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  Sri Lanka affirms commitment to UNSG’s accelerated climate agenda

Sept 21, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at the Climate Ambition Summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly yesterday (20), affirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the Secretary General’s accelerated climate agenda.

The President highlighted the importance of tangible climate actions and commended the delegates for their valuable suggestions. President Wickremesinghe drew attention to the significant economic consequences of climate-related issues, with experts predicting a 1.5% GDP loss for Sri Lanka by 2050.

 Government’s robust economic development program leads to a substantial 62.1% drop in inflation– Acting Finance Minister:
Sept 21, Colombo: Acting Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya announced that over the past year, inflation in Sri Lanka has significantly decreased to 62.1%, thanks to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s robust economic reform agenda.

 Sri Lanka’s national inflation declines to 2.1 percent in August 2023:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in August 2023 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) decreased to 2.1 percent from 4.6 percent recorded in July 2023 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Monday.

 Empowering Sri Lankan SMEs with Export Expertise: Seylan Bank offers comprehensive support services and knowledge sharing:
Sept 21, Colombo: Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been one of the main contributors to the national economy. As a bank that is committed to unlocking potential, Seylan Bank recognized the opportunity that SMEs have to capitalize in the export market.

 US supports the Sri Lankan government in providing Thriposha to mothers and children through WFP:
Sept 21, Colombo: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over a substantial consignment of 4,700 metric tons of soya beans and maize to Sri Lanka Thriposha Limited, to support the continuation of the Thriposha fortified food program.

  Malaysian King extends state visit invitation to Sri Lanka’s President, scheduled for early 2024:
Sept 21, Colombo: In a significant diplomatic development, Malaysia has extended a formal invitation to the President for a state visit to Malaysia.

 Government allocates Rs. 12 billion for purchase of fertilizer for Maha Season:
Sept 21, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said that the government has decided to allocate 12 billion rupees for the purchase of fertilizer in the Maha season.

  Strategy to develop Arugam Bay Tourism urgently needed:
Sept 21, Colombo: A meeting was convened at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the Arugam Bay Tourism Development Plan, which has the potential to significantly contribute to Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.

 Two killed in a shooting in Avissawella; two injured:
Sept 21, Colombo: Police say that two people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting that took place early this morning in Thalduwa, Avissawella.

 President holds talks with Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland:
Sept 21, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe held a productive discussion with Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 20th.

 Sri Lankan President, IMF Chief discuss debt restructuring, financial reforms, vital economic issues:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York to discuss crucial economic issues including debt restructuring and financial reforms.

 Sri Lankan President stresses need for a comprehensive plan to address financial difficulties faced by middle-income countries:
Sept 21, Colombo: In a significant address at the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development – General Assembly, 78th session, President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized the critical issues facing middle-income countries in times of financial distress drawing attention to the challenges these countries face due to the lack of a common framework and procedures.

 Sri Lanka affirms commitment to UNSG’s accelerated climate agenda :
Sept 21, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at the Climate Ambition Summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly yesterday (20), affirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the Secretary General’s accelerated climate agenda.

 President meets Iranian President on the side-lines of the UNGA:
Sept 21, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Wednesday on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.

 LECO celebrates 40th Anniversary:
Sept 20, Colombo: The 40th Anniversary of Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) was celebrated Tuesday with the presence of the Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera.

 A substantial boost of US $15 bn to Sri Lanka’s GDP expected through digital economy, by 2030:
Sept 20, Colombo: The Chairman of the Federation of Information Technology Sri Lanka (FITIS), Mr. Indika De Soysa, has projected a substantial boost of USD 15 billion to Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product (GDP) through the expansion of the digital economy, by the year 2030.

  Sathosa reduces prices of several essential items:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s largest state-owned retail chain Lanka Sathosa has reduced the prices of several essential consumer items. Sathosa also says that this discounted price will be effective from today (September 20) in all country wide Sathosa outlets.

  Sri Lanka’s National Esports Team Powered by Dialog is looking to bring gold back for the nation at the 19th Asian Games:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s national Esports team for PUBG MOBILE is set to compete in the 19th Asian Games, scheduled to take place in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8, 2023.
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 Suspicion about domestic debt optimization damaging the employee provident funds no more- acting Finance Minister:
Sept 20, Colombo: Acting Finance Minister Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that it has been practically confirmed that there will be no negative impact on employee funds under the domestic debt optimization.

 David Cameron to address Port City Colombo UAE Roadshow unveiling Opportunities and Incentives for Global Investors:
Sept 20, Colombo: Port City Colombo is set to launch a Roadshow in the UAE showcasing investment opportunities and incentives for global investors.

 Seylan Tikiri collaborates with Supreme TV to empower young minds through Island-Wide Grade 5 Scholarship Seminar Series:
Sept 20, Colombo: Seylan Tikiri, the beloved children’s savings brand of the country, joined forces with Supreme TV to bring an enlightening grade 5 scholarship seminar series to young students across the nation.

 Sri Lankan President claims current state of SDG advancement is globally unsatisfactory:
Sept 20, Colombo: Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit 2023, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe delivered a stark assessment of the global progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

  U.S. to increase development investment in Sri Lanka by US $19.2 million through USAID:
Sept 20, Colombo: The United States today announced the commitment of more than US $19 million in additional funds to further the development of Sri Lanka, in a ceremony at the Sri Lanka Ministry of Finance.

  Launching ‘A Vision for a New Sri Lanka’ promising to shape the country’s strategic direction for the future:
Sept 20, Colombo: The book launch of the Factum Foreign Policy Review “A Vision for a new Sri Lanka” took place Tuesday (19), at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo.

 50 SLTB Luxury buses on the roads again in the next 6 months – Transport Minister :
Sept 20, Colombo: Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media, says that 50 luxury buses which have been taken out of service, losing an income of Rs. 5 million per day for the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), will be brought back into service in the next six months.

 Sri Lanka Customs seizes over Rs. 16 million worth hashish consignment:
Sept 20, Colombo: Officials of the Customs Baggage Department at the Orugodawatte container terminal have seized a consignment of hashish worth Rs. 16.47 million in a parcel in a container imported to Sri Lanka from Belgium, Sri Lanka Customs media spokesman Sivali Arukgoda said.
 AIA Health Passport offers all Sri Lankans access to the best healthcare both locally and globally :
Sept 20, Colombo: AIA Health Passport is an industry leading and trendsetting health insurance cover that can be obtained with a life insurance policy.
 Sri Lanka keen to expand longstanding relations with Nepal, President tells Nepal PM:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe held a meeting with Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly.
 President, Meta, explore collaborative AI initiatives with Sri Lankan universities at UNGA:
Sept 20, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with Sir Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs for Meta, in New York on Tuesday on the side-lines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
 Sri Lankan President expresses gratitude to Bangladesh meeting with PM Sheikh Hasina:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe held a fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, in New York on Tuesday (19).
 USAID pledges to continue to support Sri Lanka’s recovery efforts:
Sept 20, Colombo: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will continue to support Sri Lanka’s recovery efforts, the USAID Administrator, Samantha Power has assured the Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe,
  Labor Minister meets with transgender community to discuss their concerns at workplace:
Sept 19, Colombo: In a landmark meeting held today, Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara met with representatives of the transgender community in Sri Lanka to discuss urgent concerns related to workplace violence, harassment, and discrimination faced by transgender workers in Sri Lanka.
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 President and the Sri Lankan delegation join the 78th Session of UNGA:
Sept 19, Colombo: The General Debate of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly began today (19) at the United Nations headquarters in New York and the Sri Lankan delegation led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe joined annual summit.
 HNB hosts certification ceremony for food industry professionals:
Sept 19, Colombo: In a significant step towards bolstering food safety standards and strengthening the export sector, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC, recently hosted a certification ceremony for participants of the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Training Course.
  The police must act to protect the reputation of their profession as well as to fight crime - NMSJ:
Sept 19, Colombo: The National Movement for Social Justice (NMJS) emphasized that the government should immediately intervene in the adverse situations that have arisen in regard to public safety and protect the safety of people’s lives and the reputation of the police department.
 Collaborative vision to revitalize Sri Lanka’s mineral-based industry presented :
Sept 19, Colombo: Export Development Board (EDB) has identified value added Mineral products sector as a potential sector to be developed and promoted in the international market.
 Media heads complain to SOC on inability to obtain accurate information expeditiously from government institutions:
Sept 19, Colombo: Heads of media organizations addressing the Sectoral Oversight Committee on An Open and Accountable Government meeting held at the Parliament last week, stated that not being able to get accurate information expeditiously from government institutions is a major obstacle in bringing accurate news closer to the people.
 Outgoing Iranian Ambassador praises PM for continuous support to promote bilateral ties :
Sept 19, Colombo: Outgoing Ambassador of Iran Hashem Ashjazadeh thanked Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena for continuously extending support to him during his diplomatic tenure to promote bilateral friendship and development cooperation.
  President joins the Conference on SDGs, business roundtable:
Sept 19, Colombo: In conjunction with the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Ranil Wickremesinghe actively participated in two significant events in New York.
  Sri Lanka reiterates desire to stay clear of great power rivalry in Indo-Pacific :
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that Sri Lanka is unwilling to get embroiled in the great power rivalry between major nations in the Indo-Pacific and focused on its own priorities maintaining its sovereignty and independence.
 New Disability Bill empowering the disabled community to be presented in parliament this year :
Sept 19, Colombo: State Minister for Social Empowerment, Anupa Pasqual, emphasized that empowering the disabled community is pivotal to boosting the country’s productive economy.
 Norfolk celebrates expansion milestone with 11th ‘HurryUp’ store opening in Thalawathugoda:
Sept 19, Colombo: Norfolk Foods (Pvt) Ltd, a pioneer in the manufacture of specialised frozen foods, has celebrated a significant milestone recently.
 PLC’s profits surge 80.9% in Q1, amidst challenging environment:
Sept 19, Colombo: People’s Leasing & Finance PLC (PLC), a pillar of strength and stability in Sri Lanka’s financial sector, successfully concluded the 1st Quarter of the fiscal year 2023/24 with a year-on-year increase in Profit of 80.9% in the midst of a challenging economic landscape.
 Unidentified body of a male found on Wattala coast :
Sept 19, Colombo: A dead body of an unknown person has been found on the beach of Palliyawatta in Wattala Police Division.
  A group of 31 Sri Lankans deported from Kuwait arrives in the island:
Sept 19, Colombo: A group of 31 Sri Lankan domestic workers, who were deported from Kuwait but being unable to return to the island and illegally staying in that country without visas, has arrived in the island using temporary flight permits arranged with the intervention of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait.
  Sri Lankan President discusses economic reforms and collaborations with World Bank Chief:
Sept 19, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Delegation, led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, engaged in high-level discussions with World Bank President Mr. Ajay Banga and other World Bank officials at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, the President’s media Division said.
  South Korea pledges to support Sri Lanka’s economic recovery:
Sept 19, Colombo: South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has pledged his support for President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s economic recovery plan for Sri Lanka when the two Heads of State met on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the South Korean Permanent Resident Mission to the UN in New York Monday.
 Ritzbury Sir John Tarbat Senior Athletics Championship 2023: Celebrating Excellence in Sports:
Sept 18, Colombo: The 91st Ritzbury Sir John Tarbat Senior Athletics Championship, which unfolded from the 13th to the 16th of this month at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo, recently came to an inspiring close.
  IIRM Lanka Insurance Brokers achieves remarkable market share growth in the Sri Lankan insurance industry:
Sept 18, Colombo: IIRM Lanka Insurance Brokers Private Limited proudly announces its outstanding achievement in the Sri Lankan insurance market, securing an impressive market share in both the long-term and general insurance segments.
  New diploma graduates in waste management to contribute towards efficient local service delivery:
Sept 18, Colombo: The first batch of the Diploma Programme in Technology of Waste Management introduced by the University of Colombo a year ago graduated today.
 Six people arrested for attacking Tamil commemoration parade in Trincomalee:
Sept 18, Colombo: Police Media Spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police Nihal Thalduwa said 6 suspects were arrested in connection with attack on a Tamil commemoration procession in Trincomalee.
  ADB names ComBank its ‘Leading Partner Bank’ in Sri Lanka for 3rd year:
Sept 18, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has once again been declared the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) ‘Leading Partner Bank’ in Sri Lanka for trade and finance transactions, in a significant reaffirmation of the Bank’s contributions in that sphere to the national economy.
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 Alleged rape victim of Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka tells court she ‘feared’ for her life :
Sept 18, Colombo: A woman who claims she was tricked into having sex without a condom with a Sri Lankan cricketer has told a court there were moments during intercourse she “feared” for her life.
 Bangladesh Speaker seeks close cooperation with Sri Lanka:
Sept 18, Colombo: Bangladesh emphasized close cooperation with Sri Lanka in international forums and the need for further expansion of people-to-people ties between the two countries, during a meeting between Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament and Sri Lankan Prime Minister today.
 A comprehensive report sought on renovations of reservoirs, tanks, dams and water tunnels within two weeks:
Sept 18, Colombo: Sagala Ratnayaka, the President’s Senior Advisor on National Security and Chief of Staff has called upon relevant officials to furnish a comprehensive report on country’s water resources within two-weeks.
  Government resumes construction of incomplete national road system :
Sept 18, Colombo: State Minister of Highways, Mr. Siripala Gamlath, announced the government’s plan to resume construction of Sri Lanka’s road system halted due to economic crisis.
 U.S. and Sri Lanka strengthen bilateral trade and investment relations at 14th TIFA Council meeting:
Sept 18, Colombo: The United States and Sri Lanka marked the fourteenth Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council Meeting in Colombo today (18), solidifying their commitment to enhancing trade and investment relations.
 A set of urgent proposals handed over to the President to uplift the construction industry:
Sept 18, Colombo: Ssecretary of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, W .S. Sathyananda said 13 urgent proposals to overcome the recession in the construction industry have been handed over to the President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 CID handed over investigation into the shooting of MP Uddika Premaratne’s vehicle in Anuradhapura :
Sept 18, Colombo: The investigation regarding the incident where the private vehicle of Anuradhapura District Parliamentarian Uddika Premaratne was shot at yesterday in front of his house in Anuradhapura, has been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
 Gazette declaring power, fuel & health sectors essential services extended:
Sept 18, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification extending the declaration of several sectors essential services as of 17 September 2023.
 Empowering SMEs: HNB partners Pay&Go to roll out POS systems for SMEs:
Sept 18, Colombo: Empowering SMEs at the grassroots, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, partnered Pay&Go to launch its groundbreaking POS System, offering businesses accessible and affordable payment solutions.
 A 70-year-old man arrested with ‘Ice’ worth over Rs. 10 million:
Sept 18, Colombo: A 70-year-old man who has been trafficking ‘ice’ (Crystal Methamphetamine) drugs on a large scale for a long time has been arrested by a group of police Special Task Force (STF) officers in Jaffna.
 Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering visits Sri Lanka to brief local authorities on the upcoming Mutual Evaluation :
Sept 18, Colombo: In response to an invitation from the Financial Intelligence Unit of Sri Lanka, a high-level delegation from the Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering (APG) visited Sri Lanka from 6th to 8th September 2023 to brief local authorities on the upcoming Mutual Evaluation and to hold a workshop.
 Six-year-old girl dies in shooting near the Maligakanda court:
Sept 17, Colombo: A 06-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a shooting that took place near Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court this afternoon (17) has died.
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 Sri Lanka would be a developed country today if Late President Jayawardena’s socio-economic reforms were consistently pursued – President :
Sept 17, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe in a message on the birth anniversary of the late President J. R. Jayewardene said if Sri Lanka had been able to sustain the socio-economic reforms initiated by Mr. Jayewardene in 1977, the nation would be a developed country today.
 The 08th South China Sea Buddhist Shenzhen Round Table Discussion to be held in Sri Lanka from 24 to 26 October:
Sept 17, Colombo: The 08th South China Sea Buddhist Shenzhen Roundtable is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka from October 24 to 26th. This event will be hosted by the Hunupitiya Gangarama Temple in Colombo.
 Two organized crime gang members arrested:
Sept 17, Colombo: The Police Special Task Force have arrested two powerful members of organized crime gangs during raids in Katana and Payagala.
 Public Security Minister expects honest and quality service from all police officers:
Sept 17, Colombo: Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles said the government was able to elevate the welfare of the police officers in the past year and in return he expects a honest and quality service form all police officers.
 Sri Lankan President arrives in New York to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly:
Sept 17, Colombo: Following his participation in the G77+China Summit in Cuba, President Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in New York earlier Saturday, to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in the U.S.
 Government decides to restructure state agencies entrusted with environmental responsibilities :
Sept 16, Colombo: Sagala Ratnayake, Senior Adviser to the President on National Security and Chief of the Presidential Staff, revealing a significant government decision said the government has resolved to undertake a comprehensive restructuring of the government institutions entrusted with environmental responsibilities.
 Woman’s body found on rail tracks near Horape station:
Sept 16, Colombo: Ragama police said that a dead body of a woman was found lying on the railway tracks between Horape and Enderamulla stations Saturday.
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