December 2013

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December 31, 2013 

* President asserts not to let any powers to divide the country

* Apparel industry optimistic of US $4 bn target in 2013

* Facility to record police statements in Tamil soon

* Govt seeks public suggestions to revise Establishments Code


December 30, 2013 

* President opens Dhakshina Paya today

* Southern Expressway extension will be opened on January 31

* Singapore man deported from US in LTTE arms plot

* India-Sri Lanka Foundation invites project proposals in several sectors

* SriLankan Airlines commences daily flights between Muscat and Colombo

* Atchchuvely Industrial estate to be opened in January 2014


December 27, 2013 

* SL is fully able to guarantee the rights of its citizens – Prof. Peiris

* Luxury cruise MV Voyager calls at Hambantota port

* Sri Lanka, now at peace offers great deals to investors, tourists and expatriates alike

* UN’s 6th committee (Legal) recommends 16 draft resolutions

* BOI relocates Investor Services Department Sri Lanka to sign US $ 2 BN worth FDI deals


December 26, 2013 

* Expert studies say ‘Channel 4 videos’ are forgeries : ICTA Chairman

* Northern Province tops GCE Advance Level 2013

* Sri Lankans remember tsunami victims

* Peace in SL is one of the most important blessings during the Christmas season - Ambassador Wickramasuriya


December 24, 2013 

* President's Christmas message: Christian teaching remains of great value in the world today

* President recognizes highest achievers at GCE A/L examination

* It is now time for expatriates to return home – Defence Secretary

* Govt signs agreement with WFP to build resilience in adapting to adverse weather conditions


December 23, 2013 

* Arrival of Sanghamiththa Therani enriched country's culture - President

* Japan provides Rs. 520 m grant to improve health care facilities

* ICTA switches to 'Smart Sri Lanka'

* Tamil woman soldiers join national service

* From corn and beans to tea and cinnamon

* Global multinational relocating to Sri Lanka from China


December 21, 2013 

* SEC issues new rules on Minimum Public Holding for listed public companies

* 2014 budget passed with a majority of 95 votes

* Come together with Govt. to achieve national reconciliation – President tells Tamil leaders


December 20, 2013 

* UAE discusses cooperation with Sri Lanka

* President hosts annual Christmas celebrations

* Now that the country is united, we must strive to unite the people too - President

* Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly arrives in Sri Lanka

* Budget 2014 final vote today

* Sri Lanka, India and Maldives take part in trilateral maritime exercise

* Sri Lanka's first highway traffic management system to be installed on Southern Expressway


December 19, 2013 

* Sri Lanka to implement a National Action Plan for Disability

* Committee to probe complaints on missing persons

* A sea of conflict

* Another 1,000 Nenasalas to open islandwide

* Sri Lankan honoured by The Queen


December 18, 2013 

* We have created the golden era of the health services - President

* Sri Lanka has the most child-friendly govt in South Asia - report

* New e-Government policy for good governance

* Sri Lanka tourism launches major television advertising campaign in China

* Sri Lankan ranks among world’s ‘20 Best Digital Marketing Professionals’

* Sri Lanka spice exports up 40-pct


December 17, 2013 

* Sri Lanka & Kenya to build a fresh momentum for cooperation in all areas of mutual interest - Joint Statement

* President returns from State visit to Kenya: Vast potential to enhance Sri Lanka – Kenya investment opportunities

* 36 Hours in Colombo, Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka calls for dialogue and cooperation among Thai parties

* Belarus ratifies double taxation agreement with Sri Lanka

* Issuing dated ultimatums to Sri Lanka is counterproductive - European Parliament MP


December 15, 2013 

* President : Strengthening Economic Relations and Reviving Friendships with Africa Top Priorities

* Having overcome terrorism, now we stand undivided - President

* Sri Lanka and Kenya sign eight bilateral agreements


December 14, 2013 

* President Pays Tribute to Kenya’s Founding Father

* President Visits UN Headquarters in Africa

* President Rajapaksa Visits Nairobi Buddhist Temple


December 13, 2013 

* President Rajapaksa and First Lady Attend Kenya’s 50th Independence Day Celebrations in Nairobi

* Sri Lanka ranks 10th in World Giving Index

* SL Govt has made great progress in resettlement – UN rapporteur

* More time to report disappearances

* Shot of Gangaramaya Viharaya wins 'Best Smartphone Photot' contest


December 12, 2013 

* President begins Kenya visit

* 'Level of criticism of the President and the Government in media is a clear indication of media freedom’ - Media Minister

* Pakistan's Naval Chief arriving today


December 11, 2013 

* Significant improvements in Sri Lanka since end of conflict - EU

* It is important to ensure that education is relevant to the needs of a society - Prof. Peiris

* President pays last respects to late Mandela

* Bank Directors’ Symposium –2013 today


December 10, 2013 

* Prof. Peiris presents de-brief of CHOGM 2013

* President attends Mandela’s memorial service

* All key sectors of economy contributed positively to GDP growth - CB

* Indian Gallery launched at Dalada Maligawa


December 09, 2013 

* Japanese envoy Akashi calls on President Rajapaksa

* Vast progress in Jaffna's education sector - President

* First ever multi-sectoral action plan on nutrition launched

* Parliament expresses condolences over Mandela's death

* Nelson Mandela death: Two days of national mourning

* President leaves for South Africa to attend Mandela's Memorial Service

* Policy rates maintained, monetary policy timely and appropriate


December 06, 2013 

* Mandela, an iconic figure who left indelible mark globally - says President Rajapaksa

* SL to launch Satellite in UNESCAP project

* Diplomatic community briefed on current developments

* Japan-Sri Lanka parliamentary friendship league to promote friendship & culture

* President to launch National Nutrition Action Plan today

* Sri Lanka deploys medical team to Philippines to assist typhoon victims

* President unveils Exposition of Sacred Kapila Wastu Relics


December 05, 2013 

* A divine time in Sri Lanka

* Indian PM’s ‘unfortunate’ absence at CHOGM an ‘opportunity lost’ - Envoy in Delhi

* Australia acts swiftly to deny people smugglers' promise of permanent visas


December 04, 2013 

* IMF encouraged by Sri Lanka's strong growth and low inflation

* Govt remains committed to conduct impartial investigations relating to alleged crimes by Security Forces

* Sri Lanka’s export earnings reaches US$ 1 billion, trade deficit declines

* Prof Peiris highlights need to find collective solutions for migrant workers' issues

* Sri Lanka attracts US$ 870 mn of FDIs

* Setting up of English language labs in all provinces commences

* India and Sri Lanka to combat sea piracy and terrorism


December 03, 2013 

* Census of Population and Housing 2012 Sri Lanka's population now 20,271,464

* Commonwealth SG welcomes census

* UN envoy in SL


December 02, 2013 

* Sri Lanka tourism set for another record breaking year

* Indian Navy to offer technology training for Sri Lankan Navy officers

* The responsibility of the education is to change untalented persons to talented persons - President

* Janatha Party leader Swamy urges Jayalalithaa to nab LTTE operative







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