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Tougher Penalties for Drug-Impaired Drivers Coming October 2

Posted on 28 September 2016

  September 28, 2016 Province Making Ontario Roads Safer. The province is improving the safety of Ontario roads by bringing in penalties for drug-impaired driving that match those already in place for drunk drivers.  Starting October 2, 2016, drivers under the influence of drugs will face the following penalties: A $180 penalty An immediate licence […] Continue Reading

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LANKA News

Sri Lanka’s JKH launches 2nd luxury apartment block

Posted on 28 September 2016

     ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s John Keells Holdings group said it plans to build a second high-rise luxury apartment block after the success of the first one, half of whose floor space has already been sold.  Pre-bookings for ‘The Suites at Cinnamon Life’, the second residential tower to be built as part of a […] Continue Reading

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LANKA News

Lankan expats urged to return to help develop the country

Posted on 22 September 2016

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today urged Sri Lankan expats to return and help develop the country. He said that a few expats had already returned to the country and he expects more to return in the near future. The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the first phase of ‘Techno City’ in Homagama. Techno City […] Continue Reading

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Provincial Roundup

Ontario Announces First Agri-Food Trade Mission to India

Posted on 20 September 2016

News Release   Ministers to Explore Export and Investment Opportunities. September 19, 2016 11:00 A.M. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade, will travel to India this fall to create new economic opportunities for Ontario's agri-food industry while strengthening […] Continue Reading

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LANKA News

SriLankan Airlines bans use and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note7 for safety reasons

Posted on 15 September 2016

Colombo, September 15. 2016: SriLankan Airlines has completely banned the use or charging of Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note7 smartphone on board all its flights with immediate effect until further notice, following Samsung suspending its sales in the wake of several incidents of phone batteries catching fire. The ban applies to turning on or charging any Samsung […] Continue Reading

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SriLankan Airlines commences services to Lahore

Posted on 27 September 2016

  Colombo, September 26, 2016: SriLankan Airlines will enhance its focus on the Asia / Middle East region by commencing services between the Pakistani city of Lahore and Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo from 27th September 2016.   Ajith Dias, Chairman of SriLankan airlines, said: “This is an important step in our strategy of increasing our […] Continue Reading

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CANADA News, Headline

Canada and United Arab Emirates to strengthen ties

Posted on 27 September 2016

  September 26, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada. The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced they would welcome United […] Continue Reading

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Headline, LANKA News

President Sirisena with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Posted on 22 September 2016

President Maithripala Sirisena who attended the banquet hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for Heads of State attending the 71st UN General Assembly sessions during a reception at the Lotte New York Palace in New York on September 20.  The President addressed the UN General assembly in the afternoon of September […] Continue Reading

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CANADA News, Headline

Dual citizens given a break on new passport rules

Posted on 21 September 2016

Ottawa announced Tuesday it would extend the grace period for new passport requirements for dual citizens to Nov. 10. Dual citizens have until Nov. 10 to make sure they have a Canadian passport in order to travel by air to Canada. Canadians who also have U.S. citizenship can still travel with an American passport, under […] Continue Reading

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Business, Headline

World Export Development Forum – 12-13 October, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Posted on 21 September 2016

WEDF 2016 – Trade for Success: Connect, Compete, Change! 12-13 October 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka.   The 16th edition of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, helps businesses to navigate the new trade and development landscape. WEDF is a unique global conference and business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking platform dedicated to supporting trade-led […] Continue Reading

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CANADA News, Headline

Prime Minister announces significant support following UN meeting on refugees and migrants

Posted on 20 September 2016

  September 19, 2016. New York, New York.   The Government of Canada is playing a leadership role on the world stage in refugee resettlement and international migration issues. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Government of Canada will increase humanitarian assistance this fiscal year by 10 percent. The Prime Minister also […] Continue Reading

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Headline, LANKA News

President Sirisena arrives in New York

Posted on 19 September 2016

  President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York last evening (September 18) amidst tight security as the city suffered a major security threat with an explosive devise going off on the previous day injuring 29 persons. The President was received at the Loews Regency Hotel by senior Minister of Foreign Affairs […] Continue Reading

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President Sirisena leaves for New York to attend UNGA

Posted on 18 September 2016

    President Maithripala Sirisena left yesterday to attend the 71st United Nations General Assembly to be held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The General Assembly will be held from today to September 26. The President will address the General Assembly on Wednesday. This is the second time President Sirisena is addressing the […] Continue Reading

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera represents Sri Lanka at the Our Ocean Conference 2016  

Posted on 16 September 2016

Participating at the Our Ocean Conference 2016, at the invitation of the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, on 15 September,  outlined several commitments by Sri Lanka to protect oceans around Sri Lanka and beyond.   The Minister said that Sri Lanka is perhaps one of the few countries in the […] Continue Reading

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GOSL, Headline

Sri Lanka Parliament and U.S. House Democracy Partnership launch Collaboration Agreement

Posted on 15 September 2016

The Sri Lanka Parliament and the House Democracy Partnership of the U.S. House of Representatives launched a Collaboration Agreement to strengthen partnership between the two legislatures today, 14 September, in Washington D.C.   The Agreement was signed by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Representative Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership on behalf […] Continue Reading

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Banking & Finance

Nanda Fernando is MD at Sampath Bank

Posted on 13 September 2016

      Sampath Bank has appointed Nanda Fernando as its new Managing Director. Fernando was the Chief Operating Officer, prior to this appointment. With a banking career that spans 35 years, he also function as a Director of SC Securities, a subsidiary of the Sampath Group of Companies.Having dynamically contributed to the strengthening of […] Continue Reading

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LANKA News

President Maithripala Sirisena will lead delegation to 71st UN General Assembly

Posted on 13 September 2016

  Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will lead a delegation to the 71st General Assembly of United Nations that will be opening tomorrow (13 September) in New York. President Sirisena is scheduled to address the General Assembly on the 21st September. Meanwhile, Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will lead […] Continue Reading

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CANADA News, Headline

Prime Minister to lead Canadian delegation to United Nations General Assembly in New York

Posted on 13 September 2016

  September 13, 2016. Ottawa, Ontario.   The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will travel to New York City, from September 19 to 20, to lead Canada’s delegation to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Government of Canada is committed to redefining its place in the world and […] Continue Reading

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CRICKET

T20 Series: Record Maxwell fifty powers Australia sweep

Posted on 09 September 2016

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd T20I, Colombo (RPS)September 9, 2016.   ANDREW FIDEL FERNANDO Australia 130 for 6 (Maxwell 66, Warner 25, Dilshan 2-8, Pathirana 2-23) beat Sri Lanka128 for 9 (Dhananjaya 62, Zampa 3-16, Faulkner 3-9) by four wickets.   Sri Lanka had been changing their side every match and Australia had already sent several men […] Continue Reading

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Provincial Roundup

News Release: Throne Speech Announced for September 12, 2016

Posted on 08 September 2016

      All Government Bills to be Reintroduced This Fall. September 8, 2016. Office of the Premier Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, accepted the Premier's advice to prorogue the legislature as of 12 p.m. today. The Lieutenant Governor will deliver a Speech from the […] Continue Reading

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CANADA News

Bank of Canada keeps interest rate unchanged at 0.5%

Posted on 07 September 2016

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada held its key interest rate target steady at 0.5 per cent on Wednesday but raised concerns after the export sector disappointed earlier this year. “While the strength in exports during July was encouraging, the ground lost over previous months raises the possibility that the profile for economic activity will […] Continue Reading

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