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  Sri Lankan President assures sufficient financial resources to deliver maximum disaster relief to victims

May 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured to allocate sufficient financial resources to deliver maximum relief to the people affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena on Monday headed a meeting of the Presidential Task Force to manage recovery from the recent natural disaster outbreak and to normalize the livelihood of the victims of the disaster.

 Sri Lanka Red Cross continues relief efforts in affected areas:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) says it will continue the relief efforts in the aftermath of flash floods and landslides experienced in the recent days.

 Sri Lanka inclement weather death toll rises to 101, people urged to be cautious of diseases:
May 25, Colombo: As flood waters recede across Sri Lanka death toll from the last week's floods and landslides has risen to 101 according to the latest figures from the Disaster management Center (DMC). Another 100 people are missing and presumed dead in the landslides-hit Kegalle district in Central Province.

  Sri Lankan President to leave for Japan today to attend G7 summit:
May 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Japan today (25th May) to participate in the G–7 Summit, the Government Information Department said.

 Poland keen to explore trade and investment prospects in Sri Lanka:
May 25, Colombo: The New Delhi-based Ambassador of Poland accredited to Sri Lanka Tomasz Lukaszuk held discussions with the Chairperson of Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Indira Malwatte this week in Colombo.

 Alwaleed Philanthropies of Saudi Arabia donates US$ 1 million to support Sri Lanka disaster victims:
May 25, Riyadh: Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in Saudi Arabia, chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, is donating US$1 million to provide support to those affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, the organization said in a statement.

  First Sri Lankan climbed Mount Everest returns safely:
May 24, Colombo: The first ever Sri Lankan to reach Mount Everest, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala has returned safely to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, the BBC Sinhala Service reported.

 NGO condemns appointment of an official accused of financial misuse as an Additional Secretary to a ministry:
May 24, Colombo: The election watchdog, Campaign for Free & Fair Elections (CaFFE) has slammed the appointment of a former government official accused of financial misuse of public money as an Additional Secretary to a Ministry.

 Government grants concessions on the clearance of essential items necessary for disaster relief services :
May 24, Colombo: Considering the disaster situation caused by the adverse weather, the Sri Lankan government has decided to release the essential items required for victims affected by the flood on a priority basis.
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 Sri Lanka Prime Minister orders Central Bank to submit quarterly reports of bond sales to parliament :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the Monetary Board of the Central Bank to submit detailed quarterly reports on the issue of domestic and foreign bonds to the State Financial Committee of the Parliament.

 World Bank responds positively for Sri Lankan President's request for financial assistance:
May 24, Colombo: The World Bank has responded positively to a request made by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to provide financial assistance for the next four years to help improve the living standards of the island's people.

 Lanka IOC offers Rs. 5 million for disaster relief in Sri Lanka:
May 24, Colombo: Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) today presented Rs. 5 million to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to provide for the welfare of the victims from floods and landslides disasters.

 Sri Lankan Minister, Thai Deputy PM discuss strengthening ties:
May 24, Bangkok: Sri Lankan Minister of Justice and Buddhist Affairs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has met with Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Wissanu Krea-ngam to strengthen Thai-Sri Lankan bilateral relations.

 Sri Lankan President assures sufficient financial resources to deliver maximum disaster relief to victims :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured to allocate sufficient financial resources to deliver maximum relief to the people affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's Hayleys completes strong year of growth; posts Rs. 6.8 billion in PBT:
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's diversified conglomerate Hayleys PLC posted Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs. 6.8 billion for the financial year 2015/16, a 7% increase over the previous year.

 Sri Lanka Navy assists repatriation of 34 Indian Fishermen:
May 24, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy said it has assisted the repatriation of 34 Indian fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody Tuesday.

 Germany to provide 1 million Euro for Sri Lanka disaster relief :
May 24, Colombo: The German government will provide financial support of one million Euro for flood and landslide relief efforts in the aftermath of the recent natural disaster, the German Embassy in Colombo said in a release. The funds will be used to meet the priority needs of people affected by the crisis.

 Case against former Judge alleged of sexual assault on domestic employee postponed to September:
May 24, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday postponed the trial against former Judge, who is alleged of sexual assault on his domestic employee, to September.

 Minister orders swift relief to flood displaced Sri Lanka Port employees :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Port and Shipping Minister Arjuna Rantunga says that now is the time to speed up providing relief to the flood-displaced people. He made this remark when he inquired about the progress in providing relief to the port employees displaced by the floods.

  Sri Lanka Tourism launches its roadshow promotions in three Australian cities :
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) launched its first roadshow in Australia from Melbourne, on 17th May with a great success. Following the first show in Melbourne two more roadshows were conducted in Brisbane and Sydney.

 South Korea to sign deal with Sri Lanka on megapolis development:
May 24, Colombo: The government of South Korea plans to sign an initial deal with Sri Lanka on the development of the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and adjacent areas in the Western Province under the megapolis development plan, Yonhap News Agency reported.

 FinanceAsia declares Commercial Bank Best Bank in Sri Lanka:
May 24, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has won two more prestigious international accolades, being adjudged the 'Best Bank' in Sri Lanka in 2016, and presented a Platinum award for 20 years of excellence by the Hong Kong based 'FinanceAsia,' magazine, one of the most respected financial publications in the region.

  Siemens signs MoU with Sri Lanka Megapolis Ministry on Smart City solutions:
May 23, Colombo: Siemens, a renowned global leader in the area of Smart Cities, strengthened its partnership with Sri Lanka by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development to offer expertise and best practices from its globally-proven, state-of-the-art, Sustainable, Smart City solutions portfolio, a media statement said.
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 Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Kent's Simon Willis as high performance manager:
May 23, Colombo: Kent high performance director Simon Willis is leaving the county to take on a similar role with Sri Lanka Cricket.

  Sri Lanka death toll from adverse weather rises to 92 as troops recover more bodies:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army troops engaged recovery operations at the landslide site in Aranayake in Kegalle district recovered seven more bodies bringing the death toll from the flash floods and landslides to 92, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.

 Longer term alternative shelter needed for Sri Lanka landslides-displaced :
May 23, Colombo: A United Nations agency says there is a need for longer term alternative shelter options for the landslides-displaced people in Sri Lanka because the communities in landslide affected areas will not be able return to their place or origin because of the ongoing threat from further landslides.
 Government aims to resettle flood-displaced families soon:
May 23, Colombo: Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says the government aims to resettle the flood-displaced families housed in welfare centers in their homes as soon as possible.
 President declares flood affected areas as High Security Zones :
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today declared all flood and landslide affected areas as High Security Zones and instructed the officials of the newly established special Environmental Relief Task Force to mark those areas accordingly.
  Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 4.3 percent in April 2016:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in April 2016 determined under the new National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 4.3 percent from 2.6 percent recorded in March 2016, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Monday.
 Sri Lanka police arrest former DIG over national rugby player's murder:
May 23, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police have arrested a former senior police official in connection with the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
 Sri Lanka sets up special task force to restore environment damaged by floods and landslides:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the officials to establish a special Environmental Relief Task Force to restore suitable living conditions for the affected people while managing the damage to the environment caused by the recent natural disaster outbreaks.
 Pakistan hands over first consignment of relief items for Sri Lankan flood victims:
May 23, Colombo: The first cargo flight of relief goods from Pakistan, for the victims of the recent devastating floods, landslides and torrential rains in Sri Lanka, arrived today at Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake.
 Fitch affirms Sri Lanka's Dialog Axiata at 'AAA(lka)', outlook Stable:
May 23, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka-based telecom company Dialog Axiata PLC's (Dialog) 'AAA(lka)' National Long-Term Rating. The Outlook is Stable.
  Sri Lankan, Indian Navies conduct combined health camps for people affected by floods:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Medical Officers along with Medical Assistants have conducted a series of health camps for the people affected by the floods.
 Confidence in Central Bank will be lost if the Governor's term extended - COPE chairman:
May 23, Colombo: If the term of the Central Bank's Governor Arjuna Mahendran is extended, the confidence placed by the financial sector and the stock market in the Central Bank will be lost completely, the Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has stressed.
 Improper and illegal constructions cause for flooding along Kelani River - Irrigation Department:
May 23, Colombo: Major cause for the constant threat of flooding along the Kelani River Valley is improper and illegal construction, the Department of Irrigation says.
 India participates in Buddha Rashmi Vesak celebrations in Colombo :
May 23, Colombo: India has the honor to participate in the Buddha Rashmi Vesak celebrations at the kind invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, High Commission of India said in a statement.
 HNB launches Disaster Relief Fund to help flood victims:
In a timely response to the emergency situation that has arisen in the country largely due to inundation caused by inclement weather, Hatton National Bank (HNB) has taken the initiative to provide relief and assistance to the people adversely affected by this natural calamity of an unprecedented scale.
 Sri Lanka calls for bids to gather geophysical data for offshore petroleum surveys:
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS) has called worldwide for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for surveys to gather geophysical data in its search for offshore petroleum deposits.
 In Pictures: Sri Lankan President, PM open Vesak zones:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe opened the annual Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Zone 2016 at the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo on Saturday with the participation of a large number of guest including religious leaders of other faiths and foreign dignitaries.
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 Sri Lanka Marxist party to hold seminars to apprise public on current economic crisis :
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has made arrangements to hold a series of seminars throughout the country to apprise the public regarding the existing economic crisis, the debt burden, the boundless tax policy of the government and several other issues.
  Taiwan deports Sri Lankan traveling to New Zealand on a forged passport:
May 22, Taipei: Taiwan authorities have deported a Sri Lankan national back to the home country on Sunday after finding he was trying to travel to New Zealand through Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport using a forged Singapore passport.
  Sri Lankan President visits flood victims in Colombo suburbs, direct officials to expedite relief work:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday made an observation visit to the flooded suburbs of capital Colombo and inquire into the issues of the flood victims in those areas.
 Pakistan sends field hospital, relief goods for Sri Lankan flood victims:
May 22, Colombo: The Government of Pakistan has sent a 30 bed fully equipped modern field hospital and relief materials for the victims of the recent floods in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lankan President, PM inaugurate Exposition of Buddha Relics from Pakistan:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe inaugurated the exposition of the most Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha brought from Pakistan, in an impressive ceremony at Temple Trees Saturday evening, for public exposition.
 U.S. offers additional Rs. 36 million to support Sri Lanka flood relief:
May 22, Colombo: T‎he United States Government will provide an‎ additional Rs. 36 million (US$ 250,000) to support flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.
 Sri Lanka police arrest 15 "Flood Looters":
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 15 people from several flood hit areas in the island suspected of looting from the people and the businesses affected by the disaster.
 Sri Lanka government sets up Disaster Relief Fund to receive donations:
May 22, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has opened the following bank accounts at the Sampath Bank PLC to facilitate donations to provide relief to victims of floods and landslides which occurred in May 2016 in Sri Lanka.
 SLT Group takes steps to initiate a special natural disaster relief program:
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Group as a responsible corporate citizen has decided to initiate a special natural disaster relief program to provide relief and facilities to the people affected by the prevailing inclement weather condition, perhaps the most destructive natural disaster after tsunami in 2004.
 UN continues to support Sri Lankan government in disaster relief:
May 22, Colombo: The United Nations continues to support the Sri Lankan Government in its efforts to respond to the needs on the ground, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Stephane Dujarric said Friday.
 Fisheries Minister orders investigation into allegation of harmful chemicals in imported fish :
May 22, Colombo: In response to an allegation made by certain parties that the fish imported to Sri Lanka contains harmful chemicals, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered an investigation.
 Sri Lankan Minister says international operations not needed to manage the disaster :
May 22, Colombo: At the moment the international operations are not needed for Sri Lanka to overcome the difficult situation the country has faced due to the floods and landslides, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says.
 Sri Lanka parliament mulls resorting to solar power:
May 22, Colombo: Leaders of political parties represented in Sri Lankan parliament have agreed to convert the Parliamentary complex from using electricity from the national grid to solar power, the Government Information Department says.
 Pakistan sends emergency relief for Sri Lanka flood victims:
May 22, Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the relevant authorities to make immediate arrangements for provision of emergency relief to the flood victims in Sri Lanka, an official statement here said.
 Sri Lanka to release 608 prisoners on the occasion of Vesak:
May 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan prison authorities will release 608 prisoners serving time for minor offences to mark the Vesak Poya Day, the Department of Prisons said.
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 Presidential Task Force appointed for disaster management:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has setup a Presidential Task Force to efficiently manage the issues that has arisen due to floods and landslides and that can surface further due to the inclement weather.
 Sri Lankan government aims to build and sustain a 'just and a compassionate society' - PM:
May 21, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government has taken an initiative concerning greater upliftment of the Buddha Sasana and the Sangha Society while ensuring the well-being of the people, towards a goal of building and sustaining a just and a compassionate society.
 Sri Lanka death toll from adverse weather rises to 71, over 243,000 still displaced:
May 21, Colombo: Floods and landslides caused by torrential rains with gale force winds in Sri Lanka have left 71 people dead, 127 missing, and over 243,000 displaced from homes, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said in its latest report.
 Sri Lanka Tourism promotes the island as an ideal film destination at Cannes Film Festival:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism in Collaboration with the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka embassy in France has arranged a pavilion at Cannes Film Festival in France which will be held from 11th to 22nd May 2016.
 India lends a helping hand to Sri Lanka for disaster relief:
May 21, Colombo: India in response to a request for assistance made by the Government of Sri Lanka and as an expression of India's solidarity has sent emergency aid to Sri Lanka to help provide the disaster relief to those affected by the floods and landslides.
 Two Indian naval ships arrive in Sri Lanka with relief material :
May 21, Colombo: As a result of the request made by President Maithripala Sirisena to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two Indian Naval Ships, INS Sutlej and INS Sunayna arrived at the Port of Colombo Saturday (21) with essential items to provide the much-needed relief measures for the people affected by extreme weather.
 Prime Minister congratulates first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today congratulated Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala on her achievement as the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest this morning.
 Speaker to launch special inquiry over use of obscene language by Minister Harin Fernando:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya has informed the House that he has ordered a top level investigation to examine the alleged use of obscene words by Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando recently in Parliament.
 Ceylon Chambers launches SME registry:
May 21, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce launched a 'Registry of Small and Medium Enterprises of Sri Lanka', thus providing a vital source to track SME operators in the country and also help local SMEs find potential business partners.
 Sri Lanka CID questions former Senior DIG over rugby player's murder:
May 21, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has recently recorded a statement from the former Western Province Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Anura Senanayake in connection with the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
 Sri Lanka Army focuses on relocating and relief operations, given up on finding survivors in landslide-hit areas:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, which deployed over 300 troops to rescue the people struck by the massive landslides in Aranayake and Bulathkohupitya areas in the Central Province, has given up looking for any more survivors.
 Sri Lanka donates a replica of Avukana Buddha statue to Telangana state of India:
May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka has donated a replica of Avukana Buddha statue to the Telangana state of India to install in a Buddhist theme park being built in the Indian state.
 Nepal donates US$ 100,000 to disaster-hit Sri Lanka for relief operations:
May 21, Kathmandu: The government of Nepal has expressed its deep sorrow on the loss of human lives and property in Sri Lanka due to the flooding and landslides triggered by the heavy rainfall recently, a statement said.
 Buddhist way of life is to respect peace and humanity - President:
May 21, Colombo: The Buddhist way of life is to respect peace and humanity and the path to overcome greed, hatred, fear and ignorance is necessary not only for the social existence but also for the good governance, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said in his Vesak message.
 Sri Lanka invites bids for the operation of duty free stores at Colombo International Airport:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Airport & Aviation Services is inviting bids for the operation of core category duty free concessions at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, according to The Moodie Davitt Report.
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 Water from Ambatale, Biyagama safe to drink, plants not closed - Minister:
May 20, Colombo: The National Water Supply and Drainage Board assured that the water released from purification plants in Ambatale and Biyagama is safe and fit for consumption.
  Diplomatic community briefed on Sri Lanka's situation:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, together with the Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and the Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne briefed the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations based in Colombo, on the flood and landslide situation in the country, Thursday 19 May 2016 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 Minister assures the government will take necessary measures for disaster relief:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa assured that the government will take necessary measures to respond to the catastrophic situation by correctly identifying the nature of the disaster.
 United States offers Sri Lanka immediate assistance for disaster relief and a three-year program to assist flood affected:
May 20, Colombo: While providing assistance to meet the urgent needs of victims of the ongoing landslides and flooding in various parts of Sri Lanka, the United States Government has offered a three-year program to provide safe-drinking water to the people to flooding and droughts.
  Flooding halts operations at Industrial Asphalts :
May 20, Colombo: Industrial Asphalts (Ceylon) PLC (ASPH), a manufacturer and a distributor of bituminous products in Sri Lanka, today informed the Colombo Stock Exchange that its operations have been halted due to the flooding.
 Sri Lanka adverse weather death toll rises to 64, 131 still missing:
May 20, Colombo: Floods and landslides caused by torrential rains with gale force winds in Sri Lanka have left 64 people dead, 131 missing, and over 319,000 displaced from homes while over a 427,000 people are affected by the adverse weather, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.
  Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat staff donates one-day salary to flood relief:
May 20, Colombo: The staff of the Presidential Secretariat and other institutions under the Presidential Secretariat has decided to donate a one-day salary for the welfare of flood victims.
 Exhibition on 'Gandhara Art of Pakistan' in Sri Lanka:
May 20, Islamabad: An exhibition titled "Gandhara Art of Pakistan" is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka from 21st to 30th June, 2016, as a part of the existing cultural exchange program for the years 2015-2020.
 Navy rescues over 13,000 people from floods :
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy troops deployed for rescue operations across the country have managed to brought over 13,000 people to safety from flood stricken areas, the Navy said.
 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate:
May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review for April 2016 on Tuesday said it has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate.
 Commonwealth Secretary-General expresses concern for victims of Sri Lanka landslides, calls on member states to help :
May 20, London: Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland Thursday expressed her profound concern for the victims of landslides in Sri Lanka, following torrential rain.
  U.S. officials visit Polonnaruwa to learn about planned USAID development programs in the district:
May 20, Colombo: A delegation of senior United States officials undertook a visit to the Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province on Thursday at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena to see first-hand the development work supported by the U.S. assistance.
 U.S. recognizes the contributions of Buddhism to culture :
May 20, Washington, DC: Offering "warmest wishes to all those celebrating Vesak Day" on behalf of President Obama and the American people, Secretary of State John Kerry said, in honor of the day, the United States recognizes the contributions made by Buddhism to thought, culture, and belief for over 2500 years.
 India sending two naval ships with material to assist Sri Lanka relief efforts:
May 20, Colombo: India is dispatching two naval ships to assist Sri Lanka which has been devastated by incessant rains and flooding over the last few days.
 Sri Lanka, Jordan decide to have regular political consultations:
May 20, Colombo: The Foreign Secretary of the Kingdom of Jordan Moh'dTaisir Bani Yassin, visited Sri Lanka from May 18-20, 2016 for bilateral discussions with Sri Lankan officials. The visit is a part of the ongoing engagement between the two countries to explore new avenues for increased bilateral cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
 Australia offers assistance to Sri Lanka following the natural disaster:
May 20, Colombo: Australia has offered any assistance to the government of Sri Lanka following the island wide floods and landslides that killed 58 people and affected nearly half a million more.
 Colombo Stock Exchange launches flood relief campaign :
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has launched an emergency relief campaign to assist those affected by prevailing bad weather conditions around the country.
  Japan grants Rs. 2.2 billion to establish research and training center at Sri Lanka's Jaffna University:
May 19, Colombo: The Government of Japan has granted Rs. 2.2 billion (1.67 billion yen) to the Government of Sri Lanka for the Establishment of a Research and Training Complex at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna in Kilinochchi District of the Northern Province.
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 Alumex reports record PBT of Rs. 801 million :
May 19, Colombo: Performance of Sri Lanka's fully integrated manufacturer of aluminium profiles, the Alumex Group surpassed the targets in the financial year ended 31st March 2016, statement said.
  Prospects for Sri Lankan scientific community to engage in research carried out by CERN:
May 19, Geneva: Minister of Science, Technology & Research, Susil Premajayantha who visited the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on 10 May 2016, has agreed to enhance collaboration between CERN and Sri Lanka, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva said.
 Sacred Buddhist relics from Pakistan to Sri Lanka to promote cultural linkages :
May 19, Taxila: The Government of Pakistan Thursday handed over the most sacred relics of Lord Buddha to the Government of Sri Lanka in a special ceremony arranged at the historic Taxila Museum.
 Global Tamil Forum welcomes cancellation of Sri Lanka Victory Day parade, calls for full implementation of UNHRC resolution:
May 19, London: The London-based Tamil Diaspora organization, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has welcomed the Sri Lankan government's decision to cancel the Victory Day Parade that was held annually on May 18 since 2009 to commemorate the war victory over the Tamil Tiger terrorists.
 Belarusian President expresses condolences to Sri Lanka president over landslide victims :
May 19, Minsk: President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has expressed condolences to President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena over the landslide victims.
 France extends condolences to Sri Lanka landslide victims:
May 19, Colombo: The government of France today extended condolences to the families of the landslide victims in Sri Lanka and offered support to Sri Lanka government and the people.
 Death toll from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rises to 58, hope fading for 132 missing in landslides :
May 19, Colombo: Relief workers digging through the thick mud looking for survivors of the worst landslide in the central hills of Sri Lanka fear hundreds of people missing are dead and there are no more survivors.
 Sri Lankan Prime Minister inspects situation in flood-stricken areas:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today observed the areas flooded by the overflowing Kelani River and looked into the measures necessary for relief for the affected people.
  Sri Lankan President instructs officials to expedite relief measures for victims of floods and landslides:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena held a meeting with the relevant officials to look into immediate measures necessary to provide relief for the people affected by inclement weather, landslides and floods.
 More rains and threats of landslides hamper rescue operations in Sri Lanka:
May 19, Colombo: Heavy rains lashed the central hills where a massive landslide buried three villages Thursday morning and the rescue operations in flood and landslide affected area have been hampered due to incessant rain, the officials said.
 Sri Lanka to reduce CESS on raw rubber to increase rubber prices:
May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake has proposed to reduce the CESS levied on raw rubber exports in order to increase the rubber price through making a competition between domestic rubber goods producers and raw rubber exporters.
 Sri Lanka to amend Penal Code to increase minimum age for criminal responsibility :
May 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received approval from the cabinet of ministers to amend the Penal Code to increase the minimum age for criminal responsibility.
 Canada willing to assist Sri Lanka to set up a robust accountability mechanism with foreign judges:
May 19, Ottawa: Canada is willing to assist the Sri Lankan government to set up a robust accountability mechanism to investigate and address serious violations of international law during the war, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
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