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Sri Lanka PM seeks plans to attract more tourists next three years

June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is seeking plans to attract more tourists to the island in the next three years.

Pakistan awards prestigious Jinnah Scholarships for Sri Lankan Youth

June 23, Colombo: The Government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded scholarships to 170 bright Sri Lankan students of O' & A' levels under prestigious Jinnah Scholarship program worth Rs. 4.225 million.

Democratic government cannot keep mum at a time a minor extremist group has taken people hostage - Sri Lanka FM

June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that a people's government cannot keep mum at a time when a minor extremist group has challenged democracy by taking people hostage in this country.

New Sri Lanka Police Media Spokesperson appointed

June 23, Colombo: Attorney at Law, Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara has been appointed as the Police Media Spokesperson today.

Sri Lankan Navy, Air Force officers train on Indian Navy Dornier craft

June 23, Colombo: Two Dornier Aircraft belonging to the Indian Navy have arrived in Sri Lanka, on 19th June to provide training to a group of Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force personnel.

IUSF Convener Lahiru Weerasekara remanded until July 5

June 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the Convener of Marxist party affiliated student union, Inter University Students’ Federation , Lahiru Weerasekara, who was arrested over Wednesday's protest.

Top Sri Lankan economist Prof Saman Kelegama passes away in Thailand

June 23, Colombo: A renowned Sri Lankan economist and the Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Institute of Policy Studies , Prof Saman Kelegama has passed away while in Thailand.

India, Sri Lanka MoU for cooperation in Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy

June 23, Colombo: India plans to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the areas of traditional medicine and homoeopathy.

We will build a better society in Buddhist environment while protecting other religions - President

June 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says a better society with Buddhist environment would be built while protecting the place of other religions.

Sri Lanka Navy arrests 17 Indian fishermen for poaching in island waters

June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday has arrested 17 fishermen from India's Tamil Nadu state for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy stance is appropriate

June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review on Friday said it has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the current monetary policy stance is appropriate.

Sri Lanka Police arrest Buddhist monk student leader over damage to the Health Ministry

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today arrested a Buddhist monk student leader over yesterday's attack by the university students on the Health Ministry premises.

Strong Sri Lankan sales wins Gestetner best performance in RICOH Asia Pacific

June 22, Colombo: Building on its winning legacy, Gestetner of Ceylon PLC once again won resounding recognition for its tremendous sales performance over the past year, rising above its peers in the Asia Pacific region to win the RICOH Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding Achievement in Units & Sales ...

Sri Lanka President blames 'indecent political groups' for university student violence

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today blamed 'some indecent political groups' for using university students as tools for their conspiratory goals.

Sri Lankan state doctors decide to continue strike indefinitely despite patients' grievances, government promises tough action

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's government doctors have decided to continue indefinitely their unannounced island wide strike commenced Thursday despite the protests by patients seeking treatment at government hospitals.

Sri Lanka, Korea look forward to expand economic cooperation

June 22, Colombo: Minister of Finance and Mass Media of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera met with the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Kim Dong-yeon on the sidelines of the Second Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian ...

Sri Lanka Police investigate on property damage at Health Ministry by university students

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have commenced a broad investigation on the damage caused to the Ministry of Health by university students who were protesting against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine also known as the private medical college.

Sri Lanka's food production hit by extreme drought followed by floods - UN

June 22, Colombo: A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations World ...

Sri Lanka extends the military cooperation pact with US

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka will extend the Acquisition and Cross-Services Agreement , signed between the United States and Sri Lanka in 2007 which lapsed in March this year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka visits Eastern Province

June 22, Colombo: United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap visited the Eastern Province this week to commemorate a milestone in U.S.-supported demining efforts and to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at a school to construct facilities to help communities displaced by natural disasters.

Sri Lanka Cricket announces high tension extensive physical fitness and conditioning program for National Squad

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket Wednesday announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Team manager Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness and conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against ...

Sri Lanka state doctors launch island wide strike to protest police action on protesting students

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka state doctors trade union, the Government Medical Officers Association has launched an island wide strike today at 8 a.m. to protest yesterday's police action on the university students protesting against the south Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine .

'Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017' to discuss ways of building the global competitiveness of Lankan manufacturers

June 22, Colombo: The upcoming 'Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017' organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will conduct a dedicated thematic session to discuss, how important it is for the Lankan manufacturing sector to become competitive to attract global markets.

Pakistan court acquits two accused in Sri Lanka Cricket team attack

June 22, Lahore: A Pakistan anti-terrorism court on Wednesday has acquitted two of the accused in the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

Sri Lanka Navy arrests four Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Wednesday arrested four fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant ready to generate electricity

June 22, Colombo: At present, all the testing works of the Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant, which will generate 25 Megawatt hydro-power to the national grid, have been concluded, Presidents' Media Division said.

Sri Lanka shines at World Tea Expo

June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s celebrated Ceylon Tea roared at this year’s World Tea Expo, drawing attention to the official country of origin and showing by example its pedigree of social, economic and environmental responsibility.

Sri Lanka establishes a Technological University

June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's has established a degree granting Technological University specialized in technology, engineering for students passing the GCE Advanced Level examination.

Sri Lankan government to establish a ministerial committee to coordinate UNHRC Recommendations

June 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will appoint a ministerial committee to coordinate the United Nations Human Rights Council Recommendations made in the consensus resolution adopted in October 2015.

Sri Lankan government to establishe a ministerial committee to coordinate UNHRC Recommendations

June 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will appoint a ministerial committee to coordinate the United Nations Human Rights Council Recommendations made in the consensus resolution adopted in October 2015.

University students in Sri Lanka protesting against SAITM damage Health Ministry

June 21, Colombo: University students in Sri Lanka protesting against the private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine have forcibly entered the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine today inflicting considerable damage to the public property.

Opposition Leader, Foreign Minister discuss taking country forward

June 21, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Opposition, and the Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sri Lanka to abolish import control levee for imported tea

June 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has received the cabinet approval to abolish the import control levy charged on tea imported for re-export in line with 2017 budget proposals.

Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 7.1 percent in May 2017

June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in May 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index declined to 7.1 percent from 8.4 percent recorded in April 2017, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday.

UN chief appoints Sri Lankan as his Envoy on Youth

June 21, New York: United Nations Secretary-General Antnio Guterres appointed 27-year-old Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka - who played a key role in transforming the youth development sector at the national level - as his Envoy on Youth.

Sri Lankan President appreciates Bangladesh for cash support to flood victims

June 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed his appreciation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for Bangladesh's assistance to the people affected by the recent floods and landslides.

Tamil Diaspora organization reiterates its call for international judges in Sri Lanka's transitional justice mechanism

June 21, London: The London-based Tamil Diaspora organization, the Global Tamil Forum today reiterated its call to include international judges in the proposed transitional justice mechanism

Controversial Buddhist monk Gnanasara Thera surrenders to court, released on bail

June 21, Colombo: The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organization Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, who had two arrest warrants on him, surrendered to the Colombo Fort Magistrates Court Wednesday morning.

Sri Lankan President calls on politicians and officials to work with people to manage garbage disposal to prevent dengue

June 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena called on the politicians as well as the public officials work together with the public to find solutions for the waste management issue and the Dengue menace.

Two French naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission

June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed two French naval ships Mistral and Courbet arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit Tuesday .

Sri Lanka President addresses teacher shortage issue at provincial schools

June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has called for ending the teacher shortage at provincial schools and emphasized to implement an independent method in filling of teacher vacancies and transferring of teachers.

High Court grants bail to six Army personnel arrested over Keith Noyahr abduction

June 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Tuesday granted bail to the six Army personnel who were remanded in connection with the abduction, and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr in May 2008.

Two French naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission

June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed two French naval ships Mistral’ and ‘Courbet’ arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit Tuesday .

Fitch Ratings expects more interest-rate pressure for Sri Lankan corporates

June 20, Colombo: The global rating agency, Fitch Ratings said it expects rising domestic interest rates to hurt Sri Lankan corporates over the next 12 months.

Sri Lanka parliament members attend exchange program in Washington

June 20, Colombo: The House Democracy Partnership of the United States Congress welcomed members of parliament of four HDP partner countries, including Sri Lanka to an exchange program in the second week of June in Washington, DC.

Human Rights Watch slams Sri Lanka's Justice Minister threating a defender of minority rights

June 20, Colombo: The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch accused Sri Lanka's justice minister of threatening to disbar a prominent lawyer for speaking out against attacks on religious minorities and called on the government to immediately reject the Minister's statement.

Transfer of Lottery Board to Foreign Ministry violation of law - Sri Lanka Transparency International

June 19, Colombo: Transparency International Sri Lanka says it is concerned by the recent gazette notification, which in violation of law has placed the National Lotteries Board under the purview of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

USS Lake Erie departs from Colombo harbor after post relief mission in Sri Lanka

June 19, Colombo: The guided-missile cruiser of the United States Navy, USS ‘Lake Erie’ which arrived in Sri Lanka on a post relief mission on 11th June, departed from the Colombo harbor today after successful completion of its mission engagements, Sri Lanka Navy said.

Two suspects arrested for possessing police items

June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have arrested two persons in Weliwita Mulleriyawa on Sunday for being in possession of fake licenses and several official police items.

Sri Lanka to issue US$ 515 million development bonds

June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Central Bank has announced that it plans to sell US$ 515 million worth of development bonds to foreign and local investors.