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  Netherlands Foreign Minister commends Sri Lanka's democratic elections

Oct 19, Colombo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Stef Blok, who is visiting Sri Lanka, says the country's ability to continue free and democratic election system despite many challenges is highly commended by the democracies of the world.

The Dutch Minister made this statement when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's official residence this morning. During the discussion, the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands and the regional issues were discussed at length.

 Election monitor observes increase in hate speech in presidential election campaign:
Oct 20, Colombo: An election monitor in Sri Lanka, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has observed an increasing trend of hate speech in the presidential election campaign.

 SLFP organizer Devapriya has no regrets about losing party posts:
Oct 20, Colombo: Former Chief Minister of the Western Province and Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) organizer Isura Devapriya says he has no regrets about the loss of posts as he has not done anything wrong.

 Election campaigning prohibited in state institutions:
Oct 20, Colombo: The Elections Commission states that the election propaganda activities at state institutions have been banned and authorities of such institutions are responsible for such incidents.

  Airport Duty Free shop employee arrested with 40 gold biscuits:
Oct 20, Colombo: An employee of a Duty Free shop at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake has been arrested for trying to smuggle out gold biscuits weighing four kilograms.

 National People's Power to launch its election manifesto on 26th:
Oct 20, Colombo: National People's Power (NPP) led by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will launch their election manifesto at Waters Edge in Battaramulla on the 26th of this month.

  Chinese workers arrested for allegedly working illegally at Aruwakkalu released on bail:
Oct 20, Colombo: Seven Chinese nationals who were arrested by the Wanathawilluwa police for allegedly working illegally at the Aruwakkalu Sanitary Landfill in Puttalam without a valid visa were released on bail when they were produced before the court. Saturday (19).

 Alumex introduces Sri Lanka's first locally manufactured proprietary aluminium systems (ABS):
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's aluminium industry market leaders, Alumex PLC, a subsidiary of Hayleys Group, announced the introduction of a new range of internationally accredited aluminium proprietary product ranges for the domestic and commercial markets under the Alumex Building Systems (ABS) brand.

 Sysco LABS partners with University of Peradeniya for 9th consecutive Computer Engineering Hackathon:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sysco LABS joined forces with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Peradeniya for the 9th consecutive "ACES Hackathon" held at the university.

 Maximum opportunity for private entrepreneurs to contribute towards strengthening the economy - Sajith:
Oct 19, Colombo: The New Democratic Front Presidential Candidate Minister Sajith Premadasa says introducing a new fiscal policy private entrepreneurs will be given maximum opportunity to contribute towards strengthening the economy.

 EC Chairman requests all media institutions to be impartial during election :
Oct 19, Colombo: Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says all state and private media institutions should act impartially during the presidential election.
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 Full support of younger generation is essential to make Sri Lanka a hub of Indian Ocean - PM:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today stressed that slogans cannot lift Sri Lanka as the center of Indian Ocean through the export economy while facing the trends of the new world and said the full participation of the younger generation is required when making tough and difficult decisions needed for the process.

 Sri Lanka removed from EU's blacklist of money laundering risk countries:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka has been removed from the European Union's list of countries at risk for money laundering, Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera has said.

 Netherlands willing to enhance investments in Sri Lanka:
Oct 19, Colombo: Building on the longstanding relations, the Netherlands is willing to boost investments in Sri Lanka in addition to consistently supporting the development projects, the Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok said meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Saturday (19) at Temple Trees.

 Netherlands Foreign Minister commends Sri Lanka's democratic elections:
Oct 19, Colombo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Stef Blok, who is visiting Sri Lanka, says the country's ability to continue free and democratic election system despite many challenges is highly commended by the democracies of the world.

 Sri Lanka requests UK to honor Brigadier Priyanka Fernando's diplomatic immunity:
Oct 19, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka continuing to maintain that Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, who was in absentia convicted of violating UK's Public Order Act, was entitled to diplomatic immunity, has requested the United Kingdom to honor the reciprocal obligation.

 SLFP not to join Gotabhaya's election rallies:
Oct 19, Colombo: General Secretary Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara says the party will not participate in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) propaganda rallies even though SLFP has come forward to support the SLPP presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka Army releases another 150 acres in Kilinochchi to the rightful owners:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has released another 150.15 acres of land in Kilinochchi, used by the Army for service requirements on Friday (18) to the State and private owners.

 SLFP inks MoU with Gotabaya Rajapaksa:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

 Two including a police officer arrested with 180 kilos of Kerala Cannabis in Mannar:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy today arrested two individuals including a police officer while transporting 180 kilograms of Kerala Cannabis in Mannar.

 Sri Lanka at WHO Health Forum calls on redoubling efforts to address mental health challenges:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka, appreciating the World Health Organization (WHO) for the initiatives taken in recent times, to effectively address mental health challenges globally, called on redoubling the collective efforts to create awareness among people at all levels.

 EFL 3PL partners with Millennium IT ESP to deliver innovative 3PL solutions:
Oct 19, Colombo: Expert supply chain management is EFL's forte, driven by its award winning 3PL (Third Party Logistics) solutions, which has a reputation for solutions with extreme agility - most recently demonstrated with a new model initiated for its business with Millennium IT ESP.

 Housing Authority says reports of Rs. 400 mn fraud published by two private TV channels are totally false:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority Lakwijaya Sagara Palansooriya states that the reports published by two private channels that the 400 million rupees belonging to the Housing Authority was used for the Presidential election is totally false.
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  Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to produce a practical program for security and economic development:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says he would produce a practical systematic program for the economic development of the country and to ensure the security.

 National Policy on Preschool Education to be presented to the cabinet next week:
Oct 18, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena says that the National Policy on Preschool Education compiled by the National Education Commission will be presented to the Cabinet next week.

 Ballot papers for postal voting in the Presidential Election issued:
Oct 18, Colombo: The ballot papers for postal voting in the Presidential Election were handed over to the Department of Posts, for distribution, today (October 18).
 Chennai-Jaffna air services to commence from November 01:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has announced that with the opening of Jaffna International Airport yesterday, commercial flights between Jaffna and Chennai will commence on the 1st of November.
 Takeover of Rupavahini under Defense Ministry legal, AG tells court:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today that the acquisition of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation under the authority of the Minister of Defense by a gazette notification is a constitutional act.
 Two PS members and nine others arrested over election violence:
Oct 18, Colombo: Eleven suspects including three local government representatives have been arrested in connection with election related complaints and election related violations since presidential election was announced, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
 Amnesty calls on Sri Lanka Presidential candidates to prioritize key human rights issues:
Oct 18, Colombo: Ahead of next month's presidential election, Amnesty International, Friday called on Sri Lanka's presidential candidates to prioritize key human rights issues, including commitments on transitional justice made in the aftermath of the decades-long internal conflict.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank FIU enters into an agreement with INTERPOL National Central Bureau :
Oct 18, Colombo: The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has entered into an agreement with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) of Sri Lanka.
  A Real-time and Online Payment Facility for BOI customers:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka has taken another significant step forward to provide further convenience to the customers.
 BOI signs US$ 10 mn investment to manufacture concrete electric poles in Sri Lanka :
Oct 18, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka has signed a supplementary agreement with M/s Senaka Zenn (Private) Limited to set up a project to manufacture pre-stressed spun concrete electrical poles...
  Japan provides over $ 1.26 million to support humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka :
Oct 18, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of US$ 1,266,825 (approx. Rs. 219 million) to SKAVITA Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Project (SHARP) and The HALO Trust for humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka.
  CWC pledges support to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) expressing their support to the SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the upcoming Presidential elections.
 Three suspects arrested with nearly 30 kg of heroin in Divulapitiya:
Oct 18, Colombo: The police have arrested three suspects with nearly 30 kilograms of heroin following a raid in Divulapitiya area.
 Sajith promises to provide free fertilizer to all farmers:
Oct 18, Colombo: The New Democratic Front presidential candidate Minister Sajith Premadasa has stressed that he will take measures to provide fertilizer free to all the farmers in the country as well as the paddy farmers.
  Election monitor calls for an inquiry into spreading false rumors related to national security:
Oct 18, Colombo: Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), an election watchdog in Sri Lanka has requested the National Elections Commission (NEC) and security forces to investigate whether there is an organized group spreading rumors on incidents that are related to national security.
 Hambantota International Port partners with NYK Japan :
Oct 18, Colombo: The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) has entered into a Terminal Service Agreement (TSA) with Japanese Shipping Conglomerate NYK, the first RoRo specific TSA entered into by the shipping line with a Sri Lankan Port.
 Seven Sri Lankan companies take part in SupplySide West 2019 trade show in Las Vegas:
Oct 18, Colombo: Seven Sri Lankan companies are participating in the 2019 SupplySide West Exhibition, the leading ingredients and supply-chain event for the health and nutrition industry.
 National Colleges of Education to admit 8000 students :
Oct 17, Colombo: Expanding facilities at National Colleges of Education, measures have been taken to recruit for the first time 8000 students to the colleges.
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 Jaffna will return to pre-war normalcy within next 5 years - PM:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Jaffna, the capital city of the Northern Province will no doubt return to its pre-war normalcy and become an economic hub in the region within the next five years.
 Petition seeks injunction on poster display during Presidential election:
Oct 17, Colombo: A petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal seeking an order preventing the display of posters, banners, cutouts and publicity material on streets and public places during the presidential election.
 Government to abolish carbon tax on motor vehicles:
Oct 17, Colombo: The government has decided to abolish the carbon tax on motor vehicles.
 Avant Garde Chairman remanded till November 8 :
Oct 17, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today ordered the remand of Chairman of the Avant Garde Maritime Services Company Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi, who is charged with illegally operating a floating armory on board the MV Avant Garde near the coast of Galle.
 SriLankan Airlines concludes a memorable Melbourne Marathon:
Oct 17, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, coinciding with the second anniversary of its operations to Melbourne, successfully concluded SriLankan Airlines Half Marathon event at the Melbourne Marathon Festival for the third consecutive year.
 U.S. Embassy promotes culture of innovation among Sri Lankan youth with upcoming Maker Fair:
Oct 17, Colombo: The U.S. Embassy will bring together young inventors and innovators from across Sri Lanka at its second Maker Fair on October 20 at Trace Expert City.
 President and Prime Minister open Sri Lanka's third international airport in Jaffna :
Oct 17, Colombo: Adding a new chapter to the civil aviation industry of Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today declared open the country's third international airport in Jaffna in the Northern Province.
  The Milky Way: UNDP support for eradication of poverty in Sri Lanka's North:
Oct 17, Colombo: When Rathinam Jenaka first began working at YARLCO, she was only allowed to boil the milk. As she stood stirring the pot, she would glance over to the other women on the factory floor.
  EU-Sri Lanka investment dialogue addresses investor issues, measures to improve economic relations:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade hosted the 9th European Union - Sri Lanka Investor Dialogue, an instrument set up in 2017 to resolve issues faced by investors from the European Union operating in Sri Lanka under the Board of Investment.
 All postal employees' leave canceled:
Oct 17, Colombo: Post Master General Ranjith Ariyaratne says that all postal employees' leave has been canceled during the period of the presidential election.
 Four foreigners arrested in Sri Lanka for stealing data from an ATM:
Oct 17, Colombo: Four foreign nationals have been arrested for stealing data from an ATM installed in Mirissa, Bandaramulla on 12th October.
 Over 58,000 postal vote applications rejected:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Election Commission has rejected 58,404 postal vote applications out of the 717,918 applications received from public servants for postal voting at the upcoming presidential elections next month.
 Sri Lanka manufacturing, service sectors expanded at slower rate in September 2019:
Oct 17, Colombo: According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank, both manufacturing and services sectors expanded at a slower rate in September compared to the previous month.
  Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi arrested at airport:
17, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested Avant Garde Maritime Services Chairman Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi, who has returned to the island this morning (17) after receiving treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for some time.
  K Zone Ja-Ela and Moratuwa announce winners of malls' most extravagant cash bonanza:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's favorite urban neighborhood retail, leisure, and dining destination, K Zone, has announced the lucky winners of its exclusive 'K Zone Millionaire' and 'K Zone Grand Giveaway' promotion at their Ja-Ela and Moratuwa shopping malls respectively.
 Election Commission says unlawful to use war and war victory for presidential election campaign:
Oct 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's National Election Commission today stressed that use of war, war-victory or war crimes for the presidential election campaigns is prohibited.
 Prime Minister inspects development projects in the North:
Oct 16, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today inspected several development projects in the Northern Province.
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 Sri Lanka Police advise people not to be misled by rumors :
Oct 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today requested the public not to be misled by rumors about suspicious vehicles parked near schools and churches and panic.
  Sri Lanka calls for making BIMSTEC a more robust organization :
Oct 16, Colombo: Rationalization of areas of cooperation of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and draft Charter of the organization were deliberated during the second meeting of the BIMSTEC Permanent Working Committee (BPWC) recently in Colombo.
 Gotabhaya lied to the world about war victory for 10 years - Sajith:
Oct 16, Colombo: Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa says it is ironic that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa himself revealed the truth that the credit for the victory of the 30-year long war should be given to the then army commander.
 Sri Lanka's third International Airport to be opened in Jaffna tomorrow :
Oct 16, Colombo: Adding a new chapter to the civil aviation sector, President Maithripala Sirisena will declare open Sri Lanka's newest international airport the Jaffna International Airport in the Northern Province Thursday (October 17) for public service.
 Over 670 complaints to Election Commission within a week:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Election Commission says it has received 673 complaints related to the presidential elections during the past week.
 Cabinet approval for Public Debt Management Office:
Oct 16, Colombo: Cabinet approval has been granted to establish a Public Debt Management Office under the Ministry of Finance for the purpose of addressing the issues relating to debt management.
  AG orders to arrest former MP and five others in connection with a fatal traffic accident:
Oct 16, Colombo: Attorney-General Dappula de Livera today has instructed the head of the Police Special Investigation Unit to immediately arrest six persons including the former Member of Parliament and journalist J Sri Ranga and former Senior Superintendent of Police of Vavuniya.
 Rs. 14 billion financial assistance from the Netherlands to construct bridges, vocational training institute in Sri Lanka:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has signed two agreements with the Government of Netherlands for Rs. 14 billion financial assistance for the construction of 200 rural brides and the establishment of a vocational training institute in Polonnaruwa.
 Poll monitors invited by Election Commission to arrive in Sri Lanka on November 11th:
Oct 16, Colombo: A group of poll monitors on the invitation of the Election Commission will arrive in the island on the 11th of November to observe the 2019 presidential elections, the Elections Commissioner General Saman Sri Ratnayake stated.
 Election Commission ready for distribution of official ballot papers for presidential election:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Elections Commission says everything is ready for the distribution of official ballot papers for the Presidential Election 2019.
 Sri Lanka court sentences Brazilian to life imprisonment for smuggling cocaine:
Oct 16, Colombo: A Brazilian national has been sentenced to life in prison for possessing and smuggling 690 grams of cocaine to Sri Lanka.
  Sri Lanka to host international maritime conference 'Galle Dialogue' on October 21-22:
Oct 16, Colombo: The tenth annual International Maritime Conference 'Galle Dialogue 2019' organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense is scheduled to be held in Colombo on 21st and 22nd October 2019.
 ComBank the highest ranked Bank in latest LMD 100:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been ranked third in the latest edition of the 'LMD 100' - Sri Lanka's premier ranking of the country's listed companies - moving up two places from last year.
  Prime Minister summoned to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing corruption and fraud in state institutions has issued notice to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before the Commission on Friday, October 18.
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 Tamil political parties present a set of proposals to presidential candidates:
Oct 15, Colombo: Five Tamil political parties have agreed to submit a 13-point proposal to the candidates contesting the presidential election.
  AG to file indictments against former Navy Commander in the case of abduction of 11 youths:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department today informed Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake that the Attorney General had instructed to charge three suspects, including former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008-2009.
 Court publishes reasons for dismissal of petition challenging Gotabhaya's citizenship:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Court of Appeal, Tuesday published the reasons for rejecting the petition challenging the citizenship of former Defense Secretary and presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
 President orders maximum security for presidential candidates:
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered relevant authorities to provide security for candidates contesting the upcoming presidential election.
 Special allowance for all police officers in addition to salary:
Oct 15, Colombo: The government has decided to grant a special subsistence allowance of 20 days per month in addition to the monthly salary for all officers belonging to the Sri Lanka Police Service.
 Saman Sri Rathnayake appointed as Elections Commissioner General:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Constitutional Council has approved appointment of Elections Secretariat Director General Saman Sri Rathnayake as the new Elections Commissioner General of the National Elections Commission.
  Former SLFP leader CBK vows to protect the party from conspirators:
Oct 15, Colombo: Former President and former leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has urged the supporters of the SLFP to act intelligently during the presidential election to protect the SLFP as the party is in peril due to the current leadership of the party.
  Death sentence to the accused of Kotakethana mother-daughter double murder:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today sentenced the accused in the double murder of a mother and daughter in Kotakethana in 2012 to death.
 Sri Lanka kicks off island wide awareness campaign on licensing of electricians:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister's Office together with Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has launched an Island-wide national awareness program on the framework for licensing of electricians in Sri Lanka.
 Rajapaksa Museum case against Gotabhaya and others postponed for next year:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Special High Court Trial-at-Bar today postponed the hearing of a the case against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others in connection with alleged misappropriation of Rs.33.9 million in public funds during construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana until 9th of January 2020.
  Prominent members of Ceylon Workers Congress to support Sajith:
Oct 15, Colombo: A large number of supporters of the Ceylon Workers Congress joined the National Workers Union led by Minister Palani Digambaram to support the United Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa and to further the work of Minister Digambaram in the plantation sector.
 Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando asked to appear before Presidential Commission on Oct 18:
Oct 15, Colombo: Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has been asked to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and malpractice committed under the Yahapalana government.
 Dialog and Samsung provide unlimited data for YouTube and Dialog ViU Premium with the all new Galaxy A Series:
Oct 15, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, and Samsung, the No.1 smartphone brand in Sri Lanka, have partnered to provide an exclusive offer
 Sri Lanka's economy is expected to recover in medium term subjected to political stability:
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economic growth expected at 2.7 percent in 2019 is expected to recover in medium term subjected to the country' ability to ensure political stability and a return to normalcy, the World Bank says in its twice-a-year regional economic update on South Asia.
 SriLankan Airlines becomes 'Asia's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' at World Travel Awards for the third consecutive year:
Oct 15, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, reaffirming its stature as a leading airline in the Indian sub-continent, won the prestigious 'Asia's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' title
 Five Great Forces with me, claims Sajith:
Oct 14, Colombo: Sajith Premadasa, the presidential candidate of the New Democratic Front says Sri Lanka's Pancha Maha Balavegaya (Five Great Forces) of Buddhist monks, doctors, teachers, farmers and laborers have joined hands with him.
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  School system will be restructured - Anura Kumara:
Oct 14, Colombo: National People's Power (NPP) presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake says if elected, the school system will be restructured to make it compulsory for all children to have 13 years of academic or vocational school education.
 Two claymores recovered on information from arrested ex-LTTE cadre:
Oct 14, Colombo: Two claymore mines weighing 15kgs each have been recovered by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in a compound at Kondavil in Jaffna.
 Elutharakai passenger ferry officially handed over to Kayts Divisional Secretariat:
Oct 14, Colombo: Elutharakai Passenger Ferry built for transferring civilians from Kayts of Jaffna peninsula to Analaitiuv via Eluvaitivu Island, a distance about 6 nautical miles, one way, was officially handed over to the Kayts Divisional Secretariat through Jaffna District Secretariat.
 Saudi Arabia to expand exports of raw materials to Sri Lankan manufacturers:
Oct 14, Colombo: the Saudi Export Development Authority (SEDA), an independent national institution of Saudi Arabia, has assured to provide necessary assistance for business networking programs to be arranged in Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.
 Sri Lanka trade deficit contracts in August 2019 as imports decline and exports recover:
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's trade deficit contracted in August 2019 after widening significantly in the previous month as the imports continued to decline and the exports recovered from its dip in the previous month, the Central Bank reported Monday in its External Sector Performance review for the month.
  Seven more schools to be added to the National School System:
Oct 14, Colombo: Steps have been taken on the instructions of Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to convert seven provincial schools including Saranath Vidyalaya in Kuliyapitiya into national schools.
 Sri Lanka SEC cautions public on investing in offshore companies :
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lankas Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it has become aware of a growing number of unsolicited phone calls from persons claiming to be agents of international stock broker firms
 Complaint lodged at Election Commission over using military leaders in SLPP election campaign advertisement:
Oct 14, Colombo: The Election Commission has received a complaint today (14) regarding the use of a photograph and statement of the present Army Commander in a newspaper advertisement published by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for its election campaign.
 Police open fire at SUV ignored orders in Kilinochchi:
Oct 14, Colombo: A man was shot and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries when police officers opened fire at a suspicious vehicle which ignored orders to stop at Ariviyal area in Kilinochchi this morning.
  MoU signed for Sri Lanka's first cable car project:
Oct 14, Colombo: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed for the first cable car project in Sri Lanka to be built in Nuwara Eliya yesterday (October 13).
 Sri Lanka Customs nab passenger smuggling 1.7 kg of gold biscuits :
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested a Sri Lankan passenger who was attempting to smuggle in 17 gold biscuits.
 CaFFE receives 131 complaints, mostly on illegal propaganda :
Oct 14, Colombo: A local election watchdog in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says it has received 131 complaints since the declaration of the election.
 Four foreign election monitoring teams to observe Sri Lanka presidential elections:
Oct 14, Colombo: Four foreign election monitoring teams have been granted permission to observe the forthcoming presidential election on 16th November, the Election Commission said.
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