March 2015


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March 31, 2015 

* Sri Lanka invited to join Budapest Cybercrime Convention – ICTA

* President returns after successful visit to China

* President hands over health sector appointment letters

* EU considers GSP+ and lifting of fish products ban


March 30, 2015 

* One thousand acres for Jaffna resettlement

* Sweden looks forward to further strengthen bilateral ties with Sri Lanka

* Unemployment rate decreases


March 28, 2015 

* Asian enterprise is a key driver in global economic development – President at Boao Forum

* First free Wi-Fi zone opened today


March 27, 2015 

* China, SL leaders reiterates all weather friendship

* China, SL leaders reiterates all weather friendship

* Lanka to get DCD & Melamine test machine

* Loan scheme to revive small rice mills

* China affirms fullest cooperation to new Sri Lankan Govt's initiatives

* Committee to probe CMC housing problems


March 26, 2015 

* China, Sri Lanka sign agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation

* China's aid to build a new hospital for kidney patients

* SL-China Friendship Association welcomes President’s state visit to China

* Govt commences formal process to regain EU's GSP Plus facility

* Warm welcome for President Sirisena in Beijing


March 25, 2015 

* President left for China

* 19th Amendment bill tabled in Parliament

* President appoints Ministries’ Secretaries


March 24, 2015 

* Emir of Qatar and President Sirisena express commitment for strong bilateral ties

* Sri Lanka and Qatar sign three agreements

* Lee Kuan Yew, an iconic figure who left an indelible mark globally - President

* Emir of Qatar to arrive in Sri Lanka today

* Sri Lanka achieves most MDG targets well ahead of schedule - MDG Country report

* Dual citizenship reintroduced

* Mahapola bursary increased


March 23, 2015 

* ‘Every measure to be taken to resolve problems of the people’ - President says in Jaffna

* Glad to climb up ladder to Head of State, being a child brought up in a ‘Govi Janapada’ - President

* It is a privilege to bestow first ever Field Marshal rank to General Sarath Fonseka - President

* Japan helps improve Mannar schools


March 22, 2015 

* New Ministers sworn in

* National nutrition program for pregnant mothers launched

* U.S. delegation encouraged by Sri Lanka's progress in religious freedom since election

* Cabinet Sub-committee to be appointed to review Uma Oya multipurpose project

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan to expand cooperation on eradicating drug trafficking, disaster management

* President to participate in Asian-African Conference in Indonesia next month

* President places Sirisena imprint in political leadership "Constitutional changes take precedence over polls"- By Lucien Rajakarunanayake


March 20, 2015 

* Sri Lanka budget proposals positive for large spirit makers - Fitch

* EU trade delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka next week to discuss GSP Plus

* ICT revenue expected to top US$ 1b in 2015

* Independence of public service & impartiality will be guaranteed at highest level - President


March 19, 2015 

* Laws against terrorist financing and money laundering to be strengthened

* President praises Vietnam’s rapid agricultural growth

* President launches construction work of Sobadam Piyasa

* Recent developments in Sri Lanka have created new openings and opportunities – Indian FM

* Sri Lanka to formulate a National Agriculture Policy

* CB maintains policy rates, expecting economic growth to continue


March 18, 2015 

* Constitutional reforms first, dissolution later - President

* We should look at Tamil Diaspora through a new angle - President

* President congratulates GCE AL toppers

* Switzerland ready to support Sri Lanka's national reconciliation

* Sri Lanka condemns bomb attacks on Pakistan churches


March 17, 2015 

* President seeks opinions and proposals to change preferential voting system

* Gazette on reforms published

* Committee appointed to develop livelihood programs for ex-LTTE cadre

* Constitutional status for Bribery Commission

* Japan grants Rs.10mn for water & sanitation for Nuwara Eliya


March 16, 2015 

* Cabinet approves 19th Amendment to Constitution for government reforms

* President appointed as chairman of UPFA

* President congratulates Sri Lankan cricket team for World Cup

* Missing persons commission to hand in interim report to President Wednesday

* Indian PM Modi concludes visit to Sri Lanka


March 14, 2015 

* Indian PM flags off Talaimannar train service

* Jaffna spreading message of peace to the world – Indian PM

* Welcome to Modi - fitting finish to success at Commonwealth: On My Watch - by Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Indian PM asks Tail political leaders to be patient with new government

* Indian PM to visit North

* Unity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka paramount to India: Indian PM


March 13, 2015 

* On arrival visas for Sri Lankans visiting India - Prime Minister Modi

* India will help to make Trinco a Regional Petroleum Hub - Prime Minister Modi

* A new page in Indo-Lanka cooperation - President Sirisena

* Indian PM arrives

* Housing loans to 50, 000 families

* President promises to set up a domestic war crimes inquiry within a month

* Sri Lanka and India sign four bilateral agreements


March 12, 2015 

* President returns after successful visit to London

* President has an audience with Queen

* President orders release of 86 Indian fishermen

* Commonwealth SG commends government’s initiatives to resolve issues of every Sri Lankans

* Dedicated to fulfill people’s expectations - President

* A'pura to get 100 percent electrification


March 11, 2015 

* Sanga creates history with 4th successive century in World Cup

* President visits London Buddhist Viharaya

* UK willing to assist Sri Lanka in every sphere – British PM

* Opportunity for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka - UN

* PM names a committee to probe Treasury Bond issue

* Foreign Minister discusses proposed constitutional reforms with British Foreign Secretary

* Busy schedule awaits Indian Prime Minister during his visit to Sri Lanka

* Free Wi-Fi facilities at 100 railway stations

* I embark on my first visit to Sri Lanka with great joy and confidence – PM Modi


March 10, 2015 

* President attends Commonwealth Observance Day

* Our foreign policy focuses on gaining support of all countries - President

* ‘I truly believe President Sirisena can help to heal deep wounds of war & rebuild the country’ - British Prime Minister

* Tourist arrivals up in February

* “Don’t look at Sri Lanka through Tamil prism” - Minister Champika Ranawaka


March 09, 2015 

* President arrives in London on a four-day Official Visit

* President to appoint Committee to probe alleged malpractices on Treasury Bonds

* Indian PM tweets about SL visit

* China ready to push strategic cooperative partnership with Sri Lanka to a new level

* President appoints Commission of Inquiry to probe corruption and abuse of power

* Lanka-Pakistan bilateral ties will be further strengthened - Hakeem

* UK retailers eager to buy more from Lanka

* Special task force to eliminate violence against women


March 08, 2015 

* President leaves for London to attend the Commonwealth Day celebrations

* International Women's Day Message

* Indian Minister discusses fishermen issue with PM, concludes visit

* Nonalignment's new relevance for developing world: Sri Lanka has a role of significance By Lucien Rajakarunanayake


March 07, 2015 

* President to leave for London today

* President Maithripala Sirisena to attend Commonwealth Day celebrations

* Indian Prime Minister to open reconstructed Thalaimannar rail line during Sri Lankan visit

* Dr. Nonis appointed Presidential Advisor

* India, Sri Lanka partnership must progress - Suhsma Swaraj

* Indian External Affairs Minister calls on President


March 06, 2015 

* Dhamma education will be streamlined - President

* National Drug Policy bill passed in Parliament

* UN delays report on SL based on cooperation received from Govt - UN Rights Chief

* Cabinet suspends implementation of Port City project


March 05, 2015 

* Indian External Affairs Minister in Colombo ahead of Modi visit

* Strong opportunities for UK retailers in Sri Lanka


March 04, 2015 

* Pregnant mothers to get Rs.20, 000 allowance from March 21

* President commences National Drug Policy debate in parliament

* No secret pact with any political party – President tells in East

* Committed to strengthen free education – President

* UN committed to assist the process of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka – UN Under-Secretary

* Ratmalana Airport to be used for more civilian transportation


March 03, 2015 

* Committed to resolve issues of every community equably – President says in Jaffna

* President to visit Northern and Eastern Provinces

* Sri Lanka asks UN, international community have faith in new government and support

* ‘No agreement detrimental to SL’s independence will be signed’ - President

* SL is among the significant successes of UNHRC - Kerry


March 02, 2015 

* No agreement which adversely affect local businessmen will be signed - President

* CA dismisses Shashindra’s petition

* Guidance & advice of Maha Sangha needed for country’s progress - President

* Missing Persons Commission to expedite hearings before August


March 01, 2015 

* Sri Lanka, China committed to strengthen all weather friendship

* Top UN official visiting Sri Lanka holds discussions with President

* Sri Lanka inflation drops significantly in February due to reduction in food prices

* Friendly foreign ties bring great rewards : Need for informed debate on 100-days - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Sri Lanka condoles loss of lives in Afghanistan avalanches







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