March 2014


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March 31, 2014 

* Election result clearly shows that no force can defeat national interests of the country – President

* Hambantota sea port phase 2 by next year

* Countries in Asia, Africa & Latin America express their support to SL’s efforts at achieving national reconciliation

* Guaranteed price for potato, big onions & dry chili


March 30, 2014 

* UPFA victorious at PC polls


March 29, 2014 

* Southern and Western Provincial Council polls begins

* Australia will work constructively with Sri Lanka to promote reconciliation

* Abstention from voting in the best interest of Tamils - India

* Sri Lanka army discusses welfare with ex-LTTE combatants

* India welcomes release of fishermen

* Sri Lanka Navy to facilitate release of Indian fishermen

* Sri Lanka restates commitment to reconciliation: Rejects pressures of Pillay and the forces of resurgent colonialism

* Practical, Not Conventional, Wisdom Has Driven Sri Lanka's Rebuilding And Reconciliation: By Ajith Nivard Cabraal


March 28, 2014 

* We reject the resolution - President tells AFP

* President orders release of all Indian fishermen

* Flow of praise for Sri Lanka’s efforts for reconciliation at the UNHRC

* South Asia’s first Submarine Cable Depot in SL

* JICA to help construct 6-lane bridge across Kelani river

* Malaysia ready for investment push in Lanka


March 27, 2014 

* US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC is detrimental to lasting peace in SL - Sri Lankan- Americans

* Resolution on Sri Lanka Majority of states against or abstained

* External investigation mechanism complicates the prevalent situation in Sri Lanka - India

* Request for international investigation reflective of partisan politicised agenda - Ambassador Aryasinha

* Several countries criticise Pillay’s report

* ‘Sri Lanka is a country with excellent democratic credentials’ - Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN

* Patriotic people never betray their motherland - President

* What actions you would take if confronted with terrorism – Sri Lanka asks UN members

* Dockyard to deliver largest passenger ship to India

* Measures to expand forest cover


March 26, 2014 

* Missing Persons Commission’s coverage widened by seven years

* Sri Lankans in Canada protest against UN resolution

* Election campaign ends tonight

* BJP rejects Vaiko’s ‘Eelam’ call

* SL to outline its position in Geneva

* Canadian Tamil convicted in US for abetting LTTE

* Trade deficit contracts 5.9 percent in January 2014

* ICTA should focus more on ‘SMART Sri Lanka’ - Secretary to President

* Religious events to invoke blessings on President & country

* Post war fish production up three fold

* Leopards, surfing, curry: A great Sri Lankan odyssey - CNN


March 25, 2014 

* Govt. ready for investigation of entire terrorist conflict - President

* Tourism earnings increase

* SLMA discusses curtailing alcohol and drug use with President

* SLA collaborates with private sector for cultivation of commercial crops

* Indian govt. opposes move to free convicts in Rajiv case

* People complain against LTTE at public sitting on missing persons

* New soup cube to meet per capita demand for protein

* Lanka’s first 3D film launched


March 24, 2014 

* Expatriate Sri Lankans urge UNHRC not to undermine domestic efforts of reconciliation: Massive demo at UN, Geneva

* Those who dishonored sacred tooth relic are now questioning of the religious harmony - President

* Missing Persons Commission concludes public sittings in the East

* People’s message will say country does not need external interference - President

* Master Divers to open in Hambantota Port

* Pakistan’s relationship with Sri Lanka is based on trust & mutual respect- Pak Envoy

* Capital Market to reach US$ 50 b mark by 2018


March 22, 2014 

* Sri Lankans in Europe to stage mammoth protest against UNHRC Resolution

* Major issues of compliance with ICCPR US Under heavy fire On Human Rights and humane values in Geneva By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Sri Lanka to sign revised agreement with Singapore to avoid double taxation


March 21, 2014 

* CBK’s allegations, a litany of generalities

* An urgent appeal to the UNHRC to reject draft resolution against Sri Lanka

* Ambassadors of Korea and Palestine pay farewell calls on President

* President congratulates new Chilean President

* Traditional industrial & marketing village to Jaffna

* Joint Feasibility Study on SL–China FTA finalized

* CB to maintain policy interest rates unchanged


March 20, 2014 

* Missing Persons Commission Commences Sittings in the East

* Sri Lanka continues dialogue to ensure interfaith harmony and understanding

* President attends parliament, felicitates former PM's long service

* Human Rights violations of LTTE ignored - Rishad

* More markets in Norway for SL products

* Another botanical garden to be opened

* Colombo Port to be further developed

* Leading tourism newspapers endorse Sri Lanka tourism promotional campaign in China


March 19, 2014 

* Sri Lanka explains recent arrests to UNHRC: Law enforcement authorities have to take national security into consideration

* Students in North have excelled in education with the dawn of peace – President

* 7.3% growth in GDP recorded last year

* New Tamil Female Recruits begin training

* The resolution violates founding principles of UNHRC

* SLN and Coast Guard assist repatriation of 140 Indian Fishermen

* Commercial farmers' program to Anuradhapura

* Another modern hotel opened as tourism boom

* More Mahindodaya Technical Labs opened


March 18, 2014 

* BOI signs US$ 10 million Canadian investment for Hub Operation

* China to support SL at Geneva vote

* Sri Lanka reiterates need for country's consent for international action to protect human rights


March 17, 2014 

* Our foreign policy is to deal with all countries alike - President

* Protests against UN resolution in Europe and Sri Lanka

* Over 3,000 Indian devotees attend Katchatheevu religious festival

* China hails Sri Lanka's rapid post war progress

* Southern Expressway, boost for Lanka’s economy and tourism – Chinese Ambassador

* Japan gives Rs.14 mn to home for girls


March 16, 2014 

* Muslims protest against UN resolution

* Southern Expressway second phase opened


March 15, 2014 

* Sri Lanka Navy to assist pilgrims to annual Kachchativu Feast

* Sri Lanka's post-war progress is completely ignored - Prof. Peiris

* French government supports reconciliation in a united Sri Lanka

* US gives push towards new Crimean War By Lucien Rajakarunanayake


March 14, 2014 

* Sri Lanka donates 50,000 MTs of rice to 10 countries through WFP

* Tourist arrivals up by 24.5 percent in February

* Sri Lanka's opposition to resolution is a fight on a matter of principle – Minister Samarasinghe

* US under heavy criticism at UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva: Issues include Guantánamo, racial inequality and drones

* President instructs officials to formulate a plan for drought relief

* Tourist arrivals up by 24.5 percent in February

* Sri Lanka says dialogue continues to ensure interfaith harmony and understanding

* President hands over 50 luxury buses to run on expressways


March 13, 2014 

* Govt. ensured religious harmony throughout the country – President

* Sri Lanka to host ICAPP in September

* Sri Lanka on the rise with steadily improving infrastructure - CNN

* Postal voting today, tomorrow

* Japan grants US$ 3.7 million for rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts

* Sri Lanka regrets political uncertainty in Ukraine

* Pak – SL trade to enhance

* Price control on imported drugs

* SLT sets new standard in cloud computing


March 12, 2014 

* Govt dedicated to ensure widest reach of internet for all sections of society - President

* Prof. Peiris discusses Commonwealth priorities with Secretary-General

* Channel 4 allegations unmitigated & unsubstantiated rubbish – High Commissioner in UK

* CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

* Trial begins in illegal possession of explosives for supply to LTTE

* A new 15 Story Commercial Development to be built in Kollupitiya under BOI

* SriLankan to join Oneworld in May


March 11, 2014 

* No force can change the Government as people have confidence in us - President

* Development Bonds issue oversubscribed to US$ 187 million

* SLPA replies to incorrect allegations about its Colombo Port City Development Project

* Mahindodaya to give equal educational opportunities to rural schools

* Japan extended Rs. 10 million for improving Fire Units in Export Processing Zones

* Malani felicitated at UNESCO


March 10, 2014 

* Japan provides Rs. 100 million to promote Trilingual Language Policy

* National Drug Policy to be presented to the President today

* New Heads of Mission present credentials

* Protests against UN resolution on Sri Lanka

* Galle-Matara Expressway to be opened on March 15

* President congratulates Sri Lankan cricket team

* SL-German trade tops US$ 852 mn


March 09, 2014 

* No objective or rational reason to justify a third successive resolution on Sri Lanka - Envoy

* President declares open first segment of outer circular highway

* Right to live is the most important human right - President

* SriLankan Airlines to join oneworld in May

* Pointing fingers at the success of peace


March 07, 2014 

* Disproportionate negative attention is making the difficult task of reconciliation in Sri Lanka even harder – Prof. Peiris

* Rule of Law Index 2014 : Sri Lanka ranks first among South Asian nations

* President handed over appointments to 3800 new Grama Niladharis

* Lanka Sugar Company records high profit

* Sri Lanka, India, and Maldives hold meeting on trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation

* Missouri professor chooses SL as best destination to study Buddhism

* Piliyandala Eco-park constructions begin


March 06, 2014 

* Peace is the best guarantor of human rights ; Afghanistan wants to follow Sri Lanka’s successful path - President Karzai

* Census Department issues interim report on deaths and property damages during conflict

* Afghan President on a state visit to Sri Lanka

* Korea – Sri Lanka Travel & Tourism Club Launched

* Batticaloa to further develop with EU assistance

* Sri Lanka & Malaysia join hands in promoting Malaysian FDI to Sri Lanka


March 05, 2014 

* Sri Lanka categorically rejects UNHRC report: It is fundamentally flawed and disregards all progress made by SL since end of war against terrorism - Minister G L Peiris

* Multi-religion opposition to US resolution against Sri Lanka

* President and BIMSTEC leaders pledge to strengthen bilateral relations

* President and Indian Prime Minister hold bilateral discussions

* Afghan President to arrive in Sri Lanka today


March 04, 2014 

* External Affairs Minister to address HRC High Level Segment

* BIMSTEC bridges South Asia and Southeast Asia, two most dynamic regions in the world - President Rajapaksa

* President arrives in Myanmar

* Sri Lanka Railways starts luxury train service to Pallai in North

* ICRC program to assess needs of families of missing persons to begin next month

* President condoles with Chinese President

* Grave dug by LTTE to conceal civilians’ bodies


March 03, 2014 

* Pillay’s report based on invalid Darusman report

* President leaves for Myanmar

* Udayarkattu skeletal remains, trick graves to force intl probe

* Pillay’s report based on invalid Darusman report

* Deyata Kirula attendance breaks previous records

* Air services agreement between Lanka & South Africa

* GL emphasizes Asian solidarity in discussions with Myanmar FM


March 02, 2014 

* Human Rights, not a tool to settle foreign policy issues – Mahinda Samarasinghe

* Bharatiya Janata Party can be a force of unity - Kariyawasam

* Ceylon Cinnamon secures two international trademarks


March 01, 2014

* US Senators calls on President Obama to adopt balanced & comprehensive policy towards Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka among Kuoni's top exotic wedding destinations for 2014

* Inflation decelerates further in February







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