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Southern Expressway extension from Matara to Hambanthota to open for public in August
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 18:26 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: The extension of Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambanthota is scheduled to be vested with public by next August, a Road Development Authority official said.
Chairman of Sanasa Bank at Wigoda, Gampaha arrested for misappropriating over Rs. 750 million of funds
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 17:34 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: The Chairman of Sanasa Bank at Wigoda in Gampaha has been arrested on suspicion of misappropriating over Rs. 750 million from the funds of the microfinance institution.
Foundation laid for 2,126th model village named after cricket legend Kumara Sangakkara
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 16:39 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: The Deputy Leader of the United National Party and Minister of Housing and Construction, Sajith Premadasa today laid the foundation for the construction of the 2,126th model village "Sadaa Loka Poojitha Kumar Sangakkara Gama" under the Uda Gammana program.
Sports Minister clarifies that he has no involvement in team selections
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 16:02 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Sports Harin Fernando stressed that unlike his predecessors he does not get involved in team selections and he only approves the selections made by the official selectors, who have been appointed for the purpose.
Area for leopard sightseeing at Kumana National Park closed off for tourists after worker killed
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 15:18 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: The Wildlife Conservation Department has decided to close off the area at the Kumana National Park demarcated for leopard sightings for tourists after a maintenance worker of the park was killed and another was injured by a leopard yesterday.
Comprehensive probe into giving wrong bodies to families at Kalutara Hospital
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 14:52 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has ordered to conduct a comprehensive investigation regarding the release of bodies to wrong families by the Kalutara General Hospital.
PNB recovers over 3 kg of heroin in a garage near Southern expressway entrance
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 06:51 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officials during a raid have found 3.6 kilograms of heroin in a garage near the Kurundugahahethekma Entrance of the Southern expressway last night.
Solar Industries Association seeks immediate approval for small solar power projects to end power crisis
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 05:19 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: As a long term solution to the ongoing power crisis, the Solar Industries Association of Sri Lanka has suggested the government to immediately grant approval to already applied ground-based solar power projects generating less than 5 MW of electricity.
US Navy ships USNS Millinocket and USS Spruance arrive in Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port for CARAT exercise
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 04:38 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: United State Navy ships USNS Millinocket and USS Spruance arrived at Sri Lanka's Hambanthota Port on Thursday to kick off the 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series on April 19.
Two female deminers injured in landmine explosion in northern Sri Lanka
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 03:58 GMT
Apr 19, Colombo: Two female deminers belonging to a non-governmental organization have been injured in a mine explosion on Thursday in Muhamalai, Kilinochchi area in Sri Lanka's North.
Granting job appointments on father-son basis to be increased at CEB
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 18:27 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: Minister of Power and Energy, and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake says that granting employment at the Ceylon Electricity Board on father-son basis will be increased from current 10 percent up to 12.5 percent.
Sri Lanka government plans to increase local job opportunities in tourism industry up to 600,000
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 17:31 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government hopes to increase the number of employment opportunities in the tourism industry to 600,000. The Government also intends to increase the daily expenditure of tourists to US$ 210 by the year 2020.
Sri Lanka improves in press freedom climbing 5 notches in World Press Freedom Index
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 16:39 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: According to a leading survey, Sri Lanka showed significant improvement in press freedom this year ranking 5 notches higher than last year in the World Press Freedom Index 2019.
Dubai court to decide deporting underworld leader Makandure Madush to Sri Lanka on May 02
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 15:54 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: A Dubai court has said that a judgement on whether to deport notorious Sri Lankan underworld leader Makandure Madush to Sri Lanka will be given on 2nd of May.
Sri Lanka Supreme Court orders eight state institutions to provide disabled access
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 15:04 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today (18) ordered government institutions to provide facilities enabling disabled persons to access state facilities easily.
Sri Lanka Cricket announces squad for World Cup 2019
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 14:19 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the Sri Lanka ODI squad for ICC World Cup 2019 today.
U.S. Ambassador inaugurates school construction projects in Sri Lanka's East
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 13:59 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz today inaugurated two renovated schools in the Eastern Province that will be able to serve approximately 1300 students thanks to the renovation, an increase of more than 850.
Sri Lanka Finance Minister meets UN Secretary-General in New York
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 07:19 GMT
nio Guterres on 16 April.
Sri Lanka's NDB Bank gets new Chairman
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 06:59 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's National Development Bank Plc listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange announced that its Board of Directors has appointed a new chairman following the retirement of Chairman Ananda Wijetilaka Atukorala.
Sri Lanka exports reach over $ 1 billion for the second consecutive month
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 06:38 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's earnings from merchandise exports In January 2019, surpassed US$ 1 billion for the second consecutive month, according to the External Sector Performance report released by the Central Bank Wednesday.
Two more suspects deported from Dubai arrives at BIA
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 04:45 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: Another two suspects, who were arrested in Dubai along with the underworld leader Makandure Madush, arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake early this morning after they were deported from Dubai last night.
Sri Lanka's first satellite 'Raavana-1' launched
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 03:53 GMT
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's first satellite 'Raavana-1' was launched into space Thursday, marking Sri Lanka's entry into the global space age.
Nuwara Eliya new hospital will be opened soon - Health Minister
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 17:55 GMT
Apr 17, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that the new general hospital in Nuwara Eliya will be opened soon.
Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau brings back 26 harassed housemaids from Kuwait
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 17:27 GMT
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Employment Bureau has facilitated the return of 26 female domestic workers from Kuwait to the island, the Bureau said.
Sri Lanka trade deficit continues to reduce in January 2019 reflecting the effect of policy measures
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 16:08 GMT
Apr 17, Colombo: The year-on-year deficit continuing its improving trend observed in recent months narrowed significantly in January 2019, the Central Bank said today in its External Sector Performance review for the month.
Dimuth Karunratne to lead Sri Lanka during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 15:27 GMT
Apr 17, Colombo: Ending days of speculation, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced today that National Selectors have appointed Dimuth Karunaratne as the ODI Captain of the Sri Lankan team.
AMCHAM hosts business breakfast on 'Opening Sri Lanka to the World'
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 14:49 GMT
Apr 17, Colombo: The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Sri Lanka recently hosted the second in its "Breakfast Buzz" series with the aim of bringing together policymakers and private sector stakeholders for greater collaboration and understanding in their shared effort to expand the Sri Lankan economy.
Sri Lanka introduces measures to tackle challenges in sustainable and equitable development
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 14:21 GMT
Apr 17, New York: Sri Lanka having identified a number of ongoing challenges in sustainable and equitable development, has introduced measures to address these identified challenges, many of which directly relate to the SDGs, Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.
U.S. and Sri Lankan film professionals identify ways to expand Sri Lankan movie industry
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 13:24 GMT
Apr 17, Colombo: The United State Embassy in Colombo said today that U.S. experts had joined four Sri Lankan film professionals in a panel discussion about how effective film distribution benefits Sri Lanka's movie industry, artists, and audiences on recently at Hatch, a workplace for entrepreneurs.
UK to support Sri Lanka on power generation utilizing waste
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 06:59 GMT
Apr 17, Colombo: The British Government has expressed its willingness to introduce a mechanism to generate electricity using discarded material as a solution to the future power crisis, the Ministry of Power and Energy, and Business Development said.
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