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  Sri Lanka and U.S. governments launch $ 12 million 'YouLead!' youth employment program

Oct 20, Colombo: The governments of Sri Lanka and the United States launched the YouLead! initiative on October 19, a Rs. 1.8 billion (US$ 12 million) program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support youth employability, vocational skills development, and entrepreneurship.

U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and Minister Chandima Weerakkody joined for the inauguration ceremony at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka Railway unions suspend strike scheduled to begin midnight today :
Oct 20, Colombo: Following discussions with government officials Railway trade unions have agreed to call off the strike which was to be launched from midnight today (20).

 Sri Lanka Navy hands over 6 more detained fishing trawlers back to India:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on completion of repair work, has handed over 6 more detained fishing trawlers back to India on Friday.

 President warns of attempts to mislead people on a new constitution:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has warned all the citizens of the country that they must be aware of the attempts by some section of the society to mislead them regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted.

 Sri Lanka to launch a three-year comprehensive economic program targeting $ 5 bn FDI, $ 5,000 per capita income:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will launch a three-year comprehensive economic program targeting a US$ 5 billion Foreign Direct Investment per year and a US$ 5,000 per capita income among others, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament Friday.

 Sri Lanka police arrest Buddhist monk wanted for attack on Rohingya refugees:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today arrested a Buddhist monk who was wanted in connection with the last month's attack by a Buddhist monks-led mob on a group of Rohingya refugees who were under the care of the UNHCR at a safe house of the agency in Mount Lavinia.

 Sri Lanka's Port City to draw first investment of USD 1 bn in mid-2018:
Oct 20, Colombo: The reclamation of the port city is expected to be completed by 2019 and the first investment on the reclaimed land was expected to begin by mid next year which would be an investment of US$ one billion, said Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka addressing the Sri Lanka Retailers' Association first AGM in Colombo on Tuesday.

 Sri Lanka to sign an economic cooperation agreement with South Korea during President's visit :
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will sign an economic cooperation agreement with South Korea during President Maithripala Sirisena's official visit to that country next month, the government said.

  President to issue government's final stand on SAITM next week:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said the final stand of the government on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) will be announced next week.

 Sri Lanka and U.S. governments launch $ 12 million 'YouLead!' youth employment program:
Oct 20, Colombo: The governments of Sri Lanka and the United States launched the YouLead! initiative on October 19, a Rs. 1.8 billion (US$ 12 million) program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support youth employability, vocational skills development, and entrepreneurship.

 Sri Lanka military offers another amnesty period for Army deserters:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense has declared another general amnesty period for deserters of the Army.

  Supreme Court indefinitely postpones decision on former chief Justice's petition on PC election act:
Oct 19, Colombo: The Supreme Court today indefinitely postponed the order on granting leave to proceed the fundamental rights petition relating to Provincial Council Election (Amendment) Act filed by the former chief Justice Sarath N. Silva.

 Prime Minister criticizes media for publishing fabricated news:
Oct 19, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the responsible media should not highlight false and fabricated news misleading the people of this country. He made this statement at an event held at the parliamentary complex today.

 Northern protesters meet President for discussions on Tamil prisoners :
Oct 19, Colombo: A group of protesters including the Northern Provincial councilor K. Shivajilingam held a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday at the Presidential Secretariat regarding the Tamil prisoners.

 Indonesian Naval Ship arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Bung Tomo arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on Thursday (19).
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 Human Rights Watch makes submission concerning Sri Lanka's military occupation of schools to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child :
Oct 19, Geneva: The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has made a submission to the 77th Working Group of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) focusing on Sri Lanka's military use of educational facilities during armed conflict.

  Sri Lanka Multi-Day trawlers catch over 14,000 kg of tuna in deep sea fishing:
Oct 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development says a program to provide multi-day trawlers to the fishing community under a 50 percent subsidy scheme has been successful.

 Sri Lankan President calls on journalists to present truth :
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's mainstream journalists to be truthful in what they are reporting to the people.

  Sri Lanka to launch national program to eradicate all forms of poverty by 2030:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka will implement a national program covering the entire island to alleviate poverty that has become a severe threat to country's economy especially to the rural economy.

 Pakistan Foreign Secretary launches Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka:
Oct 19, Colombo: With the vision of "Re-Connecting the Alumni for Greater Collective Good", the Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka (PASS) was launched yesterday at an impressive ceremony at a local hotel in Colombo.

 Mobitel launches South Asia's first NB-IoT Network at Techno 2017 in Sri Lanka:
Oct 19, Colombo: Mobitel, Sri Lanka's National Mobile Service Provider showcased the nascent NB-IoT technology (Narrow Band Internet of Things) for the first time in South Asia at the recently concluded Techno 2017 exhibition in Sri Lanka which took place from the 13th-15th of October 2017.

 Former JMO in Thajudeen case surrenders to court, granted bail:
Oct 19, Colombo: Former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Professor Ananda Samarasekara implicated in the Wasam Thajudeen murder case surrendered to the Colombo Magistrate court today.

 'Excon 2017' Road Show to be held in Colombo focusing on Lankan construction sector:
Oct 19, Colombo: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's Apex Industry Association, will hold a Road Show in Colombo on the 25th October, 2017 in a bid to promote one of its iconic event, 'EXCON 2017', South Asia's largest event for Construction Equipment.

 Sri Lanka, Pakistan target US$ 1 billion trade by 2018:
Oct 19, Colombo: In order to invigorate efforts to reach the target of US $ 1 billion trade by 2018, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to redouble trade promotion efforts during the fifth Sri Lanka-Pakistan Foreign Office Consultations held on Tuesday in Colombo, after a lapse of three years.

 Sri Lanka calls for proposals for 90 solar projects of 1MW capacity each:
Oct 19, Colombo: The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has affirmed that 90 small-scale solar projects can be allowed under the second stage of the Soorya Bala Sangramaya (Battle for Solar Energy) Program.

  Sri Lanka takes disaster minimizing steps to reduce landslide risks :
Oct 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to implement a special project within the next four years to reduce the landslide risk by taking disaster minimizing steps.
 Election Commission requests political parties to include more youth candidates for LG elections:
Oct 19, Colombo: The Elections Commission has decided to call on the political parties in Sri Lanka to give a 25 percent or more opportunity for youth when choosing the candidates to contest for the upcoming local government polls.
 Malaysian national arrested for smuggling foreign currency worth over Rs. 54 million:
Oct 19, Colombo: A foreign national who attempted to smuggle foreign currency out of Sri Lanka was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning, Sri Lanka Customs announced.
 Sri Lanka encourages local entrepreneurs to enter global markets :
Oct 19, Colombo: Micro, Small and Medium enterprises are prominent sectors in Sri Lanka's development vision and as the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared the Sri Lankan entrepreneurs engaged in micro, small, and medium scale business enterprises must now enter the global markets, Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
  Sri Lanka Marxist party says President will be defeated if he contests again for presidency:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the new Constitution should abolish the executive presidency and if President Maithripala Sirisena contests the next presidential election without abolishing the executive presidency he would be definitely defeated.
 Prime Minister pledges to pay off Rs. 3 trillion foreign debt within next two years:
Oct 18, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledges to complete the foreign debt payment of Rs. 3 trillion within the next two years.
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 No need for a new Constitution, Sri Lanka Buddhist prelates decide:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Chief Prelates of two main Buddhist chapters today issued a special announcement saying Sri Lanka did not need a new constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country.
 Local Government election date is uncertain - PAFFREL:
Oct 18, Colombo: Rohan Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), an election monitoring watchdog in Sri Lanka, says no comment can be made on the date of the Local Government Election, which is very uncertain.
 Sri Lanka Cabinet approves amending laws to control election campaign spending:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has given the nod for a proposal to amend the laws to control unlimited spending of money on Elections by political parties and candidates.
 Sri Lanka, Pakistan review entire range of bilateral relations during 5th round of political consultations :
Oct 18, Colombo: The Fifth Round of Foreign Secretaries Level Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was held in Colombo on 17th October, 2017. Pakistan delegation was headed by the Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua while the Sri Lankan delegation was led by the Foreign Secretary, Prasad Kariyawasam.
 Sri Lanka's trade deficit expands 9.4% in August 2017 despite exports earnings surpassing US$ 1 bn:
Oct 18, Colombo: Despite an increase in exports earnings Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened 9.4 percent to US$ 856.3 million in August 2017 from US$ 782.8 million a year earlier, according to the Central Bank data released in its External Sector Performance Review on Tuesday.
 Arts Faculty of Colombo University temporarily closed following students' clash:
Oct 18, Colombo: The administration of University of Colombo has decided to indefinitely close its Arts Faculty following a brawl between two groups of students, Vice Chancellor Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake said.
  Japan Bank for International Cooperation reiterates to continue its support to Sri Lanka:
Oct 18, Colombo: Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) reiterated their support for Sri Lanka's economic program during a meeting with Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera.
 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader urges government to release all prisoners detained under PTA :
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and the Leader of main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan Tuesday urged the Government to release all persons held in custody from the North and East under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without further delay.
 Prime Minister calls to let Deepavali be the opportunity to restore lives and rebuild relationships :
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a message to mark Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights, calls on the people to light thousand lamps and take the opportunity at the occasion to restore lives, rebuild relationships, and pave the way for harmony and healing.
 Deepavali helpful to bring forth the message of harmony - President:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says cultural ceremonies such as Deepavali are immensely helpful to bring forth the message of harmony.
 Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness, says World Bank:
Oct 18, Colombo: With a domestic market of only 20 million consumers with a modest per capita income, Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness to sustain high and long-term growth, the World Bank says.
 Sri Lanka to set up a pipeline from Muthurajawela to deliver jet fuel to aircraft:
Oct 18, Colombo: Minister of Petroleum Resource Development Arjuna Ranatunga says a project to set up pipelines to deliver aircraft fuel to Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake from the Muthurajawela storage tanks will be expedited.
 New entry period for Diversity Visa Program DV-2019:
Oct 17, Colombo: Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017 will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a media release.
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 Sri Lanka cricketing legends join Education Minister & EU to speak on the problem of violence against women:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara today joined the Minister of Education and the European Union to speak up on the problem of violence against women.
 Police to record statement from Sri Lankan suspected in plot to kill Maldives President:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Justice has sought Colombo Chief Magistrate Courtís permission to record a statement through police from a Sri Lankan suspect alleged of the attempted assassination of the Maldives President Abdulla Yameen in 2015.
 External pressures constrain Sri Lanka's credit profile - Moody's:
Oct 17, New York: Moody's Investors Service says that Sri Lanka's (B1 negative) significant borrowing requirements and heavy reliance on external and foreign-currency funding expose the sovereign to material liquidity and external financing risk, which weighs on the sovereign's credit profile.
 Sri Lanka EDB explores business opportunities through Hong Kong:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) jointly organized a business seminar recently to explore business opportunities offered to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs through the HKTDC platform.
 Sri Lankan SMEs participate in Trade Fairs in Southern China:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou has facilitated the participation of Sri Lankan Small & Medium Enterprises in trade fairs in Southern China to create awareness and boost trade for the wide range of products that are manufactured in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Navy replants corals in northern and eastern seas:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has launched a social responsibility project to rejuvenate the coral reefs in the island's northern and eastern seas.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 8 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on early Tuesday has arrested 8 Indian fishermen and impounded their mechanized fishing boat for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 Leo Burnett Sri Lanka named 'Agency of the Year' at the Effie Awards:
Oct 17, Colombo: Leo Burnett Sri Lanka was recently named the 'Agency of the Year' at this year's Effie Awards Programme in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka President emphasizes need to further consolidate relationship with Pakistan:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena recalling the long-standing bilateral relations with Pakistan emphasized the need to further consolidate the relationship between the two countries when visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua called on him at the Presidential Secretariat today (October 17).
 Sri Lanka Cricket revises Dhanushka Gunathilaka's ban :
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket board said its Executive Committee yesterday (16) decided to revise the suspension imposed on Dhanushka Gunathilaka upon consideration of the appeal made on behalf of Gunathilaka by the Sinhalese Sports Club.
 Sri Lanka to strengthen the laws against Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters:
Oct 17, Colombo: Measures have been taken to strengthen the stringent laws against Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera said.
 Education Minister warns the teachers inciting students against the Teacher Transfer program:
Oct 17, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam asserted that the Teacher Transfer program, which was not implemented for a number of years, will not be shelved.
 New prison complex complying with international standards opened in deep South :
Oct 17, Colombo: A new prison complex built in accordance with international standards in Agunakolapelessa was declared open opened Monday by the Minister of Prison Reforms D. M. Swaminathan.
  Sri Lanka's Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy named Central Bank Governor of the Year South Asia:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka announced that its Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy has been named the Central Bank Governor of the Year, South Asia by the popular publication house Global Capital.
 President says all programs to protect environment will be implemented expeditiously :
Oct 16, Colombo: Every program to protect and conserve the environment for the future generation will be implemented without any delay, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena disclosed Monday when he inaugurated the national program of "Sri Lanka Next - A Blue Green Era".
 Sri Lanka SEC to enforce more stringent stock market rules from next year:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka has decided to enforce more strictly the stock market procedures applicable to listed public companies from next year.
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  Sri Lanka Cricket confirms Pakistan T20 to be played in Lahore:
Oct 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket team will play an international cricket match with Pakistan in Lahore later this month, eight years after the visiting Sri Lankan team came under a terrorist attack.
  IMF says Sri Lanka's 2018 budget should continue fiscal consolidation, supported by new tax act:
Oct 16, Washington, DC: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Sri Lanka's 2018 budget should continue fiscal consolidation, supported by the new Inland Revenue Act and upholding the reform momentum is key to addressing vulnerabilities and sustaining inclusive growth.
 Fitch does not expect Sri Lankan government to liberalize electricity sector or privatize CEB:
Oct 16, Colombo: A global rating agency does not expect the Sri Lankan government to liberalize electricity sector or privatize the state owned power supplier, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) in medium term.
 President instructs officials to continue services rendered by term expired provincial councils to public :
Oct 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Divisional Secretaries to continue the services rendered by the provincial councils to the public without any hindrance, even though the official term of the provincial council has ended.
 Former Litro Chairman Shalila Munasinghe charged for stealing electricity:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Colombo Magistrate Court today fixed for trial a case filed against former Chairman of Litro Gas Ltd, Shalila Munasinghe on charges of illegally obtaining electricity.
 Two-day dengue prevention program in Jaffna:
Oct 16, Colombo: A two-day dengue prevention program will be held today (16th) and tomorrow (17th) in the Public Health Inspector areas of Jaffna, Government Information Department said.
 Fifth Sri Lanka- Pakistan Foreign Office consultations tomorrow:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Foreign Secretaries of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Prasad Kariyawasam and Tehmina Janjua, will lead the respective Foreign Ministry delegations to the Fifth Foreign Office consultations that will take place in Colombo on 17 October 2017.
 India Sri Lanka Foundation invites project proposals:
Oct 16, Colombo: India-Sri Lanka Foundation, an organization established to foster relations between the two countries, is inviting proposals for funding projects in several areas, High Commission of India in Colombo said in a release.
 Pakistan's Foreign Secretary to visit Sri Lanka:
Oct 16, Colombo: Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua will be visiting Sri Lanka from October 17 to 18, 2017 to take part in the 5th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The 4th round of talks was held in August 2014 in Islamabad.
 MP Namal Rajapaksa and five others granted bail:
Oct 16, Hambantota: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to the Hambantota District United People's Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and five others who were remanded last week for violating a court order and protesting.
  Justice Minister says will take responsible action regarding doctors' strikes:
Oct 16, Colombo: The strikes launched by the state doctors inconveniencing the patients is an attempt to mislead the country towards political objectives and the government will take measures responsibly regarding the doctors' strikes, Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala said.
 Sri Lanka's industrial production index up 4.8 percent in August 2017:
Oct 16, Colombo: According to the monthly Index of industrial Production (IIP) released by the Census and Statistics Department, the volume of industrial production in Sri Lanka has increased by 4.8 percent in August 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.
 Sri Lanka Buddhist Chief Prelates urge President, PM to resolve SAITM issue promptly :
Oct 16, Colombo: The Mahanayake Theras (Chief Prelates) of the four Buddhist Chapters have urged President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly resolve the controversial issue regarding the operation of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine in Malabe.
 Digital Disruption: IQ leads the charge in Sri Lanka:
Oct 16, Colombo: For the first time in Sri Lanka, Innovation Quotient -IQ- is bridging the gap between human insight, applied creativity and technical capability.
  South Asia's first NB-IoT service launched on Dialog's 4G LTE network:
Oct 16, Colombo: Dialog Axiata Plc has unveiled yet another cutting-edge technology solution with its foray into Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT).
 Sri Lanka Navy takes action against drug smuggling to support national program to eliminate illegal drugs :
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy says it takes swift action against drug smuggling into the country through sea routes as well on land fully supporting the Sri Lankan President's joint national effort to create a country free of drugs.
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 Sri Lankan Prime Minister says ready to testify at Bond Commission whenever necessary:
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is ready to testify before the Presidential Commission inquiring into the Central Bank bond scam whenever necessary.
 Sri Lanka needs to adopt new technologies to drive economic growth, productivity - Central Bank Governor :
Oct 15, Washington, DC: Sri Lanka, as a lower middle income country, need to both adapt and adopt new technologies to increase productivity to drive economic growth and stay competitive, the Governor of Central Bank, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy says.
 President promises a special program to boost Northern farmers :
Oct 15, Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says a special program will be implemented to boost the Northern farmer community who are engaged in agriculture to make the country self-sufficient.
 Sri Lanka Navy hands over 6 more fishing trawlers back to India:
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Friday (October 13) has handed over 6 more Indian fishing trawlers back to India, having made repairs to them.
 Norwegian BOI enterprise Jiffy Products opens a new regional office in Sri Lanka:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Board of Investment enterprise Jiffy Products S L (Pvt) Ltd recently opened a new regional office at the Mirigama Export Processing Zone in Sri Lanka, the investment promotion agency said.
 Sri Lanka's BOI hosts seminar on 'Hub Operations':
Oct 15, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka conducted a special seminar titled "Hub Operations ; future opportunities for Investment in Sri Lanka" on 12th October 2017 at the BOI Auditorium, 8th Floor, West Tower, World Trade Centre, Colombo.
 Heavy rains continue to lash Sri Lanka's central hills, sluice gates of several reservoirs opened:
Oct 15, Colombo: Torrential rains continued to lash western slopes of Sri Lanka's central hills overnight raising the water levels of several hydropower reservoirs and risk of landslides.
 India to grant Sri Lanka another Rs. 300 million to construct 600 houses under the Grama Shakthi Model Village Project:
Oct 15, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has received the cabinet nod to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of India to obtain a Rs. 300 million financial grant to build 600 houses for poor families.
  Sri Lanka poised to leapfrog the economy after long years of conflict and political instability - Finance Minister:
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka under the unity government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is poised to leapfrog the economy after long years of conflict and political instability Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera has said.
 Premier promises an economy to grant relief to people in the next two years:
Oct 14, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the economy which grants relief to the people by slashing the huge debt burden of the country will be implemented within the next two years.
 India, Sri Lanka hold discussions to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue:
Oct 14, Colombo: India and Sri Lanka on Saturday agreed that a permanent solution to the nagging fishermen issues should be found at the earliest at the ministerial-level talks on Fishermenís issues held Saturday, October 14 in New Delhi.
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  National Food Production battle commences in Northern Province :
Oct 14, Jaffna: The Northern Province program of the 'Let's get together and rise- Let's fill the Granary', National Food Production battle was commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday (14).
 Torrential rains and winds wreak havoc in Sri Lanka central hills, south:
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's central hill country experienced torrential rains and heavy winds in the last 24 hours raising the water levels of several hydropower reservoirs and risk of landslides.
 Sri Lanka receives additional US$ 18 million loan from OPEC fund for Kalu Ganga Development Project:
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka has received an additional US$ 18 million loan from OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) to finance the remaining work of Kalu Ganga Development Project.
  Sri Lankan President invites black flag waving protesters in the North for discussions:
Oct 14, Jaffna: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who was visiting Jaffna today, told the black flags waving protesters in the North to take flags of peace and try to resolve conflicts through discussions.
 State Minister Vasantha Senanayake leads Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th International Our Oceans Conference in Malta:
Oct 14, Colombo: State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake led the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th International Our Oceans Conference, which was held in Malta from 5th - 6th October 2017.
 Aitken Spence Chef Dimuthu accoladed for culinary excellence yet again :
Oct 14, Colombo: Aitken Spence Hotels' star chef, Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe was recognized at the recently held Tourism Leaders' Summit and International Research Symposium Sri Lanka 2017 for 'the most outstanding contribution for industry leadership for development and promotion of Sri Lankan gastronomic tourism'.
  Suspect arrested for stealing paddy stock worth over Rs. 56 million from a bank storage:
Oct 14, Colombo: Eravur police have arrested an individual for stealing a large stock of paddy worth over Rs. 56 million from a paddy warehouse of the Chenkaladi branch of the Hatton National Bank in Eravur in the Eastern Province.
 Sri Lanka Health Minister to take part in two key international health conferences :
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will take part in two key international health conferences to be held this month in Germany and Uruguay.
  UK parliamentary group president Lord Naseby disputes UN estimate of 40,000 civilian casualties in Sri Lanka war :
Oct 14, Colombo: A member of the House of Lords of UK parliament, and the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka, Lord Naseby has disputed the United Nations estimate of 40,000 civilian casualties in Sri Lanka's war against Tami Tiger terrorists
 Little girl gets lifetime chance to meet President :
Oct 13, Colombo: A little girl, M.N. Amani Raidha, aged 07, came to Colombo with her parents from Badulla to meet the President. But, she didn't believe that she will get a chance to meet the President until she met him.
 Prime Minister reviews progress of flood relief processes in South:
Oct 13, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the officials to expedite the process of providing the compensation to the people, businessmen and tea cultivators affected by the floods and landslides earlier this year.
 Petition against MP Kumara Welgama to be heard on Nov 29:
Oct 13, Colombo: The Colombo High Court has deiced to hear the petition against Kalutara District parliamentarian Kumara Welgama on the 29th of November.
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 No rice shortages in Sri Lanka Minister assures, 500,000 MT rice purchased:
Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka has confirmed purchase of 500.000 metric tons (MT) rice from four global suppliers to face pressure from its domestic markets distressed by paddy shortfall for three straight seasons.
 Local government elections on January 20, Shantha Bandara says:
Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party Youth Front (SLFPYF) Chairman, Shantha Bandara has said that the Local Government Elections will be held on the 20th of January.
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