55 New Commissioned Officers Pass Out at SLAF Academy China Bay

55 New Commissioned Officers Pass Out at SLAF Academy China Bay »

18 Jan, 2020

45 Officer Cadets and 10 Lady Officer Cadets from the 59th and 60th Officer Cadet Intakes, the 11th and 12th Lady Officer Cadet Intakes and the 34th Kotelawala Defence University Intake passed out from SLAF Academy China Bay yesterday

Sri Lanka Air Force the most experienced in combatting terrorism

Sri Lanka Air Force the most experienced in combatting terrorism »

18 Jan, 2020

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), which has made a major contribution to the Humanitarian Operation, has a wealth of experience more than any other Air Force in the world in fighting airborne terrorist activities, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

Govt. lifts ban on civilian drone operations

Govt. lifts ban on civilian drone operations »

18 Jan, 2020

The Government, which lifted the ban on civilian drone, yesterday, is to introduce new regulations on drone operations, which was banned in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attack in mid-April, last year.

First Quadricycle manufactured in Sri Lanka introduced

First Quadricycle manufactured in Sri Lanka introduced »

17 Jan, 2020

The first Quadricycle vehicle manufactured in Sri Lanka was introduced today. The four-wheel micro car was inspected by State Minister of Industries Dayasiri Jayasekera.

New DG at Civil Security Department Calls on Commander

New DG at Civil Security Department Calls on Commander »

17 Jan, 2020

Local News Update: Rear Admiral (Retd) Ananda Peiris, Director General, Civil Security Department (CSD) on Tuesday (14) paid a courtesy call

New political parties registration commence today

New political parties registration commence today »

17 Jan, 2020

New political party registrations begin today (January 17). The National Elections Commission notes that for this reason the appropriate notification to the Gazette has also been published.

Local passenger flights from Colombo Ban lifted

Local passenger flights from Colombo Ban lifted »

17 Jan, 2020

After 25 years the ban on domestic passenger flights from Colombo was lifted. The Civil Aviation Authority says helicopters could now land in Galle Face at the grounds of the Defense Ministry.

Visitors can feed animals at Dehiwala Zoo

Visitors can feed animals at Dehiwala Zoo »

17 Jan, 2020

Tourists to Dehiwala National Zoological Gardens are now allowed to feed the animals with approved food, Assistant Director Dinushika Manawadu said. This decision was taken by the zoo authorities to discourage tourists from engaging in illegal feeding of the animals, she said.

High Tech University in Sooriyawewa to be ready this year

High Tech University in Sooriyawewa to be ready this year »

17 Jan, 2020

Information and Communication Technology and Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Dr. Bandula Gunawardena has decided this year to launch Sri Lanka's largest high-tech university in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota. This university will be built with investment from local and foreign investors.

‘ Gamata Geyak Ratata Hetak ‘ ready to begin end of January

‘ Gamata Geyak Ratata Hetak ‘ ready to begin end of January »

17 Jan, 2020

Local News Update: Construction work to build new houses in each of the 14,022 villages under the’ Gamata Geyak Ratata Hetak

Furthering Cooperation With Shenzhen

Furthering Cooperation With Shenzhen »

17 Jan, 2020

On the invitation of the Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou, Priyangika Dharmasena attended the opening Ceremony of the 8th Session of the 6th Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress on 08 January 2020 in Shenzhen to listen to the Report on the Work of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government.

Loan facility SME’s extended to tourism sector

Loan facility SME’s extended to tourism sector »

17 Jan, 2020

Minister of Industrial Development, Investment Promotion and Civil Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga said yesterday that the government also extended the Rs.300 million SME loan facility to entrepreneurs in the tourism sector. 

Sri Lanka Participates In South Asia’s Travel And Tourism Exchange (Satte) 2020 – International Travel Trade Show, India

Sri Lanka Participates In South Asia’s Travel And Tourism Exchange (Satte) 2020 – International Travel Trade Show, India »

17 Jan, 2020

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau showcased Sri Lanka’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry at SATTE 2020 held in India.

Special Donation Programme by Seva Vanitha Unit

Special Donation Programme by Seva Vanitha Unit »

17 Jan, 2020

Seva Vanitha Unit organized a donation programme for school children of the Anamaduwa Kothalakemiyawa Kanishta Vidyalaya on 14 January 2020. This donation was organized under the patronage of the Chairperson of SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Mayuri Prabhavi Dias in liaison with the Commanding Officer of SLAF Station Palavi.

Govt gives green light to draft new National Intelligence Act

Govt gives green light to draft new National Intelligence Act »

17 Jan, 2020

The government has given the green light to draft the ‘National Intelligence Act’ (NIA) to regulate and empower all intelligence services in the country to safeguard national security.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pays an unannounced visit to BIA

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pays an unannounced visit to BIA »

17 Jan, 2020

The President ordered the airport authorities to ensure they did not cause any inconvenience or delays during their arrival and departure.

Plans for the creation of 100,000 jobs to unqualified young people in final phase

Plans for the creation of 100,000 jobs to unqualified young people in final phase »

17 Jan, 2020

The plan to recruit 100000 unskilled youths to multi-task human resource force has reached its final stage. This is being done under the Vision for Progress envisaged in the election manifesto of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Showers expects in several places in Sabaragamuwa and WP and in Galle, Matara and Nuwara-eliya

Showers expects in several places in Sabaragamuwa and WP and in Galle, Matara and Nuwara-eliya »

17 Jan, 2020

Showers or thundershowers may occur at several places in Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces and in Galle, Matara and Nuwara-eliya districts after 2.00 p.m. Several spells of showers may occur in the Eastern and Uva provinces and in Hambanthota district. Light showers may occur in Northern and North-central provinces

Army Prays for All Victims in Australia & Invokes Blessings on Sri Lanka’s Prosperity

Army Prays for All Victims in Australia & Invokes Blessings on Sri Lanka’s Prosperity »

17 Jan, 2020

In a phenomenally empathetic gesture, thousands of Army personnel at island-wide Security Force HQs, Training Schools and Army formations simultaneously joined hands together sharp at 7.00 pm recently

THASL welcomes Tilak Weerasinghe’s appointment »

16 Jan, 2020

The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka yesterday welcomed the appointment of industry expert and MP Namal Rajapaksa's father-in-law Tilak Weerasinghe to the Board of Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd.

Lasantha Wickramasinghe has been named as the new chairman of MILCO

Lasantha Wickramasinghe has been named as the new chairman of MILCO »

16 Jan, 2020

Supply chain management master Mr. Lasantha Wickramasinghe has been named the new chairman of MILCO (Pvt) Ltd. Mr. Wickramasinghe has worked as a specialist in supply chain management and tax reporting concepts in various countries at IFS R&D International (Pvt),

Special credit support program for businessmen of small and medium size »

16 Jan, 2020

The Cabinet has decided to introduce a special credit support system for small and medium-sized enterprises.  Minister Bandula Gunawardena pointed out in this connection that this concessionary loan scheme will be valid for the period up to 31 December this year.

Registrationof foreign owned companies temporarily out until further notice »

16 Jan, 2020

The Sri Lankan company registrar temporarily suspended the registration of foreign owned corporations in Sri Lanka until further notice.

China Reaffirms Steadfast Support To Sri Lanka

China Reaffirms Steadfast Support To Sri Lanka »

16 Jan, 2020

The Chinese Foreign Minister & State Councilor Wang Yi met with the Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena at the Foreign Ministry on 14 January 2020, where China reiterated its solidarity and support to the new Government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Remains Of Three Sri Lankan Students Received By Families yesterday »

16 Jan, 2020

The remains of the three deceased Sri Lankan students who were studying in Azerbaijan were received yesterday morning by their families.

An islandwide firearm amnesty to hand over illegal weapons

An islandwide firearm amnesty to hand over illegal weapons »

16 Jan, 2020

A grace period to handover illegal firearms held without valid permits or documents has been announced by the Defence Ministry from February 5 to 12, today.

Handing over of new buildings for 5 schools in Northernprovince built under Indian Grant Assistance

Handing over of new buildings for 5 schools in Northernprovince built under Indian Grant Assistance »

16 Jan, 2020

A special event was held on January 15, 2020 at St. Henry’s College, Ilavalai in Jaffna during which new school buildings constructed with Indian assistance in 5 schools in Northern Province were simultaneously handed over to the people of Sri Lanka.

Cabinet approval for Purchasing Buses for SLTB under Indian line of credit

Cabinet approval for Purchasing Buses for SLTB under Indian line of credit »

16 Jan, 2020

The Cabinet's approval has previously been given to buy 400, 50-54 new seat buses and 100 32-35 new seat buses, using $15.03 million under the Indian Credit Line.

US Principal Alice Wells Engages In Bilateral Talks With Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

US Principal Alice Wells Engages In Bilateral Talks With Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena »

16 Jan, 2020

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena conveyed Sri Lanka’s appreciation for the development partnership United States has extended to Sri Lanka as well as respect and appreciation for the democratic processes in the country.

SL’s Envoy Visits Oman To Convey Condolence Messages Of The Government Of Sri Lanka On The Demise Of Late His Majesty

SL’s Envoy Visits Oman To Convey Condolence Messages Of The Government Of Sri Lanka On The Demise Of Late His Majesty »

16 Jan, 2020

Minister Susil Premajayantha, Special Envoy of the Government of Sri Lanka accompanied by Member of Parliament of Sri Lanka Faiszer Musthapha, visited the Sultanate of Oman to convey the condolence messages from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, on the demise of late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

Proper plans afoot to de-radicalize misguided youth – Secretary Defence

Proper plans afoot to de-radicalize misguided youth – Secretary Defence »

16 Jan, 2020

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said a proper programme to de-radicalize misguided youth involved in the Easter Sunday attack would be implemented under a competent authority with the objective to rehabilitate and reintegrate them back to the society.

Essentials at concessionary prices for low-income groups via a E-Card system

Essentials at concessionary prices for low-income groups via a E-Card system »

16 Jan, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to implement a national program to provide essential food items at concessional rates and a range of other benefits to low-income individuals. A special Electronic Card (e-Card) is to be provided to all selected recipients to buy food items under the scheme, according to a press release issued by the President's Media Division.

Dedicated University for Sports will be set up in the future – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Dedicated University for Sports will be set up in the future – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa »

16 Jan, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said a University of Sports will be set up in the future, and Diyagama will be upgraded to a sports complex. He made these remarks at yesterday's congratulatory ceremony for the South Asian Games medal winners held at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater.

Rs.1,000 daily wage for estate workers from March 1

Rs.1,000 daily wage for estate workers from March 1 »

16 Jan, 2020

The Cabinet of Ministers approved President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's proposal to raise a plantation worker's minimum daily wage should be Rs.1000 with effect from March 1, minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardene's Co-Cabinet Spokesman stated yesterday.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa affirms strong ties with US

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa affirms strong ties with US »

16 Jan, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday told American diplomat Alice Wells that when it came to future actions relating to the Millennium Challenge Cooperation Agreement (MCC), people's expectations from both countries should be taken into account, as both Sri Lanka and the US are countries that respect democracy.

Russian Foreign Minister delighted to be in Sri Lanka

Russian Foreign Minister delighted to be in Sri Lanka »

16 Jan, 2020

The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov met with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (14). The Minister who started his diplomatic career at the Soviet Embassy in Sri Lanka was delighted with Sri Lanka’s transformation since his time in the Island.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says to Chinese envoy that “We too want to be economically strong”

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says to Chinese envoy that “We too want to be economically strong” »

16 Jan, 2020

“Sri Lanka is a small country. Fortunately or not, it is geographically placed in a most strategic location. As a result, the country has to face many political challenges. The only way to overcome them is to be economically strong.

Fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island

Fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island »

16 Jan, 2020

Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island except for a few storms in the eastern province. Misty conditions can be predicted in the morning at some places in the provinces Central and Sabaragamuwa.

BMICH Provides Zero Emission Transport for Visitors

BMICH Provides Zero Emission Transport for Visitors »

14 Jan, 2020

A fleet of four solar-powered electric three-wheelers has recently been deployed to BMICH's visitors for use. These electric three wheelers, known as E-trikes, are part of the assistance provided to Sri Lanka by a Korean Energy Agency through the Ministry of Power & Energy's Sri Lankan Sustainable Energy Authority.

Repatriation of remains of deceased three Sri Lankan Students from Azerbaijan

Repatriation of remains of deceased three Sri Lankan Students from Azerbaijan »

14 Jan, 2020

Foreign Ministry says the post-mortem in regard to the deaths of the three Sri Lankan students who were studying at Western Caspian University in Baku Azerbaijan has been completed at the Republic Hospital in Baku, Azerbaijan.

No proper valuation done on lands assigned to Ministry of Roads and Highways

No proper valuation done on lands assigned to Ministry of Roads and Highways »

14 Jan, 2020

In the process of implementing road development projects Ministry of Roads and Highways had assigned a lot of lands from external parties under previous government yet a proper estimation hadn’t been done on lands, an essential calculation needed compensate land owners, Minister of Roads & Highways, Ports and Shipping Johnston Fernando stated.

15-member Sri Lanka squad leave to South Africa ahead of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup

15-member Sri Lanka squad leave to South Africa ahead of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup »

14 Jan, 2020

On Thursday night, a very cheerful 15-member Sri LankaUnder-19 squad took to South Africa for the ICCUnder-19 Cricket World Cup. The world cup from January 17 to February 9 will see Sri Lanka, drawn in Group A, play their opening match on January 19 at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, against reigning champions India.

Navy BDU receives bomb disposal equipment

Navy BDU receives bomb disposal equipment »

14 Jan, 2020

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, on 13th January 2020, took part in a simple ceremony to distribute bomb disposal equipment among Command Bomb Disposal Units. Most of these equipment had been a long felt requirement for the Navy Bomb Disposal Unit.

Bahrain Chambers to Assist Sri Lanka In Trade And Investment

Bahrain Chambers to Assist Sri Lanka In Trade And Investment »

14 Jan, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Pradeepa Saram met with the Chairman of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Sameer Nass at Bait Al Tijjar on 07 January 2020.

National security was neglected due to negligence and ignorance – Defence Secretary

National security was neglected due to negligence and ignorance – Defence Secretary »

14 Jan, 2020

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said yesterday (13) that national security was neglected at the expense of democracy and reconciliation during the past but the present government had created a secure and peaceful nation.

Project on Largest oil refinery to begin next year

Project on Largest oil refinery to begin next year »

14 Jan, 2020

According to the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the government will begin the construction of next year's largest petroleum refinery in Sri Lanka, Transport Management, Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera announced.

New Board of Directors for Sri Lankan Airlines appoints by Ministry of Finance

New Board of Directors for Sri Lankan Airlines appoints by Ministry of Finance »

14 Jan, 2020

The new Board of SriLankan Airlines has been named with top professionals and business leaders. The new Board was packed with the most experienced professionals from Sri Lanka.

Re-correction results of Grade 5 scholarship released

Re-correction results of Grade 5 scholarship released »

14 Jan, 2020

The Examinations Department has sent the re-correction results of 20,310 candidates faced the Grade Five Scholarship Examination 2019 to the relevant principals.

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa attends to Thurstan college 70th anniversary

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa attends to Thurstan college 70th anniversary »

14 Jan, 2020

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday planted a ' Na ' sapling on the grounds of Thurstan College in celebration of the school's 70th anniversary.

Party leaders request for select committee nominations

Party leaders request for select committee nominations »

14 Jan, 2020

Meeting of parliamentary party leaders and representatives of political parties held yesterday (13) decided to call for nominations for the Selection Committee of the Eighth Parliament's Fourth Session Accordingly

Plans to promote target-based strategy to accelerate economic growth in tourism industry

Plans to promote target-based strategy to accelerate economic growth in tourism industry »

14 Jan, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to plan a target-based strategy to promote the tourism industry in Sri Lanka. Increasing income from tourism to USD 10 billion by 2025, the industry can play the leading role in economic growth, President said during a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation held at the Presidential Secretariat

Ensure tax concession benefits going to public – President

Ensure tax concession benefits going to public – President »

14 Jan, 2020

His Excellency the President has instructed the Consumers Affairs Authority and Inland Revenue Department to closely monitor this situation and also urged the business community, importers, manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors to ensure full benefit of tax reduction is passed onto the consumers and general public. Such a business community is also urged to create public awareness through media briefings and another form of information releases to ensure competitive practices are respected to the benefit of all.

fair weather will prevail over the island

fair weather will prevail over the island »

14 Jan, 2020

Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island. There is a slight possibility for Ground frost in some places in the Nuwara-Eliya district at the early hours of the morning.

Army HQ Begins 2nd Phase of ‘Thuru Mithuru Nawa Ratak’ Harvesting Abandoned Paddy Fields

Army HQ Begins 2nd Phase of ‘Thuru Mithuru Nawa Ratak’ Harvesting Abandoned Paddy Fields »

14 Jan, 2020

The Army, to be consistent with the government’s environment-friendly Green Project concept to plant trees and establish urban forests, green paths, green roofs and agro-forestry systems as spelt out in the ‘Saubhagye Dekma’ (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour) policy statement this morning (14) launched its 2nd Phase of the afforestation, re-harvesting and beautification project, ‘Thuru Mithuru Nawa Ratak’, conceptualized by the Commander of the Army.

Podujana Peramuna will post a massive win in the general election – Mnister Johnston Fernando

Podujana Peramuna will post a massive win in the general election – Mnister Johnston Fernando »

14 Jan, 2020

In the upcoming parliamentary elections Podujana Peramuna will post a massive win over opposition, Minister of Roads & Highways, Ports and Shipping Johnston Fernando stated. Minister Fernando expressed these views while addressing a public meeting held recently. Minister Fernando who further expressed views on this occasion said that Podujana Peramuna has been gathering more votes successfully thus majority of voters are showing a strong affinity towards the party.

President invites Japan to invest in high tech assembly plants in Sri Lanka

President invites Japan to invest in high tech assembly plants in Sri Lanka »

13 Jan, 2020

Measures will be taken to further improve longstanding bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka, said Kozo Yamamoto, the Japanese Minister of State for Local Revitalization.

A Bodaragama appoints as Commissioner General to Sri Lanka Excise Department

A Bodaragama appoints as Commissioner General to Sri Lanka Excise Department »

13 Jan, 2020

The finance ministry said. A Bodaragama, a career officer who had served 32 years in the department has been made Commissioner General of Excise.

Jobs for all graduates before March

Jobs for all graduates before March »

13 Jan, 2020

By March 1, Minister of Education and Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Dullas Alahapperuma said today, more than 50,000 unemployed students, both internal and external, will obtain jobs.

SriLankan Airlines clarifies claims on purchases of drinking water

SriLankan Airlines clarifies claims on purchases of drinking water »

13 Jan, 2020

SriLankan Airlines wishes to clarify an erroneous news item with regard to the purchase of drinking water for its valued passengers.

Interest free loan awarded for 70 Senior Sailors

Interest free loan awarded for 70 Senior Sailors »

13 Jan, 2020

Seventy (70) Senior Sailors of Sri Lanka Navy were awarded Interest free loan facility valued Five Hundred Thousand rupees (Rs.500,000/=) each, by the Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at the Naval Headquarters, today (13th January 2020).

Minister Of Foreign Relations Successfully Concludes The First Official Visit To India

Minister Of Foreign Relations Successfully Concludes The First Official Visit To India »

13 Jan, 2020

Minister of Foreign Relations, Dinesh Gunawardena, undertaking his first official visit overseas since assumption of office, visited India from 9-10 January 2020 at the invitation of the Minister of External Affairs of India.

New Heads appointed to Treasury Departments

New Heads appointed to Treasury Departments »

13 Jan, 2020

The Ministry of Finance has announced new heads have been appointed to Treasury departments.

STF sets up a special operations unit to ensure national security

STF sets up a special operations unit to ensure national security »

13 Jan, 2020

A special operations unit, which functions 24-hours, has been established at the Police Special Task Force (STF) Headquarters to ensure national security and public order with immediate effect.

Special Committee to rectify salary anomalies – PM

Special Committee to rectify salary anomalies – PM »

13 Jan, 2020

A special committee will be established soon to rectify the salary anomalies of academic and non-academic staff at the university, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa says he is willing to support President

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa says he is willing to support President »

13 Jan, 2020

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa says he has no problem working with president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to develop the country. This afternoon (12) the United National Party (UNP) MP expressed these views on a public meeting held in Kesbewa.

Arrears of Mahapola Scholarship installments to be paid

Arrears of Mahapola Scholarship installments to be paid »

13 Jan, 2020

In the next week, Higher Education Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the Treasury to pay the Mahapola Scholarship installments, which have not yet been paid to the recipients.

Seventy five tanks to be renovated by government

Seventy five tanks to be renovated by government »

13 Jan, 2020

The Irrigation Director General launched a major tank rehabilitation program on the orders of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, totally deviating from the conventional contract system. Under the Irrigation Prosperity Programme, 75 large tanks will be repaired and upgraded without contractors using departmental workers and their own heavy machinery and equipment.

CB to issue directives for SME loan recovery suspension

CB to issue directives for SME loan recovery suspension »

13 Jan, 2020

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is to issue directives to the banking sector on the government's proposed concessional loan package to uplift small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have failed to repay their loans.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Visit Sri Lanka For Bilateral Discussions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Visit Sri Lanka For Bilateral Discussions »

13 Jan, 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, will arrive in Sri Lanka on 13 January 2020 for bilateral discussions with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

President instructs to discuss with university student on their demands

President instructs to discuss with university student on their demands »

13 Jan, 2020

A large number of university students launched a protest march recently making six demands including an increase in Mahapola scholarship grants.

Condolence Messages On The Demise Of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sultan Of The Sultanate Of Oman

Condolence Messages On The Demise Of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sultan Of The Sultanate Of Oman »

13 Jan, 2020

Your Majesty, It is with profound sadness that I learnt of the passing away of HisMajesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of the Sultanate of Oman.

President emphasized the need to prevent brain drain to achieve rapid development

President emphasized the need to prevent brain drain to achieve rapid development »

13 Jan, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized the need of preventing brain drain to achieve rapid development in the country

Fair weather across the island and shower might expects in SG and WP

Fair weather across the island and shower might expects in SG and WP »

13 Jan, 2020

Showers may occur in the afternoon or evening in a few places in Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces, and in the districts of Galle, Matara and Nuwara-Eliya.

Foreign envoys from China, Russia and America visit to Sri Lanka

Foreign envoys from China, Russia and America visit to Sri Lanka »

13 Jan, 2020

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Senior Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells are scheduled to arrive in Colombo today on official visits.

People wanted a new leadership to put country on right track

People wanted a new leadership to put country on right track »

11 Jan, 2020

The President says that what the people wanted at the Presidential election was a leadership to guide the country on the right path, but not a person called Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa assumes duties as the Chairman of the National Film Corporation

Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa assumes duties as the Chairman of the National Film Corporation »

10 Jan, 2020

Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa Chairman of Nawaloka Hospitals PLC  has recently been appointed Chairman of Sri Lanka's National Film Corporation. This is the fourth time since his first appointment back in 2002, he has taken over the Corporation's reigns.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa makes an sudden visit to Colombo National Hospital

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa makes an sudden visit to Colombo National Hospital »

9 Jan, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a sudden observational visit to the National Hospital in Colombo, today (09). The President visited the OPD building complex of the National Hospital and inquired about the activities at the OPD while engaging in cordial discussions with the patients.

Over 2,500 acres available for investment in Tourism islandwide

Over 2,500 acres available for investment in Tourism islandwide »

9 Jan, 2020

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism has over 2,500 acres of land with clear title available to both local and foreign investors, State Minister of Tourism Promotion Arundika Fernando said yesterday.

Cabinet of Ministers held on 08.01.2020

Cabinet of Ministers held on 08.01.2020 »

9 Jan, 2020

Memorandum of Understanding between General Sir John Kothalawala Defence Universityand Indonesian Defence University,‘A house to the village – a future to the country’ – a convenient residence to every family.

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale called on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale called on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena »

9 Jan, 2020

On a two-day visit to India today, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena arrived. He is scheduled to hold several meetings, including with Minister S Jaishankar of Indian External Affairs.

Inland Revenue Department enables voluntary re-registration fro VAT

Inland Revenue Department enables voluntary re-registration fro VAT »

9 Jan, 2020

Sri Lanka enables voluntary re-registration, the Department of Inland Revenue said, for companies that have been removed from the value added tax net. VAT is useful for production credit and efficient exporters.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse tomorrow

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse tomorrow »

9 Jan, 2020

A penumbral eclipse of the Moon occurs on Friday 10 January, 2020 UT, lasting from 17:07–21:12 UT. At maximum eclipse, 90% of the Moon's disc will be partially shaded by the Earth, which will cause a slight shadow gradient across its disc; this subtle effect may be visible to careful observers. No part of the Moon will be in complete shadow. The eclipse will last 4 hours and 5 minutes overall, and will be visible from Africa, Europe, Asia, Alaska, and Australia.

U.S. Embassy of Sri Lanka issues security alert

U.S. Embassy of Sri Lanka issues security alert »

9 Jan, 2020

"Increased tension in the Middle East, which could lead to security risks for U.S. citizens abroad," warned the U.S. Embassy in Colombo yesterday evening to issue a security alert.

Dinesh Gunawardene leaves to India on a official visit

Dinesh Gunawardene leaves to India on a official visit »

9 Jan, 2020

Foreign Minister, Dinesh Gunawardene is currently engaged in an official two-day visit to India. At the invitation of the Indian government, Minister Gunawardene visited India.

Old buses to remove from the fleet – SLTB

Old buses to remove from the fleet – SLTB »

9 Jan, 2020

All buses that are not suitable for running the road will be removed from the bus service in the future.

Driving license issues in 2 hours after Presidents inspection

Driving license issues in 2 hours after Presidents inspection »

9 Jan, 2020

Passenger Transport Management and Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday that people he met at the Department of Motor Traffic's Werahera branch had told him that the branch's customer service was now smooth after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's sudden inspection tour two weeks ago.

Loan scheme to assist journalists will be upgraded and re-implement

Loan scheme to assist journalists will be upgraded and re-implement »

9 Jan, 2020

The Madya Aruna loan scheme to assist journalists with purchasing equipment and scholarship schemes will be updated and re-implemented from March this year,

Dance Group from Kandy participates in National Tribal Dance Festival in India

Dance Group from Kandy participates in National Tribal Dance Festival in India »

9 Jan, 2020

A 12-member dance group led by Mrs. Umah Sritharan, Director of Sri Sathya Sai Kalalayam (Dancing Institution) from Kandy, participated in the National Tribal Dance Festival – 2019 held in Chhattisgarh state of India.

Norwegian Ambassador meets Defence Secretary

Norwegian Ambassador meets Defence Secretary »

9 Jan, 2020

The Ambassador of Norway Trine Jøranli Eskedal made a call on the Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne today

Showers expects in Sabaragamuwa,WP, Galle, Matara and Nuwara-Eliya

Showers expects in Sabaragamuwa,WP, Galle, Matara and Nuwara-Eliya »

9 Jan, 2020

Showers or thundershowers will occur in the afternoon or night at a few locations in Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces and in the districts of Galle, Matara, and Nuwara-Eliya. Fairweather is mainly going to prevail elsewhere.

Prime Minister appoints Jayantha Weerasinghe as his legal advisor

Prime Minister appoints Jayantha Weerasinghe as his legal advisor »

8 Jan, 2020

Jayantha Weerasinghe PC was appointed as Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's legal advisor. Weerasinghe, a former Royal College student, after completing his LLB at the University of Colombo, Colombo took oaths as a lawyer.

Amendments Muslim marriage laws presented

Amendments Muslim marriage laws presented »

8 Jan, 2020

Five bills amending the Muslim marriage laws that deem the marriage of underage Muslim girls to be a crime were submitted to Parliament today. The five bills submitted in the form of Private Member Bills were submitted by Ven. Aturaliye Ratana Thero and Dr. Thusitha Wijemanne, MP of the UNP Kegalle District.

Examination Department releases Re-correction results of 2019 Grade 5 Scholarship

Examination Department releases Re-correction results of 2019 Grade 5 Scholarship »

8 Jan, 2020

The Examination Department announced that re-correction results were issued for the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination 2019. Examination Commissioner General Sanath Pujitha said the results can be viewed by logging in to the website of the Examination Department at www.doenets.lk. The result sheets were also addressed to the directors.

President Gotabaya Commiserates with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

President Gotabaya Commiserates with Prime Minister Scott Morrison »

8 Jan, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in telephone conversation with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his empathy to Australians as they battle one of the worst bushfires in history.

Singapore Law & Home Affairs Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Singapore Law & Home Affairs Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa »

8 Jan, 2020

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam who was on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the today (8). President and Minister Shanmugam broadly discussed on a range of issues of importance to the two countries.

SriLankan Airlines changes the route of Colombo-London-Colombo flights

SriLankan Airlines changes the route of Colombo-London-Colombo flights »

8 Jan, 2020

SriLankan Airlines said it was re-routing flights to London to avoid Iran as a region-wide escalation of conflict, with the US Aviation Regulator also ordering US airlines not to overfly the country.

The Bankers to the Nation, Bank of Ceylon sponsors the historic Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perehara

The Bankers to the Nation, Bank of Ceylon sponsors the historic Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perehara »

8 Jan, 2020

The historic Kelaniya Duruthu Perehera is an annual procession that takes place as a ritual to commemorate the Lord Buddha’s visit the Sri Lanka. Organized by the Kelaniya Temple and its “Dayaka Sabbawa” the procession depicts the traditional customs and the cultural heritage of the country and is viewed by thousands of tourists every year.

Hayleys Group donates 10,000 pairs of rubber gloves to Environmental Police

Hayleys Group donates 10,000 pairs of rubber gloves to Environmental Police »

8 Jan, 2020

Supporting the Government's initiative to conserve environment Dipped Products PLC (DPPLC), which is functioning under the Hayleys Group, handed over a stock of rubber gloves to the Police Environmental Protection Division (PEPD) at a function held at the Defence Ministry, today.

Business And Investment Promotion Programme In Kerala

Business And Investment Promotion Programme In Kerala »

8 Jan, 2020

Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner to Chennai, V. Krishnamoorthy along with Minister (Commercial) Yasantha De Silva undertook an official visit to Kerala from 18-20 December, 2019 with the objective of highlighting the trade and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.