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Pakistan Still Eying JF-17 Thunder Fighter Sale to Sri Lanka.

Pakistan is trying to convince Sri Lanka to purchase the JF-17 fighter jet, despite Indian pressure.

- The Diplomat - US

Sri Lankan government to implement a five-year program to modernize financial sector.

Feb 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has planned to implement a five year program to modernize the financial sector in the country.

- - LK

Australia beat Sri Lanka to avoid T20 series whitewash.

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs in their final Twenty20 game today, avoiding a whitewash in the three-match series and salvaging some pride.

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President meets SLFP electoral organizers.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party electoral organizers today met President Maithripala Sirisena at President’s House where they discussed about party reforms including setting up of women’s and youth fronts.

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Batticaloa LRC director injured in shooting.

Land Reforms Commission Director for the Batticaloa and Trincomalee Districts Wimalaraj Nation was injured after being shot by two gunmen who arrived on a motorcycle while he was at his residence in Kaluvanchikudy this evening, Police said.

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Sri Lankan President instructs Police Chief to take measures to prevent ragging at universities.

Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today said he has instructed the Inspector General of Police to work with university authorities to jointly implement a program to eliminate ragging in the island nation's higher education institutes.

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Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank ends 2016 as 1st private bank to cross Rs. 1 Trillion in assets.

Feb 22, Colombo: Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC continuing its trailblazing performance has reported profit before income tax of Rs 20.051 billion for 2016, marking the end of a spectacular year in which it made history as the first private bank in Sri Lanka to surpass a trillion rupees in assets.

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Sri Lanka to establish National Commission to address increasing violence against women.

Feb 22, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka will set up a special commission to tackle widespread sexual abuse and exploitation of women including thousands of war widows, the government said Wednesday.

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President meets SLFP electoral organizers.

Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today held a meeting with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party electoral organizers at the President’s House, President's Media Division said.

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Political problems due to religious, ethnic differences cannot be resolved overnight - PM.

Feb 22, Colombo: Political issues prevailing in the country for over 30 -40 years based on the differences in religion and nationality cannot be resolved overnight and the progress of discussions recently initiated in this regard is visible at present, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

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Sri Lanka panel questions central bank chief over bond sale.

COLOMBO - A Sri Lankan commission investigating irregularities in government bond sales questioned the new head of the country's central bank on Tuesday, as the government's anti-corruption policy came under scrutiny.

- Reuters - US

Zampa saves Australia from series sweep

Claims three wickets to steer side to 41-run win over Sri Lanka The post Zampa saves Australia from series sweep appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

England’s Chris Jordan and West Indies’ Rayad Emrit joins City Kaitak for Hong Kong T20 Blitz

England fast bowler Chris Jordan and West Indian all-rounder Rayad Emrit have been signed up by City Kaitak for the DTC Hong Kong T20 Blitz next month. The pair will link up with Sri Lankan T20 specialist Tillakaratne Dilshan in what should be a strong City Kaitak team for the March 8-12 tournament at Tin Kwong Road. ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Police urged to probe claims that Sri Lankan investigators came to Hong Kong to find asylum seekers who sheltered Snowden

Two local lawmakers are calling on the police to investigate claims that Sri Lankan police investigators were in Hong Kong looking for the asylum seekers from the country who sheltered American whistle-blower Edward Snowden in the city. “The families are very afraid of the Sri Lankan government, in particular the Sri ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

12 governments compete to lead the Open Government Partnership

Washington, Feb 22 Governments from around the world, including Canada, South Korea and Sri Lanka, have applied for leadership positions in the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee to help lead a growing global movement for open governance. OGP is a global movement for openness and deeper democracy and a ...

- Yahoo! News - US

India expected to be among top performing wealth markets: Report

New Delhi, Feb 22 With he global wealth expected to rise by 35 per cent over the next decade, India is likely to remain among the top performing wealth markets along with China, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, a report said on Wednesday. The report titled 'The 2017 Global Wealth Review' lists global wealth and its ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Toll in Sri Lanka boat capsize rises to Thirteen

The deaths in a boat capsize in Sri Lanka has risen to 13 after rescuers on Wednesday recovered two more bodies.

- Zee News - IN

Late president D.B. Wijetunga's daughter passes away

The late President D.B. Wijetunga’s daughter Chithrangani Wijetunga passed away at the age of 60 this morning at a private hospital in Kandy, hospital sources said.

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Indian charged with murder of his Sri Lankan colleague in Malaysia

An Indian immigrant labour was charged at the Magistrate’s Court in Sungai Petani , Malaysia yesterday with the murder of his Sri Lankan colleague two weeks ago.

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ACMOA complaints against SAITM CEO

The All Ceylon Medical Officers’ Association today lodged a complaint with the IGP against SAITM's Chief Executive Officer Dr. Sameera Senaratne stating that he practiced as a doctor without the approval of the Sri Lanka Medical Council .

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Australia v Sri Lanka: Live scores, stats and commentary

Follow all the stats and commentary from the third and final Twenty20 between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval in our live scorecentre.

- ABC News - AU

NDB Bank records PAT of Rs. 3.2 billion for 2016

Feb 22, Colombo: National Development Bank Plc recorded a post-tax profit of Rs. 3.17 billion for its financial year ended 31 December 2016, a 10 percent reduction over 2015's PAT of Rs. 3.511 billion.

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NARA studies effect of Sri Lanka's Norochcholai coal power plant's hot water emission to the ocean on marine resources

Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency under the Ministry of Fisheries has initiated a study to determine whether the hot water emissions from the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant in the northwest to the ocean adversely affect the aquatic life in the sea.

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Death toll of Katukurunda boat tragedy rises to 14

Feb 22, Colombo: Death toll of the Sunday's boat tragedy in Katukurunda has risen to 14 with the discovery of two more bodies from the area this morning.

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E-government procurement to make Sri Lanka's public service more efficient

Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that once the electronic Government Procurement system is introduced, it will help government to make the public procurement more efficient and transparent.

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Global health leaders meet in Sri Lanka to discuss and reset the agenda on Migrant Health

Feb 22, Colombo: Global health leaders meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka, this week to discuss the migrant health and reset the agenda on migrant health based on the current trends of global migration.

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President discusses electricity generation plans with Electricity Board engineers

Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday held a discussion with a group of members of the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers' Association at the Presidential Secretariat on the future plans for the development of the power sector.

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Sri Lanka President grants Navy Commander six-month service extension

Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has directed authorities to grant a six month service extension to Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, President’s Media Division said.

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India Could Do More for Sri Lanka's Tamils

There are multiple ways that New Delhi could ameliorate the circumstances of Sri Lankan Tamils.

- The Diplomat - US

Buoyant India take on aggressive Australia in series opener

On a fairytale 19-match unbeaten streak, India would seek extension of their incredible dominance on home turf when they clash against an aggressive Australia in the four-Test series, beginning here tomorrow. The series against the Steve Smith-led side is the fourth and last home series of the 2016-17 season for India, who ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Malaysia: Convicted for Showing a Film

– A Malaysian court's conviction of rights activist Lena Hendry for her role in showing a documentary film violates her right to freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 21, 2017, a Kuala Lumpur court found Hendry guilty of organizing a private screening of the award-winning human rights ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Minister urges to switch off street lamps early to save energy as hydropower generation possible only until April

Feb 21, Colombo: Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya requests to curtail the duration of lighting the street lamps by one hour to save the power due to the prevailing dry weather.

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Sri Lanka consumer protection agency raids traders selling rice above MRP

Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's consumer protection agency, Consumer Affairs Authority has carried out instant raids island wide to nab errant traders selling rice at increased prices.

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'Focused on our preparations'

India are on a roll, having won a record six series in a row stretching from their tour of Sri Lanka in mid-2015 to the one-off Test against Bangladesh earlier this month. Their latest opponents Australia, too, are coming on the back of a dominant series win over Pakistan at home. However, their record in the sub-continent ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

The late D.B. Wijetunga's daughter hospitalised

The late President D.B. Wijetunga’s daughter Chithrangani Wijetunga was today admitted to a private hospital in Kandy due to a sudden illness, Hospital sources said. She is to be transferred to a hospital in Colombo for further treatment.

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Asia's Best Restaurants: Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi ranked 29th, 49th

Two Sri Lankan restaurants- Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi were ranked 29th and 49th places at Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" award ceremony held in Bangkok a short while ago.

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US delegation meets President

A bi-partisan group of Representatives of the United States Congress visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat.

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India to donate 8 water bowsers to drought-hit Sri Lanka

Colombo, Feb 21 India is to donate eight water bowsers or large tanks and 100 metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka, as part of drought relief for the island country which is headed for one of its worst droughts in 30 years. The assistance was conveyed by India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar who visited Sri Lanka from ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Ashwin hails Indian eves for World Cup qualifier final win

New Delhi, Feb 21 India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday congratulated the women's cricket team for pulling off a last-ball thriller against South Africa in the final of the World Cup qualifier at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.

- Yahoo! News - US

BCCI congratulates women's team for World Cup qualifier final win

New Delhi, Feb 21 The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday congratulated the women's team for for pulling off a last-ball thriller against South Africa in the final of the World Cup qualifier at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo. Chasing a decent 245, captain Harmanpreet Kaur struck a run-a-ball 41 to steer the team ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Japan's Border Entry Inspection stricter for students from five countries including Sri Lanka

Feb 21, Colombo: Japan's immigration authority has told several Japanese language schools that students from China, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka will meet stricter incoming inspection standards to avoid illegal stays, official China Radio International website reported.

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Sri Lanka nationwide inflation increases to 6.5 percent in January 2017

Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in January 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index increased to 6.5 percent from 4.2 percent recorded in December 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Tuesday.

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Representatives of US Congress laud Sri Lanka's transformative process

Feb 21, Colombo: A bipartisan delegation from the United States House of Representatives visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday at the Presidential Secretariat.

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Sri Lankan Navy accused of chasing away 3000 Tamil Nadu fishermen from island waters

Feb 21, Colombo: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel of snapping their fishing nets and chasing them back to Indian waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet.

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Indian migrant laborer charged with the murder of Sri Lankan in Malaysia

Feb 21, Colombo: An Indian plantation laborer was charged at the Magistrate's Court in Sungai Petani in Malaysia today with the murder of a Sri Lankan man two weeks ago, New Straits Times reported.

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Indian Cultural Centre presents A Musical Evening -Hindi Film Songs from 60's, 70's and 80's

Feb 21, Colombo: Indian Cultural Centre in Colombo will present "A Musical Evening -Hindi Film Songs from 60's, 70's and 80's".

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Government to pay compensation to victims of boat accident

Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers today granted approval to the government to pay compensation to the families of the victims of the recent boat disaster at Katukurunda sea area in Kalutara district.

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Sri Lanka's Dickwella gets two-match ban for another misconduct

Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella has been banned for two limited-over matches after his latest breach of ICC code of conduct, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.

- BDNews24 - BD

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Mustafizur Rahman back in hosts squad for Test series after injury lay-off

Mustafizur has not played a Test since his debut series against South Africa in 2015 after suffering a series of injuries. He underwent surgery on his shoulder last year. The post Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Mustafizur Rahman back in hosts squad for Test series after injury lay-off appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

India pip South Africa in thrilling women's World Cup qualifier final

Colombo, Feb 21 Riding on all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur's late-order heroics with the willow, India pipped South Africa by one wicket in a nail-biting Women's cricket World Cup qualifier final at the P. Sara Oval here on Tuesday.

- Yahoo! News - US