January 2010

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  January 31, 2010

* President’s thanks for victory of democracy

* Independence Day celebrations in Kandy

* Lahugala and Kumana re-open to the public


  January 29, 2010

* President pledges to create a society where the law will apply to all in an equal manner

* US, India look forward to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka


  January 28, 2010

* Vote for a new beginning of peace and prosperity, President

* Election victory reflects people's trust reposed in President – Indian PM

* US commends Presidential polls

* 'Sri Lanka’s presidential election concluded free of violence' - UN Sec. Gen.

* Sri Lanka assumes Chairmanship of Asia Pacific Group in UNESCO

* Green Building Council for construction industry


  January 27, 2010

* Rajapaksa triumphs with ease

* President Rajapaksa heads for a comfortable victory


  January 26, 2010

* Peaceful presidential polls end with over 70 percent voter turnout

* Brisk polling in urban centres


  January 25, 2010

* President ensures a brighter future

* President calls for democratic and peaceful poll

* Sri Lanka ranks World's Eighth Fastest Economy

* Govt wholly committed to a free and fair election

* End of conflict conducive to peaceful poll - Foreign Minister

* Tight security for tomorrow's election

* Sri Lanka, a thriving economy

* ‘Jetliner’ embarks on new journey

* Bogambara prison to be relocated


  January 24, 2010

* Record favours incumbent Presidency


  January 23, 2010

* Perpetrators of undemocratic acts will be severely dealt with - President

* Cowardly attack aimed at disrupting the election, Govt expresses grave concern

* All set for IDPs to vote

* Campaigning ends today

* Two pro- LTTE Canadian Tamils sentenced in US

* India reassures commitment to East development

* Mahinda Chintanaya takes Sri Lanka towards economic independence


  January 22, 2010

* Experts elated by SL's upgrade to 'Middle Income Emerging Market' status

* Fonseka only carried out orders of the govt to defeat LTTE – Ranil tells GTV

* SL gives further relief to Haiti

* Jaffna values freedom to vote - BBC

* Huge employment opportunity for youth soon

* UN Chief calls for violence free election

* SL Eye Bank, world's biggest human eyes donor - Japan Times

* Govt. helps Samurdhi Families


  January 21, 2010

* Asian polls team begins observations tomorrow

* SL upgraded to 'Middle Income Emerging Market' Status

* Failed groups seek other means to divide country - President

* 1st Fundamental of Victory against terror: Political Will - Indian Defence Review

* President opens Homagama International Sports Complex

* SL's first mega solar power project soon

* Agriculture developing rapidly in A’pura


  January 20, 2010

* Development continued even during war against terrorism - President

* Sri Lanka deemed “the best place we’ve ever been” by Travel Writers

* The nation is ever grateful to President, says Prelate

* Northern artistes perform in Colombo today

* Rs.10mn fishing equipment for resettled IDPs

* Pay hike for private sector

* USAID assists dairy farmers in Batti


  January 19, 2010

* Politicians should be disciplined to lead younger generation - President

* President Rajapaksa restored Sri Lankan dignity -Expatriate Sri Lankans

* Basu, a towering figure in Indian politics says President

* All set for forthcoming Presidential election

* Farmers allowed cultivation in Jaffna HSZ

* TNA trying to drag India into SL politics - Former Indian MP

* Five more bridges to East

* Special State hospital to treat infertility

* Motor Traffic Department streamlined

* CB's policy interest rates remain

* HDFC expands in N & E


  January 18, 2010

* New security and continuous development helped develop tourism sector - President

* President pays last respect to slain SLFP supporter, Saman Pradeep

* Tamils should vote for Rajapaksa - India's Janata Party

* NFF MP Muzamil file bribery charges against Sarath Fonseka

* Alleged Rs.430b fraud refuted

* We will defeat all conspiracies to divide country - President

* Allegations on Govt. misusing LTTE assets, baseless - National Intelligence Chief

* Luxury bus service to Jaffna

* SL Army contingent in Haiti relief operations

* Moderate Canadian Tamils pledge support to President

* 20% Bonus Interest to Senior Citizens

* Tea plants varieties introduced

* Japan assists fishing industry


  January 15, 2010

* I want to be the democratically elected leader of the entire country – President Rajapaksa

* Expansionism on cards to find land for the unborn

* SL still faces separatist threat; refused TNA demands - President

* Suspicious political motivations of so-called Permanent People’s tribunal

* Speedy police action on violent acts

* 15 buses daily between Colombo & Jaffna

* Power supply expanding in North


  January 13, 2010

* I will not allow anyone betray hard earned freedom - President

* Government condemns violence at Tangalle

* Thai Pongal celebration in all parts of SL emphasize our society's plurality - President

* 60 - 65 % cast postal votes on first day

* Banners and cutouts for immediate removal - President instructs IGP

* US urges peace in first nation- wide election in united SL


  January 12, 2010

* Sri Lanka, a valuable model for international community - President to Philadelphia Inquirer

* Postal voting begins today

* President opens Pannipitiya flyover

* Madhu Church opens sans restrictions

* Tougher sentences for Canadian LTTE supporters

* India assists railway line construction in North

* Sri Lanka shares hit new peak

* Thiruketheeswaram Kovil to be developed

* Business loans for Jaffna youth

* Etihad Airways back in Colombo


  January 11, 2010

* President makes commitment to a Brighter Future Forward Vision of Mahinda Chinthana launched

* Sri Lanka, the focal point in Asia - President

* North-South bonds will be restored - President

* Sri Lanka #1 tourist destination - NY Times

* Govt. to upgrade state hospitals

* Yacht sails to be manufactured in SL


  January 08, 2010

* Sri Lanka will firmly resist endeavors negative to her interest from any quarter – Foreign Minister

* Tamil media praises govt. for speedy normalization of north

* President reminds UN of protocol

* Alston not followed protocol- Foreign Minister

* Safe water for thousands in Ampara

* WB to provide Rs.7.4bn for Northern recovery

* USAID helps Anuradhapura farmers

* World Heritage City Foundation to Kandy

* Foreign Ministry clarification


  January 07, 2010

* TNA fulfilling its aims through Fonseka – Minister Samarasinghe

* Tamil Tigers throw weight behind General who crushed them – The Independent, UK

* Only 79,965 IDPs remaining in Vavuniya

* Fonseka’s son-in-law admits his company was awarded arms contracts

* Over 500 families resettled in Jaffna HSZ

* A 9 open 24 hours

* Japan provides Rs. 20.4 million for livelihood projects

* Palaly transmission station opened

* Tourist arrivals increasing


  January 06, 2010

* I will never merge North and East - President

* Gen Fonseka awarded tender to son-in-law’s firm flouting tender procedure - Leader of the House

* Emergency rule not for petty political gains – PM

* Housing loan scheme for govt servants

* Suspected LTTE militant arrested in India

* Another large haul of explosives recovered

* More charges against Rajaratnam

* Salary increment to teachers


  January 05, 2010

* Resettled Northern children commence education

* Development continues while overcoming obstacles – President

* North, East re-merger on polls radar

* CSE hits new record

* Banners of Prabhakaran removed in Chennai

* CB relaxes controls on foreign exchange transactions in 2010

* Sri Lankans blessed with bright future - Indian HC


  January 04, 2010

* New outlook towards development solves unemployment problem - President

* Annual Inflation Rate lowest in 24 years

* UK lifts travel restriction to East and Jaffna District

* 400 km roads to be upgraded

* Govt to launch massive condominium project

* Special loan scheme for re-settled IDPs

* First anniversary of the fall of Kilinochchi

* Colombo Dockyard builds first & largest passenger ship


  January 01, 2010

* President seeks dedication and efficiency for unprecedented development

* Fishing restrictions lifted in Eastern sea

* Curfew lifted in Jaffna

* Media speculations on former Thai PM not true - Govt

* UPF leader & Minister, P. Chandrasekeran passes away

* Agriculture lending rates reduced

* Upgrade for Lady Ridgeway

* Issuance of commemorative Rs.1000 note justified - CB






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