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  President says caste discrimination is a major hurdle to resolve problems of the people in the North

Mar 20, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Mar 19) said that ending the caste discrimination in the North has become a more pressing problem than building national unity and reconciliation between Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people.

President Sirisena made this observation at a ceremony held Tuesday at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH to grant Diplomas to graduates of Sociology and Criminology of the Sri Jayewardenepura University.

 Minister Rishad Bathiudeen given additional portfolio of Vocational Training and Skills Development:
Mar 21, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena in an Extraordinary Gazette Notification has announced the added portfolios of Vocational Training and Skills Development to Minister Rishad Bathiudeen on Monday (18).

 Sri Lankan academic named 10th President of Southwest Minnesota State University:
Mar 21, St. Paul, MN: Sri Lankan born academic Prof. Kumara Jayasuriya has been named as the 10th president of Southwest Minnesota State University by the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the school announced yesterday.

 Sri Lankan and Indian gold smugglers nabbed at Sri Lanka airport:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested six Indian nationals and three Sri Lankans while attempting to smuggle gold worth pieces nearly Rs. 40 million into the country.

 Sri Lanka will be able to achieve economic targets in next five years - PM:
Mar 20, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka currently is in a transitional period and the country will be able to meet its economic targets in the next five years.
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 President observes reduction in spread of kidney disease in Sri Lanka:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says due to the broad programs launched within the past four years in preventing the kidney disease there is a reduction in the spread of kidney disease.

  Human Rights Watch calls for a time-bound plan to hold Sri Lanka to implement UN Commitments:
Mar 20, Geneva: The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Wednesday said although Sri Lanka is given more time to implement the UN Commitments it made in 2015, the government cannot delay any further and called for a stronger measures to monitor the processes and a time-bound plan for implementation.

 'Sri Lanka has taken concrete action to take transitional justice measures forward':
Mar 20, Geneva: Sri Lanka, committed to pursue the process of Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence in 2015, has been taking concrete action since, to move forward on these pillars, the Sri Lankan delegation told the 40th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today.

 UNHRC calls on Sri Lanka to implement a detailed, comprehensive strategy for the transitional process with a fixed timeline:
Mar 20, Geneva: Presenting the report on Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka to the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday (20) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on Sri Lanka to implement a detailed, comprehensive strategy for the transitional process with a fixed timeline.

  Case against Sri Lankan tire exports by US courts dismissed:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka achieved another legal victory in the case of countervailing duties imposed by the US against off-the-road (OTR) tire from Sri Lanka, after the US Department of Commerce decided to withdraw an appeal against the decision of the US Court of International Trade

 Norochcholai power generation restored, no more power cuts, CEB assures:
Mar 20, Colombo: The malfunctioned second generator of the Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai. has been repaired and added to the National Power Grid, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.

 Beliatta UNP Pradeshiya Sabha member found shot and injured:
Mar 20, Colombo: The UNP Opposition Leader of Beliatta Pradeshiya Sabha Kapila Amarakoon has been admitted to the hospital this morning (20) after he was shot at and seriously injured, the Police Media Spokesperson said.

 President says caste discrimination is a major hurdle to resolve problems of the people in the North :
Mar 20, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Mar 19) said that ending the caste discrimination in the North has become a more pressing problem than building national unity and reconciliation between Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people.

 No UN resolution 'against' Sri Lanka - Minister Mangala Samaraweera dispels claims by Opposition Leader:
Mar 20, Colombo: In response to a statement issued by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday (March 17) requesting President Maithripala Sirisena to withdraw from a new UN resolution that is being tabled in the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, Minister Mangala Samaraweera says Rajapaksa's statement was based on false and exaggerated facts.

 Sri Lanka Navy's SLNS Sagara leaves for Malaysia to participate in LIMA 2019:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Sagara left Trincomalee harbor Tuesday (19th March) for Malaysia to participate in the International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA)-2019.

 Sri Lanka receives $3.85 billion investment to build a refinery in Hambanthota :
Mar 19, Colombo: Two massive development projects in Sri Lanka's investment history will commence at Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone in Hambantota, Deputy Minister of Development strategies and International Trade Nalin Bandara said today (19).
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 Sri Lanka's political crisis in last quarter slows economic growth to 3.2 percent in 2018:
Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew at a positive rate of 3.2 percent in 2018 while the growth during the fourth quarter of the year was only 1.8 percent reflecting the fallout from the nearly two-month long political crisis in the quarter.

 Sri Lanka's future economic prosperity and social well-being depend on the openness and security of its cyber networks - British HC:
Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's future economic prosperity and social well-being will increasingly depend on the openness and security of its cyber networks and the ways in which they link to networks beyond its borders, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris says.

  Sri Lanka's first Social Innovation Lab conducts workshop on 'Foresight and Innovation for Public Sector Excellence':
Mar 19, Colombo: Citra, Sri Lanka's first Social Innovation Lab successfully conducted a comprehensive capability strengthening workshop on 'Foresight and Innovation for Public Sector Excellence.

 Sri Lanka utility regulator proposes standards and regulatory system for water fittings:
Mar 19, Colombo: Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) with corporation of other institutions has drafted the standards and regulatory measures for water fittings in Sri Lanka.

 Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda to CID for a third time today:
Mar 19, Colombo: Former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda arrived at the Criminal Investigations Department for the third day today to record a statement.

 Power and Energy Minister instructs to expedite connecting Chunnakam Power station to national grid :
Mar 19, Colombo: The Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake has instructed the chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and relevant authorities to take steps to expedite adding electricity generated from the Chunnakam Power plant to the national grid.

 Prison department to interview 79 applicants for hangman's post :
Mar 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms says that the interviews for the post of executioner will be held on March 27 and 28.

  Special raid unit to curb illegal freshwater fishing:
Mar 18, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi has decided to establish a special raids unit to control illegal activities in freshwater fishing in the country.
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 Power will be restored by night, CEB says:
Mar 18, Colombo: Electricity supply in many parts of the country has been obstructed due to the failure of a generator in the Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai.

 Comprehensive program implemented to develop the temple and the village - PM:
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says this government is the one that implemented a comprehensive program allocating funds to develop the Temple and village as no other government has done in the past.
 Former Navy Commander Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe assumes office as new Secretary of Ports and Shipping Ministry:
Mar 18, Colombo: Former Navy Commander Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe has assumed office as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Ports Shipping and Southern Development.
 BOI to inaugurate two landmark investment projects in Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone :
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Investment promotion agency, the Board of Investment (BOI) has initiated two of the largest investment projects in BOI's history in the Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone in Hambantota with a total investment of $ 3.95 billion.
 Sri Lanka's CSE Chairman outlines way forward for the Stock Market:
Mar 18, Colombo: The Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Ray Abeywardena airing his views on the plans to develop the Market confirmed that initiatives were under way to hold more Road Shows this year to promote the market overseas.
 More police officers and forest ranger arrested in the abduction and killing of Rathgama businessmen :
Mar 18, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested seven police officers of the Southern Province Special Crime Investigation Unit and a forest ranger of Walasmulla forest reserve in connection with the abduction and murder of two businessmen from Rathgama area, Police Media Spokesman, SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
  President launches five-year National Action Plan for the elimination of bribery and corruption :
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today ceremonially launched the five-year National Action Plan for Combatting Bribery and Corruption in Sri Lanka 2019 - 2023.
 Sri Lanka Army to release more land in the East :
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, in keeping with the government's policy to release more security forces-held lands to the civilians, is currently engaged in the release of more and more private and state lands and is scheduled to return few more acres of land used by the Army in the East.
  Fatal head-on collision kills four, injures eight :
Mar 18, Colombo: Four people were killed and eight others were seriously injured in a road accident along the Colombo - Puttalam main road in the Nagawilluwa area in pre-dawn hours of Monday, according to the Puttalam Police.
 SLPP Southern Provincial Councilor Krishantha Pushpakumara resigns over alleged sexual abuse claims:
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Southern Provincial Council Member Krishantha Pushpakumara alias 'Raththaran' has decided to resign from his post.
 Two Australian Navy ships in search of a sunken WWII destroyer arrive at Sri Lanka's Trincomalee port :
Mar 18, Colombo: Two war ships of Australian Navy, which arrived in Sri Lanka on 11th March to search for a Australian destroyer sunk by enemy during the second World War in the seas around Batticaloa, have sailed to Trincomalee harbor on Sunday.
  Afghanistan to open air corridor to Sri Lanka to revive trade, economic ties :
Mar 17, Colombo: Buoyed by its unprecedented rise in latest global Doing Business ranks, Afghanistan seeking to revive trade with Sri Lanka and strengthen economic ties between the two countries will open a direct air corridor for trade later this month.
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  Empowering women is government's top priority - Minister Mangala Samaraweera:
Mar 17, Colombo: Empowering women has become one of the main priorities for the government, Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said addressing an event in Matara today.
  Color coding of foods and beverages according to sugar, fat and salt content mandatory from April 2:
Mar 17, Colombo: Color coding of foods and beverages according to the salt and fat content of the foods will be mandatory from April 2, the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine said.
 Prime Minster pledges to build a proper transport network for entire public to benefit :
Mar 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government's policy is to build a proper road network for the country and the government has made plans to create a national road system which does not change with changes in governments.
 Two suspects arrested with 88 kg of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 13 million:
Mar 17, Colombo: Two persons have been arrested at Point Pedro with 88 kg of Kerala Cannabis in their possession, Police Media Spokesperson said.
 National Action Plan to combat Bribery and Corruption to be launched tomorrow:
Mar 17, Colombo: The National Action Plan for Combating Bribery and Corruption in Sri Lanka will be launched tomorrow (18) under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.
 Five sand racketeers arrested for attacking STF and obstructing duties:
Mar 17, Colombo: Five people have been arrested in connection with an incident where police Special Task Force personnel who had gone to raid an illegal sand mining operation in Ariyalai, Jaffna, were attacked and hindered from carrying out their duties.
 Enforce the law strictly against those who misuse public property, State Minister instructs fisheries officials:
Mar 17, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Dilip Wedaarachchi has instructed heads of all institutions of the Fisheries Ministry to strictly enforce the law against those who misuse public property.
 Sathosa Motors unveils next gen Isuzu D Max double cab at Colombo Motor Show 2019:
Mar 17, Colombo: Pioneering automotive specialists, Sathosa Motors PLC (SML), unveiled the rugged 2019 edition of its increasingly popular Isuzu D Max RT66 Double Cab at the Colombo Motor Show amidst the eager anticipation of Sri Lanka's most enthusiastic gear-heads.
  PM to vest 200 island wide rural road construction projects tomorrow:
Mar 16, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday will declare open and launch construction of 200 road and bridge building projects undertaken by the Highways and Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Ministry with an investment of Rs. 3 billion.
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 One day service for document registrations commences from today :
Mar 16, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the service of registering documents in one day without payment will be given to the people from today.
 Sri Lankan leaders express condolences, condemnation after mosque attack in Christchurch :
Mar 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan political leaders expressed condolences and condemnation following Friday's deadly attacks on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch that killed 49 people.
 Over 2100 Indian devotees attend St. Anthony's Church Feast at Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu Island:
Mar 16, Colombo: The annual two-day festival at St. Anthony's Church in Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu island was held today in a grand scale and over 2100 Indian devotees attended the revered event in addition to 6,500 Sri Lankan devotees, according to the Sri Lanka Navy.
  Australia's multilateral naval exercise IPE 19 aims to improve defense cooperation with Sri Lanka :
Mar 16, Colombo: Australia has launched the annual multilateral defense cooperation exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) which will bring an Australian Defense Force (ADF) Joint Task Force to Sri Lanka and several other South and South East Asian nations with the aim of strengthening ties with their militaries.
 Sri Lanka Police in special operation arrest 2,646 people for various crimes:
Mar 16, Colombo: A special 9-hour police operation launched Friday night covering all police divisions across the island has made 2,646 arrests for various violations of law, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
 Minister Ranjan Ramanayake instructs not to display his name or picture on plaques opened at road development projects :
Mar 16, Colombo: State Minister of Highways and Road Development, Ranjan Ramanayake says he has informed his ministry officials not to use his name or picture in boards opened along with development projects.
 Milk powder prices increased according to a price formula:
Mar 16, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority has allowed importers to increase the prices of imported milk powder according to a new milk food price formula, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 Supercar Sundowner - Quintessentially hosts an exclusive evening at King of the Mambo:
Mar 16, Colombo: With the stunning backdrop of the Colombo sky at sunset, prestige met pedigree performance at the exclusive invitees-only #SupercarSundowner, held at King of the Mambo, Galle Face Hotel.
 UK court orders retrial of Sri Lankan Brigadier convicted of threatening gesture :
Mar 16, Colombo: A UK court has ordered a retrial of Sri Lanka Army Brigadier Priyanka Fernando who was in absentia convicted of violating UK's Public Order Act.
  President visits World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi:
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in Nairobi, Kenya to attend the UN Environment Assembly, today visited the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi at the invitation of Director General of the center, Dr. Tony Simons.
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 Special High Court allows Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to go abroad:
Mar 15, Colombo: The Special High Court has granted permission for former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to travel overseas for a two-week period from March 26 to April 12.
 Two wanted suspects arrested with 20 kg of drugs and weapons:
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force (STF) today arrested four individuals and seized 20 kilograms of narcotics and four firearms in Ja-Ela area.
 Over 2000 Indian pilgrims to attend annual feast of St. Anthony's Church in Katchatheevu Island this weekend:
Mar 15, Colombo: The annual two-day festival at St. Anthony's Church in Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu island will be held on March 16 and 17.
 Sri Lankan, Kenyan Presidents hold bilateral discussions on deepening ties :
Mar 15, Nairobi: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who is in Nairobi to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly on Thursday held bilateral discussions with the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.
  Australia to launch 7-nation Indian Ocean military exercises from Sri Lanka:
Mar 15, Colombo: Australia will launch a seven-nation Indian Ocean military exercise next week, starting in Sri Lanka where China has invested in strategic ports and loaned huge amounts to build other infrastructure, AFP reports.
 Sri Lanka launches the National Policy on Durable Solutions for Conflict- Affected Displacement :
Mar 15, Colombo: The National Policy on Durable solutions for Conflict- Affected Displacement was officially launched by the Ministry of National Polices, Economic Affairs, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training, Skills Development & Youth Affairs in Colombo recently.
  8th EU- Sri Lanka investor dialogue consolidates economic relations and resolves important matters:
Mar 15, Colombo: The 8th EU-Sri Lanka investor dialogue was held at the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade recently. Many of the earlier outstanding matters had been resolved through dialogue and the joint efforts of the Sri Lanka and European Union authorities.
  World Bank approves $70 million to improve local services in rural Sri Lanka:
Mar 15, Washington, DC: The World Bank Board of Directors Thursday approved a $70 million credit to improve the quality of life of around one million people living in Northern, North Central, Eastern and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka.
  Dialog and National Institute of Business Management partner to establish National Innovation Centre of NIBM:
Mar 15, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, and the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a National Level Big Data Analytic Lab at the National Innovation Centre of NIBM.
  Global water experts to meet in Sri Lanka to tackle the SDG 6:
Mar 15, Colombo: International water experts will meet at the IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in December, to progress solutions and the uptake of innovation needed to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the dedicated water goal SDG 6 by 2030.
  Two Sri Lankan women nabbed at Pune airport in India for smuggling gold worth over Rs 3 million:
Mar 15, Pune: Indian Customs officials on Thursday have arrested two Sri Lankan women for allegedly smuggling gold worth around Rs 30 lakh, at the Pune airport.
 Police seek public assistance to arrest woman abetted robbery suspect 'Kewuma':
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police seeks public support for arresting a woman who had abetted Kalum Indika Sampath alias 'Kewuma' in his drug running operations.
 Sri Lanka bans using or selling betel and associated products in the premises of public institutions:
Mar 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government, considering oral cancer risks associated with the betel chewing, has taken measures to ban the practice in in the premises of the Public Institutions.
 U.S. advised to prioritize diplomatic and military engagements with Sri Lanka for a Free and Open Indo - Pacific:
Mar 15, Colombo: The United States must prioritize diplomatic and military engagements with Sri Lanka and provide the island nation with alternatives to the BRI to keep China away for a Free and Open Indo - Pacific, an American conservative think tank says.
 Sri Lanka assures unwavering commitment to resorting to sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all :
Mar 14, Geneva: Sri Lanka joining the general debate of the Social Forum 2019 at the 40th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council assured its unwavering commitment to resorting to sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them, as well as to promote development, peace and reconciliation.
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 US human rights report says torture and other cruel punishment employed in Sri Lanka although prohibited by law:
Mar 14, Colombo: The US State Department's human rights report for 2018 said although the constitution and law prohibit Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, authorities reportedly employed them.
 Sri Lanka to purchase three STS cranes from China:
Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ports Authority plans to purchase three Ship to Shore (STS) gantry cranes from China to handle larger container ships berthing at the Colombo port deep water terminal.
 New trade zone and steel factory in Trincomalee within the next two months - Prime Minister:
Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the country's economy is being built for the younger generation to have a hope of the future.
 Sri Lanka Cricket recalls head coach after ODI series loss to South Africa:
Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday asked head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe to return home after the last match of the ongoing five-match ODI series in South Africa and appointed fielding coach Steve Rixon to coach the team for the T20 series.
  Sri Lankan President highlights initiatives taken to address environmental challenges at UN Environment Assembly:
Mar 14, Nairobi: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena highlighting the initiatives taken by his government towards greening said Sri Lanka is committed to achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and would capitalize on nature for its development.
 Fitch Assigns Sri Lanka's USD Bonds Final 'B' Rating:
Mar 14, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has assigned a final rating of 'B' to the following bonds issued by Sri Lanka on 7 March 2019: - USD1 billion 6.85% bond due 2024 and USD1.4 billion 7.85% bond due 2029.
 The second special permanent high court opens:
Mar 14, Colombo: The second special permanent High Court was opened this morning by the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorala.
 First round of talks between SLFP and SLPP end successfully, second round on March 21:
Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today held first official discussion on forming a new alliance.
 Cold Storage facilities and ice manufacturing plants to be set up near fishery harbors:
Mar 14, Colombo: The State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Dilip Wedaarachchi, said that necessary arrangements will be made to expedite the construction of cold storage facilities and ice manufacturing plants around the fishery harbors.
 Two killed, one injured in shooting in Moratumulla:
Mar 14, Colombo: Two individuals have been killed and another was injured following a shooting incident on Piliyandala Road in Moratumulla around 10:30 this morning, the police said.
 Belluna Co of Japan demonstrates confidence in Sri Lanka by investing mammoth US$450 million:
Mar 14, Colombo: In a market place replete with choice, and the growth of an ever savvier consumer base, the market today is looking for a quality product with a strong financial backing that would meet the requirements of a discerning clientele.
  Sri Lankan President arrives in Kenya to participate in UN Environment Assembly:
Mar 14, Nairobi: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday night (13), to participate in the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly.
 Police fire tear gas to disperse university students protest, arrest student leader:
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Wednesday fired tear gas and water cannons to prevent a student protest march led by the Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) reaching parliament and disperse the university students protesting near the parliament.
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  IFAD invests $ 5 million for development of Sri Lanka's plantation sector:
Mar 13, Colombo: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has invested US$ five million to develop Sri Lanka's plantation industry in the past six months, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said.
 President's, Prime Minister's expenditure head passed without a vote :
Mar 13, Colombo: The President's and Prime Minister's Expenditure Head under the Budget 2019 was passed in the Parliament without being taken up for a vote.
  Sri Lanka's trade deficit significantly narrows in December 2018 reflecting the effect of policy measures :
Mar 13, Colombo: The year-on-year deficit in the trade account narrowed significantly in December 2018 following a notable decline in the import expenditure, the Central Bank said today in its External Sector Performance review for the month.
 The second special permanent high court will be inaugurated tomorrow:
Mar 13, Colombo: The second special permanent High Court will be inaugurated under the patronage of Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorala tomorrow (March 14).
  Arrangements made to get Sri Lankan fishermen and boats released from Maldives custody in next two days :
Mar 13, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says that all arrangements have been made to get the 25 Sri Lankan fishermen arrested in Maldives and their multi-day trawlers released.
 Sri Lanka estate workers to receive Rs. 800 daily wage from 1st April:
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister said estate workers will receive a 800 rupees daily wage from the present 700 rupees from April 01st 2019.
  HNB partners with John Keells Properties to offer women an exclusive housing loan scheme for TRI-ZEN:
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading retail bank, HNB, announced the introduction of attractive mortgage packages exclusively for women hoping to invest in John Keells Properties' newest development.
  Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations are based on commonality of eternal values espoused by Islam and Buddhism - Envoy:
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Pakistan inherit a rich cultural heritage and strong cultural relations which are deep-rooted in history, the High Commissioner of Pakistan, Maj. Gen. (R) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat said.
 Appeals against the High Court verdict of Khuram Shaikh murder withdrawn, convicts to serve the sentences:
Mar 13, Colombo: The convicts of the Khuram Shaikh murder case have withdrawn the appeals by them against the High Court verdict imposing a 20 year sentence.
 Sri Lanka President leaves for Kenya to attend the UN Environment Assembly :
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left the country today (13th) to participate as a special invited guest in the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.
 FM to lead the Sri Lankan delegation to UNHRC session in Geneva:
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana will lead five-member delegation to the ongoing 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced today.
 eZ Cash partners Fintrex Finance Limited to facilitate easy leasing payments:
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's first and largest Mobile Money and Payment Service, eZ Cash, announced its most recent partnership with Fintrex Finance Limited, in order to enable customers to pay their leasing payments via eZ Cash.
 Postal workers, teachers and principals engage in trade union action:
Mar 13, Colombo: The Post and Telecommunication Officers' union has decided to engage in trade union action and will call in sick from midnight Wednesday (13) today to midnight Thursday (14).
 Police probing telephone networks to identify gunmen who shot Minister Kabir Hashim's CS:
Mar 13, Colombo: The police conducting investigations into the shooting of Minister and Kabir Hashim's Coordinating Secretary (CS) Mohamed Naslim will conduct a forensic examination of the mobile phones network to identify the culprits behind the conspiracy, according to the police.
  No power cuts, but use electricity frugally, Power and Energy Minister requests:
Mar 13, Colombo: Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake urges 6.5 million electricity consumers to help save electricity as they do not intend to have power cuts although the water levels in reservoirs are depleting daily.
 China to enhance cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of agriculture:
Mar 12, Colombo: Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China Dr. Qu Dongyu met with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Beijing Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku last week with a view to enhancing cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of Agriculture.
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 'Living Heritage' showcasing heritage of Sri Lankan capital Colombo on 24-25 March:
Mar 12, Colombo: The Delegation of the European Union in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Embassies of Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, as well as the British Council will host this year's 'Living Heritage', a two-day event showacasing and promoting the heritage of capital Colombo.
  Sri Lanka requests to increase skilled labor migration to EU countries:
Mar 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka has made a request to increase skilled labor migration to the European Union countries during a joint meeting between officials of the European Commission and Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Ministry.
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