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  Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference in Sri Lanka turns spotlight on e-Government Procurement

Feb 20, Colombo: Welcoming the Heads of Public Procurement Agencies or Authorities of the eight member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Monday inaugurated the Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference in Colombo.

The Conference under the theme "Electronic Government Procurement (e-GP) in South Asia: Achievements, Opportunities and Challenges" turns spotlight on how E-Government Procurement can support countries in boosting the efficiency, transparency and competitiveness of their public procurement systems.

 Sri Lanka arrests five Army intelligence personnel over Editor's murder:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan police have arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion of assassinating a prominent anti-establishment newspaper editor and orchestrating attacks on other journalists and dissidents under the former regime, AFP reported on Monday quoting a legal source.

 Country has sufficient rice stocks - Minister Bathiudeen:
Feb 20, Colombo: Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen today reiterating that there was no shortage of rice in the country said that a rice volume of 400,000 metric tons (MT) is available in the retail market at present.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank launches Data Library to public:
Feb 20, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) today launched a Data Library to the general public via the CBSL external website.

  Sri Lanka Participates at SATTE Travel Exhibition in New Delhi, India:
Feb 20, Colombo: Forty seven Sri Lankan companies, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Sri Lankan Airlines participated at the South Asia Travel & Tourism Exchange (SATTE) 2017 which is one of the largest travel and tourism exhibitions held in India.

 Thailand grants Rs. 8 million to Sri Lanka for drought relief :
Feb 20, Colombo: The Royal Thailand Government has granted Rs. 8 million to Sri Lanka for the drought relief assistance as the island nation is facing severe drought in four decades, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

 Indian Foreign Secretary meets President, Opposition Leader:
Feb 20, Colombo: India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and discussed recent political developments in the island nation amid government's efforts to achieve reconciliation with the minority Tamil community after decades of civil war, Press Trust of India reported.

 Veolia wins €156 million contract for drinking water project in Sri Lanka:
Feb 20, Colombo: French resource management firm Veolia Environnement Monday said it has been awarded a €156 million contract from the Sri Lankan National Water Supply and Drainage Board through its subsidiaries OTV and SADE to provide access to water on a large scale in the Greater Matale area.

 Sri Lankan President condoles the deaths of boat tragedy:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today expressed his deepest condolences over the Katukurunda boat tragedy that took place in the sea area off Katukurunda, Kalutara yesterday.

 Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference in Sri Lanka turns spotlight on e-Government Procurement:
Feb 20, Colombo: Welcoming the Heads of Public Procurement Agencies or Authorities of the eight member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Monday inaugurated the Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference in Colombo.

 British Council in Sri Lanka connects classrooms for 21st century teaching skills :
Feb 20, Colombo: The British Council in Sri Lanka hosted media and guests at an event to celebrate UK-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue under the theme of 'Responsible Education for the 21st Century.' The event was held at the Mahaweli Reach Hotel in Kandy on Thursday 16 February.

  U.S. House of Representatives Delegation visits Sri Lanka to strengthen bilateral ties:
Feb 20, Colombo: A bipartisan delegation from the United States House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP).

 Sri Lanka Tamil party to support government despite failure to resolve Tamil people's issues:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance says as a political party, it will continue to support the government although it has not yet provided the solutions to issues of the people in the North despite the promise to do so.

 Minister requests proposals to further develop Cey-Nor:
Feb 20, Colombo: Minister of fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera has given directives to the officials to bring forward proposals and projects to further develop the state-owned Cey-Nor Foundation factory in Mattakkuliya as a profit earning public entity.

  Sri Lanka MP Wimal Weerawansa's remand extended until March 6:
Feb 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended the remand of the United People's Freedom Alliance parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa who was arrested and remanded over misuse of state property.

 Ministerial delegation visits Thailand for bilateral discussions on developing Sri Lanka's fisheries industry :
Feb 20, Colombo: A ministerial delegation comprising Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama are currently visiting Thailand for bilateral discussions on developing Sri Lanka's fishery industry.

 U.S. deports retired Sri Lankan major from Hawaii for alleged sexual abuse:
Feb 20, Colombo: U.S. authorities have deported a retired Sri Lankan major attached to the Disaster Management Center (DMC) who was sent to Hawaii for a training program after he was alleged of sexually abusing a woman in the state.

 WTO experts to enlighten Sri Lankan exporters on SPS measures:
Feb 19, Colombo: Two leading experts from World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva are in Sri Lanka to enlighten the Sri Lankan exporters on the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.
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 Sri Lanka Premier optimistic in reviving economy with international assistance:
Feb 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed hope in paying off the government's huge debt and reviving the economy with international assistance as the government work towards to improve the international standing of the country.

 Government committed to rebuild the economy - Finance Minister:
Feb 19, Colombo: Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says the government is committed to rebuild the economy and is working under a strict economic plan.

 Indonesian Naval ship arrives at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port on goodwill visit:
Feb 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed an Indonesian naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Sunday.

 Pilgrims' boat capsizes in seas off southern coast in Sri Lanka killing 11:
Feb 19, Colombo: At least 11 people including a child and five women drowned on Sunday when their boat capsized in the seas off southwestern coast of Sri Lanka.

 Former President says irregular appointment of HC judge threatens independence of judiciary:
Feb 19, Colombo: Commenting on the controversy surrounding the recent appointment of a High Court Judge from private bar by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the irregular appointment threatens the independence of judiciary.

 Two more soldiers arrested over assault on journalist Keith Noyahr:
Feb 19, Colombo: Two more soldiers of Sri Lanka Army have been arrested in connection to the abduction, and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr in May 2008.

 India, Sri Lanka finalizing plans to restart ferry service :
Feb 19, New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka have mooted to resume a ferry service from Kochi to Colombo to enhance the ties between the two countries and are in the process of finalizing the ways the service should be offered, according to a report in New Indian Express.

 WHO supports Sri Lanka's initiative to establish a centralized national consumer product testing lab :
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's initiative to establish a much needed national consumer product testing lab to ensure product quality has received the backing of World Health Organization, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 Three Army personnel arrested for 2008 assault on Journalist remanded:
Feb 18, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the three Army personnel arrested for 2008 abduction and assault on Journalist Keith Noyahr until the 23rd of this month.
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 Sri Lankan President urges politicians and government officials to work together for the benefit of the country :
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says the division between the politicians and the public officials is an obstacle for the forward march of the country and therefore, all should give up conventional thinking and existing political culture and work together with an open mind for the benefit of the country and the people.
 Sri Lankan woman nabbed attempting to smuggle 11 kg of pangolin scales:
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport Friday night have arrested a Sri Lankan woman with 11 kilograms of pangolin scales.
 Indian Foreign Secretary arrives in Sri Lanka:
Feb 18, Colombo: India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar arrived in Colombo on Saturday for a three-day visit continuing the tradition of close exchanges with Sri Lanka progressed in the last two years.
 Sri Lanka PM launches water supply project in Hemmathagama:
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today launched a Water Supply Project in Hemmathagama for the benefit of the people in the Kegalle district.
 Sri Lanka Army refutes allegations of sexual exploitation of Tamil women:
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has emphatically denied the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuses of women in the North by the Army during the post conflict period. The Army Headquarters in a statement said charges made by the head of a reconciliation body are baseless.
 Human rights group says pressure is mounting on Sri Lanka to remove anti-LGBTQ laws as part of EU GSP+ deal:
Feb 18, Colombo: Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a global human rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality says pressure is mounting on Sri Lanka to remove anti-LGBTQ laws as the country negotiates a preferential trade deal with the European Union.
 Three Army personnel arrested for 2008 assault on Journalist Keith Noyahr:
Feb 18, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has arrested three Army personnel in connection with the abduction and assault on journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008.
 Thailand, Sri Lanka prepare trade pact to boost bilateral trade:
Feb 18, Bangkok: Thailand and Sri Lanka are set to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) later this year, aiming to triple bilateral trade to US$1.5 billion over the next five years.
 Singapore hopes to finalize FTA with Sri Lanka this year:
Feb 18, Singapore: A Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) will hopefully be finalized this year, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said.
 Sri Lanka Medical Council to appeal court ruling regarding SAITM :
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has decided to appeal the against the Appellate Court's ruling regarding the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), also known as private medical college in Malabe, SLMC Chairman Prof. Carlo Fonseka said.
 New honorary consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii:
Feb 18, Honolulu: At a well-attended ceremony at the Pacific Club of Hawaii, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States Prasad Kariyawasam extended a warm welcome to Bede Dhammika Cooray as the new Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka for the state of Hawaii.
 Consumer Affairs Authority gazettes new MRPs for rice:
Feb 17, Colombo: As more imported rice began entering the market, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has swiftly re-issued a new Maximum Retail Price (MRP) order on 17 February for three varieties of rice including the prices for locally milled rice.
 Connecting Sri Lanka: EFL Express opens second center in Galle :
Feb 17, Colombo: EFL Express opened its second service center in Galle this month. With this expansion, the domestic logistics provider based in Colombo since it was founded a year ago hopes to bring its expertise to another key strategic location in the country.
 Sri Lankan PM suggests measures to ensure freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean:
Feb 17, Geelong: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says considerable attention must be paid towards combating maritime terrorism within the Indian Ocean to ensure freedom of navigation and Sri Lanka is ready to take a lead in the effort.
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 Indian authorities seize pregnancy termination tablets being smuggled to Sri Lanka:
Feb 17, Rameswaram: Indian customs officials have seized over two lakh pregnancy termination tablets, allegedly being smuggled to Sri Lanka, from a country boat near Pamban in Rameswaram.
 Sri Lankan President elated RTI Act became a reality during his tenure:
Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is very happy that Right to Information (RTI) act became a reality during his tenure which will greatly help to maintain accuracy and accountability.
 Sri Lanka must have foreign judges in war crime investigation, HRW says:
Feb 17, Colombo: Global human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Sri Lanka to employ foreign judges and prosecutors to ensure justice when bringing to trial those responsible for crimes against humanity during the country's civil war.
 Indian PM to attend UN Vesak Day celebrations in Sri Lanka :
Feb 17, Colombo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has confirmed his participation in UN Vesak Day celebrations to be conducted in Sri Lanka in May this year, according to Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.
 Sri Lanka President instructs to provide Rs.10,000 allowance per month to drought-affected farming families:
Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant officials to take necessary measures to provide an allowance of Rs.10,000 per month each for all the drought-affected farming families in the island.
 India Exim Bank team visits Sri Lanka to observe progress of India-funded projects :
Feb 17, Colombo: A team from Export-Import Bank of India visited Sri Lanka from 13-16 February 2017 to monitor the progress of projects being executed in Sri Lanka under Government of India Lines of Credit (LoC), particularly in the railway sector.
 Ceylon Fisheries Corporation earns Rs. one million profit within the first month in 2017:
Feb 17, Colombo: State-owned commercial fisheries outlet Ceylon Fisheries Corporation has turned around to make profit and has earned a profit of Rs. 1 one million within the first month in this year, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development said.
 Malaysian Airline flight to Colombo turned back due to technical problem:
Feb 17, Colombo: Malaysia Airlines flight MH 179 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo Sri Lanka was forced to turn back today due to technical issues, New Straits Times reported.
 Eight arrested for attempting to travel to New Zealand illegally by boat:
Feb 17, Colombo: Eight individuals, who had attempted to travel to New Zealand illegally by boat have been arrested by the law enforcement personnel in Negombo on Thursday, police said.
  U.S. Embassy announces small grant opportunities for Sri Lanka:
Feb 17, Colombo: The United States Embassy Public Affairs Section in Sri Lanka has announced that funding is available through the Embassy's Public Diplomacy grants program for Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka showcased in the Mediterranean at the IMTM Travel Fair 2017:
Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism showcased its splendor in the Mediterranean by participating at the 23rd annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM 2017) Travel fair held in Tel Aviv, Israel from 7th to 8th February.
 No shortage of rice in the market as speculated, Minister assures:
Feb 17, Colombo: There is no shortage of rice in the market as imported rice has begun feeding into domestic retail and wholesale channels, Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 SriLankan Airlines named Best Airline in South Asia:
Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's National Carrier, SriLankan Airlines added yet another accolade when China's Top Travel magazine named it the Best Airline in South Asia at the 10th Annual Top Travel Awards, recognizing the airline's continuous efforts at expanding travel between China and Sri Lanka.
  Sri Lanka Navy earns over US$ 20 million from OBST Operations:
Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has earned the over US$ 20 million to-date, since taking over the duty of facilitating On-board Security Teams (OBST) 15 months ago.
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 Sri Lanka should enhance cooperation with India, Japan to counterbalance China - Japanese expert:
Feb 16, Colombo: a Japanese security expert advised Sri Lanka to cultivate good relations with India and India-friendly countries like Japan, to counterbalance its relations with China which could cause tension in the South Asian region.
  India Foreign Secretary to visit Sri Lanka Saturday:
Feb 16, Colombo: India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit Sri Lanka from February 18-20, the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup announced today.
  China's Zhenjiang Shipyard delivers two tugboats to Sri Lanka:
Feb 16, Colombo: China's Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard (Group) Co has successfully delivered two 6,000HP tugboats to the Sri Lanka Government Ports Authority.
 President promises satisfactory solution to SAITM issue, requests student unions not to disrupt educational activities :
Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today requested all university student associations not to engage in activities which disrupt their education, until solutions were provided if there is any issue, as currently the Government is being engaged with all the relevant parties to provide a satisfactory solution to every party regarding private medical colleges.
 Expansion of Sri Lanka's manufacturing and services sectors ease in January 2017:
Feb 16, Colombo: Both manufacturing and service sectors of Sri Lanka recorded moderate expansion in January 2017, the Central Bank's recent Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) Survey showed.
 Pathfinder Foundation convenes conference on the Bay of Bengal and Trincomalee:
Feb 16, Colombo: The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) today convened 'Trincomalee Consultations', a two-day conference participated by the countries in the Bay of Bengal, which are dependent on the bay for their trade and other interactions.
 Student union to meet President today to discuss SAITM issue:
Feb 16, Colombo: The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated Inter University Students Federation is scheduled to meet President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the issue regarding the private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
 Sri Lankan Navy chief lauds Pakistan's efforts against terrorism:
Feb 16, Rawalpindi: Commander Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne has called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on Thursday, according to the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) the media outlet of the Pakistan Armed Forces.
 Narahenpita Police OIC arrested for concealing evidence in rugby player's death granted bail:
Feb 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to a senior police officer who was arrested and in remand custody for allegedly concealing evidence in the death of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
  Australian Opposition Leader praises Sri Lankan government for initiatives taken to achieve national unity and reconciliation:
Feb 16, Canberra: Australia's leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten has praised the program carried out by the Sri Lankan government to promote national reconciliation and unity.
 Sri Lankan President committed to establish a fair and transparent judicial system:
Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says that he is committed to establish a fair and transparent judicial system in the country and he never makes arbitrary decisions when it comes to appointments in the judiciary.
 Hayleys 3Q16 profits grow by 8 percent to Rs. 1.1 Billion:
Feb 16, Colombo: Leading Sri Lankan conglomerate Hayleys PLC's profits after tax rose by 8 percent Year-on-Year (YoY) to reach Rs. 1.1 billion during the quarter ended 31st December 2016 (3Q16).
 Sri Lankan Parliamentarians participate in AFPPD-SLPPD National Inception Workshop on population and development:
Feb 16, Colombo: The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and the Sri Lanka Forum for Parliamentarians on Population and Sustainable Development (SLPPD) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka today commenced a two-day on population and development.
 Sri Lanka President announces support to Qatar's UNESCO candidate :
Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has announced Sri Lanka's support to Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Adviser at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar's candidate for the post of Director General at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during a meeting here.
 Report on minimizing congestion in prisons and prison reforms to be presented in parliament:
Feb 15, Colombo: The first report of the inter-institutional task force appointed to identify judicial and legal reasons for minimizing congestion in prisons and prison reforms will be presented in parliament.
 Students of leading boys schools in Colombo clash, 15 arrested, 8 hospitalized:
Feb 15, Colombo: A clash between students of two leading boys' schools in Sri Lankan capital Colombo resulted in 15 arrests and 8 hospitalizations, the police said.
  Sri Lankan President invites intellectuals to come forward to serve the country:
Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says scholars and intellectuals should come forward to provide a better service to the country and the people by recognizing the social issues.
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 Special Commodity Levy on coconut oil reduced by 20 rupees:
Feb 15, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has given approval to reduce the Special Commodity Levy the levy on imported coconut oil to maintain the coconut price in a certain level in the local market.
 Private sector cooperation between Sri Lanka and Sweden encouraged at workshop on Exports to Sweden:
Feb 15, Colombo: The workshop on Exports to Sweden organized by the Department of Commerce for Sri Lankan exporters opened today in Colombo to a packed private sector audience, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said.
 UNICEF Sri Lanka joins EU to open Women and Children's Desk at Vavuniya Police :
Feb 15, Colombo: UNICEF Sri Lanka today joined the European Union in Sri Lanka and the Maldives to open a Women and Children's Desk (WCD) at the Kanagarayankulam Police Station in Vavuniya.
 Cabinet nod for Sri Lanka to issue US$ 1.5 bn international sovereign bonds:
Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has given its approval for the government to issue international sovereign bonds up to US$ 1.5 billion.
 Deadline to register illegally imported motorcycles extended until March 31:
Feb 15, Colombo: The government has decided to grant another two months to register the motorcycles imported illegally and circulated in market after the four-month amnesty period granted earlier ended on 31 January.
 Sri Lanka raises ceiling, interest for senior citizens' fixed deposits to Rs. 1.5 mn at 15%:
Feb 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has raised the ceiling and the interest rate of senior citizens' fixed deposits, the Finance Ministry said.
 Commander of Sri Lanka Navy attends closing ceremony of AMAN-17 multinational exercise in Pakistan:
Feb 15, Colombo: The Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne attended the closing ceremony of the Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17 in Karachi, Pakistan yesterday (14).
 Human Rights Watch urges Australian PM to question Sri Lanka's accountability process :
Feb 15, Colombo: The Human Rights Watch says the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must ask the visiting Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe some hard questions about how the Sri Lankan government will provide accountability to victims of war and their families.
 Disabled war veterans receive service pension benefits :
Feb 15, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has presented service pension benefit letters to the retired, disabled war veterans who volunteered to retire before completing their 12 year mandatory service period.
 Bank of Ceylon, MasterCard team up to enable faster payment innovation:
Feb 15, Colombo: Bank of Ceylon (BoC) announced that it will be strengthening its longstanding partnership with MasterCard, enabling it to tap into MasterCard's global technology and expertise to bring payment innovation to Sri Lanka faster.
 Sri Lanka PM asks asylum seekers to return, says 'all is forgiven':
Feb 15, Canberra: Sri Lankan asylum seekers detained in Australia's offshore detention centers in South Pacific islands can return to Sri Lanka as it is safe to return to the island now, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka, Australia sign MoUs on development cooperation, strengthening cooperation in sport:
Feb 15, Canberra: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is visiting Australia at the invitation of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, held discussions with the Australian Premier at the Parliament House in Canberra today.
 UK to sponsor a new consensus resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC:
Feb 14, Colombo: The United Kingdom plans to sponsor a new consensus resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its upcoming 34th regular session in Geneva from 27 February to 24 March.
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 Sri Lankan gang of jewelry robbers jailed for 5 years in Dubai:
Feb 14, Dubai: A Court in Dubai has sentenced a gang of six Sri Lankan men, who targeted villas and robbed jewelry and valuables and cash, each to five years in jail.
 Sri Lankan President reiterates he will not allow any rice shortages:
Feb 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today stressed that there should not be any room for shortage of rice in the market and called for an appropriate mechanism to be implemented promptly to provide rice to the public at subsidiary rates.
 Sri Lanka national security think tank analyzes security implications of large scale foreign projects:
Feb 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national security think tank, Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) along with policy makers have examined the security implications of large scale foreign direct investment (FDI) projects and presence of foreign workers.
 Sri Lanka's industrial production index up 3.6 percent in December 2016 :
Feb 14, Colombo: According to the monthly Index of industrial Production (IIP) released by the Census and Statistics Department today, the volume of industrial production in Sri Lanka has increased by 3.6 percent in the month of December, 2016 compared to the monthly average production of 2015.
 Fitch Revises Sri Lanka Telecom's Outlook to Stable; Affirms IDR:
Feb 14, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has revised the Outlook on Sri Lanka Telecom PLC's (SLT) Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to Stable from Negative and affirmed the IDRs at 'B+'.
 Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka's upcountry commences construction of third set of houses in Hatton :
Feb 14, Colombo: Construction of the third set of houses in the Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka commenced yesterday in Bogawana estate in Hatton.
  Sri Lanka government prioritizes achieving zero hunger and zero undernutrition:
Feb 14, Colombo: Concluding a three-day mission to Sri Lanka, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, joined government, civil society, the private sector, academia and the UN community in the launch of the National Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition - Towards Zero Hunger.
 Indonesia to send 5000 tons of rice to drought-stricken Sri Lanka:
Feb 14, Colombo: The Indonesian government will deliver 5,000 tons of rice as humanitarian aid to drought-stricken Sri Lanka, Indonesian media reported.
 Japanese firm invests US $ 1mn in 700 kW mini hydro project in Erathna :
Feb 14, Colombo: A US$ 1 million investment by a renowned Japanese investor Zero Plus Co. Ltd paves the way for 700 kilowatt (kW) mini hydro project at Erathna in Ratnapura. The project which is nearing completion is due to be commissioned in August 2017.
 Sri Lanka arrests more than 1200 tri forces deserters :
Feb 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police together with the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) are currently conducting island-wide raids to arrest tri forces personnel who have deserted the forces, the Ministry of Defense said.
 Sri Lanka PM awarded honorary doctorate from Deakin University Australia:
Feb 14, Geelong: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was awarded an honorary doctorate from Australia's Deakin University at its autumn graduation held today in Geelong, Australia.
  Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence net up 36-pct in 3Q:
Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Aitken Spence PLC recorded a strong financial performance closing the immediate 9-month period with a 9.9% year-on-year growth in profits before tax amounting to Rs. 2.9 billion, and a 17% growth in profit attributable to shareholders.
 Sri Lanka Tamil Party is for a public referendum on constitution - MP Sumanthiran :
Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil Party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is of the view that adoption of a new constitution should take place with the approval of the people at a referendum and it supports the proposal put forward by the government to hold a public referendum, TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran said.
 Sri Lankan PM to receive a doctorate from Australia's Deakin University:
Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is set to receive an honorary doctorate on the first day of his official visit to Australia.
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 Legality of charges against defendants of Avant Garde case challenged:
Feb 13, Colombo: An objection, challenging the legality of the charges laid against defendants of Avant Garde case including former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was filed with the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today
 No change in US visa policy for Sri Lanka:
Feb 13, Colombo: The Embassy of the United States of America to Sri Lanka today announced that the new U.S. administration has not made any changes to the current visa policy for Sri Lanka.
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