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  President emphasizes on assistance to advance science and technology sector

July 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that In order to develop a country much assistance should be provided to science and technology sector.

However, he noted that in the fields of science and technology research the priority should be given for innovations aiming to make better human beings not for the destruction of the society. The President made these remarks participating at the closing ceremony of the 'Shilpa Sena', the first ever exhibition of the science and technology in the country held at BMICH, yesterday (21).

 Emergency guidelines issued for all fishermen as the bad weather continues:
July 23, Colombo: The State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi said since the Department of Meteorology had issued a warning that inclement weather will continue until the 24th, steps have been taken to issue a set of guidelines for all the fishermen in the fisheries industry to follow from today.

  Sri Lanka President rejects all allegations leveled against his administration over Easter Sunday attack:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he refuses allegations leveled against his administration by some sections three months after Easter Sunday attack.

 President to launch a program to provide milk for every child today:
July 23, Colombo: The 'Kiren Sapiri Dayak', the national program to provide a pack of liquid milk to every child will be inaugurated under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (23).

 Three 'Ava Gang' members arrested for Manipai clash with police :
July 23, Colombo: Police have arrested three persons suspected to be members of the 'Aava Gang' last evening over a clash with the police at Manipai in Jaffna, police said.

  Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 2.1 percent in June 2019:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in June 2019 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 2.1 percent from 3.5 percent recorded in May on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Tuesday.

 Emergency extended for another month:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena considering the security situation in the country, on Monday has issued an Extraordinary Gazette announcing the extension of the state of emergency, by another month.

 AG's petition against granting bail to former Defense Secretary and suspended IGP tomorrow:
July 22, Colombo: The case against suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando in connection with the Easter Sunday terrorist attack, was taken up for hearing today by the Colombo Chief Magistrate court.
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  Will not allow to cut trees in Wilpattu, official tells court:
July 22, Colombo: The Director General of Forest Conservation Department has informed the Court of Appeal that the Department will not allow the trees in the Kallaru Forest Reserve Zone near the Wilpattu National Forest to be felled.

 Police arrest 237 drunk drivers in past 24 hours:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 4,624 drivers during a month-long special operation launched island wide since 5th July to nab people driving under the influence.

 President emphasizes on assistance to advance science and technology sector :
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that In order to develop a country much assistance should be provided to science and technology sector.

  Discussion with PM on postal strike today:
July 22, Colombo: A special discussion will be held with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this afternoon regarding the postal strike, Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs M H A Haleem said.

 Dr. Safi's FR petition postponed to August 6:
July 22, Colombo: The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing of the fundamental rights petition filed by Dr. Safi Sihabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital to the 6th of August as the respondents had not been issued notice properly.

 HNB Assurance opens market at CSE to celebrate S&P SL 20 Entry:
July 22, Colombo: HNB Assurance PLC rang the opening bell at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Friday (19). The ceremony was organized to celebrate the inclusion of HNB Assurance PLC in the S&P SL20 Index following the 2019 mid-year index review.

 SLMC decides not to accept ministerial posts until issues are resolved:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, an ally of the government has decided not to accept ministerial portfolios until the proper solutions for the issues of the Muslims are resolved, Parliamentarian Rauf Hakeem says.

 PM says new legislation will be introduced to prevent terrorism:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recalling that three months have passed after the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on April 21 said new laws will be introduced to prevent terrorism.

 Ava member killed in clash with police:
July 21, Colombo: A man has been killed in a clash between police and suspected 'Ava' gang members in Manipai Inuvil area, in Jaffna last night, police said.
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  UNF to present a new alliance to contest presidential polls on August 5:
July 21, Colombo: A new broad political alliance, headed by United National Party (UNP) leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, will be formally announced to the public on August 5 in preparation for the upcoming presidential election.

 Postal workers to take trade union action from midnight today:
July 21, Colombo: All postal workers of the island will report sick leave from midnight today and have decided to engage in a 24 hour trade union action again.

 Visiting UN Special Rapporteur appreciates Sri Lanka's quick recovery from Easter Sunday attacks:
July 21, Colombo: A visiting top UN official has appreciated the fact that Sri Lanka was able to recover and ensure the rule of law in the aftermath of the April 21 tragedy, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

  EFL becomes first Sri Lankan company to acquire membership in Green Freight Asia:
July 21, Colombo: Recommitting itself to effective climate action in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), leading integrated global logistics solutions provider, Expolanka Freight Ltd (EFL) announced its inclusion into the membership in Green Freight Asia (GFA).

 Sri Lanka PM rejects claims by Bar Association on SOFA agreement with US:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had rejected claims made by members of the Bar Association (BASL) that the SOFA agreement, MCC and Land Bill were all interconnected.
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 Police arrest man transporting 203 kg of Kerala Cannabis:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested a man transporting 203 kilograms of Kerala Cannabis (Ganja) in a lorry in the Adiyapuliyankulama area on the Mannar- Medawachchiya road.

 Sri Lankan fishermen distressed in international waters due to bad weather allowed to reach Maldives:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan fishermen subjected to inclement weather while fishing in international waters have been allowed to reach Maldives.

  President to promote 31,500 Police officers who were denied promotions for a long time:
July 20, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps to introduce a regularized procedure for appointments and promotions of Police officers at executive grade.

 Vessel runs aground during stormy weather, Navy rescue 9 crew members:
July 20, Colombo: Si Lanka Navy, on Thursday managed to rescue 09 crew members onboard the vessel 'Sri Lanka Glory' which was in distress off Rumassala coast in Galle.
 BOI to take stern action against company imported post-consumer goods for re-export :
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Board of Investment (BOI) said it will take stern action against Hayleys Free Zone Limited for failing to re-export the goods as committed in its agreement with the BOI.
 Sri Lanka fishermen and navy personnel warned of rough seas and adverse weather:
July 19, Colombo: The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka requested the fishermen and the naval personnel to refrain from their activities in the seas off the country's southern and eastern coasts.
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  New location for Colombo Court complex:
July 19, Colombo: Six acre plot of land has been allocated for the construction of a new court complex due to the inadequate space in the dilapidated buildings in the Colombo Hulftsdorf courts complex.
 Over 3800 drunk drivers arrested during special operation :
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 3,879 drivers during a month-long special operation launched island wide earlier this month to nab people driving under the influence.
 Premier says tax incentives will be given to innovative companies:
July 19, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that Sri Lanka, as a country ready to meet the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, must lead in the world market with new technology.
  PM calls for report on wheat flour price increase:
July 19, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered to inquire into whether the increase in the price of a kilogram of wheat flour by eight rupees was due to a delay by the Cost of Living Committee and report to him immediately.
 World Bank assures continuous assistance to Sri Lanka :
July 19, Colombo: World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer said the World Bank will increase assistance to Sri Lanka under three of its new operations.
 State minister lodges complaint against journalist for distorting statement:
July 19, Colombo: State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake has lodged a complaint with the Mirihana Police requesting an immediate inquiry against a journalist who has allegedly distorted his statement and posted in social media.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank to reduce lending rates and drive credit flows to SMEs :
July 19, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka requested licensed banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) to reduce interest rates on deposits with effect from 29 April 2019.
  India, Sri Lanka sign contract to upgrade 130 km long railway track from Maho to Omanthai:
July 19, Colombo: India and Sri Lanka on Thursday signed a USD 91.26 million contract to upgrade 130 kilometer railway track from Maho to Omanthai under Indian concessional financing.
 Sri Lanka's Finance Minister to sue two private TV channels and Buddhist monk for false allegations:
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has announced that he will be taking legal action against two privately owned television channels and a well-known Buddhist monk for making unsubstantiated allegations against him.
 Fantasy Island signs agreement with BOI to open family entertainment center in Colombo:
July 19, Colombo: Fantasy Island (Private) Limited announced that it has executed an agreement with the Board of Investment (BOI) agreement on July 17th 2019 to open family entertainment center in Colombo and is confident to open the park to the public within one year.
 Talks with Minister fail, Postal workers to continue strike for today :
July 18, Colombo: The 48-hour token strike launched by the employees of the Colombo Central Postal Exchange commenced at 4.00 pm Tuesday (16) will continue for today.
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 Commercial Bank launches ComBank Q+ - Sri Lanka's first QR based payment app under LANKAQR:
July 18, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has launched ComBank Q+ - the first Quick Response (QR) based payment app to be launched under LANKAQR - creating history yet again by introducing technology that matters in the lives of the Bank's customers.
 EU, UK, European countries reiterate opposition to implementing death penalty in Sri Lanka :
July 18, Colombo: The Delegation of the European Union (EU) in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission on Thursday reiterated its strong opposition to implementing death penalty in Sri Lanka.
 Citra Social Innovation Lab leads training on essential tools for Sri Lanka public sector excellence:
July 18, Colombo: Similar to other countries in the region, Sri Lanka has experienced rising urbanization, technological innovation, deepening inequality, vulnerability to disasters and dramatic environmental risks.
 Japan provides Human Resources Development Scholarships for the Sri Lankan public sector:
July 18, Colombo: The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Program was introduced in Sri Lanka in 2010 by the Government of Japan in order to provide opportunities to the executive level public sector officials to undergo Master Degree Programs in prominent universities in Japan.
  Sri Lanka trade deficit considerably narrows in May 2019 as imports decline and exports increase:
July 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's external sector remained relatively stable in May 2019 as the year-on-year trade deficit continued to narrow significantly in May 2019, the Central Bank reported in its External Sector Performance review for the month.
 Cheese and Wine are celebrated at Alliance Francaise of Kotte as part of French Spring Festival:
July 18, Colombo: The French Spring Festival is an occasion for people in France to celebrate art and culture, and the Alliance Francaise of Kotte, which the recognized and accredited branch of the Alliance Francaise in Paris, gave prominence to one important aspect of French culture which is gastronomy.
 BOI inks agreement with edotco to equip Sri Lanka with Smart City Solutions:
July 18, Colombo: The Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka and edotco Sri Lanka, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company today entered into an agreement to invest in the latest Smart City solutions and energy efficient systems towards further developing the country's connectivity landscape.
 Two youths attempting to take selfie gone missing in sea:
July 17, Colombo: Four youths who had attempted to take selfie on a rock in the Rumassala area in Unawatuna had fallen into the sea and two of them have gone missing, Police Media Office said.
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 Minister requests trade unions to postpone postal strike until Friday:
July 17, Colombo: Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs M H A Haleem has requested the postal trade unions to postpone their strike until Friday.
  Term of Presidential Commission probing corruption and fraud extended :
July 16, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena in an Extraordinary Gazette notification has announced that the term of the Presidential Commission probing corruption and fraud was extended by two and a half months from 14th July.
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 Paddy purchasing in Northern Province begins:
July 16, Colombo: The Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) has purchased 11,642 metric tons (MT) of paddy in the Northern Province under the government certified price at a cost of Rs. 447 million.
 UN expert to visit Sri Lanka to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association:
July 16, Colombo: UN Special Rapporteur Clément Nyaletsossi Voule will visit Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July 2019 to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the country.
 Sri Lanka postal workers to launch 48-hour strike from 4 pm today:
July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Postal Services Union has decided to launch a 48-hour token strike from 4 pm today (16) over a number of unresolved issues.
 Three faculties at Ruhuna University to be reopened tomorrow:
July 16, Colombo: The Administration of the Ruhuna University has decided to reopen three faculties located at the Wellamadama complex tomorrow (17), Vice Chancellor Senior Professor Sujeewa Amarasena said.
  Navy nabs person with over 3200 illegally harvested conch shells:
July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy personnel in coordination with the officials of the Assistant Directorate of Fisheries (ADF) in Mannar yesterday (15th) have nabbed an individual for illegal harvesting conch shells.
  CID grills former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando for nine hours:
July 16, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a nine-hour long statement from former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando yesterday (July 15), over the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, police said.
 National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act strictly enforced island wide from today:
July 16, Colombo: Chairman of the National Tobacco and Alcohol Authority (NATA) Dr. Palitha Abeykoon said the Authority has taken steps to strictly enforce the National Tobacco and Alcohol Act island wide from today (16).
 Elections Commission finalizing arrangements for the presidential elections in due time:
July 16, Colombo: Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has said that the Commission is finalizing arrangements for the conduct of the Presidential election during the scheduled period.
 Sri Lanka manufacturing sector expands, service sector recovers in June:
July 16, Colombo: According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank on Monday, the industrial production in Sri Lanka expanded in June 2019 while services sector recovered after the April 21 terrorist attacks.
  Sri Lankan companies take part in catalogue show in Lahore to boost bilateral trade:
July 16, Colombo: Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) in collaboration with Sri Lankan High Commission in Pakistan organized a Catalogue Show at its premises on Monday.
 JICA supports recovery of Sri Lanka's tourism sector after Easter bombings:
July 16, Colombo: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry, successfully completed a joint seminar for the "Recovery of Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings 2019" targeting officials and professionals in the tourism sector.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister promises a permanent solution to national question in next two years:
July 16, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he will do his utmost to find a political solution to the national question in the next two years.
 President wants honest politicians in government:
July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says the only way to build the country is to form a government with honest politicians.
 President opens new Rs. 5 bn Nuwara Eliya District Hospital :
July 15, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena Monday declared open the fully-pledged Nuwara Eliya District Hospital constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 billion in Nuwara Eliya.
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 EU offers Sri Lanka EUR 8.5 mn to improve law enforcement and counterterrorism efforts:
July 15, Colombo: The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka Monday (July 15) held an informal counterterrorism dialogue focused on preventing violent extremism and terrorism.
  Over 3100 drunk drivers arrested during special operation:
July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 3,154 drivers during a month-long special operation launched island wide earlier this month to nab people driving under the influence.
 Court orders AG to submit facts on clearing of Wilpattu:
July 15, Colombo: The Court of Appeal has ordered the Attorney General to inquire the Director General of the Forest Conservation Department about the current situation of the Marichchakkuttu, Kallaru Forest Reserve Zone near the Wilpattu Forest Reserve and inform the court on the 19th.
 Sri Lanka PM clears ACMC leader Rishad Bathiudeen of false allegations:
July 15, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says some people are trying to reject parts of the report produced by the intelligence agency about the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday.
 Colombo considers healthy living - 'CarFreeCMB' vehicle free open street day draws in a crowd:
July 15, Colombo: Colombo's first ever open street concept day saw residents reclaiming their streets from Green Path to Independence Avenue on foot, bicycle, skateboard and rollerblades.
 Dialog and SriLankan Airlines partner to provide loyal customers with exclusive benefits:
July 15, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, partnered with the national carrier, SriLankan Airlines to provide Dialog subscribers, a convenient way to convert their Star Points to FlySmiLes miles
 Sri Lanka Navy rescues six people drowning in sea :
July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy personnel have rescued 06 persons who were drowning in seas off the Calido beach in Kalutara Sunday (14).
 China's Sinopec sets up fuel oil unit in Sri Lanka:
July 15, Colombo: China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, known as Sinopec Corp, said on Monday it has set up a fuel oil company in Sri Lanka as it looks to supply fuel to ships along a major maritime route, the Reuters news agency reported.
 PM pledges to reduce bank loan interest rates, expects tourist arrivals to increase:
July 14, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing an event in Trincomalee Sunday said the bank loan interest rate will be reduced from 12% to 10% by the end of this month and tourist arrivals will increase.
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 Man arrested for false tip to police on an alleged attack on parliament :
July 14, Colombo: A person, who made a false call to the 119 telephone center of the Police Emergency service claiming an attack on the Parliament on Friday night, has been arrested by the police.
 Abolishing the death penalty is a victory for drug traffickers and criminals - President:
July 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says the day, a bill to abolish the death penalty is brought to parliament, handing over the country to the drug traffickers, underworld and rapists, will be a day of national mourning.
 Sri Lanka appreciates support and solidarity extended by the Commonwealth following Easter Sunday tragedy:
July 14, Colombo: Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha on Wednesday (10 July) conveyed Sri Lanka's appreciation for the support and solidarity extended by the Commonwealth membership and the Secretary-General in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy
  Second Enterprise Sri Lanka exhibition in Anuradhapura from July 24-27:
July 14, Colombo: The Enterprise Sri Lanka Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Finance will be held in Anuradhapura Walisinghe Harischandra Playground from 24th to 27th July from 10 am to 10 pm daily, the Ministry of Finance said in a release.
 Sri Lanka army releases another 27 acres in Jaffna to owners :
July 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has released another 27 acres of land in Jaffna, used by the Army for service requirements on Friday.
  Army jeep topples killing soldier and injuring eight:
July 14, Colombo: An Army soldier was killed and eight others were injured when an Army jeep toppled at Vattappanei junction in Mullaitivu this morning. The injured have been rushed to the Mullaitivu Hospital.
 Opposition is dreaming of government failing - Minister Rajitha:
July 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the opposition is dreaming that the government will collapse while some officials are obstructing the development of the state.
 Sri Lankan arrested in Philippines for sexually abusing Filipina wife and stepdaughter:
July 14, Colombo: A Sri Lankan man has been arrested in Bulacan, Philippines on Friday for abusing his Filipina wife and stepdaughter and broadcasting the attacks online for money.
 99X Technology sets sights on accelerated growth with top-level appointments:
July 14, Colombo: Software product engineering specialist 99X Technology announced the appointments of Sherman Gunatillake as Chief Financial Officer and Damitha Jayasinghe as Chief People Officer.
 Sri Lanka Navy denies newspaper report on 'ghost ship':
July 13, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy strongly denied a statement made in a newspaper report which quoting Navy Spokesman said that the occupants of the 'ghost ship' appeared to be either Indians or Pakistanis.
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  President to hand over land deeds to 5000 Mahaweli farmers tomorrow:
July 13, Colombo: A national program is being implemented under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena to grant land ownership rights to every settler in the Mahaweli land.
  Government will grant land rights to all citizens - PM :
July 13, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the right to own land that was limited to the rich will be granted to all the citizens regardless of their social status.
 UMW expands specialized service capacity for BMW vehicles with Bavarian Auto Services acquisition:
July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading multi-brand workshop, Ultimate Motor Works Ltd (UMW) announced a drastic expansion to its ability to provide specialized auto servicing solutions for the entire spectrum of BMW vehicles flowing from its landmark acquisition of BMW servicing specialist Bavarian Auto Services (BAS).
  Traffic restricted in Colombo tomorrow morning for 'Car Free Colombo':
July 13, Colombo: Police said that vehicular movement will be restricted Sunday morning on several roads in Colombo for the 'Car Free Colombo' program launched by the Mayor of Colombo Rosie Senanayake and the Embassy of The Netherlands.
 Police arrest 2,540 drunk drivers during special operation:
July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 2,540 drivers during a month-long special operation launched island wide last week to nab people driving under the influence.
 Sri Lanka Muslim MPs decide to amend Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act :
July 13, Colombo: Muslim parliamentarians of Sri Lanka have decided to amend several core articles in the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) including articles governing minimum age limit for marriage and woman's consent MP and President's Counsel Faiszer Musthapha announced today.
 Travel + Leisure names Sri Lanka 'Best Island in the World' :
July 13, Colombo: Travel + Leisure, a U.S travel magazine has ranked Sri Lanka Number 1 in its list of 'The 15 Best Islands in the World' released on 10 July 2019.
 Puttalam fishermen reap a good harvest of giant freshwater prawns :
July 13, Colombo: Fishermen in Puttalam District have been able to reap a good harvest of the giant freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), also known as "Kara Andu Issa" these days.
 Supreme Court decision on petition against State Lands (Special Provisions) draft Bill Land will be given to Speaker:
July 13, Colombo: The Supreme Court, which concluded the hearing on a petition against certain clauses in the State Lands (Special Provisions) Bill, has announced that the Speaker will be informed of the verdict in near future.
 Term of Presidential Commission probing corruption and fraud extended:
July 13, Colombo: The term of 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 been extended by another three months.
 Sri Lanka Navy commander's term extended:
July 13, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to grant a one year service extension to the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal de Silva.
 Sri Lanka's economy is gradually recovering - Central Bank Chief:
July 12, Colombo: The Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka says that the economy of Sri Lanka is recovering gradually after the Easter attacks.
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 Sri Lanka PM not afraid to testify before the PSC probing Easter Sunday attacks :
July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he will testify before the special Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to inquire into the Easter Sunday bomb attacks.
 Navy arrests 6 Indian fishermen for engaging in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters:
July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested a group Indian fishermen including a child from Tamil Nadu along with a dhow for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 Muslim ministers ready to re-assume given up portfolios :
July 12, Colombo: Former State Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Faizal Cassim says that the former Muslim ministers who resigned from their portfolios have decided to take up the ministerial posts again.
 US Ambassador offers assistance to develop Sri Lanka's plantation sector:
July 12, Colombo: Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake and the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz held a lengthy discussion today (12) at the Ministry premises in Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.
 Tenders to be called for 90 one megawatt solar power plants :
July 12, Colombo: Steps have been taken to call tenders for the construction of 90 one-megawatt (MW) solar power plants, Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.
  Petitions against Hemasiri, Pujith postponed until July 25:
July 12, Colombo: The Supreme Court today decided to postpone the hearing of fundamental rights petitions filed against former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara, who has been sent on compulsory leave, until July 25.
 Sri Lanka lawmaker tables Private Member's Motion to abolish death penalty :
July 12, Colombo: A lawmaker of the ruling party of Sri Lanka government today tabled a Private Member's Motion in parliament to abolish the death penalty.
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