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  'We need to act before we extinguish ourselves'- Chandrika Kumaratunga

Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says the developed countries as well as developing countries need to make a commitment to protect the environment and build inclusive societies to achieve a secure and sustainable world.

"We cannot have sustainable development without protecting the environment," former Sri Lankan leader said at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2019.

 National fund to be established to ensure protection of children:
Feb 20, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena says a National Fund will be established within the next two weeks to take action towards ensuring the protection of the children.

 Lifetime ban for fishing boat skippers engaged in human smuggling:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have taken a decision today (20) to impose a lifetime suspension on the licenses of skippers of fishing vessels engaged in human smuggling and other maritime illegal activities.

 Sri Lanka President appoints interim authority to rehabilitate drug addicts:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps to appoint an interim board to rehabilitate drug addicts until a permanent authority is established.

  'We need to act before we extinguish ourselves'- Chandrika Kumaratunga:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says the developed countries as well as developing countries need to make a commitment to protect the environment and build inclusive societies to achieve a secure and sustainable world.

 Sri Lanka to launch its first satellite in April:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will launch its first ever satellite into space in April marking its entry into the global space age, officials from Sri Lanka's Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education said on Wednesday.

 India awards prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships to 150 students across Sri Lanka:
Feb 20, Colombo: India has awarded prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships for 2017-18 to 150 GCE Advanced Level school students from all 25 districts across Sri Lanka.

 Carbon dating report of Mannar mass grave bone samples presented to court:
Feb 20, Colombo: Reports of the radiocarbon dating tests conducted on five bone samples have been presented to the Mannar Magistrate Court today (20).

 Five new BOI projects to start in Jaffna:
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, the Board of Investment has made a significant impact in developing local economies, by implementing the Government's objective to promote regional industrialization.

 CID to question OIC of Southern Province Special Crime Investigating Unit over the abduction of two businessmen:
Feb 20, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police will interrogate the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Special Crime Investigating Unit of Southern Province in connection with the disappearance of two businessmen in Ratgama, Galle.

 Issuing e-Health cards to public starting tomorrow from Kalutara District :
Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has taken steps to issue an electronic health card which includes a personal health record with an individual identification number to each of the 21 million Sri Lankan citizens by the year 2020.

 Reducing Gender Gap Boosts Sri Lankan Economy, Says World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region:
Feb 20, Colombo: The World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer concluded his three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Friday with a commitment to work with public and private sectors to create the space for women to access work and remain at work.

 Japan's Odakyu Group exclusively partners TAD Group for Rs. 4.5 bn investment in Sri Lanka:
Feb 20, Colombo: The Odakyu Group, one of the largest conglomerates operating in a multitude of mandates in Transport, Real Estate and Retail in Japan, together with its consortium partners Stasia Capital and UDS, is no stranger to grand ventures.

 Brunch by the Ocean - King of the Mambo at Galle Face Hotel opens for Sunday brunch with live music:
Feb 20, Colombo: When it comes to luxuriously indulgent weekends, nothing delivers quite like a Sunday brunch does. Galle Face Hotel's King of the Mambo is elevating Colombo's favorite Sunday pastime

 Registration of chainsaw machines from tomorrow:
Feb 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Defense announced that the registration of chainsaw machines will commence from tomorrow (20th February).
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 ADB approves $ 50 mn loan to Sri Lanka's RDB to provide credit to small rural enterprises :
Feb 19, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $50 million loan to the state-owned Regional Development Bank (RDB) of Sri Lanka to provide affordable and accessible credit to rural micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, a statement said.

  Indian Coast Guard apprehends 25 Sri Lankan fishermen:
Feb 19, Colombo: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has apprehended 25 Sri Lankan fishermen and their boats for illegally fishing in Indian waters, according to a Times of India report.

 Passenger and cargo ferry service to be commenced between Southern India and Northern Sri Lanka:
Feb 19, Colombo: Preliminary measures are being taken to commence a passenger and cargo ferry service between Kankesanthurai and Talaimannar in northern Sri Lanka and South India.

  Milk Powder is not an issue for political platform - Health Minister:
Feb 19, Colombo: Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, requested the politicians screaming on stage to reveal the measures taken by them against the multinational companies.

 Sri Lanka's leading apparel exporter Brandix goes 'live' with Centric PLM solution:
Feb 19, Colombo: Brandix, a leading apparel exporter in Sri Lanka, has successfully implemented Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution, a press release said.

 Pakistan offers numerous scholarship opportunities for Sri Lankan students:
Feb 19, Colombo: High Commissioner of Pakistan, Major General (Retd.) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, called on Minister for City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Hon. Rauff Hakeem, at the ministry premises on February 18, 2019.

  Minister Ranjan Ramanayake says list of 24 MPs using drugs handed over to Speaker :
Feb 19, Colombo: State Minister of Highways and Road Development, Ranjan Ramanayake Monday said he had handed over the information on 24 ministers and parliamentarians, who are using narcotics including cocaine, to the Speaker and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

 France supports Sri Lanka's fisheries sector to cut post-harvest losses :
Feb 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's fisheries sector, which provides employment for about 600 000 people - nearly 10% of the total labor force and a quarter of agricultural sector's employees, forms an essential pillar to the country's food security

 Speaker to table the committee report on disorderly conduct in parliament on Friday:
Feb 19, Colombo: Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will table the report of the special Parliamentary Committee that investigated into the unruly incidents in the Chamber on November 14, 15 and 16 on Friday.

 Sri Lanka Navy, PNB arrest three people at sea with 20 kg of Kerala Cannabis :
Feb 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy personnel together with the assistance of Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) have arrested three people in Puttalam sea with 20 kilograms of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja).

 Fitch downgrades SLT, CEB & DSi, upgrades Lion's Brewery on Sri Lanka National Rating Scale Revision:
Feb 19, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has taken rating action on non-financial corporates following the recalibration of its Sri Lankan National Rating scale to reflect changes in the relative creditworthiness among the country's issuers following the downgrade of the sovereign rating to 'B' from 'B+' on 3 December 2018.
 President emphasizes uplifting underprivileged in urban areas under the Gramashakthi Movement in future:
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena pointing out the need to uplift the lives of the underprivileged people in the urban areas emphasized the importance of expanding the Gramashakthi People's Movement project to urban areas in future.
 IOM conducts user training workshop for National Police Commission on new Public Complaint Management System :
Feb 18, Colombo: Under the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund Project, the IOM is providing technical assistance to the National Police Commission (NPC) to develop and operationalize a Public Complaint Management System (PCMS).
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 Education Ministry to take action against spreading false rumors regarding Suraksha Insurance:
Feb 18, Colombo: The media unit of the Ministry of Education has issued a statement in response to the baseless allegations by some groups regarding the Surakshsa insurance policy for students.
  Indian national dies at Sri Lanka's international airport:
Feb 18, Colombo: An Indian national has died at Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport after falling at the departure terminal.
  Update: Bus Driver arrested for the fatal accident in Marawila :
Feb 18, Colombo: The driver of the bus that had crashed into a transformer near the Mahawewa Junction in Marawila killing three people and injuring several others, has been arrested in connection to the accident.
 Police inspector arrested in connection with the disappearance of two businessmen in Boossa:
Feb 18, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested Inspector of Police Pasquel Handi Nishantha de Silva of the Special Investigating Unit of Southern Province over the disappearance of two of businessmen in Ratnaudagama, Boossa.
 Kalametiya Fishery Harbor to be developed as a 'Smart Fishery Harbor' :
Feb 18, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi has said that steps have been taken to develop Kalametiya Fishery Harbor in Hambantota district as the first Smart Fishery Harbor in Sri Lanka.
 ICC clears Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya to resume bowling in international cricket:
Feb 18, Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that following remedial work and reassessment, the bowling action of Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been found to be legal and he can resume bowling in international cricket.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister directs authorities for speedier resettlement of Jaffna Muslim IDPs :
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed authorities in Resettlement Ministry and Divisional Secretariat to make arrangements to speed the resettlement process of displaced Muslim families of Jaffna.
  Indian Customs arrests two Sri Lankan women at Mumbai airport using a minor to smuggle gold:
Feb 18, Mumbai: Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai Customs on Sunday arrested two Sri Lankan women and a minor boy for allegedly trying to smuggle 11 kilograms of gold worth Rs 3.31 crore from Singapore by concealing it in the boy's jacket, Mumbai Mirror reported.
 ARD Aluminium signs agreement with BOI to build manufacturing facility in Mirigama EPZ :
Feb 18, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed an Agreement with ARD Aluminium (Pvt) Ltd to set up a factory at Mirigama Economic Processing Zone (EPZ) to manufacture aluminium food containers with lids and aluminium foil wrap for food.
 Complaint lodged at police to probe alleged cocaine users in cabinet :
Feb 18, Colombo: The Truth Seekers Organization (TSO) has lodged a complaint at the Police Headquarters that an investigation should be carried out based on the claims of Cabinet Ministers using cocaine.
 Gramashakthi People's Movement Western Province Steering Committee meeting today:
Feb 18, Colombo: The Western Province Steering Committee meeting of Gramashakthi People's Movement, conducted by the President's office under the direction of the President Task Force on poverty alleviation will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today in Henegama, Gampaha.
 Four killed, 19 injured in passenger bus collision with a transformer:
Feb 18, Colombo: Four persons were killed and 19 others were injured when a private bus plying form Vavuniya to Colombo veered off the road and crashed into a transformer at Mahawewa junction in Marawila around 4:30 am Monday (18), Marawila Police said.
 Sri Lanka's Dialog records Rs. 7.5 billion Net Profit for FY 2018, Rs. 30.6 billion Invested in Broadband Infrastructure:
Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premier telecommunications service provider, Dialog Axiata PLC Friday announced its consolidated financial results for the financial year ended 31st December 2018.
  MV Beijing Bridge makes maiden call at Port of Colombo:
Feb 18, Colombo: MV Beijing Bridge under its AGI Service made the maiden call at the Port of Colombo's Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) controlled Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) on last week.
  Sri Lankan President calls to form a national movement to form a new government this year:
Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said that bringing forth a new national movement to form a new government and a new set of programs for the betterment of the country is the main responsibility of all those who love the country.
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 Sri Lanka's Prime Minister reiterates pledge to protect Buddhism:
Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reiterating his pledge to protect Buddhism said certain individuals abuse Buddhism for their narrow political objectives and a true Buddhist cannot do that.
 Maximum retail price for rice from 1st April:
Feb 17, Colombo: The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to set a maximum retail price for Nadu and Samba rice with effect from the 1st of April, Minister of Agriculture P. Harrison announced today.
 Decision on PC polls next week, Minister says :
Feb 17, Colombo: Minister of Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella says that the decision regarding the provincial council elections will be taken next week.
 Sri Lanka Navy's Sayurala takes part in multi-nation naval exercise AMAN-19 in Pakistan:
Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), SLNS Sayurala left the country from the Port of Colombo on 2nd February to take part in AMAN 2019, the biennial multi-national naval exercise hosted by the Pakistan Navy.
 Sysco's CAKE Guest Manager seats 200 million guests:
Feb 17, Colombo: CAKE Guest Manager, the reservation, waitlist and table management solution by Sysco's restaurant technology platform, reached a significant milestone in December with more than 200 million guests seated.
 EC says Sri Lanka lacks proper frameworks in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist funding:
Feb 17, Colombo: The European Commission Wednesday listed Sri Lanka among 23 countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks.
 Sri Lanka to promote economic relations with Iran's Yazd province:
Feb 17, Yazd: Sri Lankan Ambassador to Iran Mohammad Sharif Anis has said on Saturday that promoting economic relations between Sri Lanka and Yazd province of Iran will benefit both countries, state's official IRNA reported.
 Sri Lanka Navy, STF thwart illegal migration attempts, arrest 38 suspects:
Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy in coordination with the Police Special Task Force (STF) has carried out several joint operations in several regions in the island on 14th and 15th February and arrested 38 suspects who were attempting to illegally migrate via sea route.
 17 youths arrested with drugs on pilgrimage to Sri Pada:
Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police during a special operation conducted yesterday (16) have arrested 17 youths, who were engaged in a pilgrimage to the sacred Sri Pada mountain with drugs in their possession.
 Free postal facility allowance for MPs, PC members increased:
Feb 17, Colombo: Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs M. H. A. Haleem has issued an Extraordinary gazette notification increasing annual free postal facility allowance for Members of the Parliament and for Provincial Council members.
  Whale watching in Mirissa earns Wildlife Department Rs. 30 million in 12 days:
Feb 16, Colombo: Whale watching in Mirissa has earned over Rs. 30 million within the first 12 days of this month and earns Rs 300,000 per day, the Mirissa Wildlife office said.
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 Sri Lanka PM says both North and South should be developed equally:
Feb 16, Mullaitivu: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the North should not be a backyard of South and his intention is to develop all areas of the country, equally. He said that economic strength should be given to both the North and South.
  IMF team arrives in Sri Lanka to review postponed loan disbursement:
Feb 16, Colombo: A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived in Colombo yesterday to discuss the granting of the 5th tranche of the US$ 1.5 billion fund facility to Sri Lanka.
 Japanese grant aid provides advisory services for improving oil spill management capabilities of Sri Lanka Coast Guard:
Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Coast Guard successfully completed an oil spill incident management training program for the Coast Guard personnel conducted under the Japanese grant aid as a collaborative training between Japanese Coast Guard and the Sri Lankan Coast Guard (SLCG).
  Japan assures Sri Lanka continued support for coastal and maritime security:
Feb 16, Colombo: Kentaro Sonoura, MP and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan yesterday assured his country's support to Sri Lanka for strengthening coastal and maritime security.
 Sri Lanka leaders praise cricket Test win against South Africa:
Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took to the Twitter to praise the Sri Lanka Cricket team for their remarkable victory in the first Test match against South Africa in Durban today.
 World Bank commends the progress of Sri Lanka poverty alleviation programs:
Feb 16, Colombo: The World Bank has commended the progress achieved in the programs launched by Sri Lanka to alleviate poverty among rural masses.
  Iranian Navy fleet docks in Sri Lanka's Colombo Port:
Feb 16, Colombo: The 60th naval fleet of Iran's Navy, currently sailing through international waters seeking to expand its naval presence, docked at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port on Friday.
 Sri Lanka and EU advance on Sustainable Consumption and Production commitments:
Feb 16, Colombo: The successful partnership between Sri Lanka and the European Union (EU) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) continued with a Multistakeholder Consultation in Colombo organized by the EU's SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility.
 Carbon dating report of Mannar mass grave bone samples in court on Wednesday:
Feb 16, Colombo: The results of radiocarbon dating tests conducted on five of the six bone samples from the mass grave in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka sent to a laboratory in the U.S was received on late Friday (15), Dr. Saminda Rajapaksha, Mannar Judicial Medical Officer and the Chief Investigating officer said.
 Sri Lanka's manufacturing, services expand moderately in January 2019:
Feb 16, Colombo: According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank, both manufacturing and service sectors continued expand moderately in January 2019.
 Central Bank closely monitoring operations of The Finance Company:
Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank on Friday said it will be closely monitoring the operations of The Finance Company PLC (TFC), a Finance Company licensed under the Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011 (FBA) severely impacted by the failure of a number of financial institutions within the group in 2008.
 No fraudulent activity in awarding tender for Kerawalapitiya LNG power plant to a Chinese company - Ministry:
Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development today said there has not been any fraudulent activity in awarding the tender for the construction of the 300 megawatt Combined-Cycle LNG power plant in Kerawalapitiya to a Chinese company.
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 Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice made mandatory for food suppliers :
Feb 15, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority of Sri Lanka has made Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Certification mandatory for food suppliers including hotels from next month.
 Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry declared open:
Feb 15, Matara: The Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Affairs Ministry was declared open today (15) jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera.
 Sri Lanka PM reiterates call for reconciliation for the country to move forward:
Feb 15, Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that it is not worthwhile to open old wounds of the past and act out of hatred for one another and called on the country to seek reconciliation by speaking the truth and forgive each other for the past.
 Sri Lankan leaders condemn terror attack on Indian police:
Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan political leaders in unison have condemned the Pulwama terror attack which killed 46 police troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.
  British Council partners with Government of Sri Lanka on career guidance in schools:
Feb 15, Colombo: The British Council of Sri Lanka announced this week that it continues to strengthen its longstanding partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka in education and skills development.
 U.S. Coast Guard trainU.S. Coast Guard trains Sri Lankan port officialss Sri Lankan port officials:
Feb 15, Colombo: From February 11 through 13, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) conducted port security capacity building at the Port of Colombo with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials.
 Woman drug dealer critically injured in shooting:
Feb 15, Colombo: A woman has sustained critical injuries in a shooting incident Thursday night in Melwatte area in Kotahena and has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital.
 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan visits Sri Lanka:
Feb 15, Colombo: Kentaro Sonoura, M. P. and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, will be visiting Sri Lanka from 15 to 16 February 2019, the Embassy of Japan in Colombo announced today.
 'So Sri Lanka' wins the 'Best Decorated International Pavilion' at the 26th PTAA Travel and Tour Expo 2019 in Manila :
Feb 15, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) for the second consecutive year participated at the 26th Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) Travel and Tour Expo 2019.
 Kankasanthurai harbor will be turned into a vibrant economic hub - PM:
Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Kankasanthurai harbor in the Northern Province will be developed in to a commercial harbor and a vibrant economic hub would be created around the port.
 Sri Lanka has made great progress in its development journey - World Bank:
Feb 15, Colombo: A top World Bank official says Sri Lanka has achieved exceptional growth momentum in the development drive and with the right reforms, the country can soon become an upper middle-income country.
 Hutch, BOI sign supplementary agreement with $115 mn investment:
Feb 15, Colombo: The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed a Supplementary Agreement with Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd on February 11, 2019.
 EU agrees to work with Sri Lanka closely on human rights, reconciliation, reiterates opposition to death penalty:
Feb 15, Brussels: The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka at their Joint Commission on Thursday in Brussels have agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation while committed to work jointly during next two years to foster rural development, democratic governance, investments and economic growth.
 Sri Lanka to host COP18 CITES Conference in Colombo from 23 May - 3 June 2019:
Feb 15, Colombo: Preparations are underway for Sri Lanka to host the 18th Session of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference in 2019 from 23rd May to 3rd June in Colombo.
  Bribery commission records statement from Minister Ravi Karunanayake on bond scam :
Feb 15, Colombo: Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Power & energy and Business Development Thursday visited the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption to give a statement regarding the Central Bank Bond scam.
 Sri Lanka President emphasizes strictly enforcing law against drug smuggling and environmental damage:
Feb 14, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the law must be properly enforced against the persons who are engaged in drug smuggling and environmental damage irrespective of their status and positions in the society.
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 Sri Lankan Government writes off loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts:
Feb 14, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka will write off nearly Rs. 1.4 billion in capital and interest of loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts whose capital cost is less than Rs 100,000.
 Sri Lanka PM instructs to expedite development of Jaffna:
Feb 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United National Front-led government will focus special attention on the development of Jaffna, capital city of Northern Province.
  Poverty in Sri Lanka continues to decline in line with strong economic growth despite challenges- World Bank:
Feb 14, Colombo: The latest edition of the World Bank's Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU) highlights that poverty in the country continues to decline in line with strong economic growth despite finding the island in a challenging macroeconomic landscape.
 Top U.S. commander says necessary to sustain engagement with Sri Lanka, particularly the navy:
Feb 14, Washington: A top U.S. military commander for Asia on Tuesday said it is necessary to sustain engagement with Sri Lanka, particularly the navy despite the political turmoil in the Indian Ocean island nation.
 U.S. Embassy inaugurates school construction projects in Eastern Sri Lanka:
Feb 14, Colombo: Building educational opportunities for the children of the Eastern Province, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) renovated two schools in Nintavur and Soodaikkudah.
 ICJ deeply concerned by President Sirisena's resolve to resume executions in Sri Lanka:
Feb 14, Colombo: The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) expressing deep concern, has called on Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, to retract his recent pronouncement that executions would resume in the country
  A two day Dengue control field program to commence today:
Feb 14, Colombo: A two day dengue control field program will take place in high risk areas in selected districts today and tomorrow (14th and 15th) with the intention of preventing a possible dengue outbreak, Health Ministry spokesman said.
 Sri Lankans illegally sailed to Réunion Island to return today :
Feb 14, Colombo: Seventy out of 72 Sri Lankans who illegally sailed to French Réunion Island on a fishing trawler from Chilaw, are to be returned to Sri Lanka this morning on a special French plane under the custody of French Authorities, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.
 President appoints a Committee to present solutions for issues related to tea industry :
Feb 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a Special Committee to present solutions after studying the short and long term issues related to the tea industry, including the wage issue of the estate workers.
  Dialog and LECO to launch Sri Lanka's first IoT based smart-grid solution to support prepaid electricity metering:
Feb 14, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) and the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy announced the deployment of an innovative Internet of Things (IoT) enabled smart-grid solution
 ADB, Sri Lankan universities sign agreements to foster science and technology in Sri Lanka's higher education:
Feb 14, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and four Sri Lankan universities Wednesday signed project agreements totaling $145 million under the ADB-funded Science and Technology Human Resources Development Project to foster science and technology in Sri Lanka's higher education.
 OHCHR delegation discusses UN Human Rights Commissioner's Report with Minister Sagala Ratnayake:
Feb 13, Colombo: A high-profile delegation from the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today held a meeting with Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka on a wide range of matters including Sri Lanka's progress on UNHRC resolutions.
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  Modern education fit for the 21st century should be introduced to the country - PM:
Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a 20th century education cannot face the challenges of the 21st century and a modern education system fit the fit for the 21st century should be established in the country.
 CID uncovers connection between DIG Nalaka, Singer Amal and underworld leader Madush:
Feb 13, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has informed the court today that popular singer Amal Perera had connections with former DIG Nalaka de Silva, who has been arrested over the plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
  New laws to prevent using fishing boats for human smuggling:
Feb 13, Colombo: A special discussion was held with the State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi on Wednesday (February 13) regarding the problems faced by multi-day trawler owners due to the use of fishing boats for human smuggling.
 Pakistan President confers military honor upon Sri Lanka's Chief of Defense Staff :
Feb 13, Islamabad: Pakistan's President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday conferred Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon Chief of Defense Staff of Sri Lankan Armed Forces Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratne in a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Associate Press of Pakistan reported.
 Foreign Affairs Ministry opens its second regional consular office In Matara:
Feb 13, Colombo: As a part of the initiatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take its consular services to the people, without having to travel to Colombo, the formal opening of the second Regional Consular Office in Matara will take place on Friday, 15 February 2019 at 10.30 a.m., a Ministry release said.
  World Bank VP arrives in Sri Lanka to support country's reform plans:
Feb 13, Colombo: The World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer arrived today on his first visit to Sri Lanka to gain a better understanding of the country's development priorities and how the Bank can continue to support its critical reform agenda.
 Sri Lanka's pioneering SME Digital Platform takes off:
Feb 13, Colombo: Backed by a Singaporean firm's generous grant of a powerful database software, Sri Lanka began work on the first national digital databank of its SMEs and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
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