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  Sri Lanka pledges to ‘build back better’ from the current crisis

Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, said Sri Lanka pledges to exploit the crisis that is at hand, build back better, leaving no one behind and rise to new horizons of freedom and progress.

Delivering the country statement at the General Debate of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday, Minister Sabry called for the international community’s cooperation and support as the island nation embarks on political, social and economic reforms.

 Police battle with robbers to recover hijacked petrol bowser:
Sept 25, Colombo: After a great effort, Kandy police arrested two robbers who tried to hijack a fuel bowser early this morning after blocking the road and attacking the driver and his assistant and recovered the bowser.

 Paddy Marketing Board buys over 570 MT of paddy crop from Vavuniya farmers:
Sept 25, Colombo: The Paddy Marketing Board has purchased 571,961 kilograms of paddy harvest this year from the farmers of Vavuniya district and paddy purchases are still ongoing.

 Value Added Special Rice Flour Production Project launched:
Sept 25, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture, Mahinda Amaraweera Saturday launched the Value Added Special Rice Flour Production Project jointly implemented by the National Food Promotion Board with the Gannoruwa Food Research Unit of the Department of Agriculture.

 GCE A/L students to be awarded scholarships from the President’s Fund:
Sept 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued instructions to resume the program of awarding scholarships through the President’s Fund to students who have passed the G.C.E O/L examination and qualified to follow the G.C.E A/L.

 President lto eave on official visit to Japan and Philippines:
Sept 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to leave the island early tomorrow morning (26) on an official visit to Japan and the Philippines, the President’s Media Division said.

 Sri Lanka Customs nabs Buddhist monk attempting to smuggle illegal items worth over Rs.30 million :
Sept 25, Colombo: A team of Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested a Buddhist monk who was attempting to illegally bring goods worth Rs. 31.4 million yesterday evening at the Customs premises of the Katunayake airport arrival terminal.

 Aeroflot to resume services to Sri Lanka from the 9th October:
Sept 25, Colombo: Russia’s leading carrier Aeroflot Airlines will resume operations to Colombo, Sri Lanka from October 9th after suspending services to Colombo for over six months.

 Sri Lanka pledges to ‘build back better’ from the current crisis:
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, said Sri Lanka pledges to exploit the crisis that is at hand, build back better, leaving no one behind and rise to new horizons of freedom and progress.

 President to leave for Japan tonight to attend former Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s funeral:
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to leave for Japan tonight (25) for a three-day official visit.

 First solar-powered boat service in the country commences:
Sept 25, Colombo: As a solution to the daily traffic jams in Colombo city, an eco-friendly boat service from Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana and Aggona Heenatikumbura to Wellawatta with solar-powered passenger boats was started last Friday (23).

 President participates in the Esala Maha Perahera traditional rituals at the Walukarama Maha Viharaya:
Sept 24, Colombo: The performance of traditional rituals of the annual Esala Maha Perahera at the Walukarama Maha Viharaya, Kollupitiya and offering of flowers to the sacred dagaba of the Padmakara which was brought from Myanmar was held with the participation of President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (23) afternoon.
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  Two suspects arrested for removing batteries from telephone towers and selling them:
Sept 24, Colombo: The Kotadeniya Police have managed to arrest two suspects who were engaged in a racket of removing and selling batteries from telephone towers worth more than 30 million rupees.

 16 students arrested for setting fire to Ravana Falls forest reserve:
Sept 24, Colombo: The Ella Police said 16 school students were arrested on suspicion of setting fire to the Ella Ravana Falls Forest Reserve this evening (24th).

 Chinese Foreign Minister affirms continued support to Sri Lanka to overcome temporary difficulties:
Sept 24, Colombo: China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Friday met with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Ali Sabry on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

 Bar Association expresses concerns over declaration of high security zones:
Sept 24, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) today expressed deep concerns over the declaration of certain areas in Colombo District as High Security Zones under the Official Secrets Act.

 Sri Lanka calls for global South and North cooperation to overcome contemporary challenges:
Sept 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry says the Global North and South should cooperate to overcome the contemporary challenges.

  UK to provide £3 million urgent food and farming support to Sri Lanka:
Sept 24, Colombo: UK Minister of State for the Middle East, South Asia, and the UN, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon Friday announced that the UK is providing urgent food and farming support to Sri Lankans hit hardest by the economic crisis.

 Police fire tear gas, water cannons at protest march, 84 arrested:
Sept 24, Colombo: The police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a protest march that was moving from Lipton Roundabout towards Maradana along Deans Road.

 New tender to buy coal on a long-term credit basis:
Sept 24, Colombo: Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said Lanka Coal Company will publish a new International Open Competitive Tender that will allow any suitable supplier that has the ability to provide Coal on a long term credit basis.

  Agriculture Minister concerned over the future of the poultry industry :
Sept 24, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation, Mahinda Amaraweera has expressed concern over the future of the poultry industry in the country as the economic crisis is severely affecting the production of chicken and eggs.

 One person killed, another injured in shooting at Ahungalla:
Sept 24, Colombo: A person traveling in a three-wheeler and the driver were shot at near Bogahapitiya Bridge, Ahungalla and the passenger has died after being admitted to the Balapitiya Hospital, the Police said.

 Three arrested for stealing rice and chilies worth over Rs. 1 million from a store:
Sept 24, Colombo: The police on Friday have arrested three suspects who had broken into a store located at Grandpass Majeed Place and stolen a stock of rice and dry chilies worth over Rs. 1 million.

 China donates consignment of medicine worth Rs. 650 million to Sri Lanka:
Sept 24, Colombo: The stock of essential medicines and medical equipment worth about 650 million rupees donated by China to Sri Lanka has arrived in the island last night.

 Several High Security Zones declared in Colombo:
Sept 23, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe, as the Minister of Defense has declared several strategic locations in the capital Colombo and administrative capital Sri Jayewardenepura area as high Security zones.
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 Sri Lanka Navy nabs two suspects with Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 46 million in Norochcholai:
Sept 23, Colombo: During a special operation conducted in Ilanthadiya area of Norochcholai today Sri Lanka Navy has arrested two suspects with over 155 kilograms of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs 46 million.
  President writes to Chief Prelates regarding electricity tariff revisions:
Sept 23, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has expressed his gratitude to the Venerable Maha Sangha for their contribution on conserving electricity at religious shrines and the precedent it sets for society.
 Supreme Court grants leave to hear the petition against the presidential pardon to the convicted in the Royal Park Murder :
Sept 23, Colombo The Supreme Court today granted permission to hear a fundamental rights petition filed requesting to annul the decision by the former President Maithripala Sirisena to grant amnesty to the convict of Royal Park murder, Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha.
 India assures further assistance to Sri Lanka and to expedite joint development projects:
Sept 23, Colombo: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held detailed discussions with Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay on economic ties and cooperation between the two countries and ways and means of expediting the proposed joint projects.
 President pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II:
Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his condolences to the Royal family and the people of Great Britain over the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II while participating in the vote of condolence moved in the Parliament today (23) on her demise.
  Lanka Sathosa decides to reduce the price of essential consumer goods provided to the public:
Sept 23, Colombo: Lanka Sathosa, the only state-owned supermarket chain that contributes to the national mission of eradicating the poverty of the Sri Lankan people, has decided to reduce the prices of 5 essential consumer goods with the aim of providing relief to the consumers.
  Sri Lanka Standards Institution supports SMEs and entrepreneurs with workshops, training sessions:
Sept 23, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) is the national body for Standards formulation and regulating SLS certification.
 Hemas Hospitals reiterates strict safety adherence on Patient Safety Day 2022:
Sept 23, Colombo: Marking an important day for healthcare and medical safety, Hemas Hospitals commemorated Patient Safety Day 2022 on September 17, 2022. This year, the theme for Patient Safety Day is ‘Medication Safety’.
 ComBank once again the highest-ranked bank in LMD 100:
Sept 23, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has once again been confirmed the highest-ranked bank in the latest edition of the ‘LMD 100’ and is the only bank among the Top 10 companies on this prestigious list widely considered Sri Lanka’s version of the Fortune 500.
  Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice approves 11 (Amendment) Bills to be presented in Parliament for the second reading :
Sept 23, Colombo: Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice chaired by Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Thursday approved 11 Bills and considered four annual reports.
 Members of Parliament nominated to the ‘National Council’ :
Sept 23, Colombo: The Speaker announced to the Parliament on Friday the list of members of Parliament who have been nominated for the ‘National Council’, which was established as per the proposal of the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, consisting of members representing Parliament from the respective political parties.
 U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome Cindy McCain to visit Sri Lanka September 25 - 28:
Sept 23, Colombo: United States Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome Ambassador Cindy McCain will visit Sri Lanka from September 25-28 to highlight U.S. food assistance programs in Sri Lanka and reinforce the U.S. commitment and lasting partnership with the island nation.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 12 persons attempting to illegally migrate from the country:
Sept 23, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has foiled an illegal migration attempt and arrested 12 individuals during a special operation conducted in the beach area of Oluthuduwai, Mannar on Thursday night (22).
 Practical program to be implemented soon to minimize crop damage by wild animals :
Sept 23, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera said that a practical program will be implemented within a short period of time to prevent crop damage caused by animals such as peacocks and monkeys.
  ComBank presented prestigious dual awards by Asiamoney:
Sept 23, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon recorded a noteworthy feat on the international stage this week receiving two coveted international awards from Asiamoney for the third consecutive year.
  Cabinet approval granted to import glyphosate for agricultural purposes:
Sept 23, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to import the herbicide glyphosate for agricultural purposes for six months.
 Foreign Minister Ali Sabry meets U.S. President:
Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry who is attending the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York has met the President of the United States Joe Biden and the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
 Nearly 90 percent of last year’s income from Railways paid as OT - Transport Minister:
Sept 23, Colombo: Transport and Highways Minister Bandula Gunawardena said in Parliament yesterday (22) that out of the Rs. 2.6 billion revenue of the Railway Department last year, Rs. 2.3 billion have been paid as overtime pay for employees.
  Sri Lanka Tourism embarks on a series of Road Shows in India:
Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism will continue to expand its bilateral and cultural ties with its Indian counterparts by venturing into a series of Road Shows in key Indian cities from 26th -30th September 2022.
 Foreign ambassadors assure support to recover Sri Lanka from the economic crisis:
Sept 23, Colombo: The foreign ambassadors to Sri Lanka have assured President Ranil Wickremesinghe their support to get the assistance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to recover the island nation from the worst economic crisis in its history.
 Court bans travel for seven people who defrauded money in a pyramid scheme :
Sept 22, Colombo: Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela imposed a travel ban on seven leaders of a company called ‘Sport Chain Society Sri Lanka’ who allegedly defrauded over Rs. 8 billion from a group of people who invested money in a pyramid scheme.
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 Consideration of proposals to give about half of the 1,250 Ceypetco filling stations to the private sector commenced:
Sept 22, Colombo: The Ministry of Power and Energy says that a part of the 1,250 filling stations owned by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) is expected to be handed over to private companies by next November.
 Committee on High Posts approves appointment of Rodney Perera as Ambassador to Japan:
Sept 22, Colombo: Secretary-General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake said that the appointment of three secretaries to Ministries and an ambassador was approved by the Committee on High Posts of Parliament recently (20).
 Children are the most affected by the current economic crisis - new Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus for Children :
Sept 22, Colombo: Parliamentarian Rohini Kaviratne, the new Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus for Children said children, are the most affected due to the current economic crisis.
 PM advises to convene all District Coordinating Committees to take necessary steps for food production and development :
Sept 22, Colombo: The Prime Minister and the Minister of State Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Dinesh Gunawardena has instructed the members of Parliament who have been newly appointed as District Coordination Committee Chairmen to summon all the District Coordination Committees on food production and development activities within the next week.
  Colombo Dockyard delivers ‘MISJE VITA’ Eco Bulk Carrier built for Misje Eco Bulk AS, Norway:
Sept 22, Colombo: Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) On 21st September 2022 delivered “Misje Vita”, 5000DWT EcoBulk Carrier built for Misje Eco Bulk AS, Norway (Misje).
 Food Security Program Unit established for poor families to receive assistance - President’s Office :
Sept 22, Colombo: The President’s Office today said on the special instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, a Food Security Program Unit has been established at the President’s Office for poverty-stricken families to receive assistance under the World Food Programme (WFP).
 President visits the Colombo International Book Fair:
Sept 22, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that a special book exhibition including books and documents of rare and historical value that have been taken from Sri Lanka to foreign countries, is expected to be organized in conjunction with the 75th Independence Commemoration.
 US charity ‘Americares’ donates US$ 773,000 worth Medicines and Medical Supplies to Sri Lanka:
Sept 22, Colombo: Americares, a U.S. based health-focused relief and development organization has donated more than US$ 773,000 (an estimated 279,476,100.28 LKR) urgently needed medicine and medical supplies for the people of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington, D.C. said.
 Cabinet is yet to be apprised of the agreement with the IMF, President has informed the Speaker:
Sept 22, Colombo: Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena told the Parliament today that President Ranil Wickramasinghe informed him that the Cabinet will be informed about the Staff-Level Agreement reached by the Government of Sri Lanka with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before the final decision.
 DIMO in partnership with University of Ruhuna develops Agricultural Machinery Training and Research Hub:
Sept 22, Colombo: DIMO, a leading diversified conglomerate in Sri Lanka, entered into a partnership with the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Ruhuna (FAUR) through its agriculture arm DIMO Agribusinesses, to develop an agricultural machinery training and a research hub in Sri Lanka.
 Government nabs169 online tobacco, alcohol promoters in the first eight months of the year:
Sept 22, Colombo: State Minister for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that 169 arrests have been made in the first eight months of the fiscal year related to promoting the use of cigarettes and alcohol through the Internet.
 Launch investigation on excise tax leakage during Yahapalana regime, Eran tells the President and Government:
Sept 22, Colombo: Samagi Jana Balawegaya parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne warned the new President and the government not to get caught up in corruption, theft and irregularities and said that if they get caught up in them, the country will never be able to be rebuilt.
  Supreme Court allows filing of objections to petition filed against glyphosate ban:
Sept 21, Colombo: The Supreme Court Wednesday, granted time to the Attorney General to file limited objections related to the fundamental rights petition filed seeking to annul the government’s decision to remove the ban imposed on glyphosate herbicides.
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 Minister of Fisheries assures to provide the necessary fuel to the fishery community:
Sept 21, Colombo: The Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Douglas Devananda, said today (21) in the Parliament that necessary steps have been taken to provide the fuel required for the fishing industry quickly and arrangements have been made to provide fuel to the fishermen on a daily basis.
 Malaysia ready to recruit 10,000 Sri Lankan workers:
Sept 21, Colombo: Malaysian Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan has said that the Malaysian government has agreed to hire 10,000 workers from Sri Lanka.
  SLFP removes six MPs from party posts for accepting ministerial posts:
Sept 21, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today announced that the parliamentarians of the party who have accepted ministerial positions in the current government have been removed from all party positions they held.
  Missing university student’s body found in Mahaweli River:
Sept 21, Colombo: The body of the fourth-year Peradeniya University student named Anjana Kulatunga, who went missing on the 16th, was recovered from the Mahaweli River this afternoon (21).
 Senior Japanese Parliamentarian on a fact-finding mission to help Sri Lanka:
Sept 21, Colombo: Senior Japanese Parliamentarian Martsusuta Shinpei of Liberal Democratic party met Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today (20) at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss cooperation between the two countries and areas of possible future cooperation.
 HNB signs on as the exclusive banking partner for 2022 with NCE:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, Hatton National Bank PLC has once again joined hands with the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) as the exclusive banking partner for the year 2022-2023.
 Hemas launches Group Environmental Agenda 2030:
Sept 21, Colombo: With the firm belief that a responsible Sri Lankan corporate must care for and protect what is uniquely Sri Lankan, Hemas Holdings PLC launched their Group Environmental Agenda 2030 ‘Haritha Mehewara’
 Sri Lanka receives consignment of rice from Australia for those affected by the crisis:
Sept 21, Colombo: The first consignment of rice donated to Sri Lanka by Australia through the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations arrived in the island and will soon be distributed to those most affected by the ongoing economic crisis, the WFP in Sri Lanka said.
 Sri Lankan President meets the Secretary General of the Commonwealth:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe met Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland KC on September 20, during his visit to the United Kingdom (UK) to attend the State Funeral Service of the Late Queen Elizabeth II.
  Sri Lanka national inflation soars to 70.2 percent in August 2022:
Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in August 2022 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 70.2 percent from 66.7 percent recorded in July 2022 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Wednesday.
 Ports and shipping Minister instructs to expand the role of institutions falling under the Ministry :
Sept 21, Colombo: The Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva gave instructions to the relevant officials yesterday (20), in Parliament, to expand the operations of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and other institutions under the ministry to increase efficiency.
 Supply of urea fertilizer required for the Maha season to Northern and North central provinces expedited :
Sept 21, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera instructed the officials of the Ministry yesterday (20) to take steps to promptly send the urea fertilizer needed for the Maha season to Ampara, Batticaloa, Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, and Monaragala districts, which have finished paddy cultivation in the Yala season.
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