(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –A rare blue diamond that has spent the past 300 years in Europe’s royal houses has been sold at auction in Geneva for $6.7m (£5m)."Farnese Blue diamond fetches $6.7m at Geneva auction"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –President Maithripala Sirisena advised the National Economic Council (NEC) to hold a special one-day workshop on the government’s comprehensive economic development plan for Ministers, Members of Parliament, Ministry secretaries and bank and treasury officials."President asks NEC to hold a special workshop for MPs and officials on Economic planning"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s agricultural productivity lags behind other South and East Asian countries and the World Bank has financed the Agriculture Modernization Project to close the gap through diversification, commercialization and value addition, the World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives Dr. Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough said."World Bank financed Agriculture Modernization Project to increase agricultural productivity in Sri Lanka"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –President Donald Trump gave a health update on First Lady Melania Tuesday after she underwent surgery for a benign kidney condition the day before."President Trump Gives Health Update on First Lady Melania After Visiting Her in Hospital"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Just a week before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, Buckingham Palace has released Queen Elizabeth II’s official consent for the couple to wed."Queen Elizabeth Gives Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Her Official Consent to Marry"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Bill suggesting to establish ‘1990 Suwaseriya Foundation’, a pre-hospital medical care ambulance and emergency response service which is provided free of charge to the public was gazetted last week."Bill to establish ‘1990 Suwaseriya Foundation’ gazetted"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution, told visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday that Asian countries should enhance cooperation in a bid to boost their strength,Iran news paper The Tehran Times reported."Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tells Sri Lanka need unity in Asia"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review on Friday said based on the current developments and outlook for key macroeconomic variables, the Monetary Board of the Central Bank was of the view that the continuation of the current monetary stance is suitable."Sri Lanka maintains policy rates to sustain inflation at mid-single digit levels"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –the United States Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) with the U.S. and partner nation service members participated in Pacific Partnership 2018 in Sri Lanka left the port of Trincomalee Wednesday, May 9 for the mission’s next port in Nha Trang, Vietnam."USNS Mercy departs Sri Lanka on completion of Pacific Partnership 2018 mission"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Scientist David Goodall, 104, has died after choosing to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland, a right-to-die organisation says."David Goodall: Scientist, 104, ends his life in Switzerland"