Month: December 2017

Defaced currency notes: Deadline extended

The previously given deadline of today, December 31, for the public to exchange willfully defaced or altered currency has been extended by three months, Central Bank sources said.

Central Bank Bond Commission report handed over to President

The final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Bond Issuance of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has been handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena today.

India offers fully funded training to Sri Lankan Government

India has introduced over 40 training courses for Sri Lankan government officials to give them an understanding of India’s approach towards governance, the Indian High Commission said.

New Sri Lanka coach bans music at training

COLOMBO: New Sri Lanka cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha pledged to get tough with the under-performing national team — including banning music in training — while demanding “full control” over selection.

United States GSP program expires on Dec 31

The United States’ Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program expires on December 31, 2017. The United States Congress did not re-authorize GSP before adjourning for the year.

‘Pledge for Freedom’ launching ceremony under President’s patronage

President Maithripala Sirisena said he will not consider political differences or relative relationships in his journey to build a clean and pure political culture for the future of the nation.

Over Rs. 130 Million worth heroin seized this year – Minister Sagala

The Special Task Force and the Police Narcotics and Organized Crimes Division has been able to seize heroin stocks valued over Rs. 130 million this year and going by this record

Sri Lanka releases 69 Tamil Nadu fishermen

The Sri Lankan courts in Jaffna and Vavunia today ordered the release of 69 Tamil Nadu fishermen lodged in prisons there, an official said here.

2017 A/L exam: Best results in the island

The Department of Examinations says that a total of 163,104 students who sat for the G.C.E. Advanced Level examination this year have gained entrance to universities, as per the results released online last night.

To form majority in LG bodies SLFP-SLPP coalition needs 55% Susil

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will obtain 55 per cent of the votes in the coming Local Government (LG) Election and will enter into coalition to form a majority in many LG bodies, Minister Susil Premajayantha said.

Russian team to visit Sri Lanka to examine quarantine procedures after lifting tea ban

A team of technical experts from Russia will visit Sri Lanka in January to examine plant quarantine procedures in the island country, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

Colombo could be like Delhi soon

Colombo could face air pollution issue like New Delhi soon, Central Environment Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara said yesterday.

Cabinet approves US$ 175 Million for National Carrier

Cabinet has approved US$ 175 million to be obtained from Credit Suisse to give a much-needed lifeline to the cash-strapped, ailing national carrier SriLankan Airlines, State Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

Remembering lives swept away by the deadly waves in 2004

It’s been thirteen years since the tsunami wave that hit the country and left behind a trail of devastation, with thousands of lives lost in the catastrophe.

Russian watchdog to resume tea imports from Sri Lanka: RIA

MOSCOW – Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog will resume imports of tea from Sri Lanka, RIA news agency cited its head Sergey Dankvert as saying on Monday.


President Maithripala Sirisena extended his warmest greetings for a happy Christmas to all Christians who are devoted heirs of this magnificent universal festivity.