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Landslide risk in Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura and Gampaha districts
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 07:26 GMT
Aug 18, Colombo: The Disaster Management Center (DMC) says the landslides warning issued yesterday for the Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya and Gampaha districts is still in effect until this evening and requests the people to be vigilant if the rains continue.
Two youths arrested with fake currency notes
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 07:07 GMT
Aug 18, Colombo: The police have arrested two youths who were in possession of counterfeit currency notes at the Rathmalwetiya area in Galenbindunuwewa.
Cochin International Airport closure extended until August 26
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 05:46 GMT
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines said it has introduced a series of measures to mitigate inconvenience to its passengers from the closure of Cochin International Airport due to flooding.
Ministry seeks stakeholder comments on the draft paper of the Trade Adjustment Programme
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 05:16 GMT
Aug 18, Colombo: To mitigate the potential negative impacts of trade liberalization, the Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry is planning to implement a Trade Adjustment Programme, which aims to safeguard the welfare of workers improve the competitiveness of firms.
Sri Lanka Cricket rubbishes allegations of allocating 800 seats for Sports Minister as baseless
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 04:24 GMT
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka cricket governing body, Sri Lanka Cricket dismissed allegations that it had allocated 800 tickets for the Minister of Faizer Mustapha to watch the Sri Lanka and South Africa Series.
Japan's defense minister to visit Sri Lanka next week
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 03:26 GMT
Aug 18, Colombo: Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will commence a visit to India and Sri Lanka from Sunday to discuss military cooperation with the two South Asian countries, Japanese Defense Ministry has said on Friday.
Media Day of the Exercise Pacific Angel enlightens on benefits to the local population in Sri Lanka
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 18:28 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) held a Media Day Friday to enlighten the media and the public on the benefits of the ongoing Exercise Pacific Angel, the joint and combined humanitarian assistance operation of the United States Pacific Air Forces and Sri Lanka Air Force.
Sri Lanka preparing to host CITES conference next year
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 18:24 GMT
Aug 17, 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 in Colombo.
Railway Department plans to refurbish 200 carriages to reinstate in service
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 18:01 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railway Department is in the process of restoring 200 rail carriages that have been out of service with all the facilities to re-instate them in the service. Rail carriages imported in 1989 and 1992 are being refurbished now.
Allowances for teachers on exam duties to be increased - Education Minister
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 15:25 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the Commissioner General of Examinations has been instructed to increase the allowances for the teachers and principals who are engaged in examination duties.
Hatton-Colombo main road partially opens after earth slip
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 14:59 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: Part of the Hatton-Colombo main road blocked at the Shannon Estate due to an earth slip is partially open now for traffic, the police said.
UNHCR invites Sri Lanka to play a more proactive role in the organization
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 14:37 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: The head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) commending Sri Lanka for its significant progress in resettlement of returning refugees and IDPs, has expressed hope that Sri Lanka would play a more proactive role in the organization.
Sri Lanka becomes a member of the Conference on Interactions and Confidence Building Measures in Asia
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 14:09 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka was unanimously accepted as a Member of the Conference on Interactions and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on 15 August 2018, by its 26 Member States.
CID visits former president's house to record statement
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 07:08 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department has visited former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's residence in Colombo today (17) in order to record a statement regarding the abduction and assault of Journalist Keith Noyahr.
Sri Lanka's manufacturing and services growth slows down in July 2018
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 06:08 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: Both manufacturing and services sectors grew slowly in July 2018, compared to the previous month, while both sectors continued to expand albeit slowly, the Central Bank's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) Survey released for the month said.
Sri Lanka's apparel sector training body to expand services to South Asia
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 05:41 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's foremost apparel sector training body, Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel (SLITA) is planning to expand its services to South Asia region, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
Minister Kiriella to attend former Indian Prime Minister's funeral
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 04:01 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Leader of the House and Public Enterprise and Kandy City Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella will represent Sri Lanka as the Special Envoy of the government at the funeral of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Delhi today.
New entrepreneurs to be trained in developing businesses under the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' loan program
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 03:33 GMT
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera on Thursday chaired a meeting between the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank and the Heads of Bank of Ceylon, Peoples Bank and the Regional Development Bank to expedite the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' loan program.
Possibility to amend the Sri Lanka FTA with Singapore within a year - Minister
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 17:53 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: The Sri Lanka - Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) signed in January this year can be amended within a year if it has any detrimental effect on the country and the economy, a senior minister of the government said.
Sri Lanka Premier condoles former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's demise
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 16:40 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is "deeply saddened" by the death of former Indian Prime Minister AtaI Bihari Vajpayee today.
Sri Lanka and Oman sign agreement on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 16:11 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Oman have signed agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Sultanate of Oman.
New special police unit to be established in prisons
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 15:38 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Thalatha Atukorala says that a decision has been taken to establish a new prison police unit within the Prisons Department.
Education Ministry lodges complaint with CID over false news report
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 14:49 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: The Ministry of Education today (16) lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department requesting an inquiry into a false news report published on several websites and Facebook publications claiming that the Minister of Education had stated in Badulla that teachers' wages will be suspended during school vacations.
Train service from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar halted temporarily
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 14:16 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railway Department has decided to temporarily halt the train service from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar from Friday (August 17) for repairs on a bridge.
British Council honors stakeholders at IELTS Awards Night 2018
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 13:47 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: The British Council in Sri Lanka held its IELTS Awards Night on Tuesday, 14 August at Kings Court, Cinnamon Lakeside in Colombo.
UK Government extends partnership with UNDP to support sustainable resettlement in Sri Lanka
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 13:32 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka recently entered into a partnership agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom to extend support for Sustainable Resettlement of recently released lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.
Police Intelligence Unit deployed for protection of Malagamuwa
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 07:08 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: Officers of Police intelligence Unit has been deployed on the directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara for the protection of international car racing champion Dilantha Malagamuwa and to probe the threat on his life.
In Pictures: 72nd Independence Day of India celebrated in Sri Lanka
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 06:09 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 72nd Independence Day of India on Tuesday, 15 August 2018 at India House in Colombo.
Railway trade unions threaten to strike again, scheduled to meet the President today
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 04:51 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railways trade unions, who launched an island wide train strike launched last week, have issued a fresh warning of trade union action if the government failed to meet their demand to resolve salary anomalies by next Tuesday.
Sri Lanka to sign agreement with Oman on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 04:24 GMT
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka will sign an agreement with Government of Oman to avoid Double Taxation and a Memorandum of Understanding on exemption from visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic and official service passports.
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