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Maldivian President Dr. Mohamed Waheed who is on a state visit to Sri Lanka was welcomed by President Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday (Aug. 23).

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H'tota Port to be expanded with Chinese assistance

More opportunities for investment

[August 25, 2012]

The Government is ready to expand the Hambantota Port with financial assistance from Exim Bank of China and the Government of China.

Accordingly, Exim Bank of China will provide a US $ 600 million loan and a one billion yuan loan will be given by the Government of China.

Prior to this, the Sri Lankan Government received financial assistance from Chinese Government to complete the first phase of the port.


Maldives & SL leaders agree on widest cooperation
[August 23, 2012]
The Presidents Sri Lanka and Maldives agreed to extend and strengthen cooperation in human resource development, defense and security and protection of the resources and sea lanes in the Indian Ocean.
Resettlement process in final stage
[August 24, 2012]
The Government has begun the final stage of resettlement process for the remaining internally displaced person (IDP) families in the Northern Province.


Massive road development drive in Ampara
[August 24, 2012]
The Government has initiated a massive road development drive in Ampara in preparation for next year's Deyata Kirula exhibition which will be held to coincide with Independence Day celebrations on February 4.


Exporters upbeat on direct air-links, ‘an opportunity’ - SriLankan
[August 24, 2012]
Sri Lanka’s exporters to Seychelles were upbeat on possible direct air-links with Seychelles while Sri Lanka’s national carrier viewed it as ‘an opportunity’. “Seychelles is an opportunity.


Presence of military personnel in N & E will be unobtrusive - Defence Secy
GL – Akashi discuss Sri Lanka's post-conflict developments
World can learn from Sri Lanka on fostering peace – President Seychelles
[August 23, 2012]
• Towns and villages and agriculture areas have been almost completely cleared of landmines
• Only 3,054 individuals remain at Welfare Villages
• Restrictions on traveling, transportation of various items completely removed


[August 23, 2012]
Yasushi Akashi, the representative of the Government of Japan for Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka yesterday called on the External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris and held discussions on the post-conflict developments in the country.
[August 23, 2012]
The world can learn from Sri Lanka’s leadership on how to foster an environment of peace in a post- conflict situation, the Seychelles President James Alix Michel said.
Govt targets US$ 10 b export revenue by 2015     
Maldives President due today
Over US$ 2b worth investment projects under consideration in tourism sector
[August 23, 2012]
Last year Sri Lanka export value was US $ 10 billion and by 2015 the government targets US $ 15 billion and by 2020 US $ 20 billion, ...


[August 23, 2012]
The President of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Waheed is due to arrive in Colombo today.
[August 23, 2012]
The Ministry of Economic Development has received applications for tourism sector projects with investments worth over US$ 2 billion in the first seven months of this year. 
Visiting Indian minister extends assistance to SL's post-conflict reconstruction
Seychelles becomes SL’s largest investment partner     
SriLankan to open training centre in Maldives
[August 23, 2012]
The visiting Indian minister for Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation assured to extend India' assistance for resettlement and reconstruction works in former conflict-affected Northern and Eastern Provinces.


[August 23, 2012]
Seychelles, Sri Lanka’s largest investment partner in 2011, offers synergy and market potentials in many sectors for both countries.
[August 23, 2012]
The International Aviation Academy (IAA) the training arm of SriLankan Airlines launched its first overseas operations in Maldives on August 15, 2012.

 August 23, 2012  |

* Special offer from SriLankan to students leaving for overseas education

 August 22, 2012  |

* Final stage of resettlement process begins 

* Draw inspiration from victory - Defence Secretary

* Seventh SME 2012 on Friday

* Water purification units for NCP

* Kapilavastu Relics at Pelmadulla Rajamaha Viharaya for public veneration

 August 21, 2012  |

* Seychelles, SL leaders agree on protecting Indian Ocean resources

* Sri Lanka - Seychelles sign three MOUs

* US looking to triple bilateral trade, FDI with SL

* Japan extends Rs. 11.7 mn assistance to Vavuniya District

 August 20, 2012  |

* Thousands offer worship to Kapilavastu relics

* Govt. to allocate funds in 2013 budget to implement LLRC recommendations

* SL's tea estates, would definitely dazzle a newcomer

* Largest canned fish factory opened

* Several inland airports to be modernized

 August 19, 2012  |

* Muslim community support too needed to develop country – President

* Seychelles President to visit SL

* Sacred Kapilavastu Relics brought from India

 August 18, 2012  |

* Hello! Magazine names Sri Lanka as an exciting destination to visit

* ‘Work in unison to fulfill public expectations’ – President

* Tamil asylum seekers face deportation

* Nepal-Sri Lanka joins hands for tourism promotion  

 August 17, 2012  |

* Sri Lanka to establish diplomatic ties with 13 Latin American Countries

* Yan Oya irrigation project launched

* Colombo Port expansion to derive multiple benefits

* LLRC report translated into Sinhala and Tamil

* Sri Lanka to establish diplomatic ties with 13 Latin American Countries

* Visit SL and savour the change – SL envoy

* Cabinet Decisions

 August 16, 2012  |

* India funded development projects make impressive progress 

* Top US Defence official for SA meets SL envoy : US-Sri Lanka Defense Relations on a strong footing 

* British Airways to resume flights to Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka can wrap up demining soon - UN Resident Representative

* Leftist leader reprimanded at TESO for speaking against India

* Sri Lanka seeks enhanced ties with Oman

* Communication satellite in SL by 2015

 August 15, 2012  |

* Govt. and UNICEF launch campaign on 'Violence Free Society for Children'

*  Tourist arrivals up in July

* Sri Lanka through Italian eyes

* Foundation stone laid for SL‘s first Space Academy

* Construction of Yan Oya reservoir to begin tomorrow

* Swamy slams DMK chief for remarks on Indo-Sri Lanka relations

 August 14, 2012  |

* Swaziland applauds SL's efforts in uniting nation through reconciliation

* President tells Galle Dev. Committee meeting : ‘Fully implement development projects’

* New US ambassador to SL meets her counterpart in Washington

* Govt allocates Rs. 1,000 m for Colombo flat renovation

* SL has no reason to do anything to hurt India's interests – President

 August 13, 2012  |

* New department for grassroots economic development

* Swamy asks Jayalalitha to visit Sri Lanka

* President expresses condolence to people of Iran

* Over Rs. 1.2 b revenue from online visa system

* Ornamental fish industry showing progress

* Leaders of South African Peace Process offer co-operation to Sri Lanka

 August 11, 2012  |

* Learning from past and avoid reoccurrence important in post-conflict nation building – Secy to President

* The Five R’s of peace and stability - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Australia seeks circuit breaker in asylum seeker policy

 August 10, 2012  |

* Devolution in Sri Lanka must come from within Parliament – Subramanian Swamy

* CB further relaxes exchange control regulations

* SL’s progress on Human Rights now accessible

* Sri Lanka is an attractive destination for trade and tourism – Minister Rajapaksa

* SLN has contributed to stability of ASEAN region – Prof. Peiris

* Recovery & non-repetition are Govt.'s core reconciliation efforts - Minister Samarasinghe

* Sri Lanka ship supply service business growing - GAC

 August 09, 2012  |

* Japan supports Jaipur Limb Workshop improvement

* North records highest growth rate in 2011

* Elections Department releases election code of conduct

 August 08, 2012  |

* Forward together as Sri Lankans : our legacy for future generations – Defence Secy

* Sri Lanka is building platform for faster growth- CB Governor

* 'Defence Seminar - 2012', - 'Towards Lasting Peace and Stability' commenced

* SL aims to attract more American tourists

* First stage of Pinnawala zoo ready by October

 August 07, 2012  |

* President emphasis on preventing deforestation and reconstructing reservoirs

* Govt allocates Rs. 3.7 billion for drought relief

* No change in interest rates – CB

* Equity must accompany economic growth – Prof. Peiris

* Motor Traffic Dept to introduce new vehicle registration

* Sri Lanka to host global aviation summit

* Sabaragamuwa gets school infrastructure worth Rs 896m

* US $ 3mn investment for Eppawala fertilizer plant

* Pakistan’s Defence Secretary to arrive today

 August 06, 2012  |

* UK MPs commend rehabilitation and resettlement process

* Bid to ferry Lankan Tamils to Australia to be probed

* SriLankan airlines to boost flight training capacity with second simulator

* Indo-Lanka fast-track starts in earnest

* SriLankan to add second hangar

 August 05, 2012  |

* NationSL’s accomplishments in 3 years is remarkable & very clearly visible – UN official

* India assures Sri Lanka of preferential access to Indian market, no reciprocity

* National Languages Ministry to set up provincial language centers

* Timely Planning & Good Action for Reconciliation By: Lucien Rajakarunanayake

 August 03, 2012  |

* Conference on Disarmament should not be subjected to vagaries of changing intl' strategic landscape – Sri Lanka

* Visiting UK parliamentary delegation meets President

* SL’s gem & jewelleries boosted by top multinational’s arrival

* SL doubles fresh milk production in two years

 August 02, 2012  |

* Sri Lanka remains concerned of LTTE's overseas financial network

* CB enters into MOUs with FIUs of Mongolia, Russia, Saudi Arabia & US

* US welcomes National Action Plan on LLRC

* LLRC Action Plan proposes fourth Land Commission to address land issues

* Opportunity to observe progress at first hand – Prof. Peiris tells visiting British MPs

* Int’l body praises SL’s global brand push

* Diplomatic corps briefed on LLRC implementation

* Sanga nominated for ICC LG People's Choice Award

* Indian Commerce Minister to visit Sri Lanka for India Show

* Record number of tourist arrivals for Kandy Perahera

* Excellent results in North, East rehabilitation and resettlement – top UN Official

 August 01, 2012  |

* Over 20 projects to develop Matara

 July 31, 2012  |

* Australia withdraws travel warnings for North

* SL grabs access to fifth largest global buyer of Pure Ceylon Tea

* Australian AG authorises extradition of alleged LTTE supporter to US

* Mega project for dam renovation

* Money is the call in Australia - not threats in Sri Lanka

* Repatriation of Lankans displaced in TN to be expedited

* Austria pledges USD 100 million for development projects

* Unity is the way to success, not ethnic division – President tells rehabilitated LTTE cadres

* First dendro power plant in A’pura

* International Star Gold Quality Award for SLSEC

 July 30, 2012  |

* 1,000 secondary schools to be developed

* Defence Secretary praises military for humanitarian work in North

* SLN urges Australia to deport asylum seekers back

* Construction of Port City Project to commence this year

 July 30, 2012  |

* Record for Sri Lankan arrests

* SLT Manpower Solutions wins Asian award

* Batticaloa gets Rs. 430m fisheries harbor

 July 28, 2012  |

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan to significantly enhance bilateral trade

* Twenty three Indian fishermen released from custody

* President inspects progress of Deduru Oya irrigation project

* Cairn to begin second phase of oil exploration next year

 July 27, 2012  |

* Cabinet approves National Action Plan on LLRC

* Deported asylum seeker recants on torture claims

* Earnings from tourism increases

* Pakistan FM to visit SL

* Embassy of SL facilitates student US study tour for "Project Common Bond"

* Patrick Mendis: Sri Lankan-American scholar appointed to UNESCO to represent US

* Fight against terrorism is 4th World War: Indian president

 July 26, 2012  |


* Joint patrolling could be the answer to settle fishermen issue – SL High Commissioner

* Cabinet approves National Action Plan on LLRC

* Australia deports Tamil asylum seeker for links with LTTE

* Rehabilitated ex-LTTEers for National Sports Squads

* UN system must be guided by objective criteria –newly appointed SL envoy in Geneva

* Post-conflict probe on LTTE activity: Top Swiss team due in Colombo soon

* Trade deficit records lowest growth in May

 July 25, 2012  |

* Indian fishermen may return home earlier – HC Kariyawasam

* Dharmasiri Senanayake left imprint on politics – President

* Over 750 refugees returned from India this year

* President instructs relief to students affected by Z score

* 50mn to facilitate resettled in Jaffna

* Top Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo returns to SL

* Follow-up survey to be conducted

* Construction of first green higher education institute begins today

* Rubber earnings hit US $ 1 billion mark

 July 24, 2012  |

* Top Indian business delegation to visit SL

* Report responsibly – Defence Secy

* Role of a politician should be exemplary to society – President

* Sri Lanka centre of new shift in maritime industry - Class NK

* Refugee flights proving costly for Australia

 July 23, 2012  |

* Independence of judiciary will be ensured – President

* Rehabilitated former combatants get livelihood loans

* Sri Lanka achieved all objectives of the SBA Facility from IMF - CB

* Sri Lanka sends Universal Periodic Review report to UNHRC

* President send floral greetings to Pranab Mukherjee

* Health Ministry recruits 326 Tamil speaking trainee nurses

* Modern amenities to 1,000 secondary schools

* Cashew Corporation expands operations

 July 21, 2012  |

* IMF approves final disbursement

** Navy launches full-scale on to nab illegal migrants

* President discusses CSE activities with stockbrokers

* New Delhi’s boo to Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

** Indian HC tours Northern Province

 July 20, 2012  |

* National Coordinating Committee on Re-admission of repatriates to be established

* Construction of Hyatt Regency hotel commenced

* SL to establish formal diplomatic ties with Congo-Brazzaville

* Feasibility study for proposed expressway to North soon

* Vietnam looks forward to enhancing cooperation with SL

* SL to establish formal diplomatic ties with Congo-Brazzaville

* Cabinet Decisions

 July 19, 2012  |

* Sri Lanka: The emerging centre point for IT - Secretary to the President

* Sri Lanka’s Int’l Sovereign Bond oversubscribed 10.5 times

* SLT to spend $187m on network expansion

* PC polls on September 8

* Prabhakaran left behind only a legacy of ruin & destruction for Tamils – Hindu columnist

** Tamil refugee turned loan shark arrested for exhorting money

 July 18, 2012  |

* Coconut production increased

* France to upgrade its Lankan investment profile

* Bell given award for outstanding enterprise reporting for smuggling series

 July 18, 2012  |

* Techniques to down paddy production cost

* ‘Child abuse prevention, responsibility of all’

* Registration of vessels used in transporting illegal migrants canceled

* Australian Federal police dismisses war crime allegations against SL envoy

* Asia PWhile learning modern technology, be aware of our own traditional knowledge too – President

* Asia Pacific e-Government conference inaugurates

* Sri Lanka, Vietnam focus on expanding trade and investment

 July 17, 2012  |

* TN govt denies reports on alleged attacks by SL Navy

* Social Integration Week declared

* New secretaries for two ministries

* Karunanidhi drops Eelam demand from TESO meet

* Australia can turn back boats – Morrison

* Over 1,300 SL asylum seekers attempted to enter Australia

* Sri Lankan talent shines at South Asian Cultural Diversity Event

* Gem & jewellery exports increased

** SL names new fresh water fish after Dawkins

* Land available for private sector investments in Trinco

* Over Rs 54,837m spent on Batti development

 July 16, 2012  |

* LTTE poses a grave threat to Indian citizens – Indian govt.

* Oil exploration to be extended to South

* Palitha Fernando is new Attorney General

* Sri Lanka offers many changes of scene - Times of India

* Massive development drive begins in East

* Public welfare, govt’s foremost priority - President

* Presidential committee to address university teachers' issues

* Drop Tamil Eelam agenda - Chidambaram tells Karunanidhi

* Sinhala language training for ex-LTTE cadres

* Poised to take off as new maritime hub in the South: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Indian Minister concludes Lanka visit

* Sinhala film screened in Jaffna after 30 years

* Indian govt approves next phase of Indian Housing Project

 July 13,, 2012  |

* LTTE tortured and killed while fighting Indians – former LTTE cadre

* Child abuse laws to be strengthened

* New secretaries appointed for 18 ministries

* Colombo dockyard delivers first oilfield support vessel

* SLT launches i-Sri Lanka

* 'Defence Seminar-2012' next month

* Major developments in port sector

 July 12, 2012  |

* Another hardcore LTTE cadre seeks rehabilitation

* SL economy still poised to grow by 7 % this year – Dr. Jayasundara

** New operational measures in certain foreign exchange transactions

* SLFP to suspend memberships of politicians involved in crimes

** CB maintains policy interest rates

* Practical programme for consumers protection mooted

 July 11, 2012  |

* Legal action against hardcore ex-LTTE cadres to be expedited

* Northern Province elections in Sept. 2013 – President

* Sri Lanka moves to curb human smuggling

* No plan to acquire civilian lands in Jaffna – SFJ Commander

* Human traffickers lure SL refugees with package deals - report CC

* New Port City in Colombo: Priority to major port expansions – SLPA Chairman

** Navy intercepts 2 trawlers with 82 onboard 

* Cartoonists can help build disciplined society - President

* Use Sri Lanka to penetrate South Asian market – Malaysian CC

* China, a tower of strength to Sri Lanka – Prof. Peiris

** SL seeking to expand development strategy – Minister Amunugama

* Marriott Hotels announces first resort in Sri Lanka

 July 10, 2012  |

* Opportunity for rehabilitated ex- LTTE cadres to involve in politics – Defence Secy

** Canadian Immigration Minister asks for cuts to refugee health benefits

* Sri Lanka Economic Summit begins today

* Another group of Indian fishermen released

* Major Conference & Expo on Ports, Trade & Logistics

* Mullaitivu gets highest percentage of loan reimbursement targets

 July 09, 2012  |

* Don’t whip up Tamil sentiments – Narayanasamy tells TN Mps

* Sri Lanka earns over 18 billion rupees from UN peacekeeping

* SriLankan to start daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai

* A’pura to get 5,000 agro wells

 July 08,, 2012  |

* Acquire deep understanding of your own country – President tells SL diplomats

* Sri Lanka's foreign reserves gained substantially - Central Bank

 July 07, 2012  |

* UN hushed up FAO money flow to LTTE : US$ 1.5 m to non-existent suppliers

* Significant improvement in SL's performance in trade logistics

* President calls for setting up new police stations for curbing crime

* Vehicle transshipment gathering momentum at H’tota port

* Sri Lanka donates medical supplies to DR Congo

* Sri Lanka, India navies discuss maritime issues of mutual interest

 July 06, 2012  |

* Sri Lanka - Japan relations even stronger in the future - Deputy PM of Japan

* Sri Lankan teas fetch world’s highest average price 

* SL to bag yet another ASEAN MoU

* Visit Sri Lanka for impartial analysis on facts - SL envoy in UK

* SL to establish DPL ties with 15 African countries

* Ten thousand bicycles to Northern families

 July 05, 2012  |

* SL secures international shipping lane south of country from piracy or criminal activity

* Space academy to be opened next year

* US will remain engaged with SL – Ambassador Butenis

* Fitch Affirms Sri Lanka at 'BB-'; Outlook Stable

* Project to develop large scale tourism zone near BIA

* Stringent laws to be introduced to protect natural environment

* Postal vote application deadline extended 

* Two held for trying to take Sri Lankan refugees to Oz

* SL achieved 70% of 2012 new start-up registration target

 July 04, 2012  |

* President addresses wild life and environmental issues of Central Province

* Japan offers assistance for Sri Lanka's future tasks

* Tourism industry has recovered strongly since war ended – Yahoo Total Travel

* Special workshop for Heads of missions

* Construction of first science park begins

* Mihin Lanka Airlines to start flights to Madurai

 July 02, 2012  |

* CSD to recruit 5,000 rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres

* Construction of northern expressway to begin this year

* Cocos Island, a new frontier in human smuggling trade

* Political parties preparing for PC elections

* Former LTTE female leader to begin rehabilitation

* Deputy HC in Chennai launched special consular service for Tamil refugees

* RIZ tops $ 18 m turnover in 2011

 June 30, 2012  |

* India remains committed to achieve political reconciliation in Sri Lanka

* US GSP to continue

* US stands out for violation of Human Rights - President Carter - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Galle to get vessel repair plant

 June 29, 2012  |

* LTTE was engaged in the drug trade to finance themselves - Kohona

* Three more boats arrive at Christmas Island, one believed to be from Sri Lanka

* President instructs to commence construction on Nuwara Eliya domestic airport

* Sri Lanka to establish diplomatic relations with San Marino

* Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka at Awards Ceremony of IESA Group

* SLPA launches project to lay new pipeline

* Ceylon Handlooms start flying with SriLankan

 June 28,,,, 2012  |

* Island-wide census shows - Sri Lanka's population now 20,277,597

* No internationalization of domestic issues- Minister

* Three Provincial Councils dissolved

* Sri Lanka and Chile sign agreement on visa exemption

* Paddy/rice export ban

* Trial of ‘Sun Sea’ human smuggling suspects to skip preliminary hearing

 June 27, 2012  |

* Sri Lankan cuisine: Exotic, delicious and spicy

* Police investigates on bogus asylum seekers

* EPF welcomes S&P clarification

* Another asylum seeker boat capsizes near Australia

 June 26, 2012  |

* HC Kariyawasam leads Sri Lanka delegation to the First Ministerial Meeting of RIMES

* Four new envoys present credentials

* Development Bonds oversubscribed

* 15 Austrians awarded Diploma in Buddhism

* No document on LLRC submitted to US – Secy to President

* President instructs assistance to drought - affected farmers

* Man charged for human smuggling arrested in Canada

 June 25, 2012  |

* CSD to recruit rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres

* One Hundred and fifty refugees go missing from TN camps

* Suspected human traffickers refused bail

* No Sri Lankans among the rescued so far

 June 25, 2012  |

* President returns after successful visits to Cuba, Brazil

* Emphasis on commitment to Sustainable Development - President at Rio+20 By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Lanka’s exports’ value addition in par with Ireland & Finland - Minister

 June 22, 2012  |

* No space to shatter Indo- Lanka relations – SL – India

* Sri Lanka banking system sound - Central Bank

* Iraq looking for Lankan apparel, rubber in big volumes

* Lead managers appointed for US$ 1 billion sovereign bond issue

 June 21, 2012  |

* Sri Lanka committed to implement LLRC recommendations

* Saving environment: not task of developing countries alone – President at Rio+ 20

* Luxembourg is committed to support Sri Lanka - Deputy PM Jean Asselborn

* SLN lifts all bans on fishing in Trincomalee outer harbor

* Only 6,022 IDPs are to be resettled

* 1000 asylum seekers have reached Christmas Island so far

* SL making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking – US report

 June 20, 2012  |

* President arrives in Brazil to attend Rio+20

* US trade official observes significant progress in worker rights

* Sri Lanka condoles on death of Saudi Crown Prince

* Sri Lankans are charitable - survey

* Kaithady Palmyrah Research Institute soon

* 44th Asia Pacific public health conference in Colombo

* High quality garments factories in MIZ

 June 19, 2012  |

* SL will not become a theatre for power rivalry, ever – High Commissioner Kariyawasam

* Economy grows 7.9 percent in first quarter of 2012

* Canada's crackdown on human smugglers, legitimate and defensible – Minister Kenney

* Thousands of dollars for an asylum voyage to nowhere

* BoC reaches Rs one trillion Balance Sheet

* Two million families engaged in farming - Agriculture Minister

 June 18, 2012  |

* Presidents Rajapaksa and Castro meet: SL – Cuba: further strengthening of relations

* Troop strength in Jaffna drastically reduced says Defence Secretary: More soldiers in Anuradhapura district now

* BOI signs highest ever FDI project

* SL appreciates continuing counter terrorism action against LTTE activists in Belgium

* Paddy export orders increased

 June 15, 2012  |

* No amendments to SAFTA

* Tamils lured with promise of Australian citizenship - Sydney Morning Herald

* New Secretaries appointed

* President on two-day official visit to Cuba

* Third Asian Youth Games in H’tota

* Ambassador Aryasinha calls on the EU to further engage in SL’s development process

 June 14, 2012  |

* Asylum seekers arrivals stretch resources

* Task Force appointed to oversee implementation of LLRC recommendations is making progress – Secy to President

* Central Bank maintains interest rates 

* SriLankan to start daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai

 June 13, 2012  |

* Sri Lanka biggest gainer in Global Peace Index

* President's London visit overall success

* Tourist arrivals up by 17.5% in May

* British govt announces overhaul of family migration

* British MPs commend President's visit to London

* CB maintains policy interest rates

* SL, a growth prone nation in Asia – Hungary FM

 June 12, 2012  |

* End of child soldiers: SL removed from UN "list of shame"

* South Asia's first integrated INTERPOL database service launched

* Human smugglers open passage to Cocos – Sydney Morning Herald

* Gem clearing process simplified to boost trade

* Director General of OPCW to visit Sri Lanka

* CPC to enhance party-to- party exchanges with SL

* President briefs Pope on SL’s economic development

* SriLankan joins ‘Oneworld alliance’

* SL wraps up latest trade initiative with China

* Hi techs for Ranmihitenna Tele Cinema Park

* SL to be self sufficient in milk by 2016

* New manual on child-friendly education launched

* Know India Programme for Indian Diaspora youth

 June 11, 2012  |

* Special measures to protect female migrant workers

* Swiss prosecutors to question LTTE leaders on money laundering

* Australia rescues another boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers

* Sri Lanka receives orders for over 100,000 metric tons of rice

* Mass ceremony to name baby elephants held

* Dual track railway line from Polgahawela to Maho soon

 June 10, 2012  |

* Sri Lankan refugees: Tamil Nadu cops turn a blind eye

* President returns

* SL asylum seekers, a security threat - Australia

* An indelible blot on Freedom in Britain By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

 June 08, 2012  |

* Only 698 ex LTTE cadres remain in custody

* President attends Vesak celebrations in Rome

* China assures assistance to Sri Lanka in any situation

* Sri Lanka to choose lead managers for bond sale

* Prof. Peiris meets Foreign State Secretary

 June 07, 2012  |

* Detained Tamils sent to special camps

* Military presence reduced in Jaffna

* President meets British PM

* Pro-LTTE protestors obstruct freedom of expression

* President was elected as a MP for the first time on a day like today

* EPF reiterates that it has followed Investment Policy Guidelines

 June 06 2012  |

* Frequent illegal migration leads to suspicion of LTTE re-grouping – The Asian Age

* We will not allow anyone to rob our hard won peace – President tells in London

* BoI approves over US$ 730 million worth projects this year

* Three more charged with human smuggling in MV Sun Sea

* Transforming School Education Project launched

* President participates in Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

* H’tota Port begins transshipment trade

* SL signs prisoner exchange agreements with four countries

 June 05 2012  |

* India, US promise assistance to achieve sustainable peace

* Kerala police busted human trafficking racket

* President arrives in London to attend Queen's jubilee celebrations

* Two Canadian temples fined for funding LTTE

* Sri Lanka highlights its role in regional security at Shangri- La Dialogue

* SLFP appoints committee to propose mechanism to implement LLRC recommendations

* Govt to finalize construction of first phase of Colombo-Kandy highway in two months

* People smugglers set up in Australia, pretending to be refugees - report

 June 03 2012  |

* Massive Industrial Zones to be set up in North

* Tamils have clearly rejected separatism in Sri Lanka - Ambassador Kariyawasam

* Arahat Mahinda’s preaching helped to enrich our lives - President

* Eleventh "Shangri-La Dialogue" commenced

* Army withdrawn from several checkpoints in Colombo

* Two vehicle ships to arrive in Hambantota port next week

* Buddha’s teachings can resolve today’s conflicts too – President at UN Vesak Day

* Singapore reiterates commitment to assist SL's reconstruction process

 June 02 2012  |

* Bilingual services at divisional secretariats

* Gotabhaya humbles BBC on threat to Tamil position in North By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

 June 01 2012  |

* India extends ban on LTTE

* Southern Expressway marks a turning point in SL’s tourism industry - Wall Street Journal

* Impressive rapid development taking place in SL -Singapore Foreign Minister

* SAARC SG appreciates President's leadership in SAARC

* Dr. Nonis appointed to the Advisory Panel of Queens Diamond Jubilee Trust

* UK repatriates another batch of failed asylum seekers

* Another boatload of asylum seekers arrive in Australia

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