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  Sri Lanka PM reiterates call for reconciliation for the country to move forward

Feb 15, Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that it is not worthwhile to open old wounds of the past and act out of hatred for one another and called on the country to seek reconciliation by speaking the truth and forgive each other for the past.

Speaking at the district development review meeting in Kilinochchi today, the Premier said people should seek the truth about the past, grieve together and forgive each other for past mistakes and actions taken by both the LTTE and the Government forces during the war in order to move forward as Sri Lankans.

 No fraudulent activity in awarding tender for Kerawalapitiya LNG power plant to a Chinese company - Ministry:
Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development today said there has not been any fraudulent activity in awarding the tender for the construction of the 300 megawatt Combined-Cycle LNG power plant in Kerawalapitiya to a Chinese company.

 Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice made mandatory for food suppliers :
Feb 15, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority of Sri Lanka has made Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Certification mandatory for food suppliers including hotels from next month.

 Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry declared open:
Feb 15, Matara: The Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Affairs Ministry was declared open today (15) jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera.

 Sri Lanka PM reiterates call for reconciliation for the country to move forward:
Feb 15, Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that it is not worthwhile to open old wounds of the past and act out of hatred for one another and called on the country to seek reconciliation by speaking the truth and forgive each other for the past.

 Sri Lankan leaders condemn terror attack on Indian police:
Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan political leaders in unison have condemned the Pulwama terror attack which killed 46 police troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.

  British Council partners with Government of Sri Lanka on career guidance in schools:
Feb 15, Colombo: The British Council of Sri Lanka announced this week that it continues to strengthen its longstanding partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka in education and skills development.

 U.S. Coast Guard trainU.S. Coast Guard trains Sri Lankan port officialss Sri Lankan port officials:
Feb 15, Colombo: From February 11 through 13, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) conducted port security capacity building at the Port of Colombo with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials.

 Woman drug dealer critically injured in shooting:
Feb 15, Colombo: A woman has sustained critical injuries in a shooting incident Thursday night in Melwatte area in Kotahena and has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital.

 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan visits Sri Lanka:
Feb 15, Colombo: Kentaro Sonoura, M. P. and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, will be visiting Sri Lanka from 15 to 16 February 2019, the Embassy of Japan in Colombo announced today.

 'So Sri Lanka' wins the 'Best Decorated International Pavilion' at the 26th PTAA Travel and Tour Expo 2019 in Manila :
Feb 15, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) for the second consecutive year participated at the 26th Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) Travel and Tour Expo 2019.

 Kankasanthurai harbor will be turned into a vibrant economic hub - PM:
Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Kankasanthurai harbor in the Northern Province will be developed in to a commercial harbor and a vibrant economic hub would be created around the port.

 Sri Lanka has made great progress in its development journey - World Bank:
Feb 15, Colombo: A top World Bank official says Sri Lanka has achieved exceptional growth momentum in the development drive and with the right reforms, the country can soon become an upper middle-income country.

 Hutch, BOI sign supplementary agreement with $115 mn investment:
Feb 15, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed a Supplementary Agreement with Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd on February 11, 2019.

 EU agrees to work with Sri Lanka closely on human rights, reconciliation, reiterates opposition to death penalty:
Feb 15, Brussels: The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka at their Joint Commission on Thursday in Brussels have agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation while committed to work jointly during next two years to foster rural development, democratic governance, investments and economic growth.

 Sri Lanka to host COP18 CITES Conference in Colombo from 23 May - 3 June 2019:
Feb 15, Colombo: Preparations are underway for Sri Lanka to host the 18th Session of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference in 2019 from 23rd May to 3rd June in Colombo.

  Bribery commission records statement from Minister Ravi Karunanayake on bond scam :
Feb 15, Colombo: Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Power & energy and Business Development Thursday visited the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption to give a statement regarding the Central Bank Bond scam.

 Sri Lanka President emphasizes strictly enforcing law against drug smuggling and environmental damage:
Feb 14, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the law must be properly enforced against the persons who are engaged in drug smuggling and environmental damage irrespective of their status and positions in the society.
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 Sri Lankan Government writes off loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts:
Feb 14, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka will write off nearly Rs. 1.4 billion in capital and interest of loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts whose capital cost is less than Rs 100,000.

 Sri Lanka PM instructs to expedite development of Jaffna:
Feb 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United National Front-led government will focus special attention on the development of Jaffna, capital city of Northern Province.

  Poverty in Sri Lanka continues to decline in line with strong economic growth despite challenges- World Bank:
Feb 14, Colombo: The latest edition of the World Bank's Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU) highlights that poverty in the country continues to decline in line with strong economic growth despite finding the island in a challenging macroeconomic landscape.

 Top U.S. commander says necessary to sustain engagement with Sri Lanka, particularly the navy:
Feb 14, Washington: A top U.S. military commander for Asia on Tuesday said it is necessary to sustain engagement with Sri Lanka, particularly the navy despite the political turmoil in the Indian Ocean island nation.

 U.S. Embassy inaugurates school construction projects in Eastern Sri Lanka:
Feb 14, Colombo: Building educational opportunities for the children of the Eastern Province, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) renovated two schools in Nintavur and Soodaikkudah.

 ICJ deeply concerned by President Sirisena's resolve to resume executions in Sri Lanka:
Feb 14, Colombo: The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) expressing deep concern, has called on Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, to retract his recent pronouncement that executions would resume in the country

  A two day Dengue control field program to commence today:
Feb 14, Colombo: A two day dengue control field program will take place in high risk areas in selected districts today and tomorrow (14th and 15th) with the intention of preventing a possible dengue outbreak, Health Ministry spokesman said.

 Sri Lankans illegally sailed to Réunion Island to return today :
Feb 14, Colombo: Seventy out of 72 Sri Lankans who illegally sailed to French Réunion Island on a fishing trawler from Chilaw, are to be returned to Sri Lanka this morning on a special French plane under the custody of French Authorities, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.
 President appoints a Committee to present solutions for issues related to tea industry :
Feb 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a Special Committee to present solutions after studying the short and long term issues related to the tea industry, including the wage issue of the estate workers.
  Dialog and LECO to launch Sri Lanka's first IoT based smart-grid solution to support prepaid electricity metering:
Feb 14, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) and the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy announced the deployment of an innovative Internet of Things (IoT) enabled smart-grid solution
 ADB, Sri Lankan universities sign agreements to foster science and technology in Sri Lanka's higher education:
Feb 14, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and four Sri Lankan universities Wednesday signed project agreements totaling $145 million under the ADB-funded Science and Technology Human Resources Development Project to foster science and technology in Sri Lanka's higher education.
 OHCHR delegation discusses UN Human Rights Commissioner's Report with Minister Sagala Ratnayake:
Feb 13, Colombo: A high-profile delegation from the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today held a meeting with Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka on a wide range of matters including Sri Lanka's progress on UNHRC resolutions.
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  Modern education fit for the 21st century should be introduced to the country - PM:
Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a 20th century education cannot face the challenges of the 21st century and a modern education system fit the fit for the 21st century should be established in the country.
 CID uncovers connection between DIG Nalaka, Singer Amal and underworld leader Madush:
Feb 13, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has informed the court today that popular singer Amal Perera had connections with former DIG Nalaka de Silva, who has been arrested over the plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
  New laws to prevent using fishing boats for human smuggling:
Feb 13, Colombo: A special discussion was held with the State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi on Wednesday (February 13) regarding the problems faced by multi-day trawler owners due to the use of fishing boats for human smuggling.
 Pakistan President confers military honor upon Sri Lanka's Chief of Defense Staff :
Feb 13, Islamabad: Pakistan's President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday conferred Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon Chief of Defense Staff of Sri Lankan Armed Forces Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratne in a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Associate Press of Pakistan reported.
 Foreign Affairs Ministry opens its second regional consular office In Matara:
Feb 13, Colombo: As a part of the initiatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take its consular services to the people, without having to travel to Colombo, the formal opening of the second Regional Consular Office in Matara will take place on Friday, 15 February 2019 at 10.30 a.m., a Ministry release said.
  World Bank VP arrives in Sri Lanka to support country's reform plans:
Feb 13, Colombo: The World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer arrived today on his first visit to Sri Lanka to gain a better understanding of the country's development priorities and how the Bank can continue to support its critical reform agenda.
 Sri Lanka's pioneering SME Digital Platform takes off:
Feb 13, Colombo: Backed by a Singaporean firm's generous grant of a powerful database software, Sri Lanka began work on the first national digital databank of its SMEs and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 PM launches Sri Lanka's first Social Innovation Lab:
Feb 13, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe officially launched the Citra, Sri Lanka's first Social Innovation Lab co-developed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo today (February 13).
 UNP MP Chaminda Wijesiri surrenders to court over assault on PNB officer:
Feb 13, Colombo: Badulla District United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Chaminda Wijesiri who is alleged to have assaulted a police constable has surrendered to the Bandarawela Court through his lawyer today (13).
 Plantation sector workers to get an allowance from budget:
Feb 13, Colombo: Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Palani Digambaram says an agreement has been reached to provide an allowance to the estate workers from this year's budget in addition to the basic daily wage of Rs. 750 agreed upon under the new Memorandum of Understanding signed last month.
  Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 2.2 percent in January 2019:
Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 2.2 percent in January 2019 compared to the same period last year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
 UK announces Core Group will submit resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC session:
Feb 13, Colombo: The United Kingdom on Monday announced that the Core Group on Sri Lanka will present a resolution at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) scheduled to be held from 25 February - 22 March 2019.
 Sri Lanka's Jetwing Symphony records revenue growth of 37% to Rs. 484 mn in the quarter ended 31 Dec:
Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Jetwing Symphony Group, a hotel owner and operator recorded revenue growth of 37% to Rs. 484 million for the quarter ended 31 December 2018 (Q3FY19) from the last corresponding quarter (Q3FY18).
 Cabinet nod to provide Tablets for GCE A /L students:
Feb 12, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers at the cabinet meeting held today has approved a project to provide computer tablets to GCE Advanced Level students in all 1AB schools in the island.
 Attacks on judiciary and independent commissions will weaken war on drugs - PM:
Feb 12, Colombo: Criticizing independent commissions as well as attacking the independent judiciary will weaken the control and eradication of narcotics, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today (12).
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 President stresses urgent solutions to water problem in the North:
Feb 12, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena says that the water issue that is the main reason for the increase in poverty of people in the North should be promptly solved.
  Request for dismissal of petition challenging PM's parliamentary membership :
Feb 12, Colombo: A request has been made to the Court of Appeal today to dismiss the petition challenging the eligibility of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to hold a parliamentary seat without further hearing.
 SriLankan Engineering successfully completes first C-check on A320neo aircraft:
Feb 12, Colombo: SriLankan Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) arm of Sri Lanka's national carrier, achieved another milestone when it successfully carried out its first C-check on an Airbus A320neo aircraft of the SriLankan Airlines fleet at its main hub at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
 Sri Lanka urged to utilize opportunities arising from India's dramatic economic growth:
Feb 12, Colombo: The Sri Lanka India Society (SLIS) celebrated Sri Lanka's 71st Independence Day and India's 70th Republic Day on Sunday (February 10) at a function held in Colombo.
 Sri Lanka to host the World Surf League qualifying series 6000 in Arugam Bay:
Feb 12, Colombo: With the growing success as a surfing destination, Sri Lanka has received the opportunity to host the World's most accomplished surfers in a World Qualifying Series competition this June in Arugam Bay.
  Court grants Tissa Attanayake permission to travel overseas, case postponed to March 25:
Feb 12, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, who is alleged of producing a forged document to media, permission to travel overseas.
  President to present Cabinet paper to provide compensation for the small & medium scale rice mill owners today :
Feb 12, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said the cabinet paper to provide compensation and solutions for the issues faced by small and medium scale rice mill owners will be presented to the Cabinet meeting today.
 Sri Lanka to take sports tourism towards a new dimension hosting Adventure Racing World Championship':
Feb 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) will be making inroads towards sports tourism, by supporting the internationally acclaimed adventure sporting event "Adventure Racing World Championship" which will take place in Sri Lanka from 3-13th December.
 Substandard motorcycle helmets will be banned - Minister :
Feb 12, Colombo: Importing substandard motorcycle helmets will be banned, Minister of Transport and civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga said.
 President makes obtaining license for chainsaws mandatory :
Feb 12, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that a circular would be issued in the near future to make it mandatory to obtain a license for chainsaws that are used to cut trees.
 Strong sectoral contributions drive Hayleys third quarter PBT to Rs. 1.7 billion:
Feb 12, Colombo: Iconic Sri Lankan multinational, Hayleys PLC, recorded a strong all-round performance in the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18), as the Group turnover rose by 20% Year-on-Year ( YoY) to Rs. 59.7 billion
 Health Minister says drug shortage at state hospitals will end by end of March:
Feb 11, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that solutions to the problem of drug shortage at state hospitals will be found by the end of March.
 Sri Lanka President expects an economic transformation this year:
Feb 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said the country is faced with the challenge of raising economic growth this year and called on all the public servants to join hands to transform the economy for the benefit of the country.
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 Media Minister appoints committee to make state media a genuine public service:
Feb 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera today appointed a committee to study the activities of state media institutions.
 UNP appoints six new electoral organizers:
Feb 11, Colombo: Six new electoral organizers of the United National Party (UNP) have received their letters of appointment today (11) at a function held in Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 Sri Lanka raises fuel prices from midnight today:
Feb 11, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance following the monthly meeting of the committee on fuel prices revision held today announced that fuel prices have been increased with effect from midnight today (11), based on the pricing formula.
 New SLTDA chairman says tourism industry has potential to be no. 1 forex earner:
Feb 11, Colombo: The new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), Kishu Gomes said tourism has the potential to be top foreign exchange earner and invited all stakeholders to work together to achieve the targets.
 Norwegian Ambassador Chief Guest at Advanced Materials conference at University of Jaffna:
Feb 11, Colombo: Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther recently visited Jaffna to attend the International Conference on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy and Health Applications (AMCEHA), jointly organized by Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and University of Jaffna.
 BOI approved Bellevue Residencies Project to introduce high-rise lifestyle to Ja-Ela :
Feb 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency Board of Investments (BOI) signed an agreement with Bellevue Residencies (Private) Limited for a mixed development project to build a 35-storey Tower and shopping complex.
  Special High Court rejects Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's preliminary objections over jurisdiction:
Feb 11, Colombo: The Special High Court has rejected the objection filed by former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa challenging the court's jurisdiction to hear DA Rajapakse Museum case on misappropriation of public funds.
  Scholarship for studying Hindi in India for the Academic Session, 2019-20 :
Feb 11, Colombo: The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India is offering scholarships to Sri Lankan nationals to study Hindi at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan (Central Institute of Hindi), Agra, for the academic session 2019-2020.
 Report of Radiocarbon dating of Mannar mass grave bone samples due this week:
Feb 11, Colombo: The report of the results of radiocarbon dating tests conducted on the bone samples found from the mass grave in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka is expected to be received on Thursday (February 14), Judicial Medical Officer Dr Saminda Rajapaksha has said.
 Two close associates of Makandure Madush arrested in Sooriyaweva:
Feb 11, Colombo: Two close associates of the underworld leader Makandure Madush have been arrested by the officers of the Tangalle Divisional Crime Investigation Unit yesterday at Sooriyaweva.
 Director General entrusted to investigate alleged corruptions in Customs :
Feb 11, Colombo: Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera says that he has no need to protect anyone involved in frauds and corruption in the Sri Lanka Customs, which is an institution under his purview.
 Singer revenue up by 13% to Rs. 44.5bn in first nine months of 2018/19:
Feb 11, Colombo: Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC recently announced its results for the first nine months of 2018/19. Revenue for the nine months amounted to Rs. 44.5 billion, a notable increase of 13% compared to the same period in the previous year.
 Bankrupt politicians are spreading falsehoods about new Constitution - PM:
Feb 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says bankrupt politicians are spreading falsehoods claiming that the new Constitution will harm Buddhism and divide the country but those attempts cannot change the path of the government.
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  NAITA program offers free vocational training for three-wheeler drivers:
Feb 10, Colombo: The government has decided to provide free vocational training to the three-wheeler drivers from this year under the "From Three-wheel to Four-wheel" program implemented by the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA).
 Sri Lanka to purchase Mi-17 Helicopters from Russia for UN missions - Ambassador :
Feb 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka is conducting negotiations with Russia to purchase a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping mission, according to a report by Russian state news agency, Sputnik.
 Over 2,500 power pirates in Sri Lanka pay Rs. 130 million in fines last year:
Feb 10, Colombo: The Special Investigation Unit of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has arrested 2,522 unscrupulous electricity users during raids conducted island wide last year.
 A controlling mindset and limited ambition hinder flow of private equity to local businesses - Dr. Rasitha Wickramasinghe, STAX Colombo:
Feb 10, Colombo: Dr. Rasitha Wickramasinghe, of STAX Colombo, discusses private equity (PE), due diligence and challenges faced by Sri Lankan corporates in attracting PE funding.
  Foreign Employment Bureau program provides Job opportunities in Japan for unemployed youths:
Feb 10, Colombo: Another phase of the program launched by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) for unemployed youths took place in the Puttalam District today. Puttalam district program was held under the patronage of MP Hector Appuhamy.
 Sri Lanka PM invites political parties to set aside divisions and get involved in building the country :
Feb 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said establishing a national government is a timely need to develop the country and stressed that if the political parties set aside the differences and work together the country can be built for the benefit of the people.
 Sri Lanka navy arrests seven Indian fishermen for illegal fishing in island waters:
Feb 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested seven Indian fishermen for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters in the East on Saturday.
 Customs nab five Sri Lankans smuggling foreign cigarettes worth over Rs. 3 million:
Feb 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested five Sri Lankan passengers at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake for attempting to illegally bring a stock of foreign cigarettes into the country.
 Sri Lanka's 99X Technology, creator of 350,000+ download Serverless DynamoDB, appointed as AWS partner:
Feb 10, Colombo: Reaching another milestone in its journey of technological excellence, software product engineering specialist 99X Technology entered the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network, becoming one of its newest consulting partners.
  Provincial elections before Presidential election - President:
Feb 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says that the provincial council election will be held definitely before the presidential election.
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 Sri Lanka Minister of Industry and Commerce sues Hiru TV for Rs. 1 billion against defamation:
Feb 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen claimed Rs one billion compensation with regard to a statement broadcast on the local TV channel that allegedly damaged his image, reputation and good will.
  Sri Lanka PM emphasizes promoting an export economy to generate more revenue :
Feb 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government is now focused on increasing production and will promote an export economy to generate more revenue from foreign sources in the future.
 Kerala Ganja found in a vehicle used by actor Ryan :
Feb 09, Colombo: The police have found Kerala Cannabis in a vehicle said to have been used by actor Ryan Van Rooyen, who was arrested along with Makandure Madush in Dubai.
 President says will overcome challenges with a systematic approach to provide a healthy future for youth :
Feb 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says a systematic approach will be taken to win the challenges in building positive future for the youth.
 Navy apprehends 3 persons with cannabis:
Feb 09, Colombo: Naval personnel attached to the Southern Naval Command in coordination with Dikwella Police apprehended 3 persons with 315g of cannabis during a raid carried out in Weurukannala area in Matara, yesterday (8th February).
 IMF team to visit Sri Lanka on 15th for discussions on postponed loan disbursement :
Feb 09, Colombo: Representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in next week to discuss the granting of the 5th tranche of the US$ 1.5 billion fund facility that was postponed due to the political crisis on October 26.
 Term of Presidential Commission on SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka extended:
Feb 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has extended the term of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the frauds in SriLankan Airlines, Mihin Lanka and SriLankan Catering.
 Education should be strengthened to build the economy - business group:
Feb 09, Colombo: A leading group of businessmen says education and infrastructure should be strengthened to build the economy of the country. They say focusing attention on education in this year's budget is a positive sign for the future.
  Dialog powers the launch of the SLINTEC Startup Engine for aspiring entrepreneurs:
Feb 09, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, powered the launch of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) Startup Engine, Sri Lanka's first science and technology incubation and acceleration program, designed for the scientific and engineering entrepreneur community.
 A broad program through Gramashakthi People's Movement to uplift economy of the eastern people:
Feb 08, Colombo The Government officials of the East have pointed out that Grama Shakthi People's Movement contributed more to economically empower the low income recipient families in the eastern province by improving their livelihood methods.
 Presidential Commission commences receiving complaints of corruption in state institutions during unity government :
Feb 08, Colombo: The Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to investigate into corruption and malpractice committed under the Yahapalana government in the period from 15 January 2015 to 31 December 2018 has commenced accepting complaints.
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 Gnanasara Thero's six month jail term for threatening missing journalist's wife suspended for five years:
Feb 08, Colombo: The Homagama High Court today (Feb 8) suspended the six months rigorous imprisonment sentence imposed on Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero for a period of five years.
 Minister Mangala Samaraweera requests IGP to conduct inquiry to identify coordinating secretary arrested in Dubai:
Feb 08, Colombo: Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera has requested the Inspector General of Police to conduct a broad investigation into the allegations that a coordinating secretary of the minister is among the people who have been arrested along with underworld leader Makandure Madush in Dubai.
 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader to visit India today :
Feb 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa is set to leave for India on Friday to attend a forum, his office said.
 Etihad Airbus A380 makes emergency landing at Colombo airport as passenger suffers heart-attack:
Feb 08, Colombo: An Etihad Airways A380 plane with more than 460 people on board has made an emergency landing early this morning in Sri Lanka's international airport in Katunayake after declaring a medical emergency onboard.
 Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission responds to President's allegations:
Feb 08, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) responding to the statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena in parliament on Wednesday (06) said the Commission is disheartened and discouraged by the unjust criticism of the commission's work by the President.
 Official launch of Citra, Sri Lanka's first Public Sector Innovation Lab on Feb 13:
Feb 08, Colombo: Citra, Sri Lanka's first Social Innovation Lab, co-developed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be officially launched under the auspices of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday, 13 February at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.
 Global water management expert visits Sri Lanka:
Feb 08, Colombo: Dr. Roberto Lenton, one of the world's foremost experts in water management is in Sri Lanka this week for high-level government consultations.
 Sri Lanka Fisheries Ministry to introduce GPS technology for all fishing vessels :
Feb 08, Colombo: The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has taken measures to introduce GPS technology for all fishing vessels to monitor the vessels and to issue an identity card for local fishermen, the Director General of the Department of Fisheries Prasanna Geeganage informed the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources P. Harrison.
 Indian tour operators visit Sri Lanka to promote island to Indian travelers:
Feb 08, Colombo: The Executive Committee of the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), comprising 15 members visited Sri Lanka last week.
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