March 2013


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 March 31, 2013 

* Govt to take stern legal action against groups creating communal unrest

* Political rivalries in TN are doomed to fail - DNA

* Indian govt rejects Tamil Nadu resolution on Sri Lanka

* Christian teaching of love and mercy can contribute much to bring tolerance and respect - President

* What accountability and by whom? Bloody lies & suffering of the Iraq invasion - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Inflation declines in March 2013

* Japan provides funds to install electronic traffic signs on highways


 March 28, 2013 

* Mixing of politics and sports is very unfortunate – SL High Commissioner

* A role for Sri Lanka in US pivot to Asia - Ambassador Wickramasuriya

* Seychelles, Sri Lanka expand Indian Ocean co-operation

* India grants greater market access for Sri Lankan products


 March 27, 2013 

* Sri Lanka expects unstinting support from all Sri Lankans living abroad - President

* Sri Lanka grateful to countries that stood by us -SL Envoy in Geneva

* Sri Lanka not on Commonwealth action group agenda

* SriLankan Cargo carries first shipment from MRIA to Chennai


 March 25, 2013 

* The UN resolution is a misplaced initiative – HC Kariyawasam

* Sri Lanka qualifies as ‘Less Indebted Category’ in UN-ESCAP Classification of countries

* Customs to implement ASYCUDA world system

* Jammu & Kashmir now in the wings: Indian opportunism in Geneva will rebound in global arena - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Navy relaxes regulations on fishing


 March 24, 2013 

* President opens Deyata Kirula Development Exhibition

* Do not open floodgates of external interventions – SL envoy

* Buddhist prelates, Indian HC hold discussions


 March 22, 2013 

* UN resolution damaging South Asian solidarity - Sri Lanka tells UNHRC

* Sri Lanka vote highlights increasing divide within Human Rights Council

* Large number of Tamil female soldiers passed out in Kilinochchi

* No room in the party for the corrupt - President tells SLFPers

* President sends condolences to Bangladesh

* Engaging Sri Lanka is the best way forward – Hindu Op Ed

* Raj Rajaratnam's brother indicted on insider trading charges


 March 21, 2013 

* High Commissioner's report has gone beyond mandate – Minister Samarasinghe

* Developing countries express their confidence for the efforts made by SL towards achieving national reconciliation

* Most Indian parties oppose a resolution on Sri Lanka

* China will continue to support SL against groundless accusations - CPPCC Vice Chairman

* Virtual Learning Network launched

* Defence Ministry advises SL travelers to avoid Tamil Nadu

* Tamil Nadu rights activists condemn attacks on Sri Lankans

* SriLankan introduces a special holiday package


 March 20,, 2013 

* Exercise caution when visiting Tamil Nadu – Govt

* Sri Lankan President not a war criminal – BJP

* Development Bonds issue oversubscribed to US$ 129 million

* SriLankan airlines reduces flights to Chennai

* New Pakistan High Commissioner presents credentials

* President opens largest solar power plant


 March 19, 2013 

* India has a moral responsibility to support Sri Lanka- Prof. Peiris

* Katunayake – Kelaniya Expressway to be opened in August

* Protests in TN taken form of terrorism – HC Kariyawasam

* Sense of confidence comes through learning – Secy to the President

* Japanese aid worth Rs. 3.7 billion for Social & Economic development

* China’s special representative at MRIA launch: Mattala symbol of close friendship between Sri Lanka & China


 March 18,, 2013 

* 'What we all seek is to see our children rise above us in their lives':  Mattala will open Sri Lanka to more development- President

* Sri Lanka’s Second International Airport opens at Mattala

* Mattala airport to boost tourism industry

* Several leading international airlines ready to operate flights to MRIA

* President sends greetings to Pope Francis

* Sri Lanka was titled as the “Most Popular Tourist Destination”

* Mattala Airport will boost overall economy of south and Sri Lanka – MP

* Sri Lanka launches tourism road show in Russia and Ukraine

* President concludes successful visit to Japan

* President Rajapaksa wishes new Chinese President success


 March 16, 2013 

* Sri Lanka UPR adopted, member countries commend the progress

* Sri Lanka to continue transparent, proactive and constructive engagement with UNHRC – Minister Samarasinghe

* President extends warm felicitations to new President of China

* SriLankan ready to take off at MRIA

* From JR to MR-- TIES THAT BIND - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* HC Kariyawasam meets Chief Minister of Orissa

* President congratulates new President of Kenya


 March 15, 2013 

* President meets Japanese business leaders and inaugurates Sri Lanka Business Forum

* Sri Lanka and Japan to Expand Maritime Cooperation

* Visit SL to know heroic efforts of people to rebuild their country - Ambassador Akashi

* Sri Lanka is emerging as a gem in the rough - National Geographic

* Japan is to provide development assistance worth 43.8 billion Yen to Sri Lanka

* Financial Intelligence Units of Sri Lanka, Japan sign MoU to share financial information

* Sri Lanka establishes diplomatic relations with Honduras

* Bandh call fizzles out


 March 14,, 2013  |

* Western Nations Underestimate Sri Lanka's Development - Japanese Deputy PM

* Sri Lanka: the only country that rehabilitated suicide bombers

* President has audience with Japanese Emperor

* President meets with Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Leage

* Korean Air commenced Direct Flights between Seoul & Colombo

* Tourist arrivals increased


 March 13, 2013 

* No records of Indian fishermen killed in Sri Lankan territorial waters last year – India

* Sri Lanka venue for 2013 CHOGM Summit

* Japan welcomes SL’s efforts in areas of reconstruction, reconciliation & human rights

* Former Japanese PM impressed with Lanka’s rapid development

* No one can take the law into their hand - Chief government whip


 March 12, 2013 

* President arrives in Japan

* India must stand by Sri Lanka, vote against US resolution – The Pioneer


 March 11, 2013 

* Continuous learning makes a high performing public servant – Secy to President

* Maha Sangha always works for the country’s progress – President

* Seaplanes in Sri Lanka: up & away with a new air taxi service - The Guardian


 March 10, 2013 

* US resolution clearly contravenes UNHRC principles – Ambassador Ariyasinha

* Govt. seeks India's technical assistance for ‘tri-lingual Sri Lanka’ initiative

* Work out a consensus – Swamy tells US

* CBF will bring investment opportunities to Sri Lanka - Chairman

* Every prayer that offer today may bring understanding among our peoples – President

* Central Bank maintains interest rates


 March 08, 2013 

* Indian housing project making progress

* Sri Lanka sees rise in Software and BPO workers

* Mihin Lanka sales agent office in Madurai attacked

* President pays respects to late Venezuelan President

* Sri Lanka sees rise in Software and BPO workers

* Mihin Lanka sales agent office in Madurai attacked


 March 07, 2013 

* More Japanese assistance for reconstruction in North

* Financial Action Task Force recognizes Sri Lanka’s compliance status

* Late President Chavez, a strong advocate for developing world - President

* Sri Lanka ranks high on key measures of health: GBD 2010

* Tourism industry to create 500,000 new jobs

* SL emphasizes the need to commence negotiations for complete elimination of nuclear weapons


 March 06, 2013 

* Sri Lanka: the Most potential outbound tourist destination - Beijing Times

* Tourism industry to create 500,000 new jobs

* Arrest warrant issued after Sun Sea migrant fails to show up for deportation

* Focus on intrusive initiatives are less constructive – Sri Lanka

* Army Commander rejects allegations of killing Prabhakaran's son

* Two water projects in North provide drinking water to over 12,500 families

* Sri Lanka Navy rejects allegations of helping people smugglers

* Protect country's national, historical heritage – President

* Prime Minister Netanyahu offers Israel 's goodwill & assistance to SL

* Vaiko arrested after attempting to lay siege to Sri Lankan DHC


 March 04,, 2013 

* US satisfied with North & East development

* Sri Lanka delivers what the Caribbean can’t - The Globe and Mail

* Important steps taken by SL Govt. since end of war - UNSG

* Sense of integrity, an indispensable characteristic of a public officer – Secy to President

* Matara - Kataragama railway extension project on track


 March 03, 2013 

* President denies Army killed Prabhakaran’s son

* Motion against Sri Lanka rejected in German Parliament

* Air Arabia to fly to Mattala International Airport

* US DOUBLE STANDARDS in Sri Lanka and Asia :By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* India increases aid to SL

* Sri Lanka gets expertise in land mine removal


 March 02, 2013 

* Screening Channel 4 videos at UNHRC: Clearly motivated by collateral political considerations – Sri Lanka


 March 01, 2013 

* UNHRC disassociates itself from screening of ‘No fire Zone’ at UN

* Israel firmly committed to Sri Lanka’s economic development - President of Israel tells Prof. Peiris

* Vietnamese delegation calls on President

* Customs plays critical role - President

* We will continue to return failed asylum seekers – Australian Immigration Minister

* Let Sri Lankan pilgrims visit Velankanni – Bishop of Jaffna

* Sri Lanka donates USD 25,000 to the Philippines







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