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  Agreement with the lobbying firm is to maximize Sri Lanka's access to the U.S. market - Minister Samarawickrema

Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrema Wednesday made a special statement in parliament on the controversy of hiring a United States lobbying firm, raised by a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.

Commenting on the article which appeared under the heading "Malik hires another US Firm to lobby for Sri Lanka", the Minister said the article is based on incorrect and misleading information.

 Sri Lanka to take stringent domestic measures to protect migrant workers :
Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka is committed to ensure that the migrant workers have safe and dignified employment abroad and will take stringent domestic measures to prevent migrant workers falling prey to human trafficking or human smuggling, Sri Lanka's Foreign affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

 Minister Bathiudeen summoned to Presidential Commission to record a statement on Sathosa:
Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) today.

  Scottish engineer James Casserly faces counter-claim of assault in brawl with Malaka Silva:
Aug 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday has ruled that Scottish engineer James Casserly is also a defendant in the case of assault against the son of former minister Mervyn Silva during a brawl in 2014.

 Sri Lanka seeking a partner from the Indian subcontinent to develop East Container Terminal at Colombo port:
Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka is seeking a partner from the Indian subcontinent to develop a port designed to be its deepest one, and accommodate the world's largest container vessels, Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said on Thursday.

 Sri Lankan President instructs AG to investigate allegations against him in Australian media:
Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he instructed the Attorney General of Sri Lanka to investigate the allegations made in Australian media reports that an Australian firm is under investigation for possibly paying kickbacks to Sri Lankan government officials at a ministry of which President Sirisena was the then minister.

 DPL receives Presidential Award for highest value added exports:
Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading non-medical glove exporter Dipped Products PLC (DPL) was recognized as the Highest Value Added Exporter in the Rubber and Rubber Based Product Sector in the recently concluded Presidential Export Award for 2014.

 UN Secretary General to visit Sri Lanka next week:
Aug 26, New York: The United Nations Secretary General ban Ki-moon is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka next week, his spokesman Stepahné Dujarric announced at the press briefing on Thursday.

 Sri Lankan government clarifies global law firm's role in consultations in response to media reports :
Aug 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government responding to the media reports on the services provided by a global law firm said the newspaper reports were aimed deliberately at sabotaging the economic development strategy of the Government.
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 Sri Lanka port to expand services to be among the world 20 best ports by 2020:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to expand its maritime operations beyond container transshipment to make its Colombo port among the best 20 ports in the world by 2020.

  Sri Lanka armed forces annual joint field exercise Cormorant Strike to commence on September 3:
Aug 25, Colombo: The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries will commence on Saturday, September 3, for the seventh consecutive year, the Army said.

  Foreign Ministry organizes mobile consular service in Nallur, Jaffna from August 28 -31:
Aug 25, Colombo: The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be organizing a mobile consular service in the vicinity of Nallur Temple, Jaffna from 28th to 31st August 2016 to coincide with the festival of Nallur Temple, the Ministry announced.

 Five businessmen barred from leaving the country over millionaire businessman's murder:
Aug 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today has issued an interim injunction barring five businessmen from leaving the country in connection with the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Suleiman.

 Sri Lanka raises levy on imported potatoes:
Aug 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has raised taxes levied on imported potatoes by Rs. 5 per kilo with effect from midnight Thursday, the Finance Ministry said.

 Five Sri Lankans drowned in Camber Sands seas in East Sussex identified :
Aug 25, London: Five Sri Lankan men from Greater London area have drowned in the sea off Camber Sands in East Sussex on Wednesday, when they were caught in the high tide, British media reported.

  Minister Rishad Bathiudeen sends Letter of Demand to local newspaper for Rs. 1 billion over 'false' report:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has instructed his lawyers to send a Letter of Demand for Rs one billion to the Sinhala language newspaper Lankadeepa over publication of a "fabricated and false" report.

 Tillakaratne Dilshan to retire from ODI Cricket:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has decided to retire from One Day Cricket after the 3rd ODI of the series against Australia in Dambulla on Sunday, Sri Lanka Cricket announced today.

 Minister Ravi Karunanayake to attend 8th SAARC finance ministers' summit in Islamabad:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake will leave for Pakistan today to participate in the 8th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Finance Ministers' Summit to be held in Islamabad.

 Abducted billionaire businessman in Sri Lanka found murdered :
Aug 25, Colombo: A young billionaire businessman abducted earlier this week from capital Colombo was found murdered, the police said.

  Agreement with the lobbying firm is to maximize Sri Lanka's access to the U.S. market - Minister Samarawickrema:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrema Wednesday made a special statement in parliament on the controversy of hiring a United States lobbying firm, raised by a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.

 National Chamber hosts workshop on 'Import Procedures and Documentation' on 7 September:
Aug 25, Colombo: The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) will hold a one-day workshop on "Import Procedures and Documentation".

 5th meeting of manpower ministers in the Colombo Process today:
Aug 25, Colombo: The 5th meeting of manpower ministers grouped in the Colombo Process will be held today at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo with the participation of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as the chief guest.

 Telephone calls from the Presidential Secretariat on the day of rugby player's death erased, court told:
Aug 24, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police conducting investigation into the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen informed the Colombo Magistrate Court on Wednesday that the telephone records on calls made from the Presidential Secretariat to the Narahenpita Police on the day of Thajudeen's death, have been erased.

 Indian Economic Zone will not be in Trincomalee Harbor area, Prime Minister assures:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today assured the Parliament that an Indian Economic Zone will not be constructed in the area affiliated to the Trincomalee Harbor.
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 Sri Lanka to strengthen the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms:
Aug 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to strengthen the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM) which is tasked with the design and implementation of Sri Lanka's reconciliation mechanisms.

  India to provide Sri Lanka Rs 300 million for development activities in Hambantota District:
Aug 24, Colombo: India will provide an assistance of Rs 300 million to Sri Lanka for livelihood development, including the fisheries sector, in the southern Hambantota district, the government said today.
 India to provide Sri Lanka Rs 300 million for development activities in Hambantota District:
Aug 24, Colombo: India will provide an assistance of Rs 300 million to Sri Lanka for livelihood development, including the fisheries sector, in the southern Hambantota district, the government said today.
 Colombo Port's Jaya terminal docks four large ships at the same time:
Aug 24, Colombo: The Colombo Port’s Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority has anchored four large ships at the same time, the Ministry of Ports and Shipping said.
 Sri Lanka supports convening conference in 2017 to negotiate a legally - binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons:
Aug 24, Geneva: Sri Lanka has affirmed its support for the convening of a conference in 2017, to negotiate a legally - binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.
 Australian company investigated over alleged bribery scandal linked to Sri Lanka :
Aug 24, Colombo: Australian Federal Police (AFP) is investigating a leading engineering firm in Australia over allegations of seeking approval to pay kickbacks to the previous Sri Lankan government in return for a dam construction contract.
 Sri Lanka, Indonesia agree to cooperate in the field of election management:
Aug 24, Bali: Sri Lanka and Indonesia have agreed to cooperate in the management of elections and the General Election Commission (KPU) of Indonesia on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sri Lanka Election Commission further strengthening the cordial relations between the two countries.
 No Sri Lankan nationals affected by Italy earthquake:
Aug 24, Colombo: No Sri Lankans were affected by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which struck central Italy today, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 Will make the Samurdhi movement efficient and productive service, President says:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Samurdhi Movement, which has become an unsatisfactory state agency with a dissatisfied workforce due to the inefficient state service under the former government, will be made an efficient and productive agency that will be useful to the country.
  Legislation to establish Megapolis Authority soon - Minister:
>Aug 24, Colombo: The new legislation for the formation of the Western Province Megapolis Authority, which will remove many obstacles for development, will be brought in soon, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says.
 Sri Lanka participates for the first time in prestigious New York Trade Fair:
Aug 24, New York: Sri Lanka for the first time showcased its artisan products at the prestigious New York trade fair 'Artisan Resource @ NY NOW 2016' that is being held from 20 - 24 August 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.
  Sri Lanka Navy arrests 26 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing and sea cucumber harvesting:
Aug 24, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy on Tuesday has arrested 24 local fishermen in three separate incidents for allegedly engaged in illegal fishing practices and sea cucumber harvesting.
  Sri Lankan fishermen representatives to visit India to discuss the nagging fishermen issue:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka has decided to send a delegation of fishermen to India to discuss the issue of illegal fishing by the Indian fishermen fishing in island's waters by the destructive bottom trawling practice.
 Pakistan reaches out to rehabilitate agrarian community in Eastern Sri Lanka:
Aug 24, Colombo: Providing assistance to promote and rehabilitate agrarian community of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan, through its High Commission in Colombo handed over a Pakistan-made tractor worth US$ 10,010 to the Palayadivadai Farmers Association, Pottuvil at a ceremony Tuesday at the High Commission.
 Former director of Sri Lanka Tourism Board arrested and remanded:
Aug 23, Colombo: The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Police today arrested the former Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Kithsiri Ranawaka over misappropriation of funds of the Authority amounting to Rs. 5.7 million.
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 Minister advises to seek expertise and knowledge of professionals in solving issues of Port Authority :
Aug 23, Colombo: When taking decisions, in order to solve issues of the Sri Lanka Port Authority as well as the country, the intellectual experience and knowledge is essential from the professionals, Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga has said.
 Sri Lankan PM clarifies agreements with China on Colombo and Hambantota port city developments:
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe making a clarification of the preliminary conditions of establishing the Port City with China said the government agreed to resume the project following the approval of the environmental report and the agreement by the Chinese company not to purchase land.
 FCID investigates financial fraud at Sri Lanka Cricket Board:
Aug 23, Colombo: The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka Police has commenced investigations against eight individuals including the former Minister of Sports over financial fraud alleged to have taken place at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) since 2010.
 Sri Lankan President gives assurance to safeguard the dignity and security of armed forces:
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he is always committed to safeguard the pride of country's three-armed forces personnel and will ensure their safety and dignity.
 U.S. Pacific Command concludes Operation Pacific Angel in Northern Sri Lanka:
Aug 23, Colombo: The United States and Sri Lanka conducted humanitarian assistance operations from August 15-20, 2016, as part of Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) 16-3.
  Outgoing EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka pleased with country's progress under new government:
Aug 23, Colombo: The outgoing Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives says he was very pleased that Sri Lanka was able to make the necessary progress that enabled the EU to lift its fisheries ban and to reconsider the GSP+ facility.
 Central Bank officials summoned before COPE today:
Aug 23, Colombo: Officials of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) have been summoned to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) today.
 Sri Lanka SLSI standard mandatory for water bottles from next month:
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) under the direction of Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen will be enforcing plastic mineral water bottling standards starting September 1.
 Sri Lanka Speaker signs the Office on Missing Persons Bill:
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Tuesday signed the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Bill making it a legal act, the Speaker's Office announced.
 Sri Lankan-born entrepreneur appointed as Sri Lanka's honorary consul to Texas:
Aug 23, Washington, DC: The Sri Lankan government in a move to expand its presence in Texas in line with the unprecedented expansion in bilateral relations with United States has appointed Sri Lankan-born entrepreneur Susantha Shan Halamba as the honorary consul for Sri Lanka to the state of Texas.
 Secretary of US Navy visits Sri Lanka Navy dockyard in Trincomalee:
Aug 23, Colombo: The United States Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus visited the Sri Lanka Navy Dockyard in Trincomalee Monday (22) to witness the ongoing bilateral training between the Sri Lanka and US Navies.
  Sri Lanka to rehabilitate degraded agricultural lands in central highlands under five-year US$ 11 million project:
Aug 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will implement a five-year project to reverse and arrest land degradation in agricultural lands in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Badulla districts in the central highlands at a cost of over US$ 11 million.
 BASF opens first plant in Sri Lanka to meet local demand for construction chemicals:
Aug 23, Colombo: The world's largest chemicals manufacturer BASF inaugurated its first manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka to help meet increasing demand for construction chemicals in the country, the German chemical company announced Monday.
  GSF welcomes Chairman of the Sri Lankan Shippers’ Council as new board member :
Aug 22, Colombo: The Global Shippers' Forum said today it has welcomed to its board Sean Van Dort - Chairman of the Sri Lankan Shippers’ Council.
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 Sri Lanka HR Commission says public awareness campaign needed urgently to dispel misinformation about OMP :
Aug 22, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Monday said a public awareness campaign is urgently needed to dispel rumors and counter misleading and inaccurate information being placed in the public domain regarding the Office on Missing Persons (OMP).
 Ceylon Chamber with Sri Lanka Customs conducts seminar on Import Procedures and Goods Classification :
Aug 22, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold a workshop on Import Procedure, Good Classification and Harmonized Goods on the 26th of August, as part of its ongoing workshop series on 'Export and Import Procedure'.
 Ceylon Chamber launches 'TIPS' initiative to boost trade awareness for businesses:
Aug 22, Colombo: The country's trade agenda received a boost this week with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce launching a platform to enhance the awareness level of its members on the country's trade policies. The initiative, called the 'Trade Intelligence for the Private Sector' or 'TIPS', will focus on the CCC's engagements on trade policy issues under a common umbrella.
  Inebriated SriLankan pilot's license suspended:
Aug 22, Colombo: The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka today suspended the license of the inebriated pilot of Sri Lanka national carrier, SriLankan Airlines with immediate effect.
 Transitional justice in Sri Lanka needs to involve genuine trials, not 'Accountable amnesty', Human Rights Watch says:
Aug 22, New York: Transitional justice in Sri Lanka needs to involve genuine trials and impose punishments that fit the crime, not "accountable amnesties" suggested by the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today.
 Sri Lankan President takes measures to strengthen his party amid looming split:
Aug 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed a new district leader and a new organizer for Sri Lanka Freedom Party to strengthen the party amid a possible split.
  Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 5.8 percent in July 2016:
Aug 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in July 2016 determined under the new National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 5.8 percent from 6.4 percent recorded in June 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Monday.
 Sri Lanka condemns suicide bomb attack in Turkey :
Aug 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Monday condemned the Saturday's terror attack in Turkey that killed 54 people and injured at least 66 more.
 National Food Safety Week begins from today:
Aug 22, Colombo: The National Food Safety Week has been declared from today until the 29th of August to protect the health of the people by the Ministry of Health.
 Sri Lanka Army demining team receives international recognition:
Aug 22, Colombo: The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) of the United States, an international humanitarian organization, has selected Sri Lanka Army demining team of Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Alvin and his handler Lance Corporal G.N.W.M Nawarathne of 7 Field Engineer Regiment, Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) as the best Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team for the year 2016.
 Two students arrested in Tamil Nadu for trying to smuggle 'Brown sugar' to Sri Lanka :
Aug 22, Ramanathapuram: The district police of Ramanathapuram have arrested two engineering college students and seized from them one kilogram of suspected brown sugar, an adulterated form of heroin, in a secretive operation on Sunday, according to a report in The Hindu.
 Joint Opposition MPs to resign from SLFP organizer posts:
Aug 22, Colombo: All Joint Opposition parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have decided to reign from their district and electoral organizer posts in the next few in protest of removing party stalwarts from the organizer ranks by the party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Sri Lankan government begins preliminary work on 2017 Budget preparation :
Aug 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has begun preliminary work on formulating the budget proposals for 2017, according to the Finance Ministry officials. This will be the second budget of the unity government.
 Major security lapse during Sri Lankan President's visit to Indian temple:
Aug 21, Tirupati: A major security lapse occured during the visit of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to Tirumala on Sunday as he was forced to wait for 12 minutes in his car after the religious ritual at the Tirumala Hindu Temple until the driver returns to his seat.
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 U.S. doctors reject Northern Province Chief Minister's request to examine ex-LTTE cadres:
Aug 21, Colombo: A request made by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran from the United States doctors visiting Jaffna to conduct medical examinations on the rehabilitated LTTE cadres, has been rejected by the doctors, TNA Provincial Councilor M. K. Shivajilingam said today.
 No Army camp has been removed from the Eastern Province, Defense Ministry assures:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense today asserted that no Army Camp has been removed from the Eastern Province dismissing media reports to the contrary.
 Sri Lankan minister rejects media report on hiring a US lobbying firm without cabinet approval:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrema has rejected a media report which said that an agreement has been reached without a Cabinet approval or the knowledge of the Foreign Affairs Ministry to hire a United States lobbying firm.
 Sri Lankan President on a pilgrimage to Tirumala Temple in India :
Aug 21, Tirumala: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena along with his family arrived at Tirupati in India's Andhra Pradesh on Saturday on a two-day pilgrimage to the famous Tirumala Hindu Temple in the sacred temple town of Lord Venkateswara.
 SriLankan Airlines suspends drunk pilot who caused delay at Frankfurt:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has suspended an inebriated captain whose behavior resulted in a 15-hour delay of the flight from Frankfurt to Colombo.
  Sri Lanka increases import taxes of big onions to help local farmers:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance announced today that the special commodity levy on imported big onions had been increased with immediate effect.
 Sri Lanka becomes hub of Cricket in Asia with the opening of Asian Cricket Council head office in Colombo:
Aug 21, Colombo: In a momentous occasion in Sri Lanka's cricketing history, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced that it has established its head office in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.
 Department of Immigration and Emigration moves to Battaramulla:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Department of Immigration and Emigration will be established at its new location in Battaramulla from 29 August in order to provide an efficient and prompt service to the public.
 Finance Minister says government's income increased 23 percent in first seven months of this year :
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says the state's income has recorded a growth of 23 percent during the first seven months of this year.
  Sri Lanka Army's annual defense seminar this year to focus on soft power:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army's annual defense seminar this year will focus on the soft power and its influence on resolving global Issues.
  Sri Lankan products promoted in Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil:
Aug 20, Colombo: In order to expand Sri Lanka's commercial relations with the State of Rio Grande do Sul, the fourth largest regional Economy of Brazil whose GDP is estimated to be over US$ 150 billion, Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil organized a series of promotional activities in its capital-Porto Alegre from 8-9 August.
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 Indian state to provide foolproof security for Sri Lankan President's private visit to Tirumala today:
Aug 20, Tirumala: Authorities of India's Andhra Pradesh are making arrangements to provide foolproof security for Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during his private visit to the Tirumala Hindu Temple in Tirupati Saturday.
 Sri Lanka's good governance government to decide future program in 2020 :
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Good Governance government would go very strongly for five years for the benefit of the people of the country and decide the future program in 2020.
 Sri Lanka PM promises massive economic revolution in South:
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the current government has implemented several programs to develop the South and the region will undergo a massive economic revolution in the near future.
 Colombo's Office Market - A steady return yielding asset class in real estate:
Aug 20, Colombo: Financial indicators in the commercial office market are considered as the mirror of the demand and supply situation. Currently, as the Colombo office market witnesses occupancy levels as high as 95%, occupiers intending to expand are likely to face a scarcity of options as the supply of Grade A office space remains minimal.
 SriLankan Airlines apologizes for prolonged flight delay at Frankfurt:
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines today apologized for the prolonged delay of its flight from Frankfurt to Colombo due to "unavailability of a flight crew member."
 A boat manufacturing yard to be set up in the North:
Aug 20, Colombo: The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic resources Development has decided to set up a boat manufacturing yard in the Northern Province.
 Asia Best Employer Brand 2016 conferred on Bank of Ceylon:
Aug 20, Colombo: Adding another jewel to its crown, the 7th annual awarding ceremony of "Asia's Best Employer Brand" awards endorsed the Bank of Ceylon as one of those classed as a "Best Employer Brand" for the year 2016.
  UAE deports Sri Lankan woman trying to sell one of her twin babies:
Aug 20, Sharjah: A Sri Lankan woman who was charged with human trafficking for selling one of her twin babies has been deported from the United Arab Emirates.
 Sri Lanka has initiated multiple measures to develop fisheries industry - Minister :
Aug 20, Colombo: Upon the invitation of the Norwegian government, a delegation headed by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera participated in the international trade fair Nor Fishing - 2016 from August 15th to 18th in Trondheim, Norway .
 Pakistan keen to invest in agriculture, IT and construction sectors in Sri Lanka:
Aug 20, Colombo: Pakistan is keenly interested in investing in Sri Lanka, especially in the sectors of agriculture, Information Technology and construction, Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Retired Major General Syed Shakeel Hussain said when he met Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake at the Finance Ministry on Thursday.
 Sri Lankan President vows not to allow corruption and fraud in unity government:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today vowed not to allow those who ruled for fraud, corruption, waste and theft to return to govern this country again.
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  Sri Lanka's unity government marks first anniversary:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's unity government today marked its first year anniversary since the establishment of the good governance government in a low key event at the Matara Sanath Jayasuriya Grounds Friday evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 Former JMO seeks apex court order preventing his arrest over missing body parts in Thajudeen case :
Aug 19, Colombo: Former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer and current Vice Chancellor of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) Professor Ananda Samarasekara has filed a petition at the Supreme Court seeking an order for the prevention of his arrest regarding the case of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen's murder.
 World Bank introduces new Procurement System for South Asia in Colombo:
Aug 19, Colombo: In keeping pace with global trends, the World Bank Thursday unveiled a new Procurement Framework to help its partner countries in South Asia that procure goods and services under Bank-financed projects make the best use of their public spending, strengthen their national procurement policies, and improve their development objectives.
  Thajudeen case: Sri Lankan court allows sending CCTV footage to Canadian lab:
Aug 19, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has allowed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to send the video footage obtained from the CCTV cameras near the site of national rugby player, Wasim Thajudeen's accident.
 MP Dullas Alahapperuma resigns from SLFP leadership post:
Aug 19, Colombo: UPFA Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma said that he has decided to step down from his post as Matara district Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leader.
 Biggest wealth Sri Lanka can give to the world is Theravada Buddhism - President:
Aug 19, Kandy: The grand religious festival of Esala Perahera in Sri Lanka came to a successful end Thursday with the water cutting ceremony and the presentation of the Sannasa to the President Maithripala Sirisena.
  Sri Lanka to resettle IDP families remaining in the welfare camps soon - Ministry:
Aug 19, Colombo: The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) currently living in the welfare camps in Northern Sri Lanka will be resettled in permanent houses soon, an official of the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs has said.
  Indian Coast Guard ship 'Samarth' arrives in Sri Lanka on goodwill visit:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed an Indian Coast Guard ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday.
 Office on Missing Persons is to seek the truth, Sri Lankan Prime Minister explains :
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe explaining the importance of establishing the Office on Missing Persons said its purpose is to seek the truth, not retribution.
 Fitch downgrades NDB; affirms 8 Sri Lanka banks, Negative Outlook on DFCC, Sampath:
Aug 19, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has downgraded National Development Bank PLC's (NDB) National Long-Term Rating to 'A+(lka)' from 'AA-(lka)'. The ratings on eight other Sri Lanka banks have been affirmed.
 Australia thanks Sri Lanka for commitment to stop people smuggling:
Aug 18, Colombo: Following Sri Lanka Navy's successful detention of a group of people attempting to illegally migrate to Australia earlier this week, the government of Australia has expressed its appreciation to the Sri Lankan government for its efforts to prevent smuggling of its citizens to that country.
 Protests in Northern Sri Lanka demanding an office on missing persons in North:
Aug 18, Colombo: People in Tamil dominated Northern Province have staged a protest Thursday demanding an Office on Missing Persons (OMP) in the North.
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