April 2014


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April  30, 2014 

* President Rajapaksa meets with the Sri Lankan community in Bahrain

* Sri Lanka’s relations with Bahrain receives major boost

* Bahrain’s Prime Minister hosts luncheon in honor of President Rajapaksa

* IMF, WB recognize SL as fastest growing economy - Amunugama

* Japan emphasizes UN resolution not productive

* Shangri-La increases investment to US$ 450 mn

* Sri Lanka and Maldives agree to strengthen co-operation

* Sri Lanka, France to strengthen bilateral cooperation


April  29, 2014 

* Bahrain presents the prestigious Khalifa Medal to President Rajapaksa

* Sri Lanka and Bahrain sign three MoUs to further strengthen ties

* Gas production by 2016

* Fitch Affirms Sri Lanka at 'BB-'; Outlook Stable as risks to the rating are well balanced

* Thirty eight room modern Rest House to Jaffna

* SriLankan flies with oneworld from Thursday


April  28, 2014 

* Diversity needs handling with foresight to prevent fragmenting Commonwealth - President

* Internet connections top 2 million mark

* President Rajapaksa arrives in Bahrain

* President commends Thailand's support to Sri Lanka

* President Rajapaksa leaves for Bahrain

* Special police unit to be set up to handle religious disputes

* Sri Lanka Army continues mine awareness programs in North

* Loan scheme to promote milk production


April  27, 2014 

* Sri Lanka criticizes inclusion of rights issues on UNSG's report on sexual violence

* Sri Lanka requested to establish trade office in the strategic Port of Gwadar

* Presence of military does not contribute to insecurity of women and girls in former conflict zone - SL

* INTERPOL issues Red Notice on Nediyavan


April  26, 2014 

* Media has responsibility to safeguard age-old moral values – President

* Continuous support at international fora, Maldivian Foreign Minister assures president

* President hands over 125 houses to War Heroes: War Heroes get due respect, recognition for their great sacrifices – Lalith Weeratunga

* Vocational skills training for Northern residents to be increased

* Narendra Modi and the rise of Hindutva: Towards a new terrain in Indo-Lanka relations - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* South Asia Summit on Youth and Human Rights opened in Colombo


April  25, 2014 

* State banks should support small scale enterprises - President

* Prof. Peiris briefs diplomats on government action against terrorism funding

* China will continue to support Sri Lanka at UNHRC & UN Security Council

* Co-operation with Sri Lanka to prevent people smuggling is a success - Australia

* Elimination of malaria from Sri Lanka is an immense achievement - President

* SLT inks USD 415 Million ICT investment agreement with BOI

* Sri Lankan rice varieties to foreign market


April  24, 2014 

* Decision on hanging is a matter close to heart: People should have a chance to rehabilitate - President

* AG's Dept. establishes provincial units, strengthens presence in Provinces

* President refutes allegations that casinos to be introduced

* SriLankan signs MRO deal with IndiGo

* President orders setting up special police unit to deal with religious activities

* Another Abimansala for dependent war heroes

* Parliamentary delegation of Baluchistan visits Sri Lanka

* Fish export income records 31,792mn in 2013 – Fisheries Ministry


April  23, 2014 

* Sri Lanka first in South Asia to access innovative World Bank disaster risk financing

* EPF’s profits up to date exceeds Rs.558 billion

* Port container handling volumes increase

* SAARC seminar on April 28, 29 in Kandy

* Cabinet approves setting up of Sri Lanka Ocean University


April  22, 2014 

* Sri Lanka has achieved a lot, Korean envoy tells President Rajapaksa

* Prospect of increased Korean investments in Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka woos Malaysian investors for infrastructure development

* Sri Lankan economy poised for stronger performance - CB

* Defence Secretary concludes successful visit to Malaysia

* Tamil woman recruits become Nursing Assistants

* Thihagoda compost project, a success


April  21, 2014 

* President opens new buildings at South Eastern & Eastern Universities

* Three regional industrial estates to be set up

* BOI hosts delegation from Guangdong Province

* Govt to buy local drug products without tenders


April  20, 2014 

* Will not allow any community to step on another - President

* Manmunai Bridge fulfilled long felt need in Batticaloa

* Easter celebration, recognition of human ability to overcome the trials of life – President

* President refers to attempts by some to create chaos in the country

* Girandurukotte gets a Mahindodaya Laboratory


April  19, 2014 

* Canada's hypocrisy on Human Rights and Commonwealth funding - by Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* President to open Manmunai Bridge today

* SL's first automated motor vehicle production line opened

* Muslims encroaching Willpattu national park because of Navy, a false allegation - Defence Ministry


April  18, 2014 

* World Youth Conference to benefit Lankan tourism 

* New Biomass Plant construction begins in Mahiyanganaya 

* President offers condolences to South Korea on ferry tragedy 

* Sri Lankan Christians observe Good Friday


April  17, 2014 

* President at New Year oil anointing ceremony

* Land deeds for Mahaweli families

* Sri Lankan Christians commemorate Maundy Thursday

* SL Tamil issue takes a back seat in Indian election campaign - The Hindu

* Defense Secretary meets Malaysian PM

* Condé Nast Traveler features Sri Lankan string hopper mold

* New Colombo Int'l terminal will provide a welcome boost to regional trade


April  16, 2014 

* Canada’s decision to use Commonwealth funds as a political tool is regrettable - MEA

* Commonwealth expresses disappointment at Canada's decision to suspend funds

* Truth about our relationship with Sri Lanka: opinion By Julie Bishop


April  14, 2014 

* There is a renewed attempt to revive LTTE - SLA

* Coexistence and reconciliation are the outstanding traditions of Avururdu - President

* Recent incidents underscores the need to keep military on alert - Minister Samarasinghe


April  11, 2014 

* Coordinated approach for counseling and psychosocial support for conflict-affected persons

* New engineering faculties for Colombo, Jaffna, Kelaniya & J’pura universities

* Over 1.5 million visit Divi Neguma Avurudu fairs

* Coconut related Tourism Park in Pasikudah


April  10, 2014 

* UNHRC probe attempt on Sri Lanka is beyond its mandate - Indian Foreign Secretary

* ‘Selling public resources will not solve problems in the country’- President

* Sri Lankan economy sustained by new capacity from infrastructure investments, World Bank says

* Lakvijaya fully operational, no power cuts - CEB

** SL one of Asia's fastest-growing markets after China - UK FT

* Pakistan announces educational scholarships for Sri Lankan youth


April 09, 2014 

* In Pictures: President welcomes WorldT20 Cricket Champions

* Pakistani Head of Joint Chiefs: Ending the War is Sri Lanka’s “Great Achievement”

* Prof. Induruwa inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

* Colombo; a must visit for anyone & everyone - CNN Go

* Sri Lanka launches US$ 500 million sovereign bond issue at 5.125%

* Sustainable development project for lagoons

* Luxury ship called at Hambantota with 479 passengers


April 08, 2014 

* Grand parade to welcome cricket champions today

* 2013 Growth rate 7.3 & Per Capita Income US$ 3280 - Central Bank

* Vietnamese Minister of Public Security meets President

* Grand parade to welcome cricket champions today

* More paddy lands returned to civilians in Mullaitivu

* Tourist arrivals up by 17.5 percent in March

* Journalists can now complain online to Press Council

* CSE and SEC to launch a road show in London next month


April 07, 2014 

* There are no minorities in this country, all have equal rights - President

* Sri Lanka vehicle transshipment business gathers speed SLPA

* SriLankan commences direct flights to China

** SL embassy in Riyadh extends mobile services

* Divi Neguma opens 324 Avurudu fairs island-wide

* Sri Lanka World T20 champions : President congratulates Sri Lankan cricket team


April 05, 2014 

* Resettled IDP families in Keppapilavu receive new houses

* Social Progress Index Sri Lanka tops in the region

* India’s abstention at UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka ‘a political decision - Indian Foreign Secy

* New Ambassadors and High Commissioners present Credentials

* Singapore launches community development project in North

* Belarus parliament ratifies mutual legal assistance treaty with Sri Lanka

* Mahinda Rajapaksa: a record of unwavering leadership By Lucien Rajakarunanayake


April 04, 2014 

* Singapore FM calls on countries to engage constructively with Sri Lanka

* Manmunai Bridge, connects Batticaloa & Ampara Districts this month

* Western and Southern Chief Ministers sworn in

* Pure drinking water to all to improve health conditions & quality of life - President

* Sri Lanka reaches World T20 finals


April 03, 2014 

* Sri Lanka sets a record in demining

* SL unemployment rate decreases to 4.1 percent

* 58 Indian fishermen reach Karaikal from Sri Lanka

* Hambantota Port, South Asia’s largest vehicle transshipment hub

* Japan gives 203 mn food grant assistance to SL

* Prof. Tissa Vitarana discusses enhancing collaboration on Science & Research with EU

* Spain – SL trade and commerce to enhance


April 02, 2014 

* Sri Lanka signs UN resolution on combating terrorism

* ADB Outlook projects 7.5% growth for Sri Lanka next two years

* China exploring collaboration with Sri Lanka in higher education

* Considerable progress in Sri Lanka financial sector consolidation - Central Bank

* Post war inflation rate the lowest

* Assassination of former Indian PM: Indian SC declines to review petition

* Maximum deposit interest rates payable by Licensed Finance Companies

* Over forty countries to attend fisheries confab in Sri Lanka

* Time to revival Iran-SL trade back to its original volumes - Iran


April 01, 2014 

* Sri Lanka Army Returns More Lands to Original Owners

* Three new Nenasalas in Colombo particularly for low income families

* Sri Lanka attracts high end French tourist group

* SLN takes delivery of the first Australian Bay Class Patrol Vessel

* Twenty seven new investors to H'tota

* More water supply projects for Anuradhapura District

* New variety of drumsticks introduced to lead healthy lives







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