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  Sri Lankan President urges all countries in trouble to join hands in finding solutions

Feb 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe urged all the nations in the world which are undergoing difficulties to be united in seeking solutions.

Addressing the African Envoys meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (03), President Wickremesinghe explained the new phase of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy, adding that Sri Lanka and Africa have been there for each other during times of trouble.

 Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (331) arrives in Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo:
Feb 03, Colombo: Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (331) arrived at the Port of Colombo on an official visit this morning (03rd February 2023). The visiting ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions.

 Adjournment Debate on the Government Policy Statement to be held on the 9th and 10th :
Feb 03, Colombo: The President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Statement of Government Policy which is scheduled to be presented at the opening session of parliament on the 08th will be taken up for debate on the 9th and the 10th.
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 Court bans protests that interfere with National Independence Day event at Galle Face :
Feb 03, Colombo: A court order has been issued prohibiting the protests scheduled to be held in Colombo tomorrow (04) in protest of the 75th National Independence Day celebrations.

 Two members of Public Utility Commission resign:
Feb 03, Colombo: Two members of the utility regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has resigned from their posts today.

 Supreme Court rejects HRC’s request to order uninterrupted power supply during GCE A/L exam:
Feb 03, Colombo: The Supreme Court has decided to reject the request made by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to issue an interim order to the respondents including the Ceylon Electricity Board to prevent power cuts during the period of the GCE Advanced Level examination.

 U.S. reaffirms continued support to Sri Lanka, looks forward to working together for mutual goals:
Feb 03, Colombo: The United States reaffirming its continued support to Sri Lanka said it looks forward to working together toward mutual goals and partnership for many more years.

  PSC focuses on the need to digitalize public and private institutions in promoting investments :
Feb 03, Colombo: The Parliament Select Committee (PSC) to study the practical problems and difficulties that have arisen in relation to enhancing the rank in the Ease of Doing Business Index in Sri Lanka and make its proposals and recommendations recently discussed the need to digitalize public and private institutions

 Sri Lankan President urges all countries in trouble to join hands in finding solutions:
Feb 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe urged all the nations in the world which are undergoing difficulties to be united in seeking solutions.

 Prestigious Sri Lankabhimanya Award bestowed on Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya :
Feb 03, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has bestowed the title Sri Lankabhimanya, Sri Lanka’s highest national award on Former Speaker and renowned politician Karu Jayasuriya in recognition of the services rendered to the country by him..

  US President extends warm wishes to Sri Lanka on its 75th Anniversary of Independence:
Feb 03, Colombo: US President Joseph R. Biden, in a warmly worded letter of felicitation, conveyed his best wishes to President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the people of Sri Lanka on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Sri Lankan Independence.

 Sri Lanka President invites expat community to contribute to the development of the country:
Feb 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe in a message to mark the 75th Independence Day invited the expatriate Sri Lankan community to contribute to the development of the country and secure a bright future for the younger generation.

 Commonwealth Secretary-General meets with Leader of the House in Parliament:
Feb 03, Colombo: The delegation led by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland KC met with Dr. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Education and Leader of the House of Parliament yesterday (Feb. 02) in Parliament.

  Former Archbishop of Colombo Most Reverend Oswald Gomis called to eternal rest:
Feb 03, Colombo: Former Archbishop of Colombo, Most Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis was called to eternal rest this morning (03 February).

 Missing millionaire businessman’s body found in swimming pool, car found in Negombo:
Feb 03, Colombo: The body of a millionaire businessman, who was missing for three days was found floating in the swimming pool of his three-storied house in Pelawatta yesterday evening and his car was found in a house in Negombo area.

 Prime Minister instructs to rename Slave Island as Kompagngna Veediya:
Feb 03, Colombo: The Secretary to the Prime Minister has instructed to issue a gazette notification renaming the area which has been known as Slave Island in English until now, as Kompagngna Veediya in the three main languages used in the country.

  China asks US to “actually do something” to help Sri Lanka:
Feb 03, Colombo: Following a comment made by the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland’s during her visit to Sri Lanka, China said US should show some sincerity and actually do something to help the island nation.

 Indian minister V. Muraleedharan to attend Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations in Colombo:
Feb 03, Colombo: India’s Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan will be representing India at Sri Lanka’s 75th Independence day celebrations on Saturday.

 Hayleys Advantis supports mangrove regeneration:
Feb 03, Colombo: Hayleys Advantis, the transportation and logistics arm of the Hayleys Group, recently donated a pre-fabricated research laboratory in support of the scientists involved in the accelerated natural regeneration of mangroves at Anawilundawa.

 ComBank rewards young artists with Rs 3 million in prizes at 3rd ‘Arunalu Siththam’ Awards:
Feb 03, Colombo: Some of Sri Lanka’s most talented child artists and their parents recently attended the Commercial Bank of Ceylon’s highly-anticipated awards ceremony felicitating the winners of the ‘Arunalu Siththam Art Competition 2022’ which received more than 11,000 drawings and paintings from students across the country.

 Central Bank of Sri Lanka issues a Coin to mark the 75th Independence anniversary:
Feb 02, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issued an uncirculated commemorative coin in the denomination of Rupees 1000 to mark the 75th Independence Day Celebration in the country, which falls on 04the February 2023.
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 President calls on Chief Prelates of the Malwathu-Asgiri Chapters :
Feb 02, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe called on the Chief Prelates of the Malwatu and Asgiri Chapters today (02) and received their blessings.

  Special commemorative stamp, coin issued to mark the 75th Independence Anniversary presented to the President:
Feb 02, Colombo: The commemorative stamp issued by the Philatelic Bureau and the special commemorative coin issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on the occasion of the 75th National Independence Day, was presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning (02) at the Presidential Palace in Kandy.

 Over 100 acres under security forces custody in the North to be handed over to original owners:
Feb 02, Colombo: Nearly 109 acres of land in North Valikamam in Jaffna, which was under the custody of security forces during the civil war, will be released and handed over to 197 families on February 03, 2023, President’s Media Division said.

  Seventeen new envoys to Sri Lanka present credentials to the President:
Feb 02, Colombo: Eleven newly appointed Ambassadors and six High Commissioners to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Ranil Wickremesinghe this afternoon (02) at the Presidential Palace in Kandy.

 Three STF buses collide with each other injuring nine soldiers :
Feb 02, Colombo: Three buses carrying soldiers from Katukurunda Special Task Force Training School for the Independence Day rehearsals at Galle Face grounds collided with each other this morning (02) injuring nine soldiers, the Police said.
 Report to the President to prevent further importation of rubber as raw material:
Feb 02, Colombo: Minister of State for Finance Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the facts uncovered by the committee appointed to investigate the excessive import of rubber as a raw material will be submitted to President Ranil Wickramasinghe for appropriate action.
 HIP handles three cruise ships in January:
Feb 02, Colombo: Cruise ships Artania, Coral Geographer, and The World visited Hambantota International Port (HIP) in January 2023.
 Circular issued about curtailing expenditure at government institutions:
Feb 02, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance has issued a circular to cut the recurrent provisions allocated in the budget for the year 2023 by 6 percent.
  New French Ambassador agrees to support training of Sri Lankan police officers:
Feb 01, Colombo:The new Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, Jean-François Pactet today (01) called on the Minister of Public Security, Tiran Alles at the Ministry.
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 Power cuts not allowed till completion of GCE A-level - PUCSL:
Feb 01, Colombo: Utility regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) says that no permission will be given for any kind of power cut until the conclusion of GCE Advanced Level Examination on February 17.
  Wasantha Mudalige released on bail from three more cases:
Feb 01, Colombo: Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage today ordered that the convener of the Inter-University Students’ Federation, Wasantha Mudalige, be released on bail in three more cases against him.
 Petrol prices increased from midnight today :
Feb 01, Colombo: The state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has decided to increase price of petrol with effect from midnight Wednesday (Feb 01).
 Election monitor establishes Special Election Complaints Unit for LG election:
Feb 01, Colombo: The local election monitor, People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) has established a Special Election Complaints Unit for the Local Government (LG) Election.
 Sri Lanka concludes its 4th Cycle Universal Periodic Review :
Feb 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the fourth time on Wednesday, 1 February 2023, during its 42nd Session in Geneva.
 SLT-MOBITEL powers ‘Nidahas Papedi Sawariya 2023’ to mark the nation’s 75th year of Independence:
Feb 01, Colombo: In commemoration of Sri Lanka’s 75th year of National Independence, SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider is powering the Nidahas Papedi Sawariya 2023.
 Building the economy should be our priority, President emphasizes:
Feb 01, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that building the collapsed economy should be the priority as political freedom is of no use if the economic freedom of the country is lost.
 U.S. Government expresses support for Sri Lanka’s on-going recovery efforts:
Feb 01, Colombo: U.S. Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, expressed her Government’s support for the on-going recovery efforts in the country.
  IUSF convener Wasantha Mudalige who was remanded under the PTA released:
Feb 01, Colombo: Wasantha Mudalige, the convener of the Inter-University Student federation, who has been remanded under the Prevention of Terrorism Act was acquitted of the charges filed under the PTA and released yesterday (Jan 31).
  U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland calls on Sri Lankan President:
Feb 01, Colombo: The United States Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, has called on President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo this morning.
  Sri Lanka’s trade deficit records the lowest in December 2022 as exports record highest ever:
Feb 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s merchandise trade deficit recorded the lowest in 2022 in December, as earnings from exports recording the highest ever while expenditure on imports declined significantly in 2022, compared to 2021, the Central Bank reported in its External Sector Performance review for the month on Tuesday.
 President asks for a report on the parties against importing eggs:
Feb 01, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed Trade Minister Naleen Fernando to give a complete report to the Cabinet next week on the parties that do not give approval to import eggs.
 Sri Lanka’s human rights record to be examined by Universal Periodic Review for the 4th time:
Feb 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the fourth time on Wednesday, 1 February 2023, during its 42nd Session to be held in Geneva.
 Sri Lanka records $ 13 billion revenue from merchandise exports in 2022:
Feb 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka has managed to earn US$ 13 billion from merchandise exports in 2022, the Sri Lanka Exports Development Board (EDB) said in its performance report for the month of December 2022.
 Sri Lanka’s Colombo-based inflation eases to 54.2 percent in January 2023:
Feb 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) declined to 54.2 percent in January 2023 from 57.2 percent in December 2022, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Tuesday.
 Courses aimed at foreign employment commenced at the Provincial Council level:
Jan 31, Colombo: The pilot project of starting nursing courses aimed at foreign employment at the Provincial Council level was started recently by the North Central Provincial Council.
  Sri Lanka Navy ship SLNS Samudura leaves for Pakistan to take part in multi-nation naval exercise:
Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Samudura left for Pakistan Tuesday (31) to take part in this year’s multi-nation Naval Exercise ‘AMAN’ in Pakistan.
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  Three people involved in kidney trafficking further remanded :
Jan 31, Colombo: Colombo Magistrate’s Court further remanded a broker who was arrested in connection with the alleged kidney racket in a private hospital in Borella area and the two Grama Niladhari officials who supported the broker.
  Minister instructs to open additional visa counters for incoming tourists:
Jan 31, Colombo: The Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva has given orders to Airport officials to take steps to open additional windows at the airports for the speedy issuance of visas due to the increase in the number of tourists arriving in the country with the start of the tourist season.
  Government allocates Rs. 16 billion to purchase organic fertilizer for Maha season:
Jan 31, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said the government has allocated 16 billion rupees for the purchase of organic fertilizers for the 2022/23 Maha season.
 No decision has been taken to shut down any government institution - PM:
Jan 31, Colombo: In a Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has assured the trade union representatives that no decision has been taken to shut down any government institution.
 Prime Minister calls on the stakeholders to take innovative steps to boost tourism industry:
Jan 31, Colombo: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said the tourism industry is the one that can give strongest help to Sri Lankan economy and called on the stakeholders to take innovative steps for its growth. He said tourism can generate the vital foreign exchange to the country.
  Discussion on World Bank assistance program emphasizes the need to urgently implement preliminary measures:
Jan 31, Colombo: Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayake led a follow-up discussion on “Major Economic Reforms – World Bank’s Preliminary Actions” at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (31).
  Sri Lanka President issues orders to further curtail government expenditure:
Jan 31, Colombo: In a note to the Cabinet, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies, stated that the Government revenue at present is far below the monthly expenditure for the month of January 2023.
  Water Management Secretariat agrees to release more water for power generation:
Jan 31, Colombo: The Water Management Secretariat has consented to a request made by the Public Utilities Commission to release more water from reservoirs for power generation.
 JKH records EBITDA growth of 9% to Rs.10.41 billion in Q3:
Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerate John Keells Holdings PLC showed strong growth in EBITDA in the third quarter of 2022/2023 compared to the same quarter of the previous year, on the back of a continued recovery momentum.
 DFCC Bank and Citizens Development Business Finance PLC enter into strategic partnership :
Jan 31, Colombo: DFCC Bank PLC, one of Sri Lanka’s most trusted banks and a leader in inward remittances, has partnered with Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) one of the top four largest non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) in Sri Lanka, to promote convenient access to inward remittances.
 Human Rights Commission files contempt case over power cuts during GCE A/L exam:
Jan 30, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has filed a Contempt of Court case before the Supreme Court against the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy, the Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), and the Chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) over the provision of uninterrupted electricity during the GCE A/L exam period.
 President discusses future activities of the Sinhala Cultural Institute:
Jan 30, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Mr Vidura Wickramanayake to prepare and submit a Cabinet memorandum for the upcoming activities of the Sinhala Cultural Institute.
  International Debit Card and ComBank Digital free for ComBank FC account holders:
Jan 30, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced attractive new benefits for holders of foreign currency accounts with immediate effect.
 INSEE Cement to provide cement at concessionary rates for military personnel:
Jan 30, Colombo: INSEE Cement Sri Lanka signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Defiance and entered into an agreement today (Jan 30) at the Defiance Ministry to provide cement bags under a concessionary price to the Tri Service personnel.
 Two arrested for videoing the area around Parliament:
Jan 30, Colombo: Thalangama Police say two people who were filming around the Parliament have been arrested.
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  Government takes action to remove chairman of the Public Utility Commission:
Jan 30, Colombo: Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said the charge sheet related to the removal of the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has been prepared and all the representatives of the ruling party in the Parliament have expressed their agreement.
 Support from Japan to clean Beira Lake:
Jan 29, Colombo: A Japanese company has agreed to the government to clean and beautify the Colombo Beira Lake for free.
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 Support from Japan to clean Beira Lake:
Jan 29, Colombo: A Japanese company has agreed to the government to clean and beautify the Colombo Beira Lake for free.
 Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Sri Lanka:
Jan 29, Colombo: Former Secretary General of the United Nations and Chairman of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on February 06, President’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena said.
 Foreign Minister Ali Sabry concludes official visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry undertook an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 22 to 27 January 2023 on the invitation extended by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
 Another member of the National Election Commission receives death threats :
Jan 28, Colombo: National Election Commission member MM Mohammed has also received death threats to resign from his post.
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 Sri Lanka President warns of falling into crisis again if government programs disrupted:
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe warns that the country slowly recovering from the economic crisis will fall into a crisis again similar to the situation last year, if the economic and agricultural programs implemented by the government and the debt restructuring program according to the IMF are disrupted.
 Government to release 100 acres of lands in the North to the original owners :
Jan 28, Colombo: Chief of the Presidential Staff, Senior Security Adviser to the President Sagala Ratnayake has instructed the district secretaries to hand over 100 acres of land identified as private land belonging to the Tamil people that have been used by the security forces in the north, to the original owners with no impact to the national security.
 Power regulator rejects a request from the Ceylon Electricity Board for power interruption:
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s electricity regulator, the Public Utilities Commission has rejected a request by the power supplier Ceylon Electricity Board to curtail electricity supply by managing the demand.
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