations, Global health leaders gathered in Sri Lanka Thursday adopted the 'Colombo Statement' which calls for international collaboration to improve the health and well-being of migrants and their families.
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 Human Rights Watch calls on UNHRC for a follow-up resolution on Sri Lanka:
Feb 24, Colombo: The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) today called on the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) member states to bring a credible follow-up resolution to the consensus resolution 30/1 adopted by the UNHRC in October 2015.

 Sri Lanka President calls on countries to work together on issue of illegal migrants :
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has called on the countries to cooperate on illegal migrants as they create health, social, economic and political issues for a country.

 Sri Lankan PM says local investments are not sufficient to ensure development :
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says local investments are not sufficient to ensure development in the country and foreign direct investment and exports are needed.

 Singer Sri Lanka Group revenue increases 21% to Rs. 46.9 bn:
Feb 24, Colombo: Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC Group had excellent growth in Revenue and Net Income in the year 2016, the company announced.

 U.S. Congressional delegation applauds achievements of Sri Lanka's unity government :
Feb 24, Colombo: A bipartisan Congressional delegation of the United States today called on Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidentís Official Residence and held discussions on the steps to be taken to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

 Sri Lanka Customs nab man attempting to smuggle gold worth Rs. 2.4 million:
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested a Sri Lankan man who was attempting to smuggle out gold worth Rs 2.4 million.

 Sri Lanka Navy, police operation arrests 18 illegal migrants bound for New Zealand:
Feb 24, Colombo: A combined operation of Sri Lanka Navy and police has prevented an illegal migration attempt to New Zealand by boat and detained 18 would-be asylum seekers.

 Sri Lanka's Colombo Port ranked among the world's best 25 ports:
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Port has been ranked among the world's best 25 ports according to the Alphaliner rankings in 2017, a Ports and Shipping Ministry statement said. In 2016 Alphaliner has ranked Colombo Port at the 23rd place, three notches up from the 2015 rankings.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests five people with over 150 kilograms of Kerala cannabis:
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy personnel Thursday arrested five individuals transporting over 150 kilograms of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja) by a dinghy in the Northern seas.

  Maha Siva Rathri Day is a symbol of co-existence and harmony - PM:
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Rani Wickremesinghe, in a message to celebrate the Hindu festival Maha Siva Rathri today said the occasion is a deeply symbolic of co-existence and harmony among all and is also an ideal time for reflection.

 Wimal Weerawansa's NFF withdraws from UPFA, will function as independent group in parliament :
Feb 24, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF) led by parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has formally informed the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of its withdrawal from the alliance.
 Religious way of life is essential to build a better society - President:
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says the religions provide great relief to the people in today's competitive world and the religious way of life is as an essential ingredient for building a better society.
 CPJ calls on Sri Lankan authorities to fully investigate murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge:
Feb 24, Colombo: The New York-based international press freedom organization, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday called on Sri Lankan authorities to fully investigate the 2009 murder of the editor-in-chief of the Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and bring his killers to justice.
 Food security and livelihoods assistance priority during Sri Lanka's drought :
Feb 23, Colombo: The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), an academic and research Institution based in Switzerland says Food security and livelihoods assistance priority is a priority during Sri Lanka's prevailing drought due to prolonged crop damage and agricultural loss as agriculture is an important source of both food and income.
 ONUR denies former Sri Lankan president accused army of sexually exploiting Tamil women:
Feb 23, Colombo: The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) today responding to the Army Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne categorically denied that former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga accused the army of sexually exploiting Tamil war widows.
 Chinese Communist Party pledges support to make Sri Lanka the economic hub of the Indian Ocean:
Feb 23, Colombo: A high ranking official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) today pledged China's full support to Sri Lankaís efforts to make the island nation a hub of the Indian Ocean.
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 Chinese Communist Party to enhance relationship with Sri Lanka Freedom party :
Feb 23, Colombo: A delegation of Chinese Communist Party visiting Sri Lanka today has assured that China will stand with Sri Lanka as a true friend in the future too.
 Sri Lanka Red Cross trains the youth to be better leaders of society:
Feb 23, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Societyís (SLRCS) launched its latest novelty project aimed at empowering the countryís youth today under the direction of the Director General of SLRCS Neville Nanayakkara.
 Indonesian President invites Sri Lankan President for a state visit to Indonesia:
Feb 23, Colombo: The President of Indonesia Joko Widodo has invited Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to pay a state visit to his country immediately after latter's scheduled participation at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit meeting to be held in Jakarta.
  U.S. Zydeco Band "Mo' Mojo" visits Sri Lanka to strengthen cultural connections:
Feb 23, Colombo: Mo' Mojo, an American zydeco band, concluded its five-day tour of Sri Lanka on February 16 with a high-energy, free, public concert for an appreciative crowd in Colombo.
 ICTA spells out processes adopted to date for piloting Google Loon in Sri Lanka:
Feb 23, Colombo: (Press Release) In keeping with the vision of the Government for developing the digital infrastructure in the country and ensuring that every citizen has access to the Internet, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka under the direction of the Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure has taken steps to facilitate and enable universal connectivity for the purpose of bringing about digitization to every person in the country.
 Sri Lankan national held for illegally entering India:
Feb 23, Colombo: A 42-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil was arrested today at Mandapam refugee camp, on charges of unlawful entry into India, police said.
 Sri Lanka Tamil party to support the government despite lack of progress in resolving Tamil people's issues:
Feb 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance in Parliament yesterday extended its fullest support to the government in the process of formulating a new constitution while expressing party's dissatisfaction in the government's lack of progress in resolving the Tamil people's issues.
  Japan to provide five waste collection trucks to Galle MC for 'Clean and Green Galle':
Feb 23, Colombo: The Ambassador of Japan Kenichi Suganuma and the Municipal Commissioner of Galle Municipal Council Ranil Wickramasekara signed a grant contract worth US$ 103,487 (approx. 15 million Sri Lankan Rupees), on 20th February 2017 at the Embassy of Japan in Colombo, aimed to upgrade solid waste management process of Galle by providing five Japanese waste collection trucks (compacters).
  Japan grants Sri Lanka Rs. 327 million to strengthen public security and prevent terrorism :
Feb 23, Colombo: The Government of Japan provides grant aid to Sri Lanka under various aid schemes annually to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
 National Hospital of Sri Lanka to be developed into a state-of-the-art modern hospital:
Feb 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to allocate Rs. 2.4 billion to develop the National Hospital in Colombo into a state-of-the-art modern hospital and the Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval to the plan.
 Aitken Spence reaffirms support to CA Sri Lanka with Lead Sponsorship:
Feb 23, Colombo: Leading blue chip conglomerate, Aitken Spence PLC has once again reaffirmed its support to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) with yet another lead sponsorship.
 Sri Lankan government to implement a five-year program to modernize financial sector:
Feb 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has planned to implement a five year program to modernize the financial sector in the country.
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 Political problems due to religious, ethnic differences cannot be resolved overnight - PM:
Feb 22, Colombo: Political issues prevailing in the country for over 30 -40 years based on the differences in religion and nationality cannot be resolved overnight and the progress of discussions recently initiated in this regard is visible at present, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
 President meets SLFP electoral organizers:
Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today held a meeting with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) electoral organizers at the Presidentís House, President's Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka to establish National Commission to address increasing violence against women:
Feb 22, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka will set up a special commission to tackle widespread sexual abuse and exploitation of women including thousands of war widows, the government said Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank ends 2016 as 1st private bank to cross Rs. 1 Trillion in assets:
Feb 22, Colombo: Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC continuing its trailblazing performance has reported profit before income tax (PBT) of Rs 20.051 billion for 2016, marking the end of a spectacular year in which it made history as the first private bank in Sri Lanka to surpass a trillion rupees in assets.
 Sri Lankan President instructs Police Chief to take measures to prevent ragging at universities:
Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today said he has instructed the Inspector General of Police to work with university authorities to jointly implement a program to eliminate ragging in the island nation's higher education institutes.
  Sri Lanka President grants Navy Commander six-month service extension :
Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has directed authorities to grant a six month service extension to Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Presidentís Media Division said.
 President discusses electricity generation plans with Electricity Board engineers:
Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday held a discussion with a group of members of the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers' Association at the Presidential Secretariat on the future plans for the development of the power sector.
  Global health leaders meet in Sri Lanka to discuss and reset the agenda on Migrant Health :
Feb 22, Colombo: Global health leaders meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka, this week to discuss the migrant health and reset the agenda on migrant health based on the current trends of global migration.
  E-government procurement to make Sri Lanka's public service more efficient :
Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that once the electronic Government Procurement system is introduced, it will help government to make the public procurement more efficient and transparent.
 Death toll of Katukurunda boat tragedy rises to 14:
Feb 22, Colombo: Death toll of the Sunday's boat tragedy in Katukurunda has risen to 14 with the discovery of two more bodies from the area this morning.
 NARA studies effect of Sri Lanka's Norochcholai coal power plant's hot water emission to the ocean on marine resources:
Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) under the Ministry of Fisheries has initiated a study to determine whether the hot water emissions from the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant in the northwest to the ocean adversely affect the aquatic life in the sea.
 NDB Bank records PAT of Rs. 3.2 billion for 2016:
Feb 22, Colombo: National Development Bank Plc recorded a post-tax profit (PAT) of Rs. 3.17 billion for its financial year ended 31 December 2016, a 10 percent reduction over 2015's PAT of Rs. 3.511 billion.
  Sri Lanka consumer protection agency raids traders selling rice above MRP:
Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's consumer protection agency, Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has carried out instant raids island wide to nab errant traders selling rice at increased prices.
 Minister urges to switch off street lamps early to save energy as hydropower generation possible only until April:
Feb 21, Colombo: Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya requests to curtail the duration of lighting the street lamps by one hour to save the power due to the prevailing dry weather.
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 Government to pay compensation to victims of boat accident:
Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers today granted approval to the government to pay compensation to the families of the victims of the recent boat disaster at Katukurunda sea area in Kalutara district.
 Indian Cultural Centre presents A Musical Evening -Hindi Film Songs from 60's, 70's and 80's:
Feb 21, Colombo: Indian Cultural Centre in Colombo will present "A Musical Evening -Hindi Film Songs from 60's, 70's and 80's".
 Indian migrant laborer charged with the murder of Sri Lankan in Malaysia:
Feb 21, Colombo: An Indian plantation laborer was charged at the Magistrate's Court in Sungai Petani in Malaysia today with the murder of a Sri Lankan man two weeks ago, New Straits Times reported.
 Sri Lankan Navy accused of chasing away 3000 Tamil Nadu fishermen from island waters:
Feb 21, Colombo: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel of snapping their fishing nets and chasing them back to Indian waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet.
 Representatives of US Congress laud Sri Lanka's transformative process:
Feb 21, Colombo: A bipartisan delegation from the United States House of Representatives visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday at the Presidential Secretariat.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation increases to 6.5 percent in January 2017:
Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in January 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) increased to 6.5 percent from 4.2 percent recorded in December 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Tuesday.
 Japan's Border Entry Inspection stricter for students from five countries including Sri Lanka:
Feb 21, Colombo: Japan's immigration authority has told several Japanese language schools that students from China, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka will meet stricter incoming inspection standards to avoid illegal stays, official China Radio International website reported.
 Sri Lankan President to decide on private universities issue after considering best interests of the country :
Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he would take a decision on the issue regarding the private universities in the country including the Malabe private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), taking into consideration the best interests and the productivity of the country.
  Ceylon Chamber and GS1 Lanka hold workshop on using GS1 Standards in managing supply chains :
Feb 21, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce together with GS1 Lanka will hold a workshop under the title 'Understand Supply Chain through Global Standards' which will explain to participants on how to use GS1 standards, the most widely used supply chain system in the world as a common language.
 India to donate water bowsers and rice to Sri Lanka as immediate assistance for drought relief :
Feb 21, Colombo: The government of India will donate eight water bowsers and 100 metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka as immediate assistance for drought relief, India's Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar who visited Sri Lanka from February 18-20, for bilateral discussions with Sri Lankan leaders has assured.
 Human Rights Watch urges Sri Lanka to end police abuse, repeal PTA:
Feb 21, Colombo: The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Sri Lankan government has not met its pledge to curtail police abuses prior to the March 2017 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
 Sri Lanka's economic freedom declines this year:
Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka became less economically free this year and slipped down the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom to rank at 112th place among 186 countries with a score of 57.4 out of 100.
 Ceylon Chamber releases note on how government can help Sri Lankan businesses adjust to trade liberalization:
Feb 21, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently released a document containing recommendations on helping Sri Lanka's industries prepare for trade liberalization.
 Sri Lanka arrests five Army intelligence personnel over Editor's murder:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan police have arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion of assassinating a prominent anti-establishment newspaper editor and orchestrating attacks on other journalists and dissidents under the former regime, AFP reported on Monday quoting a legal source.
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 Country has sufficient rice stocks - Minister Bathiudeen:
Feb 20, Colombo: Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen today reiterating that there was no shortage of rice in the country said that a rice volume of 400,000 metric tons (MT) is available in the retail market at present.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank launches Data Library to public:
Feb 20, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) today launched a Data Library to the general public via the CBSL external website.
  Sri Lanka Participates at SATTE Travel Exhibition in New Delhi, India:
Feb 20, Colombo: Forty seven Sri Lankan companies, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Sri Lankan Airlines participated at the South Asia Travel & Tourism Exchange (SATTE) 2017 which is one of the largest travel and tourism exhibitions held in India.
 Thailand grants Rs. 8 million to Sri Lanka for drought relief :
Feb 20, Colombo: The Royal Thailand Government has granted Rs. 8 million to Sri Lanka for the drought relief assistance as the island nation is facing severe drought in four decades, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
 Indian Foreign Secretary meets President, Opposition Leader:
Feb 20, Colombo: India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and discussed recent political developments in the island nation amid government's efforts to achieve reconciliation with the minority Tamil community after decades of civil war, Press Trust of India reported.
 Veolia wins €156 million contract for drinking water project in Sri Lanka:
Feb 20, Colombo: French resource management firm Veolia Environnement Monday said it has been awarded a €156 million contract from the Sri Lankan National Water Supply and Drainage Board through its subsidiaries OTV and SADE to provide access to water on a large scale in the Greater Matale area.
 Sri Lankan President condoles the deaths of boat tragedy:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today expressed his deepest condolences over the Katukurunda boat tragedy that took place in the sea area off Katukurunda, Kalutara yesterday.
 Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference in Sri Lanka turns spotlight on e-Government Procurement:
Feb 20, Colombo: Welcoming the Heads of Public Procurement Agencies or Authorities of the eight member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Monday inaugurated the Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference in Colombo.
 British Council in Sri Lanka connects classrooms for 21st century teaching skills :
Feb 20, Colombo: The British Council in Sri Lanka hosted media and guests at an event to celebrate UK-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue under the theme of 'Responsible Education for the 21st Century.' The event was held at the Mahaweli Reach Hotel in Kandy on Thursday 16 February.
  U.S. House of Representatives Delegation visits Sri Lanka to strengthen bilateral ties:
Feb 20, Colombo: A bipartisan delegation from the United States House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP).
 Sri Lanka Tamil party to support government despite failure to resolve Tamil people's issues:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance says as a political party, it will continue to support the government although it has not yet provided the solutions to issues of the people in the North despite the promise to do so.
 Minister requests proposals to further develop Cey-Nor:
Feb 20, Colombo: Minister of fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera has given directives to the officials to bring forward proposals and projects to further develop the state-owned Cey-Nor Foundation factory in Mattakkuliya as a profit earning public entity.
  Sri Lanka MP Wimal Weerawansa's remand extended until March 6:
Feb 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended the remand of the United People's Freedom Alliance parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa who was arrested and remanded over misuse of state property.
 Ministerial delegation visits Thailand for bilateral discussions on developing Sri Lanka's fisheries industry :
Feb 20, Colombo: A ministerial delegation comprising Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama are currently visiting Thailand for bilateral discussions on developing Sri Lanka's fishery industry.
 U.S. deports retired Sri Lankan major from Hawaii for alleged sexual abuse:
Feb 20, Colombo: U.S. authorities have deported a retired Sri Lankan major attached to the Disaster Management Center (DMC) who was sent to Hawaii for a training program after he was alleged of sexually abusing a woman in the state.
 WTO experts to enlighten Sri Lankan exporters on SPS measures:
Feb 19, Colombo: Two leading experts from World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva are in Sri Lanka to enlighten the Sri Lankan exporters on the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.
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 Sri Lanka Premier optimistic in reviving economy with international assistance:
Feb 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed hope in paying off the government's huge debt and reviving the economy with international assistance as the government work towards to improve the international standing of the country.
 Government committed to rebuild the economy - Finance Minister:
Feb 19, Colombo: Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says the government is committed to rebuild the economy and is working under a strict economic plan.
 Indonesian Naval ship arrives at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port on goodwill visit:
Feb 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed an Indonesian naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Sunday.
 Pilgrims' boat capsizes in seas off southern coast in Sri Lanka killing 11:
Feb 19, Colombo: At least 11 people including a child and five women drowned on Sunday when their boat capsized in the seas off southwestern coast of Sri Lanka.
 Former President says irregular appointment of HC judge threatens independence of judiciary:
Feb 19, Colombo: Commenting on the controversy surrounding the recent appointment of a High Court Judge from private bar by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the irregular appointment threatens the independence of judiciary.
 Two more soldiers arrested over assault on journalist Keith Noyahr:
Feb 19, Colombo: Two more soldiers of Sri Lanka Army have been arrested in connection to the abduction, and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr in May 2008.
 India, Sri Lanka finalizing plans to restart ferry service :
Feb 19, New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka have mooted to resume a ferry service from Kochi to Colombo to enhance the ties between the two countries and are in the process of finalizing the ways the service should be offered, according to a report in New Indian Express.
 WHO supports Sri Lanka's initiative to establish a centralized national consumer product testing lab :
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's initiative to establish a much needed national consumer product testing lab to ensure product quality has received the backing of World Health Organization, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 Three Army personnel arrested for 2008 assault on Journalist remanded:
Feb 18, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the three Army personnel arrested for 2008 abduction and assault on Journalist Keith Noyahr until the 23rd of this month.
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 Sri Lankan President urges politicians and government officials to work together for the benefit of the country :
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says the division between the politicians and the public officials is an obstacle for the forward march of the country and therefore, all should give up conventional thinking and existing political culture and work together with an open mind for the benefit of the country and the people.
 Sri Lankan woman nabbed attempting to smuggle 11 kg of pangolin scales:
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport Friday night have arrested a Sri Lankan woman with 11 kilograms of pangolin scales.
 Indian Foreign Secretary arrives in Sri Lanka:
Feb 18, Colombo: India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar arrived in Colombo on Saturday for a three-day visit continuing the tradition of close exchanges with Sri Lanka progressed in the last two years.
 Sri Lanka PM launches water supply project in Hemmathagama:
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today launched a Water Supply Project in Hemmathagama for the benefit of the people in the Kegalle district.
 Sri Lanka Army refutes allegations of sexual exploitation of Tamil women:
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has emphatically denied the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuses of women in the North by the Army during the post conflict period. The Army Headquarters in a statement said charges made by the head of a reconciliation body are baseless.
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