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  U.S., Sri Lanka launch $ 2 million HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership to fast track efforts to end AIDS in Sri Lanka

Dec 12, Colombo: The Governments of Sri Lanka and the United States on December 8 launched a two-year, US$ 2 million (Rs. 306 million) HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership to fast track government efforts to end AIDS by 2025.

The U.S. Government's development agency - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - through the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will help to transfer promising solutions, new technical skills and innovations to contribute towards ending AIDS in Sri Lanka.

  Sri Lanka election monitor supports the campaign for more youth involvement in nomination lists:
Dec 13, Colombo: An election monitor in Sri Lanka, Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) says it supports the campaign by the youth organizations requesting more representation of youth in the nominations list for the upcoming local government elections.

  Sri Lanka Central Bank hosts 10th International Research Conference:
Dec 13, Colombo: The 10th International Research Conference of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka was held on 08 December 2017 at the John Exter International Conference Hall of the Central Bank.

 Rice exporters' delegation from Pakistan in Sri Lanka to promote and market Pakistani rice :
Dec 13, Colombo: A 15-member delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) is visiting Sri Lanka to promote and market Pakistani rice, according to a statement.

 Ministerial Committee appointed to resolve Railway workers' issues:
Dec 12, Colombo: A five-member Ministerial committee has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to look into the railway strike.
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  President opens multi-storey Specialist Centre at Nawaloka Hospital:
Dec 12, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena declared open the newly built multi-storey Specialist Centre at Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo today.

 Malaysian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka on December 17:
Dec 12, Colombo: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will pay a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka starting from 17 December, the Malaysian Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.

 Indian Air Force Chief calls on Sri Lanka Prime Minister:
Dec 12, Colombo: Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, called on the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, at Temple Trees on Monday.

 Appeal against the acquittal of suspects in TNA MP's murder to be heard on February 16:
Dec 12, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today fixed the date to hear the appeal filed against the verdict issued by a lower court in exonerating all the suspects in the murder of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj.

  SriLankan Airlines wins another award at the World Travel Awards World Ceremony:
Dec 12, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance has been awarded the "World's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean" title

  Prime Minister stresses need to promote Sri Lankan products :
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's first ever global standards-applied Best Sri Lankan Brands Awards 2017 was held Monday under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

 UNICEF report finds a major disparity in internet access between girls and boys in Sri Lanka:
Dec 12, Colombo: The United Nations children's' organization, UNICEF in its annual flagship report released Monday said there is a major disparity in internet access between girls and boys in Sri Lanka.

 Singer Sri Lanka inks partnership with Pan Asia Bank:
Dec 12, Colombo: Singer (Sri Lanka), the largest consumer goods retailer in the Country, has joined hands with Pan Asia Bank, the fastest growing commercial bank in the island, to offer their customers added convenience.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrest 27 Tamil Nadu fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 27 Indian fishermen and seized five trawlers early morning Tuesday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters.

 State Minister Palitha Range Bandara acquitted from all charges:
Dec 12, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today acquitted the State Minister of State Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Palitha Range Bandara of all charges against him.

 Sri Lanka sharing and learning best practices from the region on resilient infrastructure:
Dec 12, Colombo: Two delegations representing Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment took part in a conference on resilient infrastructure, to share experiences from Sri Lanka and draw lessons from the region for implementation in the country.

  U.S., Sri Lanka launch $ 2 million HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership to fast track efforts to end AIDS in Sri Lanka:
Dec 12, Colombo: The Governments of Sri Lanka and the United States on December 8 launched a two-year, US$ 2 million (Rs. 306 million) HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership to fast track government efforts to end AIDS by 2025.

 Minister praises Sri Lankan human rights activist on receiving Franco-German Human Rights award :
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan human rights defender Shreen Abdul Saroor is a recipient of the Franco German Human Rights Award 2017.

  Nearly half of Sri Lankan doctors are not aware of symptoms of autism, study finds:
Dec 12, Colombo: A recent research study has found that nearly half of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of the symptoms of autism and fail to recognize the early signs of the neurological disorder seen in children.

 No taxes imposed on migrant workers in 2018 budget, Foreign Employment Minister assures:
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala stressed that 2018 budget has not imposed any tax on migrant workers and the reports to that taxes will be imposed on their income are false.

 President requests Railway employees to return to work considering O/L students and public:
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has requested all striking Railway workers including the engine drivers to report to work considering the inconvenience faced by the students sitting for the GCE Ordinary Level exam from today and the general public.

 Demarcation of provincial councils expected to end by end of January, AG tells court:
Dec 11, Colombo: The Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today that the demarcation of provincial councils is expected to be completed before the end of January and provincial council elections could be hold after it was passed as a bill in parliament.
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 Eight railway trade unions decided to end the strike - Government:
Dec 11, Colombo: The Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva stressed that the railway employees who do not report for by 12 midnight tomorrow will be considered to have vacated their posts.

  Sri Lanka Transport Board deploys over 700 additional buses to facilitate commuter transport :
Dec 11, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Transport Board says that more than 700 additional buses have been added to the service today due to the ongoing train strike.

 Sri Lanka police to enforce election laws relating to the upcoming local government elections form today:
Dec 11, Colombo: Police spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara says the elections laws regarding the upcoming local government elections will be enforced from today as calling for nominations commenced today.

 Three top members of National Freedom Front join SLFP:
Dec 11, Colombo: Three top members of National Freedom Front (NFF) led by parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa have joined the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Shilpa Saviya Exhibition showcases urban crafts by senior local craftsmen :
Dec 11, Colombo: For the first time, chic, urban craft trends enigmatically nurtured by an unusual group of Sri Lanka Lankan seniors have entered the domestic marketplace.
 Sri Lanka Child authority receives over 8,500 complaints of child abuse in 2017:
Dec 11, Colombo: The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) of Sri Lanka says it has received over 8,500 complaints so far this year.
 Sri Lanka receives another 1,000 tons of rice from China for drought victims:
Dec 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday has received the second consignment of 1,000 tons of rice from China, to be distributed to the drought struck victims in the island country, Xinhua reported.
 Indian Air Force Chief visits Sri Lanka for discussions on regional security:
Dec 11, Colombo: Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa has arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday on a four-day official visit from December 11 to 14 to deliberate on matters of mutual interest related to regional security.
 Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port deal with China expected to ensure full utilization of the port:
Dec 11, Colombo Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama on Saturday said the Government's new deal for Hambantota Port with China will ensure the port is better operationalized, fully utilized
 Sri Lankan delegation visiting India to study women's role in local governance mechanism:
Dec 11, Colombo: A the 12-member Sri Lankan delegation led by the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha is on a visit to Kerala to study the local governance mechanism in the Indian state.
 Striking Railway workers asked to return to work before noon today:
Dec 11, Colombo: The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation today warned the striking workers of the Railway Department that if they do not report to work before 12 noon, all Railway employees who are engaged in the strike will be considered as vacated the service.
  Switzerland’s Edelweiss to commence flights to Sri Lanka :
Dec 10, Colombo: Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leisure travel airline, will expand its long-haul route network with flights to Sri Lanka in 2018.
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 Sri Lanka plans to liberalize markets to increase competition, enhance living standards:
Dec 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's budget for next year plans to liberalize the trade removing tariffs immediately and modernizing archaic legislation to remove the barriers and boost competition among exporters.
 Sri Lanka interested in buying oil from Iran - envoy:
Dec 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka has expressed its keenness to broaden mutual cooperation with Iran, especially in the energy sector and to purchase its oil products.
 Massive program to eradicate corruption and fraud - Law & Order Minister:
Dec 10, Colombo: The government is carrying out a massive program to eradicate corruption and fraud and the Finance Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) was set up to counter financial frauds, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake said.
 State Minister highlights Sri Lanka's efforts for reconciliation, good governance at Bali Forum:
Dec 10, Colombo: State Minister for Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attended the 10th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF-X) in Jakarta on 7th December 2017, Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 Sri Lanka participates in UN Christmas Charity Bazaar in Vienna:
Dec 10, Vienna: The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna, and the members of the Sri Lankan expatriate community participated in the United Nations Christmas Charity Bazaar held at the Austria Centre in Vienna on 1st and 2nd of December 2017.
 MAS Brands launches Ultimo: Sri Lanka's first dedicated lingerie label for C to DD sizes:
Dec 09, Colombo: Leading intimate apparel producer MAS Brands introduced designer lingerie label Ultimo to its Sri Lankan clientele this month.
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 Sri Lanka signs share ownership agreement with China on Hambantota Port commencing operations:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Saturday signed share ownership agreement with China on Hambantota Port formally handing over the operation of port to the state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort).
 Sri Lanka parliament passes 2018 budget with two-third majority:
Dec 09, Colombo: The third reading of the Appropriation Bill for 2018 was passed by the House on Saturday (9th Dec.) with a two-third majority of votes ending the Committee Stage Debate.
 Customs seize illegal cigarettes worth Rs. 80 million:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs during a raid conducted Friday has discovered a container of illegally imported cigarettes from the Orugodawatta Container Yard.
 Prime Minister proposes to renovate and reactivate Myliddy Fishery Harbor in North:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed to renovate and reactivate the Myliddy Fishery Harbor in the Walikkamam area of Jaffna in the North to uplift the economic activities in the area.
  Korea Eximbank approves US$ 14 mn for garbage collection compactors to Sri Lanka:
Dec 09, Colombo: The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) has approved US$ 14 million for the supply of garbage collection compactors to Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka government declares railways an essential service:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena last night has signed an Extraordinary Gazette notification declaring railways as an essential service.
 SriLankan Airlines marks the 70th anniversary of commercial aviation in Sri Lanka:
Dec 08, Colombo: Exactly 70 years ago, on December 10th 1947, a Douglas DC-3 aircraft named Sita Devi took off from Ratmalana airport for Palaly Jaffna and Madras. With this historic flight, Air Ceylon, the national carrier of Sri Lanka was born.
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 Sri Lanka PM assures former president's security during elections:
Dec 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that 154 police security personnel have been assigned to the security detail of former President and current Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa.
  Sri Lanka gifts a plot of land for a new Chancery Building for the State of Palestine:
Dec 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka has gifted a plot of land in the capital city to the Palestinian mission in Colombo to build its new chancery.
  Security beefed up at Sri Lanka train stations as strike continues:
Dec 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera has directed the police to provide extra security to all the train stations in the island to ensure that the smooth operation of trains is not hampered due to the trade union action, the police headquarters said.
 Sri Lanka PM reveals plans of a new mechanism to overcome impact of climate changes on national economy:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking steps to create a mechanism to overcome the impacts unfavorable climatic changes on the national economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe disclosed today (8th Dec.) in parliament.
 Sri Lanka to secure financial aid from Hungary for development Projects:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Government of Hungary has agreed to provide funds for the development of some of the projects implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka, a statement on cabinet decisions said.
 Sri Lanka's exports, FDI grow substantially in first nine months of 2017 exceeding 2016 total:
Dec 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's foreign direct investment (FDI) and exports have grown substantially in the first nine months of this year exceeding the total for 2016, the International Trade Ministry says.
 Sri Lanka takes short term measures to reduce rising cost of living :
Dec 08, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has taken steps to implement several short term measures to arrest the rising cost of living in the country ahead of the festive season.
 Sri Lanka demonstrates sincerity to combat torture acceding to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture :
Dec 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka, as announced at the U.N Human Rights Council last month, has acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture to cooperate with international agencies in combating torture.
 Sri Lanka Army Chief emphasizes on 5R concept to strengthen civil-military partnership :
Dec 08, Colombo: The '5R Concept' of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Reintegration, Resettlement and Reconciliation will help to build up the bridge to strengthen civil-military partnership, Sri Lanka's Army Chief emphasized.
 Comprehensive guide for Sri Lankan exporters to export to EU under GSP Plus released:
Dec 08, Colombo: The first comprehensive and almost step by step guide for Lankan exporters to export under European Union's GSP Plus scheme has been released.
 Special discussion between the Railway Trade unions and the Presidential Secretary:
Dec 08, Colombo: A special discussion will be held today with the railway union leaders to resolve the strike commenced Wednesday midnight by the train engine drivers.
 Sri Lanka participates in Annual Winternational Embassy Showcase in Washington D.C.:
Dec 08, Washington D.C.: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. took part in the Annual Winternational Embassy Showcase held on December 6 at the International Trade Center in Washington D.C.
 Five new SLFP District Coordinators appointed:
Dec 08, Colombo: Five new District Organizers appointed for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party received their appointment letters from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday.
 India's Tube Investments to acquire two bicycle companies in Sri Lanka for $3.34 mn:
Dec 08, Colombo: Chennai-based Tube Investments of India Limited, a company that specialized in engineering bicycles has entered into an agreement to acquire 80 percent stake in two Colombo-based premium bicycle makers for $3.34 million.
 Sri Lankan man pleads guilty to attempting to hijack a plane:
Dec 08, Colombo: A Sri Lankan man has admitted trying to take control of an international passenger jet flying out of Melbourne.
 IMF says Sri Lanka fiscal performance satisfactory, approves US$ 251.4 million disbursement of third tranche EFF:
Dec 07, Washington, DC: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Thursday said its Executive Board completed the third review of Sri Lanka's Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement, which enables the disbursement of about US$ 251.4 million.
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 National program provides insurance coverage to over 4.5 million school students :
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Education Thursday implemented a national program to provide insurance coverage to over 4.5 million school students in the country.
 Human Rights Arts Festival to mark International Human Rights Day on Sunday:
Dec 07, Colombo: The first Human Rights Arts Festival organized by Arts Council of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka will be held on Sunday, December 10.
 SriLankan Airlines unions shows solidarity with restructuring:
Dec 07, Colombo: All trade unions attached to SriLankan Airlines yesterday expressed their solidarity to the management of the Airline, in supporting the restructuring efforts initiated by the Government
 President extends term of Bond Commission until Dec 31:
Dec 07, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has extended the term of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Central Bank Bond issue until 31st December, 2017 considering the current role of the Commission.
 TourismFest to dazzle Sri Lankan capital city during holidays:
With the festive season just around the corner elaborate plans are being made to transform the city of Colombo in to a Tourism Wonderland from the 20th to the 22nd of December this year.
 Sri Lanka Police recover 1200 star tortoises and banned glyphosate smuggled from India:
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police yesterday discovered a hidden stock of 1,200 star tortoises and packages of banned agrochemical glyphosate near the Thillyadi Beach in Kalpitiya police division.
  'Living Heritage' showcasing heritage of Sri Lankan capital Colombo on 13-14 December:
Dec 07, Colombo: 'Living Heritage' a two-day event to showcase and promote the heritage of Colombo which is at risk of being lost to the development of the capital city will be held at the Grand oriental Hotel in Colombo from 13-14 December.
 Turkey's DeriDesen interested in starting production in Sri Lanka:
Dec 07, Colombo: Istanbul-based Turkish label manufacturer DeriDesen has expressed interest in starting a production plant in Sri Lanka.
 Ministry to hold a special discussion with trade unions on railway strike :
Dec 07, Colombo: The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation says the Secretary to the Ministry and the General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways will hold a special discussion with the railway trade unions to resolve the railway strike.
  Commercial Bank wins overall award for Best Annual Report at CA Sri Lanka Awards:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC stamped its supremacy in financial disclosure at the CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards this week, winning the coveted overall award for the best annual report
  Sri Lanka to sign share ownership agreement with China on Hambantota Port on December 9:
Dec 07, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has received the approval of the cabinet of Ministers to sign the agreement of share ownership with the China state-owned company before commencing operations in the Hambanthota Port.
 Bangladesh Navy ship Bijoy arrives at Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit :
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a Bangladesh naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka's luxury hotel The Kingsbury bags 3 awards for cleanliness and hygiene:
Dec 07, Colombo: Adding to an ever growing list of awards and accolades, The Kingsbury has raked in three awards that firmly establish its status as a benchmark of five-star hospitality in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka is becoming more computer literate, literacy rate high in urban sector :
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's computer literacy is gradually improving among all population groups although the computer ownership in 2017 has declined from that of 2015.
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 Sri Lanka to establish a 400 MW Natural Gas Power Plant in Hambantota :
Dec 06, Colombo: Considering the importance of introducing natural gas as a source of energy to Sri Lanka, the Government has held discussions with Government of China to jointly establish a 400 megawatt natural gas power plant in Hambantota on G2G basis.
 MRPs for several food commodities gazetted today:
Dec 06, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) says they will gazette the Maximum Retail Price for several essential commodities today (6th Dec).
 Sri Lanka President inaugurates construction of largest kidney hospital in Asia with Chinese aid:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the National Nephrology Specialized Hospital in Polonnaruwa.
 Sri Lanka tourist arrivals marginally up in November 2017:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose marginally by 0.2 percent in November this year compared to the same period last year, surpassing 1.8 million arrivals for the year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
  Canada extends support to Agriculture Cooperatives in Kilinochchi through UNDP and FAO:
Dec 06, Colombo: High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka David McKinnon made an official visit to the Thiruvaiyaru Educated Youth Project of Agriculture Products Consumers Cooperative Society (TEYCS) recently in Kilinochchi
  Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission says school authorities violated Constitution expelling Kekirawa school girl :
Dec 06, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued a recommendation to the Secretary, Ministry of Education and other eleven respondents to protect the right to education of a school girl in Kekirawa, North Central Province in Sri Lanka.
 Oman, Sri Lanka discuss strengthening inter-parliamentary diplomatic ties:
Dec 06, Colombo: A delegation from the Sultanate of Oman led by Dr Yahya Mahfoodh Al Manthri, Chairman of the State Council (Speaker) arrived at the Parliament Tuesday on the invitation of the Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya.
  Court extends interim injunction on taking legal action against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa till 15th:
Dec 06, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today extended the interim injunction issued earlier preventing police from taking legal actions against former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa under Public Property Act until December 15.
 Court orders AG to submit report on Welikada Prison incident on December 13 :
Dec 06, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today directed the Attorney General to present the report on the progress of investigations into the deaths of 27 inmates in Welikada Prison in 2012 to the court on 13 December.
 Low pressure zone is moving away from Sri Lanka - Met Dept :
Dec 06, Colombo: The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka says the low pressure area in the central Bay of Bengal is intensifying to a depression and moving away from the island resulting in high winds in Northern and Eastern sea areas.
  Sri Lankan authorities dispel rumors of a tsunami, request public to rely on official announcements:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities say there is no truth in the recent rumor of a tsunami threat to the island and request public not to create panic unnecessarily.
 Sri Lanka calls for a review of the composition of the OPCW:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka has called for an urgent review of the composition of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), to better reflect the geographical distribution
 Sri Lanka pledges a voluntary contribution of US$ 15,000 towards the UNHCR Global Appeal 2018-2019:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka has pledged an un-earmarked voluntary contribution of US$ 15,000 towards the UNHCR Global Appeal 2018-2019 at the UNHCR Pledging Conference held on 05th December 2017 in Geneva.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank takes regulatory actions on distressed financial institutions:
Dec 06, Colombo: The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) on 6th November has decided to issue a notice of cancellation of the license issued to Central Investments and Finance PLC (CIFL) to carry on finance business under the Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011.
 U.S. provides assistance for combatting corruption in Sri Lanka :
Dec 06, Colombo: As a commitment to preventing and combatting corruption globally, the United States is providing assistance to four countries including Sri Lanka to help strengthen transparency and accountability within government institutions.
 Clash between politics and mass media necessary for democracy - Media Minister :
Dec 05, Colombo: Minister of Finance and Media Information Mangala Samaraweera says the clash between politics and the media is a necessity for democracy.
 HRW urges Sri Lanka to tackle sexuality, gender identity bias :
Dec 05, Colombo: The New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Sri Lankan government should ensure that the new constitution protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from discrimination, and allows legal challenges to preexisting discriminatory laws.
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 Ukraine and Sri Lanka exchange Instruments of Ratification on Bilateral Treaties:
Ambassador for Ukraine to Sri Lanka, resident in New Delhi, Dr. Igor Polikha, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam exchanged Instruments of Ratification
 Sri Lanka has become more prosperous over last five years, Central Bank reports:
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka is steadily becoming more prosperous over the last five years, according to an indicator introduced by the Central Bank to assess the overall status of prosperity in the country as a whole and in each of its provinces.
 Finance Ministry rejects allegation that the government has given approval to produce spirits using rice :
Dec 05, Colombo: The government has not given any approval to produce spirits using rice as a raw material to any distilleries, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media said today.
 Fugitive ex-diplomat's petition against FCID to be taken up on 29 December :
Dec 05, Colombo: The Supreme Court today named a three-judge bench to hear the fundamental rights petition filed on behalf of the former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga against the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).
 Law and Order Minister commends tri-forces and police for swiftly controlling the Gintota situation:
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Law and Order and Southern Development Minister praised the tri-forces and police for their commitment to neutralize the tensions and swiftly bring the Gintota situation under control.
 Fishing industry should be taken forward with new technology - State Minister:
Dec 05, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi said in Parliament today that the fisheries industry should be taken forward with new technology while safeguarding the dignity of the fishermen.
 Sri Lanka Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and UNDP partner for 'HackaDev' - Youth Social Innovation Challenge:
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to scale up HackaDev - Youth Social Innovation Challenge.
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