SLPA inks a Consultancy Service for Feasibility Study for the Colombo North Port Development Project

SLPA inks a Consultancy Service for Feasibility Study for the Colombo North Port Development Project »

25 Feb, 2020

Development of Port of Colombo has focused on the demand for container Transshipment and related logistics businesses instead of growth of domestic Market. As the Port of Colombo is situated in the commercial city of Colombo, finding area for container transshipment and logistic development is a challenging issue for the Port industry.

Lands for low income families – Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa

Lands for low income families – Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa »

25 Feb, 2020

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that there are instances where low-income families do not obtain land, even though they have been allocated lands.

President duties and decisions making in the first 100 days of service

President duties and decisions making in the first 100 days of service »

25 Feb, 2020

February 25th, 2020 marks the completion of first 100 days of after assumption of office by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. A summary of decisions and actions taken in accordance with ‘Saubhagyaye Dekma’ during this period is given below.

MoU signed between Parliament of Sri Lanka and UGC for the research and data mobilization

MoU signed between Parliament of Sri Lanka and UGC for the research and data mobilization »

25 Feb, 2020

For the first time in the history a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Parliament of Sri Lanka and University Grants Commission (UGC)for the research and data mobilization.

Pakistan extends full cooperation to Sri Lanka

Pakistan extends full cooperation to Sri Lanka »

25 Feb, 2020

Pakistan ready to extend its cooperation in defense, trade, people-to-people relations, countering extremism, promoting religious harmony and in any other area Sri Lanka would need.

President Instruct the officials to implement a programme to control the rising prices of vegetables

President Instruct the officials to implement a programme to control the rising prices of vegetables »

25 Feb, 2020

“Take immediate steps to control vegetable prices while safeguarding both farmers & consumers” -President instructs officials

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Embassy Organizes Sri Lanka Tourism Media Conference in Tokyo

Embassy Organizes Sri Lanka Tourism Media Conference in Tokyo »

25 Feb, 2020

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organized a Media Conference on 12 February inviting Japanese media connected experts to write and visit Sri Lanka. Around 70 Japanese media connected experts attended the event.

Japan’s Belluna Co and Asia Capital meet Prime Minister

Japan’s Belluna Co and Asia Capital meet Prime Minister »

25 Feb, 2020

Belluna Co. Japan and Asia Capital PLC, the developers of 447 Luna Tower recently met with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, for a discussion which was focused on the current Sri Lankan market and economy.

Foreign Secretary Aryasinha Meets Human Rights Council President In Geneva

Foreign Secretary Aryasinha Meets Human Rights Council President In Geneva »

24 Feb, 2020

Ahead of the upcoming 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) scheduled to commence next Monday (24 February), Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha briefed the President of the HRC Ambassador

Zambian Army Commander Arrives on Goodwill Tour

Zambian Army Commander Arrives on Goodwill Tour »

22 Feb, 2020

The Zambian Army Commander, Lieutenant General W.M Sikazwe psc DIP (DSS) MA (DSS) enhancing bonds of bilateral goodwill, cooperation and understanding between his and the Sri Lanka Army arrived here yesterday

Prime Minister Rajapaksa Attends International Mother Language Day Celebration

Prime Minister Rajapaksa Attends International Mother Language Day Celebration »

22 Feb, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa last morning (Feb. 21) attended the International Mother Language Day celebrations at Independence Square in Colombo.

Toll charges gazette’s for the new extension of Southern Expressway

Toll charges gazette’s for the new extension of Southern Expressway »

22 Feb, 2020

The last two phases of the Southern Expressway extension from Matara to Hambanthota will be declared opened tomorrow (23 February), under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, 

Sri Lanka needs a disciplined and professional Police force – Defence Secretary

Sri Lanka needs a disciplined and professional Police force – Defence Secretary »

22 Feb, 2020

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne emphasised the need of a disciplined and professional Police force to maintain peace, law and order in the country.

Buwaneka Aluwihare appoints as Acting Chief Justice

Buwaneka Aluwihare appoints as Acting Chief Justice »

22 Feb, 2020

Justice of the Supreme Court Buwaneka Aluwihare has sworn in as Acting Chief Justice.

Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force ship ‘Takanami’ arrives at port of Colombo

Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force ship ‘Takanami’ arrives at port of Colombo »

22 Feb, 2020

Japanese ship 'Takanami' which belongs to the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, arrived at the port of Colombo yesterday

Meeting With Governor Of New South Wales  Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC

Meeting With Governor Of New South Wales Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC »

21 Feb, 2020

On the request made by the Sri Lankan Consulate General Office in Sydney, the office of the Governor of New South Wales has invited Consul General M.H.M.N. Bandara and Consul (Commercial) M.M. Abdul Raheem to visit Governor Margaret Beazley AO QC, on 18 February 2020 at 11.00 a.m. for an official meeting.

Permanent appointments for Samurdhi Officers

Permanent appointments for Samurdhi Officers »

20 Feb, 2020

The President made these remarks addressing the 22nd National Conference of the All Ceylon Samurdhi Development, Agricultural Research and Production Assistants Union held at the Temple Tress, today

Chinese tourist leaves NIID after fully cured

Chinese tourist leaves NIID after fully cured »

20 Feb, 2020

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that Sri Lanka has one of the best health systems in the world and because of that the country was able to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak here and cure the Chinese female tourist infected with the virus.

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 19.02.2020

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 19.02.2020 »

20 Feb, 2020

01 The agreement between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Government of Czech Republic for the prevention

Secy Defence, CDS & Service Commanders Join ‘CISM Day Run’ in Colombo

Secy Defence, CDS & Service Commanders Join ‘CISM Day Run’ in Colombo »

20 Feb, 2020

A gathering of a few more than 250 tri-service personnel, headed by the Secretary Defence, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Navy and Air Force Commanders recently (18) took part in the globally conducted ‘CISM Day Run’ in Colombo.

Military Attaché at the German Embassy in India visits Naval Headquarters

Military Attaché at the German Embassy in India visits Naval Headquarters »

20 Feb, 2020

Colonel Michael Fricke, the Military Attaché at the German Embassy in India made an official visit to the Naval Headquarters yesterday

President halts imposition of extra levies and higher taxes by PCs

President halts imposition of extra levies and higher taxes by PCs »

20 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed all Provincial Councils and Local Authorities to suspend the imposition of any extra levy or raising any existing rates or taxes. Furthermore, these bodies have been requested to review the entire local authority rate and fees structure to simplify it within 30 days from to date

Remove obstacles to uplift the local industry – President tells officials

Remove obstacles to uplift the local industry – President tells officials »

19 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to take measures to uplift local industries and encourage investors by removing obstructions.

COPA Report for the Fiscal Year 2018 of 844 Government Institutions Presented in Parliament

COPA Report for the Fiscal Year 2018 of 844 Government Institutions Presented in Parliament »

19 Feb, 2020

The Committee on Public Accounts report on 844 institutions of State, Provincial Councils and Local Government for the Fiscal Year of 2018, was tabled in Parliament today (18th) by its Chairman, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna. That report consists of over 800 pages.

President determined to make Sri Lanka the number one country for investments

President determined to make Sri Lanka the number one country for investments »

19 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that his resolution is to transform Sri Lanka as the most favourable country for investments.

Defence Attaché of Embassy of People’s Republic of China visits Naval Headquarters

Defence Attaché of Embassy of People’s Republic of China visits Naval Headquarters »

19 Feb, 2020

New Defence Attaché of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China, Senior Colonel Wan Dong made a visit to the Naval Headquarters recently

Most Ven. Ohtani Chohjun honored with Great Sasana Ratna Award at the Parliament

Most Ven. Ohtani Chohjun honored with Great Sasana Ratna Award at the Parliament »

19 Feb, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said the contribution by the Honganji Foundation led by the Most Ven. Ohtani Chohjun towards strengthening the relations between Sri Lanka and Japan over the decades has been monumental.

Boat production factory at Karainagar to be improved with new technology -Minister Devananda

Boat production factory at Karainagar to be improved with new technology -Minister Devananda »

19 Feb, 2020

Hon. Minister, Douglas Devananda’s attention has been directed to improve the boat production factory at Karainagar, Jaffna with new technology for the benefit of the entire country. He said so when he made an observation tour recently to look into the affairs of the factory.

Sri Lankan Cultural Week Commences At The People’s Friendship University Of Russia

Sri Lankan Cultural Week Commences At The People’s Friendship University Of Russia »

19 Feb, 2020

Sri Lankan students, currently enrolled at the People’s Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), are organizing the Sri Lankan Cultural Week to promote Sri Lankan historic and cultural heritage among the international student community at the RUDN University.

Sri Lanka Food Festival – Islamabad And Rawalpindi

Sri Lanka Food Festival – Islamabad And Rawalpindi »

19 Feb, 2020

Marriot Hotel – Islamabad and Pearl Continental Hotel – Rawalpindi with the support of Sri Lanka High Commission organized a Sri Lanka food festival on the 05 and 06 February 2020 in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in line with the 72nd anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka.

High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi Organizes Art Exhibition to Commemorate Independence

High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi Organizes Art Exhibition to Commemorate Independence »

19 Feb, 2020

An exhibition of paintings was held recently at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi to coincide with the 72nd anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Calls On Speaker Of Parliament Mustafa Sentop

Ambassador Calls On Speaker Of Parliament Mustafa Sentop »

19 Feb, 2020

Ambassador Mohamed Rizvi Hassen paid a courtesy call on Speaker of Parliament of Turkey Mustafa Sentop at his office in Ankara

Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on Newly Appointed  Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on Newly Appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia »

18 Feb, 2020

Ambassador Sugeeshwara Gunaratna paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Redwan Hussien, on 12 February at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia.

Turkey looks forward in sharing SL’s experiences in countering terrorism

Turkey looks forward in sharing SL’s experiences in countering terrorism »

18 Feb, 2020

Turkey looks forward in sharing Sri Lanka’s experiences in combating terrorism and enhancing intelligence sharing in a combined effort to combat violent fundamental extremism.

SL – Turkey Successfully Concluded Negotiations On The Elimination Of Double Taxation

SL – Turkey Successfully Concluded Negotiations On The Elimination Of Double Taxation »

18 Feb, 2020

Sri Lanka and Turkey concluded the negotiations of the “Elimination of Double Taxation with respect to taxes on income and the prevention of tax evasion and avoidance” from 21 to 24 January 2020 in Ankara.

Bipartisan Us Congressional Delegation Holds Discussions In Sri Lanka

Bipartisan Us Congressional Delegation Holds Discussions In Sri Lanka »

18 Feb, 2020

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met yesterday (17 February 2020) the visiting US Congressional delegation, comprising Mr. Ami Bera, MD, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Non-Proliferation and Representative Mr. George E.B. Holding, Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Budget Committee and Ethics Committee and two members of the Congressional Committee Staff.

Initial report on MCC presented to President

Initial report on MCC presented to President »

18 Feb, 2020

The preliminary report of the 4- member Committee appointed to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) was handed over to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 12.02.2020

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 12.02.2020 »

18 Feb, 2020

Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held on 12.02.2020. Contribution of Sri Lanka for the arrears amounts recovery and loan concessionary package expected to be established in assistance for the reformation process of Somalia, using the internal resources with the contribution from the member countries of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Permanent Mission of SL to the UN’s together with the Sri Lankan community in the tri-state area of NYK celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of Independence

Permanent Mission of SL to the UN’s together with the Sri Lankan community in the tri-state area of NYK celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of Independence »

18 Feb, 2020

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, in association with the Sri Lankan community of the tri-State area of New York, celebrated the 72nd Anniversary of Independence on 9th February 2020 at the High School of Fashion Industries Auditorium in New York. The event was attended by an audience of over 700 persons.

The President Gotabaya Rajapaksa receives an invitation to attend “The future of Asia” conference

The President Gotabaya Rajapaksa receives an invitation to attend “The future of Asia” conference »

18 Feb, 2020

The Japanese Government will ensure that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s scheduled visit to Japan will be successful and productive, assured Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiyama. He met with President Rajapaksa last evening

Afghanistan to support Sri Lanka in anti-drug trafficking

Afghanistan to support Sri Lanka in anti-drug trafficking »

18 Feb, 2020

Afghanistan Ambassador to Sri Lanka M. Asharf Haidari pledged that Afghanistan would provide its assistance to Sri Lanka in countering drug trafficking in the South Asian region.

India assist’s to Central Province House Projects and new Auditorium for Thondaman Vocational Training Centre

India assist’s to Central Province House Projects and new Auditorium for Thondaman Vocational Training Centre »

17 Feb, 2020

Foundation Stones laid for India assisted projects in Central Province : Indian Housing Project at Vellai Oya Estate and New Auditorium for Thondaman Vocational Training Centre (TVTC), Hatton

Acting High Commissioner of India speaks about India’s recent strides in the renewable energy sector: Energy alternatives should be “available, affordable and accessible”

Acting High Commissioner of India speaks about India’s recent strides in the renewable energy sector: Energy alternatives should be “available, affordable and accessible” »

17 Feb, 2020

Acting High Commissioner of India Mr. Vinod K. Jacob spoke about key milestones achieved by India in the renewable energy sector. He was speaking at the third edition of Renewable Energy Growth Forum - Sri Lanka Chapter - which was held in Taj Samudra recently.

Rtd Major General Prasad Samarasinghe assumes duty as new head of management to the Lotus tower

Rtd Major General Prasad Samarasinghe assumes duty as new head of management to the Lotus tower »

17 Feb, 2020

At the Lotus Tower today, retired Major General Prasad Samarasinghe took up duties as Head of management. He had served in the capacity of Sri Lankan Army chief of staff until his retirement in 2015 after 35 years of service in the Sri Lankan Army.

Wuhan mission, a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka – Army Commander

Wuhan mission, a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka – Army Commander »

17 Feb, 2020

An event organized to hand over the 33 students who were flown back from Wuhan in China, to their parents was held under the patronage of the Commander of Sri Lanka Army and Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva at the Army Headquarters in Akuregoda recently.

Sri Lanka Flag Flies High at The “Bahrain For All” Festival

Sri Lanka Flag Flies High at The “Bahrain For All” Festival »

17 Feb, 2020

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Kingdom of Bahrain successfully co-ordinated Sri Lanka’s participation at the “Bahrain for All” festival held at Bahrain Bay from 06 to 07 February 2020.

President meets Trade Union activists

President meets Trade Union activists »

17 Feb, 2020

A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and representatives of Progressive Trade Union Federation held at the President’s House in Fort recently

President of Guinea-Bissau meets Prime Minister during his brief visit to Sri Lanka

President of Guinea-Bissau meets Prime Minister during his brief visit to Sri Lanka »

17 Feb, 2020

President of the Republic of Guinia-Bissau, Umaro Cissoko Embalo, accompanied by Ms. Suzi Barbosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guinea-Bissau who made a brief visit to Sri Lanka this morning en route to Spain called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.

Navy contributes in conservation of coastal environment

Navy contributes in conservation of coastal environment »

17 Feb, 2020

Once more extension of beach clean-up drive of the Sri Lanka Navy, mooted in view of conservation of beaches around the island, was successfully carried out at several beaches in the Eastern, Southern, North Central and South Eastern Naval Areas, on 10th, 15th and 16th February 2020.

President makes an inspection tour of Colombo Port City

President makes an inspection tour of Colombo Port City »

17 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inspected the progress of Port City Colombo yesterday (16). Attention was drawn to the plan of the Port City during the National Law Conference held under the patronage of President Rajapaksa recently.

Defence Adviser of British High Commission calls on Commander Eastern Naval Area

Defence Adviser of British High Commission calls on Commander Eastern Naval Area »

17 Feb, 2020

Colonel David Ashman, the Defence Adviser at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka met the Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Merril Wickramasinghe recently

A National Salaries Commission established

A National Salaries Commission established »

16 Feb, 2020

A National Salaries Commission has been established to provide guidance and assistance to the Government in formulating and executing a National Salaries Policy. The Commission has been established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in accordance with the powers vested upon him under the Article 33 of the Constitution.

Israel offers assistance to improve Sri Lanka’s digitization process

Israel offers assistance to improve Sri Lanka’s digitization process »

13 Feb, 2020

Israel is willing to assist Sri Lanka to digitalise its state sector while strengthening military ties, sharing intelligence and offer more training opportunities for Sri Lanka Police and Tri Forces personnel.

Army facilitates PMB to buy over 3.2 m kilos of paddy worth Rs. 163.4m

Army facilitates PMB to buy over 3.2 m kilos of paddy worth Rs. 163.4m »

12 Feb, 2020

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has facilitated the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) to purchase over 3,268,600 kilos of paddy worth of over Rs. 163,430,000 during last two weeks.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa makes sudden inspection visit to Welikada prison

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa makes sudden inspection visit to Welikada prison »

12 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made an unannounced visited the Welikada prison in the evening, recently. President Rajapaksa engaged in casual conversation with the prisoners. A majority of these prisoners have been imprisoned for using narcotic substances.

Veteran Musician Jagath Wickramasinghe Appointed Chairman of SLBC

Veteran Musician Jagath Wickramasinghe Appointed Chairman of SLBC »

12 Feb, 2020

Veteran musician Jagath Wickramasinghe has been named Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) chairman. Wickramasinghe, a musical Sangeet Visharad, went on to study at the Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow, India.

WHO officially named Coronavirus disease as Covid-19

WHO officially named Coronavirus disease as Covid-19 »

12 Feb, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-2019. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

Online Registration System for School Exams

Online Registration System for School Exams »

12 Feb, 2020

From this year onwards, the Department of Examinations has decided to use online application form for exams such as the Ordinary Level, Advanced Level and the Grade Five Scholarship Test. Through this, the students could be given a more effective and safer service.

Railways to introduce smart cards, reservation e-ticketing

Railways to introduce smart cards, reservation e-ticketing »

12 Feb, 2020

The Ministry of Passenger Transport will soon be launching a smart card for quick train travel and an e-ticketing system for seat reservation in trains. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has submitted a Memorandum to the Cabinet requesting its approval to implement these two facilities.

The President advises the land unit survey be concluded

The President advises the land unit survey be concluded »

12 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa advised to expedite the surveying of the land units during a discussion at the Presidential Secretariat.

International Military Sports Council Day Run – 2020 to be flagged off in Colombo

International Military Sports Council Day Run – 2020 to be flagged off in Colombo »

12 Feb, 2020

International Military Sports Council (CISM) Day Run is organized annually by member countries of the International Military Sports Council to celebrate its anniversary worldwide. It is in this backdrop, the Sri Lanka Navy is organizing the CISM Day Run – 2020 which is scheduled to be flagged off at the Galle Face Green on 18th February 2020 at 5.30 a.m., with the attendance of tri-service personnel and distinguished invitees.

Committee to propose relief for ragging victims

Committee to propose relief for ragging victims »

11 Feb, 2020

The University Grants Commission (USC) on Higher Education Technology and Innovation Minister Bandula Gunawardena has appointed a seven-member Inquiry Committee headed by a former Supreme Court Judge of Sri Lanka to suggest adequate relief to victims of ragging and to introduce appropriate measures to prevent ragging.

Education system must update with the times – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Education system must update with the times – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa »

11 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed yesterday the need to reform the country's education system in order to achieve rapid economic growth. The President spoke during a meeting yesterday at the President's Office with officials from the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka (UGC) and University Vice Chancellors (VCs).

Ranjith Madduma Bandara as General Secretary of new UNP alliance

Ranjith Madduma Bandara as General Secretary of new UNP alliance »

11 Feb, 2020

The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) had unanimously approved the selection of MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara as the general secretary of the new UNP-led alliance MP Sujeewa Senasinghe said a while ago.

Navy carries out beach cleaning programmes to keep waste free costal line

Navy carries out beach cleaning programmes to keep waste free costal line »

11 Feb, 2020

Two more events of the Navy’s beach cleaning programme were conducted in the Northern and Southern Naval Commands on 05th and 07th February 2020.

Foreign film ‘Observation Board’ appointed

Foreign film ‘Observation Board’ appointed »

11 Feb, 2020

An Observation Board for imported teledramas and films was appointed by Information and Communication Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovations Minister Bandula Gunawardane at a ceremony held at the Ministry recently.

SL has an important role to play in maintaining peace and stability in the region- Pakistani Air Force Chief

SL has an important role to play in maintaining peace and stability in the region- Pakistani Air Force Chief »

11 Feb, 2020

Pakistan Air Force Chief Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan said Sri Lanka had an important role to play in maintaining peace and stability in the region and pledged to support strengthening intelligence sharing.

Karu Jayasuriya Ready to say goodbye to Speaker of the Parliament

Karu Jayasuriya Ready to say goodbye to Speaker of the Parliament »

10 Feb, 2020

Karu Jayasuriya says he is ready to say goodbye to the Speaker's post and urged the people to nominate people for the next five years to be elected Honorable Members of Parliament. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has visited the Malwatte and Asgiriya chief prelates this morning to present to the Mahanayakes the original of his biography.

President declares open first ever seven-story building at Ananda College

President declares open first ever seven-story building at Ananda College »

10 Feb, 2020

The newly constructed seven-storey building at Ananda College, Colombo was vested with the students by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, today (07). It is a historic occasion that the first and only Executive President produced by Ananda College declared open this new building.

Application forms to employ unemployed graduates welcome until 20th of February

Application forms to employ unemployed graduates welcome until 20th of February »

10 Feb, 2020

The programme to employ unemployed undergraduates will accept application forms until 20th of February.

Afghan Finance Minister calls on President

Afghan Finance Minister calls on President »

10 Feb, 2020

Afghan Minister of Finance Mohammed Humayon Qayoumi called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s residence yesterday

Defence Research Wing at ‘DEFEXPO-2020’ Attracts Sri Lankan Delegates’ Focus

Defence Research Wing at ‘DEFEXPO-2020’ Attracts Sri Lankan Delegates’ Focus »

10 Feb, 2020

The visiting Sri Lankan delegation, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary Defence and Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army soon after the inaugural sessions of the ‘DEFEXPO-2020’ in Lucknow, took a keen interest in watching a large segment of exhibits on show in the ‘Defence Research and Development Organization’ section in the Exhibition, a wing quite identical to Sri Lanka’s Branch operating in the Ministry of Defence and the Army and several other exhibition sites.

The age limit for applying for unemployed students under the plan now is 45 years

The age limit for applying for unemployed students under the plan now is 45 years »

10 Feb, 2020

The age limit for applying under the Government’s programme to employ unemployed graduates has now been increased to 45 years. Previously, the age limit was set at 35 years.

Foreign Minister hosts Ambassadors at the Independence Day Reception

Foreign Minister hosts Ambassadors at the Independence Day Reception »

10 Feb, 2020

On the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of independence of Sri Lanka, Minister of Foreign Relations, Dinesh Gunawardena hosted a High Tea for resident and non-resident envoys accredited to Sri Lanka on 04 February 2020 at the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

PAYE  and Withholding Tax  payments by resident or non-residents removed

PAYE and Withholding Tax payments by resident or non-residents removed »

7 Feb, 2020

As instructed by the Ministry of Finance on January 31, 2020 pending formal amendment to the Inland Revenue Act No. 24 of 2017, WHT on any payments (including interest, dividends rent etc.) made to any resident person and PAYE on any employment receipts to any resident or non-resident individual is removed with effect from January 01, 2020.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is leaving to India today

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is leaving to India today »

7 Feb, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is leaving today for New Delhi on a state visit to India at the invitation of his Indian Premier Narendra Modi from 7 to 11 February. This is Rajapaksa's first foreign visit following assuming duties as Prime Minister last November.

Sri Lanka gifts world renowned Ceylon Black Tea to China

Sri Lanka gifts world renowned Ceylon Black Tea to China »

7 Feb, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa gifted a consignment of world renowned Ceylon Black Tea to the Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan to be sent to those affected by the Coronavirus. Ambassador Xueyuan deeply appreciated the gesture.

Kankesanthurai port to be upgrade as major commercial port

Kankesanthurai port to be upgrade as major commercial port »

7 Feb, 2020

Co-Cabinet spokesperson, Minister of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said the government has decided to implement an accelerated development project to upgrade the Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbor as a major commercial port.

Russian Land Force Commander Calls on Navy Commander

Russian Land Force Commander Calls on Navy Commander »

7 Feb, 2020

The visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov of the Russian Federation, now in Sri Lanka, began his itinerary on Wednesday (5), paying a courtesy call on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at the Navy Headquarters.

Cabinet of Ministers approved Jobs for all unemployed undergrads »

7 Feb, 2020

The Cabinet of Ministers approved President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's proposal to provide government jobs for all unemployed graduates, stated today Co-Cabinet Media Spokesman Information & Communications Technology, Higher Education, and Minister of Technology & Innovation Dr Bandula Gunawardane.

INS ‘Jamuna’ arrived at port of Colombo

INS ‘Jamuna’ arrived at port of Colombo »

7 Feb, 2020

The Indian Navy Ship (INS) ‘Jamuna’ arrived at the port of Colombo today (06th February 2020) and she was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval traditions.

Record 411 Push Bicycles Given Free to Jaffna Students

Record 411 Push Bicycles Given Free to Jaffna Students »

7 Feb, 2020

Considered as one of the main community-oriented projects in the peninsula that has been launched in the most recent times, the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) on Sunday (2) on the eve of the National Independence Day held four ceremonies to distribute a record 411 number of push bicycles among needy students in the Jaffna peninsula.

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 05.02.2020

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 05.02.2020 »

6 Feb, 2020

01.Management of archaeological heritages of Rajagala archaeological complex.

It has been unveiled that there are 593 places of archaeologically importance in the shrine

Chief Of The Air Staff Of The Pakistan Air Force Calls On The Commander

Chief Of The Air Staff Of The Pakistan Air Force Calls On The Commander »

6 Feb, 2020

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, the Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (05 Feb2020). He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Tazeena Mujahid. The Air Chief Marshal and his wife along with their entourage were received at the Bandaranaike International Airport commander of tha Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Sumangala Dias and Mrs Prabavi Dias.

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations celebrates the 72nd Anniversary of Independence in New York

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations celebrates the 72nd Anniversary of Independence in New York »

6 Feb, 2020

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York celebrated Sri Lanka’s 72nd Anniversary of Independence by hosting an evening reception for a large number of foreign diplomats and representatives of the Sri Lanka Community in the tri-state area, civil society, media and artistes on 4th February 2020 at the Mission premises.

The package delivery service in a new face

The package delivery service in a new face »

6 Feb, 2020

An APP is going to be launched for the delivery of packages in every province with the partnership of the Sri Lanka Post and Sri Lanka Telecom under the concept of His Excellency the President’s concept of creating an efficient and productive environment in the public institutions.

Russian Army Chief Extends Courtesies to Prime Minister

Russian Army Chief Extends Courtesies to Prime Minister »

6 Feb, 2020

Hon Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa cordially received the visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov of the Russian Federation on Wednesday (5) when the latter arrived at the Prime Minister’s office for a courtesy audience.

Russia’s Army Chief Pays Courtesy Call on HE the President at Presidential Secretariat

Russia’s Army Chief Pays Courtesy Call on HE the President at Presidential Secretariat »

6 Feb, 2020

Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov of the Russian Federation currently in Sri Lanka on a goodwill tour at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army yesterday

Cuban President urges to expand relations with Sri Lanka

Cuban President urges to expand relations with Sri Lanka »

6 Feb, 2020

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel urged the expansion of friendship and cooperation relations with Sri Lanka, highlighted today the Caribbean country's foreign ministry site.

‘Agitation Site’ designated for protests

‘Agitation Site’ designated for protests »

6 Feb, 2020

A location reportedly has been designated as an' Agitation Location' near the Galle Face Green, Colombo. In the recent past, it has been a common sight that continuous protest protests during Colombo disturb the public.

Rs. 1000 daily wage for plantation workers from March onwards

Rs. 1000 daily wage for plantation workers from March onwards »

6 Feb, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today reiterated in parliament (05) that the daily wage of Rs. 1000 for plantation sector estate workers will come into effect as of 1 March 2020. The Prime Minister made this statement in response to a question placed by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake,

Cabinet approves India-Sri Lanka Alliance Air flights

Cabinet approves India-Sri Lanka Alliance Air flights »

6 Feb, 2020

The Union Cabinet has granted ex-post facto dispensation to Alliance Air, a 100 percent subsidiary of Air India, to fly on international sectors between India and Sri Lanka.

COPE, COPA New  members appointed

COPE, COPA New members appointed »

6 Feb, 2020

Members of the Public Accounts Committee (COPA) and the Public Enterprises Committee (COPE) have been named, the Parliament's Communications Department says. On the meeting held at 24 January 2020, the Committee of Selection named 16 members to the COPA in compliance with Parliament's provisions of Standing Order 119(1).

10 essential items at concessional rates for low-incomes from next month

10 essential items at concessional rates for low-incomes from next month »

6 Feb, 2020

The Government is making arrangements to provide 10 essential commodities to low-income families at concessional rates as announced yesterday in Parliament by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

SriLankan Airlines rationalizes flights to China

SriLankan Airlines rationalizes flights to China »

6 Feb, 2020

SriLankan Airlines is rationalizing its services to China in accordance with current market conditions as per its long-held commercial policies, with a temporary reduction of frequencies to several cities. This is to better reflect present passenger demand in the wake of a significant reduction in the number of Chinese travelers venturing overseas following the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus epidemic.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa answer MPs’ queries today

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa answer MPs’ queries today »

5 Feb, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be answering the questions that Members of Parliament have posed today.

Saman Ratnapriya sworn in as Member of Parliament today

Saman Ratnapriya sworn in as Member of Parliament today »

5 Feb, 2020

The Parliament Communication Department said that Saman Rathnapriya Silva was sworn in as a Member of Parliament today in the presence of Parliament Speaker KaruJayasuriya.

No room will be left for extremist organizations that pave way for terrorism – President pledges

No room will be left for extremist organizations that pave way for terrorism – President pledges »

5 Feb, 2020

While preserving the right of every citizen for a secured life, freedom of expression and thinking, we will leave no room for extremist organizations that pave way for terrorism, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.

General Amnesty Declared to Receive Discharge Or Reinstatement For Deserters

General Amnesty Declared to Receive Discharge Or Reinstatement For Deserters »

5 Feb, 2020

HE the President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in parallel with the 72nd National Independence Day through the Ministry of Defence has declared a week-long general amnesty period for Tri Service absentees to receive discharge or rejoin to continue their national service to the country, effective from 5 February 2020 to 12 February 2020.