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  President instructs security divisions not to close roads to facilitate VIP movements causing obstruction to general public

May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has given strict instructions not to close roads in any way causing obstruction to the general public in order to facilitate easy and free movement of VIPs and their convoys.

The President, paying attention to the public complaints during the Cabinet meeting held, yesterday (21), has given these instructions taking into consideration the difficulties faced by the public due to the closure of roads to facilitate VIP movements.

  Sri Lanka Premier says will introduce a common school system free of religious, racial divisions in next two years:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a new school system not based on religion or language will be established within the next two years to create mixed schools with children of all races and religions.

 Sri Lanka PM instructs all street names should be only in Sinhala, Tamil and English :
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has given instructions to the Minister of Home Affairs, Local Government and Provincial Councils Vajira Abeywardena to ensure that all streets in Sri Lanka are named only in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages, the Prime Minister's office said in a statement today.

 Public sector employees to receive a special monthly allowance of Rs. 2500 from July 1:
May 22, Colombo: All public sector employees of Sri Lanka will receive an additional monthly allowance of Rs. 2500 from 1st of July, the Ministry of Finance announced today.

 President instructs security divisions not to close roads to facilitate VIP movements causing obstruction to general public:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has given strict instructions not to close roads in any way causing obstruction to the general public in order to facilitate easy and free movement of VIPs and their convoys.

 Emergency extended in Sri Lanka for another month :
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has issued the special gazette notification for extending the Emergency Regulations for another month from today.

 Global Seafoods under Agreement with BOI to process Wakame seaweed: A new product added to Sri Lanka's export basket:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, the Board of Investment signed a supplementary Agreement with Global Seafoods Pvt Ltd on 17th May 2019, to process Wakame Seaweed for export in their existing factory complex.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank requests licensed banks to grant concessions to revive tourism industry:
May 22, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has requested the country's licensed banks to grant several concessions to those individuals and entities in the tourism industry to revive the industry that took a severe blow after the Easter Sunday suicide attacks on churches and hotels.

 State's Financial Audit Report in parliament on the 31st :
May 22, Colombo: The newly appointed Auditor General Chulantha Wickremarathne says that the state Financial Audit Report will be submitted to parliament on the 31st of this month according to the new Audit Act.

 Two suspects arrested with over 900 g of methamphetamine:
May 22, Colombo: A man and a woman have been arrested with 923 grams of methamphetamine, also called 'ice' in their possession in Mannar in the Northern Province.

 UNP suspends Weligama Mayor Weligama Rehan Jayawickrama's party membership :
May 22, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) has decided to suspend the party membership of the mayor of Weligama Rehan Jayawickrama for allegedly violating party discipline.

 Haycarb records turnover of USD 123.33 Million and profit before tax of USD 7.9 Million for 2018/19:
May 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan multinational Haycarb PLC reported revenue of USD 123.33 Million, profit before tax of USD 7.9 Million and profit after tax of USD 6.3 Million for financial year 2018/19.

 Parliamentary translator alleged of having links with terrorists to be detained and questioned for 90 days:
May 21, Colombo: A translator in Sri Lanka parliament arrested for allegedly having close links with the outlawed Islamic terrorist group National Thowheed Jamath will be detained for 90 days for questioning, the police said.
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  Sri Lanka participates at the largest supermarket exhibition in Brazil - APAS Show 2019:
May 21, Colombo: The Coconut Development Authority of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Commerce and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil participated at the APAS Show - 2019

 UNP to appoint a PSC to investigate allegations against Minister Bathiudeen:
May 21, Colombo: The parliamentary group of the United National Party (UNP), government's ruling party, has decided today to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to conduct a broad investigation in to the allegations leveled against Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.

 DNA tests confirm NTJ leader Zahran Hashim killed in Shangri La bombing:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Tuesday said DNA tests confirmed that Zaharan Hashim, the leader of the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) was one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at the Shangri-La hotel on Easter Sunday.

 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 3.6 percent in April 2019:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in April 2019 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 3.6 percent from 2.9 percent recorded in March on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Tuesday.

  Sri Lanka increases import taxes of big onions:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance announced today that the special commodity tax on imported big onions has been increased with effect from midnight Tuesday (21) as a measure to protect the local farmer.

 Court grants bail to former DIG Nalaka de Silva alleged of conspiring to assassinate President :
May 21, Colombo: Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court today granted bail to former director of Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) Deputy Inspector General Nalaka de Silva, who was in remand custody over the plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

 COPE summons heads of four government institutions today to discuss Batticaloa Campus :
May 21, Colombo: Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has summoned heads of four government institutions to a committee meeting today to inquire about the Batticaloa Campus, also known as Sharia University.

  Petition challenging Sri Lanka PM's parliamentary membership dismissed without being heard:
May 21, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today (21) decided to dismiss a writ petition filed challenging the eligibility of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to hold a parliamentary seat.

 Sri Lanka state revenues increased by Rs. 93 bn last year:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state revenues have increased by Rs 93 billion last year compared to 2017, the Central Bank said.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party hands over no-confidence motion against government to Speaker:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today handed over a no-confidence motion against the entire government to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

 Several universities to resume academic activities today and tomorrow:
May 21, Colombo: The academic activities at several universities remained closed after New Year holidays will commence today (21) and tomorrow (22).

  Sri Lanka Speaker requests political leaders to unite against fundamentalism in the country :
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Peaker Karu Jayasuriya says by now intelligent people have realized that the fearmongering propaganda spread across the country from the Easter Sunday till Vesak Day are completely false and in the backdrop of Easter Sunday attacks on April 21 some disruptive forces have been activated.
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 Law should be promptly enforced against persons who acted to create unrest- MP Mujibur Rahuman:
May 20, Colombo: United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahuman has said that the law should be promptly enforced against persons who acted to create unrest during the April 21st attacks.
  Sri Lanka Marxist party to file no-confidence motion against President, PM & cabinet:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will present a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, who is the Head of the State and the whole cabinet of ministers in Parliament, party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka said.
  No approval for Sharia University in Sri Lanka, all madrasas under Education Ministry - PM:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that a decision has been made not to grant permission to the Sharia University, also known as the Batticaloa Campus and steps will be taken to bring all madrasa schools under the Ministry of Education.
 Another three suspects connected to Easter Sunday attacks arrested:
May 20, Colombo: Another three suspects in connection with the Easter Sunday suicide attacks on country's churches and hotels on April 21 have been arrested by a team of police officers this afternoon.
  Sri Lanka Army assures security, urges parents to send children to schools:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake today assured that the security forces on a priority basis have taken all necessary steps ensure security for all schools and urged the parents to send their children to schools.
 Academic activities at Uva Wellassa and Sabaragamuwa Universities to resume tomorrow:
May 20, Colombo: The academic activities at Uva Wellassa and Sabaragamuwa Universities will be resumed Tuesday (21).
  Questioning of suspect who had links with suicide bombers continues:
May 20, Colombo: Mohamed Rizwan, the suspect who was recently taken into custody in Mabole area in Wattala over the Easter Sunday suicide attacks, is now being questioned under detention orders.
 Sri Lanka is capable of countering international terrorism - President:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the country is well capable of countering international terrorism with 30 years of experience in fighting and defeating local terrorism.
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  Update: Websites subjected to cyber attack restored:
May 19, Colombo: Several web sites that came under a cyber attack earlier today have been restored, the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team (SLCERT) said.
 Attorney General instructs CID to investigate failure of former Defense Secretary and IGP to avert Easter Sunday attacks:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General has instructed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to conduct an investigation into the failure of former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to avert the Easter Sunday suicide attacks.
  Sri Lanka to increase import taxes of big onions:
May 19, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture P. Harrison stated that a decision has been taken to increase the tax on a kilogram of imported big onions by Rs. 20 to Rs. 40.
 Report on controversial Batticaloa Campus in parliament early next month:
May 19, Colombo: The Subcommittee on Education of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Education and Human Resource Development will submit its report on the controversial Sharia University also known as the Batticaloa campus early next month, the Chairman of the Subcommittee, MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe has said.
  Cyber attack on foreign embassy and other web sites in Sri Lanka:
May 19, Colombo: A foreign embassy in Sri Lanka and several other web sites have come under a cyber-attack, the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) said.
 Sri Lanka marks a decade of peace today amid threats:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka today will commemorate the completion of a decade of peace since the military defeat of the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on 18 May 2009.
 Sri Lanka business chamber urges corporate leaders to act as a catalyst to build peace and revive the economy :
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premium business chamber, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce urged the business leaders to use their influence to build peace among themselves and provide the leadership to revive the economy hit by the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.
  Christell Skin Clinic first skincare provider in Sri Lanka to acquire ISO 9001 certification:
May 19, Colombo: Christell Skin Clinic has been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification by the SGS certification body. In true testament to its motto -'Bring out the best in you!'-, the leading skincare provider has become the first such center in the country to have obtained this standard.
 Human Rights Watch says still no justice for Sri Lanka's victims of war ten years after :
May 18, New York: Ten years since the end of Sri Lanka's brutal civil war, the government has failed to provide justice for the conflict's many victims, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Saturday, on the 10th anniversary of Sri Lanka's victory in the war against Tamil Tiger terrorists.
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 Best tribute to fallen war heroes is to ensure no recurrence of any war - Army Commander:
May 18, Colombo: The best tribute to fallen war heroes is not to allow any room for a recurrence of any war, the Commander of Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said on the 10th anniversary of the war victory against Tamil Tiger terrorists.
 Sri Lanka President committed to change social conditions that lead to increase in crimes:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he is strongly committed to change the social conditions that lead to the increase in crimes.
  Sri Lanka President pardons 762 prisoners on the occasion of Vesak:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday granted presidential pardon to762 inmates serving time for minor offences in the island's jails on the occasion of Vesak Poya Day.
 Sri Lanka's EFL charting a course towards a sustainable logistics industry with voluntary ISO 14064 Certification :
May 18, Colombo: Recommitting itself to effective climate action in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), leading global logistics service provider Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd (EFL) announced that it secured ISO 14064 Certification on Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG).
 Special security arrangements for the devotees during Vesak :
May 18, Colombo: Special security arrangements have been made by the security forces including the armed forces, Police and Special Task Force (STF) on Vesak Poya day today, and the next two days for the security of the devotees.
  MP Dayasiri Jayasekara arrives at DIG office to make statement :
May 18, Colombo: General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara has arrived at the office of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of Western Province.
 ICCSL urges political parties to act responsibly and not delay the tourism sector recovery:
May 18, Colombo: The International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) in a statement strongly condemning the violence and destruction of business property in the country during the last few days urged all political parties to act responsibly and not delay the tourism sector recovery.
 Sri Lanka recognizes the importance of risk-sensitive economic planning for post-disaster revival:
May 18, Geneva: Sri Lanka has recognized the importance of risk-sensitive economic planning and coherence building between climate and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies to better achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is taking a number of initiatives towards this end, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez stated.
 Teachings of the Buddha will lead the country towards prosperity and a safe and secure society - President:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said the people must recollect the teachings of the Buddha to build a society with boundless peace by shunning all attempts to destroy each other for the greed for power.
 Fighting over religious and cultural differences will wreak destruction all around -PM:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Buddha's teachings will open the way for reconciliation, peace and unity in the land.
 U.S., Sri Lanka express commitment to further strengthen partnership for mutual benefit:
May 18, Washington, DC: The United States and Sri Lanka at their third Partnership Dialogue emphasized the importance of their bilateral relationship and expressed commitment to further strengthen the U.S.-Sri Lanka partnership for mutual benefit.
  Sri Lanka government requests public to strictly abide by emergency regulations:
May 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has emphasized that no person shall by word of mouth or any other means whatsoever communicate, disseminate or spread any rumor or false statement that is likely to cause public alarm or discord.
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 India supports Sri Lanka to fight against terrorism -envoy:
May 17, Colombo: India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu has assured India's full support to Sri Lanka in its battle against terrorism and for the island nation's advancement.
 Vesak Greetings from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
May 17, Colombo: United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo sends greetings to everyone celebrating Vesak Day tomorrow.
  State Defense Minister sets record straight on false depiction of security detail during visit to Minuwangoda :
May 17, Colombo: State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said some through media and social media are attempting to slander him by giving a twisted interpretation on the presence of a heavy security arrangement during his recent visit to conflict-hit Minuwangoda area to examine the security situation.
 Sri Lanka Army Chief says peace restored, urges to send children to schools:
May 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said the military has fulfilled its responsibility in restoring peace in the country and urged the public to resume their daily routine and send their children to schools.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister emphasizes that the country does not need a Sharia University:
May 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the draft bill on governing Islamic education institutions including Madrasas will be tabled in consultation with the Attorney General's Department and the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry and the amended Bill will be submitted to the Cabinet.
  Sri Lanka lifts social media restrictions:
May 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to remove the temporary restrictions imposed on social media platforms and messaging apps, the Government Information Department said.
 Sri Lanka bombings increase economic, external risks; IMF key:
May 17, Colombo: The tragic Easter bombings in Sri Lanka will result in lower economic growth this year and could increase external financing pressures, Fitch Ratings says.
 Two suspects with close links to NTJ arrested in Horowpathana:
May 17, Colombo: Two suspects have been arrested in Horowpathana on suspicion of having closed relations with the leader of National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) organization Sahran Hashim.
  U.S. reiterates strong support for Sri Lanka's fight against terrorism:
May 17, Colombo: The United States reiterated its strong support for Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism when Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana met with the U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in Washington on Thursday.
 Sri Lanka High Commission in London hosts a reception in honor of visiting Sri Lanka Cricket Team to ICC World Cup 2019 :
May 17, Colombo: The Sri Lanka High Commission in London has hosted a reception in honor of the visiting Sri Lanka Cricket Team for the ICC World Cup 2019 on Thursday 09 May 2019 at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, in the presence of UK dignitaries, the diplomatic corps and cricketing professionals among the British Sri Lankan community.
 Sri Lanka establishes diplomatic relations with Nicaragua:
May 17, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Nicaragua have decided to establish Diplomatic Relations between the two countries with effect from 15h May 2019.
 IMF says Sri Lanka's economy remains vulnerable to adverse shocks, growth projected to be 3.6% in 2019:
May 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy remains vulnerable to adverse shocks and the economy is expected to recover gradually in 2019, while downside risks remain, the International Monetary Fund said in its staff report released Thursday following the Fifth Review under the Extended Fund Facility.
 Singer Group posts Rs. 58.5 Billion revenue for 2018/2019, 10% growth from previous year:
May 17, Colombo: The Singer Group reported revenue amounting to Rs 58.5 billion for the twelve-month period 2018/19, compared to Rs. 53.1 billion for same period in the prior year with a growth of 10%
 Muslim leaders call for self-criticism to rebuild the trust in the community:
May 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Muslim political and civil society leaders today said they are ready for self-criticism to address some of the concerns raised over the Muslim community in Sri Lanka to rebuild the lost trust.
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 Sri Lanka imports container carrier wagons fuel transport containers:
May 16, Colombo: Revolutionizing Sri Lankan railway history, 10 railway container carrier wagons and five fuel transport containers arrived at the Bandaranaike Terminal at the Colombo Harbor today on board cargo ship MIIKE PANAMA.
 Suspect with close links to Easter Sunday suicide attackers arrested :
May 16, Colombo: The Police have arrested a suspect, who is believed to have maintained close links with the Easter Sunday suicide bombers, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
 President to inaugurate state Vesak festival tomorrow :
May 16, Colombo: The State Vesak Festival- 2019 will commence tomorrow (17) evening at the Thotagama Ranpath Viiharaya in Galle under the patronage of the President Maithripala.
 President to pardon 762 prisoners on the occasion of Vesak:
May 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will grant Presidential Pardon to 762 prisoners serving time in the island's jails on the occasion of Vesak.
 Sri Lanka Army to reforest Wilpattu to mark National War Heroes' Day:
May 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army will launch a mega project to reforest Wilpattu Forest Reserve to mark the 10th anniversary of the war victory against the Tamil Tiger terrorists group.
 Sri Lanka Navy tows distressed foreign yacht to safety :
May 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Wednesday has come to the rescue of a foreign yacht that was in distress off the shores of Rumassala, Galle following an engine failure.
 Sri Lanka EDB's ICT/BPM delegation participates in Japan IT Week 2019:
May 16, Colombo: A top level Sri Lankan ICT/BPM delegation organized by the Export Development Board (EDB) successfully participated at the Japan IT Week 2019 from 8 to 10 May in Tokyo.
 Sri Lanka receives newest navy vessel from United States:
May 16, Colombo: A high endurance cutter, a gift from the U.S. Coast Guard, arrived in Colombo on Sunday, May 12 after a 42-day voyage from Hawaii.
 EU, European missions call on Sri Lanka government to apply law equally to all perpetrators of communal violence:
May 16, Colombo: The European Union delegation to Sri Lanka and European missions today expressing concern about the recent mob attacks on Muslim community called on the Sri Lankan government to apply law equally to all the instigators and perpetrators of communal violence.
 No-Confidence motion against Minister Bathiudeen handed over to Speaker:
May 16, Colombo: The no-confidence motion against the Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Co-operative Development and Vocational Training & Skills Development Rishad Bathiudeen has been handed over to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today (16) morning.
 Buddhist Nayaka Thero says Minister Bathiudeen falsely accused:
May 16, Colombo: Leader of ACMC and Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen and party members visited the areas in the Northwestern Province affected by the anti-Muslim mob attacks on May 13th to assess the damages.
 Sampath Bank's net interest income up by 23% in Q 1 2019:
May 16, Colombo: Sampath Bank reported a net interest income of Rs. 10.2 billion for Q1 2019 reflecting a noteworthy growth of 23.2% over the figure reported in Q1 2018, a significant achievement given the challenging economic conditions that prevailed throughout the period.
 Fisheries Corporation to implement a new program to provide quality fish to consumers:
May 16, Colombo: The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation maintaining its reputation as a high quality fish distributor has decided to implement a new program to supply quality fish to consumers.
 UNWTO calls on global community to offer support to Sri Lanka through tourism :
May 16, Colombo: The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has called on the global community to offer support to Sri Lanka through tourism at this critical time.
 Police Commission approves transfer of Kuliyapitiya OIC on service requirement:
May 15, Colombo: Superintendent of Police Oshan Hewavitharana has been transferred to the Kuliyapitiya Police Station.
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 Objective of organizing attacks is to make the government inconvenient - Minister Ranjith:
May 15, Colombo: Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara says that the objective of the organized attacks in several areas in the last few days was to destabilize the government.
  Sri Lanka police discover 17 terrorist safe houses and 7 training camps:
May 15, Colombo: The Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said 85 suspects have been arrested in connection to the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels. The suspects include 10 women, he said at a media briefing today.
  Sri Lanka Central Bank extends regulatory actions on The Finance Co :
May 15, Colombo: The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)has initiated a number of regulatory actions, as temporary measures, under the provisions of FBA, on The Finance Company PLC (TFC) with effect from 15th February 2019, with a view to safeguard the interests of the depositors and other stakeholders of the company.
  HNB launches its own digital wallet and payment app, HNB Solo:
May 15, Colombo: Laying the foundation for a comprehensive digital payment ecosystem in Sri Lanka, the country's most innovative bank, Hatton National Bank PLC, announced the launch of its own digital wallet and payment app, HNB Solo.
 Sri Lanka PM orders police to charge perpetrators of sectarian violence under ICCPR Act:
May 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the police to take steps against the persons engaged in sectarian violence in some parts of the country under the Emergency Regulations and International Covenant On Civil And Political Rights (ICCPR) Act.
 Severe action against curfew violators- Police spokesman:
May 15, Colombo: The police curfew has been imposed in the Northwestern province and the Gampaha police division from 7 pm today until 4 am tomorrow.
 Sri Lanka President calls on world leaders to join hands to eradicate terrorism and religious extremism :
May 15, Beijing: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the international Conference of Asian Civilizations Dialog in Beijing on Wednesday said that all countries should corporate with each other to wipe out international terrorism and religious extremism.
  Sri Lanka Army investigates video of an apparent involvement of uniformed person during anti-Muslim attacks:
May 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army said on Wednesday it is investigating a video clip circulating in social media that showed a person dressed in a uniform similar to that of the Army uniform was watching while a group of violent saboteurs were in action in the general area of Thunmodara.
 Sri Lanka Speaker appeals to all citizens not to plunge country into darkness :
May 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday appealed to all citizens not to plunge the country into darkness and urged all Sri Lankans to "awaken the collective strength of the peace-loving people against the acts of racial and religious hatred."
  Police lifts countrywide curfew, Wayamba Province returning to normalcy :
May 15, Colombo: The countrywide curfew which was imposed by the police at 9 pm yesterday, was lifted this morning.
 Sri Lanka Air Force to deploy helicopters to monitor disruptive activities:
May 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force has taken steps to deploy helicopters day and night to capture the perpetrators of disruptive activities in the conflict stricken areas as well as in other parts of the country.
  Sri Lanka National Vesak Week begins from today:
May 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka has declared a National Vesak Week from today, May 15th to mark the most significant event for Buddhists all over the world.
 Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank's deposits surpass landmark Rs 1 Trillion in Q1 2019:
May 15, Colombo: The Commercial Bank Group comprising of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, its subsidiaries and associates, has reported gross income of Rs 35.501 billion for the three months ended March 2019, an improvement of 12.86% over the first quarter of 2018.
 Russian tour operators visit Sri Lanka with Aitken Spence Travels:
May 15, Colombo: A group of 12 tour operators from St. Petersburg, Russia is currently in Sri Lanka for a familiarization tour with Aitken Spence Travels.
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducts consular mobile service in the Ampara District:
May 14, Colombo: Under the 'Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu' national program, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducted a consular mobile service at the Dehiaththakandiya Divisional Secretariat in the Ampara District on 10 May 2019.
 Sri Lanka PM visits conflict hit Wayamba Province, requests public support to maintain peace:
May 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a group of people are trying to disrupt the Wesak festival and no room should be allowed to fulfill their intention.
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  UN Special Advisers call on Sri Lanka government to prevent sectarian violence, bring perpetrators to justice:
May 14, New York: The escalating sectarian violence in the North Western Province and other parts of Sri Lanka has prompted two United Nations Special Advisers to call on the Sri Lankan government to put an end to the violence and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice and hold them accountable.
  China assures assistance to eradicate terrorism in Sri Lanka:
May 14, Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has assured his Sri Lankan counterpart President Maithripala Sirisena that his government will give every assistance to eradicate terrorism from Sri Lanka and ensure the security of the island nation.
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