January 2014


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January 31, 2014 

* BOI nets reputed Rotterdam based IT company

* 'English for Young Learners' launched

* SLN hands over 69 Indian fishermen released from detention

* Kuwait grants financial assistance to construct 25 bridges

* Accepting nominations for upcoming PC Council elections commenced


January 30, 2014 

* Govt taken measures to provide equal education to all students - President

* Sri Lanka – India discuss fishermen, maritime security issues

* Education has been diversified, giving due priority to the professional sector of learning - President

* More facilities for disabled persons in North & East

* Disconnect from the internet in the Sri Lankan jungle: The Ulpotha Yoga Retreat

* Accessibility laws for disabled persons


January 29, 2014 

* Sri Lankan forces did not target civilians - Secretary to the President

* New pension scheme for farmers launched

* MoD refutes security forces using unconventional weapons during conflict


January 28, 2014 

* World Bank commends Sri Lanka's achievements

* Always bipartisan support for Sri Lanka, Australian Parliamentary delegation tells President

* Any probe would be detrimental to sustainable peace – Secretary to the President

* Social support for Single Parent Families

* This is the era for entrepreneurs - President

* Army denies claims of monitoring patrols in Jaffna

* SL - India fishermen talks end amicably

* UAE keen on being a key player in Sri Lanka's development

* SLA returns 23 more houses in Jaffna to legitimate owners


January 27, 2014 

* Country is enjoying peace dividends - President

* Sri Lanka, India discussions on fisheries issues to begin today

* First lady of Uganda grateful to Sri Lanka

* Viet Nam assures utmost support to Sri Lanka

* Computerized bilingual identity cards from next month

* Commission probing disappearances receives 13,700 complaints

* Iran's Parliament to support development cooperation with Sri Lanka

* Military only at strategic locations in North - Defense Secretary

* Strong, mutually beneficial relationship with Sri Lanka is India's policy - Indian HC


January 24, 2014 

* Secretary to President briefs permanent representatives to UN in Geneva: 'Govt has done everything humanly possible to implement LLRC recommendations'

* 'Economic diplomacy crucial in Sri Lanka's foreign relations'

* Indian fishermen have no rights to Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu Island, court told

* President called on students to love their motherland

* Sri Lanka elected Chair of Group of 77 in Vienna

* Sri Lanka recognized as "Best Travel Destination" for China


January 23, 2014 

* Exerting excessive pressure on Sri Lanka is counterproductive – Prof. Peiris

* SL can be an export gateway to Middle East, Africa and Europe – Japanese envoy

* IFAC Chief meets President

* Sri Lanka and TN release fishermen’s boats

* Japanese Television documentaries feature Sri Lanka as an attractive destination

* Sri Lanka and the Maldives signed 3 bilateral agreements


January 22, 2014 

* Maldives - Sri Lanka to expand cooperation

* Sri Lanka has made a remarkable transformation – Iceland President

* Is Sri Lanka the new investment darling?

* Presidential commission probing disappearances concludes sittings in Kilinochchi

* Maldivian President arrives

* Indian fishermen were well within Sri Lanka's territorial waters - Navy

* Proud to support Govt’s development drive – ADB Vice President

* Sri Lanka, Maldives to sign agreements on a variety of issues

* Central Bank assures integrity of country data and statistics


January 21, 2014 

* UAE Assures Support to Sri Lanka

* President attends Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony

* Maldivian President to arrive today

* UK ignorant of Lanka's stature – Nirj Deva

* Sri Lanka may keep rates steady in coming months - CB Governor tells Bloomberg

* Not a single TN fishermen killed by Sri Lanka Navy - India

* Lanka on course to strengthening Blue Economy – GL


January 20, 2014 

* Presidential Commission on Disappearances begins sittings

* President remembers Dawoodi Bohra’s Spiritual Leader

* Sri Lanka - Pakistan trade to increase

* No community is allowed to overrun another community in the country - President

* President leaves for Abu Dhabi

* President arrives in Abu Dhabi

* 2014 Chinese New Year celebrations held at BMICH

* Australia appreciates Sri Lanka's support for curbing human smuggling


January 17, 2014 

* Foreign funds only for development activities - President

* Pearl Of The Orient – Sri Lanka

* Nomination dates announced for PC polls

* Presidential commission probing disappearances to commence sittings on Jan 18

* Government denies Rathika’s claims

* SLN facilitates fishermen exchange with India

* TUI mulls resumption of Sri Lanka charters


January 16, 2014 

* Sri Lanka, India agree to release all fishermen in two weeks

* Every Sri Lankan should enjoy equal rights - President

* Only 23,568 IDPs are to be resettled

* Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia sign landmark deal on migrant workers

* Sri Lanka, India Foreign Ministers to meet

* Sri Lanka to preserve rare native dry zone plants by ex-situ conservation

* Orient Express Line vessel makes maiden Sri Lanka call

* Sri Lanka calls for partnership of Iranian investors in development projects


January 14, 2014 

* Thai Pongal marks unity of people and communities - President

* Today Muslim people enjoy freedom to live with due recognition of their cultural identity – President


January 13, 2014 

* Over 100 Scholarships awarded for Jaffna students

* CMC online tax payment system launched

* Tea production increases


January 11, 2014 

* Rudrakumaran & Channel 4 exposed: Legal misconduct and media manipulation by Lucien Rajakarunanayake


January 10, 2014 

* Israel President hails President Rajapaksa’s very impressive record: “We always support peace” - President Rajapaksa to Shimon Peres

* A divine time in Sri Lanka - The West Australian

* Surprising to see baseless allegations of this nature

* Sri Lankan president makes first-ever visit to Israel - Jerusalem Post

* President returns after successful visit to Middle East


January 09, 2014 

* President meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

* President arrive in Jerusalem for the final leg of Middle East visit

* President Rajapaksa and First Lady visit religious sites in the Old City

* US Court publicly reprimands ‘Eelam leader’ Rudrakumaran for misconduct

* SLPA posts highest ever container throughput in 2013

* Rathika was attempting to embarrass Sri Lanka Government - Envoy

* SLN rejects Tamil Nadu CM's claim of traditional fishing waters

* Tourist arrivals exceeds 1.2 million in 2013

* SL’s remittance inflow to moderate with fresh demand for services sector

* Sri Lanka invites Palestinian Business Community to explore investment opportunities


January 08, 2014 

* Sri Lanka, Palestine to strengthen economic relations

* President and First Lady visit Church of the Nativity

* US$ 1 billion international sovereign bond oversubscribed 3.2 times

* A Fertilizer Distribution Centre & a Fertilizer Warehouse for each Agrarian Service Centre


January 07, 2014 

* President opens Mahinda Rajapaksa Vocational Training Centre in Palestine

* Sri Lanka – Palestine leaders agree to strengthen relations

* Sri Lanka has been always a dream destination - Irish Independent

* Fitch Rates Sri Lanka's Bond at 'BB-(EXP)'

* “Lanka Impression”, photography exhibition in China

* 'Smart Sri Lanka' to commence this year


January 06, 2014 

* President holds talks with King of Jordan

* President Rajapaksa Conferred with the “Star of Palestine”

* President Rajapaksa and First Lady arrive in Palestine

* Project to modernize main railway stations

* Deyata Kirula mobile service phase 2 begins in Kegalle Jan.17

* Programme on popular sea bathing sites


January 05, 2014 

* President leaves for Middle East

* Sri Lanka expects to be an Upper Middle Income country by 2016

* President and First Lady arrive in Jordan

* Confidence builds on road to Geneva: Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* First safari park in Sri Lanka to open in April this year

* World Conference on Youth in Colombo


January 03, 2014 

* Northern Province Chief Minister calls on President

* CB cuts Reverse Repo Rate, renames it Standing Lending Facility Rate

* Govt systematically addressing youth issues – President

* Coast Guard educates fishermen in lifesaving


January 02, 2014 

* 10,250 houses completed in Sri Lanka under Indian housing project in 2013

* Inflation stabilized at mid-single digit levels

* Dive Neguma Department will commence operations January 3


January 01, 2014 

* We have stepped into the development decade with dedication - President

* Critics of Sri Lanka have a misguided notion – President

* Keep up the high efficiency level to ensure govt's development drive – Secretary to the President

* To Geneva with confidence: by Sugeeswara Senadhira

* President distributes title deeds to 5,000 Mahaweli families

* Inflation decreases significantly in December 2013







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