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Sri Lanka Customs nab four attempting to smuggle gold worth Rs. 2.1 million
Mon, Aug 21, 2017, 07:15 GMT
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake last night have arrested four individuals including an Indian national who were attempting to smuggle out gold bars worth over Rs 2.1 million.
Landless Elpitiya residents to receive title deeds on minister's birthday today
Mon, Aug 21, 2017, 07:01 GMT
Aug 21, Colombo: The inauguration ceremony of the national program to hand over title deeds for the people, who didn't have them for a long period of time will be held Monday, August 21.
Elections Commission says drafting 2017 electoral register completed, public urged to check the register
Mon, Aug 21, 2017, 06:54 GMT
Aug 21, Colombo: The Election Commission states that the draft electoral register for 2017 has been completed. It can be accessed at the Elections Commission website at,lk.
Court rejects appeal to recall warrant issued against Sri Lanka's fugitive ex-diplomat
Mon, Aug 21, 2017, 06:28 GMT
Aug 21, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today rejected an appeal to recall an open arrest warrant issued through the International Police (Interpol) against former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga who is absconding.
Prime Minister pledges to recruit 20,000 unemployed graduates as development assistants
Mon, Aug 21, 2017, 06:00 GMT
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says 20,000 unemployed graduates will be recruited to government service as development assistants.
Qatar Airways announces additional daily non-stop flights to Colombo from 1 September
Mon, Aug 21, 2017, 04:52 GMT
Aug 21, Doha: Qatar Airways continues to demonstrate strong global growth with the announcement of new flights to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
China's Sinosure supports LAUGFS Gas financing facility
Mon, Aug 21, 2017, 04:36 GMT
Aug 21, Colombo: LAUGFS Gas PLC and Standard Chartered launched one of the first private sector financing facilities in Sri Lanka, on Friday, supported by China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) for the 30,000 MT LAUGFS Import and Export Terminal at Hambantota.
Sri Lanka Cabinet of Ministers accused of planning to curtail powers of Auditor General
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 18:45 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) says it regrets reports that cabinet ministers are planning to curtail the powers of the proposed Auditor General to delegate under the National Audit Act.
Sri Lanka Army's annual defense seminar this year to focus on countering violent extremism
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 17:27 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army's annual defense seminar this year will focus on countering global violent extremism. The seminar is expected to enhance knowledge on the entire range of issues surrounding Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends.
Sri Lanka government moots a tax on soft drinks based on sugar content
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 16:56 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: The World Health Organization (WHO) on a special request of Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, has made a proposal to increase taxes on soft drinks based on the sugar content.
Farmer federation in Sri Lanka begins petition campaign demanding compensation
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 15:47 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: A farmer federation in Sri Lanka commenced a petition signing campaign today demanding compensation for the damages caused to farmers.
Many things to be rejoiced during the last two years of government - Minister
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 15:10 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: At the next general election, the people's opinion will be sought in a technologically advanced, modernized and civilized country, said the Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, Gayantha Karunathilaka.
Sri Lanka arrests 27 Indians in North for visa violations
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 14:29 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Department of Immigration and Emigration says 27 Indian fishermen who had arrived in the island from India on tourist visas and engaged in employment in Jaffna, were arrested for violating their visa conditions.
Police arrest two suspects transporting illegally imported cigarettes
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 07:17 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: Officers of Meerigama police have arrested two suspects in Kaleliya area of Nittambuwa-Meerigama Road for transporting a stock of illegally imported cigarettes in a van.
Detailed Agreement on Neville Fernando Hospital to be presented in parliament as a bill
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 07:03 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that after signing the detailed agreement that is being drafted by the Attorney General's Department for the handover of the Neville Fernando hospital to Malabe, it will be presented in parliament as a bill.
Sri Lanka sets target to complete accession of Madrid Protocol by 2018 August
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 06:35 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen announced that the accession of the Madrid Protocol would be completed by August 2018.
Sri Lanka on path to 100% renewable energy - report
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 05:32 GMT
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka can meet its current and future electricity demand by judicial use of renewable energy by 2050, according to a joint study by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
One-day island wide raid arrests 777 Army deserters
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 18:24 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) and Sri Lanka Police in a combined raid conducted island-wide throughout Friday (18, Aug) arrested 777 Army personnel who are Absent Without Leave (AWOL) or having deserted their posts in respective formations around the country.
'Government is not afraid of talkative personalities'- Minister
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 17:59 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: Government parliamentarians and ministers say that the joint opposition which demands an election within three months would not have been thrown into the streets had they worked for the well-being of the general public when they were holding power.
Extensive investigation on leaking questions on GCE Advanced Level Chemistry paper
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 17:18 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: The Department of Examinations says a special investigation will be conducted into the incident of distributing among the students a handout which included three questions that appeared in the exact form as in the second question paper of chemistry in the GCE Advance Level examination.
Government assistance and aid to uplift brick laying industry in the South
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 16:09 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: The government has taken measures to provide knowledge and financial aid to the people employed in bricklaying in Tangalle to uplift the industry in the deep south.
Maximum retail price of rice dropped, no change in Sugar prices - Minister Bathiudeen
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 15:25 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says that the Committee on Cost of Living has decided to remove the maximum retail price that has been imposed on imported rice since February this year.
Project commenced to clean stone ruins of Polonnaruwa ancient city
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 14:17 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: A project to remove the algae and fungi that had covered the stone ruins of the historical archeological site of Polonnaruwa was launched yesterday.
Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne appointed as Chief of Defense Staff
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 13:33 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka President and Commander-In-Chief Maithripala Sirisena has appointed former Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne as the new Chief of Defense Staff.
Sri Lanka President says government will stand by honest and committed officials
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 06:45 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says that everyone in government should fulfill maximum service on behalf of the country wining the admiration of the people.
Sri Lanka Freedom Party to commemorate 66th anniversary on September 3
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 05:52 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: This year, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will celebrate its 66th anniversary on September 3rd, General Secretary of the party Minister Duminda Dissanayake has said.
Eight Sri Lanka Police officers promoted to DIGs
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 05:37 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police headquarters announced in a statement that eight Senior Superintendents (SSPs) of Police have been promoted to the post of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police by the Police Commission.
Army Commander says some elements attempting to disrupt the trust between North and South
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 04:35 GMT
Aug 19, Colombo: The Commander of Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says that there are some elements are again attempting to disrupt the trust being built-up between the people in the north and the south.
Sri Lanka Supreme Court dismisses petition against resettlement of displaced in Wilpattu Forest Reserve
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 18:59 GMT
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has dismissed a Fundamental Rights Petition filed against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Minister for Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera under Articles 17 and 126 of the Constitution for infringing the Fundamental Rights of the petitioners by resettling civilians in the Wilpattu Forest Reserve.
No income taxes imposed on money sent by migrant workers under the new Act, Minister emphasizes
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 18:45 GMT
Aug 18, Colombo: State Minister of Finance and Mass Media Eran Wickramaratne assured that the proposed new income tax act does not charge any tax on money transmitted by Sri Lankan migrant workers to Sri Lanka.
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