March 2010

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  March 31, 2010

* Tight security for polls

* Ranmihithenna Tele-Cine Park, biggest fillip for Lankan Cinema - President

* Russia to fight terrorism without hesitation

* Decision on Nalini legally correct, politically wise – says The Hindu

* US, SL join to raise awareness on Intellectual Property Rights

* Cey-Nor boats for Bangladesh

* Continued efforts to release SL crew members

* Mattala Airport in 2011


  March 30, 2010

* Aquaculture has great potential in East - US report

* Moscow attack a horrible reminder of continuing terrorist violence - President

* Viable manpower to supplement booming economy – President

* TN rejects request by Nalini

* CB successfully completes 1st SLDBs in 2010

* SLAF ventures into Helitouring

* Boat services from Jaffna to Pooneryn

* Japan assists Sri Lanka’s infrastructure projects

* Research institute for western medicine

* Chinese help for Hambantota port no security threat - Indian Navy


  March 28, 2010

* Children are the most valuable asset - President


  March 26, 2010

* Huge ‘manapeys’ no guarantee for Cabinet Portfolio - President

* Sri Lanka to host IIFA 2010

* 60 - 65 % Postal votes cast on first day

* New parliament will attend to constitutional reforms - GL

* President to open Tele-Cinema Village soon

* Mass at Myliddy Church after 20 yrs

* IDP resettlement expedited

* Ex-LTTE cadres’ relatives taken on picnic to South

* Magnetic survey to locate mineral deposits

* All measures taken to release Lankan crew of MV Talca

* Drastic reduce in Bank lending interest rates 


  March 25, 2010

* Large-scale development projects will create 3mn new jobs - President

* Postal voting today and tomorrow

* SL has best preparedness programs against pandemic influenza – US Ambassador

* Sri Lankan top chef wins gold medals in London

* Sarkozy vows to eradicate Basque separatist bases in France

* Sri Lanka declares a national butterfly

* De-mining process nearing completion

* ‘Jewel of Muscat’ in Galle Port soon

* EPF, highest interest on member balances


  March 24, 2010

* President Rajapaksa to be G15 Chairman at next summit

* Sri Lanka, Second Best New Trips for 2010 - National Geographic Adventure

* Significant increase in foreign revenue

* SLAB accredited test reports receive International recognition

* Development policies help eradicate TB – President

* Dramatic increase in tea production

* Tourist arrivals in North increased

* Scholarships to N&E youth by US

* International boat exhibition in Sri Lanka


  March 23, 2010

* Industrial sector records growth

* Talks with EU in good progress - CB Governor

* Indian cricketers thank President for facilitating Ayurvedic treatment

* Moratuwa Uni gets IChemE accreditation

* Banking stocks highest gainers at CSE

* More Govt funds for PMB and co-ops


  March 22, 2010

* Jobs provided on skills - President

* SL always had highest regard for UNSG - Kohona

* Pak Tribal Council calls to take Sri Lanka as example

* Safeguard water to expedite development – President

* Indian HC visits North

* Indian Police probe LTTE cadre entering TN

* New school buildings for North

* BOI enterprise in Puttalam

* CB to issue SLDBs


  March 20, 2010

* Sri Lanka’s poverty level drops

* Sri Lankan gems glitter in China

* Give me a strong Parliament - President


  March 19, 2010

* Sri Lanka emerging towards greater stability – Aus FM

* Channel 4 engage in partial and subjective reporting - FM

* ‘Friends of Sri Lanka’ in European parliament urges EU not to halt GSP+

* No foreign monitors at counting centers – Polls Chief

* Current policy rates continued - CB

* Govt. continues efforts to release SL crew


  March 18, 2010

* Sri Lanka, the 2nd best tourist destination – National Geographic Channel

* UNSG's experts on Sri Lanka infringe on country's sovereignty -FM

* Sri Lanka should become a model by itself - President

* President declares open Mannar bridge

* Second stage of Norochcholai power plant begins

* Shift in Earth's Axis has no impact on Sri Lanka

* First commercial wind Power Park soon

* Thirukeshwaram Kovil’s feast after 30 years

* Germany further relaxes travel advisory


  March 17, 2010

* Fonseka appears before first Court-Martial

* Top level team briefs EU in Brussels

* Freedom to worship at Northern shrines blessing against conspiracies - President

* Continued decline in unemployment

* ‘Jewel of Muscat’ in Galle Port soonrime

* President felicitates Maha Nayake thera

* Alla-Kantalai scheme to be renovated

* USAID help manage Sri Lanka’s forests

* Paddy harvest to top 4 million MT

* Commando celebrated 30th anniversary

* Coconut cultivation promoted in North


  March 16, 2010

* “Intelligence lists” of NGO activists, non-existent

* CSE hits new record

* Navy launches environment-friendly Canal Boat Service

* Spiritual development necessary for nation’s development – President

* Houses for Jaffna IDPs

* Removal of taxes on Gold Imports

* SL, India trade improved - Economist

* Sri Lanka, Israel to enhance economic ties

* AG offers assurance to exiled journalists

* Postal vote applications exceeds 400,000

* Ayurvedic products to be exported to Japan

* Bonus interest to senior citizens from mid-March

* FM calls for thorough investigation on Diplomat


  March 15, 2010

* US report vague, non-specific, based on anonymous sources

* GSP+ loss can be mitigated – Cabraal

* Stable Parliament reflecting people's strength needed - President

* LTTE forcibly threw children into Vanni battle - Survey

* Norochcholai Phase Two begins Thursday

* SLPA to finalize BOT deal

* Country needs strong Parliament - PM

* More facilities for Nagadeepa devotees

* Railway exceeds earning target


  March 13, 2010

* President pledges to build a skilled professional workforce


  March 12, 2010

* 93,823 IDPs to be resettled

* May there be better understanding and stronger unity among all - President

* NAM condemns selective targeting of Sri Lanka

* President assures promising country for future generation

* Mega construction project to boost east

* UNSG has violated basic UN principles – Prof. Peiris

* Ornamental fish breeding in Hambantota

* India signs MoU with Colombo Univ. for Visiting Chair

* Nalini plea: TN govt submits report to court

* SL rupee hit a one-year high


  March 11, 2010

* NAM expresses deep concern to UNSG on experts panel on Sri Lanka

* Foreign Minister raises concern over GTF in UK

* Fonseka to be court-martialled next week

* Tourist arrivals increasing dramatically

* President Rajapaksa proposed as next G15 Chairman

* Indian support to upgrade SL railway

* Passport office in North soon

* 100% electricity coverage by 2011

* National Council for sustainable development

* Safe drinking water to Eastern Province

* Indian charity to help SL's amputees

* Local resources can help development – Treasury Secy.

* New DHL Express facility at BIA

* SL delegation to Brussels to discuss GSP+


  March 10, 2010

* Use General election to answer international community's allegations - President

* SL's UK High Commissioner protests over UK MP's comment

* Over 182,000 IDPs released and resettled

* UNFPA assists female IDPs

* China, SL sign agreements for development projects

* Tourism promotional event in Beijing

* ICTA achieving goals

* Livelihood equipment from USAID to ex- LTTE combatants

* Under Secretary of UK Foreign Office in SL

* Lankan culinary arts promoted in US

* Women's contribution to economy immense - President


  March 09, 2010

* Emergency extended

* Refugee was an LTTE member

* 'Rent a SEABOB' in Sri Lanka

* SL gaining momentum to achieve MDGs - JICA

* Fonseka given mobile phone to talk to daughters

* India announces further donation

* JICA helps improve tourist hubs

* Tourism Action Plan for Eastern Province

* New financial services to Anuradhapura banks

* Foreign exchange transactions further relaxed - CB

* Ancient Chola temple unearthed in North


  March 08, 2010

* India, Sri Lanka ‘sister countries’ - Nirupama Rao

* Now there's suitable environment for women to live with self-esteem - President

* German Police arrest LTTE supporters

* Shipping company assures SL crew's safety

* Temporary IDs not issued for G election

* Coconut oil production in North

* Arms and ammunition recovered


  March 07, 2010

* Confidence and hope for Indo-Lanka – Nirupama Rao


  March 06, 2010

* “Special Panel on Sri Lanka uncalled for and unwarranted” – President to Ban Ki-moon


  March 05, 2010

* Govt. working on releasing possible SL crew

* Coast Guard Force ensures SL’s sovereignty and independence – President

* SL- India Centre for English Language Training to be opened

* Malini among the greatest in Asia - CNN

* Indian Foreign Secretary to visit SL

* National Policy on child care to be enacted

* National Health Promotion policy to be established

* Sri Lankan becomes "International Woman of Courage"

* Bonus Interest scheme for senior citizens

* Storm water drainage project to Colombo


  March 04, 2010

* Through history learn values of peace and brotherhood - President

* President sends deepest condolences to Chile

* President inaugurates Maritime Archaeological Museum

* More congratulatory messages for President

* Kohona honoured with Global Citizenship Award

* China becomes SL’s top lender in 2009

* Northern libraries get 4mn worth books

* More aids for IDPs

* Govt targets 5000 more French tourists

* Mannar development projects in full swing


  March 03, 2010

* More power sets for Southern line

* CID arrests top LTTE member

* EU to discuss GSP+ issue with Govt

* President signs Gazette to extend Emergency Parliament to reconvene March

* SL should utilize regional trade agreements– Economist

* China donates de-mining equipments

* Hambantota to be a free port

* SL to host SEACEN Governors’ Conference 2011

* Botanical Gardens for H’tota, Avissawella

* Fonseka given mobile phone to talk to daughtersta digitalized

* New Police unit to probe misuse of Rajapaksa name


  March 02, 2010

* Economic turnaround remarkable - Finance Ministry Secretary

* Moral renaissance, important as economic renaissance - President

* US can learn from Sri Lanka – US Congressman

* Army expedites de-mining process in North

* CSE hits new record

* Thousands of Indian pilgrims in Kachchatheevu after 30 years

* SL, India join for turtle conservation

* Police stations in all liberated areas

* TIKs to promote tourism

* Kalpitiya to be an International Green Resort

* Ayurveda hospital opened in Hambantota


  March 01, 2010

* Sri Lanka on verge of tech boom

* 'We followed a foreign policy which was beneficial to SL' - Defence Secretary

* SL faces absolutely no risk even if there is delay in IMF disbursement – CB Governor

* Resettlement of IDPs: Now focus on Vanni east

* More new bridges to East

* SL Community Forestry Programme implemented

* UPFA candidates pledge free & fair election campaign without violence

* N-E Tamils can be salvaged under President's leadership

* 'I saw Sri Lanka as the "Paradise of Asia"- Minister of State of Belgium

* Sri Lanka-born CIMA's Global President in town

* Sri Lankan officials study Timor land issue

* President to open Marine Museum






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