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  Steps taken by Sri Lanka encouraging, transformative process will take time - UN Rights Chief

June 28, Geneva: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has concluded that overall the steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to implement some of the key commitments made in UN Resolution last year are encouraging but more rapid and sustained progress could have been made on some other issues.

"Overall, the Human Rights Council should be encouraged thus far by the steps that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken to implement some of the key commitments made in Resolution 30/1, and the consultations and preparations now underway to further elaborate and design the transitional justice mechanisms," the advanced version of the High Commissioner's oral update released on Monday said.

 National Audit Draft Bill in Cabinet for approval today:
June 28, Colombo: The National Audit Draft Bill that is in the making for a number of years is due to be tabled for Cabinet approval today.

 Sri Lanka earns over Rs. 11 billion in 2015 from exports of locally manufactured boats :
June 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera says the locally manufactured boats currently has a high demand in the international market.

 36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu camps to return home today:
June 28, Colombo: A group of 36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees lived in camps in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation program.

  Tamil Nadu Police arrest nine Sri Lankans waiting to migrate to Australia:
June 28, Tuticorin: The Q Branch of Tamil Nadu Police on Monday arrested nine Sri Lankan Tamils including a woman in Tiruchendur for allegedly planning to travel to Australia in a clandestine manner.

 Steps taken by Sri Lanka encouraging, transformative process will take time - UN Rights Chief:
June 28, Geneva: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has concluded that overall the steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to implement some of the key commitments made in UN Resolution last year are encouraging but more rapid and sustained progress could have been made on some other issues.

 Global tourism giants to speak at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016:
June 28, Colombo: Senior executives of the globally acclaimed tourism players such as Shangri-La International, Australian Tourism, AirBnB, DERTOUR and JKH are expected to take the podium at the upcoming Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 to discuss the country's highly potential tourism sector.

 Life expectancy of Sri Lankans increases, gap between males and females narrows :
June 27, Colombo: The life expectancy for both males and females in Sri Lanka had increased since 2012 compared to 2001, while the gap between the two genders narrowed, the latest data released by the Department of Census and Statistics today shows.
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  Sri Lanka Tea Board to participate in 4th world Tea & Coffee Expo 2016 in Mumbai :
June 27, Mumbai: In view of the encouraging demand for its tea in India, the Sri Lanka Tea Board will be participating in India's only tea and coffee trade fair, World Tea & Coffee Expo (WTCE), Mumbai through an exclusive Pavilion for the second consecutive year.

 Sri Lankan President affirms his government's dedication to improve quality and strength of security forces :
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena asserts that his government is dedicated to improve the quality and the strength of country's security forces and will not let any war hero, retired or in service, to become helpless.

 ADB signs co-advisory agreement with Sumitomo Mitsui Bank to expand East Container Terminal of Sri Lanka's Colombo Port:
June 27, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) today signed a co-advisory services agreement to provide the co-advisory services to the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port, the ADB said in a statement.

 Former UPFA MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena arrested again:
June 27, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police Monday arrested former UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin Vass Gunawardena in connection with an alleged fraud involving a property in Colombo. He was accused of extorting money from a businessman.

 SriLankan Airlines suspends flights to Paris and Frankfurt as it continues to re-structure and review its network :
June 27, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, will be suspending its operations to Paris and Frankfurt, from winter 2016.

 Sacred Buddha relics returns to Pakistan after month long exposition in Sri Lanka:
June 27, Colombo: The most sacred Relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila Pakistan were taken back to Pakistan after conclusion of a month long exposition at various locations around the island nation.

 U.S. government trains Sri Lankan officials on counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction:
June 27, Colombo: The United States Government recently concluded a five-day workshop in Colombo from June 13-17 for members of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority and Customs, Police, Navy, and Coast Guard to provide training on eliminating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

 Sri Lanka International Gem and Jewellery show, FACETS 2016 in September:
June 27, Colombo: FACETS Sri Lanka 2016, the 26th International Gem & Jewellery Show will be held from 1st-84th September at the BMICH Exhibition and Convention Centre in Colombo.

  Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne speculated to be next Central Bank Governor:
June 27, Colombo: Speculations are circulating in the local media that the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne will be appointed as the new Central Bank Governor upon the departure of incumbent Governor Arjuna Mahendran at the end of this month.

 All lands in the North held by forces except the strategically important ones will be returned - Defense Secretary:
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said all the lands in the North held by the security forces will be returned to the rightful owners except the ones that are located at strategically important places.

 Sri Lanka, India's AP governments to work together to promote tourism:
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema and Chief Minister of India's Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu today held a meeting in Tianjin city in China and discussed the possibility of the two governments working together to promote tourism.

 Tamil Nadu police seize abandoned boat used to ferry Sri Lankan refugees :
June 27, Colombo: The 'Q' Branch CID of Tamil Nadu police has seized an abandoned mechanized boat, believed to have been used by people smugglers to illegally ferry Sri Lankan refugees to Australia.

 Beverages to be color coded according to the sugar content:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that a Gazette notification which makes it compulsory to mention sugar content in fizzy drinks would be issued.

  Government subcommittee recommends changes to the management of Sri Lanka's national carrier :
June 26, Colombo: The Sub Committee on Economic Affairs has recommended that ground handling operations of the Katunayake International Airport to be handed over to the Sri Lanka Airport and Air Services Company.
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 Sri Lankan government last year exceeded borrowing limits by 100 percent - Marxist Party:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the current unity government has exceeded the approved borrowing limits for last year 100 percent.

 COPE to meet on June 29th to discuss Central Bank Governor's extension:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) will meet on Wednesday, 29th of June to discuss the ongoing investigations on the activities of the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, the committee member Asoka Abeysinghe said.

 Sri Lanka PM says government will take measures to counter economic fallout from Brexit:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government will take measures to counter the economic fallout from the Brexit, the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union.

 Sri Lankan President directs implementation of comprehensive programs for drug prevention:
June 26, Nuwara Eliya: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today said several programs are being implemented island wide under his direction to eradicate drug menace which affects the development and peaceful environment of the country.
 Special island wide dengue eradication program from tomorrow:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka health authorities with the cooperation of the police and tri-forces will commence a special island wide dengue eradication program from Monday (June 27) as the mosquito-borne disease has reached an epidemic level.
 Sri Lanka's Tamil press loses faith in UNHRC's commitment to rendering justice - report:
June 26, Colombo: The Tamil press in Sri Lanka, which was very hopeful that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would render justice to Tamil victims of the last phased of the war against the LTTE, has now lost faith in the international body's commitment to the goals it had set for itself in the resolution it passed at its 30th session in September last year, according to a report in New Indian Express.
 Government to develop jetty facilities in Jaffna islands for better passenger and cargo transport :
June 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to develop jetty facilities in the Jaffna Peninsula and the adjoining Islands to improve the safe transport of passengers and cargo between the islands and the Peninsula.
 Sri Lanka Muslim Council calls on IGP to take action against extremist BBS monk threatening to unleash violence again :
June 26, Colombo: The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has requested Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundara to initiate an inquiry and take action against Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the leader of the extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) for inciting hatred and threatening to unleash violence against the Muslim community.
 Sri Lanka's MAS Holdings announces opening a plant in Haiti:
June 25, Caracol, Haiti: Sri Lankan conglomerate specializing in manufacturing of clothing lingerie, MAS Holdings has announced that it will soon open plants in the Caracol Industrial Park (PIC) in Haiti.
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 Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa writes to Indian PM again on fishermen issue:
June 25, Chennai: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again urging him to secure the release of all fishermen and their boats in Sri Lankan custody.
 Sri Lanka, Ukraine sign agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters :
June 25, Kiev: Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera met with his Ukrainian counterpart Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Kiev on Saturday, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said.
 Government collects taxes to invest for the future - Sri Lanka PM :
June 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the youth in the country wants to move forward and United National Party is the only party that can take the country forward and fulfill the aspirations of the youth for the future.
 President opens Gem and Jewellery Laboratory in Galle:
June 25, Galle: Opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art Gem and Jewellery Laboratory, established in Galle fulfilling a request from the people in Ruhuna, was held Saturday (25) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Sri Lanka focuses on generating power from renewable sources:
June 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka will focus on generating power from renewable sources and will construct environmentally friendly power plants in future, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says.
 Sri Lankan national wanted on Interpol red notice arrested in U.S.:
June 25, Washington: A Sri Lankan national, who was a subject of an Interpol red notice from Sri Lanka for fraud, has been arrested in the United States.
 Police bust drug racket operating around nightclubs in Sri Lankan capital :
June 25, Colombo: The Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) of Sri Lanka Police on Friday (24) has busted a drug racket operating around several nightclubs in capital Colombo and arrested three people seizing drugs worth over Rs. 600,000. PNB officers have seized 49 tablets of Ecstasy and 200 LSD containing stamps in the possession of the suspects.
 Pakistani national arrested at Sri Lanka's Colombo airport with 5 Kg of heroin:
June 25, Colombo: The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) of Sri Lanka Police on Saturday morning arrested a Pakistani national, who is suspected to be a key member of a drug smuggling racket, when he attempted to smuggle in nearly 5 kilograms of heroin.
 Brexit effect on international financial markets a key channel of impact for Sri Lanka, trade chamber says:
June 25, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says the effect of Britain's decision to leave the European Union on international financial markets would be a key channel of impact for Sri Lanka, as the external commercial borrowing environment becomes more volatile.
 Sri Lanka to host meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement for Asia-Pacific in October :
June 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka will host the meeting of Heads of National Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Asia and Pacific in Colombo from 22-28 October 2016.
 Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission welcomes President's directives on arrests under PTA:
June 25, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) welcomed the Directives issued by President Maithripala Sirisena on the arrest and detention of persons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and a state of emergency when in force.
 Sri Lanka investment promotion agency hosts leading Japanese business delegation:
June 25, Colombo: A Japanese business delegation consisting of representatives from 28 leading companies visited Sri Lanka aiming to gain a firsthand experience in the business and investment climate of Sri Lanka.
 Global movement urges Sri Lanka Army to release records of war 'surrendees':
June 24, Colombo: A global non-partisan movement, The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice urged the Sri Lanka Army to release the records of the people surrendered to the security forces at the end of the war in 2009.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank releases results of Purchasing Managers' Index Survey:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank Friday released the results of a survey conducted to provide purchasing professionals, business decision-makers and economic analysts with a timely set of data to help better understand industry conditions.
 Sri Lankan PM says major part of taxes being spent on education:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government is committed to improve the education system in the country and a major part of taxes is being spent on education.
  Sri Lanka will discuss setting up special courts for accountability with Tamil party and victims - FM:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government hopes to set up special courts to address the accountability issues in discussion with the major Tamil Party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the victims of the conflict.
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 Over 400 Tamils to join Sri Lanka Police to be posted in North and East :
June 24, Colombo: Over 400 Tamils will be joining the Sri Lanka Police after the completion of their training in August this year, according to the Minister of National Dialogue, Mano Ganesan.
 Sri Lanka police nab six with over one kg of heroin worth Rs. 12 mn:
June 24, Colombo: During two separate raids carried out this morning by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) of Sri Lanka Police, six suspects have been arrested with the possession of heroin worth Rs. 12 million rupees, the police said.
 GIZ and Ceylon Chamber partner to strengthen business and social links between SMEs in the Eastern and Central Provinces:
June 24, Colombo: The second GIZ SME Development Programme partnered with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce SME ProLink 2016 will be held in Trincomalee in the Eastern Province from 9-11th August 2016.
 Sri Lanka Parliamentary Research and Training Institute set up with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation:
June 24, Colombo: At the request of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) has agreed to assist in the development of J.R. Jayewardene Institute as the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute.
 Sri Lanka parliament passes Right to Information Bill with amendments:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament Friday passed the Bill entitled "Right to Information" with amendments following the Second Reading Debate which commenced yesterday and continued today.
 Sri Lanka will sign a trade pact with UK soon following Brexit - Deputy FM:
June 24, Colombo: Following the vote given by the British people to leave the European Union at Thursday's BREXIT, Sri Lankan government will take measures to sign a trade pact with Britain as soon as possible, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva said in parliament today.
 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review for May 2016 on Friday said it has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate.
 Ukrainian captain of MV Avant-Garde remanded on illegal weapons charge:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Police has arrested the Ukrainian Captain of the MV Avant Garde ship docked at the Galle Harbor Thursday night.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank Governor not to seek extension until cleared:
June 24, Colombo: The Governor of Sri Lanka's Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran will not seek an extension until the investigations by the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) clear his name, the government said in a statement on Friday.
 World Bank project redevelops Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka with community contributions :
June 24, Colombo: A World Bank supported project to redevelop the war-torn Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka aims to improve the delivery of infrastructure services such as rural roads and drinking water supply with the contributions from the community.
  Spicing up development assistance to Sri Lanka's cinnamon industry:
June 24, Geneva: Sri Lanka's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, R.D.S. Kumararatne recently highlighted on how technical and funding assistance from international agencies such as WTO, UNIDO, ITC and WIPO are important for small economies such as Sri Lanka in sustaining performance in the spices sector in the country.
  India HC dismisses plea to ensure fishing rights in Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu waters, leaves it for governments:
June 24, Chennai: The Madras High Court in Indian state of Tamil Nadu has on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking a direction to the Union government to enforce the 1974 agreement between India and Sri Lanka in letter and spirit to ensure fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the international waters.
 Norwegian PM welcomes progress in Sri Lanka in reconciliation:
June 23, Colombo: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg welcomed the progress in Sri Lanka in reconciliation, strengthening democracy, good governance and economic development policy, a media release issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Thursday.
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 No VAT from businessmen with less than Rs. 33,000 daily turnover - Finance Minister :
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has assured that VAT will not be levied from businessmen whose daily turnover is less than 33,000 rupees.
 Sri Lanka's one and only Port Management Diploma course to begin in August:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's one and only diploma course in Port Management is set to begin in August under the guidance of Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga at Colombo Fort's Mahapola Training Center, the Ministry of Ports and Shipping said.
 Investigation to ascertain former DIG's involvement in Sri Lanka rugby player's murder :
June 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday further remanded two former senior police officers who were alleged of concealing evidence in the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
 Sri Lanka considers to set up an international center to control narcotics trafficking:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka is considering establishing an International Centre on Narcotics to share information on drug smuggling and related incidents as Sri Lanka has lately become a drug transporting hub, the Chairman of National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) Prof. Ravindra Fernando said today.
 Sri Lankan President invites private sector to invest in Power and Energy sector:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today invited the private sector investors join forces with the government in its program to make the country self-sufficient in power fulfilling the country's need for the next ten years in energy.
 Army completes reconstruction of 450 houses damaged by armory explosion:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, repairing the houses and buildings damaged in the Kosgama ammunition dump fire, said a large number of houses have been repaired and owners have since returned home.
 Baby elephant rescued from drain in Sri Lanka dies :
June 23, Colombo: A three-month old baby elephant that was rescued after it fell into an uncovered drain at the Hambanthota Port Sri Lanka last month has died at a transit home in the absence of veterinary medics, officials say.
 Sri Lankan Navy accused of entering Indian waters and damaging Tamil Nadu fishermen's equipment :
June 23, Rameswaram: A group of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused Sri Lankan Navy personnel of entering Indian waters and damaging their fishing equipment.
 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister calls on leaders to have courage to abolish death penalty:
June 23, Colombo: Leaders of Sri Lanka and other Asian nations where the death penalty is still in force, lack the courage to abolish death penalty as they fear the un-informed public opinion, Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.
 Tamil diaspora group urges International community to exert pressure on Sri Lanka to ensure full implementation of UN resolution :
June 23, London: As the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein prepares to present his oral report on Sri Lanka at the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on June 27, Global Tamil Forum (GTF) appealed to the International Community to remain fully engaged with Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka's First VoLTE Service on Dialog's LTE Networks:
June 23, Colombo: Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider announced Wednesday that the 4G-LTE Networks operated by the Dialog Group had been enabled with VoLTE (Voice over LTE) capability.
 Sri Lanka questions the allegations of using cluster bombs during war:
June 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday questioning the authenticity of a report published in media rejected the allegations that Sri Lanka army used cluster bombs during the final phases of the war.
 Video documentary encourages Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to return home:
June 23, Chennai: A self-help organization working for the welfare of the Sri Lanka Tamil refugees in India since 1983 says almost 10,000 of them have returned to Sri Lanka and they are happy.
 Pakistan court indicts six for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team:
June 23, Lahore: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the prosecution witnesses by June 30 after framing charges against six members of a banned outfit accused in 2009 Sri Lankan cricket team attack case.
 Sri Lanka commits to end child labor in the country:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday adhering to the United Nations Conventions signed the Convention for ending Child Labor developed by the International Labor Organization with the aim to completely eliminate child labor from the country.
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 Sri Lanka willing to bring the stranded refugees home - Deputy Minister :
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka is willing to bring home all the Australia-bound Tamil asylum seekers stranded in Indonesia if they wish to return, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva said today,
 Sri Lanka suspends consultancy firm involved in construction of new defense headquarters:
June 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday announced that it decided to suspend the services of the private consultancy firm involved in the construction of the new defense headquarters complex at Akuregoda.
 Sri Lanka Defense and Fisheries ministries sign agreements to prevent maritime crimes:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development entered into multi agreements to prevent maritime crimes and curb illegal activities in the seas around the island.
 Cooperative Sector is important in Sri Lanka's economy - Industry and Commerce Minister :
June 22, Colombo: Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says the presence of Sri Lanka's cooperative sector is much more important in the country's economy than anyone understands.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court hears petition against VAT increase:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today decided to proceed with the rights petition filed by Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa and others seeking an order to revoke the decision to increase Value Added Tax (VAT).
 Students awarded certificates for Pakistan-Sri Lanka friendship anthem:
June 22, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka on Wednesday acknowledged the services of students of Pakistan Culture Education and Urdu Language Center for developing, composing and presenting the first ever Pakistan Sri Lanka friendship Anthem.
 Sri Lanka police arrest three locals suspected of heroin smuggling:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan police on Wednesday busted an international heroin smuggling operation following the arrest of three local drug smugglers.
 Sri Lanka resumes exporting fishery products to Europe after ban lifted :
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday resumed exporting fishery products to the European Union (EU) one week after the EU lifted a ban it imposed last year on the country's fishery products.
 UN rights chief urged to identify areas with lack of progress in Sri Lanka's implementation of Geneva resolution :
June 22, Geneva: A group of human rights organizations have urged the UN rights chief to clearly identify in his oral report to the ongoing Human Right Council session the areas, where there is no progress made in the implementation of the UN resolution on Sri Lanka adopted last October.
 Moody's affirms ratings of three Sri Lankan banks; revises outlooks to negative from stable:
June 22, Colombo: Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the long-term ratings of three banks in Sri Lanka B1 negative. Moody's has also revised their ratings outlooks to negative from stable.
  Ceylon Chamber lines up a top panel to discuss PPPs at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016:
June 22, Colombo: 'Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016,' organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has lined up a top panel of experts from both the public and the private sector to discuss opportunities existing for Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the country.
 Sri Lanka Shippers Council commends ICC Transport Guideline:
June 22, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Shippers Council, an affiliated trade body of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce welcomes the International Chamber of Commerce Global Guide on transport and the Incoterms 2010 Rules.
 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister meets Prime Minister of Norway:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg on Tuesday, (21 June), the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 Sri Lanka earns over Rs. 100 billion last year from liquor production:
June 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has earned Rs. 105.35 billion in excise tax revenues from the hard liquor and malt liquor production in the country in last year, the Government Information Department said.
 Indonesia assures not to tow the Sri Lankan asylum seekers to sea :
June 22, Jakarta: The Indonesian government has said that a boatload of stranded Sri Lankan asylum seekers would not be towed back out to sea, after local officials had sparked anger by pledging to send them on their way in a rickety craft.
 Lithuania allocates Euro 10,000 for flood and landslides victims of Sri Lanka :
June 22, Vilnius: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated Euro 10,000 in humanitarian aid to help victims of extreme weather events in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania said in a statement.
 Indonesia lets aid groups assist stranded Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers:
June 21, Aceh: Indonesia has allowed international humanitarian organizations to assist Australia-bound Sri Lankan Tamil refugees stranded in Aceh after bad weather foiled plans to tow the group's boat back into international waters, AP news report said.
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 Tense situation in Sri Lanka parliament over the arrest of opposition lawmaker:
June 21, Colombo: A tense situation arose in Sri Lanka's parliament today when the members of the Joint opposition called for a debate over the arrest and remand of opposition Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila.
 Sri Lanka Tamil party against a domestic mechanism to probe war crime allegations - Chief Minister Wigneswaran :
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) strongly opposes a domestic mechanism to probe the war crime allegations, the Chief Minister of Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran says.
  Local Government polls in two months after Delimitation Committee report:
June 21, Colombo: Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has said that the Delimitation Review Committee tasked to review the 2012 National Delimitation Committee Report will complete the delimitation of ward boundaries and hand over its report on 31 August.
 Former magistrate Thilina Gamage granted bail:
June 21, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today has granted bail to former Colombo Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage, who was charged with illegal possession of an elephant calf without a valid license..
 Indonesian Buddhists donate funds to Sri Lanka's floods and landslides victims :
June 21, Colombo: Financial donations made by the Chairman of the Lion Air and the Sangha Theravada Indonesia Organization Kushan Kirana Ayung together with Ven. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Anunayake Thera, to provide relief to the people affected by recent floods and landslides were presented to President Maithripala Sirisena today (21).
  In Pictures: U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap visits Sri Lanka's southern port city Hambantota :
June 21, Colombo: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap and a U.S. Embassy team recently visited the Hambantota region in the deep south to meet local officials and business executives.
 India awards Mahatma Gandhi scholarships to 150 Sri Lankan students:
June 21, Colombo: India has awarded prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships for 2015-16 to 150 high school students from all 25 districts across Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 5.3 percent in May 2016:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in May 2016 determined under the new National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 5.3 percent from 4.3 percent recorded in April 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Tuesday.
  Army appoints two courts of inquiry to trace missing documents on high profile murders:
June 21, Colombo: While categorically denying certain media reports, which allege the Army of not cooperating with the CID detectives investigating into the high profile murders, the Army said it had appointed two courts of inquiry to trace the missing documents regarding two cases.
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