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  Sri Lankan President seeks international help to eradicate kidney disease

July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says international support is needed to save the Sri Lankan farming community affected by kidney disease from their tragic situation.

The President requested the assistance of all friendly countries of Sri Lanka to control the kidney disease during a meeting with the Ambassadors and representatives of international organizations at the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday.

 Sri Lankan government confirms three new diplomatic posts:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan government Thursday confirmed the appointment of three new diplomatic posts.

 Sri Lankan government to investigate failures of Bribery Commission:
July 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to investigate the failures on the part of the Chairman and Commissioners of the Bribery Commission appointed by the previous government to dispense with complaints lodged with it during the last four years.

 Sri Lankan government allocates additional Rs. 345 million to reconstruct damaged temples in Nepal:
July 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received cabinet approval to allocate an additional provision of Rs. 345 million to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana to reconstruct two temples in Nepal damaged by the 7.8 magnitude quake on April 25.

 Police arrest six for abducting UNF candidate's supporters:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today arrested six persons suspected of abducting three supporters of a United National Front candidate in the Southern Province.

 Another deputy minister resigns from Sri Lankan government:
July 30, Colombo: Another deputy minister of Sri Lankan government has decided to resign from his deputy ministerial post.

 Sri Lankan President seeks international help to eradicate kidney disease:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says international support is needed to save the Sri Lankan farming community affected by kidney disease from their tragic situation.

 Sri Lanka pavilion to showcase the best of Sri Lankan Tea at 3rd Edition of World Tea and Coffee Expo:
July 30, Colombo: With Indian consumption of Sri Lankan tea rising rapidly, the Sri Lanka Tea Board has reserved a special pavilion at the 3rd edition of World Tea & Coffee Expo (WTCE) 2015 being held at Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, from 1st Oct 2015 to 3rd Oct 2015.

 A UPFA government will restart all the suspended projects within a week - Susil Premajayantha :
July 29, Colombo: The General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said a UPFA government will restart all the projects suspended by the current government and reinstate the employees who have lost their jobs due to suspension.
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 Former Indian President's ideas will influence Sri Lanka's development initiatives - PM:
July 29, Colombo: Condoling the demise of former Indian President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said his innovative ideas on sustainable development will influence Sri Lanka's development initiatives and practice for years to come.

 Government is bound to ensure every citizen's rights, Sri Lankan President tells northerners:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the current government, as well as a new government that will be formed after the election, is bound to ensure every citizen's rights to the best.

 Excise unit raids cannabis plantation in Sri Lanka forest reserve:
July 29, Colombo: Officers of the Moneragala Excise Unit have raided a huge cannabis cultivation in a forest reserve in Moneragala area.

 Sri Lanka, Iran defense officials discuss bilateral cooperation:
July 29, Colombo: Defense officials of Sri Lanka and Iran today have discussed bilateral cooperation in defense issues relevant to the two countries.

 Sri Lankan President condoles the death of former Indian President:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he is deeply saddened by the demise of former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam describing him as an "an outstanding visionary, a great teacher and an unparalleled human being."

 Plateno Hotels Group launches luxury Portofino brand in Sri Lanka:
July 29, Colombo: Plateno Hotels Group, one of China's leading hospitality groups, has signed an agreement to launch its luxury Portofino hotel brand in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka investment agency BOI greening its zones for sustainable growth:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment (BOI) as a leading agency in the industrial and economic development of the country has taken the lead in protecting Sri Lanka's environment.

 Sri Lankan court extends order preventing SLFP central committee meetings:
July 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended the injunction preventing the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) Central Committee holding meetings without the party leader's permission.

 Another batch of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees returns home from India:
July 29, Tiruchi: Another batch of 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have left the refugee camps in the Tamil Nadu state of India for their homeland from the international airport in Tiruchi on Tuesday, according to a report in The Hindu.

 Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner tells Private Sector to grant leave for workers to vote:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has emphasized that workers in the Private Sector should be granted leave to exercise their franchise without being deprived of their personal leave or pay.
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 Sri Lanka signs agreement with Google to launch Project Google Loon :
July 28, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Google to launch the Google Loon project in the country to provide affordable high-speed internet services to the entire country.

 President removes five SLFP members who joined the UNF :
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Tuesday suspended the membership of five members of the party who joined the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG).

  Civil organizations and trade unions sign MOU with UNF for good governance:
July 28, Colombo: A collective of 75 civil organizations and trade unions Tuesday signed an agreement with the United National Front to consolidate the January 8th victory and to continue the good governance.

 Sri Lankan ISIS militant's family has left for Pakistan :
July 28, Colombo: The family members of the Sri Lankan ISIS militant, who died in Syria during a battle, have left the country for Pakistan, police investigations have found.

 Sri Lanka opposition party presents election manifesto to President:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's opposition party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today presented its election manifesto to the party chairman, President Maithripala Sirisena.

  Former Sri Lankan rugby player's death was murder, not an accident - CID:
July 28, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday informed the court new investigations into the death of Sri Lankan rugby player, Wasim Thajudeen, had revealed that the cause of death was not an accidental death but murder.

 Sri Lanka not fully compliant with standards but making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking:
July 28, Colombo: Although the Government of Sri Lanka is making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking it does not fully comply with the minimum standards and failed to demonstrate overall increasing anti-trafficking efforts to address human trafficking last year, a US report on human trafficking said.
  Sri Lanka signs an agreement with foreign investors to revive sugar industry:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment yesterday signed an investment agreement with an Indian company to revive presently defunct sugar factory situated in Kantale in the formerly war-torn Trincomalee district of the Eastern Province.
 Sri Lanka gets Rs. 53 million Sapphire order at Expo 2015:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka has secured a Rs. 53 million order for Sapphire gems at the Expo 2015 Milano being held in Milan, Italy, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Dr. Rohantha Athukorala announced.
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 President appeals to South Asian leaders to unite in eradicating drug menace:
July 27, Malé: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appealed to all the South Asian leaders to work in unison to eradicate the drug menace which is a threat to the entire South Asian Region.
  'I am not greedy for power' - Sri Lankan PM:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says unlike the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa he is not greedy for power.
  Sri Lanka's AG gives an undertaking not to arrest former MP Tiran Alles till July 30:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General Monday gave another undertaking to the Supreme Court that police will not arrest businessman and former opposition parliamentarian, Tiran Alles until July 30 regarding alleged financial fraud charges.
 Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue oversubscribed to US$ 172.5 million :
July 27, Colombo: The issue of Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) for US$ 50 million has been oversubscribed with total bid received amounting to US$ 172.5 million, the Central Bank said on Monday.
  Sri Lankan President Chief Guest at Maldives Independence celebrations:
July 27, Malé: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who arrived in Malé Sunday, attended the Maldives Golden Jubilee of National Independence as the Chief Guest yesterday evening.
 Sri Lanka disaster management authorities to conduct a special awareness campaign in upcountry areas:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's disaster management authorities plan to conduct a special awareness campaign to broaden the horizons on disaster management work, in the near future for the public of the Haldummulla, Hali Ela, Passara, Uva Paranagama and Welimada areas in the upcountry.
 Three global oil giants express interest in exploring oil in Sri Lanka:
July 27, Colombo: Following the exit of Cairn India from offshore oil exploration in Sri Lanka's Mannar basin, three major oil companies have expressed interest in continuing the Cairn's work.
 Special security ordered for Sri Lanka's Drugs Control Board Chairman:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the police to provide special security to Chairman of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board Dr. Chameera Nilanga Samarasinge after he had received death threats.
  Former Sri Lankan president questions government's accomplishments during 100 days:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former president and the UPFA Kurunegala District candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa today questioned what was accomplished by the government during the 100 day program.
 Sri Lanka's PM plans to develop Dambulla to attract high end tourists :
July 26, Dambulla: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says he plans to develop Dambulla, the historic Central Province city, as a tourist hub with the aim to attract high end tourists.
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 Sri Lanka President calls for increased cooperation between professionals and politicians :
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the lack of cooperation between the politicians and the professionals has become an obstacle for the development of the country.
 Sri Lankan President arrives in Maldives to participate in independence celebrations :
July 26, Malé: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who left the country for The Maldives on a State Visit to participate in that country's Golden Jubilee National Independence celebrations, arrived in Malé this afternoon.
 Sri Lanka opposition UPFA to release manifesto on Tuesday:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's opposition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will release its election manifesto on Tuesday in Colombo.
 Sri Lankan President to leave for Maldives today:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for The Maldives today on an invitation to participate in the independence celebrations of the island nation.
  Sri Lanka Tamil party calls for power sharing, re-merger of North and East:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) reiterated its demand for a power sharing arrangement in a unit of a re-merged Northern and Eastern provinces under a federal structure as it existed earlier.
 Diaspora Tamil organization urges Sri Lankans to consolidate the recent progressive changes :
July 26, Colombo: The UK-based Diaspora Tamil organization, Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has urged all the citizens of Sri Lanka including the Tamils to vote carefully at the upcoming parliamentary elections to consolidate the progressive changes and gains made after the January 8th presidential election.
 Sri Lanka naval personnel alleged of attacking Indian fishermen:
July 26, Rameswaram: A group of Indian fishermen have complained to Indian fisheries department officials that Sri Lanka Naval personnel attacked them while they were fishing off Katchatheevu islet Saturday night.
 Sri Lankan Prime Minister calls to build a new country without petty politics:
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has called on everyone in the country to join a program to build a new country without the customary politics in the next five years.
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 Sri Lanka Tamil party to release its election manifesto today :
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance will release its election manifesto today in Jaffna.
 Australia funds community-based development projects in Sri Lanka:
July 25, Colombo: The Australian High Commission has granted Rs. 31 million to support eleven community-based development projects across Sri Lanka.
 Japan provides Human Resources Development Scholarships for the Sri Lankan Public Sector:
July 25, Colombo: The Government of Japan has granted scholarship opportunities to executive level public officials of Sri Lanka to receive higher education in Japanese universities in fields relevant to public administration and development.
 Australia commends Sri Lanka Navy's assistance in preventing human smuggling:
July 25, Colombo: The Australian Government has appreciated Sri Lanka Navy's continued assistance it receives in thwarting human smuggling through the sea.
 Sri Lankan Army says it has only 'limited' role in north:
July 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Army has maintained that its involvement in the Northern Province is limited only to demining, construction works and infrastructure development in connection with the resettlement of people.
 FR petition against former Sri Lankan leader's privileges to be heard on August 5:
July 25, Colombo: The Fundamental Rights petition filed in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka seeking a directive to reduce the security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is contesting the forthcoming parliamentary polls as an ordinary candidate, will be heard on 5 August.
 Sri Lankan Deputy Minister Sanath Jayasuriya visits Pakistan Telecommunication Authority:
July 25, Islamabad: Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Provisional Councils and Regional Development Sanath Jayasuriya Friday visited Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Headquarters in Islamabad.
 WorldRemit launches mobile money transfer in Sri Lanka:
July 25, London: WorldRemit, the London-based money transfer business Friday launched instant mobile money transfers to Sri Lanka, enabling the customers to send instant, low-cost money transfers direct to the mobiles of family and friends in Sri Lanka according to a press release.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court dismisses former monitoring MP's FR petition challenging arrest:
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Friday dismissed the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by the former monitoring MP of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Sajin Vass Gunawardena challenging his arrest.
 Boards of DFCC Vardhana and DFCC banks of Sri Lanka approve merger:
July 25, Colombo: The Boards of Directors of DFCC Bank (DFCC) and DFCC Vardhana Bank (DVB) have approved the proposal to the amalgamation of the two banks, a stock market disclosure said.
 Sri Lanka to formulate a new Prison Administration Act:
July 25, Colombo: Considering the need to introduce changes to the country's prison administration, the Sri Lankan government has taken measures to formulate a new Prison Administration Act.
 Sri Lankan President to participate in Maldives Independence Day celebrations:
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for the Maldives on Sunday 26th July to participate in the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the Maldives’ Independence as the special guest of honor.
 Sri Lankan President to appoint a committee to investigate Golden Key case:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Friday said he would appoint a special investigative commission to probe the fraud occurred at the Golden Key Company.
 Five people sentenced to death in Sri Lanka for murder:
July 24, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday sentenced five people to death for murdering a father of three by clubbing him to death.
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 UPFA Minister of Sri Lankan government resigns:
July 24, Colombo: A Sri Lankan government Minister loyal to the opposition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has resigned from his ministerial portfolio today.
 Sri Lankan fishermen warn Indian counterparts over illegal fishing:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan fishermen have reportedly warned their Indian counterparts that they would be attacked if they continued using banned fishing nets and damaged nets anchored in the Lankan sea.
  Professional job opportunities soar in Sri Lanka's healthcare sector - Everjobs Career Report:
A recent Everjobs career report showed accounting and auditing, human resource and administrative job roles to be in high demand, especially in the rapidly expanding healthcare sector of Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, monetary policy appropriate:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate, the Central Bank said Friday in its monetary policy review for July.
 Sri Lankan government mulls a naval dockyard at southern Hambantota port:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan government is looking into the possibility of constructing a naval dock yard at Hambantota Port in the deep south.
 Sri Lanka's Muslim organization condemns ISIS terrorism:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Muslim clerics' organization, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) today announced that it vehemently denounces terrorist activities and violence unleashed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
 Sri Lanka's seafood exports decline over 39 percent in May :
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's seafood exports have declined continuously since the European Union in October 2014 announced the ban on the imports of seafood products from the island nation.
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 Sri Lankan PM orders police to investigate into ISIS member's family:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the police to interrogate the family members of the Sri Lankan IS militant, who died in Syria during a battle and submit a report.
 China, Sri Lanka pledge fullest defense cooperation :
July 23, Colombo: Military leaders of China and Sri Lanka pledged fullest cooperation on bilateral relations when the Defence Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, Senior Colonel Li Chenglin called on the new Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo Thursday.
 Sri Lanka Navy assists four Indian fishermen in distress:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday (23) has come to render assistance to four distressed Indian fishermen in a fishing trawler drifting in the Sri Lankan waters due to engine failure.
 A new Container Scanning System for Sri Lanka Customs gets cabinet approval:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs plans to implement a Container Scanning System to efficiently screen the import containers as the current scanners are about 8 years old and are subject to frequent repairs.
 Sri Lanka government to take legal action against UPFA to recover Rs. 142.5 million in transport expenses :
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has decided to take legal action against the former ruling party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to recover the payments due to the state services, which have been used for presidential election campaign.
 Sri Lanka's new political front releases its five-fold development plan for next five years:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new political front, United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), led by the United National Party (UNP) Thursday launched its election manifesto which includes its election statement and the five-fold development plan.
 Chinese company rejects reports of funding Sri Lankan politicians:
July 23, Colombo: The China Harbor Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC) on Thursday rejected reports that it had offered financial assistance to any politician during Sri Lanka's January presidential elections.
 Sri Lanka court dissolves enjoining order against COPE report on bond issue :
July 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday dissolved the enjoining order preventing the publication or circulation of the subcommittee draft report report by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) on Central Bank bonds.
 New Sri Lanka Navy Chief of Staff commences duties:
July 22, Colombo: Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, who was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Maithripala Sirisena, commenced duties on 22nd July 2015 at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo amidst the blessings of Maha Sangha.
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 Sri Lankan PM says Rs. 10,000 monthly allowance will be added to basic salary from September:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that the Rs.10,000 monthly allowance given to public servants by the present government will be added to their basic salary from this September.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party JVP launches five-year national program to build the nation:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) launched its national program - 'The Accord of Conscious'- at a special convention held Wednesday at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium amidst a large gathering including Maha Sangha, leaders of the JVP, intellectuals, professionals and members of civil organizations.
 Arrested Sri Lankan Army soldiers not involved in any criminal activity - Military Spokesman:
July 22, Colombo: Three civil-clad army soldiers arrested by the police Monday night while they were travelling in a white van with a firearm were not involved in any criminal activity, the Military Spokesman, Brigadier K.J Jayaweera said.
 EU fishery products ban has cost Sri Lanka US$ 75 million since January :
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's estimated loss of revenue since the European Union imposed the ban on the export of fishery products from the island nation in January this year is approximately US$ 75 million, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Wednesday.
 Sri Lanka confirms another five diplomatic appointments :
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday confirmed the appointments of new envoys to five more countries.
  Sri Lanka welcomes the successful conclusion of negotiations on the Iran nuclear issue:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations between Iran and the US, UK, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union in Vienna on 14 July 2015, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
 Sri Lanka trade deficit widens 49.7 percent in May 2015 :
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened substantially by 49.7 percent to US$ 703 million in May from US$ 470 million a year earlier, according to the Central Bank data released in its External Sector Performance Review Wednesday.
 Video: Former Sri Lankan President tries to exchange fisticuffs with a spectator at a rally in Akuressa:
July 22, Colombo: A video in which former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is attempting to attack a spectator of one of his rallies is going viral in social media at the moment.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party to release election manifesto today:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna this morning will release their election manifesto that would in detail present the party's plan for the country.
 Sri Lanka's police FCID to suspend arresting election candidates until after election:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Police has decided to temporarily suspend arresting election candidates who are contesting the forthcoming parliamentary elections and suspected of committing financial fraud until after the August 17 elections.
 Sri Lanka PM's office rejects allegation of UNF signing the MOU at Temple Trees as completely false :
July 22, Colombo: The office of Sri Lankan Prime Minister has rejected the allegation by Transparency International Sri Lanka that the MoU relating to the formation of the United National Front was signed at the Prime Minister's Office at Temple Trees.
 Sri Lanka Army to reforest the 'Fox Hill' :
July 22, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army says it plans to embark on an ambitious project to reforest the Fox Hill (Nariya Kanda) mountain range in Diyatalawa to recover its ecological system damaged by the annual motor racing.
 Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka says it warned about ISIS recruitment six months ago :
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's hardline Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says that it warned about the possibility of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recruiting Sri Lankan Muslims six months ago.
 Sri Lanka opposition alliance to present election manifesto next week:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's opposition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will present its election policy manifesto next week, the General Secretary of the alliance Susil Premajayantha said.
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 Sri Lanka police arrest three army personnel in a white van:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka police Monday night have arrested three army personnel travelling in a white van in Mirihana.
  Security tightened for tomorrow's Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka 4th ODI :
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan Cricket Board decided to tighten security measures for the fourth One Day International (ODI) match of the five match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka after Sunday night's clash during the third ODI at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
 EU Election Observation Mission in Sri Lanka to monitor elections:
July 21, Colombo: The European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) that Arrived in the island Monday held a news conference today in Colombo to describe their process of observing the upcoming parliamentary election in Sri Lanka.
 President appoints Prasanna Solangaarachchi as Avissawella District Organizer :
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed Prasanna Solangaarachchi as the new District Organizer for Avissawella District.
 Sri Lankan President instructs officials to encourage local food production :
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the relevant officials to submit a plan to introduce a proper local food production process soon to promote a local food culture within the country.
 Election outcome in Sri Lanka important for the region and the world - former US intelligence official:
July 21, Colombo: The outcome of Sri Lanka's upcoming parliamentary elections is important for the region and the world as Sri Lanka is becoming a key transportation hub for South Asia, a former intelligence of the United States says.
 Sri Lanka Tea to be showcased in India:
July 21, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Tea Board will showcase the best of Sri Lankan Tea at India's only trade show dedicated to the tea and coffee sectors in Mumbai, India.
 Former monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena further remanded:
July 21, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further remanded the former monitoring MP of United People's freedom Alliance (UPFA) Sajin Vass Gunawardena when his case was heard.
 No identity cards for candidates not submitting assets and liabilities statements - Election Chief :
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has emphasized that candidate identity cards will not be given to candidates who do not handover statements on their assets and liabilities.
 Sri Lankan IS militant left the job to visit Mecca, former employer says :
July 21, Colombo: The owner of the international school in which the Sri Lankan IS militant, who died in Syria served, confirmed to a local radio station that the man was the former principal of his school.
 Tamil Nadu police arrest an LTTE operative:
July 21, Ramanathapuram: The Tamil Nadu police have arrested a former operative of the proscribed Tamil Tiger terrorist group, LTTE on Monday in the coastal village of Uchipulli, Indian media reported.
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