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  Sri Lanka Prime Minister assures security, requests countries to remove travel restrictions

May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today assured foreign envoys accredited to the nation that security has been strengthened in the country and urged to remove travel restrictions imposed after the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people including 47 foreign nationals.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe held a special discussion with ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to Sri Lanka at Temple Trees today (24). During the meeting, the security forces presented the status of current state of security and the progress of the investigations on the Easter Sunday terrorist attack.

 Attorney General files charges against senior DIGs in Thajudeen case and Jaffna school girl case:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's newly appointed Attorney General has moved court against senior police officers implicated in two major cases.

 Education Minister instructs school authorities not to harass students and parents in the pretext of security :
May 24, Colombo: Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the Education Authorities not to hinder the children and parents claiming it is being done for school security.

 41 bank accounts with Rs. 134 million belonged to Easter attack suspects frozen:
May 24, Colombo: Police media spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that 41 banks accounts belonging to the suspects who had links with the National Thowheed Jama'ath terrorist organization, were frozen.

 Singapore court dismisses $ 5mn Avant Garde Maritime Services arbitration claim against Rakna Arakshaka Lanka :
May 24, Colombo: The Singapore Court of Appeal has dismissed an arbitration claim made by Avant Garde Maritime Services Private Limited against Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited for a sum of US$ 5 Million.

 Emergency extended for another month in Sri Lanka:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Parliament passed the motion to extend the Emergency Regulations imposed after the Easter Sunday attacks by another month.

 Suspect arrested for placing bombs near a school in Baduraliya:
May 24, Colombo: The Police this evening (24) have arrested a person suspected of placing a parcel of hand grenades near a school in Baduraliya.

 President Instructs to strengthen programs launched for environmental conservation :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to take forward all the programs implemented to protect the environment in a strong and efficient manner while declaring an Environment Week in parallel to the World Environment Day which falls on June 05.

 Sri Lanka Prime Minister assures security, requests countries to remove travel restrictions:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today assured foreign envoys accredited to the nation that security has been strengthened in the country and urged to remove travel restrictions imposed after the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people including 47 foreign nationals.

 Public policy think tank in Sri Lanka says President and government must justify the pardoning of controversial Buddhist monk:
May 24, Colombo: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a leading public policy research and advocacy think tank in Sri Lanka, today expressed its deep shock and concern over the Presidential pardon of controversial Buddhist monk Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero.

 MP Kavinda resigns from PSC looking into Easter Sunday attacks, Minister Rajitha and JVP MP Nalinda appointed instead:
May 24, Colombo: United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Kavinda Jayawardena has resigned from the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to look into the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks on April 21.

 Sri Lankan linked to Easter Sunday bombings arrested in Myanmar:
May 24, Yangon: A Sri Lankan man, believed to have connections with those involved in the Easter Sunday bombings that killed at least 250 people, was arrested in Myanmar on Thursday afternoon, irrawaddy.com reported.

 Trendy Hub brings runway fashion to flagship store in Colpetty:
May 24, Colombo: Runway-ready label Trendy Hub opened its flagship outlet on Galle Road adjoining Aloe Avenue with a private reception on Tuesday, 21 May.

 Sri Lanka's National Carrier shares the spirit of Vesak with passengers at BIA:
May 24, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the National carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the reputed oneworld alliance, commemorated Vasak at its home base, Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Colombo recently.

 Minister Bathiudeen denies exerting pressure on Army Commander to release anyone:
May 24, Colombo: Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says contrary to the allegations levelled against him, he never exerted pressure on the Commander of the Army to release any arrested person.

  Sri Lanka Tamil party condemns President's act of pardoning extremist Buddhist monk:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) condemned President Maithripala Sirisena granting a presidential pardon to the extremist Buddhist monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera who was serving a six-year rigorous imprisonment for contempt of court.

  No agreement to set up a US base in Sri Lanka - envoy:
May 23, Colombo: The United States has not reached any agreement to establish a permanent US military base in Sri Lanka, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz said.
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 Top Vatican envoy holds discussions with Sri Lanka Prime Minister on recent attacks:
May 23, Colombo: A top Vatican official, who is visiting Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attacks on catholic churches last month, held discussions with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today.

 Special police inquiry into the Divaina report that claimed sterilization of 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women by Muslim doctor :
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police will conduct a special inquiry into a report headlined in Sinhala daily Divaina today that a Muslim doctor connected to the banned Muslim organization National Thowheed Jma'ath (NTJ) has sterilized 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women.

 Sri Lanka President pardons controversial Buddhist monk serving time for contempt of court:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has granted a presidential pardon to the hardline Buddhist monk, Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero who is serving a six year jail sentence for contempt of court.

 Sri Lanka PM hopes bilateral ties with Australia continue to be strengthened under newly elected Australian PM:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulating the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who has secured a majority government on a shocking election victory in Saturday's election.

 Sri Lanka leaders congratulate Indian PM Modi on his election victory:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's political leaders today congratulated the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his victory in the recently concluded General Elections at which the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in Indian parliament.

 Ration and other allowances paid to Tri - Services increased - Finance Ministry:
May 23, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance said the ration and other allowances paid to all the officers and other ranks in the Tri-Services have been increased by the government.

 Navy assists police and Army to nab two suspects with over 140 kg of Kerala cannabis:
May 23, Colombo: Based on information provided by the Navy, the Army and Police apprehended two suspects with 142.812 kg of Kerala cannabis at the checkpoint of Medawachchiya on Wednesday.

 Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to look into Easter Sunday attacks:
May 23, Colombo: Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri has been appointed as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee to look into and report to Parliament on the terrorist attacks that took place in different places in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2019.

 Debate on no-confidence motion against Minister Bathiudeen on June 18, 19 :
May 23, Colombo: The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has informed the parliament today that the debated on the No Confidence Motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen will be held on June 18th and 19th.
 Sri Lanka's HC in Pakistan refutes news report on halting Pakistan- Sri Lanka trade :
May 23, Colombo: The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Pakistan has dismissed a Pakistani newspaper report titled "Pakistan's trade with Sri Lanka Comes to a halt", which appeared on May 20 as fake news.
  Wellampitiya Police OIC transferred with immediate effect:
May 23, Colombo: Wellampitiya Police OIC Chief Inspector G.S. Hewavitharana has been transferred to the Galle Police division effective from Wednesday, May 22.
 Sri Lanka signs Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) with Singapore for employment of Sri Lankan Caregivers :
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore initiated a Tripartite Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) between the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and Singapore Recruitment Agencies...
 Dialog and Netflix announce strategic partnership for Sri Lanka:
May 23, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, today announced its partnership with Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service.
 CSE and SEC initiate effort to restore confidence among foreign investors:
May 23, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC), in a bold step to reassure foreign investors, recently organized an Invest Sri Lanka Forum targeting portfolio and direct investors in Singapore.
 Sri Lanka president pardons extremist Buddhist monk - report :
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has pardoned the extremist Buddhist monk General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero who is accused of inciting violence against ethnic minority Muslims and convicted of contempt of court, according to officials, a Reuters report said on Wednesday.
  Minister Bathiudeen says he will resign from politics if proved guilty of allegations :
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says he will not only resign from the Ministerial portfolio but also will retire from politics if he is found guilty by the parliamentary select committee appointed to investigate him.
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 Stern laws against selling low quality gold jewellery in the future:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has directed his attention to the jewellery markets which are selling low quality gold jewellery that does not meet the standards set by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority for gold products.
  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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