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New Finance Minister pledges maximum effort for the economic development of the country through reforms
Wed, May 24, 2017, 07:00 GMT
May 24, Colombo: New Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera setting in his new role pledged maximum effort for the economic development of the country through much needed economic reforms.
Dialog paves way for 5G with successful Massive MIMO trial
Wed, May 24, 2017, 05:46 GMT
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata, said it has carried out South Asia's first successful trial of next-generation, Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology.
Australian PM sees Sri Lanka President's visit as an opportunity to advance key areas of bilateral cooperation
Wed, May 24, 2017, 04:42 GMT
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena commencing his three-day state visit to Australia on the invitation of the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived in Canberra Wednesday morning (May 24).
Sri Lanka Navy arrests six Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters
Wed, May 24, 2017, 04:08 GMT
May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Wednesday arrested six Indian fishermen and impounded their fishing dhow for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
U.S. FY 2018 budget requests $ 2.88 million to support Sri Lanka's demining and border control programs
Tue, May 23, 2017, 22:02 GMT
May 24, Washington, DC: The United States Department of State's FY 2018 budget requests a total of $2.88 million to support Sri Lankan government's demining and border control programs.
Rule of Law will be strictly implemented against persons cresting conflict in the country - Minister
Tue, May 23, 2017, 17:39 GMT
May 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will implement the rules of law strictly irrespective of any differences against people who are attempting to create conflict in the country in racial or any other form of agitations.
Prime Minister asks all party leaders to reach consensus on Local Government elections
Tue, May 23, 2017, 17:23 GMT
May 23, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasizes the need of all party leaders agreement for the amendment of the election law on order to hold Local Government elections as soon as possible.
Sri Lankan President condemns Manchester suicide attack
Tue, May 23, 2017, 16:59 GMT
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena vehemently condemned the terrorist attack on a Manchester musical concert, that claimed the lives of 22 civilians and injured scores more.
Measures taken to alleviate teacher shortage, Education Minister says
Tue, May 23, 2017, 16:44 GMT
May 23, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the government has taken measures to provide a sustainable solution to the teacher shortage problem.
PATA Annual Summit 2017 welcomes over 400 delegates to Sri Lanka
Tue, May 23, 2017, 16:15 GMT
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka hosted the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Annual Summit 2017 which includes the PATA Annual General Meeting and the PATA Youth Symposium from May 18 through 21 at the Jetwing Blue Hotel in Negombo.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister calls on youth to play a greater role in reconciliation for country's development
Tue, May 23, 2017, 15:36 GMT
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says reconciliation is a necessary factor for the country's development and the youth can play a leading role.
Sri Lankan President leaves for Australia on a state visit
Tue, May 23, 2017, 14:27 GMT
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left for Australia Tuesday (23) commencing a three-day state visit on the invitation of the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Earth mound collapses burying three people in Mawanella
Tue, May 23, 2017, 07:25 GMT
May 23, Colombo: An earth embankment at a building construction site in Mawanella has collapsed burying three people, the police said today.
President's visit to boost Australia - Sri Lanka Ties
Tue, May 23, 2017, 07:02 GMT
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Australia enjoy strong bilateral relations, and the current state visit of President Maithripala Sirisena will give them a quantum jump, Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia, Somasundaram Skandakumar said.
Sri Lanka condemns suspected terror attack in Manchester
Tue, May 23, 2017, 05:45 GMT
May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka today condemned the suspected terror attack at a concert hall in Manchester that has killed 19 people and injured more than 50 people.
Malaysian mission plans to bring in US$ 300 million investment to Sri Lanka
Tue, May 23, 2017, 05:30 GMT
May 23, Colombo: The Malaysian government and the private sector are exploring avenues to bring in nearly US$ 300 million foreign direct investment (FDI) into Sri Lanka, the Malaysian envoy says.
UN urges Sri Lanka to take action against those inciting hatred and violence
Mon, May 22, 2017, 19:17 GMT
May 22, Colombo: The United Nations (UN) has urged the Government of Sri Lanka to take action against those inciting hatred and violence.
Sri Lankan President to visit Bangladesh in July
Mon, May 22, 2017, 19:01 GMT
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is likely to pay an official visit to Bangladesh on July 13-15 at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, The Daily Star reported.
Heavy local and international responsibility lay on shoulders, says Sri Lanka's new Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake.
Mon, May 22, 2017, 18:50 GMT
May 22, Colombo: Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who was sworn in as the new Foreign Affairs Minister at the Presidential Secretariat this morning said a heavy local and international responsibility has been laid on his shoulders.
Families of disappeared in Sri Lanka write to UN Chief, British PM on their plight
Mon, May 22, 2017, 16:57 GMT
nio Gutteres and British Prime Minister Theresa May about their struggle to find answers as to the whereabouts of their loved ones.
Sri Lanka shows interest in Belarusian military hardware at MILEX 2017
Mon, May 22, 2017, 16:37 GMT
May 22, Minsk: Sri Lanka is showing interest in purchasing the Belarusian military hardware at the MILEX 2017 defense exhibition in Minsk, according to the Belarusian news agency BelTA.
Sri Lanka's Hayleys crosses Rs. 100 billion turnover, in 2016/17
Mon, May 22, 2017, 16:15 GMT
May 22, Colombo: Leading Sri Lankan conglomerate Hayleys PLC concluded the 2016/17 financial year with its strongest performance to-date, setting a new benchmark for the turnover among listed Sri Lankan corporates.
Meeting with top U.S. official last call for Minister Mangala Samaraweera as Foreign Minister
Mon, May 22, 2017, 15:48 GMT
May 22, Colombo: Meeting with a top U.S. official today was the last call for Minister Mangala Samaraweera as Sri Lanka's Foreign before he was to take charge of the country's economy as Finance Minister.
Sri Lankan President assures government's commitment to ensure social justice
Mon, May 22, 2017, 15:14 GMT
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says ensuring social justice for the benefit of the people is the prime commitment of his government.
'Attacks on Muslim mosques and businesses is a conspiracy against government' - Minister
Mon, May 22, 2017, 14:41 GMT
May 22, Colombo: Attacks on Muslim places of worship and businesses is a conspiracy against the government, a Sri Lankan government minister says.
Contempt of Court case against GMOA president to be taken up on 2 August
Mon, May 22, 2017, 13:53 GMT
May 22, Colombo: The petition filed by two civilians against the president of the Government Medical Officers Association Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya was taken up for hearing at the Court of Appeal today.
Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 8.4 percent in April 2017
Mon, May 22, 2017, 13:24 GMT
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in April 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 8.4 percent from 8.6 percent recorded in March 2017, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Monday.
Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage released on bail
Mon, May 22, 2017, 07:47 GMT
May 22, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today released former Sports Minister and joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage on bail when the case filed against him by the Attorney General was taken up for hearing.
Three arrested for aiding and abetting suspects in Piliyandala shooting
Mon, May 22, 2017, 07:23 GMT
May 22, Colombo: The Mirihana Special Crime Investigation Unit of Police has arrested three persons including a woman in connection with the shooting that killed a Police Narcotic Bureau officer and an 11-year-old girl and injured three others earlier this month.
Positive outlook for Sri Lanka's exports in 1Q 2017
Mon, May 22, 2017, 06:28 GMT
May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew by 4.4% during the year 2016, although slightly low compared to 2015, amidst internal and external shocks that impacted on the economic growth of the country.
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