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Police Chief under fire over phone-gate scandal
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundera is under fire from the Opposition and corruption watchdogs after..
MR has the ability to rescue Sri Lanka: Basil
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has the ability to rescue Sri Lanka from the downfall which would..
LPBOA will not strike
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
The Lanka Private Bus Owners` Association president Gemunu Wijeratne said yesterday that they would ..
Kumar Gunaratnam out today
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) politburo member Kumar Gunaratnam, who was sentenced to one year`s i..
President seeks explanation on IGP`s phone call
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament today that he had called for an explanation from IGP ..
Too many banks in Sri Lanka some consolidation needed says CBSL Governor
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
Some consolidation in the local banking sector is needed to have a strong banking sector in Sri Lank..
Just set-up Sri Lanka USA Business Council, key to promote bilateral trade
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
The Sri Lanka - USA Business Council, which has been just established, will help promote trade and i..
MPs have all the luck!
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
Santa seems to have got his wires crossed. Else, he would not have landed near the Diyawanna Oya sev..
Grace period for vehicles with open papers to be registered extended to Dec. 31
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
The grace period of three months that had been given to vehicle owners with open papers to register ..
JO opposes allowances to MPs
3 Dec 2016 19:22:11 GMT
The joint opposition said today they were completely against the monthly allowance of Rs.100,000 to ..
Sri Lanka ranked 103rd in Global Enabling Trade Index
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 18:11 GMT
Dec 04, Colombo: Global Enabling Trade Report 2016, published by the World Economic Forum and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation has ranked Sri Lanka 103rd out of 136 counties.
World Bank to provide US$ 70 million to uplift Sri Lanka's plantations sector
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 17:10 GMT
Dec 04, Colombo: The World Bank will provide Sri Lanka US$ 70 million to modernize the estates and factories of Regional Plantations Companies (RPCs), the Ministry of Plantation Industries said in a statement.
Health Minister launches an inquiry into a prison doctor
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 16:57 GMT
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has launched an inquiry into a doctor at the Prison hospital, for maintaining relationships with imprisoned elite individuals, the state TV reported.
Sri Lanka state bus service receives record income during private bus strike
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 15:45 GMT
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state owned public bus service has received a record income during the private bus operators' strike, the government claimed.
Government mulls establishing an authority to regulate three-wheel transport
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 15:24 GMT
Dec 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has focused its attention on establishing an authority to regulate the three-wheeler transport in the country in the wake of the protests and road blocks staged by the three-wheeler drivers last week.
PM explains phone call to IGP from Minister
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 19:04 GMT
Dec 03, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament has explained the much publicized phone call made to the Inspector General of Police by a government minister regarding the arrest of a 'Nilame' by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of police.
Sri Lanka calls on Possessor States to expedite destroying their chemical weapons stockpiles
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 18:43 GMT
Dec 03, Colombo: In the wake of Non-State Actors acquiring the capability to manufacture and use chemical weapons, Sri Lanka has called on possessor states to expedite destroying their chemical weapons stockpiles.
Korea Exim Bank to strengthen the connectivity of traffic network in Kandy
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 17:46 GMT
Dec 03, Colombo: The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Exim bank) has agreed to support the development of a master plan to strengthen the connectivity of the traffic network in Kandy city through a Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) as a sustainable measure to address the issue of traffic congestion in the hill capital.
Sri Lankan government vows to take strict legal action against those who damage public property
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 17:24 GMT
Dec 03, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has instructed the Police to strictly enforce the law against persons who blocked roads and obstructed the free flow of traffic during yesterday's bus strike.
Sri Lanka's private bus operators call off strike
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 17:16 GMT
Dec 03, Colombo: The Private bus trade unions have called off their strike this morning after they had discussions with the President.
Sri Lankan President promises to prepare a National Education Policy for the disabled children
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 16:55 GMT
Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said a National Education Policy will be prepared for the disabled children.
Vista Rooms simplifies corporate travel bookings and cuts travel costs by up to 20%
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 15:17 GMT
Dec 03, Colombo: Corporates in Sri Lanka can now sit back and relax when it comes to business travel while Vista Rooms minimizes hassle and streamlines the entire company's travel itineraries via its one stop shop for corporate travel.
President appoints a special committee to look into bus operators' issues
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 15:03 GMT
Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today has decided to appoint a special committee to look into the issues faced by private bus operators in the transport sector and take necessary measures, Presidential Media Unit said.
Sri Lankan, Maldivian Foreign Ministers discuss strengthening bilateral relations
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 13:47 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera held discussions with his Maldivian counterpart Dr. Mohamed Asim, on Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S. Jaliya Wickramasuriya further remanded
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 12:36 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further remanded the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S. Jaliya Wickramasuriya, who was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) last month on charges of financial fraud.
FSP leader Kumar Gunaratnam released
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 12:19 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: Leader of the Frontline Socialist Party Kumar Gunaratnam was released from the Anuradhapura prison this morning after serving one year prison term for violating immigration and emigration laws.
Sri Lanka bus, three-wheeler drivers protest higher fines imposed on traffic rule violations
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 11:56 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka private bus operators and three-wheeler drivers stopped work Friday and blocked main roads in protest of higher fines imposed by the government for traffic law violations.
Need of the hour is leaders who can find just solutions - President
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 11:19 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says the present need in the island is not for political heroes but individuals who can solve the country's issues in a just manner.
Sri Lanka President discusses bilateral relations with US VP-elect - PMD
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 06:34 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: The United States Vice President elect Mike Pence, in a telephone conversation with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena last night, has discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
President seeks explanation from IGP over comment on arrest of an individual by FCID
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 06:05 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena informed Parliament yesterday that he would call for explanation from Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara over a remark made by the IGP on arresting an individual by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division of police during a recent police event at Ratnapura.
Sri Lankan couple with 'well-founded fear' granted refugee status in New Zealand
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 05:32 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: A Sri Lankan couple fearing harm after their family members were shot and killed by underworld criminals in Sri Lanka have been granted refugee status in New Zealand.
American and Sri Lankan experts gather to unleash Sri Lanka's trade potential
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 05:06 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: The United States Department of State, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Sri Lanka Department of Commerce held three seminars on trade policy from November 29-December 1 in Colombo.
Sri Lanka's Q3 industrial production index up 3.0 percent compared to 2015
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 04:32 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: The Index of Industrial Production (IIP), a key indicator to gauge industrial performance and to forecast the future economic performance, for the third quarter of this year rose 3.0 percent compared to the production in same period in 2015.
Railway Trade Union not to launch scheduled island-wide strike today
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 03:58 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: The Railway Trade Union Alliance has said they will not launch the island-wide strike scheduled for today after the union had discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, on Thursday (01) at the Parliament premises.
Brandix to collaborate with IUCN to monitor Kelani River water
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 03:46 GMT
Dec 02, Colombo: A project by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to monitor the water quality in the Kelani River Basin as a prelude to a larger initiative for the Basin's management and conservation, has received funding support from Brandix, Sri Lanka's top-ranked exporter.
French Agency for Development supports its first integrated urban development project in Anuradhapura
Thu, Dec 1, 2016, 18:47 GMT
Dec 01, Colombo: The French Agency for Development (AFD) has recently approved a 52 million Euro loan to Sri Lanka to finance the Anuradhapura Integrated Urban Development Project.
Concessionary period for registration of transfer of motor vehicles extended
Thu, Dec 1, 2016, 15:28 GMT
Dec 01, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to extend the three-month concessionary period allowed for the additional fee charged for delay in applying registration of motor vehicles when transferring possession.
Sri Lanka, India talks on widening the FTA this month in Colombo
Thu, Dec 1, 2016, 14:21 GMT
Dec 01, Colombo: Senior officials of India and Sri Lanka will meet this month in Sri Lanka to discuss broadening of the existing free trade agreement (FTA) by including services and investments, according to a PTI report.
Sri Lanka to ban plastic water bottles on sea voyages
Thu, Dec 1, 2016, 13:47 GMT
Dec 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development says nearly 5 tons of plastic water bottles carried by about 50,000 fishing vessels going daily for fishing are disposed in to the sea.
Court lifts travel ban on former defense secretary and six others
Thu, Dec 1, 2016, 10:30 GMT
Dec 01, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today lifted the travel ban imposed on former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and 6 others, who had been arrested for their complicity in the Avant Garde case and released on bail.
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