August 2014

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August  30, 2014 

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan agree to enhance defense cooperation

* Inflation declines to 3.5 percent in August 2014


* Central Bank approves 29 consolidation plans of financial institutions


August  29, 2014 

* CSE and SEC to conduct an awareness programme in New York

* Tamil language training for Tri Forces

* Sri Lanka Tourism welcomes 1,000,000th tourist

* Lanka-Seychelles MoU on manpower training

* Increased flights to China see more tourists in Lanka


August  28, 2014 

* Two major development projects inaugurated in North

* SME's in Japan invited to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka

* Demining 98% has completed

* Colombo's first Seychelles forum attracts Sri Lankan businesses

* Lanka to host Global Rubber Conference 2014 for first time

* External Affairs Minister reviews progress of Sri Lankan missions in Europe


August  27, 2014 

* Kachchatheevu Island cannot be retrieved from SL: AG tells SC

* FDIs surpass US$ 817 million during first six months

* Air Chief of Pakistan visits Sri Lanka

* Former Navy Commander Adm. Colombage Appointed Presidential Adviser on Maritime and Naval Hub

* Korea helps improve vocational training

* Lanka tourism campaign in Germany receives high response

* Northern Province to get over 20,000 jobs under seaweed project


August  26, 2014 

* Govt keen to see ICT reach rise to 75% and beyond – President

* Official announcement on Pope Francis visit to SL

* Floating Market declared open

* Achchuveli Industrial Estate to be opened on August 28

* Central Bank enters into Investment Agreement with People's Bank of China

* More rehabilitated LTTE cadres entrusted to relatives

* SL's first ever Gold Centre next month

* Concessionary loans for Divi Neguma families

* Galle Fort 'Dutch Hospital' will open Aug 28

* Japan considers providing patrol ships to SL


August  25, 2014 

* India Must Respect Lanka Sovereignty: Avdhash Kaushal

* Tamil diaspora pump in money to create chaos in Jaffna – Jaffna Commander

* True freedom in Sri Lanka today - Indian Federation of Working Journalists

* Sri Lanka is proud to be founder member of Chinese Investment Bank – GL

* Thirty six Tamil Woman Soldiers passed out

* Eighteen Lagoons to be developed

* Super luxury bus service for office workers


August  23, 2014 



August  22, 2014

* International Water Seminar inaugurated

* Trade deficit narrows 35.3 percent in June 2014

* India, Sri Lanka discuss joint strategy to curb narcotics

* Sri Lanka condoles with Japanese people on landslide tragedy

* Vietnamese parliamentary delegation visits parliament

* Justice Ministry partners with UNICEF to develop an electronic database to speed up justice for children

* SL exports increased on EU, US demand for garments

* Central Bank lobbies in US to improve communication between the two countries


August  21, 2014 

* President Rajapaksa an example for other leaders to emulate - Bill Gates

* London-based group with vested interest only accuse Sri Lanka of committing genocide - Subramanian Swamy

* President instructs urgent solutions for health trade union problems

* Two new deputy ministers take oaths

* LTTE rump fanning the flames of hatred - Dr Chris Nonis

* China supports SL to face challenges in Indian Ocean

* SriLankan buys new plane next month


August  20, 2014 

* Land ownership gives the people dignity and pride – President

* Japanese Vice-Minister calls on President

* Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in landmark agreement to promote Sri Lanka to clients for investment

* We welcome Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka - President

* India, Sri Lanka meet to discuss narcotics menace

* Non state actors pose a common challenge in the region – Ambassador Kariyawasam

* Draw attention to challenges of terrorists re-grouping Intl level. - Ravinatha Aryasinha

* BOI plans to build 5 factories each District

* Floating market to be opened Friday

* President urges banks to increase involvement in rural development projects


August  19, 2014 

* Theme proposed by President Rajapaksa selected for next SAARC Summit

* Two members from India and Pakistan to Advisory Committee

* Int’l pressure not only unhelpful but also detrimental – Prof. Peiris

* “Nanasala” wins Bill & Melinda Gates awarded for best IT project


* Two government-owned plantation companies post profits for 2013

* In Pictures: President participates in Mahela's farewell

* Sri Lanka is a model for blending security and development together - Army Commander

* Achchuveli Industrial Park first phase opens on August 28

* Bhutan Health Minister meets SL counterpart


August  18, 2014 

* Seeking to build ‘Positive Peace’ in a cohesive society with trust and reciprocity - Secretary to the President

* Jewellery industry an important segment of our economy- President

* President opened two roads & Mahindodaya lab in Nuwara Eliya

* Defence Seminar-2014 inaugurates with over 350 delegates

* Focus on manufacture-based economy by next budget

* 2000 new buses to SLTB, 122 arrives

* Bio-gas plant launched in Matara

* Army Para Games attract foreign participants


August  16, 2014 

* Nuwara Eliya Golf Club; a honored place in development of sports in the country - President

* Sri Lanka Underlines Friendship with Palestine - Lucien Rajakarunanayake


August  15, 2014 

* Indian High Commissioner Sinha calls on President Rajapaksa

* High Commissioner Pillay seeks to influence the OHCHR investigation process

* Seychelles Health Minister Calls on President Rajapaksa

* President’s Condolences to victims of Iranian Plane Crash

* Pakistan, Sri Lanka enjoy cordial & friendly ties - envoy

* Trade with Indonesia to top US$ 1 mn in 2015

* International exhibition of rubber plastics & manufacturing commences

* Over Rs.100mn for waste management in WP


August  14, 2014 

* President pledges US$ 1 Million to Palestine

* President orders Indian fishermen's release

* Bilateral ties with Switzerland strengthen further - President Rajapaksa

* India releases 16 Sri Lankan fishermen

* Govt committed to ensure respect for artistes and nurture the arts - President Rajapaksa

* ‘India & Sri Lanka: A Partnership That Transcends Time’ released

* President felicitates Ven Dedunupitiye Upananda Thera

* Development not limited to Colombo - UDA

* Kandy city and suburban towns to develop


August  13, 2014 

* President instructs officials to address shortcomings in Matale district

* Missing persons figure exaggerated - Commission Chairman

* Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2014 examines role of country's youth

* Gvnt committed to working for well being of youth – Prof G.L. Peris

* President congratulates first elected President of Turkey

* Missing Persons Commission hears 314 complaints at public sittings in Mannar

* Sri Lanka asks foreign envoys to be impartial and refrain from meddling in domestic matters

* 26 young Tamil women join Army

* Sangakkara: No. 1 test batsman

* Sri Lankan envoy falls back on shared past

* First Int’l Ornamental Fish event in Sri Lanka

* SL - China to promote electronic & apparels sectors


August  12, 2014 

* Pura Neguma to strengthen North & East local bodies

* Present peaceful era conducive for religious harmony - President

* Sri Lanka Tourism mega advertising campaign in UK

* South Asia’s fastest growing economy: A look at modern Sri Lanka with Ambassador Kariyawasam By Michael D. Mosettig


August  11, 2014 

* President attended religious activities in Kandy

* US statement creates false and alarmist view on Sri Lanka: Ministry of External Affairs

* Sri Lanka’s economic growth: Thumbs up from IMF - Premier

* Secretary General of SAARC calls on President Rajapaksa

* President congratulates victorious cricket team

* Books; Siri Dalada Harasaraniya & Budun Wedi Maga presented to President

* Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader capable of establishing a righteous society - Asgiri Mahanayake

* SL rupee won’t be under downward pressure in foreseeable future - CB Governor

* SL Army opens new hospital in South Sudan under UN Mission


August  08, 2014 

* No double standards in application of environmental justice - President Mahinda Rajapaksa

* Commission on Missing Persons commences sittings in Mannar today

* President’s condolence on Dr Guruge’s passing away

* President felicitates Ven Ambewela Pannasara Nayake Thero, recipient of Myanmar honours

* Govt resettled 150,202 families in North

* Cabinet approval for budget proposals, 2015

* Magampura Port records Rs.1, 236m income in seven months


August  077, 2014 

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan to strengthen security cooperation to fight terrorism and transnational crime

* President to visit Pakistan later this month

* President inspected “Knowledge Park” complex in Pettah

* SL - Vietnam two way trade grown by 100 percent

* Pakistan, Sri Lanka have significant potential for trade – PM Nawaz Sharif

* Sathosa makes tremendous progress

* Slum and shanties free Colombo by 2020


August  06, 2014 

* Term of Missing Persons Commission extended

* Diplomatic community should be conscious of local sensitivities - Foreign Ministry

* Uva election on Sept. 20

* President inspects Kimbulawela model paddy fields

* Korean push for first ever Lanka regional apparel training

* Lanka will reach US$ 150bn GDP by 2020 - Governor

* Over 347 mobile services in Badulla completed


August  05, 2014 

* 3- member committee is to advise the Commission, no investigative role - President

* WJP Rule of Law Index 2014: Sri Lanka ranks top among South Asia

* Take stern action against who fill paddy lands illegally - President

* Supreme Court rules Chief Minister of Provincial Council cannot issue orders to Chief Secretary

* President condoles China earthquake deaths

* Motorbikes to 600 public servants at Kurunegala

* Europe should not judge Sri Lanka on human rights -Miss Earth – Air 2013

* Tourist arrivals rise 25.2 percent in July

* Conference to show potential of the capital market in Sri Lanka to International investors

* President attended Intl Scouts Jamboree


August  04, 2014 

* Japan gives Rs.305mn for capacity development

* Rise in demand for local handicrafts

* President assures to launch an exclusive bank for women

* Action plan to meet challenges of droughts - President instructs officials

* Sri Lanka to host 'Galle Dialogue' International Maritime Conference in December


August  03, 2014 

* Indian govt stresses enhanced economic engagement with Sri Lanka

* asylum seekers, UNHCR slow to address requirements - Govt


* Govt allocates Rs. 1.9 billion to provide drought relief

* Sri Lanka exports record highest first half earnings this year

* Considerable increase in number of tourists visiting botanical gardens


August  01, 2014 

* President meets with officials to discuss ICAPP arrangements

* Sri Lanka, Singapore bilateral discussions focus on expanding economic and defense relations

* Divi Neguma sixth phase in Moneragala

* Four sugar factories to be developed

* Twelve firms to pump Rs1.5bn in Hambantota industrial city

* Major changes in airport & aviation sectors

* The Kandy Esala Festival begins






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