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Coexistence and reconciliation are the outstanding traditions of Avururdu - President

[April 14, 2014]

What is outstanding in the traditions of these Avurudu festivities are coexistence and reconciliation. The most valued quality of this Avurudu festival is taking the ideal of understanding and cohesion beyond the family, to the village, the city and the entire country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

"Taking this spirit of reconciliation towards Sri Lanka being crowned the Wonder of Asia should be a firm commitment of us all at this Aluth Avurudu festival," President said in a message to mark the Sinhala and Tamil New Year .


There is a renewed attempt to revive LTTE - SLA

[April 14, 2014]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) authorities say there is a renewed attempt to revive the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the North to launch another phase of its struggle for a separate state.

The military in a statement reveled that information on several key suspects who were leading the campaign for resurgence of the LTTE surfaced in the general area of Pallai in the Jaffna Peninsula.

Investigations into the activities of former LTTE operatives have resulted in several arrests which in turn have led to recovery of arms, ammunitions, explosives and other material that were in their possession.

Investigations have revealed that the local group was functioning under the instructions of Europe-based LTTE leaders Nediyawan and Vinayagam who were preparing the ground for another armed struggle.

Recent incidents underscores the need to keep military on alert - Minister Samarasinghe
[April 14, 2014]
Friday's confrontation between security forces and the LTTE operatives in Vavuniya has underscored the need to keep the military on alert, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's special envoy on human rights and Government Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.


Coordinated approach for counseling and psychosocial support for conflict-affected persons
[April 11, 2014]
Counseling programmes for conflict-affected persons in the North and East have been further consolidated by adopting a coordinated and comprehensive approach.


New engineering faculties for Colombo, Jaffna, Kelaniya & J’pura universities
[April 11, 2014]
New engineering faculties would be opened in the Colombo, Jaffna, Kelaniya and Sri Jayewardenepura universities within ...


Over 1.5 million visit Divi Neguma Avurudu fairs
[April 11, 2014]
Divi Neguma Avurudu fairs, now being held in 324 main towns countrywide, under the guidance of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, has recorded over 1.5 million visitors. This amount is expected to be reached three million by its end tomorrow.


Coconut related Tourism Park in Pasikudah
[April 11, 2014]

A Pasikudah model Coconut Park is to be opened adjoining to Pasikudah Bay with the aim of developing tourism.


UNHRC probe attempt on Sri Lanka is beyond its mandate - Indian Foreign Secretary

‘Selling public resources will not solve problems in the country’- President

Sri Lankan economy sustained by new capacity from infrastructure investments, World Bank says
[April 10, 2014]
India said that what the UN Human Rights Council was trying to do on the Sri Lankan issue through the resolution adopted recently was beyond its mandate.



[April 10, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the Government's decision to stop selling state resources helped develop the country.
[April 10, 2014]
The World Bank said it was cautiously optimistic about economic prospects in South Asia in 2014 because of growing exports and investment as it emphasized that the risks to growth were becoming more domestic, including an increasingly vulnerable banking sector.
Lakvijaya fully operational, no power cuts - CEB

SL one of Asia's fastest-growing markets after China - UK FT

Pakistan announces educational scholarships for Sri Lankan youth
[April 10, 2014]
There will be no cause for power cuts since the Norochcholai Power Plant has been made fully functional from February following repairs, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman W.B. Ganegala said yesterday (April 9).



[April 10, 2014]
Sri Lanka's economy grew at a rate of 7.2 per cent over the past financial year, making the island one of Asia's fastest-growing markets after China, states the Financial Times of London in an article.
[April 10, 2014]
The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka invites applications for award of Jinnah Scholarship from deserving Sri Lankan students pursuing their studies at O’ Levels and A Levels.
In Pictures: President welcomes WorldT20 Cricket Champions
Pakistani Head of Joint Chiefs: Ending the War is Sri Lanka’s “Great Achievement”
Prof. Induruwa inducted into Internet Hall of Fame
[April 09, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa welcomed the WorldT20 Cricket Cup winning Sri Lankan national team yesterday at the Temple Trees.



[April 09, 2014]
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan Gen. Rashad Mahmood says ending the near three-decade-long war from which Sri Lanka suffered is a “great achievement of the nation.”
[April 09, 2014]
Professor Abhaya Induruwa, who is known as the 'Father of Internet' in Sri Lanka was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame yesterday in Hong Kong for his pioneering academic and research networking to establish Internet in Sri Lanka.

April 09, 2014  |

* Colombo; a must visit for anyone & everyone - CNN Go

* Sri Lanka launches US$ 500 million sovereign bond issue at 5.125%

* Sustainable development project for lagoons

* Luxury ship called at Hambantota with 479 passengers

April 08, 2014  |

* Grand parade to welcome cricket champions today

* 2013 Growth rate 7.3 & Per Capita Income US$ 3280 - Central Bank

* Vietnamese Minister of Public Security meets President

* Grand parade to welcome cricket champions today

* More paddy lands returned to civilians in Mullaitivu

* Tourist arrivals up by 17.5 percent in March

* Journalists can now complain online to Press Council

* CSE and SEC to launch a road show in London next month

April 07, 2014  |

* There are no minorities in this country, all have equal rights - President

* Sri Lanka vehicle transshipment business gathers speed SLPA

* SriLankan commences direct flights to China

** SL embassy in Riyadh extends mobile services

* Divi Neguma opens 324 Avurudu fairs island-wide

* Sri Lanka World T20 champions : President congratulates Sri Lankan cricket team

April 05, 2014  |

* Resettled IDP families in Keppapilavu receive new houses

* Social Progress Index Sri Lanka tops in the region

* India’s abstention at UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka ‘a political decision - Indian Foreign Secy

* New Ambassadors and High Commissioners present Credentials

* Singapore launches community development project in North

* Belarus parliament ratifies mutual legal assistance treaty with Sri Lanka

* Mahinda Rajapaksa: a record of unwavering leadership By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

April 04, 2014  |

* Singapore FM calls on countries to engage constructively with Sri Lanka

* Manmunai Bridge, connects Batticaloa & Ampara Districts this month

* Western and Southern Chief Ministers sworn in

* Pure drinking water to all to improve health conditions & quality of life - President

* Sri Lanka reaches World T20 finals

April 03, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka sets a record in demining

* SL unemployment rate decreases to 4.1 percent

* 58 Indian fishermen reach Karaikal from Sri Lanka

* Hambantota Port, South Asia’s largest vehicle transshipment hub

* Japan gives 203 mn food grant assistance to SL

* Prof. Tissa Vitarana discusses enhancing collaboration on Science & Research with EU

* Spain – SL trade and commerce to enhance

April 02, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka signs UN resolution on combating terrorism

* ADB Outlook projects 7.5% growth for Sri Lanka next two years

* China exploring collaboration with Sri Lanka in higher education

* Considerable progress in Sri Lanka financial sector consolidation - Central Bank

* Post war inflation rate the lowest

* Assassination of former Indian PM: Indian SC declines to review petition

* Maximum deposit interest rates payable by Licensed Finance Companies

* Over forty countries to attend fisheries confab in Sri Lanka

* Time to revival Iran-SL trade back to its original volumes - Iran

April 01, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka Army Returns More Lands to Original Owners

* Three new Nenasalas in Colombo particularly for low income families

* Sri Lanka attracts high end French tourist group

* SLN takes delivery of the first Australian Bay Class Patrol Vessel

* Twenty seven new investors to H'tota

* More water supply projects for Anuradhapura District

* New variety of drumsticks introduced to lead healthy lives

March 31, 2014  |

* Election result clearly shows that no force can defeat national interests of the country – President

* Hambantota sea port phase 2 by next year

* Countries in Asia, Africa & Latin America express their support to SL’s efforts at achieving national reconciliation

* Guaranteed price for potato, big onions & dry chili

March 30, 2014  |

* UPFA victorious at PC polls

March 29, 2014  |

* Southern and Western Provincial Council polls begins

* Australia will work constructively with Sri Lanka to promote reconciliation

* Abstention from voting in the best interest of Tamils - India

* Sri Lanka army discusses welfare with ex-LTTE combatants

* India welcomes release of fishermen

* Sri Lanka Navy to facilitate release of Indian fishermen

* Sri Lanka restates commitment to reconciliation: Rejects pressures of Pillay and the forces of resurgent colonialism

* Practical, Not Conventional, Wisdom Has Driven Sri Lanka's Rebuilding And Reconciliation: By Ajith Nivard Cabraal

March 28, 2014  |

* We reject the resolution - President tells AFP

* President orders release of all Indian fishermen

* Flow of praise for Sri Lanka’s efforts for reconciliation at the UNHRC

* South Asia’s first Submarine Cable Depot in SL

* JICA to help construct 6-lane bridge across Kelani river

* Malaysia ready for investment push in Lanka

March 27, 2014  |

* US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC is detrimental to lasting peace in SL - Sri Lankan- Americans

* Resolution on Sri Lanka Majority of states against or abstained

* External investigation mechanism complicates the prevalent situation in Sri Lanka - India

* Request for international investigation reflective of partisan politicised agenda - Ambassador Aryasinha

* Several countries criticise Pillay’s report

* ‘Sri Lanka is a country with excellent democratic credentials’ - Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN

* Patriotic people never betray their motherland - President

* What actions you would take if confronted with terrorism – Sri Lanka asks UN members

* Dockyard to deliver largest passenger ship to India

* Measures to expand forest cover

March 26, 2014  |

* Missing Persons Commission’s coverage widened by seven years

* Sri Lankans in Canada protest against UN resolution

* Election campaign ends tonight

* BJP rejects Vaiko’s ‘Eelam’ call

* SL to outline its position in Geneva

* Canadian Tamil convicted in US for abetting LTTE

* Trade deficit contracts 5.9 percent in January 2014

* ICTA should focus more on ‘SMART Sri Lanka’ - Secretary to President

* Religious events to invoke blessings on President & country

* Post war fish production up three fold

* Leopards, surfing, curry: A great Sri Lankan odyssey - CNN

March 25, 2014  |

* Govt. ready for investigation of entire terrorist conflict - President

* Tourism earnings increase

* SLMA discusses curtailing alcohol and drug use with President

* SLA collaborates with private sector for cultivation of commercial crops

* Indian govt. opposes move to free convicts in Rajiv case

* People complain against LTTE at public sitting on missing persons

* New soup cube to meet per capita demand for protein

* Lanka’s first 3D film launched

March 24, 2014  |

* Expatriate Sri Lankans urge UNHRC not to undermine domestic efforts of reconciliation: Massive demo at UN, Geneva

* Those who dishonored sacred tooth relic are now questioning of the religious harmony - President

* Missing Persons Commission concludes public sittings in the East

* People’s message will say country does not need external interference - President

* Master Divers to open in Hambantota Port

* Pakistan’s relationship with Sri Lanka is based on trust & mutual respect- Pak Envoy

* Capital Market to reach US$ 50 b mark by 2018

March 22, 2014  |

* Sri Lankans in Europe to stage mammoth protest against UNHRC Resolution

* Major issues of compliance with ICCPR US Under heavy fire On Human Rights and humane values in Geneva By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Sri Lanka to sign revised agreement with Singapore to avoid double taxation

March 21, 2014  |

* CBK’s allegations, a litany of generalities

* An urgent appeal to the UNHRC to reject draft resolution against Sri Lanka

* Ambassadors of Korea and Palestine pay farewell calls on President

* President congratulates new Chilean President

* Traditional industrial & marketing village to Jaffna

* Joint Feasibility Study on SL–China FTA finalized

* CB to maintain policy interest rates unchanged

March 20, 2014  |

* Missing Persons Commission Commences Sittings in the East

* Sri Lanka continues dialogue to ensure interfaith harmony and understanding

* President attends parliament, felicitates former PM's long service

* Human Rights violations of LTTE ignored - Rishad

* More markets in Norway for SL products

* Another botanical garden to be opened

* Colombo Port to be further developed

* Leading tourism newspapers endorse Sri Lanka tourism promotional campaign in China

March 19, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka explains recent arrests to UNHRC: Law enforcement authorities have to take national security into consideration

* Students in North have excelled in education with the dawn of peace – President

* 7.3% growth in GDP recorded last year

* New Tamil Female Recruits begin training

* The resolution violates founding principles of UNHRC

* SLN and Coast Guard assist repatriation of 140 Indian Fishermen

* Commercial farmers' program to Anuradhapura

* Another modern hotel opened as tourism boom

* More Mahindodaya Technical Labs opened

March 18, 2014  |

* BOI signs US$ 10 million Canadian investment for Hub Operation

* China to support SL at Geneva vote

* Sri Lanka reiterates need for country's consent for international action to protect human rights

March 17, 2014  |

* Our foreign policy is to deal with all countries alike - President

* Protests against UN resolution in Europe and Sri Lanka

* Over 3,000 Indian devotees attend Katchatheevu religious festival

* China hails Sri Lanka's rapid post war progress

* Southern Expressway, boost for Lanka’s economy and tourism – Chinese Ambassador

* Japan gives Rs.14 mn to home for girls

March 16, 2014  |

* Muslims protest against UN resolution

* Southern Expressway second phase opened

March 15, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka Navy to assist pilgrims to annual Kachchativu Feast

* Sri Lanka's post-war progress is completely ignored - Prof. Peiris

* French government supports reconciliation in a united Sri Lanka

* US gives push towards new Crimean War By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

March 14, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka donates 50,000 MTs of rice to 10 countries through WFP

* Tourist arrivals up by 24.5 percent in February

* Sri Lanka's opposition to resolution is a fight on a matter of principle – Minister Samarasinghe

* US under heavy criticism at UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva: Issues include Guantánamo, racial inequality and drones

* President instructs officials to formulate a plan for drought relief

* Tourist arrivals up by 24.5 percent in February

* Sri Lanka says dialogue continues to ensure interfaith harmony and understanding

* President hands over 50 luxury buses to run on expressways

March 13, 2014  |

* Govt. ensured religious harmony throughout the country – President

* Sri Lanka to host ICAPP in September

* Sri Lanka on the rise with steadily improving infrastructure - CNN

* Postal voting today, tomorrow

* Japan grants US$ 3.7 million for rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts

* Sri Lanka regrets political uncertainty in Ukraine

* Pak – SL trade to enhance

* Price control on imported drugs

* SLT sets new standard in cloud computing

March 12, 2014  |

* Govt dedicated to ensure widest reach of internet for all sections of society - President

* Prof. Peiris discusses Commonwealth priorities with Secretary-General

* Channel 4 allegations unmitigated & unsubstantiated rubbish – High Commissioner in UK

* CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

* Trial begins in illegal possession of explosives for supply to LTTE

* A new 15 Story Commercial Development to be built in Kollupitiya under BOI

* SriLankan to join Oneworld in May

March 11, 2014  |

* No force can change the Government as people have confidence in us - President

* Development Bonds issue oversubscribed to US$ 187 million

* SLPA replies to incorrect allegations about its Colombo Port City Development Project

* Mahindodaya to give equal educational opportunities to rural schools

* Japan extended Rs. 10 million for improving Fire Units in Export Processing Zones

* Malani felicitated at UNESCO

March 10, 2014  |

* Japan provides Rs. 100 million to promote Trilingual Language Policy

* National Drug Policy to be presented to the President today

* New Heads of Mission present credentials

* Protests against UN resolution on Sri Lanka

* Galle-Matara Expressway to be opened on March 15

* President congratulates Sri Lankan cricket team

* SL-German trade tops US$ 852 mn

March 09, 2014  |

* No objective or rational reason to justify a third successive resolution on Sri Lanka - Envoy

* President declares open first segment of outer circular highway

* Right to live is the most important human right - President

* SriLankan Airlines to join oneworld in May

* Pointing fingers at the success of peace

March 07, 2014  |

* Disproportionate negative attention is making the difficult task of reconciliation in Sri Lanka even harder – Prof. Peiris

* Rule of Law Index 2014 : Sri Lanka ranks first among South Asian nations

* President handed over appointments to 3800 new Grama Niladharis

* Lanka Sugar Company records high profit

* Sri Lanka, India, and Maldives hold meeting on trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation

* Missouri professor chooses SL as best destination to study Buddhism

* Piliyandala Eco-park constructions begin

March 06, 2014  |

* Peace is the best guarantor of human rights ; Afghanistan wants to follow Sri Lanka’s successful path - President Karzai

* Census Department issues interim report on deaths and property damages during conflict

* Afghan President on a state visit to Sri Lanka

* Korea – Sri Lanka Travel & Tourism Club Launched

* Batticaloa to further develop with EU assistance

* Sri Lanka & Malaysia join hands in promoting Malaysian FDI to Sri Lanka

March 05, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka categorically rejects UNHRC report: It is fundamentally flawed and disregards all progress made by SL since end of war against terrorism - Minister G L Peiris

* Multi-religion opposition to US resolution against Sri Lanka

* President and BIMSTEC leaders pledge to strengthen bilateral relations

* President and Indian Prime Minister hold bilateral discussions

* Afghan President to arrive in Sri Lanka today

March 04, 2014  |

* External Affairs Minister to address HRC High Level Segment

* BIMSTEC bridges South Asia and Southeast Asia, two most dynamic regions in the world - President Rajapaksa

* President arrives in Myanmar

* Sri Lanka Railways starts luxury train service to Pallai in North

* ICRC program to assess needs of families of missing persons to begin next month

* President condoles with Chinese President

* Grave dug by LTTE to conceal civilians’ bodies

March 03, 2014  |

* Pillay’s report based on invalid Darusman report

* President leaves for Myanmar

* Udayarkattu skeletal remains, trick graves to force intl probe

* Pillay’s report based on invalid Darusman report

* Deyata Kirula attendance breaks previous records

* Air services agreement between Lanka & South Africa

* GL emphasizes Asian solidarity in discussions with Myanmar FM

March 02, 2014  |

* Human Rights, not a tool to settle foreign policy issues – Mahinda Samarasinghe

* Bharatiya Janata Party can be a force of unity - Kariyawasam

* Ceylon Cinnamon secures two international trademarks

March 01, 2014  |

* US Senators calls on President Obama to adopt balanced & comprehensive policy towards Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka among Kuoni's top exotic wedding destinations for 2014

* Inflation decelerates further in February

February 28, 2014  |

* Be ready to respond international forces conspiring against country – President

* Indian Supreme Court stays release of 4 Rajiv case convicts

* Seven new codeshare destinations added to SriLankan Network

* Iraq ready for direct Ceylon Tea

February 27, 2014  |

* Missing Persons Commission to hear cases in Batticaloa

* Channel 4 witnesses were fully paid up LTTE members - Lord Nesby

* Today we have the conditions of peace throughout to freely celebrate Maha Siva Rathri - President

* President invites Indian fishermen to come and get their boats back

* Oman Air signs codeshare agreement with SriLankan Airlines

* Minister Peiris highlights poignant reminder of pain and anguish that Sri Lanka suffered under terrorism

February 26, 2014  |

* No decision to ban Facebook in Sri Lanka - President

* Government fulfils responsibility to protect & sustain traditional industries & arts- President

* Pre-processing of data of island wide Census on Human and Property Damages commences

* First ever forum on five hubs held

* SL tourism stall wins “Best Decoration Award” at OTM - Mumbai & New Delhi

* Colombo Outer Circular Expressway first phase next month

February 25, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka rejects HC Pillay's call "to establish an international inquiry mechanism"

* Government is totally committed to protect every religion & race - President

* Prison school to open in March

* Chinese assistance to Sri Lankan economy is no concern for India - Chairman of ‘The Hindu’

* The breathtaking secret world of cave temples

* Releasing Rajiv killers would set bad precedent - Narayanasamy

* Pillay undone by news safety report Lanka not in media personnel danger list, INSI report confirms

* Aussie solar power project in Hambantota

* Amarapura Nikaya bans its monks from politics

* Aussie solar power project in Hambantota

* SAARC members should stand up for member state – Gayoom

February 24, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka’s fight to save the peace

* Deyata Kirula, a drive to development

* Afghan President postpones visit to Sri Lanka due to unforeseen situation in Kunar

* SLA to recruit Tamil women to volunteer corps

* Galle Port to get yacht, boat repair facility

* Sri Lanka to support China's initiative of a 21st century Maritime Silk Route

* Major cities in Sri Lanka to be developed under a strategic plan

* Sri Lanka assured unequivocal support by Cuban leaders

February 22, 2014  |

* President opens Deyata Kirula Development Exhibition

* A record of tangible progress on reconciliation: by Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Approval for Strategic Development Project

February 21, 2014  |

* President extends mandate of Disappearances Commission

* Govt takes necessary measures to improve law enforcement

* SC declares Appeal Court decision on former CJ impeachment null & void

* Indian Central govt. moves SC to stop release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

* UK does not want to see terrorism reviving in Sri Lanka again

* Sri Lanka is becoming more prosperous - Central Bank

* Families of blast victims oppose move to release Rajiv case convicts

* Deyata Kirula Development Exhibition opens at Kuliyapitiya today

* Sri Lanka is preparing for a tourism boom - China Daily Asia Weekly

* We respect India sc's verdict on former Indian PM's killers - Sri Lanka 

February 20, 2014  |

* Parliament passes legislation to discourage smoking

* “Govt. is continuing with its genuine & credible commitment to reconciliation process”

* Son of assassinated Tamil leader meets President

* Colombo gets multimillion rupee facelift

* Deyata Kirula 2014; National Development Exhibition starts tomorrow

* Coconut milk export earnings go up

February 19, 2014  |

* Presidential Commission on Missing Persons concludes sitting in Jaffna

* Dhamma School teachers for teacher service

* Ministerial delegation to South Africa

* Lanka’s first State-owned Gamma centre opened

February 18, 2014  |

* President congratulates new Nepali Premier

* Independent Public Services Commission established

* Kachatheevu can’t be retrieved, India tells Supreme Court

* “Don’t isolate SL” - Australia's Minister of Foreign Affairs

* Ampara to give 320,000 MTs paddy

February 17, 2014  |

* Govt sets up a comprehensive database for detainees

* Sri Lanka gets US$ 200 million ADB assistance for skills development

* SAARC Council of Ministers to discuss a number of important regional issues

* Inflation continues to remain at single digit levels

* Govt. to sign an agreement with Saudi Arabia on migrant workers

February 16, 2014  |

* Iran to support Lanka at UNHRC sessions

* Medical tourism draws tourists

February 15, 2014  |

* Russia rejects proposed war crimes probe on Sri Lanka

* Kandy, has one of the world’s most scenic ‘’airports ‘’

February 14, 2014  |

* Presidential Commission on Missing Persons to Hear Cases in Jaffna

* Govt. to compensate victims of war

* Japan assists disaster prevention

February 13, 2014  |

* China – Sri Lanka relations an all weather partnership – Vice President of China

* UN Assistant Secretary General calls on President

* UN to boost efforts to combat maritime crime

* China opposes other countries interfering in Sri Lanka's domestic affairs

February 12, 2014  |

* President calls on world not to sow hatred in Sri Lankan society again

* China assures Sri Lanka strong support to safeguard national independence

* Fitch says Sri Lanka bank consolidation beneficial in the long term

* Dawn in life after 30 year vulnerability Series of programs to assist N & E people

* ‘Kaprukai – Sipnenai’ to develop coconut cultivation

February 111, 2014  |

* Let the people be free to elect leaders without outside interference - President

* Kottawa-Kaduwela and Galle-Matara expressway in March

* Unity is strength - Dr Chris Nonis

* Tourism earnings increase

* Trade deficit contracts 12.9 percent in December 2013

* Sri Lanka – Partner Nation at Surajkund International Crafts Mela in India

February 10, 2014  |

* 13 acquitted on charges for aiding LTTE in India

* Pope welcomes invitation to visit Sri Lanka

* Development is not for one province, but for entire country - President

* Foreign plots against our motherland are conspiracies against the people of Sri Lanka - President

* Farmers in North to get pension from this week

* Top UN official arrives

* Head of IndustriALL Global Union to visit Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka's footwear and leather industry booming

February 08, 2014  |

* Appreciate significant contribution by SL migrants in Italy - President

* Prince Charles unveils plans to launch charity for Sri Lanka

* Freedom in the shadow of a new colonialism

February 07, 2014  |

* Maximum efforts to crack down the drug menace – President

* Sri Lanka military rejects PIAC report

* President to name Geneva delegation soon

* Western and Southern provincial polls on March 29

* 2014 turning point for Lanka’s equity market: Michael Preiss

* Sri Lankan Missions abroad celebrate Independence Day

* Deyata Kirula to develop Rs. 50, 000mn infrastructure

* SITE – 2014 to boost Southern infrastructure and economy

* Sri Lankan boat arrivals sent to Colombo

February 06, 2014  |

* In no instance has a visa been refused to Ambassador Russell - MEA

* Presidential Commission probing disappearances to hear cases in Jaffna

* President congratulates new Latvian Prime Minister

* Australia refuses to back international probe on Sri Lanka

* UN Assistant Secretary-General due in SL

* Russia assures to support Sri Lanka

* Tourist arrivals up by 32.6 percent in January

* Work on $ 20 million Access Tower 2 begins

* Lanka in Tunisia's Carthage Investment Forum for first time

February 05, 2014  |

* World leaders congratulate Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka should petition ICJ for an advisory opinion on legality of UN action - report

* Sri Lanka ideal long-haul destination for Brits

* Housing problems of Colombo to be solved soon

* Medium Scale Industrialists to be upgraded

February 04, 2014  |

* I call upon all countries to join us in path to democracy and reconciliation - President

* Strength of freedom depends on developing indigenous skills - President

* Human Rights Commission disagrees with US statements

* Sri Lanka celebrates 66th Independence Day today

* Pakistan sponsors clean drinking water projects

February 03, 2014  |

* As a sovereign state, Sri Lanka doesn’t wish to be dictated to by others

* Inflation declines further in January

* Act with responsibility and safeguard hard won freedom - President

January 31, 2014  |

* BOI nets reputed Rotterdam based IT company

* 'English for Young Learners' launched

* SLN hands over 69 Indian fishermen released from detention

* Kuwait grants financial assistance to construct 25 bridges

* Accepting nominations for upcoming PC Council elections commenced

January 30, 2014  |

* Govt taken measures to provide equal education to all students - President

* Sri Lanka – India discuss fishermen, maritime security issues

* Education has been diversified, giving due priority to the professional sector of learning - President

* More facilities for disabled persons in North & East

* Disconnect from the internet in the Sri Lankan jungle: The Ulpotha Yoga Retreat

** Accessibility laws for disabled persons

January 29, 2014  |

* Sri Lankan forces did not target civilians - Secretary to the President

* New pension scheme for farmers launched

* MoD refutes security forces using unconventional weapons during conflict

January 28, 2014  |

* World Bank commends Sri Lanka's achievements

* Always bipartisan support for Sri Lanka, Australian Parliamentary delegation tells President

* Any probe would be detrimental to sustainable peace – Secretary to the President

* Social support for Single Parent Families

* This is the era for entrepreneurs - President

* Army denies claims of monitoring patrols in Jaffna

* SL - India fishermen talks end amicably

* UAE keen on being a key player in Sri Lanka's development

* SLA returns 23 more houses in Jaffna to legitimate owners

January 27, 2014  |

* Country is enjoying peace dividends - President

* Sri Lanka, India discussions on fisheries issues to begin today

* First lady of Uganda grateful to Sri Lanka

* Viet Nam assures utmost support to Sri Lanka

* Computerized bilingual identity cards from next month

* Commission probing disappearances receives 13,700 complaints

* Iran's Parliament to support development cooperation with Sri Lanka

* Military only at strategic locations in North - Defense Secretary

* Strong, mutually beneficial relationship with Sri Lanka is India's policy - Indian HC

January 24, 2014  |

* Secretary to President briefs permanent representatives to UN in Geneva: 'Govt has done everything humanly possible to implement LLRC recommendations'

* 'Economic diplomacy crucial in Sri Lanka's foreign relations'

* Indian fishermen have no rights to Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu Island, court told

** President called on students to love their motherland

* Sri Lanka elected Chair of Group of 77 in Vienna

* Sri Lanka recognized as "Best Travel Destination" for China

January 23, 2014  |

* Exerting excessive pressure on Sri Lanka is counterproductive – Prof. Peiris

* SL can be an export gateway to Middle East, Africa and Europe – Japanese envoy

* IFAC Chief meets President

* Sri Lanka and TN release fishermen’s boats

* Japanese Television documentaries feature Sri Lanka as an attractive destination

* Sri Lanka and the Maldives signed 3 bilateral agreements

January 22, 2014  |

* Maldives - Sri Lanka to expand cooperation

* Sri Lanka has made a remarkable transformation – Iceland President

* Is Sri Lanka the new investment darling?

* Presidential commission probing disappearances concludes sittings in Kilinochchi

* Maldivian President arrives

* Indian fishermen were well within Sri Lanka's territorial waters - Navy

* Proud to support Govt’s development drive – ADB Vice President

* Sri Lanka, Maldives to sign agreements on a variety of issues

* Central Bank assures integrity of country data and statistics

January 21, 2014  |

* UAE Assures Support to Sri Lanka

* President attends Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony

* Maldivian President to arrive today

* UK ignorant of Lanka's stature – Nirj Deva

* Sri Lanka may keep rates steady in coming months - CB Governor tells Bloomberg

* Not a single TN fishermen killed by Sri Lanka Navy - India

* Lanka on course to strengthening Blue Economy – GL

January 20, 2014  |

* Presidential Commission on Disappearances begins sittings

* President remembers Dawoodi Bohra’s Spiritual Leader

* Sri Lanka - Pakistan trade to increase

* No community is allowed to overrun another community in the country - President

* President leaves for Abu Dhabi

* President arrives in Abu Dhabi

* 2014 Chinese New Year celebrations held at BMICH

* Australia appreciates Sri Lanka's support for curbing human smuggling

January 17, 2014  |

* Foreign funds only for development activities - President

* Pearl Of The Orient – Sri Lanka

* Nomination dates announced for PC polls

* Presidential commission probing disappearances to commence sittings on Jan 18

* Government denies Rathika’s claims

* SLN facilitates fishermen exchange with India

* TUI mulls resumption of Sri Lanka charters

January 16, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, India agree to release all fishermen in two weeks

* Every Sri Lankan should enjoy equal rights - President

* Only 23,568 IDPs are to be resettled

* Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia sign landmark deal on migrant workers

* Sri Lanka, India Foreign Ministers to meet

* Sri Lanka to preserve rare native dry zone plants by ex-situ conservation

* Orient Express Line vessel makes maiden Sri Lanka call

* Sri Lanka calls for partnership of Iranian investors in development projects

January 14, 2014  |

* Thai Pongal marks unity of people and communities - President

* Today Muslim people enjoy freedom to live with due recognition of their cultural identity – President

January 13, 2014  |

* Over 100 Scholarships awarded for Jaffna students

* CMC online tax payment system launched

* Tea production increases

January 11, 2014  |

* Rudrakumaran & Channel 4 exposed: Legal misconduct and media manipulation by Lucien Rajakarunanayake

January 10, 2014  |

* Israel President hails President Rajapaksa’s very impressive record: “We always support peace” - President Rajapaksa to Shimon Peres

* A divine time in Sri Lanka - The West Australian

* Surprising to see baseless allegations of this nature

* Sri Lankan president makes first-ever visit to Israel - Jerusalem Post

* President returns after successful visit to Middle East

January 09, 2014  |

* President meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

* President arrive in Jerusalem for the final leg of Middle East visit

* President Rajapaksa and First Lady visit religious sites in the Old City

* US Court publicly reprimands ‘Eelam leader’ Rudrakumaran for misconduct

* SLPA posts highest ever container throughput in 2013

* Rathika was attempting to embarrass Sri Lanka Government - Envoy

* SLN rejects Tamil Nadu CM's claim of traditional fishing waters

* Tourist arrivals exceeds 1.2 million in 2013

* SL’s remittance inflow to moderate with fresh demand for services sector

* Sri Lanka invites Palestinian Business Community to explore investment opportunities

January 08, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, Palestine to strengthen economic relations

* President and First Lady visit Church of the Nativity

* US$ 1 billion international sovereign bond oversubscribed 3.2 times

* A Fertilizer Distribution Centre & a Fertilizer Warehouse for each Agrarian Service Centre

January 07, 2014  |

* President opens Mahinda Rajapaksa Vocational Training Centre in Palestine

* Sri Lanka – Palestine leaders agree to strengthen relations

* Sri Lanka has been always a dream destination - Irish Independent

* Fitch Rates Sri Lanka's Bond at 'BB-(EXP)'

* “Lanka Impression”, photography exhibition in China

* 'Smart Sri Lanka' to commence this year

January 06, 2014  |

* President holds talks with King of Jordan

* President Rajapaksa Conferred with the “Star of Palestine”

* President Rajapaksa and First Lady arrive in Palestine

* Project to modernize main railway stations

* Deyata Kirula mobile service phase 2 begins in Kegalle Jan.17

* Programme on popular sea bathing sites

January 05, 2014  |

* President leaves for Middle East

* Sri Lanka expects to be an Upper Middle Income country by 2016

* President and First Lady arrive in Jordan

* Confidence builds on road to Geneva: Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* First safari park in Sri Lanka to open in April this year

* World Conference on Youth in Colombo

January 03, 2014  |

* Northern Province Chief Minister calls on President

* CB cuts Reverse Repo Rate, renames it Standing Lending Facility Rate

* Govt systematically addressing youth issues – President

* Coast Guard educates fishermen in lifesaving

January 02, 2014  |

* 10,250 houses completed in Sri Lanka under Indian housing project in 2013

* Inflation stabilized at mid-single digit levels

* Dive Neguma Department will commence operations January 3

January 01, 2014  |

* We have stepped into the development decade with dedication - President

* Critics of Sri Lanka have a misguided notion – President

* Keep up the high efficiency level to ensure govt's development drive – Secretary to the President

* To Geneva with confidence: by Sugeeswara Senadhira

* President distributes title deeds to 5,000 Mahaweli families

* Inflation decreases significantly in December 2013

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