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  Sri Lankan government to file case at High Court against Carleton Sports Network

Feb 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake says a case will be filed at the High Court over the alleged financial malpractices at the Carleton Sports Network.

Issuing a statement about the investigations into the financial irregularities in the sports channel reportedly owned by the son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Minister said the case will be directed to the Attorney General following investigations carried out by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) over charges of money laundering and misusing public property.

 Sri Lanka's joint opposition to protest in parliament if not recognized as separate entity:
Feb 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's 'joint opposition', the group of parliamentarians loyal to the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has threatened to disrupt parliamentary proceedings if the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya does not recognize the group as a separate entity.

 Sri Lanka chamber of commerce presents seminar on promoting sustainable biomass energy production :
Feb 08, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority is organizing a seminar to educate the private sector organizations about a project on promoting sustainable biomass energy production.

 Army officer, civilian killed in a road accident :
Feb 08, Kandy: An officer of Sri Lanka Army and a civilian were killed in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday at Getambe in Peradeniya when their car collided with a tractor trailer, police said.

  Another batch of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to arrive tomorrow:
Feb 08, Colombo: A group of 43 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who were living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu state of India, will arrive in the island Tuesday, February 09th under the UNHCR voluntary repatriation program, the Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry said in a release yesterday.

 Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 24.3 percent in January 2016:
Feb 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 24.3 percent in January this year compared to the same period last year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

 UN rights chief says releasing LTTE cadres should be resolved through Court :
Feb 07, Jaffna: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who was touring Jaffna on Sunday, said the charges levelled against LTTE prisoners should be resolved through the court and it is a responsibility of the Sri Lankan Government.

  Legal experts deem appointment of former Army Commander to parliament is a violation of Constitution:
Feb 07, Colombo: Legal experts in Sri Lanka deem it is a violation of the Constitution to appoint a member of the country's military to parliament, according to a report in Sunday Leader.
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 Sri Lanka government to appoint 11-member Task Force to obtain public views on UN proposals :
Feb 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government, which is in the process of creating a mechanism to implement the proposals in the consensual UN resolution, has taken measures to appoint an 11-member Special Task Force to obtain public views on the Geneva proposals.

 Sri Lankan Navy chases away Indian fishermen:
Feb 07, Rameswaram: Sri Lankan Naval personnel have allegedly chased away some fishermen from Tamil Nadu while they were fishing near Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu islet on Sunday, a PTI report said.

 Sri Lankan government to file case at High Court against Carleton Sports Network:
Feb 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake says a case will be filed at the High Court over the alleged financial malpractices at the Carleton Sports Network.

 UN Human Rights Chief visits Sri Lanka's war torn North and East :
Feb 07, Colombo: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday on a four-day official visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government, is visiting Jaffna and Trincomalee today and tomorrow.

 Over 1,500 proposals on constitutional reforms submitted to the Committee:
Feb 07, Colombo: Over 1,500 proposals have been submitted to the Committee on Public Representations on the Constitution (CPRC) appointed by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms, Chairman, attorney-at-law Lal Wijenayake said.

 Sri Lanka CID to arrest four more Army personnel over journalist's disappearance:
Feb 07, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police plans to soon arrest four more army personnel suspected in the abduction of Lanka e News journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

 India keen to establish refinery and bunkering operations in Sri Lanka :
Feb 07, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha: India is interested in establishing refinery and bunkering operations in Sri Lanka, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said on Saturday when he held a bilateral meeting with Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development of Sri Lanka Anoma Gamage.

 Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora seeks dialogue with India to strengthen moderate voices:
Feb 07, Colombo: While India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was visiting Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora is seeking a dialogue with the Indian government in an effort to strengthen the moderate voices within the Diaspora as well as in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka bags four golds at the 12th South Asian Games :
Feb 06, New Delhi: Sri Lanka bagged four gold medals on the first day of the competition at the 12th South Asian Games that is simultaneously underway in Guwahati and Shillong.
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 UN rights chief says will listen to everyone, look for constructive discussion:
Feb 06, Colombo: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a four-day official visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government said he will listen to everyone.

 Sri Lanka opposition party protests UN Rights Chief's visit:
Feb 06, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF), Sri Lanka's opposition political party led by MP Wimal Weerawansa, organized a protest in the capital Colombo on Saturday against the visit of the United Nations human rights chief.

 Sri Lanka police chief defends dutiful police officers, will not cover up for wrongdoers:
Feb 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon today defended his force saying that a majority of police officers dutifully carry out their responsibilities, even sacrificing their lives and he is bound to protect those police officers.

 India fully supports Sri Lankan government policies - Minister Swaraj:
Feb 06, Colombo: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says the government of India is fully satisfied with the program of the new government of Sri Lanka and will extend the fullest cooperation to the President Maithripala Sirisena's program for reconciliation and development.

 India, Sri Lanka discuss preparations to begin negotiations on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement :
Feb 06, Colombo: During the 9th Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission held Friday in Colombo, the two sides discussed the preparations to begin negotiations on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement that is expected to be signed by mid-2016.

  Largest cruise liner MS Rotterdam to call at Sri Lanka's Hambanthota Port :
Feb 06, Colombo: Flagship of Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam is scheduled to call port at Hambanthota on Sunday, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said.

 Indian External Affairs Minister briefs Sri Lankan President on Joint Commission meeting outcomes :
Feb 06, Colombo: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President's House in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka Navy participates in International Fleet Review 2016:
Feb 06, Colombo: Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne is representing Sri Lanka at the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 being held in India from 4th to 8th February 2016.

 Korean assistance to develop Sri Lanka's fishing industry :
Feb 06, Colombo: The Government of South Korea is willing to extend fully-pledged support to promote the Fisheries Industry in Sri Lanka, the State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi said.
 UN Human Rights chief arrives in Sri Lanka :
Feb 06, Colombo: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a four-day official visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government.
 Sri Lankan government plans to award dual citizenship to 10,000 expatriates:
Feb 06, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to grant dual citizenship to nearly 10,000 expatriates, Minister of Internal Affairs S.B. Nawinna said.
 Court orders medical report on Cecile Kotelawala:
Feb 05, Colombo: The Colombo Chief Magistrate has called for a medical report on Cecile Kotelawala, who was arrested yesterday when she returned to the country after absconding for eight years, as to why she was admitted to a private hospital after her arrest.
  United States committed to help Sri Lanka to achieve its worthy goals :
Feb 05, Washington,DC: The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to help Sri Lanka to achieve worthy goals set out by the President, Prime Minister, and Opposition Leader to end the "ill-will, hatred, and strife", a top ranking U.S. official said.
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  India to renovate schools in Northern Sri Lanka, build a hospital in the East:
Feb 05, Colombo: India today signed agreements to build a hospital in Eastern Sri Lanka and renovate schools in the Northern Province, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a series of Twitter messages
 Sri Lanka to implement a five-year plan to monitor and combat human trafficking:
Feb 05, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received approval from the Cabinet of Ministers to implement a five-year plan to monitor and combat human trafficking.
  Committee report on Kidney racket submitted to Minister:
Feb 05, Colombo: The five member committee appointed on the orders of Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne to probe the alleged kidney racket involving Sri Lankan doctors, has handed over their report to the Minister Friday.
 Sri Lankan President promises measures to encourage innovations:
Feb 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he would implement a special program to broaden the opportunities in the market for the innovations by strengthening the inventors.
 IMF advises Sri Lankan government to take urgent measures to narrow fiscal deficit:
Feb 05, Colombo: An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission, concluding a five-day visit to Sri Lanka today, has advised the Sri Lankan government to urgently make a stronger effort to narrow the fiscal deficit and put the public finances on a sustainable path although recent economic performance has been positive in a number of respects.
 Visiting Indian Foreign Minister, Sri Lankan PM discuss investments, political developments:
Feb 05, Colombo: Visiting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Temple Trees on Friday, the first day of her two-day visit to the island.
 Eighth International Footwear and Leather show opens today in Colombo:
Feb 05, Colombo: The Footwear and Leather Fair 2016, the eighth in its successful series, opened this morning at the BMICH in Colombo. It will end on Sunday 7th.
 Committee seeking public opinion on constitutional reforms to hold sessions in Kalutara and Vavuniya districts today:
Feb 05, Colombo: The Committee on Public Representations on the Constitution (CPRC) appointed by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms will seek input from people in Kalutara and Vavuniya districts today and tomorrow respectively.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank liberalizes foreign currency accounts :
Feb 05, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Friday announced that it has eased the restrictions on remitting and transacting foreign currencies with immediate effect.
 Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen accused of attacking Indian fishermen:
Feb 05, Pudukkottai: Indian Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have alleged that their Sri Lankan counterparts have attacked their boat when they were fishing near the Delft island off Jaffna peninsula.
 Indian External Affairs Minister leaves for Sri Lanka on a two-day visit:
Feb 05, Colombo: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for Colombo today commencing her two-day visit to Sri Lanka, local news agency Asian News International (ANI) reported.
 Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives hold tri-lateral counter terrorism training exercises:
Feb 04, Islamabad: Sri Lankan troops have joined Maldives and Pakistan troops in a tri-lateral military training exercise on counter terrorism in the country's northwest, a defense statement said in Islamabad.
 Sri Lanka Tourism attracts flourishing number of foreign spectators to 2016 Duruthu Perahera:
Feb 04, Colombo: Kelaniya Perahera, also called Duruthu Perahera, held at Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya on 22nd of January 2016 attracted nearly 500,000 local and foreign spectators, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) said.
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 In Pictures: Sri Lanka celebrates 68th anniversary of its Independence :
Feb 04, Colombo: With a colorful military parade and a cultural pageant Sri Lanka today celebrated the 68th anniversary of gaining independence from the British colonial rule in 1948.
 China attaches great importance to ties with Sri Lanka - President Xi :
Feb 04, Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulating Sri Lanka on the 68th anniversary of Independence has said that he attaches great importance to China-Sri Lanka ties and is willing to work with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to further promote the strategic partnership between the two countries.
 Sri Lanka seeks more robust and mutually rewarding relationship with Indonesia:
Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new ambassador to Indonesia Dharshana M. Perera has expressed Sri Lanka's firm commitment to work closely with the Government of Indonesia to ensure that the relationship between the two countries become more robust and mutually rewarding.
 UN Human Rights Chief to arrive in Sri Lanka on Saturday:
Feb 04, Colombo: Accepting an invitation extended by the Sri Lankan Government in February 2015, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will undertake a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka.
 Fugitive banker Cecile Kotelawala arrested at Colombo international airport:
Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities today arrested Cecile Kotelawala, who was wanted in connection with the Golden Key Credit Card fraud running into Rs. 26 billion, at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) when she returned to the island.
 Biggest challenge Sri Lanka faces today is to achieve communal harmony through reconciliation - President:
Feb 04, Colombo: Pointing out that many other countries have advanced rapidly because they achieved communal harmony through reconciliation, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that the biggest challenge Sri Lanka faces today, is to build harmony through a process of reconciliation bringing about co-existence and national understanding.
 Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka conclude with National Anthem sung in Tamil:
Feb 04, Colombo: Today's Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka concluded with the singing of the Tamil-language version of the national anthem.
 Sri Lanka President to pardon over 500 prisoners on the occasion of Independence Day:
Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena will pardon over 600 prisoners serving time for minor offences on the occasion of Independence Day.
 Nepal President, PM extend best wishes to Sri Lanka on Independence Day :
Feb 04, Kathmandu: Nepal's President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended cordial felicitations and best wishes to President Maithripala Sirisena on the occasion of the Independence Day of Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka proud of the progress made towards safeguarding the freedom and democracy - President:
Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka is proud of the progress made towards safeguarding the freedom, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the Nation as it celebrates the 68th anniversary of independence from colonial rule, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said in his Independence Day message.
 Sri Lanka celebrates 68 years of Independence in a gallant ceremony:
Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka today celebrates the 68th anniversary of gaining independence from the British colonial rule in 1948. This year the theme is "Ekama Deyak, Maha Balayak" (One Nation, Great Power).
 Sri Lanka has a formidable task of ensuring lasting peace and co-existence for all - PM:
Feb 04, Colombo: Although Sri Lanka has been restored as country that abides by the democratic principles with last year's election of new government, the country faces a formidable task of ensuring lasting peace and co-existence for all citizens while building on the concept of social economic development for the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says.
 Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella appears in Jaffna court over the case of missing activists:
Feb 03, Jaffna: Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella today appeared in the Jaffna Magistrate's Court to give evidence over the disappearance of two human right activists.
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  JVP leader challenges former president to show how capital was raised to launch CSN channel:
Feb 03, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake has challenged former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to explain to the country how a sum of Rs. 234 million was raised to launch the Carleton Sports Network (CSN).
 SriLankan Airlines operates special charters for South Asian Games:
Feb 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines will operate a series of special charter flights between Colombo and Guwahati, India, to carry Sri Lanka's national athletic contingent for the 12th South Asian Games 2016.
 Amari Galle, Sri Lanka on track to open in late 2016:
Feb 03, Colombo: Thailand's Onyx Hospitality Group has confirmed that Construction of its first Amari hotel in Sri Lanka, Amari Galle Sri Lanka is progressing on schedule, with the resort on track to open in late 2016.
 Visiting Indian Foreign Minister to open 'Rise of Digital India' Exhibition in Colombo on February 6 :
Feb 03, Colombo: Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India will inaugurate the "Rise of Digital India" Exhibition on February 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., as the next event under 'Sangam: Festival of India in Sri Lanka 2015-2016', High Commission of India in Colombo announced.
 India supports Sri Lankan President's vision for the country :
Feb 03, New Delhi: President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, extending greetings to President Maithripala Sirisena and the people of Sri Lanka on the eve of 68th Independence Day assured India's support for his Sri Lankan counterpart's vision for the country.
  Former Army commander's party joins ruling party in Sri Lanka:
Feb 03, Colombo: The Democratic Party, led by the former Commander of Sri Lanka Army Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the ruling party of government, United National Party UNP).
 International seminar and photographic exhibition to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day in Sri Lanka:
Feb 03, Colombo: Kashmir Solidarity will be observed on 5th February throughout the world to express unity with the people of occupied Kashmir in their fight against Indian subjugation.
 Queen congratulates Sri Lanka on 68th Independence Day:
Feb 03, Colombo: The Queen Elizabeth II of England has sent a congratulatory message to Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on the occasion of the country's 68th National Independence Day.
 Ease of Doing Business forum today:
Feb 03, Colombo: The sixth Ease of Doing Business forum, organized by the Ministry of Finance will be held today (February 3rd) at 2:00 p.m. at the 4th Floor Auditorium of Miloda Academy of Financial Studies Center in Colombo.
 Ceylon Chamber's upcoming 'International Investor Forum' attracts interests from across the globe:
Feb 03, Colombo: The upcoming 'Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2016,' organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has seen wide interest from investors from across the globe, the Chamber said in a media release.
  Navy divers recover the bodies of five missing fishermen:
Feb 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy divers have been able to recover the bodies of five fishermen who went missing since Sunday night when their boat capsized in deep sea.
 Dulanjalee Premadasa tells Mahinda Rajapaksa not to drag her name into his political problems:
Feb 03, Colombo: Dulanjalee Premadasa, the daughter of former Sri Lankan President R. Premadasa, in a hard hitting letter has asked the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa not to drag her good name in to the mud with his political problems.
 Sri Lanka PM to appoint a committee to address young Buddhist monks' issues:
Feb 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has revealed that a Committee will be appointed to address the issues of young Buddhist monks.
 German court convicts a Sri Lankan-born German national for supporting LTTE:
Feb 02, Hamburg: A court in Hamburg, Germany has convicted a Sri Lankan-born German national on charges of supporting Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorist organization.
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 Democratic Party to ink agreement with UNP tomorrow:
Feb 02, Colombo: The Democratic Party of Sri Lanka led by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is scheduled to join the United National Front tomorrow, Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said today addressing a media briefing today.
 UN Human Rights chief to visit Sri Lanka this week:
Feb 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Ministry said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will undertake a four-day visit to Sri Lanka this week.
 Sri Lankan President emphasizes the need to protect the environment:
Feb 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena marking the World Wetlands Day emphasized the need to protect the environment for the well-being of every living being.
 India's Minister of External Affairs to visit Sri Lanka from Feb 5-6:
Feb 02, Colombo: India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 5-6 February 2016 for the Ninth Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission, Foreign Affairs Ministry announced.
 Lloyd's Register bags £500 K LAUGFS contract in Sri Lanka:
Feb 02, Colombo: Lloyd's Register (LR), world's leading engineering, technical and business services organization announced today that it has been appointed by LAUGFS Gas PLC (LAUGFS) to handle key safety and quality checks of the LPG terminal at Hambantota Port, some 240 kms away from Sri Lanka's capital city, Colombo. The contract is valued at GBP 500,000.
 Sri Lanka collects Rs. 232 billion in taxes from vehicle imports last year:
Feb 02, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government has collected Rs. 232 billion as tax revenue from vehicle imports in 2015, According to Finance.
 'Muddled thinking' of Sri Lanka's neo-fascists on India does injustice to country - FM:
Feb 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's neo-fascists are in eternal fear of Indians swarming into the island to take over the jobs and market and this kind of "Muddled thinking" does not do justice to the majority of the country, the Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.
 Key U.S. trade official Michael Delaney visits Sri Lanka ahead of trade negotiations:
Feb 02, Colombo: On February 1, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South Asia Michael J. Delaney visited Colombo and met with government, trade, and business officials ahead of the upcoming Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks in Washington.
  Hemas Holdings opens trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange:
Feb 02, Colombo: Hemas Holdings rang the opening bell to commence trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Monday. This event was yet another in a series of Market Opening Ceremonies, featuring companies from the S&P SL20 index.
 Bodu Bala Sena leader Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera due in court today:
Feb 02, Colombo: The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, who was remanded by the courts until February 09, is due to be present in court today.
 Sri Lanka to mark World Wetlands Day today:
Feb 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka has planned national and regional events to mark the World Wetlands Day, which falls on February 2nd.
 A united SLFP aims to win local government polls:
Feb 02, Colombo: Leaders of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) expects to be united in its battle to win the upcoming local government polls.
 Sri Lanka's former Army Commander to get a Ministry related to welfare of military personnel:
Feb 02, Colombo: Former Sri Lanka Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka would be given a Ministry related to welfare of war heroes after he swears in as a Member of Parliament, Sinhala daily, Divaina newspaper reported quoting government sources.
 Pakistan Sri Lanka continue to enjoy excellent relations: envoy:
Feb 01, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka,Syed Shakeel Hussain said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka continue to enjoy excellent relations as there is a strong will on both sides to further develop and promote these relations.
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 PM's committee seeks opinion of the Chief Prelate on constitutional reforms:
Feb 01, Kandy: The Committee of Public Representations on the Constitution (CPRC) appointed by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms Monday met with the Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter in Kandy.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 31 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing:
Feb 01, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy Monday said it has arrested 31 local people for allegedly engaged in illegal fishing practices.
 Red notice issued against former LTTE leader removed:
Feb 01, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today rescinded an arrest warrant and an Interpol red notice issued to apprehend a former LTTE international leader, currently residing overseas.
 Fitch Affirms SriLankan Airlines' Government Guaranteed Bonds at 'BB-':
Feb 01, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed the rating on SriLankan Airlines Limited's (SLA) US dollar-denominated government guaranteed bonds at 'BB-'.
 Sri Lanka's former first lady questioned at Presidential Commission of Inquiry over fraud allegations:
Feb 01, Colombo: The Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Inquire and Investigate into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) Monday questioned Shiranthi Rajapaksa, the wife of former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, over allegations of fraud.
 Sri Lanka parliament will be strengthened with full powers - PM:
Feb 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's 225-member legislature will be strengthened by giving full powers to the assembly and it will become the strongest parliament in Asia, the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
 Tamil Nadu CM seeks Indian PM's intervention to get fishermen released from Sri Lanka:
Feb 01, Chennai: Following the arrest of nine Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on 30th January, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again urging him to personally intervene to get the fishermen and boats released from Sri Lankan custody.
 Polythene ban in Sri Lanka strictly enforced from today:
Feb 01, Colombo: The law banning the use and production of polythene less than 20 microns is to be strictly enforced from today, the government said.
 U.S. supports training for Sri Lankan parliament staff to better serve constituencies:
Feb 01, Colombo: On January 28-29, 50 Research Assistants from the Sri Lankan Parliament participated in a U.S.-supported workshop to help Members of Parliament better hear and address the concerns of their constituencies.
 National Police Commission to receive report on Embilipitiya death today:
Feb 01, Colombo: The committee appointed by the National Police Commission of Sri Lanka to probe the police involvement in the death of a young man in Embilipitiya is expected to submit its report today to the Commission, local media reported.
 Sri Lanka to get financial assistance from France for the second phase of Kelani Ganga Water Supply Project:
Feb 01, Colombo: The existing Kelani right bank water treatment plant with a capacity of 180,000 cubic meters per a day provides water to the towns north of Colombo areas and it is operating at full capacity level.
  Former president's son functioned as the Chairman of CSN, raised capital by illegal means - police:
Jan 31, Colombo: Former president's son, Navy Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa has functioned as the chairman of the Carlton Sports Network (CSN), and the company has raised its capital by illegal means, the police said today.
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 Sri Lanka raises taxes on imported rice:
Jan 31, Colombo: Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said the commodity levy on imported rice has been raised by 15 percent effective midnight Sunday.
 Security ensured for former President's son and others in prison :
Jan 31, Colombo: Security has been ensured for the second son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and four other suspects, who were remanded yesterday on the orders of the Kaduwela Magistrate, a prison official said.
 Sri Lanka enhances its partnership with Korea ahead of 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations:
Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka, aiming to attract foreign investment and boost international trade, has focused on enhancing its partnership with Korea ahead of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the East Asian nation.
 'Recent surge in nationalism in Sri Lanka is not a positive sign' :
Jan 31, Colombo: The recent surge in nationalism resulting from a Sinha Le (Sinhalese blood) campaign that has gone viral on the Internet is definitely not a positive sign as it could manifest in the worst form of nationalism, says a Young Global Leader.
 Sri Lanka, Viet Nam discuss boosting bilateral trade and investments :
Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva during his recent high level visit to Viet Nam held discussions with high ranking officials on attracting investments from Vietnamese businesses to the island nation.
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