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  Sri Lanka's Finance Minister plans to reduce VAT to 12.5% by 2020

May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera says that he expects to reduce the 15% Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate to 12.5% by the year 2020.

Minister Samaraweera noted that since all the people are indirectly paying taxes, he hopes to reduce the VAT by 2.5% by 2020 to free the people from the burden of indirect taxes. Minister of Finance made this disclosure at an event held at the Finance Ministry today to hand over letters of appointment to 68 newly recruited Assistant Superintendents of Customs.

 Lanka Sathosa secures US assistance:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's largest state owned retail chain Lanka Sathosa has secured committed support from the United States recording its first foreign assistance to achieve its ambitious goals, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

 Sri Lanka Cricket condoles death of national cricketer Dhananjaya De Silva's father:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today expressed its sincere condolences on the tragic demise of Mr. Ranjan De Silva, father of the national cricketer Dhananjaya De Silva.

  JVP hands over 20th amendment to Constitution to Speaker:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has handed over the 20th amendment of the Constitution to the Secretary General of Parliament as a private member's bill, to abolish the executive Presidency.

 Appeal Court to hear former Defense Secretary's revision petition seeking release in Avant Garde case on May 31:
May 25, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today fixed the hearing of a revision petition filed by the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa requesting the court to release him and seven other dependents from the charges filed by the bribery Commission over the floating armory of the Avant Garde Maritime Services.

 Sri Lanka Health Ministry considers increasing percentage of male nurses:
May 25, Colombo: The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that attention has been paid to increase the percentage of males recruited to the nursing service.

 Listed hospitals in Sri Lanka will see growth in medium term - Fitch:
May 25, Colombo: The global rating agency, Fitch Ratings said that it expects the balance sheets of Sri Lanka's listed hospitals to improve in the medium term but the increased taxes and price controls may limit the profitability.

 President Trump nominates Alaina B. Teplitz as Ambassador to Sri Lanka:
May 25, Washington,DC: The United States President Donald Trump Thursday nominated career foreign service officer Alaina B Teplitz as the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka Army, Navy continue to provide relief services to flood affected people:
May 24, Colombo: With more rains predicted worsening the disaster situation in the country, Sri Lanka security forces continue to provide rescue and relief to the thousands of people affected by the floods and landslides.
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 Education Ministry introduces comfortable clothing for pregnant teachers on doctors' recommendation:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has taken steps to provide the opportunity for pregnant teachers to wear comfortable clothing for the school.

 Singapore police confirm former Cantal Bank Governor is in Singapore, AG informs court :
May 24, Colombo: The Attorney General has informed the Court today that the Singapore police have confirmed that the former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran, who is a suspect in the bond scam case and absconding, is in Singapore.

 Sri Lanka's Finance Minister plans to reduce VAT to 12.5% by 2020:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera says that he expects to reduce the 15% Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate to 12.5% by the year 2020.

 Finance Minister appoints Ranel Tissa Wijesinha as new SEC Chairman :
May 24, Colombo: Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera has appointed Ranel Tissa Wijesinha as the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka with effect from today, 24th of May 2018.

  CSE launches a series of capital market workshops for corporates:
May 24, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced the launch of a series of workshops on capital market operations for corporate representatives.

 Sri Lankan court finds extremist Buddhist monk guilty of threatening missing journalist's wife:
May 24, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court on Thursday found the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero guilty of threatening missing journalist wife.

 Sri Lankan Marine biologist wins at British Council's first-ever Global Alumni Awards:
May 24, Colombo: Following prestigious national awarding ceremonies hosted by the British Ambassador/High Commissioner in more than ten countries, the British Council has announced the names of three outstanding global award winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards.

 New UNICEF, Pay&Go service enables Sri Lankans to donate to UNICEF's work for children :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lankans across the country are now able to directly donate to the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) work for children and young people, though Pay&Go nationwide network of payment kiosks.

 Low income families in Colombo receive newly built houses:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena accompanied by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday handed over 722 newly built houses of Madampitiya, Henemulla, "Methsanda Sevana" housing scheme to low income families in Colombo.

 Mastercard to transform Sri Lanka's digital payments landscape with Mastercard QR:
May 24, Colombo: Mastercard unveiled Mastercard's Merchant Presented QR payment solution in Sri Lanka, a safe and secure Quick Response (QR) based mobile payments solution.

 Ceylinco Life reports enhanced net profit of Rs. 9.4 billion for 2017:
May 24, Colombo: Ceylinco Life has announced that its net profit for the year ending 31st December 2017 was Rs 9.467 billion, including a one-off surplus of Rs 3.456 billion generated by a change in the basis of the valuation of Life Funds under Section 96A of the Regulation of Insurance Industry Act No 43 of 2000.

 Sri Lanka SC judge recuses herself form Avant Garde Chairman's FR case:
May 24, Colombo: A judge of the three-judge bench of Supreme Court hearing the Fundamental Rights petition filed by the Chairman of the Avant Garde Maritime Services Nissanka Senadhipathi seeking an Interim Order preventing him from being arrested over a Magisterial inquiry has recused herself when the petition was taken up for hearing yesterday.

 Immediate attention should be paid to the harassment of students by some teachers - President:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says according to the information revealed to him in the letters, phone calls he receives and during some discussions, it is evident that some teachers harass and unfairly treat students while the excellence and quality of the teacher student relationships are evident in some others.

 Prime Minister's decision on Provincial Council elections this week:
May 24, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a decision this week on holding the Provincial Council polls, Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament yesterday (23).

 Government announces compensation for flood deaths and damaged homes:
May 23, Colombo: State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources & Disaster Management Palitha Range Bandara today announced that a compensation of Rs 1 million each will be offered for those who have died while engaged in occupations during the current disaster situation.
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  Death toll from adverse weather in Sri Lanka rises to 11, over 100,000 affected:
May 23, Colombo: At least 11 persons have died and 105,000 people have been affected due to the adverse weather conditions prevailing in Sri Lanka while 105,000 people were affected, according to the latest update from the Disaster Management Center.

  Sri Lanka International Gem and Jewellery show, FACETS 2018 from 30th August:
May 23, Colombo: FACETS Sri Lanka 2018, the 28th International Gem & Jewellery Show will be held from 30th August to 2nd September at the BMICH Exhibition and Convention Center in Colombo.
  Bill to establish '1990 Suvaseriya Foundation' to expand free ambulance service tabled in parliament:
May 23, Colombo: The Bill proposing the establishment of '1990 Suvaseriya Foundation'was tabled in parliament today.
  UNP National List MP Mohamed Navavi resigns from post:
May 23, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Mohamed Navavi, who was appointed through the UNP National list, has resigned from his post.
 Australia partners with WFP, UNICEF to provide Rs. 89 mn assistance to Sri Lanka to prepare for natural disasters:
May 23, Colombo: The Government of Australia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UNICEF have launched a partnership to help communities in Sri Lanka prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
 U.S. assistance for Sri Lanka's disaster preparedness ahead of the monsoon season :
May 23, Colombo: Officials of the United States and Sri Lanka have held discussions on the island nation's natural disaster preparedness as the south-western monsoon season has already brought floods and landslides in several parts of the country.
 Sri Lanka Army ready to deploy 1000 troops for disaster relief:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army said currently 300 members of the Army, together with Navy and Air Force personnel are currently engaged in flood relief emergencies in worst-affected Districts of Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Ratnapura and Puttalam as of Tuesday (22) noon.
 Viral flu in the South under control - Health Services DG:
May 23, Colombo: Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe has said the Influenza virus spreading in the South has been fully controlled.
 CEB engineers suspend trade union action in districts affected by adverse weather:
May 23, Colombo: The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Engineers' Association which is engaged in a Work-to-Rule campaign has requested the CEB engineers to suspend their trade union action due to the adverse weather.
  Aitken Spence posts 22% growth in PBT in 2017/18:
May 23, Colombo: Aitken Spence PLC recorded a steady financial performance for the twelve months ending 31st March 2018 with a 22% year-on-year growth in profit-before-tax from Rs. 5.2 billion to Rs. 6.4 billion, its highest ever.
 Sri Lankan bodybuilder wins silver medal at Austrian international championship:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan bodybuilding champion Lucion Pushparaj won a silver medal at the Austrian International Bodybuilding Championship held in Vienna, Austria, on 19 May 2018.
 Officials instructed to promptly provide information of people affected by adverse weather :
May 23, Colombo: Minister of Social Welfare and Primary Industries Daya Gamage has instructed the relevant officials to promptly provide information on people affected by adverse weather, flood victims and disabled persons to expedite relief efforts.
 Maldivian national arrested with 2.3 kilos of heroin at Colombo airport:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) unit at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today arrested a Maldivian national attempting to smuggle in over 2 kilograms of heroin.
 Sri Lanka Navy steps up relief operations in flood-affected areas, rescues 172 marooned flood victims:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has stepped-up flood relief operations following the adverse weather condition and naval personnel are currently engaged in relief missions.
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 Nine dead, over 66,000 affected in Sri Lanka due to adverse weather :
May 22, Colombo: Floods and landslides caused by torrential rains with serious lightning and winds in Sri Lanka have left nine people dead, 23 missing the national Disaster Management Center (DMC) said its latest report issued at 6 pm local time.
 Bus fares in Sri Lanka go up from midnight today:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has approved a 12.5 percent increase in bus fares from midnight today.
 Sri Lanka's Finance Minister invites former president for a debate on debt burden:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera today extended an invitation to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to a television debate on the country's debt burden.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank clarifies how gross official reserves were utilized:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank today clarifying the status of the country's gross official reserves said not only borrowings but also the debt repayments need to be considered in analyzing how gross official reserves were utilized.
 Treasury releases funds to provide relief to flood victims:
May 22, Colombo: Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has instructed the Treasury officials to release sufficient funds to provide relief to flood victims immediately.
  Sri Lanka PM pledges to protect temples:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said it is vital that government provides financial assistance to develop religious places with historical value which play a big role in people's lives.
 Sri Lanka Cricket raises salaries of national players:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket board today announced that it has raised the wages of national players by 34 percent for the period of 2018/19, following strong results achieved during the concluded financial year.
 A fast-track agricultural development plan for the next 3 years:
May 22, Colombo: Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed officials to take steps to prepare an accelerated agricultural development plan for the next 3 years.
 Pre- and primary schools in Southern Province closed due to viral flu:
May 22, Colombo: The Southern Province Education Ministry says, as a precaution to a viral fever spreading in the Southern Province, Primary Schools and the primary section of secondary schools in six Education Zones will be closed today and tomorrow.
 Three wheeler driver arrested over British rugby players' deaths:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Fort Police investigating the recent deaths of two British rugby players have arrested a three-wheeler driver yesterday in suspicion of connection with the deaths.
 Hayleys becomes first listed Sri Lankan company to cross US$ 1 bn turnover:
May 22, Colombo: Building on a strong momentum gathered over the final quarter of FY 2017/18, Sri Lanka's leading diversified conglomerate, Hayleys PLC announced a record breaking top-line performance
 Sri Lanka Navy assists to arrest 41 persons engaged in illegal fishing:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has assisted to apprehend 41 persons engaged in illegal fishing at various locations in the island in separate occasions on the 15th May, Navy Media Unit said.
 Sri Lanka's Johann Peiris successfully summits Mount Everest:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Johann Peiris has successfully summited Mount Everest this morning in his second attempt and becomes the second Sri Lankan to summit the world's highest mountain.
 President instructs to recommence Agriculture activities in Mahaweli zones as reservoirs swell with rains :
May 22, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant official to make arrangements to recommence agricultural activities in the Mahaweli zones as the area receives sufficient water with the rains lashing the island for the past few days.
 Suspect arrested in stabbing death of a Sri Lankan national in London:
May 21, Colombo: A suspect has been arrested in the stabbing death of a Sri Lankan national in south London and is in custody in a south London police station.
 Minister orders to remove unauthorized structures blocking flood water drainage in Colombo, suburbs:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka has issued an order to immediately remove all unauthorized structures erected along the canals in Colombo and suburbs blocking water drainage.
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 Heavy rains in central highlands, sluice gates of reservoirs opened :
May 21, Colombo: Due to heavy rains received in the western slopes of the central hills water levels of many reservoirs have reached the spill level and sluice gates have been opened, the Irrigation Department said.
 Sri Lanka President seeks cooperation of all stakeholders to make Gramashakthi poverty alleviation program a reality:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today requested the public to render support setting aside political differences to make the ambitious Gramashakthi poverty alleviation program with the goal of poverty eradication by 2030 through empowerment of village a reality.
 Inaugural Great Manager Awards recognizes Sri Lanka's high performance leaders :
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's most inspiring leadership and management professionals received accolades at the inaugural Great Manager Awards (2017), held recently at the Kingsbury Hotel. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister of Finance and CMA Sri Lanka President Professor Lakshman Watawala graced the event as Chief Guests.
 Prime Minister instructs officials to prepare for emergency flood relief :
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised the three armed forces to be on alert to provide necessary relief as possibility of major floods is looming with torrential downpours lashing across the island.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 1.6 percent in April 2018, lowest in two years:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in April 2018 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 1.6 percent from 2.8 percent recorded in March 2018 on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Monday.
 Inform power failures to 1987 promptly, refrain from touching downed lines - Ministry:
May 21, Colombo: The supply of electricity to many parts of the island has been hampered due to the adverse weather conditions that prevailed in the island. Accordingly, power supply in Agalawatta, Mathugama and Horana areas have been interrupted.
 UNP MP Chaminda Wijesiri to leave government :
May 21, Colombo: United National Party Badulla Parliamentarian Chaminda Wijesiri has decided to leave the government and act as an independent Member of Parliament, NewsRadio reported.
 Army troops ready to be deployed in disaster situation :
May 21, Colombo: Army Spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Atapattu stated that army troops are prepared if the incessant rains escalates in to a disaster situation.
 Nations Trust Bank - realizing dreams:
May 21, Colombo: The Nations Trust story began more than 18 years ago when a small new bank, full of determination, entered a field dominated by titans with a dream to carve out a place for itself in Sri Lanka's Banking and Financial Services space.
 Five killed in Sri Lanka due to adverse weather :
May 21, Colombo: At least five people including a Buddhist nun were reported dead due to adverse weather conditions prevailed in Sri Lanka as a result of the rainstorm that swept across several parts of the country yesterday causing flash floods in several provinces.
  Schools closed in Ratnapura, Dehiowita and Nivithigala due to adverse weather:
May 21, Colombo: Schools in Ratnapura, Nivithigala and Dehiowita Educational Zones will be closed today and tomorrow (22) due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions.
 Flood warnings issued as water level rises in rivers:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Department of Irrigation has issued a flood warning for several areas despite a slight reduction in the rainfall in the past few hours as the water levels in the major rivers of the island are rising to flood levels.
  Government to recruit more qualified teachers to uplift estate sector schools:
May 20, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the present government not waiting for opportunities and alleviating all obstacles is systematically working to develop the country's education along with the development of the country.
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  STF arrests four members of Ava gang in Jaffna:
May 20, Colombo: The Special Task Force (STFF) of Police arrested four members of the sword-wielding criminal Ava gang in the Kodikamam area in Jaffna yesterday.
 Sri Lanka OMP to set up 12 regional offices to inquire into missing persons:
May 20, Colombo: The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) in Sri Lanka will set up 12 regional offices to cover the entire country, the OMP Chairman Saliya Peiris said.
 All facilities provided to treat viral disease spreading in the South - Health Minister:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has instructed the Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe to provide all the facilities needed to treat patients who suffer from a viral respiratory disease spreading in the South.
  Sri Lanka NBRO issues red warning on landslides in four districts:
May 20, Colombo: The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued a red warning on possibility of landslides in Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya, Kalutara and Galle for the next 24 hours from 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
 Sri Lanka's debt crisis will worsen next year, Finance Minister warns:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said after Independence in 1948, the highest amount of foreign debt has to be paid in 2018 and 63 percent of that debt was to pay off the loans obtained by the previous government for wasteful projects and reelection campaign of the former president.
 Agriculture Minister moots long term measure to prevent crop damage by wild animals:
May 20, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says around 30% to 35% of the food crops - vegetables and fruits grown by farmers in Sri Lanka are being destroyed by wild animals and therefore, the yield of annual food crops has declined.
 Canadian PM calls for lasting peace and true reconciliation in Sri Lanka:
May 20, Colombo: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau called on the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a process of accountability that has the trust and confidence of the survivors.
 Sri Lanka Customs nab Indian national with Rs 40 million worth gold biscuits :
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport has arrested an Indian national attempting to smuggle in 4 kilograms of 24 karat gold biscuits valued at around Rs 40 million.
 National Export Strategy soon to be presented for cabinet approval:
May 20, Colombo: The National Export Strategy (NES) to raise export earnings in six priority sectors including information technology, health tourism, processed food will be presented to the cabinet for approval soon.
 Sri Lanka Army offers fruit drinks to Tamils commemorating war dead in North:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army troops serving Vellamullivaikkal areas in Mullaitivu, where the final phase of the war against the Tamil Tigers terrorists took place in 2009 took place, held a 'Dansela' on Friday (18) on behalf of fallen War Heroes and distributed refreshments among all civilians who were commemorating their war dead.
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 It is regrettable failing to differentiate the war hero and the terrorist - President:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today stressed that there are no war crime allegations against the island's security forces in the in the resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council as misrepresented by certain media institutions and extremist organizations.
 Agriculture Minister instructs implementing agricultural policies to raise income of farmers:
May 19, Colombo: Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today instructed his officials to implement agricultural policies that would increase the income levels of farmers.
 Sri Lanka female MPs commend Media Minister for appointing female heads for state media institutions:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Women Parliamentarians' Caucus congratulating the newly appointed female heads of State Media institutions expressed their gratitude to Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera for his 'bold decision' and expressed hope other ministers will also follow the practice.
 Sri Lanka calls for an end to violence in Occupied Palestinian Territory:
May 19, Geneva: Sri Lanka at a special session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory held yesterday called for an end to violence and resort to dialogue for a solution based on the Two State solution.
 ADB grants Sri Lanka US$ 453 million loan to provide water from Mahaweli River to the dry zone:
May 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received a USD 453 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to implement Mahaweli Water Security Investment Program which provides water from the Mahaweli River to the dry zone.
 Sri Lanka Customs seize illegal cigarettes worth over Rs. 1.1 million:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at Katunayake today seized a large stock of highly toxic foreign cigarettes illegally brought into the country.
  Sri Lanka commemorates 9 years since the war victory:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka will mark nine years since the end of the 30 year long armed conflict against the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today.
 PM assures Sri Lanka's job market will not be opened for foreigners under FTA with Singapore :
May 19, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said no professionals in Sri Lanka will lose employment opportunity or be denied justice and the country's job market will not be opened for any foreigners under the proposed Singapore-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement.
 Pakistani business chamber seeks to expand two-way trade with Sri Lanka:
May 19, Colombo: A delegation of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by its president Malik Tahir Javaid Friday held meetings with Sri Lankan businessmen at Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCISL), Sri Lanka and Colombo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 Sri Lanka-China strategic partnership growing, bilateral trade up by 46% in 5 years:
May 19, Colombo: China hinted Sri Lanka's growing importance in its ambitious $500 billion One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative saying Sri Lanka is a "hub" in its OBOR strategy.
  Sri Lanka Navy Ship Sagara returns home on completion of successful naval exercise in Indonesia:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Sagara which left last month for Indonesia from the port of Trincomalee to attend the Multilateral Naval Exercise (MNEX) Komodo and International Fleet Review (IFR) 2018 returned to port of Colombo Friday (18) after successfully completing the exercise.
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 Indian Army Chief meets Sri Lankan President :
May 18, Colombo: Chief of Staff of Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat on Thursday called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's official residence in Colombo and discussed bilateral and defense cooperation.
 Sri Lanka Immigration officers call off work-to-rule action:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration Officers' Association (SLIEOA), which launched a work-to-rule campaign from midnight yesterday (17) has temporarily called off the trade union.
 Sri Lanka GAs instructed to be prepared for disaster situations as southwest monsoons become active:
May 18, Colombo: The Minister of Home Affairs, Vajira Abeywardena has instructed all Government Agents today to be prepared for a disaster situation due to heavy rain in many parts of the country, with the activation of southwest monsoon winds.
 Former MP Duminda Silva's appeal hearing postponed to 4th June :
May 18, Colombo: The Supreme Court today postponed the hearing of the appeal filed by former United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Duminda Silva and four others against the death penalty imposed on them by the Colombo High Court.
 President instructs relevant authorities to expedite renovation of rural reservoirs:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed relevant authorities to implement the rural tanks rehabilitation program as an ongoing program.
 Amnesty calls on Sri Lanka to release lists of the forcibly disappeared:
May 18, Colombo: On the ninth anniversary of the end of the war, Amnesty International called on the government of Sri Lanka to provide information to the families of the disappeared, with detailed lists and information of persons who surrendered to the armed forces in the final phase of the war.
 Mayor suspends parking meter fines in Sri Lankan capital:
May 18, Colombo: Colombo Mayor, Rosy Senanayake has instructed the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Commissioner to suspend all fines charged from parking meters in the city, today.
 Sri Lanka and Rwanda sign MoU on Defense:
May 18, Colombo: The State Minister of Defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, leading a delegation to Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Rwanda on 15th May (2018).
  IMF says Sri Lanka's fuel pricing mechanism would benefit the country and the economy:
May 18, Washington, DC: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Sri Lanka's automatic fuel pricing mechanism marks a major step toward completing the energy pricing reforms and would benefit the country and the economy.
  Sri Lanka launches Market Orientated Dairy Project to increase fresh milk production, strengthen rural economy:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a joint venture dairy production project launched yesterday in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture will strengthen the rural economy while increasing the production of fresh milk
 Nine years after the war ended in Sri Lanka search for justice remains elusive - Human Rights Watch :
May 18, Colombo: The international human right organization, Human rights Watch (HRW) says nine years after the war against the Tamil Tiger terrorists ended in Sri Lanka with the elimination of the terror group, justice for human right abuses committed by both sides remains elusive.
  India business Chamber, Sri Lanka HC in New Delhi hold business session on expanding trade, investment:
May 18, Colombo: The Delhi Chapter of the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry has organized a roundtable business interactive session together with the Sri Lanka High Commission, at the PHD Chamber premises recently.
  President to hold special discussion with all stakeholders on Singapore FTA:
May 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will hold a special discussion on the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement with all stakeholders on the 22nd of this month at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.
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