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The Government will roll out the long-awaited e-passports, equipped with biometric chips compliant with the latest International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards by the end of this year, Department of Immigration and Emigration sources confirmed.

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The government of Sri Lanka has decided to amplify the penalty for the offense of bribery aimed at influencing votes during an election.

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Colombo Measures are being taken with the support of the Foreign Ministry and the Sri Lanka Navy to release the 'Lorenzo Putha 4' - a Sri Lankan multi-day fishing trawler which was hijacked by Somali pirates yesterday, Director General of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department Susantha Kahawatta said.

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The government is now in ready to implement a revival plan for the industrial sector in the aftermath of the unprecedented set back suffered by manufacturing and services during the recent economic crisis, national planning department sources unfolded.

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State Minister of Technology Kanaka Herath met the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Santosh Jha at India House in Colombo

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Ceylon Energy, a company with a history of excellence in power transmission projects, has been issued a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Enterprise licence by Kenyan President Dr. William Ruto to commence operations at the Naivasha SEZ.

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Although a date has not been fixed, the Sri Lanka Navy said yesterday that it is now prepared to send a deployment to the Red Sea to assist in defending shipping lanes from Houthi activities, once the government green lights and authorizes the deployment.

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A group of senior IT professionals has warned that the Online Safety Bill may be used to cripple opposition election campaigns, suppress journalists reporting on corruption and even severely impact the IT industry.

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Motor Traffic Department is to take stern action against motorists who have not transferred their vehicles in their own names to avoid paying tax and also to show minimum number of ownership of a vehicle, as “the value of a vehicle is assessed by the number of its previous owners”.

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Sri Lanka issued 849,829 passports last year, underscoring the ongoing trend of individuals seeking to migrate for greener pastures amidst the economic crisis but still fell short from all time high of 2022.

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