(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Government of Sri Lanka today (18) inked a comprehensive work plan to advance Sri Lanka’s rice self-sufficiency goals through joint research for development projects in the country in the next five years."Lanka and IRRI sign framework to boost national rice sector"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has promised to President Maithripala Sirisena to provide a total sum of USD 445 million-ADB assistance to Sri Lanka for its three major projects."ADB to provide USD 445 million-assistance to Sri Lanka"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Despite various allegations about budget cuts, the present government has allocated more funds for the Health and Education sectors than any of the other previous governments, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday."More funds for Health, Education sectors – PM"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The United Kingdom (UK) wants Sri Lanka to deliver on the commitments it made to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva."UK wants Sri Lanka to deliver on commitments made to UNHRC"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorala has appointed a three-member committee to launch a special inquiry into the alleged attack on prisoners at Angunakolapelessa Prison on November 22, 2018."A three member committee appointed to inquire Angunakolapelessa Prison incident"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The two Heads of State have focused on establishing an Economic Council to revive economic and trade relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines."Economic Council to revive trade relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The bilateral discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and his Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to be held on Wednesday (16)."President Sirisena and Duterte bilateral discussions today"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The International Monetary Fund remains ready to support the Sri Lankan authorities and an IMF team is scheduled to visit Colombo in mid-February to resume program discussions, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said."IMF to visit Colombo in mid-Feb to resume program discussions: Christine Lagarde"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –A Sri Lankan delegation led by Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera arrived in Washington. This is to hold talks on getting the IMF External Fund Facility (EFF) back on track and indicate the government’s intention to continue with the IMF reform program."Govt delegation to negotiate with IMF in USA"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) has set 20 March as the day to discuss the report on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, a spokesperson for the Geneva office told The Sunday Morning."Sri Lanka to be discussed at UNHRC on 20 March"