March 2012


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 March 31, 2012 |

* Media play pivotal role in enhancing amity, cooperation - President


 March 30, 2012 |

* US keen to enhance trade ties with Sri Lanka

* Very keen to promote further economic cooperation with SL– Indian business delegation

* We should be in control of our relationship with Sri Lanka – Former Indian Foreign Secretary

* It is unfair to impose an obligation on Sri Lanka to report in just three months - Malaysia

* Sri Lanka to sign MoU with Kuwait to protect migrant workers

* Sri Lanka hosts Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree

* Upper Kotmale adds more MWs to national grid

* Medawachchiya - Madhu railway nearing completion

* Gem & jewelry industry targets one billion USD revenue by 2016

* Indian parliamentary delegation to visit Sri Lanka in April


 March 29, 2012 |

* Rs. 425 billion spent for NE development

* Sri Lanka Expo 2012 draws a large number of international visitors

* We didn't know Sri Lanka has a huge export portfolio - UAE

* Another batch of 384 ex LTTE cadres to be integrated today

* Japan provides further assistance to SL’s development

* Nenasala opened in Abu Dhabi

* SriLankan Airlines participates at the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show


 March 28, 2012 |

* Large investor presence, a valuable vote of confidence in Sri Lanka – President at Sri Lanka Expo 2012

* New air services agreement signed with Russia

* Consider Sri Lanka as an ethical & profitable trading partner – BHC

* Israel cuts all ties with UNHRC over settlement row

* Narita added to Sri Lanka open skies


 March 27, 2012 |

* How about Chagos?

* Japan looks forward to strengthening relations with SL

* President instructs to revive Nilwala River project

* Census results to be released in three stages

* Russia concerned over foreign interference in nations

* Estate families get new homes

* Northern Central Hospital opened


 March 26, 2012 |

* Internationalizing issue internal to SL will not help reconciliation process - Minister Peiris

* Akashi reiterates Japan's support to Sri Lanka

* Economy grows 8.3 % in 2011

* Canada offers 12 million USD for human smuggling crackdown

* UN can prove Channel 4 wrong – Defence Secy


 March 24, 2012 |

* US resolution has set a very dangerous precedent – Geneva Envoy

* Programme to develop 14,000 villages launched

* SL tea fetches highest price in 2011

* Foreign currency inflows exceed US$ 750 million so far this year

* GENEVA: THE GREAT LACUNA IN WISDOM AND COMPASSION: HR physicians must heal themselves of hypocrisy -By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* US eases restrictions on Sri Lanka defence sales


 March 23, 2012 |

* US move: "misconceived, unwarranted and ill-timed" - Minister Samarasinghe

* Statement by Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs


 March 22, 2012 |

* Threat from LTTE terrorism has not completely died – Defence Secy

* Recent increase in foreign currency inflows, in keeping with Road Map - CB

* Govt to improve infrastructure in northwest

* Saudi businesses keen to join Sri Lanka Expo

* Deyata Kirula draws over 3,000 to apparel industry

* Pakistan National Defence University Alumni Association's Sri Lankan Chapter launched

* Japan provides food grant assistance to Northern children


 March 21, 2012 |

* Saudi offers financial assistance to upgrade road network

* SL issue blown out of proportion – Indian readers

* Metro train linking BIA and Fort by 2016

* Flydubai to touch Mattala


 March 20, 2012 |

* Colombo as a world-class city a key priority - Secretary Defence & Urban Development

* WB approves USD 213m to support Colombo Urban Development

* India should stand by Sri Lanka - Daily Pioneer

* Sri Lanka donates rice to refugees in Horn of Africa

* Development Bonds oversubscribed

* Pakistan's Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee calls on President

* Top European think-tank releases review on post-war Sri Lanka: Roads to reconciliation

* Population census in final stage

* Japan extends assistance for agriculture development

* New headquarters of Auditor General's Department declared open

* Big Thai delegation heading to Expo 2012 in Sri Lanka


 March 19, 2012 |

* India should take an 'unequivocal stand' against resolution on SL - RSS

* US resolution criticises, surges beyond LLRC: By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

* Jaffna Bishop praises Secretary Defence for humanitarian assistance

* ‘Sri Lanka delivers unexpected delights’ -

* Tri-lingual channel by SLBC

* Namibia wants SL’s apparel expertise


 March 18, 2012 |

* Api Venuven Api” housing - A tribute from a grateful national leader

* Sri Lanka in principled, persuasive stand at UNHRC – Minister Samarasinghe


 March 17, 2012 |

* Sri Lanka has courage to face external forces - President

* C4 in cheap effort to influence UNHRC: humiliate Sri Lanka – Defence Secretary


 March 16, 2012 |

* LTTE's refusal to stop human shields tactic led to civilian deaths - Prof Rajiva Wijesinha

* Channel 4 airing not coincidental but motivated by collateral political considerations – SL High Commission in UK

* SL envoy addressed Canadian Parliamentarians

* Gem & jewellery sector continues growth momentum

* Oil blocks to generate over US $ 2.25 b revenue

* Full text of the interview by Prasad Kariyawasam Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India with Indian Express

* South Asian tourism coordination office to be set up in Colombo

* Tourist arrivals up in February


 March 15, 2012 |

* TN political leaders have been misinformed – Ambassador Kariyawasam

* Constructively engage with Lanka - SL Permanent Rep in Geneva

* Achchuveli Industrial Estate attracts 52 investors


 March 14, 2012 |

* India against confrontation and mistrust in Sri Lanka – Indian External Affairs Minister

* SL’s economic recovery astonishingly fast - MarketWatch

* SL deeply committed to reconciliation - UNICEF

* CB maintains policy interest rates

* Alleged video on former LTTE leader's son: We obviously are not able to authenticate - US

* India wants to avoid mistrust – Indian PM

* Japan further relaxes travel advisory to Sri Lanka

* Army to build 12 sophisticated service centres

* Sri Lanka Promotional Seminar in Tokyo

* More houses for war heroes


 March 13, 2012 |

* Allegations regarding the death of Prabhakaran's son a concoction – SL envoy

* Action Plan for LLRC implementation soon

* Sri Lanka's potential oil reserves spark global interest- BBC

* Motor traffic, police and judiciary to network 

* Kalmadu tank handed over to Kilinochchi people 


 March 12, 2012 |

* President lauds flourishing Japan-Lanka ties

* Right to development should not be seen as a divisive concept – Ambassador Kunanayakam

* Six new envoys present credentials

* HRC to monitor implementation of accessibility laws for disabled persons

* "Divi Neguma" 3rd phase targets 2.5 million households

* Demands for accountability in Sri Lanka? Yes, the starting point is LTTE

* GoSL reminds US of what its ‘own man’ in Colombo revealed

* Tourism to be top forex earner in 2016


 March 10, 2012 |

* India should not support resolution against Sri Lanka - Janatha Party leader

* Bangladesh to use services at H’tota port


 March 09, 2012 |

* SL’s per capita income will rise to $6,000 by 2016- CB Governor

* Sri Lanka Expo 2012 to attract world's top brands

* Second phase of oil exploration begins

* UNESCO demonstrates confidence in Sri Lanka - South Asian Teacher Development Centre ...

* Nearly 600 LTTE child soldiers rehabilitated within a year

* Sri Lanka's IT market is forecast at US$444m in 2012 - BMI

* Creating coexistence is the govt.’s view - President

* Kelani water treatment plant soon

* Sri Lanka: A wild mix of ancient and modern Asia


 March 08, 2012 |

* Why the resolution isn’t right Second showdown in Geneva : By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

* SL woman has left her mark in every field - First Lady

* Shared Experience has resulted in strong bonds - Prof. Peiris in South Africa

* ‘Duty of our society to ensure the protection of girl child’ - President

* Canada charges first suspect in MV Sun Sea human smuggling case

* The battle will have to be fought to the very last minute - SL envoy at Geneva

* Investors give vote of confidence to Sri Lanka as investment centre – President

* US$ 360 million spent on resettling IDPs

* Maldives considers SL as a closest friend

* Better environment for SL women to reach their goals - Kohona

* ‘MV Sun Sea’ claimant fights to stay in Canada

* National road network to be further developed


 March 05, 2012 |

* West’s bogus concern: Sri Lanka owes an explanation to none – The Pioneer

* Sri Lanka, best country in South Asia to visit - Travel Asia Online

* Objectively assess Sri Lanka’s efforts – Ambassador Wickramasuriya  

* CB imposes restrictions to minimize foreign exchange demand

* A bold call for objectivity by Sri Lanka: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Kachchativu annual feast concluded

* Inclusivity, a core element of reconciliation in SL – Prof. Peiris

* U.S. clarifies its military presence in Sri Lanka


 March 02, 2012 |

* Sri Lanka and UNICEF focus on urban children

* Loans facilities to rehabilitated LTTE cadres for self-employment

* SL Navy provides assistance to devotees at Kachchativu Island

* Politicization of HR Council not in the interest of developing world – Prof. Peiris

* Demand for hybrid vehicles sees over 1000% growth in 2011

* China continues to support SL's efforts in safeguarding independence

* Cathay Pacific sees Sri Lanka as a growth market


 March 01, 2012 |

* S&P rating downgrade highly unwarranted – CB

* South Africa commends LLRC

* Canadian Tamils arrested in massive auto insurance fraud

* Case against President Rajapaksa dismissed by US Court

* Failed asylum seekers arrived in the country

* UNICEF State of the World's Children 2012 report to be launched in Colombo

* External intervention will gravely hamper Sri Lankan process – Prof. Peiris

* Unwarranted intl' pressure on SL can be counterproductive to reconciliation process – US Congressman"

* Indonesia & Cuba acknowledge encouraging developments in SL

* Existing problems should be resolved by the people – Russia at UNHRC







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