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  Sri Lankan President pledges maximum punishment for culprits of Jaffna rape and murder

May 26, Jaffna: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged maximum punishment to the perpetrators of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Jaffna.

President Sirisena, who paid a sudden visit to Jaffna Tuesday, assured to take all measures possible to impose maximum punishment to the suspects of the crime through a special court. He stressed not to leave any room in the future for such crimes to happen in the country.

 Sri Lanka, India depository systems sign MoU for knowledge sharing :
May 26, Colombo: The Central Depository System (Pvt) Ltd (CDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Securities Depository (Pvt) Ltd of India (NSDL), for the purpose of knowledge sharing in the area of depository services.

  Opposition MP says former Sri Lankan President not disqualified from holding office as President:
May 26, Colombo: Opposition parliamentarian in Sri Lanka, Vasudeva Nanayakkara says that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the prime minister of the next government.

 Sri Lanka Army troops to support medical services in strike-hit hospitals:
May 26, Colombo: The assistance of the Sri Lanka Army has been offered to conduct emergency skeletal services at island-wide government hospitals following a trade union action, staged by the minor staff working in hospitals Tuesday (26) morning.

 Sri Lanka's Marxist party decides not to attend National Executive Council sessions:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the party will not attend the National Executive Council in the future.
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  Students of northern schools discuss shortcomings with Sri Lankan President :
May 26, Colombo: Students of schools in the Northern Province got an opportunity today to enlighten the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the problems they are facing and the shortcomings in their schools when the President attended a function in Jaffna.

 Inquiry panel appointed to probe Sri Lanka Cricket administration:
May 26, Colombo: Minister of Tourism and Sports Navin Dissanayake has on Tuesday appointed a three-member panel to investigate alleged corruption in the past cricket administrations.

 Jonty Rhodes to arrive in Sri Lanka today on a short coaching stint:
May 26, Colombo: Jonty Rhodes, the former South African batsman, will arrive in Sri Lanka Tuesday on a short stint for 10 days as a fielding coach, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a release.

 Striking health sector employees of Sri Lanka face suspension if not reported for duty:
May 26, Colombo: The Health Ministry of Sri Lanka warned that the temporary and substitute health sector employees who are on a work strike would be suspended if not reported for duty.

 SriLankan Airlines opens ticketing office in Anuradhapura:
May 26, Anuradapura: SriLankan Airlines expands its presence in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka by opening its latest passenger sales office in Anuradhapura in a bid to capture a larger share of the local travel market.

 Sri Lankan court bars protests in Chunnakam suburb of Jaffna over gang rape and murder:
May 26, Jaffna: A Sri Lankan court in Jaffna has ordered a ban on protests for 14 days in a suburb of Jaffna over the gang rape and murder of student.

 Sri Lanka opposition emphasizes SLFP's commitment for the 20th Amendment:
May 26, Colombo: The Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka parliament has rejected the allegations that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is not interested in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to bring electoral reforms and emphasized that the party is dedicated to get the legislation adopted.

 Sri Lankan President pledges maximum punishment for culprits of Jaffna rape and murder :
May 26, Jaffna: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged maximum punishment to the perpetrators of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Jaffna.

 Sri Lanka's Justice Minister leaves for Russia to attend law conference:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe has left for Russia to participate in an international law conference to be held at St. Petersburg.

 Leader of Sri Lanka extremist Buddhist organization released on bail:
May 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has granted bail to the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested earlier today for failing to appear in court.

 Sri Lanka health sector union launches strike over 10 demands:
May 26, Colombo: A health sector union in Sri Lanka, the All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU) has launched a two-day token trade union action From this morning over several demands.

 Leader of Sri Lanka extremist Buddhist organization arrested:
May 26, Colombo: The leader of an extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka has been arrested for failing to appear before the court.

  Secretary to former Sri Lankan president to be indicted over misuse of TRC money :
May 26, Colombo: Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa along with two others will be indicted in the high court over the misuse of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) money, according to a media report.

 Sri Lanka parliamentary committee to commence probe on Treasury Bond issue today :
May 26, Colombo: A parliamentary committee investigating state enterprises will commence its probe today into the allegations against the Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran in connection with the controversial Treasury bond issue.

 Sri Lanka's Agriculture Insurance Board introduces new mechanism to estimate damages to crops:
May 26, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Agriculture Insurance Board plans to introduce a new technical mechanism to estimate damages to cultivations.

 Sri Lanka Supreme Court justice recuses from former minister's FR petition hearing:
May 25, Colombo: A Sri Lanka Supreme Court Justice Eva Wanasundera has announced that she will recuse herself from the hearing of the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lankan authorities commence appointing members to the Constitutional Council:
May 25, Colombo: Authorities in Sri Lanka have appointed four members to the Constitutional Council as outlined in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, according to a local media report.
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 Director General of Sri Lanka Customs resigns:
May 25, Colombo: Finance Minister of Sri Lanka Ravi Karunanayake today said that Director General of Customs Jagath P. Wijeweera has tendered his resignation to the Finance Ministry Secretary.

 Sri Lanka's former minister further remanded :
May 25, Colombo: Former Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister of Sri Lanka Johnston Fernando was remanded further when he was produced before the court today.

 Sri Lanka opposition MPs complain to IMF against Central Bank Governor:
May 25, Colombo: A group of parliamentarians of Sri Lanka's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has lodged a complaint with the representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Sri Lanka.

  Energy conservation program introduced to Sri Lanka Army:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Power and Energy Ministry's timely national project to create awareness for economical use of energy for the best interests of the Nation was introduced to State's largest employment provider, Sri Lanka Army on Monday (25).
 Protecting forests and environment among top priorities for Sri Lankan government - President:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithreepala Sirisena says the conservation of the national forests and protecting the environment are among the government's foremost challenges and therefore among the top priorities of the government.
 Sri Lanka police investigate death of a U.S. pilot:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's police have launched an investigation into the death of a U.S. Air Force pilot whose body was discovered from a hotel room in the capital Colombo last week, according to a Xinhua news report .
 Sri Lankan visa applicant for UK arrested for fraud:
May 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan visa applicant was arrested for using deception to apply for a UK visa, the British High Commission said in a press release Monday.
 Palai police team in Jaffna comes under attack from residents after suspect was shot:
May 25, Jaffna: A team of police officers of the Palai division had come under attack when they attempted to arrest a suspect Sunday, Police Media Unit said.
 Sri Lanka consumer authority to gazette new laws on full face helmets:
May 25, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) in Sri Lanka says the new laws on standards for the use, sale and display of full face helmets in the country will be gazetted shortly.
 French movie based on Sri Lankan immigrants wins highest award at Cannes:
May 25, Cannes: The French movie Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard, has won the Palme d'Or prize for the Best Film at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday.
 Sri Lanka's national carrier likely to undergo reshuffle at senior level:
May 25, Colombo: A reshuffle is expected to take place among several senior positions at Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines.
 Former Sri Lanka ruling party members to seek nominations for remanded colleagues:
May 25, Colombo: A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members loyal to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought nomination for its currently remanded members at the general election.
 Sri Lanka's former President appoints shadow Cabinet - report:
May 25, Colombo: Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly appointed a shadow Cabinet that meets on a weekly basis.
 Sri Lankan minister says parliament will be dissolved in a few weeks:
May 25, Colombo: The Chief Government Whip and the Minister of Plantation Industries Lakshman Kiriella, says that Parliament will be dissolved in a few weeks.
 Candlelight vigil held for Sri Lanka rape victim:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka government ministers joined by religious leaders and hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil in Colombo on Sunday in memory of a school girl who was brutally raped and killed in Punguduthivu, Jaffna.
 Sri Lankan government panel finds highway project costs highly inflated:
May 24, Colombo: An official committee reviewing the former Government's highway projects has found several of them to be highly inflated in price, but recommended to continue the projects on a smaller scale.
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 Sri Lanka police use water cannons disperse people protesting garbage dump:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka police on Sunday (24) used water cannons to disperse a group of people protesting the presence of a massive garbage dump in their neighborhood in a suburb of Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.
 Sri Lankan PM expects people to decide on the government's100-day program :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe says that the 100 day program of the Government which has been successfully completed is now placed before the people and they would give an important decision about the programme soon.
 President inspects Maduru Oya Reservoir, orders to speed up maintenance work:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has made a sudden inspection tour of the Maduru Oya Reservoir Saturday (23) to observe the condition of the reservoir and the dam.
 Comprehensive national security plan under preparation in Sri Lanka :
May 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to devise a comprehensive national security plan covering all aspects of necessary areas of security in the island nation, President Maithripala Sirisena said Sunday.
 Gem smuggling Indian national nabbed in Sri Lanka:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo have nabbed this morning an Indian national, who had allegedly attempted to smuggle out a stock of gems worth Rs. 9.7 m million.
 Sri Lanka to host SAARC Film Festival 2015 in Colombo next week:
May 24, Colombo: The 2015 SAARC Film Festival will be held in Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka over a period of 6 days from the 26th - 31st of May 2015.
 PM appeals to Sri Lankan youth to elect public representatives who are capable of solving their problems:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe Saturday called on the country's youth to elect public representatives, who are capable of solving their problems, at the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
 Sri Lankan President calls on SLFP activists to extend support for government:
May 23, Moneragala: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday called on the activists of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the political party he leads, to extend their support needed for the future activities of the government.
 Sri Lanka Navy brings home 16 fishermen released from India:
May 23, Kankasanthurai: Sri Lanka Navy Saturday brought home 16 Sri Lankan fishermen released from custody by the Indian officials.
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 Sri Lanka's former army commander to contest parliamentary elections:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army commander and Democratic Party leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has said that he will contest the next parliamentary elections.
  Sri Lanka seeks German assistance to ensure durable peace and prosperity for people:
May 23, Berlin: Sri Lanka has sought the assistance of Government of Germany to ensure the durable peace and prosperity for the Sri Lankans people.
 Sri Lanka's Chief Justice assures security for Jaffna Judges, lawyers:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Chief Justice K. Sripavan accompanied by Inspector General of Police (IGP) N. K. Ilangakoon visited the troubled Tamil dominated Northern Province capital city of Jaffna Friday to observe the situation there following violent protests erupted on Wednesday.
 India, Sri Lanka business dialogue in July:
May 23, Colombo: The India-Ceylon Economic Dialogue (ICED) will be held in Kochi in July. The business meet was devised following the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka in March.
 Sri Lankan court bans protests in Jaffna over the arrests:
May 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Saturday banned demonstrations in any form over the arrests of 130 protesters in the Northern Province capital city of Jaffna.
 Sri Lanka loses right to hold Asian Youth Games 2017:
May 22, Colombo: The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has withdrawn Sri Lanka from hosting of the 2017Asian Youth Games due to political influence on the National Olympic Committee.
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 Committee to probe corruption at Sri Lanka port ministry:
May 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has appointed a committee to investigate corruption and malpractices allegedly taken place in the Ministry of Ports during the previous regime.
 Sri Lankan government allocates over Rs. 400 million to set up IT labs in schools :
May 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government has taken steps to launch a program to provide computer laboratories to selected schools around the country and has allocated Rs. 400 million for the program.
 Sri Lankan President orders to ban import of glyphosate with immediate effect:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today announced that the imports and release of the agrochemical Glyphosate will be banned with immediate effect. The release of already imported stocks is also barred.
  Senior officers of Sri Lanka police transferred over violence in Jaffna:
May 22, Colombo: Following the violent clashes erupted in the Northern city of Jaffna Wednesday over the brutal rape and murder of a school girl, several senior police officers of the Northern Province have been transferred with immediate effect.
 Sri Lankan government cautions people over disinformation campaigns:
May 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today cautioned the public to be vigilant about disinformation campaigns by political and extremist elements to achieve their own political agendas.
 Pakistan, Sri Lanka friendship has centuries old civilizational roots: Envoy:
May 22, Colombo: Pakistan and Sri Lanka continue to enjoy extremely cordial relations in all spheres, since establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the new High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain said.
 Sri Lanka's Hayleys records 32% increase in profits after tax for 2014/15 :
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's diversified conglomerate, Hayleys PLC closed its financial year ending March 2014/15 on a high, consolidating the growth momentum generated over past years. In its filing to the Colombo Stock Exchange, the group reported a 32 percent increase in Profit After Tax (PAT), to close the year with Rs. 4.9 billion.
 Sri Lanka takes measures to get the EU ban on fishery products lifted:
May 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will take appropriate measures to strengthen the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development in order to get the ban imposed by the European Commission on fish exports from Sri Lanka lifted immediately.
 Lawyers in Northern Sri Lanka on strike to protest attack on Jaffna court complex:
May 22, Colombo: Lawyers of all the magistrate courts in the Northern Province have decided to refrain from duties today to protest Wednesday's attack by unruly crowd on the Jaffna court complex.
 Two Afghan students offered scholarships to study at Sri Lanka's defense university:
May 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has awarded scholarships to two Afghan students to receive training at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University.
 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, monetary policy appropriate:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate, the Central Bank said today in its monetary policy review for May.
 Opposition MP hurls obscenities at Sri Lankan Prime Minister:
May 21, Colombo: Opposition parliamentarian, Democratic Left Front Leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara Thursday has fired a volley of obscenities at the Sri Lankan Prime Minister when the PM was discussing the report on the controversial Central Bank bond issue in parliament.
 City officials instructed to continue beautification of Sri Lankan capital:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed Colombo city officials to continue the implementation of the beautification and maintaining process in the capital city and other urban areas without any interruption.
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  Finlays to terminate agreement with Cathay Pacific as Sri Lanka's GSA :
May 21, Colombo: Finlays Colombo PLC, the General Sales Agent (GSA) of Cathay Pacific Airways, announced today that it will not renew the company's agreement with the airline.
 Malaysia interested in joint ventures in Sri Lanka:
May 21, Colombo: Malaysia, Sri Lanka's largest global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) partner has expressed interest in investing in major development projects in Sri Lanka.
  Sri Lanka to issue US$ 100 million development bonds:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Central bank today announced that it plans to sell US$ 100 million worth of development bonds to foreign and local investors.
 Sri Lankan peace keeping troops conclude UN mission in Haiti:
May 21, Leogane: The contingent of Sri Lankan troops serving in United Nations peace keeping duties in Haiti has concluded their mission and is expected to leave this month.
 Sri Lanka court in Jaffna remands 130 people for violent protests :
May 21, Jaffna: A Sri Lankan court has remanded 130 persons who were arrested for unlawful protest, damaging public property and assaulting police officers near the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court complex.
 Update: Four ministers of Sri Lankan government resign:
May 21, Colombo: Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians who were recently appointed as ministers of the Sri Lankan government have resigned from their ministerial portfolios today.
 Former monitoring MP accused of using Presidential Secretariat vehicles for private company:
May 21, Colombo: Former monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry in Sri Lanka Sajin Vass Gunawardena has reportedly used several vehicles that belonged to the Presidential Secretariat for the use of a private company during the former regime.
 Sri Lankan court refuses request to suspend Uva Province Chief Minister:
May 21, Colombo: The Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka has today rejected a request for an interim order to suspend Harin Fernando from administering duties as Uva Province Chief Minister.
 Sri Lanka's Kalpitiya Beach Resorts hopeful of working with new government to implement project:
May 21, Colombo: The Board of Directors of Kalpitiya Beach Resorts PLC in a media statement issued today said they are hopeful of working closely with the authorities of the new government and developing stalled project to become as successful as initially envisaged, in a timely manner.
 Sri Lanka's Supreme Court lifts stay on land released to the displaced in Sampur:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has lifted the stay on the transfer of land in Sampur area to the displaced after the displaced appealed to the court to return the land.
 Sri Lanka poised to enter a new phase of health development - Health Minister:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka is poised to enter a new phase of health development entwined with new challenges and the country is determined to build a more robust and resilient health system through the strengthening of primary level health care, and access to emergency care at all levels, the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
  Four ministers of Sri Lankan government likely to resign today - report :
May 21, Colombo: Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians who were recently appointed as ministers of the Sri Lankan government are likely to resign from their ministerial portfolios today, local media reports quoting party sources said.
 Lord Mayor of London shares insights for Sri Lanka to maintain competitiveness in financial services sector :
May 20, Colombo: The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Alan Yarrow yesterday shared his insights for Sri Lanka to become competitive in financial services sector.
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 Sri Lanka's NDB to issue Rs 7.5 billion debentures:
> May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state-owned National Development Bank (NDB) has decided to issue Rs 7.5 billion debentures, the NDB announced Wednesday in a stock market disclosure.
 Marxist party of Sri Lanka calls for appointment of Constitutional Council:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has called for the appointment of the Constitutional Council outlined in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
 IGP visits Sri Lanka's restive Jaffna following clashes over student's rape and murder :
May 20, Jaffna: Following the violent clashes erupted in the Northern city of Jaffna today over the brutal rape and murder of a school girl, the Inspector General of Sri Lanka police visited the restive city.
 Sri Lanka Speaker directs parliamentary committee to probe allegations against CB Governor:
May 20, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lanka Chamal Rajapaksa has today recommended that a parliament committee probe the allegations against Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.
 Civil organization in Sri Lanka requests high court judges to resign to ensure independence of judiciary:
May 20, Colombo: A civil organization in Sri Lanka which supported the election of President Maithripala Sirisena has requested the judges of the Supreme Court and the Appeal Court to resign on their own volition to pave way for new judges to be appointed under the 19th Amendment.
 Sri Lanka police arrest scores for violence in North over alleged rape, murder of school girl:
May 20, Jaffna: Sri Lanka police in the Northern city of Jaffna Wednesday arrested over hundred people after violent protests erupted in and around the Jaffna court premises over the alleged gang rape and murder of a school girl in Kayts.
 Sri Lankan government rejects claims of LTTE flag waving on commemoration day :
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has strongly rejected the claims made by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and a group of opposition Members of Parliament that there was waving of LTTE flag in the north.
 Sri Lanka's former monitoring MP granted permission to attend parliament sessions:
May 20, Colombo: Former monitoring MP of Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry Sajin Vass Gunawardena has today been granted permission to attend parliamentary sessions.
  Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund lost Rs. 1 billion last year, parliamentary committee reports:
May 20, Colombo: The parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has stated in its latest report that the private sector retirement fund, Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) had lost Rs. 1 billion last year through transactions in the Colombo share market.
  Sri Lanka to commemorate war heroes at the Rana Viru Monument today:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will commemorate the fallen soldiers at a solemn ceremony today under the patronage of the Commander-In-Chief President Maithripala Sirisena.
 New parliament in September, Sri Lankan President says:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said today that the Parliament would be dissolved after appointing the Constitutional Council.
 Court extends remand for former minister Basil Rajapaksa till May 27:
May 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended the remand of former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who is in remand custody at the Colombo National Hospital's Merchant Ward.
 Court grants bail to former media minister of Sri Lanka:
May 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to former Media Minister and United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella and two others who were accused of a tender scam at Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC).
 Former Sri Lankan minister Wimal Weerawansa summoned to CID:
May 20, Colombo: Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) and former Minister Wimal Weerawansa has been asked to report to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of police today to record a statement.
 Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau holds road show in Shanghai :
May 20, Colombo: As tourist arrivals from China registered a growth of 81.8% in the first four months of this year, the Sri Lanka Tourist Promotion Bureau (SLPTB) has held a road show in Shanghai, China recently with the participation of 56 Sri Lankan companies.
 Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary summoned to FCID :
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been summoned to Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of police this morning, local media reported quoting police sources.
 Sri Lanka, UN in a mutually beneficial and reinforcing partnership for 60 years:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka and the United Nations have been engaged in a mutually beneficial and reinforcing partnership contributing to the growth and evolution of each other for 60 years, the top UN official in Sri Lanka says.
 Former Sri Lanka Marxist party leader says work on new political party has commenced:
May 19, Colombo: Former Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Somawansa Amarasinghe says that work has already commenced on forming a new political party that would work to build a socialist governing system in the country.
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 Sri Lanka's Prime Minister accuses SLFP MPs of double standards:
May 19, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe today accused groups of parliamentarians in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) of adopting double standards with regard to key issues.
 Sri Lanka Police inform court of imminent arrest of a parliamentarian :
May 19, Colombo: The Special Investigation Unit of the Sri Lanka Police has today informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court about the imminent arrest of businessman and parliamentarian Tiran Alles.
 Deputy Speaker of Sri Lanka allows MP in remand custody to attend parliament session:
May 19, Colombo: Deputy Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Chandima Weerakkody has today directed that United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena, who is currently in remand custody be allowed to attend parliament sessions.
 Former Sri Lankan minister in remand custody suffers heart ailment:
May 19, Colombo: Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who is in remand custody at the Colombo National Hospital's Merchant Ward, has reportedly suffered a sudden heart ailment.
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