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  Government collects taxes to invest for the future - Sri Lanka PM

June 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the youth in the country wants to move forward and United National Party is the only party that can take the country forward and fulfill the aspirations of the youth for the future.

"The youth want to go forward, get a good education, get a good job, earn a good income, get a good education for children, save some money, buy a vehicle, these are the hopes of the youth, reasonable expectations, aspirations need to be fulfilled. The only way they can achieve them is if the country goes forward," the Premier said.

 Special island wide dengue eradication program from tomorrow:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka health authorities with the cooperation of the police and tri-forces will commence a special island wide dengue eradication program from Monday (June 27) as the mosquito-borne disease has reached an epidemic level.

 Sri Lanka's Tamil press loses faith in UNHRC's commitment to rendering justice - report:
June 26, Colombo: The Tamil press in Sri Lanka, which was very hopeful that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would render justice to Tamil victims of the last phased of the war against the LTTE, has now lost faith in the international body's commitment to the goals it had set for itself in the resolution it passed at its 30th session in September last year, according to a report in New Indian Express.

 Government to develop jetty facilities in Jaffna islands for better passenger and cargo transport :
June 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to develop jetty facilities in the Jaffna Peninsula and the adjoining Islands to improve the safe transport of passengers and cargo between the islands and the Peninsula.

 Sri Lanka Muslim Council calls on IGP to take action against extremist BBS monk threatening to unleash violence again :
June 26, Colombo: The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has requested Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundara to initiate an inquiry and take action against Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the leader of the extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) for inciting hatred and threatening to unleash violence against the Muslim community.

 Sri Lanka's MAS Holdings announces opening a plant in Haiti:
June 25, Caracol, Haiti: Sri Lankan conglomerate specializing in manufacturing of clothing lingerie, MAS Holdings has announced that it will soon open plants in the Caracol Industrial Park (PIC) in Haiti.
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 Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa writes to Indian PM again on fishermen issue:
June 25, Chennai: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again urging him to secure the release of all fishermen and their boats in Sri Lankan custody.

 Sri Lanka, Ukraine sign agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters :
June 25, Kiev: Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera met with his Ukrainian counterpart Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Kiev on Saturday, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said.

 Government collects taxes to invest for the future - Sri Lanka PM :
June 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the youth in the country wants to move forward and United National Party is the only party that can take the country forward and fulfill the aspirations of the youth for the future.

 President opens Gem and Jewellery Laboratory in Galle:
June 25, Galle: Opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art Gem and Jewellery Laboratory, established in Galle fulfilling a request from the people in Ruhuna, was held Saturday (25) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

 Sri Lanka focuses on generating power from renewable sources:
June 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka will focus on generating power from renewable sources and will construct environmentally friendly power plants in future, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says.

 Sri Lankan national wanted on Interpol red notice arrested in U.S.:
June 25, Washington: A Sri Lankan national, who was a subject of an Interpol red notice from Sri Lanka for fraud, has been arrested in the United States.

 Police bust drug racket operating around nightclubs in Sri Lankan capital :
June 25, Colombo: The Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) of Sri Lanka Police on Friday (24) has busted a drug racket operating around several nightclubs in capital Colombo and arrested three people seizing drugs worth over Rs. 600,000. PNB officers have seized 49 tablets of Ecstasy and 200 LSD containing stamps in the possession of the suspects.

 Pakistani national arrested at Sri Lanka's Colombo airport with 5 Kg of heroin:
June 25, Colombo: The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) of Sri Lanka Police on Saturday morning arrested a Pakistani national, who is suspected to be a key member of a drug smuggling racket, when he attempted to smuggle in nearly 5 kilograms of heroin.

 Brexit effect on international financial markets a key channel of impact for Sri Lanka, trade chamber says:
June 25, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says the effect of Britain's decision to leave the European Union on international financial markets would be a key channel of impact for Sri Lanka, as the external commercial borrowing environment becomes more volatile.

 Sri Lanka to host meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement for Asia-Pacific in October :
June 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka will host the meeting of Heads of National Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Asia and Pacific in Colombo from 22-28 October 2016.

 Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission welcomes President's directives on arrests under PTA:
June 25, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) welcomed the Directives issued by President Maithripala Sirisena on the arrest and detention of persons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and a state of emergency when in force.

 Sri Lanka investment promotion agency hosts leading Japanese business delegation:
June 25, Colombo: A Japanese business delegation consisting of representatives from 28 leading companies visited Sri Lanka aiming to gain a firsthand experience in the business and investment climate of Sri Lanka.

 Global movement urges Sri Lanka Army to release records of war 'surrendees':
June 24, Colombo: A global non-partisan movement, The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice urged the Sri Lanka Army to release the records of the people surrendered to the security forces at the end of the war in 2009.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank releases results of Purchasing Managers' Index Survey:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank Friday released the results of a survey conducted to provide purchasing professionals, business decision-makers and economic analysts with a timely set of data to help better understand industry conditions.

 Sri Lankan PM says major part of taxes being spent on education:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government is committed to improve the education system in the country and a major part of taxes is being spent on education.

  Sri Lanka will discuss setting up special courts for accountability with Tamil party and victims - FM:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government hopes to set up special courts to address the accountability issues in discussion with the major Tamil Party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the victims of the conflict.
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 Over 400 Tamils to join Sri Lanka Police to be posted in North and East :
June 24, Colombo: Over 400 Tamils will be joining the Sri Lanka Police after the completion of their training in August this year, according to the Minister of National Dialogue, Mano Ganesan.

 Sri Lanka police nab six with over one kg of heroin worth Rs. 12 mn:
June 24, Colombo: During two separate raids carried out this morning by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) of Sri Lanka Police, six suspects have been arrested with the possession of heroin worth Rs. 12 million rupees, the police said.

 GIZ and Ceylon Chamber partner to strengthen business and social links between SMEs in the Eastern and Central Provinces:
June 24, Colombo: The second GIZ SME Development Programme partnered with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce SME ProLink 2016 will be held in Trincomalee in the Eastern Province from 9-11th August 2016.

 Sri Lanka Parliamentary Research and Training Institute set up with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation:
June 24, Colombo: At the request of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) has agreed to assist in the development of J.R. Jayewardene Institute as the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute.
 Sri Lanka parliament passes Right to Information Bill with amendments:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament Friday passed the Bill entitled "Right to Information" with amendments following the Second Reading Debate which commenced yesterday and continued today.
 Sri Lanka will sign a trade pact with UK soon following Brexit - Deputy FM:
June 24, Colombo: Following the vote given by the British people to leave the European Union at Thursday's BREXIT, Sri Lankan government will take measures to sign a trade pact with Britain as soon as possible, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva said in parliament today.
 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review for May 2016 on Friday said it has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate.
 Ukrainian captain of MV Avant-Garde remanded on illegal weapons charge:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Police has arrested the Ukrainian Captain of the MV Avant Garde ship docked at the Galle Harbor Thursday night.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank Governor not to seek extension until cleared:
June 24, Colombo: The Governor of Sri Lanka's Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran will not seek an extension until the investigations by the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) clear his name, the government said in a statement on Friday.
 World Bank project redevelops Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka with community contributions :
June 24, Colombo: A World Bank supported project to redevelop the war-torn Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka aims to improve the delivery of infrastructure services such as rural roads and drinking water supply with the contributions from the community.
  Spicing up development assistance to Sri Lanka's cinnamon industry:
June 24, Geneva: Sri Lanka's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, R.D.S. Kumararatne recently highlighted on how technical and funding assistance from international agencies such as WTO, UNIDO, ITC and WIPO are important for small economies such as Sri Lanka in sustaining performance in the spices sector in the country.
  India HC dismisses plea to ensure fishing rights in Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu waters, leaves it for governments:
June 24, Chennai: The Madras High Court in Indian state of Tamil Nadu has on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking a direction to the Union government to enforce the 1974 agreement between India and Sri Lanka in letter and spirit to ensure fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the international waters.
 Norwegian PM welcomes progress in Sri Lanka in reconciliation:
June 23, Colombo: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg welcomed the progress in Sri Lanka in reconciliation, strengthening democracy, good governance and economic development policy, a media release issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Thursday.
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 No VAT from businessmen with less than Rs. 33,000 daily turnover - Finance Minister :
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has assured that VAT will not be levied from businessmen whose daily turnover is less than 33,000 rupees.
 Sri Lanka's one and only Port Management Diploma course to begin in August:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's one and only diploma course in Port Management is set to begin in August under the guidance of Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga at Colombo Fort's Mahapola Training Center, the Ministry of Ports and Shipping said.
 Investigation to ascertain former DIG's involvement in Sri Lanka rugby player's murder :
June 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday further remanded two former senior police officers who were alleged of concealing evidence in the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
 Sri Lanka considers to set up an international center to control narcotics trafficking:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka is considering establishing an International Centre on Narcotics to share information on drug smuggling and related incidents as Sri Lanka has lately become a drug transporting hub, the Chairman of National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) Prof. Ravindra Fernando said today.
 Sri Lankan President invites private sector to invest in Power and Energy sector:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today invited the private sector investors join forces with the government in its program to make the country self-sufficient in power fulfilling the country's need for the next ten years in energy.
 Army completes reconstruction of 450 houses damaged by armory explosion:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, repairing the houses and buildings damaged in the Kosgama ammunition dump fire, said a large number of houses have been repaired and owners have since returned home.
 Baby elephant rescued from drain in Sri Lanka dies :
June 23, Colombo: A three-month old baby elephant that was rescued after it fell into an uncovered drain at the Hambanthota Port Sri Lanka last month has died at a transit home in the absence of veterinary medics, officials say.
 Sri Lankan Navy accused of entering Indian waters and damaging Tamil Nadu fishermen's equipment :
June 23, Rameswaram: A group of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused Sri Lankan Navy personnel of entering Indian waters and damaging their fishing equipment.
 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister calls on leaders to have courage to abolish death penalty:
June 23, Colombo: Leaders of Sri Lanka and other Asian nations where the death penalty is still in force, lack the courage to abolish death penalty as they fear the un-informed public opinion, Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.
 Tamil diaspora group urges International community to exert pressure on Sri Lanka to ensure full implementation of UN resolution :
June 23, London: As the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein prepares to present his oral report on Sri Lanka at the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on June 27, Global Tamil Forum (GTF) appealed to the International Community to remain fully engaged with Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka's First VoLTE Service on Dialog's LTE Networks:
June 23, Colombo: Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider announced Wednesday that the 4G-LTE Networks operated by the Dialog Group had been enabled with VoLTE (Voice over LTE) capability.
 Sri Lanka questions the allegations of using cluster bombs during war:
June 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday questioning the authenticity of a report published in media rejected the allegations that Sri Lanka army used cluster bombs during the final phases of the war.
 Video documentary encourages Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to return home:
June 23, Chennai: A self-help organization working for the welfare of the Sri Lanka Tamil refugees in India since 1983 says almost 10,000 of them have returned to Sri Lanka and they are happy.
 Pakistan court indicts six for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team:
June 23, Lahore: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the prosecution witnesses by June 30 after framing charges against six members of a banned outfit accused in 2009 Sri Lankan cricket team attack case.
 Sri Lanka commits to end child labor in the country:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday adhering to the United Nations Conventions signed the Convention for ending Child Labor developed by the International Labor Organization with the aim to completely eliminate child labor from the country.
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 Sri Lanka willing to bring the stranded refugees home - Deputy Minister :
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka is willing to bring home all the Australia-bound Tamil asylum seekers stranded in Indonesia if they wish to return, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva said today,
 Sri Lanka suspends consultancy firm involved in construction of new defense headquarters:
June 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday announced that it decided to suspend the services of the private consultancy firm involved in the construction of the new defense headquarters complex at Akuregoda.
 Sri Lanka Defense and Fisheries ministries sign agreements to prevent maritime crimes:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development entered into multi agreements to prevent maritime crimes and curb illegal activities in the seas around the island.
 Cooperative Sector is important in Sri Lanka's economy - Industry and Commerce Minister :
June 22, Colombo: Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says the presence of Sri Lanka's cooperative sector is much more important in the country's economy than anyone understands.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court hears petition against VAT increase:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today decided to proceed with the rights petition filed by Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa and others seeking an order to revoke the decision to increase Value Added Tax (VAT).
 Students awarded certificates for Pakistan-Sri Lanka friendship anthem:
June 22, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka on Wednesday acknowledged the services of students of Pakistan Culture Education and Urdu Language Center for developing, composing and presenting the first ever Pakistan Sri Lanka friendship Anthem.
 Sri Lanka police arrest three locals suspected of heroin smuggling:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan police on Wednesday busted an international heroin smuggling operation following the arrest of three local drug smugglers.
 Sri Lanka resumes exporting fishery products to Europe after ban lifted :
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday resumed exporting fishery products to the European Union (EU) one week after the EU lifted a ban it imposed last year on the country's fishery products.
 UN rights chief urged to identify areas with lack of progress in Sri Lanka's implementation of Geneva resolution :
June 22, Geneva: A group of human rights organizations have urged the UN rights chief to clearly identify in his oral report to the ongoing Human Right Council session the areas, where there is no progress made in the implementation of the UN resolution on Sri Lanka adopted last October.
 Moody's affirms ratings of three Sri Lankan banks; revises outlooks to negative from stable:
June 22, Colombo: Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the long-term ratings of three banks in Sri Lanka B1 negative. Moody's has also revised their ratings outlooks to negative from stable.
  Ceylon Chamber lines up a top panel to discuss PPPs at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016:
June 22, Colombo: 'Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016,' organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has lined up a top panel of experts from both the public and the private sector to discuss opportunities existing for Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the country.
 Sri Lanka Shippers Council commends ICC Transport Guideline:
June 22, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Shippers Council, an affiliated trade body of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce welcomes the International Chamber of Commerce Global Guide on transport and the Incoterms 2010 Rules.
 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister meets Prime Minister of Norway:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg on Tuesday, (21 June), the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 Sri Lanka earns over Rs. 100 billion last year from liquor production:
June 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has earned Rs. 105.35 billion in excise tax revenues from the hard liquor and malt liquor production in the country in last year, the Government Information Department said.
 Indonesia assures not to tow the Sri Lankan asylum seekers to sea :
June 22, Jakarta: The Indonesian government has said that a boatload of stranded Sri Lankan asylum seekers would not be towed back out to sea, after local officials had sparked anger by pledging to send them on their way in a rickety craft.
 Lithuania allocates Euro 10,000 for flood and landslides victims of Sri Lanka :
June 22, Vilnius: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated Euro 10,000 in humanitarian aid to help victims of extreme weather events in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania said in a statement.
 Indonesia lets aid groups assist stranded Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers:
June 21, Aceh: Indonesia has allowed international humanitarian organizations to assist Australia-bound Sri Lankan Tamil refugees stranded in Aceh after bad weather foiled plans to tow the group's boat back into international waters, AP news report said.
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 Tense situation in Sri Lanka parliament over the arrest of opposition lawmaker:
June 21, Colombo: A tense situation arose in Sri Lanka's parliament today when the members of the Joint opposition called for a debate over the arrest and remand of opposition Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila.
 Sri Lanka Tamil party against a domestic mechanism to probe war crime allegations - Chief Minister Wigneswaran :
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) strongly opposes a domestic mechanism to probe the war crime allegations, the Chief Minister of Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran says.
  Local Government polls in two months after Delimitation Committee report:
June 21, Colombo: Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has said that the Delimitation Review Committee tasked to review the 2012 National Delimitation Committee Report will complete the delimitation of ward boundaries and hand over its report on 31 August.
 Former magistrate Thilina Gamage granted bail:
June 21, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today has granted bail to former Colombo Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage, who was charged with illegal possession of an elephant calf without a valid license..
 Indonesian Buddhists donate funds to Sri Lanka's floods and landslides victims :
June 21, Colombo: Financial donations made by the Chairman of the Lion Air and the Sangha Theravada Indonesia Organization Kushan Kirana Ayung together with Ven. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Anunayake Thera, to provide relief to the people affected by recent floods and landslides were presented to President Maithripala Sirisena today (21).
  In Pictures: U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap visits Sri Lanka's southern port city Hambantota :
June 21, Colombo: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap and a U.S. Embassy team recently visited the Hambantota region in the deep south to meet local officials and business executives.
 India awards Mahatma Gandhi scholarships to 150 Sri Lankan students:
June 21, Colombo: India has awarded prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships for 2015-16 to 150 high school students from all 25 districts across Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 5.3 percent in May 2016:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in May 2016 determined under the new National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 5.3 percent from 4.3 percent recorded in April 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Tuesday.
  Army appoints two courts of inquiry to trace missing documents on high profile murders:
June 21, Colombo: While categorically denying certain media reports, which allege the Army of not cooperating with the CID detectives investigating into the high profile murders, the Army said it had appointed two courts of inquiry to trace the missing documents regarding two cases.
 Fitch assigns Seylan Bank's subordinated debt final 'BBB+(lka)':
June 21, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has assigned Seylan Bank PLC's (A-(lka)/Stable) Basel II-compliant subordinated debenture issue of up to Rs. 5 billion a final National Long-Term Rating of 'BBB+(lka)'.
 Minister Arjuna Ranatunga demands Rs. 500 million compensation each from three union leaders for insulting him :
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Port and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has demanded compensation of Rs. 500 million each from three union leaders for providing false information and defaming the minister regarding the carpentry shop of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
 Minister Daya Gamage to speak at the National Chamber's 'Meet the Minister' program this month:
June 21, Colombo: Minister of Primary Industries Daya Gamage will be this month's guest at the "Meet the Minister" program of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL).
 SLT to power South Asia's tallest building Colombo Lotus Tower with state-of-the-art technology:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the national ICT Solutions Provider in Sri Lanka announced that it is the Telecommunication Service Partner for the Colombo Lotus Tower project.
 IFJ condemns Sri Lanka elite police chief threatening journalists, demands immediate action against officer:
June 21, Colombo: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today, condemning the threats on the journalists made by the head of the elite Police Special Task Force (STF), demanded the authorities to take immediate action against the officer.
 Arrest of Gammanpila is after lengthy investigation, not political revenge - Minister:
June 20, Colombo: The arrest of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary and United People's Freedom Alliance parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila by the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was after a lengthy investigation and not an act of political revenge, a government minister said today.
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 No arbitrary decisions on Central Bank Governor as Joint Opposition wanted - Minister:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the government will not take arbitrary decisions on the position of the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran as the Joint Opposition wanted.
 Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa says will retrieve Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka :
June 20, Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has assured the state assembly on Monday that her government would retrieve the Katchatheevu Island, which was given to Sri Lanka by India in 1974.
 Moody's changes outlook on Sri Lanka's rating to negative from stable:
June 20, Singapore: Moody's Investors Service has today affirmed the government of Sri Lanka's foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured sovereign ratings at B1 and changed the outlook to negative from stable.
 President opens Mahaweli Maha Seya of Kotmale for public:
June 20, Kotmale: President Maithripala Sirisena today declared open the Mahaweli Maha Seya of Kotmale to public pilgrimages from today. The opening of the Maha Seya was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 Sri Lanka will achieve greater success under current leadership, Prime Minister affirms:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will achieve greater success under the current leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and even surpass the economic development achieved during former President J. R. Jayawardena's government, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe asserted today.
 UNDP and Sri Lanka's Ministry of National Dialogue partner to promote social inclusion and integration:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of National Co-Existence, Dialogue and Official Languages with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established a second language laboratory to provide language teaching in an effort to bridge the communication gap among people.
 FCID arrests NFF Spokesman Mohammed Muzammil :
June 20, Colombo: The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka Police has arrested Mohammed, the Media Spokesman of the National Freedom Front (NFF).
  Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera granted bail:
June 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to a Buddhist monk who was arrested for allegedly possessing a baby elephant without a valid license.
 Sri Lanka's Litro Gas saves Rs 1.7 Bn public funds in transparent LPG contract award:
June 20, Colombo: Litro Gas, the largest national importer and market leader of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Sri Lanka, has made an enormous saving of Rs 1.7 billion from an unprecedentedly transparent tender award for the first time in the company's history.
 The Queen to honour young person from Sri Lanka with Queen's Young Leaders Award :
June 20, Colombo: The Queen of England will present a Queen's Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Sri Lanka at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 23rd June.
  CAKE LABS opens new Operations Centre in Colombo as customer base expands:
June 20, Colombo: Silicon Valley based tech company CAKE LABS recently unveiled their new Operations Centre, a state-of-the-art facility in the Iceland Business Centre in Colombo 03.
  Indonesia allows UNHCR officers to interview Sri Lankan asylum seekers :
June 20, Aceh: Indonesia has given the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officers permission to interview the Australia-bound Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers and collect their data after the authorities allowed them to temporarily disembark their stranded boat.
 Over 4500 military deserters in Sri Lanka officially vacate their posts during first week of amnesty period:
June 20, Colombo: Over 4500 soldiers who deserted the armed Forces of Sri Lanka have legally vacated their posts during the first week of a one-month amnesty period declared by the Ministry of Defense.
 Sri Lanka PM agrees not to re-appoint Central Bank Governor until parliamentary committee investigations conclude - report:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has agreed not to reappoint the Governor of the country's Central Bank when his term expires at the end of this month, local media reported according to a statement made by an activist against the governor's reappointment.
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 Australian naval ship HMAS Perth arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Australian naval ship HMAS Perth arrived at the Port of Colombo on Sunday.
 Sri Lanka Tourism holds road show in Seoul:
June 19, Colombo: In an effort to attract tourists from far east, the Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau, the Sri Lankan Embassy and related companies hosted a travel road show in Seoul in South Korea earlier this month.
 Sri Lanka Police Commission to formulate code of conduct for police officers:
June 19, Colombo: The National Police Commission has decided to formulate a code of conduct for the police officers to follow to transform Sri Lanka Police into an efficient, transparent and responsive service that, "respects and protects Human Rights, ensures Public Accountability and upholds the Rule of Law."
 Sri Lankan President issues new directives to police and armed forces on arrests under PTA:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a series of new directives to the police and security forces to follow when arresting and detaining persons suspected of terrorism related offences.
 President opens Poson Dansala organized in Polonnaruwa for the 56th year:
June 19, Polonnaruwa: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena this morning declared open the Poson Poya Day rice Dansala in Polonnaruwa, which has been held continuously for 56 years for the benefit of the pilgrims arriving in the historic city for religious observances.
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