December 2012

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 December 31, 2012 

* Alternate land for residents in disaster prone areas - President

* Sri Lanka welcomes one millionth tourist

* Foreign inflows boom

* More opt to return home

* Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Mauritania established

* Pigeon Island not to be removed from national parks list


 December 29, 2012 

* Govt begins repairs of weather-damaged roads, flood relief efforts continue

* Extradited Tamil Tigers arraigned in US federal court to face terrorism charges

* Trade deficit continues to decline in November

* Japan partners with UNICEF to support reunification of IDPs

* SLN assists repatriation of 27 released Indian fishermen

* Rajaratnam agrees to pay USD 1.5m in SEC case


 December 28, 2012 

* Sri Lanka no longer in UN's review on Children and Armed Conflict

* H'tota Port to provide top facilities: SLPA designs third, fourth phases

* Electricity generation is expected to grow by 6 % in 2013

* Biggest football training complex & stadium in SL is being constructed in Jaffna


 December 27, 2012 

* President congratulates new Japanese PM

* New category for cars with higher engine capacity

* President wishes Chavez speedy recovery

* Appointing independent Committee, not within provisions of Constitution - Minister Yapa


 December 26, 2012 

* No loss to country by importing racing cars

* President has not decided to prorogue Parliament – Spokesman

* Iranian Parliament Speaker calls for expansion of Iran- SL ties


 December 25, 2012 

* Consumer authority to control prices of medicinal drugs and vitamins

* President's Christmas messagePresident's Christmas message

* Ministry of Education to implement national teacher transfer policy


 December 24, 2012 

* Sri Lanka to list state firms - Deputy Finance Minister

* Japan-funded baseball ground opened


 December 22, 2012 

* Sri Lanka is becoming more prosperous - Central Bank

* Colombo among next frontiers for technology talent

* Flood toll rises to 27, govt to pay compensation to affected families

* Next contingent of Sri Lanka blue berets ready to go to Haiti

* Australia transfers 23 Sri Lankan boat people to Manus Island


 December 21, 2012 

* Indian Govt and military fully committed to SL's security – Gen. Singh

* Flash floods: Swift measures to assist flood victims

* Cell busted but LTTE men still in TN - Cops

* President visits BASL President's house

* Sri Lankans in US honor Sandy Hook Elementary School

* SL – Grenada establish diplomatic relations

* US funds UNICEF mine risk education in Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka, India special forces engaged in counter-terrorism drills

* SL Navy comes to the rescue of Indian fishermen

* Prep work for the first phase of Northern Expressway begins

* President congratulates first female President- elect in Korea


 December 20, 2012 

* November tourist arrivals reach record high: Sri Lanka surpasses Maldives

* Sri Lanka, Afghanistan to broaden and strengthen bilateral ties

* Indian Army Chief pledges more assistance to train Sri Lanka Army

* Six new envoys present credentials

* More ex-LTTE combatants to be reintegrated

* LTTE operative, 3 others arrested in TN


 December 19, 2012 

* SL-Aus Joint Working Group on human smuggling & transnational crime launched

* Floods, landslides hit many areas

* Sri Lanka, Afghanistan to enhance bilateral relations

* Sri Lankans can be proud of its rich history and kings – President

* Australia announces four-point plan in combating human smuggling

* High import tariffs on automobiles only to strike balance of trade – Minister Amunugama

* Boat arrivals from SL declining, asylum seekers getting the message – Aus Minister

* SL, Haiti established diplomatic relations

* Diplomats briefed

* SL, India agreed to enhance cooperation to ensure safety of fishermen – Indian Defence Minister

* First Lady becomes one millionth eye donor

* SL apparel sector becoming an OEM supplier to the world market - Minister

* Doctor categorically clears allegations of abuse of Tamil woman recruits

* SL exporters asked to register with FDA for renewal of food facility

* First domestic air taxi to take flight early next year


 December 18, 2012 

* SL, Australia focus on economic ties, illegal migration

* SL’s first reclaimed sea land project to commence

* Sri Lanka Tourism achieves record-breaking 950,000 arrivals in 2012

* Govt to introduce new Administrative and Financial Regulations


 December 17, 2012 

* Spy operations will help target human smuggling rackets – Australian FM

* Indian Army chief to visit Sri Lanka this week

* Mövenpick CEO upbeat on Sri Lanka tourism

* President congratulates Shinzo Abe

* Construction of new cancer hospital begins next month

* Govt. appoints committee for demarcating local council areas

* Sri Lanka considering prison exchange agreement with Iraq


 December 16, 2012 

* Australia offers US$36m aid to uplift Sri Lanka's education

* 'Waterloo Suresh' loses legal battleover terrosim charges, faces extradition to US

* President sends condolences to the US

* Sri Lanka - Pakistan media cooperation agreement ratified

* Sri Lanka receives US$ 34.7m food aid from WFP


 December 14, 2012 

* Indian Fishermen do cross IMBL - Coast Guard officer

* Strategic cooperation and partnership between naval powers in IOR is vital – Defence Secy

* Australia sends 48 more Sri Lankan asylum seekers home

* Sri Lanka expresses concern over North Korea's rocket launch

* Govt calls for private sector proposals for poverty alleviation

* The Modern Day Mercenaries: LTTE - Foreign NGO links revealed: By David Ferguson

* Coastline between Galle Face and Mount Lavinia to be developed

* Ravi Shankar's demise, a loss of a great Indian of our times - President


 December 13, 2012 

* Threat to judiciary came from CJ's supporters - President

* Govts. can take advantage of ICT connectivity to reach MDG targets - Sec to President

* Sri Lanka, the best place to visit in 2013 – British Airways

* Shelter for Women Victims of Human Trafficking opens in SL

* 'Galle Dialogue' focuses on maritime security challenges in Indian Ocean

* Economic migrants will be swiftly sent home – Australian FM


 December 12, 2012 

* Independent Committee to study PSC report on CJ – President

* SL unemployment rate decrease

* India continues to train SL military personnel

* Ex-LTTE combatants sit O/L

* CB reduces interest rates to boost growth

* South Asian environmental forum launched in Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka, Iran to broaden and strengthen bilateral ties

* Sri Lanka establishes diplomatic relations with El Salvador


 December 11, 2012 

* National Human Rights Action Plan on the web

* SL President’s outstanding contribution towards international cooperation is commendable - Bangladesh PM

* Parents of Jaffna University students protest against TNA

* Govt to initiate five-year national health plan

* Court releases 40 Indian fishermen

* Australian FM to visit Sri Lanka

* UK’s TESCO enlists 23 Lankan exporters

* SriLankan partners with Mihin Lanka


 December 10, 2012 

* Legislature, Executive & Judiciary should work towards fulfilling people's aspirations -President

* Rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres to teach at Pre-Schools

* Levy on internet broadband connections reduced

* The absence of multilingualism consumed tens of thousands of lives – Ambassador Jayatilleka

* UN delegation visits Kilinochchi

* Post Basic School of Nursing to be upgraded to a university

* SL welcomes recognition for post-conflict developments from Intl’ community - Ambassador Wickramasuriya to top congressional staffers


 December 08, 2012 

* Sri Lanka to hold 2013 Commonwealth meeting from November 15-17

* UK deports more asylum seekers

* PSC on impeachment trial of Chief Justice submits report to parliament

* US extends waivers Iran sanctions to SL

* Third hearing of Budget passed in Paliament

* SAARC evoked spirit of South Asianess - President


 December 07, 2012 

* President declares open SL’s first Travel Service Centre on Southern Expressway

* India sensitive to needs of neighbours - Defence analyst

* Trade deficit continues to decline in October

* Civil aviation centenary celebrations today

* Australia sends home another 46 failed asylum seekers

* Sri Lanka steps up tourism publicity in China


 December 06, 2012 

* Australian Immigration Minister defends asylum screening

* Ensuring cyber security is important as threats constantly increasing - Defence Secretary

* President to open new facilities in Southern expressway

* Sri Lanka to introduce electronic voting

* Northern fishermen protest against illegal poachers

* SriLankan Airlines increases flights to Riyadh

* SupremeSAT entered the orbit accurately – CEO

* Sri Lanka ranks 2nd in South Asia in CPI

* Forests in North and East to be conserved

* Govt allocates over Rs. 370m to provide seed paddy to drought-affected farmers

* No change in fertilizer subsidy - Minister


 December 05, 2012 

* Sri Lanka’s economy to grow by 7.2 pct in 2013 - SCB

* Sri Lanka's skies safe - ICAO

* President presents National Green Awards to environment protectors

* Sri Lanka stood steadfastly with Palestine – President

* Pure Gold Jewellers of Dubai enters Sri Lanka


 December 04, 2012 

* Chasing out govt, a far cry - President

* Sri Lanka, India to enhance educational cooperation

* India donates 175 boats and fishing equipment to IDPs

* President opens Quadrangular South Asian International Football tournament

* Sri Lanka, Bulgaria relations to focus on tourism, education & trade


 December 03, 2012 

* India provides more funds to industrial zone in North

* Buses to display name boards in all three languages

* President congratulates newly elected Mexican President 

* Galle Literary Festivals to skip 2013

* Doing something good for your country will always makes you better - Ambassador Wickramasuriya


 December 02, 2012 

* Sl's victory over terrorism did come with a price - Defence Ministry writes to NP

* Govt grants tax relief for investments of migrant workers

* Sri Lanka will always remember former Indian PM with gratitude - President

* Nearly 600 returned to Lanka - Australian Minister says







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