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  Sri Lanka think tank says government decision to ban women from purchasing liquor is unconstitutional

Jan 19, Colombo: An Independent think-tank and a leader in the provision of information and strategic analysis in Sri Lanka says the cabinet decision to ban women from purchasing liquor is unconstitutional.

Verité Research in a statement says under Sri Lanka's Constitution all persons are equal before the law and no one should be discriminated on the grounds of their sex.

 Court grants permission to examine the bank accounts of former Ministry secretary and his family:
Jan 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court yesterday (19) granted the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) permission to examine the banks accounts of a former ministry secretary and his family in connection with misusing of state funds.

 Postal voting for Local Government elections to begin on Monday:
Jan 20, Colombo: Postal voting for the February 10 Local Government elections will begin on Monday, January 22.

  Sri Lanka made little progress on transitional justice initiatives in 2017 - HRW:
Jan 20, Colombo: Global human rights organization, Human Rights Watch says the Sri Lankan government has made little progress on transitional justice initiatives agreed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015.

 CA Sri Lanka charters Rotaract Club for Chartered Accountants and CA students:
Jan 20, Colombo: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently chartered a Rotaract Club for the benefit of its members and students in the presence of Rotary International President Mr. Ian Riseley, who was in Sri Lanka recently.

  Public has lost confidence in media due to smart phone culture - Sri Lanka Media Minister:
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media says the general public has lost confidence in traditional journalists and media due to the excessive use of smart phones which has resulted in deterioration of quality and standard of the news.
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 Hemas consolidates FMCG position by acquiring Atlas - Sri Lanka's most loved brand of 2017:
Jan 19, Colombo: Hemas Holdings PLC acquired 75.1% of Atlas Axillia Co (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka's leading School and Office brand, for a consideration of Rs. 5.7 billion. The existing shareholders of Atlas will retain a stake of 24.9% in the company post-acquisition.

 Nepal's Army Chief calls on Sri Lankan President:
Jan 19, Colombo: Chief of the Army Staff of the Nepal Army, General Rajendra Chhetri, who is currently visiting Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's official Residence in Colombo this morning (19).

 State leaders of Singapore and Indonesia to visit Sri Lanka next week :
Jan 19, Colombo: At the invitation of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena state leaders of two Asian nations will visit Sri Lanka during the next week.

 Hambantota port workers call off fast unto death:
> Jan 19, Colombo: Hambantota port workers have decided to call off their 'fast unto death' campaign today after receiving a favorable response from Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to their demands.

 Sri Lanka think tank says government decision to ban women from purchasing liquor is unconstitutional:
Jan 19, Colombo: An Independent think-tank and a leader in the provision of information and strategic analysis in Sri Lanka says the cabinet decision to ban women from purchasing liquor is unconstitutional.

 United States helping Sri Lanka to counter human trafficking:
Jan 19, Colombo: The United States government will award more than 183 million rupees ($1.2 million) to counter trafficking in persons in Sri Lanka over the next three years, a U.S. Embassy statement said.

 Committee appointed to look into CEB employees' salary anomaly issue:
Jan 19, Colombo: A special committee has been appointed to look into the salary anomalies of the workers of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said.

 Sri Lanka's hill capital to undergo massive development by 2020 :
Jan 19, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the construction of the Colombo-Kandy expressway will be completed by 2020 and by that time the city of Kandy would have undergone a massive development.

 Seat belts, air bags compulsory on vehicles from July 1, Finance Ministry announces:
Jan 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance and Mass Media has decided to postpone the implementation of the budget proposal on introduction of emission standards and safety measures from 1st July, 2018, the Government Information Department said.

 Court bans sale and transfer of Udayanga Weeratunga's properties:
Jan 19, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued an order enjoining the sale and transfer of property belonging to Sri Lanka's former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga.

 Supreme Court rejects SLPP petition against rejection of nominations to Maharagama UC:
Jan 19, Colombo: The Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition filed by a group of candidates of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) against the rejection of the nomination list submitted for the election of the Maharagama Urban Council.

 Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue for US$ 500 mn oversubscribed:
Jan 19, Colombo: The issue of Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) for US$ 500 million has been oversubscribed with total bids received amounting to nearly US$ 527 million, the Central Bank said on Thursday.

 Cargills Bank pioneers use of cognitive security in Sri Lanka:
Jan 19, Colombo: IBM on Thursday announced Cargills Bank Ltd, a licensed commercial bank based in Sri Lanka, has deployed IBM's cognitive cyber security solutions to enhance their existing defensive capabilities, enable improved monitoring and implement stronger preventive protocols to guard against sophisticated threat incidents.

 Sri Lanka, India undertook a challenging path to socio-economic development since Independence - Indian HC :
Jan 19, Colombo: High Commission of India in Colombo organized a special cultural event "Bollywood and Beyond" Wednesday in Colombo to jointly celebrate 70 years of independence of India and Sri Lanka, popularly termed as "India and Sri Lanka @ 70".

 Sri Lanka power sector trade union suspends strike:
Jan 18, Colombo: The trade union of Sri Lanka power authority Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has called off their strike launched this morning after discussions held today with the relevant authorities.
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 Sri Lanka to set up a national action plan to eliminate bribery and corruption:
Jan 18, Colombo: An intellectual gathering to discuss setting up of an action plan for elimination of bribery and corruption, chaired by Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando was held at the Presidential Secretariat today (January 18).

  Sri Lanka PM to fully support the implementation of Bond Commission recommendations to recover losses:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said he will provide his fullest support to implement the recommendations made by the Presidential Commission appointed to investigate the Central Bank bond issues and recover the billions of rupees lost to the government.

 Sri Lanka sets an export target of US$ 20 billion by 2020:
Jan 18, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and rubber sector stakeholders on Wednesday officially launched a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) known as Lanka Rubber Global Consortium Pvt Ltd (LRGC).

 EU welcomes Sri Lanka's continued commitment to reform, urges prompt action on UN resolutions:
Jan 18, Colombo: The European Union welcoming Sri Lanka's continued commitment to reform has noted the progress the island nation has made in implementing the UN Human Rights Council Resolutions and urged prompt action on remaining mechanisms.

 Sri Lanka reinstates ban on women purchasing alcohol and working at liquor shops:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's government officially reinstated the ban on women buying alcohol and working at establishments that produce or sell alcohol.
 Prime Minister instructs party members not to criticize the President:
Jan 18, Colombo: Prime Minister and Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed his party members not to criticize the President Maithripala Sirisena in public for any reason.
 Police rescue CEB chairman taken hostage by union, workers launch strike :
Jan 18, Colombo: The anti-riot squad of Sri Lanka Special Task Force police has rescued the Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board who was taken hostage by the CEB workers belonging to the Ceylon Electricity Board Employees Union yesterday.
 Sri Lanka to purchase 50 electric buses to improve urban public passenger transport service:
Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva has submitted a cabinet memorandum to purchase 50 electric buses for Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) in order to improve urban public passenger transport service.
  Access Engineering successfully completes three flyovers in Sri Lanka:
Jan 18, Colombo: Access Engineering PLC, the pioneers in the flyover construction in Sri Lanka said that it successfully completed the construction of three flyovers as a solution to the heavy traffic congestion in the areas of Rajagiriya, Ganemulla and Polgahawela, the company said in a release.
 Japan grants an Audio-Visual Studio to the Department of Mass Media at Sri Palee Campus of University of Colombo :
Jan 18, Colombo: The Government of Japan has decided to grant a total sum of 12 million rupees under its Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project for upgrading audio- visual equipment at the Department of Mass Media at Sri Palee Campus of University of Colombo.
 Sri Lanka Apparel exports expected to reach US$ 4.7 billion in 2017 :
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka is reporting a surge in latest apparel exports and the revenues from apparel exports in 2017 are expected to reach US$ 4.7 billion surpassing 2016 revenues of US$ 4.3 billion, according to the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.
 SriLankan flight schedule for Thursday 18 January changed :
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines today informed its passengers that the flight schedule for Thursday, January 18 has changed.
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 Bond Commission Report made public online:
Jan 17, Colombo: The final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into bond issuance has been published online on the President's official website.
 President promises to implement recommendations of commission reports to 'punish thieves and recover money stolen from public':
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today assured to take action to implement the recommendations made in the reports of the two Presidential commissions in order to "punish the thieves and recover the money stolen from the public."
 President left cabinet meeting for a 'nature call' - cabinet spokesman:
Jan 17, Colombo: The government says the reports that the President Maithripala Sirisena walked out of the cabinet meeting on Tuesday to protest the statements made by some United National Party parliamentarians, are not true.
 Sri Lankan maid who stole employer's necklace in UAE jailed for six months :
Jan 17, Sharjah: A Sharjah court has sentenced a Sri Lankan maid, who stole her employer's gold necklace and was caught after she posted a photo on Facebook that showed her wearing it, for six months.
 Sri Lanka, Russia to strengthen cooperation in education, science & technology, energy, :
Jan 17, Colombo: A Russian delegation arrived in Sri Lanka has expressed interest in strengthening the cooperation between the two countries in various sectors including education, energy, and science & technology.
 Speaker assures transparency on bond commission report:
Jan 17, Colombo: The Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Karu Jayasuriya assured that parliament's responsibility on behalf of the people will be fulfilled ensuring transparency regarding the reports of the presidential commissions that were handed over to the parliament on Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka to sign a FTA with Singapore:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers at its weekly meeting yesterday has approved a proposal to sign the proposed Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore.
 Sri Lanka Navy nabs two attempting to smuggle 7 kg of gold into India:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy Tuesday arrested two Sri Lankans attempting to smuggle a stock of gold across the northern seas to India.
 Bond Commission report and PRECIFAC report handed over to parliament :
Jan 17, Colombo: The final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Bond Issuance of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Inquire and Investigate into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) have been handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament this morning.
 Sri Lanka Telecom announces grand opening of the state-of-the-art Tier 3 'National Data Center' in Sri Lanka:
Jan 17, Colombo: Together with Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure and Sri Lanka's leading, world class enterprise solutions provider and the licensed national backbone network operator, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) launched its newly built, state-of-the-art, Tier 3 (Tier III) Data Centre in Pitipana - Homagama recently.
  Sri Lanka cabinet agrees to annul the gazette that allowed women to buy liquor:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers at its weekly meeting on Tuesday has agreed to annul the gazette notification issued by the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera allowing the women to purchase alcohol and work in liquor shops and extending the business hours of establishments that serve or sell liquor.
 Bond Commission report and PRECIFAC report to parliament today:
Jan 17, Colombo: The final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Bond Issuance of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Inquire and Investigate into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) will be handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament today.
 Sri Lanka's services sector expands at a higher rate than manufacturing sector in December 2017:
Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's services sector expanded at a higher rate than the manufacturing sector in December 2017 although both sectors showed progress compared to the previous month, the Central Bank's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) Survey released for the month showed.
  ADB provides additional $75 million to support SME development in Sri Lanka:
Jan 17, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) on Tuesday said its Board of Directors has approved $75 million in additional financing to continue support toward the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), considered vital for economic growth and job creation in Sri Lanka.
 Former Navy officer arrested over abduction of youth remanded till 25th:
Jan 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded a former intelligence officer of the Sri Lanka Navy who was arrested yesterday for the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in Colombo in the year 2008/2009.
 Sri Lanka government plans to develop 13 hospitals with Chinese aid :
Jan 16, Colombo: With the assistance of the Government of China, 13 Sri Lankan hospitals will be developed to provide better services to the public, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said.
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 Court to consider petition against 14 rejected nominations :
Jan 16, Colombo: The Appeal Court today said that a petition filed by several political parties against the rejection of nominations for 14 local bodies including Maharagama Urban Council will be considered on 19th January
  Sri Lanka PM expects the Central Expressway to bring economic development to northern provinces:
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the construction of the Central Expressway will ensure good infrastructure stretching from Hambantota to Kandy, growing the economy and creating jobs.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank confirms conducting a forensic audit into past bond issues :
Jan 16, Colombo: the Central Bank of Sri Lanka confirmed today that in response to the numerous requests, the Bank will conduct a forensic audit into the issuance of Treasury bonds during the period from 2008 -2014.
 'Sri Lanka, Pakistan are the only two countries which understand what it takes to defeat terrorism' - Pakistan COAS :
Jan 16, Colombo: Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka said no other country understands how to defeat terrorism better than Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Telecom's first purpose-built Tier 3 Data Center opens today:
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) will launch its newly built, state-of-the-art, Tier 3 (Tier III) Data Centre at Pitipana, Homagama today with the participation of visiting Indian Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad as the Chief Guest.
  Two-day dengue prevention program in several districts from tomorrow:
Jan 16, Colombo: The Ministry of Health has decided to launch a special two-day dengue prevention program from Wednesday in several districts of the country to prevent the disease spreading.
 Ministry of Social Empowerment to provide additional relief to Divulapitiya people affected by winds:
Jan 16, Colombo: Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake stated that the Ministry of Social Empowerment, Welfare will also provide assistance to the people, whose houses were damaged due to the gusting winds recently in Divulapitiyaa area, in addition to the Rs. 10,000 relief provided by the government.
 Pakistan Army Chief arrives in Sri Lanka on goodwill tour :
Jan 16, Colombo: Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday for a three-day visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.
 Sri Lanka participates in Austria's largest Holiday and Travel Show Ferien - Messe Wien 2018 :
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka participated in the Ferien - Messe Wien 2018, Austria's largest holiday and travel show held from 11-14 January 2018 in Vienna.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 16 Indian fishermen and seized their boats on Sunday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters.
 GMOA threatens to launch a lightning strike after Jan 22:
Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka state doctors' union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) yesterday warned that they will launch an island wide lightning strike without prior warning after January 22 if the government fails to fulfill its demands within this week.
 ABB supports Sri Lanka's renewable energy commitments with EV charging network:
Jan 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan area of Colombo City is to benefit from a new fleet of connected, fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers from ABB.
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 Sri Lanka highlights efforts taken to ensure children's rights at the 77th CRC session:
Jan 15, Geneva: Sri Lanka, highlighting the programs the unity government has been pursuing to ensure the rights of the children at the 77th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva today, said the island nation is recording "considerable progress" in protecting and promoting the rights of the child.
  Agreement with WEF to make Sri Lanka trade hub in Indian Ocean:
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama during a two day visit to Geneva recently met with President of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Børge Brende and senior officials engaged in areas relating to Sri Lanka.
 Politics in Sri Lanka is a more lucrative business than drug smuggling - JVP leader:
Jan 15, Colombo: The politics in Sri Lanka, which has been a voluntary service, has been made a more profitable business than drug smuggling today, the leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says.
 Sri Lanka Survey Department revises country's map after 18 years:
Jan 15, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Survey Department (SLSD), the national surveying and mapping organization under the Ministry of Land and Land Development has taken steps to revise the geographical map of the country after 18 years.
 Court rejects petition on Dehiattakandiya SLFP nomination :
Jan 15, Colombo: The Supreme Court today rejected the fundamental rights petition filed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) against the rejection of its nomination list for the election of Dehiattakandiya Pradeshiya Sabha.
 India and Sri Lanka expand IT cooperation:
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka and India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in IT and Electronics to enhance Digital Literacy and e-governance during the visit of India's Minister of Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.
 Compensation for houses damaged by wind in Gampaha district to be given from today :
Jan 15, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he has instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs to commence provision of compensation to those affected by the gale force winds on last Friday (12) in Divulapitiya area of the Gampaha district from today.
 Sri Lanka publicly destroys over 900 kilograms of cocaine :
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today commenced destroying over 900 kilograms of cocaine seized by the Police Narcotics Bureau during a raid conducted in 2016.
 CA Sri Lanka scholarships for top three Commerce achievers at the 2015 GCE A/L exams:
Jan 15, Colombo: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), recently awarded scholarships to the highest three achievers at the 2015 GCE Advance Level Examinations (Commerce Stream) to kick start their professional journey as Chartered Accountants, following their exceptional performance at last year's A/L exams.
 Sri Lanka State Minister injured in road accident :
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka State Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, Member of Parliament for Digamadulla District Mrs. Sriyani Wijewickrema has been injured in a road accident today early morning, the police said.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President's term is five years:
Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has delivered its ruling on the President's term in office to the President, the President's Media Division said.
 Two State leaders to visit Sri Lanka next week:
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says state leaders of two foreign countries are scheduled pay official visits to the island nation next week on the invitations of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Ultimate Motorworks launches first fully integrated auto care workshop for high-end vehicles:
Jan 14, Colombo: Introducing a novel service concept to the Sri Lankan market, fully integrated auto-care specialists Ultimate Motorworks announced the launch of its first fully-integrated showroom, repair and spare-parts workshop situated at Gangarama Road (Borupana Road), Boralesgamuwa.
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 Sri Lanka receives the US$ 97 mn second payment of Hambantota Port deal from Chinese company :
Jan 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government said today that it has received the second tranche of the proceeds from China Merchant Port Holdings Co. Ltd on the account of handing over of operations of Hambantota Port.
 Sri Lanka Police arrest a man with a large cache of weapons, ammo:
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today arrested a man in the possession of large cache of weapons and ammunition at Karandeniya, Madakumbura during an operation conducted by the Organized Crimes Investigation Unit of the Special Task Force (STF).
 Sri Lanka Finance Minister reviews status of economic projects with Indian leaders:
Jan 14, New Delhi: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, who is currently visiting New Delhi, has met with Indian leaders to discuss the bilateral relations between the two countries in economic development.
  Sri Lankan President reinstates alcohol ban on women, annuls liquor gazette notification:
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he has instructed the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to cancel the Gazette notifications issued last week regarding liquor sales to women and the opening hours of licensed liquor outlets.
  Pakistan Army Chief to visit Sri Lanka:
Jan 14, Colombo: Army Chief of Pakistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, is visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of Commander of Sri Lankan Army from 15 to 17 January 2018.
 Sri Lanka election monitor urges candidates in the North to refrain from using LTTE songs for election propaganda:
Jan 14, Colombo: A election monitor in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says candidates of several political parties contesting for the local government institutions in the northern districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu are using separatist songs popularized by the LTTE terrorist group for election propaganda.
  Sri Lanka to produce 60% of pharmaceuticals locally by 2020:
Jan 14, Colombo: The government's latest efforts in import substitution through the establishment of a pharmaceutical manufacturing zone will see 60 percent of the demand for pharmaceutical tablets and pills being met by locally made drugs by 2020, in furtherance of the vision of the late Pharmacologist Professor Senaka Bibile, a Government Information Department report said.
 Police fire tear gas to disperse people protesting the death of a little girl in Kegalle:
Jan 14, Colombo: The police said the tear gas was used to disperse the people protesting the death of a little girl in an accident in Kegalle Saturday morning.
 Thai Pongal is an occasion to be thankful to nature for the bountiful supply - PM:
Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issuing a message to mark the Thai Pongal festival today says the festival which commemorates the harvest, is an occasion to be thankful to nature for the bountiful supply.
 Thai Pongal is an occasion to make government's efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in food meaningful - President:
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he considers Thai Pongal as a festive occasion that would strengthen the government's efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in food and make those efforts meaningful.
 Pettah Police OIC transferred after youth hangs himself in police cell :
Jan 13, Colombo: The Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Pettah Police Station has been transferred with immediate effect after a teenage suspect committed suicide in the police cell.
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 Government to provide relief to 300 houses damaged due to strong winds in Gampaha district:
Jan 13, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he has instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs to commence provision of compensation to those affected by the gale force winds yesterday in Divulapitiya area from next Monday.
 Rs. 170 million paid to Matara farmers for Maha season:
Jan 13, Colombo: Under the government's fertilizer subsidy scheme, 170 million rupees has been credited to farmers who will be engaged in paddy cultivation in the forthcoming Maha cultivation season, the Assistant Director of the Matara District Office of the National Fertilizer Secretariat, Keerthi Abeysinghe said.
 Sri Lankan President to appoint a commission to probe Mihin Lanka and SriLankan Airlines:
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he will appoint a commission next week to probe the alleged fraud and corruption taken place in Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines and the now nonoperational budget carrier Mihin Lanka.
 Transparency International Sri Lanka urges President to make bond commission report public, address key issues :
Jan 13, Colombo: The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) while commending President Maithripala Sirisena for tabling the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the bond issues in parliament has urged the President to make the report public.
 Pakistani PM invites Sri Lankan businessmen to invest in 'emerging Pakistan':
Jan 13, Colombo: Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has invited Sri Lankan businessmen to invest in trade with the "emerging Pakistan" and see for themselves what Pakistan can offer for investors.
 China-built railway in southern Sri Lanka starts track-laying:
Jan 13, Colombo: The track-laying commencement of the first phase of the China-built Matara-Kataragama railway extension project has been held in Matara in southern Sri Lanka.
 Nurses’ strike at Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital ends after talks:
Jan 13, Colombo: Following successful discussions with hospital authorities, the nurses' union at Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital (SJGH) has decided to end their 10-day long trade union action and return to work this morning.
 Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard conduct oil spill management exercise in Kankasanthurai seas:
Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, which regularly takes the lead in protection of marine resources, partnering with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard conducted an oil spill management exercise on Thursday (11) in the seas off Kankasanthurai harbor.
 Nature's Agro Products introduces Sugar Killer Tea:
Jan 13, Colombo: Sugar Killer Tea, a sugar free, yet sugar-like-taste filled tea which is a hundred percent natural has been introduced to the market for the first time.
 Sri Lanka to set up more industries in Kandy, Hambantota, and Bingiriya to increase production:
Jan 13, Colombo: The industrial and tourism zones in the Kandy, Hambantota, and Bingiriya- Iranawila region will help increase the per capita rate of production of the country and accelerate the country's development, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
 Sri Lankan President ready to leave top post at any moment:
Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he does not wish to remain in the top office forever and he is ready to go home at any moment.
 Sri Lanka Customs seizes a consignment of banned agrochemical glyphosate hidden in rice:
Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs has seized a consignment of banned agricultural weedicide glyphosate, illegally imported to the island. The stock of glyphosate had been smuggled into the country under the guise of importing broken rice.
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 Government assigns high priority to strengthen Sri Lanka's SME sector:
Jan 12, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has assigned high priority to the development and strengthening of small and Medium enterprises (SME) sector to be a sustainable sector of the Country’s economy and to link to global markets, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said today.
 Sri Lankan President calls on people to elect decent candidates to local governments to accelerate development process :
Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the public to elect decent people's representatives to the local government institutions to achieve the development plans of the country in a swift pace.
 Sri Lanka defense delegation holds discussions with Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy:
Jan 12, Colombo: In order to strengthen the existing India-Sri Lanka bilateral ties, a nine-member Sri Lankan Tri- Services delegation, headed by Secretary of Defense Kapila Waidyaratne made a two-day visit to the Indian Navy's Southern Naval Command, (SNC) in Kochi from January 11.
  IMF envisages Sri Lanka's economy normalizing in 2018, recommends fiscal consolidation and tightening monetary policy:
Jan 12, Washington, DC: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) envisages Sri Lanka's economy normalizing in 2018 with the Real GDP growth projected to reach about 5 percent over the medium term.
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