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  Malaysian Prime Minister's visit to Sri Lanka expected to provide opportunity for both countries to strengthen ties

Dec 17, Colombo: Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arrived in Colombo today on a two-day official visit on an invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana welcomed the Malaysian Premier at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake this morning.The Prime Minister was accorded a grand welcoming ceremony where he was also introduced to Sri Lankan ministers and the diplomatic corps by Marapana.

 Accepting nominations for remaining 248 local government bodies begin today:
Dec 18, Colombo: The second round of placing deposits and accepting nominations for the remaining 248 local government institutions will begin this morning and will end on Thursday 21st at 12 noon.

 Moody's publishes FAQ on Sri Lanka's fiscal reforms, exposure to liquidity and external vulnerability risks:
Dec 18, Colombo: Moody's Investors Service says that Sri Lanka's (B1 negative) high general government debt levels, very low debt affordability, and fragile external payments position continue to present the sovereign with material credit challenges.

  Special island wide police operation nabs over 1800 persons, seizes illegal liquor, drugs:
Dec 17, Colombo: A special four-hour operation launched Saturday (16) night covering all police divisions across the island has made over 1800 arrests and seized consignments of illegal drugs and alcohol.
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  Health Ministry considers using private hospital facilities to minimize waiting period for heart and eye surgeries:
Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous medicine in discussions with private hospitals to use their facilities to perform heart and eye surgeries in order to minimize the waiting time for the patients.

 Sri Pada pilgrims urged to refrain from bathing in Castlereagh and Maussakele reservoirs:
Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka police request the Sri Pada pilgrims arriving through Hatton road to refrain from bathing in Castlereagh and Maussakele reservoirs.

  Sri Lanka holds mass wedding ceremony for 100 Chinese couples :
Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka hosted a grand wedding ceremony in capital Colombo on Sunday for 100 Chinese couples with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gracing the event.

 Sri Lankan President to request Russian President to consider removing temporary ban on tea exports:
Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he will make a special request to the Russian President Vladimir Putin to consider temporarily suspending the ban on Sri Lanka's tea imports.

 Indian theater chain PVR to open first screen in Sri Lanka in 2 years:
Dec 17, Colombo: India's largest multiplex operator PVR plans to open its first project in Sri Lanka in next two years, a top company official has said.

 Indian fishermen rescue Sri Lankan fisherman in Indian waters:
Dec 17, Rameswaram: Indian fishermen on Sunday have rescued a Sri Lankan fisherman, found struggling in mid-sea after straying into Indian waters off Rameswaram.

 Malaysian Prime Minister's visit to Sri Lanka expected to provide opportunity for both countries to strengthen ties :
Dec 17, Colombo: Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arrived in Colombo today on a two-day official visit on an invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena.

 Two Bangladesh Coast Guard ships arrive at Sri Lanka's port of Colombo:
Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Bangladesh Coast Guard ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Saturday (16).

 India releases another three Sri Lankan fishing trawlers from custody:
Dec 17, Colombo: Indian authorities have released another three Sri Lankan fishing trawlers seized by the Indian Coast Guard for trespassing into the Indian territorial waters.

 SriLankan Airlines becomes part of Beefy's final charity walk:
Dec 17, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka was the proud sponsor of the Australian leg of Sir Ian Botham's famed charity walk "Beefy' Trek Down Under," which took place recently.

 PM calls for the upgrade of quality of higher education in universities:
Dec 16, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe had given directions to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities to upgrade the quality of higher education instead of prioritizing the construction of university buildings.
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 Sri Lanka's third quarter GDP expands at 3.3 percent in 2017:
Dec 16, Colombo: The economic output of Sri Lanka as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 3rd Quarter 2017 has recorded 3.3 percent growth compared to the same quarter in 2016

 Three Sri Lankan fishing trawlers released from Indian custody :
Dec 16, Colombo: Three Sri Lankan fishing trawlers seized by the Indian Coast Guard for trespassing into the Indian territorial waters, have been released form Indian custody on Thursday (14).

 Malaysian PM to begin visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow:
Dec 16, Colombo: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will pay a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka starting from 17 December at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena.

 European Union welcomes Sri Lanka acceding to Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty:
Dec 15, Colombo: The European Union today welcomed Sri Lanka becoming the 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention after depositing the instrument of accession to the treaty on the 13th December.
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 ADB grants Sri Lanka US$ 270 Mn to implement two development projects:
Dec 15, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka entered into three Loan Agreements worth of US$ 270 million with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the implementation of two projects; Integrated Road Investment Program and Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project.

 Prime Minister visits Thomas De La Rue Lanka currency printing facility at the Biyagama EPZ:
Dec 15, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the Thomas De La Rue Lanka currency printing facility at the Biyagama Export Processing Zone (EPZ) on Thursday on an inspection tour.

 UN rights experts urge Sri Lanka to urgently implement reforms to end arbitrary detention:
Dec 15, Colombo: The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, who visited Sri Lanka from 4 to 15 December 2017 to assess the country' situation regarding the deprivation of liberty, has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country.

  Court extends interim injunction on taking legal action against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa till Jan 25:
Dec 15, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today extended the interim injunction issued earlier preventing police from taking legal actions against former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa under Public Property Act until 25 January 2018.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank not to accept willfully mutilated, altered or defaced currency notes from 31 Dec:
Dec 15, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has drawn attention of the general public for implementation of its Clean Note Policy and regulation on the willfully mutilation, alteration or defacement of Sri Lanka currency notes.

 Sri Lanka Tea Board participates in Saudi Horeca Exhibition 2017 in Riyadh :
Dec 15, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Tea Board, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh, organized a Sri Lanka tea pavilion at the Saudi Horeca 2017 Exhibition, which was held from 27-29 November 2017.

 President bans use of polythene for upcoming election campaigns :
Dec 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to ban the use of polythene during the upcoming election campaigns.
 Petition against division of Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha to be taken up on Jan 8:
Dec 15, Colombo: The Supreme Court today decided to hear the Fundamental Rights petition filed against the new delimitations of the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha on the 8th of January next year.
 Government to provide a 'relief package' of essential items for festive season:
Dec 15, Colombo: The government has decided to issue a relief package containing eight essential consumer items at concessionary prices to ease the Cost of Living burden on people during the festive season.
 Sri Lanka joining landmine ban treaty should spur other countries to review their position - HRW:
Dec 15, New York: Sri Lanka's accession to the Ottawa landmine ban treaty has earned the recognition of the global human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) which has called on the countries yet to accede to the treaty to review their position.
 MP Sriyani Wijewickrama sworn in as State Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils:
Dec 15, Colombo: Mrs. Sriyani Wijewickrema, Member of Parliament for Digamadulla District, was sworn in as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government this morning (15) at the Presidential Secretariat before President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Sri Lanka Navy brings critically ill Iranian sailor ashore for treatment:
Dec 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has brought ashore a critically ill sailor on-board an Iranian ship off the Eastern coast for treatment.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party introduces 'code of ethics' for its LG candidates:
Dec 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has introduced a 'code of ethics' to the candidates contesting the forthcoming Local Government Election from the party.
 Russia imposes restrictions on tea imports from Sri Lanka after finding insect:
Dec 15, Colombo: Russia will place temporary restrictions on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from Dec. 18, the Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has said on Thursday.
 Government to import rice, essential items until the Sinhala Tamil New Year season:
Dec 14, Colombo: The government has decided to continue import rice and other essential items so that consumers can obtain them at affordable prices during the forthcoming holiday seasons.
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 Pakistan rice importers urge Sri Lanka to slash import taxes on rice:
Dec 14, Colombo: Pakistan's influential and sole rice exporters grouping, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) has urged Sri Lanka to slash import tax slapped on their shipments to Colombo and to double the imports of Pakistani basmati rice.
 Health Minister orders probe into private hospital charges for outpatient drugs:
Dec 14, Colombo: The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has ordered an investigation to find out whether the private hospitals are passing the benefits of the reductions gazetted by the government in the prices of essential drugs, stents and eye lenses.
 India expects Sri Lanka to keep their security concerns in mind regarding Hambanthota :
Dec 14, New Delhi: India says it continues to take up its security concerns with Sri Lanka and expects the Government of Sri Lanka to keep New Delhi's security concerns and sensitivities in mind with regard to development in the neighborhood.
 Sri Lanka setting Guinness record for World's tallest Christmas tree shows national coexistence - PM:
Dec 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka, a Buddhist majority country, setting the Guinness record for World's tallest Christmas tree shows national coexistence, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says.
  UNP calls on people to join the party for a fair election:
Dec 14, Colombo: Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake, reminding the situation in the past, pledged that the United National Party will hold a fair and peaceful election and invited the people to join the party for a fair election.
 Australia returns 29 Sri Lankan asylum seekers:
Dec 14, Colombo: Australia has returned 29 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who attempted to enter the country illegally and they arrived in the island today.
 Several Podujana Peramuna nominations rejected for lack of female representation:
Dec 14, Colombo: The nominations submitted by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for several local government bodies were rejected today by the election officials.
 Sri Lanka President addresses gem industry problems:
Dec 14, Colombo: The representatives of Sri Lanka's lucrative gem industry Wednesday met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the problems they face in their work and seek reassurances.
 Sri Lanka Police and Central Bank sign MoU to cooperate on financial Crimes investigations:
Dec 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate on financial Crimes investigations.
 Sri Lanka becomes the 163rd state party to the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty:
Dec 14, New York: Sri Lanka on Wednesday became the 163rd country to accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention fulfilling the pledge made last year to join the international community in supporting the ongoing landmine clearance program.
 Moody's affirms ratings of three Sri Lankan banks; maintains negative outlook:
Dec 14, Colombo: Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the long-term ratings of three banks in Sri Lanka (B1 negative). The rating actions follow the affirmation of Sri Lanka's B1 sovereign rating.
 Sri Lanka Tourism concludes successful roadshows and food & cultural Event in Australia:
Dec 14, Colombo: With a growing focus on the Australian market, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) concluded a series of events that kept Australia interested an entire week, which commenced from 20th November 2017.
 Project to extend Marine Drive as an underground road to Colombo Port City :
Dec 14, Colombo: A project will be launched to extend the Marine Drive as an undersea road from the Kollupitiya Railway Station to the Chaithya Road with access to the Colombo Port City.
 Passenger terminal facilitating 15 million passengers per year to be built in Colombo Airport:
Dec 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has focused on improving the passenger handling capacity of its international airport in Colombo significantly.
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 Sri Lanka announces minimum qualifications for medical education:
Dec 13, Colombo: The government has announced the minimum educational qualifications for admission to medical education in Sri Lankan Universities.
  Sri Lankan President promises to provide all facilities for security forces members to equip them with knowledge :
Dec 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has promised to provide all the necessary facilities to equip the Sri Lankan security forces with knowledge as well as expertise when implementing state policy on national security.
 UN Volunteers in Sri Lanka celebrate International Volunteer Day 2017:
Dec 13, Colombo: United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in Sri Lanka celebrated International Volunteer Day 2017 in November under the theme "Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere," recognizing volunteers as first responders in times of crises.
 Sri Lanka's industrial production index up 3.7 percent in October 2017:
Dec 13, 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 3.7 percent in October 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.
  Sri Lankan community preparing for a multilingual internet using local scripts:
Dec 13, Colombo: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and local experts in policy, technical and linguistic fields convened in Colombo to introduce the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) program and launch the Sinhala Generation Panel (GP).
 Foreign Office Consultations held between Sri Lanka and Norway to review bilateral relations:
Dec 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Norway have held Foreign Office Consultations in Oslo on 11 December 2017.
  Former Navy Spokesman arrested for abduction of youths remanded till February 22:
Dec 13, Colombo: Former Naval Media Spokesperson Commodore DKP Dassanayake arrested for the abduction of 11 youths has been remanded till 22 December.
 Sri Lanka Railway strike ends:
Dec 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Railway trade unions have decided to end their seven-day long train strike following discussions with the cabinet sub-committee appointed yesterday by the President to look into their problems.
  IAI plans to upgrade Sri Lanka's ageing Kfir fighter jets:
Dec 13, Colombo: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in discussions with Sri Lanka to upgrade and return to service its Kfir fighter aircraft, according to the UK-based defense publication, Jane's Defence Weekly.
  Opposition is in a bankrupt effort to postpone local government elections - CaFFE:
Dec 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka election monitor, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says that a strong opposition group of field officers is in a bankrupt attempt to postpone the local government polls
  Sri Lanka election monitor supports the campaign for more youth involvement in nomination lists:
Dec 13, Colombo: An election monitor in Sri Lanka, Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) says it supports the campaign by the youth organizations requesting more representation of youth in the nominations list for the upcoming local government elections.
  Sri Lanka Central Bank hosts 10th International Research Conference:
Dec 13, Colombo: The 10th International Research Conference of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka was held on 08 December 2017 at the John Exter International Conference Hall of the Central Bank.
 Rice exporters' delegation from Pakistan in Sri Lanka to promote and market Pakistani rice :
Dec 13, Colombo: A 15-member delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) is visiting Sri Lanka to promote and market Pakistani rice, according to a statement.
 Ministerial Committee appointed to resolve Railway workers' issues:
Dec 12, Colombo: A five-member Ministerial committee has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to look into the railway strike.
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  President opens multi-storey Specialist Centre at Nawaloka Hospital:
Dec 12, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena declared open the newly built multi-storey Specialist Centre at Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo today.
 Malaysian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka on December 17:
Dec 12, Colombo: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will pay a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka starting from 17 December, the Malaysian Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.
 Indian Air Force Chief calls on Sri Lanka Prime Minister:
Dec 12, Colombo: Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, called on the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, at Temple Trees on Monday.
 Appeal against the acquittal of suspects in TNA MP's murder to be heard on February 16:
Dec 12, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today fixed the date to hear the appeal filed against the verdict issued by a lower court in exonerating all the suspects in the murder of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj.
  SriLankan Airlines wins another award at the World Travel Awards World Ceremony:
Dec 12, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance has been awarded the "World's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean" title
  Prime Minister stresses need to promote Sri Lankan products :
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's first ever global standards-applied Best Sri Lankan Brands Awards 2017 was held Monday under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 UNICEF report finds a major disparity in internet access between girls and boys in Sri Lanka:
Dec 12, Colombo: The United Nations children's' organization, UNICEF in its annual flagship report released Monday said there is a major disparity in internet access between girls and boys in Sri Lanka.
 Singer Sri Lanka inks partnership with Pan Asia Bank:
Dec 12, Colombo: Singer (Sri Lanka), the largest consumer goods retailer in the Country, has joined hands with Pan Asia Bank, the fastest growing commercial bank in the island, to offer their customers added convenience.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrest 27 Tamil Nadu fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 27 Indian fishermen and seized five trawlers early morning Tuesday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters.
 State Minister Palitha Range Bandara acquitted from all charges:
Dec 12, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today acquitted the State Minister of State Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Palitha Range Bandara of all charges against him.
 Sri Lanka sharing and learning best practices from the region on resilient infrastructure:
Dec 12, Colombo: Two delegations representing Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment took part in a conference on resilient infrastructure, to share experiences from Sri Lanka and draw lessons from the region for implementation in the country.
  U.S., Sri Lanka launch $ 2 million HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership to fast track efforts to end AIDS in Sri Lanka:
Dec 12, Colombo: The Governments of Sri Lanka and the United States on December 8 launched a two-year, US$ 2 million (Rs. 306 million) HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership to fast track government efforts to end AIDS by 2025.
 Minister praises Sri Lankan human rights activist on receiving Franco-German Human Rights award :
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan human rights defender Shreen Abdul Saroor is a recipient of the Franco German Human Rights Award 2017.
  Nearly half of Sri Lankan doctors are not aware of symptoms of autism, study finds:
Dec 12, Colombo: A recent research study has found that nearly half of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of the symptoms of autism and fail to recognize the early signs of the neurological disorder seen in children.
 No taxes imposed on migrant workers in 2018 budget, Foreign Employment Minister assures:
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala stressed that 2018 budget has not imposed any tax on migrant workers and the reports to that taxes will be imposed on their income are false.
 President requests Railway employees to return to work considering O/L students and public:
Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has requested all striking Railway workers including the engine drivers to report to work considering the inconvenience faced by the students sitting for the GCE Ordinary Level exam from today and the general public.
 Demarcation of provincial councils expected to end by end of January, AG tells court:
Dec 11, Colombo: The Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today that the demarcation of provincial councils is expected to be completed before the end of January and provincial council elections could be hold after it was passed as a bill in parliament.
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 Eight railway trade unions decided to end the strike - Government:
Dec 11, Colombo: The Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva stressed that the railway employees who do not report for by 12 midnight tomorrow will be considered to have vacated their posts.
  Sri Lanka Transport Board deploys over 700 additional buses to facilitate commuter transport :
Dec 11, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Transport Board says that more than 700 additional buses have been added to the service today due to the ongoing train strike.
 Sri Lanka police to enforce election laws relating to the upcoming local government elections form today:
Dec 11, Colombo: Police spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara says the elections laws regarding the upcoming local government elections will be enforced from today as calling for nominations commenced today.
 Three top members of National Freedom Front join SLFP:
Dec 11, Colombo: Three top members of National Freedom Front (NFF) led by parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa have joined the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena.
 Shilpa Saviya Exhibition showcases urban crafts by senior local craftsmen :
Dec 11, Colombo: For the first time, chic, urban craft trends enigmatically nurtured by an unusual group of Sri Lanka Lankan seniors have entered the domestic marketplace.
 Sri Lanka Child authority receives over 8,500 complaints of child abuse in 2017:
Dec 11, Colombo: The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) of Sri Lanka says it has received over 8,500 complaints so far this year.
 Sri Lanka receives another 1,000 tons of rice from China for drought victims:
Dec 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday has received the second consignment of 1,000 tons of rice from China, to be distributed to the drought struck victims in the island country, Xinhua reported.
 Indian Air Force Chief visits Sri Lanka for discussions on regional security:
Dec 11, Colombo: Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa has arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday on a four-day official visit from December 11 to 14 to deliberate on matters of mutual interest related to regional security.
 Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port deal with China expected to ensure full utilization of the port:
Dec 11, Colombo Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama on Saturday said the Government's new deal for Hambantota Port with China will ensure the port is better operationalized, fully utilized
 Sri Lankan delegation visiting India to study women's role in local governance mechanism:
Dec 11, Colombo: A the 12-member Sri Lankan delegation led by the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha is on a visit to Kerala to study the local governance mechanism in the Indian state.
 Striking Railway workers asked to return to work before noon today:
Dec 11, Colombo: The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation today warned the striking workers of the Railway Department that if they do not report to work before 12 noon, all Railway employees who are engaged in the strike will be considered as vacated the service.
  Switzerland’s Edelweiss to commence flights to Sri Lanka :
Dec 10, Colombo: Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leisure travel airline, will expand its long-haul route network with flights to Sri Lanka in 2018.
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 Sri Lanka plans to liberalize markets to increase competition, enhance living standards:
Dec 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's budget for next year plans to liberalize the trade removing tariffs immediately and modernizing archaic legislation to remove the barriers and boost competition among exporters.
 Sri Lanka interested in buying oil from Iran - envoy:
Dec 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka has expressed its keenness to broaden mutual cooperation with Iran, especially in the energy sector and to purchase its oil products.
 Massive program to eradicate corruption and fraud - Law & Order Minister:
Dec 10, Colombo: The government is carrying out a massive program to eradicate corruption and fraud and the Finance Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) was set up to counter financial frauds, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake said.
 State Minister highlights Sri Lanka's efforts for reconciliation, good governance at Bali Forum:
Dec 10, Colombo: State Minister for Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attended the 10th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF-X) in Jakarta on 7th December 2017, Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 Sri Lanka participates in UN Christmas Charity Bazaar in Vienna:
Dec 10, Vienna: The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna, and the members of the Sri Lankan expatriate community participated in the United Nations Christmas Charity Bazaar held at the Austria Centre in Vienna on 1st and 2nd of December 2017.
 MAS Brands launches Ultimo: Sri Lanka's first dedicated lingerie label for C to DD sizes:
Dec 09, Colombo: Leading intimate apparel producer MAS Brands introduced designer lingerie label Ultimo to its Sri Lankan clientele this month.
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 Sri Lanka signs share ownership agreement with China on Hambantota Port commencing operations:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Saturday signed share ownership agreement with China on Hambantota Port formally handing over the operation of port to the state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort).
 Sri Lanka parliament passes 2018 budget with two-third majority:
Dec 09, Colombo: The third reading of the Appropriation Bill for 2018 was passed by the House on Saturday (9th Dec.) with a two-third majority of votes ending the Committee Stage Debate.
 Customs seize illegal cigarettes worth Rs. 80 million:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs during a raid conducted Friday has discovered a container of illegally imported cigarettes from the Orugodawatta Container Yard.
 Prime Minister proposes to renovate and reactivate Myliddy Fishery Harbor in North:
Dec 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed to renovate and reactivate the Myliddy Fishery Harbor in the Walikkamam area of Jaffna in the North to uplift the economic activities in the area.
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