December 2009

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  December 31, 2009

* Rapid progress & development is the cherished goal for the New Year 


  December 30, 2009

* Over 173,000 IDPs resettled within five months

* Kohona to Co Chair UN Working Committee

* Obama vows to use 'every element of power' to eliminate terrorism

* I fulfilled 98% of my promises - President

* Petrol price reduced

* 33 power sets for railway development

* More facilities to Kilinochchi hospital


  December 30, 2009

* Petrol price reduced

* 33 power sets for railway development

* More facilities to Kilinochchi hospital


  December 29, 2009

* CSE hits fresh record; All-Share Price Index increased 3,350.50

* More travelers use A-9 road

* Appreciation from All Ceylon Hindu Congress on Govt’s IDP resettlement process

* Temporary ICs issued for PC polls valid

* Power transmission link between India and Sri Lanka

* Chamber team to visit Sri Lanka

* No misuse of funds for election purposes

* Govt. to develop Colombo


  December 28, 2009

* President on economic policies

* There’s genuine sense of hope for the first time in years – President

* Alston letter referred to Special Committee on State Dept. Report

* Citizens’ duty is to treasure motherland more than life - President

* President on incident at Vatican

* After the defeat of terrorism, community bonds have become very powerful – President

* Nation building in 7 Districts

* Bonus Interest scheme for senior citizens

* Indian experts assist de-mining

* Singapore extradites terror suspect to US

* Govt calls for biz proposals at Hambantota Port


  December 24, 2009

* No Commander has inflicted such irreparable damage on his men - Cabinet

* Love will build new bridges of tolerance and understanding - President

* Sri Lanka to hold tsunami preparedness drill

* China gives Rs.128mn worth tents to IDPs

* Free hotline to inform of child abuse

* Gampaha flyover nearing completion

* Rs.4mn from Seva Vanitha Unit for Seruwila Hospital


  December 23, 2009

* SL under needless scrutiny again with Fonseka’s allegations

* Schools no longer used as IDP centres

* Stop vindictive politics - President

* Foreign exchange reserves boost

* ADB predicts a higher economic growth rate for SL next year 

* EU to build infrastructure in North & East


  December 22, 2009

* Foreign forces seek to betray Sri Lanka’s freedom and strengthen separatism

* Support assured to all exporters if GSP+ removal strategy succeeds - President

* Three Melbourne men to admit backing LTTE

* India extends US$ 425million credit line

* Sri Lanka becoming a popular cruise call

* Security relaxed around schools in Jaffna

* Japan assists three livelihood projects in Trinco, Anuradhapura and Hambantota

* CSE hits record high

* Northern irrigation project begins


  December 21, 2009

* UN questions Govt on Fonseka’s allegations 

* A brighter future for all - President

* Navy seizes 'Princess Christina'

* No travel restrictions on A9 road

* Hasty decision on GSP +, EU influences election? - Foreign Minister

* Govt rejects Times news contents

* Orugodawatte flyover opens

* Postal votes on Jan 12 & 13

* Meeting with Tamil expatriates held in Colombo 

* Vavuniya–Jaffna railway nearing target

* ADB helps waste water management


  December 18, 2009

* Development war will be won – President

* Sri Lanka GDP records growth

* CSE makes history

* WB supports reconstruction

* SL, Pak to boost trade

* Recruitments, transfers and promotions halted

* Govt & ADB to establish 150 schools

* Netherlands helps Disaster Response Network


  December 17, 2009

* 22 nominations accepted

* Two UNP frontliners join govt

* President hands over nomination

* Canada relaxes travel advice to SLL

* SL joins ‘space race’

* Kokavil tower to function soon

* Govt steps in right direction – EC

* CB to establish new guarantee scheme

* Allai irrigation project nearing completion


  December 16, 2009

* Swift measures to assist flood victims

* Rajaratnam indicted in US hedge fund probe

* Conditions in welfare centres improved – David Miliband

* Sri Lanka should take advantage of Gwadar Port – Karachi Chamber of Commerce

* Historic Hindu shrine in North opens for pilgrims

* Sri Lanka opens consulate in SW China

* SL to build largest fishery harbour

* Southern expressway nearing completion

* 500mn worth lands distributed


  December 15, 2009

* General retreats

* I will never commit treachery against Security Forces - President

* Reconciliation a priority of Govt- Kohona; 

* TRO financial Head arrested

* Emirates to increase flights to Sri Lanka

* SL Current Account to record a surplus in 32 years - CB

* More transhipment business for Colombo Port

* Credit card interest rates can be reduced - CB


  December 14, 2009

* Govt refutes retired General's statement

* President orders removal of his posters

* SL offers permanent secretariat for BIMSTEC

* Cargo Plane detained in Thailand not headed to Sri Lanka - Military Spokesperson

* Former LTTE child soldiers sit O/Ls

* UN envoy on children and armed conflict commends local authorities

* SL to use bio gas

* Relief loans to resettled people

* Japan helps to upgrade Jaffna hospital


  December 11, 2009

* India welcomes govt. progress on IDPs

* End to conflict is opportunity for prosperity – British HC

* Use of force justified on humanitarian grounds;

* Govt assists university entrants of Samurdhi families

* Modern tourist hotel to Jaffna


  December 10, 2009

* Killing or capturing bin Laden critical to defeat al-Qaeda – Gen McChrystal

* HR Day significant to SL with end to terrorism - President

* Cairn begins oil exploration in Mannar

* US praises resettlement progress

* President visits Menik Farm

* Navy celebrated 60th year

* Kilinochchi Hospital re-opened


  December 09, 2009

* President visits key areas in North

* Sri Lankan wins World Challenge global competition

* Probable LTTE links among boat people in Canada

* LTTE overseas assets will be used for development - PM

* Massive tourism development in Kalpitiya

* Any sacrifice for law abiding society - President

* LTTE trained Naxalites - Naxal leader

* Tourist arrivals increases

* Seylan Bank expands in North


  December 08, 2009

* Govt resettlement programme satisfactory – Robert Blake; IDPs down to 94,000

* Govt committed to welfare of armed forces - President

* Sri Lanka elected to UN Migrant Workers Committee

* HR Action Plan to be implemented soon

* Collective self- reliance essential - President

* Hotel in Arugambay to promote tourism

* Milk production reaches highest ever mark


  December 07, 2009

* Less confrontation towards Sri Lanka – US Senate Committee

* IDPs exercising freedom of movement - UNHCR

* Deposit submitted for Presidential election

* Leaders key initiators of e- gov vision – Secretary to President

* Hosting CHOGM 2013 an important milestone – Foreign Minister

* Outer Circular Highway construction begins

* Kankesanthurai harbor to be renovated


  December 04, 2009

* Over 70 percent IDPs have left relief centers

* CB reiterates accuracy of its GSP+ impact

* Displaced Jaffna voters can vote in Colombo

* President pays tribute to disabled servicemen

* Indian HC dismisses litigation seeking to ban India from playing SL

* Govt. to boost food assistance in N & E

* Govt to boost up North banking system


  December 03, 2009

* SL to get solar electricity generation system

* President Rajapaksa - LMD’s Sri Lankan of the Year

* Govt to freeze LTTE overseas assets

* SL supports Palestinian people for their inalienable rights- Kohona at UN

* Navy rescues Indian fishermen in distress

* Govt. to renovate 13 airstrips

* Garments delegation concluded successful tour to UK

* $ 280,000 investment for leather products


  December 02, 2009

* ICT- only tool breaking all barriers to progress - President

*  IDP situation, always a humanitarian issue – FM to BBC

*  Fonseka nomination: South Asian Bonapartism - Hindu

*  Govt allows Freedom of Movement for IDPs

*  Toronto LTTE supporter reveals group's atrocities

*  Germany relaxes advisory on travel to Sri Lanka

*  A seminar for Tamil expatriates

*  60mn investment to manufacture tea






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