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First advanced warship made in India for Sri Lanka Navy arrives at Colombo harbor

July 28, Colombo: The Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel constructed at the Goa Shipyard Limited for the mission requirement of the Sri Lanka Navy, arrived at the Colombo harbor Friday morning, Sri Lanka Navy Media Unit said.

Sri Lanka parliament adjourns following unrest by opposition

July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Parliament on Friday was adjourned due to a tense situation arose in the House when opposition parliamentarians staged a protest.

Sri Lanka launches publication and a website to disseminate up-to-date information on SDG indicators

July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Department of Census and Statistics has launched a publication titled "Status of Sustainable Development Goals Indicators in Sri Lanka: 2017" and a website to disseminate up to date information particularly for Sri Lanka on SDGs.

Sri Lankan FM lauds Belt and Road Initiative, welcomes Chinese investment

July 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake has spoken highly of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, expressing the hope that the government would like to see more Chinese investments, Xinhua reported.

EU explains decision to keep LTTE in the terrorist list following the European Court of Justice ruling to remove the outfit

July 28, Colombo: The European Union issuing a follow-up statement today reiterated that, despite the ruling by the European Court of Justice to remove the LTTE from the terrorist list, the organization at present remains designated as a terrorist organization in the European Union

Canadian court acquits four Sri Lankan men accused of human smuggling

July 28, Vancouver: A Canadian court on Thursday has acquitted four Tamil Sri Lankan asylum seekers accused of smuggling refugees on a ship to British Columbia shores nearly nine years ago.

Opposition Leader blasts disruption of essential services for political gains

July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan says the government headed by the democratically elected President Maithripala Sirisena should be allowed to lead the country forward.

Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa evades CID

July 27, Colombo: Shiranthi Rajapaksa, the wife of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has failed to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department today although she had been summoned to give a statement regarding the rugby player Wasim Thajudeen murder investigation.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister emphasizes the need for all communities to move forward in unison

July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the present unity government of good governance has been able to build reconciliation in the country after the war.

Ports WorkersÂ’ union calls off strike scheduled for tomorrow

July 27, Colombo: The All Ceylon Ports General Workers' Union says it has called off the strike action which was planned for tomorrow .

Sri Lankan psychological counselor among 2017 winners of Magsaysay awards

July 27, Colombo: A teacher turned psychological counselor from Sri Lanka's minority Tamil community is among the six winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize.

Oil distribution returns to normal with release of 452 tankers

July 27, Colombo: Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Company says the oil distribution from Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela storage interrupted due to the strike launched by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation workers, has been completely restored by this afternoon.

Sri Lanka Court of Appeal issues warrant to arrest naval officer acquitted of TNA MP Raviraj murder

July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal today issued a warrant for the immediate arrest of a naval officer who was acquitted of the murder of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj.

CID identifies suspects who followed rugby player Thajudeen's vehicle before his death

July 27, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department of Sri Lanka police today told the court that they are awaiting a report from the Government Analyst Department on photographs of the suspects who were following the national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen's vehicle before his murder.

Three-day dengue prevention program at schools begins tomorrow

July 27, Colombo: The Ministry of Education will launch a special three-day dengue prevention program within the Western Province, starting tomorrow.

Five star quality: National Bocuse d'Or chefs compete using Oceanpick's fresh Round Island Barramundi

July 27, Colombo: Oceanpick, Sri Lanka's producer of oceanic barramundi, supported Sri Lankan chefs as their Seafood Sponsor when they entered the Bocuse d'Or competition, a biennial global culinary competition and a title coveted by chefs around the world.

U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation announces Rs. 1.1 billion funding to Sri Lanka for development of compact

July 27, Colombo: A delegation from the U.S. Government's Millennium Challenge Corporation recently visited Colombo to advance progress on the development of the MCC compact

Court orders CID to record statement from State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran over Jaffna school girl murder

July 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court yesterday ordered the Criminal Investigations Department to record a statement from State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran regarding the allegation that she helped the main suspect of the rape and murder of Jaffna school girl Sivaloganathan Vidya ...

Locally milled rice to be released to the market soon

July 27, Colombo: A huge quantity of locally milled rice that usually garners strong domestic appeal, is to hit the markets immediately-perhaps as early as next week, Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

UNIDO reiterates support to Sri Lanka for sustainable industrial development

July 27, Colombo: The United Nations Industrial Development Organization has reiterated its support for Sri Lanka's sustainable industrial development.

Qatar Airways boosts Colombo service to four daily non-stop flights from 1 August

July 27, Doha: Qatar Airways has announced it will introduce a fourth daily non-stop service from Doha to Colombo from 1 August, 2017.

Cabinet approves Rs. 200 million monthly allowance for maintenance of services at Neville Fernando Hospital

July 26, Colombo: Cabinet approval has been granted to cover a monthly allowance of Rs. 200 million from the Ministry of Health for the maintenance of services at the Neville Fernando Hospital in Malabe.

Sri Lanka to issue national guidelines for Day Care Centers

July 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government received cabinet approval yesterday to issue national guidelines for the day care centers in the island.

Ex-LTTE cadre recruited children for war sentenced to life in prison

July 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today sentenced a former member of the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam , who abducted children including his own daughter recruiting them to fight during the war, to life imprisonment.

Government makes Hambantota Port deal more beneficial to Sri Lanka

July 26, Colombo: The Concession agreement of Hambantota Port which is to be signed with China Merchant Port Holdings Company Ltd has been revised to be more beneficial to Sri Lanka, the government said.

Sri Lanka Army aids in restoring fuel delivery hampered by the strike

July 26, Colombo: Army troops, together with members of sister services by mid-noon today succeeded in releasing a fleet of fuel-filled bowsers of the Petroleum Corporation to the outside market, affected by the ongoing trade union action, the Government Information Department said.

Petroleum unions call off strike

July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Trade Unions Collective has decided to suspend the strike launched from midnight Monday .

Minister assures fuel distribution will be restored by evening

July 26, Colombo: The fuel distribution in the country will be restored and fuel will be supplied to all areas by this evening, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

Sri Lanka President hopes to closely work with the new Indian President to strengthen bilateral times

July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, congratulating the newly elected Indian President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his willingness to work closely with the new Indian President to further develop and strengthen excellent bilateral relations and cooperation which exists between ...

European Court removes Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers from terrorist list

July 26, Brussels: The European Court of Justice on Wednesday removed Sri Lanka's defunct Tamil Tiger terrorist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, from its terrorism blacklist.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake to answer to the bond commission on the allegations on August 2

July 26, Colombo: Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake says that he will give proper answers to the statements made against him when he appears before the Presidential Commission probing the Central Bank Bond Issue on August 2.

Over 50 harassed Sri Lankan housemaids return home from Kuwait

July 26, Colombo: More Sri Lankan women who encountered intimidation after taking up jobs as housemaids in the rich Middle Eastern countries have been brought back to the country.

Measures to develop Oluvil Harbor with the participation of state and private investors

July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who recently paid a visit to the Oluvil Harbor in order to observe the problems associated with the port said, the harbor will be developed with the participation of state and private investors.

Sri Lanka court extends order banning garbage disposal at Muthurajawela wetlands till 3 August

July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Tuesday extended the interim injunction banning Colombo Municipal Council from dumping garbage at Muthurajawela sanctuary.

NDB records highest ever Profit After Tax of Rs. 2.3 billion for the first half of 2017

July 26, Colombo: National Development Bank PLC concluded the first half of the financial year with a record Profit After Tax of Rs. 2.3 billion .

Government requests petroleum workers to return to work

July 26, Colombo: The government has requested the employees of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to take into account the difficulties and inconveniences faced by the public and return to work.

Sri Lanka government declares fuel distribution an essential service amid strike by CPC workers

July 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has declared the fuel distribution an essential service from midnight Tuesday amid a strike a launched by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation workers.

Congressional caucus on Sri Lanka renewed for the 115th Congress

July 26, Washington, DC: The Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka under the leadership of its co-chairs Representative Robert Aderholt and Representative Dina Titus recently renewed its registration as a Congressional Member Organization of the 115th U.S. Congress, Sri Lanka Embassy in U.S. said.

Sri Lanka Central Bank introduces a new Primary Issuance System for Treasury Bonds

July 25, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka will introduce a new primary issuance system for Treasury bonds .

Main suspect of Nallur shooting remanded till 8 August

July 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Tuesday remanded the main suspect in the shooting incident in Nallur, Jaffna of which a police officer was killed.

GMOA calls off strike after discussions with Minister of Law and Order

July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state doctors' trade union, the Government Medical Officers' Assertion launched an island wide token strike at 8 am Tuesday based on eight demands.

Law and Order Minister enlightens parliament on the controversy surrounding arrest of student activist

July 25, Colombo: Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake says he instructed the IGP to submit a report within two weeks regarding the situation which occurred following the attempt to arrest student activist Ryan Jayalath of Medical Faculty Student Actions Committee.

Sri Lanka PM receives best wishes from President on completion of 40 years in politics

July 25, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was congratulated at the cabinet meeting held today to mark the 40th anniversary of Prime Minister's political career.

Sri Lanka parliament uses electronic voting in passing Foreign Exchange Act

July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament today passed the Foreign Exchange Bill with amendments after it was debated in the House. When the Division was taken 94 voted in favor and 18 against the Bill.

IFC joins hands with Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank to boost green financing access

July 25, Colombo: International Finance Corporation , a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with the Commercial Bank of Ceylon to help the Sri Lankan bank invest more in local companies focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Cyprus police on manhunt for Sri Lankan suspected in murdering compatriot

July 25, Limassol: Cyprus police have launched a manhunt for Sri Lankan national who is suspected of killing another Sri Lankan man in Limassol on Monday.

Sri Lanka government approves Hambantota Port deal with China

July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday approved the deal to lease the loss-making Hambantota Port to a State-owned Chinese conglomerate for over a billion dollars.

President felicitates Sri Lanka's Olympians

July 25, Colombo: A felicitation ceremony to present golden awards to athletes who represented Sri Lanka at the Olympic games from 1948 to date, was held Monday at the President's House, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Pakistan Army Rugby Team visits Sri Lanka enhancing sports and cultural cooperation

July 25, Colombo: As part of the ongoing Army-to-Army Sports Exchange Programme between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, a 17-Member Pakistan Army Rugby Team, arrived in Colombo on 24th July 2017.

Health Minister gives firm instructions on nurses' transfers

July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has ordered the Deputy Director General of the Nursing Services to release all nurses who have received transfer orders but have not been transferred yet, by 1st of August.