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Police to check all vehicles for covering driver side windows
Sat, Jan 21, 2017, 07:48 GMT
Jan 21, Colombo: Local police stations island wide will be checking all vehicles for covering the driver side mirror with curtains on the window or using dark tinted glasses, the Police Headquarters has informed.
President to take action against removal of head of Lanka Coal Company
Sat, Jan 21, 2017, 07:27 GMT
Jan 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to take action against the removal of Chairman of the Lanka Coal Company (Private) Limited, Maithri Gunaratne and the Director Board of the Company by the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, according to a local media report.
Three bidders for Sri Lanka national carrier shortlisted
Sat, Jan 21, 2017, 05:16 GMT
Jan 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka has received nine bids from international airlines in response to the call for bids to privatize its loss-making national SriLankan Airlines and out of those three bidders are shortlisted State Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim said.
IMF commends Sri Lanka's strategy to create financial discipline
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 19:52 GMT
>Jan 20, Davos: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the new strategy of Sri Lankan government to create financial discipline and lead the country in a correct path to economic development.
President requests industries to reduce power usage in advertising and decorations at night
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 18:24 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has requested all the private institutions to join reducing usage of power by switching off lights that are used for the advertising and decoration purposes of their respective institutions.
'Wilpattu forest cleared by State Timber Corp, not by Muslim IDPs' - environmentalist
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 17:35 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan environmentalist has claimed that the forests in the Wilpattu National Reserve were cleared by the State Timber Corporation and not by the displaced Muslims as alleged.
4th Ministerial consultation of Abu Dhabi Dialogue in Colombo on 23 -24 January
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 16:46 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: The 4th Ministerial consultation of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) will be held in Colombo next week with the participation of ministers responsible for Foreign Employment of the ADD countries.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister holds discussions with world leaders on expanding bilateral ties, trade and investment
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 16:17 GMT
Jan 20, Davos: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is leading the Sri Lankan delegation to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland held discussions with several heads of states and business giants on expanding bilateral ties and boosting trade and investment.
UNHRC Chief satisfied with Sri Lanka's progress on improving Human Rights
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 15:40 GMT
’ad Al Hussein has expressed his satisfaction towards the positive steps taken by Sri Lanka to improve the country's human rights conditions.
Protests in Sri Lanka against US President elect Donald Trump
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 15:16 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: A small group on Friday staged a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Colombo on the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. President, officials said.
Gulf Air commences direct operations to Colombo
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 14:41 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: Bahrain's national carrier, Gulf Air, has commenced its direct operations to Bandaranaike International Airport, in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, with 5 flights per week.
Sri Lanka to enter into agreements with Ukraine and Denmark on recognition of Certificates issued to seafarers
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 07:36 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will sign Memorandums of Understanding with the governments of Ukraine and Denmark to allow the authorities of those countries to recognize the certificates of competency issued for Sri Lankan seafarers.
Sri Lanka Army personnel deployed for drought relief
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 07:13 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, in response to a Presidential directive has deployed teams of Army personnel to distribute relief material to those who have been affected by the drought.
Former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne granted bail
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 06:57 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday granted bail to former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, who was arrested on January 2nd and remanded on charges of financial misappropriation during his tenure in the previous government.
Sri Lanka Navy arrests 4 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 06:44 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy has arrested four local fishermen on Thursday for allegedly engaging in illegal fishing practices using banned fishing nets.
New Zealnd's Fonterra welcomes fresh trade and investment discussions with Sri Lanka
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 05:24 GMT
Jan 20, Colombo: The New Zealand dairy product giant, Fonterra has welcomed the announcement that New Zealand and Sri Lanka will progress discussions on new trade and investment opportunities, including the possibility of a FTA down the track, the company said in a release.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka discuss trade opportunities, free trade agreement
Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 04:59 GMT
Jan 20, Davos: New Zealand and Sri Lanka have discussed a free trade agreement to promote the bilateral trade between the two countries.
WFP pledges necessary support to Sri Lanka to cope with drought
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 18:07 GMT
Jan 19, Davos: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has pledged to provide necessary support and aid to Sri Lanka to overcome challenges faced by the people due to the prevailing drought.
UNEP offers Sri Lanka expert advice on green economy
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 17:21 GMT
Jan 19, Davos: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has offered Sri Lanka its expert advice on a green economy and an environmentally friendly financial environment to promote health, wealth, and well-being of the island nation
Questions of Sri Lankan skipper's leadership will arise if not played well in the ODI and T20 series- Chief Selector
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 16:51 GMT
Jan 19, Colombo: The Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee, Sanath Jayasuriya says that questions about the leadership of captain Angelo Mathews will arise again and again if the team does not perform well in the upcoming one-day (ODI) and T20 matches of the South African tour.
Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue for US$ 225 mn oversubscribed five-fold
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 16:16 GMT
Jan 19, Colombo: The issue of Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) for US$ 225 million has been oversubscribed with total bids received amounting to US$ 1.137 billion, the Central Bank said on Thursday.
Appellate Court dismisses petition against acquittal of suspects in TNA MP's murder
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 15:59 GMT
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal filed against the verdict issued by a lower court in exonerating all the suspects in the murder of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj.
China's Alibaba interested in investing in Sri Lanka
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 15:43 GMT
’s Finance Ministry said today.
Carlson Rezidor break ground on Park Inn by Radisson Colombo in Sri Lanka
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 15:06 GMT
Jan 19, Singapore: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups, marked its entry into Sri Lanka at a recent groundbreaking ceremony of Park Inn by Radisson Colombo.
U.S. Navy Ship Hopper arrives at Colombo Port in Sri Lanka
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 14:52 GMT
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed the United States Navy ship USS Hopper arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday, 19th January 2017 on a goodwill visit.
Diminishing audience prompts U.S. to close the VOA station in Sri Lanka
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 14:25 GMT
Jan 19, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Colombo says the diminishing audience for shortwave broadcasts prompted the decision to close the Voice of America Station in Iranawila, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Navy accused of snapping Tamil Nadu fishermen's fishing nets
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 08:33 GMT
Jan 19, Colombo: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel of damaging their fishing nets and chasing them back to Indian waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet yesterday.
President advises field officials to provide pragmatic and viable solutions to farmers to boost agriculture sector
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 08:02 GMT
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says it is the relevant field officers who can practically implement the government's policies among the people and get successful results to build a prosperous country by enhancing the agriculture.
Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka - Sharif
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 07:36 GMT
Jan 19, Davos: Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, which are most cordial and friendly. Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said when he and his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met on the sidelines of the 2017 World Economic Forum meeting in in Davos, Switzerland Wednesday.
First Capital Holdings signs MOU with Oxford Business Group to publish Sri Lanka 2017 report
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 07:05 GMT
Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's efforts to boost capital inflows through the gradual liberalization of its trade and investment laws will be explored in a forthcoming report by the global publishing firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).
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