The Government has to establish a new "National Innovation Agency." The proposal for the creation of a National Innovation Agency (NIA) was published in the Gazette at the President's request last week. The proposal was published in the Gazette.
The 02nd Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Trade between Sri Lanka and Viet Nam, hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, was held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 03, 04 of October 2019.
The Constitutional Council has approved the appointment of Saman Sri Rathnayak, Director-General of the Election Secretariat as the new General Electoral Commissioner, at a meeting held at the Constitutional Council today, the decision to nominate was taken.
SL Navy General Hospital(Colombo) awarded “CarbonNeutral Operations” certification as the first ever hospital in Asia »
The internationally acclaimed “CarbonNeutral Operations” certificate which was granted to Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital(Colombo) through an assessment conducted by Carbon Consulting Company (Pvt) Ltd., was awarded to the Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at a ceremony held in Navy Headquarters, Colombo, today ( 15th October 2019).
The Election commission stated that all have prepared for the postal elections in 2019. The certification of the postal voting lists takes place yesterday (15) and postal ballot papers will be released and distributed on 18 October 2019.
Alliance air has tried a successful landing in Jaffna International Airport in Palaly from Chennai with air engineers head of an opening due to being held on Thursday tomorrow under the patronage of the President and the Prime Minister.
The First Meeting of the Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihood Action Group (MELAG) Under the Commonwealth Blue Charter, was held from 7 to 9 October 2019 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 held in London, realizing the importance of mangroves, at a time when Sri Lanka is ranked as No. 2 in the Global Climate Risk Index, Sri Lanka committed to champion the Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihoods Action Group (MELAG) of the Commonwealth Blue Charter.
Italian ambassador to Sri Lanka, Rita Mannella, says the Italian government is ready to provide technical assistance and investment opportunities to generate electricity from the waste that is a growing problem in the country.
The flagship annual international maritime conference of the Sri Lanka Navy, "Galle Dialogue," will be held in Colombo on 21 and 22 October this month. This year, the “Galle Dialogue -2019” will be held under the theme “Refining mindset to address transnational maritime threats: A review of the decade”.
The Director-General of the Security and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) issued a notice warning the public about an increasing number of unsolicited phone calls from persons claiming to be agents of international stockbroker firms, offering to facilitate investment in the share of firms traded in offshore jurisdictions with a promise of guaranteed high returns.
UNGA Sri Lanka calls for an integrated and balanced approach in the prevention of drug use and abuse »
Sri Lanka has called for an integrated and balanced approach in the prevention of drug use and abuse, noting that tackling this issue requires both the reduction in supply and demand, as well as combating trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as well as treatment and rehabilitation of drug users.
Health sector officials warn that the density of dengue larvae has increased rapidly in 8 districts. An official attached to the National Dengue Control Unit said this could result in an increase in the number of dengue patients.
The Bureau of Geological Survey and Mines reports that gold deposits are available in Sri Lanka. The Bureau has therefore taken steps to allow gold deposit tests. Archeological excavations have confirmed that the history of Sri Lanka has had gold. The Maha Wansha recorded that in order to build Ruwan-weli Maha Seya, gold was obtained from the Seru-wila area.
The Elections Commission said it has started issuing provisional identity cards for the 2019 presidential election. Those who wish to obtain a temporary identity card should therefore direct their applications via their Division's Grama Nilladhari before November 09th.
Today is White Cane Day or International Day for the Blind, a forum for the visually handicapped to highlight problems.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) announced that all universities ' academic activities would begin from yesterday (14) after a temporary suspension of non-academic university employees ' trade union action. The UGC was officially told that the strike action of the university's non-academic, which lasted for 33 consecutive days, came to a close.
The Election Commission invited South Asian election observers from seven South Asian countries scheduled to arrive in the country a week before voters head for the presidential polls, Chief Electoral Officer Saman Sri Ratnayake reported. The countries of South Asia include the Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Nepal, Afghanistan.
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has assured the UN High Representative on Disarmament Izumi Nakamitsu Sri Lanka’s practical support in New York, Geneva and Vienna in furthering the global Disarmament Agenda.
The Ministry of Finance has announced that this month, under the fuel price system, no changes will be made to the fuel prices. Lanka IOC reduced the prices of "Lanka Petrol 92 Octane (LP92)" and "Xtra Premium Euro-3 Petrol" by Rs 2 per litre as of today's midnight (October 10).
A Chinese delegation led by China's Deputy Minister of Cyberspace Administration, H.E. Yang Xiaowei, met with State Defense Minister and Mass Media Minister, Hon. On Wednesday (09 October) Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry.
The Sri Lanka Army is celebrating its 70th anniversary, today (10 October). The anniversary celebrations commenced last week with a series of religious blessing and prayer ceremonies being held with the inaugural ceremony held at the Sri Dalada Maligawa,
Tomorrow, in the by-election to elect a new Pradeshiya Sabha, a total of 53,384 eligible people of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha area will cast their votes. A total of 28 councilors will be elected in tomorrow's polls, 17 of whom will be elected by electoral wards, while the rest will be chosen on the basis of Proportional Representation (PR) in accordance with the laws of local government elections.
In the World Tourism Organization, Sri Lanka has named main posts. For the term 2019 to 2021, Sri Lanka has appointed as one of the two Vice Presidents of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for South Asia.
The Council for Business with Britain (CBB) of the Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be hosting a fundraising event at the Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday, 24 October.
A 26-inch ballot paper, larger ballot boxes, hundreds of additional election duty workers and various expenses such as food, telecommunications and electricity bills were factors that pushed the cost of the presidential poll of 16 November close to Rs. 5 billion, officials said yesterday.
The 15th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies High Level Meeting (HACGM – HLM) commenced in Colombo, today (08th October). The inaugural session of this regional conference, organized by the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) was held at the Galle Face Hotel, this morning.
Strengthening the tourism sector in Sri Lanka, LOT Polish Airlines will operate direct flights from Warsaw to Colombo from 3 November, strengthening the tourism sector in Sri Lanka.
The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently experiencing a computer system slow down in the electronic Document Attestation System (e-DAS). This technical difficulty has increased the time taken in uploading authenticated documents to the system and has resulted in congestion in the daily services.
During September 2019, the total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka was 108,575. As of September 30, 2019, 1,376,312 tourists visited Sri Lanka for this year. However, compared to September 2018, arrivals fell to 27.2 million and tourist arrivals dropped to 20.5 percent in the first nine months of the year.
Ministry of Industry and Commerce said, Sri Lanka activated the long-awaited free insurance scheme for its historic crafts and handicraft sectors on 6 October. Sri Lanka also announced that it is keen to introduce hi-tech design tools to its craftsmen so that their intricate work can attract greater global attention.
For the 2019 presidential election scheduled for 16 November, 35 candidates will be on the ballot. Nomination acceptance started at 9 am and lasted until 11 am. Half an hour has been given to the candidates for individuals to file objections.
To pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and High Commissioner H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu unveiled a bronze bust of Gandhiji at Temple Trees in Colombo last week.
The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) in Ratmalana, had its annual ‘Open Day’, today (06 October). A large number of the youngster and others attended the Open Day which was held with the aim to give an idea of the university, the courses offered and other benefits the students who expect to follow their higher studies at this premier seat of learning.
The results of the 2019 Grade 5 Scholarship Examination are released. The Department of Examinations has declared that the cut-off point for medium-sized Sinhala candidates in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Kandy, Matale, Kegalle and Kurunegala is 159 and 157 respectively for the districts of Hambantota and Ratnapura.
Sri Lanka became the first South Asian country to officially include esports as a sport in their country. The decision was made by the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, Mr. Harin Fernando and the order was officially passed under Section 28 of the Sports Act No. 25 of 1973 of the National Assembly.
President Maithripala Sirisena issuing an Extraordinary Gazette notification has proclaimed Sri Lanka's railway service as an essential service from yesterday, 03 October.
The' Mahaweli Entrepreneurship Presidential Awards Ceremony 2019' was held today (01) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH to commend the resourceful contribution made to the country's development process,
Seventeen applicants have so far positioned their deposits for the 2019 Presidential Election, the Election Commission states. Nine out of this total are from acknowledged political parties, while eight are autonomous candidates or unrecognized political parties, Commission President Mahinda Deshapriya said.
The book titled “Asgiri Maha Viharaya and the First Freedom Fight in 1818” written recalling the first Freedom struggle staged against the British rule was launched under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Asgiriya Pirivena on Monday.
According to a Cabinet decision taken yesterday, the Railway service should be made a' closed service' as separate from the remainder of the public service. The Cabinet of Ministers approved a Cabinet memorandum to make the Railway service a' closed service' at its meeting yesterday.
The Sri Lanka India Society (SLIS) held its Annual General Meeting on September 30, 2019 in Colombo. Patron of the Society, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the chief guest at the event.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) along with a contingent of 31 travel trade representatives and a delegation led by Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) Mr. Kishu Gomes, made their presence felt at the IFTM TOP RESA 2019 travel fair in Paris, France from 01st - 04th October 2019.
' Future Image 2019 ' (Total Print Solutions Under One Roof), This event is being arranged by Tima International Pvt Ltd and is planned to take place at the SLECC on 4, 5 and 6 October 2019.
Continuing its commitment to protecting the environment especially the coastal areas, the Sri Lanka Navy is carrying out a series of beach cleaning programs throughout its naval command areas under a directive of the Commander of the Navy,
The closing date for submitting requests for the Presidential Election 2019 postal vote was extended until October 04, the Chairman of the Elections Commission indicated. The earlier deadline for submitting requests dropped at midnight yesterday (30).
Australian Ambassador for Counter Terrorism, Mr. Paul Foleuy, accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, H.E. David Holley met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (30 September).
President Maithripala Sirisena held talks with senior police officers at the Presidential Secretariat where he instructed police to behave unbiasedly on the upcoming Presidential poll. The meeting also discussed the police department's longstanding issues and established a better quality police service.
Data Protection Legislation finalized by Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology »
The Personal Data Protection Legislation, defining measures to protect personal data of individuals held by banks, telecom operators, hospitals and other personal data aggregating and processing entities, has now been finalized by the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology. The final draft of the Bill, prepared by the Legal Draftsman Department and the Data Protection Drafting Committee of the Ministry, will be released through the website by the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology this week.
According to the Special Commission's recommendation to review public sector salary appointed by the President, all government servants ' monthly salary will be improved by a minimum sum of Rs.3000.00 and a maximum of Rs.24,000.00 per month as of January 2020.
The much-awaited world-class surfing event of the year, ‘’So Sri Lanka Pro 2019’’ started off on a grand scale on the 24th of September, along with a press briefing to acknowledge the local media about the event, and also to inform them about the event schedule.
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha on 26 September 2019 underscored the relevance of the Bandung Principles at a time when global multilateral mechanisms are under strain, when addressing the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in New York,
The postal vote for the Elpitiya PS election will take place today. According to the Deputy Election Commissioner, the Galle District Election office had received 1192 requests for postal voting.
A national stamp show was organized by the Philatelic Bureau of the Postal Department from 5 to 9 October at the Postal Headquarters, D R Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10.
President Maithripala Sirisena Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, with effect from September 10, 2019, has ranked 40 Lieutenant Colonels to Colonel.
Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal is going to enter the army as a commissioned officer, Major General Sumith Atapattu, spokesperson for the army, said yesterday.
All Sindh government departments and law enforcement agencies have been directed to ensure coordinated efforts for successful holding of three one-day international matches between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, scheduled for Sept 27, 29 and Oct 2.
According to the Railways Department, due to the trade union strike, only six trains have been operating since this morning.
Several roads in Galle were flooded due to the Gin Ganga overflow, the Assistant Director of the Galle District Disaster Management Unit Induka Wickremesinghe While flooding was reported from low lying downstream along the Gin Ganga banks,
Torrential rains and minor floods compelled schools to be closed all along the western seaboard from Negombo to Galle yesterday, as rainfall over 220 mm continued to batter several areas of the nation, especially in the southern province.
Foreign Ministry Led 8th Integrated Consular Mobile Service Concludes in the Nuwara Eliya District »
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducted an Integrated Consular Mobile Service[ ICMS] for the eighth time this year with the assistance of the Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat at the District Secretariat on Saturday, September 14, 2019,
The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) informs all passengers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their flight's departure. This is due to a slight flooding condition near the BIA premises due to the Dandugam Oya overflow.
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) approved an increase in imported powdered milk. The Authority's chairman said the price of imported milk powder was increased by Rs 50.00 per 1 kilogram while the price of a 400 g packet was increased by Rs 20.00.
People living along the Gin Ganga and Nilwala Ganga in the Galle and Matara Southern Province were asked to be vigilant after a minor flood situation in the regions."Gin Ganga and Niwala came close to the level of spill as a result of heavy showers.
In response to the islandwide reported flooding following the inclement weather, the Navy has deployed Navy relief teams in various regions of the country, following the directives of Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva.
Local News from Sri Lanka: The Attorney General’s Department says it has concluded a total of 10,093 lawsuits over the course
Six applicants have presented money deposits to challenge the November 16 presidential polls so far. On Friday, three applicants, Sri Lanka's Gotabaya Rajapaksa Podujana Peramuna, Ape Jana Balaya's Prasanna Perera and an autonomous candidate, Ven. Their deposits were sent by Aparakke Punyananda Thera.
Headquarters of the Security Force-Jaffna (SFHQ-J) once again expanded a helping hand to needy students in Jaffna by distributing bicycles to students during a short ceremony on Saturday at the SFHQ-J.
Today, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau will launch its recent worldwide TV advertising campaign with CNN featuring the brand new' So Sri Lanka ' destination. Commercial places throughout CNN International channels in Europe, Middle East, Africa feed, Asia Pacific feed, and South Asia feed will operate for 3 months from Friday, September 20.
Sri Lanka’s national exhibition of inventions and innovations “Sahasak Nimavum – 2019” starts tomorrow »
Sri Lanka's national exhibition of inventions and innovations "Sahasak Nimavum–2019" will be held in Colombo from 20-22 September. Organized as an annual event by the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (SLIC), this year the exhibition will be held for the first time at the Sri Lankan Exhibition and Convention Center (SLECC) with the participation of foreign inventors.
Acceptance of requests for postal votes for the 2019 Presidential Election began today (19), the Elections Commission stated. Accordingly, requests for postal votes can be presented for a period of 10 days from today.
Don’t be misled by false news about issuing vehicle permits for migrant Sri Lankan workers on concessionary terms. »
It has been reported to the Ministry of Finance that false documents are being forwarded to migrant Sri Lankan employees using their Director General's letterhead from the Department of Trade and Investment Policy, naming and stating that motor vehicle permits are given for them on concessionary terms.
In collaboration with the 10th installment of “The Diyakawa mission”, the commando regiment of the Sri Lanka Army hosted a military exercise yesterday at the BMICH on rescuing hostages.
United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa today announced that he is prepared to give way if the UNP, by majority vote, decides to pick another candidate to contest the Presidential elections.
To obtain more income, solar panels would be installed on railway station roofs and sold energy produced, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga says. The private sector will be invited to supply and reorganize the solar panels on a profit-sharing basis, the minister said recently.
The country’s foremost economic event, the Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2019, at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo today (17).
The Excise Department announced yesterday that the liquor licenses obtained during the years 2017 and 2018 will be subject to cancelation if procedural conditions under the Excise Ordinance have not been met.
In the context of the continuing heavy rains, a Disaster Management Center released a landslide alert for several districts. Kiriella, Kalawana, Ratnapura, Eheliyagoda Divisional Secretariat and surrounding places in Ratnapura District, Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat Division
Rs.2, All Island Bakery Owners Association said the cost of a normal loaf of bread is now reduced. N.K.Jayawardena, president of the Association, told news media that this decision had been made since they were notified that the price of wheat flour would be lowered by Rs.5.50.
SLNS "Sindurala" and SLNS "Suranimila" which left for India on last 5th September to participate in Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise-2019, arrived the island. Accordingly, SLNS "Sindurala" arrived at Naval Dockyard Trincomalee on 14th September while SLNS "Suranimila" arrived the port of Colombo on 15th September and the two ships were welcomed SL Navy in accordance with Naval traditions.
Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.
His Eminence Cardinal, Most Rev Dr Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo blessed the office of the new Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva when he paid obeisance to His Eminence at the Archbishop's House in Colombo 8 Tuesday (10) afternoon upon assumption of his duties at the Army Headquarters.
President Maithripala Sirisena handed over title deeds of 75 shrines to the Maha Sangha at the House of President on Tuesday as part of the domestic program to hand over land deeds and land certificates to one million people. Over 355 title deeds of sacred premises have been issued from 2015, with arrangements being made to provide another 700.
SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka's national carrier, and Oneworld alliance member, recently celebrated 40 years of operations at the Katunayake Airport. On the occasion, State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne was the chief guest. The event was attended by the Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, G.S. Withanage, Chief Executive, Vipula Gunatilleka and many staff members.
The Lotus Tower, the biggest 350-meter tower in South Asia, would be proclaimed open on September 16 at 5:00 p.m. under the aegis of President Maithripala Sirisena. USD 104 million was spent on building the tower and eighty percent of the price was financed by China's EXIM Bank.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, Saudi Arabia's Speaker of the Shoura Council (Parliament), said effective measures would be taken to build powerful collaboration between Saudi Arabia and the parliaments of Sri Lanka. He said this when, today (September 10), he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the office of the President in Colombo.
President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurates MAS Athena, Thulhiriya, of the Asia-Pacific Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (10). President Sirisena pointed out that it is vital to maintain human beings and the environment in a healthy way in a timely way to ensure sustainable human and social life.
A mechanic who produced a jeep at a cost of Rs. 55,000 was reported from a remote village in Galbokkayaya that could accommodate five people.
The 15th Seva Vanitha Unit Army President (ASVU) Mrs.Sujeewa Nelson took office in her office in Narahenpita last month in the midst of religious blessings, warm greetings, and good wishes.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe opened the third exhibition of Enterprise Sri Lanka in Jaffna on Saturday. The PM said Rs.90,000 mn was disbursed as loans for multiple companies among 53,000 people.
In order to meet the shortage of subject-specialist educators in domestic and provincial colleges, 4,286 graduate holders of Colleges of Education were hired to the teacher service yesterday at a ceremony held yesterday under the patronage of the Prime Minister at Temple Trees.
A distinct fund will help to set up companies in the Jaffna region, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Jaffna last week at a conference on the Jaffna Municipal Grounds following the launch of several development initiatives in the Jaffna region. He said that the fishing industry will also be enhanced so that fishermen can go fishing in the deep sea.
Priority will be provided to duty-free shop stalls for Jaffna products at Palali Airport, Petroleum Resources and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunge said in Jaffna. Minister Ranatunge visited Palali Airport with a group of 80 representatives to see the project.
The Elections Department today asked individuals to make sure that their names were in the 2019 electoral register. It said that individuals could also check the inclusion of their names with the corresponding Grama Niladhari or by visiting the website of the Elections Department.
A team of experts led by Dr. Amila Sasanka Ratnayake at the Kandy Teaching Hospital
Sri Lanka has become the 5th nation to eliminate measles in Southeast Asia.
In its recently published book, the Yala National Park was ranked number six among the greatest national parks in the world by the famous National Geographic
Sri Lanka and Australia have re-dedicated themselves to counter people smuggling and discussed in detail avenues for strengthening cooperation to address the recent escalation of the number of people-smuggling ventures from Sri Lanka to Australia since May, 2019.