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  Sri Lanka Prime Minister says will pay off all debts during this government's time

Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated in parliament today that under the good governance government the Treasury will be brought under the control of the parliament and remove the debt burden of the people.

The Prime Minister said that during the previous government the parliament came under the Treasury. However under the present regime both the Treasury and Central Bank come under the parliament.

 Sri Lanka needs a national strategic defense plan - Field Marshal Fonseka:
Nov 18, Colombo: The budget for both Ministries of Law and Order and Southern Development and Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs were passed in parliament today (18).

 Committee appointed to prevent recurrences of communal clashes:
Nov 18, Colombo: A special discussion was held in Galle today between people in the Gintota area, security divisions, both Buddhist and Muslim religious leaders and people's representatives. The meeting was presided by Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena.
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  Gintota unrest: 19 suspects remanded, curfew again today:
Nov 18, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the 19 suspects arrested for inciting violence in the southern coastal town of Gintota in Galle while the government warned extremists against spreading rumors and fake messages on social media arousing communal clashes.

 Sri Lanka to bring back asylum seekers detained in Australian offshore detention centers:
Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana says that, arrangements will be made to bring back the Sri Lankans who are not eligible for citizenship in Australia and detained in Australia's offshore detention centers in South Pacific islands of Christmas Island, Papua New Guinea, and Nauru.

 Freedom of expression should not be used harm social values, Sri Lanka telecommunication regulator warns:
Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's electronic communication regulator, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission today warned against abusing the Freedom of expression to harm social values through modes of telecommunication.

  Sri Lanka's manufacturing and services sectors slow down in October 2017:
Nov 18, Colombo: Both manufacturing and service sectors of Sri Lanka slowed down in October 2017, compared to the previous month, the Central Bank's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) Survey released for the month showed.

 Sri Lanka, UAE advancing bilateral relations in multiple domains:
Nov 18, Colombo: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is keen to strengthen bilateral relations with Sri Lanka across multiple domains, the Gulf state's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said when he met Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today in Colombo.

  Sri Lanka Prime Minister says will pay off all debts during this government's time :
Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated in parliament today that under the good governance government the Treasury will be brought under the control of the parliament and remove the debt burden of the people.

 Gintota under control, Law & Order Minister warns elements inciting communal violence :
Nov 18, Colombo: The tense situation occurred in Gintota last night has completely been brought under control, with law and order being established in the area, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said.

  Selyn launches 'Sthri by Selyn' - an ethical fashion collective for women by women:
Nov 18, Colombo: One of the country's largest social enterprises, nurturing over 1000 artisans across the island, Selyn has been at the forefront of the handloom industry as an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand since its inception.

 Finnish Firm in Sri Lanka to set up to project to produce energy from sea waves :
Nov 18, Colombo: Finland-based AW Energy, an ocean wave energy company, is working with the Government of Sri Lanka to set up a project to harness the potential of ocean wave energy around the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

 Police curfew imposed in parts of Galle to control tense situation:
Nov 17, Colombo: Police curfew has been imposed in several areas in the Galle District until 9.00am Saturday (18) due to a tense situation, Police headquarters said in a statement.

 Sri Lanka Army chief ordered to appear in court over disappearances :
Nov 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has summoned the commander of the country’s over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the LTTE.

 Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations of third UPR, mindful of implementation of some :
Nov 17, Geneva: The United Nation Human Rights Council this morning adopted the outcome of the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Sri Lanka at the 28th session of the Universal Periodic Review.
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 Court rejects former Defense Secretary's objections on Avant Garde case :
Nov 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today rejected the preliminary objections raised by the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of the Avant Garde floating armory case.

 Notice calling nominations for LG polls to be issued on Nov 27:
Nov 17, Colombo: The Chairman of the Elections Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya today announced that the notice calling for nominations for the Local Government elections will be issued on 27th November.

 Sri Lanka national security think tank holds panel discussion on post-war role of armed forces :
Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national security think tank, the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) held a panel discussion on the post-war role of Sri Lankan armed forces for a delegation visiting from Doha on Friday (November 17).

 Sri Lanka converts war-time IDP camp in North to an apparel village:
Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka has transformed the war-time displacement camp that housed nearly 300,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the conclusion of the war in May 2009 into an apparel village with garment factories as part of a new US$ 1.8 million national apparel initiative at village levels, Ministry of Industry and Commerce said in a statement.

 Law and Order Minister vows not to let the "Aava" gang to rise in Jaffna:
Nov 17, Colombo: Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka says the government has taken maximum possible action to control the 'Aava gang', the underworld group active in the Northern Province.

 Arrest warrant issued for former Sri Lankan ambassador to US Jaliya Wickramasuriya:
Nov 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday issued an arrest warrant on former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya.

 President appoints new SLFP organizers:
Nov 17, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed three new organizers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and they received their appointment letters from the President at the Presidential Secretariat, on Thursday (16).

 EU-Sri Lanka Trade Related Assistance project publishes GSP+ Business Guide for Sri Lankan exporters:
Nov 17, Colombo: European Union-Sri Lanka Trade Related Assistance project has published a GSP+ Business Guide which provides an overview of relevant information for exporters from Sri Lanka.

  Norway extends Rs. 150 million support for resettlement in Sri Lanka's newly released areas of North :
Nov 17, Colombo: Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther and Country Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, Jørn Sørensen signed an Agreement to extend Government of Norway's support to the resettlement of the communities in the newly released Myliddy harbor area in Jaffna District.

 Sri Lanka Navy ship Sayurala arrives at Pattaya harbor in Thailand for ASEAN International Fleet Review -2017 :
Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) Sayurala which left for Thailand to take part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Fleet Review 2017, arrived at the Pattaya harbor on Thursday (16th November).

 Airtel partners Google for online purchasing for first time in Sri Lanka:
Nov 17, Colombo: For the first time in Sri Lanka customers will be able to purchase apps and other digital content through their Airtel recharges or reloads launching with Google Play.
 Budget proposes a number of measures to enhance Sri Lanka's tourism sector:
Nov 17, Colombo: A large number of proposals have been introduced in the 2018 budget to enhance the tourism sector of Sri Lanka. New measures have been introduced with the aim to facilitate the growing tourism industry which remains a vibrant sector.
 Sri Lanka acquires automatic defendant surveillance broadcasting system :
Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka has acquired the latest air surveillance and monitoring technology with the operation of a new radar system from Ratmalana airport.
 No one is held in secret custody, Sri Lanka President tells family members of missing persons:
Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday held a discussion with the family members of the missing persons at the Presidential Secretariat.
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 Malaysian security forces to undergo sea combat training in Sri Lanka to upgrade skills in maritime security control:
Nov 16, Colombo: Malaysian security and enforcement personnel will undergo sea combat training in Sri Lanka to strengthen and upgrade their skills in maritime security control, according to a report in New Straits Times.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister to appear before presidential commission probing bond issue :
Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating alleged irregularities in the Central Bank Bond issue next week.
 Sri Lanka Parliament passes Second Reading of 2018 budget :
Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament passed the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill (2018) with a majority of 93 votes today, when it was taken for vote on the sixth allotted day.
 President, PM open Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo:
Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today (Nov. 16) opened the latest addition of the Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Colombo.
 UNP Working Committee suggests measures to expedite court cases:
Nov 16, Colombo: The Working Committee of the Ruling United National Party (UNP) has proposed several measures to expedite the court cases and bring justice to the affected people.
 Tui Cruises' MS Mein Schiff 1 cruise ship makes debut arrival at Colombo Port :
Nov 16, Colombo: Tui Cruises' MS Mein Schiff 1 cruise ship carrying over 2,700 passengers and crew arrived at Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka on 13th November from Mumbai.
 World Bank clarifies media report on its role in Sri Lanka's plantation sector reforms:
Nov 16, Colombo: The World Bank on Wednesday released a statement clarifying a media report on the Bank’s involvement in modernizing the plantation sector in Sri Lanka.
  Sri Lankan President hopes to change the competition for admission to premier schools in Colombo:
Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says every government is bound not only by international charters but also by the constitution to give educational rights to all the children in the country.
  Sri Lanka Navy arrests 10 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has arrested 10 Indian fishermen and seized their fishing trawler last night for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 Sri Lanka Army extends general amnesty period till the 22nd:
Nov 16, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army has stated that the general amnesty period offered to army absentees enabling them to receive their legal discharge from the army has been extended till 22nd November.
 ONYX Hospitality Group continues Asian expansion with a new Amari hotel in Colombo:
Nov 16, Colombo: Thailand's ONYX Hospitality Group, one of the region's leading hotel management companies, will launch a brand-new Amari hotel in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.
 Global response to Sri Lanka's progress in Human Rights achievements extremely positive and constructive - Harsha:
Nov 15, Geneva: Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva, who delivered Sri Lanka's statement to the third cycle of UPR review of Sri Lanka on Wednesday in Geneva, said the response to the island nation's progress in Human Rights from member states of the UN Human Right Council were "extremely positive and constructive".
 Sri Lanka apparel exports rise after reinstatement of EU GSP+:
Nov 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's per capita consumption of fish has increased to 46.7 kg in 2017 from 44 kilograms in 2016, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development stated.
 Sri Lanka is making constant efforts to restore human rights of its citizens despite attacks on reforms:
Nov 15, Geneva: Sri Lanka is making constant efforts to restore human rights of all its citizens but being a democracy it is not easy to always make changes at great speed, the country's envoy to the 28th session of UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group said today.
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 Sri Lanka and Switzerland reaffirm commitment to further consolidate and advance bilateral political and economic cooperation :
Nov 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Switzerland reaffirmed the commitment to further consolidate and advance bilateral political and economic cooperation during the First Session of Foreign Office Consultations between the two countries held on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.
 Human Rights Watch calls on Sri Lanka to adopt an action plan and timeline to implement Geneva proposals:
Nov 15, Geneva: The global human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) today urged the United nations members to insist on Sri Lanka to adopt an action plan and timeline to implement Geneva proposals as promises to the UN Human Rights Council have gone unmet.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court awards compensation to British tourist deported for Buddha tattoo:
Nov 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today ruled that the state should pay compensation to a female British tourist, who was arrested and deported for having a Buddha tattoo on her arm.
 World Bank recommends multi-prong strategies to close Sri Lanka's gender gap in the workforce:
Nov 15, Colombo: A new World Bank report has recommended multi-prong strategies to help women gain employment and then continue to thrive in the workplace in order to close Sri Lanka's gender gap in the workforce.
 Sri Lankan President raises awareness in lack of women representation in politics:
Nov 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the current government is committed to increase female representation in politics and is formulating required laws and enacting them to increase the number of women in local governments.
 HNB Group posts Rs 16.8 billion PBT:
Nov 15, Colombo: Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) continued its growth momentum to post a group Profit before VAT & NBT of Rs 20.7 Billion while the Profit Before Tax (PBT) and Profit After Tax (PAT) improved to Rs 16.8 Billion and Rs 11.8 Billion respectively
 Commissioner General of Exams transferred to Education Ministry:
Nov 15, Colombo: The Commissioner General of Examinations W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara has been transferred to the Ministry of Education, with immediate effect.
 Information technology becomes a compulsory subject for Sri Lankan students:
Nov 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that steps will be taken to make the information technology a compulsory subject in the school syllabus.
 Gamini Senarath, two others further remanded until Nov. 21:
Nov 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further remanded the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's top aide Gamini Senarath and two others on charges of misappropriating state funds.
 Sri Lanka Ministry of Justice and UNICEF launch new report recommending measures to strengthen Justice System for Children :
Nov 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Justice, in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Tuesday launched a report recommending measures to further strengthen the administration of justice for children in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lankan beer makers to regain market share with tax changes- Fitch:
Nov 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's beer industry will regain market share from hard liquor following a more favorable tax regime for the segment announced in the Sri Lankan government's budget on 9 November, Fitch Ratings says.
  New NZ MP to fight deportation of Sri Lankan family in Queenstown:
Nov 15, Queenstown: New NZ First MP Mark Patterson will present the case of a Sri Lankan family living in Queenstown to the Immigration Minister, if the family's attempts to stay in New Zealand fail, Stuff reports.
 UTSAV- Glimpses of India Cultural extravaganza at Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre Centre from 17-19 November :
Nov 15, Colombo: UTSAV- Glimpses of India, a special festival organized by the Indian Cultural Centre to celebrate 70 years of India's Independence will be held at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre Centre in Colombo from 17-19 November.
 Sri Lankan food and beverage products promoted at Foodex Saudi 2017:
Nov 15, Jeddah: Sri Lanka Tea Board, the Department of Commerce and Industries and private sector companies in Sri Lanka joined Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh to promote the island's food and beverage products at the Foodex Saudi 2017 that kicked off on Nov. 12. In Jeddah.
  Cabinet subcommittee blames Ceylon Petroleum Corporation for fuel shortage:
Nov 14, Colombo: The three-member cabinet subcommittee appointed by the President Maithripala Sirisena to investigate the cause of the Island wide fuel shortage handed over its report to President Maithripala Sirisena today.
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  Case against Bodu Bala Sena leader Gnanasara Thera postponed to 11 December:
Nov 14, Colombo: The case against the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBC) organization, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera on the charges of the contempt of court was taken for hearing today at the Appeals Court in Colombo.
 Election Commissioner to decide date for local government elections on 17th:
Nov 14, Colombo: The Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that the date for the local election will be decided at the Election Commission meeting to be held on the 17th of this month.
  Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva leads delegation to Sri Lanka's UPR review tomorrow:
Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's human rights report will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time tomorrow.
  Sri Lanka preparing a mechanism for border protection and prevention of human smuggling:
Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka is currently drafting legislation and preparing a mechanism to prevent illegal immigration and promote the border security, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake said Tuesday (Nov 14).
 Royal Australian naval ship HMAS Newcastle arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission:
Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Newcastle arrived at the Port of Colombo on Tuesday on a four-day goodwill visit.
 Sri Lanka budget keeps to IMF plan but fiscals still weak - Fitch:
Nov 14, Colombo: The global rating agency, Fitch Ratings says Sri Lanka's budget for 2018 sticks broadly to the targets for fiscal deficit reduction under its three-year IMF program, which began in June 2016.
 EU Launches Rs. 5.4 billion program to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces of Sri Lanka:
Nov 14, Colombo: The European Union has launched one of the largest programs of development support in Sri Lanka contributing Rs. 5.4 billion to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship.
 Sri Lanka's industrial production index up 6.0 percent in September 2017 :
Nov 14, Colombo: According to the monthly Index of industrial Production (IIP) released by the Census and Statistics Department, the volume of industrial production in Sri Lanka has increased by 6.0 percent in September 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.
 Law and Order Minister denies media allegations of a meeting with ex-president's aide:
Nov 14, Colombo: Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka has categorically denied allegation that he met with the former president's Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath, who is accused of misappropriating Rs. 4 billion of state funds during the previous regime.
 Transparency International Sri Lanka urges government to stop blocking Lanka E News website :
Nov 14, Colombo: The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) said it is deeply concerned by the blocking of the website Lanka E News purportedly by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), and urged the government to immediately revoke any steps taken to arbitrarily censor the news website.
 Ceylon Chamber welcomes 2018 Budget, calls to monitor its effective implementation :
Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premium business chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) welcoming the 2018 budget, which aims to create a Blue-Green Economy in the country, called to monitor its effective implementation.
 Commercial Bank posts typically robust 9-month results:
Nov 14, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has reported profit of Rs 19.718 billion before VAT and NBT on financial services for the nine months ending 30th September 2017, a growth of 20.25% on strong operational gains and tight control of expenditure.
 Supreme Court informed of SAITM recommendations, postpones hearing of SLMC petition:
Nov 13, Colombo: The Supreme Court postponed the hearing of the appeal submitted by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) requesting to annul the order issued by the Appeals Court in last January ordering the students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) medical faculty to be registered.
 81 State institutions rewarded for high level of performance in Fiscal Year 2015:
Nov 13, Colombo: The Committee on Public Accounts of the Parliament (COPA), under the direction of its Chairman State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna has rewarded 81 institutions that have achieved a high level of performance in the Financial Year 2015.
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 Government reinstated financial powers vested with the legislature - Premier :
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the current unity government was able to reinstate the financial powers with the legislature which in the past lost the financial control.
 President opens Global Congress for Consensus in Pediatrics and Child Health :
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena opened the 6th Global Congress for Consensus in Pediatrics and Child Health (CIP) at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo yesterday.
  Former president's chief of staff remanded for misappropriation of Rs. 4 billion state funds :
Nov 13, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the former President Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and two others until the 15th of this month.
 Jaffna University to recommence academic activities:
Nov 13, Colombo: The administration of the University of Jaffna has decided to open three faculties Monday for students to recommence academic activities.
 SriLankan Airlines is 'Best Full Service Airline in Central & South Asia' for third consecutive year:
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines collected yet another impressive accolade when it won the title of 'Best Full Service Airline in Central & South Asia' for the third consecutive year at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards 2017 in Singapore.
 Norway extends partnership with UNDP to support resettled communities in Sri Lanka:
Nov 13, Colombo: The Government of Norway and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka has agreed to expand partnership to promote local economic development in the North.
 Hambantota Protest: 31 Joint Opposition protesters granted bail:
Nov 13, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to 31 people including joint opposition parliamentarian Prasanna Ranaweera and Western Provincial councilor Upali Kodikara, who were remanded in connection with the last month's protest in Hambantota.
 Tamil People's Council will not be a political party - Wigneswaran:
Nov 13, Colombo: Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said that the Tamil People's Council which was formed for the benefit of the Tamil people will never be transformed into a political party while it would intervene as a forum for all political activities.
  Cabinet sub-committee to submit report on fuel shortage to President tomorrow:
Nov 13, Colombo: The report detailing the cause of the week-long fuel shortage, prepared by the Cabinet Sub-committee appointed on the request of Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, will be submitted to President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday (14th Nov.), the Government Information Department said.
 High Commissioner thrashes Canadian Tamil MP's distorted account on Sri Lanka :
Nov 13, Colombo: Ahmed A Jawad, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in Canada has slammed Canadian Tamil MP Gary Anandasangaree's misleading and factually inaccurate article, titled 'Sri Lanka's military aren't ready to be peacekeepers,' published by the 'Toronto Star,' on 3 November 2017 .
 UNCTAD assures support to Sri Lanka's science, and technology sector :
Nov 13, Colombo: Secretary General of the United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Dr. Mikhisa Kituyi has assured the Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha that the UNCTAD is ready to assist with Sri Lanka's Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review (STIP) and find ways and means of mobilizing the required funds.
 Ceylon Chamber strengthens business between Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia :
Nov 13, Colombo: A 15 member business delegation organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has visited Riyadh to further promote trade, investment and tourism between Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from October 28 to November 1, 2017.
 2018 Budget propose incentives to discourage use of polythene:
Nov 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's 2018 budget, which aims to create a Blue-Green Economy in the country proposes programs to discourage the use of plastics and polythene.
 President stresses the need of a national program to control diabetes:
Nov 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today stressed the need for a national program to control diabetes, one of the most common non-communicable diseases in the world today.
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 Sri Lankan President says will not remove Army camps from North but will release lands to people:
Nov 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says that the army camps in the North have not been removed or will not be removed in a way which will weaken the national security or have an impact on the security forces but lands acquitted by the armed forces during the war will be released to people.
 Floods in Jaffna send 1700 to safe places:
Nov 12, Colombo: The Disaster Management Center (DMC) of Sri Lanka says that its District Disaster Management Center in Jaffna has reported that in the past few days Jaffna experienced over 500 mm rainfall adversely affecting the people in some parts of the peninsula.
 Three including a monk arrested for large scale racket sending women to Dubai illegally:
Nov 12, Colombo: Officials of Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) have arrested three people including a monk, who had sent women to Dubai illegally for domestic work under the pretext of promoting Buddhism.
 Foundation laid for National Stroke Center to be established in Colombo East hospital:
Nov 12, Colombo: A National Stroke Center for the multidisciplinary care of stroke patients in Sri Lanka is to be set up at the Colombo East Hospital in Mulleriyawa.
 100 kilograms of Kerala cannabis found in public bus:
Nov 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Kanagarayankulam Police today said they have seized a 100 kilogram stock of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 35 million in a luxury bus plying from Jaffna to Colombo.
 COPA to present report on 831 state institutions to parliament tomorrow:
Nov 12, Colombo: Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media and Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA), Lasantha Alagiyawanna yesterday said he will present the most comprehensive report by COPA on 831 State institutions to the parliament tomorrow (November 13).
 Remembrance Day ceremony held in Colombo:
Nov 12, Colombo: The Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, organized by the Sri Lanka Ex- Servicemen's Association was held at the War Memorial in the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo, yesterday (11th November 2017).
  Ceylon Tea promoted at Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario:
Nov 12, Colombo: Ceylon Tea was promoted at a "Tea Festival" organized by the Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington, Ontario, in partnership with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto and the Tea Association of Canada
 Sri Lankan government focuses on reconciliation in 2018 budget allocating Rs. 12.75 billion:
Nov 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's budget for next year presented by the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera has focused on the post-war reconciliation proposing a number of measures to develop the war-ravaged North and East and uplift the lives of the people in those area.
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 Sri Lanka should be made a trading hub - State Minister:
Nov 11, Colombo: If the other countries are developing in the global economy, the economy should be changed to suit our country, State Minister of National Policies & Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera said in parliament today.
 Gazette notification on the number of members of local government bodies issued:
Nov 11, Colombo: The gazette notification on the number of members of local government bodies has been issued.
 Police open fire at lorry disregarded orders to stop, one killed:
Nov 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police had exchanged fire with occupants of a lorry which was driven disregarding orders to stop, killing one person in the vehicle in the wee hours of Saturday in Koggalle, Ambalantota.
  Special island wide police operation nabs over 800 wanted criminals and fugitives:
Nov 11, Colombo: A special four-hour operation launched last night covering all police divisions across the island has nabbed over 800 wanted criminals and suspects with arrest warrants.
  Ceylon Chamber to hold private sector workshop to discuss way-forward for Sri Lanka Preparedness Partnership:
Nov 11, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold a consultation workshop with the private sector on the 15th November 2017 to discuss strengthening preparedness and emergency response in Sri Lanka.
 Two Indian nationals arrested at Sri Lanka's Colombo airport with methamphetamine :
Nov 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) unit at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Friday arrested two Indian nationals attempting to smuggle in methamphetamine, also called 'Ice'.
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