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  Sri Lanka Opposition Leader requests visiting Thai PM to encourage investments in North and East

July 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Opposition Leader and the leader of Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan requested the visiting Thailand Prime Minister to encourage Thai private sector investors to invest in the North and East.

Briefing on the steps taken by the government to address the national question Mr. Sampanthan said that the Tamil community wants a peaceful resolution through a new Constitution on the basis of equality and self-respect, and they will extend their support to the government to achieve such power-sharing arrangements.

 Sri Lanka government ministries, UNICEF propose increased investment in Early Childhood Development :
July 16, Colombo: The United Nations children's' organization, UNICEF in Sri Lanka and government ministries jointly presented budget proposals to Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera today requesting increased investment in Early Childhood Development in the next budget.

  World Bank, Sexual Violence Research Initiative launch 2018 call for proposals for innovation in addressing gender-based violence:
July 16, Washington: The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) today announced a new open call for awards recognizing promising innovations aimed at preventing and responding to gender-based violence.

  EU joins Canada and Norway to oppose Sri Lankan government's decision to reinstate death penalty :
July 16, Colombo: The Delegation of the European Union (EU) jointly with the diplomatic missions of Canada and Norway in Sri Lanka has issued a statement opposing the Sri Lankan President's recent decision to reinstate death penalty for convicted drug traffickers.

 Police arrest five people in Trincomalee with a high-powered metal scanner :
July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police following a tip-off received have arrested five people, who were transporting a high-powered metal scanner in a van.

 Law will be strictly enforced against errant traders arbitrarily raising prices - Finance Minister:
July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera says law will be strictly enforced against errant traders who are raising prices of essential items arbitrarily.

 Sri Lanka BOI says investment projects worth over $16 bn under discussion with Singapore:
July 16, Colombo: The investment promotion agency of Sri Lanka Board of Investment, (BOI) says Sri Lanka is gearing to reap the benefits of the Free Trade Agreement with Singapore, with four mega projects being discussed by the agency.

 Sri Lanka to launch National Export Strategy this week to strengthen exports:
July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Export Development Board (EDB) says the National Export Strategy (NES), developed by private and public stakeholders through extensive consultations, will be launched on Thursday, July 19.

 Fisheries Ministry provides over Rs. 440,000 to bring Sindur-2 fishermen back:
July 16, Colombo: The Fisheries Department of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has provided over Rs 440,000 to bring home the seven fishermen on Sindur-2 vessel, who were found in Maldives coast after they went missing with their vessel last month.

 Sri Lanka President arrives in Rome to attend the 24th COFO & 6th World Forest Week:
July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has arrived at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome today (15) to attend the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the 6th World Forest Week organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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 Rs. 17 million worth Heroin found in Serunuwara:
July 15, Colombo: Police have found five packages of heroin buried in the Seenanweli coast in Serunuwara, Police Media Spokesperson said.

 Sri Lanka lawmaker suggests death penalty for prison officers abetting drug traffickers to organize crimes from jail:
July 15, Colombo: Colombo District UNP parliamentarian Mujibur Rahman in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena has requested imposing death penalty also on prison officers who are abetting the convicted drug traffickers committing various organized crimes from jail.

 Sri Lanka Prime Minster launches 'Gamperaliya' accelerated rural development program :
July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka today inaugurated a rapid Rural Development Project called "Gamperaliya" covering all the districts in the country to accelerate the economic growth of the country retarded by the adverse weather conditions in recent years.

 CSE to host briefing event for potential Empower Board sponsors on July 18:
July 15, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange will host a briefing event next week to solicit sponsors for the recently launched Empower Board.

 Sri Lanka Army will not remove any army camps from North as rumored:
July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army emphasized that national security is its utmost priority and it will not remove or close any army camps in the North as alleged by some media reports and politicians.

 Sri Lanka lifts ban on glyphosate :
July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka has lifted the ban on the weedicide glyphosate nearly three years after it was imposed by President Maithripala Sirisena.

 Special programs to eradicate dengue mosquito breeding sites in Schools and construction zones :
July 15, Colombo: A meeting on the analysis of an entomology survey on dengue mosquito breeding sites in Colombo district schools was held under the patronage of Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne at the Ministry of Health recently.

 Increased spot fines for traffic violations from today:
July 15, Colombo: Vehicle traffic Police announce that the revised spot fines will be imposed from today for 33 traffic violations. The revision in fines for traffic violations is aimed at minimizing traffic accidents.

 Probe continues on mass grave found in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka:
July 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan officials say Investigations are continuing on a mass grave discovered in Mannar in the North in late March.
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 Indian authorities bust fake passport racket, arrest two Sri Lankans:
July 14, Chennai: Indian police in Tamil Nadu state have busted a fake passport racket, which helped Sri Lankan nationals to fly abroad from the city as Indian citizens and arrested two Sri Lankans including a 38-year-old woman, suspected to be part of the racket.

 Sri Lankan government to provide houses for teachers :
July 14, Colombo: Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa says that a program will be launched to provide houses for teachers who don't have permanent houses.

 Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission urges President to abolish death penalty:
July 14, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has in writing requested President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the decision to enforce the capital punishment on drug traffickers and implement a powerful and long-term policy framework for the suppression of serious crime, including drug trafficking.

 Sri Lanka President leaves for Rome to attend 24th COFO & 6th World Forest Week :
July 14, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena left for Rome today (14) to attend the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the 6th World Forest Week organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, President's Media Division said.

 Sri Lanka PM hopes to avoid crises and conflicts in Indian Ocean:
July 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says new strategies are needed to prevent crises and conflicts among countries in the Indian Ocean region.

 Prices of all bakery products except bread to increase from midnight Sunday:
July 14, Colombo: The All Ceylon Bakery Owners' Association has decided to increase the prices of all bakery products except bread by five rupees.

 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader requests visiting Thai PM to encourage investments in North and East:
July 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Opposition Leader and the leader of Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan requested the visiting Thailand Prime Minister to encourage Thai private sector investors to invest in the North and East.
 Gamperaliya rapid Rural Development Project to commence tomorrow from Nikaweratiya:
July 14, Colombo: The Gamperaliya accelerated rural development program covering all the Divisional Secretariats in the country will be inaugurated on July 15th from Nikaweratiya in Kurunegala district.
 First Anti-Corruption High Court to be operational from next week:
July 14, Colombo: All arrangements are ready for the first Anti-Corruption High Court to become operational from next week, State Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera said.
 Finance Minister accuses former president of spreading lies about the fuel price revisions:
July 14, Colombo: Former president and finance minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is making false allegations and spreading lies about fuel price hike to mislead the people, said Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera at a media briefing held in Colombo today (13).
 Over Rs. 60 million worth drugs abandoned on eastern coastal belt:
July 13, Colombo: A stock of illegal drugs worth over Rs. 60 million was found abandoned on the coastal belt of Sampur in Trincomalee in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, Police Media Spokesman's Office said.
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 Sri Lanka, Thailand aim to increase bilateral trade to USD 1.5 bn by 2020 through FTA:
July 13, Colombo: The President of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha have reaffirmed their commitment to increase the bilateral trade volume to USD 1.5 billion by the year 2020, together with achieving an equitable trade balance.
 Sri Lanka to gift a Sri Maha Bodhi sapling to Thailand:
July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has reiterated to the visiting Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha that Sri Lanka, signifying the long-standing historic, religious and cultural ties between the two countries, will present a sapling of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree as a gesture of goodwill to bless the King Maha Vajiralongkorn and people of Thailand.
 STF thwarts an attempt to kill an inmate's wife, arrest five people:
July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's elite police Special Task Force (STF) today arrested five people and thwarted an attempt to kill a prisoner's wife when she was visiting her husband at the Colombo main Welikada Prison.
 Japan grants Sri Lanka Rs. 15.5 billion to implement project to prevent Non Communicable Diseases:
July 13, Colombo: The Government of Japan has agreed to provide a massive concessional loan of over Rs. 15 billion to Sri Lanka to implement the Health and Medical Service Improvement Project to prevent Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
 Sri Lanka's traditional medicines to be protected under international Intellectual Property system:
July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka today announced that it is moving the centuries old folk medicines system for protection under Geneva's well-known "Traditional Knowledge" regime.
 Gem & Jewellery industry in Sri Lanka gets President's attention :
July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena met with the representatives of the Gem & Jewellery industry at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday (12) and engaged in discussions on measures need to develop the industry.
 Sri Lanka court releases 16 detained Indian fishermen under conditions:
July 13, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has released 16 Indian fishermen who were in detention after they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for illegally crossing International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
 India offers Ayush Scholarships to Sri Lankan students for higher education in traditional medicine:
July 13, Colombo: The High Commission of India Colombo has announced scholarships to Sri Lankan nationals under the Ayush Scholarship Scheme for UG/PG/PhD courses in Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy for the academic year 2018-19.
 BOI, EDB and Business France ink tripartite MoU to enhance cooperation, trade and investment:
July 13, Colombo: Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka and Business France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday (12 ) to enhance cooperation in trade and investment.
 Sri Lanka, El Salvador to collaborate on prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease :
July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka and El Salvador have agreed to collaborate on addressing challenges in the health sector especially prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that is prevalent in both countries, during the recent visit of State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake to the Central American country.
 List of drug traffickers on death row forwarded to President:
July 13, Colombo: The list of names of prisoners sentenced to death for drug trafficking were to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, according to local media reports.
  Thailand, Sri Lanka signed four MOUs to deepen bilateral cooperation:
July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Thailand agreed on the need to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries when the leaders of the two countries met in Colombo on Thursday.
 '1000 Tanks - 1000 Villages' development program commenced:
July 13, Colombo: The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to develop all tanks that have been abandoned without being utilized under the program "Thousand Tanks - Thousands Villages" program.
 Sri Lanka Prison Department calls for applications again for the executioner post:
July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prison Department has called for applications again for the post of executioner after the cabinet has given the nod to execute the death penalty for convicted drug dealers already in the death row.
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 More female state sector employees in Sri Lanka are professionally qualified than male employees:
July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Public and Semi Government Sector employs over 1.1 million employees and more female employees are professionally qualified than their male counterparts, report of a recent survey conducted by the Census and Statistics department reveals.
  CID informs court that Navy has not provided information on van used in abduction of 11 youth:
July 12, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department today informed Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that the Sri Lanka Navy has not yet provided the information on the vehicle that is necessary to investigate the alleged abduction and murder of 11 youth.
 CICT says Rs. 19 mn payment to Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation was a donation in good faith:
July 12, Colombo: Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd., (CICT), the Chinese company operating the Colombo Port's third container terminal says the Rs. 19.41 million given to a foundation run by Pushpa Rajapaksa, wife of ex-minister Basil Rajapaksa in 2012 is a donation in good faith.
 Sri Lanka PM instructs to bring new legislation for a national education policy:
July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed Minister of Education to bring in new legislation to create a national education policy.
  UNFPA Generation-to-Generation dialogue addresses the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Sri Lanka:
July 12, Colombo: To commemorate World Population Day 2018, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka hosted a Generation-to-Generation dialogue today to highlight the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Sri Lanka especially, to educate the country's youth.
  Thai PM's visit to Sri Lanka aims to strengthen bilateral relations to a Strategic Economic Partnership:
July 12, Colombo: Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha, accompanied by his spouse, Associate Professor Naraporn Chan-o-cha, arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday for a two day official visit.
 PUCSL will make final decision on tender for Kerawalapitiya Power Station, Supreme Court told:
July 12, Colombo: The Attorney General yesterday (11) informed the Supreme Court that the final decision on which company will get the tender for the 300MW Kerawalapitiya Natural Gas Power Plant will be made by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCL).
 World Bank approves US$ 200 mn loan to improve primary healthcare services in Sri Lanka:
July 12, Washington: The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a $200 million loan to help increase the use and the quality of Sri Lanka's primary healthcare services.
  Dialog powers 'Woman Entrepreneur of Year 2017':
July 12, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, partners the Women's Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) to power the 10th installation of the 'Women Entrepreneur of the Year'.
 Special Dengue eradication campaign in 8 districts today and tomorrow:
July 12, Colombo: The National Dengue Control Unit says that there is an increase in the number of dengue patients with the active South West monsoon rains.
  Court orders telephone companies to hand over all mobile phone records of Arjun Aloysius to CID:
July 11, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered the telephone companies to hand over all the phone records from the mobile phone SIMS issued to businesses under the former Perpetual Treasuries (PTL) Director Arjun Aloysius and the SIMS of his personal mobile phones to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
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 Amnesty International calls on Sri Lanka to halt plans to implement death penalty for drug dealers:
July 11, Colombo: The London-based global human rights organization, Amnesty International (AI) today called on Sri Lanka to halt any plans to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers.
 Sri Lanka unveils long-term development plan for Eastern port city of Trincomalee :
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka today launched the long-term development plan for the Eastern port city of Trincomalee and surrounding cities in the island's Eastern Province.
 Sri Lanka armed forces to be empowered for controlling illegal drug trade :
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to bring in legislation seeking the active contribution of Tri Forces for controlling illegal drugs.
 Pidilite opens a new state-of-the-art adhesive manufacturing plant at Polgahawela in Sri Lanka :
July 11, Colombo: A state-of-the-art manufacturing plant of Pidilite Lanka (Private) Limited was formally commissioned at Polgahawela in Sri Lanka's North Western Province on Tuesday, 10th July.
  U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet aircraft locates missing Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian Ocean:
July 11, Colombo: A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft located a missing fishing vessel on July 10, after joining search efforts at the request of the Sri Lankan Navy, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said.
 Sri Lanka President ready to approve death penalty for drug dealers:
July 11, Colombo: As Sri Lanka is battling to eradicate its growing narcotics problem, President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention.
 Sri Lanka National Economic Council discusses ways to boost foreign exchange reserves:
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's National Economic Council has paid attention on finding a systematic solution to save the customer from the disadvantageous circumstances emerged due to the business dealers attempting to gain exorbitant profits when providing goods and services.
 Sri Lanka Labor Demand Survey 2017 identifies occupations demanded by private sector :
July 11, Colombo: On a request by the Policy Development Office of The Prime Minister's Office Sri Lanka's Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) has conducted the first ever survey on the labor demand in the country in 2017.
 Sri Lanka Customs arrests Indian national at Colombo airport with Rs. 19 million worth gold:
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport has arrested an Indian national attempting to smuggle in stock of gold biscuits and jewellery valued over Rs 19 million.
 Sri Lanka Army Commander's tenure extended for one year:
July 11, Colombo: President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena as Commander-In-Chief has extended the term of the Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake for another year, Army Spokesman said.
 President's Counsel and former diplomat Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passes away:
July 11, Colombo: A distinguished diplomat and an expert in legal sector, President's Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya has passed away at the age of 74.
 Sri Lankan electronics & electrical companies delegation to visit Tenaga Expo & Forum in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore from July 16 -21:
July 11 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Export Development Board is organizing a exposure visit along with one-on-one business meetings in Malaysia and Singapore from 16th -21st July 2018 with the participation of 6 electronics and electrical sector companies in Sri Lanka.
 Roadshow in Colombo for Vibrant Tamil Nadu Global Food Expo and Summit in Madurai from 12-15 August :
July 11, Colombo: Tamil Nadu Global Food Expo and Summit 2018 organized a roadshow in Colombo at Hotel Galadari on 5th July 2018 with the support of High Commission of India, Colombo.
 Sri Lanka's goal is to become fully developed nation by 2050 - PM:
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister says the foundation has been laid to achieve Sri Lanka's goal to become a fully developed nation by the year 2050.
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 Kalkuda OIC arrested for taking a Rs. 300,000 bribe:
July 10, Colombo: The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has arrested the OIC of the Kalkuda Police Station while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 300,000.
 Two new state ministers sworn in:
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed two new Sate Ministers and they were sworn in today before the President at the Presidential Secretariat today (10).
 Sri Lankan products showcased at Seoul Import Goods Fair 2018:
July 10, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Embassy in Seoul, in association with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) participated in the Seoul Import Goods Fair 2018 organized by the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA) from 21 to 23 June at COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul.
 Sri Lanka police arrest a Buddhist monk for killing a cop:
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today arrested a Buddhist monk who allegedly strangled a police constable when he came to execute an arrest warrant against the monk.
  Fuel prices to go up from midnight today:
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state-run fuel supplier Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has received the cabinet nod to proceed with the revision of fuel prices and accordingly, the fuel prices will be raised from midnight today (10).
 Sri Lanka to implement death penalty on drug dealers :
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka, battling to eradicate its growing narcotics problem and curb the organized crime associated with drug trade, has decided to reinstate the death penalty for drug dealers.
 Missing seven Sri Lankan fishermen found safe with the boat near Maldivian coastal belt :
July 10, Colombo: The seven missing fishermen who left on a multi-day fishing trawler from Galle Harbor nearly a month ago for fishing and disappeared, have been found near the Maldives islands.
 Prime Minister of Thailand to visit Sri Lanka on 12-13 July :
July 10, Colombo At the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka on 12 and 13 July 2018.
  Sri Lanka Customs seizes a Rs. 3 million worth heroin package:
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs has seized a package containing 227 grams of heroin worth Rs. 3 million at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake today.
 Spot fines for traffic violations to go up from 15th :
July 10, Colombo: The government has taken steps to increase the spot fines imposed for 33 traffic violations listed under the Motor Traffic Act from the 15th of this month.
  Discussion on revision of fuel prices at cabinet meeting today:
July 10, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers is scheduled to hold discussions on the revision of fuel prices today (10), the Finance Ministry said.
 Government has solved many problems of the farming community - President:
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says that regardless of whatever allegations made by the political opponents, this era can be considered as a fortunate period for the agriculture economy of the country.
 AngelHack Sri Lanka powered by Dialog and Ideamart for third consecutive year on July 14-15:
July 10, Colombo: AngelHack Sri Lanka 2018, powered by Ideamart, a telco application development platform, and Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, returns for the third consecutive year to host the Sri Lankan instalment of the AngelHack annual global hackathon series.
 Michael Ondaatje's 'The English Patient' wins prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize:
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lankan born Canadian author Michael Ondaatje's novel "The English Patient" has won the Golden Man Booker Prize.
 Over Rs. 6 million paid as overtime to three drivers of SriLankan, presidential commission told:
July 09, Colombo: Three drivers of the loss-making national carrier SriLankan Airlines have been paid over Rs. 6 million in overtime for the period 2011-2014 during the chairmanship of Nishantha Wickremesinghe, the Presidential Commission probing the mismanagement of the national carrier was told today.
 Sri Lanka calls for international assistance to support export-led industrialization:
July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka has soft-launched an international support call for its export-led industrialization initiative, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
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 Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has not abandoned family favoritism - Minister Duminda :
July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has not abandoned favoring his family in politics yet, National Organizer of the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) and Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources & Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake says.
  Sri Lanka Supreme Court to hear the petition against women barring from purchasing liquor :
July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights petition filed by a group of women activists requesting the court to declare the gazette issued by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, barring women from buying liquor or working in establishments that sell liquor illegal.
 President's Counsel Anura Meddegoda appointed as new chairman of Consumer Affairs Authority :
July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has appointed a one-time trial attorney at The Hague's International Criminal Tribunal (ICC) as the new Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) which is under the Minister's purview.
 Court to hear Avant Garde floating armory case against former Defense Secretary on October 30:
July 09, Colombo: Colombo Magistrate Court has decided to postpone the case filed by the Bribery Commission against former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and eight other suspects regarding the Avant Garde floating armory.
 Sri Lanka needs to empower local governments to develop major cities and drive economic growth - PM:
July 09, Singapore: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the task of building livable and sustainable cities require integrating with global supply chains, social inclusivity, and access to new and old ecosystem services.
 New SLASSCOM Chairman Jeevan Gnanam aims to grow country's IT industry to Rs. 5 billion by 2022:
July 09, Colombo: Newly appointed Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) Chairman, Jeevan Gnanam commenced his tenure with the announcement of an ambitious vision to rapidly grow the country's IT industry to Rs. 5 billion by 2022.
 U.S. government funds renovation of two schools in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province:
July 09, Colombo: As part of the United States government's support for a reconciled and unified Sri Lanka, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) renovated two schools in the Eastern Province, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.
  Wildlife Minister expects to end Sri Lanka's human-elephant conflict in a year and a half :
July 09, Colombo: Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Field marshal Sarath Fonseka says that he expects to eliminate the threat of wild elephants across the country by 95 percent within the next 18 months.
 UNP to move an adjournment motion over New York Times report:
July 09, Colombo: The United National Party has decided to move an adjournment motion in parliament over the New York Times report which alleged that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accepted USD 7.6 million from China Harbor Merchant Company for his 2015 election campaign.
 Husband arrested for stabbing death of popular Sri Lankan singer Priyani Jayasinghe :
July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today arrested the husband of popular Sri Lankan Singer Priyani Jayasinghe over her stabbing death yesterday.
 Singapore jails two Sri Lankans for holding fake passports:
July 09, Colombo: Two Sri Lankan nationals have been jailed eight months each for possessing fake UK passports at Singapore's Changi Airport, a Channel News Asia report said.
 ADB grants Sri Lanka USD 9.5 million to support women-led SMEs :
July 09, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted USD 9.5 million through the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We - Fi) to support the ongoing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) - Line of Credit.
 Colombo Municipal Councilor shot dead in Pettah:
July 09, Colombo: An unidentified gunman has fatally shot a Councilor of Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) this morning in Pettah, police said.
 Army Chief instructs army to condemn any acts of obstructing reconciliation:
July 09, Colombo: Commander of Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has instructed the army not to allow any person, who acts in a manner that obstructs the process of reconciliation, in to the army camps.
  Popular Sri Lankan singer Priyani Jayasinghe stabbed to death, police looking for husband :
July 09, Colombo: Popular Sri Lankan singer Priyani Jayasinghe (51) has been found stabbed to death in her home in Panadura, 15 miles south of Colombo, yesterday and her husband is suspected of the attack.
 President calls for measures to uplift Sri Lanka's cooperative sector :
July 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says important decisions will be taken within the next few months to uplift the country's century-old cooperatives sector.
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