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  Millennium Challenge Corporation official visits Sri Lanka to continue progress on Compact

Sept 20, Colombo: A delegation from the U.S. Government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash, visited Sri Lanka this week to continue progress on the proposed MCC compact - a large-scale five-year grant program.

During the visit, COO Nash met with senior government officials, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera, State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne, and Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam.

  Number of chronic kidney disease patients in Sri Lanka are decreasing, President says:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says the number of chronic kidney disease patients are decreasing at a significant rate annually as a result of the comprehensive programs implemented by the government to prevent kidney disease spreading in the country.

 Sri Lanka parliament suspends JO MP Wimal Weerawansa for two weeks:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Parliament today passed two motions to suspend MP Wimal Weerawansa from Parliament for two weeks for violating the code of conduct of parliamentarians.

  Central Bank releases 'Sri Lanka Socio-Economic Data - 2018' publication:
Sept 21, Colombo: The Central Bank announced that its annually published "Sri Lanka Socio-Economic Data - 2018"data folder is now available for public information.

 Registration for awareness sessions regarding implementation of trade policy and proposed Free Trade Agreements:
Sept 21, Colombo: Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade has been conducting awareness programs on proposed Free Trade Agreements and trade policy since 2017.

 Media reports saying IGP is asked to resign are false - government:
Sept 20, Colombo: Deputy Minister of Law and Order, Nalin Bandara in Parliament today (20) said that the President or the Prime Minister had not ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to resign and there is no truth to the rumor spreading to that effect.
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 National Mosquito Control Week from September 26 :
Sept 20, Colombo: The National Dengue Prevention Unit of the Ministry of Health jointly with the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Prevention will launch a National Mosquito Control Week from September 26 to October 02

 CID ordered to expedite investigations into national rugby player Thajudeen's killing:
Sept 20, Colombo: The Colombo Magistrate's Court today ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to take steps to expedite the investigations into the killing of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.

 Sri Lanka's former president Chandrika Kumaratunga awarded France's highest national honor:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has become the first Sri Lankan to be awarded the Prestigious Medal of Commander in the National Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest rank of the National Order of France, the Government Information Department said.

 Climate change could hurt Sri Lanka's economy and living standards, World Bank warns :
Sept 20, Colombo; According to a new World Bank report, rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns pose a threat to Sri Lanka and could reduce GDP and living standards.

 ADB approves $10 million technical assistance loan to improve urban projects in Sri Lanka:
Sept 20, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $10 million technical assistance loan to finance the establishment of a facility that will help improve the design and implementation of urban projects in Sri Lanka

 Sri Lanka Health Minister to leave for New York and Geneva to attend international conferences on NCDs and tobacco control:
Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will be attending two major international health conferences in New York and Geneva this month.

 Millennium Challenge Corporation official visits Sri Lanka to continue progress on Compact:
Sept 20, Colombo: A delegation from the U.S. Government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash, visited Sri Lanka this week to continue progress on the proposed MCC compact - a large-scale five-year grant program.

 Screening of Indian film 'Chak de India' in Colombo:
Sept 20, Colombo: Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be screening "Chak de India" a Shah Rukh Khan starrer sports action Hindi film

 SriLankan Airlines makes progressive changes to its Winter 2018 schedule:
Sept 20, Colombo: In keeping with its strategy of optimizing and rationalizing market opportunities throughout its route network, SriLankan Airlines will be introducing a range of significant changes to its winter schedule.

 Finance Ministry not to allow price hike in sugar:
Sept 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance and Media says a price hike of sugar will not be permitted as the international price of sugar has been drastically reduced due to excess sugar in the world market.
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 Funds for education will not be reduced despite difficulties - Sri Lankan PM:
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that despite the economic challenges the country faces the government will not reduce funds allocated for the education and health sectors.

 Sri Lanka's bakers agreed to reduce bread prices after discussions with minister :
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka' largest association of bakers have announced on Wednesday that they are ready to slash bread prices back to previous levels in support of the government's efforts to help the consumers, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

 Sri Lankan government spends over Rs. 13.5 billion for dough relief:
Sept 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government more than Rs. 13.5 billion to provide relief to drought-stricken people, Minister of Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake says.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank imposes 100% margin deposit requirement against Letters of Credit (LCs) for vehicle imports:
Sept 19, Colombo: The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has imposed a 100 percent margin deposit requirement against Letters of Credit opened with the commercial banks for the import of motor vehicles, which are generally used for non-commercial purposes, with immediate effect, the Bank announced today.

 Bus fare hike from midnight tomorrow:
Sept 19, Colombo: Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva states that a decision has been taken to increase the bus fares by 4 percent from midnight Thursday, September 20.

  Special High Court to hear Gamini Senarath's case daily from Oct. 29:
Sept 19, Colombo: The Special High Court today set the dates for the trial of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's top aide Gamini Senarath and three others, who have been charged of misappropriating state funds.

 Sri Lanka's economy grew by 3.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018:
Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew at a positive rate of 3.7 percent during the second quarter of this year, the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) said on Tuesday releasing the GDP Summary Indicators for the 2nd Quarter 2018.

  Pyxle celebrates 15 years with Vision 2.0: new workspace and brand identity reflect strength of global partner network:
Sept 19, Colombo: Enterprise technology solution provider, Pyxle, celebrates 15 years of success this year. The company marked this milestone with the launch of its new workspace and brand Pyxle 2.0

 Minister Sagala Ratnayaka undertakes official visit to the United States:
Sept 19, Colombo: Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka undertook an official visit to Washington D.C. from September 12-13. Minister Ratnayaka is also the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.

 Appeals Court rejects Northern Province Chief Minister's request to postpone contempt of court case:
Sept 18, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today rejected the request made by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and Provincial Ministers Anandi Sashitharan and K. Sivanesan to postpone the Contempt of Court case filed against them until a verdict is issued by the Supreme Court.
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 Sri Lankan arrested in Milan for human smuggling is not a diplomat, Foreign Affairs Ministry clarifies:
Sept 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan national arrested in Milan, Italy last week for attempting to smuggle four youths is not a diplomat, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
  Training program on improving the role of women in Agriculture in Sri Lanka:
Sept 18, Colombo: A two-day training program on the integration of women in the agriculture sector was held from 17-18 September 2018 at the Taj Samudra Hotel.
 All party leaders to meet on Sept 20 to discuss delimitation :
Sept 18, Colombo: The next meeting of the five-member committee appointed to review make recommendations to hold provincial council elections is scheduled to meet again on the 20th of this month.
 USD 50 million from ADB to support the Enterprise Sri Lanka rooftop solar power project:
Sept 18, Colombo: The Enterprise Sri Lanka project, which was launched by the Ministry of Finance and Mass media to inspire, assist and create a minimum of 100,000 new entrepreneurs, has received Rs 8 billion ( USD 50 Million) from the Asian Development Bank for the rooftop solar power generation project.
 Young Sri Lankans supported by the UN's Youth4Youth program come together to drive lasting peace :
Sept 18, Colombo: In celebration of the International Day of Peace, which is globally observed on 21 September, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sri Lanka has conducted a national symposium for young people.
 Airports Authority of India to develop Sri Lanka's Palaly airport :
Sept 18, New Delhi: India's state-owned airport authority has agreed to develop Palaly airport in Northern Sri Lanka and it will be the authority's first project in the island nation.
 Sri Lanka Premier emphasizes on programs for early childhood development and pre-school education:
Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government has focused attention on programs to enhance early childhood development and primary education and will open pre-school education centers and day care centers under these programs.
 Four elephants killed, train derailed in North Central Sri Lanka :
Sept 18, Colombo: Four elephants were killed when they were hit by a fuel tanker train plying from Orugodawatta, Colombo to Batticaloa on Tuesday in north central Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka to promote ornamental fish industry at village level:
Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy Dilip Wedaarachchi says a comprehensive program will be launched island wide at the village level
  President explains his decision to recall entire staff of Sri Lankan Embassy in Austria:
Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President confirming that he recalled the entire staff of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Austria including its Ambassador said he did so to 'send a message' to Sri Lanka's diplomatic core to stress the importance of fulfilling duties.
 Sri Lanka President says parliament should set the first example of efficiency :
Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Parliament must be an example of efficiency when the country is moving towards the development goals.
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 Media institutions ordered to hand over video footage of press briefing on assassination attempts to CID:
Sept 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday ordered four media institutions to provide the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) with the unedited video footage of the press conference on the assassination attempt on President Maithripala Sirisena and former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
 Sri Lanka reduces VAT on imported fabric to 5 percent:
Sept 17, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance and Mass Media Monday announced that the Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported fabric has been reduced to 5 percent.
  Central Bank clarifies erroneous report issued by Nomura Holdings on Sri Lanka's short term external debt :
Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank issuing a statement said a recent analysis by Nomura Holdings Inc has incorrectly reported that Sri Lanka's short term external debt is as high as US$ 160 billion but the actual figure is nowhere near the reported amount.
 Sri Lanka Navy rescues four local fishermen stranded at sea:
Sept 17, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday (16th) has rescued four local fishermen who were in distress after their fishing boat capsized in the southern sea 26 nautical miles off Kirinda fisheries harbor.
 Indian Minister Maneka Gandhi asks Sri Lankan President to release elephant chained for 67 Years :
Sept 17, Colombo: Union minister Maneka Gandhi has requested Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to take measures to release an elephant chained for 67 Years and send it to an elephant orphanage.
 Sri Lanka ranks high in human development among 189 countries:
Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka maintained its rank in the 'high human development category' at 76th place among 189 countries according to the Human Development Index (HDI) that tracks health, education and economic well-being of the nations.
  India grants Sri Lanka Rs. 300 million to set up 5000-metric ton cold storage in Dambulla to boost agriculture sector:
Sept 17, Colombo: India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday for construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse in Dambulla, Central Province. Indian grant assistance of Rs. 300 million will be utilized for this purpose.
  Over 700,000 affected by drought in Sri Lanka :
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center says that more than 700,000 people have been affected by the dry weather that has prevailed in 16 districts of the island and the government has taken many measures to provide relief to them.
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 World Bank commits US$ 200 million to elevate Sri Lanka's public health services:
Sept 16, Colombo: The World Bank has committed US$ 200 million to upgrade the standards of performance of Sri Lanka's public health system under the Second Health Sector Development Project for Sri Lanka.
  SriLankan Airlines flight to Canton delayed due to Typhoon Mangkhut:
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines announced that its flight UL880 from Colombo to Guangzhou (Canton) on 16th September will be delayed by an estimated 11 hours due to the closure of Guangzhou Airport on account of the approach of Typhoon Mangkhut.
 Sri Lanka Navy personnel accused of attacking Tamil Nadu fishermen:
Sept 16, Colombo: Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan navy of attacking them and damaging their equipment when they were fishing in the territorial waters of the island nation on Sunday.
  Island wide 'Information Week' to enlighten citizens on the Right to Information:
Sept 16, Colombo: The Government has focused its attention to declare the period from 21st to 28th September as the Information Week to make aware the public of using the right to information for the public welfare.
 'Voices of Peace' book launch to commence with discussions on peace and reconciliation :
Sept 16, Colombo: Weaving together the personal experiences and stories of combatants actively engaged on either side of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict, Sri Lankan researcher and author, Sarah Kabir will launch 'Voices of Peace' on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at 5.30pm at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute.
 Tensor signs distribution agreement for Sri Lanka:
Sept 16, Colombo: Tensor, a leading British smart card designer and manufacturer of terminals this week announced an agreement with HYnet Solution that will see Tensor products distributed across Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lankan diplomat arrested in Italy for human smuggling:
Sept 15, Colombo: Officers of the Malpensa Airport Border Police Bureau, Milan, Italy have arrested a Sri Lankan diplomat who attempted to illegally smuggle four individuals to Italy.
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  PM calls for report on alleged plot to assassinate President Sirisena and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa :
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to present him a copy of the investigation report on allegations levelled against Director of Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), DIG Nalaka Silva.
 CID has no plans to arrest the CDS, government says:
Sept 15, Colombo: Director General of Government Information Attorney-at-Law Sudarshana Gunawardhane while refuting media reports said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has had no plans to arrest the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne
 Kuwaiti couple sentenced to six months for assaulting Sri Lanka Customs officers:
Sept 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has sentenced a Kuwaiti man and a woman to jail for assaulting Sri Lanka Customs officers at main Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.
  Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka monitors projects in the Eastern province:
Sept 15, Colombo: In a special ceremony held on September 14, 2018, at Batticaloa District, High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu dedicated houses built under the Indian Housing Project in Batticaloa for possession by beneficiaries.
 Mambo to Colombo: Galle Face Hotel partners with Infini Concepts to launch King of the Mambo :
Sept 15, Colombo: The sultry sounds of South America will bring alive the swinging traditions of one of Asia's most iconic properties with the opening of 'King of the Mambo' at the Galle Face Hotel in October.
 Sri Lanka-India joint naval exercise ends on successful note in Trincomalee:
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy - Indian Navy Joint exercise, SLINEX-2018 held at Trincomalee from 07 -13 September 2018 concluded on a successful note in Trincomalee on Thursday, the Navy said.
 Ubiquity University partners with ESOFT to bring soft skills and competency-based education to Sri Lanka:
Sept 15, Colombo: ESOFT and Ubiquity University announced a partnership that will bring soft skills and competency-based education to high-school, undergraduate and post-graduate students across Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lankan embassy organizes Information seminar to promote Sri Lanka tourism in Russia :
Sept 15, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow, in partnership with Anex Tour, a leading tour operator in Russia, has organized an information seminar to promote tourism to Sri Lanka on 14 September 2018.
 President nominates Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe to Constitutional Council :
Sept 14, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has recommended Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe as his representative to the Constitutional Council.
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 First locally manufactured fire-fighting craft to control fires at sea launched:
Sept 14, Colombo: The first fire-fighting high speed craft produced in Sri Lanka to control the fires on boats and ships in the deep was launched at the Dikowita Fisheries Harbor under the State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi on Thursday (13).
  CID files case against former minister Ravi Karunanayake for providing false information:
Sept 14, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has filed a case with the Colombo Magistrate's Court against former Finance Minister MP Ravi Karunanayake.
 Sri Lanka President to submit new proposals to United Nations :
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, will announce a set of new proposals for consideration at the March 2019 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR).
 IOM trains Sri Lankan aircrew to identify, report human trafficking:
Sept 14, Colombo: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, is conducting a training of trainers for SriLankan Airlines aircrew on identifying and reporting trafficking in persons on board flights.
 Sri Lanka scholars assist to plan development of all sectors within the next 12 years:
Sept 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has sought the Ideas of intellectuals and scholars to plan long-term objectives in development of all sectors by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
 Qatar Chamber discusses enhancing trade ties with Sri Lanka:
Sept 14, Doha: Qatar Chamber held a meeting with a trade delegation from Sri Lanka led by Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Indrajit Coomaraswamy on Thursday.
 Sri Lanka's handicraft very popular with Indians :
Sept 13, Colombo: Despite India's renowned arts and craft traditions of millennia, Sri Lankan handicrafts are very much popular with Indians, according to the Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
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 Sri Lankan Police undergo Traffic Management Training in India:
Sept 13, Colombo: A team of Sri Lankan Police Officers is participating in a comprehensive training program on Road Safety and Traffic Management at the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) in Faridabad, India.
 Sri Lanka's BOI holds discussions with leading Singapore legal professionals and business delegation :
Sept 13, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka hosted a delegation of 25 members from the Singapore Business Federation and Law Society of Singapore.
 Navy recovers bodies of four missing fishermen of capsized vessel:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy personnel have been able to rescue one fisherman and recover the bodies of four fishermen after their trawler capsized in the deep sea off Galle in southern coast.
 President calls urgent Cabinet meeting today:
Sept 13, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has called an urgent Cabinet meeting for today, despite the absence of several top ministers including the Prime Minister, local media reported.
 President opens housing complex for middle-income public, private sector employees:
Sept 13, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday declared open a housing complex in a suburb of capital Colombo targeted for middle-income public, private sector employees who work in Colombo but cannot afford to reside in the capital city.
 Sri Lankan Coconut Product Exporters meet Australian Business Associations :
Sept 13, Colombo: The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Coconut Development Authority organized a well-attended Business Breakfast Meeting on 11 September 2018 in Melbourne
 Sri Lanka, Indonesia to launch a strategy to secure a fair portion of the European market:
Sept 12, Colombo: Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have focused attention on a joint program to secure the free navigation and peace in the Indian Ocean while strengthening the friendly ties between the two countries.
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 Sathosa to purchase big onions kilo at Rs. 80 from farmers :
Sept 12, Colombo: The Cost of Living Committee has advised the state-owned wholesale network Lanka Sathosa to purchased well-dried big onions from farmers at a price of Rs. 80 per kilogram.
 Bangladesh navy ship 'Somudra Joy' arrives in Sri Lanka's Port of Colombo:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a Bangladesh naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo today.
 Sri Lanka refunds VAT to attract more foreign tourists for shopping in capital Colombo:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tuesday (11) opened a special counter at the departure terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport to return the 15% VAT charged from foreign tourists for the goods purchased by them during their stay in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka not under 'threat' from US-China trade tensions, says PM:
Sept 12, Hanoi: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the country is not under 'threat' from growing China-U.S. trade tensions, as Chinese investments are not significant as Chinese loans.
 CID ready to question former Navy Commander upon his return to country:
Sept 12, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today informed the Fort Magistrate Court that the Chief of Defense Staff, former Navy Commander Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne is expected to be interrogated soon after his return to Sri Lanka.
  Ex-President, hopeful of fighting the term limit, says his brother is a contender, not his son for president in 2019:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa says his son parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa will not be old enough to contest for president at the presidential elections next year.
  Japan grants US$ 1.25 million for demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka:
Sept 12, Colombo: The Government of Japan has decided to extend a grant assistance of nearly US$ 1.25 million (Rs. 1.94 billion) to expedite Sri Lankan government 's humanitarian demining efforts in the war-battered North with the aim of transforming Sri Lanka into a land mine free country.
  Sri Lanka Embassy in Seoul with Nation's Trust Bank launches program to enhance skill levels of Sri Lankan Employees :
Sept 12, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Seoul and the Nations Trust Bank jointly conducted a series of five workshops on entrepreneurial education targeting Sri Lankan employees in the Republic of Korea, in Cheonan, Gimhae, Gimpo, Ulsan and Ansan regions from 11 to 19 August 2018.
  Sri Lanka, Viet Nam Premiers affirm to strengthen relations in all spheres :
Sept 11, Colombo: Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc says that steps should be taken not only to strengthen state relations between Sri Lanka and Vietnam, but also to strengthen relations between the political parties in the Parliaments, and between the people of the two countries.
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 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 90 illegal immigrants on Reunion Island bound trawler :
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Navy Tuesday thwarting an illegal migration attempt arrested 90 Sri Lankan immigrants travelling in a trawler bound for the Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
 Sri Lankan government rejects allegations of settling foreign families in the country as unfounded:
Sept 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today denied that any foreign nationals or families have been settled in any part of the country as some media reports have alleged.
  Sri Lanka Central Bank releases 'Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka - 2018':
Sept 11, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka today announced the release of the 2018 publication of "Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka" for public access.
 UK urges Sri Lanka to prioritize and implement UN resolutions before March:
Sept 11, Geneva: The United Kingdom, delivering a statement on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, urged the Sri Lankan government to prioritize and drive to implement the UN resolutions, the before the next Council session in March next year.
 Sri Lanka should not cut social spending to dismantle debt trap - UN expert :
Sept 11, Colombo: Human rights must be at the center of measures by Sri Lanka to promote economic growth that would include everyone, a UN expert said.
 Sri Lanka Navy nabs three with 118 kg of Kerala cannabis:
Sept 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan navy has arrested three persons transporting a stock of Kerala cannabis in the territorial waters of the island on Sunday.
 Fuel prices to go up from today:
Sept 11, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance announced that the fuel prices will be revised by the Official Committee on Formula based retail prices of Auto Fuel according to the "Fuel Pricing Formula" from midnight Monday (10).
 Sri Lankan President wants to immediately halt importing food crops that can be grown locally:
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the attention of the authorities should be drawn to implement an appropriate process to immediately halt the import of the food crops which could cultivate in the country.
 New UN Human Rights Chief expects Sri Lanka to provide answers to the families of the disappeared quickly:
Sept 11, Geneva: Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on Sri Lanka on Monday to expedite the work of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) and to provide answers to the families of the disappeared quickly.
 Sri Lanka opens special counter for VAT refund to tourists at BIA :
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka has introduced a procedure for re-payment of 15% VAT to the foreign tourists on their departure, for the goods purchased by them during their stay in Sri Lanka which will be implemented with effect from Tuesday (11).
 SriLankan Catering posts Rs. 3.9 billion net profit:
Sept 11, Colombo: SriLankan Catering Ltd. has recorded a steady financial performance for the financial year ended 31st March 2018 with a 26% year-on-year growth in operating profits from Rs. 3.03 billion to Rs. 3.81 billion.
 Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others indicted, released on bail:
Sept 10, Colombo: The three-judge bench of the Special High Court granted bail and released the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the 6 others, who were charged over misappropriating government funds to build the D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum.
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 Establishment of second Special High Court gazetted:
Sept 10, Colombo: The gazette for the establishment of the second Special High Court for trials of bribery and corruption and highly complex financial crimes has been published on Friday (07).
 CID to question former Navy Commander over abetting suspect to escape:
Sept 10, Colombo: Former Navy Commander Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been ordered to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today to record a statement over the allegation that he helped an absconding suspect to flee the country.
 Malaria spreading mosquito species found in Sri Lanka:
Sept 10, Colombo: Despite the Sri Lankan government's best efforts to prevent the return of malaria after Sri Lanka was certified by the World Health Organization as Malaria free, a new malaria spreading mosquito species has been found in the in the south-central region of the island.
 Sri Lanka's Colombo Port tops Alphaliner global container port rankings:
Sept 10, Colombo: The Port of Colombo is ranked as world's number one container growth port among the top 30 container ports for the first half of 2018.
 Sri Lanka wins Asian Netball Championship after 9 years:
Sept 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka outplayed Singapore 69-50 on Sunday (Sept 9) in the final of the M1 Asian Netball Championship at the OCBC Arena, Singapore to win their first Asian title since 2009.
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