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

Mar 02, Geneva: Sri Lanka reiterating its political will and commitment for democracy and good governance today asked the United Nations and the international community have faith in the new government and support and strengthen it to succeed.

Addressing the high-level segment of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday, Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the Sri Lankan government achieved much during its 48 days in office but there are many more hurdles remain.

 Sri Lanka Cricket sends Seekkuge Prasanna to Australia as a stand by for Rangana Herath:
Mar 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket authority, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLA) has sent the all-rounder Seekkuge Prasanna to Australia as a stand by for Rangana Herath, who got injured during match with England Sunday.

  Sri Lankan President begins visit to North and East:
Mar 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena commenced his first visit to Northern and Eastern Provinces on Tuesday (03) after assuming office as the President.

 Sri Lankan government tables National Drug Policy in parliament:
Mar 03, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will present the much awaited national drug policy in parliament today, the Government Information Department said.

 Sri Lanka Tamil party plans to discuss power devolution with Indian PM:
Mar 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka`s main Tamil political party, Tamil National Alliance says it plans to discuss devolution of powers to the provinces with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Sri Lanka.

  Sri Lanka's Bribery Commission records statement from MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena:
Mar 03, Colombo: The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption in Sri Lanka has yesterday recorded a statement from former Monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry Sajin Vass Gunawardena.

 Tax proposals in the interim budget raise regulatory risks for Sri Lanka telecom companies - Fitch:
Mar 03, Colombo: One-off and recurring taxes on the Sri Lankan telecoms sector as set out in the interim budget proposals on 7 February, raise regulatory risks and would lead to lower profitability and higher financial leverage for Sri Lankan telecom companies, says Fitch Ratings.

 Sri Lankan President inquires into the problems at National Gems and Jewellery Authority:
Mar 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithreepala Sirisena, as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Monday visited the National Gem and Jewellery Authority and inquired into the activities of the institute.

 Police question Sri Lanka Navy personnel on disappearances :
Mar 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have questioned several Sri Lanka Navy personnel of an investigation unit of the Navy on disappearances of children.

 Sri Lankan motorbike riders banned from wearing face-covering helmets:
Mar 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan motorbike riders will be banned from wearing helmets that cover the entire face of the rider from the 21st of this month, the police said.

 Japan, US, UK hopes for real change in Sri Lanka :
Mar 02, Geneva: Japan today said it supports Sri Lanka's efforts towards national reconciliation being made by the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena, which began this January.
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  China's loans to Sri Lanka 'made upon consensus' at the request of government:
Mar 02, Colombo: China said Monday that its loans to Sri Lanka were made upon consensus at the request of the Sri Lankan side following the principle of mutual benefit and win-win results.

 China's submarine docking in Sri Lanka according to international practice:
Mar 02, Colombo: Chinese vessels docking in Sri Lanka's Colombo port last year was "normal and transparent" and in accordance with the international practice, the Chinese government said Monday.

  Bajaj Auto exports to Sri Lanka down this year, expects to normalize in March:
Mar 02, Mumbai: India's Pune-based Bajaj Automobile Company said its exports to Sri Lanka was down this year and described it as an acute situation attributed to the change in government in the country.

 Fitch Affirms Sri Lanka Telecom at 'BB-''AAA(lka)', Outlook Stable:
Mar 02, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka Telecom PLC's (SLT) Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at 'BB-'. The agency also affirmed SLT's National Long-Term Rating at 'AAA(lka)'. The Outlook is Stable.

 Sri Lanka asks UN, international community have faith in new government and support:
Mar 02, Geneva: Sri Lanka reiterating its political will and commitment for democracy and good governance today asked the United Nations and the international community have faith in the new government and support and strengthen it to succeed.

 Sri Lankan court dismisses petition filed by former Uva Chief Minister:
Mar 02, Colombo: A court in Sri Lanka today dismissed a petition filed by the former Chief Minister of the Uva Province against the current Chief Minister.

  Sri Lankan President to meet Elections Commissioner to discuss proposed electoral reforms:
Mar 02, Colombo: President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena is expected to meet Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to discuss the proposed electoral reforms.

 Sri Lankan government to revive investigations into allegations of stock market manipulations:
Mar 02, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to revive the investigations into allegations of stock market manipulations during the previous regime.

 Sri Lanka's Chief Prelates to be vested with legal powers to take disciplinary action against errant monks:
Mar 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Public Administration and Buddha Sasana Minister Karu Jayasuriya says that legislation will be introduced shortly to vest powers with the Mahanayake Theros (Chief Prelates) to take disciplinary action against errant Buddhist monks.

 Buddhist prelate warns Sri Lankan government of severe consequences if promises are not honored:
Mar 02, Colombo: An activist Buddhist prelate in Sri Lanka has warned the current government of severe consequences if it fails to honor its pledges.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party demands general elections according to promises made by the government:
Mar 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the current government should take measures to honor its pledge of holding elections after the 100 days programme.

 Former Sri Lankan minister's wife accused of making irregular recruitments to Tourism Promotions Bureau:
Mar 02, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan Minister Basil Rajapaksa's wife Pushpa Rajapaksa has been accused of recruiting persons to the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) in an irregular manner.

 Sri Lankan President not to sign agreements that create losses for local entrepreneurs:
Mar 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena promised that he will not sign any agreements with any country that will cause losses or damages to local entrepreneurs and stressed that he will also not allow anyone to make such deals.

 All corrupt politicians and officials will be punished, Sri Lanka PM assures:
Mar 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has assured to punish all the corrupt politicians and officials under the government's100-day programme.
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 State doctors in Sri Lanka threaten to strike demanding to resolve salary anomalies:
Mar 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's powerful trade union of doctors, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has threatened to commence an island wide strike from Friday, March 06.

 Indonesian authorities detain 85 Sri Lankan immigrants in Medan:
Mar 01, Medan, N Sumatra: Indonesian authorities have detained as many as 85 Sri Lankan illegal migrants upon their entry into the Indonesian territory without any legal documents and passports.

 Sri Lanka's processed food exports rise by 14% in 2014:
Mar 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's processed food industry which experienced a decline in 2013 has recovered in last year surging 14 percent, Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen revealed.

 Sri Lankan PM says people voted for a change in the system and not in individual or party:
Mar 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that people at the last Presidential election had voted for a change in the system that existed in the country at the time and not only to change an individual or a party.

  Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister to attend UNHRC sessions and meet with Human Rights Chief:
Mar 01, Colombo: Foreign Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera will travel to Geneva to attend the High-Level Segment of the 28th session of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that will commence Monday (March 02).

 Indian External Affairs Minister to visit Sri Lanka this week:
Mar 01, Colombo: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to arrive in Colombo on Friday to set the stage for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka this month.

 India's Krrish Group likely to recommence controversial Colombo project with new Sri Lankan government:
Mar 01, Colombo: India's Krrish Group is likely to recommence its long delayed and controversial project in Colombo under the new government.

 CID interrogates former Sri Lanka Navy Spokesperson over alleged navy involvement in disappearances:
Mar 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has interrogated former Navy Spokesperson Commander D. K. P. Dassanayake.

 Sri Lanka's Tamil party expresses lack of faith in domestic probe to visiting UN official:
Mar 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has expressed the party's lack of faith in a domestic probe into issues related to the period of the war.

 Sri Lanka's domestic probe into allegations over war expected to go beyond September:
> Mar 01, Colombo: Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka, Ajith P. Perera says the domestic investigation into some of the allegations over the war will not be completed by September.

 Significant challenges to press freedom still remain in Sri Lanka - international media mission:
Mar 01, Colombo: Although there was no violence and there is an apparent reduction of threats against journalists in Sri Lanka after the January 08 election , significant challenges to press freedom are still remaining in Sri Lanka, an international media organization said.

 Tamils in eastern Sri Lanka protest Missing Persons Commission's hearings:
Feb 28, Trincomalee: Tamils in Eastern Sri Lanka staged a silent protest Saturday against the government's missing persons commissions sittings in Trincomalee.

 Sri Lanka sending high-level delegation to Maldives to express concern over political crisis:
Feb 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka is sending a high level delegation to Malé to express its 'deep concern' over the developing political crisis in the Maldives following the arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed.
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  Sri Lanka stock exchange to set up a Central Counterparty Clearing system:
Feb 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has signed a contract to set up a Central Counterparty Clearing (CCP) system as a measure to safeguard its transactions.

 Sri Lanka, China committed to strengthen 'all weather friendship':
Feb 28, Beijing: Sri Lanka and China today reiterated their firm commitment to strengthen friendship and bilateral relations amidst the changing political situation in the island nation.

 Sri Lankan PM orders to remove high-maintenance foliage wall from official residence:
Feb 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has instructed the officials to remove a high-maintenance foliage wall that decorated the Prime Minister's official residence Temple Trees in Colombo.

 Top UN official visiting Sri Lanka holds discussions with President :
Feb 28, Colombo: A top United Nations official arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day official visit called on the island nation's President today in Colombo for discussions.

  Sri Lanka Freedom Party central committee to decide on constitutional reforms in a week:
Feb 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), which is headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, is currently in the process of studying the draft constitutional reforms.

 Sri Lanka Police appoint new head to the CID:
Feb 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police have appointed a new director to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), which is currently playing a key role in investigation of alleged frauds and corruption during the previous regime.

 UN Under Secretary General calls on Acting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka:
Feb 28, Colombo: The Under Secretary General of the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday on a four-day visit from 28 February to 3 March 2015.

  Tamil Nadu CM asks Indian PM to get the fishermen and boats released from Sri Lanka promptly:
Feb 28,Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam today asked the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately instruct the Ministry of External Affairs to get the 29 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and their 3 boats released from the Sri Lankan custody.

 Marxist party member gives evidence to CID against former Sri Lankan minister and MP:
Feb 28, Colombo: A Central Committee member of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Wasantha Samarasinghe has given evidence to the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on several complaints lodged by him.

 Sri Lankan minister hands over details on alleged corruption in coal imports to CID:
Feb 28, Colombo: Power and Energy Minister of Sri Lanka Patali Champika Ranawaka said an internal probe conducted by his Ministry regarding the alleged irregularities that had taken place when importing coal for the Norochcholai coal power plant in 2013, has been completed.

 Sri Lanka's new Army Commander assures highest priority for national security:
Feb 28, Colombo: Newly appointed Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Chrishantha De Silva has assured that national security will be given highest priority and will not be compromised at any cost.

 Opinion: Without an opposition in Parliament, there is no democracy in Sri Lanka:
Feb 28, Colombo: In the previous government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, there were only a few productive opposition voices in parliament. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and United National Party parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva were among the few

 Sri Lanka's John Keels terminates agreement with Lanka Fitch Rating :
Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's diversified conglomerate John Keells Holdings has informed Fitch Ratings Lanka, a rating agency that it will terminate its rating agreement with the company with effect from 27 March 2015, the company said in a stock market disclosure.

  Sri Lanka ship builder Colombo Dockyard delivers MV Lagoons to India:
Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading ship builder Colombo Dockyard handed over the second passenger vessel it built for the Government of India at a ceremony held Thursday under the patronage of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

 Laws alone not sufficient to prevent malpractices in public service - Sri Lankan President:
Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena says introducing laws alone is not sufficient to prevent malpractices and corruption at public institutions to make the public services free of such misdeeds.
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 UN Under Secretary General to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow:
Feb 27, Colombo: The Under Secretary General of the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations Jeffrey Feltman will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow on a four-day visit from 28 February to 3 March 2015.

 Sri Lanka inflation drops significantly in February due to reduction in food prices:
Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined considerably to 2.9 percent in February 2015 from 3.2 percent in the previous month on a year-on-year basis, the Central Bank reported on Friday.

 Sri Lanka condoles loss of lives in Afghanistan avalanches:
Feb 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today condoled the loss of lives in Afghanistan from the deadly avalanches and extended sympathies to the bereaved.

  Maldivian opposition party delegation in Sri Lanka to discuss ex-president's arrest:
Feb 27, Colombo: A Maldivian opposition party delegation arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday and held discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the present political crisis in the Maldives.

 Local government election for two bodies in Mullaitivu halted by Sri Lankan court:
Feb 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued an order halting the local government elections for two councils in the Mullaitivu District in the Northern Province scheduled for Saturday (28).

 Sri Lankan President to visit the UK on March 7th :
Feb 27, Colombo: A senior minister of the Sri Lankan government has said that President Maithripala Sirisena will visit the United Kingdom on March 7th this year.

  Sri Lanka agrees to consult China on Chinese funded projects, assures investors:
Feb 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has said that it will not make any decision on Chinese projects that are currently being reviewed until it consults China

 Former Sri Lankan rugby player's death was not an accident - police:
Feb 27, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police say that the Judicial Medical Officer's report into the death of former Havelock's captain and Sri Lankan rugby player, Wasim Thajudeen, had revealed that his death could not have been due to natural causes.

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