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  Sri Lanka President condemns attack on judge, directs police to strengthen security to judges

July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today condemned the shooting attack aimed at the Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian yesterday in Nallur. He expressed his condolences over the death of police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra during this shooting incident.

The President who paid his attention over the security of judges, directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to initiate a special program to strengthen the security of judges. He also directed the IGP and other security sections to carry out an investigation into the incident.

 Japan- Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation donates two fire trucks:
July 24, Colombo: The Japan- Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation has donated two fire trucks worth Rs. 150 million to Sri Lanka in response to a request made by Matara district Member of Parliament Buddhika Pathirana.

 Chief Prelate commends Sri Lankan President's efforts to eradicate drug menace :
July 24, Colombo: The Chief Prelate (Maha Nayaka) of Asgiriya chapter Most Venerable Dr. Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thero has commended the efforts taken by the President Maithripala Sirisena as the first citizen of the country to eradicate drug menace from the nation.

 Travel goods from Sri Lanka to enjoy duty free entry to the United States:
July 24, Colombo: Export of travel goods from Sri Lanka will enjoy duty free entry to the United States following a decision by the United States administration to approve the inclusion of travel goods from all GSP beneficiary countries, including Sri Lanka, in the expanded US General System of Preferences (GSP) scheme on July 1, 2017.

 Private buses in North refrain from work to protest shooting at judge:
July 24, Colombo: Private Bus Owners Association of the Northern Province says steps have been taken to stop all privates buses in the province from operating today to protest the shooting at the security officers of Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illancheliyan on Saturday.

 Sri Lanka is collaborating with other countries to make island the economic hub of Indian Ocean:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka is collaborating with other countries to make island the economic hub of Indian Ocean.

 PM says government will provide necessary solutions to control the dengue menace and waste management:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says the government has taken measures to provide necessary solutions to control the dengue menace and waste management though different quarters are leveling criticism against the government.
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  Sri Lanka Customs arrest French national attempting to smuggle gems worth over Rs. 11 million:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning arrested a French national who tried to smuggle in several precious stones worth over Rs.11 million.

 State doctors' union readies for another strike on Tuesday:
July 23, Colombo: The state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has decided to launch an island wide token strike on Tuesday (25th) to protest the attempt by the police to arrest the convener of the Medical Students Action Committee Ryan Jayalath.

  Police dismantle the stage setup by protesting students at Lipton Circus, arrest 13 students:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police used water cannons to dismantle a stage set up by the university students protesting the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) at the Lipton Circus today.

 Nominations for three provincial council elections to be announced in October:
July 23, Colombo: Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that the call for nominations for the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern provincial council elections will be announced on the 2nd of October.

 2017 POLA Conference opens in Sri Lanka:
July 23, Colombo: The 28th Presidents of Law Associations of Asia (POLA) Conference opened in Sri Lanka on Saturday with the participation of over 300 delegates from the Asia Pacific Region.

 Sri Lanka President condemns attack on judge, directs police to strengthen security to judges:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today condemned the shooting attack aimed at the Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian yesterday in Nallur. He expressed his condolences over the death of police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra during this shooting incident.

 Sri Lanka Navy rescues another two elephants swept out to sea:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy today came to the rescue of two more elephants that were swept out to the sea.

 Two arrested over shooting in Nallur, gunman is suspected to be an ex-LTTE:
July 23, Colombo: Jaffna Police have arrested two suspects in connection with Saturday's shooting at the Jaffna High Court judge M. Illancheliyan and his security officers in Nallur.

 CDC issues travel watch for Sri Lanka due to dengue outbreak :
July 23, Atlanta: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel watch for Sri Lanka due to the current dengue epidemic.

 Marriott Resort & Spa opens in Weligama Sri Lanka:
July 23, Colombo: The international hotel chain Marriott has opened its first hotel in Sri Lanka, the Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa last week.

 Sri Lanka main Tamil party condemns attack on Jaffna High Court Judge:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today strongly condemned yesterday's attack on Jaffna High Court Judge M. IIIancheIIiyan.

 Plans to begin construction of three power plants generating power from refuse next month :
July 23, Colombo: Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday said a project will be initiated next month to build three small power plants in Western Province using waste for energy generation.

 Sri Lanka parliamentary staff to be felicitated tomorrow:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Parliament has organized a Felicitation Ceremony on the 24th July at Waters Edge, Battaramulla to honor the staff of the Secretary General of Parliament, who rendered a commendable service to the Parliament for more than two and a half decades.

 Police officer injured in the shooting in Jaffna dies:
July 23, Colombo: A Police officer, who was critically injured in yesterday's shooting incident in Nallur when an unidentified man opened fire at the Jaffna High Court judge, has died.

 Jaffna High Court Judge escapes assassination attempt:
July 23, Colombo: Jaffna High Court Judge, Justice Manickavasagar Illancheliyan, who has a reputation of being a fearless judge, escaped an assassination attempt today when an unidentified man shot at him at Nallur in Jaffna.

 Sri Lanka Navy takes delivery of the first advanced warship made in India:
July 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday ceremonially took delivery of its largest warship, built in India under a US$ 155 million contract inked four years ago for two such vessels.

 Laws will be imposed strictly from next month on people disposing garbage indiscriminately - Minister Ranwaka :
July 22, Colombo: Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says from 2nd August the law will be implemented sternly against those people disposing garbage in an unsystematic manner.

 Indian institution invited to enhance skills of underprivileged graduates in Sri Lanka:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka has invited the Calicut-based Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST), an autonomous institution under Government of Kerala, to design an employability enhancement program for the underprivileged in Sri Lanka.
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 'Prepared to work with government, but cannot wait indefinitely for solutions', Sri Lanka Tamil party tells UN:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the United Nation that the party is prepared to work with the Sri Lankan government on resolving the Tamil people's problems but cannot wait indefinitely for the government to take meaningful actions.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister marks 40 years of political life:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, marks 40 years of uninterrupted political life this year having entered the parliament in 1977.
 President assures to provide a permanent solution to the garbage problem:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says this government will provide a permanent solution to the garbage problem, which was not resolved by any of the previous governments, so that any future government will not have to face the problem.
  Law and Order Minister orders IGP to issue a report on police procedure followed to 'abduct' a student activist:
July 22, Colombo: Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake has ordered the Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundera to immediately issue a report on the alleged 'abduction' of a student activist by the police.
 Sri Lanka government to modernize livestock sector to uplift rural economy:
July 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to modernize the livestock sector to uplift the rural economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
 UN assures Sri Lanka continued support for development and reconciliation:
July 22, Colombo: The United Nations will continue to extend its full support to Sri Lanka's development process and reconciliation, the visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman has assured Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena when he called on the President on Friday at the President's Official Residence.
 Startup X Foundry steals the show at Disrupt Asia 2017:
July 22, Colombo: Showcasing three outstanding new startups in acceleration as its launch ventures, StartupX Foundry stole the show at Disrupt Asia 2017, held at Hilton Colombo on the 12th of July.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests eight Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters :
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Friday arrested eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
  New Inland Revenue Act to be tabled in parliament in August:
July 21, Colombo: Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera says that the new Inland Revenue Act is expected to be presented to Parliament and get it passed in the third week of August.
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 Sri Lanka President aims to develop country through economy based on agriculture:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the country can be built through an economy based on agriculture and livelihood of farmers should be uplifted in order to achieve economic prosperity.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 6.3 percent in June 2017:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in June 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 7.1 percent from 8.4 percent recorded in May 2017, on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday.
 UK sees improvement in human rights situation in Sri Lanka, expresses concern over intercommunal tension:
July 21, Colombo: The United Kingdom said the human rights situation in Sri Lanka saw some improvement in 2016 while Sri Lanka continues to be among the 30 'Human Rights Priority Countries' (HRPCs).
 Sri Lanka Test Captain Chandimal hospitalized, Rangana Herath to lead India Test:
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Friday confirmed that Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal has been hospitalized following a diagnosis of pneumonia this morning.
 FACETS 2017 set to showcase the best of Sri Lanka's Gem & Jewelry Industry:
July 21, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Gem & Jewelry Association announced the launch of the 27th edition of the FACETS International Gem & Jewelry Exhibition, on the 19th of July at a press conference held at the OZO in Colombo.
 Japan grants US$ 611,000 for demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka:
July 21, Colombo: The Government of Japan has extended a grant assistance of US$ 611,000 to Sri Lanka for de-mining activities in Northern Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka power regulator approves Electricity Board's alternate plan for electricity generation in next 20 years:
July 21, Colombo: Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, has granted approval to the alternate Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018- 2037 of the Ceylon Electricity Board's (CEB), with the view of ensuring energy security and continuous supply of electricity in Sri Lanka.
  Sri Lanka President endorses the necessary actions to implement the Office of the Missing Persons:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has endorsed the necessary course of action to implement the Office of the Missing Persons following the sign off on the relevant Act on Thursday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake said.
 UN Chief commends Sri Lankan government for establishing Office of Missing Persons:
July 21, New York: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) on Thursday.
 With GSP+ Sri Lanka begins the battle to enter world's richest market - PM:
July 20, Colombo: A national conference jointly organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) and the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and Maldives was held in Colombo Wednesday under the theme "Is Sri Lanka the next economic miracle of Asia".
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 Sri Lanka court extends order banning garbage disposal at Muthurajawela wetlands till 25 July:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today extended the interim injunction banning Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) from dumping garbage at Muthurajawela sanctuary.
 WHO says no need for travel restriction to Sri Lanka on the basis of dengue outbreak:
July 20, Colombo: The World Health Organization says that there is no need to impose restriction on travel to Sri Lanka on the grounds of dengue outbreak.
  Visiting top UN official meets PM, religious leaders:
July 20, Colombo: Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 19 July for a three day visit met with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today at the Temple Trees.
 Two Japanese naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port :
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Japanese naval ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday.
 Sri Lanka President signs Office of Missing Persons Act:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today signed the Office of Missing Persons gazette establishing the Office on Missing Persons (OMP).
 Sri Lanka's rural dairy farmers raise production, incomes through USAID assistance:
July 20, Colombo: K. Mathanakumari, a single mother of three from Mullaitivu, faced many challenges to feed, clothe, and educate her children.
 Cabinet nod for immediate measures to resolve problems of Uma Oya project:
July 20, Colombo: The cabinet has given approval to a set of proposals presented by the government to immediately resolve the problems resulted from the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development scheme.
 Seven arrested over the cocaine stock in sugar container :
July 20, Colombo: Seven suspects have been arrested over the haul of cocaine seized yesterday at the Ratmalana Economic Centre police said.
 Sri Lankan government ensures free vocational education to the youth:
July 20, Colombo: The current government is taking measures to strengthen the free education and provide free vocational education to the youth in the country, President Maithripala Sirisena assured.
 Australia provides support to help combat dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka:
July 20, Colombo: Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop today announced that the Australian Government will provide life-saving support through the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat a severe dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Army releases 189 acres of land in Mullaitivu to original residents:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, in keeping with the government's policy to release more security forces-held lands to the civilians, has released 189 acres in Mullaitivu.
 Sri Lanka’s bilateral security and defense relationship with the U.S. continued to grow in 2016 - Report :
July 20, Washington, DC: Although Sri Lanka's counterterrorism cooperation and training with the United States in 2016 was limited, the bilateral security and defense relationship continued to grow, a U.S. report on global terrorism released Wednesday said.
 SriLankan Airlines global network expands to highest number of destinations:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines recorded an exciting milestone last Sunday as it launched a new four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore. This took SriLankan's online destination count to 41, the highest ever in Sri Lanka's aviation history.
  Sri Lanka welcomes Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka today welcomed the Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop who arrived in the island today on a two-day official visit.
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 Sri Lanka to install CCTV cameras in public areas to monitor illegal garbage dumping:
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers yesterday has approved the installation of CCTV cameras in public areas where garbage is unsystematically disposed and establishing a system for relevant officials to monitor this footage via mobile phones.
 Turkey's largest tea importer wants to expand cooperation with Sri Lanka:
July 19, Colombo: Turkey's largest tea importer and the world's 12th largest tea firm in the world, Beta Food Industry has expressed interest to expand cooperation with Sri Lanka.
 Visiting FM says Jaffna holds special significance to Singapore :
July 19, Jaffna: Singapore Foreign Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan after visiting Jaffna and meeting with the Northern Provincial officials today said Jaffna holds special significance for Singapore given the strong cultural and people-to-people ties between the two sides.
  Sri Lanka Health Minister to extend support to resolve salary anomalies and other problems affecting doctors:
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says he will extend his support to resolve the salary anomalies of the doctors and to regain their privileges.
 Sri Lanka Police seize 160 kilogram cocaine consignment in a sugar container:
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police during a raid have discovered a large consignment of cocaine concealed in a vehicle transporting sugar containers at the Ratmalana Economic Centre.
 Sri Lanka's new constitution aims to strengthen the rights of all - PM:
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the aim of the government is to draft a new constitution which strengthens the rights of all and approved by all ethnic and religious groups.
 Principals assigned to make school premises free of dengue mosquitoes:
July 19, Colombo: Principals of Sri Lanka's schools have been given the responsibility to keep the school premises free of dengue mosquitoes as a large number of dengue patients are school children.
 IUSF Convener Lahiru Weerasekara further remanded till August 02:
July 19, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today refused to grant bail to the Convener of the Inter University Students Federation Lahiru Weerasekara and four others who were arrested over damaging public property and further remanded them until 02 August.
 Top UN official visits Sri Lanka to review progress of peacebuilding process:
July 19, Colombo: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a three-day visit to review the progress of peacebuilding process.
 NFF resigns from Constitutional Assembly:
July 19, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF) led by parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has announced to the Speaker today that its members will resign from the Constitutional Assembly.
 Uma Oya sub-committee report handed over to cabinet of Ministers:
July 19, Colombo: The report prepared by the Ministerial Sub Committee appointed to resolve the problems arising out of the implementation of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project has been handed over to the cabinet.
 Sri Lanka purchases 100,000 MT rice from Thailand :
July 19, Colombo: Thailand has also agreed to sell rice to Sri Lanka in addition to Pakistan and Myanmar, to meet the country's urgent demand Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 Dumindra Ratnayaka appointed as Board of Investment Chairman:
July 19, Colombo: Former CEO of Etisalat, Dumindra Ratnayaka has been appointed as the chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka, local media reported.
 Sri Lanka stock market breaks through with strong showing in 2017 first half :
July 19, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has recorded a noteworthy turnaround in the first half of 2017, having started the year on the back of a slow‐moving 2016, the CSE said in a release.
 Indian Customs nabs Sri Lankan with gems hidden in rectum :
July 19, Chennai: The Customs Department’s Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) has foiled an attempt by a Sri Lankan man to sneak in semi-precious stones at Chennai airport.
  UN rights expert says torture routinely used against Sri Lankan security suspects:
July 19, New York: A United Nations independent human right expert has said that torture is routinely used in Sri Lanka against people detained on national security grounds.
 Prime Minister says need to plan economy adapting to climate changes :
July 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says recently the island experienced a severe drought affecting the agricultural output and the country needs to develop the economy adapting to the climate changes the world is experiencing.
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 Sri Lanka National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol to strictly impose ban on smokeless tobacco products :
July 18, Colombo: The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol has taken measures to strictly impose the banning of tobacco products in Sri Lanka in accordance with the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act No. 27 of 2006 prohibiting non-smoking tobacco products.
 'Hub Diplomacy' with an FTA is a win-win situation for both Sri Lanka and Singapore - Singapore FM :
July 18, Colombo: Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan says the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Singapore and Sri Lanka can serve as Sri Lanka's gateway in Southeast Asia and Singapore's gateway to Indian Ocean.
 Sri Lankan President calls on government ministries to work together to achieve national development goals:
July 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today called on his government's ministries to work jointly in the process of national development to achieve the development aspirations of the people as well as the country.
  Sri Lankan court restricts student protest in Colombo:
July 18, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered the university students who were planning to launch another protest to do so without inconveniencing the public and disrupting peace.
 Sri Lanka, Singapore to strengthen bilateral relations in trade and investment, finalize FTA this year:
July 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Singapore plan to strengthen bilateral relations in trade and investment and finalize a new free trade agreement within this year.
 Sri Lanka Child Protection Authority receives over 3700 child abuse complaints this year:
July 18, Colombo: The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) of Sri Lanka says it has received over 3700 complaints so far this year.
 Sri Lanka negotiates to purchase 500,000 MT of high-quality rice from Myanmar:
July 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka has offered to purchase 500,000 metric tons (MT) of high-quality rice from Myanmar through a government-to-government contract, U Aung Soe, the director general of Myanmar Trade Promotion Team under the Ministry of Commerce has said.
  Sri Lanka SMEs receive international support enabling to link with global markets:
July 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's one million strong Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have clinched the largest international support wave in their business history thereby finally enabling them to directly link with global markets, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says.
 IMF satisfied with Sri Lanka's economic reforms, approves US$167.2 million second tranche of EFF:
July 18, Washington, DC: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monday said its Executive Board completed the second review of Sri Lanka's Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement, which enables the disbursement of about US$ 167.2 million.
 Coimbatore becomes SriLankan Airlines' 14th destination in India :
July 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines today announced the launch of new services from July 16th to Coimbatore, the second largest city in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu.
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 Draft bill to hold Local Government elections in parliament next week - President:
July 17, Colombo: The relevant draft bill to hold Local Government (LG) elections will be presented in parliament next week, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
 Mahanama Tillekeratne Commission recommends stern action against police officers involved in FTZ factory worker killing in 2011:
July 17, Colombo: The Mahanama Commission Tillekeratne report on the killing of Roshen Shanaka and the attack on the protesters at a demonstration at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone six years ago has been officially handed over to the mother of the victim.
 Opportunities for businesses from mega projects to come under focus at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit:
Sri Lanka's proposed mega development projects such as the Western Region Megapolis, Hambantota Logistics and Industrial Zone and also the ongoing Colombo Port City will come under focus at the upcoming Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017 organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
 Sri Lanka Army commemorates 26th death anniversary of 'Hasalaka Hero':
July 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army Friday (14) commemorated the 26th death anniversary of war hero Hasalaka Gamini Kularatne, the Sri Lankan soldier, whose supreme sacrifice saved the lives of hundreds of fellow soldiers when the LTTE sieged the Elephant Pass camp in July 1991.
  Sri Lanka President assures transparency in financial management :
July 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government is committed to strengthen the national economy by ensuring the purity and transparency of financial management.
 Sri Lanka PM hopes to create a debt-free economy by 2020:
July 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government has initiated a huge development program throughout the island and the public will receive the benefits of the program within a very short period.
 Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to visit Sri Lanka to strengthen bilateral ties :
July 17, Colombo: Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop today announced that she will visit India and Sri Lanka from 18-20 July to strengthen Australia's bilateral, economic and security relations with two important partners in the region.
 Sri Lanka and World Bank sign US$100 million Credit Agreement to support higher education:
July 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka has signed a US$100 million credit agreement with the World Bank to support its higher education sector, a World Bank statement said.
 Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister begins visit to Sri Lanka today:
July 17, Colombo: The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 17-21 July 2017. Minister Balakrishnan will visit Colombo and Jaffna Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
 Sri Lanka government takes over Neville Fernando private hospital:
July 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government Monday took over Dr. Neville Fernando Hospital in Malabe by signing the relevant agreement between Dr. Neville Fernando, Chairman of the Hospital and the Ministry of Health, in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena.
 India develops Most Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero Village in Anuradhapura:
July 17, Colombo: India and Sri Lanka signed a MoU to develop Most Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero Village (Elapathagama) in Anuradhapura District on July 14, 2017.
 Sri Lanka Navy's Indian-made largest warship to be delivered on July 22 :
July 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Navy will soon commission its largest warship, which has been built by India's Goa Shipyards Ltd for the Sri Lanka Navy under a US$ 155 million contract inked four years ago for two such vessels.
 Sri Lanka Health Minister commends media institutions for contributing to dengue eradication:
July 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne commended the media institutions for helping in the island wide dengue eradication program launched by the Ministry.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests four Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
July 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Sunday arrested four fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
 The very first Taco Bell in Sri Lanka opens today at Horton Place :
July 17, Colombo: Taco Bell, the world's largest Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant chain, will unleash an electrifying experience when it opens its doors in Sri Lanka on July 17 at No. 36, Horton Place, Colombo 7.
 President delivers special nutrition packs to pregnant women to enhance maternity health:
July 16, Kandy: A special program to deliver nutrition packs and dry rations among the pregnant women was held Sunday at the President's House in Kandy, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
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