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  Japan agrees to fund Sri Lanka's light rail system proposed in megapolis development plan

July 29, Colombo: Following the conclusion of a visit by a high level delegation of the Japanese Government Thursday, the Sri Lankan government has confirmed that Japan is willing to fund the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system proposed in the Megalopolis Development plan

"The delegation, led by Hirofumi Katase the Vice Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of the Government of Japan confirmed their government's willingness to finance Sri Lanka's landmark project on deeply concessional terms," Ministry of Megapolis and Western Region development said in a statement.

 Canadian Foreign Minister Inaugurates Jaffna's only Siddha Center:
July 29, Jaffna: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) together with the Government of Canada is supporting a new generation of herbal farming and indigenous herbal products through the new SIddha Medicine Production Sales and Service Cooperative Society (COPHARM) in Northern Sri Lanka.

 India's External Affairs Minister holds discussions to resolve India-Sri Lanka Fishermen Issues :
July 29, New Delhi: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday (July 29) chaired a meeting of Internal Stakeholders to discuss the way forward towards a permanent solution to the fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka.

 Shippers' Council's contribution to Sri Lanka import export sectors recognized at 50th anniversary celebrations:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Shippers' Council is largely contributing to the success of Sri Lanka's import and export sectors, Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga said.

 CID questions former IGP over popular editor Lasantha Wickremetunga's murder:
July 29, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police today questioned a former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya in connection with the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga.

 Gampaha Magistrate also restricts joint opposition Pada Yathra :
July 29, Colombo: Gampaha Magistrate Ms. Kavindaa Nanayakkara today ordered the Joint Opposition's protest march Pada Yathra to march through the city on the left side of the road so as not to inconvenience the public.

 While some walk for power, government committed to build the country - Sri Lankan President:
July 29, Colombo: While some people greedy for power walk through roads aimlessly, the government is committed to build the country by working with consciousness and discipline, the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said today.

 Modernization of Sri Lanka Customs is a timely requirement, Finance Minister says :
July 29, Colombo: A special meeting to gather different views in order to prepare a new Customs Ordinance as proposed by the budget 2016 was held with the patronage of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Thursday (July 28) at the Ministry of Finance. Representatives of Customs Trade Unions, Civil Activists Organizations and Sri Lanka Bar Association participated in the meeting.

 Pakistan committed to promote human capital and entrepreneurship development in Sri Lanka - envoy:
July 29, Colombo: Pakistan is committed to human capital development and promotion of entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Colombo, Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain said.

 Sri Lanka's Colombo inflation declines to 5.5 percent in July 2016:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI), declined to 5.5 percent in July 2016 from 6.0 percent in the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Friday.

 Pakistan national carrier signs contract with SriLankan for lease of three A-330s:
July 29, Colombo: Pakistan's national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has formalized wet leasing of three A-330 aircraft from SriLankan Airlines.

 Court orders joint opposition to limit march to one lane in Kegalle city:
July 29, Kegalle: Kegalle Magistrate Court has ordered the joint opposition's 'Jana Satana Paada Yatra'to use only the Kandy to Colombo lane of the road when the march is proceeding through the city.

 Sri Lanka Cricket expands its support arsenal:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today announced the recruitment of Nic Pothas as the National Fielding Coach. Pothus will join Sri Lanka Cricket from 8th August.

  New USAID Mission Director signals surge in U.S. development assistance in Sri Lanka:
July 29, Colombo: Signaling a surge in U.S. development assistance for Sri Lanka, the newly-arrived Dr. Andrew Sisson officially assumed duties yesterday as the Mission Director of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

 Released Indian fishermen allege they were abused while in Sri Lankan jails:
July 29, Karaikal: As many as 77 Tamil Nadu fishermen released and repatriated Thursday have alleged that they have been mistreated during their incarceration in Sri Lanka jails. The fishermen alleged that during their prison term, they were abused and were provided unhygienic food, according to New Indian Express.

 Joint Opposition protest march is a 'political gimmick by bunch of crooks' - Minister Sagala Ratnayake:
July 29, Colombo: The protest march 'Jana Satana Pada Yatra' against the government launched Thursday by the Joint Opposition is a "political gimmick by bunch of crooks" Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake said yesterday.

 Japan agrees to fund Sri Lanka's light rail system proposed in megapolis development plan:
July 29, Colombo: Following the conclusion of a visit by a high level delegation of the Japanese Government Thursday, the Sri Lankan government has confirmed that Japan is willing to fund the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system proposed in the Megalopolis Development plan

  Shortage of human resources is the main challenge for Sri Lanka's Health Sector:
July 28, Colombo: The main challenge faced by Sri Lanka's health sector is the severe shortage of human resources and the problems surface in the sector when measures are taken to eliminate the shortage, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
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 Sri Lanka Supreme Court rejects MP Wimal Weerawansa's petition:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by the National Freedom Front (NFF) leader MP Wimal Weerawansa, who sought an order to halt an investigation launched against him by the Bribery Commission over his assets.

 President briefs Canada's Foreign Minister on Sri Lanka's progress on good governance, reconciliation and development:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today briefed Foreign Minister of Canada Stéphane Dion on Sri Lanka's progress on good governance, reconciliation and economic development.

 Masterful Kusal Mendis steers Sri Lanka ahead:
July 28, Pallekele: Kusal Mendis struck a magnificent maiden century on Thursday (July 28), as Sri Lanka fought its way back into contention in the first Test against Australia. By the time bad light brought an early end to the proceedings for a third consecutive day a little after tea, Sri Lanka had opened up a lead of 196 runs in Pallekele.

 Sri Lankan government has created a conducive economic environment for local and foreign investors - Finance Minister:
July 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has created an economic environment conducive to enable local and foreign investors to engage in their businesses hassle free, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said

 U.S. working to strengthen relationship with Sri Lanka military:
July 28, Colombo: The United States is working to strengthen its relationship with all of the different facets of the Sri Lankan government, including the military, the U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap said.

 Sri Lanka Customs guards receive training from Army:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has trained a newly-recruited batch of Sri Lanka Customs guards in response to a request made by the Director General of Customs to the Commander of the Army seeking training assistance.

 Sri Lanka Navy assists repatriation of 77 Indian fishermen:
July 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy said it assisted in the repatriation of 77 Indian fishermen released from the Sri Lankan custody on Thursday.

 JKOA rewards top performers at annual Dealer Convention:
July 28, Colombo: John Keells Office Automation (Pvt) Ltd (JKOA) felicitated their top dealers, to reward their efforts and celebrate their successes at a dealer convention recently with 180 members of the network including dealers and their supporting teams attending the event held at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank raises policy interest rates tightening the monetary policy :
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank today said it has decided to increase both the deposit rate and the lending rate by 50 basis points further tightening the monetary policy as a pre-emptive policy measure to control inflationary pressures.
 Canada encourages Sri Lanka to move forward in reforms without delays:
July 28, Colombo: Canada today, welcoming the positive engagement by Sri Lanka with the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, encouraged the government to take advantage of this momentum to move forward on other reforms without delays
  Emergency ambulance service launched in Sri Lanka with India's help:
July 28, Colombo: The emergency ambulance service set up with the assistance from the Government of India was launched today at Galle Face Green in Colombo under the patronage of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 Sri Lanka to establish and Independent Media Commission soon:
July 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will soon establish the proposed Independent Media Commission after a consensus with the heads of the media institutions, journalists, academics, and public, the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake said.
 Stern action against violators of court orders - police:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's police chief IGP Pujith Jayasundara has warned to take stern action against anyone attempting to violate the court orders and engage in political activities regardless of his or her status.
 New quicker and easier UK visit visa application form launched in Sri Lanka:
July 28, Colombo: Customers in Sri Lanka will now be able to apply for their UK visit visas, more easily thanks to a new online application form, the British High Commission in Colombo says.
 Sri Lanka, Switzerland ink MOU to provide employment opportunities for Sri Lankan sailors in Swiss ships:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Switzerland have inked a Memorandum of Understanding to provide employment opportunities to Sri Lankan navy personnel in Switzerland, the Ministry of Ports and Shipping announced.
 Oman to attend World Export Development Forum in Sri Lanka:
July 28, Muscat: Oman represented by its Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa) will be participating in the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2016 to be held in Sri Lanka this year.
  Canadian Foreign Minister arrives in Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit:
July 27, Colombo: The Foreign Minister of Canada Stéphane Dion has arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday on a two-day official visit. Minister Dion's official program will be on 28 and 29 July 2016.
 Driver identifies the suspect in the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge:
July 27, Colombo: The military intelligence officer arrested and remanded in connection with the murder of Sunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge has been identified by the slain journalist's driver.
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 Court acquits former Sri Lankan army officers accused of Kumarapuram massacre:
July 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today acquitted six former Army officers who were accused of being involved in the 1996 massacre of 26 civilians of Kumarapuram in Trincomalee district.
 Sri Lankan court issues injunction against the planned joint opposition march in Kandy city limits:
July 27, Kandy: The Kandy Chief Magistrate Wednesday issued a restraining order preventing the joint opposition from commencing their protest march from the central hill capital tomorrow.
 Sri Lanka to set up an Independent aircraft accident investigation bureau:
July 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received approval from the cabinet of Ministers to set up an independent institution to investigate aircraft accidents.
 Sri Lankan government seeks public views on reconciliation mechanism:
July 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is seeking the views and proposals from the general public on the design and implementation of the reconciliation mechanisms with the objective of creating reconciliation among all communities.
 Sri Lankan President determined to eliminate drugs menace targeting school children:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today stressed that the laws will be strictly enforced against those who involved in illicit drug trade targeting the school children to protect the future generation
 Sri Lanka Central Bank calls for bids to mint 970 million coins:
July 27, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has called for quotations from potential minters for minting and supplying of circulation coins for the for the coins requirement of 2017-2018.
 India grants Sri Lanka US$ 318 million financial assistance to improve railways system:
July 27, Colombo: India has agreed to provide a US $318 million loan for Sri Lanka to upgrade its railways service and the cabinet of ministers has given approval for the government to enter into an agreement with the EXIM Bank of India to obtain the loan.
 Japan offers to introduce modern Japanese technology to Sri Lanka:
July 27, Colombo: The Government of Japan has expressed willingness to introduce the concept of 'My Number System' used in Japan, which increases the efficiency of the Japanese people’s day-to-day life, to Sri Lanka, President's Media Division said.
 ADB approves $ 118 million financial assistance to fully electrify Sri Lanka :
July 27, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted over $ 118 million of financial assistance to help Sri Lanka to fully electrify the island including its small isolated islands.
 Russian naval ship Igor Belousov arrives at Sri Lanka's Colombo port on goodwill mission:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Russian naval ship "Igor Belousov" arrived at the Port of Colombo Wednesday.
 In Pictures: U.S., Sri Lanka navies exchange best practices on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief:
July 27, Colombo: United States Marines embarked on the USS New Orleans joined experts from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to exchange best practices on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during two days of workshops and seminars with the Sri Lanka Navy in Colombo.
 Sri Lanka Ports Authority extends deadline for EOIs to develop East Container Terminal of Port of Colombo:
July 27, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest (EOI) called as a first step in the process leading to the selection of a concessionaire for the award of a build operate transfer (BOT) concession for the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port.
 Sri Lanka Customs arrest Bangladeshi national for attempting to smuggle out gold worth Rs. 5.7 mn:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested a Bangladeshi national, who attempted to smuggle 11 pieces of gold out of the country.
 Sri Lanka PM to leave for Jakarta next week to attend World Islamic Economic Forum:
July 27, Colombo: For the first time, Sri Lanka has been invited to participate in the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), scheduled to take place from August 2-4 at the Jakarta Convention Centre, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
 Ceylinco General Insurance introduces comprehensive natural disaster cover for traders and homes :
July 27, Colombo: Ceylinco General Insurance recently announced a comprehensive natural disaster cover for traders and homeowners, enabling traders to cover their property, including buildings and stocks, along with the home and its valuable contents, in the case of homeowners.
 Renovation of Sri Lanka's main airport next year, no plans to sell Mattala airport - Transport Minister :
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main international airport in Katunayake will undergo repair work to its runway beginning next year while the government is seeking a suitable investor to utilize the idling Mattala Airport in Hambantota, the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva said.
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 President rejects media reports on joint opposition's protest march:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected some media reports which said that there is no obstruction to the joint opposition's protest march, Pada Yathra, if it was not against the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
 Sri Lanka PM says making the country a better place for people is politicians' duty:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the politicians' duty is to make the country a better place of for the people and it will be a betrayal or a disloyalty to the country if they did not fulfill this duty.
 Commonwealth supports human rights chapter for Sri Lanka constitution :
July 26, London: Commonwealth human rights experts are supporting the Parliament of Sri Lanka in drafting a new fundamental rights chapter for the country's proposed new Constitution, the Commonwealth Secretariat said.
 Sri Lanka hosts Global Shippers' Forum this week:
July 26, Colombo: Shippers representatives from Asia, Africa and Europe will meet in Sri Lanka this week to discuss key issues affecting shipping globally including air cargo.
 ICRC asks Sri Lanka to clarify fate and whereabouts of 16,000 missing persons:
July 26, Colombo: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked Sri Lanka to clarify the fate and whereabouts of 16,000 missing persons including over 5,100 security forces personnel Missing in Action, originating from all over Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka President launches Mangrove Conservation Program uplifting coastal communities:
July 26, Chilaw: Marking the World Mangrove Day on Tuesday Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena opened the world's first mangrove museum which will act as a center for educating the public on the ecological value of mangroves.
  Canadian Foreign Minister's visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow expected to infuse new momentum to bilateral relations :
July 26, Colombo: The Foreign Minister of Canada Stéphane Dion will arrive in Sri Lanka on 27 July evening on an official visit. Minister Dion's official program will be on 28 and 29 July 2016.
 Plantation companies agree to pay the interim allowance to estate workers:
July 26, Colombo: The Estate Employers' Federation yesterday has agreed to pay an interim allowance relevant to the intended salary hike of plantation workers with outstanding amounts following a meeting with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 Sri Lankan Government promises to provide pensions to retired or disabled war veterans:
July 26, Colombo: The Ministry of Defense has promised to provide pensions to retired and disabled veterans of the armed forces and police.
 Presidential Commission summons NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Financial Crimes has summoned the Leader of the National Freedom Front Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa today.
 Japan and Sri Lanka to further enhance economic cooperation:
July 26, Colombo: Japan and Sri Lanka will hold the Consultation on National Development Cooperation and the Economic Policy Dialogue on 26th July 2016 at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo, the Embassy of Japan said in a statement.
 Maga Engineering to rehabilitate 634 km of rural roads at a cost of Rs 13.2 billion:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading construction firm, Maga Engineering (Pvt) Ltd was recently awarded the contract to rehabilitate and improve 634 kilometers of rural roads in four districts of Sri Lanka, including their performance based maintenance for three years.
 Sri Lanka seeks Interpol assistance on the largest cocaine bust:
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka law enforcement authorities have decided to seek the assistance of the Interpol on the investigations into the recent seizure of 274 kilograms of cocaine at the Peliyagoda Container Yard.
 Empty land in Sri Lankan capital to be developed immediately :
July 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to immediately develop the vacant prime land in capital Colombo, the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha has said.
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 Sri Lanka Appeal Court to take up petition against former LTTE leader on 25th October:
July 25, Colombo: The Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka will take up a Writ Application filed by the Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) seeking an order to arrest and prosecute former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP on 25 October.
 Colombo pays for Hambantota's debts - Minister Arjuna Ranatunga :
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga says the government is facing many difficulties paying off the US$ 1.2 billion loan taken for Hambantota Port and the profit earns from the Colombo Port is used to pay off the Hambanthota debt.
 Germany grants Sri Lanka Euro 13 million for five development projects:
July 25, Colombo: The Government of Germany has granted 13 million Euros to Sri Lanka to implement five development projects during this year, the Finance Ministry said.
 Sri Lanka's largest multi-functional Irrigation Project is a personal dream come true for President Sirisena :
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said the implementation of the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Irrigation Development Project is not only a fulfillment of a long awaited aspiration of the farmers but also a personal dream come true for him.
 Thajudeen case: Court to consider former DIG's bail revision application on September 8:
July 25, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today fixed the hearing of the bail revision application filed by former Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayake, who is in remand custody over his involvement in the cover-up of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen's murder.
 Sri Lanka courts order release of 49 Indian fishermen:
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's courts have ordered to release 49 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested by Sri Lanka Navy for violating the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in the island's waters.
 Sri Lanka woos Chinese firms for $10 billion project:
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka has started talks with Chinese investors on the $10 billion Hambantota Economic Project to be implemented in the southern region of the island nation.
 Joint Opposition says the 'Pada Yathra' protest march will be successful:
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's joint opposition, the group of parliamentarians loyal to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, says the 'Jana Satana Pada Yathra' protest march from Kandy to Colombo will be held successfully against the government on July 28 as planned regardless of any obstacle.
  Families of deceased Sri Lankan migrant workers to receive compensation and salary dues tomorrow:
July 25, Colombo: Families of deceased or disabled Sri Lankan migrant workers employed overseas will receive compensation and salary dues from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
 Swedish trade delegation adds to growing momentum ahead of WEDF 2016 in Sri Lanka :
July 25, Colombo: Strengthening the gathering momentum ahead of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2016, to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the 12th and 13th of October, a trade delegation representing Sweden has confirmed their participation.
 Saudi court hands 5 years to American who killed his Sri Lankan wife :
July 25, Riyadh: A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a US resident, convicted of killing his Sri Lankan wife, to five years in jail, according to a report in Arab News.
 USS New Orleans arrives in Sri Lanka to provide training and disaster relief:
July 25, Colombo: The United States Navy vessel USS New Orleans (LPD 18) with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU arrived at the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka on July 24 on a goodwill visit. Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions welcomed the US ship on her arrival.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party says there is a growing trend of communal clashes:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says a growing trend of communal clashes is beginning to emerge again in Sri Lanka.
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 Canada encourages Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitment to UNHRC on the anniversary of Black July:
July 24, Ottawa: Canada, which has a large number of Tamil community, today asked the Sri Lankan government to fulfill its commitment made to the United nations Human Rights council (UNHRC) last year to achieve reconciliation and accountability.
 Sri Lankan PM questions how fighting corruption is political revenge:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has questioned how implementing law against corruption becomes political revenge as the joint opposition claims.
  Government warns plantation companies failing to pay Rs. 2500 wages increment to workers:
July 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government informed regional plantation companies that they are also required to pay the Rs. 2,500 rupees salary increment given to the private sector, to the estate workers.
 Japanese, Omani naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Japanese naval ships and a Royal Omani Navy Ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Sunday.
 Sri Lanka's LAUGFS plans LPG imports from Iran again:
July 24, Tehran: Managing Director of Sri Lanka's LAUGFS Holdings Ltd.'s W.K.H. Wegapitiya has said that his company is planning to resume import of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Iran.
 Sri Lanka hopes to restore crude oil imports from Iran:
July 24, Teheran: The Sri Lankan Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Chandima Weerakkody has expressed hope that Colombo will resume oil and gas purchases from Iran, Petro Energy Information Network of Iran reported.
 President to deposit treasure items in Moragahakanda Kalu Ganga reservoir project tomorrow:
July 24, Colombo: All arrangements are in place for the President Maithripala Sirisena to deposit the treasure items (Nidhan Wasthu) in the main dam of the Moragahakanda - Kalu Ganga reservoir project tomorrow.
 Pakistan national carrier confirms talks with SriLankan on leasing four A330s:
July 24, Islamabad: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said it is in negotiations with the SriLankan Airlines for the wet lease of four wide-bodied A-330 aircraft.
  Sri Lankan President instructs to raise VAT on tobacco and remove private healthcare charges :
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said he has instructed the relevant sections to raise the Value Added Tax (VAT) on cigarettes and completely remove the private hospital charges from the tax.
  Sri Lanka Navy seizes 156 kg of Kerala Cannabis abandoned on the northwestern coast:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy personnel have recovered a stock of 'Kerala Ganja' abandoned on the northwestern coast after spotting a suspicious boat in the seas off the area.
 Sri Lanka defense officials evaluate the status of land in North to accelerate resettlement of the displaced:
July 24, Colombo: A high-level delegation of defense officials including the Secretary of Defense Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Commander of Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva on Saturday visited and evaluated the status quo of the Army-released civilian lands in Jaffna and the progress of the ongoing house construction projects of the Army for accelerated resettlement of the displaced persons.
 Government to purchase power from private producers:
July 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is considering buying power from private producers while promoting individual residential solar systems to electrify public homes.
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 Sri Lanka PM criticizes print media for attempting bring 'thieves' back to power:
July 23, Kandy: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today singled out some print media outlets for attempting to bring the 'thieves' back to power and topple the government.
 Sri Lankan President requests politicians and public officials to build public's trust in government:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that he will not allow the politicians or public officials to hide behind the label of "Yahapalana" and commit bad acts.
 Sri Lanka police arrest a man dressed in a burka at the airport:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today arrested a Sri Lankan Muslim man dressed in a burka arrested at the country's international airport in Colombo.
 FCID clears former Ministry of Megapolis adviser of financial fraud allegations :
July 23, Colombo: The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police has cleared the former consultant to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and former chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Vidya Amarapala of financial fraud allegations.
 Case against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa over misappropriating Divi Neguma Funds fixed for December 06:
July 23, Colombo: The case against former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former director General of the Divi Neguma Department R.A.A.Kithsiri. Ranawaka will be taken up for hearing on December 06.
 Sri Lanka tea meets Saudi FDA specifications, delegation told:
July 23, Riyadh: Sri Lankan tea fulfils the specifications of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), a government official, who was leading a delegation to the Saudi capital of Riyadh has said, according to a report in Arab News.
 A polished entrance: Unger joins the Spotless portfolio:
July 23, Colombo: Industrial smart cleaning solutions provider Spotless will add globally recognized cleaning product brand Unger to its portfolio this month.
 Stellar results wins Renuka City Hotel Best Performance Award for 2015:
July 23, Colombo: Exceptional occupancy rates and top-notch revenue generation by Renuka City Hotel resulted in the hotel winning's Award for Best Performance in 2015.
 Social Welfare Register introduced to reduce 'ghost' beneficiaries:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs with the technical assistance of ICTA, has prepared an Integrated Social Welfare Register to reduce ghost beneficiaries.
 Sri Lanka condemns shooting in Munich:
July 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government condemning the Friday's shooting at a Munich shopping Centre which left nine people dead and 16 more injured, extended the condolence to the families of the victims.
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