(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) –Twenty-five President’s Counsels, appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, have taken oaths before the Supreme Court this morning (18).Accordingly, they have sworn in before Chief Justice Nalin Perera and other Supreme Court justices."25 attorneys sworn in as President’s Counsels"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –German authorities have said that they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the assassination of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in 2005, according to an Associated Press report."Germany authorities arrest suspect in the assassination of Sri Lanka Foreign Minister in 2005"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Food Control Administration Unit of the Ministry of Health has decided to completely ban the practice of handling prepared food by hand when selling to consumers. The ban will take effect from 1st of May, the state TV Rupavahini reported."Health Ministry bans handling prepared foods by hand"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has officially assumed duties at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo this morning (18)."Mahinda Rajapaksa officially assumes duties at Opposition Leader’s office"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka Army complying with the President Maithripala Sirisena’s directive prepares to return over 1,200 acres of lands held by the army in the North to the original owners with no impact to the national security."Sri Lanka Army to release over 1200 acres in the North to original owners on Monday"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar on Thursday (17) decided to hear the case against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum from 22 January."Permanent High Court to hear Gotabaya’s case from Jan. 22"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Post, Postal services and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister M H Abdul Haleem said that the Saudi government has decided to increase Haj quota up to 3500 for Sri Lanka this year."Saudi government decided to increase Haj quota for Sri Lanka"