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* Sri Lanka's manufacturing sector slows down, while services accelerate in December 2018

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank, the industrial production in Sri Lanka have eased in December 2018 compared to the same month in 2017 while services accelerated.
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* Sea to Plate – new venture from Arpico

Jan 18 (Island) Arpico Supercentre, has taken freshness to the next level,under the project ‘Sea to Plate’. This strategic initiative will allow customers to purchase the freshest catch at the most competitive prices without the involvement of middlemen.
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* Kavan Ratnayaka assumes duties as Chairman SLPA

Jan 18 (DN) Kavan Ratnayaka assumed duties as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) yesterday in the presence of Minister of Port, Shipping and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka and SLPA officials.
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* Sri Lanka Wildlife Department launches e-pass for national parks to control overcrowding

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife along with the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology launched a day entry e-permit issuance e-service for national parks on Monday.
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* Over 260,000 Chinese tourists visit Sri Lanka in 2018

Jan 17 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Over 260,000 Chinese tourists travelled in Sri Lanka in 2018, and the government hopes to attract a higher number this year, Sri Lanka's Tourism Ministry said here on Thursday.
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* PMF abandons merger as company seals deal to infuse capital

Jan 17 (DM) A possibility of a merger explored between People’s Merchant Finance PLC (PMF) and People’s Leasing & Finance PLC (PLC) was abandoned last week, as the former closed a deal with an investor to infuse fresh capital followed by a rights issue which will put the company’s core capital on top of Central Bank’s minimum requirement.
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* Insurance Industry records 9.9% growth in GWP in Q3, 2018

Jan 17 (DN) Sri Lanka Insurance industry was able to achieve a growth of 9.96% in terms of overall Gross Written Premium (GWP), during the third Quarter of 2018,recording an increase of Rs. 11,757 million when compared to the same period in the year 2017.
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* Sri Lanka to begin second stage of electronic company registration system on Monday

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Registrar of Companies will activate the second stage of electronic company registration system on January 21, enabling even company registrations from abroad, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
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* CB expects all fund raising to end in 1Q

Jan 18 (DM) Meanwhile Governor Coomaraswamy told Mirror Business that the Central Bank will start the process to raise at least US $ 1 to US $ 1.5 billion via issuing dollar denominated international sovereign bonds (ISBs) in a matter of days. The Cabinet has approved a proposal to raise up to US $2 billion via ISBs, he said.
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* Sri Lanka to receive $1 billion Bank of China loan this quarter - report

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will receive a loan of $1 billion from Bank of China before the end of the January-March quarter to help the country meet repayments in the coming months, the chief of the Central Bank has said on Thursday, according to a Reuters report.
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* Sri Lanka rupee, stocks rise after IMF statement

Jan 17 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's rupee and shares closed firmer on Thursday, a day after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it would resume discussions with the island nation for further disbursal of part of a $1.5 billion loan.
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* Sri Lanka’s award-winning crab restaurant opens

Jan 17 (PDI) Local sustainable seafood is in the spotlight at Sri Lanka's award-winning restaurant Ministry of Crab, ranked 25th in Asia's 50 Best restaurants.
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* Slag cargo at Hambantota Port

Jan 17 (Island) The Hambantota International Port (HIP) scored another first recently when the Ithaca Patience docked in its harbour to discharge 27,150MT of slag cargo — an additive used in the manufacture of cement.
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