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IMF mission to Sri Lanka concludes without reaching agreement

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- The International Monetary Fund concluded its mission to Sri Lanka without reaching a staff-level agreement as the country has not assured full economic recovery despite early signs of stabilization of the economy. Issuing a statement, the IMF mission commended the progress Sri Lanka has made in implementing difficult but much needed reforms...
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Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Three elephants have died after a herd of wild elephants collided with the night mail train traveling from Kankasanthurai to Colombo. It is reported that the three wild elephants collided with the train near Galgamuwa

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested five people who were attempting to smuggle a stock of gold jewelry worth more than Rs 120 million this morning.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- An airman was killed in an explosion that took place on Tuesday evening at the shooting range of the Sri Lanka Air Force Training Camp in Kandakulia, Kalpitiya, the Police said. Police media Spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police Nihal Thalduwa said that another person was injured in the incident.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court granted bail and ordered to release the former cricketer Sachithra Senanayake, who was in remand custody on match-fixing charges. The Magistrate decided to release the cricketer on bail as it is not revealed that he has influenced the witnesses during the investigation period.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Mount Lavinia headquarters police have arrested six people, including five school students, who attacked two police officers at Mount Lavinia beach. A police sergeant and a constable who were injured in the assault have been admitted to the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Officers of the Sri Lanka Customs Narcotics Control Division last night (24th) arrested a Kenyan national who brought a consignment of cocaine estimated to be worth 300 million rupees at the arrival terminal of Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The Bar Council of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has called on the government to immediately withdraw the Anti-Terrorism Bill and the Online Safety Bill which were published in the Gazettes issued on 15th and 18th September respectively.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Two men have been arrested in connection with the attempted escape by the organized criminal and international drug trafficker Nadun Chinthaka Wickramaratne alias Harak kata from the Criminal Investigation Department.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Police say two persons traveling in a three-wheeler died and three others were seriously injured when it collided head-on with a private bus this morning (24th) in Galewela Beligamuwa area on the Kurunegala Dambulla main road.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- A police manhunt is underway for two male Sri Lankan suspects over their alleged involvement in the murders of three of their fellow countrymen at a shop house on Perhentian Street in Lower Kovil Village, Sentul here last night, Bernama reported.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- According to the Galle Police, a textile businessman was shot dead in a shooting incident in Dixon Road area of Galle. The police said two people who came on a motorcycle had shot the victim while he was driving on Dixon Road and fled.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo High Court yesterday served an indictment to former Member of Parliament of the Tamil National Organization, Mahalingam Kanakalingam Sivajilingam, who was accused of organizing the ‘Thileepan’ memorial service of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in violation of the constitution.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The police are seeking public assistance in arresting a suspected father who has committed a serious sexual abuse of his daughter aged 09 years and 02 months and has fled the area.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Kilinochchi District Coordinating Committee Chairman Mr. Douglas Devananda, Minister of Fisheries, has instructed the officials of the relevant departments to temporarily ban licensed sand dredging and sand loading activities in Kilinochchi district and to suspend the issuance of sand dredging licenses until further notice.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy has recovered over 400 kg of Kerala, during a search operation conducted in the in the Mankuliya Lagoon of Negombo Thursday (21st September 2023).

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Police say that two people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting that took place early this morning in Thalduwa, Avissawella. The two injured individuals have been admitted to the Avissawella Hospital after sustaining critical injuries. Hospital sources say that the condition of one of the injured is serious.



Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka who was accused of sexual assault of a woman while in Australia for the T20 World Cup has been found not guilty by a Sydney court. Judge Sarah Huggett found the 32-year-old not guilty of the sexual intercourse without consent

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena instructed the provincial governors to take steps to fill vacancies in the province while giving teaching appointments.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Mrs. Diana Gamage, the Minister of State for Tourism announced plans to launch promotional campaigns aimed at attracting 1.5 million foreign tourists to Sri Lanka by the year’s end. Minister Gamage emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of tourists

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe left for Germany early this morning (27) to participate in the Leaders Dialogue session, the inaugural event of the ‘Berlin Global Dialogue., President’s Media Division said.


Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- A team representing Central Accounts at the Commercial Bank of Ceylon won the inaugural hackathon organized by the Bank in collaboration with Dialog Enterprise for employees of the Bank to develop and demonstrate their ingenuity and problem-solving prowess.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Port City Economic Commission (the Commission) recently published its Comprehensive Progress Report for the fiscal year 2023, spanning from January to August. This period has seen remarkable developments within the Commission, Colombo Port City

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation stated that the construction of the first stage at the East Container Terminal of Colombo Port will be completed and its operations will begin from the first of June 2024.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) declined to 1.3 percent in September 2023 from 4.0 percent in August, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Wednesday.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Seylan Tikiri, the cherished children’s savings brand of the country, recently joined hands with Aralaganwila Welayaya National School in an effort to instill a sense of financial literacy among the young minds. On September 7th, 2023, the school premises came alive with the Seylan Tikiri Pola

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports increased by 6.98 % to US$ 1,091.6 Million in August 2023 compared to July 2023 as per the provisional data released by the Sri Lanka Customs.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) has benchmarked a 500,000 ton volume in their bunkering business during the first eight months of 2023. The throughput which is five times in volume compared to 2022, is attributed to the port’s strategic partnership with Sinopec Fuel Oil Lanka Limited (SFOL), for the supply and trade of marine bunker fuel.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- CDB was the Silver Sponsor, at the event ‘Back to Faculty’ organized by the University of Colombo’s Faculty of Management and Finance to celebrate the achievements and journeys of graduates during the past 42 years.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The ‘INFOTEL Information Technology Exhibition,’ orchestrated by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), is scheduled to take place at the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall in Colombo from November 3rd to 5th.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his address at the 2023 Commercial Mediation Symposium at Colombo’s Hilton Hotel, emphasized the need for a cultural shift towards efficient dispute resolution in Sri Lanka.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- S&P Global Ratings on Monday raised its long- and short-term local currency sovereign credit ratings on Sri Lanka to ‘CCC+/C’ from ‘SD/SD’ (selective default). At the same time, S&P affirmed ‘SD/SD’ long- and short-term foreign currency ratings.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- In a historic milestone, Sri Lanka witnessed the grand unveiling of its very first centrally-monitored, fully-automated, women-operated Lanka IOC Filling Station, recently. This event symbolizes empowerment, inclusivity, and technological advancement.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Consulate General in Karachi in collaboration with the Marriot Hotel and Quality Event Pvt. Ltd. organized a Sri Lanka Food Festival at the Marriot Hotel in Karachi from 09 to 10 September 2023 with a view to showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Sri Lanka.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, expands its horizons to make solar energy accessible from the south to north of the nation with its recent strategic launch in Jaffna.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- SLT-MOBITEL is providing a groundbreaking opportunity, enabling customers with latest Apple iPhone devices to experience the best of 5G technology through its state-of-the-art 5G trial network.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- British Council IELTS test takers who do not achieve their desired results first time around will no longer have to re-sit the full test, after the launch of a game-changing new feature.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has paid off the entirety of USD $200 million loan from Bangladesh, taken through a currency exchange agreement two years ago to survive the severe dollar shortage, Dhaka Tribune reported.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe states that by ending the economic crisis in the country, the government was able to bring the inflation down very low beyond the limits expected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Investment Promotion Dilum Amunugama has changed and streamlined the unorganized disposal of redundant, obsolete and scrap items discarded from Board of Investment (BOI) enterprises by issuing licenses to selected businessmen.

Sept 23 (Arab News) Sri Lankan companies participating in the recent 10th edition of Foodex Saudi showcased the country’s famous Ceylon tea to boost its presence in the Kingdom, Colombo’s envoy in Riyadh, Pakeer Mohideen Amza, told Arab News on Thursday.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Singer Sri Lanka PLC is pleased to announce the revamping of its Colombo Service Centre, reaffirming the brand’s dedication to providing exceptional services to their valued customers. The new facility located in Borella aims to redefine the customer service experience for all patrons.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- As students and parents begin the final countdown to the 2023 Year 5 scholarship examination, the Commercial Bank of Ceylon in partnership with Derana FM is completing a series of preparatory workshops for the young candidates, with leading tutors and model question papers.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has announced the establishment of a new Governing Board which succeeds the Monetary Board that functioned previously, under the provisions of the Monetary Law Act (MLA).

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Slim Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd donated a package of Anti-Fog Face Shields to the Defense Ministry Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne symbolically at a function held at the Ministry, yesterday (September 21).

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Commencing the National IT and BPM Week, the central event is slated for October 11, 12, and 13, 2023, at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Hall in Colombo.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Exceptional circumstances need extraordinary solutions that help navigate unprecedented challenges. The macroeconomic crisis that Sri Lanka is grappling with is such a set of circumstances, compounded by geopolitical factors including the Russia-Ukraine war, global inflation and a slowdown in the global economy which makes overcoming the crisis much harder.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) successfully concluded another investor forum in Anuradhapura, at the Golden Mango Resort on 19th September 2023.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Acting Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya announced that over the past year, inflation in Sri Lanka has significantly decreased to 62.1%, thanks to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s robust economic reform agenda.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in August 2023 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) decreased to 2.1 percent from 4.6 percent recorded in July 2023 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Thursday.

Sept 21, Colombo: Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been one of the main contributors to the national economy. As a bank that is committed to unlocking potential, Seylan Bank recognized the opportunity that SMEs have to capitalize in the export market.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- A meeting was convened at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the Arugam Bay Tourism Development Plan, which has the potential to significantly contribute to Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of the Presidential Staff, chaired the meeting.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with the Managing Director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York to discuss crucial economic issues including debt restructuring and financial reforms.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- In a significant address at the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development – General Assembly, 78th session, President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized the critical issues facing middle-income countries in times of financial distress drawing attention to the challenges these countries face due to the lack of a common framework and procedures.

Sept 25 (TTGA) SriLankan Airlines is aiming to recruit 80 new pilots to replace lost headcount, with 30 hires set for this year and 50 more by mid-2025. CEO Richard Nuttal said failure to fill the manpower gap would result in cancelled flights.

Sept 25 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed lower on Monday, dragged by losses in financial stocks. The CSE All Share index settled down 0.36% at 11,216.50.

* Sri Lanka shares end higher as consumer staples rise (22 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka shares end lower as financials weigh (21 - Reuters)


Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe says that in the next few months of this year, credit guarantees will be provided for the upliftment of the micro, small and medium scale enterprises that have been most affected by the economic crisis.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Issuing a message to mark Milad-un-Nabi today, President Ranil Wickremesinghe urged all Muslim brethren in Sri Lanka to unite in working towards strengthening the path, to secure a developed Sri Lanka by 2048.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Anil Jasinghe, the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, announced that Sri Lanka has formally committed to providing the essential funding for President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 2048 Green Economy Programme.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- During President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s official overseas visit to Germany, the responsibilities of the ministries under his purview have been temporarily entrusted to the respective state ministers.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- A distinguished Sri Lankan delegation led by Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment. R.P.A. Wimalaweera, embarked on a four-day study tour to Indonesia from September 4-7, 2023 to assess that country’s employment social security system.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of State for Finance Shehan Semasinghe held a discussion on Monday with Faris Hadad-Zervos, Country Director of World Bank on the progress of the Aswesuma welfare benefits program.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has left the island on a four-day official visit to Germany, the President’s Media Division said. The President and the 12-member delegation have left the Bandaranaike International Airport early this morning.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the 2024 budget proposals will be presented to Parliament on November 13. Accordingly, President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization & National Policies will deliver the opening speech

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Plantation Industries took into consideration regarding granting permission in consultation with the National Gems and Jewelry Commission for gem mining activities in Embilipitiya Mahaweli lands during the post-harvest period.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Member of Parliament Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Chair of the Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on National Economic and Physical Plans, emphasized the need to establish a dedicated unit for overseeing institutions responsible for generating tax revenue, including the Inland Revenue Department.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the appropriation bill for the financial year 2024 to be submitted to Parliament. The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval at their meeting held on 31 july.2023 to draft the bill of appropriation for the financial year 2024.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Singapore-based global non-profit, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste donated eight BeachTech Hydro Sweepy beach cleaning machines to the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of Sri Lanka to clean up the beaches polluted by the MV X-Press Pearl shipwreck that occurred on May 20, 2021 in Sri Lankan waters.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry on Monday said that Colombo has not given permission to a Chinese vessel to dock adding that Indian security concerns are "important" for Sri Lanka, ANI reported.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickramasinghe addressing the launch event of the book “The Right Eye,” authored by Mr. Manusha Nanayakkara, the Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment, said that along with the global labor movement, the Sri Lankan labor movement should also be modernized.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent visit to the United States has stirred controversy among the opposition, but according to Mr. Ruwan Wijewardene, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change, the nation stands to benefit significantly from the trip.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The fifth Asia Pacific Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities, the largest regional environmental event in the Asia Pacific region will convene in Colombo from October 3rd to October 6th.

Sept 25, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe highlighting the significance of preserving historical and cultural heritage emphasized the need for the country’s children to receive both modern education and knowledge about Sri Lanka’s rich cultural history.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Shinnyo-en Lanka Preschool, a distinguished pioneer in early childhood education owned and operated by Shinnyo-en Japan, has announced the commencement of admissions for the academic year 2024.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- A special discussion between President Ranil Wickramasinghe and representatives of the International Monetary Fund on the first review of the Extended Fund Facility is scheduled to be held tomorrow (26).

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo said that there is no need for an international investigation regarding the ‘Easter Sunday’ terrorist attack if a transparent investigation is done.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said India, while advancing as an economic power, is playing a crucial role in promoting developmental and humanitarian goals around the world.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The Treasury has received an amount of 890,000 US dollars as an interim payment related to the damage caused by the ill-fated X-Press Pearl containership which sank in the seas off Colombo in June 2021 after a massive fire onboard.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to leave for Germany on Tuesday on an official visit. President’s Media Division said. President Wickremesinghe is on this trip to participate in the ‘Berlin Global Dialogue’,

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, says the agreement to build 1996 housing units with the assistance of the Chinese government for low-income earners, creative artists and journalists will be signed next month.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe has returned to the island after concluding his visit to Cuba and the United States where he attended the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- All plans have been prepared for the cultivation of 13 food crops in the upcoming Maha season, the crop leaders have informed Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday (23). The central government’s Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Development, Provincial Agriculture Secretaries as well as all the Provincial Agriculture Authorities have all expressed their agreement yesterday to cultivate the 13 essential crops.

Sept 23 (ANI) Colombo- Telangana Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud called on Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and briefed him about initiatives being taken by the Telangana government in promoting temple and medical tourism and discussed the advent of Buddhism and the Buddhist roots found in Telangana.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Education, Dr. Susil Premajayantha, said arrangements have been made to ensure that school textbooks for next year will be distributed among the students, before the commencement of the 2024 school year.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- A delegation from Sri Lanka, which recently undertook a study tour to Indonesia to assess its employment social security system, presented its findings to the Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara,.

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabry addressed the UN Ministerial Meeting of the Summit of the Future on Friday at UN headquarters in New York.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Power and Energy, has held discussions with a visiting World Bank team assisting the reforms of the electricity sector Thursday at the Ministry of Power and Energy.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo-: Arundika Fernando, the State Minister of Urban Development and Housing, emphasized the nation’s commitment to bolstering its economy through the judicious utilization of mineral resources.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The parliament today (Sept. 22) approved a resolution brought by the Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, to suspend Member of Parliament Ali Sabri Raheem from representing Committees of Parliament.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Mr. Saman Rathnapriya, the Director General of Trade Union Relations to the President, stated during a press conference held in Colombo today (22) by the Union of Civil Organizations and Trade Unions, that certain political factions are actively promoting racial conflicts in the country to further their own political agendas.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- In a ceremony held on the 22nd of September, the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka handed over a MRI machine to the National Hospital in Sri Lanka (NHSL).

Sept 22, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres Thursday afternoon on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Contract for Design, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Signaling system for Sri Lanka Railways from Maho to Anuradhapura (66 km) was signed between the Ministry of Transport and Highways of Sri Lanka and IRCON Ltd Thursday (September 21, 2023).

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said the licenses of the companies that supply substandard pesticides will be revoked and those companies will be blacklisted. The Minister also said that if the quality of pesticides supplied to farmers by any company is inferior, the law will be strictly enforced against those companies.

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry deposited the Instrument of Accession to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on 19 September 2023, at a high-level ceremony held at the UN Headquarters in New York

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- United States President Joe Biden and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in a cordial meeting yesterday (20) in New York.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank has told the Sectoral Oversight Committee on International Relations that Sri Lanka has a trade surplus with the European Union.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this afternoon.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government unanimously consented to cancel the nominations submitted for the Local Government (LG) Elections given that those who have submitted nominations have faced great difficulties due to the postponement of the elections.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Sagala Ratnayaka, Senior Adviser on National Security to the President and Chief of the Presidential Staff, emphasized the importance of gaining the trust of the global community to compete in the international economy

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over a substantial consignment of 4,700 metric tons of soya beans and maize to Sri Lanka Thriposha Limited, to support the continuation of the Thriposha fortified food program.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- In a significant diplomatic development, Malaysia has extended a formal invitation to the President for a state visit to Malaysia. An official invitation for President Ranil Wickremesinghe to undertake a State Visit has been extended by the King of Malaysia.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said that the government has decided to allocate 12 billion rupees for the purchase of fertilizer in the Maha season. He said the money will be directed to the farmers’ accounts at the rate of 15,000 rupees per hectare.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe held a productive discussion with Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 20th.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at the Climate Ambition Summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly yesterday (20), affirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the UN Secretary General’s accelerated climate agenda.

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Wednesday on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York. President Wickremesinghe referred to the longstanding close cooperation with Iran and the mutual support extended by both countries to each other over the years.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on Alleviating the Impact of the Economic Crisis instructs the Department of Samurdhi Development to conduct a quick survey to identify other poverty-stricken families who need to be empowered.



Sept 28 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka batter Danushka Gunathilaka has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a Tinder date through the act of "stealthing". Judge Sarah Huggett acquitted the 32-year-old as he sat at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court on Thursday listening to the decision.

Sept 26 (SLC) Sri Lanka’s batswomen watched the Asian Gold Medal disintegrate before their eyes by reportedly overawed by the magnitude of the final in losing their cool to faltering despite a midway late rally by Hasini Perera in a 6, 4 and 6 25-run flurry off 22 crossing the boundary line on four occasions

Sept 26 (ESPNCI) It’s official - Sri Lanka will be without Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga at the ODI World Cup. Dasun Shanaka, whose role as captain had been under much speculation over the past few weeks, will lead the side in India through October and November. The rest of the 15-member squad has formed up as expected,

Sept 25 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga may be out of the World Cup completely, and may even require surgery, after aggravating his hamstring tear over the past few days. There is a big question mark over Dushmantha Chameera’ s participation as well. The fast bowler is recovering from a pectoral injury and is unable to bowl ten overs without discomfort at the moment.


Sept 28 (BBC) At least 94 people have died and 100 others are injured after a fire broke out during a wedding in Iraq’s biggest Christian town on Tuesday night. Hundreds were celebrating at a banqueting hall in Qaraqosh, in Nineveh province, when the tragedy happened. Witnesses and civil defence officials said the fire was sparked by fireworks set off as the bride and groom danced.

Sept 28 (BBC) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised on behalf of Canada after a Ukrainian man who fought for a Nazi unit was unwittingly applauded in parliament. "This is a mistake that deeply embarrassed parliament and Canada," Mr Trudeau said on Wednesday.

Sept 28 (BBC) India is open to looking into any "specific" information Canada provides on the killing of a Sikh separatist leader, the country’s foreign minister said. S Jaishankar was referring to the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada in June. Tensions flared up after Canada recently said it was investigating "credible allegations" linking the Indian state with the murder.

Sept 24 (BBC) A massive teachers’ strike in Nepal has entered its third day, disrupting classes for millions of students across all public schools. About 110,000 teachers are protesting an education reform bill in parliament. They are against proposals to give local governments oversight of schools and a ban on teachers joining groups with political affiliations.

About Sri Lanka ::-
Introduction to Sri Lanka ::-

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island paradise in the Indian Ocean with white sandy beaches lush greenery, exciting adventures, amazing wildlife, cascading waterfalls and a rich heritage. The island of Sri Lanka is roughly pear-shaped. The total area of Sri Lanka is 65,610 sq km. Sri Lankas coastline is about 1,340 km (about 833 mi) around.

The people in Sri Lanka are warm and friendly. Sri Lankans are known for hospitality in all over the world. People in Sri Lanka ethnically fall into four main categories. The population of Sri Lanka is about 20 million. Sri Lanka has a tropical climate. Sri Lanka has a democratic government. Sri Lanka is mainly an agricultural country. Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon.

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Sri Lanka became a plantation economy, famous for its production and export of cinnamon, rubber and Ceylon tea, which remains a trademark national export. By 1996 plantation crops made up only 20% of export, and further declined to 16.8% in 2005 (compared with 93% in 1970), while textiles and garments have reached 63%. The GDP grew at an average annual rate of 5.5% during the early 1990s, until a drought and a deteriorating security situation lowered growth to 3.8% in 1996. The economy rebounded in 1997-2000, with average growth of 5.3%.

Sri Lanka, with an income per head of $1,350, still lags behind some of its neighbors including Maldives and Mauritius but is ahead of its giant neighbor India. Its economy grew by an average of 5% during the 1990s during the 'War for Peace' era. According to the Sri Lankan central bank statistics, the economy was estimated to have grown by 7% last year, although inflation had reached 20%.

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