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  Sri Lankan President calls on G7 countries to support economic development of Asian countries like Sri Lanka

May 27, Ise-Shima: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the Group of Seven richest countries meeting in Japan at the G7 summit to steer economic growth to sustain well-being of Asia and countries like Sri Lanka.

Addressing the G 7 Outreach Summit today (May 27) in Ise-Shima in Japan, President Sirisena said that Japan's formal announcement that G7 will explore what is needed to sustain the well-being of Asia to steer economic growth, highlights the relevance of Sri Lanka being here. "It endorses Prime Minister Abe's reasoning for selecting us."

 Sri Lanka's Power Regulator ask licensees for regulatory accounts:
May 27, Colombo: Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has issued a set of accountancy guidelines to licensees who are in the business of electricity generation; transmission and distribution, in order to gain more information for the process of regulatory decisions making.

 Fisheries Ministry to pay compensation to fishermen affected by the extreme weather:
May 27, Colombo: The Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered the ministry officials to promptly submit a full detailed report on the damage caused to the fisher community by the extreme weather prevailed in the country last week in order to provide necessary relief.

 Sri Lankan President receives warm welcome from G-7 leaders:
May 27, Ise-Shima: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who was the first head of state in Sri Lanka ever to be invited as a guest to a G-7 summit, received a warm welcome at the Outreach Sessions of the G 7 Summit held in Japan Friday (May 27).

 China provides US$ 1.5 million for Sri Lanka flood relief:
May 27, Colombo: The government of China will provide US$ 1.5 million in cash to help Sri Lankan flood relief, the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday, China's national news agency Xinhua reported.

 World Bank Board of Executive Directors concludes visit to Sri Lanka:
May 27, Colombo: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has completed a five-day visit to Sri Lanka to experience firsthand some of the work being implemented under World Bank-supported projects in the island.

  Sri Lankan President calls on G7 countries to support economic development of Asian countries like Sri Lanka:
May 27, Ise-Shima: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the Group of Seven richest countries meeting in Japan at the G7 summit to steer economic growth to sustain well-being of Asia and countries like Sri Lanka.

  Is the rise in VAT a tax on jobs?:
May 27, Colombo: In May 2016, the standard rate of value added tax (VAT) jumped from 11% to 15%. The Sri Lankan economy will thus have to adjust to this higher rate but what are some of the possible macroeconomic consequences?

 Sri Lanka's Missing Persons' Office lack consultations with the families of missing - HRW:
May 27, New York: A global human right organization while commending Sri Lanka for ratifying the Convention against Enforced Disappearance says Sri Lanka has created a Missing Persons' Office without the consultations of the families of missing.

 Sri Lanka's Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms extends deadline for submissions from public to 24th June:
May 27, Colombo: The Consultations Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms appointed by the Prime Minister on 26 January has extended its deadline for the public to make submissions to 24th June, the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms announced.

 Ceylinco Life Fund crosses Rs.70 billion in just 28 years :
May 27, Colombo: Leading insurer, Ceylinco Life has announced that the company's Life Fund crossed Rs 70 billion at end April 2016, making it the only local life insurer to achieve the feat in just 28 years.

 PM requests report from Eastern Province CM over the dispute with Navy:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a report from the Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed over the incident that took place at the Sampur Central College in Trincomalee where the Chief Minister had verbally abused the senior officer-in-charge of Sampur naval base 'Vidura' in public.

  Sri Lankan court further remands former senior police officers involved in rugby player's death:
May 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further remanded two former senior police officers who were alleged of concealing evidence in the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
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  State Defense Minister slams Eastern Province Chief Minister's tirade on a naval officer:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene today slammed the verbal abuse of a Navy officer by the Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahmed at an event in Sampur Central School, in Trincomalee district.

 Sri Lankan, Indonesian leaders talk investment opportunities :
May 26, Nagoya: Leaders of Sri Lanka and Indonesia Thursday discussed developing Indonesian investments on Sri Lanka when President Maithripala Sirisena met his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, at Hotel Hilton in Nagoya, Japan.

 Cabinet approves implementing ministerial Committee's recommendations on prevention of child abuse :
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has approved the implementation of the recommendations made by a ministerial committee appointed to make proposals for the prevention of child abuse.

 Yoshitha Rajapaksa issued notice to appear in Court on June 16 over land issue:
May 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has issued notice for Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appear before the court on 16th June.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 7 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing:
May 26, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy Thursday said it has arrested seven local fishermen on 24th May for allegedly engaged in illegal fishing practices.

 EU providing Rs. 32.8 million to Sri Lanka to assist victims of flood and landslides :
May 26, Colombo: In response to a series of floods and landslides which swept across Sri Lanka between 14th and 22nd May, the European Commission is providing Euro 200,000 (Rs. 32.8 million) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations, the European Union said in a statement Thursday.

 Chinese Premier extends condolences over Sri Lanka floods, landslides:
May 26, Beijing: The Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang on Wednesday has extended his condolences to Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe over the floods and landslides that hit the island country last week.

 Sri Lanka, Vietnam agree to enhance cooperation in agro technology, trade and investment:
May 26, Nagoya: Sri Lanka and Vietnam have agreed to establish close cooperation in several fields including agriculture, technology related to rice and other common crops and trade when the leaders of the two countries met today in Japan. 

 Sri Lanka Army begins post-flood recovery, clears obstructed waterways:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army along with other government agencies has begun clearing works as the flood waters are receding after 101 people died in the floods and landslides and another 100 are still missing, presumed dead.

 CSE halts trading of Blue Diamonds over possible misappropriation of Rights Issue funds :
May 26, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has halted trading in the securities of the Blue Diamonds after it received a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka informing that several irregularities in Blue Diamonds may point to the possible misappropriation of Rights Issue funds.

 Speaker wants unruly members of parliament to apologize if want to avoid disciplinary actions:
May 26, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lankan parliament Karu Jayasuriya says Members of Parliament involved in recent unruly behaviors will be pardoned if they make an open apology to the Parliament.

 Sri Lanka tri-forces shun Eastern Province CM after outburst at a Navy officer:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tri-forces have decided to shun the Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed after he verbally assaulted a Sri Lanka Navy officer at an event in Trincomalee recently.

 Sri Lankan President arrives in Nagoya to attend G7 summit:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived Thursday morning in Nagoya in Southern Japan to participate in the Group of Seven (G 7) Outreach Summit in Ise-Shima, in Mie Prefecture where the leaders of the seven advanced economies are meeting for two days.
 Sri Lanka's John Keels Holdings PBT for 2016 Rs. 19.2 billion, Recurring Profits up by 10 percent:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's John Keels Holdings profit before tax (PBT) for the financial year ended March 31, 2016 increased by 3 percent to Rs.19.20 billion. Recurring profit before tax increased by 10 per cent to Rs. 18.94 billion.
 Japan grants Rs. 318 million to Sri Lanka for human resources development:
May 25, Colombo: The Government of Japan has offered a grant assistance of approximately Rs.318 million (Yen 231 million) to Sri Lanka for this year's Human Resources Development Scholarship program.
 CID gets court order to probe financial records of three former security officers of former Sri Lankan President:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Police has obtained a court order to probe the financial records of three former security officers of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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 Two Frontline Socialist Party members arrested for protesting over imprisoning party leader :
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today arrested two Members of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) for forcibly entering and damaging the Department of Immigration and Emigration on April 1, 2016, during a protest demanding the release of their party leader, Kumar Gunaratnam.
 Sri Lankan government sets up a new Office of Missing Persons :
May 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will set up a new Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to help families of missing persons across Sri Lanka to discover the fate of their missing family members, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in a statement Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka PM says special program implemented to rebuild the lives of disaster stricken people :
>May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that a special program has already been implemented to rebuild the lives of those affected by the adverse weather.
 Sri Lankan Minister apologizes for using inappropriate language in parliament:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando today formally apologized to parliament over the inappropriate language he used in the House during an argument last week.
 Sri Lanka appeals for US$ 2 billion international aid to recover after floods and landslides:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday (May 25) appealed for international assistance to recover and rebuild from last week's massive floods and landslides that devastated the island leaving 101 dead and over 200,000 displaced.
 Pakistan hands over 2nd consignment of relief good for Sri Lanka flood victims:
May 25, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain handed over the second consignment of relief assistance for the Sri Lankan flood victims this morning to the Ministry of Disaster Management.
 Sri Lankan President leaves for Japan to attend G7 summit :
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left for Japan today (25th May) to participate in the 42nd G7 Summit to be held on 26-27 May 2016 in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
 Sri Lanka Red Cross continues relief efforts in affected areas:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) says it will continue the relief efforts in the aftermath of flash floods and landslides experienced in the recent days.
 Sri Lanka inclement weather death toll rises to 101, people urged to be cautious of diseases:
May 25, Colombo: As flood waters recede across Sri Lanka death toll from the last week's floods and landslides has risen to 101 according to the latest figures from the Disaster management Center (DMC). Another 100 people are missing and presumed dead in the landslides-hit Kegalle district in Central Province.
 Poland keen to explore trade and investment prospects in Sri Lanka:
May 25, Colombo: The New Delhi-based Ambassador of Poland accredited to Sri Lanka Tomasz Lukaszuk held discussions with the Chairperson of Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Indira Malwatte this week in Colombo.
 Alwaleed Philanthropies of Saudi Arabia donates US$ 1 million to support Sri Lanka disaster victims:
May 25, Riyadh: Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in Saudi Arabia, chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, is donating US$1 million to provide support to those affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, the organization said in a statement.
  First Sri Lankan climbed Mount Everest returns safely:
May 24, Colombo: The first ever Sri Lankan to reach Mount Everest, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala has returned safely to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, the BBC Sinhala Service reported.
 NGO condemns appointment of an official accused of financial misuse as an Additional Secretary to a ministry:
May 24, Colombo: The election watchdog, Campaign for Free & Fair Elections (CaFFE) has slammed the appointment of a former government official accused of financial misuse of public money as an Additional Secretary to a Ministry.
 Government grants concessions on the clearance of essential items necessary for disaster relief services :
May 24, Colombo: Considering the disaster situation caused by the adverse weather, the Sri Lankan government has decided to release the essential items required for victims affected by the flood on a priority basis.
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 Sri Lanka Prime Minister orders Central Bank to submit quarterly reports of bond sales to parliament :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the Monetary Board of the Central Bank to submit detailed quarterly reports on the issue of domestic and foreign bonds to the State Financial Committee of the Parliament.
 World Bank responds positively for Sri Lankan President's request for financial assistance:
May 24, Colombo: The World Bank has responded positively to a request made by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to provide financial assistance for the next four years to help improve the living standards of the island's people.
 Lanka IOC offers Rs. 5 million for disaster relief in Sri Lanka:
May 24, Colombo: Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) today presented Rs. 5 million to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to provide for the welfare of the victims from floods and landslides disasters.
 Sri Lankan Minister, Thai Deputy PM discuss strengthening ties:
May 24, Bangkok: Sri Lankan Minister of Justice and Buddhist Affairs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has met with Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Wissanu Krea-ngam to strengthen Thai-Sri Lankan bilateral relations.
 Sri Lankan President assures sufficient financial resources to deliver maximum disaster relief to victims :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured to allocate sufficient financial resources to deliver maximum relief to the people affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka's Hayleys completes strong year of growth; posts Rs. 6.8 billion in PBT:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's diversified conglomerate Hayleys PLC posted Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs. 6.8 billion for the financial year 2015/16, a 7% increase over the previous year.
 Sri Lanka Navy assists repatriation of 34 Indian Fishermen:
May 24, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy said it has assisted the repatriation of 34 Indian fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody Tuesday.
 Germany to provide 1 million Euro for Sri Lanka disaster relief :
May 24, Colombo: The German government will provide financial support of one million Euro for flood and landslide relief efforts in the aftermath of the recent natural disaster, the German Embassy in Colombo said in a release. The funds will be used to meet the priority needs of people affected by the crisis.
 Case against former Judge alleged of sexual assault on domestic employee postponed to September:
May 24, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday postponed the trial against former Judge, who is alleged of sexual assault on his domestic employee, to September.
 Minister orders swift relief to flood displaced Sri Lanka Port employees :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Port and Shipping Minister Arjuna Rantunga says that now is the time to speed up providing relief to the flood-displaced people. He made this remark when he inquired about the progress in providing relief to the port employees displaced by the floods.
  Sri Lanka Tourism launches its roadshow promotions in three Australian cities :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) launched its first roadshow in Australia from Melbourne, on 17th May with a great success. Following the first show in Melbourne two more roadshows were conducted in Brisbane and Sydney.
 South Korea to sign deal with Sri Lanka on megapolis development:
May 24, Colombo: The government of South Korea plans to sign an initial deal with Sri Lanka on the development of the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and adjacent areas in the Western Province under the megapolis development plan, Yonhap News Agency reported.
 FinanceAsia declares Commercial Bank Best Bank in Sri Lanka:
May 24, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has won two more prestigious international accolades, being adjudged the 'Best Bank' in Sri Lanka in 2016, and presented a Platinum award for 20 years of excellence by the Hong Kong based 'FinanceAsia,' magazine, one of the most respected financial publications in the region.
  Siemens signs MoU with Sri Lanka Megapolis Ministry on Smart City solutions:
May 23, Colombo: Siemens, a renowned global leader in the area of Smart Cities, strengthened its partnership with Sri Lanka by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development to offer expertise and best practices from its globally-proven, state-of-the-art, Sustainable, Smart City solutions portfolio, a media statement said.
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 Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Kent's Simon Willis as high performance manager:
May 23, Colombo: Kent high performance director Simon Willis is leaving the county to take on a similar role with Sri Lanka Cricket.
  Sri Lanka death toll from adverse weather rises to 92 as troops recover more bodies:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army troops engaged recovery operations at the landslide site in Aranayake in Kegalle district recovered seven more bodies bringing the death toll from the flash floods and landslides to 92, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.
 Longer term alternative shelter needed for Sri Lanka landslides-displaced :
May 23, Colombo: A United Nations agency says there is a need for longer term alternative shelter options for the landslides-displaced people in Sri Lanka because the communities in landslide affected areas will not be able return to their place or origin because of the ongoing threat from further landslides.
 Government aims to resettle flood-displaced families soon:
May 23, Colombo: Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says the government aims to resettle the flood-displaced families housed in welfare centers in their homes as soon as possible.
 President declares flood affected areas as High Security Zones :
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today declared all flood and landslide affected areas as High Security Zones and instructed the officials of the newly established special Environmental Relief Task Force to mark those areas accordingly.
  Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 4.3 percent in April 2016:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in April 2016 determined under the new National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 4.3 percent from 2.6 percent recorded in March 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Monday.
 Sri Lanka police arrest former DIG over national rugby player's murder:
May 23, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police have arrested a former senior police official in connection with the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
 Sri Lanka sets up special task force to restore environment damaged by floods and landslides:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the officials to establish a special Environmental Relief Task Force to restore suitable living conditions for the affected people while managing the damage to the environment caused by the recent natural disaster outbreaks.
 Pakistan hands over first consignment of relief items for Sri Lankan flood victims:
May 23, Colombo: The first cargo flight of relief goods from Pakistan, for the victims of the recent devastating floods, landslides and torrential rains in Sri Lanka, arrived today at Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake.
 Fitch affirms Sri Lanka's Dialog Axiata at 'AAA(lka)', outlook Stable:
May 23, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka-based telecom company Dialog Axiata PLC's (Dialog) 'AAA(lka)' National Long-Term Rating. The Outlook is Stable.
  Sri Lankan, Indian Navies conduct combined health camps for people affected by floods:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Medical Officers along with Medical Assistants have conducted a series of health camps for the people affected by the floods.
 Confidence in Central Bank will be lost if the Governor's term extended - COPE chairman:
May 23, Colombo: If the term of the Central Bank's Governor Arjuna Mahendran is extended, the confidence placed by the financial sector and the stock market in the Central Bank will be lost completely, the Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has stressed.
 Improper and illegal constructions cause for flooding along Kelani River - Irrigation Department:
May 23, Colombo: Major cause for the constant threat of flooding along the Kelani River Valley is improper and illegal construction, the Department of Irrigation says.
 India participates in Buddha Rashmi Vesak celebrations in Colombo :
May 23, Colombo: India has the honor to participate in the Buddha Rashmi Vesak celebrations at the kind invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, High Commission of India said in a statement.
 HNB launches Disaster Relief Fund to help flood victims:
In a timely response to the emergency situation that has arisen in the country largely due to inundation caused by inclement weather, Hatton National Bank (HNB) has taken the initiative to provide relief and assistance to the people adversely affected by this natural calamity of an unprecedented scale.
 Sri Lanka calls for bids to gather geophysical data for offshore petroleum surveys:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS) has called worldwide for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for surveys to gather geophysical data in its search for offshore petroleum deposits.
 In Pictures: Sri Lankan President, PM open Vesak zones:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe opened the annual Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Zone 2016 at the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo on Saturday with the participation of a large number of guest including religious leaders of other faiths and foreign dignitaries.
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 Sri Lanka Marxist party to hold seminars to apprise public on current economic crisis :
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has made arrangements to hold a series of seminars throughout the country to apprise the public regarding the existing economic crisis, the debt burden, the boundless tax policy of the government and several other issues.
  Taiwan deports Sri Lankan traveling to New Zealand on a forged passport:
May 22, Taipei: Taiwan authorities have deported a Sri Lankan national back to the home country on Sunday after finding he was trying to travel to New Zealand through Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport using a forged Singapore passport.
  Sri Lankan President visits flood victims in Colombo suburbs, direct officials to expedite relief work:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday made an observation visit to the flooded suburbs of capital Colombo and inquire into the issues of the flood victims in those areas.
 Pakistan sends field hospital, relief goods for Sri Lankan flood victims:
May 22, Colombo: The Government of Pakistan has sent a 30 bed fully equipped modern field hospital and relief materials for the victims of the recent floods in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lankan President, PM inaugurate Exposition of Buddha Relics from Pakistan:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe inaugurated the exposition of the most Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha brought from Pakistan, in an impressive ceremony at Temple Trees Saturday evening, for public exposition.
 U.S. offers additional Rs. 36 million to support Sri Lanka flood relief:
May 22, Colombo: T‎he United States Government will provide an‎ additional Rs. 36 million (US$ 250,000) to support flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.
 Sri Lanka police arrest 15 "Flood Looters":
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 15 people from several flood hit areas in the island suspected of looting from the people and the businesses affected by the disaster.
 Sri Lanka government sets up Disaster Relief Fund to receive donations:
May 22, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has opened the following bank accounts at the Sampath Bank PLC to facilitate donations to provide relief to victims of floods and landslides which occurred in May 2016 in Sri Lanka.
 SLT Group takes steps to initiate a special natural disaster relief program:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Group as a responsible corporate citizen has decided to initiate a special natural disaster relief program to provide relief and facilities to the people affected by the prevailing inclement weather condition, perhaps the most destructive natural disaster after tsunami in 2004.
 UN continues to support Sri Lankan government in disaster relief:
May 22, Colombo: The United Nations continues to support the Sri Lankan Government in its efforts to respond to the needs on the ground, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Stephane Dujarric said Friday.
 Fisheries Minister orders investigation into allegation of harmful chemicals in imported fish :
May 22, Colombo: In response to an allegation made by certain parties that the fish imported to Sri Lanka contains harmful chemicals, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered an investigation.
 Sri Lankan Minister says international operations not needed to manage the disaster :
May 22, Colombo: At the moment the international operations are not needed for Sri Lanka to overcome the difficult situation the country has faced due to the floods and landslides, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says.
 Sri Lanka parliament mulls resorting to solar power:
May 22, Colombo: Leaders of political parties represented in Sri Lankan parliament have agreed to convert the Parliamentary complex from using electricity from the national grid to solar power, the Government Information Department says.
 Pakistan sends emergency relief for Sri Lanka flood victims:
May 22, Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the relevant authorities to make immediate arrangements for provision of emergency relief to the flood victims in Sri Lanka, an official statement here said.
 Sri Lanka to release 608 prisoners on the occasion of Vesak:
May 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan prison authorities will release 608 prisoners serving time for minor offences to mark the Vesak Poya Day, the Department of Prisons said.
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 Presidential Task Force appointed for disaster management:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has setup a Presidential Task Force to efficiently manage the issues that has arisen due to floods and landslides and that can surface further due to the inclement weather.
 Sri Lankan government aims to build and sustain a 'just and a compassionate society' - PM:
May 21, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government has taken an initiative concerning greater upliftment of the Buddha Sasana and the Sangha Society while ensuring the well-being of the people, towards a goal of building and sustaining a just and a compassionate society.
 Sri Lanka death toll from adverse weather rises to 71, over 243,000 still displaced:
May 21, Colombo: Floods and landslides caused by torrential rains with gale force winds in Sri Lanka have left 71 people dead, 127 missing, and over 243,000 displaced from homes, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said in its latest report.
 Sri Lanka Tourism promotes the island as an ideal film destination at Cannes Film Festival:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism in Collaboration with the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka embassy in France has arranged a pavilion at Cannes Film Festival in France which will be held from 11th to 22nd May 2016.
 India lends a helping hand to Sri Lanka for disaster relief:
May 21, Colombo: India in response to a request for assistance made by the Government of Sri Lanka and as an expression of India's solidarity has sent emergency aid to Sri Lanka to help provide the disaster relief to those affected by the floods and landslides.
 Two Indian naval ships arrive in Sri Lanka with relief material :
May 21, Colombo: As a result of the request made by President Maithripala Sirisena to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two Indian Naval Ships, INS Sutlej and INS Sunayna arrived at the Port of Colombo Saturday (21) with essential items to provide the much-needed relief measures for the people affected by extreme weather.
 Prime Minister congratulates first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today congratulated Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala on her achievement as the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest this morning.
 Speaker to launch special inquiry over use of obscene language by Minister Harin Fernando:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya has informed the House that he has ordered a top level investigation to examine the alleged use of obscene words by Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando recently in Parliament.
 Ceylon Chambers launches SME registry:
May 21, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce launched a 'Registry of Small and Medium Enterprises of Sri Lanka', thus providing a vital source to track SME operators in the country and also help local SMEs find potential business partners.
 Sri Lanka CID questions former Senior DIG over rugby player's murder:
May 21, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has recently recorded a statement from the former Western Province Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Anura Senanayake in connection with the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
 Sri Lanka Army focuses on relocating and relief operations, given up on finding survivors in landslide-hit areas:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, which deployed over 300 troops to rescue the people struck by the massive landslides in Aranayake and Bulathkohupitya areas in the Central Province, has given up looking for any more survivors.
 Sri Lanka donates a replica of Avukana Buddha statue to Telangana state of India:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka has donated a replica of Avukana Buddha statue to the Telangana state of India to install in a Buddhist theme park being built in the Indian state.
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