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Study recommends integrating top SME institutions into an apex body, SME Industrial Zone
Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 03:06 GMT
Oct 23, Colombo: The first ever nation-wide study on Sri Lanka's SMEs has recommend integrating the three top national SME institutions under one roof into an apex SME Advisory Commission.
Sri Lankan President takes a jab at the leadership of the coalition party
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 17:28 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said the United National Party, the coalition party of his government was formed as a strong political party by the great characters who led the party and wished the party would be led by such great leaders again.
Sri Lanka's New Chief Justice pledges to protect independence of judiciary
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 17:16 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new Chief Justice Nalin Perera said today that he will take all the measures to ensure the independence of the judiciary and the public trust in the system.
'Galle Dialogue' international maritime conference gets underway in Sri Lanka
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 16:33 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: The ninth annual International Maritime Conference 'Galle Dialogue 2018' organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the patronage of the Ministry of Defense, commenced in capital Colombo on Monday with the participation of representatives from 50 countries.
President donates Rs. one million to student Gihan Hettiarachchi who made a rocket
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 16:06 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena made a financial donation of Rs. one million to student Gihan Hettiarachchi of Gampaha Bandaranaike College, who made a rocket that can travel up to 20 kilometers, for his future innovation works, at the Presidential Secretariat, today (22).
Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 0.9 percent in September 2018
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 15:54 GMT
Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in September 2018 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 0.9 percent from 2.5 percent recorded in August 2018 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Monday.
Sri Lanka introduces Business to Consumer direct transaction under E-commerce
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 15:33 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance and Mass Media said as envisaged in the Budget-2018 by the Minister Mangala Samaraweera, it has established a regulatory framework enabling the Sri Lankan companies to initiate Business to Consumer (BZC) direct E-Commerce transactions with overseas customers.
Sri Lanka Ministry of Finance justifies divestiture of Hyatt and Hilton Hotels
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 15:09 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Finance and Mass Media today said the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to divest Hilton and Hyatt hotels, which are non-strategic holdings of the Government and called for private investors to complete the construction of the Hyatt Hotel and the improvement of the Hilton Hotel.
Sri Lankan government allows private sector to maintain bonded warehouse for imported goods clearance
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 14:48 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: The government has decided to grant permission to the private sector for operating warehouse facilities for the clearance of goods imported from less than a container or the LCL Cargo imported to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka hosts investment forum in London to attract FDI into the Western Region Megapolis Master Plan
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 14:26 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom along with the British High Commission in Colombo facilitated an investment promotion event under the auspices of the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka on 18 October 2018 at the High Commission premises.
Human Rights Watch urges Sri Lanka to amend the Counterterrorism Bill
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 13:52 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: A global human rights organization today urged Sri Lanka to amend the new draft Counter Terrorism Act of 2018 (CTA) that was presented to Parliament by the government to replace the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Police Special Task Force for Colombo prisons also from today
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 06:29 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel will be deployed to inspect the visitors to prisons in Colombo from today, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms Bandula Jayasinghe said.
Measures to eliminate competition in Grade 5 Scholarship Exam
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 06:14 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that steps will be taken to change the methodology of holding the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination to eliminate the competition, as the exam has become extremely competitive and imposes undue pressure on the children.
'Meena Gaya' derails again today after colliding with an elephant
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 05:48 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: Batticaloa bound 'Meena Gaya' intercity train has collided with a wild elephant again this morning (22) and derailed, the Welikanda Police said.
Dialog and Ericsson partner with Ministry of Digital Infrastructure to establish 5G Innovation Center
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 04:09 GMT
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC in partnership with Ericsson, world leader in communications technology and services, along with the Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish Sri Lanka's first state-of-the-art 5G Innovation Center.
Sri Lanka to recall commander of peacekeeping contingent in Mali
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 17:49 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's military said that it will recall its commander leading a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in Mali even though it does not agree with the U.N. request alleging the officer of human rights violations.
Train services on upcountry line restored after derailment
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 17:11 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: Train services on the upcountry line have been restored to normal after the service was suspended due to a derailment of a service train early Sunday morning.
Sri Lanka Police in special operation arrest 3,560 people for various crimes
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 16:10 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: A special five-hour police operation launched early Sunday morning covering all police divisions across the island has made 3,560 arrests for various violations of law, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
Sri Lanka seeks waiver for Iranian oil imports
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 15:25 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka, which is dependent on Iranian light crude, has sought advice from India over its strategy on purchasing oil from the country in the light of tightening US sanctions during bilateral talks, according to a Mehr News Agency report.
Indonesian Naval Ship arrives at Sri Lanka's Colombo port on a goodwill mission
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 15:07 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Usman Harun arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on Saturday (20).
India to support strengthening Sri Lanka police, crime control
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 14:28 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: India's Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh meeting with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that India will support strengthening of Sri Lanka police to control crime.
Two more elephants killed in collisions with trains, another one injured
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 06:04 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: Two elephants have been killed and another elephant was critically injured in two separate collisions with trains.
Education Modernization Project to commence on Monday
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 04:38 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: The World Bank-funded Education Modernization Project will commence on Monday (22) under the patronage of Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.
Sri Lankan Government to release 79 acres of land in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to original owners
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 03:37 GMT
Forces during the period of conflict in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to the original owners of those lands.
U.S. ad agency J. Walter Thompson to get Rs. 314 mn contract to promote Sri Lanka as a tourist destination
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 03:25 GMT
Oct 21, Colombo: The Cabinet has previously granted approval to implement a wide advertising program to promote Sri Lanka as an attractive tourist destination.
Premier Modi expresses disappointment in the delay in implementing Indian projects in Sri Lanka
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 18:07 GMT
Oct 20, New Delhi: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing regret and disappointment over the delay of implementing family development projects agreed under the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between India and Sri Lanka has requested the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to take steps to expedite the projects.
Sri Lanka mulls restrictions on fruit imports in future
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 16:48 GMT
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says that a proposal has been made not to allow imports of fruits in the future without prior consultation of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Scout movement should move forward with new technology and knowledge - President
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 16:09 GMT
Oct 20, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena says, the policies and objectives of the Scout movement founded by Lord Baden-Powell was prepared according to the economic, social and cultural features of the then society and amendments should be made to in par with the modern world
No director boards of any bank has been dissolved - Minister
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 15:42 GMT
Oct 20, Colombo: The Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy City Development Lakshman Kiriella said the powers to dissolve the Board of Directors in any bank is vested with the Minister and director board of any bank has been dissolved.
Sri Lankan leaders condole loss of lives in Indian rail tragedy
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 14:51 GMT
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe today expressed condolences over the loss of lives in the deadly train accident in Amritsar, punjab that killed at least 59 people and injured scores yesterday.
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