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
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.
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.
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.
Local News Update: Rear Admiral (Retd) Ananda Peiris, Director General, Civil Security Department (CSD) on Tuesday (14) paid a courtesy call
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local News Update: Construction work to build new houses in each of the 14,022 villages under the’ Gamata Geyak Ratata Hetak
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.
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 Tourism Promotion Bureau showcased Sri Lanka’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry at SATTE 2020 held in India.
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.
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.
The President ordered the airport authorities to ensure they did not cause any inconvenience or delays during their arrival and departure.
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 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
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
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.
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),
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.
The Sri Lankan company registrar temporarily suspended the registration of foreign owned corporations in Sri Lanka until further notice.
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.
The remains of the three deceased Sri Lankan students who were studying in Azerbaijan were received yesterday morning by their families.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 yesterday planted a ' Na ' sapling on the grounds of Thurstan College in celebration of the school's 70th anniversary.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The finance ministry said. A Bodaragama, a career officer who had served 32 years in the department has been made Commissioner General of Excise.
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 wishes to clarify an erroneous news item with regard to the purchase of drinking water for its valued passengers.
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, 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.
The Ministry of Finance has announced new heads have been appointed to Treasury departments.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized the need of preventing brain drain to achieve rapid development in the country
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
All buses that are not suitable for running the road will be removed from the bus service in the future.
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.
The Madya Aruna loan scheme to assist journalists with purchasing equipment and scholarship schemes will be updated and re-implemented from March this year,
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.
The Ambassador of Norway Trine Jøranli Eskedal made a call on the Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne today
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.