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President Rajapaksa welcomes China’s President Xi

[September 16, 2014]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning.


China and Sri Lanka need to turn the wishes into a driving force – President Jingping

[September 16, 2014]
China and Sri Lanka need to turn our wishes into a driving force and enhance exchanges and cooperation between us in maritime, business, infrastructure, defense, tourism and other areas so as to accelerate the renewal of the Maritime Silk Road for the benefit of our two countries and two peoples, President of China, Xi Jingping said in a message to Daily News ahead of his visit to Sri Lanka today.
Sri Lanka-China to negotiate on FTA during Chinese President's visit
[September 16, 2014]
Sri Lanka and China in recent years have developed increasingly closer economic and trade relations and a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries will boost Sri Lanka's future development, according to the government of Sri Lanka.


President inaugurates Asia Pacific Postal Union in Colombo
[September 16, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated the five day Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Council meeting at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel yesterday (Sep. 15).


Sri Lanka GDP grows 7.8% in second quarter of 2014
[September 16, 2014]
Sri Lanka's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 7.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to same period last year, Department of Census and Statistics said in its Quarterly Estimates of Gross Domestic Product report released Monday.


China, Sri Lanka working on building 21st Century Maritime Silk Road – Prof. Peiris
Houses for Urban low income families
Govt is strengthening free education with technical laboratories in schools - President
[September 16, 2014]
China and Sri Lanka are working on the modalities of implementing the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris said.



[September 16, 2014]
The newly constructed 'Puradora Sewana' Housing Scheme in Orugodawatte, Colombo was declared open by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (Sep. 15).
[September 15, 2014]
The government is strengthening free education with the establishment of Mahindodaya technical laboratories ...
Sri Lanka donates tea to earthquake victims in China
World Bank further assists govt.’s key development projects
China-SL ties ushered into new stage - Chinese ambassador
[September 15, 2014]
The Government of Sri Lanka has donated a consignment of Ceylon black tea to the victims of the recent earthquake in Yunnan Province, China.



[September 15, 2014]
World Bank has agreed to extend $ 331.5 million financing support to the key development projects of the government.
[September 15, 2014]
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to Sri Lanka would be a milestone for the bilateral ties, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao has said.
China’s new Silk Route Project benefits Sri Lanka - President
Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in lives of children – UN report
Visit of President Xi Jinping
Rubber - Rice Pact to Great Wall of Friendship
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake
[September 14, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, saying the economic corridor bears significance to Sri Lanka’s development.



[September 14, 2014]
Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in the lives of children during the past decade, according to a UN report which commended the country's strong commitment to improve child health and well-being.
[September 14, 2014]
This year marks the 1604th anniversary of the visit to Sri Lanka by the itinerant Buddhist monk the Ven. Fa-Hien (also known as Faxian), after Bhikku Dhammayana took the first Buddha Statue from Sri Lanka to China.

September 14, 2014  |

* SriLankan Cargo adopts e-air waybill system

September 12, 2014  |

* President visits Mahiyanganaya Rajamaha Viharaya: Agasas Maha Mangalyaya in Girandurukotte

* OCA head appreciates President’s efforts towards development of sports

* CSE’s S&P SL 20 index crosses 4000 mark

* Sri Lanka, Maldives discuss deriving maximum benefits from marine resources

* His Holiness Pope to hold masses at Galle Face and Madhu

* Yal Devi again after three decades

* South & South Asian Nations Defence Dialog in Colombo

* Next Independence Day celebrations in Hambantota district

September 11, 2014  |

* President inspects Morana reservoir & irrigation project

* President opens international book fair

* Witness protection bill presented to Parliament

* Colombo stock exchange Market Capitals crosses Rs. 3 Trillion for the first time

* Open for talks on 13th Amendment: Rajapaksa by Suhasini Haidar ‘Grateful to India for its stand on the U.N. Human Rights Council vote’

* “Not one or two, but hundred trawlers come towards Sri Lankan waters”

* Cuba agrees with Sri Lanka on the need for basic reforms in UN system

* Indian media laud Sri Lanka’s development

* Govt stops potato imports

September 10, 2014  |

* Exim Bank to fund more than 21 projects

* Missing Persons Commission’s next Public Sittings in Killinochchi

* President opens Weras Ganga Development Project

* Chinese President to arrive in Sri Lanka on Sept 16

* Government allocated Rs. 1.38 billion for Northern Province this year

* Outer Circular Highway to be completed in 2015

* Sri Lanka to host ICA’s 16th Congress

* Sri Lanka to host Asian Youth Games 2017

* Delft Island to be a tourist attraction

* First ever Finnish trade delegation due in December

* First group of Sri Lankan Haj pilgrims arrived in Jeddah

September 09, 2014  |

* Cuba sees a promising future for bilateral relations with Sri Lanka  

* Sri Lanka assures cooperation with UNHRC despite rejecting resolution

* Six new Heads of Mission present credentials

* Japanese PM concludes Sri Lanka visit

* Mattala will permanently alter nature of tourism in South Asia - Hong Kong expert

* Japan's Mizuho Bank signs MoU with BOI

* Sri Lanka's bilateral trade with Israel surges 178% since trade pact in 2007

* Japan pledges support to achieve regional hub

September 07, 2014  |


* Maritime security underscores Japan, Sri Lanka ties

* Sri Lanka and Japan sign agreements for cooperation in a number of sectors

September 06, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, a country with growing influence in economic and political domain – Japanese PM

* Prime Shinzo Abe’s visit BRINGING NEW STRENGTH TO JAPAN - SRI LANKA RELATIONS : By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Tourist arrivals rise 13.8 percent in August 2014 surpassing one million mark

* President Rajapaksa and Japanese Premier Abe unveils Phase 2 of BIA Development Project

* Senior Japanese Diplomat Akashi meets President

* Spain Understands the Impact of Terrorism, Spanish FM tells President

* Friendship that helps people

September 05, 2014  |

* Japanese PM to accompany a large business delegation to Sri Lanka

* Govt. takes every possible step to preserve and sustain unity among communities - President

* SL’s positives outweigh negatives: Morgan Stanley official tells NY Investor Forum

* Govt denies claims that state employees deployed for election propaganda

* President pays last respects to Bala Tampoe and Bandula Vithanage

* Thirty million given for sick in North for treatments

September 04, 2014  |

* BOI, Alpine Clothing to create 500 jobs in Wayamba

* Govt pays special attention on Northern education - Minister Bandula Gunawardena

* NASDAQ applauds SL economy

* Govt ended discrimination against rural students in education through Mahindodaya - President

* Postal voting for Uva Provincial Council begins today

* British HC visits UK-funded community policing programme in North

September 03, 2014  |

* Retired differently able War Heroes to receive pay increments

* 1818 Uva Wellassa struggle against imperialists finally succeeded when the country was liberated from terrorists - President

* Sri Lanka has a special place in the hearts of the Chinese people – Assistant FM of China

* SL rejects UN investigation as it exceeds the mandate – Ambassador Kariyawasam

* Nigerian military delegation to learn about welfare systems in Tri Services

* GL briefs Slovania’s President on SL’s development

* VPN system for Police to prevent crimes

* Divi Neguma Sahana Aruna benefits 50, 132 people within two days

September 02, 2014  |

* Death of Bala Tampoe, irreparable loss to the trade union movement and the country - President Rajapaksa

* Those who shed crocodile tears for public service today : forgotten what they did against it - President

* Govt works to achieve development goals, not to gain votes – President

* President tours drought affected areas

* Sam Wijesinha, a public servant & social worker of much commitment, honor & respect - President

* Top IFIMES award for Prof. G. L. Peiris

* On-the-spot-cash for thousands from Divi Neguma banks

September 01, 2014  |

* The best we can give our children is education - President

* Every possible step taken to bring maximum benefits to people - President

* Sri Lanka to begin own probe on war crime allegations soon

* PROPAGANDA WAR EQUALS WAR - Dr. Chris Nonis: LTTE money for arms now diverted for lobbying

* President opens two Mahindodaya Labs in Moneragala

* Japanese PM to visit Sri Lanka

* President visits Bellanvila Raja Maha Viharaya

* Dombagahawela Postal complex vested with people

August  30, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan agree to enhance defense cooperation

* Inflation declines to 3.5 percent in August 2014


* Central Bank approves 29 consolidation plans of financial institutions

August  29, 2014  |

* CSE and SEC to conduct an awareness programme in New York

* Tamil language training for Tri Forces

* Sri Lanka Tourism welcomes 1,000,000th tourist

* Lanka-Seychelles MoU on manpower training

* Increased flights to China see more tourists in Lanka

August  28, 2014  |

* Two major development projects inaugurated in North

* SME's in Japan invited to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka

* Demining 98% has completed

* Colombo's first Seychelles forum attracts Sri Lankan businesses

* Lanka to host Global Rubber Conference 2014 for first time

* External Affairs Minister reviews progress of Sri Lankan missions in Europe

August  27, 2014  |

* Kachchatheevu Island cannot be retrieved from SL: AG tells SC

* FDIs surpass US$ 817 million during first six months

* Air Chief of Pakistan visits Sri Lanka

* Former Navy Commander Adm. Colombage Appointed Presidential Adviser on Maritime and Naval Hub

* Korea helps improve vocational training

* Lanka tourism campaign in Germany receives high response

* Northern Province to get over 20,000 jobs under seaweed project

August  26, 2014  |

* Govt keen to see ICT reach rise to 75% and beyond – President

* Official announcement on Pope Francis visit to SL

* Floating Market declared open

* Achchuveli Industrial Estate to be opened on August 28

* Central Bank enters into Investment Agreement with People's Bank of China

* More rehabilitated LTTE cadres entrusted to relatives

* SL's first ever Gold Centre next month

* Concessionary loans for Divi Neguma families

* Galle Fort 'Dutch Hospital' will open Aug 28

* Japan considers providing patrol ships to SL

August  25, 2014  |

* India Must Respect Lanka Sovereignty: Avdhash Kaushal

* Tamil diaspora pump in money to create chaos in Jaffna – Jaffna Commander

* True freedom in Sri Lanka today - Indian Federation of Working Journalists

* Sri Lanka is proud to be founder member of Chinese Investment Bank – GL

* Thirty six Tamil Woman Soldiers passed out

* Eighteen Lagoons to be developed

* Super luxury bus service for office workers

August  23, 2014  |


August  22, 2014  |

* International Water Seminar inaugurated

* Trade deficit narrows 35.3 percent in June 2014

* India, Sri Lanka discuss joint strategy to curb narcotics

* Sri Lanka condoles with Japanese people on landslide tragedy

* Vietnamese parliamentary delegation visits parliament

* Justice Ministry partners with UNICEF to develop an electronic database to speed up justice for children

* SL exports increased on EU, US demand for garments

* Central Bank lobbies in US to improve communication between the two countries

August  21, 2014  |

* President Rajapaksa an example for other leaders to emulate - Bill Gates

* London-based group with vested interest only accuse Sri Lanka of committing genocide - Subramanian Swamy

* President instructs urgent solutions for health trade union problems

* Two new deputy ministers take oaths

* LTTE rump fanning the flames of hatred - Dr Chris Nonis

* China supports SL to face challenges in Indian Ocean

* SriLankan buys new plane next month

August  20, 2014  |

* Land ownership gives the people dignity and pride – President

* Japanese Vice-Minister calls on President

* Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in landmark agreement to promote Sri Lanka to clients for investment

* We welcome Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka - President

* India, Sri Lanka meet to discuss narcotics menace

* Non state actors pose a common challenge in the region – Ambassador Kariyawasam

* Draw attention to challenges of terrorists re-grouping Intl level. - Ravinatha Aryasinha

* BOI plans to build 5 factories each District

* Floating market to be opened Friday

* President urges banks to increase involvement in rural development projects

August  19, 2014  |

* Theme proposed by President Rajapaksa selected for next SAARC Summit

* Two members from India and Pakistan to Advisory Committee

* Int’l pressure not only unhelpful but also detrimental – Prof. Peiris

* “Nanasala” wins Bill & Melinda Gates awarded for best IT project


* Two government-owned plantation companies post profits for 2013

* In Pictures: President participates in Mahela's farewell

* Sri Lanka is a model for blending security and development together - Army Commander

* Achchuveli Industrial Park first phase opens on August 28

* Bhutan Health Minister meets SL counterpart

August  18, 2014  |

* Seeking to build ‘Positive Peace’ in a cohesive society with trust and reciprocity - Secretary to the President

* Jewellery industry an important segment of our economy- President

* President opened two roads & Mahindodaya lab in Nuwara Eliya

* Defence Seminar-2014 inaugurates with over 350 delegates

* Focus on manufacture-based economy by next budget

* 2000 new buses to SLTB, 122 arrives

* Bio-gas plant launched in Matara

* Army Para Games attract foreign participants

August  16, 2014  |

* Nuwara Eliya Golf Club; a honored place in development of sports in the country - President

* Sri Lanka Underlines Friendship with Palestine - Lucien Rajakarunanayake

August  15, 2014  |

* Indian High Commissioner Sinha calls on President Rajapaksa

* High Commissioner Pillay seeks to influence the OHCHR investigation process

* Seychelles Health Minister Calls on President Rajapaksa

* President’s Condolences to victims of Iranian Plane Crash

* Pakistan, Sri Lanka enjoy cordial & friendly ties - envoy

* Trade with Indonesia to top US$ 1 mn in 2015

* International exhibition of rubber plastics & manufacturing commences

* Over Rs.100mn for waste management in WP

August  14, 2014  |

* President pledges US$ 1 Million to Palestine

* President orders Indian fishermen's release

* Bilateral ties with Switzerland strengthen further - President Rajapaksa

* India releases 16 Sri Lankan fishermen

* Govt committed to ensure respect for artistes and nurture the arts - President Rajapaksa

* ‘India & Sri Lanka: A Partnership That Transcends Time’ released

* President felicitates Ven Dedunupitiye Upananda Thera

* Development not limited to Colombo - UDA

* Kandy city and suburban towns to develop

August  13, 2014  |

* President instructs officials to address shortcomings in Matale district

* Missing persons figure exaggerated - Commission Chairman

* Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2014 examines role of country's youth

* Gvnt committed to working for well being of youth – Prof G.L. Peris

* President congratulates first elected President of Turkey

* Missing Persons Commission hears 314 complaints at public sittings in Mannar

* Sri Lanka asks foreign envoys to be impartial and refrain from meddling in domestic matters

* 26 young Tamil women join Army

* Sangakkara: No. 1 test batsman

* Sri Lankan envoy falls back on shared past

* First Int’l Ornamental Fish event in Sri Lanka

* SL - China to promote electronic & apparels sectors

August  12, 2014  |

* Pura Neguma to strengthen North & East local bodies

* Present peaceful era conducive for religious harmony - President

* Sri Lanka Tourism mega advertising campaign in UK

* South Asia’s fastest growing economy: A look at modern Sri Lanka with Ambassador Kariyawasam By Michael D. Mosettig

August  11, 2014  |

* President attended religious activities in Kandy

* US statement creates false and alarmist view on Sri Lanka: Ministry of External Affairs

* Sri Lanka’s economic growth: Thumbs up from IMF - Premier

* Secretary General of SAARC calls on President Rajapaksa

* President congratulates victorious cricket team

* Books; Siri Dalada Harasaraniya & Budun Wedi Maga presented to President

* Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader capable of establishing a righteous society - Asgiri Mahanayake

* SL rupee won’t be under downward pressure in foreseeable future - CB Governor

* SL Army opens new hospital in South Sudan under UN Mission

August  08, 2014  |

* No double standards in application of environmental justice - President Mahinda Rajapaksa

* Commission on Missing Persons commences sittings in Mannar today

* President’s condolence on Dr Guruge’s passing away

* President felicitates Ven Ambewela Pannasara Nayake Thero, recipient of Myanmar honours

* Govt resettled 150,202 families in North

* Cabinet approval for budget proposals, 2015

* Magampura Port records Rs.1, 236m income in seven months

August  07, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan to strengthen security cooperation to fight terrorism and transnational crime

* President to visit Pakistan later this month

* President inspected “Knowledge Park” complex in Pettah

* SL - Vietnam two way trade grown by 100 percent

* Pakistan, Sri Lanka have significant potential for trade – PM Nawaz Sharif

* Sathosa makes tremendous progress

* Slum and shanties free Colombo by 2020

August  06, 2014  |

* Term of Missing Persons Commission extended

* Diplomatic community should be conscious of local sensitivities - Foreign Ministry

* Uva election on Sept. 20

* President inspects Kimbulawela model paddy fields

* Korean push for first ever Lanka regional apparel training

* Lanka will reach US$ 150bn GDP by 2020 - Governor

* Over 347 mobile services in Badulla completed

August  05, 2014  |

* 3- member committee is to advise the Commission, no investigative role - President

* WJP Rule of Law Index 2014: Sri Lanka ranks top among South Asia

* Take stern action against who fill paddy lands illegally - President

* Supreme Court rules Chief Minister of Provincial Council cannot issue orders to Chief Secretary

* President condoles China earthquake deaths

* Motorbikes to 600 public servants at Kurunegala

* Europe should not judge Sri Lanka on human rights -Miss Earth – Air 2013

* Tourist arrivals rise 25.2 percent in July

* Conference to show potential of the capital market in Sri Lanka to International investors

* President attended Intl Scouts Jamboree

August  04, 2014  |

* Japan gives Rs.305mn for capacity development

* Rise in demand for local handicrafts

* President assures to launch an exclusive bank for women

* Action plan to meet challenges of droughts - President instructs officials

* Sri Lanka to host 'Galle Dialogue' International Maritime Conference in December

August  03, 2014  |

* Indian govt stresses enhanced economic engagement with Sri Lanka

* asylum seekers, UNHCR slow to address requirements - Govt


* Govt allocates Rs. 1.9 billion to provide drought relief

* Sri Lanka exports record highest first half earnings this year

* Considerable increase in number of tourists visiting botanical gardens

August  01, 2014  |

* President meets with officials to discuss ICAPP arrangements

* Sri Lanka, Singapore bilateral discussions focus on expanding economic and defense relations

* Divi Neguma sixth phase in Moneragala

* Four sugar factories to be developed

* Twelve firms to pump Rs1.5bn in Hambantota industrial city

* Major changes in airport & aviation sectors

* The Kandy Esala Festival begins

July  31, 2014  |

* IMF Executive Director, President discuss Sri Lanka's role in Asian region

* Former LTTE members tour the South

* MEA responds to US Embassy statement

* Government to provide concessions for 11, 459 families affected by droughts

* Switzerland extends continuous support to Sri Lanka

* Work on 28 bridges completed

* SL & Poland enter into a new Air Services Agreement

* Lanka exports clinch hat trick win in first half

July  30, 2014  |

* Our decisions always focus on benefitting future generations, not merely the immediate – President

* Sri Lanka among one of the fastest developing economies in Asia - IMF

* Vatican confirms Pope's visit to Sri Lanka

* Malaysian firm to invest in a hybrid power project in North

* North Central Province gets Rs.5, 791mn for development

* Rs.740 bn income from re-fuelling ships

* Gateway opens for 'Experts City'

* Farmers under AIB paid compensation Rs. 85 Mn

* Foreign Reserve has shown Nine billion USD increase

July  29, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka a potential location for Japanese SMEs to invest - Japan's State Minister

* Sri Lankan asylum seekers are economic migrants - Australian Minister

* Muslims have contributed much for Lanka’s progress – President

* President hands over Buddhist relics to temples in US and Korea

* SL among top Eid destinations – Khaleej Times

July  28, 2014  |

* President congratulates new Indonesian President elect

* Sri Lanka will play an important role in building process of proposed Maritime Silk Route - China

* Reconstructed Northern Railway Line will be opened in September

* LTTE responsible for 80 percent of alleged abductions

* Lanka to establish 10 Botanical Gardens

* First ever international film festival in Sri Lanka, in September

July  26, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka conveys condolences to families of the passengers on Air Algerie flight

* Govt reduces taxes on imported grains and lentils

* The Modi friendship initiative: BJP for closer ties between Indian and Sri Lanka - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Both ruling and opposition parties are responsible for public welfare – President

* No deaths of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters since 2011 – Indian Defence Minister

** Missing Persons Commission to hold next public sittings in Mannar

July  25, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka progressively improves in human development

* Govt’s equal attention on children’s nutrition level and education - President

* President sends wishes to Sri Lankan team for 20th Commonwealth Games

* President conveys greetings for 20th Commonwealth Games

* It is the duty of every citizen to safeguard national harmony and coexistence - President

* Sri Lanka expresses deep concern at loss of civilian lives in Gaza

* SAARCFINANCE Group Meeting and SAARCFINANCE Governors' Symposium held in Colombo

* Public view and proposals are entertained to prepare next year budget

* Maternal deaths in North fall drastically

* Measures to control pesticides

* Over 2,000 buses to strengthen SLTB

July  24, 2014  |

* Size of Army camps in Jaffna reduced to 25% and land returned to owners

* Social conciliation should be present at all levels

* All NGOs should register and indicate scope of activities - PM

* Landmark climate change project launched in Sri Lanka

* BOC Seychelles operation viable

* Kidney surgeries at Anuradhapura Kidney Treatment Unit

* BOC Ranked above all Sri Lankan Banks; Among Top 1,000 Global Banks

* Secretary Defence attends MOD 'Ifthar'

July  23, 2014  |

* Govt's programme to uplift local industries will not be changed at any cost - President

* India will stand by Sri Lanka's position at the UNHRC - Dr. Swamy

* Vietnam, Sri Lanka to work closely in fighting transnational crime

* Member European Parliament on UNHRC Lanka ‘probe’: ‘AN INQUIRY ON THE INQUIRY’

* Child Development Centers to Estate Sector

* Sri Lanka and Singapore to establish a pilot training school at Mattala airport

* Toll fees from Southern, Katunayake Expressways top Rs.45bn

* Public Grievance Redress Mechanism launched

* Emirates resumes full schedule of 34 flights a week from Colombo

* Udawalawa tourist zone developed with Rs.55mn

July  22, 2014  |

* India wants excellent relations with Sri Lanka - BJP delegation

* Top UNESCO official states: UN became NATO’s PR arm, Selective treatment of countries

* President Abolishes Taxes for Financial Institutions

* SL Welcomes BRICS Initiative to Establish A Development Bank

* Vocational Training Centre in Orugodawatte

* President expresses condolences to Dutch and Malaysians over MH17 tragedy

* Tanzanian Foreign Minister calls on President

* “Pura Neguma” to develop 22 local govt agencies

July  21, 2014  |

* Top South Asian countries refuse visas for UNHRC committee probing SL

* Portugal interested in further improving relations with Sri Lanka

* Inter-ministerial Programme launched to serve conflict-affected villages in Ampara

* Fourteen Lankan workers brought home safely from Libya

* Special Projects to Mitigate Landslide Risk

* Badulla District gets Rs. 2,657 m. for development

July  20, 2014  |

* National Nutrition Walk to improve nutrition launched

* The Dutch trade stands ready to engage and explore opportunities in Sri Lanka

* LTTE operatives arrested by Malaysia brought to Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka expresses condolences over lives lost on Malaysian Airlines flight

* Culpability of the forces of terror: A wider mandate in search for Truth and Reconciliation - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

July  18, 2014  |

* Muslims praise President’s endeavor for national reconciliation

* Implement streamlined programme to upgrade welfare of teachers – President

* United Nations E-Government Survey 2014: Sri Lanka ranks top among South Asia

* Khuram murder trial: former PS chairman convicted

* Indian Air Force Chief to meet SL President today

* Disappearances Commission receive 19284 complaints

* Galle Harbour earns profit of Rs.20 million

* Maternity and Childcare Centres with modern facilities

* Human Rights Commission visits North

* Hambantota port earns Rs. 750m from bunkering since opening last month

* Basil Rajapaksa attends “Sri Lanka Shines in Shanghai”

* Work on first stage of University Hostel Project completed

* Govt awards 100 scholarships to journalists

* Sonali Deraniyagala wins PEN/Ackerley Prize for “Wave” tsunami memoir

July  17, 2014  |

* President appoints international Advisory Council to the Commission of Inquiry

* North & East get Sinhala language training

* President opens Sri Lanka’s first Medical Reference laboratory

* SL to get two brand new ships

* Troops attend to winds-affected schools & offices

* SriLankan to join oneworld carriers at Terminal-3, London Heathrow Airport

* Nominations for Uva PC polls to be received from 30th

July  16, 2014  |

* President reviews development of Ratnapura District

* Sri Lanka deeply concerned at situation in Gaza

* Sri Lanka- Belarus bilateral Foreign Office Consultations focus on increasing bilateral cooperation

* Netherlands commends Lanka’s economic progress

* ADB grants $300 million to aid Sri Lanka's push to cut fuel oil use, boost renewables

* SriLankan to join oneworld carriers at Terminal-3, London Heathrow Airport

* Ambassador Kariyawasam presents credentials to President Obama

* ADB lends 600 Mn USD to Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan

* ‘Village to Village-House to House’ program benefits over 50, 000 people

* Seven year skills development plan drawn up

July  15, 2014  |

* Government’s policy to provide better public service - President

* Era which people waiting for flour from abroad ended: People today consuming more rice - President

* President condoles Palestine civilian deaths

* President inspects Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Complex

* India assists set up two faculties for University of Jaffna at Kilinochchi

* Trade deficit narrows 47.9 percent in May 2014

* Social Integration Week commenced

* Lanka-B’Desh trade crosses critical $100M levels for first time

* Rural bridges to help six million people

* Sri Lankan Consulate opens in Zurich

* CB maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate

July  14, 2014  |

* Address HR issues through cooperation, not by punitive approach, says Indian MEA Spokesman

* President Opens “Arcade Independence Square”

* FAO endorses Mahinda Rajapaksa Global Agriculture Fund

* Japan – Sri Lanka Parliamentary League to visit Sri Lanka

* Over 425 Tradesmen from East in Army

* Over 800 houses damaged by Strong Wind

* Lankan apparel exports see double digit growth

* Special loan facility for Ramadan celebrators

* Rs.10, 000mn to develop infrastructure for Deyata Kirula

July  12, 2014  |

* Rs. 4 billion allocated for agricultural loans to farmers

* Sri Lanka, India discuss economic, security cooperation, fisheries issue, and housing projects

* President reappoints GA Chandrasiri as Northern Province Governor

* The facts on asylum seekers: Sri Lanka, Australia and the boats - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

July  11, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka now stands with pride, ending era of receiving pity of others - President

* Belarus offers Sri Lanka help in food security and agriculture, agrees to increase bilateral trade

* World Bank to assist skills development

* Former Australian FM ridicules urban mythology about endemic prosecution of Tamils

* MEA clarifies reports relating to recent instructions for NGOs

* Indian A-320 fleet to undergo major maintenance at Mattala Int. Airport - Economic Times

* Shanghai Travel & Trade Forum creates opportunity for SL

* UAE lifts ban on SL’s export of chicken & eggs to UAE market

July  10, 2014  |

* Disappearances Commission receives more than 390 complaints in Mullaitivu

* Ramaphosa concludes Sri Lanka visit

* Indo-Lanka foreign ministers to meet tomorrow

* Tarik Ahsan, new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to SL

* Cocotech Exhibition, IN Conference & Coconut Festival held

* Lanka-Belarus trade talks begin in Colombo

* Central Bank releases publication on Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka - 2014

* Special program to assist war affected in Ampara

July  09, 2014  |

* President commissions patrol boats gifted by Australia

* Prevent illegal acquisition of state lands - President

* Cabinet approves witness protection bill

* NGOs not restricted in their work, Defense Ministry clarifies

* South African envoy visits North

* Relatives of Kalawanchikudi Muslims killed by LTTE give evidence

* Central Bank's new credit guarantee scheme for pawning advances benefits borrowers

* Sri Lanka to issue Rs. 4 billion Treasury Bonds

* Independence Square reconstructed

* Ceylon tea at North America’s largest food & beverage fair

* Fuel issued to ships from Magam Ruhunapura Harbour

* Strategic development program to Kandy

* First batch of Lankans leaves for Italian jobs

July  08, 2014  |

* South African Deputy President calls on President Rajapaksa

* Over 3000 graduates receive appointments

* Sri Lanka Navy brings 41 Australia bound illegal migrants home

* Program implemented to provide livelihood assistance to war widows

July  07, 2014  |

* President hands over 104 houses to Ranaviru families in Anuradhapura

* First Northern Entrepreneur Awards in September

* Cyril Ramaphosa arrives

* South African Special Envoy to meet SL political leaders

* Ratnapura Expressway construction to Commence

* 24,000 university students to get accommodation in 60 new hostels

July  06, 2014  |

* Commission on Missing Persons begins public sittings in Mullaitivu

* Malaysia arrest four LTTE operatives suspected of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

* Central Bank clarifies media reports on External Debt Statistics

* Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2014 to focus on economy in 2020

July  04, 2014  |

* Those who condemn other religions bring disgrace to their own – President

* Sri Lanka reiterates its stance on UN investigation

* Moody's outlook for Sri Lanka banking system stable

* Tony Abbott praises Sri Lanka's human rights progress

* Sri Lanka’s Unemployment down to 4.2%

* Two Mahindodaya Technological Laboratories to be opened tomorrow

* Methodist Church celebrates bicentennial

* Army to help to Elephant Pass Salt Production

* China to introduce more direct flights to Lanka

* More Tamil youths to join Army

* WB helps prevent flooding Colombo

* Deyata Kirula Construction work to will begin

July  033, 2014  |

* All communities should join hands to develop the country - President

* Sri Lanka, China discuss beginning negotiations on proposed free trade agreement

* Mullaitivu women soldiers passed out

* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals rise 14.3 percent in June 2014

* Jayalalithaa unhappy over BJP government’s position on Katchatheevu

* EU Head of Operations in Sri Lanka visits EU funded projects in North and East

* Poddala Handicraft Village opens tomorrow

* Second phase of Dengue crackdown in WP from tomorrow

July  02, 2014  |

* President makes appointments to Public Service Commission

* New Heads of Mission present credentials

* CSIRT system launched in Sri Lanka to prevent cyber attacks on banks

* Indian government tells court TN fishermen have no rights to fishing in Katchatheevu islet

* Almost all financial institutions in Sri Lanka finalize consolidation plans - Central Bank

* Missing Persons Commission’s fifth sittings in Mullaitivu

* Rs. 3,000 Mn to upgrade fisheries harbours

July  01, 2014  |

* Government totally rejects hate politics - President

* President visits Aluthgama and Beruwala

* Benefits of Sri Lanka defeating terrorism should receive recognition - Minister Peiris

* New Navy Commander takes over today

* Inflation drops in June 2014 to 28-month low of 2.8 percent

June  30, 2014  |

* President returns

* Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka Insurance and Mihin Lanka Branches Open in Seychelles

* University College for Wayamba youth

* Dialogue between Xinhua & Sri Lankan Media

June  29, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka - Seychelles Agree to Strengthen Relations

* Sri Lanka and Seychelles Sign 06 Agreements Including Establishment of a Joint Commission

* President Declare Open Sri Lanka High Commission in Seychelles

June  28, 2014  |

* President Arrives in Seychelles

* Sri Lanka Army troops begin initial repair works in Aluthgama and Beruwala

* EU hands over newly built houses to IDPs

June  27, 2014  |

* President Leaves for Seychelles

* Government allocates Rs. 200m to reconstruct property damaged in Aluthgama and Beruwala

* Your Visit is a Milestone in Our Relations – Maldivian Foreign Minister tells President

* President Rajapaksa Agrees to Assist Education Development in Maldives

* Sri Lanka issues travel advisory on Iraq

* Sri Lanka National Human Development Report on Youth and Development to be launched in August

* TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence awarded to Laksala

June  26, 2014  |

* We do not approve external pressure, will always support Sri Lanka – Maldivian President

* Sri Lanka and Maldives sign three bilateral agreements

* President receives warm welcome in Male

* Dehiwala & Mt. Lavinia gets new facilities

* Two road projects worth Rs.7, 300m begins today

* SL, Bangladesh sign MOU on pharmaceuticals, medical devices

* 'China always assists smaller nations in region'- Rajitha

* Series of religious reconciliation programs launched

* President begins State Visit to Maldives

* President Rajapaksa and Former Maldivian President in Friendly Talks

* Sri Lanka releases 46 Indian fishermen

* India pursuing fishermen issue with Sri Lanka through diplomatic channels - Spokesman

* Sri Lanka condemns attack on civilian aircraft in Pakistan

* Ambassador Kariyawasam assumes duties in Washington

* Maldivian Higher Education Institute in Sri Lanka

* National Elle Tournament in North

* Special rehabilitation centers for drug addicts opened

* Army trains Northern women on self-employment

* Program to withstand climate change risks

June  25, 2014  |

* No discrimination against rural students - President

* President congratulates Sri Lanka team for historic Test win against England

* President felicitates Ven Delduwe Gnanasumana Thero, who completes 50 years in Sasana

* Another batch of Security Forces personnel completes Tamil Language training

* Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue oversubscribed 4.8 times

* Sri Lanka to conduct an economic census

* Basil Rajapaksa warns of possible economic collapse if peace & harmony not achieved

* SL & Cuba strengthen cooperation in sugarcane industry

* Campaign to promote ‘Ceylon Tea’ in 25 countries

* Preparations for Pope's state visit in 2015

* New Ambassador of Sri Lanka to United States

* Agreement Signed for Construction of Jaffna Cultural Centre

June  24, 2014  |

* Attempt to drive a wedge between Sri Lanka and Muslim countries - Prof Peiris

* Sri Lanka rejects Canada's claim military contributes to insecurity of women and girls in North

* World Bank approves US$ 101.5 million to Sri Lanka for Skills Development

* Over Rs 800 m worth development projects for Monaragala district

* European Union Ambassador to visit Batticaloa and Mullaitivu

* Central Bank to continue to strengthen regulation of financial institutions

June  23, 2014  |

* Everybody should stand for protecting & safeguarding hard won peace - President

* No room for another Prabhakaran - President

* Security forces will take maximum legal action against any individual or organization that attempts to harm communal or religious amity - President

* SL Aviation Industry marks an important milestone

June  22, 2014  |

* Extensive plans to develop Uva Province

* President to appoint high-level panel

* President to open oil storage facilities at Hambantota port and airport today

June  21, 2014  |

* SL government has taken great strides to reintegrate IDPs - UNHCR

* Sri Lanka briefs UNHRC on Aluthgama situation

* President brings assurance of peace, calm and relief: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Trade deficit narrows 17.7 percent in April 2014

June  20, 2014  |

* People have reconciliation, but some politicians lack it - President

* Handful of extremist elements will not be allowed to destroy the nation - President Rajapaksa

* Sri Lanka's fish export shows remarkable increase

* Term of PSC on ‘One-Nation’ extended

* Troops to start immediate repairs to damaged buildings in Beruwala

* Rural bridges to benefit 300,000 people in Moneragala

* Providing lands for public servants in progress

June  19, 2014  |

* President visits Beruwala, promises stern action against perpetrators of recent violence

* Sri Lanka can become another Asian economic success story - ADB President

* All communities live in co-existence in Sri Lanka enriched by Buddhism - President

* Motion against UNHRC probe passed in Parliament

* CB maintains policy rates, current levels appropriate

* Advisory Working Committee on Buddhism appointed

* Program for Kelani River Basin conservation

* Special transport service to public servants

* Emergency Dengue Prevention Programme in Western Province

June  18, 2014  |

* President urges ADB chief to visit North to see development

* President returns after successful visit to Bolivia

* Modern cranes for Hambantota Port

* Gov. aims to reduce unemployment rate to 3.2 % by 2016

* Pakistan awards Scholarship to Sri Lankan Students

June  17, 2014  |

* President Rajapaksa Receives Award for Contributions to Peace and Democracy

* Sri Lankan and Bolivian Presidents Hold Bilateral Discussions

* President Rajapaksa arrived in La Paz

* Refrain from espousing communal hatred

* Sri Lanka's economy grows 7.6 percent in Q1 2014

* Religious leaders call for restraint and tolerance

* ADB President to meet President Rajapaksa

* WHO admire blood services in Sri Lanka

* SL and Cuba Presidents meet

June  16, 2014  |

* South-South Cooperation will achieve a new world order – President

* President in Bolivia Explains Sri Lanka’s Reality to World Leaders

* Govt won’t allow anyone to take law into their hands - President states on Aluthgama incident

* Govt to grow 10, 000 HA rubber in N & E

* ICT literacy rose to 50% from 4% - Minister Siyambalapitiya

* Govt to complete 886 mobile services in Uva

June  15, 2014  |

* UK exceedingly unhelpful to Sri Lanka, should work diplomatically, Lord Naseby tells House of Lords

* President Attends Opening Session of G77+China Summit

* Humanitarian crises can be overcome with political commitment – Ambassador Ariyasinha

* “Let Us Work Together to Overcome Obstacles” – President Tells Namibia

June  14, 2014  |

* President Rajapaksa arrives in Bolivia

* Parliament set dates to debate UN inquiry

* Sri Lanka has taken concrete steps to address violence against women

* Central Bank responds to charges of under-representing government's external debt

June  13, 2014  |

* President participated in religious activities on Poson

* UNESCO South Asian Center for Teacher Development in SL

* Massive project launched to renovate the Beira Lake

* Sri Lanka wins 'Best Booth Design Award' at KOTFA

* President promises super fast highway to Polonnaruwa

June  122, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka will have the strongest growth in South Asia in 2014 – World Bank

* President leaves for Bolivia to attend G77 Summit

* Chief of Staff of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force calls on President

* As true Buddhists improve spiritual and social lives - President Rajapaksa

* Govt adopting only populist policies for people's welfare - President

* President to attend G – 77 Summit

* President condemns Karachi terrorist attack

* Retired Senior Police Officers’ Association Requests Investigation of the Murder of 600 Police Officers in 1990

* SriLanka Airlines resumes flights to Karachi

June  111, 2014  |

* Children are now raised to a higher level in our country - President

* Sri Lanka rejects OHCHR- driven investigation

* Discussion on strategies to address mental health issues among families of missing persons

* Govt to hold a parliamentary debate on the international investigation

June  10, 2014  |

* President instructs implement Special Dengue Prevention Program

* President welcomes India releasing 13 Sri Lankan fishermen, returns gesture

* Mihintale Aloka Pooja to be inaugurated by President

* Jaffna gets state-of-the-art Cultural Centre

* Sri Lanka condemns attack on Karachi International Airport

* Pope to visit Sri Lanka 13-15 January 2015

* Hambantota port to begin fuel bunkering operations on June 15

** Victims of political manipulation

* SriLankan Airlines cancels flights to Karachi after attack on airport

June  09, 2014  |

* Missing Persons Commission concludes Public Sittings in Batticaloa

* When people distance from temple, church or kovil, society deteriorates giving rise to conflicts - President

* Reconciliation through cricket : Youth in war affected areas get a tour to UK

* President suggests guaranteed price for fish

* Export resilience gathers pace

* Iran to expand cultural, scientific cooperation with Sri Lanka

* Jaffna youths join Civil Security Department

June  07, 2014  |

* Govt prioritizes prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease

** President instructs to implement systematic program for disaster relief

* IMF says no side agreements with Sri Lanka

* Tourist arrivals rise 20.3 percent in May 2014

June  06, 2014  |

* President gives special directions: Ensuring flood protection, food security & nutrition

* Protecting our environment is safeguarding our children – President

* Be firm against those who put outdated goods to the market – President

* Sri Lanka to make formal objections to Jayalalithaa's genocide accusations

* Missing Persons Commission Commences Public Sittings in Batticaloa

* National Human Resource and Employment Policy on Plan

* Sri Lanka needs to increase fish production but mindful of sustainability of resources – Minister Senaratne

** Over 18,000 acres of Northern land returned

* Govt allocated Rs.240mn to provide fresh milk to children

* Strong Lankan biz delegation to Kunming Fair, China

June  05, 2014  |

* President attends National Environment Day celebrations

* Rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres nearing completion

* Sri Lanka, Algeria agree for regular political consultations

* Court releases arrested Indian fishermen

* President donates books for Poson Book Dansala

* Ancient ruins discovered in Kilinochchi

** Seven-year port development plan in progress

June  04, 2014  |

* Sarachchandra, a great man who made major contribution to Sri Lankan arts and culture - President

** 2014 Environment Performance Index: Sri Lanka ranked highest in South Asia

* President condoles death of Indian Union Minister

* Scout Service and Public Relations Fortnight Inaugurated

* Saudi Arabia approves Draft Agreement for Lankan housemaids

* 120 Credits criteria for Allied Health Science Degree Program

* Another Rs.140m to improve sanitary facilities in N & E

June  03, 2014  |

* Ugandan Minister of International Affairs Calls on President

* Expeditious relief supplies to flood affected; Relief payment Rs 15,000 each

* President orders release of 29 Indian fishermen as a goodwill measure

* Marking of Aranthalava massacre: Reminder of inhumanity of LTTE

* Sri Lanka's investor forum in London receives record response

* Issue of human rights doesn’t hinder foreign investments in Sri Lanka - Cabraal

* SL sees Emerging Market Entry on IPO Outlook – CSEC Chairman

* Japan gives further Rs.245 mn for Human Resource Development

June  022, 2014  |

* Will meticulously attend to needs of education - President

* Sri Lanka' debt compared to GDP declines to a record low last year

* President releases baby turtles

* Indian Ocean fisheries conference begins

* Excellent time to invest in Sri Lanka - Emerging Markets Specialists Team

* Birth Centenary of Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra on 3rd June

* Sri Lanka's economy rapidly growing - GL

* Sri Lanka, Russia agree to combat transnational crime

* Sri Lanka expects many benefits from China's Silk Road concept

June  01, 2014  |

* IMF says no discussions on Sri Lanka's education system

** Sri Lanka financial sector consolidation progressing satisfactorily - Central Bank

* Sri Lanka curtails sending unskilled migrant workers overseas

* Indian Ocean fisheries confab begins today

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