Sri Lanka has come a long way since voters in 2015 rejected the corruption, strife and repression of the past and threw their support behind a reform, reconciliation and accountability agenda, incoming US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina Teplitz said.
International Editor of The New York Times Michael Slackman says that If Mr. Rajapaksa takes issue with Times reporting, we have encouraged him to contact senior editors at The New York Times rather than intimidating Sri Lankan journalists.
Major public holidays in Sri Lanka will fall on Saturdays and Sundays next year, a gazette notice issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs says. According to the gazette notice issued on June 29, 2018, the National New Year falls on a weekend -- April 13 is a Saturday and April 14 a Sunday. Vesak Full Moon Poya Day and the day following fall on May 18 a Saturday and May 19 a Sunday.
Global real estate consultancy Jones Lang La Salle (JLL) launched the 10th edition of the Global Real Estate Transparency Index this month. Sri Lanka ranked 66 out of 100 economies this year, improving from its 2016 debut ranking of 69.
Sri Lanka's Export Development Board (EDB) says the National Export Strategy (NES), developed by private and public stakeholders through extensive consultations, will be launched on July 19. The objective of the National Export Strategy is to increase export earnings up to US$ 28 billion by 2022.
The Government has decided to write off more than Rs. 1 billion worth of micro-credit loans given by state and private financial institutions in the Northern, Eastern and North Central Provinces. State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne told thatthe Government intervention was to ease the hardships caused to families which had been severely affected by this debt crisis.
The news.lk the official government news web in Sri Lanka had won the silver awards from the selection of best web in the country for the year 2018.Organized by ( Best web.lk ) LK Domain Registry the award was presented in the Media, Sports & Entertainment category and during the year 2017 also this news portal won the silver award.
Sri Lanka’s external sector strengthened in April 2018 with continuous inflows to the financial account of the balance of payments (BOP) despite the mixed performance demonstrated in the current account. Higher inflows to the financial account, particularly with the proceeds of the 12th international sovereign bond (ISB) issuance, project loans and FCBU loans and foreign investment in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the government securities market, resulted in gross official reserves reaching the historically highest level of US dollars 9.9 billion as at end April 2018.