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  Education Ministry lodges complaint with CID over false news report

Aug 16, Colombo: The Ministry of Education today (16) lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department requesting an inquiry into a false news report published on several websites and Facebook publications claiming that the Minister of Education had stated in Badulla that teachers' wages will be suspended during school vacations.

Media Director of the Ministry of Education Sugath Dharmapriya, Minister's Media Secretary Kalpa Gunaratne and Legal Officer Surangi Perera submitted the written complaint by the Secretary of the Ministry of Education Sunil Hettiarachchi to the Director of Criminal Investigation Department Shani Abeysekara today.

 Sri Lanka preparing to host CITES conference next year:
Aug 17, Colombo: Preparations are underway for Sri Lanka to host the 18th Session of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference in 2019 in Colombo.

 Railway Department plans to refurbish 200 carriages to reinstate in service:
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railway Department is in the process of restoring 200 rail carriages that have been out of service with all the facilities to re-instate them in the service. Rail carriages imported in 1989 and 1992 are being refurbished now.

 Allowances for teachers on exam duties to be increased - Education Minister:
Aug 17, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the Commissioner General of Examinations has been instructed to increase the allowances for the teachers and principals who are engaged in examination duties.

  Hatton-Colombo main road partially opens after earth slip:
Aug 17, Colombo: Part of the Hatton-Colombo main road blocked at the Shannon Estate due to an earth slip is partially open now for traffic, the police said.

 UNHCR invites Sri Lanka to play a more proactive role in the organization:
Aug 17, Colombo: The head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) commending Sri Lanka for its significant progress in resettlement of returning refugees and IDPs, has expressed hope that Sri Lanka would play a more proactive role in the organization.

 Sri Lanka becomes a member of the Conference on Interactions and Confidence Building Measures in Asia :
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka was unanimously accepted as a Member of the Conference on Interactions and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on 15 August 2018, by its 26 Member States.

 CID visits former president's house to record statement:
Aug 17, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department has visited former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's residence in Colombo today (17) in order to record a statement regarding the abduction and assault of Journalist Keith Noyahr.

 Sri Lanka's manufacturing and services growth slows down in July 2018:
Aug 17, Colombo: Both manufacturing and services sectors grew slowly in July 2018, compared to the previous month, while both sectors continued to expand albeit slowly, the Central Bank's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) Survey released for the month said.

 Sri Lanka's apparel sector training body to expand services to South Asia :
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's foremost apparel sector training body, Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel (SLITA) is planning to expand its services to South Asia region, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

 Minister Kiriella to attend former Indian Prime Minister's funeral:
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Leader of the House and Public Enterprise and Kandy City Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella will represent Sri Lanka as the Special Envoy of the government at the funeral of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Delhi today.

 New entrepreneurs to be trained in developing businesses under the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' loan program:
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera on Thursday chaired a meeting between the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank and the Heads of Bank of Ceylon, Peoples Bank and the Regional Development Bank to expedite the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' loan program.

 Possibility to amend the Sri Lanka FTA with Singapore within a year - Minister :
Aug 16, Colombo: The Sri Lanka - Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) signed in January this year can be amended within a year if it has any detrimental effect on the country and the economy, a senior minister of the government said.
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 Sri Lanka Premier condoles former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's demise:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is "deeply saddened" by the death of former Indian Prime Minister AtaI Bihari Vajpayee today.

 Sri Lanka and Oman sign agreement on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Oman have signed agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Sultanate of Oman.

 New special police unit to be established in prisons:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Thalatha Atukorala says that a decision has been taken to establish a new prison police unit within the Prisons Department.

 Education Ministry lodges complaint with CID over false news report :
Aug 16, Colombo: The Ministry of Education today (16) lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department requesting an inquiry into a false news report published on several websites and Facebook publications claiming that the Minister of Education had stated in Badulla that teachers' wages will be suspended during school vacations.

 Train service from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar halted temporarily :
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railway Department has decided to temporarily halt the train service from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar from Friday (August 17) for repairs on a bridge.

 British Council honors stakeholders at IELTS Awards Night 2018:
Aug 16, Colombo: The British Council in Sri Lanka held its IELTS Awards Night on Tuesday, 14 August at Kings Court, Cinnamon Lakeside in Colombo.

  UK Government extends partnership with UNDP to support sustainable resettlement in Sri Lanka:
Aug 16, Colombo: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka recently entered into a partnership agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom to extend support for Sustainable Resettlement of recently released lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.

 Police Intelligence Unit deployed for protection of Malagamuwa :
Aug 16, Colombo: Officers of Police intelligence Unit has been deployed on the directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara for the protection of international car racing champion Dilantha Malagamuwa and to probe the threat on his life.

 In Pictures: 72nd Independence Day of India celebrated in Sri Lanka:
Aug 16, Colombo: The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 72nd Independence Day of India on Tuesday, 15 August 2018 at India House in Colombo.

 Railway trade unions threaten to strike again, scheduled to meet the President today :
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railways trade unions, who launched an island wide train strike launched last week, have issued a fresh warning of trade union action if the government failed to meet their demand to resolve salary anomalies by next Tuesday.

 Sri Lanka to sign agreement with Oman on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka will sign an agreement with Government of Oman to avoid Double Taxation and a Memorandum of Understanding on exemption from visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic and official service passports.

 Profiles of Sri Lankan banks stable despite operating environment headwinds - Fitch Ratings:
Aug 16, Colombo: Fitch Ratings maintains a negative banking-sector outlook for Sri Lanka in 2018 as operating conditions should remain challenging, which could put mild pressure on performance during the rest of 2018 and possibly 2019.

 HNB Group records PBT of Rs. 14.1 billion in 1H 2018:
Aug 16, Colombo: HNB Group has recorded Rs. 14.1 billion in Profit before Taxes (PBT) for the first six months of 2018, representing a 30.7% Year-on-Year (YoY) growth over the first half of 2017, while Group Profit after Taxes (PAT) rose 26.9% YoY to Rs. 9.6 billion.
 Record income from Cinnamon exports last year:
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka has obtained a record income of US$202.5 million from cinnamon exports in 2017, according to the National Cinnamon Research and Training Center under Department of Export Agriculture. It is an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year.
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 Sri Lankan Premier promotes peace and reconciliation at annual feast of Madhu Church:
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the unity government is working to deliver long term peace to the island nation and religious festivals are important to promote peace and reconciliation.
  Navy officer arrested for abduction of 11 youths given Rs. 500,000 from a Navy account :
Aug 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the former navy intelligence officer who was arrested by the Criminal investigations Department (CID) on Monday in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths.
 Sri Lanka to purchase refined petroleum products:
Aug 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is considering to enter into long term contracts to purchase refined petroleum products with a view to maintaining the petroleum stocks at an optimal level.
 Hatton-Colombo main road completely blocked due to earth slide:
Aug 15, Colombo: Hatton-Colombo main road is currently blocked at Watawala due to an earth slide completely halting traffic, Watawala Police said.
 Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank continues growth in Q2 to post strong 6-month result:
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has continued its growth momentum into the second quarter of 2018, despite having to pay in excess of Rs 7 billion in taxes and being compelled to make significant provisions for impairment charges for the six months ending 30th June 2018.
 SriLankan Airlines flights to Cochin temporarily suspended:
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has temporarily suspended flights to and from the South Indian city of Cochin until 18th August, following the closure of Cochin Airport due to flooding in the region.
 Foreign Ministry holds 2nd Integrated Consular Mobile Service in Mannar:
Aug 15, Colombo: The 2nd Integrated Consular Mobile Service (ICMS), coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held on 12 - 13 August 2018 at the Mannar Town Hall.
  Private Bus strike from midnight today to protest new spot fines:
Aug 15, Colombo: A private bus association is preparing to launch a strike from midnight today (15) demanding the government to reduce the spot fines that were increased recently.
 CID to record a statement from former president regarding abduction of Journalist Keith Noyahr:
Aug 15, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department has informed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that they will visit his residence in order to record a statement regarding the abduction and assault of Journalist Keith Noyahr.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank extends suspension of primary dealer Pan Asia Banking Corporation:
Aug 15, Colombo: The Monetary Board of Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to extend the suspension of the business activities of the Primary Dealer Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC (PABC) from today for another six months in order to continue the investigations, the Central Bank in a statement released said.
  Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission initiates youth camp to mark 70th Anniversary of UDHR:
Aug 15, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is organizing a Youth Camp bringing together youth from all 25 districts to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
 Greater Kurunegala Water Supply and Sewerage Project to benefit over 70,000 people:
Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Monday inaugurated the Greater Kurunegala Water Supply and Sewerage Project that will benefit over 70,000 people in the greater Kurunegala area.
  Rs. 2.5 billion spent for conservation of archeological sites in last three years -PM:
Aug 14, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says it is no use of claiming 'Sinhala Buddhist' to obtain the votes without preserving the ancient historic Buddhist temples to tell the world about their glory.
 UNFPA celebrates International Youth Day by engaging Sri Lankan youth for peace:
Aug 14, Colombo: To celebrate International Youth Day in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted its fourth Youth4Youth symposium in the Central Province from 12 - 14 August 2018.
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 Court allows CID to detain arrested Navy officer for questioning:
Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's court has granted permission to the Criminal investigations Department (CID) to detain and interrogate a former Navy Officer, who was arrested yesterday after evading arrest for months.
 Cabinet nod to appoint special salaries commission to remove public sector salary anomalies:
Aug 14, Colombo: The Government has decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff, and to remove the salary anomalies in public sector institutions, including the Railways Department.
 Protesting female inmates in discussions with prison officials:
Aug 14, Colombo: Six of the female inmates, who are engaged in a protest on the roof of the Welikada Remand Prison, have come forward for a discussion with the senior officials of the prison headquarters.
  Colombo Stock Exchange hosts knowledge sharing workshop for delegation from Nepal:
Aug 14, Colombo: A capital market delegation comprising of representatives from the Nepal Stock Exchange (NEPSE) and 36 Stockbroker firms from Nepal recently visited Sri Lanka for a two-day knowledge sharing workshop hosted by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE).
 Sri Lanka Court dismisses Dialog Broadband Petition against Sri Lanka Telecom:
Aug 14, Colombo: The Commercial High Court judge Hon. Ratnapriya Gurusinghe has dismissed the petition filed by Dialog Broadband Network Ltd (Dialog Broadband) on July 18, 2017 against Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT)
 Pakistan's Independence Day celebrated in Sri Lanka:
Aug 14, Colombo: The High Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka celebrated the Independence Day of Pakistan with national zeal and enthusiasm and the commitment to protect the country against perils.
  Sri Lankan entrepreneurs clinch top Asian award:
Aug 14, Colombo: Nine Sri Lankan entrepreneurs have been honored with Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2018 (APEA 2018) at the award ceremony held recently in Colombo under the patronage of the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.
 CID arrests the Navy officer 'Navy Sampath' suspected in abduction of 11 youths:
Aug 14, Colombo: The Criminal investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has arrested the former Navy Lieutenant Commander Prasad Chandana Hettiarachchi, alias 'Navy Sampath', who is a suspect of the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in Colombo during 2008-2009.
 Navy brings ill fisherman ashore for immediate treatment:
Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy personnel had come to the aid of a seriously ill fisherman aboard a multi-day fishing trawler in deep sea yesterday and brought him ashore for immediate treatment.
  Ministry of Health to recruit 1300 Family Health Officers:
Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has decided to expeditiously recruit 1,300 Family Health Service Officers (Midwives) to end the dearth of family health officers.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank to issue 'Panda' and 'Samurai' bonds this year:
Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka, for the first time is planning to issue 'Panda' and 'Samurai' bonds this year, the Governor of Central Bank Indrajit Coomaraswamy has said.
  Justice Minister not taking hasty measures to resolve women prisoners' protest:
Aug 13, Colombo: Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Thalatha Athukorala says she will not instruct to hasten the process in response to the demands by a group of female inmates at the Welikada Remand prison.
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 Finance Ministry stresses that the normal petrol and diesel prices do not increase under the revision of the price:
Aug 13, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance stressed that no changes have been made to Octane 92 Petrol and Auto Diesel under the fuel price formula on price review.
 Piramal Glass Ceylon Revenue increases by 17.5% in Q1- F19:
Aug 13, Colombo: Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC has announced its results for the 1st Quarter of FY 2018-19 with Rs. 1.649 billion of revenue with Rs. 86 million of profit before tax.
 Queen recognizes Sri Lankan volunteer Prashan De Visser with a Commonwealth Points of Light award:
Aug 13, Colombo: Queen Elizabeth II has today recognized Prashan De Visser, as the 2nd Commonwealth Point of Light from Sri Lanka, in honor of his exceptional voluntary service engaging young people and promoting peace across Sri Lanka.
 India's envoy highlights strengthened bilateral development partnership with Sri Lanka :
Aug 13, Colombo: India's envoy to Sri Lanka highlighting the strengthened bilateral development partnership between the two countries today said the industries of the two countries haven an important role to play in crafting the developmental trajectory.
 US announces granting $39 mn in military aid to Sri Lanka :
Aug 13, Colombo: The United States Department of State has announced that it will provide approximately $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending Congressional approval.
 U.S. Peace Corps and Ministry of Education sign agreement marking the return of Peace Corps to Sri Lanka:
Aug 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Education and the U.S. Peace Corps signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize support for English education by bringing U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers back to Sri Lanka.
 Pakistan Maritime Security Ship "Kashmir" arrives in Sri Lanka:
Aug 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Pakistan Maritime Security Ship "Kashmir" arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on Monday (13).
  Treasure hunters attack wildlife officers during raid:
Aug 13, Colombo: A group of treasure hunters who were engaged in digging a site in the Mahawilachchiya - Kohombapitiya archaeological reserve believed to be an ancient palace, have attacked the wildlife officers who have attempted to arrest the group.
 Female inmates at Sri Lanka main prison protest on roof demanding speedy trials:
Aug 13, Colombo: Ten female inmates at Sri Lanka's Welikada Remand Prison are engaged in a protest on the roof of the prison building.
  Speaker's decision on Opposition Leader cannot be challenged in court - Minister Kiriella:
Aug 13, Colombo: Leader of the House, Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy City Development Lakshman Kiriella says that no one can challenged the decision of the Speaker on the post of Leader of the Opposition in a court.
  Peradeniya University to open today after closing for student unrest :
Aug 13, Colombo: The Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University Prof. Upul Dissanayake said the academic sessions of all the faculties except the Engineering Faculty will resume on Monday.
 Sri Lanka Police to establish 25 new police stations to ensure tourists' safety:
Aug 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's police Chief meeting with tourism officials has assured to establish 25 new tourist police stations across the country to ensure the safety of tourists.
  Sri Lanka Telecom Group profits up by 13.5%; Revenue Rs. 39.4 billion in the 1st half of 2018:
Aug 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) PLC Group financial performance for the six months ending 30th June 2018, released on 10 August showed that the SLT Group reported a Rs. 2.8 billion net profit during the 1st half of 2018 demonstrating a 13.5% growth compared to the same period in the previous year.
 Health Minister says charges of 46 various services by private hospitals will be reduced.:
Aug 12, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says measures will be taken in near future to reduce charges for 46 various services at private hospitals.
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 Historic Kandy Esala Perahera festival in Sri Lanka begins with "Kap" ceremony:
Aug 12, Colombo: The historic Esala Perahera in Sri Lanka hill capital of Kandy got off to a start at an auspicious time this morning with the traditional "Kap" planting ceremony under the guidance of Mohottala of the Temple of Tooth, Sri Dalada Maligawa.
 India funds new housing project to build 10,000 houses for Sri Lanka estate workers:
Aug 12, Colombo: India today handed over the first lot of houses built under the Indian Housing Project in Plantation Areas to the estate workers in Sri Lanka's hill country and inked an agreement to fund a new project to build an additional 10,000 houses under the project.
 Chinese Navy ship Qian Weichang leaves Sri Lanka after completion of tour :
Aug 12, Colombo: The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) hydrographic survey vessel Qian Weichang, which arrived at the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit on Wednesday (08th August) left the harbor yesterday after completing its four-day tour.
 13 years of Guaranteed Education Programme to be implemented in 860 schools from next year:
Aug 12, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government's program to provide 13 years of continued education to Sri Lankan students will commence from next year at 860 schools island wide.
 71st Anniversary of India's Independence to be celebrated in Sri Lanka with Bollywood singing icon Usha Uthup :
Aug 12, Colombo: The High Commission of India in Colombo will present 'Symphony of Freedom' by legendary Bollywood playback singer Usha Uthup to celebrate 71st anniversary of India's independence and as a part of India and Sri Lanka @70 celebrations.
 Railway trade unions call off train strike after discussions with President:
Aug 12, Colombo: The Railway Trade Union Alliance (RTUA), who launched an island wide train strike last week without a warning has called off their strike after a discussion held with the President Maithripala Sirisena today.
 Jaffna uniquely positioned for dual-hub IT strategy: STAX :
Aug 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading management consulting firm, STAX, recently launched a research report outlining a dual-hub IT strategy for Jaffna.
 Scheduled private bus strike from midnight tomorrow halted:
Aug 11, Colombo: The inter-province private bus strike that was to be launched island wide from midnight Sunday (12) has been suspended.
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 Deputy Minister says Railways will be made an essential service if strike continues:
Aug 11, Colombo: Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe says that if the strike launched by the Sri Lanka Railways trade unions continues, the railways will have to be made an essential service.
 President appoints expert committee to study Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA:
Aug 11, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed an expert committee to study Sri Lanka - Singapore Free Trade Agreement and to submit a report to him within two months.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 27 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Aug 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 27 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu and seized their four boats yesterday for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
  Sri Lanka expedites India backed mega industry zone in north:
Aug 11, Colombo: As part of its vast development efforts in the North, Sri Lanka has stepped up industry expansion in the Province, boosting hopes for new employment and economic resurgence of the region. The expansion work is kicked off from the largest Industry Zone in the Northern Province.
 People's Bank stresses financial facilities extended to MTD Walkers PLC and Walkers Group of companies adhered to proper procedures:
Aug 11, Colombo: The Chairman of the People's Bank Hemasiri Fernando has issued a statement clarifying reports published in some sections of the media which alleged that the People's Bank has extended financial facilities to MTD Walkers PLC and Walkers Group of Companies without adhering to the proper procedures.
 Minister Mangala Samaraweera invites Rotary Club to partner with Finance Ministry:
Aug 11, Colombo: Dushan Soza District Governor of the Rotary Club and Senake Amerasinghe, its past District Governor called on the Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera at the Finance Ministry on Friday.
 Sri Lanka British Council's English assessment tool Aptis is now available at Third Space Global, Orion City:
Aug 11, Colombo: The British Council in Sri Lanka has appointed Third Space Global at Orion City as a reseller of its popular English assessment tool known as 'Aptis'.
 Saberion bestowed ISO 9001:2015 certification by Bureau Veritas:
Aug 11, Colombo: Saberion (Pvt) Limited, a leading local Web and Mobile Applications development company, announced that the company has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard Certification.
 Sri Lanka Customs nab two passengers smuggling gold biscuits worth Rs. 6.5 million:
Aug 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested two Sri Lankan passengers who were attempting to smuggle in gold biscuits worth over Rs 6.5 million.
 U.S. and Sri Lanka join forces to conduct humanitarian operation Pacific Angel:
Aug 11, Colombo: Members of the United States Pacific Command are in Sri Lanka to join forces with Sri Lankan partners to provide humanitarian assistance to civilians in Sri Lanka during Pacific Angel 2018.
 Aquaculture farming at home garden level to strengthen rural communities:
Aug 10, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy, Dilip Wedaarachchi, says that under the Gamperaliya rural development program aquaculture farming will be introduced at home garden level.
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 More buses deployed, 19 trains operated to provide transport services as railway strike drags on for a third day:
Aug 10, Colombo: The Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry says that a number of measures have been taken to minimize the inconvenience faced by the railway commuters due to the unannounced strike launched by the Sri Lanka Railway Department trade unions entered into a third day today.
 Sri Lanka Premier launches Dhanabhimani Program to empower women through economic strength:
Aug 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today launched a program to empower women socially, economically, and politically and aspire them to contribute to the development drive of the country.
  Court orders more arrests over British rugby players' deaths:
Aug 10, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered the police to arrest the individuals who provided drugs to the two British national rugby players leading to their deaths while in the country.
 India helps renovate Saraswathy Central College in Kandy:
Aug 10, Kandy: At a special ceremony held on Friday (August 10), High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu laid foundation stone to start the construction of new buildings at Saraswathy Central College in Pussellawa, Kandy district.
  Pakistan Maritime Security Ship "Kashmir" to visit Sri Lanka:
Aug 10, Colombo: Pakistan Maritime Security Ship (PMSS) "Kashmir" is scheduled to arrive at Colombo Port on a four-day goodwill visit from August 13 to 16, 2018, the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo announced.
 Fuel prices revised from midnight today:
Aug 10, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance announced that the fuel prices will be revised according to the "Fuel Pricing Formula" from midnight today.
  Audit Services Commission to commence proceedings from today:
Aug 10, Colombo: The independent Audit Services Commission will commence its proceedings from today, the Chairman of the commission, Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe said.
 Suspect arrested with a priceless Valampuri conch shell:
Aug 10, Colombo: Officers of the Habaraduwa Police Anti-Corruption Unit on information received by them have arrested a suspect yesterday (09) with a rare Valampuri conch shell in his possession in Akmeemana Walahanduwa, Pahalawatta area.
 No change in the Opposition Leader post in Sri Lanka parliament, Speaker decides:
Aug 10, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Karu Jayasuriya today announced that there will be no change in the post of the Opposition Leader.
  Government's aim is to systematically reduce tax burden on public - Finance Minister:
Aug 10, Colombo: Minister of Finance and Mass Media and Information Mangala Samaraweera said the government's main policy is to systematically reduce the tax burden on the people and therefore a new amended Inland Revenue Act will be presented in the House soon.
  Democracy established in the country through Independent Commissions - PM:
Aug 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the government was able to further strengthen democracy through independent commissions due to its commitment to uphold the independence of institutions.
 Sri Lanka Army teams up with SLADC to launch project to plant over 100,000 herbal plants:
Aug 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army jointly and the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation (SLADC) have jointly organized a mega nation-building project to plant more than 135,000 herbal saplings inside all island-wide Army installations.
 President urges striking trade unions to consider the rights of underprivileged people:
Aug 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena urged the striking public employees to think about the rights of the underprivileged people who are the ones mostly use the essential services such as public transport and free health care.
 Court grants permission to probe bank accounts of five companies under Perpetual Treasuries:
Aug 09, Colombo: Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today ordered 13 state and private banking institutions to provide information on the accounts of five companies under the Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (Central Bank).
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  Bodu Bala Sena requests President to pardon its leader:
Aug 09, Colombo: The extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today made a request to the President Maithripala Sirisena to pardon its leader Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero who was sentenced to prison yesterday by a Sri Lankan court.
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