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  ADB revises down growth forecast for Sri Lanka in 2016 & 2017

Sept 27, Manilla: Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered the economic growth forecast for Sri Lanka Tuesday saying growth prospects for Sri Lanka edge lower on weak industrial performance and fiscal consolidation.

In an update of its flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook 2016 (ADO 2016), released today, ADB lowered the GDP growth rate to 5.0% for Sri Lanka in 2016 from the 5.3% it projected in March this year. The growth in 2017 was lowered to 5.5% from the 5.8% projected six months ago while the inflation will remain 4.5% this year and 5.0% in 2017.

 Indian Minister's visit emphasizes the importance of Sri Lanka as trading and investment partner for India:
Sept 27, Colombo: India's Commerce and Industry Minister, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman visited Sri Lanka on September 26-27, 2016 with the objective of enhancing and deepening bilateral trade and investment relations.

 Sri Lanka Navy accused of snapping Tamil Nadu fishermen's fishing nets:
Sept 27, Colombo: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel of damaging their fishing nets and chasing them back to Indian territorial waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet today.

 Sri Lanka hosts international conference to mark Right to Information Day tomorrow:
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Ministry in association with the Department of Government Information will hold an international Conference in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena to commemorate the International Right to Information Day.

 National Mosquito Control Week begins today:
Sept 27, Colombo: National Mosquito Control Week organized by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine begins today (27th Sept.) and will continue until 3rd October.

  Supreme Court Judge Priyasad Dep sworn in as Acting Chief Justice:
Sept 27, Colombo: Supreme Court Judge Mr. Priyasad Dep was sworn in as the Acting Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena today (27) at the Presidential Secretariat.

 CSE to host a seminar on Current Market Conditions - Live Streaming:
Sept 27, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) will host a seminar on current market conditions on Wednesday, the 28th of September from 6.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. The general public will be provided with the opportunity to follow the seminar live, online through the CSE Education Portal.

 Body of assassinated journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga exhumed :
Sept 27, Colombo: The body of slain Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga was exhumed today as part of a fresh investigation into his death.

 SriLankan Airlines commences services to Lahore from today:
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines will enhance its focus on the Asia and the Middle East region by commencing services between the Pakistani city of Lahore and Colombo from 27th September 2016.

 Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage granted bail:
Sept 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to the Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) on 15 September and remanded subsequently.

 ADB revises down growth forecast for Sri Lanka in 2016 & 2017:
Sept 27, Manilla: Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered the economic growth forecast for Sri Lanka Tuesday saying growth prospects for Sri Lanka edge lower on weak industrial performance and fiscal consolidation.

 Commercial Bank of Ceylon commences operations of its subsidiary in Maldives:
Sept 27, Colombo: Commercial Bank of Maldives, a subsidiary of Commercial Bank of Ceylon and a joint venture with Tree Top Investments Maldives, began banking operations in the Maldives yesterday with the opening of its head office and the first branch in Male by Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

 Treasury approval is mandatory from next year for provincial councilors to travel abroad:
Sept 27, Colombo: Following the controversy over the request for Rs. 45 million for 28 members of cash-strapped Central Provincial Council to travel to Russia, the President's Office stressed that the approval of the Treasury is compulsory when members and ministers of provincial councils travel abroad.

 Finance Minister is not harassed by the IMF - Deputy Minister:
Sept 26, Colombo: Local media reports which said that Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has claimed that he gets harassed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have misinterpreted the Finance Minister's statement, Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne said.
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  Five army personnel remanded over killing of two civilians in Achchuveli :
Sept 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday ordered to remand five army personnel including a Lieutenant Colonel attached to the Achchuveli Camp over a case filed on the killing of two civilians in 1998, local media reported.

 Sri Lanka Finance Ministry says the new VAT amendment eliminates hidden payments in existing system :
Sept 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Ministry today said the new amendment to the Value Added Tax (VAT) bill, which proposes to increase the VAT to 15% from the current 11%, will eliminate the hidden payments in the existing system and actually will bring down the amount of payment to be made.

 Lack of drinking water in several districts of Sri Lanka due to drought:
Sept 26, Colombo: A severe drought situation has been reported several districts in Sri Lankan causing a water shortage for public use, the Government Information Department said.

 Court issues notice to former minister Tissa Attanayake:
Sept 26, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today issued notice to former minister and former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Tissa Attanayake over the release of a forged document to media during the 2015 Presidential Election.

 Sri Lanka court to decide on international warrant for former diplomat :
Sept 26, Colombo: The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court will decide on Friday, September 30 whether to issue an arrest warrant through the Interpol on former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga.

 Sri Lanka to host Intex sourcing show for South Asia in November:
Sept 26, Colombo: Intex South Asia, an international textile sourcing show of South Asian region will be held on November 16 -18, 2016 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 U.S. supports to promote Public-Private Partnerships in Sri Lanka:
Sept 26, Colombo: The United States, which has solid experience in supporting Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programs across the world, has expressed support to the government of Sri Lanka to adapt and institutionalize the PPP model to encourage the private sector involvement in development.

 Czech President and Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka separately next year:
Sept 26, Colombo: Czech President Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek will visit Sri Lanka on two separate occasions next year, a Czech newspaper Mlada fronta Dnes reported referring to a schedule of politicians' foreign trips until the end of 2017.

 Iranian attempting to smuggle hashish to Sri Lanka arrested in Nepal:
Sept 26, Kathmandu: Nepal Police on Saturday have arrested an Iranian national who was attempting to smuggle 1.7 kg of contraband drugs to Sri Lanka via India at the country's international airport.

 Sri Lanka's main Tamil party denounces Northern Province Chief Minister's 'Eluga Thamil' protest:
Sept 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says launching a protest march like Eluga Thamil (Rise Up Tamils!) is not beneficial to the Tamil people at this time when discussions are being conducted for a new constitution.

 Seven firms interested in utilizing Sri Lanka's idle Mattala International Airport :
Sept 26, Colombo: Seven aviation related firms, mainly Europe-based companies have expressed interest in utilizing Sri Lanka's Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota, which has been dubbed as the world's emptiest airport, a media report said.

 Proposal to increase cigarette prices in cabinet within two weeks :
Sept 25, Colombo: A proposal to increase prices of cigarettes by 5 rupees will be presented to the Cabinet in two weeks, the Ministry of Health said in a communiqué.
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 Sri Lanka to eliminate rabies by 2020:
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka is taking action towards a target of zero rabies death by 2020. The Health Ministry has announced that action would be taken to completely eliminate rabies from Sri Lanka within the next four years.
 Pakistan provincial government of Punjab to increase cooperation with Sri Lanka on education:
Sept 25, Lahore: Pakistan's provincial government of Punjab has decided to explore the prospects of increasing mutual cooperation with Sri Lanka on education sector reforms.
 Sri Lankan government will not yield to extremism in the North - State Defense Minister:
Sept 25, Colombo: The government will be receptive to the issues of the Tamil people in the North and East and work towards finding solutions but will not yield to the extremism, Sri Lanka's State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said.
 Indian minister with a high-level delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow:
Sept 25, Colombo: India's Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and a delegation comprising high ranking officials will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow, local media reported.
  Sri Lanka Finance Minister seeks ideas from people to prepare next year's budget meeting their expectations:
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake assured to bring a budget for 2017, that will fulfill the people’s expectations and further strengthens the country's development journey.
 BOI Chief to address the biz community Sri Lanka - Italy Business Council event:
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka - Italy Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has invited the Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) Mr. Upul Jayasuriya to speak on the 'Growing Business and Investment Opportunities' in the country.
 Sri Lanka police arrest former minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage's son for drunk driving:
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested the son of former minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage, on charges of driving under the influence late last night.
  Sri Lanka Fisheries Ministry rescue fish from drought stricken reservoirs :
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development plans to launch a program to save the fish in the small reservoirs in the North Central and Eastern provinces hit by the drought.
  Ven Omalpe Sobitha Thera steps down as chairman of JHU to pave way for new leadership:
Sept 25, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera stepped down as the chairman of the party yesterday at its annual convention.
  Pope names special envoy to represent him at Bishops' conference in Sri Lanka in November :
Sept 25, Vatican City: Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi (India), as his special envoy to the Asian Bishops' Conference to be held in Colombo in November, the Vatican announced Saturday.
 A Code of Ethics for Sri Lanka Provincial Councilors:
Sept 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to draft a Code of Ethics for the Councilors of the Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministries.
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 Sri Lanka Navy and Police seize over 77 kg of Kerala Cannabis:
Sept 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy personnel with the cooperation of the police have seized a stock of Kerala Cannabis while being transferred in a three-wheeler in Mullaitivu in the Northern Province.
 Sri Lankan team to leave for India tomorrow for hi-tech rubber industry training :
Sept 24, Colombo: First ever team of Sri Lankan rubber industry professionals will leave for India on Sunday (Sept. 25th) to pursue a hi-tech rubber industry training course at Cochin University of Science and Technology in Kerala.
 Sri Lankan capital Colombo is 4th Fastest-Growing Destination City in the world:
Sept 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's capital city of Colombo is the fourth Fastest-Growing Destination City in the world according to the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index released Thursday.
 Tamils in Northern Sri Lanka stage mass protest demanding speedy solutions to their issues:
Sept 24, Colombo: Thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka's Northern Province staged a mass protest in Jaffna today demanding solutions to their issues.
 Political transition in Sri Lanka brought about crucial peacebuilding opportunities - FM:
Sept 24, Colombo: The political transition in Sri Lanka in January last year brought about crucial peacebuilding opportunities for the government and the United Nations Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund has helped the government to succeed in its efforts for reconciliation and good governance, Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister said.
  Meeriyabedda landslide displaced families to get 75 new Army-built houses before Deepavali :
Sept 24, Colombo: The families displaced due to the massive landslide in Koslanda Meeriyabedda estate in Badulla district in 2014 will receive new houses built by the Sri Lanka Army before the end of the next month, the Army said.
 Jathika Hela Urumaya holds national convention today:
Sept 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will hold its 13th National Convention today (24) at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
 Merchant Shipping sinks new Sri Lankan luxury yacht fleet even before it sails:
Sept 24, Colombo: TVB Group in a press release announced that there is a delay in the launch of their new ‘Aggressor’ branded Super Luxury Liveaboard Yacht in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission opposes proposed amendment to Criminal Procedure Code:
Sept 24, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) says that the proposed amendment to Criminal Procedure Code will adversely impact on the constitutionally guaranteed rights of persons including the citizens of Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Navy sailor commits suicide inside Trincomalee base :
Sept 24, Colombo: The police had commenced an investigation into a report that a Sri Lanka Navy sailor attached to the Trincomalee naval base has committed suicide inside the base.
 Video: Sri Lankan woman mercilessly abusing stepdaughter arrested after video of assault goes viral:
Sept 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan Tamil woman mercilessly beating her nine-year-old stepdaughter in Jaffna was arrested by the police after a video of her assaulting the child went viral in social media.
 Sri Lanka media platform expands into Bangladesh:
Sept 23, Colombo:, Sri Lanka's new media platform, recently launched its Bengali edition, Roar Bangladesh. This addition is the first step in the platform's goal to expand into the South Asian region, providing the same engaging content as it has come to be recognized for in Sri Lanka.
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 Endorsement of our achievements by world leaders is a great incentive and a blessing for Sri Lanka - President:
Sept 23, New York: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that the world leaders have commended Sri Lanka on the achievements of the last 18 months and that is a great incentive, encouragement and a blessing for the country.
 Over 75 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu camps to return home next week:
Sept 23, Colombo: A group of 76 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees lived in camps in Tamil Nadu, India will arrive in Sri Lanka on 29th September 2016 under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation program.
 Sri Lanka AG to raise objections against Former JMO's petition seeking to prevent arrest over Thajudeen case:
Sept 23, Colombo: The Attorney General’s office this morning informed the Supreme Court that the Attorney General is preparing to raise preliminary objections to a petition filed by former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Prof. Ananda Samarasekara.
 ADB assists Sri Lanka in feasibility studies for transport projects:
Sept 23, Manilla: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today announced that the lender will provide $ 24.42 million in assistance to help Sri Lanka prepare studies and designs for new road, railway, and port projects so the country's transport system is well-placed to support economic growth in the medium term.
  Premier says Sri Lanka keen to join India's ambitious Sagarmala project - report:
Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka is keen to join India's ambitious Sagarmala project that aims to harness its 7,500-km coastline and inland waterways and step up cooperation with four south India states to form a USD 500 billion sub-regional economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, according to a PTI report.
 Sri Lankan government reduces prices of 47 essential drugs :
Sept 23, Colombo: The prices of 47 essential drugs have been reduced under the first phase of the National Drug Policy, Sri Lanka's Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne announced today.
 IMF urges Sri Lanka to expedite legislative process of implementing VAT amendments :
Sept 23, Colombo: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the government of Sri Lanka to expedite the legislative process of implementing the Value Added Tax (VAT) Amendments that are needed to support revenue targets for 2016 and 2017.
 President discusses Sri Lanka's efforts to achieve NCD related Sustainable Development Goals :
Sept 23, New York: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is attending the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York, joined a high-level meeting on Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs) held on the sidelines of the summit on Thursday.
 Four army intelligence officers arrested for journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda's disappearance granted bail:
Sept 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday released the four army intelligence officers arrested and remanded over the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda on bail.
 Rosenkinder marks the success of 10 years of charity services in Sri Lanka:
Sept 23, Colombo: The German association, "Rose Children" Rosenkinder Association has marked 10 years of its charity services for children in Sri Lanka on 24th August 2016 in Uetersen with the participation of Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama as the Chief Guest at the invitation of the Mayor of Uetersen, Mr. Andrea Hansen and the City President Mr. Adolf Bergmann.
 Sri Lanka ranks 79th out of 188 countries in a new health-related Sustainable Development Goals index :
Sept 23, Colombo: A global study on a range of health related sustainable development goal (SDG) indicators released Wednesday has ranked Sri Lanka 79th among 188 countries.
 Sri Lanka's CIFL awaits response from prospective investor :
Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Investment and Finance Company (CIFL) says they are awaiting a response from a prospective German investor indicating their future plan of action in the form of a memorandum of understanding to rescue the troubled company.
  Sri Lanka will be made a hub supporting naval, air, communication and business operations - PM:
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday said arrangements have been finalized to make the island nation a strong economic and technological hub in the Indian Ocean region extending necessary support for naval, air, communication and business operations.
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 Sri Lanka launches 'Techno City' to uplift living standards of people through development of science and technology:
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday inaugurated the first phase of the 'Techno City', one of the main parts of the Western Megapolis Development Plan which is operating through number of strategic fields.
 Sri Lanka to deepen economic cooperation with the Republic of Korea:
Sept 22, Colombo: Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama underscored Sri Lanka's interest to further strengthen economic relations with Korea, at a meeting with the Korean Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Yoo Il-ho on Tuesday 20 September in Seoul, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
 Sri Lankan Navy accused of chasing more than 200 Tamil Nadu fishermen away from island waters:
Sept 22, Colombo: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel of chasing them back to Indian waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet, Indian media reported.
 EU court moved to drop LTTE from terrorist list :
Sept 22, Colombo: A top EU lawyer on Thursday argued that Sri Lanka's terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should be removed from the European Union's list of terrorist organizations because procedural mistakes invalidated the decision to include them in the list.
  Sri Lanka Central Bank FIU signs MOU with counterpart unit of Singapore :
Sept 22, Colombo: The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (FIU- Sri Lanka) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the counterpart unit of Singapore.
 Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee discusses electoral reforms and devolution :
Sept 22, Colombo: The Steering Committee appointed by the Constitutional Assembly held its 27th meeting today. The three main areas under discussion presently are: Electoral Reforms, devolution and the Executive.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court says NBT Amendment constitutional:
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker of Parliament Thursday informed the Parliament of the Supreme Court determination that the amended bill on the Nation Building Tax (NBT) is in accordance with the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
 Taranjit Singh Sandhu appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka:
Sept 22, New Delhi: Taranjit Singh Sandhu, who is currently India's deputy chief of mission in Washington, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner to Sri Lanka succeeding Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha who has completed his term.
 Sri Lanka's Paralympic medal winner Dinesh Priyantha Herath felicitated:
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Paralympic Bronze medal winner Dinesh Priyantha Herath was felicitated at a ceremony held last night at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo under the patronage of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 Formula for drug pricing to be announced tomorrow:
Sept 22, Colombo: The formula to reduce drug prices will be announced during the 39th Prof. Senaka Bibile commemoration to be held on September 23 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) Auditorium under the patronage of Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Media Secretary to the Health Minister, Nipun Ekanayake said.
 Cricketer Ramith Rambukwella arrested for crash while driving drunk:
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka national A team cricketer Ramith Rambukwella has been arrested by police on suspicion of a single-vehicle accident while driving under the influence.
 Sri Lanka a reliable supplier of value added goods - Commerce Minister:
Sept 22, Colombo: Despite being a small player, Sri Lanka has become a reliable and quality supplier of value added goods to global markets, Sri Lanka's Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said recently.
 Sri Lankan President calls for international assistance to eliminate drug menace:
Sept 21, New York: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the General Debate of the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York said one of the biggest problems the entire human race including children of the world and his country is facing today is the illicit drug trade and called on international community for assistance from the to eliminate the menace.
 US encouraged by the steps Sri Lankan President has taken, reassures support for reconciliation, economic reforms :
Sept 22, New York: The United States Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. appreciates and admires the direction taken by the new government of Sri Lanka, and will extend every possible assistance to the country to continue the current path towards economic progress and reconciliation.
 Sri Lanka parliament approves pay hike for DG of Bribery Commission and other Independent Commission members:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Parliament Wednesday passed a proposal to increase salaries of Director General of the Bribery Commission and other Independent Commission members.
 US President Barack Obama praises Sri Lanka's political transformation:
Sept 21, Colombo: The President of United States Barack Obama has praised Sri Lanka's political transformation as an example for the entire world when he met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at a banquet hosted by the American President Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly session.
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 Body parts of murdered rugby player sent to Private Medical College on JMO's instructions, court told :
Sept 21, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has informed Colombo Magistrate’s Court that some body parts of murdered rugby player Wasim Thajudeen had been sent to the Private Medical College located in Malabe on the instructions of the then Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Ananda Samarasekara.
 Sri Lankan PM says primary strategy of the government is to develop the human resources :
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the country's economic, social and political development cannot be achieved through the mere expansion of physical resources.
  Sri Lanka Navy discusses strengthening maritime partnership with US Navy:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has held discussions with the United States Navy on improving the maritime ties between the two countries on a number of aspects.
 Sri Lanka ratifies Paris climate agreement at UN:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday (Sep 21) formalized its pledge to fight climate change, with President Maithripala Sirisena depositing its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York.
  Asian Human Rights Commission calls for comprehensive inquiry into death of a suspect in Pussellawa police custody :
Sept 21, Colombo: The Hong Kong based human rights group, Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) today called for a comprehensive inquiry into the recent death of a suspect while under custody at the Pussellawa Police Station in Kandy District.
 Sri Lanka Red Cross educates children on first aid in Northern Sri Lanka:
Sept 21, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Mannar Branch carried out a first aid training for school children in Mannar. A mock drill also took place at the Mn/Siththivinayagar National School in the district with participation of over 100 students.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 4.5 percent in August 2016:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in August 2016 determined under the new National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 4.5 percent from 5.8 percent recorded in July 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday.
 CIMA and CA Sri Lanka sign memorandum of agreement:
Sept 21, Colombo: Two of Sri Lanka's leading accounting professional bodies, CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and CA Sri Lanka (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka) signed a Memorandum of Agreement to promote CIMA amongst Chartered Accountants and students.
 U.S. Pacific Command partners with Sri Lanka and Maldives on Oil Spill Management:
Sept 21, Colombo: Experts from the U.S. Pacific Command provided training for disaster response counterparts from Sri Lanka and Maldives on preparation and response to potential oil spill scenario that could severely impact local environment and tourism.
 UN Chief notes Sri Lanka's improvements in reconciliation in his last address to General Assembly:
Sept 21, New York: The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in his last address to the General Assembly as the UN chief on Tuesday noted that the post-war healing efforts in Sri Lanka had improved.
 Abduction case against MP Hirunika Premachandra and others set for trial in January:
Sept 21, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today fixed the dates for the trial of a case, in which United National Front Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra and eight others were charged over the alleged abduction of a youth in December 2015.
 Commemoration of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Sri Lanka on October 2:
Sept 21, Colombo: The High Commission of India announced that the India Cultural Centre in Colombo in association with Sri Lanka India Society will celebrate Gandhi Jayanti with a program to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
 Millennium Challenge Corporation team in Sri Lanka to decide on assistance for the projects to be implemented :
Sept 21, New York: A team of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is already in Sri Lanka to decide on the projects to be implemented with the assistance from the MCC, its Chief Executive Officer, Ms Dana J Hyde has told the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Sri Lankan President holds bilateral discussions with Australian Prime Minister and Indian Minister:
Sept 21, New York: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is attending the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York, held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Assembly with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday.
 Sri Lanka declares National Mosquito Control Week from Sept 27:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from September 27 to October 3rd as a National Mosquito Control Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication.
  Brother and sister of youth escaped from police custody arrested for aiding his disappearance:
Sept 20, Colombo: The Police today arrested the elder brother and the sister of the youth, who disappeared while in police custody and was reported missing for 10 days, for abetting him to evade the police.
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 Sri Lanka armed forces annual joint field exercise Cormorant Strike concludes:
Sept 20, Colombo: Cormorant Strike, the three-week long annual joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries concluded today (September 20).
 Sri Lankan President calls Indian PM to condole Kashmir terror attack:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has called India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on telephone a short while ago to condole the terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, Indian government's Press Information Bureau said.
 FCID questions former Air Force Commander over MIG aircraft deal :
Sept 20, Colombo: Former Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Roshan Gunathilaka was summoned to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Police today to record a statement over the investigation into the controversial MIG aircraft deal.
 Sri Lanka calls for strengthening the UN Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund:
Sept 20, New York: Sri Lanka has joined several other states to call for strengthening the United Nations Secretary General's Peacebuilding Fund which was positioned to support countries emerging from violent conflict or at risk of descending into violence.
 Prime Minister felicitates Sri Lanka national cricket team:
Sept 20, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hosted the Sri Lanka National Team for Tea at Temple Trees today after their historic win against Australia.
 Sri Lanka FM meets with HR high Commissioner and foreign leaders:
Sept 20, New York: Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera has held discussions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain in New York, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said.
 Former monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena granted bail:
Sept 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has granted bail today to former monitoring MP of UPFA government Sajin de Vaas Gunawardena, who was in remand prison after being arrested by the Bribery Commission.
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