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  Sri Lanka President appoints new Army Commander

Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Major General Shavendra Silva as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Army today (19) after promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva is the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. He replaces the former Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake who retired after serving more than two years as the Commander. Lieutenant General Silva joined the Sri Lanka Army as a Cadet Officer in 1984

  Another two received arms training with NTJ leader Saharan arrested:
Aug 19, Colombo: Ampara police today arrested another two active members of National Thowheed Jammath (NTJ) and trainees of Mohammed Saharan, the suicide bomber and deceased leader of NTJ.

 Norway committed to working together with Sri Lanka, new envoy asserts :
Aug 19, Colombo: Norway's partnership with Sri Lanka consists of shared democratic values and interests and the European country is committed to working together with Sri Lanka for the good of the people of both countries, the new Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka said today.

  Makandure Madush's lawyer files motion in court requesting foreign travel ban on CID director:
Aug 19, Colombo: A motion was filed today at the Fort Magistrate's Court requesting to ban the Director of Criminal Investigations Department, SSP Shani Abeysekara from foreign travel.

 Sri Lanka to launch eight projects with ADB assistance to modernize railways :
Aug 19, Colombo: For the first time in its history, the Asian Development Bank will provide US $ 161 million for the development of Sri Lanka's railways.

 UN Rights Chief 'deeply troubled' by the appointment of Sri Lanka's new army commander:
Aug 19, Geneva: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed serious concerns Monday about the appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva, who has been alleged of war crimes and crimes against humanity, as the country's new army commander.

  Sri Lanka PM confident of UNP winning upcoming presidential election:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the United National Party (UNP) could easily win the upcoming presidential election and for that all UNP members should unite and work together to form a new alliance and go forward strengthening it.

  Sri Lanka BOI holds Business and Investment Forum at Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
Aug 19, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka recently held a Business and Investment Forum at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in Ahmedabad, targeting the Chamber's membership.

  Three new envoys to Sri Lanka present credentials to President:
Aug 19, Colombo: Two new Ambassadors and one High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena Monday (19) at a ceremony held at the President's House in Colombo.

 U.S. expresses concern over the appointment of Sri Lanka's Army Commander:
Aug 19, Colombo: The United States today expressed concern over the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as new Army Commander by the President following the retirement of Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.

 Sri Lanka President appoints new Army Commander:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Major General Shavendra Silva as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Army today (19) after promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General.

 Navy finds 85 kg of heroin in seized fishing trawler:
Aug 19, Colombo: The Navy has found 85 kilogram of drugs believed to be heroin from the Sri Lankan multi-day fishing vessel seized in the seas of Galle last month.

 Sri Lanka led IORA Maritime Safety and Security Working Group finalizes work plan :
Aug 19, Colombo: The First Meeting of IORA Maritime Safety and Security (MSS) Working Group chaired by Sri Lanka and held in Colombo on 8-9 August with the participation of 22 foreign delegates representing IORA member countries and representatives of the IORA Secretariat has finalized the Work Plan for action.

 UNP parliamentary group meeting today:
Aug 19, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) parliamentary group meeting will be held at 4.00 pm today (19) at Temple Trees.

 Sri Lankan Navy accused of chasing away over 2000 Tamil Nadu fishermen from island waters:
Aug 19, Colombo: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel of snapping their fishing nets and chasing them back to Indian waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet.

 Bank of Ceylon introduces BOC SmartPay-QR based payment app under LANKAQR:
Aug 19, Colombo: Bank of Ceylon (BOC) launched BOC SmartPay - QR (quick response) code based payment solution offered to its valued customers which will be the latest addition to the digital product range of the bank.

 UNF agrees to field a Presidential candidate from UNP - Akila Viraj:
Aug 18, Colombo: The leaders of the United National Front (UNF) have agreed to field a candidate from the United National Party (UNP) as the presidential candidate of the UNF at the forthcoming Presidential election.
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 JVP presidential candidate pledges to build national unity:
Aug 18, Colombo: Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) pledged to take all measures to rebuild the national unity and ensure national security.

 Prime Minister promises accelerated development if given power for a stable government:
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says his government, which with no permanent power or presidential powers, made tremendous development in the country amidst various challenges, will be able to accelerate that development tenfold with full powers and stability in the near future.

 CID called to submit reports on six high-profile crimes committed during previous regime :
Aug 18, Colombo: The Acting Inspector General of Police IGP has summoned a report from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on investigations into six high-profile crimes committed during the previous regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Presidential candidate should be committed to eradicate drug trafficking, President emphasizes:
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says his administration is the only era in which no gun has been fired by a government on a citizen of the country.

  Finance Ministry says promotions for 31,500 policemen soon, refutes false media reports:
Aug 18, Colombo: The Management Services Department of the Ministry of Finance has been working out a mechanism to promote police constables to positions up to Chief Inspectors of Police despite the existing cadre positions in the Police Department, the Finance Ministry said clarifying false media reports on the issue.

 JVP declares leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake as presidential candidate :
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Sunday announced the party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake as the presidential candidate of the National People's Power (NPP), the alliance headed by the JVP.

  Special hotline -1913- for public complaints on illegal liquor from Monday :
Aug 18, Colombo: The Excise Department will launch a special four digit hotline 1913 from Monday (19) to receive public complaints on illegal Liquor.

 Police arrest 12 persons attempting to illegally migrate via sea:
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested twelve people suspected of attempting to illegally migrate through the seas in Chilaw area today.

 JVP to announce 'Candidate of people's anticipation' today :
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is scheduled to announce the party's candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
 Fitch Affirms Sri Lanka's Co-Operative Insurance at 'BBB+(lka)'; Outlook Stable:
Aug 18, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka-based Co-Operative Insurance Company Limited's (CICL) National Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) Rating at 'BBB+(lka)'. The Outlook is Stable.
 Investigation into dumping 890 metric tons of potatoes during the 52-day unconstitutional government:
Aug 18, Colombo: Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha De Silva says a formal investigation is underway into the discarding of 890 metric tons of potatoes purchased from the upcountry farmers during the 52-day unconstitutional government in 2018.
  Massive development of the Northern Province in the last three years:
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says the government has allocated increasingly bigger volumes of funds for the development of the Northern Province in the last three years.
 Sri Lanka to rehabilitate mangrove lands used for aquaculture and salterns:
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to rehabilitate state mangrove lands that have been abandoned after using for shrimp farming and salterns as part of a project to increase the extent of mangrove lands by 10,000 Hectares.
 CID seeks public support to apprehend a suspect:
Aug 17, Colombo: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seeks public assistance to apprehend a suspect, who has made business transactions with stolen credit cards.
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 Construction of Sri Lanka Korea National Vocational Training Institute completed:
Aug 17, Colombo: Construction work of Sri Lanka's newest vocational training institute, Sri Lanka-Korea National Vocational Training Institute in Orugodawatta has been completed.
 PM says young people should be given priority to change the political system :
Aug 17, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking to the youth volunteers today said his aim is to change the current system and restoring their trust build a better future for the youth.
  Will not allow the country's economy to collapse, PM vows:
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Saturday said he would not allow the country's economy to collapse just as he did not allow politics to collapse.
  Mahindra & Mahindra inaugurates first automotive assembly plant in Sri Lanka:
Aug 17, Colombo: Indian multinational car manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra on Saturday inaugurated its first automotive assembly plant in Sri Lanka in Welipenna in Kalutara district.
  Eight suspects arrested over the Madampitiya double murder :
Aug 17, Colombo: Eight underworld members suspected of involvement in the murder of two men in the Madampitiya area on Tuesday afternoon have been arrested, the police said.
  Enterprise 'Sonduru Piyasa' loan scheme grants over Rs. 5 billion to beneficiaries :
Aug 17, Colombo: 'Sonduru Piyasa' Housing Loan Program implemented under the Enterprise Sri Lanka interest subsidy loan program has so far provided Rs. 5.47 billion, Secretary to the Finance Ministry and Treasury Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga said.
 Government to provide paddy driers to farmers to increase their earning potential:
Aug 17, Colombo: The government has received the cabinet nod to provide paddy driers to farmers to enable them to earn more money for their harvests.
  oDoc expands to 10th factory, signs first Indian client for employee telemedicine coverage:
Aug 17, Colombo: Crystal Martin at Wathupitiwala, employing close to 1,000 sewing machine operators, recently became the 10th factory in Sri Lanka providing free 24/7 doctor services to its workers and their families.
  Central Bank releases annual 'Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka - 2019' publication:
Aug 16, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has released its annual publication "Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka - 2019" and it is now available for public access.
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  CCD ordered to investigate two complaints against Gotabhaya regarding a new passport:
Aug 16, Colombo: Acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickramaratne has ordered the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to investigate two complaints received regarding Gotabhaya Rajapaksa receiving a passport from the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
 Sri Lanka commences preliminary work on light rail project :
Aug 16, Colombo: The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development has commenced the construction work of the first phase of the Colombo light rail transit (LRT) project, the first of its kind to be developed in the Sri Lankan capital.
 PM emphasizes taking steps to resolve drinking water problem in Jaffna:
Aug 16, Jaffna: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that it is imperative to overcome the shortcomings in the past and take a giant leap forward in development of the North.
  Sri Lanka Army returns 23 more acres of land in Kilinochchi to owners:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army on Thursday has released another 23 acres of land in Kilinochchi in Northern Province, used by the Army for service requirements.
  UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief commences visit to Sri Lanka:
Aug 16, Colombo: The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, commencing his official visit to Sri Lanka, from 15 to 26 August 2019, called on Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana Friday at the Ministry.
 Refrain from making statements detrimental to national security, President requests:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has requested everyone to refrain from making statements detrimental to the national security of the country.
 Navy recovers over 1 kg of 'ICE' hidden in Thalaimannar beach:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has recovered a haul of narcotic methamphetamine also known as 'ICE' during a raid carried out at Urumale area in Thalaimannar in the early morning today (16th August).
 Islamic State eyes India, Sri Lanka as next operational hub -report:
Aug 16, Colombo: India, Turkey, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are among the countries where radical terror group Islamic State (IS) is eyeing to foot its influence as its hold in the territories of origin (Iran and Syria) is loosening drastically, Hindustan Times reported on Friday quoting a leading conflict monitor.
 Office on Missing Persons opens third regional office in Jaffna :
Aug 16, Colombo: The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will open a regional office in Jaffna on the 24th of August.
 Sri Lanka Tourism Minister orders investigation into using an emaciated elephant in Perahera :
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Friday ordered an investigation into the use of an old female elephant in poor health condition at the Esala Perahera after the animal's condition came to light in social media reports.
 Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank improves Q2 earnings despite mounting challenges:
Aug 16, Colombo: The Commercial Bank Group has reported operating profit before impairment charges and taxes of Rs 19.476 billion for the first half of 2019, a 9.45% increase over same period of 2018.
 Unoccupied Indian fishing boat beached in Dehiwela:
Aug 16, Colombo: A fishing boat belonging to Indian fishermen has been beached on the coast near the Muhandiram Lane, Dehiwala, last night.
 Sri Lanka state doctors to launch island wide strike next week:
Aug 16, Colombo: The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) says they will launch an island wide strike from Monday.
 Sri Lanka manufacturing, service sectors continue expansion in July 2019:
Aug 16, Colombo: According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank on Thursday, both manufacturing and services sectors expanded last month further recovering after the April 21 terrorist attacks.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank extends regulatory action on primary dealer Pan Asia Banking Corporation:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has extended the regulatory action taken on primary dealer Pan Asia Banking Corporation (PABC) while investigations are being conducted.
 Five-member SC bench appointed to inquire into President's query on holding provincial elections :
Aug 15, Colombo: Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya has appointed a five-member panel of judges to hear the President's request to the Supreme Court to inquire whether there is a possibility of holding a Provincial Council elections according to the preferential voting system.
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  Prime Minister pledges to develop Jaffna as a major city:
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government's objective is to rebuild and develop the war-torn North and elevate Jaffna to a major city of Sri Lanka as in the past.
  President invites everyone to come together to build a better country, virtuous future generation :
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday invited everyone to come together to create a better country and a virtuous future generation while ensuring the prevailing freedom and the democracy in the country.
  Final decision to form UNP-led coalition on Saturday:
Aug 15, Colombo: Chairman of the United National Party (UNP), Minister Kabir Hashim says the date to sign the agreement for the proposed new alliance led by the UNP will be decided at a meeting between the leaders and representatives of the UNP to be held on Saturday (Aug 17).
 Attorney General instructs Acting IGP to conclude investigations into 5 high-profile incidents of past administration :
Aug 15, Colombo: The Attorney General Dappula de Livera has instructed the acting Inspector General of Police CD Wickramaratne to expedite investigations into several high-profile cases including the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
 Three more accomplices of NTJ leader Saharan arrested:
Aug 15, Colombo: The Police today arrested another three active members of the banned organizations National Thowheed Jammath (NTJ) and the Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim (JMI) in Ampara.
 Suicide bomber Saharan's wife gives secret statement in court:
Aug 15, Colombo: Abdul Cader Fatima Hadiya, wife of Mohammed Saharan, the leader of the National Thowheed Jammath organization and the suicide bomber who attacked the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo on Easter Sunday, made a secret statement today before the Colombo Fort Magistrate.
 President to announce official SLFP stand on presidential candidate at the annual convention on Sept. 3:
Aug 15, Colombo: The decision of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on the presidential election will be announced at the party's 68th annual convention on September 3, said General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Mahinda Amaraweera today.
  ADB approves $ 160 million loan to modernize Sri Lanka's Railway Sector:
Aug 15, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $160 million loan to modernize the operations and improve the efficiency of Sri Lanka Railways, the country's railway operator, by upgrading its infrastructure and technical capacity.
 New UNDP Resident Representative to Sri Lanka takes office:
Aug 15, Colombo: The new Resident Representative for UNDP in Sri Lanka, Robert Juhkam officially taking office presented his credentials to Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs on 15 August 2019.
 Sri Lanka signs agreement with Bell Geospace for offshore oil and natural gas exploration :
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's government has signed an agreement with the Bell Geospace Ltd to explore for offshore oil and gas deposits in the seas off North and Northwest.
 Former SriLankan Chairman summoned before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry:
Aug 15, Colombo: Former Chairman of SriLankan Airlines Ajith Dias is due to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) looking into corruption and malpractices committed under the Yahapalana government today (15).
  Sri Lanka's HNB Group 1H 2019 profit after tax Rs 5.1 bn for Group, Rs 4.8 bn for Bank despite challenges:
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) continued to demonstrate resilience, reporting a profit before tax of Rs 8.3 billion and a profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 4.8 billion for the first half of 2019. The group PAT for the period was Rs 5.1 billion.
  Titanium Sands returns high-grade THM at Mannar in Sri Lanka:
Aug 15, Colombo: Titanium Sands Ltd (ASX:TSL) has returned 2-24% total heavy mineral (THM) sands from drilling efforts at its flagship Mannar Heavy Mineral Sands Project in Sri Lanka.
  Third largest reservoir to be constructed in Anuradhapura:
Aug 14, Colombo: Agriculture Minister P. Harrison says the third largest reservoir in the country will be constructed in Anuradhapura at a cost of 38 billion rupees.
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 Sri Lanka seeks Swiss investments in power sector:
Aug 14, Colombo: Minister of Power and Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake says further strengthening the friendly ties with Switzerland, Sri Lanka will focus attention on receiving investments in the country's power sector.
  Minister says government ready for any disaster situation, urges public to evacuate in case of flooding and landslides :
Aug 14, Colombo: Minister of Internal & Home Affairs and Provincial Councils & Local Government, Vajira Abeywardena says that the Government is prepared to face any disaster situation and all District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries have been notified to rescue affected persons and provide relief services.
 Government targets development of Vanni district within next five years:
Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government's goal is to make the Vanni district in the Northern Province one of the most developed zones in the country within the next five years.
 Sri Lankan navy arrests seven Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in island waters:
Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested seven Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 European Commission allocates EUR 8.5 million for preventing violent extremism and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka:
Aug 14, Brussels: The European Commission, through its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, has allocated EUR 8.5 million to support Sri Lanka's efforts to prevent violent extremism, build community resilience, and promote peace and tolerance.
 Cabinet approves Vote on Account for the first four months of 2020:
Aug 14, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal for a Vote of Account in Parliament for the first four months of the year 2020.
 SLFP has not taken a decision to support Gotabhaya - Dayasiri:
Aug 14, Colombo: The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has not taken any decision to support the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, says General Secretary of the SLFP parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara.
  Army soldier on duty at Ministry of Defense commits suicide:
Aug 14, Colombo: An Army soldier on duty at the Ministry of Defense (MOD) in Fort has committed suicide by shooting himself with his official firearm at around 4.10 a.m. today (14).
  Final Randoli Perahera of Sri Dalada Maligawa tonight:
Aug 14, Colombo: The final Randoli Perahera of Sri Lanka's premier Buddhist pageant, the historic Esala festival, will parade the streets in the hill capital of Kandy Wednesday (14) night.
  Catholic Bishops call for an independent, impartial inquiry into the Easter Sunday attacks:
Aug 14, Colombo: The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) yesterday again appealed to the government and political leaders to hold an independent and impartial inquiry into the Easter Sunday attacks as a matter of utmost urgency.
  99X Technology recognized among LMD's Top 100 Most Respected Entities:
Aug 14, Colombo: A strong focus on corporate excellence and dynamism by software product engineering specialist 99X Technology was reiterated as it was recognized as one of LMD's top 100 Most Respected Entities for 2019 by LMD on its annual survey, conducted by Nielsen.
 People should make the right decision when electing a new President - Sarath Fonseka:
Aug 13, Colombo: Parliamentarian Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says people should make the right decision when selecting a new president and he is ready to support any candidate to be nominated by the Party leadership.
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  Aruwakkalu solid waste management facility to be completed by March 2020 meets all scientific, safety standards :
Aug 13, Colombo: The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development says that the Aruwakkalu solid waste management has been set up to facilitate the disposal of 600 metric tons of garbage daily in an environmentally friendly and hygienic manner.
 Provincial council election should be held first if respecting democracy - Election Commissioner:
Aug 13, Colombo: Chairman of the Elections Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya says the Provincial Council election should be held before other elections if the country respects democracy.
 Fuel prices revised from midnight today, no change in auto diesel price:
Aug 13, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance, following the monthly fuel prices revision held today announced that fuel prices will be revised with effect from midnight Tuesday (August 13), but the government has decided not to revise the price of auto diesel.
 Sri Lanka targets US$ 3.5 billion through tea exports by 2030:
Aug 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka is targeting 3.5 billion U.S. dollars through its tea exports by 2030 and a tea production of 350 million kg, according to the tea traders.
  S14 Chinese power-sets for hill country arrived:
Aug 13, Colombo: A state-of-the-art S-14 power locomotive, imported from China, was unloaded at the Port of Colombo today (13).
 UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to visit Sri Lanka this week:
Aug 13, Geneva: The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka, from 15 to 26 August 2019, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced today.
 PSC probing Easter Sunday attacks seeks one-month extension of its term:
Aug 13, Colombo: The term of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to investigate into Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in various parts of Sri Lanka and report to parliament will be extended by another month, its chairman, Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri has said.
  Sri Lanka Marxist party to announce a presidential candidate on August 18:
Aug 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has made all arrangements to announce the party's candidate for the upcoming presidential election, JVP Information secretary MP Vijitha Herath said.
 Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera and Ranjith Siyambalapitiya summoned before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry:
Aug 13, Colombo: Buddha Sasana and Wayamba Development Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera has been summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry looking into corruption and malpractices committed under the Yahapalana government.
 Sri Lanka Navy nabs three persons with over 83 kg of Kerala Cannabis in North:
Aug 13, Colombo: A team of Sri Lankan Navy personnel have arrested three individuals with over 83 kg of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja) in the North on Monday (Aug 12th).
 Fitch rates Senkadagala Finance's subordinated debt final 'BBB(lka)':
Aug 13, Colombo: Fitch Ratings Lanka has assigned Senkadagala Finance PLC's (Senka, BBB+(lka)/Stable) subordinated unsecured debentures a final National Long-Term Rating of 'BBB(lka)'.
 UNP Deputy Leader pledges to build national security and economy:
Aug 12, Colombo: Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs and Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Sajith Premadasa says that to build a prosperous Sri Lanka a development based on intelligence and knowledge must be undertaken.
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 Pradeshiya Sabha member arrested with heroin remanded until Aug 22:
Aug 12, Colombo: A Pradeshiya Sabha member who was arrested for being in possession of heroin in Anamaduwa today has been remanded after he was in produced in court today.
 Sri Lankan people have to decide whether or not to continue enjoying the freedom they have won - PM:
Aug 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the nomination of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential candidate did not guarantee freedom but restrict the liberty of living in freedom and the people should decide whether to safeguard the freedom they have won after the change in 2015.
 Sri Lanka's Pettah Market merchants plan to venture into global trade:
Aug 12, Colombo: After more than a century of merchandising and deal-making, traders in Sri Lanka's retail and wholesale 'Pettah Market' hub are vying for a bigger domain as they prepare to ink many Chamber to Chamber MoUs-and also venture into global trade.
  Cabinet approval sought to increase guaranteed price of paddy:
Aug 12, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development P. Harrison says that the gazette notification to increase the guaranteed price for paddy will be submitted tomorrow to the Cabinet for approval.
 Hajj is a discipline to live in peace and harmony with other religions - President:
Aug 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says Hajj festival is a discipline to live in peace and harmony with believers of other religions.
  99X Technology bags multiple honors at Sri Lanka's 25 Best Workplaces 2019:
Aug 12, Colombo: Creating an open and authentic workplace has been a top priority for 99X Technology from day one, and its efforts were once again lauded as it was named a Best Workplace in Sri Lanka for a seventh consecutive year.
 Special police operation nabs 8,333 drunk drivers:
Aug 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 8,333 drunk drivers during the special operation launched island wide last month to nab people driving under the influence.
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