August 2009

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Tissainayagam sentenced to 20 years RI
The Colombo High Court today (31) sentenced journalist J.Tssainayagam to 20 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. [Full Story]

Romesh Jayasinghe-new Foreign Secretary
Mr. Romesh Jayasinghe, a senior Foreign Service Officer who is currently the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in New Delhi has been appointed by President Rajapaksa as the new Foreign Secretary with effect from 1st October 2009. [Full Story]

Search for LTTE cadres planning terror attacks
‘KP’ questioning provides many leads
There is an intense search on for LTTE cadres and active supporters who survived final defeat. Intelligence reports say they could rebuild the LTTE and even now are trying to carry out terror activities. [Full Story]

Govt. rejects baseless comments by Solheim
"Possible partisanship to LTTE as facilitator"
The Sri Lanka government deeply regrets the baseless comments contained therein and is perturbed by such statements being made by the Norwegian Minister against a friendly government. [Full Story]
'Channel 4' gets flak for exploiting journalist
'Channel 4' UK , the news network which broadcast the false and unverified video footage on Aug 25 which allegedly showed the summary killing by Sri Lankan troops of Tamil civilians in January this year, has come in for heavy criticism from many quarters for the exploiting of a journalist to obtain a sensational news item. [Full Story]

LTTE cadres infiltrate Northern IDP ranks - Minister
The government has reliable information that LTTE cadres have infiltrated the ranks of the IDPs in the Northern welfare centers. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka comes to Dilli Haat
The “Shilpa Sri Lanka-2009”, a ten-day exhibition showcasing traditional art and modern handicrafts that are symbolic of Sri Lanka’s scenic beauty and its multi-ethnic and multi-cultural diversity is now at Dilli Haat in India. [Full Story]

Massive paddy cultivation in North
The government inaugurated a massive agricultural project yesterday (Aug. 27) in the Jaffna peninsula for the cultivation of 450 hectares of paddy land, under the ‘Uthuru Vasanthaya’ Northern development programme. [Full Story]

Switzerland donates essential drugs for IDPs
Switzerland has donated a 3rd stock of urgently required medical supplies to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for the treatment of Internally Displaced Persons in the North. [Full Story]

Digital technology for TV transmission in SL
Digital broadcasting technology is to be introduced in Sri Lanka next year, at present Sri Lanka deploys the analog technology for terrestrial television broadcasting. [Full Story]

ACHC welcomes the resettlement clergy
The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (ACHC) has welcomed the action taken by the Government to release Hindu priests and their families from IDP welfare villages. [Full Story]
FAO boost for Eastern farmers
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will provide significant assistance to enhance food security, nutrition and farming activities in the East. [Full Story]

Nearly 50,000 IDPs to be resettled
The government is proceeding with arrangements to re-settle at least another 50,000 IDPs from Vavuniya relief camps, in the next two weeks. [Full Story]

Channel 4: Absolutely false, deliberately sinister – Sri Lanka
There is a absolutely no truth to the allegations made in video footage shown on UK’s Channel 4 News on Aug 25 claiming alleged atrocities against the Sri Lankan Tamil community during the recently concluded military offensive against the LTTE;... [Full Story]
"Channel 4" video absolutely false - Govt.
The video footage recently aired on 'Channel 4' UK claiming to show alleged atrocities committed by Sri Lankan forces against Tamils is absolutely false and has been deliberately put together to bring disrepute to the Government of Sri Lanka, states the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. [Full Story]

LTTE associate arrested in Chennai
The special crime branch of CBI yesterday arrested a Sri Lankan Tamil, John Prabhakaran, who has been wanted in two fake passport cases. [Full Story]

Will the LTTE Resurrect?
Will the remnant LTTE fighters and suicide bombers who infiltrated the Sinhala dominated southern Sri Lanka melt away or are they still capable of mounting guerilla attacks and terror strikes? That’s a question which continues to haunt Colombo. [Full Story]
New roads to link N-E with South
Two new roads, Trincomalee outer Circular Road and Seruwila-Somawathiya Road have been planned by the Road Development Authority (RDA) with the active participation of the Sri Lanka Army to improve connectivity between the Eastern and Northern Provinces with the rest of the country and facilitate an efficient road network for the economic development of the country. [Full Story]

'Asian Elephant Day' in US
The two elephants of Sri Lankan lineage featured prominently in the 'Asian Elephant Day' celebration recently held at the Washington National Zoo (WNZ). [Full Story]

Srilankan progress in airline engineering
Srilankan Engineering recently carried out two major projects for Airblue, the privately owned Pakistani airline that has been one of its long-time customers. [Full Story]

More Malaysian help for IDPs
The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) has raised Malaysian Ringgit 12000 to assist IDPs in Sri Lanka during the second phase of their fund raising campaign. [Full Story]

US funds language training in EP
Sinhala and Tamil language training to elected government officials and staff from 11 local government authorities in Eastern Province to help them provide better services to the multi-ethnic communities they serve, is provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). [Full Story]

US Court upholds law against attempt to de-list the LTTE
The Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco ruled against an attempt to de-list the LTTE by the Humanitarian Law Project, which had challenged an executive order issued by President George W. Bush in 2001. [Full Story]

Fundamentals of Victory against terror
Sri Lankan Example
In an in-depth analysis of the Sri Lankan government’s defeat of the LTTE, the ‘Indian Defence Review’ has identified Eight Fundamentals of Victory. [Full Story]

Customs has immense responsibilities for progress-President
The Customs Service has far reaching responsibilities for the development of the country, protection of culture and improvement of society, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing Customs personnel at the ceremony to mark the 200th anniversary of establishing the Customs Service in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
Another 1,898 persons re-settled in Mannar
In the second phase of the resettlement process by the government 442 families numbering 1,898 persons were resettled in Musali Divisional Secretariat Division in Mannar District last Friday, Aug. 21. [Full Story]

CB warns public of pyramid schemes
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has again warned the public to refrain from participating in prohibited pyramid schemes. [Full Story]

Civil courts for Kilinochchi & Mullaitivu
The Ministry of Justice has taken a decision to set up courts in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, before resettlements take place in those areas. [Full Story]
SL defeated terrorism without British arms - Army Chief
The Army has vehemently rejected allegations in British press reports that weapons of British origin had been used against the LTTE in the Eelam War IV. [Full Story]

Archaeology dept. launches new digs
The Department of Archaeology is to launch 51 fresh projects within this year to excavate and preserve ancient sites with archeological values, said Acting Deputy Director of the Architectural Conservation Division of the Archaeology Department, Prasanna Rathnayake. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves top $3 bn- CB
Sri Lanka’s foreign-exchange reserves have exceed $3 billion after more than $ 875 million flowed in during the week from an international hedge fund in the US interested in investing in government Treasury bonds. [Full Story]

More Army engineering troops for de-mining
Sri Lankan Army has already sent more engineering troops for de-mining and sending more battalions to be trained in ‘humanitarian de-mining,’” the Army would soon send more of its engineers for additional de-mining work, said the Army chief Lieutenant-General Jagath Jayasuriya speaking at his Regimental Headquarters yesterday, Aug.20. [Full Story]

Govt’s goal resettlement of IDPs in original areas of residents
The government’s eventual goal is the resettlement of IDPs in the areas in which they originally resided, said Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, addressing the parliament yesterday, Aug. 20. [Full Story]
Brazil to enhance economic ties with SL
The Brazil has identified the importance of enhancing economic and trade ties between Brazil and Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka is best place to invest - Indian developer
India's Puravankara Projects, a Bangalore-based developer is ready to start a villa project in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Shashindra Rajapaksa - Chief Minister of Uva
Shashindra Rajapaksa took oaths as the new Chief Minister of the Uva Provincial Council before President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning, Aug. 20. [Full Story]

De-mining gets more from US
The United States is contributing an additional $6 million for de-mining activities in the North to help expedite the resettlement of the Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) in their original homes. [Full Story]

Island-wide census after 30 years
The Department of Census and Statistics is to conduct the first island-wide population and housing census after thirty years: the last survey done 10 years ago did not include the then LTTE dominated areas. [Full Story]

More aid from US for IDPs
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is providing $2 million for short-term assistance to benefit 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in several areas including information, healthcare and sanitation. [Full Story]
BOI grabs wind power
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka granted investment approval to four companies for investments worth US $ 68 million. [Full Story]

Nallur - thousands attend final rituals
Devotees in their thousands have flocked to the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil in Jaffna today, for the 24th day of the annual historic and cultural Hindu festival being held for the first time since the end of the war. [Full Story]

Govt. vigilant over potential for regrouping of LTTE - President
The Government stays vigilant over the potential for regrouping of LTTE terrorists and takes measures to arrest the LTTE's overseas leaders to protect National Security. [Full Story]

Japan-SL friendship helps Army
Japan - Sri Lanka Friendship Association handled over Rs.72 million worthy donation to Sri Lanka Army. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu warns LTTE supporters
In an apparent warning to a pro-LTTE group, the Tamil Nadu government said "stringent action" would be taken against those speaking in support of banned organizations and eulogizing their leaders. [Full Story]

Bahrain gives US$ 1 mn for IDPs
The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain has announced a cash donation of US$ 1 million to Sri Lanka for the resettlement and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North. [Full Story]
End of war brings back tourists - The Independent
The end of the war in Sri Lanka has resulted in a rapid jump of the number of tourists coming to the country, states Britain's The Independent newspaper. [Full Story]

Tamil-Canadian student leader was LTTE VIP
Photos of a former Canadian Tamil student's association leader handling and firing guns at a LTTE camp have been unsealed by the United States prosecutors in advance of his sentencing on terrorism charges. [Full Story]

No change in interest rates - CB
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has decided to maintain the interest rates at their existing levels. [Full Story]

More Indian relief for IDPs
The Government of India yesterday handed over to the U.N. the fourth consignment of relief goods for IDPs in the North. The 600-tonne consignment is valued at more than $3-million. [Full Story]

More than 15,000 IDPs to be resettled
The Government yesterday said more than 15,000 IDP families from the Jaffna district will be resettled in their original homes soon. [Full Story]
SL tops list of most satisfied persons in Asia Pacific region
The study titled “Eye on Asia” by the Grey Group Asia Pacific, a leading marketing communication company ranks Sri Lanka on top of the list of most satisfied persons in the Asia Pacific region, with 93 per cent of Sri Lankans stating they are most satisfied with their lives. [Full Story]

Devotees gather in large numbers at Madhu
More than 200,000 devotees from all parts of the country celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Madhu on August 15 without any fear after 30 years under the full state patronage. [Full Story]

World Bank gives Rs. 2,760 mn for health service
The International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank will provide concessionary additional credit of Rs. 2,760 million for Health Sector Development Project (HSDP) with particular emphasis on the special health needs in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. [Full Story]

Vavuniya flooding subsides
More than 500 internally displaced persons, who are accommodated in the Menik Farm, who were taken to safer areas by the security forces due to the flooding, have now returned to their camps. [Full Story]

India to send agriculture experts to SL
The Indian government will send a team of agriculture experts to Sri Lanka to assist in activation of farming in former war-torn areas in the north. [Full Story]
China funds more development in SL
The Exim Bank of China is to provide more than US$ 350 million for two major development projects in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tourist arrivals up in July
The number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka went up 28 percent to 42,223 in July 2009, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year, according to figures released by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. [Full Story]

Malaysia donates $100,000 for IDPs 
The Government of Malaysia has provided US$100,000 to assist the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka to issue US$500mn sovereign bond
Following the success of its recent Development Bonds issue, the Government is expected to issue a five year US$ 500 million sovereign bond in late September or early October to the international capital market, states the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka holds first SA Vocational Education Summit
The first South Asian Vocational Education and Training Conference will be held in Sri Lanka from August 19 to 22. [Full Story]

Dr. Palitha Kohona is new Permanent Representative of SL to UN
Dr. Palitha Kohona, will shortly assumed duties as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka – new opportunity for U.S. Investors
The U.S. Government is encouraging U.S. companies and financiers to invest in Sri Lanka. It urges the U.S. business community to make Sri Lanka their next business stop, said the Washington DC embassy of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
Large hauls of weapons and explosives found
The troops of 57 Division recovered following military items in a search operation conducted in the Vishvamadu area yesterday (12): 06 Hand Grenades and 11 Arrul bombs. [Full Story]

e-learning and ICT to Pirivena Education
Cabinet granted approval to introduce e-learning and ICT capacity building in Pirivena Education at a cost of USD 10 million utilizing funds received from the Chinese Government.
[Full Story]

Private remittances increased
Private remittances increased by 5.4 per cent, to US dollars 1,586 million in 2009, comparing to the corresponding period of the first half of 2008, states the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). [Full Story]

Vidatha gives technical equipment to IDPs
Technical equipment worth of Rs. 756,192 was handed over to the Internally Displaced People, through the Vidatha Resource Centres, by Science and Technology Ministry this week. [Full Story]

Mobile network to North
A leading telecom company has activated the first phase of a network expansion to former war-torn areas in the north, which may cost up to 10 million US dollars, officials said. [Full Story]

Mobile Service to issue identity documents to IDPs
The Constitutional Affairs and National Integration Ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) implemented a program to issue legal documents including National Identity Cards (NIC) to the IDPs in Vavuniya. [Full Story]
BTI bacteria from Lanka and Cuba to combat dengue 
The Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry which said that both BTI bacteria produced in Sri Lanka and Cuba would be used as a subsidiary strategy to destroy dengue mosquito larvae, ... [Full Story]

Britain risks being 'safe haven for evil' - Lawmakers
Britain risks being seen as a "safe haven for evil" by criminals responsible for genocide, war crimes and torture abroad, who effectively face no threat of prosecution here, lawmakers warned on Tuesday. [Full Story]

Special bus, train services for Madu pilgrims 
The Transport Ministry has introduced special bus and train services to cater to pilgrims visiting the Sacred Madhu Church for the annual feast this season. [Full Story]

Japan provides Rs.35 Mn for Trinco children
The Government of Japan has provided US$ 302, 648 (approximately Rs.35 Million) for the “Early Childhood Care and Development Project in Trincomalee District” to be implemented by the Save the Children Japan (SCJ), ... [Full Story]

SL- Vietnam to expand trade links
Sri Lanka and Vietnam have expanded a number of new areas of cooperation including Agriculture, Fisheries and Security Cooperation, ... [Full Story]

Development Bonds oversubscribed
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) announced that the $150-million Development Bonds (SLDBs) it floated to eligible foreign and local commercial banks has been oversubscribed 1.3 times. [Full Story]
Ex-child soldiers sit A/L exam
More than 150 ex-child soldiers in the welfare camps of Vavuniya are among the 242,091 GCE Advanced Level Examination candidates. [Full Story]

Peacetime Sri Lanka will offer better returns - Jim Rogers
Sri Lankan stocks may offer better returns as the end of the 26-year war frees up government spending for investments in infrastructure and agriculture, ... [Full Story]

Sri Lanka strengthens coastal surveillance
Sri Lanka continues to maintain a close watch on possible terrorist related and other illegal and criminal activities on the country's coastal line. [Full Story]

New Archbishop is mission for faith and country - President
“The new Archbishop occupies a special place among the Archbishops in Sri Lanka who brought great honour and prestige to the country. [Full Story]

Central Bank to regulate payment card services
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has decided to regulate the payment card services in the country to enhance the level of security and efficiency to protect customers and increase public confidence in such payments. [Full Story]

Agreement to upgrade coastal railway
The Ministry of Transport and RITES of India have concluded an agreement for upgrading the coastal railway from Colombo to Matara at a cost of US$ 167 million. [Full Story]
Nominations invited for SPC
Nominations are invited from political parties for the forthcoming Southern Provincial Council Election which begins August 21 and ends August 28, Elections Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake said in a news release. [Full Story]

U.S. extends additional US$ 15 million to North
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a new donation of $15 million (Rs. 1.724 billion) of food aid to support the early return of displaced persons in the North. [Full Story]

All countries must join against terrorism - President
"Terrorism is not only a problem for Sri Lanka. It is also a problem for the whole world. [Full Story]

President appoints Tax Commission
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed 10 members to a Presidential Commission on taxation to look into issues relating to the tax system in Sri Lanka in pursuance of section 2 of the Commission of Inquiry Act (Chapter 393). [Full Story]

Vavuniya and Mannar towns lit up
Vavuniya and Mannar towns where were in the dark during the separatist war, have now lit up with street lamps under the Uthuru Vasanthaya program. [Full Story]

President congratulates Ahmadinejad
President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his re-election for a second term at his country's president. [Full Story]

Polls results: Victory of policies to stabilize democracy
- President
The outstanding victory achieved by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in the elections held yesterday to the Uva Provincial Council and the Jaffna Municipal Council is seen by me as a victory for all who love our motherland. [Full Story]

Democracy triumphs in Provincial and local polls
UPFA - crushing victory at Uva, majority in Jaffna
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) gained a crushing victory at elections to the Uva Provincial Council last Saturday (08) winning 25 of the 34 seats in the Uva Provincial Council election, and also won a majority of the seats in the Jaffna Municipal Council. [Full Story]
Joint Railway-Bus service for Jaffna bound
The Government will shortly commence a joint Railway-Bus service from the Vavuniya railway station for the benefit of Jaffna bound civilians. [Full Story]

SL-Pakistan to expand trade links
With Pakistan and Sri Lanka expanding their existing trade links, industrialists are now talking in terms of joint ventures in tea, director general of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Mr Iqbal Jamshed had said the American News Network (ANN) yesterday. [Full Story]

KP arrested
Shanmugam Kumaran Tharmalingam alias Kumaran Pathmanathan or KP, who claims to be the new leader of the LTTE after the death of V. Prabhakaran, was arrested on Wednesday and brought to Sri Lanka is now being questioned in Colombo. [Full Story]

Uva, Jaffna & Vavuniya elections tomorrow
The Elections Department is ready to hold both the Uva Provincial Council and Jaffna and Vavuniya Local Government elections tomorrow, Aug. 8. [Full Story]
SL receives more assistance from Italy
The Italian government has decided to allocate another contribution of Euros 300,000 (Rs.48 million) to the UNHCR for the benefit of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

ICASL, AAT branch out to Jaffna
The Institution of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) are now located in Jaffna too. [Full Story]

Significant increase in SL Reserves
The Gross Official Reserves of Sri Lanka have been estimated to reach USD 2,180 million as at 31.07.2009 showing an increase of 71% from the foreign reserve levels of USD 1,272 million as reported on 31.03.2009, states the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

British High Commissioner visits Yala National Park
Following the UK's decision to remove advice against travel to Yala, Arugam Bay and Trincomalee in early July the British High Commissioner with his family visited Yala National Park in the East (block 1) to observe the wild elephants and leopards. [Full Story]

Post war flurry of new investment interests in Sri Lanka-Barron’s online
War’s end has prompted a flurry of new share issues and Sri Lanka based investment, states Barron’s America’s premier financial magazine in its latest issue. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Cuba relations strengthened
Geographic distances, as well as cultural, ethnic and religious differences, have never become an obstacle preventing our relations of friendship and cooperation from being increasingly solid, said Cuban Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister,... [Full Story]

President assures safe custody of Raju and Sindu
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday handed over the guardianship of the two baby elephants- Raju and Sindu by way of a scroll in keeping with traditions, now housed at the Temple of Tooth Relic to Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka living up to world record in re-settlement
Sri Lanka will live up its own world record on resettlement of displaced persons, which was established in IDP resettlement in the East, ... [Full Story]

India funds for Palaly runway project
India recently handed over bank drafts worth Rs. 117 million to Sri Lanka for the Palaly Runway Rehabilitation project in the Jaffna peninsula. [Full Story]

President declares open Uva-Wellassa University
President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Uva-Wellassa University yesterday.  [Full Story]
Polls campaigns end tomorrow
Campaigning for the local elections in Jaffna, Vavuniya and the provincial poll to the Uva Provincial Council will end tomorrow midnight. [Full Story]

Tug-of-war for LTTE drug cartel 
Following the LTTE Leader Prabhakaran's death, a massive tug-of-war is on in the drug world to grab his multi-million dollar drug cartel. [Full Story]

Pakistan to share commercial intelligence with Sri Lanka
Pakistan was prepared to share vital commercial intelligence with Sri Lanka, said Pakistan's trade authority yesterday. [Full Story]

Lanka-Nepal to begin direct flights
Plans are under way to have direct flights between Sri Lanka and Nepal soon, said Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona. [Full Story]

Madhu Feast on grand scale after 27 years
Catholics are ready to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Madhu without any fear after 27 years. Under state patronage all arrangements are being made to hold the "Annual Madhu Feast" on a grand scale on August 15. [Full Story]

Inflation remains low
The rate of inflation, as measured by the point-to-point change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI), recorded 1.1 per cent in July, 2009 after reaching five year low of 0.9 per cent in June, 2009. [Full Story]

Air travel facilities for Nallur pilgrims 
The Ministry of Tourism has made arrangements to provide air travel facilities for pilgrims to the annual Nallur Kandasamy Kovil festival in Jaffna which began on July 27 and continue till 19 August with thousands of devotees flocking daily to the venue. [Full Story]

Another 1500 IDPs to re-settle tomorrow 
Another batch of 1,500 civilians from the Menik Farm relief village will be re- settled in Omanthai, Nochchimotai, Piramanalamkulam, Pirappumadu areas from tomorrow, Aug. 05, under the government's 180 day resettlement program. [Full Story]

Southern PC dissolved 
The Southern Provincial Council (SPC) was dissolved by the Government at midnight yesterday. [Full Story]
SL- India sign MoU to rebuild infrastructure
Recognizing the vital role of infrastructure development in human rehabilitation programmes the Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) of Sri Lanka recently signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) of India, ...[Full Story]

All measures in place to meet Northern housing demand
The government has taken steps to meet the housing demand in the North under the 'Uthuru Wasanthaya 'programme. [Full Story]

US donates medical equipment to Northern hospitals
Hospitals in the Northern-Eastern provinces received $1.6 million worth of medical equipment, from the United States Pacific Command. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka tourism Promotion in Eastern China
To further enhance ties between Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Shanghai Municipal Tourism Bureau as well as to promote Sri Lanka in East China, a ten-member Shanghai Municipal Tourism Bureau delegation comprising officials from Shanghai Municipal Tourism Bureau, Chinese travel agencies and media, visited Sri Lanka on August 02. [Full Story]

Bank facilities to North & East
The people in the North and the East will soon have new banking facilities. [Full Story]

Extension of Indian medical & de-mining assistance
India has taken action to extend the medical support and de-mining activities in the North. [Full Story]





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