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  World Export Development Forum accentuates Sri Lanka's role as a regional hub for international trade

May 05, Colombo: The 16th edition of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) to be held in Colombo in October will provide an opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka as a regional hub for international trade, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

The WEDF 2016 co-hosted by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka, through the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) will be held 12-13 October 2016 in Colombo.

 Government to develop Eastern port city of Trincomalee as an agriculture and energy hub :
May 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has approved a planning review to be done to develop Trincomalee and surrounding cities in the island's East.

 Australia deports 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers:
May 06, Colombo: Australia has deported the 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, who arrived within the Cocos Islands via sea in a boat on Monday, and they have returned to Sri Lanka this morning.

 Major General Sumith Manawadu of Sri Lanka Army passes away:
May 06, Colombo: Major General Sumith Manawadu of Sri Lanka Army passed away this morning at the Colombo National Hospital after sustaining life threatening injuries when a wooden beam fell on his head. He was 55 years old.

 US company to recruit 3,000 Sri Lankan nurses for US hospitals:
May 06, Colombo: An agreement has been signed between Sri Lanka and a United States company to provide job opportunities for more than 3,000 local nurses in U.S. hospitals.

 War Heroes Commemoration Month declared open in Sri Lanka:
May 05, Colombo: The War Heroes Commemoration Month was ceremonially declared open with pinning of the first Ranaviru (War Hero) Flag on President Maithripala Sirisena at a function held at the President's Official Residence, Thursday.
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 Narahenpita Police OIC arrested for concealing evidence in rugby player's death further remanded:
May 05, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended the remand of a senior police officer who was arrested for allegedly concealing evidence in the death of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.

 CSE and CFA Society Sri Lanka ring opening bell in support of 'Putting Investors First Month' campaign:
May 05, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the CFA Society Sri Lanka jointly held a special market opening ceremony Wednesday in support of the "Putting Investors First Month" campaign, to call attention to the needs and rights of investors.

 Sri Lankan President advises officials to take decisions fearlessly to protect environment:
May 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today instructed the relevant heads of institutions to take necessary decisions without any fear to protect and conserve the environment.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests five Indians smuggling Ganja in to the island through sea:
May 05, Colombo: The Sri Lankan navy has arrested five Indians transporting a stock of Kerala Ganja in the territorial waters of the island on Wednesday. A Sri Lankan man was also arrested for helping them to transfer the stock of ganja.

 Sri Jayewardenepura University and Lipton to uplift productivity of Sri Lankan tea lands:
May 05, Colombo: The Center for Sustainability (CFS) attached to Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in collaboration with Unilever Lipton Ceylon Ltd, aims to conduct a high impact program for uplifting sustainability and productivity levels of tea small holder farmers in Sri Lanka.

 World Export Development Forum accentuates Sri Lanka's role as a regional hub for international trade :
May 05, Colombo: The 16th edition of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) to be held in Colombo in October will provide an opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka as a regional hub for international trade, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

 Malaysia explores the possibility of a FTA with Sri Lanka:
May 05, Colombo: Malaysia will explore the possibility of clinching a free trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka in efforts to increase the bilateral trade to a significant level, Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.

 Sri Lanka parliament suspends Deputy Minister and MP for a week over the brawl:
May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament today approved a proposal to take disciplinary action against the members of parliament who initiated a fistfight in the House on Tuesday and send a fellow member to the hospital.

 State Minister says 50,000 new employment opportunities to open with the removal of fishery exports ban :
May 05, Colombo: The current government due to its comprehensive vision and strategic plans, was able to remove the ban imposed by the European Union on Sri Lanka's fish exports in a short period of time after coming to power, State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says.

 Sri Lankan President to attend Anti-Corruption Summit in London :
May 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for London on May 11 to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit organized by the British government.

 Sri Lanka to establish a Pirivena in Sanchi to teach Theravada Buddhism:
May 05, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to establish a Pirivena in Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh of India to teach Theravada Buddhism.

 Authorities receive 175 illegal firearms during Amnesty period :
May 05, Colombo: According to authorities, the Amnesty period declared by the government to hand over illegal weapons from Monday April 25th has been successful.

 Tire market in Sri Lanka expected to reach US$ 488 million in 2016 - report:
May 05, Colombo: Tire market in Sri Lanka has been growing over the last five years and is expected to reach US$ 488 million in 2016, a marketing report in tire industry says.

 CID questions Traffic DIG over Rugby player's murder:
May 04, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has questioned the Traffic Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) regarding the murder of national Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
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 Sri Lanka to host Annual Congress of the National Union of Travel Agents in France from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov:
May 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka will host the Annual Congress of the National Union of Travel Agents in France (SNAV) that represent about 1,300 travel related entrepreneurs of France in Colombo from 31st October to 02nd November 2016.

 Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange announces a change in the methodology of calculating Price Multiples:
May 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has announced a revision in the methodology of calculating Price Multiples (P/E, P/BV and DY).

 Sri Lanka's Lighthouse Hotel to build another hotel in the South:
May 04, Colombo: The Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel in Galle, a five-star hotel in Sri Lanka, said it plans to build another hotel in Unawatuna, a coastal town in the south famous for its beaches and corals.

 Envoy in Chennai authorized to issue birth certificates to children of Sri Lankan refugees in India:
May 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai is authorized to issue birth certificates to children of Sri Lankan refugee families that had gone to India after 1983, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 14 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing:
May 04, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy Tuesday has arrested 14 local fishermen in four separate incidents for allegedly engaged in illegal fishing practices.

 Sri Lanka focuses on scientific R &D in 10 major fields to develop the nation:
May 04, Colombo: In an effort to achieve national development, Sri Lanka has focused on expanding scientific research and development in ten major fields that contribute to the improvement of living standards of the people and economic development.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank appoints five new assistant governors:
May 04, Colombo: The Monetary Board of Sri Lanka's Central Bank has promoted five senior staff officers as Assistant Governors.
 Parliament Committee to meet tomorrow to decide on suitable action against unruly MPs :
May 04, Colombo: The committee appointed by the Speaker of Sri Lankan parliament Karu Jayasuriya to probe Tuesday's altercation in parliament has handed over its report to the Speaker.
 Sri Lanka's Media Minister says brawl in parliament was pre-planned:
May 04, Colombo: Unruly behavior of several parliamentarian of the joint opposition yesterday in the Parliament was pre-planned, charged Sri Lanka's Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake.
 Government considers removing Media Secretary after releasing controversial statement:
May 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to remove the newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary reforms and Mass media Nimal Bopage from his post after he issued a controversial media statement that has embarrassed the government.
 Speaker's committee analyzes CCTV footage to apprehend MPs incited the brawl in parliament:
May 04, Colombo: The special committee delegated to probe Tuesday's fistfight in parliament between the Joint opposition MPs and ruling party MPs has commenced analyzing the CCTV footage to apprehend those who were responsible for the unruly brawl.
 Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank signs agreement with Bank Muscat Oman for instant money transfers:
May 04, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon recently formalized its tie-up with the Bank Muscat Oman to facilitate remittances to Sri Lanka via the latter's new feature-rich mobile banking app, with the signing of an agreement in Muscat.
 Sri Lanka Finance Minister participates in Annual Meeting of the ADB in Germany:
May 03, Frankfurt: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake Monday (02) participated in the first round discussions at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank Governors held in Frankfurt, Germany.
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 Chevron Lubricants Lanka opens trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange:
May 03, Colombo: Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC (Chevron) rang the opening bell to commence trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Tuesday. The market opening ceremony was organized to mark the first trading day for the month of May.
 Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 11.6 percent in April 2016:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 11.6 percent in April this year compared to the same period last year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
  Sri Lanka Supreme Court decides parts of Right to Information bill unconstitutional, needs two-third majority to pass:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has declared that certain clauses of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill violate the constitution and it will need a two-thirds majority in Parliament to become law, the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Tuesday.
 UNAIDS welcomes Sri Lanka Supreme Court's landmark decision prohibiting HIV discrimination:
May 03, Colombo: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed last week's decision by Sri Lanka's Supreme Court to prohibit HIV discrimination in education settings.
 Sri Lankan Deputy Minister holds unscrupulous employment agencies responsible for the plight of housemaids in Saudi Arabia:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, who is visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in a mission to address several consular issues, has taken to social media to shed light on the sad plight of Sri Lankan female migrant workers in the oil-rich Gulf countries.
 Sri Lanka President calls for a responsible media culture for the benefit of the people:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's media institutions to help establish a moral and responsible media culture for the benefit of the people.
 Fitch says Sri Lanka IMF agreement faces implementation risks:
May 03, Hong Kong: The global rating agency, Fitch Ratings says Sri Lanka's USD 1.5 billion three-year IMF program eases near-term balance-of-payments risks but will require sustained commitment from the authorities to address long-standing weaknesses in external and public finances.
 Sri Lanka's ex-army chief says 2006 bombing an inside job:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army chief told parliament Tuesday that a bomb blast apparently targeting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother 10 years ago was an "inside job" to win sympathy for the then-ruling family, AFP reported.
 Sri Lanka Speaker condemns unruly behavior of lawmakers, appoints committee to probe clash:
May 03, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Karu Jayasuriya has condemned the clash that broke out in Parliament today resulting in the hospitalization of one lawmaker and injuries to several other MPs.
 Fight breaks out in Sri Lanka parliament over former president's security, MP hospitalized:
May 03, Colombo: A parliamentarian was hospitalized today after a fight broke out inside the Parliament between the legislators of the ruling party and the joint opposition over the withdrawal of army personnel from the security detail of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
  Tourism minister presented first Arabic Sri Lanka travel guide:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan Minister of Tourism John Amaratunga was presented with the latest edition of the only Arabic language travel guidebook on Sri Lanka, by Emirati author and entrepreneur Heba Al Mansoori.
 Boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrives in Cocos Islands - report:
May 03, Colombo: A boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers has arrived within the Cocos Islands on Monday morning, the Australian media reported.
 Sri Lankan state doctors to protest police attack on medical students protesting private medical college:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state sector doctors' union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), strongly condemning the police attack on medical students, who were engaged in a protest against the Malabe private medical college, said the doctors will serving at state hospitals will engage in a protest today.
 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader calls on government to investigate past killings of journalists :
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in a message to mark the World Press Freedom Day, today called on the government to take all steps necessary to investigate the killings of journalists and bring the perpetrators of those crimes to justice.
 SLFP leadership considering disciplinary action against members attended the Joint Opposition rally:
May 03, Colombo: General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake says the party central committee will take disciplinary action against all party members who participated in the Joint Opposition's May Day rally in Kirulapone.
 Sri Lanka's LG elections after delimitation process is complete - Minister :
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Local Government (LG) elections will be held after delimitation process is complete, the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha said today.
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 President hands over the 5th consignment of Navy's Thalassemia Infusion Systems:
May 02, Colombo: The free distribution of Thalassemia Infusion Systems produced by the Sri Lanka Navy to the Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital and Thalassemia affected children took place Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's House.
 Court orders on Immigration officials and police to show cause on escape of kidney racket suspect:
May 02, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued notice to immigration officials and police to show cause on how a suspect of the alleged kidney racket escaped the country.
 Full list of VAT exempted goods and services:
May 02, Colombo: The Government on Monday (02) announced the full list of exempted goods and services after the new Value Added Tax (VAT) rate went into effect from Monday. The VAT has been increased from 11% to 15% with effect from May 02, 2016.
 Czech support to uplift Sri Lanka's transport and civil aviation sectors:
May 02, Colombo: The Czech Republic has expressed willingness to support the development of Sri Lanka's transport and civil aviation sectors.
  VAT changes effective from today, exempt water, electricity, health and education :
May 02, Colombo: The amendments made to Value Added Tax (VAT) and the Nation Building Tax (NBT) will be effective from today exempting essential services including water and electricity, and health and education sectors, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.
 Sri Lanka Police arrest another rehabilitated LTTE leader on suspicion of regrouping:
May 02, Colombo: The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) of Sri Lanka Police today arrested another rehabilitated leader of the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
 Army personnel removed from former president's security detail, Joint Opposition urges government to reconsider:
May 02, Colombo: Army personnel deployed in the security detail of former president and current Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa have been replaced with officers of Police Special Task Force (STF) with effect from today.
  Sri Lankan President conveys best wishes for the 10th anniversary of Global Dignity in Oslo:
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has conveyed his best wishes to the Global Dignity, a global independent, non-political organization working towards dignity for people, on its 10th anniversary.
 Bell Helicopter signs deal with Sri Lanka's Fairway Holdings for Bell 505 Jet Ranger X:
May 02, Colombo: Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced it has signed a letter of intent with Fairway Holdings of Sri Lanka for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka.
  KLM resumes flights to Colombo after nearly 20 years :
May 02, Amsterdam: At the start of the 2016 winter schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume direct service to Sri Lanka's Colombo International Airport from October, the airline said in a statement Monday.
 Sri Lanka Police Media Unit temporarily suspended:
May 02, Colombo: The Media Unit of Sri Lanka Police has been suspended with immediate effect on the instructions of IGP Pujitha Jayasundara, the Ministry of Law and Order said.
 Sri Lanka, China FTA talks to continue next month, government to review TPP agreement:
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka and China will hold high level discussions in June on the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said in a statement on Monday.
  Kelaniya University to remain closed until 11 May:
May 02, Colombo: The administration of the Kelaniya University said the university will remain closed and will not open on May 3rd as scheduled. The university will be reopened for students on May 11th.
 Eight Nigerians and a Sri Lankan couple arrested in drug raid:
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested eight Nigerian nationals and two Sri Lankans during a raid for possession of cocaine, the police said.
 Our main responsibility is to protect and foster the working people - President:
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP's) May Day rally in Galle yesterday, said his government's main responsibility is to protect and foster the working people and the government is fully committed to protect and further improve the rights of the working class.
  Sri Lanka National Chamber hosts B2B meetings with Czech delegation :
May 01, Colombo: A Czech business delegation will be in Sri Lanka this week to hold business-to-business meetings with the Sri Lankan business community.
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 Sri Lankan PM vows to fight corruption, strengthen economy, develop the country:
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today vowed to fight corruption, strengthen the economy, and develop the nation into a high income country by 2020.
 Sri Lanka Air Force asks MoD to take action against former director of operations - report:
May 01, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has asked the Ministry of Defense to initiate action against the former Director of Air Operations of the SLAF Air Vice Marshal K.V.B. Jayampathy, according to a report in state-run weekly Sunday Observer.
 In Pictures: Sri Lanka Freedom Party May Day rally in Galle:
May 01, Galle: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) held their May Day rally at the Samanala Grounds in Galle Sunday under the patronage of party leader President Maithripala Sirisena under the theme "Ratak Dinana Athak, Lowak Dinana Hetak".
 Sri Lanka Transport Board paid Rs. 42 million to ferry people to May Day rallies:
May 01, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Transport Board says 3500 buses have been hired by political parties to ferry their supporters taking part in the May Day rallies today.
 WIPO commends Sri Lanka for concrete deliverables under IP Action Plan:
May 01, Geneva: The Director General of the Geneva based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dr. Francis Gurry, has commended Sri Lanka for its achievements and concrete deliverables under the 10 Point Action Plan between the Government of Sri Lanka and the WIPO, which could serve as a good model for other countries similarly placed as Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka celebrates World Labor Day today:
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka today celebrates the World Labor Day to salute to those who made sacrifices to protect the laborers' rights and overcame their challenges.
 Northern Province CM issued notice to appear in apex court over NPC resolution - report:
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has issued notice for Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran and three others to appear in the Court over a petition filed against a resolution recently passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) calling for a federal solution and merger of the North and East.
 Sri Lankan PM emphasizes the responsibility of Labor unions to safeguard the rights of the workers :
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that the labor unions must ideally give priority to safeguard the rights of the workers instead of focusing on political agendas.
 Sri Lankan President calls for a firm commitment to make the victories achieved by working people a reality:
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena honoring the working people on the International Workers' Day, today called for a firm commitment to make the victories achieved by working people a reality as the nation enters into a new political and economic process.
 Northern Province CM says a federal system will unite Sri Lanka and not divide :
Apr 30, Jaffna: Chief Minister of the Northern Province CV Wigneswaran dismissing the fears that the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is attempting to divide the country by calling for a federal system, said a federal system will unite Sri Lanka and not divide it.
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 JCI launches BIZMEET 2016 to promote ethical business practices:
Apr 30, Colombo: Junior Chamber International (JCI) Sri Lanka announced the inauguration of BIZMEET 2016, Sri Lanka's first ever professional networking events aimed at promoting consistently ethical business practices among the country's future corporate leaders.
 Biggest threat to media freedom in Sri Lanka is media itself - PM:
Apr 30, Colombo: Criticizing the media reporting on the issue of Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan's alleged forcible entry to an army camp in the North, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today the biggest threat to media freedom existing in the country at present is media itself.
 Tamil Nadu CM seeks Indian PM's intervention to get 34 fishermen released from Sri Lanka:
Apr 30, Chennai: Following the arrest of 21 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on 27th April, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to personally intervene to get the fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody.
 Special security and traffic plan enforced in Colombo and Galle for May Day:
Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka police will implement a special security and traffic plan in the Colombo and Galle towns on the May Day, tomorrow, the Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
 Sri Lankan defense delegation to DSA2016 discusses maritime security with Malaysia :
Apr 30, Colombo: At the invitation of Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato Seri Mohamed Najib Bin Abdul Razak, a Sri Lankan defense delegation led by the State Minister of Defense, Ruwan Wijewardene has participated in the 15th Defense Service Asia Exhibition and Conference held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 21 April 2016.
 Norway opens market for Sri Lankan fish exports with the lifting of EU ban:
Apr 30, Colombo: The Norwegian government has taken actions to give more Investment opportunities to Sri Lanka in their fish market with the lifting of the ban imposed by the European Union on exports of Sri Lankan fish and fishery products, the Finance Ministry said.
 PM summons Media Minister and Secretary on 'joint opposition' statement :
Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sought explanations from the Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media on his recent statement to media on not to use the term "Joint Opposition" to identify the group of parliamentarians loyal to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 Ceylon Chamber to commence third batch of Italian Language Course on May 14 :
Apr 30, Colombo: The Sri Lanka - Italy Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will launch the third batch of its successful Italian Language Course on 14th May 2016.
 Sri Lanka political parties gear up to mark the May Day amid heavy security :
Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's political parties and affiliated trade unions are preparing to hold rallies to mark the May Day honoring the country's laborers and other workers tomorrow. It has been reported that 18 rallies and 17 parades will be held island wide to mark the International Workers' Day.
  France, Sri Lanka Navies to form a solid partnership for maritime security in Indian Ocean:
Apr 30, Colombo: France and Sri Lanka are sharing common concerns in the Indian Ocean and therefore it is important for the navies of the two countries to increase cooperation and form a solid partnership, Captain Laurent Machard De Gramont the Commanding Officer of the French Naval Ship ‘Aconit’ said.
 Colombo Leadership Academy grooms Sri Lanka's next crop of young entrepreneurs:
Apr 29, Colombo: Following the immensely successful launch of its Young Entrepreneurs Development programme last year, Colombo Leadership Academy (CLA) is hard at work grooming the latest generation of young entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka.
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 Two UN special rapporteurs arrive in Sri Lanka on a joint visit:
Apr 29, Colombo: Two special rapporteurs of the United Nations have arrived in Sri Lanka today on a joint visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government.
 Sri Lanka media activists protest demanding fresh probe into journalist's murder:
Apr 29, Colombo: Hundreds of Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists staged a protest today in capital Colombo to demand the new government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a popular Tamil journalist 11 years ago.
 Deputy Minister slams former president for misleading people on VAT:
Apr 29, Colombo: Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva blasted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for misleading people on the new VAT increase, saying that there is no new increase of the VAT has been introduced for the education sector.
 Former Aviation Minister, ex-SriLankan chairman appear before Presidential Commission of Inquiry:
Apr 29, Colombo: Former Minister of Civil Aviation and current State Minister of Law, Order and Prison Reforms Priyankara Jayaratne and former Chairman of SriLankan Airlines Nishantha Wickremesinghe have appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.
  French Naval ship arrives at Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit:
Apr 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a French naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Friday.
 Sri Lanka, Cuba and El Salvador for trilateral cooperation to curb Chronic Kidney Disease:
Apr 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today held discussions with medical experts from Cuba and El Salvador on launching a trilateral cooperation for eradication of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu).
  Malaysian trade delegation to visit Sri Lanka next week seeking investment opportunities :
Apr 29, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed will lead a trade and investment mission to India and Sri Lanka next week in a continuous effort to promote Malaysia as a profit and regional center for businesses and investments, state news agency Bernama reported.
 Sri Lankan Court bars joint opposition from holding May Day rally at Shalika Grounds:
Apr 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today has issued an interim order preventing the group of parliamentarians called 'joint opposition' from holding their May Day rally at the state-owned Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita on Sunday.
 Sri Lanka's Colombo inflation rises to 3.1 percent in April 2016:
Apr 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , increased to 3.1 percent in April 2016 from 2.0 percent in the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Friday.
 Sri Lankan government to take action against employers avoiding salary increases to estate sector workers:
Apr 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government plans to take action against the estate sector employers who avoid passing the benefit of the Rs.2,500 salary increase, which was made compulsory earlier this year, to the workers, the Government Information Department said.
 India arrested over 1200 Sri Lankan fishermen in last five years - official:
Apr 29, Chennai: India's Coast Guard has arrested over 1200 Sri Lankan fishermen in the last five years on charges of illegally entering and fishing in Indian waters, according to a senior Coast Guard official.
 Top U.S. official heaps praise on Sri Lankan President for the 'extraordinary progress' made since election :
Apr 29, Washington, DC: Highly praising the "extraordinary progress" Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's administration has made in the sixteen months since his election in January 2015, a high ranking United States official said Sri Lanka's leadership is committed to seeking a durable peace, an accountable democracy, a new relationship with the outside world, and expanded opportunities for all.
 US - Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Council adopts action plan to boost bilateral trade:
Apr 29, Washington, DC: Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema led a delegation to the 12th US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council Meeting on Thursday April 28, in Washington DC.
 Sri Lanka secures three-year US$ 1.5 billion fund facility from IMF:
Apr 29, Colombo: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday that it has reached a staff level agreement with Sri Lanka on a three-year US$ 1.5 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF).
 Former President calls on people to rise up against 'unreasonable tax increases' after May Day:
Apr 28, Colombo: Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that people should rise up as one against the impending tax increases because the yahapalana Government was trying to find the money for their political survival through increased taxes on the very people they deceived in order to win power.
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