Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz’s Remarks at the International Conference on Women Entrepreneurship

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz’s Remarks at the International Conference on Women Entrepreneurship »

6 Dec, 2019

Good morning distinguished guests, conference organizers. It’s a pleasure to be here, and I want to thank the Colombo School of

Hambantota Int’l Port reaches busiest week

Hambantota Int’l Port reaches busiest week »

6 Dec, 2019

The Hambantota International Port (HIP) had a busy week with 6 RORO vessels calling at the port, discharging 18,288 vehicles of which 16,830 were for transshipment and 1,458 were for local agencies.

BOI to become a one-stop-shop make easy for investors

BOI to become a one-stop-shop make easy for investors »

6 Dec, 2019

Minister of State for Investment Promotion Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Investment Board (BOI) needs to be made more effective and taken into its former state of glory, which the government has begun to do, adding that investors can no longer be sent from' pillar to post.'

High level delegation of Russian Ministry of Defence visits the Eastern naval Command

High level delegation of Russian Ministry of Defence visits the Eastern naval Command »

6 Dec, 2019

A high-level delegation of the Russian Ministry of Defence visited the Eastern Naval Command as a part of their official visit to Sri Lanka.

Upgrade National Colleges of Education to State Universities

Upgrade National Colleges of Education to State Universities »

6 Dec, 2019

The Cabinet Paper presented by Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Dullas Alahapperuma to upgrade the Faculties of National Colleges of Education to State Universities, Information and Communication Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, and Co-Cabinet Speaker Bandula Gunawardana said.

Middle Eastern envoys call on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Middle Eastern envoys call on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa »

6 Dec, 2019

Yesterday (05) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had a gathering with ambassadors from the Middle East in Sri Lanka. The cordial meeting was held last morning at the official residence of the Prime Minister, Temple Trees.

Foreign Minister Shahid Pays A Courtesy Call On The President Of Sri Lanka

Foreign Minister Shahid Pays A Courtesy Call On The President Of Sri Lanka »

6 Dec, 2019

Maldives Foreign Minister Shahid Abdulla called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.  Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Abdulla Shahid paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka yesterday afternoon.

President envisages radical transformation in education sector

President envisages radical transformation in education sector »

6 Dec, 2019

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said swift actions should be taken to develop the education sector which was a priority in his election manifesto. President made these observations during a discussion with Education and Higher Education Ministers and officials held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (05).

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6 Dec, 2019

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Northern, North-central, Eastern, Uva and Central provinces and in the Hambantota district. Showers or thundershowers after 1.00 p.m. can take place elsewhere.

Blood donation campaign at Colombo in paralleled to the 69th anniversary of SL Navy

Blood donation campaign at Colombo in paralleled to the 69th anniversary of SL Navy »

5 Dec, 2019

Sri Lanka Navy conducted a blood donation campaign at Navy General Hospital in Welisara, on 4th December 2019. Accordingly, this blood donation campaign organized as another step of social responsibility work carried out in parallel to the 69th anniversary of SL Navy was nobly conducted in view of saving the lives of innocent patients.

Speaker Calls On Chief Prelates

Speaker Calls On Chief Prelates »

5 Dec, 2019

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says he was told to maintain discipline and unity within the United National Party by the Chief Prelates and the Siyamnikaya Anunayakas. The speaker received blessings from Malwathu chapter Ven's chief prelate.

Rathnapura districts Parliamentarian Ranjith De Zoysa Passed Away

Rathnapura districts Parliamentarian Ranjith De Zoysa Passed Away »

5 Dec, 2019

Ranjith De Zoysa, a parliamentarian, passed away. At his demise, he was 57 years old. Born in 1962 in Godakawela, Ranjith Soysa studied at Siddhartha Vidyalaya, Elpitiya, and Godakawela, Rahula National College. He is an Agriculture Diploma holder and entered active politics in 1997.

Gazette on subject portfolios of ministers very soon

Gazette on subject portfolios of ministers very soon »

5 Dec, 2019

The gazette notification will be released over the next couple of days outlining topics and organizations that fall under each minister, the Cabinet has been told in the press. The government held its second meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Cabinet yesterday.

Govt hopeful of Swiss co-operation on ‘abduction’ claim

Govt hopeful of Swiss co-operation on ‘abduction’ claim »

5 Dec, 2019

Under the laws of the country, the employee of the Swiss Embassy who claims to have been kidnapped can not leave the country without giving a statement on the alleged incident, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena told the news media yesterday,

Cement prices reduced

Cement prices reduced »

5 Dec, 2019

Following the recent announcement by the Sri Lankan Government to provide tax concessions to improve the cost of living of the public, INSEE Cement Sri Lanka, the premier cement manufacturer and producer of the most popular household brands Sanstha and Mahaweli Marine Plus Cement,

Permits for transport of sand, soil, clay cancelled

Permits for transport of sand, soil, clay cancelled »

5 Dec, 2019

Ministers ' cabinet has agreed to abolish sand, dirt, and clay transport permits, Minister S. M. Chandrasena said. Tonight's decision must come into effect, the minister said.

Landslide alerts for issued to several districts

Landslide alerts for issued to several districts »

5 Dec, 2019

Landslide alerts have been given to the districts of Badulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Ratnapura, the NBRO said. NBRO reported that level 1 (yellow) alerts were released for the following areas: Haldummulla, Passara, Lunugala, Ella, Haliela, Badulla, Haputale Bandarawela, Soranathota,

Cabinet approval to go head with school uniform vouchers for 2020

Cabinet approval to go head with school uniform vouchers for 2020 »

5 Dec, 2019

The Ministry of Education has approved the proposal for the Ministry of Education to continue to issue vouchers for uniforms to school children for the year 2020. Minister Ramesh Pathirana, the Cabinet spokesperson, confirmed this during this morning's media briefing to announce Cabinet decisions.

Enhance facilities for long distance SLTB, private bus crews

Enhance facilities for long distance SLTB, private bus crews »

5 Dec, 2019

The government decided to provide restroom facilities for long-distance bus drivers and passengers, announced yesterday by the Ministry of Passenger Transport Management. The decision follows the results of a research carried out under the supervision of the National Transportation Commission, according to ministry sources.

Indian Naval Ship ‘Nireekshak’ departs Trincomalee harbor after successful voyage

Indian Naval Ship ‘Nireekshak’ departs Trincomalee harbor after successful voyage »

5 Dec, 2019

Indian Naval ship ‘Nireekshak' which arrived in Sri Lanka on 25th November, departed the port of Trincomalee, today (03rd December). Sri Lanka Navy bade customary farewell to the departing ship in accordance to naval traditions.

Sajith Premadasa elected as the next opposition leader

Sajith Premadasa elected as the next opposition leader »

5 Dec, 2019

Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa of the United National Party (UNP) has been elected as the next opposition leader. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was reportedly nominated for the role by Premadasa.

Bangladesh envoy congratulate Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Bangladesh envoy congratulate Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa »

5 Dec, 2019

Yesterday at Temple Trees, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Riaz Hamidullah, called Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Discussions focused on issues like finance, mutual economic cooperation, and BIMSTEC strengthening.

School text books ready for distribution

School text books ready for distribution »

5 Dec, 2019

Measures were taken by the Ministry of Education on the very first day of school next year to hand over school textbooks to students. The amount of textbooks required for 2020 has already been printed.  The Department of Education Publications has sent textbooks directly to schools with more than 1,500 students.

Sri Lanka has eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis- WHO declares

Sri Lanka has eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis- WHO declares »

5 Dec, 2019

Sri Lanka is being declared as a country that has eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis by the World Health Organization. In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) out of which goal 3 is on good health and wellbeing..

Train travel interrupted in upcountry railway line

Train travel interrupted in upcountry railway line »

5 Dec, 2019

The Railway Control Room said last night, due to a minor landslide between Diyatalawa & Bandarawela, the upcountry railway line was terminated at Diyatalawa. To restore the track between Diyatalawa & Bandarawela, however, steps have been taken.

Warning :  Yan Oya Water level on the rise

Warning : Yan Oya Water level on the rise »

5 Dec, 2019

The Irrigation Department has warned that the Yan Oya water level at Horowpathana Area is currently rising to' Flood Level' due to heavy rainfall. As a result, people living in these rivers ' low-level areas are advised to relocate to safer places due to flood risk.

Secretary meets Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

Secretary meets Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith »

5 Dec, 2019

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Major General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc MPhil met Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at Archbishop’s House, yesterday (4 December 2019).

President calls on India and China to invest in SL

President calls on India and China to invest in SL »

5 Dec, 2019

Through a tweet, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has invited global powers to place their trust in Sri Lanka, including India and China. The tweet goes on to invite countries to invest in the future of Sri Lanka while respecting the unique identity of Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation.

Maldivian Foreign Minister arrives to meet President, Prime Minister

Maldivian Foreign Minister arrives to meet President, Prime Minister »

5 Dec, 2019

Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, who arrived in Sri Lanka last night for a three-day official visit, is scheduled to meet with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and will also pay a courtesy appeal to Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Military Delegation of the People’s Liberation Army, visit the Commander of the Navy

Military Delegation of the People’s Liberation Army, visit the Commander of the Navy »

5 Dec, 2019

A Military delegation of the People’s Liberation Army, visited the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at the Naval Headquarters today on the 03rd December.

Sri Lanka Navy renders assistance to people affected by adverse weather conditions

Sri Lanka Navy renders assistance to people affected by adverse weather conditions »

5 Dec, 2019

Sri Lanka Navy is currently carrying out rescue and relief operations across the nation, affected by the adverse weather conditions, under the guidance of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva.

Prevailing showery condition in Northern, Eastern, NC, Uva and Central provinces

Prevailing showery condition in Northern, Eastern, NC, Uva and Central provinces »

5 Dec, 2019

It is expected that the prevailing shower situation will persist in the northern, eastern, north-central, Uva and central provinces. Showers or thundershowers will sometimes occur in northern, northern, central, eastern, Uva, and central provinces, as well as in district Hambantota. Showers or thundershowers after 1.00 p.m. can take place elsewhere.

Two new governors for Eastern and North Central Provinces appointed

Two new governors for Eastern and North Central Provinces appointed »

4 Dec, 2019

Two new governors have been sworn in today for the Eastern and North Central Provinces before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Anuradha Yahampath was appointed as the Eastern Province Governor while Professor Tissa Witharana was appointed as the North Central Province Governor.

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Public Relations Division opens

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Public Relations Division opens »

4 Dec, 2019

Yesterday, the Office of the Prime Minister inaugurated a Public Relations Division near Temple Trees. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the Office of Public Relations.

Heavy Rain alert imposed  island wide

Heavy Rain alert imposed island wide »

4 Dec, 2019

Local News Update: The Department of Meteorology today issued RED Warning for Heavy Rain says that “Due to the low-level atmospheric

Two-state solution not meant for Sri Lanka, says UK Conservative Party Featured

Two-state solution not meant for Sri Lanka, says UK Conservative Party Featured »

4 Dec, 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today (04) issued a media statement on the clarification made by the UK’s Conservative Party regarding the reference made to Sri Lanka in its election manifesto, which was released in the run-up to the upcoming general election in the United Kingdom.

Cabinet convenes today evening

Cabinet convenes today evening »

4 Dec, 2019

The Cabinet is scheduled to meet this afternoon. The Cabinet meeting will be held at the Presidential Secretariat at 04.30 pm said the Cabinet Secretary S. Amarasekera.

Govt. to set up a National Authority to ensure safe use of industrial chemicals

Govt. to set up a National Authority to ensure safe use of industrial chemicals »

4 Dec, 2019

‘’The government has decided to establish the National Authority in the Ministry with the intention of ensuring peaceful use of the Scheduled Chemicals in the industry without hindering their proper functioning’’ Defence Ministry Secretary Major General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc MPhil said.

UAE and New Zealand envoys affirm their countries’ commitment to enhance bilateral relations with Sri Lanka

UAE and New Zealand envoys affirm their countries’ commitment to enhance bilateral relations with Sri Lanka »

4 Dec, 2019

Local News Update: The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Sri Lanka Ahmad Ali Al Mualla paid a courtesy call

Prevailing showery condition is expected in Northern, Eastern, NC, Uva and Central

Prevailing showery condition is expected in Northern, Eastern, NC, Uva and Central »

4 Dec, 2019

Due to the low-level atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka (south of Sri Lanka), prevailing shower conditions are expected to increase over the northern, eastern, north-central, Uva and central provinces (especially during December 04 and 05). It is possible to expect cloudy skies across the island.

United States Supports Sri Lankan Efforts to Reduce Landslide Risk

United States Supports Sri Lankan Efforts to Reduce Landslide Risk »

4 Dec, 2019

The United States donated landslide monitoring instruments to Sri Lanka’s National Building Research Organization (NBRO) to more effectively manage the risk of landslides in Nikgaha, Kalutara.

Sri Lanka PAYE tax to stay, high threshold from Jan 01

Sri Lanka PAYE tax to stay, high threshold from Jan 01 »

4 Dec, 2019

Sri Lanka will maintain Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE), a wage tax of more than 250,000 rupees per month, but all personal income will be subject to income tax at a uniform rate of 3,000,000 rupees per year from January 01, a notice from tax authorities said.

The special training programme conducted for International Maritime Law Enforcement Officers concludes successfully

The special training programme conducted for International Maritime Law Enforcement Officers concludes successfully »

3 Dec, 2019

Two-week long Visit Board Search & Seizure (VBSS) Officer Course conducted for Maritime Law Enforcement officers of the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of Philippines, Kingdom of Thailand,

Approximately 14,164 persons affected by bad weather – DMC

Approximately 14,164 persons affected by bad weather – DMC »

3 Dec, 2019

According to the Disaster Management Center's latest update, it has affected people living in 15 districts. Approximately 14164 people from 4153 families are affected by the adverse weather in the region.

Special COPE Committee Meeting today – Sunil Handunnetti

Special COPE Committee Meeting today – Sunil Handunnetti »

3 Dec, 2019

COPE Committee Chairman Sunil Handunnetti said that a special meeting will take place in Parliament today (03) to discuss the future actions to be taken with regard to the Bond Scam on the basis of the final report of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) forensic audit.

One gate of Yan Oya to be opened

One gate of Yan Oya to be opened »

3 Dec, 2019

Local News Update: Due to the current rising water levels, one Yan Oya spill gate is scheduled to be opened tonight.

PM Imran Khan’s invite PM Mahinda Rajapaksa

PM Imran Khan’s invite PM Mahinda Rajapaksa »

3 Dec, 2019

The invitation of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Pakistan was welcomed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Providing relief for the districts affected by natural disaster conditions

Providing relief for the districts affected by natural disaster conditions »

3 Dec, 2019

Government officials have been instructed by His Excellency the President to take immediate action to ensure the safety and welfare of the people during disaster situations such as floods and landslides resulting from the prevailing adverse weather conditions in many districts of the country.

Debt relief from microfinance, SME loans – State Minister Shehan Semasinghe

Debt relief from microfinance, SME loans – State Minister Shehan Semasinghe »

3 Dec, 2019

The government has called for reports from all public and private banks to evaluate this week's microfinance loans and borrowings from small and medium-sized businesses, a top official said yesterday pledging to provide relief in the coming months.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa instruct officials Grant Immediate Relief To Disaster Victims

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa instruct officials Grant Immediate Relief To Disaster Victims »

3 Dec, 2019

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered officials to initiate a special program to evacuate people from the weather-affected areas. There was a conversation between the Prime Minister and the officials.

Flights on time without delay

Flights on time without delay »

3 Dec, 2019

Despite poor visibility, authorities confirmed yesterday that the prevailing bad weather conditions in the country did not affect the airport services and flight schedules.

GCE O/L commenced without any interruption

GCE O/L commenced without any interruption »

3 Dec, 2019

B. Sanath Pujitha, Commissioner General of Examinations, announced that the GCE Ordinary Level Examination started yesterday due to the fairly pleasant weather.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi Calls For Optimising Bilateral Economic Linkages

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi Calls For Optimising Bilateral Economic Linkages »

3 Dec, 2019

Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi who arrived in Sri Lanka on a two day visit, called on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Foreign Ministry on Monday (02/12) and discussed the growing bilateral relations that could be further diversified and developed in the main sectors.

Re-engineer Sri Lanka’s tax Policy

Re-engineer Sri Lanka’s tax Policy »

3 Dec, 2019

The government announced a series of measures to re-engineer Sri Lanka’s tax Policy framework with a view to creating a simple, transparent and efficient tax system that will promote self-compliance and easy tax administration.

President meets PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks

President meets PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks »

3 Dec, 2019

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met with members of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to investigate and inquire into the Easter Sunday terror attacks and exchanged views at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday evening (02).

Parliament prorogued and will on convene 03rd January 2020

Parliament prorogued and will on convene 03rd January 2020 »

3 Dec, 2019

Parliament was prorogued last night and the corresponding Gazette Notification was sent to Government Printer.

Canadian HC and special envoy of the Chinese President called on President Rajapaksa

Canadian HC and special envoy of the Chinese President called on President Rajapaksa »

3 Dec, 2019

At the President's Office yesterday (02), the Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, David Mckinnon, called President Goatabaya Rajapaksa.

Pakistan Foreign Shad Mahmood Qureshi Minister calls on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Pakistan Foreign Shad Mahmood Qureshi Minister calls on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa »

3 Dec, 2019

Shad Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (02).

Italy and Norway Ambassadors pledge their countries’ fullest cooperation to the President’s plan of action with a new vision

Italy and Norway Ambassadors pledge their countries’ fullest cooperation to the President’s plan of action with a new vision »

3 Dec, 2019

Rita Giuliana Mannella, Ambassador for the Republic of Italy in Sri Lanka, called to the Presidential Secretariat today (02) for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Prevailing showery condition is expected over Northern, Eastern, NC, Uva and Central provinces

Prevailing showery condition is expected over Northern, Eastern, NC, Uva and Central provinces »

3 Dec, 2019

Due to the atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the prevailing shower condition is expected to improve from tonight (especially during 04 and 05 December) over the northern, eastern, north-central, Uva and central provinces.

Update on the alleged incident relating to Swiss Embassy staff member

Update on the alleged incident relating to Swiss Embassy staff member »

2 Dec, 2019

The Government of Sri Lanka, has taken serious note of the alleged criminal incident concerning a locally recruited staff member of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, on Monday, 25 November 2019, immediately ordered a thorough investigation into this matter.

O/L examination starts today

O/L examination starts today »

2 Dec, 2019

The G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination 2019 will commence today and will last for 10 days, concluding on the 12th December.

Pakistan’s FM arrives in Sri Lanka

Pakistan’s FM arrives in Sri Lanka »

2 Dec, 2019

Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived Sri Lanka Sunday for a two-day official visit on 1-2 December 2019.

India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise ‘Mitra Shakti 2019’ begins

India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise ‘Mitra Shakti 2019’ begins »

2 Dec, 2019

The 7th edition of joint military & Army Exercise Mitra Shakti 2019 aimed at enhancing interoperability and operational efficiency between the armies of Sri Lanka and India when deployed as part of the United Nations peacekeeping forces commenced today at Aundh Military Station, Pune, India.

Water cut for several areas in Wattala

Water cut for several areas in Wattala »

2 Dec, 2019

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board stated several areas of the Wattala will experience water cut due to the rupturing of a water pipeline in Wattala.

Award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET)

Award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET) »

2 Dec, 2019

Applications are invited from the children of estate workers, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET). These scholarships are available for G.C.E. Advanced Level, Undergraduate courses and for students undergoing Vocational/Technical education in any other Government Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka.

The extraordinary Gazette was issued for reducing Value Added Tax (VAT)

The extraordinary Gazette was issued for reducing Value Added Tax (VAT) »

2 Dec, 2019

ORDER UNDER SECTION 2A OF VALUE ADDED TAX ACT, No.14 OF2002 AS AMENDED BY ACT, No. 06 OF 2005

Officials have been instructed take immediate action to ensure the safety and welfare

Officials have been instructed take immediate action to ensure the safety and welfare »

2 Dec, 2019

Government officials have been instructed by His Excellency the President to take immediate action to ensure the safety and welfare of the people during disaster situations such as floods and landslides resulting from the prevailing adverse weather conditions in many districts of the country.

Prevailing showery condition is expected to continue over the island

Prevailing showery condition is expected to continue over the island »

2 Dec, 2019

It is expected that the prevailing shower condition will continue over the island in the next few days. Showers or thundershowers will occur in the provinces of North, North-Central, Eastern and Uva and after 1.00 p.m. Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere.

Prevailing showery condition is expected to continue over the island next few days

Prevailing showery condition is expected to continue over the island next few days »

1 Dec, 2019

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Northern, Eastern and Uva provinces and Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere after 1.00 p.m. Heavy showers about 100-150 mm are likely at some places in Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara and Badulla districts.

Secretary meets Prime Minister at Temple Trees

Secretary meets Prime Minister at Temple Trees »

30 Nov, 2019

Making his first formal visit upon assumption of duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Major General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc MPhil paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at temple Trees, Colombo 03,

New chairpersons appointed to the Coordinating Committee of the District

New chairpersons appointed to the Coordinating Committee of the District »

27 Nov, 2019

Today (27) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed new chairpersons of the Coordinating Committee of the District. The letters of appointment were handed over to the presidential secretariat's newly appointed chairpersons.

New secretaries to ministries appointed

New secretaries to ministries appointed »

27 Nov, 2019

Local News Update: Twenty new Ministerial Secretaries have been appointed this evening (27). Their letters of appointment were handed over by President Gotabaya

VAT slashed to 8% from 15% from December

VAT slashed to 8% from 15% from December »

27 Nov, 2019

The Cabinet approved the removal of the Nation Building Tax (NBT), Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Tax and Withholding Tax on Interests, the Speaker of the Co-Cabinet Ministers Bandula Gunawardana said today.

Oman Sultan Qaboos greetings to Lanka

Oman Sultan Qaboos greetings to Lanka »

27 Nov, 2019

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has sent a cable of greetings to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, on the occasion of him being sworn-in as a new President of the Republic. In his cable, His Majesty the Sultan expressed his sincere greetings

Police launches island-wide environment protection campaign

Police launches island-wide environment protection campaign »

27 Nov, 2019

On the orders of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Secretary of Defense Kamal Gunaratne, the police began a series of operations beginning this week to clean up the environment. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunsekara said that Colombo and other parts of the country are being kept clean by the environmental police.

Officials of Pacific Augmentation Team meet Commander Eastern Naval Area

Officials of Pacific Augmentation Team meet Commander Eastern Naval Area »

27 Nov, 2019

The incoming and outgoing directors of the Pacific Augmentation Team of the US Navy respectively, Lieutenant Commander Casey McHenry and Chief Warrant Officer 4, Christopher Moore called on Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Merril Wickramasinghe at the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters on 25th November 2019. The visiting officials of the Pacific Augmentation Team were warmly received to the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters by Commander Eastern Naval Area before ho

Ambassador Saram Meets The Bahrain Defence Commander-In-Chief (BDF)

Ambassador Saram Meets The Bahrain Defence Commander-In-Chief (BDF) »

27 Nov, 2019

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Bahrain Pradeepa Saram met with the BDF Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa recently. While conveying greetings and best wishes to the newly appointed Ambassador for a successful tenure in Manama

Ambassador Waruna Wilpatha Presents Credentials To The President Of The State Of Israel

Ambassador Waruna Wilpatha Presents Credentials To The President Of The State Of Israel »

27 Nov, 2019

The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the State of Israel, Waruna Wilpatha presented his Letter of Credence to President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin on 21 November 2019 at the Beit HaNassi (President’s House) in Jerusalem, Israel.

New Crest Gem of Ruwanweliseya placed

New Crest Gem of Ruwanweliseya placed »

27 Nov, 2019

The historic Ruwanweliseya's new Crest Gem was unveiled in Anuradhapura. The Crest Gem's unveiling ceremony took place yesterday morning, attended by Malwatte Chapter Ven's Mahanayake Thera. Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Maha Nayake Thera from Thibbatuwawe.

Minister of Information Dr.Bandula Gunawardane assumes duties

Minister of Information Dr.Bandula Gunawardane assumes duties »

27 Nov, 2019

Minister Bandula Gunawardane has taken on the role of  Minister of Information and Communications Technology and Technology and Innovation yesturday. Yesterday, Minister of Information, Communications Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Dr. Bandula Gunawardena urged journalists to commit themselves to fair and objective reporting with a balanced approach to the dissemination of news. "

Police Kennels Division to be further strengthened

Police Kennels Division to be further strengthened »

27 Nov, 2019

Measures will be taken to further reinforce the Sri Lankan Police Kennels Division (K9 Unit), Director of the Sri Lankan Police Dogs Division SSP Lal Seneviratne stated that they expect public support for this cause as well.

Senior journalist Mohan Samaranayake appointed as new President’s Media Director General

Senior journalist Mohan Samaranayake appointed as new President’s Media Director General »

27 Nov, 2019

Senior journalist Mohan Samaranayake was appointed as Presidential Media's Director General. He took office yesterday. Samaranayake entered the journalism profession as an assistant writer for the Dawasa newspaper with four decades of journalism experience.

Announcement for O / L applicants who are still obtaining NIC

Announcement for O / L applicants who are still obtaining NIC »

27 Nov, 2019

Candidates who have not yet obtained their National Identity Cards (NICs) are asked to contact the Department of Registration of Persons (PRD) by dialing the hotline number 0115226125 or 0115226126. PRD Commissioner Viyani Gunathilaka said that by dialling the hotline number, these candidates can obtain details of their NICs.

Navy renders assistance to repair defunct sluice gates of Weheragala reservoir

Navy renders assistance to repair defunct sluice gates of Weheragala reservoir »

27 Nov, 2019

The Navy rendered assistance to repair the defunct sluice gates of Weheragala reservoir in Thanamalwila and helped to bring them back to the operational condition.

Everyone should be dedicated to bring Sri Lanka back to its real position as a place of work in that period

Everyone should be dedicated to bring Sri Lanka back to its real position as a place of work in that period »

27 Nov, 2019

Prime Minister,Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa assumes duties as the Minister of Finance, Economic and Policy Development. Sri Lanka, which was a workplace five years ago, has passed off its credibility in the recent past and all must dedicatedly work hard to bring it back to the real position as previous. Prime Minister,

INS ‘Nireekshak’ arrives at Trincomalee harbour

INS ‘Nireekshak’ arrives at Trincomalee harbour »

27 Nov, 2019

The Indian Naval Ship ‘Nireekshak’ arrived at the port of Trincomalee on a training visit recently (25th November 2019). The ship was warmly welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval tradition.

New Deputy Ministers & State Ministers sworn in

New Deputy Ministers & State Ministers sworn in »

27 Nov, 2019

The new State ministers and deputy ministers sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat little while ago

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy to leave his post in December

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy to leave his post in December »

25 Nov, 2019

Sri Lankan central bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said he submitted his resignation earlier this month and plans to leave his post in December. The decision was due to personal reasons and not related to recent political changes following last week’s election,

Russian Ambassador meets Secretary Kamal Gunaratne

Russian Ambassador meets Secretary Kamal Gunaratne »

25 Nov, 2019

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Yury Materiy made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Major General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc MPhil at the Ministry,

6th Asia-Pacific Symposium concludes successfully

6th Asia-Pacific Symposium concludes successfully »

25 Nov, 2019

The 06th Asia-Pacific Symposium concluded successfully at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo on Thursday (21st November 2019). The three-day symposium, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy

Army Commander Calls on Secretary Defence

Army Commander Calls on Secretary Defence »

25 Nov, 2019

The Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Major General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc MPhil at the Ministry, recently (22 November 2019).

US and Japanese envoys called on President

US and Japanese envoys called on President »

25 Nov, 2019

Alaina B. Teplitz, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Recently called President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the office of the President. Martin Kelly's Deputy Chief of Mission and Anthony Renzulli's Chief of Political Officer accompanied the Ambassador. The two parties engaged in a heartfelt conversation.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says his decisions will only be released thorough official channels

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says his decisions will only be released thorough official channels »

22 Nov, 2019

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says all his decisions will only be officially conveyed through the office of the president, the press division of the president, or through his official channels of social media.

Oshada Senanayake is the new Director General of TRCSL

Oshada Senanayake is the new Director General of TRCSL »

22 Nov, 2019

New Director-General of the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) Oshada Senanayake took up his duties at the TRCSL yesterday morning (21).

Gamini Senarath, appointed Prime Minister’s Secretary

Gamini Senarath, appointed Prime Minister’s Secretary »

22 Nov, 2019

Gamini S.Senarath, former presidential chief of staff, has been appointed prime minister secretary. Yesterday at the office of the Prime Minister, he received his letter of appointment from Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

24-hour water cut in several places WP »

22 Nov, 2019

According to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), water supply to several areas in Colombo will be interrupted for 24 hours starting today at 9 am.

Appointment for State Ministers will be on Monday

Appointment for State Ministers will be on Monday »

22 Nov, 2019

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the interim government's state ministers will be appointed next Monday. The President urged newly appointed ministers of the Cabinet to give state ministers the opportunity to carry out their duties without interruption.

New Cabinet of Ministers take oaths today

New Cabinet of Ministers take oaths today »

22 Nov, 2019

A short time ago, the new Cabinet of Ministers began to take oaths to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The swearing-in ceremony is being held at the Presidential Secretariat with the participation of many dignitaries.