The United States welcomes the Cabinet of Ministers ' decision to approve the $480 million grant for development assistance from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Sri Lanka called for this support, which is expected to benefit at least 11 million Sri Lankans by financing the needs identified by the government and the private sector.
Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday that the signing of the $480 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement would be postponed until after the presidential election and promised to present the agreement to Parliament shortly after November 16.
Sajith Premadasa, the presidential candidate, says the government will not sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement before the election. In a letter to Ven, Sajith Premadasa. Ududumbara Kashyapa said that after discussions in Parliament if the agreement is to be signed after the election.
Karu Jayasuriya the Speaker of Sri Lanka Parliament met Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of Commonwealth at his official residence last Monday Dhammika Dasanayake, Secretary-General of Parliament of Sri Lanka and Neil Iddawala, Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary-General of Parliament ,
Voters can vote for a single candidate and, if they wish, can cast two more candidates with their second and third preferences, National Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said, explaining the voting procedure for the November 16 presidential poll.
Approximately 1,100 buses have been requested to transport ballot boxes for the presidential election. The buses will be mobilized for this reason,
UN- Compensation granted to two Army Heroes, who made the supreme sacrifice while in active duty at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) during the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in troubled Mali on 25 January,
Advisor to the Minister-Coordinator of Special Services and international mediator at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Jakub Glowaczewsky made a call on the General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, at the Ministry, yesterday(05 November).
The Ambassador of Afghanistan in Sri Lanka, H.E Mr. M Ashraf Haidari met the Minister of Mass Media and State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, yesterday (05 November).
The National Elections Commission reports that 2867 complaints have been lodged with regards to the Presidential elections from October 8th till November 4th. However, 97 complaints have been lodged which includes violent acts, violating election regulations and other offenses.
Local Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP) gas suppliers told the media yesterday that supplies of LP gas have now increased, ending instability and shortages in most parts of the country, and stocks have been secured for the next three months.
The Railways Department said 4 special trains will be added to the existing service to accommodate passengers for the upcoming extended weekened. The Department said these trains will be operating on November 08 and 11. The trains leave Fort,
Muslim women can wear either the burqa or niqab when they come to vote but should remove their face cover at the polling center entrance, Election Commission (EC) Director-General Saman Sri Ratnayake said. Speaking to Daily Mirror, he said that when she obtained a ballot paper, it was necessary to prove her identity within the polling centre.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment have launched a project aimed at developing a national system for geographical indications (GIs).GIs help consumers recognize foods and other items originating in a specific geographical location with unique characteristics, qualities or reputation.
Local News from Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Singers ‘ Association has paid tribute to President Maithripala Sirisena for his contribution
On a sudden visit, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived on the island. The South African President suddenly arrived from Japan on his way home from Katunayake International Airport. It was for his plane to get fuel The president of South Africa was accompanied by eight senior South African officials.
Yesterday, New Zealand Justice Minister Andrew Little and a delegation currently in Sri Lanka called Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees and held discussions. The New Zealand Justice Minister is in Sri Lanka to attend the biennial meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers,
The First Interim Progress Report on the Project for the Nomination of Historical Copies of Pali Tripitaka Palm-leaf Manuscripts in Sinhala Characters for Registration on the UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Register as Mankind Documentary Heritage was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena at today's Office of the President.
The Elections Commission has received a total of 2,672 complaints from October 8 to Nov.2 regarding election law violations and violent activities, the Commission said. It said 24 violent activities had been reported to the National Election Complaint Management Centre and District Election Complaint Management Centres while2,553 1election law violations were reported to the respective centres. 95 other cases had also been reported.
The Ministry of Finance has taken steps to immediately purchase Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) 12,000 Metric Tons (MT) as a solution for the LP gas shortage currently on the market. Steps will be taken for the Ministry of Finance's Litro Gas Company to import the stock and release it to the market immediately, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.
On November 16.EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has confirmed these facts, said W.M. The Elections Commission (EC) will set up 45,000 polling booths for voters across the country for the 2019 presidential election. Balasooriya, Kurunegala Senior Education Director,
This morning, the casting of postal votes for security staff began. According to officials of the National Elections Commission attached to the Police, Elections offices and District Secretariats can cast their postal votes today and tomorrow, and anyone who is unable to cast a vote on any of these days as a postal vote can do so at District polling centers on November 7.
President Maithripala Sirisena said that the current free, equal and peaceful presidential election campaign is a reflection of the strength of Sri Lankan democracy. He said this great democratic function was restored due to the country's large political transition, he said.
A country should always step towards victory, said President Maithripala Sirisena, adding that it is necessary to ensure that tasks for the benefit of the people that could not be accomplished today are completed tomorrow. On Friday, under the patronage of President Sirisena, the handing over of many development projects completed under the Pibidemu Polonnaruwa Program took place and the President made these comments while addressing the gathering at the Polonnaruwa General Hospital.
Making of his first visit upon his assumption as the Army Chief, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army attended a brief ceremony at the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN), to formally release one more land amount of 150.15 acres, own to the State and private owners, today morning (18 October).
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday that the government would remove the carbon tax at the end of this month. Speaking at a special ministry press conference, he said the proposal would be submitted for approval to the parliament on November 23 in this regard.
Next week, President Maithripala Sirisena said, the National Pre-School Policy prepared by the National Education Commission will be submitted to the Ministry.
The traveling museum is open from October 18 (today) to 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bandaranaike Memorial Library, Nittambuwa. Entrance is free and various age groups are expected to come on a journey through time, from young school children to the elderly,
The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro greeting State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake at the courtesy call on the President during the recent Official visit of the State Minister of Foreign Affairs
Recording the highest water level in the year, the water level around the hydroelectric power plants in many major water sources has increased to 75.8 percent.
The Election Commission says that851 complaints pertaining to the forthcoming Presidential Election have been received so far.The complaints have been received during the period from October 08 to yesterday (17).
The postal ballot papers for the 2019 Presidential Election are to be delivered to the Post Department for distribution today (18). The Election Secretariat stated that the distribution activities will be carried out at the district level under tight security.
Water supplies will be low and interrupted for the following areas for 18 hours from 9pm on Saturday (19) to 03 pm on Sunday (20) due to essential renovations under the Greater Colombo Water and Wastewater Improvement Investment Program, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) said.
Post Master General Ranjith Ariyaratne says that all postal employees' leave has been canceled during the period of the presidential election.He said the relevant circular has already been issued.
Measures were taken to provide special security for the four main candidates contesting the 2019 Presidential Election, the Ministry of Law and Order said. A senior ministry spokesman announced that new security coordinating officers were assigned to the particular candidates on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police, with the approval of the National Police Commission.
President Maithripala Sirisena says that at a time when there are different definitions of free education, it is important to realize what the true Kannangara Free Education Policy and its principles are to society.
Parliament, outgoing Ambassador to the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka Tung-Lai Margue delivered a courtesy appeal to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya recently. Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ravinatha P. Aryasinha, Acting Parliamentary Secretary-General Neil Iddawala,
PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says that majority of the parties should aim to devolve power without dividing country »
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the majority of the parties that shared their views on the constitutional reforms have already decided on the devolution of power within a unitary Sri Lanka. The aim should be to transfer power without dividing the country, the Prime Minister asserted.
Adding a new chapter to Sri Lanka's civil aviation field, President Maithripala Sirisena opened the country's newest international airport, Jaffna International Airport for public service yesterday (17). The third international airport was built in the northern province of Palali at a cost of Rs. 2250 million.
The Government has to establish a new "National Innovation Agency." The proposal for the creation of a National Innovation Agency (NIA) was published in the Gazette at the President's request last week. The proposal was published in the Gazette.
The 02nd Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Trade between Sri Lanka and Viet Nam, hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, was held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 03, 04 of October 2019.
The Constitutional Council has approved the appointment of Saman Sri Rathnayak, Director-General of the Election Secretariat as the new General Electoral Commissioner, at a meeting held at the Constitutional Council today, the decision to nominate was taken.
SL Navy General Hospital(Colombo) awarded “CarbonNeutral Operations” certification as the first ever hospital in Asia »
The internationally acclaimed “CarbonNeutral Operations” certificate which was granted to Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital(Colombo) through an assessment conducted by Carbon Consulting Company (Pvt) Ltd., was awarded to the Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at a ceremony held in Navy Headquarters, Colombo, today ( 15th October 2019).
The Election commission stated that all have prepared for the postal elections in 2019. The certification of the postal voting lists takes place yesterday (15) and postal ballot papers will be released and distributed on 18 October 2019.
Alliance air has tried a successful landing in Jaffna International Airport in Palaly from Chennai with air engineers head of an opening due to being held on Thursday tomorrow under the patronage of the President and the Prime Minister.
President Maithripala Sirisena's National Security Council agreed to provide maximum security to all the candidates for the upcoming presidential elections. Accordingly, as per the candidates requests, the president instructed the security chiefs to take appropriate measures to provide security.
The First Meeting of the Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihood Action Group (MELAG) Under the Commonwealth Blue Charter, was held from 7 to 9 October 2019 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 held in London, realizing the importance of mangroves, at a time when Sri Lanka is ranked as No. 2 in the Global Climate Risk Index, Sri Lanka committed to champion the Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihoods Action Group (MELAG) of the Commonwealth Blue Charter.
Italian ambassador to Sri Lanka, Rita Mannella, says the Italian government is ready to provide technical assistance and investment opportunities to generate electricity from the waste that is a growing problem in the country.
The flagship annual international maritime conference of the Sri Lanka Navy, "Galle Dialogue," will be held in Colombo on 21 and 22 October this month. This year, the “Galle Dialogue -2019” will be held under the theme “Refining mindset to address transnational maritime threats: A review of the decade”.
Colombo meeting presses for rationalization of areas of cooperation and adoption of a BIMSTEC Charter »
Rationalization of areas of cooperation of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and draft Charter of the organization were deliberated and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed between the BIMSTEC Secretariat and the Asian Development Bank was agreed on during the 2nd meeting of the (BIMSTEC) Permanent Working Committee (BPWC) hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo on 10 and 11 October 2019.
The Director-General of the Security and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) issued a notice warning the public about an increasing number of unsolicited phone calls from persons claiming to be agents of international stockbroker firms, offering to facilitate investment in the share of firms traded in offshore jurisdictions with a promise of guaranteed high returns.
UNGA Sri Lanka calls for an integrated and balanced approach in the prevention of drug use and abuse »
Sri Lanka has called for an integrated and balanced approach in the prevention of drug use and abuse, noting that tackling this issue requires both the reduction in supply and demand, as well as combating trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as well as treatment and rehabilitation of drug users.
It has been decided that motorcycles are prohibited from using the flyover at the Dehiwala junction from now on, stated the Police Media Division. This decision was taken considering the increasing number of accidents that occur in that place, according to the police.
Ambassador Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne paid a courtesy call on Minister of Labour of the Republic of Lebanon Camille Abousleiman on 09 October 2019 at the Labour Ministry premises.
Health sector officials warn that the density of dengue larvae has increased rapidly in 8 districts. An official attached to the National Dengue Control Unit said this could result in an increase in the number of dengue patients.
The Bureau of Geological Survey and Mines reports that gold deposits are available in Sri Lanka. The Bureau has therefore taken steps to allow gold deposit tests. Archeological excavations have confirmed that the history of Sri Lanka has had gold. The Maha Wansha recorded that in order to build Ruwan-weli Maha Seya, gold was obtained from the Seru-wila area.
The Elections Commission said it has started issuing provisional identity cards for the 2019 presidential election. Those who wish to obtain a temporary identity card should therefore direct their applications via their Division's Grama Nilladhari before November 09th.
Today is White Cane Day or International Day for the Blind, a forum for the visually handicapped to highlight problems.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) announced that all universities ' academic activities would begin from yesterday (14) after a temporary suspension of non-academic university employees ' trade union action. The UGC was officially told that the strike action of the university's non-academic, which lasted for 33 consecutive days, came to a close.
The Election Commission invited South Asian election observers from seven South Asian countries scheduled to arrive in the country a week before voters head for the presidential polls, Chief Electoral Officer Saman Sri Ratnayake reported. The countries of South Asia include the Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Nepal, Afghanistan.
To celebrate the Children's Day that coincides with the anniversary of Pt's birth on November 14. Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center (ICC), India's High Commission, Colombo, will host Shankar's International Children's Competition at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday, 16 November 2019. 16/2 Gregory's Street, Colombo 07, at 1.00 p.m. at SVCC. Children from across the island are welcome to take part in the competition for painting / drawing / writing.
The Chairman of the National Election Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya, announced this morning that a total of 513 electoral violations have been received in respect of the upcoming presidential election. According to an announcement by the Chairman of the Commission, the Election Commission received 485 complaints in the period from 8 to 13 October about the violation of election laws, 12 complaints on the vote.
Landslide alerts have been given to several places in the district of Badulla, and residents have been stressed by the Disaster Management Center to be alert. The officer on duty at the Malinda Millangoda Department of Meteorology said that after 2 p.m. showers or thundershowers would occur across most parts of the island.
The country's forest density has decreased in the past under nearly every single government. Nevertheless, the president says the forest density of the country has increased to some degree due to the program that has been introduced over the past four years to protect the environment and increase the forest reserves.
President Maithripala Sirisena declares open the ‘Dauldena Gnanissara Maha Nayake Thero’ commemorative building »
President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the opening of the Pagoda, "Dauldena Gnanissara Maha Nayaka Thero" commemorating the Venerable Dawuldena Gnanissara Maha Nayaka Thero, the great leader of the Udarata Amarapura Samgiri Sangha Sabha,
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has assured the UN High Representative on Disarmament Izumi Nakamitsu Sri Lanka’s practical support in New York, Geneva and Vienna in furthering the global Disarmament Agenda.
United National Party (UNP) Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says his hope is the presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa's New Democratic Front (NDF) victory at the upcoming presidential election.
The Ministry of Finance has announced that this month, under the fuel price system, no changes will be made to the fuel prices. Lanka IOC reduced the prices of "Lanka Petrol 92 Octane (LP92)" and "Xtra Premium Euro-3 Petrol" by Rs 2 per litre as of today's midnight (October 10).
A Chinese delegation led by China's Deputy Minister of Cyberspace Administration, H.E. Yang Xiaowei, met with State Defense Minister and Mass Media Minister, Hon. On Wednesday (09 October) Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry.
The Sri Lanka Army is celebrating its 70th anniversary, today (10 October). The anniversary celebrations commenced last week with a series of religious blessing and prayer ceremonies being held with the inaugural ceremony held at the Sri Dalada Maligawa,
Tomorrow, in the by-election to elect a new Pradeshiya Sabha, a total of 53,384 eligible people of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha area will cast their votes. A total of 28 councilors will be elected in tomorrow's polls, 17 of whom will be elected by electoral wards, while the rest will be chosen on the basis of Proportional Representation (PR) in accordance with the laws of local government elections.
A comprehensive national program on illegal drug abuse has been launched to alleviate the poverty of the rural masses–President The Asirigama Village in Palugaswewa in Anuradhapura, established under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena under the leadership of the Grama Shakthi People's Movement, was handed over to the public this morning (09).
Local News from Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that to modernize the pension scheme, the country’s economic growth rate
Yesterday (08) a supplementary budget of Rs 21.4 billion was submitted to Parliament. Ministry of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms and Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunatileka introduced this in Parliament.
In the World Tourism Organization, Sri Lanka has named main posts. For the term 2019 to 2021, Sri Lanka has appointed as one of the two Vice Presidents of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for South Asia.
The Council for Business with Britain (CBB) of the Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be hosting a fundraising event at the Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday, 24 October.
A 26-inch ballot paper, larger ballot boxes, hundreds of additional election duty workers and various expenses such as food, telecommunications and electricity bills were factors that pushed the cost of the presidential poll of 16 November close to Rs. 5 billion, officials said yesterday.
The 15th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies High Level Meeting (HACGM – HLM) commenced in Colombo, today (08th October). The inaugural session of this regional conference, organized by the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) was held at the Galle Face Hotel, this morning.
Strengthening the tourism sector in Sri Lanka, LOT Polish Airlines will operate direct flights from Warsaw to Colombo from 3 November, strengthening the tourism sector in Sri Lanka.
The first ever large-scale Green Investment Project to introduce cassava (manioc) to the international market through the US Dollar 40 million Foreign Direct Investment was launched yesterday (8) with the President laying the foundation stone for the industrial complex to be built in Welikanda, Polonnaruwa.
The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently experiencing a computer system slow down in the electronic Document Attestation System (e-DAS). This technical difficulty has increased the time taken in uploading authenticated documents to the system and has resulted in congestion in the daily services.
Today (08), according to the National Water Supply & Drainage Board, a 24-hour water cut will be enforced on several areas in the Gampaha district. Water supply limits for Peliyagoda, Wattala, Mabola, Ja-Ela, Katunayake, Seeduwa Urban Council limits, Kelaniya, Biyagama, Mahara, Dompe and Gampaha Municipal Council limits beginning this morning at 8:00 a.m.
During September 2019, the total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka was 108,575. As of September 30, 2019, 1,376,312 tourists visited Sri Lanka for this year. However, compared to September 2018, arrivals fell to 27.2 million and tourist arrivals dropped to 20.5 percent in the first nine months of the year.
30th Anniversary of Lanka Education & Research Network (LEARN) was held under President’s patronage »
The Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN)'s 30th-anniversary celebration took place yesterday (07) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo.
Operations centers for the upcoming presidential election have been set up in every police division, Police Headquarters said. The activity centers relevant will receive complaints about the presidential election, conduct investigations into it, and conduct investigations into violations of the presidential election provisions of the Act.
Ministry of Industry and Commerce said, Sri Lanka activated the long-awaited free insurance scheme for its historic crafts and handicraft sectors on 6 October. Sri Lanka also announced that it is keen to introduce hi-tech design tools to its craftsmen so that their intricate work can attract greater global attention.
For the 2019 presidential election scheduled for 16 November, 35 candidates will be on the ballot. Nomination acceptance started at 9 am and lasted until 11 am. Half an hour has been given to the candidates for individuals to file objections.
To pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and High Commissioner H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu unveiled a bronze bust of Gandhiji at Temple Trees in Colombo last week.
The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) in Ratmalana, had its annual ‘Open Day’, today (06 October). A large number of the youngster and others attended the Open Day which was held with the aim to give an idea of the university, the courses offered and other benefits the students who expect to follow their higher studies at this premier seat of learning.
The strong relations between Qatar and Sri Lanka in several areas have further expanded in the recent years and both the countries share over four decades of diplomatic ties, said Kithsiri Athulathmudali, the newly-appointed Sri Lankan Ambassador to Doha.
“Sri Lanka Week at Carrefour Oman” an In-Store Sri Lankan Food Promotion organized by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman in collaboration with Sri Lanka Export Development Board was ceremonially opened at Carrefour Hypermarket in Muscat City Centre on 2nd October 2019.
The Informal Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held in New York last week has approved the nomination of former Foreign Secretary and senior career diplomat Mr. Esala Weerakoon, to be the 14th Secretary-General of SAARC, with effect from 01 March 2020. Mr. Weerakoon, presently serves as the Senior Additional Secretary to the President.
The results of the 2019 Grade 5 Scholarship Examination are released. The Department of Examinations has declared that the cut-off point for medium-sized Sinhala candidates in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Kandy, Matale, Kegalle and Kurunegala is 159 and 157 respectively for the districts of Hambantota and Ratnapura.
President Maithripala Sirisena said he has given continuous leadership throughout his entire political career to prevent the destruction caused by the drug menace and although he signed the declaration to impose capital punishmen
Sri Lanka became the first South Asian country to officially include esports as a sport in their country. The decision was made by the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, Mr. Harin Fernando and the order was officially passed under Section 28 of the Sports Act No. 25 of 1973 of the National Assembly.
Agricultural activities began for the Maha season by farmers in the Ampara District. Agricultural department officials said it was planned to develop about 120,000 acres of paddy fields, and farmers were urged to finish their work by October 21.
Schools in three Colombo Education Zone divisions and three Sri Jayewardenepura Education Zone schools will be closed on October 7 as nominations for the 2019 Presidential Election are submitted. The Ministry of Education says that as a security measure, the Election Commission made the related application.
President Maithripala Sirisena issuing an Extraordinary Gazette notification has proclaimed Sri Lanka's railway service as an essential service from yesterday, 03 October.
The' Mahaweli Entrepreneurship Presidential Awards Ceremony 2019' was held today (01) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH to commend the resourceful contribution made to the country's development process,