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31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday stated that as there was a serious defect in the proce..
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31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake presenting the interim budget 2015 today said that the option of ..
Packer`s Crown pulls plug on SL casino plan
31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
James Packer`s Crown Group says it will not go ahead with a proposed plan to develop a $400 million ..
Mattala airport duty free shop licences cancelled
31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
The Civil Aviation Services Ministry has cancelled licences issued to owners of duty free shops at t..
Mini Budget Announced
31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
15: 39 - Prohibition imposed on Ministies and state institutions from publishing promotional newspap..
Sri Lanka budget to focus on populist steps ahead of polls
31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
Sri Lanka`s new government will spell out populist measures to cut the cost of living when it un..
Legislation approved to cover 80% of cigarette packs with warnings
31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday approved legislation to make it compulsory for cigarette manufact..
Former CDS reinstated to General rank
31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
The Defence Ministry says all rights and privileges that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is e..
Amendment to Budget 2015 today
31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
The government will enact an Urgent Bill in the form of an amendment to the 2015 Appropriation Act..
Sri Lanka`s impeached Chief Justice returns to Supreme Court to resume duties
31 Jan 2015 03:15:40 GMT
Sri Lanka`s former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake returned to the Supreme Court complex tod..
Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner announces holding elections for two local bodies in North
Sat, Jan 31, 2015, 05:12 GMT
Jan 31, Colombo: Elections Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has announced that elections to the Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Mullaitivu District will be held on February 28.
Canada hopes for a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government in Sri Lanka
Sat, Jan 31, 2015, 04:51 GMT
Jan 31, Ottawa: Welcoming the measures taken by the new Sri Lankan government for good governance, Canada yesterday expressed hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a "transparent, responsive and pluralistic government."
Complaint lodged with Sri Lanka Bribery Commission against the custodian of Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
Sat, Jan 31, 2015, 04:08 GMT
Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has received a complaint against the Diyawadana Nilame (Custodian) of Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara.
Sri Lanka Law College to hold examinations in all three languages
Sat, Jan 31, 2015, 03:55 GMT
Jan 31, Colombo: Justice Minister of Sri Lanka Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe says that measures will be taken to provide the opportunity for law students to respond to their examination papers in a language they are comfortable with.
Sri Lanka Health Ministry orders pictographic warnings on cigarette packets from February 1
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 18:46 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has ordered the tobacco companies to print pictorial warnings on the cigarette packets from February 1.
Sri Lanka's PM explains the controversy surrounding former chief justice to parliament
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 18:04 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today in a special statement explained the illegality of the appointment of Mohan Peiris as the 44th Chief Justice.
Packer abandons $ 400 million casino project in Sri Lanka after government bans new casinos
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 16:58 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Australian gaming tycoon James Packer's Crown Group says it will not proceed with the proposed development of a mixed resort project in Sri Lanka after the new Sri Lankan government decided to ban new casino projects in the country.
UK encouraged by Sri Lanka's renewed desire for reconciliation and long-term peace
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 16:02 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, who concluded his three-day visit to Sri Lanka today, met with Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
Justice K Sripavan takes oaths as Sri Lanka's Chief Justice
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 15:01 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Supreme Court Justice K. Sripavan was sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's Office on Friday.
Sri Lanka inflation rises to 3.2 percent in January on food prices
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 14:26 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , rose to 3.2 percent in January from 2.1 percent in December 2014, the Central Bank reported on Friday.
US Assistant Secretary to arrive in Sri Lanka Sunday
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 13:38 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on an official tour. She will arrive in the island on Sunday (February 01).
Sri Lanka's new government to express sympathy to victims of war at Independence Day celebrations
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 08:06 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Following the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), Sri Lanka's new government at the Independence Day celebrations this year prepares to expresses sympathy and reach out to the victims of the country's three-decade long war.
Bakery owners in Sri Lanka to reduce bread prices following reduction in wheat flour prices
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 07:15 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Bakery Owners' Association has decided to reduce the price of a loaf of bread by Rs. 6 following the government's decision to reduce the price of wheat flour.
Sri Lankan President's adviser briefs UN HR High Commissioner on new government's policies
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 05:04 GMT
Jan 30, Geneva: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's senior advisor on foreign affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala has met the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in Geneva and briefed him on the new government's policies.
UN Secretary General hopes Sri Lanka will work with the UN on war probe
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 04:51 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: The UN has said that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hoped Sri Lanka would work with the UN on the probe on the war despite launching a new domestic investigation.
Public sector salaries not increased and private sector workers ignored by the Sri Lankan government - trade union leader
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 04:17 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) trade union wing, K.D. Lalkantha says the salaries of the public sector workers have not been increased in the new government's interim budget.
Sri Lankan government to audit and investigate into non-strategic investments in Seychelles
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 04:03 GMT
> Jan 30, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka will investigate into the alleged non-strategic investments made by the former government in Seychelles.
Sri Lanka Marxist party says short or long term economic strategies not included in interim budget
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 03:56 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the interim budget presented by the new government lacked short and long term economic strategies.
Opposition legislators of Sri Lanka seek debate on the controversy over Chief Justice, PM to respond today
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 03:40 GMT
> Jan 30, Colombo: Opposition members in the Sri Lankan parliament have sought a parliamentary debate on the controversy surrounding the post of Chief Justice in the country.
Colombo Stock Exchange to educate Sri Lankan pensioners on sustainable financial planning
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 19:46 GMT
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is to launch an awareness programme to provide pensioners with a sound understanding of personal financial planning.
Law expert says U.S. can try Sri Lanka's ex-Defense Secretary if no domestic probe on him
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 19:25 GMT
Jan 29, Colombo: An expert on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the United States says U.S. can try Sri Lanka's former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa unless there is a credible probe on him by the Sri Lankan government.
European Commission offers Sri Lanka assistance in meeting regulatory requirements to lift EU fishing ban
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 17:57 GMT
Jan 29, Colombo: The European Commission has offered Sri Lanka assistance in meeting the regulatory requirements that would enable an early lifting of the ban on fish exports to the European Union.
Sri Lankan government to merge SriLankan and Mihin to cut losses, increase productivity
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 17:22 GMT
Jan 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to merge the country's two loss-making airlines to cut losses and increase productivity.
Sri Lanka's new government already taken important measures to improve human rights - HRW
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 16:45 GMT
Jan 29, New York: Sri Lanka's new government has already taken important measures to improve free expression and other rights, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said releasing its World Report 2015 Thursday.
Sri Lanka bans previous government's luxury casino projects
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 15:45 GMT
Jan 29, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has banned the setting up of casinos and other gaming facilities in projects that come under the Strategic Development Act.
UK Minister visiting Sri Lanka travels to North
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 14:43 GMT
’s first visit to Jaffna.
Sri Lankan government's interim budget brings relief to people, imposes heavy taxes on liquor and casinos
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 13:58 GMT
Jan 29, Colombo: The new government of Sri Lanka today presented the Interim Budget 2015 in Parliament offering concessions to all sections of the society.
New MP sworn in Sri Lanka parliament to fill President's seat
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 13:31 GMT
Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Jayasinghe Bandara was sworn in as a Parliamentarian today to fill the parliamentary seat vacated by President Maithripala Sirisena.
Sri Lanka Cabinet approves revising bill to cover 80% of cigarette packs with pictorial warnings
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 06:42 GMT
Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers Wednesday approved a proposal made by the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne revise the legislation to require manufacturers to cover cigarette packs with pictorial warnings
Bribery complaint lodged against Hyatt Regency Hotel project in Sri Lanka
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 06:05 GMT
Jan 29, Colombo: Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development Dr. Harsha de Silva has lodged a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption in Sri Lanka on the irregularities committed in the Hyatt Regency Hotel Project in Colombo.
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