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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne yesterday (07) made an inspection visit to the Defence Ministry’s Civil Security and Development (CSD) branch at Kollupitiya in Colombo 3.
A vast and multifarious welfare project of unprecedented nature, organized by the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) to award financial grants, scholarships, educational incentives, appreciative medals and assistance to 1511 school-goers in both Regular Force and volunteer force families took recently at the ‘Nelum Pokuna’ Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater at Colombo 7 during a mammoth ceremony, headed by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest.
Navy launches further cooperate social responsibility work-Navy’s mission in transforming the Galle Face Green into a plastic free zone »
The Galle Face Green and the beach area which is most attracted by both local and foreign tourists is heavily polluted by plastic and polythene substances. As a solution for this problem, Sri Lanka Navy took initiative to place creatively and beautifully produced garbage bins at the Galle Face Green, today
The government will set up a university for foreign languages to develop the language skills of the country's students, said Dr. Bandula Gunawardane, Minister of Information and Communication Technology.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena is scheduled to leave for an official two-day visit to India on 9 January. He is expected to engage with high-profile Indian officials in bilateral discussions.
An islandwide dengue prevention program Today will begin (January 7) . The program's main event will take place this morning, focusing on the district of Galle.
The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, acting in terms of the Regulations made under the Registered Stock and Securities Ordinance and the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance,
Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva called on the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General Daya Rathnayake (Retd.) at his office
SriLankan Airlines came up with several unique ways of celebrating the festive season with its customers, by spreading the message of joy and happiness and even helping create awareness of the urgent need for environmental conservation.
New political parties will be registered by the end of January, according to the Elections Commission. The Commission reported that it has been requested by several parties.
A gazette notification was issued specifying the four state ministers ' respective subject areas. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, issued the Gazette Notification.
The Sri Lankan government's aim to kickstart its economy in 2020 will be eased with the fruition of major infrastructure projects, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, senior advisor on economic affairs to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, said here Thursday.
Mr. Upasena Dissanayake assumed duties as the Chairman of Industrial Development Board of Ceylon (IDB), falling under the purview of Ministry of Industries and Supply Chain Management, on January 01, 2020 at the Head Office of Industrial Development Board of Ceylon (IDB), 615, Katubedda, Moratuwa.
Another beach clean-up drive of the Sri Lanka Navy, mooted in view of conservation of panoramic beaches of the island, was successfully carried out at several beaches in the Southern Naval area recetly
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Kshenuka Senewiratne made a call on the Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at his office
Prabhash Subasinghe, Chairman & Chief Executive, EDB, met with the country’s leading exporters yesterday at the Board premises. Twenty-five exporters covering the country’s main export sectors attended this meeting.
State Ministers Keheliya Rambukwella and Mahindananda Aluthgamage were appointed as the government's spokespersons. During the media briefing, Cabinet Speaker Minister Bandula Gunawardana said this to announce Cabinet decisions
According to R.M.M. Ratnayake, additional secretary to the Ministry of Education, uniforms and footwear vouchers were provided for the New Year to Western Province schools. He pointed out that within the next few days the vouchers will be issued to all schools.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informed Parliament today that he accepted as opposition leader UNP MP Sajith Premadasa. In the meantime, the Speaker also said he approved the nomination of UNP MP Gayantha Karunathilaka as Chief Opposition Whip.
Northern Province Governor P.S.M. Charles assumed duties at the Governor’s Office in Jaffna, yesterday.
Professor Sampath Amarathunga, former Vice Chancellor of Sri Jayawardenepura University, was appointed Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Badulla Central College's Rehan Adithiya was able to raise the world's motherland's pride. In the International Mathematical Olympiad Competition in Tokyo, Japan, he won the gold medal over 162 nations.
During the long weekend, special trains will be deployed for the convenience of passengers. The Railways Department announced that trains will operate on January 9, 10, 12 & 14. The train will leave Colombo Fort at 7:35pm and Badulla at 8:30pm.
The Passenger Services Management Ministry says that measures have been taken to import 2,000 buses to reinforce the services of public transport.
In accordance with the approach to National Spatial System, the National Physical Plan needs to be updated to integrate the proposed policy elements in the Vistas of Prosperity Splendour.
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was elected the Leader of House in Parliament Chairman during today's meeting of the United People's Freedom Alliance parliamentary group.
For the first time, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris, jointly with the Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organized the Sri Lanka`s participation in the “Food Ingredient Europe - 2019 exhibition” which was held from 3rd to 5th December 2019 in Paris, France.
The Passenger Transport Management Ministry should make a decision on semi-luxury busses in a week's time, and industry representatives have until then to give valid reasons for maintaining the service.
On instructions made by Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, the National Hajj Committee will operate as a service-oriented body to serve Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims, former Minister and present parliamentarian Faiszer Mustapha said in Colombo on Thursday.
Yesterday, Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Higher Education Dr. Bandula Gunewardene said that through dialogue and the mutual resolution he would aim to resolve issues in the higher education field.
According to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka should change the constitution and take part in proportional representation elections to give stronger powers to a stable government to implement its program.
The Iranian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mohammad Zaeri Amirani called for improved bilateral cooperation and friendship between Iran and Sri Lanka.
Nushad Perera, a marketing professional, has been appointed Chairman of Lanka Sathosa, the largest retail chain owned by Sri Lanka.
Acting Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Commander of the Army Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva pledged to ensure security of the country and its people to the maximum in compliance with the vision of the President and Commander in Chief of armed forces Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Mr. Kanchana Ratwatte assumed office as Bank of Ceylon’s New Chairman on 2nd January 2020 at the Bank of Ceylon Head Office. The Bank’s CEO/ General Manager Mr. Senarath Bandara and members of the Corporate Management warmly welcomed the new Chairman to his office on the 29thfloor. After assuming duties, Mr.Ratwatte officially addressed the Senior Management.