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  Sri Lanka progressively improves in human development

Dec 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka has progressively improved in human development over the years and is ranked 71 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Report 2019 released Monday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

According to the report titled "Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century", Sri Lanka's Human Development Index (HDI) has progressively increased up to 0.780 in 2018 from 0.625 in 1990 in a scale ranging between 0-1.

 UNP General Secretary says Ranil Wickramasinghe will remain as the leader of the party :
Dec 10, Colombo: The General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), parliamentarian Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to serve as the leader of the UNP.

 Colombo Dockyard opens new branch at Hambantota Port for shipbuilding and ship repairing :
Dec 10, Colombo: Colombo Dockyard, the largest and oldest ship building company in Sri Lanka, attached to the Colombo International Port, has opened a new branch at Hambantota International Harbor today (10).

 WHO congratulates Sri Lanka for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis:
Dec 10, New Delhi: World Health Organization (WHO) has congratulated Sri Lanka for achieving elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis.

 Sri Lanka in the high human development category, says UNDP's latest Human Development Report :
Dec 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Human Development Index value for 2018 is 0.780 which puts the country in the high human development category positioning it at 71 out of 189 countries and territories, according to the 2019 Human Development Report released by the United Nations Development Programme.

 UN continues to support Government of Sri Lanka in taking 2030 SDG agenda forward:
Dec 10, Colombo: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka today launched the latest Human Development Report 2019 following the launch of the global report in Bogota, Colombia on 9 December.

 New projects to be launched to address power crisis in energy sector :
Dec 10, Colombo: The Ministry of Power and Energy has decided to inform President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of the current problems in the national electricity sector.

  Mark Mobius bullish on Tourism, Real Estate and Tech in Sri Lanka:
Dec 10, Colombo: Cinnamon Life -Sri Lanka's most-anticipated mixed development- hosted an exclusive breakfast forum on 10 December 2019 at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo, where prominent business leaders were made privy to insights from illustrious emerging markets investor, Dr. Mark Mobius.

 U.S. Embassy's Youth Forum Program in Sri Lanka builds leadership skills across country:
Dec 10, Colombo: More than forty young Sri Lankan leaders traveled to Colombo from across the country to take part in U.S. Embassy-sponsored workshops on leadership and public service during the week of November 25, the Embassy reported.

 Rice millers to provide rice at concessionary prices during the festive season:
Dec 10, Colombo: Large scale rice mill owners have agreed to provide rice at concessionary prices to consumers during the upcoming festive season, the Finance Ministry said.

 Swiss Embassy officer before CID for a third time:
Dec 10, Colombo: The local female Swiss Embassy employee, who was allegedly abducted and questioned by an unidentified group appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department today for a third time to record a statement.

 Mrs World Caroline Jurie returns to the island:
Dec 10, Colombo: Caroline Jurie, who has been crowned Mrs World 2020, returned to the island early this morning.

  ComBank launches Pre-paid Spend Card and Pre-paid Web Card with online top-up facility:
Dec 10, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has launched pre-paid cards that can be topped up with funds online and can be used for different or specific purposes while allowing their users to better manage spending and enjoy minimal exposure to risk.

  Sri Lanka progressively improves in human development :
Dec 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka has progressively improved in human development over the years and is ranked 71 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Report 2019 released Monday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  Sports Minister to take immediate steps to rectify appalling conditions at Sugathadasa Stadium:
Dec 09, Colombo: Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Dullas Alahapperuma inspected the Sugathadasa Stadium sports complex this morning after it was revealed that the appalling conditions at the Sugathadasa Hotel was the reason that the athletes who participated in the South Asian Games in Nepal fell ill.

 Navy recovers a body of three missing fishermen in Kinniya:
Dec 09, Colombo: A Sri Lanka Navy team has recovered a body of three fishermen who had gone missing after their dinghy capsized in the seas off Kinniya in Eastern Sri Lanka yesterday.
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  Students advised not to engage in unruly behavior after conclusion of GCE O/L exam:
Dec 09, Colombo: Commissioner General of Examinations, Sanath Poojith today advised the students who are sitting for the GCE O/L exam to peacefully disperse after the conclusion of the exam which commenced on Dec 2 and will conclude on Dec 12.

  UNP leader advises party youth to aim for general election:
Dec 09, Colombo: Leader of the United National Party former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today told the youth members of the party not to be discouraged by presidential election and target to win a majority in the general election.

 Swiss Embassy staffer further interrogated, travel ban extended till the 12th :
Dec 09, Colombo: The local female Swiss Embassy employee, who was allegedly abducted and questioned by an unidentified group appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department today for a second time to give a statement.

 Sri Lanka elected Chair of Biological Weapons Convention Meet:
Dec 09, Colombo: The 2019 Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Convention on Biological Weapons, which concluded its four day session on 6th December in Geneva has unanimously endorsed Sri Lanka as the Chair of the Meeting of States Parties to be held in 2020.

 Transparency Sri Lanka survey finds paying bribes acceptable to a quarter of Sri Lankans:
Dec 09, Colombo: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) today launched the 2019 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) report for Sri Lanka, which among others has found that 25 percent of the Sri Lankan public accepts the practice of bribing officials to obtain or expedite public services.

 John Keells conducts 'Report for Support' Public Campaign against Gender Based Violence:
Dec 09, Colombo: John Keells Foundation (JKF) conducted a successful campaign against gender-based violence to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, for the fourth successive year.

 Sysco LABS honored at SLASSCOM Innovation Awards:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sysco LABS was honored at the SLASSCOM Innovation Awards 2019; for the restaurant technology platform CAKE. CAKE's Unified Data Platform won 1st runner up in the 'Best Technology or Framework Innovation' category.

 Election Commission to meet tomorrow:
Dec 09, Colombo: A meeting of the Election Commission is scheduled to be held tomorrow (10) at 10 am at the office of the Election Commission in Rajagiriya.

  Sri Lanka Supreme Court extends stay order against implementing death penalty :
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Monday extended the interim order staying the implementation of the death penalty on the prisoners who were sentenced to death for drug offenses until March 20.

 UNP backbenchers propose to make former PM party's adviser:
Dec 09, Colombo: Backbenchers of the United National Party have (UNP) have proposed to appoint party leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as a senior adviser to the party.
  Imported milk powder prices reduced in Sri Lanka:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Consumer Affairs Authority has announced that the prices of all brands of imported milk powder with has been reduced effective Monday (December 09).
  Former COPE chairman requests PM to open forensic audit reports to bring bond scammers to justice:
Dec 08, Colombo: JVP MP Sunil Handunneththi today (8th) said as the former chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), he is asking Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to take up the forensic audit reports of the Central Bank bond and take legal action against those responsible for the bond scams.
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 Swiss Embassy employee gives statement to CID:
Dec 08, Colombo: The local Swiss Embassy employee who was allegedly abducted and questioned by an unidentified group has provided a statement to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police, the state media reported.
  Discussions on UNP leadership tomorrow:
Dec 08, Colombo: United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Ajith P. Perera says that discussions will be commenced tomorrow about the party leadership.
 LB Finance wins Overall Excellence at the 55th Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka annual report awards:
Dec 08, Colombo: Reinforcing the company's prowess in financial disclosure, LB Finance was ranked among the top three brands in Sri Lanka for Excellence and bagged gold for the third consecutive year in the Finance and Leasing Companies segment
 Sri Lanka PM dismisses 'debt trap', assures to promote major cooperation projects with China:
Dec 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that his government will vigorously promote major Sino-Sri Lanka cooperation projects such as Colombo Port City and Hambantota Port.
 Legal action could be taken against local Swiss Embassy employee - Foreign Secretary:
Dec 08, Colombo: Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ravinatha Aryasinha said that legal action can be taken against the local female embassy employee who is alleged to have been abducted, in the future if she attempts to evade the law since she is a Sri Lankan citizen.
 New spokesperson appointed for Sri Lanka Army:
Dec 08, Colombo: Brigadier Chandana Wickremasinghe has been appointed as the new Media Spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Army, by Army Commander, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.
 Sri Lanka to introduce a new bacteria to control dengue:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Ministry of Health has taken steps to introduce a bacteria called Wolbachia to control the dengue mosquitoes.
 Sri Lanka reiterates firm commitment to SAARC and its objectives:
Dec 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka is firmly committed to the principles and objectives of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Charter and will remain confident of the determination of the governments and peoples of the region towards fostering stronger cooperation, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.
 Sri Lanka slams UK court's ruling in the case of Brigadier Fernando as a 'politically motivated action':
Dec 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Relations yesterday slammed a UK court's ruling in the case of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando as a 'politically motivated action' ahead of UK's elections.
  Sri Lanka adds another 269 hectares to the map with opening of Colombo Port City:
Dec 07, Colombo: Adding 269 hectares to the map of Sri Lanka, the Colombo Port City was officially declared part of Sri Lanka today at a ceremony held under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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 Heavy floods in Sri Lanka's North and East displace thousands, reservoirs overflow:
Dec 07, Colombo: Thousands of people have been displaced as a result of torrential rains in Northern and Eastern provinces, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported.
 Archbishop testifies for the second day before the Presidential Commission inquiring Easter Sunday attacks:
Dec 07, Colombo: Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for the second day today gave a statement to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed by former President to investigate the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.
 Navy relief teams deployed to areas affected by adverse weather:
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has deployed a number of relief teams to many areas in the country affected by the adverse weather conditions.
 Sri Lanka's Caroline Jurie crowned Mrs World 2020:
Dec 07, Colombo: Caroline Jurie has been crowned Mrs. World 2020 at the World Pageant held in Las Vegas, United States on December 06.
  Kilinochchi Troops transport flood-affected O/L students to exam centers:
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Troops of Security Forces Kilinochchi yesterday assisted transporting the GCE O/L candidates in Kilinochchi who have been stranded by Thursday evening's torrential rains to the examination centers.
 District officials instructed to expedite provision of facilities for O/L students in weather affected districts:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon has instructed the Government Agents in the districts affected by inclement weather to provide necessary facilities for the students who are sitting for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination.
 Sri Lanka Muslim party leader 'fine' with lack of Muslim ministers in new government :
Dec 07, Colombo: Leader of Muslim party, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says he has no issue with the lack of Muslim ministers in the current government under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the new government takes all people as "Sri Lankans".
 Sri Lanka Insurance Life records sturdy growth of 13.6 % by 3Q:
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Insurance (SLIC) records a rigorous growth of 13.59 percent, surpassing the industry growth in the life insurance sector for the period ended September 30, 2019.
  60 police officers receive transfers:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Police Headquarters said that 60 police officers including four Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) have been transferred with immediate effect by the National Police Commission on operational requirements.
 Plans to develop Mattala airport as a cargo airport:
Dec 07, Colombo: Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga says that the new government's vision is to develop domestic air operations, not just the international operations for the future of business and tourism industry by developing all airports in the country.
 Australia extends highest possible support to Sri Lanka :
Dec 06, Colombo: The Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka David Holly called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (06).
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  Bribery Commission files case against Piyankara Jayaratne again:
Dec 06, Colombo: The Commission to Investigate allegations of Bribery or Corruption today filed a case in the Colombo High Court today against State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne for abusing his power during his tenure as Civil Aviation Minister in the previous United People's Freedom Alliance government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 UK court fines Brigadier Priyanka Fernando for offensive gesture:
Dec 06, London: A UK court in London today in absentia convicted Brigadier Priyanka Fernando of violating UK's Public Order Act, by an offensive gesture and fined £4000 after the court ruled that he was not protected by diplomatic immunity.
 Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith gives statement to Presidential Commission inquiring Easter Sunday attacks:
Dec 06, Colombo: Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith today visited the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank drafts new law regulating moneylenders, raises awareness on scams :
Dec 06, Colombo: Raising public's awareness on scams and unscrupulous moneylending practices, Sri Lanka's Central Bank said it is in the process of drafting new laws to regulate the moneylenders to protect customers.
 UNDP Sri Lanka to launch Human Development Report 2019 on Dec 10:
Dec 06, Colombo: UNDP's new Human Development Report 2019 entitled, 'Beyond Income, Beyond Averages, Beyond Today: Inequalities in Human Development in the 21st Century' will be launched globally on 9 December 2019 in Colombia by the UNDP Administrator and the President of Colombia.
 Sri Lanka aims for skilled labor markets in developed countries:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Relations and Labor Dinesh Gunawardena says the government's attention is focused on skilled labor markets in developed countries instead of the traditional job market in the Middle East.
  Maldivian FM appreciates deep rooted bilateral relations with Sri Lanka :
Dec 06, Colombo: Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, who is currently on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka, called on his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Thursday and conveyed his country's appreciation for Sri Lanka's longstanding partnership in socio-economic development with the Maldives.
 Seychelles Coast Guard intercepts two Sri Lankan boats suspected of illegal fishing in Seychelles' waters:
Dec 06, Colombo: Seychelles Coast Guard has intercepted Two Sri Lankan-registered fishing boats on suspicion of illegally fishing in the Seychelles' waters.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank cautions public on investing in various financial instruments:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank issuing statement today cautioned the public to exercise extreme care and be vigilant when investing their hard earned savings in instruments offered by various institutions.
  18 injured in head on collision of two private buses:
Dec 06, Colombo: At least 18 people were injured and hospitalized after two private buses collided head-on at Madakumbura area on the Ambalangoda - Uragasmanhandiya Road yesterday evening, police said.
 ComBank's 2018 Annual Report adjudged best in Sri Lanka:
Dec 06, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC emphatically demonstrated its superiority in financial reporting, winning for the 10th time, the Cyril Gardiner Memorial Trophy
 ACMC leader Bathiudeen requests President to probe alleged Wilpattu deforestation, Easter Sunday attacks:
Dec 06, Colombo: Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen has called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to appoint Presidential commissions to investigate the Easter Sunday attacks and the alleged destruction of the Wilpattu National park.
 Sri Lanka bans re-export of minor export crops to protect local farmers:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance has banned the importation of spices and minor crops from midnight Thursday (05) to protect the local farmers.
 Hambantota Port reports highest number of vehicles transhipment :
Dec 05, Colombo: The Hambantota International Port (HIP) said in a statement that it had a busy week with 6 RORO ships calling at the port, discharging 18,288 vehicles in a week.
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 National Colleges of Education to be upgraded to university status:
Dec 05, Colombo: The cabinet of ministers has approved a measure to upgrade National Colleges of Education in the country to the status of the University Faculties with the aim to convert the entire teaching staff in Sri Lanka as graduates.
  Sri Lanka President focuses attention on changes in education sector:
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ensuring that education is given priority as promised in his manifesto has focused his attention on rapid changes in many aspects of the education sector.
  Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission's Youth Camp 2019 to focus on hate speech :
Dec 05, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has organized its second annual Youth Camp for Human Rights at the Hope Auditorium of MAS Athena, MAS Fabric Park Thulhiriya, from 5th to 9th December 2019.
 Speaker to officially announce appointment of Opposition Leader when parliament convenes in January:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya has accepted the recommendation made in the letter addressed to him by the General Secretary of the United National Party, MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Thursday (December 05) to appoint MP Sajith Premadasa as the Leader of Opposition according to the decision taken at the UNP parliamentary group meeting today.
 Court orders to detain and question suspect arrested for plotting to assassinate President:
Dec 05, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted police permission to detain and question a suspect who was arrested over an alleged plot to assassinate President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or a family member.
 NextGenGov Awards ceremony recognizes innovation champions within Sri Lanka's public sector:
Dec 05, Colombo: The NextGenGov Fellowship Program held an awards ceremony and panel discussion to recognize and inspire the 2019 cohorts that successfully completed the program. The Fellowship Program aims to integrate the use of foresight and innovation for public sector excellence.
 Sri Lanka Navy assists dengue control campaigns:
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy rendered assistance to the Dengue control campaigns jointly organized by the National Dengue Control unit with Presidential Task Force for Dengue Control from 02nd to 04th December.
 Court dismisses petition against Rajitha regarding the 'white van abduction' story:
Dec 05, Colombo: Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake today (Dec. 05) refused to issue notice to inquire facts about the statement made by the former Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Douglas Anthony Fernando at a press conference regarding the abduction of people by white vans.
 Foreign employment registration fees reduced under tax concessions:
Dec 05, Colombo: The registration fees and renewal fees that have to be paid by the migrant workers to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment have been reduced under the tax concessions granted by the new government.
 Sri Lankan insurance industry is moving towards risk-based capital system - report:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Sri Lankan insurance industry, which is regulated and supervised by the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, is moving towards risk-based capital system in order to make it on par with the prevailing international practice, a recently released market report says.
 Sajith Premadasa appointed as Opposition Leader :
Dec 05, Colombo: The Leader of United National Party, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to appoint Deputy Leader parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa as the Leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka parliament.
 Cancelling permits for transportation of rocks, sand, and soil subject to one-week trial period - cabinet spokesman:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers at the cabinet meeting chaired by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday decided to cancel permits issued for the transportation of rocks, sand, and soil with effect from today (Dec 05).
 Sri Lanka tourist arrivals decline 9.5 percent in November 2019:
Dec 05, Colombo: The number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka declined for the eighth straight month in November 2019 by 9.5 percent in comparison to a year ago while gradually recovering from the plunge following the Easter Sunday attacks in April this year.
 Upcountry train services disrupted following earth slip:
Dec 05, Colombo: Up country train services have been obstructed from last night (04) after a massive earth mound collapsed on the railway line at Obada Ella, Bandarawela due to heavy rains.
  UNP parliamentary group to meet today to discuss leadership issue:
Dec 05, Colombo: A special United National Party (UNP) parliamentary group meeting chaired by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to be held today at 3.00 pm at party headquarters Sirikotha.
 Ceylon Chamber optimistic recent tax revisions will stimulate growth:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says it is optimistic that the revisions in taxes and levies announced by the government will stimulate the economy.
 SriLankan Airlines becomes the 'World's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' for the fourth consecutive year:
Dec 05, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, won the prestigious 'World's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' title once again at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony of World Travel Awards, in Muscat, Oman recently.
 Singapore Attorney General's Department considering Sri Lanka's request to extradite Arjuna Mahendran:
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General today informed the three-member Special High Court that the Singapore Attorney General's Department is studying the request made by the Government of Sri Lanka to extradite Arjuna Mahendran, the former Governor of the Central Bank and the first accused of the bond scam.
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 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister assures police protection to the Swiss Embassy staffer:
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said he will ensure that full police protection will be provided to the Swiss Embassy employee, who was allegedly abducted and assaulted by unidentified men, and her family members.
 Maldives Foreign Minister to arrive in Sri Lanka on an official visit:
Dec 04, Colombo: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives Abdulla Shahid has departed on an official visit to Sri Lanka this evening.
 Sri Lanka rejects Swiss request to fly out the allegedly abducted staffer for medical treatment:
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister said the government has rejected a request from the Swiss Embassy to allow the local female staffer, who was allegedly abducted by unidentified men and assaulted threatening her to disclose embassy information, to be flown out of the country for medical treatment.
 Decision to close the quarry contributed to the Walapane landslide :
Dec 04, Colombo: Nuwara Eliya District Secretary Rohana Pushpakumara says that steps have been taken to cancel the license issued to the quarry which is said to have caused the landslide in the Malapattawa area in Walapane
 Election Chief suggests three dates for General Election:
Dec 04, Colombo: The Chairman of Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has suggested three dates for Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections.
  Ready to support democracy and unity of the UNP - Speaker :
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya says he is ready to support to safeguard the unity and discipline of the United National Party within the limits of his role as the Speaker.
 New governors appointed for two provinces:
Dec 04, Colombo: Two new governors appointed for the Eastern and North Central Provinces took oaths before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today.
  UK's Conservative Party clarifies that it does not support a two-state solution in Sri Lanka:
Dec 04, Colombo: UK's Conservative Party has clarified that it does not support a two-state solution in Sri Lanka and the statement in its manifesto is referring to the Middle East.
 Sri Lanka Navy relief teams stand ready to assist people affected by inclement weather :
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy says as an anticipatory move it has already deployed relief teams to assist the people affected by the inclement weather in identified areas.
 UPFA parliamentarian Ranjith de Soysa passes away:
Dec 04, Colombo: United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Ratnapura District Parliamentarian Ranjith De Soysa has passed away. He was 57 years old at the time of his death.
 SriLankan Airlines wins Future Travel Experience award:
Dec 04, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines received yet another global accolade based on passenger ratings when it won the Passenger Choice Award for 'Best Wi-Fi for Central Asia' from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards 2019 held in Singapore recently.
 Sri Lankan insurers' regulatory capital positions drop on IFRS 16 adoption:
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan insurers' risk-based capitalization (RBC) ratios have fallen with the adoption of new accounting standards for lease contracts; SLFRS 16, the local equivalent of IFRS 16, Fitch Ratings says.
 International media watchdog accuses Sri Lanka's new government of harassing journalists:
Dec 03, Colombo: The international media watch dog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shared the concerns of Sri Lanka's journalists about the searches, interrogations and acts of intimidation to which they have been subjected to since Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as president just two weeks ago.
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  Sri Lanka President says people with disabilities must be involved in country's development :
Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that people with disabilities should fully participate in the development process of the country.
 Public Relations unit of the Prime Minister's Office opened:
Dec 03, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today opened the Public Relations Division of the Prime Minister's Office at the RA De Mel Mawatha.
 COPE to keep forensic audit reports of Central Bank bond issue confidential until next parliament session :
Dec 03, Colombo: The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to keep the forensic audit reports of the Central Bank bond incident confidential until the next COPE committee is established in the new parliament session in January.
 Afghanistan to use Sri Lanka's experience to bring sustainable peace:
Dec 03, Colombo: Afghanistan would use the successful experiences of the world countries, especially Sri Lanka's to bring long lasting peace, the war-torn country's leader said.
 ComBank wins 7 awards at Best Corporate Citizen awards:
Dec 03, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon's commitment to People, the Planet and Profit - the three pillars of sustainability - saw Sri Lanka's benchmark private bank win seven awards
 Swiss court rules LTTE is not a criminal organization, acquits 12 Tamil Tigers charged of terror financing:
Dec 03, Colombo: The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that the Tamil Tigers are not a criminal organization and has acquitted 12 people of charges filed by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Swissinfo reported.
  Pakistan Foreign Minister calls for optimizing bilateral economic linkages with Sri Lanka:
Dec 03, Colombo: Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi who arrived in Sri Lanka on a two day visit, called on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Foreign Ministry on Monday (02/12) and discussed the growing bilateral relations that could be further diversified and developed in the main sectors.
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