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  Sri Lanka upgraded to Tier 2 in 2017 Trafficking in Persons report for increasing efforts to combat human trafficking

June 28, Colombo: Although the Government of Sri Lanka is making significant efforts to prevent human trafficking, the Government does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, a United States report on human trafficking

The 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released Tuesday (June 27) by the United States Department of State has upgraded Sri Lanka to Tier 2 countries as the government has demonstrated increasing efforts to combat human trafficking compared to the previous reporting period.

  Sri Lanka Air Force sends first replacement aviation unit under UN mission to South Sudan:
June 29, Colombo: The first replacement group of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Aviation Unit under the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) left the country on Tuesday (27th June), Air Force media said.

  Over 150 arrested for illegally dumping garbage :
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police and Army in a joint operation conducted in the Western Province have arrested 154 people who had dumped garbage haphazardly.

 Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam of Sri Lanka re-elected to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers:
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States, Prasad Kariyawasam, who has been a member of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers since its inception in March 2004, and the first Chair of the Committee, was re-elected to the Committee for the fourth time.

  Sri Lanka Colombo Stock Exchange appoints Dumith Fernando to the Board:
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has appointed investment banker Dumith Fernando as a Director of the CSE Board.

 Sri Lanka PM calls for formulating strict laws to curb illicit drug abuse :
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka has become a major transit in global illicit drug trafficking and this has paved the way to increased levels of drug consumption in our country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says.

 Demonstrations against Uma Oya Project, President to meet the protesters:
June 28, Colombo: Residents affected by the Uma Oya multi-purpose development project in the Uva Province today staged a protest against the project alleging that construction at the multipurpose project is damaging their homes.
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  Four new envoys to Sri Lanka present credentials to President:
June 28, Colombo: Three new Ambassadors and a High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's House, Colombo, today (28).

 South Korea to consider increasing job quota to Sri Lanka:
June 28, Colombo: President of the South Korean Human Resources Development Service of Korea, Prof. Park Young-bum said his country would consider increasing the employment quota for Sri Lanka workers.

 Sri Lanka upgraded to Tier 2 in 2017 Trafficking in Persons report for increasing efforts to combat human trafficking:
June 28, Colombo: Although the Government of Sri Lanka is making significant efforts to prevent human trafficking, the Government does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, a United States report on human trafficking

 Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue for US$ 515 mn oversubscribed :
June 28, Colombo: The issue of Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) for US$ 515 million has been oversubscribed nearly two-fold with total bids received amounting to nearly US$ 1 billion, the Central Bank said on Wednesday.

 Power authority losses over Rs. 300 million due to recent flood disaster :
June 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Power and Renewable Energy Ministry has to bear losses of over Rs. 300 million due to the recent disaster situation, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.

  Sri Lanka Army commander promoted and appointed Chief of Defense Staff:
June 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has promoted the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crisanthe De Silva to the rank of General to be effective from Tuesday (27 June 2017) and appointed him as the Chief of Defense Staff.

 Prosecutors delay deportation of Sri Lankan refugee accused of killing wife in Canada:
June 28, Colombo: Canadian prosecutors are requesting the Canadian government block the deportation of a Sri Lankan refugee in Canada accused of killing his wife, Montreal Gazette reported.

 Lasith Malinga issued six month suspended sentence and 50% fine:
June 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga was suspended for one year after he pleaded guilty to a breach of contract by speaking to the media without permission, Sri Lanka Cricket announcing the outcome of the disciplinary Inquiry held against him said.

 Sri Lanka Customs nab man attempting to smuggle jewellery worth millions:
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested a Sri Lankan man who was attempting to smuggle in more than two kilograms of gold jewelry worth millions of rupees concealed in shoes.
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  Sri Lanka exports expected to rise after regaining GSP+ status:
June 27, Colombo: Even if Sri Lanka can reach and maintain upper-middle-income country status in the next few years, the country's economy will benefit from regaining the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) for at least five years, the global publishing firm, Oxford Business Group (OBG) says.

 Waste management of Colombo city assigned to Western Province Chief Minister :
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to assign the responsibility of waste management in Colombo City to the Chief Minister of the Western Province, Isura Devapriya.

 Sri Lankan President congratulates UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake:
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena congratulated Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, who has been appointed as the new UN Envoy on Youth by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, when she called on the President at the Presidential Secretariat, today (27).

 Japanese ambassadors in five SAARC countries meet Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake:
Japanese ambassadors in five SAARC countries meet Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake June 27, Colombo: Japanese Ambassadors of Japan in five SAARC countries met Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday afternoon (June 26) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.

 Lasith Malinga to face inquiry for breach of contract terms:
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga will have to face a disciplinary inquiry for breach of contract terms, Sri Lanka Cricket announced today.

 Australia sends Sri Lankan boatpeople home:
June 27, Colombo: A plane chartered by the ­Department of Immigration and Border Protection has left the Australian territory in the early hours of this morning with about 20 people - some of them guards and interpreters - onboard, the Australian reported.

 NDBIB becomes Lanka's first investment bank to manage offshore IPO:
June 27, Colombo: NDB Investment Bank ('NDBIB") successfully raised USD 28 mn (Rs 4.2 bn) via the Initial Public Offering ("IPO") of Ooredoo Maldives PLC, a subsidiary of Qatar based international telecommunications giant Ooredoo Group.

 Tamil Nadu CM writes to Indian PM seeking immediate release of fishermen 'abducted' by Sri Lanka Navy :
June 27, Colombo: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state Edappadi K. Palaniswami has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to secure the release of all fishermen and their boats in Sri Lankan custody.

  French Naval Ships 'Mistral' and 'Courbet' leave Sri Lanka:
June 27, Colombo: The two French Naval Ships, 'Mistral' and 'Courbet' which arrived in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit on 20th June, left from the Colombo harbor on Monday (June, 26) on completion of a successful tour.

 Sri Lanka state doctors' union insists on abolishing SAITM, will resort to strike if demands not met:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state doctors' union, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) says the government has no choice but to either abolish the private medical college South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) or nationalize it.
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 President opens pharmaceutical production plant of Celogen Lanka in Kandy:
June 26, Kandy: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Monday declared open the new pharmaceutical production plant of Celogen Lanka Private Limited built in the Kandy Export Processing Zone in Pallekele area.
 Sri Lankan President says will not allow disrespecting Buddhist monks through social media:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that he will never approve tarnishing the image of the Maha Sangha by leveling baseless allegations through the social media.
 Charges for dengue laboratory tests revised island wide:
June 26, Colombo: Measures have been taken to revise the charges on the diagnostic laboratory testing of dengue island wide, a government health official said.
 Ramazan celebrated with a deep sense of fellowship and co-existence - PM:
June 26, Colombo: In a message to mark the Ramadan festival today, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Muslim religious festival is celebrated in countries throughout the world by Muslims with a deep sense of fellowship and co-existence.
 Sri Lankan Airlines ranked 81st among top 100 airlines:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan Airlines, the national carrier of the Sri Lanka, ranked 81st among the Top 100 airlines of the world in 2017.
  Two more university students arrested for forcibly entering Health Ministry:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Sunday night arrested two more university students for forcibly entering into the Health Ministry premises and damaging property on June 21.
 Eid al-Fitr's meaningful vision exceeds religious limitations - President:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr has such meaningful vision that addresses the common humanity by exceeding the religious limitations.
 Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister plans to streamline overseas missions :
June 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to streamline overseas missions in order to make commercial relations with other countries more efficient, island nation's new Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.
 Government to gazette terms and conditions for SAITM, halts further enrollment and degree awarding:
June 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government said it will gazette the terms and conditions that the government will impose on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), also known as private medical college.
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 Sri Lanka Navy nabs two persons with 135 kg of Kerala Cannabis:
June 25, Colombo: On receipt of information to the Navy, Sri Lankan Navy personnel have arrested two individuals with 135 kg of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja) in the North.
 Tamil Nadu fishermen increase poaching in Sri Lankan waters, Navy arrests 39 fishermen in last three days:
June 25, Colombo: Fishermen from Tamil Nadu state of India are increasingly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and invading the Sri Lankan waters for poaching despite Sri Lanka Navy's continued operations arresting the fishermen for illegal bottom trawling in island's territorial waters.
 Peace Winds Japan teams up with local partner to provide emergency relief items for Sri Lanka flood victims:
June 25, Colombo: Heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka affected about 630,000 people.
 Amnesty International calls on Sri Lanka for immediate implementation of Office on Missing Persons :
June 25, Colombo: The global human rights organization, Amnesty International (AI) has called on the Sri Lankan authorities to immediately implement the much delayed Office on Missing Persons (OMP).
  CSE announces revision of share transaction fee structure from Tuesday:
June 25, Colombo: A step‐up fee structure with a revised threshold of Rs. 100 million has been introduced with relation to secondary market transaction fee computations, and will take effect from Tuesday, 27th June 2017.
 Sri Lanka launches another Dengue eradication program as disease spreads:
June 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka launched a common Dengue eradication program yesterday on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena as health authorities battle to contain the spread of the mosquito-borne disease which has taken lives of over 200 people already in the first six months of the year.
 Sri Lanka's ornamental fish sector wins international accolades :
June 25, Colombo: The government has taken several steps to uplift the local ornamental fish industry internationally and as a step of that program an international ornamental fish exhibition will be organized in Sri Lanka in 2018 State Minister of Fisheries Dilip Wedaarachchi said.
  Sri Lanka state doctors end strike amid heavy protest from public:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's government doctors' trade union has decided to end their indefinite island wide strike commenced Thursday amid the protests from the public.
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  Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka formally declared landmines Free:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's landmine affected Batticaloa District of Eastern Province has formally been declared 'mine-free' eight years after the three-decade long war ended in the North and East.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 8 Indian fishermen for poaching in island waters :
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Friday has arrested 8 fishermen from India's Tamil Nadu state for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 Sri Lanka to purchase rice from three countries to stabilize local market:
June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka has opened immediate talks with three countries to procure a rice tranche to stabilize its domestic markets as the island nation's food production was hit first by the drought and then by floods.
 Sri Lanka PM seeks plans to attract more tourists next three years:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is seeking plans to attract more tourists to the island in the next three years.
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 Pakistan awards prestigious Jinnah Scholarships for Sri Lankan Youth:
June 23, Colombo: The Government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded scholarships to 170 bright Sri Lankan students of O' & A' levels under prestigious Jinnah Scholarship program worth Rs. 4.225 million.
 Democratic government cannot keep mum at a time a minor extremist group has taken people hostage - Sri Lanka FM:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that a people's government cannot keep mum at a time when a minor extremist group has challenged democracy by taking people hostage in this country.
 New Sri Lanka Police Media Spokesperson appointed:
June 23, Colombo: Attorney at Law, Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara has been appointed as the Police Media Spokesperson today.
 Sri Lankan Navy, Air Force officers train on Indian Navy Dornier craft :
June 23, Colombo: Two Dornier Aircraft belonging to the Indian Navy have arrived in Sri Lanka, on 19th June to provide training to a group of Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force personnel.
 IUSF Convener Lahiru Weerasekara remanded until July 5:
June 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the Convener of Marxist party affiliated student union, Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF), Lahiru Weerasekara, who was arrested over Wednesday's protest.
 Top Sri Lankan economist Prof Saman Kelegama passes away in Thailand:
June 23, Colombo: A renowned Sri Lankan economist and the Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Prof Saman Kelegama has passed away while in Thailand.
 India, Sri Lanka MoU for cooperation in Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy:
June 23, Colombo: India plans to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the areas of traditional medicine and homoeopathy.
  We will build a better society in Buddhist environment while protecting other religions - President:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says a better society with Buddhist environment would be built while protecting the place of other religions.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 17 Indian fishermen for poaching in island waters:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday has arrested 17 fishermen from India's Tamil Nadu state for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy stance is appropriate:
June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review on Friday said it has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the current monetary policy stance is appropriate.
 Sri Lanka Police arrest Buddhist monk student leader over damage to the Health Ministry:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today arrested a Buddhist monk student leader over yesterday's attack by the university students on the Health Ministry premises.
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 Strong Sri Lankan sales wins Gestetner best performance in RICOH Asia Pacific:
June 22, Colombo: Building on its winning legacy, Gestetner of Ceylon PLC once again won resounding recognition for its tremendous sales performance over the past year, rising above its peers in the Asia Pacific region to win the RICOH Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding Achievement in Units & Sales Revenue FY 2016 in multi-functional products (MFP).
 Sri Lanka President blames 'indecent political groups' for university student violence:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today blamed 'some indecent political groups' for using university students as tools for their conspiratory goals.
 Sri Lankan state doctors decide to continue strike indefinitely despite patients' grievances, government promises tough action:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's government doctors have decided to continue indefinitely their unannounced island wide strike commenced Thursday despite the protests by patients seeking treatment at government hospitals.
 Sri Lanka, Korea look forward to expand economic cooperation :
June 22, Colombo: Minister of Finance and Mass Media of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera met with the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Kim Dong-yeon on the sidelines of the Second Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) held in Jeju on 16 - 17 June 2017.
 Sri Lanka Police investigate on property damage at Health Ministry by university students:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have commenced a broad investigation on the damage caused to the Ministry of Health by university students who were protesting against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) also known as the private medical college.
  Sri Lanka's food production hit by extreme drought followed by floods - UN:
June 22, Colombo: A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
  Sri Lanka extends the military cooperation pact with US:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka will extend the Acquisition and Cross-Services Agreement (ACSA), signed between the United States and Sri Lanka in 2007 which lapsed in March this year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.
 U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka visits Eastern Province:
June 22, Colombo: United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap visited the Eastern Province this week to commemorate a milestone in U.S.-supported demining efforts and to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at a school to construct facilities to help communities displaced by natural disasters.
 Sri Lanka Cricket announces high tension extensive physical fitness and conditioning program for National Squad :
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket Wednesday announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Team manager Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness and conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against Zimbabwe and India in Colombo.
 Sri Lanka state doctors launch island wide strike to protest police action on protesting students:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka state doctors trade union, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has launched an island wide strike today at 8 a.m. to protest yesterday's police action on the university students protesting against the south Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
 'Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017' to discuss ways of building the global competitiveness of Lankan manufacturers:
June 22, Colombo: The upcoming 'Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017' organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will conduct a dedicated thematic session to discuss, how important it is for the Lankan manufacturing sector to become competitive to attract global markets.
  Pakistan court acquits two accused in Sri Lanka Cricket team attack:
June 22, Lahore: A Pakistan anti-terrorism court on Wednesday has acquitted two of the accused in the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests four Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Wednesday arrested four fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
 Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant ready to generate electricity:
June 22, Colombo: At present, all the testing works of the Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant, which will generate 25 Megawatt hydro-power to the national grid, have been concluded, Presidents' Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka shines at World Tea Expo:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s celebrated Ceylon Tea roared at this year’s World Tea Expo, drawing attention to the official country of origin and showing by example its pedigree of social, economic and environmental responsibility.
 Sri Lanka establishes a Technological University:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's has established a degree granting Technological University specialized in technology, engineering for students passing the GCE Advanced Level examination.
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 Sri Lankan government to establish a ministerial committee to coordinate UNHRC Recommendations:
June 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will appoint a ministerial committee to coordinate the United Nations Human Rights Council Recommendations made in the consensus resolution adopted in October 2015.
  University students in Sri Lanka protesting against SAITM damage Health Ministry:
June 21, Colombo: University students in Sri Lanka protesting against the private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) have forcibly entered the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine today inflicting considerable damage to the public property.
 Opposition Leader, Foreign Minister discuss taking country forward:
June 21, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Opposition, and the Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake today (June 21) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 Sri Lanka to abolish import control levee for imported tea:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has received the cabinet approval to abolish the import control levy charged on tea imported for re-export in line with 2017 budget proposals.
 Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 7.1 percent in May 2017 :
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in May 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 7.1 percent from 8.4 percent recorded in April 2017, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday.
 UN chief appoints Sri Lankan as his Envoy on Youth :
June 21, New York: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed 27-year-old Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka - who played a key role in transforming the youth development sector at the national level - as his Envoy on Youth.
 Sri Lankan President appreciates Bangladesh for cash support to flood victims:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed his appreciation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for Bangladesh's assistance to the people affected by the recent floods and landslides.
 Tamil Diaspora organization reiterates its call for international judges in Sri Lanka's transitional justice mechanism:
June 21, London: The London-based Tamil Diaspora organization, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) today reiterated its call to include international judges in the proposed transitional justice mechanism
 Controversial Buddhist monk Gnanasara Thera surrenders to court, released on bail:
June 21, Colombo: The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organization Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, who had two arrest warrants on him, surrendered to the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning.
 Sri Lankan President calls on politicians and officials to work with people to manage garbage disposal to prevent dengue:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena called on the politicians as well as the public officials work together with the public to find solutions for the waste management issue and the Dengue menace.
 Sri Lanka President addresses teacher shortage issue at provincial schools:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has called for ending the teacher shortage at provincial schools and emphasized to implement an independent method in filling of teacher vacancies and transferring of teachers.
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 High Court grants bail to six Army personnel arrested over Keith Noyahr abduction:
June 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Tuesday granted bail to the six Army personnel who were remanded in connection with the abduction, and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr in May 2008.
 Two French naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed two French naval ships Mistral’ and ‘Courbet’ arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit Tuesday (June 20).
 Fitch Ratings expects more interest-rate pressure for Sri Lankan corporates:
June 20, Colombo: The global rating agency, Fitch Ratings said it expects rising domestic interest rates to hurt Sri Lankan corporates over the next 12 months.
 Sri Lanka parliament members attend exchange program in Washington:
June 20, Colombo: The House Democracy Partnership (HDP) of the United States Congress welcomed members of parliament of four HDP partner countries, including Sri Lanka to an exchange program in the second week of June in Washington, DC.
  Human Rights Watch slams Sri Lanka's Justice Minister threating a defender of minority rights :
June 20, Colombo: The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Sri Lanka's justice minister of threatening to disbar a prominent lawyer for speaking out against attacks on religious minorities and called on the government to immediately reject the Minister's statement.
 Transfer of Lottery Board to Foreign Ministry violation of law - Sri Lanka Transparency International:
June 19, Colombo: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) says it is concerned by the recent gazette notification, which in violation of law has placed the National Lotteries Board under the purview of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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 USS Lake Erie departs from Colombo harbor after post relief mission in Sri Lanka:
June 19, Colombo: The guided-missile cruiser of the United States Navy, USS ‘Lake Erie’ which arrived in Sri Lanka on a post relief mission on 11th June, departed from the Colombo harbor today (June, 19) after successful completion of its mission engagements, Sri Lanka Navy said.
 Two suspects arrested for possessing police items :
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have arrested two persons in Weliwita Mulleriyawa on Sunday for being in possession of fake licenses and several official police items.
 Sri Lanka to issue US$ 515 million development bonds:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Central Bank has announced that it plans to sell US$ 515 million worth of development bonds to foreign and local investors.
 UNP, SLFP ministers to meet with PM to discuss constitutional reforms:
June 19, Colombo: A discussion will be held today between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party ministers on the proposed constitutional reforms, Lands and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka has said.
 Special session to mark 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka parliament :
June 19, Colombo: A special Parliament session will be held on October 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka Parliament, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced.
 Bangladesh Standard Chartered Bank raises US$ 20 mn to finance Sri Lanka power company :
June 19, Dhaka: Standard Chartered Bangladesh has raised Tk 160 crore (approximately US$ 20 million) for RajLanka Power Company Ltd, which owns and operates a 53-megawatt heavy fuel oil-fired independent power plant in Natore, to help the electricity producer refinance its existing preference shares to reduce overall cost.
  Sri Lankan President assures to meet the needs of the Infectious Disease Hospital:
June 18, Colombo Sri Lankan President: President Maithripala Sirisena has assured to take immediate measures complete the requirements of the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Angoda.
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 Sri Lankan Prime Minster looks into a sustainable program to remove solid waste from capital city:
June 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is looking into implementing a sustainable program to remove solid waste from the capital city of Colombo.
 Police investigations on hate crimes led to arrest of Buddhist monk and police officer :
June 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police media Spokesman Deputy Inspector General Priyantha Jayakody says that investigations on communal disturbances in various places of the island have been successful leading to the arrests of few individuals including a Buddhist monk and a police officer.
 Sri Lanka considering to relax glyphosate ban to revive falling tea crop :
June 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is considering relaxing the ban on the glyphosate, a widely-used weedicide, to boost the dwindling tea crop.
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