July 2014

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July  31, 2014 

* IMF Executive Director, President discuss Sri Lanka's role in Asian region

* Former LTTE members tour the South

* MEA responds to US Embassy statement

* Government to provide concessions for 11, 459 families affected by droughts

* Switzerland extends continuous support to Sri Lanka

* Work on 28 bridges completed

* SL & Poland enter into a new Air Services Agreement

* Lanka exports clinch hat trick win in first half


July  30, 2014 

* Our decisions always focus on benefitting future generations, not merely the immediate – President

* Sri Lanka among one of the fastest developing economies in Asia - IMF

* Vatican confirms Pope's visit to Sri Lanka

* Malaysian firm to invest in a hybrid power project in North

* North Central Province gets Rs.5, 791mn for development

* Rs.740 bn income from re-fuelling ships

* Gateway opens for 'Experts City'

* Farmers under AIB paid compensation Rs. 85 Mn

* Foreign Reserve has shown Nine billion USD increase


July  29, 2014 

* Sri Lanka a potential location for Japanese SMEs to invest - Japan's State Minister

* Sri Lankan asylum seekers are economic migrants - Australian Minister

* Muslims have contributed much for Lanka’s progress – President

* President hands over Buddhist relics to temples in US and Korea

* SL among top Eid destinations – Khaleej Times


July  28, 2014 

* President congratulates new Indonesian President elect

* Sri Lanka will play an important role in building process of proposed Maritime Silk Route - China

* Reconstructed Northern Railway Line will be opened in September

* LTTE responsible for 80 percent of alleged abductions

* Lanka to establish 10 Botanical Gardens

* First ever international film festival in Sri Lanka, in September


July  26, 2014 

* Sri Lanka conveys condolences to families of the passengers on Air Algerie flight

* Govt reduces taxes on imported grains and lentils

* The Modi friendship initiative: BJP for closer ties between Indian and Sri Lanka - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Both ruling and opposition parties are responsible for public welfare – President

* No deaths of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters since 2011 – Indian Defence Minister

* Missing Persons Commission to hold next public sittings in Mannar


July  25, 2014 

* Sri Lanka progressively improves in human development

* Govt’s equal attention on children’s nutrition level and education - President

* President sends wishes to Sri Lankan team for 20th Commonwealth Games

* President conveys greetings for 20th Commonwealth Games

* It is the duty of every citizen to safeguard national harmony and coexistence - President

* Sri Lanka expresses deep concern at loss of civilian lives in Gaza

* SAARCFINANCE Group Meeting and SAARCFINANCE Governors' Symposium held in Colombo

* Public view and proposals are entertained to prepare next year budget

* Maternal deaths in North fall drastically

* Measures to control pesticides

* Over 2,000 buses to strengthen SLTB


July  24, 2014 

* Size of Army camps in Jaffna reduced to 25% and land returned to owners

* Social conciliation should be present at all levels

* All NGOs should register and indicate scope of activities - PM

* Landmark climate change project launched in Sri Lanka

* BOC Seychelles operation viable

* Kidney surgeries at Anuradhapura Kidney Treatment Unit

* BOC Ranked above all Sri Lankan Banks; Among Top 1,000 Global Banks

* Secretary Defence attends MOD 'Ifthar'


July  23, 2014 

* Govt's programme to uplift local industries will not be changed at any cost - President

* India will stand by Sri Lanka's position at the UNHRC - Dr. Swamy

* Vietnam, Sri Lanka to work closely in fighting transnational crime

* Member European Parliament on UNHRC Lanka ‘probe’: ‘AN INQUIRY ON THE INQUIRY’

* Child Development Centers to Estate Sector

* Sri Lanka and Singapore to establish a pilot training school at Mattala airport

* Toll fees from Southern, Katunayake Expressways top Rs.45bn

* Public Grievance Redress Mechanism launched

* Emirates resumes full schedule of 34 flights a week from Colombo

* Udawalawa tourist zone developed with Rs.55mn


July  22, 2014 

* India wants excellent relations with Sri Lanka - BJP delegation

* Top UNESCO official states: UN became NATO’s PR arm, Selective treatment of countries

* President Abolishes Taxes for Financial Institutions

* SL Welcomes BRICS Initiative to Establish A Development Bank

* Vocational Training Centre in Orugodawatte

* President expresses condolences to Dutch and Malaysians over MH17 tragedy

* Tanzanian Foreign Minister calls on President

* “Pura Neguma” to develop 22 local govt agencies


July  21, 2014 

* Top South Asian countries refuse visas for UNHRC committee probing SL

* Portugal interested in further improving relations with Sri Lanka

* Inter-ministerial Programme launched to serve conflict-affected villages in Ampara

* Fourteen Lankan workers brought home safely from Libya

* Special Projects to Mitigate Landslide Risk

* Badulla District gets Rs. 2,657 m. for development


July  20, 2014 

* National Nutrition Walk to improve nutrition launched

* The Dutch trade stands ready to engage and explore opportunities in Sri Lanka

* LTTE operatives arrested by Malaysia brought to Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka expresses condolences over lives lost on Malaysian Airlines flight

* Culpability of the forces of terror: A wider mandate in search for Truth and Reconciliation - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake


July  18, 2014 

* Muslims praise President’s endeavor for national reconciliation

* Implement streamlined programme to upgrade welfare of teachers – President

* United Nations E-Government Survey 2014: Sri Lanka ranks top among South Asia

* Khuram murder trial: former PS chairman convicted

* Indian Air Force Chief to meet SL President today

* Disappearances Commission receive 19284 complaints

* Galle Harbour earns profit of Rs.20 million

* Maternity and Childcare Centres with modern facilities

* Human Rights Commission visits North

* Hambantota port earns Rs. 750m from bunkering since opening last month

* Basil Rajapaksa attends “Sri Lanka Shines in Shanghai”

* Work on first stage of University Hostel Project completed

* Govt awards 100 scholarships to journalists

* Sonali Deraniyagala wins PEN/Ackerley Prize for “Wave” tsunami memoir


July  17, 2014 

* President appoints international Advisory Council to the Commission of Inquiry

* North & East get Sinhala language training

* President opens Sri Lanka’s first Medical Reference laboratory

* SL to get two brand new ships

* Troops attend to winds-affected schools & offices

* SriLankan to join oneworld carriers at Terminal-3, London Heathrow Airport

* Nominations for Uva PC polls to be received from 30th


July  16, 2014 

* President reviews development of Ratnapura District

* Sri Lanka deeply concerned at situation in Gaza

* Sri Lanka- Belarus bilateral Foreign Office Consultations focus on increasing bilateral cooperation

* Netherlands commends Lanka’s economic progress

* ADB grants $300 million to aid Sri Lanka's push to cut fuel oil use, boost renewables

* SriLankan to join oneworld carriers at Terminal-3, London Heathrow Airport

* Ambassador Kariyawasam presents credentials to President Obama

* ADB lends 600 Mn USD to Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan

* ‘Village to Village-House to House’ program benefits over 50, 000 people

* Seven year skills development plan drawn up


July  15, 2014 

* Government’s policy to provide better public service - President

* Era which people waiting for flour from abroad ended: People today consuming more rice - President

* President condoles Palestine civilian deaths

* President inspects Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Complex

* India assists set up two faculties for University of Jaffna at Kilinochchi

* Trade deficit narrows 47.9 percent in May 2014

* Social Integration Week commenced

* Lanka-B’Desh trade crosses critical $100M levels for first time

* Rural bridges to help six million people

* Sri Lankan Consulate opens in Zurich

* CB maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate


July  14, 2014 

* Address HR issues through cooperation, not by punitive approach, says Indian MEA Spokesman

* President Opens “Arcade Independence Square”

* FAO endorses Mahinda Rajapaksa Global Agriculture Fund

* Japan – Sri Lanka Parliamentary League to visit Sri Lanka

* Over 425 Tradesmen from East in Army

* Over 800 houses damaged by Strong Wind

* Lankan apparel exports see double digit growth

* Special loan facility for Ramadan celebrators

* Rs.10, 000mn to develop infrastructure for Deyata Kirula


July  12, 2014 

* Rs. 4 billion allocated for agricultural loans to farmers

* Sri Lanka, India discuss economic, security cooperation, fisheries issue, and housing projects

* President reappoints GA Chandrasiri as Northern Province Governor

* The facts on asylum seekers: Sri Lanka, Australia and the boats - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake


July  11, 2014 

* Sri Lanka now stands with pride, ending era of receiving pity of others - President

* Belarus offers Sri Lanka help in food security and agriculture, agrees to increase bilateral trade

* World Bank to assist skills development

* Former Australian FM ridicules urban mythology about endemic prosecution of Tamils

* MEA clarifies reports relating to recent instructions for NGOs

* Indian A-320 fleet to undergo major maintenance at Mattala Int. Airport - Economic Times

* Shanghai Travel & Trade Forum creates opportunity for SL

* UAE lifts ban on SL’s export of chicken & eggs to UAE market


July  10, 2014 

* Disappearances Commission receives more than 390 complaints in Mullaitivu

* Ramaphosa concludes Sri Lanka visit

* Indo-Lanka foreign ministers to meet tomorrow

* Tarik Ahsan, new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to SL

* Cocotech Exhibition, IN Conference & Coconut Festival held

* Lanka-Belarus trade talks begin in Colombo

* Central Bank releases publication on Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka - 2014

* Special program to assist war affected in Ampara


July  09, 2014 

* President commissions patrol boats gifted by Australia

* Prevent illegal acquisition of state lands - President

* Cabinet approves witness protection bill

* NGOs not restricted in their work, Defense Ministry clarifies

* South African envoy visits North

* Relatives of Kalawanchikudi Muslims killed by LTTE give evidence

* Central Bank's new credit guarantee scheme for pawning advances benefits borrowers

* Sri Lanka to issue Rs. 4 billion Treasury Bonds

* Independence Square reconstructed

* Ceylon tea at North America’s largest food & beverage fair

* Fuel issued to ships from Magam Ruhunapura Harbour

* Strategic development program to Kandy

* First batch of Lankans leaves for Italian jobs


July  08, 2014 

* South African Deputy President calls on President Rajapaksa

* Over 3000 graduates receive appointments

* Sri Lanka Navy brings 41 Australia bound illegal migrants home

* Program implemented to provide livelihood assistance to war widows


July  07, 2014 

* President hands over 104 houses to Ranaviru families in Anuradhapura

* First Northern Entrepreneur Awards in September

* Cyril Ramaphosa arrives

* South African Special Envoy to meet SL political leaders

* Ratnapura Expressway construction to Commence

* 24,000 university students to get accommodation in 60 new hostels


July  06, 2014 

* Commission on Missing Persons begins public sittings in Mullaitivu

* Malaysia arrest four LTTE operatives suspected of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

* Central Bank clarifies media reports on External Debt Statistics

* Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2014 to focus on economy in 2020


July  04, 2014 

* Those who condemn other religions bring disgrace to their own – President

* Sri Lanka reiterates its stance on UN investigation

* Moody's outlook for Sri Lanka banking system stable

* Tony Abbott praises Sri Lanka's human rights progress

* Sri Lanka’s Unemployment down to 4.2%

* Two Mahindodaya Technological Laboratories to be opened tomorrow

* Methodist Church celebrates bicentennial

* Army to help to Elephant Pass Salt Production

* China to introduce more direct flights to Lanka

* More Tamil youths to join Army

* WB helps prevent flooding Colombo

* Deyata Kirula Construction work to will begin


July  03, 2014 

* All communities should join hands to develop the country - President

* Sri Lanka, China discuss beginning negotiations on proposed free trade agreement

* Mullaitivu women soldiers passed out

* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals rise 14.3 percent in June 2014

* Jayalalithaa unhappy over BJP government’s position on Katchatheevu

* EU Head of Operations in Sri Lanka visits EU funded projects in North and East

* Poddala Handicraft Village opens tomorrow

* Second phase of Dengue crackdown in WP from tomorrow


July  02, 2014 

* President makes appointments to Public Service Commission

* New Heads of Mission present credentials

* CSIRT system launched in Sri Lanka to prevent cyber attacks on banks

* Indian government tells court TN fishermen have no rights to fishing in Katchatheevu islet

* Almost all financial institutions in Sri Lanka finalize consolidation plans - Central Bank

* Missing Persons Commission’s fifth sittings in Mullaitivu

* Rs. 3,000 Mn to upgrade fisheries harbours


July  01, 2014 

* Government totally rejects hate politics - President

* President visits Aluthgama and Beruwala

* Benefits of Sri Lanka defeating terrorism should receive recognition - Minister Peiris

* New Navy Commander takes over today

* Inflation drops in June 2014 to 28-month low of 2.8 percent






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