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  Sri Lanka President calls for a responsible media culture for the benefit of the people

May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's media institutions to help establish a moral and responsible media culture for the benefit of the people.

President Sirisena stressed that the heads of the Media institutions should be committed to fulfill their obligations to build a knowledgeable society for the advancement of the people.

 Government considers removing Media Secretary after releasing controversial statement:
May 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to remove the newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary reforms and Mass media Nimal Bopage from his post after he issued a controversial media statement that has embarrassed the government.

 Speaker's committee analyzes CCTV footage to apprehend MPs incited the brawl in parliament:
May 04, Colombo: The special committee delegated to probe Tuesday's fistfight in parliament between the Joint opposition MPs and ruling party MPs has commenced analyzing the CCTV footage to apprehend those who were responsible for the unruly brawl.

 Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank signs agreement with Bank Muscat Oman for instant money transfers:
May 04, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon recently formalized its tie-up with the Bank Muscat Oman to facilitate remittances to Sri Lanka via the latter's new feature-rich mobile banking app, with the signing of an agreement in Muscat.

 Sri Lanka Finance Minister participates in Annual Meeting of the ADB in Germany:
May 03, Frankfurt: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake Monday (02) participated in the first round discussions at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank Governors held in Frankfurt, Germany.
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 Chevron Lubricants Lanka opens trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange:
May 03, Colombo: Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC (Chevron) rang the opening bell to commence trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Tuesday. The market opening ceremony was organized to mark the first trading day for the month of May.

 Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 11.6 percent in April 2016:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 11.6 percent in April this year compared to the same period last year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

  Sri Lanka Supreme Court decides parts of Right to Information bill unconstitutional, needs two-third majority to pass:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has declared that certain clauses of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill violate the constitution and it will need a two-thirds majority in Parliament to become law, the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Tuesday.

 UNAIDS welcomes Sri Lanka Supreme Court's landmark decision prohibiting HIV discrimination:
May 03, Colombo: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed last week's decision by Sri Lanka's Supreme Court to prohibit HIV discrimination in education settings.

 Sri Lankan Deputy Minister holds unscrupulous employment agencies responsible for the plight of housemaids in Saudi Arabia:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, who is visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in a mission to address several consular issues, has taken to social media to shed light on the sad plight of Sri Lankan female migrant workers in the oil-rich Gulf countries.

 Sri Lanka President calls for a responsible media culture for the benefit of the people:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's media institutions to help establish a moral and responsible media culture for the benefit of the people.

 Fitch says Sri Lanka IMF agreement faces implementation risks:
May 03, Hong Kong: The global rating agency, Fitch Ratings says Sri Lanka's USD 1.5 billion three-year IMF program eases near-term balance-of-payments risks but will require sustained commitment from the authorities to address long-standing weaknesses in external and public finances.

 Sri Lanka's ex-army chief says 2006 bombing an inside job:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army chief told parliament Tuesday that a bomb blast apparently targeting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother 10 years ago was an "inside job" to win sympathy for the then-ruling family, AFP reported.

 Sri Lanka Speaker condemns unruly behavior of lawmakers, appoints committee to probe clash:
May 03, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Karu Jayasuriya has condemned the clash that broke out in Parliament today resulting in the hospitalization of one lawmaker and injuries to several other MPs.

 Fight breaks out in Sri Lanka parliament over former president's security, MP hospitalized:
May 03, Colombo: A parliamentarian was hospitalized today after a fight broke out inside the Parliament between the legislators of the ruling party and the joint opposition over the withdrawal of army personnel from the security detail of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

  Tourism minister presented first Arabic Sri Lanka travel guide:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan Minister of Tourism John Amaratunga was presented with the latest edition of the only Arabic language travel guidebook on Sri Lanka, by Emirati author and entrepreneur Heba Al Mansoori.

 Boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrives in Cocos Islands - report:
May 03, Colombo: A boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers has arrived within the Cocos Islands on Monday morning, the Australian media reported.

 Sri Lankan state doctors to protest police attack on medical students protesting private medical college:
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state sector doctors' union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), strongly condemning the police attack on medical students, who were engaged in a protest against the Malabe private medical college, said the doctors will serving at state hospitals will engage in a protest today.

 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader calls on government to investigate past killings of journalists :
May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in a message to mark the World Press Freedom Day, today called on the government to take all steps necessary to investigate the killings of journalists and bring the perpetrators of those crimes to justice.

 SLFP leadership considering disciplinary action against members attended the Joint Opposition rally:
May 03, Colombo: General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake says the party central committee will take disciplinary action against all party members who participated in the Joint Opposition's May Day rally in Kirulapone.

 Sri Lanka's LG elections after delimitation process is complete - Minister :
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Local Government (LG) elections will be held after delimitation process is complete, the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha said today.
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 President hands over the 5th consignment of Navy's Thalassemia Infusion Systems:
May 02, Colombo: The free distribution of Thalassemia Infusion Systems produced by the Sri Lanka Navy to the Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital and Thalassemia affected children took place Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's House.

 Court orders on Immigration officials and police to show cause on escape of kidney racket suspect:
May 02, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued notice to immigration officials and police to show cause on how a suspect of the alleged kidney racket escaped the country.

 Full list of VAT exempted goods and services:
May 02, Colombo: The Government on Monday (02) announced the full list of exempted goods and services after the new Value Added Tax (VAT) rate went into effect from Monday. The VAT has been increased from 11% to 15% with effect from May 02, 2016.

 Czech support to uplift Sri Lanka's transport and civil aviation sectors:
May 02, Colombo: The Czech Republic has expressed willingness to support the development of Sri Lanka's transport and civil aviation sectors.

  VAT changes effective from today, exempt water, electricity, health and education :
May 02, Colombo: The amendments made to Value Added Tax (VAT) and the Nation Building Tax (NBT) will be effective from today exempting essential services including water and electricity, and health and education sectors, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.
 Sri Lanka Police arrest another rehabilitated LTTE leader on suspicion of regrouping:
May 02, Colombo: The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) of Sri Lanka Police today arrested another rehabilitated leader of the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
 Army personnel removed from former president's security detail, Joint Opposition urges government to reconsider:
May 02, Colombo: Army personnel deployed in the security detail of former president and current Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa have been replaced with officers of Police Special Task Force (STF) with effect from today.
  Sri Lankan President conveys best wishes for the 10th anniversary of Global Dignity in Oslo:
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has conveyed his best wishes to the Global Dignity, a global independent, non-political organization working towards dignity for people, on its 10th anniversary.
 Bell Helicopter signs deal with Sri Lanka's Fairway Holdings for Bell 505 Jet Ranger X:
May 02, Colombo: Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced it has signed a letter of intent with Fairway Holdings of Sri Lanka for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka.
  KLM resumes flights to Colombo after nearly 20 years :
May 02, Amsterdam: At the start of the 2016 winter schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume direct service to Sri Lanka's Colombo International Airport from October, the airline said in a statement Monday.
 Sri Lanka Police Media Unit temporarily suspended:
May 02, Colombo: The Media Unit of Sri Lanka Police has been suspended with immediate effect on the instructions of IGP Pujitha Jayasundara, the Ministry of Law and Order said.
 Sri Lanka, China FTA talks to continue next month, government to review TPP agreement:
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka and China will hold high level discussions in June on the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said in a statement on Monday.
  Kelaniya University to remain closed until 11 May:
May 02, Colombo: The administration of the Kelaniya University said the university will remain closed and will not open on May 3rd as scheduled. The university will be reopened for students on May 11th.
 Eight Nigerians and a Sri Lankan couple arrested in drug raid:
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested eight Nigerian nationals and two Sri Lankans during a raid for possession of cocaine, the police said.
 Our main responsibility is to protect and foster the working people - President:
May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP's) May Day rally in Galle yesterday, said his government's main responsibility is to protect and foster the working people and the government is fully committed to protect and further improve the rights of the working class.
  Sri Lanka National Chamber hosts B2B meetings with Czech delegation :
May 01, Colombo: A Czech business delegation will be in Sri Lanka this week to hold business-to-business meetings with the Sri Lankan business community.
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 Sri Lankan PM vows to fight corruption, strengthen economy, develop the country:
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today vowed to fight corruption, strengthen the economy, and develop the nation into a high income country by 2020.
 Sri Lanka Air Force asks MoD to take action against former director of operations - report:
May 01, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has asked the Ministry of Defense to initiate action against the former Director of Air Operations of the SLAF Air Vice Marshal K.V.B. Jayampathy, according to a report in state-run weekly Sunday Observer.
 In Pictures: Sri Lanka Freedom Party May Day rally in Galle:
May 01, Galle: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) held their May Day rally at the Samanala Grounds in Galle Sunday under the patronage of party leader President Maithripala Sirisena under the theme "Ratak Dinana Athak, Lowak Dinana Hetak".
 Sri Lanka Transport Board paid Rs. 42 million to ferry people to May Day rallies:
May 01, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Transport Board says 3500 buses have been hired by political parties to ferry their supporters taking part in the May Day rallies today.
 WIPO commends Sri Lanka for concrete deliverables under IP Action Plan:
May 01, Geneva: The Director General of the Geneva based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dr. Francis Gurry, has commended Sri Lanka for its achievements and concrete deliverables under the 10 Point Action Plan between the Government of Sri Lanka and the WIPO, which could serve as a good model for other countries similarly placed as Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka celebrates World Labor Day today:
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka today celebrates the World Labor Day to salute to those who made sacrifices to protect the laborers' rights and overcame their challenges.
 Northern Province CM issued notice to appear in apex court over NPC resolution - report:
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has issued notice for Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran and three others to appear in the Court over a petition filed against a resolution recently passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) calling for a federal solution and merger of the North and East.
 Sri Lankan PM emphasizes the responsibility of Labor unions to safeguard the rights of the workers :
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that the labor unions must ideally give priority to safeguard the rights of the workers instead of focusing on political agendas.
 Sri Lankan President calls for a firm commitment to make the victories achieved by working people a reality:
May 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena honoring the working people on the International Workers' Day, today called for a firm commitment to make the victories achieved by working people a reality as the nation enters into a new political and economic process.
 Northern Province CM says a federal system will unite Sri Lanka and not divide :
Apr 30, Jaffna: Chief Minister of the Northern Province CV Wigneswaran dismissing the fears that the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is attempting to divide the country by calling for a federal system, said a federal system will unite Sri Lanka and not divide it.
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 JCI launches BIZMEET 2016 to promote ethical business practices:
Apr 30, Colombo: Junior Chamber International (JCI) Sri Lanka announced the inauguration of BIZMEET 2016, Sri Lanka's first ever professional networking events aimed at promoting consistently ethical business practices among the country's future corporate leaders.
 Biggest threat to media freedom in Sri Lanka is media itself - PM:
Apr 30, Colombo: Criticizing the media reporting on the issue of Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan's alleged forcible entry to an army camp in the North, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today the biggest threat to media freedom existing in the country at present is media itself.
 Tamil Nadu CM seeks Indian PM's intervention to get 34 fishermen released from Sri Lanka:
Apr 30, Chennai: Following the arrest of 21 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on 27th April, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to personally intervene to get the fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody.
 Special security and traffic plan enforced in Colombo and Galle for May Day:
Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka police will implement a special security and traffic plan in the Colombo and Galle towns on the May Day, tomorrow, the Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
 Sri Lankan defense delegation to DSA2016 discusses maritime security with Malaysia :
Apr 30, Colombo: At the invitation of Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato Seri Mohamed Najib Bin Abdul Razak, a Sri Lankan defense delegation led by the State Minister of Defense, Ruwan Wijewardene has participated in the 15th Defense Service Asia Exhibition and Conference held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 21 April 2016.
 Norway opens market for Sri Lankan fish exports with the lifting of EU ban:
Apr 30, Colombo: The Norwegian government has taken actions to give more Investment opportunities to Sri Lanka in their fish market with the lifting of the ban imposed by the European Union on exports of Sri Lankan fish and fishery products, the Finance Ministry said.
 PM summons Media Minister and Secretary on 'joint opposition' statement :
Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sought explanations from the Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media on his recent statement to media on not to use the term "Joint Opposition" to identify the group of parliamentarians loyal to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 Ceylon Chamber to commence third batch of Italian Language Course on May 14 :
Apr 30, Colombo: The Sri Lanka - Italy Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will launch the third batch of its successful Italian Language Course on 14th May 2016.
 Sri Lanka political parties gear up to mark the May Day amid heavy security :
Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's political parties and affiliated trade unions are preparing to hold rallies to mark the May Day honoring the country's laborers and other workers tomorrow. It has been reported that 18 rallies and 17 parades will be held island wide to mark the International Workers' Day.
  France, Sri Lanka Navies to form a solid partnership for maritime security in Indian Ocean:
Apr 30, Colombo: France and Sri Lanka are sharing common concerns in the Indian Ocean and therefore it is important for the navies of the two countries to increase cooperation and form a solid partnership, Captain Laurent Machard De Gramont the Commanding Officer of the French Naval Ship ‘Aconit’ said.
 Colombo Leadership Academy grooms Sri Lanka's next crop of young entrepreneurs:
Apr 29, Colombo: Following the immensely successful launch of its Young Entrepreneurs Development programme last year, Colombo Leadership Academy (CLA) is hard at work grooming the latest generation of young entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka.
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 Two UN special rapporteurs arrive in Sri Lanka on a joint visit:
Apr 29, Colombo: Two special rapporteurs of the United Nations have arrived in Sri Lanka today on a joint visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government.
 Sri Lanka media activists protest demanding fresh probe into journalist's murder:
Apr 29, Colombo: Hundreds of Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists staged a protest today in capital Colombo to demand the new government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a popular Tamil journalist 11 years ago.
 Deputy Minister slams former president for misleading people on VAT:
Apr 29, Colombo: Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva blasted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for misleading people on the new VAT increase, saying that there is no new increase of the VAT has been introduced for the education sector.
 Former Aviation Minister, ex-SriLankan chairman appear before Presidential Commission of Inquiry:
Apr 29, Colombo: Former Minister of Civil Aviation and current State Minister of Law, Order and Prison Reforms Priyankara Jayaratne and former Chairman of SriLankan Airlines Nishantha Wickremesinghe have appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.
  French Naval ship arrives at Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit:
Apr 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a French naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Friday.
 Sri Lanka, Cuba and El Salvador for trilateral cooperation to curb Chronic Kidney Disease:
Apr 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today held discussions with medical experts from Cuba and El Salvador on launching a trilateral cooperation for eradication of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu).
  Malaysian trade delegation to visit Sri Lanka next week seeking investment opportunities :
Apr 29, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed will lead a trade and investment mission to India and Sri Lanka next week in a continuous effort to promote Malaysia as a profit and regional center for businesses and investments, state news agency Bernama reported.
 Sri Lankan Court bars joint opposition from holding May Day rally at Shalika Grounds:
Apr 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today has issued an interim order preventing the group of parliamentarians called 'joint opposition' from holding their May Day rally at the state-owned Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita on Sunday.
 Sri Lanka's Colombo inflation rises to 3.1 percent in April 2016:
Apr 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , increased to 3.1 percent in April 2016 from 2.0 percent in the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Friday.
 Sri Lankan government to take action against employers avoiding salary increases to estate sector workers:
Apr 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government plans to take action against the estate sector employers who avoid passing the benefit of the Rs.2,500 salary increase, which was made compulsory earlier this year, to the workers, the Government Information Department said.
 India arrested over 1200 Sri Lankan fishermen in last five years - official:
Apr 29, Chennai: India's Coast Guard has arrested over 1200 Sri Lankan fishermen in the last five years on charges of illegally entering and fishing in Indian waters, according to a senior Coast Guard official.
 Top U.S. official heaps praise on Sri Lankan President for the 'extraordinary progress' made since election :
Apr 29, Washington, DC: Highly praising the "extraordinary progress" Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's administration has made in the sixteen months since his election in January 2015, a high ranking United States official said Sri Lanka's leadership is committed to seeking a durable peace, an accountable democracy, a new relationship with the outside world, and expanded opportunities for all.
 US - Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Council adopts action plan to boost bilateral trade:
Apr 29, Washington, DC: Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema led a delegation to the 12th US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council Meeting on Thursday April 28, in Washington DC.
 Sri Lanka secures three-year US$ 1.5 billion fund facility from IMF:
Apr 29, Colombo: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday that it has reached a staff level agreement with Sri Lanka on a three-year US$ 1.5 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF).
 Former President calls on people to rise up against 'unreasonable tax increases' after May Day:
Apr 28, Colombo: Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that people should rise up as one against the impending tax increases because the yahapalana Government was trying to find the money for their political survival through increased taxes on the very people they deceived in order to win power.
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 Media Minstry Secretary advises media against using 'joint opposition' to represent group of MPs :
Apr 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage, in a media release, informed all the media institutions and journalists that using the term 'Joint Opposition' to describe a group of parliamentarians in the Sri Lankan parliament is in violation of the law.
 Joint opposition is created to destroy SLFP - Minister Arjuna Ranatunga:
Apr 28, Colombo: Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga says the Joint Opposition is attempting to destroy the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
 Sri Lanka, India navies hold 26th IMBL meeting aboard Sri Lankan naval ship :
Apr 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka and India navies have held the annual International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting aboard a Sri Lankan naval ship in the mid seas on Thursday.
 Sri Lanka's investment agency signs 19 agreements worth US$ 139 million in March 2016:
Apr 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment (BOI) said it signed a total of 19 new investment agreements in several sectors last month.
 Japan and Sri Lanka ink MoU for international academic research cooperation:
Apr 28, Colombo: Japan and Sri Lanka inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote international academic research cooperation in the field of science and biotechnology.
 UNESCAP recommends tax reforms and expenditure rationalization to improve Sri Lanka's fiscal condition:
Apr 28, New Delhi: While projecting Sri Lanka's economy to grow 5.4 percent in 2016, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) says Sri Lanka's fiscal condition will not improve significantly unless tax reforms and expenditure rationalization are implemented.
 President appoints 11 new SLFP electorate and district organizers:
Apr 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena handed over letters of appointments to eleven new electorate and district organizers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday.
 Sri Lanka targets high end tourists from Middle East at ATM 2016:
Apr 28, Dubai: Sri Lanka Tourism is participating in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the tourism industry's leading travel and tourism exhibition within the Middle Eastern and Pan Arab regions, in Dubai from 25 -28 April, 2016.
 Former LTTE leaders arrested in relation to the discovery of suicide kits in Jaffna :
Apr 28, Colombo: Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi says a group of former LTTE leaders were arrested last week in relation to the investigations into the last month's discovery of a stock of explosives and a suicide jacket in the North.
  Government to implement national agribusiness development program to empower farmers:
Apr 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to implement a five-year national agribusiness development program to empower the farmers in the rural areas.
 Sri Lanka's fastest growing job portal rolls out localized website to better cater to local users:
Apr 28, Colombo: Job seekers want to feel confident in their career choices and are most comfortable when the job listings are in their native language.
  UPFA allies join President to make May Day Rally in Galle a success:
Apr 28, Colombo: Several political parties have expressed their willingness to join the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to make the UPFA May Day rally a success, President's Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka to establish diplomatic mission in Ethiopia:
Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers at its weekly meeting on Tuesday has granted approval to the government to establish a diplomatic mission in Ethiopia.
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 Sri Lanka Tamil party demands probe into "illegal occupation" of private lands in North by Army :
Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Wednesday called for a probe on the alleged illegal occupation of civilian lands by the military in the Northern Province.
 Sri Lanka Army says Opposition Leader's visit to army camp followed proper protocol:
Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army said today the Opposition Leader R Sampanthan's visit to an army camp in Kilinochchi was in accordance with proper protocol and the Army has not lodged a complaint regarding the visit.
 Government to take over all liabilities of SriLankan Airlines, probe fraud allegations:
Apr 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to take over all liabilities of the national carrier SriLankan Airlines and the cabinet of ministers given approval for the move.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 21 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has assisted the Sri Lanka Coast Guard on Wednesday to arrest 21 Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
  Sri Lanka Cricket appoints new selection committee headed by Sanath Jayasuriya :
Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket Wednesday announced that Minister of Sport Dayasiri Jayasekara has approved the board's recommendation of the 2016/2017 Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket.
  Sri Lanka says no discussions with India over building a sea bridge:
Apr 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said it had not held any discussions with India over constructing a sea bridge and tunnel connecting the two countries.
 Sri Lanka to set up Fisheries and Aquatic Research Development Center with China's support:
Apr 27, Colombo: Promoting China- Sri Lanka cooperation, China has offered assistance to establish a Fisheries and Aquatic Research Development Center associated with the Matara-Mirissa Fishery Harbor in the south, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera said.
 Sri Lankan President strives to ensure no corrupt regimes in future:
Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said the top most priority of the government is to create legal, constitutional and political conditions in Sri Lanka to ensure that corrupt, rotten, autocratic regimes will not come to power in the future.
 Amnesty period granted to surrender illegal firearms proves successful - State Minister:
Apr 27, Colombo: The Amnesty period declared by the government to hand over illegal weapons from Monday April 25th has received good results, according to the State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene.
 Court summons Defense Secretary and Army Commander over compensation to disabled soldiers:
Apr 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has issued notices on the Defense Secretary and the Commander of Army to appear in Court over a petition filed by disabled soldiers.
  Sri Lankan government to revive destroyed Paranthan chemical factory in the North this year:
Apr 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to revive the currently defunct chemical manufacturing facility in the north that was completely destroyed during the three-decade long conflict.
 Sri Lanka's Bank of Ceylon confirms its place as the No.1 Brand in the Country:
Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan banking leader, Bank of Ceylon (BOC) once again was bestowed as the No.1 Brand among all the brands in Sri Lanka for the 8th consecutive year by the renowned Brand Finance Lanka through an independent and stringent analysis, the BOC said.
 Sri Lanka could boost apparel manufacturing to increase employment and growth - World Bank:
Apr 27, Colombo: While Sri Lanka has been successful in establishing and growing its apparel manufacturing industry, more can be done to realize its potential as a regional hub and to continue to boost opportunities, especially for women and the poor, according to a new World Bank report.
  UN experts on torture and the independence of the justice system to jointly visit Sri Lanka :
Apr 26, Geneva: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Tuesday announced that the human rights experts Mónica Pinto and Juan E. Méndez will carry out a visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016.
 Sri Lanka economy grew 4.8 percent in 2015, budget deficit overshoots target - Central Bank report:
Apr 26, Colombo: Real economic growth in Sri Lanka marginally declined in 2015 registering a growth rate of 4.8 percent, compared with 4.9 percent in 2014.
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