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  Sri Lankan President urges local industries to commence production of high quality textiles

Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today emphasized that it is imperative for local industries to commence the production of standard and high quality textiles immediately.

President Rajapaksa explored the possibility of assigning the larger percentage of supply of school and security forces uniform material to local industrialists following an inspection visit to textile mills in the Dankotuwa Industrial Zone today (September 28).

 Dialog Axiata launches Game Jam+ to promote local game development:
Sept 29, Colombo: Accelerating local game development and gamification while helping to foster the developer community of Sri Lanka, Dialog Axiata will be powering the Sri Lankan edition of Game Jam+,

  SLFP appoints committee to study 20th Amendment:
Sept 29, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed a ten-member committee to study the draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

  Supreme Court to begin hearing of petitions against the 20th Amendment today:
Sept 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today will begin to hear the fundamental rights petition filed draft bill of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

 HNB Finance rewards winners of ‘Ape Gedara Avurudu’ Digital Games:
Sept 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading financial services provider HNB FINANCE PLC, recently rewarded the winners of their unique and interactive ‘Ape Gedara Avurudu’ digital portal, launched in celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

  Ten buses repaired at a cost of Rs. 17 million vested with the public:
Sept 29, Colombo: Nine buses and a tow truck repaired by the state-owned Lakdiva Engineering Company Limited at a cost of Rs. 17 million have been handed over to the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

  Ranil’s testimony on Anti-Corruption Committee is untrue - Anura Kumara:
Sept 28, Colombo: The Leader of the National People’s Power (NPP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that the statement made by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe about the Anti-Corruption Committee was completely untrue.
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 Moody’s downgrade of Sri Lanka ratings unwarranted, Finance Ministry responds:
Sept 28, Colombo: Following the announcement by Moody’s Investors Service downgrading Sri Lanka’s Sovereign rating, the Ministry of Finance has immediately responded saying the rating action is unwarranted and requested the foreign investors not to be dissuaded by the action.

 Supreme Court to hear petition against presidential pardon to Royal Park murder convict on January 19:
Sept 28, Colombo: The Supreme Court today set January 19 to consider the fundamental rights petition filed against the presidential pardon granted to the convict of Royal Park murder, Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha.

 Captain of fire-stricken MT New Diamond barred from traveling overseas:
Sept 28, Colombo: Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihar on Monday (28) denied the Attorney General’s request to remand the Greek captain of the New Diamond supertanker that caught fire in the Eastern seas off Sangaman Kanda Point in Sri Lanka.

  Sri Lankan President urges local industries to commence production of high quality textiles:
Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today emphasized that it is imperative for local industries to commence the production of standard and high quality textiles immediately.

  Empathy in the learning process in Sri Lanka expanded with the help of Japanese government :
Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka with the help of Japanese government has implemented a program to expand the “Empathy in the learning process” with the aim to achieve the sustainable education goals.

 Moody’s downgrades Sri Lanka’s ratings to Caa1, outlook changed to stable:
Sept 28, Singapore: Moody’s Investors Service has today downgraded the Government of Sri Lanka’s long-term foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured ratings to Caa1 from B2 and changed the outlook to stable.

 Afghanistan and Sri Lanka Chambers of Commerce sign historic MOU to expand bilateral trade and investment:
Sept 28, Colombo: The CEOs of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment, Sayed Zaman Hashemi, and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Manjula de Silva, virtually signed a historic MOU of Cooperation...

 The tourism industry will generate $ 10 billion in revenue by 2025 - Tourism Minister :
Sept 28, Colombo: Tour aim Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the government is working to achieve the target of attracting seven million tourists to Sri Lanka and earning $ 10 billion from the tourism industry by 2025.

 Hartal in the North to protest government preventing death commemoration of Tamils died in the war :
Sept 28, Colombo: Steps have been taken to launch a Hartal in the Northern Province from this morning (28) to protest against the present government violating the rights of the Tamil people in the North.

 Special police operation in Western Province arrests 1,481 suspects in 24 hours:
Sept 28, Colombo: Police have arrested 1,481 persons for drug and alcohol offenses during special police raids conducted in the Western Province in the past 24 hours between 6 am yesterday and 5 am Monday.

 TNA leader falls ill leaving party activities temporarily suspended:
Sept 28, Colombo: As the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has suddenly fallen ill again, the party has taken steps to suspend several decisions, including the appointment of a media spokesperson, local media reported.

 Captain of the MT New Diamond ship appears before court:
Sept 28, Colombo: The Captain of the fire-stricken oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ ship that caught fire off the coast of has been produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court at Hulftsdorp today.

 ICRA Lanka reaffirms the ratings of Hayleys PLC; Revises the Outlook from Stable to Negative:
Sept 28, Colombo: ICRA Lanka Limited has reaffirmed the issuer rating of Hayleys PLC at [SL]A+ while revising the outlook from Stable to Negative.

 Ceylon Chamber holds Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2020 on December 1-2 :
Sept 28, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be organizing the 20th Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) on December 1 and 2, 2020 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo.

 484 suspects arrested in a special raid conducted in the Western Province:
Sept 27, Colombo: During special raids carried out in the Western Province, the police were able to arrest 484 persons for various offenses during the past 24 hours.
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 Sri Lankan embassy in Kuwait closed due to COVID-19:
Sept 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait has been closed after three Embassy staff members and 44 migrant workers accommodated at the Embassy Safe House have been confirmed COVID-19 positive.

  STF had the capability to prevent Easter Sunday attack if intelligence information conveyed - Former Commandant :
Sept 27, Colombo: Despite the unique ability of the Police Special Task Force (STF) to take action against terrorists, the then IGP and the Director of State Intelligence had not properly informed him about the intel provided by the foreign intelligence services before the attack, retired Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police M.R. Latheef said.

 Crew members of oil tanker arrived at Colombo Port found positive for COVID-19:
Sept 27, Colombo: Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva says that a group of crew members of an oil tanker arrived in Sri Lanka have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

  21 Illegal containers of waste shipped back to UK:
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs on Saturday took steps to re-ship 21 of the 263 containers of waste material illegally sent to the country from the United Kingdom in December 2017.
 Government to promote fruit drinks exports uplifting local farmer:
Sept 27, Colombo: Fruit drink manufacturers should be encouraged increase their production capacity and buy more produce from the farmers, Basil Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival says.
 Motorcyclist transporting Rs. 40 million worth gold arrested in Puttalam:
Sept 27, Colombo: A man was arrested near Daluwa Lagoon while transporting around Rs. 40 million worth gold pieces on a motorcycle, Puttalam Police said.
 Sri Lanka Tea production, exports decline in August 2020 :
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tea production totaled 22.4 million kgs in August 2020 recording a decrease of 3.7 million kgs compared to 26.2 million kgs of August 2019, Tea Exporters Association report said.
 Hànyǔ Services launches to address growing interest in Chinese language services:
Sept 27, Colombo: In a global climate where China has established its standing as the second largest and fastest growing economy in the world, the extent of the country’s scale and integration has meant that proficiency in Chinese has become a coveted asset.
 The present government does not influence the judiciary - Justice Minister:
Sept 26, Colombo: The present government is not ready to influence court cases like the previous government, Justice Minister Ali Sabry said in Parliament yesterday (25).
 UN congratulates Mohan Peiris for appointment as Permanent Representative to UN in New York:
Sept 26, Colombo: The United Nations today congratulated Dr. Mohan Peiris, a former Chief Justice and President’s Counsel, on his appointment as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York.
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 Owners of fire-stricken New Diamond agrees to pay full compensation to Sri Lanka :
Sept 26, Colombo: The owners the MT New Diamond supertanker which caught fire in sea off Eastern Coast off Sri Lanka while carrying two million barrels of crude has agreed to pay full amount of compensation demanded by the Sri Lankan government.
 Sysco LABS - Educate Lanka announces successful partnership on comprehensive mentoring program:
Sept 26, Colombo: In 2017, Sysco LABS partnered with the Educate Lanka Foundation (ELF) to launch a mentorship program that serves as a blueprint for structuring career guidance for young people in Sri Lanka.
 India announces $15 million grant for Sri Lanka to strengthen Buddhist ties:
Sept 26, Colombo: During the India-Sri Lanka Virtual Bilateral Summit held Saturday, India announced a US$15 million grant assistance to Sri Lanka to strengthen Buddhist cultural links between the two countries.
 India PM calls on Sri Lanka government to carry forward reconciliation implementing 13th Amendment :
Sept 26, Colombo: India today called on the government of Sri Lanka to carry forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution to address the aspirations of the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Tourism reaches out to Sri Lankan Missions Overseas:
Sept 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism is working with the Sri Lankan Missions Overseas, through collaborations, with the intension of coordinated and targeted tourism promotions in the new normal.
 Government warns to take over estates if daily wages for workers are not increased :
Sept 26, Colombo: Labor Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has warned plantation owners that the estates will be taken over by the government if the daily wage of estate workers is not increased to 1,000 rupees.
 Sri Lanka’s technological capacity in ship building highlighted at meeting with the Suez Canal Authority:
Sept 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s technological capacity in boat and ship building highlighted and dry-dock services were highlighted at a meeting between the Suez Canal Authority and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Egypt recently.
 Minister says will end the racket of sending migrant workers for employment on tourist visa :
Sept 26, Colombo: State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Piyankara Jayaratne says that steps will be taken to stop the smuggling of migrant workers on tourist visas.
 ComBank launches ‘Cash on FD’ facility via linked Credit or Debit Cards:
Sept 26, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has introduced a ‘Cash on Fixed Deposits’ (FDs) facility which enables depositors to withdraw against their FD value through an exclusive Debit or Credit Card linked to their accounts.
 Nigerian government deports seven Sri-Lankans convicted of oil theft:
Sept 26, Colombo: Nigeria’s Federal Government has deported several foreign nationals including seven Sri-Lankans convicted for various criminal and immigration offences.
 “Sapiri Gamak” program completes 10,717 projects :
Sept 25, Colombo: Out of the 37,000 projects proposed to be implemented this year, 36,200 projects have been initiated under the “Sapiri Gamak” community based Rural Development Program.
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 Maximum retail price for coconuts from today:
Sept 25, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority has issued a special gazette notification setting a maximum retail price for coconuts from today.
  High Posts Committee approves nominations of 08 new diplomats:
Sept 25, Colombo: The Parliamentary Committee on High Posts has approved the appointment of 08 new diplomats this afternoon.
 President directs state officials to consider all the verbal orders as circulars:
Sept 25, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed the government officials to treat all verbal orders issued for the common good of the people as circulars to be implemented and the officials who neglect the order will face stern action, President’s Media Division said today.
 Russian national found in Matara does not have COVID-19, health authorities confirm:
Sept 25, Colombo: A PCR test conducted later has confirmed that the Russian national identified in the Matara area was not infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Chief Epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said.
 A five-judge panel to consider petitions against 20th Amendment :
Sept 25, Colombo: A five-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice has been appointed to consider the special petitions filed against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in the Supreme Court.
  Sri Lanka Opposition rallies against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution :
Sept 25, Colombo: Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Gayantha Karunatilaka said at a media briefing held at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo yesterday (24) that steps have been taken to launch a massive program against the 20th Amendment with the participation of all members of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SBJ).
 Steps to solve problems in the National Road Development Program discussed:
Sept 25, Colombo: Nimal Lansa, State Minister of Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure recently held a special discussion with the relevant agencies
  India First Security policy by Sri Lankan government encouraging - envoy:
Sept 25, Colombo: Clear declaration of ‘India First Security’ policy by Sri Lankan government is encouraging and reflects a fair assessment of the current state of security cooperation between India and Sri Lanka, the Deputy High Commissioner of India Vinod K Jacob said.
  Hirdaramani Knit Mihila certified CarbonNeutral® for 8th consecutive year:
Sept 25, Colombo: For the Hirdaramani Group, making decisions centred on the planet and people is an instinct honed by years of commitment to sustainability. In 2012, the company became the first CarbonNeutral® Manufacturer in Asia
 ‘Sri Lanka@100’ platform launched to boost economic prosperity through growth of mid-sized firms:
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka@100, a private sector-led initiative focused on the growth of mid-market enterprises – funded by the US Government’s international development agency, USAID, and administered by Stax – was launched yesterday at the Galle Face Hotel.
 ComBank actively drives CBSL program to propagate LANKAQR payments:
Sept 25, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon was recognized by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) for its pioneering efforts in enhancing the digital payments landscape of the country, including the launch of ‘ComBank Q+,’ the first Quick Response (QR) based Payment App to be certified and launched under LANKAQR.
 Presidential Commission again issues notices to former PM and members of Anti-Corruption Committee:
Sept 25, Colombo: Presidential Committee of Inquiry into Political Victimization yesterday (24) issued notices again to members of the previous government’s Anti-Corruption Committee including former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other MPs and former ministers.
 Sri Lanka Education Minister seeks views and suggestions of the private sector to reform education:
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris said the views and suggestions of the private sector on the changes that need to take place in education and higher education are very important
 UNP to go online under reorganization process :
Sept 25, Colombo: The United National Party under its reorganization process plans to implement activities of the party associations in Colombo and urban areas online and by electronic methods.
 Former President must take responsibility for the Easter Sunday attack, suspended IGP says:
Sept 25, Colombo: Suspended Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara says former President Maithripala Sirisena should take responsibility for the Easter Sunday attack on 21 April 2019.
 Locally produced medical equipment with international standards to be introduced to local and foreign markets:
Sept 24, Colombo: Head of the Presidential Task Force for Economic Resurgence and Poverty Elimination Basil Rajapaksa says that the country is prepared to release locally produced medical equipment meeting international standards to local and foreign markets.
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 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister underlines need for South Asia to collaborate on mitigating COVID-19 impact :
Sept 24, Colombo: Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena led the Sri Lankan delegation to the informal meeting of the Council of Ministers of the eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on 24 September 2020.
  President emphasizes seeking international investors to promote local productions:
Sept 24, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has advised the officials to divert both institutional and independent innovations to the production market immediately, with the assistance of investors.
 Presidential Commission of Inquiry issues stern warning to former President, his private secretary, and auxiliary bishops :
Sept 24, Colombo: The Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Easter Sunday terror attacks has strongly warned former President Maithripala Sirisena, his personal secretary and the auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Colombo not to issue statements rejecting the evidence presented to the Commission by witnesses.
 Interim committee report on financial misappropriations in the Foreign Employment Bureau submitted:
Sept 24, Colombo: Interim report of the Committee probing financial misappropriations committed by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment during the period 2015-2019, has been handed over to the State Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Piyankara Jayaratne.
 Fire-stricken oil tanker owner to pay Sri Lanka Rs. 340 mn for assistance, another Rs. 100 mn requested:
Sept 24, Colombo: The owners the MT New Diamond supertanker which caught fire in sea off Eastern Coast off Sri Lanka while carrying two million barrels of crude has agreed to pay 340 million rupees to Sri Lanka for its help in extinguishing the fire.
 President stresses need for educational reforms that can optimally contribute to future world, economy & development:
Sept 24, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized the need to reform the country’s education system in order to create a citizen who can optimally contribute to the future world, the economy and development.
 Mobitel partners with Fortumo to launch direct carrier billing in Sri Lanka:
Sept 24, Colombo: Bringing convenience to fingertips, Mobitel, Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider has joined hands with Fortumo, one of the leading mobile technology companies, to launch direct carrier billing in Sri Lanka.
 Pakistan High Commissioner meets with Sri Lanka Opposition Leader:
Sept 24, Colombo: Major General (Retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak, High Commissioner of Pakistan, held a cordial meeting with the Leader of the Opposition, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Sajith Premadasa along with MPs Harsha De Silva and Eran Wickramaratne in his office today.
 Treasury issues letters confirming Rs. 9.6 bn arrears payments to 303 contractors and suppliers :
Sept 24, Colombo: The Treasury has issued ‘confirmation of settlement of arrears’ letters to 303 government contractors and suppliers in various sectors, including construction, who have been involved in various government development activities and not yet been paid for their services, the Finance Ministry said.
 UNICEF commends the government of Sri Lanka for initiating legal reforms to ensure fairness and justice for children:
Sept 24, Colombo: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) commended the Government of Sri Lanka for adopting two critical policy reforms that will increase the minimum age of labor, and ensure that no child enters the adult prison system.
 United States donates locally procured personal protective equipment to support Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response :
Sept 24, Colombo: U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Health, Pavithra Wanniarachchi Wednesday as part of the United States’ on-going assistance to Sri Lanka in its response to COVID-19.
 Export Development Council led by President meets after 28 years to boost exports sector :
Sept 24, Colombo: The Export Development Council (EDC) convened yesterday under the patronage of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for the first time in 28 years after its establishment.
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