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  Sri Lanka, ADB sign USD 107 million loan agreement for rural road development

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Thursday signed a loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to obtain US$ 107 million of a US$ 800 million assistance package to rehabilitate and improve the island's road network.

The USD 107 million loan is the second tranche of a USD 800 million multi-tranche financing facility to upgrade roads, the ADB said in a statement.

 Sri Lanka's judiciary is no longer politically influenced - President:
May 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the country's judicial system is now free and no longer under the political influence from the executive.

 Northern Province Chief Minister says Sri Lankan government lacks will to help Tamils:
May 30, Colombo: Chief Minister of Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran has accused the Sri Lankan government of lacking the will to help Tamils or minorities.

 Northern Province Chief Minister says Sri Lankan government lacks will to help Tamils:
May 30, Colombo: Chief Minister of Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran has accused the Sri Lankan government of lacking the will to help Tamils or minorities.

 Sri Lanka's Ceylon Hotels Corporation disputes report it failed to remit EPF payments:
May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ceylon Hotels Corporation (CHC) has rejected a media report which said that the company failed to remit Employee's Provident Fund (EPF) to its employees since 31 December 2013.

 Sri Lanka CID investigates Rs. 40 million fraud at a commercial bank:
May 29, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has begun a comprehensive investigation into a financial fraud occurred at a commercial bank, according to the Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara.
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 Sri Lankan government to provide accessible facilities for voters with disabilities :
May 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to ensure that voters with disabilities can access the polling places to cast their vote at elections, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said.

  Government to strengthen Sri Lanka's construction industry to provide quality service :
May 29, Colombo: Observing that the construction industry is a significant component in the country's national growth, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today promised to sort out the problems and strengthen the construction sector in order to provide the people a quality service.

 Sri Lanka to cut debt, increase foreign reserves - Finance Minister :
May 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to cut the debt and plans to increase the foreign reserves, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

 Sri Lanka inflation increases marginally to 0.2% in May 2015:
Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI), increased marginally to 0.2 percent on a year-on-year basis in May 2015 from 0.1 percent recorded for the previous month, the Central Bank reported on Friday.

 Sri Lanka, ADB sign USD 107 million loan agreement for rural road development :
May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Thursday signed a loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to obtain US$ 107 million of a US$ 800 million assistance package to rehabilitate and improve the island's road network.

 Sri Lankan President appoints new ministers :
May 29, Colombo: One Cabinet Minister, three State Ministers and one Deputy Minister were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (29).

 Japan grants Rs. 49 billion to develop infrastructure facilities at Sri Lanka's international airport:
May 29, Colombo: The Government of Japan has agreed to provide a Rs. 49 billion loan under the Japan International Cooperation Institution (JICA) to Sri Lanka to develop the infrastructure facilities of the country's main international airport at Katunayake.

 Indian Coast Guard arrests 5 Sri Lankan fishermen:
May 29, Nagapattinam: The Indian Coast Guard has arrested 5 Sri Lankan fishermen along with their boats on Thursday night for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and poaching in the Indian waters.

 Sri Lanka to establish a unit to probe corruption in highway projects :
May 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to establish an investigation unit in the field of highways to probe whether there was any corruption that would cause losses to the government.

  Sri Lanka launches US$ 650 million sovereign bond issue at 6.125%:
May 29, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka on behalf of the Sri Lankan government has launched a US$ 650 million 10-year International Sovereign Bond issue at a yield of 6.125 percent per year, the Central Bank said Thursday in a release.

  Investment promotion agency promotes Sri Lanka to German investors in Mumbai:
May 28, Colombo: A unique opportunity to promote Sri Lanka as a destination for Foreign Direct Investment arose recently when a delegation from Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment (BOI), Deputy Minister of Highways and Investment Promotion headed by Eran Wickramaratne, addressed 150 members of the Indo German Chamber of Commerce.

 Sri Lanka's Stock Exchange sees significant price appreciation of stocks this year:
May 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) says it has seen a significant price appreciation of stocks traded at the bourse this year.
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 Fitch rates Sri Lanka's USD bond 'BB-(EXP)' ratings :
May 28, Hong Kong: Fitch Ratings has assigned Sri Lanka's forthcoming US dollar denominated bonds an expected rating of 'BB-(EXP)'.

 President makes an inspection visit to J.R. Jayawardene Centre:
May 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday has undertaken an inspection tour of the J.R. Jayawardene Centre in Colombo. This is the first time in 20 years that a President has visited the Centre.

 Sri Lankan engineer kidnapped in Nigeria released :
May 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan engineer, who was kidnapped by a terrorist group in Nigeria on May 18 and held for more than a week, has been released unharmed.

 Opposition to bring no-confidence motion against Sri Lankan PM on June 9:
May 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's opposition plans to present a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on June 9, former ruling party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.

 Sri Lankan government appoints a special committee to study continuation of Colombo port city project:
May 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Thursday said that it had appointed a special committee of high rank officials to study the possibility of continuing the China-funded Colombo Port City Development Project.

 Sri Lanka's cabinet postpones final decision on electoral reforms bill for next meeting:
May 28, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Sri Lankan government which met Wednesday (27) to discuss the 20th amendment to the Constitution could not reach a final decision and decided to discuss the final draft of the legislation at its next meeting.

 Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue oversubscribed to US$ 338 million :
May 28, Colombo: The issue of Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) for US$ 100 million has been oversubscribed with total bid received amounting to US$ 338 million, the Central Bank said on Thursday.

  Sri Lanka's Bank of Ceylon starts year with Rs.4.4 billion PBT in 1Q 2015:
May 28, Colombo: After completing its 75th anniversary year with a commendable achievement of Rs. 20.3 billion PBT, Bank of Ceylon (BoC) has reported Rs. 4.4 billion PBT for the 1Q 2015 by achieving a 15% growth over 1Q of the previous year.
 Former Sri Lankan minister Johnston Fernando released on bail:
May 28, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to the former Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister of Sri Lanka Johnston Fernando.
 Striking health sector employees of Sri Lanka return to work:
May 28, Colombo: The striking health sector employees of the All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU) have ended their two-day strike and returned to work as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday, local media reported.
 Over 700 Sri Lanka security forces personnel deployed for emergency medical services:
May 28, Colombo: Over 700 Sri Lanka security forces personnel have been deployed to provide emergency medical services at the country's hospitals hit by the trade union action of the minor staff of the health sector.
 Sri Lanka Navy ship takes part in IMDEX Asia 2015 maritime defense exhibition in Singapore:
May 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Sayura has attended the Asia Pacific's premier international maritime defence show IMDEX Asia 2015 in Singapore.
 Singapore appoints new high commissioner to Sri Lanka:
May 28, Singapore: The Government of Singapore has appointed a new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced on Thursday (May 28).
 Sri Lanka, Pakistan aim to boost annual bilateral trade to US$ 1 billion:
May 28, Colombo: As bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Pakistan crossed US$350 million in 2014, the two countries are aiming to boost the annual trade to US$ 1 billion.
 Sri Lankan Minister's remarks on fishermen's issue 'not helpful', India says:
May 28, Colombo: India is committed to working together with the Government of Sri Lanka to find a mutually acceptable solution to the vexing fishermen's issue and in that context, Sri Lankan minister's remark on the issue is 'not helpful', the Indian government said Wednesday.
 Sri Lankan President enlightens ICRC officials on government's programs:
May 27, Colombo: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sri Lanka has commended the current progress in the country when the officials of the international humanitarian agency call on the Sri Lankan President Wednesday.
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 Parliamentary committee to record statements from Sri Lanka Central Bank and BOC officials:
May 27, Colombo: Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), the parliamentary committee investigating state enterprises has summoned officials from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the state owned Bank of Ceylon (BOC) before the committee on Friday (29).
 Emergency session of Sri Lanka parliament called to form the Constitutional Council:
May 27, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lanka Chamal Rajapaksa has called for an emergency session of parliament to get the approval for the appointments of three non-parliamentary members to the Constitutional Council.
 Sri Lanka apex court says opposition MP cannot be arrested until June 11th:
May 27, Colombo: The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today discussed the fundamental rights (FR) petition filed by businessman and opposition parliamentarian Tiran Alles.
 Sri Lanka's former First Lady summoned by the financial crimes investigation unit:
May 27, Colombo: Former First Lady of Sri Lanka Shiranthi Rajapaksa has been summoned by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of police to appear before the Division on June 1.
 Official calls on Sri Lankan government to pass two key bills before dissolving parliament:
May 27, Colombo: An official in the Sri Lankan government has called on authorities to pass two key pieces of legislation before dissolving parliament.
 Sri Lanka former ruling party to discuss nominations for general election with President:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the national government party is preparing to field nominations for the much anticipated parliamentary elections although a specific date to hold the election has not yet been decided.
 Sri Lankan government fills diplomatic posts vacated by recall of envoys:
May 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is in the process of filling the diplomatic posts vacated due to the recall of non-career appointments at Sri Lanka's overseas missions.
 Sri Lanka Cricket confirms claims of sexual harassment of women's team members:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket board today confirmed that there were few incidents of sexual harassment of women's team members committed by male officials.
 Sri Lanka Shippers' Council concerned over Customs Chief's resignation:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Shippers' Council on Tuesday expressed concern over the sudden resignation of Director General of Sri Lanka Customs Jagath P Wijeweera.
 USAID helps Sri Lankan manufacturer develop eco-friendly roofing products:
May 27, Colombo: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with Building Solutions (Pvt.) Ltd. opened today a state-of-the-art factory in Nawagampura, Ampara.
 Tourism Bureau promotes Sri Lanka as an island of thousand treasures:
May 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) taking a broader role is aggressively promoting the country globally as an "island of thousand treasures", SLTPB Chairman Rohantha Athukorala said.
  Former state minister appointed as legal advisor to Sri Lankan President :
May 27, Colombo: Former State Minister for Aviation in Sri Lanka, MP Faizer Mustapha has been appointed as a legal adviser to President Maithripala Sirisena with effect from Monday.
 Sri Lanka school children to observe 2-minutes silence in memory of rape victim:
May 27, Colombo: All school children of Sri Lanka will observe two minutes silence as a mark of protest over the kidnapping, rape and murder of 18-year old student S.Vithiya, at Pungudutivu in Jaffna on May 17.
 Harvard appoints Sri Lanka-born American diplomat Patrick Mendis as Senior Fellow :
May 27, Cambridge, MA: The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University appointed Sri Lanka-born American diplomat Dr. Patrick Mendis as a senior fellow of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
 Sri Lanka court further remands former minister Basil Rajapaksa:
May 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court ordered to remand the former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa further when he was produced in court Wednesday.
  Sri Lanka cabinet expected to decide on 20th Amendment to Constitution today:
May 27, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Sri Lankan government is likely to take a decision on the 20th amendment to the Constitution at its meeting scheduled for today, sources said.
  Sri Lankan journalists asked not to misuse media freedom:
May 27, Colombo: Finance Minister of Sri Lanka Ravi Karunanayake has called on journalists and media institutions to be careful and not to misuse the media freedom that has been ensured by the current government.
 Sri Lanka, India depository systems sign MoU for knowledge sharing :
May 26, Colombo: The Central Depository System (Pvt) Ltd (CDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Securities Depository (Pvt) Ltd of India (NSDL), for the purpose of knowledge sharing in the area of depository services.
  Opposition MP says former Sri Lankan President not disqualified from holding office as President:
May 26, Colombo: Opposition parliamentarian in Sri Lanka, Vasudeva Nanayakkara says that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the prime minister of the next government.
 Sri Lanka Army troops to support medical services in strike-hit hospitals:
May 26, Colombo: The assistance of the Sri Lanka Army has been offered to conduct emergency skeletal services at island-wide government hospitals following a trade union action, staged by the minor staff working in hospitals Tuesday (26) morning.
 Sri Lanka's Marxist party decides not to attend National Executive Council sessions:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the party will not attend the National Executive Council in the future.
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  Students of northern schools discuss shortcomings with Sri Lankan President :
May 26, Colombo: Students of schools in the Northern Province got an opportunity today to enlighten the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the problems they are facing and the shortcomings in their schools when the President attended a function in Jaffna.
 Inquiry panel appointed to probe Sri Lanka Cricket administration:
May 26, Colombo: Minister of Tourism and Sports Navin Dissanayake has on Tuesday appointed a three-member panel to investigate alleged corruption in the past cricket administrations.
 Jonty Rhodes to arrive in Sri Lanka today on a short coaching stint:
May 26, Colombo: Jonty Rhodes, the former South African batsman, will arrive in Sri Lanka Tuesday on a short stint for 10 days as a fielding coach, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a release.
 Striking health sector employees of Sri Lanka face suspension if not reported for duty:
May 26, Colombo: The Health Ministry of Sri Lanka warned that the temporary and substitute health sector employees who are on a work strike would be suspended if not reported for duty.
 SriLankan Airlines opens ticketing office in Anuradhapura:
May 26, Anuradapura: SriLankan Airlines expands its presence in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka by opening its latest passenger sales office in Anuradhapura in a bid to capture a larger share of the local travel market.
 Sri Lankan court bars protests in Chunnakam suburb of Jaffna over gang rape and murder:
May 26, Jaffna: A Sri Lankan court in Jaffna has ordered a ban on protests for 14 days in a suburb of Jaffna over the gang rape and murder of student.
 Sri Lanka opposition emphasizes SLFP's commitment for the 20th Amendment:
May 26, Colombo: The Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka parliament has rejected the allegations that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is not interested in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to bring electoral reforms and emphasized that the party is dedicated to get the legislation adopted.
 Sri Lankan President pledges maximum punishment for culprits of Jaffna rape and murder :
May 26, Jaffna: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged maximum punishment to the perpetrators of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Jaffna.
 Sri Lanka's Justice Minister leaves for Russia to attend law conference:
May 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe has left for Russia to participate in an international law conference to be held at St. Petersburg.
 Leader of Sri Lanka extremist Buddhist organization released on bail:
May 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has granted bail to the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested earlier today for failing to appear in court.
 Sri Lanka health sector union launches strike over 10 demands:
May 26, Colombo: A health sector union in Sri Lanka, the All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU) has launched a two-day token trade union action From this morning over several demands.
 Leader of Sri Lanka extremist Buddhist organization arrested:
May 26, Colombo: The leader of an extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka has been arrested for failing to appear before the court.
  Secretary to former Sri Lankan president to be indicted over misuse of TRC money :
May 26, Colombo: Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa along with two others will be indicted in the high court over the misuse of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) money, according to a media report.
 Sri Lanka parliamentary committee to commence probe on Treasury Bond issue today :
May 26, Colombo: A parliamentary committee investigating state enterprises will commence its probe today into the allegations against the Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran in connection with the controversial Treasury bond issue.
 Sri Lanka's Agriculture Insurance Board introduces new mechanism to estimate damages to crops:
May 26, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Agriculture Insurance Board plans to introduce a new technical mechanism to estimate damages to cultivations.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court justice recuses from former minister's FR petition hearing:
May 25, Colombo: A Sri Lanka Supreme Court Justice Eva Wanasundera has announced that she will recuse herself from the hearing of the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
 Sri Lankan authorities commence appointing members to the Constitutional Council:
May 25, Colombo: Authorities in Sri Lanka have appointed four members to the Constitutional Council as outlined in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, according to a local media report.
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 Director General of Sri Lanka Customs resigns:
May 25, Colombo: Finance Minister of Sri Lanka Ravi Karunanayake today said that Director General of Customs Jagath P. Wijeweera has tendered his resignation to the Finance Ministry Secretary.
 Sri Lanka's former minister further remanded :
May 25, Colombo: Former Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister of Sri Lanka Johnston Fernando was remanded further when he was produced before the court today.
 Sri Lanka opposition MPs complain to IMF against Central Bank Governor:
May 25, Colombo: A group of parliamentarians of Sri Lanka's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has lodged a complaint with the representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Sri Lanka.
  Energy conservation program introduced to Sri Lanka Army:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Power and Energy Ministry's timely national project to create awareness for economical use of energy for the best interests of the Nation was introduced to State's largest employment provider, Sri Lanka Army on Monday (25).
 Protecting forests and environment among top priorities for Sri Lankan government - President:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithreepala Sirisena says the conservation of the national forests and protecting the environment are among the government's foremost challenges and therefore among the top priorities of the government.
 Sri Lanka police investigate death of a U.S. pilot:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's police have launched an investigation into the death of a U.S. Air Force pilot whose body was discovered from a hotel room in the capital Colombo last week, according to a Xinhua news report .
 Sri Lankan visa applicant for UK arrested for fraud:
May 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan visa applicant was arrested for using deception to apply for a UK visa, the British High Commission said in a press release Monday.
 Palai police team in Jaffna comes under attack from residents after suspect was shot:
May 25, Jaffna: A team of police officers of the Palai division had come under attack when they attempted to arrest a suspect Sunday, Police Media Unit said.
 Sri Lanka consumer authority to gazette new laws on full face helmets:
May 25, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) in Sri Lanka says the new laws on standards for the use, sale and display of full face helmets in the country will be gazetted shortly.
 French movie based on Sri Lankan immigrants wins highest award at Cannes:
May 25, Cannes: The French movie Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard, has won the Palme d'Or prize for the Best Film at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday.
 Sri Lanka's national carrier likely to undergo reshuffle at senior level:
May 25, Colombo: A reshuffle is expected to take place among several senior positions at Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines.
 Former Sri Lanka ruling party members to seek nominations for remanded colleagues:
May 25, Colombo: A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members loyal to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought nomination for its currently remanded members at the general election.
 Sri Lanka's former President appoints shadow Cabinet - report:
May 25, Colombo: Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly appointed a shadow Cabinet that meets on a weekly basis.
 Sri Lankan minister says parliament will be dissolved in a few weeks:
May 25, Colombo: The Chief Government Whip and the Minister of Plantation Industries Lakshman Kiriella, says that Parliament will be dissolved in a few weeks.
 Candlelight vigil held for Sri Lanka rape victim:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka government ministers joined by religious leaders and hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil in Colombo on Sunday in memory of a school girl who was brutally raped and killed in Punguduthivu, Jaffna.
 Sri Lankan government panel finds highway project costs highly inflated:
May 24, Colombo: An official committee reviewing the former Government's highway projects has found several of them to be highly inflated in price, but recommended to continue the projects on a smaller scale.
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 Sri Lanka police use water cannons disperse people protesting garbage dump:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka police on Sunday (24) used water cannons to disperse a group of people protesting the presence of a massive garbage dump in their neighborhood in a suburb of Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.
 Sri Lankan PM expects people to decide on the government's100-day program :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe says that the 100 day program of the Government which has been successfully completed is now placed before the people and they would give an important decision about the programme soon.
 President inspects Maduru Oya Reservoir, orders to speed up maintenance work:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has made a sudden inspection tour of the Maduru Oya Reservoir Saturday (23) to observe the condition of the reservoir and the dam.
 Comprehensive national security plan under preparation in Sri Lanka :
May 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to devise a comprehensive national security plan covering all aspects of necessary areas of security in the island nation, President Maithripala Sirisena said Sunday.
 Gem smuggling Indian national nabbed in Sri Lanka:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo have nabbed this morning an Indian national, who had allegedly attempted to smuggle out a stock of gems worth Rs. 9.7 m million.
 Sri Lanka to host SAARC Film Festival 2015 in Colombo next week:
May 24, Colombo: The 2015 SAARC Film Festival will be held in Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka over a period of 6 days from the 26th - 31st of May 2015.
 PM appeals to Sri Lankan youth to elect public representatives who are capable of solving their problems:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe Saturday called on the country's youth to elect public representatives, who are capable of solving their problems, at the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
 Sri Lankan President calls on SLFP activists to extend support for government:
May 23, Moneragala: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday called on the activists of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the political party he leads, to extend their support needed for the future activities of the government.
 Sri Lanka Navy brings home 16 fishermen released from India:
May 23, Kankasanthurai: Sri Lanka Navy Saturday brought home 16 Sri Lankan fishermen released from custody by the Indian officials.
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 Sri Lanka's former army commander to contest parliamentary elections:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army commander and Democratic Party leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has said that he will contest the next parliamentary elections.
  Sri Lanka seeks German assistance to ensure durable peace and prosperity for people:
May 23, Berlin: Sri Lanka has sought the assistance of Government of Germany to ensure the durable peace and prosperity for the Sri Lankans people.
 Sri Lanka's Chief Justice assures security for Jaffna Judges, lawyers:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Chief Justice K. Sripavan accompanied by Inspector General of Police (IGP) N. K. Ilangakoon visited the troubled Tamil dominated Northern Province capital city of Jaffna Friday to observe the situation there following violent protests erupted on Wednesday.
 India, Sri Lanka business dialogue in July:
May 23, Colombo: The India-Ceylon Economic Dialogue (ICED) will be held in Kochi in July. The business meet was devised following the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka in March.
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