May 2014

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May  30, 2014 

* Govt. committed to protect free education - President

* Health Ministry, UNICEF raise awareness in Iron Deficiency Anemia affecting children and women

* Sri Lanka to expand political and economic cooperation with Spain and Turkey

* Senegal will support Sri Lanka's efforts to engage with African Union

* SLT donates books to Cancer Hospital

* ADB assists Skills Sector Development Program

* Sri Lanka, Russia agree to combat transnational crime

* Fund for Media personnel, Artistes and Writers


May  29, 2014 

* Country is now comfort zone after period of great challenge and great sacrifices - President

* SL's image distorted by Western media - Prof. Athugala

* India to release Sri Lankan fishermen

* Agrarian services to safeguard farming community

* Central Bank further relaxes Foreign Exchange Regulations

* UN under spotlight for giving refugee status to LTTE cadres

* Sri Lanka says Indian FM's association and interest in the country is a source of strength


May  28, 2014 

* Pope confirms Sri Lanka visit in 2015

* US$ 175mn from ADB for education and road developments

* President’s intervention to solve health sector issues

* Sri Lanka Army conducts mine awareness programs in North

* Sri Lanka, India Presidents meet

* "Ranaviru Suwanda" awards ceremony held

* President returns after attending Indian PM’s swearing-in ceremony

* Bigger Lanka-Pakistan trade in the offing

* Lanka to buy two bulk carrier ships from China

* SLAF confirms debris belongs to Mi-24 gunship


May  27, 2014 

* President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Modi meet in New Delhi

* President congratulates new Indian PM

* Sri Lanka, Maldives Presidents meet in New Delhi

* Malaysia hunts for more LTTE members

* New Delhi’s stern action against protests: Vaiko arrested

* Navy salvages Helicopter Debris from Chalai Seas

* Minister Devananda thanks Israel for reconstruction assistance

* Sri Lanka's exports increase 28.6% in March 2014, deficit narrows 15.5%

* SEC and CSE to host Investor Forum in London

* Lanka performs well in health, education MDGs - JCI

* President brings state mechanism to rural community – Basil


May  26, 2014 

* President participates in Sri Lanka's first Small and Medium scale Industrial Exhibition

* President arrives in New Delhi

* Malaysian police arrest three LTTE suspects

* President Rajapaksa sends condolence message to President of Laos

* President participates in Sri Lanka's first Small and Medium scale Industrial Exhibition

* President releases Indian fishermen

* Fishermen go home for goodwill between India & Sri Lanka

* More Community-Oriented Programs by Forces in Jaffna

* President left for India


May  25, 2014 

* The new road to Indo-Lanka relations By Lucien Rajakarunanayake


May  23, 2014

* Rajapaksa is the only option to discuss the Tamil issue – TN Congress

* President returns after attending CICA in China

* Sri Lanka condemns terrorist attack on Indian Consulate in Afghanistan

* Buddhist teachings provides foundation for understanding and tolerance among people of all nations - President Rajapaksa

* Foreign policy is the domain of Centre. It is not a state subject – Dr. Subramanian Swamy

* President invites Wigneswaran to join delegation to India for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

* High ranking Chinese military delegation offers training opportunities to Sri Lankan officers

* Hambantota port bunkering to begin in June

* Lanka-Belarus JEC, biz delegations renewed trade

* Lanka's Capital Market draws Japan's Daiwa Securities


May  22, 2014 

* Sri Lanka and China hold bilateral talks

* SL fully committed to implement a domestic procedure to address alleged violations - President

* President to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

* Sri Lanka, Iranian Presidents meet

* Rs.439Mn allocated for Kalutara District under "Gama Neguma”

* Iraq to buy more Lankan products

* SLT launches "Carrier-grade" public Wi-Fi "hotspots" for first time in Lanka


May  21, 2014 

* Let us work collectively to create a peaceful and stable new Asia – President Rajapaksa calls on CICA leaders

* Commission on Missing Persons Launches its Website

* Chinese President hosts Asian leaders attending CICA to a banquet

* 2014 1st quarter exports up by 15%

* Rs. 300Mn allocated to cultivate additional crops

* Missing Persons Commission to visit Batticaloa for Public Sittings

* CB maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate

* Lanka to host Integrated Better Air Quality Conference & EST Forum

* State guarantee for gold-backed loans

* Rs. 39 billion for irrigation projects

* 2558th Vesak celebrations in many countries


May  20, 2014 

* Pakistan will always support Sri Lanka - Pakistani President

* President arrives in Shanghai

* Await final report before making inaccurate statements – Commission Chairman

* President salutes War Heroes

* CICA, a forum for peace, security & stability in Asia

* Minister Sirisena elected Vice President of World Health Assembly

* Lanka showed world how to eliminate malaria – Health Minister

* ‘Healthy Army Healthy Nation’ for Army personnel


May  19, 2014 

* President Rajapaksa to attend CICA Summit in China

* Sri Lanka’s Ayurveda is key attraction of tourist market - Rishad Bathiudeen

* Commonwealth Health Ministers laud MDGs impact on health services


May  18, 2014 

* India's incoming PM looks forward to strong relations with Sri Lanka

* Best homage to war heroes is to safeguard unity - President Rajapaksa


May  17, 2014 

* President offers condolences to Turkish counterpart on mine disaster

* China’s highest military delegation to ever visit Sri Lanka calls on President Rajapaksa

* India participates in Buddha Rashmi Vesak celebrations in Colombo


May  16, 2014 

* President congratulates PM-designate Modi

* India extends ban on LTTE, says remnant cadres trying to resurrect outfit

* In Pictures: Buddha Rashmi Vesak Zone at the Gangaramaya Temple opened

* Systematic program to purchase big onions from local farmers

* President attends at Vesak celebrations


May  14, 2014 

* Sri Lankan society strongly defends and respects independence and dignity of others in the policies of State - President

* Abduction of Nigerian girls shows the urgent and decisive need to combat terrorism - President

* President congratulates South African President on ANC election victory

* SLA begins recruiting Tamil youth from North

* Sri Lanka is becoming 'less indebted' - Central Bank


May  13, 2014

* Sri Lanka tourism can surpass $ 2 billion foreign revenue in 2014

* Sri Lanka, China sign Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

* Sri Lanka a top 10 emerging economy

* President presents National Green Awards to environment protectors

* President instructs IGP to arrest drug peddlers near schools


May  12, 2014 

* Every worker responsible to fulfill people’s expectations - President

* Sri Lanka, India joint investigating committee to resolve the fishing issue permanently

* Sri Lanka has become a top Asian holiday spot - HuffPost Lifestyle, UK

* New Ambassadors pledge continued support to Sri Lanka, keen on strengthening ties

* Rattota and Ukuwela Development plan

* '10 point Action Plan' to boost Intellectual Property benefits in Sri Lanka


May  11, 2014 

* WCY 2014 concludes with Colombo Declaration


May  10, 2014 

* Geneva resolution does not help Sri Lanka - Japan

* Bhutan's CJ meets President

* Sri Lanka has overcome many development challenges successfully - World Bank

* Field Officers providing counseling and psychosocial support to receive further training

* Sri Lanka neutral on disputes in South China Sea

* New Zealand to assist Sri Lanka in dairy development and power generation

* A patriot's call to youth of the world: Regard your country as sacred: don't compromise your love for it - President Rajapaksa at WYC By Lucien Rajakarunannyake

* Panelists Urge Youth to Continue the Effort to be Heard


May  09, 2014 

* WCY youth discussed on gender & youth participation

* President opens new Peoples’ Bank branch at Thalawa

* Will not allow our children top become a bait of interested parties - President

* President worships Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and receive blessings

* ACBC organises 13th Bauddhaloka Vesak zone

* SriLankan Airlines to start charter flights to Chongqing

* Our obligation to promote the youth in future governance - Secretary to the President

* Japan Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister visits Sri Lanka

* SL–NZ cooperation on dairy, trade, energy & sports development

* World Bank helps urban services improvement in Lanka

* “Lanka Darshanam”, a Malayali Travalogue launched in New Delhi


May  08, 2014 

* ‘Terrorism took away all the rights of young people. We are restoring all of them ‘ - President tweets

* Faith and imagination of youth uplifts our societies - Secretary to the President

* Youth conference discussions address multiple issues

* Tourist arrivals up in April

* WCY focuses on Role of Youth in Peace building

* Kumbukkan Oya Irrigation Project

* Lanka – EU trade to hit US$ 5 bn

* WYC 2014: Round Table discussions on Education, Employment, Sports & Youth Participation held


May  07, 2014 

* United Nations praise Sri Lanka’s progress

* No place for terrorism in Sri Lanka – Defence Ministry

* Sri Lanka to achieve Per Capita Income goal US$ 4,000 before target year - Treasury Secretary

* WYC 2014: Round Table discussion of Gender Equality Perceptions and Social Stigmas and Lack of Awareness held

* Twitter Q&A with President Rajapaksa

* Australia appreciates SL’s role in combating people smuggling

* SL requests Australian support for initiatives against terrorists financing

* SL – India civil nuclear cooperation talks held

* IMF upgrades Sri Lanka's 2014 economic growth to 7%

* Lanka–Japan tourism develops with emphasis on Ayurveda

* Trade deficit contracts 20.7 percent in February 2014

* Government declares May 11th to 17th as Vesak Week

* Commemorative Stamp to mark WCY 2014


May  06, 2014 

* ‘Your country cannot be second to any of your interests’ - President tells youth

* No country has done so much for military service personnel than Lanka – Army Commander

* President condoles over Afghan landslide tragedy

* WYC 2014 Ministerial Meeting Takes Place in Hambantota

* Tourism earnings increase

* President to declare open World Youth Conference 2014

* More luxury bus services from this month


May  05, 2014 

* ‘Seeking minimum of necessities & leading a simple life enrich ascetic qualities of Buddhist monks to Tourist arrivals up in Aprilsociety’ - President

* Further decrease in poverty headcount ratio

* ICT workforce rises by 50% since 2010 - National ICT Workforce Survey 2013


May  04, 2014 

* China appreciates Sri Lanka's support for Maritime Silk Route initiative

* Commonwealth SG, Speaker discuss legislative drafting

* President denounces terrorist attack in China

* All financial institutions submit consolidation plans to Central Bank


May  03, 2014 

* More financial assistance for places of worship - President

* Bilateral Political Consultations between SL & China concludes successfully

* We will never bow down": President's May Day call to defeat conspiracies – by Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Govt stands by media freedom, ethical reporting - DG Information

* National War Heroes Commemoration Month launched


May  02, 2014 

* Government can’t be toppled when the working masses are with it - President

* Sri Lanka condemns Chennai blast

* MoD rejects reports of sending intelligence officers to foreign countries

* Lanka’s largest military hospital to be opened on Monday

* MoU facilitates skills development in North

* A business delegation from China expresses interest in developing projects in SL


May  01, 2014 

* President calls for vigilance over conspiracies to disrupt work force of country

* President returns after successful State visit to Bahrain

* Sri Lanka remains vulnerable to LTTE terrorist financing - US

* SriLankan Airlines joins oneworld alliance

* Sri Lanka, Bangladesh to sign coastal shipping agreement to boost trade







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