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British High Commission Colombo celebrates Britain's creative industries.

Sept 20, Colombo: The 20th Century Fox, together with the British High Commission in Colombo Sri Lanka, Skyline Entertainment Pvt Ltd, celebrated Britain's creative industries during a reception to launch the film 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'.

Sri Lanka Premier pledges support from next year budget to uplift grassroot businesses

Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Government will support to empower the grassroot level entrepreneurs so they are able to grow and create new jobs for the nation to build up a strong economy.

Sri Lanka parliament passes bill to increase female representation in Provincial Councils with two-third majority

Sept 20, Colombo: Despite the commotion earlier today, Sri Lanka parliament passed a bill to increase female representation in Provincial Councils with two-third majority

Sri Lanka electricity workers end strike, doctors to begin 24-hour anti SAITM strike

Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's electricity workers ended their strike today following government assurance to increase their salaries and the Railway Strike scheduled to begin midnight today has been cancelled while the state Doctors' union, Government Medical Officers' Association announced another ...

New initiatives to boost production of Sri Lanka porcelain, red clay and glass

Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka has begun boosting its world class porcelain, glass and red-clay industry segments with a host of new initiatives and has also realized that the red-clay sector that is now surging as a result of next year's Asbestos ban, packs considerable promise for the economy, ...

Sri Lanka President, First Lady meet U.S. President and First Lady

Sept 20, New York: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena attended a reception hosted by the United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for visiting Heads of State on Tuesday in New York.

Sri Lankan Court grants bail to former government officials Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita

Sept 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to the two high profile state officials of the former government convicted of misusing state money.

Sri Lanka parliament temporarily adjourns due to Joint Opposition members' disruption

Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya temporarily adjourned parliamentary proceedings due to disruption by the members of the Joint Opposition today. The Speaker suspended the sittings at around 11.20 a.m.

Much need to be done for peacebuilding and reconciliation in Sri Lanka - UN

Sept 20, Colombo: Although war is over in Sri Lanka, many still face discrimination and hate and much need to be done for peacebuilding and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley says.

India assists in upgradation of Thondaman Vocational Training Centre in Sri Lanka's upcountry

Sept 20, Colombo: India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, to upgrade Thondaman Vocational Training Centre , Hatton located in Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka.

Sudanese military delegation visits Sri Lanka to explore training opportunities

Sept 20, Colombo: A Sudanese military delegation visiting Sri Lanka has shown interest in conducting joint naval exercises and collaborating in training with the island nation's military.

Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran arrives before Presidential Commission for a second day

Sept 20, Colombo: Former Governor of Sri Lanka's Central Bank today appeared before the Presidential Commission inquiring into the Central Bank bond scam for the second day.

Sri Lanka regulator warns of shortcomings in long term power plan affecting electricity supply, investments

Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's power regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka , has warned that shortcomings in the implementation of long term generation plan could affect the electricity supply and investments.

Indonesia, Sri Lanka to form parliamentary cooperation group

Sept 20, Jakarta: Indonesia and Sri Lanka will soon set up a parliamentary cooperation group to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields such as politics, economy, and culture.

Fitch: Singer Sri Lanka rating unaffected by shareholder change

Sept 20, Colombo: Fitch Ratings says Hayleys PLC's acquisition of a controlling stake in Singer PLC /Stable) is neutral for Singer's rating.

Pakistan's new Premier assures continued assistance to Sri Lanka

Sept 20, New York: Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has assured to continue the assistance provided to Sri Lanka when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

President urges International Community to consider Sri Lanka's progress in reconciliation, Human Rights

Sept 20, New York: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to seriously consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law.

Sri Lanka Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says power supply in the country normal amid strike

Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says the power supply in the country is being carried out as usual despite the strike launched by the workers union of the power supplier Ceylon Electricity Board entered its seventh day today.

Education Ministry to obtain police assistance against trade unions recruiting students for protests

Sept 19, Colombo: The Education Ministry of Sri Lanka has decided to take strictly enforce the law against trade unions and university student unions coming into schools to recruit school students for protests.

Sri Lanka Navy arrests 9 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has arrested nine Indian fishermen and seized their two trawlers this morning for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ".

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 WorkersÂ’ Union have not been successful and the union has decided to continue the strike further.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 .

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.