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  Sri Lanka PM launches construction of nearly $4 billion oil refinery in southern port city

Mar 24, Colombo: Construction of an oil refinery with a nearly $4 billion foreign investment commenced today in the southern port city of Hambantota under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Oman's Minister of Oil and Gas is Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhi, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday, joined Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the laying of the foundation stone for the Oil refinery in the Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone in Hambantota.

 Over 5000 entrepreneurs served at first edition of Enterprise Sri Lanka mobile service :
Mar 24, Colombo: The first edition of the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka To Your Village' mobile service was launched on Saturday in Weligama, Matara.

  CEB announces power cut schedule:
Mar 24, Colombo: With the decline in hydro electricity production due to the prevailing dry weather conditions, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has decided to impose power cuts and announced a power cut schedule.

 Indian HC hands over 98 houses built under Indian Housing Project to plantation workers in Nuwara Eliya :
Mar 24, Colombo: In a special event held Sunday at Helboda Estate in Nuwara Eliya 98 houses built in Bhagat Singh Puram under the Indian Housing Project, were handed over to the beneficiaries.

 Police arrest 293 drunk drivers in special operation in Western Province:
Mar 24, Colombo: The police have nabbed 293 drunk drivers in a special traffic operation launched in the Western Province yesterday and today.

 Sri Lanka PM launches construction of nearly $4 billion oil refinery in southern port city:
Mar 24, Colombo: Construction of an oil refinery with a nearly $4 billion foreign investment commenced today in the southern port city of Hambantota under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 11 Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters:
Mar 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 11 fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

 Nine Iranians transporting 100 kg of heroin arrested in Sri Lanka's southern coast :
Mar 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said nine Iranian nationals were arrested while transporting over 100 kilograms of heroin in a multi-day trawler off the southern coast of Sri Lanka today (24).

 CSE and GRI to host a forum on Sustainability Reporting for Sustainable Development:
Mar 24, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will be hosting a forum on providing guidance to listed companies on ESG disclosures.

  Nations Trust Bank American Express official event partner at Fireside Chat 2019:
Mar 24, Colombo: For the 2nd consecutive year, Nations Trust Bank American Express partnered with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Division along with the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) to present Fireside Chat 2019.

 Excavations of Mannar mass grave halted for three months :
Mar 24, Colombo: A decision has been taken to halt the excavations of the Mannar mass grave in Northern Province for three months, Chief Investigating officer Senior Judicial Medical Officer Dr. Shaminda Rajapakse said.

 Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe celebrates his 70th birthday today:
Mar 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling United National party Ranil Wickremesinghe will celebrate his 70th birthday today (24th March).

 Proposal to include the Theravada Tripitaka into the Memory of the World Register of UNESCO presented:
Mar 23, Colombo: The occasion of religious significance of presentation of the proposal to declare the Theravada Tripitaka, the sacred scripture of Buddhists, as a World Heritage as a Memory of the World to the UN Representative was held today (23) at the Maha Maluwa (Great Terrace) of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
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 Sri Lankan government to ensure every citizen has own plot of land:
Mar 23, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the present government just as it ensured the democratic right of the people, will ensure the people's right to own a plot of land and the right for digital knowledge.

  Oman's Oil and Gas Minister arrives in Sri Lanka for ground breaking ceremony of Oil refinery in Hambantota:
Mar 23, Colombo: Oman's Minister of Oil and Gas is Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhi arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday to attend the ground breaking ceremony of Oil refinery in Hambantota scheduled for tomorrow.

 Australian ships arrive in Sri Lanka for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019:
Mar 23, Colombo: Four Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Canberra, Success, Newcastle, and Parramatta taking part in the annual multilateral defense cooperation exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday.

 Pakistan's 79th National Day celebrated in Sri Lanka:
Mar 23, Colombo: The High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka celebrated the 79th National Day of Pakistan on Saturday with traditional fervor and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, vibrant, progressive, democratic and welfare state.

 Engineering Nexus' fourth meetup: Open Source and Beyond Building Smarter QE Platforms:
Mar 23, Colombo: The fourth edition of "Engineering Nexus" is set to take place on 26 March 2019 at the Sysco LABS Engineering Center.

  Sri Lanka's sovereignty and independence protected in Geneva - PM:
Mar 23, Colombo: Protecting Sri Lanka's sovereignty and independence and declaring the trust in our justice system at the UNHRC in Geneva, this government clearly fulfilled Sri Lanka's first Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake's objective of an independent country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

 Navy arrests three persons with over 1500 kg of illegal Beedi leaves:
Mar 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy during a search operation in the sea has arrested three individuals in the possession of over 1500 kilograms of illegally smuggled beedi leaves.

 SriLankan Airlines scores the second hat-trick at Golden City Gates Awards 2019:
Mar 23, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, reaffirming the global appeal and innovativeness of its marketing communication endeavors yet again, won three awards at Golden City Gates Awards 2019 at ITB Berlin

  Human Rights Commission thanks Finance Minister for allocation of funds to make state buildings accessible to disabled:
Mar 23, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) expressed their appreciation to the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera for considering their request and allocating funds in the 2019 Budget to make state buildings and transportation accessible to persons with disabilities.

 'Wilpattu is a national treasure, punish me if I destroyed it'- Minister Bathiudeen:
Mar 22, Colombo: Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says the Wilpattu Forest is an asset to the country and a huge campaign is being waged to falsely accuse him of destroying a national treasure.
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 Sri Lanka mineral deposits in Pulmoddai will not be sold, transferred or privatized - Minister Bathiudeen :
Mar 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's famed Pulmoddai mineral deposits will not be sold, transferred or privatized and will continue to vest with the public, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen asserted.

  Cloud seeding over Mausakelle Reservoir successfully creates rain in central Sri Lanka:
Mar 22, Colombo: The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today (22) launched the first cloud seeding project to successfully create artificial rain over the catchment area of Mausakelle Reservoir in central Sri Lanka.

  Court order to detain 12 for questioning over a plot to assassinate a Tamil politician:
Mar 22, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today allowed the police to detain 12 people and question over a plot to assassinated a Tamil politician.
 Sri Lanka Tamil party demands to include foreign judges in war crimes probe :
Mar 22, Colombo: A day after the UN again adopted a consensus resolution granting Sri Lanka two more years to implement the commitments it made in 2015 resolution, the main Tamil party, Tamil national Alliance on Friday demanded the state to adhere to the commitments and include foreign judges in a judicial mechanism to probe the alleged war crimes.
 JVP, UNP talk on 20th Amendment to abolish executive presidency:
Mar 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held talks with the ruling United National Party (UNP) today regarding the 20th Amendment to the Constitution seeking abolition of the executive presidency.
 Enterprise Sri Lanka first Mobile Service on Saturday at Weligama :
Mar 22, Colombo: The Finance Ministry has initiated a program to provide mobile services island wide to accelerate the generation of entrepreneurs under the Enterprise Sri Lanka program strengthened through the 2019 budget presented by the Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
 ComBank wins its 19th Global Finance 'Best Bank in Sri Lanka' award:
Mar 22, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been adjudged Sri Lanka's Best Bank in 2019 by the USA-based Global Finance magazine, giving the Bank its 19th such accolade from this entity alone.
 Sri Lanka signs agreement for US$ 989 million loan from EXIM Bank of China for Central Expressway project:
Mar 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka today inked an agreement with the EXIM Bank of China for a concessional loan of US$ 989 million for the construction of the Section one of Central Expressway Project from Kadawatha to Meerigama.
 Prime Minister says World Water Day is a great opportunity to educate the society on sustainable management of water resources:
Mar 22, Colombo: The United Nations' World Water Day is marked today, March 22 and a number of programs are planned to raise awareness of the importance of water in environment, agriculture, health and trade.
 UNP May Day rally this year at the CMC grounds:
Mar 22, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee has decided to hold its May Day rally at the Colombo Municipal Council grounds at Town Hall, UNP General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
 Beliatta PS Opposition Leader succumbs to gunshot injuries:
Mar 22, Colombo: The UNP Opposition Leader of Beliatta Pradeshiya Sabha Kapila Amarakoon, who was found shot and seriously injured on Wednesday, has succumbed to his injuries at the Karapitiya hospital early this morning
 Sri Lanka to construct a 100 MW of floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir:
Mar 22, Colombo: As a measure to reduce generation of costly thermal power, the Sri Lankan government has planned to set up floating solar power generation plants on the reservoirs in the Mahaweli Economic Zone.
 Sri Lanka welcomes adoption of consensus resolution, invites OHCHR to engage closely to verify facts :
Mar 21, Geneva: Sri Lanka today welcomed the adoption of the consensus resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowing two more years to implement the commitments and invited the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to engage with the local institutions closely to verify facts on the ground.
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 Measures to raise the economy to right place - Harsha :
Mar 21, Colombo: Non-cabinet Minister of Economic Reform and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha de Silva says measures are being taken to bring the economy to the right place to reduce poverty.
 Sri Lanka consensus resolution adopted at UNHRC without a vote:
Mar 21, Geneva: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday without a vote adopted the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka which proposes to give more time to Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice.
 No official statement from Singapore to Sri Lankan authorities on extradition of Arjuna Mahendran - PMD:
Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President's Media Office denied that Singapore is working with the Sri Lankan authorities on the extradition request of former central bank chief Arjuna Mahendran.
 Sri Lanka becomes less happy, slips 14 notches in World Happiness to rank 130th :
Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lankans are not happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 according to this year's United Nations World Happiness Report released on Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 2.4 percent in February 2019:
Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in February 2019 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 2.4 percent from 1.2 percent recorded in January on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Thursday.
 Sri Lanka's BOI clarifies status of investment in Oil Refinery Project in Hambantota:
Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Board of Investment (BOI) responding to a Reuters report which said the Oman's oil ministry denied being part of a $3.85 billion plan to build an oil refinery in Hambantota, clarified the status of the investment in the project.
 Sri Lankan banks manage capital impact of SLFRS 9:
Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan banks have been able to manage the capital impact of first-time adoption of SLFRS 9 accounting standards, in line with Fitch Ratings' expectations, due to capital infusions ahead of full implementation of Basel III, satisfactory profitability buffers and the four-year phasing-in period, Fitch Ratings says.
 Navy arrests two persons with over 900 kg of illegal Beedi leaves:
Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy during a search operation in the sea has arrested two individuals in the possession of illegally smuggled beedi leaves.
 Woman arrested in connection with the Moratumulla fatal shooting :
Mar 21, Colombo: The Special Crimes Operation Unit of the Mirihana Police has been able to arrest a woman who had allegedly aided the fatal shooting of two people in Moratumulla.
  Japan grants Rs. 15 million for waste collection in Sri Lanka's north:
Mar 21, Colombo: Japan has granted nearly Rs. 15 million to Sri Lanka to acquire used waste collection trucks for Jaffna in Northern Province to facilitate solid waste disposal and improve the hygienic environment.
 Minister Rishad Bathiudeen given additional portfolio of Vocational Training and Skills Development:
Mar 21, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena in an Extraordinary Gazette Notification has announced the added portfolios of Vocational Training and Skills Development to Minister Rishad Bathiudeen on Monday (18).
 Sri Lankan academic named 10th President of Southwest Minnesota State University:
Mar 21, St. Paul, MN: Sri Lankan born academic Prof. Kumara Jayasuriya has been named as the 10th president of Southwest Minnesota State University by the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the school announced yesterday.
 Sri Lankan and Indian gold smugglers nabbed at Sri Lanka airport:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested six Indian nationals and three Sri Lankans while attempting to smuggle gold worth pieces nearly Rs. 40 million into the country.
 Sri Lanka will be able to achieve economic targets in next five years - PM:
Mar 20, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka currently is in a transitional period and the country will be able to meet its economic targets in the next five years.
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 President observes reduction in spread of kidney disease in Sri Lanka:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says due to the broad programs launched within the past four years in preventing the kidney disease there is a reduction in the spread of kidney disease.
  Human Rights Watch calls for a time-bound plan to hold Sri Lanka to implement UN Commitments:
Mar 20, Geneva: The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Wednesday said although Sri Lanka is given more time to implement the UN Commitments it made in 2015, the government cannot delay any further and called for a stronger measures to monitor the processes and a time-bound plan for implementation.
 'Sri Lanka has taken concrete action to take transitional justice measures forward':
Mar 20, Geneva: Sri Lanka, committed to pursue the process of Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence in 2015, has been taking concrete action since, to move forward on these pillars, the Sri Lankan delegation told the 40th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today.
 UNHRC calls on Sri Lanka to implement a detailed, comprehensive strategy for the transitional process with a fixed timeline:
Mar 20, Geneva: Presenting the report on Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka to the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday (20) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on Sri Lanka to implement a detailed, comprehensive strategy for the transitional process with a fixed timeline.
  Case against Sri Lankan tire exports by US courts dismissed:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka achieved another legal victory in the case of countervailing duties imposed by the US against off-the-road (OTR) tire from Sri Lanka, after the US Department of Commerce decided to withdraw an appeal against the decision of the US Court of International Trade
 Norochcholai power generation restored, no more power cuts, CEB assures:
Mar 20, Colombo: The malfunctioned second generator of the Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai. has been repaired and added to the National Power Grid, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.
 Beliatta UNP Pradeshiya Sabha member found shot and injured:
Mar 20, Colombo: The UNP Opposition Leader of Beliatta Pradeshiya Sabha Kapila Amarakoon has been admitted to the hospital this morning (20) after he was shot at and seriously injured, the Police Media Spokesperson said.
 President says caste discrimination is a major hurdle to resolve problems of the people in the North :
Mar 20, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Mar 19) said that ending the caste discrimination in the North has become a more pressing problem than building national unity and reconciliation between Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people.
 No UN resolution 'against' Sri Lanka - Minister Mangala Samaraweera dispels claims by Opposition Leader:
Mar 20, Colombo: In response to a statement issued by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday (March 17) requesting President Maithripala Sirisena to withdraw from a new UN resolution that is being tabled in the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, Minister Mangala Samaraweera says Rajapaksa's statement was based on false and exaggerated facts.
 Sri Lanka Navy's SLNS Sagara leaves for Malaysia to participate in LIMA 2019:
Mar 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Sagara left Trincomalee harbor Tuesday (19th March) for Malaysia to participate in the International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA)-2019.
 Sri Lanka receives $3.85 billion investment to build a refinery in Hambanthota :
Mar 19, Colombo: Two massive development projects in Sri Lanka's investment history will commence at Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone in Hambantota, Deputy Minister of Development strategies and International Trade Nalin Bandara said today (19).
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 Sri Lanka's political crisis in last quarter slows economic growth to 3.2 percent in 2018:
Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew at a positive rate of 3.2 percent in 2018 while the growth during the fourth quarter of the year was only 1.8 percent reflecting the fallout from the nearly two-month long political crisis in the quarter.
 Sri Lanka's future economic prosperity and social well-being depend on the openness and security of its cyber networks - British HC:
Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's future economic prosperity and social well-being will increasingly depend on the openness and security of its cyber networks and the ways in which they link to networks beyond its borders, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris says.
  Sri Lanka's first Social Innovation Lab conducts workshop on 'Foresight and Innovation for Public Sector Excellence':
Mar 19, Colombo: Citra, Sri Lanka's first Social Innovation Lab successfully conducted a comprehensive capability strengthening workshop on 'Foresight and Innovation for Public Sector Excellence.
 Sri Lanka utility regulator proposes standards and regulatory system for water fittings:
Mar 19, Colombo: Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) with corporation of other institutions has drafted the standards and regulatory measures for water fittings in Sri Lanka.
 Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda to CID for a third time today:
Mar 19, Colombo: Former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda arrived at the Criminal Investigations Department for the third day today to record a statement.
 Power and Energy Minister instructs to expedite connecting Chunnakam Power station to national grid :
Mar 19, Colombo: The Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake has instructed the chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and relevant authorities to take steps to expedite adding electricity generated from the Chunnakam Power plant to the national grid.
 Prison department to interview 79 applicants for hangman's post :
Mar 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms says that the interviews for the post of executioner will be held on March 27 and 28.
  Special raid unit to curb illegal freshwater fishing:
Mar 18, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi has decided to establish a special raids unit to control illegal activities in freshwater fishing in the country.
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 Power will be restored by night, CEB says:
Mar 18, Colombo: Electricity supply in many parts of the country has been obstructed due to the failure of a generator in the Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai.
 Comprehensive program implemented to develop the temple and the village - PM:
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says this government is the one that implemented a comprehensive program allocating funds to develop the Temple and village as no other government has done in the past.
 Former Navy Commander Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe assumes office as new Secretary of Ports and Shipping Ministry:
Mar 18, Colombo: Former Navy Commander Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe has assumed office as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Ports Shipping and Southern Development.
 BOI to inaugurate two landmark investment projects in Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone :
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Investment promotion agency, the Board of Investment (BOI) has initiated two of the largest investment projects in BOI's history in the Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone in Hambantota with a total investment of $ 3.95 billion.
 Sri Lanka's CSE Chairman outlines way forward for the Stock Market:
Mar 18, Colombo: The Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Ray Abeywardena airing his views on the plans to develop the Market confirmed that initiatives were under way to hold more Road Shows this year to promote the market overseas.
 More police officers and forest ranger arrested in the abduction and killing of Rathgama businessmen :
Mar 18, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested seven police officers of the Southern Province Special Crime Investigation Unit and a forest ranger of Walasmulla forest reserve in connection with the abduction and murder of two businessmen from Rathgama area, Police Media Spokesman, SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
  President launches five-year National Action Plan for the elimination of bribery and corruption :
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today ceremonially launched the five-year National Action Plan for Combatting Bribery and Corruption in Sri Lanka 2019 - 2023.
 Sri Lanka Army to release more land in the East :
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, in keeping with the government's policy to release more security forces-held lands to the civilians, is currently engaged in the release of more and more private and state lands and is scheduled to return few more acres of land used by the Army in the East.
  Fatal head-on collision kills four, injures eight :
Mar 18, Colombo: Four people were killed and eight others were seriously injured in a road accident along the Colombo - Puttalam main road in the Nagawilluwa area in pre-dawn hours of Monday, according to the Puttalam Police.
 SLPP Southern Provincial Councilor Krishantha Pushpakumara resigns over alleged sexual abuse claims:
Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Southern Provincial Council Member Krishantha Pushpakumara alias 'Raththaran' has decided to resign from his post.
 Two Australian Navy ships in search of a sunken WWII destroyer arrive at Sri Lanka's Trincomalee port :
Mar 18, Colombo: Two war ships of Australian Navy, which arrived in Sri Lanka on 11th March to search for a Australian destroyer sunk by enemy during the second World War in the seas around Batticaloa, have sailed to Trincomalee harbor on Sunday.
  Afghanistan to open air corridor to Sri Lanka to revive trade, economic ties :
Mar 17, Colombo: Buoyed by its unprecedented rise in latest global Doing Business ranks, Afghanistan seeking to revive trade with Sri Lanka and strengthen economic ties between the two countries will open a direct air corridor for trade later this month.
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  Empowering women is government's top priority - Minister Mangala Samaraweera:
Mar 17, Colombo: Empowering women has become one of the main priorities for the government, Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said addressing an event in Matara today.
  Color coding of foods and beverages according to sugar, fat and salt content mandatory from April 2:
Mar 17, Colombo: Color coding of foods and beverages according to the salt and fat content of the foods will be mandatory from April 2, the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine said.
 Prime Minster pledges to build a proper transport network for entire public to benefit :
Mar 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government's policy is to build a proper road network for the country and the government has made plans to create a national road system which does not change with changes in governments.
 Two suspects arrested with 88 kg of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 13 million:
Mar 17, Colombo: Two persons have been arrested at Point Pedro with 88 kg of Kerala Cannabis in their possession, Police Media Spokesperson said.
 National Action Plan to combat Bribery and Corruption to be launched tomorrow:
Mar 17, Colombo: The National Action Plan for Combating Bribery and Corruption in Sri Lanka will be launched tomorrow (18) under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.
 Five sand racketeers arrested for attacking STF and obstructing duties:
Mar 17, Colombo: Five people have been arrested in connection with an incident where police Special Task Force personnel who had gone to raid an illegal sand mining operation in Ariyalai, Jaffna, were attacked and hindered from carrying out their duties.
 Enforce the law strictly against those who misuse public property, State Minister instructs fisheries officials:
Mar 17, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Dilip Wedaarachchi has instructed heads of all institutions of the Fisheries Ministry to strictly enforce the law against those who misuse public property.
 Sathosa Motors unveils next gen Isuzu D Max double cab at Colombo Motor Show 2019:
Mar 17, Colombo: Pioneering automotive specialists, Sathosa Motors PLC (SML), unveiled the rugged 2019 edition of its increasingly popular Isuzu D Max RT66 Double Cab at the Colombo Motor Show amidst the eager anticipation of Sri Lanka's most enthusiastic gear-heads.
  PM to vest 200 island wide rural road construction projects tomorrow:
Mar 16, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday will declare open and launch construction of 200 road and bridge building projects undertaken by the Highways and Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Ministry with an investment of Rs. 3 billion.
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 One day service for document registrations commences from today :
Mar 16, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the service of registering documents in one day without payment will be given to the people from today.
 Sri Lankan leaders express condolences, condemnation after mosque attack in Christchurch :
Mar 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan political leaders expressed condolences and condemnation following Friday's deadly attacks on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch that killed 49 people.
 Over 2100 Indian devotees attend St. Anthony's Church Feast at Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu Island:
Mar 16, Colombo: The annual two-day festival at St. Anthony's Church in Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu island was held today in a grand scale and over 2100 Indian devotees attended the revered event in addition to 6,500 Sri Lankan devotees, according to the Sri Lanka Navy.
  Australia's multilateral naval exercise IPE 19 aims to improve defense cooperation with Sri Lanka :
Mar 16, Colombo: Australia has launched the annual multilateral defense cooperation exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) which will bring an Australian Defense Force (ADF) Joint Task Force to Sri Lanka and several other South and South East Asian nations with the aim of strengthening ties with their militaries.
 Sri Lanka Police in special operation arrest 2,646 people for various crimes:
Mar 16, Colombo: A special 9-hour police operation launched Friday night covering all police divisions across the island has made 2,646 arrests for various violations of law, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
 Minister Ranjan Ramanayake instructs not to display his name or picture on plaques opened at road development projects :
Mar 16, Colombo: State Minister of Highways and Road Development, Ranjan Ramanayake says he has informed his ministry officials not to use his name or picture in boards opened along with development projects.
 Milk powder prices increased according to a price formula:
Mar 16, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority has allowed importers to increase the prices of imported milk powder according to a new milk food price formula, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 Supercar Sundowner - Quintessentially hosts an exclusive evening at King of the Mambo:
Mar 16, Colombo: With the stunning backdrop of the Colombo sky at sunset, prestige met pedigree performance at the exclusive invitees-only #SupercarSundowner, held at King of the Mambo, Galle Face Hotel.
 UK court orders retrial of Sri Lankan Brigadier convicted of threatening gesture :
Mar 16, Colombo: A UK court has ordered a retrial of Sri Lanka Army Brigadier Priyanka Fernando who was in absentia convicted of violating UK's Public Order Act.
  President visits World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi:
Mar 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in Nairobi, Kenya to attend the UN Environment Assembly, today visited the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi at the invitation of Director General of the center, Dr. Tony Simons.
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 Special High Court allows Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to go abroad:
Mar 15, Colombo: The Special High Court has granted permission for former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to travel overseas for a two-week period from March 26 to April 12.
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