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  Sri Lanka's President urges new cabinet ministers to work in unison

Sept 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today told the members of the new cabinet that they have a special responsibility to work in in unison to take the country forward in the backdrop of a new political culture although they belong to different political parties.

The new Cabinet of 42 ministers took oath Friday from the President at the Presidential Secretariat.

 Calls for Sri Lanka reinsurance broker draws 20 responses :
Sept 05, Colombo: National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF), the state-owned national reinsurer of Sri Lanka, has commenced a procurement process to select a reinsurance broker to place its retrocession programme for 2016, Asia Insurance Review reports.

 Probe ordered into Sri Lankan national's death while in custody of Chennai police:
Sept 05, Chennai: A Judicial Magistrate enquiry has been ordered into the death of a Sri Lankan national while in police custody in Pallikaranai, Chennai

 U.S. Embassy organizes public lecture on Right to Information:
Sept 05, Colombo: A public lecture organized by the United States Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lanka Press Institute is scheduled for Tuesday September 8.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank to issue Rs. 24 billion Treasury Bills on 9th :
Sept 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will issue Treasury bills for 24 billion rupees through an auction on 9th September 2015, the Central Bank announced Friday.

 China to build a hospital in Polonnaruwa for Sri Lanka's kidney patients:
Sept 04, Colombo: China will build a 100 million dollar specialized hospital in Sri Lanka to treat the patients with the mysterious kidney disease that is striking mainly rice farmers in Sri Lanka's north central region.
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 Hundreds protest against using Sri Lanka's idling Mattala airport for paddy storage:
Sept 04, Colombo: Hundreds of people in Hambantota district took to streets to protest Sri Lankan government's decision to use the idling Mattala Rajapaksa International airport in the former president's home constituency to store this season's paddy crop.

 EU committed to support healthy democracy in Sri Lanka - EUEOM:
Sept 04, Colombo: The European Union is committed to support Sri Lanka in restoring democracy to face some of Sri Lanka's challenges, an EU mission said.

 Sri Lankan national dies in Chennai police custody:
Sept 04, Chennai: A Sri Lankan Tamil, who was arrested by Chennai police in connection with a fake passport case, has died while in custody in Chennai in the early hours of Friday, according to a report in Times of India.

 Sri Lanka's Interblocks and Sweden's West International launch strategic partnership:
Sept 04, Colombo: Interblocks Ltd., a leading provider and innovator of integrated, electronic payment processing solutions in Sri Lanka, and West International, one of Sweden's largest suppliers of transaction and payment solutions, launched their strategic partnership at an exclusive event in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka, UAE explore ways to strengthen trade and investment ties :
Sept 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates Friday explored ways to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries, especially in trade and investment.

 Sri Lanka's President urges new cabinet ministers to work in unison:
Sept 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today told the members of the new cabinet that they have a special responsibility to work in in unison to take the country forward in the backdrop of a new political culture although they belong to different political parties.

 Sri Lanka's new cabinet ministers:
Sep 04, Sri Lanka's new government's swearing in ceremony began a short while ago at Presidential Secretariat with 42 Cabinet Ministers

 Indian Tamil party leader to bring resolution against Sri Lanka's domestic probe:
Sept 04, Colombo: The pro-LTTE Tamil Nadu political leader, the general secretary of the MDMK, V. Gopalasamy aka Vaiko has asked the chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa to bring a resolution against a domestic probe in Sri Lanka.

 JVP nominates Bimal Rathnayake to replace resigned national list MP:
Sept 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna named Bimal Rathnayake to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the party's National List MP Sarathchandra Mayadunne yesterday.

 Sri Lanka Tourism focuses on attracting China's religious tourists :
Sept 04, Colombo: Good destination management includes development of new products whilst focusing on market development work on the strong foundation branding if a country wishes to attract the top dollar potential tourists Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Dr. Rohantha Athukorala said .

  Sri Lanka Central Bank receives $1.1 billion from India's RBI currency swap:
Sept 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank on Thursday received the $1.1 billion from the $1.5 billion swap agreement with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) signed earlier this year.

 Sri Lanka armed forces annual joint field exercise Cormorant Strike kicks off:
Sept 03, Colombo: The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries commenced Thursday (September3) in Kokilai in the East for the sixth consecutive year.

 India to work closely with new government in Sri Lanka to take the relationship to new heights:
Sept 03, New Delhi: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that India and Sri Lanka enjoyed deep and enduring links of kinship, history and culture and India attached the highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka.
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 Government to establish a National Agricultural Authority to purchase paddy - PM:
Sept 03, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe informed Parliament today that a National Agricultural Authority with full powers will be established for the purchase of paddy.

 President to initiate clean drinking water project for Sri Lanka's kidney disease prevalent areas :
Sept 03, Polonnaruwa: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said he plans to initiate a new project within the next two years to provide clean drinking water to the people in the areas where kidney disease is prevalent.

 Marxist party leader Chief Opposition Whip of Sri Lanka Parliament:
Sept 03, Colombo: The Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake was appointed as Chief Opposition Whip of the Eighth Parliament today.

 Sri Lanka parliament approves proposal to increase number of ministers:
Sept 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament today passed the proposal submitted by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to increase the number of ministerial portfolios in the National Government from the allowed number by the Constitution.

 Sri Lanka cricket Head Coach Marvan Atapattu resigns:
Sept 03, Colombo: Head Coach of Sri Lanka's national cricket team Marvan Atapattu stepped down from his post today after nearly a year in the job. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced that it had accepted his resignation.

 Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 18.7 percent in August 2015:
Sept 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 18.7 percent in August this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

 Speaker accepts Sri Lankan PM's proposal to increase strength of Cabinet:
Sept 03, Colombo: Speaker of the House Karu Jayasuriya has accepted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe's request to increase the number of Ministries.
 Australia, Sri Lanka navies in joint exercise enhancing defense ties:
Sept 03, Colombo: Improving the defense ties between the two countries, Sri Lanka Navy ships engaged in a joint exercise with a visiting Australian naval ship yesterday.
 JVP National List MP resigns from post:
Sept 03, Colombo: Two days after taking oath as a member of the eighth parliament, National List MP of Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Sarathchandra Mayadunne resigned from his post today.
 Gotabaya Rajapaksa summoned to Presidential Commission of Inquiry for the second time :
Sept 03, Colombo: Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was summoned today to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources, and Privileges to record a statement over several allegations.
 Tamil party leader becomes opposition leader in Sri Lanka parliament:
Sept 03, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party. Tamil National Alliance leader and Trincomalee District parliamentarian R. Sampanthan was designated as the Opposition Leader of the eighth parliament.
 Global Hindu-Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness begins today in New Delhi:
Sept 03, Colombo: Renowned Buddhist and Hindu Scholars will gather in the New Delhi this week to deliberate upon two key issues confronting the globe - rising conflict and rampant environment degradation.
 Facets Sri Lanka 2015 gem and Jewellery show opens today:
Sept 03, Colombo: Facets Sri Lanka 2015, the 25th International Gem & Jewellery Show will open today at the he BMICH Exhibition and Convention Centre in Colombo.
 Sri Lankan government seeks parliament approval for 45-member cabinet :
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national government will seek parliament's approval tomorrow to form its 45-member cabinet, which is 15 members over the limit allowed by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
 PM discusses Sri Lanka Navy's strategies with Commander:
Sept 02, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe Wednesday discussed the Sri Lanka Navy's strategies and courses of actions in reaching military and national objectives with the Commander of Navy.
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 Sri Lanka mulls restricting visitors to national parks to prevent animal deaths by speeding vehicles :
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka is considering measures to restrict the rate of visitors to island's national parks after a rise in animal deaths by speeding vehicles inside the park has been observed.
 Young Sri Lankan women seeking jobs in IT, Finance and Telecommunication industries - report:
Sept 02, Colombo: The younger generation of women in Sri Lanka's workforce are defining career differently by increasingly pursuing job roles that in previous generations were dominated by men, a recently released report on career trends reveals.
 President emphasizes the need to reorganize Sri Lanka Freedom Party:
Sept 02, Polonnaruwa: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today emphasized that the party he leads, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) needs to be reorganized if it were to be victorious in forthcoming elections.
 India offers scholarships to children of Sri Lanka estate workers:
Sept 02, Colombo: The Government of India has announced the award of scholarships to the children of Sri Lanka's Indian-origin estate workers.
 Religious ceremonies held to celebrate Sri Lankan President's birthday :
Sept 02, Polonnaruwa: Multiple religious ceremonies were held today and yesterday in Polonnaruwa to mark Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's birthday tomorrow, President's Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka becomes a fully-fledged member of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime:
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka has become a fully-fledged member of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime from 1st September, Council of Europe Treaty Office said.
 Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika to attend conference with Indian PM:
Sept 02, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga will meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday on the sidelines of a conference.
 Industrial development essential for economic growth in Sri Lanka - ADB study:
Sept 02, Colombo: For South Asian countries including Sri Lanka to grow at continuously high rates, industrial development, particularly the growth of manufacturing is critical, a recent study by the Asian Development Bank shows.
 No reasonable cause to arrest former MP Tiran Alles, Supreme Court decides:
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that there was reasonable cause to arrest businessman and former opposition parliamentarian, Tiran Alles regarding alleged financial fraud charges.
 Sri Lanka Freedom Party 64th anniversary celebrations today in Polonnaruwa:
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will celebrate its 64th anniversary in Polonnaruwa on today under the patronage of party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Sri Lanka PM may visit Delhi this month as first overseas trip:
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is likely to visit New Delhi later this month as his first overseas trip after becoming the Prime Minister for the fourth time.
 Private sectors of Sri Lanka, Pakistan urged to forge deeper links to boost trade :
Sept 02, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Syed Shakeel Hussain said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are important partners not only in promoting bilateral trade and economic interactions but also enhancing regional economic integration through SAARC and SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Area).
 China - Sri Lanka cooperation only for peace and development - envoy:
Sept 01, Colombo: Cooperation between China and Sri Lanka is only for the peace and development, without intention or need to target any third party, China's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang said.
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 Identity of Sri Lanka election rally shooting suspect revealed:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today identified the main suspect of the fatal shooting at a United National Party election rally in Kotahena that killed two party supporters and injured 12 others.
 Sri Lanka PM says many tasks for new government, counts on Speaker for consensus in House :
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that many tasks lie ahead for the new government to get fulfilled through the parliament including the electoral reforms and the introduction of a new constitution.
 Nestlé Lanka PLC opens trading at Colombo Stock Exchange:
Sept 01, Colombo: Nestlé Lanka PLC opened trading on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) today.
 Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council unanimously calls for an international tribunal:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Tamil-controlled Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today unanimously called for an international probe into the alleged war crimes committed towards the end of the war with the LTTE.
 'India - Sri Lanka relations now on a sound footing':
Sept 01, Colombo: Ever strengthening relations between Sri Lanka and its neighbor India are now on a sound footing and Sri Lanka is a vital component in the periphery as regional development is taking root, a top ranking Indian official said today.
  Sri Lanka President urges legislators to end divisive politics and strengthen national government:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena called on all political parties to end politics of conflict and extend a helping hand to strengthen the politics of consociation initiated by the government.
 Leader of the House and Chief Government Whip Appointed:
Sept 01, Colombo: United National Party (UNP) MP for Kandy District Lakshman Kiriella was appointed as the Leader of the House when the 8th Parliament convened today for the first time.
 Sri Lanka Tourism to focus on an Indian niche market- IAS officers:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism has targeted the Indian Administrative Service, the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India which has the option of selecting a global awareness programme during one tenure, as a potential tourist and brand Ambassador for Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen:
Sept 01, Rameswaram: The Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday has apprehended 16 fishermen from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu state of India along with their three boats for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
 Karu Jayasuriya unanimously appointed as the Speaker of Sri Lanka's 8th parliament :
Sept 01, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) National List parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya was unanimously appointed as the Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Freedom Party to take disciplinary action against four elected MPs:
Sept 01, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to take disciplinary action against four of its members elected to Parliament at the 2015 General Election.
 Prime Minister requests a report on destruction of last season's paddy stocks :
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has requested from the relevant authorities a detailed account on the paddy stocks purchased in the Polonnaruwa district by the Cooperative Societies in the last harvest season.
  U.S. Embassy building eight Schools in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province for $3.3 million:
Sept 01 Colombo: The United States Embassy in Colombo on Friday, August 28 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Governor of Eastern Province Austin Fernando to build eight schools for different communities throughout the Province with the support of the Eastern Provincial Council.
 Australia supports Sri Lankan Government's democratic reform and good governance agenda:
Aug 31, Colombo: Australia wants to contribute to a strong, prosperous and stable future for Sri Lanka and supports the Sri Lankan Government's democratic reform and good governance agenda, Australia's High Commissioner to Colombo Robyn Mudie said.
 Sri Lankan President allows the opposition to select own leader:
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to allow the opposition to select its own leader, National Freedom Front leader MP Wimal Weerawansa said.
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 Sri Lanka Environmental Authority temporarily revokes suspension order on Coca-Cola:
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Environmental Authority (CEA) today temporarily revoked a suspension order it imposed on the Environmental Protection License (EPL) of the Coca-Cola beverage factory in Biyagama.
 Colombo Stock Exchange educates government pensioners on personal financial planning:
Aug 31, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) of Sri Lanka together with the Department of Pensions has launched a program in association with the Sri Lanka pensions to educate pensioners on the tenants of personal financial planning.
 Former Afghan leader Hamid Karzai arrives in Sri Lanka:
Aug 31, Colombo: The former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to attend the Sri Lanka Army's annual Defense Seminar that is to begin tomorrow.
 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, monetary policy appropriate:
Aug 31, 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 Monday in its monetary policy review for August.
 Sri Lanka President addresses issues in implementing national program to eradicate drug menace:
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today asked the ministries and institutions to commit themselves to fulfill the responsibilities and duties bestowed upon them in a perfectly satisfactory manner when engaged in the programs implemented by the Government to eradicate the drug menace in the country.
 Former Sri Lanka Army Commander refutes claims of LTTE leader committing suicide:
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has rejected the claim made by the former LTTE commander turned ex-deputy minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman that the slain LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran committed suicide.
 Sri Lanka records marginal deflation for a second consecutive month in August 2015:
Aug 31, Colombo: For the second consecutive month Sri Lanka's inflation rate declined in August recording a marginal deflation of 0.2 percent.
  Pakistan reiterates support to Sri Lanka in enhancing skills of youth:
Aug 31, Colombo: Pakistan continues to support Sri Lanka in enhancing its younger generation's nation building capacities with better educational opportunities, the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain said.
 SriLankan Airlines adds nonstop Guangzhou service from Dec 2015:
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines is increasing service to Guangzhou, China from 3rd December 2015, the Routes Online reports.
 No crimes involving former LTTE leader KP found, Sri Lankan court told :
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General's Department today told the Court of Appeal that no crimes involving the former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias KP have been found during their examination.
  LTTE leader turned deputy minister Karuna claims slain LTTE chief committed suicide:
Aug 31, Colombo: Former LTTE leader turned deputy minister of the former Sri Lankan government Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has reportedly claimed that the slain LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, committed suicide by shooting himself with a firearm.
 President to address the first sitting of the eighth parliament tomorrow:
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena will address the first sitting of the eighth parliament when it convenes tomorrow.
 Sri Lanka PM seeks approval from parliament to decide on size of cabinet :
Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the government will seek the approval of the parliament to decide the size of the cabinet when the legislature convenes for the first time on September 1st.
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 Opposition should appoint Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader, not President, NFF leader says:
Aug 30, Colombo: The leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF), a constituent party of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa says the opposition leader of the Parliament should be chosen by MPs who sit in opposition and not by the President.
 President calls for a meeting with UPFA party leaders tomorrow:
Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has invited the leaders of the parties in the defeated United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) for a meeting Monday.
 Program with German assistance to link Sri Lanka's northern and southern SMEs:
Aug 30, Colombo: Assisting the Sri Lankan Government's initiative to promote small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Germany's Federal Government- owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) will launch a program to link the Northern and Southern SMEs.
 Australian naval ship arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission:
Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Australian naval ship HMAS Melbourne arrived at the Port of Colombo Saturday, August 29, on a five-day goodwill visit.
 Sri Lanka Tamil party waits for UNHRC report before taking stand on a war crime probe:
Aug 30, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), MP R. Sampanthan has said that the party can take an official stand on the latest US policy of supporting Sri Lanka to institute a domestic mechanism to investigate the alleged war crimes, only after reading the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
  Sri Lanka President receives 'Sannasa' informing successful conclusion of Kandy Esala Perahera:
Aug 30, Kandy: The grand religious festival of Esala Perahera in Sri Lanka came to a successful end today with the water cutting ceremony and the presentation of the Sannasa to the President Maithripala Sirisena.
 New bridge over Kelani River to link Sri Lankan capital and airport expressway:
Aug 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to construct a new bridge over the Kelani River to ease the traffic congestion on the roads linking suburbs to the capital Colombo city.
 First informal meeting on Sri Lanka at UNHRC 30th session on September 17:
Aug 30, Colombo: The United States has informed the Unite Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva that an informal meeting has been scheduled on the sidelines of the 30th session which begins on September 14, to discuss a resolution the U.S. plans to present on Sri Lanka.
 Former ITN chief to appear before presidential CoI Monday:
Aug 30, Colombo: Former chairman of state-run Independent Television Network (ITN), Anura Siriwardena is summoned to appear before the presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges Monday to record a statement.
 Omanthai check point in northern Sri Lanka removed:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan military authorities have removed the security check point located at Omanthai in Vavuniya with effect from Saturday, August 29.
 Sri Lanka's AkzoNobel Paints garners Silver Awards at SLIM NASCO 2015:
Aug 29, Colombo: Two AkzoNobel Paints Lanka sales professionals were recognized with Silver Awards for excellence at SLIM NASCO 2015.
 Former Sri Lankan government paid US$ 6.2 million to fundraiser for Obama to influence U.S. - report:
Aug 29, Colombo: The former Sri Lankan government under Mahinda Rajapaksa paid US$ 6.2 million last year to a private equity fund manager and a political fundraiser for consulting services which included influencing the U.S. government, according to a report in Foreign Policy Magazine.
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 PM instructs to expedite paddy purchasing process as a bumper crop is expected :
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has given instructions to expedite the process of purchasing the Yala season paddy crop from the farmers across the country.
 Sri Lanka main Tamil party lays claim to opposition leader post in parliament:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today said the leader of its main constituent party, Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), should become the opposition leader of Sri Lanka's eighth parliament.
 Sri Lanka President to totally ban the production and importation of asbestos in 2018:
Aug 29, Kandy: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he would enforce strict laws from January 1, 2016 to prevent use of polythene which is a major threat to the environment and the health of the people.
 Shareholders approve Sri Lanka's DFCC Vardhana and DFCC banks merger:
Aug 29, Colombo: Shareholders of DFCC Vardhana Bank and DFCC Bank have approved the proposed amalgamation of the two banks at an extraordinary general meeting held Friday, a stock market disclosure said.
 Meaningful reconciliation in Sri Lanka for durable peace and prosperity will take time - Foreign Minister:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera says meaningful reconciliation for durable peace and prosperity will take time and it is an essential process for the country involving the broad areas of truth seeking, justice, reparations and non-recurrence.
 Time has come to focus on economic development, Sri Lanka tells international community:
Aug 29, Colombo: Having taken solid measures to address human rights issues that had been at the center for years, Sri Lanka says the time has come to focus on strengthening the economy now.
 Final Randoli Perahera of Sri Dalada Maligawa tonight:
Aug 29, Kandy: The final Randoli Perahera of Sri Lanka's premier Buddhist pageant, the historic Esala festival, will parade the streets in the hill capital of Kandy Saturday night.
 Indian Tamil parties condemn U.S. support to Sri Lanka's domestic probe:
Aug 29, Colombo: Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu have strongly condemned the United States for supporting Sri Lanka to conduct a domestic inquiry into the alleged war crimes.
 U.S. grants Sri Lanka $ 3.2 million to develop schools in the East:
Aug 29, Colombo: The United States has agreed to grant US$ 3.2 million for the development of schools in the Eastern Province.
 Nigeria invites Sri Lankan investors, wants to boost bilateral trade:
Aug 28, Colombo: Despite doing business with Sri Lanka for a long time, the bilateral trade between Nigeria and Sri Lanka has not been improved and the country was not represented very well in Sri Lanka, Nigeria's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, S. U. Ahmed said.
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 SLFP empowers President to decide on posts, ministers:
Aug 28, Colombo: The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today entrusted President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Chairman of the party to make the final decision on making parliamentary and ministerial appointments.
 Sri Lanka ruling United National Party's 69th anniversary celebrations on Sept 6:
Aug 28, Colombo: The 69th anniversary of Sri Lanka's ruling United National Party (UNP) will be held on the 6th of September under the patronage of party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.
 Sri Lanka Army investigating Channel-4 video contents since 2013:
Aug 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army said today that it has been investigating the contents in the videos produced by the Britain's Channel-4 TV since 2013.
 President emphasizes need for a national plan and policy to take Sri Lanka's construction sector to international level:
Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today pointed out the necessity for a national plan and policy to take the country's construction sector, which is a major contributor the economy, to international level.
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