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  Prime Minister pledges to pay off Rs. 3 trillion foreign debt within next two years

Oct 18, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledges to complete the foreign debt payment of Rs. 3 trillion within the next two years.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Asoka Pura model village under the Village Reawakening (Udaa-Gammanaya) program in Naththandiya in Puttalam district today (18), the Prime Minister said the 2018 budget is aimed at developing the country while providing relief for the people.

  Sri Lanka Marxist party says President will be defeated if he contests again for presidency:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the new Constitution should abolish the executive presidency and if President Maithripala Sirisena contests the next presidential election without abolishing the executive presidency he would be definitely defeated.

 Prime Minister pledges to pay off Rs. 3 trillion foreign debt within next two years:
Oct 18, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledges to complete the foreign debt payment of Rs. 3 trillion within the next two years.
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 No need for a new Constitution, Sri Lanka Buddhist prelates decide:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Chief Prelates of two main Buddhist chapters today issued a special announcement saying Sri Lanka did not need a new constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country.

 Local Government election date is uncertain - PAFFREL:
Oct 18, Colombo: Rohan Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), an election monitoring watchdog in Sri Lanka, says no comment can be made on the date of the Local Government Election, which is very uncertain.

 Sri Lanka Cabinet approves amending laws to control election campaign spending:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has given the nod for a proposal to amend the laws to control unlimited spending of money on Elections by political parties and candidates.

 Sri Lanka, Pakistan review entire range of bilateral relations during 5th round of political consultations :
Oct 18, Colombo: The Fifth Round of Foreign Secretaries Level Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was held in Colombo on 17th October, 2017. Pakistan delegation was headed by the Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua while the Sri Lankan delegation was led by the Foreign Secretary, Prasad Kariyawasam.

 Sri Lanka's trade deficit expands 9.4% in August 2017 despite exports earnings surpassing US$ 1 bn:
Oct 18, Colombo: Despite an increase in exports earnings Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened 9.4 percent to US$ 856.3 million in August 2017 from US$ 782.8 million a year earlier, according to the Central Bank data released in its External Sector Performance Review on Tuesday.

 Arts Faculty of Colombo University temporarily closed following students' clash:
Oct 18, Colombo: The administration of University of Colombo has decided to indefinitely close its Arts Faculty following a brawl between two groups of students, Vice Chancellor Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake said.

  Japan Bank for International Cooperation reiterates to continue its support to Sri Lanka:
Oct 18, Colombo: Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) reiterated their support for Sri Lanka's economic program during a meeting with Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera.

 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader urges government to release all prisoners detained under PTA :
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and the Leader of main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan Tuesday urged the Government to release all persons held in custody from the North and East under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without further delay.

 Prime Minister calls to let Deepavali be the opportunity to restore lives and rebuild relationships :
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a message to mark Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights, calls on the people to light thousand lamps and take the opportunity at the occasion to restore lives, rebuild relationships, and pave the way for harmony and healing.

 Deepavali helpful to bring forth the message of harmony - President:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says cultural ceremonies such as Deepavali are immensely helpful to bring forth the message of harmony.

 Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness, says World Bank:
Oct 18, Colombo: With a domestic market of only 20 million consumers with a modest per capita income, Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness to sustain high and long-term growth, the World Bank says.

 Sri Lanka to set up a pipeline from Muthurajawela to deliver jet fuel to aircraft:
Oct 18, Colombo: Minister of Petroleum Resource Development Arjuna Ranatunga says a project to set up pipelines to deliver aircraft fuel to Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake from the Muthurajawela storage tanks will be expedited.

 New entry period for Diversity Visa Program DV-2019:
Oct 17, Colombo: Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017 will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a media release.
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 Sri Lanka cricketing legends join Education Minister & EU to speak on the problem of violence against women:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara today joined the Minister of Education and the European Union to speak up on the problem of violence against women.

 Police to record statement from Sri Lankan suspected in plot to kill Maldives President:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Justice has sought Colombo Chief Magistrate Court’s permission to record a statement through police from a Sri Lankan suspect alleged of the attempted assassination of the Maldives President Abdulla Yameen in 2015.

 External pressures constrain Sri Lanka's credit profile - Moody's:
Oct 17, New York: Moody's Investors Service says that Sri Lanka's (B1 negative) significant borrowing requirements and heavy reliance on external and foreign-currency funding expose the sovereign to material liquidity and external financing risk, which weighs on the sovereign's credit profile.

 Sri Lanka EDB explores business opportunities through Hong Kong:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) jointly organized a business seminar recently to explore business opportunities offered to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs through the HKTDC platform.

 Sri Lankan SMEs participate in Trade Fairs in Southern China:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou has facilitated the participation of Sri Lankan Small & Medium Enterprises in trade fairs in Southern China to create awareness and boost trade for the wide range of products that are manufactured in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka Navy replants corals in northern and eastern seas:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has launched a social responsibility project to rejuvenate the coral reefs in the island's northern and eastern seas.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 8 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on early Tuesday has arrested 8 Indian fishermen and impounded their mechanized fishing boat for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

 Leo Burnett Sri Lanka named 'Agency of the Year' at the Effie Awards:
Oct 17, Colombo: Leo Burnett Sri Lanka was recently named the 'Agency of the Year' at this year's Effie Awards Programme in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka President emphasizes need to further consolidate relationship with Pakistan:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena recalling the long-standing bilateral relations with Pakistan emphasized the need to further consolidate the relationship between the two countries when visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua called on him at the Presidential Secretariat today (October 17).

 Sri Lanka Cricket revises Dhanushka Gunathilaka's ban :
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket board said its Executive Committee yesterday (16) decided to revise the suspension imposed on Dhanushka Gunathilaka upon consideration of the appeal made on behalf of Gunathilaka by the Sinhalese Sports Club.
 Sri Lanka to strengthen the laws against Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters:
Oct 17, Colombo: Measures have been taken to strengthen the stringent laws against Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera said.
 Education Minister warns the teachers inciting students against the Teacher Transfer program:
Oct 17, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam asserted that the Teacher Transfer program, which was not implemented for a number of years, will not be shelved.
 New prison complex complying with international standards opened in deep South :
Oct 17, Colombo: A new prison complex built in accordance with international standards in Agunakolapelessa was declared open opened Monday by the Minister of Prison Reforms D. M. Swaminathan.
  Sri Lanka's Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy named Central Bank Governor of the Year South Asia:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka announced that its Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy has been named the Central Bank Governor of the Year, South Asia by the popular publication house Global Capital.
 President says all programs to protect environment will be implemented expeditiously :
Oct 16, Colombo: Every program to protect and conserve the environment for the future generation will be implemented without any delay, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena disclosed Monday when he inaugurated the national program of "Sri Lanka Next - A Blue Green Era".
 Sri Lanka SEC to enforce more stringent stock market rules from next year:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka has decided to enforce more strictly the stock market procedures applicable to listed public companies from next year.
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  Sri Lanka Cricket confirms Pakistan T20 to be played in Lahore:
Oct 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket team will play an international cricket match with Pakistan in Lahore later this month, eight years after the visiting Sri Lankan team came under a terrorist attack.
  IMF says Sri Lanka's 2018 budget should continue fiscal consolidation, supported by new tax act:
Oct 16, Washington, DC: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Sri Lanka's 2018 budget should continue fiscal consolidation, supported by the new Inland Revenue Act and upholding the reform momentum is key to addressing vulnerabilities and sustaining inclusive growth.
 Fitch does not expect Sri Lankan government to liberalize electricity sector or privatize CEB:
Oct 16, Colombo: A global rating agency does not expect the Sri Lankan government to liberalize electricity sector or privatize the state owned power supplier, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) in medium term.
 President instructs officials to continue services rendered by term expired provincial councils to public :
Oct 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Divisional Secretaries to continue the services rendered by the provincial councils to the public without any hindrance, even though the official term of the provincial council has ended.
 Former Litro Chairman Shalila Munasinghe charged for stealing electricity:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Colombo Magistrate Court today fixed for trial a case filed against former Chairman of Litro Gas Ltd, Shalila Munasinghe on charges of illegally obtaining electricity.
 Two-day dengue prevention program in Jaffna:
Oct 16, Colombo: A two-day dengue prevention program will be held today (16th) and tomorrow (17th) in the Public Health Inspector areas of Jaffna, Government Information Department said.
 Fifth Sri Lanka- Pakistan Foreign Office consultations tomorrow:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Foreign Secretaries of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Prasad Kariyawasam and Tehmina Janjua, will lead the respective Foreign Ministry delegations to the Fifth Foreign Office consultations that will take place in Colombo on 17 October 2017.
 India Sri Lanka Foundation invites project proposals:
Oct 16, Colombo: India-Sri Lanka Foundation, an organization established to foster relations between the two countries, is inviting proposals for funding projects in several areas, High Commission of India in Colombo said in a release.
 Pakistan's Foreign Secretary to visit Sri Lanka:
Oct 16, Colombo: Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua will be visiting Sri Lanka from October 17 to 18, 2017 to take part in the 5th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The 4th round of talks was held in August 2014 in Islamabad.
 MP Namal Rajapaksa and five others granted bail:
Oct 16, Hambantota: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to the Hambantota District United People's Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and five others who were remanded last week for violating a court order and protesting.
  Justice Minister says will take responsible action regarding doctors' strikes:
Oct 16, Colombo: The strikes launched by the state doctors inconveniencing the patients is an attempt to mislead the country towards political objectives and the government will take measures responsibly regarding the doctors' strikes, Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala said.
 Sri Lanka's industrial production index up 4.8 percent in August 2017:
Oct 16, Colombo: According to the monthly Index of industrial Production (IIP) released by the Census and Statistics Department, the volume of industrial production in Sri Lanka has increased by 4.8 percent in August 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.
 Sri Lanka Buddhist Chief Prelates urge President, PM to resolve SAITM issue promptly :
Oct 16, Colombo: The Mahanayake Theras (Chief Prelates) of the four Buddhist Chapters have urged President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly resolve the controversial issue regarding the operation of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine in Malabe.
 Digital Disruption: IQ leads the charge in Sri Lanka:
Oct 16, Colombo: For the first time in Sri Lanka, Innovation Quotient -IQ- is bridging the gap between human insight, applied creativity and technical capability.
  South Asia's first NB-IoT service launched on Dialog's 4G LTE network:
Oct 16, Colombo: Dialog Axiata Plc has unveiled yet another cutting-edge technology solution with its foray into Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT).
 Sri Lanka Navy takes action against drug smuggling to support national program to eliminate illegal drugs :
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy says it takes swift action against drug smuggling into the country through sea routes as well on land fully supporting the Sri Lankan President's joint national effort to create a country free of drugs.
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 Sri Lankan Prime Minister says ready to testify at Bond Commission whenever necessary:
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is ready to testify before the Presidential Commission inquiring into the Central Bank bond scam whenever necessary.
 Sri Lanka needs to adopt new technologies to drive economic growth, productivity - Central Bank Governor :
Oct 15, Washington, DC: Sri Lanka, as a lower middle income country, need to both adapt and adopt new technologies to increase productivity to drive economic growth and stay competitive, the Governor of Central Bank, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy says.
 President promises a special program to boost Northern farmers :
Oct 15, Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says a special program will be implemented to boost the Northern farmer community who are engaged in agriculture to make the country self-sufficient.
 Sri Lanka Navy hands over 6 more fishing trawlers back to India:
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Friday (October 13) has handed over 6 more Indian fishing trawlers back to India, having made repairs to them.
 Norwegian BOI enterprise Jiffy Products opens a new regional office in Sri Lanka:
Oct 15, Colombo: The Board of Investment enterprise Jiffy Products S L (Pvt) Ltd recently opened a new regional office at the Mirigama Export Processing Zone in Sri Lanka, the investment promotion agency said.
 Sri Lanka's BOI hosts seminar on 'Hub Operations':
Oct 15, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka conducted a special seminar titled "Hub Operations ; future opportunities for Investment in Sri Lanka" on 12th October 2017 at the BOI Auditorium, 8th Floor, West Tower, World Trade Centre, Colombo.
 Heavy rains continue to lash Sri Lanka's central hills, sluice gates of several reservoirs opened:
Oct 15, Colombo: Torrential rains continued to lash western slopes of Sri Lanka's central hills overnight raising the water levels of several hydropower reservoirs and risk of landslides.
 India to grant Sri Lanka another Rs. 300 million to construct 600 houses under the Grama Shakthi Model Village Project:
Oct 15, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has received the cabinet nod to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of India to obtain a Rs. 300 million financial grant to build 600 houses for poor families.
  Sri Lanka poised to leapfrog the economy after long years of conflict and political instability - Finance Minister:
Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka under the unity government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is poised to leapfrog the economy after long years of conflict and political instability Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera has said.
 Premier promises an economy to grant relief to people in the next two years:
Oct 14, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the economy which grants relief to the people by slashing the huge debt burden of the country will be implemented within the next two years.
 India, Sri Lanka hold discussions to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue:
Oct 14, Colombo: India and Sri Lanka on Saturday agreed that a permanent solution to the nagging fishermen issues should be found at the earliest at the ministerial-level talks on Fishermen’s issues held Saturday, October 14 in New Delhi.
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  National Food Production battle commences in Northern Province :
Oct 14, Jaffna: The Northern Province program of the 'Let's get together and rise- Let's fill the Granary', National Food Production battle was commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday (14).
 Torrential rains and winds wreak havoc in Sri Lanka central hills, south:
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's central hill country experienced torrential rains and heavy winds in the last 24 hours raising the water levels of several hydropower reservoirs and risk of landslides.
 Sri Lanka receives additional US$ 18 million loan from OPEC fund for Kalu Ganga Development Project:
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka has received an additional US$ 18 million loan from OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) to finance the remaining work of Kalu Ganga Development Project.
  Sri Lankan President invites black flag waving protesters in the North for discussions:
Oct 14, Jaffna: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who was visiting Jaffna today, told the black flags waving protesters in the North to take flags of peace and try to resolve conflicts through discussions.
 State Minister Vasantha Senanayake leads Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th International Our Oceans Conference in Malta:
Oct 14, Colombo: State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake led the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th International Our Oceans Conference, which was held in Malta from 5th - 6th October 2017.
 Aitken Spence Chef Dimuthu accoladed for culinary excellence yet again :
Oct 14, Colombo: Aitken Spence Hotels' star chef, Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe was recognized at the recently held Tourism Leaders' Summit and International Research Symposium Sri Lanka 2017 for 'the most outstanding contribution for industry leadership for development and promotion of Sri Lankan gastronomic tourism'.
  Suspect arrested for stealing paddy stock worth over Rs. 56 million from a bank storage:
Oct 14, Colombo: Eravur police have arrested an individual for stealing a large stock of paddy worth over Rs. 56 million from a paddy warehouse of the Chenkaladi branch of the Hatton National Bank in Eravur in the Eastern Province.
 Sri Lanka Health Minister to take part in two key international health conferences :
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will take part in two key international health conferences to be held this month in Germany and Uruguay.
  UK parliamentary group president Lord Naseby disputes UN estimate of 40,000 civilian casualties in Sri Lanka war :
Oct 14, Colombo: A member of the House of Lords of UK parliament, and the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka, Lord Naseby has disputed the United Nations estimate of 40,000 civilian casualties in Sri Lanka's war against Tami Tiger terrorists
 Little girl gets lifetime chance to meet President :
Oct 13, Colombo: A little girl, M.N. Amani Raidha, aged 07, came to Colombo with her parents from Badulla to meet the President. But, she didn't believe that she will get a chance to meet the President until she met him.
 Prime Minister reviews progress of flood relief processes in South:
Oct 13, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the officials to expedite the process of providing the compensation to the people, businessmen and tea cultivators affected by the floods and landslides earlier this year.
 Petition against MP Kumara Welgama to be heard on Nov 29:
Oct 13, Colombo: The Colombo High Court has deiced to hear the petition against Kalutara District parliamentarian Kumara Welgama on the 29th of November.
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 No rice shortages in Sri Lanka Minister assures, 500,000 MT rice purchased:
Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka has confirmed purchase of 500.000 metric tons (MT) rice from four global suppliers to face pressure from its domestic markets distressed by paddy shortfall for three straight seasons.
 Local government elections on January 20, Shantha Bandara says:
Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party Youth Front (SLFPYF) Chairman, Shantha Bandara has said that the Local Government Elections will be held on the 20th of January.
  India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise Mitra Shakti 2017 begins:
Oct 13, Pune: The fifth India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise Mitra Shakti 2017 started with a grand Opening Ceremony conducted at Aundh Military Station, Pune, India's Ministry of Defense said.
 Sri Lanka to receive USD 700 million from U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation:
Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka is in the receiving country of approximately USD 700 million within a period of 5 years from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation MCC, the Finance Ministry said.
 Hartal in the North demanding release of Tamil prisoners:
Oct 13, Colombo: A Hartal campaign has been launched in the Northern Province today demanding the release of Tamil prisoners.
 Sri Lanka prison officials thwart Ukrainian death-row prisoner's escape at court :
Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka prison officials today managed to recapture a Ukrainian prisoner who attempted to escape from the Prions custody at the Colombo Magistrate's court in Hulftsdorf, after firing warning shots, police said.
 Sri Lanka ranks 84th in Global Hunger Index as child malnutrition increases despite best efforts:
Oct 13, Colombo: Despite efforts to increase the nutritional level of Sri Lanka's children, the child malnutrition has increased and more than one-fifth of Sri Lankan children under five weigh too little for their height according to a report of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
 ADB grants $4 million loan to Sri Lanka's Walkers Colombo Shipyard:
Oct 13, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$4 million loan to Walkers Colombo Shipyard (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka's MTD Walkers PLC group from ADB's ordinary capital resources, for the Shipyard Rehabilitation and Infrastructure Project in Sri Lanka.
 100 Wi-Fi zones in Sri Lankan capital to provide free Wi-Fi for the Public:
Oct 13, Colombo: The government has taken steps to create 100 Wi-Fi zones in the capital city Colombo as a first step of its island wide program of providing free Wi-Fi for the public.
 Commonwealth Games 2018 Queen's Baton handed over to President:
Oct 12, Colombo: The Commonwealth Games 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay has reached Sri Lanka and was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday (October 12).
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 Sri Lanka's 2018 budget aims at empowering private sector through public-private partnership:
Oct 12, Washington, DC: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera said the next year's 'designer budget' is aimed at creating a robust, flourishing and modern economy and will focus on a start - up culture of empowering the private sector for the development of the country.
 Sri Lanka Defense Secretary underscores the need to stay abreast of technology to counter security threats:
Oct 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne Thursday underscored the need to stay abreast of the latest developments especially in the field of technology to counter security threats as low-cost, asymmetric threats have proven dangerous for military forces and security within a state.
 Report on recommendations for speedy justice presented to President:
Oct 12, Colombo: A report making recommendations for speedy and effective implementation of the criminal justice was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, Thursday (12).
 Taiwan investigation team in Sri Lanka to probe 60 million dollar bank cyber theft:
Oct 12, Colombo: A team of Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) investigators arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday to probe the cyber heist where hackers illegally transferred about 60 million US dollars from a leading bank in Taiwan to two bank accounts in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka Railway unions call off strike:
Oct 12, Colombo: The strike action launched by the Sri Lanka railway unions has been called off following discussions held this afternoon between the unions and the Secretary to the President.
  Sri Lanka Navy hands over 6 more fishing trawlers back to India:
Oct 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Wednesday has handed over 6 more Indian fishing trawlers back to India, having made repairs to them.
 Ceylon Chamber commences evaluation of 'Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2017' applications:
Oct 12, Colombo: The Evaluation Panel of the 'Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2017' (BCCS Award 2017) commenced its work to select the corporate sustainability champions of the country, as accepting of applications for the competition was closed on the 04th October, 2017, the Chamber said in a release.
 Sri Lanka Army contingent leaves for 'Mithra Shakthi -2017' joint exercise in India:
Oct 12, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Army contingent for the 'Mithra Shakthi- 2017' Joint Military Exercise, left for India on Wednesday (11th October), Army media unit said.
 Speaker signs Municipal, Urban and Pradeshiya Sabha amendment bills into Acts:
Oct 12, Colombo: The Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Karu Jayasuriya today signed the three Amendment bills relevant to local government elections.
 Sri Lanka Railways call for retired train drivers and guards to immediately report for service:
Oct 12, Colombo: The General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways has notified the retired railway drivers and guards to report immediately to the service on a contract basis as the railway strike launched by several trade unions last night continued today.
 Sri Lanka discusses bilateral cooperation with IOM in Geneva:
Oct 12, Geneva: The Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ambassador William Lacy Swing has expressed his appreciation for Sri Lanka's active role in the preparations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
 AG objects to MP Udaya Gammanpila's request to travel abroad:
Oct 12, Colombo: The Attorney General yesterday raised strong objections to the request made by the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila seeking court's permission to travel abroad.
 U.S. looks forward to expand military to military relations with Sri Lanka:
Oct 12, Colombo: The United States looks forward to expand military to military relations with Sri Lanka to address multilateral challenges, a top U.S. Navy official said.
 Sri Lanka PM's tour of Finland builds foundation to strengthen bilateral relationship:
Oct 11, Helsinki: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's tour of Finland has built a strong foundation towards the bridging of the friendship between the two countries in a new vista and led to develop economic cooperation between the two countries, Finland Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä said.
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 GMOA wants to bring back Rajapaksa regime into power using SAITM issue - Minister Rajitha Senaratne:
Oct 11, Colombo: Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne says the intention of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) is to bring back the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime into power using the SAITM issue.
  Sri Lanka to ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) Phase-down:
Oct 11, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has decided to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) Phase-down and the cabinet of Ministers has given its approval for ratification.
 Sri Lanka presides over UNCTAD's High-level International Investment Agreements Conference 2017 in Geneva :
Oct 11, Geneva: Sri Lanka Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) R D S Kumararatne has been unanimously elected to chair the Fifth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) key annual meeting.
 Chairman of the Litro Gas Company removed following arrest:
Oct 11, Colombo: The Secretary to the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development Ravindra Hewavitharana has informed the chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Hemaka Amarasooriya to take necessary action to suspend all powers N.M.S. Munasinghe held as chairman of the Litro Gas Company.
  Next round of U.S. - Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue next month in Colombo:
Oct 11, Colombo: A top ranking United States official will visit Colombo next month to take part in the next round of the U.S. - Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue, inaugurated last year.
 Finland Industry Federation members keen to invest in Sri Lanka :
Oct 11, Helsinki: The representatives of the Confederation of Finnish Industries have said that they are willing to invest and explore business opportunities in Sri Lanka.
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