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Sri Lanka launches 5-year National Export Strategy

Colombo, July 20 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has launched a five-year National Export Strategy (NES) to boost foreign investments, foreign exchange earnings and employment, the media reported on Friday. Addressing the launch of the five-year NES strategy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the key objective of the NES was to increase the capacity of the local export sector, im...

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Sri Lanka to build world class beach park

Colombo, July 15 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government will construct a world class beach park, at a cost of $300 milliion, next to a mega multi-billion-dollar port city project in Colombo, the media reported on Sunday. The beach park will be constructed between Kollupitiya and Dehiwala, reports Xinhua news agency. The cabinet of ministers last week gave its nod to the project, Megapo...

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Sri Lanka's special court to begin hearing high-profile graft cases

Colombo, July 15 (IANS) A newly set-up special court of Sri Lanka will on Monday begin hearing high-profile bribery and corruption cases including those against members of the former government, authorities said on Sunday. It comprises three High Court Judges, Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne. Two other similar courts would be set up soon. ...

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Sri Lankan medicines to be protected under international intellectual property system

Colombo, July 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka has announced that it is moving its centuries-old folk medicine system for protection under the international intellectual property system. On Saturday, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen said the government was working with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for the last five years to introduce intellectual property su...

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Sri Lanka set to appoint Tri-Forces to combat drug trafficking

Colombo, July 12 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government on Thursday said it had decided to enact legislations to give powers to the Tri-Forces to assist the police in dealing with drug-related violence, the media reported. Co-cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said a joint Cabinet paper was submitted for this purpose by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Defence ...

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South Asia has not created enough jobs for youth: Lok Sabha Speaker

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) South Asia is one of the fastest growing sub-regions of the world but has not been able to create enough job opportunities for youth as 80 per cent workforce remains in the informal sector, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said. In her address at the plenary session of Third South Asian Speakers' Summit in Colombo, Mahajan said that the Sustainable Developm...

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Sri Lanka plans third international airport in eastern region

Colombo, July 12 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government is planning to construct a third international airport in the eastern region of the country to make the Trincomalee district the Eastern Gateway into the Bay of Bengal, the media reported on Thursday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, while unveiling the master plan to develop the Trincomalee district, said the government also plans t...

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Sri Lanka to construct third international airport

Colombo, July 12 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government is planning to construct a third international airport in Trincomalee in a bid to make the district the 'Eastern Gateway into the Bay of Bengal', authorities said on Thursday. When you look back at Sri Lanka's history, we were a hub in the Indian Ocean where there were several ports, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said while unveilin...

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Sri Lankan students awarded scholarships to study in China

Colombo, July 12 (IANS) Fifteen Sri Lankan university students were awarded scholarships by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to pursue higher studies on climatology and oceanography in a bid to strengthen the education ties between the two countries. The scholarships were handed over on Wednesday under the Belt and Road Master Fellowship Programme, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Sri Lankan aircraft makes emergency landing in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 11 (IANS) A Kolkata-bound Sri Lankan aircraft made an emergency landing at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here on Wednesday due to a suspected tyre burst, airport sources said. All passengers and members of the crew are safe. The Sri Lankan Airline Flight number UL-187, coming from Colombo, landed safely at 11.24 a.m. The plane taxied o...

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Sri Lanka to impose death penalty for drug trafficking

Colombo, July 11 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Cabinet has agreed to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers including those who are already facing the death sentence in prisons, an official said on Wednesday. According to Minister of Buddha Sasana, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, the Cabinet had taken a collective decision to impose the death sentence considering the recent rise in drug-relat...

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Mahajan to take part in South Asian Speakers' Summit

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will take part in the third South Asian Speakers' Summit in Colombo on July 11-12 which will discuss ways for promoting regional parliamentary cooperation for sustainable and equitable economic growth. A Lok Sabha Secretariat release said that the delegates will deliberate on various topics under the overall theme of Promoting r...

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Railways to launch Shri Ramayana Express

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) The Railways will run a unique pilgrim train, Shri Ramayana Express, from November 14 on the Ramayana circuit to cover the major destinations related to the Hindu epic, the Railway Ministry announced on Tuesday. According to the Ministry, the Indian Rail Tourism and Catering Corp (IRCTC) will run the 800-seater train from Delhi Safdarjung railway station. The tr...

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ADB grants $12.5m to boost women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka

Colombo, July 9 (IANS) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted $12.5 million to help women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka who have difficulty in accessing finance. The Finance Ministry in a statement on Monday said that since women led small and medium enterprises face significant difficulties in accessing finance, a grant of $12.5 million will be mobilized from the Women Entrepreneurs ...

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Sri Lankan authorities make a massive drug haul

Colombo, July 9 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities have seized 103.9 kg of heroin worth seven million US dollars in one of the country's biggest drug busts, officials said on Monday. Two suspects have been arrested following the raid, reports Xinhua news agency. The drugs were found hidden in a jeep in Kalubowila here and in a house in Battaramulla on the outskirts of Colombo, police...

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Chandimal in Sri Lanka Test squad despite pending ball-tampering hearing

Colombo, July 5 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors on Thursday named Dinesh Chandimal in the 16-man squad for the two-Test series at home against South Africa, despite the skipper's availability hanging by a thread due to the impending ball-tampering hearing on July 10. Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha were charged by the International Cricket Co...

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Sri Lanka, UAE to ink pact to expand investment promotion

Colombo, July 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday agreed to complete the Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investment (APPI) as early as possible to expand investment and trade cooperation between the two countries. A statement from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, quoting UAE's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ahmad Ali Al Mualla, said Sri Lanka a...

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SL administrators go soft on Chandimal

Colombo, June 30 (IANS) Dinesh Chandimal is unlikely to be pulled up by Sri Lanka's cricket administrators by imposing their own separate sanctions upon the captain saying there was no intent to tamper with the ball during the St Lucia Test earlier this month. This even though the ICC found Chandimal guilty of the offence. Having already served a one-match ban for the tampering, Chandima...

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Sri Lanka says shortage of passports to end soon

Colombo, June 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Department of Emigration and Immigration on Friday said the shortage of new passports, which has presently put thousands on the waiting list, will end within two months. Nihal Ranasinghe, the Controller General of Emigration and Immigration, said that following a proposal by Minister of Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development, S.B. Navinna, the cabine...

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World Bank predicts 4.3% growth for Sri Lanka's economy

Colombo, June 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka's economy is expected to grow 4.3 per cent in the medium term, but it will only be possible if the government remains committed to its reform agenda, the World Bank said in a report released on Friday. The economy is expected to rebound from a low base and grow around 4.3 per cent in the medium term, driven by private consumption and investment, Xinhua n...

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