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Visas for Myanmar nationals, not for Rohingya refugees: SL.

Rejecting reports that Sri Lanka had suspended on arrival visas for Myanmar travellers, the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka said today that it would continue to issue visas for Myanmar nationals as usual, but not for Rohingya refugees.

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Won't keep Rohingya asylum-seekers for long: Colombo.

Influential monks have asked the govt. to deny them refuge

- The Hindu - IN

Appeal to help Sri Lankan sisters who survived suicide pact.

Consulate urges philanthropists to aid young women who are now in police custody

- GulfNews - AE

Sri Lanka Cricket announces new selection panel ahead of Pakistan tour.

Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket Tuesday officially announced the newly appointed panel of Selectors as ratified by the Minister of Sport, Dayasiri Jayasekara.

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Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules referendum needed to approve 20th Amendment.

Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum is needed in addition to a two-third majority vote in parliament to approve the 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill which sought to hold elections to all nine provincial councils on the same day.

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World Federation of Exchanges CEO visits Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange.

Sept 19, Colombo: The Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation of Exchanges Ms. Nandini Sukumar today visited Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange .

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Local government elections in January, government has no intention to postpone, Premier says.

Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that the government has no intention to postpone elections.

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Motor Traffic Bill proposes tough action against errant drivers.

Sept 19, Colombo: Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva today presented the Motor Traffic Bill to Parliament for debate.

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Sri Lanka Cricket announce new selection panel.

Colombo, Sep 19 The Sri Lanka Cricket board on Thursday announced a new five-member selection committee led by their former pacer Graeme Labrooy. "Sri Lanka Cricket today announced the newly appointed panel of Selectors as ratified by the Minister of Sport, Hon.

- Yahoo! News - US

Sri Lanka Tests: Pakistan fit and raring to go, says batting coach Flower.

Batting coach says camp in Lahore helping players acclimatise to the UAE weather The post Sri Lanka Tests: Pakistan fit and raring to go, says batting coach Flower appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Sri Lanka’s former army chief denied visa to attend UN due to allegations of war crimes during civil war.

Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday said he had been denied a visa to attend the UN general assembly because of unresolved war crime allegations against the military. The wartime general, who is now minister of regional development, said he was due to travel to New York this week, but he was the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

JR paved the way to boost Asia's clout: PM

Asia would not have become a powerful region today and would not emerge as a stronger one in the future if President J R Jayewardene did not open up Sri Lanka’s economy and set the course for the region to become what it is today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

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Sri Lanka name new selection panel led by Labrooy

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka named a new selection committee on Tuesday, putting former test bowler Graeme Labrooy in charge of the five-member panel as they seek a reversal in the team's fortune.

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Sri Lanka general says denied visa to attend UN

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka Tuesday said he had been denied a visa to attend the UN general assembly because of unresolved war crime allegations against the military

- The Daily Star - LB

Sri Lanka: Time to Bring Cultural Rights into the Discourse

Sri Lanka: Time to bring cultural rights in to the centre of human rights discourse

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Sri Lanka President to address 72nd UN General Assembly today

Sept 19, Colombo: The General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to commence Tuesday, 19th September at the UN Headquarters in New York, on the theme "Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet ".

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Sri Lanka needs reforms to boost its economy - World Bank

Sept 19, Colombo: The World Bank says Sri Lanka's aspirations cannot be realized in the current status quo and needs critical reforms to boost its economy.

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National Chamber Seminar on 'Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Indonesia' on September 26

Sept 19, Colombo: The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka will hold a session on 'Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Indonesia' next week.

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US assures no major changes in trade policy on Sri Lanka

Sept 19, Colombo: The United States has assured that there will be no major change in its trade policy towards Sri Lanka under the new administration.

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Debate on draft bill enabling to criminalize enforced disappearance postponed

Sept 19, Colombo: The government has decided to postpone the debate of the draft bill related to the International Covenant on Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

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Parliament not to debate 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill tomorrow

Sept 19, Colombo: It has also been decided not to take up the debate on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill scheduled for Wednesday.

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Sri Lanka Customs nab man attempting to smuggle in Rs. 2 million worth palladium metal

Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested an individual at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake this morning for attempting to illegally bring palladium metal worth nearly Rs. 2 million.

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Putting Sri Lanka's Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

Operationalizing Sri Lanka's Office of Missing Persons isn't necessarily that significant.

- The Diplomat - US

Proactive public participation urged to prevent dengue as more women die of the disease in Sri Lanka

Sept 18, Colombo: Director of the National Dengue Prevention Unit, Dr. Hasitha Tissera urged the public to participate in government's dengue prevention efforts as more women have died of the mosquito-borne disease this year leaving behind children and families.

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SriLankan Airlines partners with to provide passengers a one-stop travel solution

Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has entered into a partnership with, the world's largest accommodation website, providing airline passengers the convenience of booking accommodations online along with their flight tickets on the SriLankan Airlines website, ...

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Acting Chief Medical officer of Welikada Prison removed from post

Sept 18, Colombo: health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne today directed the Director General of Health Services to remove the acting Chief Medical Officer of the Welikada Prison hospital Dr. N. Thenuwara from her post.

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Army troops help rescue efforts after building collapsed in Ahangama

Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka army troops have been deployed to assist the rescue efforts after a five-story building under construction collapsed in Ahangama, Galle Monday.

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Talks fail, CEB strike to continue

Sept 18, Colombo: The talks held this evening with the Minister of Labor W. D.J. Seneviratne on finding a solution to the ongoing strike by the Ceylon Electricity Board Workers’ Union have not been successful and the union has decided to continue the strike further.

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Amalgam of power and poise

During the Champions Trophy in England this June, when Virat Kohli opined that Hardik Pandya could go on to become one of the most accomplished Indian cricketers of all time, it seemed like a very bold proclamation.And during India's tour of Sri Lanka when Kohli stated the 23-year-old all-rounder has the potential to become ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Welikada Prison hospital -- Acting CMO transferred

The Welikada Prison Hospital's acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nirmali Thenuwara was today transferred to the Colombo National Hospital on a directive issued by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

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British journalist, inatake ng buwaya habang naghuhugas ng kamay sa ilog sa Sri Lanka

Isang 24-anyos na British journalist ang nasawi matapos na atakihin ng buwaya habang naghuhugas umano ng kamay sa isang ilog na malapit sa Arugam Bay sa Sri Lanka.

- GMA News - PH

Court recalls arrest warrant against MP Weerakumara Dissanayake

Sept 18, Colombo: The Colombo Magistrate's Court today issued a warrant for the arrest of parliamentarian Weerakumara Dissanayake, who has been named as a suspect for participating in an agitation in Colombo against a top UN official's visit.

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Australia's Margosa commences search for new graphite deposits in Sri Lanka

Sept 18, Colombo: Australia based Margosa Graphite Ltd , together with Lanka Resources and Mining Ltd has commenced a joint survey to search for new graphite deposits in Sri Lanka.

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No Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka, Ministry affirms

Sept 18, Colombo: No Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs affirmed.

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Protest outside UN: Weerakumara noticed

Colombo Additional Magistrate Chanima Wijebandara today noticed National Freedom Front member Weerakumara Dissanayake to appear in courts for obstructing the Bauddhaloka Mawatha and the Havelock Road during a protest campaign on February 6, 2016.

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Police launch programme to identify disciplined drivers

Sri Lanka Police will not only to take legal action against drivers who violate traffic laws but also to encourage disciplined driving, Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara said today.

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Flexible working hours from today at government offices in Battaramulla

Sept 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government's pilot project to introduce flexible working hours for the public sector currently serving in government offices situated in Battaramulla area begins from today. The project is launched as a solution to the traffic congestion in Colombo

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Sri Lanka Navy renders assistance to arrest 22 suspects engaged in illegal activities

Sept 18, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy has rendered assistance to take 22 suspects including a woman into custody for engaging in illegal activities at several locations of the country.

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Advantis projects leverage expertise to improve Sri Lanka's national transport infrastructure

Sept 18, Colombo: Transportation has always played an important role in the prosperity of a nation. As Sri Lanka takes its first steps onto the world stage with a focus on ambitious economic goals, a solid transportation infrastructure will continue to be key.

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U.S. and Sri Lanka Air Forces co-host Pacific Airlift Rally with a focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief

Sept 18, Colombo: The United States and Sri Lanka Air Forces co-hosted the biennial Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise, Pacific Airlift Rally in Sri Lanka from September 11-15, 2017.

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Sri Lankan President arrives in New York to take part in UN General Assembly 72 session

Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who left Colombo yesterday for New York to attend the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations arrived at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Monday morning.

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Business Chamber congratulates Finance Ministry on passing new Inland Revenue Bill

Sept 18, Colombo: The premier business chamber of Sri Lanka, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce congratulated the Ministry of Finance on the successful passing in Parliament of a new Inland Revenue Bill that aims to modernize and streamline Sri Lanka's income tax system.

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Bumrah moves to 2nd spot in T20I rankings for bowlers

Dubai, Sep 17 India's paceman Jasprit Bumrah on Sunday jumped a place to the second spot in the rankings for bowlers in Twenty20 International cricket. Bumrah, who picked up 1/38 during the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka on September 6, leapfrogged South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir. Bumrah has 737 rating points.

- Yahoo! News - US

Sri Lanka rejects reports of denying visa to Myanmar nationals

Sept 17, Colombo: The Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka has denied reports that the government has decided to suspend granting of visas to Myanmar nationals.

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Sri Lanka Navy Ships Sayura and Sagara return home on completion of successful naval exercise

Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessels, SLNS Sayura and Sagara which left Trincomalee earlier this month for India to participate in the joint maritime naval exercise with the Indian Navy, have returned after completion of successful naval exercise.

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Sri Lanka Army personnel on standby to continue electricity supply affected by strike

Sept 17, Colombo: Army spokesman Major General Roshan Seneviratne said that 765 Army personnel are prepared to supply electricity to the consumers affected by the strike launched by employees of the state-owned power supply monopoly Ceylon Electricity Board .

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CEB employees to continue strike, unaffected by government calls

Sept 17, Colombo: The Ceylon Electricity Board employees who are engaged in a continuous strike demanding the government to resolve salary anomalies, will continue the strike despite the government's warnings, Ceylon Electricity Board Employees Union said.

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All future elections in Sri Lanka under the electoral system

Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says that he is committed to take measures to hold all future elections under the electoral system.

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Sri Lanka ban former player Chamara Silva for misconduct

Former Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Silva has been banned for two years from all cricket-related activities for misconduct and violating ‘spirit of the game’ during a domestic match, the country’s cricket board said on Sunday.

- BDNews24 - BD

Western Province SLFP candidates enlightened on the party's future activities

Sept 17, Colombo: Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party , President Maithripala Sirisena has presided over the inaugural session of the program to enlighten the SLFP candidates of the Western Province contesting the local government elections. The meeting has taken place at the SLFP headquarters yesterday.

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