Sri Lanka Participates In Annual “Winternational” Embassy Showcase  2019, In Washington DC

Sri Lanka Participates In Annual “Winternational” Embassy Showcase 2019, In Washington DC »

13 Dec, 2019

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC participated in the 8th Annual “Winternational” Embassy Showcase held on 5 December 2019 at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC.

Nelum Pokuna Theatre Reverberated with Army Christmas Carols

Nelum Pokuna Theatre Reverberated with Army Christmas Carols »

13 Dec, 2019

Amid reverberating melodies of seasonal music that reminds the world of the forthcoming Christmas spirits, the annual Christmas Carols, coordinated by the Army Christian Fellowship went on the boards at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre on Tuesday evening (10) before a gathering of distinguished invitees.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Sri Lanka now

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Sri Lanka now »

13 Dec, 2019

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi arrived for an official state visit to Sri Lanka on Thursday (12). The Japanese Foreign Minister was accompanied by a delegation of 21 officials and received a warm welcome from officials from the Japanese Embassy and the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake.

International charity bazaar 2019 – Shom in Warsaw

International charity bazaar 2019 – Shom in Warsaw »

13 Dec, 2019

Sri Lanka Embassy in Warsaw participated in the International Charity Bazaar 2019, held at the Marriot Hotel in Warsaw. The Charity Bazaar was organized by the Association of Spouses of Heads of Missions (SHOM) Warsaw on the 8th of December 2019.

JMSDF Ship “DD-102 Harusame” departs port of Trincomalee

JMSDF Ship “DD-102 Harusame” departs port of Trincomalee »

13 Dec, 2019

“DD-102 Harusame” belonging to the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) departed the port of Trincomalee today (12th December 2019), on completion of a three-day official visit. The JMSDF Ship arrived in Trincomalee on 10th December.

Water cut for  24-hour in parts of Colombo tomorrow

Water cut for 24-hour in parts of Colombo tomorrow »

13 Dec, 2019

Water supply for several areas in Colombo will be interrupted for 24 hours starting at 8.00 p.m. tomorrow (14), the National Water Supply and Drainage Board in a statement.

Cabinet Decisions taken by of Ministers on 10.12.2019

Cabinet Decisions taken by of Ministers on 10.12.2019 »

13 Dec, 2019

Issuing rice stocks, purchased under the government paddy purchasing program -2018/2019 Maha Season , to the market through the Lanka Sathosa outlet network.

Treasury approves payment of bonus for employees of state-owned statutory bodies

Treasury approves payment of bonus for employees of state-owned statutory bodies »

13 Dec, 2019

The Treasury has approved the payment bonus for 2019 for the employees of state-owned statutory bodies and fully state-owned companies. The Treasury has issued a circular in this regard to all Secretaries to Ministries, Heads of fully State owned Companies and Chairmen of all State Owned Enterprises (SoEs)

Sri Lankan Ambassador Delivers A Special Lecture At The Elite Korea Institute For International Economic Policy (KIEP)

Sri Lankan Ambassador Delivers A Special Lecture At The Elite Korea Institute For International Economic Policy (KIEP) »

12 Dec, 2019

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, addressed the prestigious and elite Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, popularly known as KIEP, recently.

Sri Lanka Embassy In Brussels Concludes First Round Of  Tourism Destination Promotion In Flanders Region

Sri Lanka Embassy In Brussels Concludes First Round Of Tourism Destination Promotion In Flanders Region »

12 Dec, 2019

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels together with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) organized workshops in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent in the Flemish speaking Flanders region to promote Sri Lanka as a tourism destination for travelers from Belgium.

Foreign Minister Calls For Concrete Action On Saarc Intra-Regional Trade

Foreign Minister Calls For Concrete Action On Saarc Intra-Regional Trade »

12 Dec, 2019

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena requested the SAARC Member Countries to take concrete action to improve intra-trade in the region without compromising security concerns.

China provides pushbikes and buggies to forge ahead Navy’s Green and Blue concept

China provides pushbikes and buggies to forge ahead Navy’s Green and Blue concept »

11 Dec, 2019

In a bid to reinforce the Sri Lanka Navy’s concept of Green and Blue environment, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China provided pushbikes and buggies to the Sri Lanka Navy on 10th December 2019.

Gazette on Duties and functions for ministries

Gazette on Duties and functions for ministries »

11 Dec, 2019

The notice of the gazette announcing the relevant ministries ' duties and functions has been issued. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa officially issued yesterday (10) the appropriate gazette (Extraordinary).

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Visits Sri Lanka

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Visits Sri Lanka »

11 Dec, 2019

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka and Spain from 14-17 December 2019, the Foreign Ministry of Japan said.

WhatsApp will stop working on old smartphones worldwide soon

WhatsApp will stop working on old smartphones worldwide soon »

10 Dec, 2019

WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones in the next couple of months as the company withdraws support for some older mobile platforms. From February 1, 2020, any iPhone running iOS 8 or older will no longer be supported, along with any Android device running version 2.3.7 or older.

Tokyo Cement customers to get ‘direct benefit of tax reductions’

Tokyo Cement customers to get ‘direct benefit of tax reductions’ »

10 Dec, 2019

Tokyo Cement Group announces that they will directly pass on the benefit of the recently announced tax reduction by the government, to all their customers. Tokyo Cement Group, the country’s largest manufacturer and supplier of cement,

Good Market now in Battaramulla

Good Market now in Battaramulla »

10 Dec, 2019

The Good Market was officially opened on November 28 in Battaramulla. The new shop at 137 Pannipitiya Street, Battaramulla includes fresh organic fruits and vegetables, natural food,

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals to boom by end of winter season

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals to boom by end of winter season »

10 Dec, 2019

After the Easter Sunday attacks by the end of the 2019/20 winter season, a central bank official said, tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka are expected to recover fully from the setbacks. Sri Lanka's main tourism season runs with a peak in December from November to March.

JMSDF ship “DD-102 Harusame” arrives at the port of Trincomalee

JMSDF ship “DD-102 Harusame” arrives at the port of Trincomalee »

10 Dec, 2019

“DD-102 Harusame” a Naval ship belongs to Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, arrived at the port of Trincomalee today (10th December) on a goodwill visit. She was welcomed in accordance with naval traditions on arrival.

Philippine President says will open Resident Mission in Colombo in 2020

Philippine President says will open Resident Mission in Colombo in 2020 »

10 Dec, 2019

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte says a Resident Mission will be opened in Colombo in 2020. He gave the assurence during a meeting with Sri Lanka's new Ambassador to the Philippines Shobini Gunasekera.

Sri Lanka Pavilion at “World Trade Expo” in Mumbai showcases the popular Sri Lankan Brands

Sri Lanka Pavilion at “World Trade Expo” in Mumbai showcases the popular Sri Lankan Brands »

10 Dec, 2019

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai participated at “World Trade Expo 2019” together with popular Sri Lankan brands in India to widen its market access further. The World Trade Centre (WTC),

Improvement human development in Sri Lanka

Improvement human development in Sri Lanka »

10 Dec, 2019

Local News Update: Sri Lanka has progressively improved in human development over the years and is ranked 71 out of 189

16-hour water cut in Colombo

16-hour water cut in Colombo »

10 Dec, 2019

A 16- hour water cut has been imposed due to the reparation of a ruptured pipeline of the Ja-Ela water supply system., the NWSDB announced. The water supply to Pamunugama

Ambassador Renuka Damayanthie Rajapakse Presents Credentials To The President Of Egypt

Ambassador Renuka Damayanthie Rajapakse Presents Credentials To The President Of Egypt »

10 Dec, 2019

The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Renuka Damayanthie Rajapakse presented the Letters of Credence to President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El – Sisi on 02 December 2019 at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt.

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne visits new Army HQ

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne visits new Army HQ »

10 Dec, 2019

Defence Ministry Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne visited the new Army Headquarters Complex Akuregoda in Pelawatta, Battaramulla, yesterday (09 December). The Defence Secretary was respectfully received by the Commander of the Army, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva set with a drive-past and Guard of Honour upon his arrival.

Steps taken to overcome any rice shortage

Steps taken to overcome any rice shortage »

10 Dec, 2019

The government has launched a crash program to process paddy, stored in warehouses to overcome any local market shortage of rice. As of yesterday, more than 950,000 kilograms of paddy have been issued to nine rice mills in the Anuradhapura district, according to Anuradhapura District Secretary R.M.Wanninanayake. He added that continuously paddy stocks will be issued to rice mills in government warehouses.

Foreign Employment fees lifted down

Foreign Employment fees lifted down »

9 Dec, 2019

The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau has taken the initiative to change the administrative fee and the migrant workers ' renewal administration fee. That was the result of the new government's economic strategy to change the tax rates on different goods and services.

Sri Lanka Elected Chair of Biological Weapons Convention Meet

Sri Lanka Elected Chair of Biological Weapons Convention Meet »

9 Dec, 2019

The Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Convention on Biological Weapons, which concluded its four day session in Geneva today unanimously endorsed Sri Lanka as the Chair of the Meeting of States Parties to be held in 2020.

Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera Presents Credentials To President Of The Republic Of The Philippines

Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera Presents Credentials To President Of The Republic Of The Philippines »

9 Dec, 2019

Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera presented credentials to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines at Malacañan Palace in Manila accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Philippines.

Public Awareness on Money lending Activities

Public Awareness on Money lending Activities »

9 Dec, 2019

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has observed that advertisements and other forms of communications are made through various channels,including print, electronic and digital media, offering loans.

Sri Lanka Navy – the first line of defence proudly celebrates its 69th anniversary on 09th December 2019

Sri Lanka Navy – the first line of defence proudly celebrates its 69th anniversary on 09th December 2019 »

9 Dec, 2019

During the period of World War II, the British Emperor had clearly envisaged the strategic importance of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the necessity of a navy to ensure the Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) or key maritime passageways lying in the vicinity of this teardrop island.

The import of several commodities is restricted as a measure for protecting small exports and SMI’s

The import of several commodities is restricted as a measure for protecting small exports and SMI’s »

9 Dec, 2019

The import of several commodities is restricted as a measure for protecting small export crop cultivators and small and medium scale industrialists. Steps have been taken to restrict the importation of several commodities by two special gazette notifications with effect from midnight recently

Defence Secretary visits Defence Services Command and Staff College

Defence Secretary visits Defence Services Command and Staff College »

9 Dec, 2019

Defence Ministry Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne visited the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC), recently (07 December). The Defence Secretary was accorded a drive pass upon his arrival and respectfully received by the Commandant DSCSC, Maj. Gen. Prabath Dematanpitiya.

Water level rice in  Malwathu Oya

Water level rice in Malwathu Oya »

9 Dec, 2019

The Irrigation Department has warned that the Yan Oya water level at Tanthirimale Area is currently rising to' Minor Flood Level' due to heavy rainfall.

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. Gunaratne assumed duties as the TRCSL Chairman

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. Gunaratne assumed duties as the TRCSL Chairman »

9 Dec, 2019

Defence Ministry Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne assumed duties as the Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), today.

Brigadier Suresh Sallay appointed Head of state intelligence

Brigadier Suresh Sallay appointed Head of state intelligence »

9 Dec, 2019

The Ministry of Defense announced that Brigadier Suresh Sallay was named as the new Director of State Intelligence Service (SIS). It is claimed that this would be the first instance to be named as the head of SIS by a military officer.

Landslide warning issued Badulla, Kandy, NE, and Monaragala

Landslide warning issued Badulla, Kandy, NE, and Monaragala »

9 Dec, 2019

The National Building Research Organization issued a Red alert Landslide warnings in the following areas.

Jaffna Troops Enable Resumption of Traffic after SOS Repairs to Damaged Bridge

Jaffna Troops Enable Resumption of Traffic after SOS Repairs to Damaged Bridge »

9 Dec, 2019

0 Field Engineers Regiment troops, supported by 16 Gemunu Watch troops of the Security Forces in Jaffna promptly rose to the occasion and replaced the flood-affected section of the 30 ft long bridge at Kusumanthurai in B 75 road from Keeramalai to Ponnalai

Imported Milk powder prices reduced

Imported Milk powder prices reduced »

9 Dec, 2019

The Consumer Affairs Authority has announced that since midnight the prices of imported milk powder have been reduced Accordingly, Rs.40 has reduced the price of a 1 kg pack of imported milk powder and Rs. 15

Re-export of spices, based products banned

Re-export of spices, based products banned »

8 Dec, 2019

Imports of pepper, dried areca nut, tamarind, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, cloves and ginger have been banned with effect from midnight on December 5 on the instructions of Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economy and Policy Development Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Up- country train service back to track

Up- country train service back to track »

8 Dec, 2019

Train services to the up-country had been taken back to normal from yesterday evening after the removal of the earth mound at Obadawella on Wednesday (04), Railways Control Room said.

Sri Lanka’s Caroline Jurie crowned Mrs World 2020

Sri Lanka’s Caroline Jurie crowned Mrs World 2020 »

8 Dec, 2019

Mrs. Sri Lanka, Caroline Jurie, has been crowned Mrs.World 2020 at the final held in the US. Jurie becomes the second Sri Lankan to win the title after former Mrs. World Rosy Senanayake.

Notice of Gazette issued banning re-export of several spices

Notice of Gazette issued banning re-export of several spices »

6 Dec, 2019

Notice of the Gazette prohibiting the re-export, with immediate effect, of key spices and allied products from Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Finance, issuing yesterday's release (05),

Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid appreciates deep rooted bilateral relations

Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid appreciates deep rooted bilateral relations »

6 Dec, 2019

Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid conveyed on Thursday to Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena his country's appreciation for Sri Lanka's longstanding partnership in socio-economic development with the Maldives,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.