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A four-member delegation of the German Parliament led by Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Head of the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development, arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday. The visit to Sri Lanka is from 19 to 24 February.
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
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.
According to Co-Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena, the notification from the Gazette to form a separate Urban Council for Sainthamaruthu has become invalid following the Cabinet decision not to proceed with the Gazette right now.
01 The agreement between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Government of Czech Republic for the prevention
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.
Colonel Michael Fricke, the Military Attaché at the German Embassy in India made an official visit to the Naval Headquarters yesterday
Showery and windy conditions are expected to temporarily improve in the Eastern Uva and Central Provinces from today (20th) evening during the next few days. Many shower spells can occur in the Western, Uva and Central Provinces and in the districts of Hambanthota, Polonnaruwa, and Mullaitivu.
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
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to take measures to uplift local industries and encourage investors by removing obstructions.
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 Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that his resolution is to transform Sri Lanka as the most favourable country for investments.
New Defence Attaché of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China, Senior Colonel Wan Dong made a visit to the Naval Headquarters recently
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, called on the Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Chief Global Strategy Officer of KB Financial Group of Kookmin Bank Cho Nam Hoon, recently, at the Corporate Head Office in Seoul.
Ambassador Mohamed Rizvi Hassen paid a courtesy call on Speaker of Parliament of Turkey Mustafa Sentop at his office in Ankara
Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the morning.
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 Sri Lanka’s experiences in combating terrorism and enhancing intelligence sharing in a combined effort to combat violent fundamental extremism.
With the conclusion of the week- long firearms amnesty, the Police together with other intelligence agencies have commenced raiding illegal firearms. During the grace period, 200 firearms without valid permits or with no renewed permits have been handed over to Police stations in nine provinces.
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.
The Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha recalling the strong bilateral ties between the two countries reassured the support of Thailand for Sri Lanka’s development efforts.
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.
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo is closely coordinating with the cruise company of the Diamond Princess in regard to the safety of the two Sri Lankans on board the vessel in Yokohama Japan. The Embassy has informed that the two Sri Lankans who are crew members are in good health and are regularly in contact with their relatives in Sri Lanka
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
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).
The Ambassador of Turkey to Sri Lanka, Demet Sekercioglu paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias at the Air Force Headquarters
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
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 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
Some parts of the island will prevail mainly by fair weather. In some areas in the Nuwara-Eliya district in the early hours of the morning there is a chance for ground frost. Wind speeds in the districts of Matara, Hambanthota, Monaragala, Gampaha, Kurunegala and Puttalam may sometimes increase to 40-50 kmph.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Timelines evolved externally would hinder process of reconciliation – Sri Lanka’s envoy tell the UN Security Council
Local News: The Government has informed the UN that ‘timelines evolved externally in achieving stated objectives would only seek to hinder
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.
A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and representatives of Progressive Trade Union Federation held at the President’s House in Fort recently
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.
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 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.
Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island. However, showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 pm.
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 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.
SL’s Electrocutions Reached an Alarming Situation In 2019 Due To Illegal Power Tapping– PUCSL Report
Sri Lanka reported 103 fatalities due to electrocution in the year 2019 up from 89 fatalities reported in 2018, the electrocution report 2019 released by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, revealed.
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.
Showers will sometimes occur in the provinces of the East and Uva, and in the districts of Matale, Nuwara-Eliya and Hambanthota. Several shower spells will occur in district Polonnaruwa.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 has been recorded today at 2.34 am (12) in the Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka's South East coast, the Meteorology Department says. Nevertheless, the Department noted that there is no tsunami danger to the island due to the 10 km deep earthquake.
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.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the present education system should be reformed in order to achieve a rapid growth in economy. During the meeting at the Presidential Secretariat recently
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa advised to expedite the surveying of the land units during a discussion at the Presidential Secretariat.
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.
Showers expects in Eastern and Uva provinces and in Matale, Nuwara-Eliya, Hambanthota and Polonnaruwa
Many shower spells can occur in the provinces of the East and Uva, and in the districts of Matale, Nuwara-Eliya, Hambanthota and Polonnaruwa. Showers or thundershowers will take place after 2 p.m. at several places in Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces, and in districts of Galle and Matara.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage has been appointed as the Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka. He received his letter of appointment from Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the Ministry yesterday
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.
Showery and windy condition is expected to enhance to some extent in next few days. Few showers will occur in the Eastern, Central and Uva provinces and in Hambanthota, Polonnaruwa and Mullaitivu districts.
SL has an important role to play in maintaining peace and stability in the region- Pakistani Air Force Chief
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 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.
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.
The programme to employ unemployed undergraduates will accept application forms until 20th of February.
Afghan Minister of Finance Mohammed Humayon Qayoumi called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s residence yesterday
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 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.
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.
Showers expects at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 pm.
Showers or thundershowers can occur after 2 pm at a few places in the province of Sabaragamuwa and in the districts of Galle and Matara. Light showers may occur in the provinces of the East and Uva, and in the districts of Hambanthota and Mullaitivu.
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 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.
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.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Nuwara-Eliya, Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 pm. Mainly fair weather will prevail elsewhere. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces during the morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the final leg of Wednesday’s (5) itinerary in Colombo, the visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov of the Russian Federation made a visit to the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC) Regimental Headquarters in Colombo 15 to be greeted in a formal Guard Turnout and a Guard of Honour.
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.
01.Management of archaeological heritages of Rajagala archaeological complex.
It has been unveiled that there are 593 places of archaeologically importance in the shrine
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.
Urban Development Authority former Chairman and Noritake Company Executive Consultant Nimal Perera has assumed duties as Chairman at Hotel Developers (Lanka) PLC.
Connaissance de Ceylan and Theme Resorts and Spas, in collaboration with LYLIS Holistic Travels in Europe, brings the aristocracy from England, the Duchess of Rutland Emma Manners, with her life partner Phil Burt to the heart of Sri Lanka.
China scrambled to find bed space for thousands of newly infected patients on Thursday, as the death toll from the novel coronavirus soared to 563. More than 28,000 people are now known to be infected nationwide in the outbreak that has spiralled into a global health emergency.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Miguel Diaz-Canel urged the expansion of friendship and cooperation relations with Sri Lanka, highlighted today the Caribbean country's foreign ministry site.
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.
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,
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.
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).
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 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.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces and in Kaluthara, Nuwara-Eliya and Kandy districts after 2.00 pm
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be answering the questions that Members of Parliament have posed today.
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.
A total of 244 Army officers have been promoted to their next ranks by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. According to Army media, 17 Brigadiers have been promoted to the Rank of Major General.
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.
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.
Showers expects few places in Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces and in Kaluthara, Nuwara-Eliya and Kandy
Showers or thundershowers may occur after 2.00 pm in a few places in Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces and in districts of Kaluthara, Nuwara-Eliya and Kandy.
Sri Lanka is a Unitary State. It is a free, sovereign, independent and democratic Republic.On this occasion when we celebrate 72 years of Independence after nearly 500 years of imperialist colonial rule, I address you as the Head of the State with a pledge to further strengthen your freedom. I pay tribute to all Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and Burgher leaders who dedicated themselves to achieving and ensuring this Independence.
Russian Land Force Commander Bringing Ties to New Heights Calls on His Sri Lankan Counterpart at AHQ
Amidst fluttering Sri Lanka Army flags, military formalities, including a colourful Guard of Honour and a prestigious Guard Turnout presented a red carpet reception to the visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army,
The 72nd anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence was celebrated this this year, centered on the magnificent edifice that was built to commemorate Sri Lanka’s gaining of independence from the British in 1948, The Independence Square.
On the sidelines of the 72nd Independence Day celebrations, the Sri Lanka Navy accorded a 25-Gun Salute to the nation today, 04th February 2020, at the Lighthouse premises in Colombo Fort, by 12.00 noon.
Google celebrated Sri Lanka's 72nd Independence Day today with a Google Doodle featuring the lion and three colors of the national flag. Google periodically changes its doodle to mark a historic occasion.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa commended the SriLankan Airlines crew who flew to Wuhan, the epicenter of coronavirus to bring back Sri Lankan students.
President of the Court of Appeal Justice Yasantha Kodagoda was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the development process and environmental protection should go hand in hand for the betterment of the country and the future generations.
All arrangements have been made to celebrate Sri Lanka's 72nd National Independence Day tomorrow at Independence Square in Colombo. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will preside over the National Independence Day celebrations under the theme ' A Secured Nation – A Prosperous Country.
The visiting Russian Federation’s Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov, just a few hours after his arrival on Monday (3) morning called on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the office of the Ministry of Defence.
Bringing bilateral goodwill, cooperation and understanding to new heights, Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov of Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation arrived here this morning
SriLankan Airlines Limited has become aware of a Judgement in the United Kingdom related to a charge of corruption in the purchase/ lease of Aircraft between the period 2011- 2015 June.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered a comprehensive investigation into reports of allegations over financial irregularities said to have committed during the deal between SriLankan Airlines and Airbus SE for the purchase of aircrafts.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has granted a General Amnesty for 512 prisoners to mark the Independence Day which fall on 4th of February.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in partnership with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden arranged the participation of Sri Lankan Destination Management Companies (DMCs) at Advenur 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania
The Consulate General with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Sri Lanka, under the Economic Diplomacy Program, conducted a one month advertising campaign displaying posters on Metro trains in Toronto.
The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra welcomed the delegation led by Sam Watson, General Manager of the Australian Organising Committee of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, who visited the Sri Lanka High Commission on 30 January 2020 along with the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Trophy.
Prime Minister’s Senior Advisor On Economic Affairs Discusses Economic Cooperation With UK’s Political Leadership
Senior Advisor on Economic Affairs to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal who was on a visit to the United Kingdom called on the Minister of State for International Trade The Rt Hon Conor Burns MP on 28 January 2020.
General Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of the Russian Federation, a combat veteran with 45 years in service and decorated with orders and 9 medals will arrive in Sri Lanka today
Showers expects in the Sabaragamuwa province and in Kaluthara, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts
Showers or thundershowers may occur after 2.00 pm at a few places in the province of Sabaragamuwa and in the districts of Kaluthara, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara. In the island's eastern coastal areas light showers can occur.
There are currently no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Sri Lanka as the Chinese national who contracted the disease was tested negative according to the latest medical reports yesterday, health authorities announced.
The Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Dutchy of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat recently (31). The Minister was accompanied with the Delhi based Luxembourg Ambassador Jean Claude Kugener.
The World Bank and Sri Lanka today identified several new areas of development cooperation in addition to World Bank funded existing projects. They are renewable energy, garbage disposal, watershed management, plantation for export, easing traffic congestion and pedestrian and road safety.
A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force delegation called on Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at the Naval Headquarters on 31st January 2020.
Good Job by SriLankan’s Hats Off : SriLankan Airlines expresses gratitude to its courageous crew members and staff
SriLankan Airlines expresses its profound gratitude to its patriotic and loyal staff members who volunteered to operate Flight UL1423, the airline’s mission of mercy that brought back our students from Wuhan, China, on Saturday 1st February 2020.
Sri Lanka’s State Minister for Technology and Innovation, the Hon’ble Thilanga Sumanthipala and Acting Indian High Commissioner, Mr. Vinod K Jacob inaugurated the Fourth India Education Fair 2020 in Colombo today.
Twenty graduates of the U.S. Embassy’s Rural Women Entrepreneurship program held a trade fair at the American Corner Kandy to showcase their products on January 30. The women participated in a six-month course called “Zero Money: How to Start a Business.”
The Army on the directions of the acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, alert to the SOS need to have Sri Lankans arriving from China’s Wuhan Province quarantined for two weeks against Coronavirus, has put up two new dormitories inside the Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital premises.
The Army medical specialists and members of the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Squadron this morning (1) at about 11.40 am admitted 33 Sri Lankans,
The Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias attended the opening ceremony of the Refurbished Nalanda College Pavilion and the newly constructed Smart Class Room
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn met with the Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena at the Foreign Ministry today for bilateral discussions. Luxembourg extended felicitations to the new Government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
SriLankan Airlines ' special flight which left yesterday for Wuhan, China, returned this morning with students from Sri Lanka and members of their family. They will be taken to the Diyatalawa Army Camp for quarantine.
President instructs officials to investigate treatments for indigenous and western medicine to counter coronavirus
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed health authorities to collect information from experts in indigenous and western medicine to find a remedy to cure those affected with coronavirus.
Under the patronage of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Bahrain, the American Mission Hospital (AMH) and Sri Lanka Engineering Society (SLES) conducted a free Medical Camp and Clinic at the Embassy premises on 24 January 2020.
Sri Lankaan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit India from February 7-11 during which he will hold extensive talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
As at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) yesterday (30th),17 persons suspected of having been diagnosed with Coronavirus are under surveillance
This morning the Ministry of Agriculture was moved to' Govijana Mandiraya' in Battaramulla. Minister of Agriculture Chamal Rajapaksa and Minister of State for Agriculture Vidura Wickrmanayake attended the event.
Following the direction of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Ministry of Foreign Relations in coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, have facilitated the return of the 33 Sri Lankan students and their family members to Sri Lanka from Wuhan.
A Royal Australian Navy (RAN) delegation called on Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at the Naval Headquarters on 29th January 2020.
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has said the Chinese Government is expediting the request made for a special aircraft landing in Wuhan City which will allow the evacuation of the Sri Lankan students and their family members.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 12-member high-powered Task Force for Poverty Eradication and Livelihood Development through the issuance of an extraordinary gazette.The Committee will be chaired by Retired Deputy Secretary to the Treasury S.B. Divarathne Esquire.
Sri Lanka Tourism in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin and Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt participated at CMT Consumer Fair 2020 which was held from 11-19 January 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Most parts of the island will prevail mainly by fair weather. Misty conditions can be expected during the morning at some places in the provinces of Central, Sabaragamuwa, and Uva.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Finance Minister, will present to Parliament a supplementary estimate of Rs 130 billion to pay back the arrears of the previous Co-Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said.
UNP named Sajith Premadasa as the Leader of the UNP-led alliance and the Prime Ministerial candidate
The United National Party’s Working Committee has decided to name Sajith Premadasa as the Leader of the UNP-led alliance and the Prime Ministerial candidate, UNP media said.
The National Harvesting and Cultivation Programme,' Saubhagya,' was launched today. Held at the Deewela paddy fields in Kegalle, the event, known as the' Harvest Festival.' Minister Chamal Rajapaksa has watched over it. Parallel to this, it also introduced the planting of fallow lands.
The validity of government-issued school uniform vouchers has been extended until February 28, the Ministry of Education announced. In this way the validity span of vouchers for school shoes was also expanded along with the school uniform vouchers.
Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that from the next budget, the government will make allocations for the most creative and innovative town and housing plans. The Prime Minister also said that a number of urban development and housing projects that have been neglected in recent years will be revived and completed in the near future, Prime Minister Rajapaksa made these remarks at a Progress Review Meeting for Urban Development and Housing Ministries in Suhurupaya, Battaramulla, where detailed discussions on the urban development sector took place.
Dr. M.J.Marasinghe, Head of the Colombo Municipal Council's Indigenous Medicine Department (CMC) said today that his department started producing a syrup and a powder to improve immunity, as a precautionary measure to prevent new coronavirus and all other communicable diseases from infection. Dr. Marasinghe further said that many people are keen to avoid the new infection of coronavirus that has already spread in many countries around the world.
Sri Lanka Parliament's Communication Department yesterday confirmed the Central Bank's submission to Parliament of the five full Forensic Audit Report on the CBSL Bond Issue, along with annexes and exhibits.
Education Ministry Secretary N.H.M.Chithrananda said yesterday that ministry has released a set of guidelines to protect schoolchildren from New Coronavirus outbreak infection. Addressing a media briefing held at the Government Informatrion Department Secretary's Auditorium add that the Department had advised all Provincial, Zonal and Divisional Education Directors and National School Principals to ensure the safety of all schoolchildren.
China reported its biggest single-day jump in novel coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as global fears deepened with more infections confirmed overseas including three Japanese evacuated from the outbreak's epicentre.
Two Philippine Navy ships “Remon Alcaraz” and "Davao Delsur" which arrived Sri Lanka on a 3 day goodwill visit, departed the island
The first day of the Colombo Naval Exercise 2020 (CONEX 20) organized by the Sri Lanka Navy for the second time, came to a successful end on 28th January 2020.
‘Waves of Rhythm’ – marked a glorious evening of Sri Lankan Dancing and Drumming in Bangkok, Thailand
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Bangkok together with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau hosted the professional cultural troupe of the Sri Lanka Army to an evening of Sri Lankan dancing and drumming – ‘Waves of Rhythm’ or 'Thala Tharanga', on 19 January 2020 at the Thammasat Association Auditorium in Bangkok, Thailand.
None, including students, has been instructed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education to wear face masks in public or when attending school, information and communications technology, higher education, research, and innovation minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said.
Mrs. Chithrani Gunaratne assumed the office as the Chairperson of Defence Ministry’s Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU) today (30). A simple ceremony to this effect was held at the Ministry giving priority to religious observances.
The Defence Ministry will regularize private security services by introducing minimum wage for security guards, registration of new security firms and renewal of licenses.
Government asks student protestors to join employment generation process instead of causing hardships to public
Collecting information on graduates and equally qualified diploma holders had now been completed in order to provide employment to all of them. Securing required funds too is underway.
The outgoing High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera paid a farewell call on the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC on Tuesday 21 January 2020 at Marlborough House.
Chief of Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Zafar Mahmood called on the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias recently
State Minister for International Cooperation Susil Premajayantha led the Sri Lanka delegation to the Twelfth Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) held in Quito, Ecuador from 20-24 January 2020.
Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces during the morning.
The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mr. Jean Asselborn will arrive in Sri Lanka on 30th January 2020 for bilateral discussions with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
Certain visitors other than passengers have been prohibited to access the airport premises from this morning onwards, says Sri Lanka Airport and Aviation Services.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi of Sri Lanka has announced that the issuance of' On Arrival Visa' has been canceled with immediate effect for visitors from China.
The name of Saman Rathnapriya was Gazetted to fill the seat vacated by UNP National List resignation MP Jayampathy Wickramaratne in Parliament. The name Rathnapriya was nominated last week to fill the seat of the United National Party (UNP) MP left vacant after Dr. Wickramaratne's resignation.
Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne Presents Credentials as the Non-resident Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Syrian Arab Republic
Ambassador Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne presented her Letters of Credence to the nominee of President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar Al –Assad, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Walid Al-Moallem on 21 January 2020 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Damascus, Syria.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt assisted the Export Development Board in organizing the Sri Lanka Pavilion at the ‘Boat Show’ in Dusseldorf which is the world's largest international indoor fair for boats and water sports.
Canada emphasizes the need to capitalize on the positive trajectory of its partnership with Sri Lanka
Director General for South Asia, Global Affairs Canada, Ambassador David Hartman who is on a bilateral visit to Sri Lanka, has reiterated the strong desire of the Canadian government to move the bilateral relationship forward with Sri Lanka to capitalize on the positive trajectory of Sri Lanka’s relationship with Canada.
Although maintaining that there was no need to worry over the Corona Virus, the Ministry of Health has advised the general public to wear face masks as a safety measure.
Philippine Navy ships 'Remon Alcaraz' and 'Davao Delsur' arrived at the Colombo Port on a three-day goodwill visit recently
Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said a Special Task Force will be formed soon to combat drug menace to nab organised drug traffickers.
The silent contributions and the growing project portfolio of Sri Lanka’s United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Focal Point have received global recognition and high praise,No less than the UN in Sri Lanka came forward to commend the country’s UNIDO Focal Point on 24 January in Colombo.
Parallel to the Independence Day celebrations, a special new traffic plan was implemented for Colombo and the Police reported its rehearsals
The first confirmed case of Coronavirus was identified in Sri Lanka as a Chinese national was positively diagnosed with the enigmatic virus, the Ministry of Health said. A 47-year-old Chinese from Hubei Province in China had been admitted in critical condition to the Infectious Diseases Hospital
Pakistan has pledged its support to Sri Lanka to combat drug trafficking and human smuggling activities.
Mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 25th January 2020 for an official visit to Sri Lanka.
Acting swiftly on the instructions of His Excellency the President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, SriLankan Airlines has taken steps to facilitate the return home of Sri Lankan students who are currently in China.
A special meeting between the Minister of Health and the new Committee will take place today at 5 p.m. in the Ministry. To discuss the future course of action.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena attended yesterday's Indian House reception of Republic Day 2020 as the Chief Guest.
A separate exit terminal for passengers arriving from China was installed at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). The terminal was established with precautionary measures to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) stated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked prime minister of Sri Lanka for their Republic Day greetings, saying New Delhi cherished the deep-rooted friendship with the two countries.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has assigned the Immigration and Emigration Department to Defense State Minister Chamal Rajapaksa.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in close association with Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) of Bahrain conducted an Interactive Meeting with Foreign Recruitment Agencies on 19 January 2020, at the Embassy premises.
Sri Lankan Ambassador Highlights Tourism Of Sri Lanka At The Diplomatic International Forum Of Seoul
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, during the keynote address at the Diplomatic International Forum of Seoul, held a couple of days ago, elaborated and enunciated the touristic attractions and attributes of Sri Lanka and urged the participants to consider the forthcoming holidays to visit Sri Lanka.
On the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing today, submitted an application to land a Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft in Wuhan city airport to airlift 32 Sri Lankan students including their family members.
Fulfilling a long-felt need, the Defence Ministry will provide extra dialysis facilities, adequate medical and minor staff to the Police Hospital at Narahenpita.