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  Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections

Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year.

The Apex court issued an interim order staying operation of the Gazette proclamation issued by the President dissolving the Parliament until 7 December 2018. The court granted leave to proceed for all the Fundamental Rights petitions heard and the case has been fixed for argument on the on the 5th, 6th and 7th of December 2018.

  Excavations of the Mannar mass grave temporarily suspended:
Nov 14, Colombo: The excavation activities of the Mannar mass grave found at the old Sathosa building in Mannar, had been temporarily suspended from today (14) the Senior Judicial Medical Officer Saminda Rajapakse said.

 Speaker to inform the decision of the no confidence motion to the President :
Nov 14, Colombo: Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will inform the President on the decision taken by the parliament on the no-confidence motion presented against the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government, the Speaker's Media Office said.

 Dipped Products posts Rs. 553 million PBT in 1H 2018/19:
Nov 14, Colombo: Strong gains from performance improvement initiatives in local operations and significant contribution from overseas marketing operations have generated noteworthy profit growth in 1H of 2018/19 for the Dipped Products Group, a global leader in hand protection.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank warns public to be attentive of financial scams, phishing emails:
Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank (CBSL) today said that its attention has been drawn to recent grievances received from the general public regarding financial scams spreading through phishing emails and social media messages

 Crossed-overs return to UNP, plan to resign from ministerial posts given by President:
Nov 14, Colombo: Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Vasantha Senanayake, who crossed over from the United National Party (UNP) and joined the President Maithripala Sirisena's government accepting a cabinet minister post has stated that he will withdraw from his post after meeting the President.

 No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka's PM Mahinda Rajapaksa passed in parliament, government has no majority:
Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced that the no-confidence motion brought against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government passed in Parliament.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party hands over no confidence motion against new PM to Speaker:
Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today has handed over a no-confidence motion against the new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank raises policy interest rates:
Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank today said it has decided to increase both the deposit rate and the lending rate further tightening the monetary policy as a pre-emptive policy measure to control inflationary pressures for the economy to reach its potential.

 Sri Lanka's ComBank weathers external challenges to post strong 9-month results:
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's benchmark private bank, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has demonstrated its resilience in adverse conditions, weathering the twin challenges of high taxes and impairment charges to post a healthy growth in most key performance indicators at the end of the third quarter of 2018.

 Speaker commends judiciary, requests people's representatives to determine the eligibility of the government:
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya commended the judiciary for rising to the occasion and deliver a ruling with due urgency and deliberation to resolve the serious crisis the country has endured recently.
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 President meets with National Security Council, instructs tri forces to strengthen security:
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has convened a meeting of the National Security Council this evening (13) under at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, the President's Media Division said.

 Rumors Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigning is completely false, MP Namal Rajapaksa says:
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa denied the rumors circulating that his father is resigning from the Prime Minister post following the Supreme Court's interim order staying the dissolution of parliament.

 Sri Lanka government downplays Supreme Court ruling staying President's order to dissolve parliament:
Nov 13, Colombo: Members of Sri Lanka's de facto government today downplaying the Supreme Court's ruling staying President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve parliament and hold snap elections, said it is only a temporary order and not a final judgement.

 Pakistan awards fully funded scholarships to Sri Lankan students:
Nov 13, Colombo: The Government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded fully funded higher education scholarships to nine Sri Lankan students in fields of Pharmacy and Engineering in top Pakistani institutions under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme (PTAP) for Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka Police Chief takes steps to strengthen security following SC ruling:
Nov 13, Colombo: Following the Supreme Court's interim order to stay dissolution of parliament by the President Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka Police chief Pujith Jayasundera, expecting disruptive activities by some parties, has instructed the senior police officers to increase security in all areas of the island.

 Sri Lanka parliament to convene tomorrow:
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's prorogued parliament will reconvene tomorrow according to the President Maithripala Sirisena's earlier gazette notification issued on 4th November, the Speaker's Media Unit announced.

  President makes inspection visits to Central Environment Authority, Land Ministry :
Nov 13, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday paid a sudden visit to the Central Environment Authority and inspected the work at the Authority.

  Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections:
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year.

 Singer first half revenue increases by 14% to Rs. 28.6 billion:
Nov 13, Colombo: Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC announced its results for the first half ended 30th September 2018. Despite tough business conditions, the results for the six months showed a commendable revenue growth of 14% to Rs. 28.6 billion compared to the same period in the previous year.

 Japan paying close attention to Sri Lanka's recent political developments :
Nov 13, Colombo: Japan, as a longtime friend of Sri Lanka, is following with close attention and interest the recent developments in Sri Lanka, including the dissolution of the parliament, the Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

 Sri Lanka AG says President is empowered to dissolve parliament, requests court to dismiss all petitions:
Nov 13, Colombo: The Attorney General Jayanath Jayasuriya today summing up his deliberations at the hearing of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the dissolution of parliament said the President is empowered to dissolve parliament.

 Sri Lanka Supreme Court resumes hearing on FR petitions against parliament dissolution, security tightened:
Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court resumed hearing of the fundamental rights petitions filed against the dissolution of the parliament, this morning.

 UNDP takes social innovation to the corporate sector through a partnership with Expolanka Holdings:
Nov 12, Colombo: The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action for all citizens, to ensure we "leave no one behind" by 2030. The 17 Goals are owned by us all - Governments, everyday citizens, civil society organizations and NGOs, and, equally, the private sector.
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  UNP deputy leader believes justice will be served through the judiciary :
Nov 12, Colombo: Deputy Leader of the United National Party, Sajith Premadasa speaking at the Supreme Court complex in Hulftsdorp today (12th) said he firmly believes that fairness and justice will be achieved through the judiciary of the country.

 Former minister Arjuna Ranatunga's security guard further remanded :
Nov 12, Colombo: Former minister Arjuna Ranatunga's Ministerial Security Division (MSD) officer, who fired at a mob at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development last month, has been identified by two witnesses at an identification parade held today.
 John Keells Holdings to repurchase shares amounting to over Rs. 11 billion:
Nov 12, Colombo: The blue chip conglomerate John Keells Holdings (JKH) today announced that its Board of Directors has resolved to repurchase over 69 million shares amounting to over Rs. 11 billion.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court to decide tomorrow on the legality of snap election:
Nov 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court adjourned today till 13 November to give its verdict on Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the sudden dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena.
  Sri Lanka's sacked Prime Minister to form a broader alliance to 'save the nation from the unprecedented crisis' :
Nov 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe said today the political parties of the United National Front will form a new alliance with a new face to save the nation from the present crisis and urged all parties to join this new political force.
 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister briefs Colombo based diplomats:
Nov 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday (12).
 Jaya Container Terminal's transshipment volume up 23.3%:
Nov 12, Colombo: The state owned Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), witnessed the highest growth of 23.3% in transshipment container throughput for the first nine months (from January to September) in 2018 as against the corresponding period in 2017.
  Alternative route from Peliyagoda open from today:
Nov 12, Colombo: The alternative route constructed between the Peliyagoda Interchange of Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, and the new Kelani Bridge being constructed is open for traffic from today.
 Sri Lanka political parties, civil organizations file petitions at the Supreme Court against the dissolution of parliament:
Nov 12, Colombo: Several political parties and civil society organizations in Sri Lanka have filed petitions at the Supreme Court today (12) against the dissolution of the Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena.
  Israel detains 13 Sri Lankan asylum seekers :
Nov 12, Colombo: Thirteen Sri Lankan regime opponents have been imprisoned in Israel for two weeks and deprived of rights, according to a report by KAN Bet.
  Sri Lanka Army troops recover body of German woman fell from World's End:
Nov 11, Colombo: The body of a German woman who fell from the World's End in Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya in the central hills of Sri Lanka has been recovered by the Sri Lanka Army troops.
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 Sri Lanka President explains reasons for his decision to dissolve parliament :
Nov 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today explained that trading off of parliamentarians up to 500 million rupees, the Speaker's actions after appointing the new Prime Minister and lack of majority in parliament led to his decision to dissolve the parliament and avert a bloodshed.
 Sri Lanka's former Speaker urges public servants to defend Constitution and refuse to execute any illegal orders:
Nov 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya today said the public servants' foremost duty is to the Constitution and urged all public servants to defend the Constitution and refuse to execute any illegal orders they may receive, no matter from whom.
  Indian Railways coach manufacturer rolls out anti-corrosive, special body train for Sri Lanka :
Nov 11, Colombo: Indian Railway's premier coach manufacturing unit, Integral Coach Factory (ICF), has rolled out a special rake of diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU) that looks like a bullet train for Sri Lanka.
 Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa obtains membership of SLPP:
> Nov 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former President and Prime Minister of caretaker government Mahinda Rajapaksa has left the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and obtained the membership in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).
 UN Chief concerned by Sri Lanka President's decision to dissolve parliament:
Nov 11, Colombo: The Secretary-General of the United Nations is concerned by the Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena's sudden decision to dissolve the parliament, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq, said.
 Sri Lanka Navy recovers nearly 40 Kg of Kerala Cannabis in Thalaimannar :
Nov 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has recovered nearly 40 kilograms of Kerala Cannabis (ganja) hidden in a shrub area in a coastal area of Thalaimannar, in the island's northwest.
 Sri Lanka Muslim party heads to court against sudden dissolution of Parliament :
Nov 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Muslim party, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress led by former Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen has decided to file a petition before the Supreme Court against the President Maithripala Sirisena's sudden decision to dissolve Parliament before the and call a General Election.
 Expolanka Holdings reports Rs 25 billion revenue for 2Q 2018:
Nov 11, Colombo: Expolanka Holdings PLC recorded a revenue of Rs. 25 billion with a Year on Year (YOY) revenue growth of 15% during the second quarter of 2018, which was primarily driven by the growth in its Logistics operations.
 Three University students drown in Belihuloya :
Nov 10, Colombo: Three students of Sabaragamuwa University have drowned while bathing in the Belihuloya in Balangoda.
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 Dissolution of parliament costs 71 Sri Lankan lawmakers their pension:
Nov 10, Colombo: With the abrupt dissolution of the Sri Lankan Parliament by the President Maithripala Sirisena before its term expired, over 70 first-time lawmakers, having to vacate their seat, lost their pension.
 Lawyers for Democracy condemn and reject unconstitutional dissolution of parliament :
Nov 10, Colombo: The Lawyers for Democracy, a representative body of legal practitioners in Sri Lanka, expressing grave concern, condemned and rejected the unconstitutional dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena plunging the country into a deep chaos.
 European Union expects a swift and peaceful resolution to the current political crisis in Sri Lanka:
Nov 10, Brussels: The European Union today said Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena's move to dissolve the parliament further deepens the political and economic crisis in the country and it expects a swift and peaceful resolution.
  UNF leaders meet Election Commissioner to discuss general election :
Nov 10, Colombo: The leaders of the United National Front (UNF) met with the Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya today to discuss the announcement of a general election by the President.
 U.S. urges Sri Lanka President to fulfill his commitments to good governance:
Nov 10, Colombo: The United States today said Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's abrupt decision to dissolve parliament poses a vital threat to Sri Lanka's democratic institutions.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party to challenge President's move in Supreme Court:
Nov 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is prepared for any election, and JVP leader Anura Dissanayaka said today.
  Retired Senior SP appointed as director of President's Security Division:
Nov 10, Colombo: Retired Senior Superintendent of Police Sarath Jayatilleka has been appointed as the Director of the President's Security Division (PSD).
 Sri Lankan President's recent actions could impact development assistance, U.S. lawmakers warn:
Nov 10, Washington,DC: As Sri Lanka's political crisis escalated with the dissolution of parliament, U.S. lawmakers voicing their concerns urged the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to reverse course and let Parliament perform its constitutional duties.
 Australia disappointed in Sri Lankan President's decision to dissolve parliament:
Nov 10, Colombo: Australia has joined the UK and the US in expressing its concern and disappointment with President Sirisena's decision to dissolve the Sri Lankan parliament on 9 November.
  JVP to rally against President's unconstitutional moves :
Nov 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna says the party will rally against the unconstitutional, undemocratic, unethical and unconventional moves taken by the President, Maithripala Sirisena.
 US, UK express concern over deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka:
Nov 10, Colombo: The United States and the United Kingdom have expressed concern over the deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka with the dissolution of parliament.
  Sri Lanka President dissolves parliament, general elections on January 5:
Nov 09, Colombo: Deepening the political crisis he created two weeks ago, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena in an extraordinary Gazette notification announced the dissolution of the parliament with effect from Midnight Friday and scheduled general elections to be held on 5th January 2019.
  General elections in Sri Lanka on January 5:
Nov 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the parliament with effect from Midnight Friday and scheduled general elections to be held on 5th January 2019.
 UNP rejects dissolution of Parliament by the President:
Nov 09, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) says the dissolution of Sri Lanka Parliament by the President Maithripala Sirisena today nearly two years before its term expires is illegal and goes against the constitution.
 Sri Lanka President dissolves parliament - reports :
Nov 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have dissolved the parliament with effect from midnight Friday after plunging the country into a political crisis two weeks ago.
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 Department of Government Printing taken under President:
Nov 09, Colombo: The Department of Government Printing has been brought under the purview of the Ministry of Defense through a special Gazette issued by the Presidential Secretariat this evening.
 Another group of cabinet ministers sworn in Sri Lanka :
Nov 09, Colombo: Another group of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian have taken oath as cabinet ministers before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.
 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association calls on Sri Lanka to uphold rule of law & role of parliament :
Nov 09, Colombo: The Executive Committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), currently meeting in London, has expressed concern over the recent political developments in Sri Lanka and called on the government to uphold the rule of law as well as the essential role of the Parliament and resolve the crisis.
  British High Commission to hold Remembrance Day ceremony in Colombo on Sunday:
Nov 09, Colombo: On Sunday 11th November the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought hostilities in World War One to an end will be marked at ceremonies around the world.
  Sri Lanka's IT industry must take the lead to build a talent pool for the future - Norwegian Ambassador :
Nov 09, Colombo: The Sri Lanka - NORDIC Business Council along with the Norwegian Business Association Sri Lanka, and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce held an ICT breakfast forum and networking event at Cinnamon Grand on 9th November.
 Wimal Weerawansa appointed Minister of Housing and Social Welfare:
Nov 09, Colombo: The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has been sworn in as the Minister of Housing and Social Welfare.
 Sri Lanka Police taken under President, all financial institutions to Finance Minister:
Nov 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new government has published the subject areas and functions of the Ministries in the gazette.
 Sri Lanka tourist arrivals increase only by 0.5 percent in October 2018:
Nov 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose only 0.5 percent in October this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
 Haycarb records turnover of Rs. 8.9 bn and PBT Rs. 502 mn for 1H-2018/19:
Nov 09, Colombo: The Sri Lankan multinational Haycarb PLC reported revenue of Rs. 8.9 billion and profit before tax of Rs. 502 million for the six months ending 30th September 2018. The profit after tax stood at Rs. 428 million.
 Chief Minister Wigneswaran officially withdraws from ITAK:
Nov 08, Colombo: Former Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council CV Wigneswaran has handed over a letter announcing his withdrawal from the Ilankai Thamil Arusu Kachchi (ITAK).
 European countries warn Sri Lanka against postponing vote in parliament to determine majority:
Nov 08, Colombo: The Delegation of the European Union in Sri Lanka, along with envoys of several other countries warned Sri Lanka's de facto government against postponing the vote to determine the majority in parliament when the assembly reconvenes on the 14th November.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urges people not to give up fight for democracy:
Nov 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today extending his appreciation to the people, who have taken to streets to protest the President Maithripala Sirisena's power transfer, urged the people not to give up the fight for democracy and freedom.
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 Supreme Court rejects Northern Province Chief Minister's petition:
Nov 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today without consideration rejected a petition filed by the former chief Minister of Northern Province CV Wigneswaran.
  Finance Minister revives Tax Appeals Commission to facilitate expeditious dispute resolution:
Nov 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Tax Appeals Commission (TAC), which has been inactive for some time, has been reactivated, the Ministry of Finance and economic Affairs said.
 Nestlé continues to invest in Sri Lankan dairy industry, opens third milk chilling center in Mannar district:
Nov 08, Colombo: Continuing its strong dairy development drive in the country, Nestlé has opened its third milk chilling center in the Mannar district, in the north-western town of Madhu.
  U.S. Embassy in Colombo issues Security Alert over UNP protest:
Nov 08, Colombo: The U.S. Embassy in Colombo issued a security alert advising U.S. citizens that a vehicle procession traveling from Galle Face Green to Parliament beginning at 12:00 noon today will likely result in heavy traffic along the route and possible road closures.
 UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is willing to work with President:
Nov 08, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that he is willing to work with President Maithripala Sirisena again, if given a chance to prove his majority in Parliament.
 CSE and GRI announce third collaboration to foster transparency and sustainability among listed companies:
Nov 08, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced the next round of workshops on corporate transparency and sustainability to be conducted in partnership with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
 Two new cabinet ministers and five new state ministers sworn in :
Nov 08, Colombo: Two new cabinet ministers and five new state ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's official residence a short while ago.
 Dialog first to launch eSIM for Apple iPhones in Sri Lanka:
Nov 08, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, announced the launch of embedded SIM (eSIM) support for Apple iPhones.
 JVP to support any motion brought to defeat 'Mahinda-Maithri political conspiracy':
Nov 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna says the party will support any motion brought to defeat the political conspiracy hatched by the President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 U.S. urges Sri Lanka President to reconvene parliament immediately :
Nov 08, Colombo: The United States Wednesday urged Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene parliament immediately to resolve the political crisis.
 SB Dissanayake, Chamal Rajapaksa appointed as cabinet ministers:
Nov 07, Colombo: Several new Cabinet Ministers have been sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena today (07) at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, President's Media Division said.
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 Sri Lanka Speaker to test the majority when parliament convenes on 14th:
Nov 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker has decided to suspend the standing orders and test the majority when the parliament reconvenes on the 14th, a statement issued by the Speaker's Media Office said.
 Sri Lanka TNA tells President their decisions cannot be reversed :
Nov 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has told the President Maithripala Sirisena that the decisions taken by the party cannot be reversed and the TNA will stand by those decisions.
 Charitha Herath appointed as State Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Digital Infrastructure:
Nov 07, Colombo: Academic, Dr. Charitha Herath has been appointed as the State Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Digital Infrastructure today.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank rejects recent reports on increased money printing:
Nov 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank on Wednesday rejected 'erroneous' newspaper articles published about the increased money printing by the Central Bank in the past few days and offered a clarification as "the concepts and facts in such articles remain grossly inaccurate and misleading."
 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader briefs U.S. Ambassador on current political crisis:
Nov 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Leader of Opposition and main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian R. Sampanthan apprised the United States Ambassador for Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz on the current political crisis in Sri Lanka.
 TPA leader Mano Ganesan also declines to support Sri Lanka's new government:
Nov 07, Colombo: Leader of the upcountry Tamil party, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Mano Ganesan today said that he and five other MPs of his party have declined the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's request to support the new UPFA government.
 Skeletal remains from Sri Lankan mass grave to be sent to U.S. for tests:
Nov 07, Colombo: Skeletal remains and human bones of 232 people have been unearthed by today (07) from the mass grave found in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka since excavations began over five months ago, according to the officials.
 Sri Lanka Muslim parties SLMC and ACMC reject UPFA claims of their support to new government:
Nov 07, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by MP Rauf Hakeem and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by MP Rishad Bathiudeen have rejected claims that the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government will have their support.
 Sri Lanka Police arrest suspect with over 2 kilograms of heroin worth Rs. 20 million:
Nov 07, Colombo: Officers of Police Narcotic Bureau division of Negombo during a raid conducted on a tip-off have arrested a suspect with 2.6 kilograms of heroin in Kochchikade, Negombo.
 Shangri-La and leading city hotels partner for IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo 2019:
Nov 07, Colombo: Following on the resounding success of the Sri Lanka's first ever IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo triathlon, organizers Pro-Am Serendib and Hayleys Tours announced that Colombo's most prestigious city hotels were once again signing on as Partner Hotels for the triathlon that is set to take place early next year.
 Sri Lanka Buddhist monks march demanding the parliament to be reconvened soon :
Nov 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Maha Sangha today convened to demand the President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene the parliament soon to end the political crisis that has engulfed the island nation for the past two weeks since the abrupt dismissal of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26th October by the President.
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 UNP to hold another protest on the 8th:
Nov 06, Colombo: The United National Party has decided to launch a massive protest adjacent to the Parliament Roundabout on the 8th of November to demand the President to convene Parliament promptly.
 Sri Lankan nabbed attempting to smuggle in gold worth Rs. 8.9 million:
> Nov 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested a Sri Lankan passenger who was attempting to smuggle in gold jewellery worth over Rs 8.9 million.
 Sri Lanka launches new brand identity at WTM2018:
Nov 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka tourism officials launched the new destination brand, 'So Sri Lanka', Monday at the opening of the World Travel Mart (WTM) 2018 in London.
 Commonwealth Secretary-General urges to reconvene Sri Lanka parliament ASAP to resolve the crisis:
Nov 06, Colombo: The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland noting the decision by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament on 14 November 2018 has urged to reconvene parliament as soon as possible to resolve the crisis.
 Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara resigns from UPFA government, joins UNP:
Nov 06, Colombo: Manusha Nanayakkara a deputy Minister of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government has resigned from his ministerial portfolio a short while ago.
 Asiri Hospital Holdings buys 100 percent stake in Hemas Southern Hospitals:
Nov 06, Colombo: Hemas Hospitals yesterday announced the divestiture of Hemas Southern Hospital, taking a significant step to intensify its growth strategy and new business lines.
 US Ambassador meets Sri Lanka Speaker to discuss political crisis:
Nov 06, Colombo: The new Ambassador of the United States to Colombo Alaina Teplitz has met with the Speaker of Sri Lanka Karu Jayasuriya to discuss the current political crisis situation in the country.
 IORA ministers welcome Sri Lanka's lead in maritime safety and security:
Nov 06, Colombo: The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) held its 20th Committee of Senior Officials and 18th Council of Ministers sessions from 31 October to 2 November 2018 in Durban, South Africa on the theme: Uniting the people of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East through enhanced cooperation for peace, stability and sustainable development.
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