To consolidate various legal controls of the Gem Industry


A comprehensive piece of legislation which will consolidate various legal controls of the Gem Industry into one has been proposed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Prime Minister, who addressed the opening of the FACETS International Gem and Jewellery Exhibition ...

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Money laundering case against Mahindananda fixed for trial


A case tiled against former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage for allegedly purchasing a house worth Rs.27 million at Kynsey Road, Colombo 7, over a complaint that he had allegedly purchased properties through illegally acquired money fixed for trial by the ...

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Polythene ban would come into effect today


Chairman of the Central Environment Authority (CEA), Prot Lal Dharmasiri said that polythene ban would come into effect today (01), as a measure of preserving the environment. “This would be decided by a Court of law,” he added. The CEA ...

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I haven’t received invitation for SLFP convention – MR


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he has not been invited to the 66th Convention of the Srl Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP). He revealed this at a function at the Kotte RajamahaViharaya. Asked by the media whether he had been invited for ...

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Hajj demonstrates unity of humankind: President


Today, after the lapse of many eras, the followers of different religions join in large numbers to perform religious rituals with utmost devotion and piety, stated President Maithripala Sirisena in his Hajj message. The message added: “Millions of Islam devotees ...

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Local Government Elections (Amendment) Bill came into effect


The Local Government Elections (Amendment) Bill came into effect from yesterday with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya placing his endorsement on it. “This is a historical event as this piece of legislation, which I have just endorsed, will make provisions for the ...

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Sri Lanka seeks Indian Ocean treaty for free navigation, overflight – PM


Sri Lanka plans to push for an international arrangement to guarantee freedom of navigation in the India Ocean as naval build up is underway by major powers and economic potential is untapped, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said. The security concerns ...

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US lauds Sri Lanka’s ambitious reforms agenda and reconciliation steps


United States Assistant Secretary of State, Alice J. Wells praised the progress made by Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena in the democratic reforms and reconciliation process. She said that the US highly appreciates the “ambitious reforms ...

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Warning! Malaria activated in Mannar


Despite Sri Lanka being declared a Malaria-free country, Health Officials have warned the people of Mannar to beware of the malaria mosquito as it is to be found once again in the Mannar District. Malaria Control Unit Regional Director for ...

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cabinet decided to pay a monthly rent allowance for Uma oya victims


Co Cabinet spokesman and Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said that Cabinet approval has been granted to pay a monthly rent allowance of Rs. 10,000 to 25,000 for the families affected by Uma Oya project. The minister stated this while addressing the weekly Cabinet ...

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