March 2011

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  March 31, 2011

* First Northern Ireland business mission to Sri Lanka

* Ocean Lady: Human smuggler wanted by Interpol

* More ex-LTTE cadres to be released

* France welcomes positive economic development in SL

* SL meets India in ICC WC final President calls everyone to rally around the team

* Lankans blessed to have free health – WHO Rep

* Treasury bill auction oversubscribed

* Programme to take sports to villages

* Scholarships for University Lecturers


  March 30, 2011

* GDP records three-decades high

* Murali plays last game on home soil

* SL in 2nd consecutive WC final

* Uphold people’s trust, maintain integrity – President tells new LG heads

* SL & India agree to treat fishermen humanely

* Categorizing schools as less privileged should end - President

* More flights to Mumbai

* More arrests in Pakistan over SL team attack

* LLRC wraps up public hearings

* Korean visa rules eased for Lankans

* India & SL have similar opportunities & challenges - RBI Governor

* 'Divi Neguma' to develop South

* Kithul & palmyrah industry to be uplifted


  March 29, 2011

* SL, Czech Republic sign agreement on promotion and mutual protection of investments

* Amunugama assumes duties

* Tamil keyboard mobile phone introduced

* Special office in Bahrain to assist Sri Lankans

* Local government representatives sworn in

* Buddhist rituals to bless tsunami affected in Japan

* Drop in SL asylum seekers - UNHCR

* Special arrangement in place to WC semi-finals

* IndianSkimming syndicate may have links to LTTE – Herald Sun

* Indian Bank to open more branches in Lanka

* On the smugglers’ trail: Sun Sea’s Canadian link

* Sun Sea migrant performed in LTTE movie

* Investments pour into Kalpitiya

* Haritha Purawara housing scheme launched

* Inflation is expected to moderate after April 2011


  March 28, 2011

* ‘I always believe people are right’: Killing civilians, violating nation’s sovereignty, unacceptable – President

* Human smuggling network still at large – National Post

* Garment exports increased even after GSP+ removal - President

* Fisheries industry plays key role in development - President

* WB reaffirms support to SL: Acknowledges SL gains in education and health

* SL a coveted tourist spot - TOI

* EU should continue to worry about LTTE – Amb Aryasinha

* Returnees from Japan test negative for radiation

* Peradeniya Gardens earns record income

* SL economy now a service economy – Treasury Secy

* Sir Ian Botham tours Mankulam

* Achchuveli Industrial Estate by year end


  March 25, 2011

* Govt has right to know of NGO spending – President: ‘Suitable policy to monitor their activities’

* Post-conflict reconciliation measures ongoing - President

* Good to have experienced Opposition Leader – President

* ‘Jana Sabhas’ for community participation

* Cabinet approves CMC Corporation

* ICRC closes last office in North

* Towards trilingual Sri Lanka

* SL joins in foiling attack on World Cup

* Safe houses for abused children

* SL wins UNDP award : ‘Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development’

* New Elections Commissioner appointed

* Disciplined human resource key to developed nation - President

* Steering committee to coordinate 2013 CHOGM

* Folk music festival in Jaffna

* Funds to rebuild disaster-hit schools


  March 24, 2011

* SAARC sanitation conference in Colombo

* President congratulates Opposition Leader

* Kokavil tower to function soon

* ‘National Mosquito Control Week’ commenced

* Marriot & Hyatt eye Hambantota

* Increase in vehicle registrations

* SLPA ensures safety of imported goods

* Loan scheme for ex- LTTE combatants

* Benefits of tourism must filter down to people – Deputy Minister

* Action beyond UN resolution unacceptable - GL

* January export earnings up 72% Growing momentum in all sectors

* Kalpitiya to be further developed


  March 23, 2011

* President in Parliament: Takes part in debate on tax amendment bills

* Parliament condoles with Japan

* Self-sufficiency in power within 2 yrs - President at Norochcholai

* Apparel exports maintains growth

* Radiation tests prove negative

* Household income up 38.7 %

* Ian Chappell thanks President

* UNWTO conference in SL

* Rajaratnam trial: Jurors listen to wiretaps

* 2018 CWG: 'Sports City' model unveiled

* UK-SL universities to collaborate


  March 22, 2011 |

* President declares open Norochcholai plant phase 1: 300 MW to national grid

* Canadian court upholds LTTE fundraising sentence

* Air strikes on Libya: Govt urges all parties to ‘ensure civilian safety’

* LLRC hearings in Ampara & Monaragala

* India-SL bonhomie at Katchatheevu festival

* Lankan tea for Japan quake victims

* Lankans can solve their own problems - Cardinal

* SL prepares for CWC quarter-finals

* New elephant orphanage in Ulankulama

* President calls for uninterrupted SL-Japan air travel

* President attends to cancer patient’s request

* Water resources monitored

* Stronger bonds with Chinese women - First Lady


  March 21, 2011

* President inaugurates International Buddhist Conference

* Thousands attend Kachchativu feast

* President to open SL's first coal power plant

* Praise for SL cuisine on UK's 'Independent'

* No more HSZs in Jaffna

* No SL casualties in Libya

* Radiation checks for Japan imports

* Palestine ‘Travel’ magazine to boost SL tourism

* SL fishermen meet Indian officials

* MCB to open new branches

* More govt. funds to North and East

* Dairy farming enhanced


  March 18, 2011

* President thanks people on UPFA victory

* LG polls: Landslide victory for UPFA

* Allow domestic accountability process – SL delegation at UNHRC

* President signs condolence book

* AI campaign undermines SL reconciliation – Amb Wickramasuriya

* Canada deports 2nd LTTE suspect

* Radiation checks for returnees

* Van Heusen may source from SL

* Dengue deaths declining - MOH

* Govt steps up anti-child labour campaign

* Nano-tech from Japan

* Automobile skills development in rural areas

* Uni exam system remodeled

* ‘Sasunen Sevana’ to build 10,200 houses


  March 17, 2011

* LG polls: Voting peaceful

* Trilingual nation to remove mistrust among people – Sec Weeratunga

* President casts his vote

* LTTE supporter arrested in India

* Flights to Japan to bring back Lankans

* Treasury bill auction


  March 16, 2011

* Economic revival in full swing in North – Amb Kohona : Reconciliation efforts underway

* Japan quake aftermath: Economic impact on SL 'negligible' - CB

* Lankan skies monitored

* Wilpattu to be developed

* SL- NZ match, already a superhit

* Cottage industries from banana fiber


  March 15, 2011

* ‘Stronger PS after polls’: Greater strides for village development - President

* President instructs further aid to Japan: Medical teams, supplies on standby

* Japan nuke crisis: ‘Do not panic’ - AEA

* Up-to-date info on Japan quake

* Poverty down in February

* Allegations made without evidence - SL High Com to HRW Director

* 500 lorries for self-employment

* Don’t exploit younger generation for political gains - President

* Colombo, Hamburg ports to boost ties

* SL, hub for outsourcing

* 60,000 houses by end 2011

* Propaganda rallies conclude

* Japan-SL air services schedule amended

* Ancient silk cloth discovered

* Army opens Air-ticketing office


  March 14, 2011

* President provides US $ 1 m to Japan: Special teams to be sent

* Right to roam: tourism returns to North - The Guardian

* Public sector reforms key to meet new challenges – Sec to President

* New seismic monitoring stations installed

* Indo-SL WG to discuss fishing

* North fishing restrictions relaxed for festival

* Demining near completion

* Tourist arrivals increase in February

* US professionals briefed on SL trade, tourism

* Peliyagoda fish market open soon

* EPF reaches Rs.900 bn in 2010


  March 13, 2011

* Tamils "Diaspora" serves self interest only - President

* Sri Lankans not affected


  March 12, 2011

* Maldivian President hails SL democracy: Requests for study tour in SL


  March 11, 2011

* Japan earthquake and tsunami: President expresses sympathy

* PS should be committed to develop village - President

* We will never allow our land to be used against India – High Com Kariyawasam

* Questions raised on Tamil organization in Canada

* SL enters ICC World Cup quarter-finals

* SEC facilitates retail investors

* CEB profit tops for 2010

* SL to host Ironman Triathlons

* Former McKinsey director testifies against Rajaratnam

* Cabraal calls for more Gulf investments

* Kilinochchi, Mullative tank renovations begin

* Waste water management in Colombo & Kandy


  March 10, 2011

* Uplifting village is a key component of development - President

* CB calls on OECD to reflect on SL’s improved conditions

* UK companies show increased interest in SL - UK official

* Cabinet approval for Tax Reforms

* Australia intercepts more asylum seekers: RCA calls for comprehensive detention policy

* Pension schemes for all employees

* Extending school hours not mandatory– Secy to President

* India to build hospital in Dickoya

* Developed countries' support must for green economy - Kohona

* US assistance for IDPs

* Consultancy service for SMEs

* Satellite tech in petroleum distribution

* UN scheme to address needs of SL widows


  March 09, 2011

* MV Sun Sea migrant to be deported

* North cannot be considered less privileged today - President

* SE Asia's largest theatre to open in SL soon

* Water supply connections to expand

* IAC progress remarkable - Minister Samarasinghe

* 60% postal votes cast

* CB issues SLDBs of $185mn

* Financial system stable, resilient - CB

* Rajaratnam trial: Jury selection begins

* Assistance to regional industrialists


  March 08, 2011

* SL, Brazil to increase cooperation on many fronts

* US, SLPresident condemns attack on pregnant candidate

* SL to share war experience

* US, SL discuss trade and aviation

* Kirindi oya water scheme inaugurated

* Significant progress in health and education for SL women - UN

* Diplomatic assistance for fleeing Libyan workers

* General English must for uni entrance

* Navy assists repatriation of Lankan fishermen

* CB's policy interest rates remain

* Commemorative coin to mark SLAF Anniversary


  March 07, 2011

* Brazil welcomes SL's post-conflict progress

* AI’s secret pay-offs revealed Diplomats call for transparent probe

* Committed to defend people’s rights - President

* Exports & imports record highest ever monthly values

* More Lankans arrive from Libya

* Foreign investments continue to flow

* ICC dismisses criticism on Murali

* Japan aids resettled IDPs

* Brazilian Foreign Minister arrives

* Prison relocation from this year

* Rajaratnam goes on trial


  March 04, 2011

* US Senate overlooked LLRC track record – External Affairs Ministry

* Govt will strengthen farmers to meet future challenges - President

* Russia assists ‘Jana Sevana’

* More ex-LTTE cadres re-integrated soon

* Lankans continue to return from Libya

* SL in OPCW senior management

* SriLankan daily flights to Kochi

* SL records world's highest tourism growth

* Navy builds Inshore Patrol Craft

* India to assist footwear industry

* NIBM to Jaffna


  March 03, 2011

* SLAF precision in targeting & discipline helped liberate nation – President

* USA praises SL’s home-grown solutions

* 500 more to return from Libya

* Kfir Crash: final report soon

* BoC records highest ever profit

* More ex- LTTE cadres reintegrated

* New warehouse complex at Colombo Port

* Beware of visa fraud - Canada HC

* New regulations for cosmetic imports

* Paddy production sufficient


  March 02, 2011

* Maha Shivarathri: President calls for stronger unity

 March 01, 2011

* HR Action Plan supplements reconciliation process – Minister Samarasinghe

* Uphold discipline, democracy during campaigns – President tells UPFA candidates‘Vote for economically vibrant socially developed villages’

* President visits Kfir crash site

* Oil Bank capacity enhanced

* Ports development on fast pace

* International Buddhist conference in Kandy

* Paddy cultivation to expand






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