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  Sri Lankan President claims tobacco and alcohol use reason for poverty and poor health

May 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena blames the use of tobacco and alcohol for the increasing poverty level and deterioration of the health among the poor people in the country.

The President says more than 500 million rupees was being spent per day in Sri Lanka on tobacco and alcohol and the low income groups are spending 35 percent of their earnings on tobacco and alcohol. As such this is the cause for increase in poverty and the deterioration of the health of the poor.

 Dialog connects Sri Lanka to ultra-high speed 100G-Plus submarine cable:
June 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premier telecommunications service provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, announced this week, the connection of Sri Lanka to the Ultra High Capacity 100G-PLUS Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) Submarine Fiber Optic Cable via its state-of-the-art Cable Landing Station (CLS) at Mount Lavinia (South Colombo).

 Sri Lanka PM reveals plans to launch housing programs beneficial to people :
May 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the government plans to launch housing programs that are beneficial to the people.

 People's Leasing & Finance PLC rings opening bell at Colombo Stock Exchange to celebrate 20th anniversary :
May 31, Colombo: People's Leasing & Finance PLC (PLC) rang the opening bell to commence trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) today. The market opening ceremony was organized as part of the Company's celebrations to mark two decades in the financial services industry.
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 Jayalalithaa writes to Indian PM on Sri Lanka Navy arresting Indian fishermen:
May 31, Chennai: Immediately after the arrest of seven Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka Navy for illegally poaching in Sri Lanka's territorial waters, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa wrote to the Indian Prime Minister seeking the release of the fishermen.

 Bangladesh Navy's ship starts for Sri Lanka with more aid for flood victims:
May 31, Chittagong: A Bangladesh Navy ship has started for Colombo with another 105 tonnes of relief for the victims of the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka Public Services Commission suspends Anusha Palpita from post:
May 31, Colombo: The Public Services Commission (PSC) of Sri Lanka, which has power to formulate rules, regulations and procedures relating to the Public Service, has suspended the controversial appointment of Anusha Palpita after uproar from civic society organizations.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party launches campaign against taxes:
May 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday launched its campaign against the government's decision to increase Value Added Tax.

  New inductees of the Indian Administrative Services visit Sri Lanka:
May 31, Colombo: A team of thirty six newly inducted Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers visited Sri Lanka from 22 to 26 May 2016 as part of the foreign exposure component of the IAS induction program at the Institute of Management in Government, Thiruvananthapuram, Trivandrum, Kerala, the High Commission of India said in a release today.

 Sri Lankan President claims tobacco and alcohol use reason for poverty and poor health :
May 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena blames the use of tobacco and alcohol for the increasing poverty level and deterioration of the health among the poor people in the country.

 Norwegian State Secretary's visit to strengthen political dialogue with Sri Lanka:
May 31, Colombo: Norway's State Secretary Tore Hattrem visits Sri Lanka 31 May - 1 June with the aim to hold bilateral meetings and to develop further the business cooperation between Sri Lanka and Norway. The visit follows the successful visit of Foreign Minister Børge Brende in January.

 Sri Lanka's Colombo inflation rises to 4.8 percent in May 2016:
May 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , increased to 4.8 percent in May 2016 from 3.1 percent in the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Tuesday.

 Singapore Trade Minister in Sri Lanka on a working visit:
May 31, Colombo: Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran will be visiting Sri Lanka from 31 May to 2 June 2016 aiming to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka and open up business opportunities for Singapore companies, the Singapore Mintry of Trade and Industry said in a release.

 Sri Lanka's Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect bowling action:
May 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the second Test against England, which the host won at Chester-le-Street on Monday, the International Cricket Council said in a media release.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 7 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
May 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has assisted the Sri Lanka Coast Guard on Wednesday to arrest seven Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

 Sri Lanka Air Force to deploy aviation unit to the UN team in South Sudan next month:
May 31, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is to deploy an Aviation Unit under the United Nations helicopter deployment in South Sudan (UNMISS) in June.

 Sri Lanka state doctors' union launches island wide strike today :
May 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) says they will launch a token strike today to protest the transfers of doctors that have been made violating the medical transfer policy.

 President instructs to expedite identifying lands for the resettlement of displaced people in North:
May 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has advised the relevant officials to finish the process of identifying lands for the resettlement of the displaced people in the North by Friday, June 03.

  London Stock Exchange Group investment under BOI reflects growing investor confidence in Sri Lanka:
May 31, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed an agreement with "London Stock Exchange Group" (LSEG) to set up their global business services arm in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party unhappy about the progress of investigation into LTTE leader KP:
May 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Information Secretary has expressed his discontent about the progress in the investigations into the allegations against former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.
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 Sri Lanka Navy assists Survey Department in mapping flood affected areas in Western Province:
May 30, Colombo: The Survey Department of Sri Lanka has sought cooperation with Sri Lanka Navy in order to expedite data collection and mapping of recently flood affected areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts in Western Province.

 Sri Lankan President vows to take strict action against government officials for unauthorized building or environmental pollution:
May 30, Polonnaruwa: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today vowed to take strict action against government officials for any unauthorized building or environmental pollution.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 29 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing:
May 30, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy Monday said it has arrested 29 local fishermen for allegedly engaged in illegal fishing practices.

 Army ordered to hand over information related to journalist's murder to CID :
May 30, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered the Sri Lanka Army to hand over documents and other information related to the investigation of the 2009 murder of a journalist.

 EU in the process of revising its development strategy for Sri Lanka :
May 30, Colombo: The European Union (EU), in close consultation with the Government, is currently in the process of revising its development strategy for Sri Lanka, a joint EU- Sri Lanka statement said Monday.

  Hundreds pay homage to late son of LTTE chief Prabhakaran in Chennai - report:
May 30, Chennai: Hundreds of people gathered in Chennai on Sunday to pay homage to late Balachandran, son of the late founder of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who died during the final phase of the Sri Lankan civil war in May 2009, ANI reported.
 Military restrictions imposed on Sri Lanka's Eastern Province Chief Minister lifted:
May 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense said today the restrictions imposed by the security forces on the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Nazeer Ahmed have been lifted.
 Canada provides humanitarian support to ongoing relief efforts in Sri Lanka :
May 30, Colombo: The Government of Canada has provided CAD 310,000 (approximately Rs. 35 million) in support to humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka in response to the May 2016 flooding and landslides.
 High level Sri Lankan delegation attends first-ever Wesak festival at Taxila in Pakistan:
May 30, Islamabad: On the invitation of Government of Pakistan, a 43-member delegation of Sri Lankan ministers, senior monks, religious scholars, media representatives and pilgrims left for Pakistan on May 29, 2016 to attend the first-ever Wesak Festival hosted by the Government of Pakistan at Taxila from 29th May to 1st June 2016.
 Israel provides disaster relief to Sri Lanka after deadly landslides:
May 30, Colombo: Following the recent floods that have caused loss of over 100 lives and severe damages, Israel has been in touch with the Sri Lankan authorities and provided US$ 20,000 of immediate disaster relief supplies to people and areas that were significantly affected by the disaster, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
 Sri Lanka invited to the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum for the first time:
May 30, Colombo: For the first time, Sri Lanka has been invited to participate in the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), scheduled to take place from August 2-4 at the Jakarta Convention Centre, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
 Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms to hand over report to PM tomorrow:
May 30, Colombo: The Committee of Public Representations on Constitutional Reforms appointed by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms will hand over its report to the Prime Minister Tuesday (May 31).
 Tourism Minister sees Sri Lanka's potential to grow MICE tourism :
May 30, Colombo: Minister of Tourism Development, Lands and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga says Sri Lanka has potential as a venue for holding Meetings, Incentive travel, conferences and events (MICE) tourism.
  Chief Minister should apologize unconditionally - SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem:
May 29, Colombo: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed, who humiliated a Sri Lanka Navy officer at a function in Sampur Maha Vidyalaya should apologize unconditionally, Minster Rauf Haleem, the leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, which represents the Chief Minister, said.
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 More landslides threat in Sri Lanka if rains continue:
May 29, Colombo: Since the prevailing bad weather conditions in the island is expected to continue within the next 24 hours, Sri Lanka's National Building Research Organization (NBRO) Sunday issued an alert warning the people in the landslide prone areas to be vigilant.
 Sri Lanka state doctors' union asks President to remove Health Minister:
May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to remove current Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and appoint a qualified person to the post.
 Sri Lankan President returns to island after attending G7 summit:
May 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island Sunday after completing a successful four-day official visit to Japan to attend the G7 outreach summit.
  Japanese assistance to improve capabilities of Sri Lanka Coast Guard:
May 29, Colombo: The Japanese government, which over the years has indicated its strong support to enhance maritime cooperation between Japan and Sri Lanka, has reconfirmed the importance of maintaining the freedom of the high seas and maritime order based on the rule of law.
 Emirates Red Crescent provides humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka flood affected people :
May 29, Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has provided humanitarian aid to those affected by the floods and landslides in Sri Lanka recently, a statement here said.
 Sri Lankan PM calls for close cooperation between governments and service organizations for cost effective welfare services :
May 29, Seoul: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the cost effective methods for governments to discharge its obligations to provide welfare services require close cooperation with service organizations.
  Eastern Province CM condemns tri-forces boycott, says everybody should apologize:
May 29, Colombo: The Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed condemned the decision taken by the tri-forces to boycott events he attends as a political decision and said everybody involved in the dispute at the event in a Sampur school should apologize for their wrong actions.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party to protest against the government:
May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) plans to stage a protest against the government this week, General Secretary of the JVP, Tilvin Silva has said.
 Sri Lanka Northern Province CM eager to meet Jayalalithaa :
May 29, Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran in a congratulatory message to Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday said he is eager to meet the Chief Minister to discuss Tamil people's needs.
 Ceylon Chamber and Fair Deal to help Sri Lankan Importers source goods at 'Factory Prices:
May 28, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of commerce in collaboration with Fair Deal AS, a globally spread import sourcing arm is planning to launch a program to help Sri Lankan importers buy goods at 'factory prices'.
 Sri Lanka has become a paradise for investors - Mangala Samaraweera:
May 28, Nagoya: Sri Lanka, which was limited to tourists in the past, now has become a paradise for the investors, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera says.
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 Sri Lanka's Northern PC aborts motion to congratulate Tamil Nadu CM :
May 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council, controlled by the major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has aborted an attempt to adopt a motion to congratulate the re-elected Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state of India Jeyaram Jayalalithaa.
 State Secretary of Norway to visit Sri Lanka:
May 28, Colombo: State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Tore Hattrem, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 31 May - 2 June 2016, a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said.
 New amnesty period declared to surrender illegal firearms:
May 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense said due to requests made by the genral public it has decided to announce another Amnesty Period to handover illegal firearms.
 Floods in Sri Lankan capital, water levels rising in rivers in south:
May 28, Colombo: Several places in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo including Thunmulla, Armour Street and Panchikawatta areas were flooded due to heavy rain Colombo experienced on Friday night, according to local media reports.
 Sri Lanka, Bangladesh discuss further strengthening trade relations:
May 28, Nagoya: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, during the bilateral discussions held Friday (May 27) at the Hilton Nagoya Hotel in Japan, agreed to further strengthen the trade relations between the two countries.
  Japan extends Rs. 50 billion ODA assistance to promote Sri Lanka's socio-economic development:
May 28, Nagoya: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has expressed his intention to provide Official Development Assistance Loans to Sri Lanka amounting to Yen 38 billion (Rs. 50.6 billion) in order to further promote socio-economic development of Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission issues directives on arrests and detention under PTA:
May 28, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued Directives to be followed by designated officials arresting persons under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No 48 of 1979 (PTA).
 Sri Lankan Prime Minister leaves for South Korea to attend Rotary Convention:
May 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accompanied by Professor Maithri Wickremesinghe left for South Korea early this morning to participate in the annual convention of Rotary Foundation.
 Sri Lanka receives the 3rd tranche of relief assistance from Pakistan:
May 28, Colombo: A special cargo plane from Pakistan carrying relief goods for the Sri Lankan flood victims arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake this afternoon.
 No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka Finance Minister scheduled for 8 June:
May 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan parliament has scheduled to debate the No-Confidence Motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake on June 8 and take a vote on it.
 Australian federal court dismisses Sri Lankan Tamil's asylum application, orders to return home:
May 27, Colombo: An Australian Federal court has dismissed an application filed by a Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker application to grant him a protection visa and ordered him to return to Sri Lanka.
 Minister not satisfied with progress of flood relief, calls for cash assistance for affected families:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, who is not satisfied with the progress of flood relief efforts in the country, has called for the government to give immediate cash assistance to the affected families.
 Sri Lanka Bribery Commission inquires distribution of assistance to disaster victims:
May 27, Colombo: Director General of the Bribery or Corruption Commission Dilrukshi Dias has said that a special inquiry is launched to determine whether the assistance given by the Government for the people impacted by the extreme weather conditions is being distributed properly.
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 Sri Lanka Tourism celebrates its Golden Jubilee:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism, which was earlier referred to as the Ceylon Tourist Board marked its Golden Jubilee Friday at an official ceremony held at the BMICH in Colombo.
 Sri Lankan government promises to rebuild all the houses damaged in floods and landslides:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa says the government will repair all the houses damaged by the recent floods and landslides in the country.
 Sri Lanka's Power Regulator ask licensees for regulatory accounts:
May 27, Colombo: Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has issued a set of accountancy guidelines to licensees who are in the business of electricity generation; transmission and distribution, in order to gain more information for the process of regulatory decisions making.
 Fisheries Ministry to pay compensation to fishermen affected by the extreme weather:
May 27, Colombo: The Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered the ministry officials to promptly submit a full detailed report on the damage caused to the fisher community by the extreme weather prevailed in the country last week in order to provide necessary relief.
 Sri Lankan President receives warm welcome from G-7 leaders:
May 27, Ise-Shima: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who was the first head of state in Sri Lanka ever to be invited as a guest to a G-7 summit, received a warm welcome at the Outreach Sessions of the G 7 Summit held in Japan Friday (May 27).
 China provides US$ 1.5 million for Sri Lanka flood relief:
May 27, Colombo: The government of China will provide US$ 1.5 million in cash to help Sri Lankan flood relief, the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday, China's national news agency Xinhua reported.
 World Bank Board of Executive Directors concludes visit to Sri Lanka:
May 27, Colombo: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has completed a five-day visit to Sri Lanka to experience firsthand some of the work being implemented under World Bank-supported projects in the island.
  Sri Lankan President calls on G7 countries to support economic development of Asian countries like Sri Lanka:
May 27, Ise-Shima: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the Group of Seven richest countries meeting in Japan at the G7 summit to steer economic growth to sustain well-being of Asia and countries like Sri Lanka.
  Is the rise in VAT a tax on jobs?:
May 27, Colombo: In May 2016, the standard rate of value added tax (VAT) jumped from 11% to 15%. The Sri Lankan economy will thus have to adjust to this higher rate but what are some of the possible macroeconomic consequences?
 Sri Lanka's Missing Persons' Office lack consultations with the families of missing - HRW:
May 27, New York: A global human right organization while commending Sri Lanka for ratifying the Convention against Enforced Disappearance says Sri Lanka has created a Missing Persons' Office without the consultations of the families of missing.
 Sri Lanka's Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms extends deadline for submissions from public to 24th June:
May 27, Colombo: The Consultations Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms appointed by the Prime Minister on 26 January has extended its deadline for the public to make submissions to 24th June, the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms announced.
 Ceylinco Life Fund crosses Rs.70 billion in just 28 years :
May 27, Colombo: Leading insurer, Ceylinco Life has announced that the company's Life Fund crossed Rs 70 billion at end April 2016, making it the only local life insurer to achieve the feat in just 28 years.
 PM requests report from Eastern Province CM over the dispute with Navy:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a report from the Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed over the incident that took place at the Sampur Central College in Trincomalee where the Chief Minister had verbally abused the senior officer-in-charge of Sampur naval base 'Vidura' in public.
  Sri Lankan court further remands former senior police officers involved in rugby player's death:
May 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further remanded two former senior police officers who were alleged of concealing evidence in the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
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  State Defense Minister slams Eastern Province Chief Minister's tirade on a naval officer:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene today slammed the verbal abuse of a Navy officer by the Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahmed at an event in Sampur Central School, in Trincomalee district.
 Sri Lankan, Indonesian leaders talk investment opportunities :
May 26, Nagoya: Leaders of Sri Lanka and Indonesia Thursday discussed developing Indonesian investments on Sri Lanka when President Maithripala Sirisena met his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, at Hotel Hilton in Nagoya, Japan.
 Cabinet approves implementing ministerial Committee's recommendations on prevention of child abuse :
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has approved the implementation of the recommendations made by a ministerial committee appointed to make proposals for the prevention of child abuse.
 Yoshitha Rajapaksa issued notice to appear in Court on June 16 over land issue:
May 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has issued notice for Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appear before the court on 16th June.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 7 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing:
May 26, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy Thursday said it has arrested seven local fishermen on 24th May for allegedly engaged in illegal fishing practices.
 EU providing Rs. 32.8 million to Sri Lanka to assist victims of flood and landslides :
May 26, Colombo: In response to a series of floods and landslides which swept across Sri Lanka between 14th and 22nd May, the European Commission is providing Euro 200,000 (Rs. 32.8 million) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations, the European Union said in a statement Thursday.
 Chinese Premier extends condolences over Sri Lanka floods, landslides:
May 26, Beijing: The Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang on Wednesday has extended his condolences to Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe over the floods and landslides that hit the island country last week.
 Sri Lanka, Vietnam agree to enhance cooperation in agro technology, trade and investment:
May 26, Nagoya: Sri Lanka and Vietnam have agreed to establish close cooperation in several fields including agriculture, technology related to rice and other common crops and trade when the leaders of the two countries met today in Japan. 
 Sri Lanka Army begins post-flood recovery, clears obstructed waterways:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army along with other government agencies has begun clearing works as the flood waters are receding after 101 people died in the floods and landslides and another 100 are still missing, presumed dead.
 CSE halts trading of Blue Diamonds over possible misappropriation of Rights Issue funds :
May 26, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has halted trading in the securities of the Blue Diamonds after it received a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka informing that several irregularities in Blue Diamonds may point to the possible misappropriation of Rights Issue funds.
 Speaker wants unruly members of parliament to apologize if want to avoid disciplinary actions:
May 26, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lankan parliament Karu Jayasuriya says Members of Parliament involved in recent unruly behaviors will be pardoned if they make an open apology to the Parliament.
 Sri Lanka tri-forces shun Eastern Province CM after outburst at a Navy officer:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tri-forces have decided to shun the Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed after he verbally assaulted a Sri Lanka Navy officer at an event in Trincomalee recently.
 Sri Lankan President arrives in Nagoya to attend G7 summit:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived Thursday morning in Nagoya in Southern Japan to participate in the Group of Seven (G 7) Outreach Summit in Ise-Shima, in Mie Prefecture where the leaders of the seven advanced economies are meeting for two days.
 Sri Lanka's John Keels Holdings PBT for 2016 Rs. 19.2 billion, Recurring Profits up by 10 percent:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's John Keels Holdings profit before tax (PBT) for the financial year ended March 31, 2016 increased by 3 percent to Rs.19.20 billion. Recurring profit before tax increased by 10 per cent to Rs. 18.94 billion.
 Japan grants Rs. 318 million to Sri Lanka for human resources development:
May 25, Colombo: The Government of Japan has offered a grant assistance of approximately Rs.318 million (Yen 231 million) to Sri Lanka for this year's Human Resources Development Scholarship program.
 CID gets court order to probe financial records of three former security officers of former Sri Lankan President:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Police has obtained a court order to probe the financial records of three former security officers of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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 Two Frontline Socialist Party members arrested for protesting over imprisoning party leader :
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today arrested two Members of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) for forcibly entering and damaging the Department of Immigration and Emigration on April 1, 2016, during a protest demanding the release of their party leader, Kumar Gunaratnam.
 Sri Lankan government sets up a new Office of Missing Persons :
May 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will set up a new Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to help families of missing persons across Sri Lanka to discover the fate of their missing family members, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in a statement Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka PM says special program implemented to rebuild the lives of disaster stricken people :
>May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that a special program has already been implemented to rebuild the lives of those affected by the adverse weather.
 Sri Lankan Minister apologizes for using inappropriate language in parliament:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando today formally apologized to parliament over the inappropriate language he used in the House during an argument last week.
 Sri Lanka appeals for US$ 2 billion international aid to recover after floods and landslides:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday (May 25) appealed for international assistance to recover and rebuild from last week's massive floods and landslides that devastated the island leaving 101 dead and over 200,000 displaced.
 Pakistan hands over 2nd consignment of relief good for Sri Lanka flood victims:
May 25, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain handed over the second consignment of relief assistance for the Sri Lankan flood victims this morning to the Ministry of Disaster Management.
 Sri Lankan President leaves for Japan to attend G7 summit :
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left for Japan today (25th May) to participate in the 42nd G7 Summit to be held on 26-27 May 2016 in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
 Sri Lanka Red Cross continues relief efforts in affected areas:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) says it will continue the relief efforts in the aftermath of flash floods and landslides experienced in the recent days.
 Sri Lanka inclement weather death toll rises to 101, people urged to be cautious of diseases:
May 25, Colombo: As flood waters recede across Sri Lanka death toll from the last week's floods and landslides has risen to 101 according to the latest figures from the Disaster management Center (DMC). Another 100 people are missing and presumed dead in the landslides-hit Kegalle district in Central Province.
 Poland keen to explore trade and investment prospects in Sri Lanka:
May 25, Colombo: The New Delhi-based Ambassador of Poland accredited to Sri Lanka Tomasz Lukaszuk held discussions with the Chairperson of Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Indira Malwatte this week in Colombo.
 Alwaleed Philanthropies of Saudi Arabia donates US$ 1 million to support Sri Lanka disaster victims:
May 25, Riyadh: Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in Saudi Arabia, chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, is donating US$1 million to provide support to those affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, the organization said in a statement.
  First Sri Lankan climbed Mount Everest returns safely:
May 24, Colombo: The first ever Sri Lankan to reach Mount Everest, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala has returned safely to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, the BBC Sinhala Service reported.
 NGO condemns appointment of an official accused of financial misuse as an Additional Secretary to a ministry:
May 24, Colombo: The election watchdog, Campaign for Free & Fair Elections (CaFFE) has slammed the appointment of a former government official accused of financial misuse of public money as an Additional Secretary to a Ministry.
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