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  Common opposition candidate of Sri Lanka pledges to run a disciplined campaign

> Nov 23, Colombo: The common opposition candidate for Sri Lanka's presidential election Maithripala Sirisena today pledged to run a disciplined and honorable campaign with the cooperation of all opposition political party leaders and blessings from the religious leaders.

The candidate, who visited the Kotte Naga Viharaya this evening and met the incumbent prelate Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero, who was a leading force behind the move to put forward a common opposition candidate, said the country has seen a huge transformation within the last 48 hours since his announcement to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

  Joint military exercise between Sri Lanka and India armies concludes:
Nov 24, Colombo: A three-week long joint military exercise between the special forces of Indian Army and Sri Lanka Army concluded Sunday with a closing ceremony at the Magampura International Convention Centre in Hambantota, the Army said.

 ADB grants US$ 150 million develop green power generation in Sri Lanka:
Nov 24, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to loan US$ 150 million as a the first tranche for the project of implementation of Green Power Development and Energy Efficiency Improvement Investment in Sri Lanka, the Finance and Planning Ministry said in a media release.

  Final vote of the budget 2015 in Sri Lanka parliament today:
Nov 24, Colombo: The final vote of 2015 budget is scheduled to be taken at 5.00 p.m. today (November 24) in Parliament

 Over 73,000 people in Sri Lanka are subjected to modern day slavery, global study finds:
Nov 24, Colombo: An estimated 73,600 people - 0.359 percent of the entire population of 20.48 million- in Sri Lanka are subjected to modern day slavery, a global report released last week shows.

 Common opposition candidate of Sri Lanka pledges to run a disciplined campaign :
> Nov 23, Colombo: The common opposition candidate for Sri Lanka's presidential election Maithripala Sirisena today pledged to run a disciplined and honorable campaign with the cooperation of all opposition political party leaders and blessings from the religious leaders.

 Sri Lankan President says he will not run a dirty campaign despite having 'files' on defectors:
Nov 23, Anuradhapura: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that he will not run a dirty campaign for presidential election even though he has "files" on those who defected to the opposition.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 14 Tamil Nadu fishermen:
Nov 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy today arrested 14 Indian fishermen along with their three trawlers for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in the country's waters.
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 Onion farmers' protest closes Sri Lanka's main north-south highway:
Nov 23, Dambulla: A protest launched by the big onion farmers in Sri Lanka temporarily shut down the island's main north-south highway that links Colombo to Jaffna in North.

 Political parties in Sri Lanka reconsidering their support to President :
Nov 23, Colombo: Some minor political parties in Sri Lanka that pledged support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier have started to reconsider their decision after former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena announced his candidacy for President as the common opposition candidate, political sources say.

 Sri Lanka police temporarily halt 10,000 transfers due to presidential election:
Nov 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka police had put on hold transfers of some 10,000 police officers due to the forthcoming presidential election.

 Application for postal voting opens for Sri Lanka presidential elections:
Nov 23, Colombo: The application procedure for postal votes for the upcoming Presidential Election will commence from Sunday (23), the Department of Elections announced.

 Sri Lanka's first female bus driver on expressway holds a protest:
Nov 23, Matara: Sri Lanka's first female driver who drives a bus on Southern Expressway held a protest this morning at the Matara bus stand.

 Sri Lankan Navy personnel accused of chasing away Indian fishermen:
Nov 23, Rameswaram: Sri Lanka navy personnel are accused of chasing away a group of Indian fishermen from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu while fishing in the Palk Strait.

 Australia supports Sri Lanka's long term development - High Commissioner:
Nov 23, Colombo: Australia has been a long term partner in supporting Sri Lankans to help achieve the national development goals of the country, the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Robyn Mudie said recently.

 Election monitor in Sri Lanka dismayed by police inaction on election-related shooting:
Nov 23, Colombo: Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), an election monitoring NGO in Sri Lanka said it is dismayed by the lack of action taken by the Police on the first election-related shooting that injured an opposition party politician Friday (21).

 Sri Lanka opposition candidate says no foreign conspiracy behind decision to challenge President:
Nov 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena Saturday dismissed the government's charge that a foreign conspiracy is behind his decision to come forward to challenge the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election.

 Foreign conspiracy behind Sri Lanka's common opposition candidate, new ruling party secretary says:
Nov 22, Colombo: There is a foreign hand behind the decision to nominate former government minister and the general secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala as the common opposition candidate, the new general secretary of the party Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says.

 Cabinet reshuffle pending in Sri Lanka; Nimal Siripala de Silva likely to be named Prime Minister:
Nov 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan government is considering a major reshuffle in the cabinet soon, political sources in the country say.

 Sri Lanka's television service providers accused of blocking the common candidate's first interview:
Nov 22, Colombo:Sri Lanka's private television service providers have allegedly blocked the common opposition candidate's first TV interview, media reports said here.
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 President commissions Deduru Oya irrigation project in Sri Lanka's North Western Province:
Nov 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday declared open the Deduru Oya irrigation and hydro power project, the largest irrigation project in North Western Province.

 Sri Lanka presidential candidate's security reduced:
Nov 22, Colombo: Ministerial security provided for former government Minister Maithripala Sirisena, who declared himself as the common opposition candidate, has been removed with effect from today, the police said.

 UNP deputy leader backs Sri Lankan President's challenger:
Nov 22, Colombo: The deputy leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has pledged to extend his 'utmost support' to Maithripala Sirisena, the common opposition candidate challenging the incumbent president at the presidential polls.

  Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank to issue Rs. 4 billion debentures:
Nov 22, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange announced Friday that it has in principle approved the application for listing the debt securities of Hatton National Bank (HNB).

 Sri Lanka's JVP and JHU take time to announce support to the common opposition candidate:
Nov 22, Colombo: The secretary of Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Tilvin Silva said that the party was observing the developments in politics and take a decision soon regarding the presidential poll.

 Local politician shot in first presidential poll-related incident in Sri Lanka:
Nov 22, Colombo: A local politician of the opposition United National Party was shot and injured in the first violent incident related to the presidential polls in Sri Lanka.

 Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa appointed as general secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party:
Nov 22, Colombo: Minister of Petroleum Industries, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has been appointed as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance.

 Another ruling alliance MP of Sri Lanka joins the opposition:
Nov 21, Colombo: Another government Member of Parliament has reportedly joined the opposition United National Party (UNP) Sri Lanka political sources say.

 Sri Lanka launches first ever parliamentary caucus for children with UNICEF support:
Nov 21, Colombo: To mark the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), that was ratified by Sri Lanka in 1991, Sri Lankan Parliamentarians from all political parties Thursday launched the country's first ever Parliamentary Caucus for Children.

 President declares open another mega housing complex for underserved communities in Sri Lankan capital :
Nov 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared open another mega housing complex for the underserved communities in Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.

 U.S. EPA welcomes Sri Lankan capital city's participation in Cities Clean Air Partnership Program:
Nov 21, Colombo: Officials from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met with Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy B.M.E.D. Basnayake today to commend Sri Lanka for designating Colombo City as a participant in the Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) program.
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 BJP leader seeks ban on Sri Lanka terrorist leader's birth anniversary celebrations in Tamil Nadu:
Nov 21, New Delhi: India's Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy has asked the Indian government to ban a move in Tamil Nadu to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sri Lanka's slain terrorist leader V. Prabhakaran.

 Sri Lankan court extends remand of 24 Indian fishermen till Dec 05:
Nov 21, Jaffna: A Sri Lankan court Friday ordered to further remand 24 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu until December 05 on charges of illegally entering Sri Lankan waters.

 Crucial meeting of Sri Lanka's ruling party to be held tonight:
Nov 21, Colombo: Central Committee of Sri Lanka's ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will meet tonight, political sources say.

  Sri Lanka to hold presidential elections on January 08:
Nov 21, Colombo: Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has announced that the Presidential elections will be held on January 08, 2015.

  Sri Lanka President removes common opposition candidate from ministerial portfolio and party :
Nov 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and his colleagues have been sacked from the ministerial portfolios they held.

 Maithripala Sirisena is Common Opposition candidate for presidency in Sri Lanka:
Nov 21, Colombo: The General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister Maithripala Sirisena today announced that he is the Common Opposition candidate contesting for the presidency against the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Main opposition condemns attack on Sri Lanka monk party leader's temple:
Nov 21, Colombo: The main opposition party of Sri Lanka, United National Party (UNP) 'with shock' condemned the attack on the temple of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Chairman

 Sri Lankan Minister Maithripala Sirisena says he is committed to serve the country:
Nov 21, Colombo: General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena speaking at an event at Battaramulla today said that he is committed to serve the country and the people in the future as he did in the last five years as the Health Minister.

 President to commission irrigation project in Sri Lanka's North Western Province tomorrow:
Nov 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the largest irrigation project in North Western Province, Deduru Oya irrigation and hydro power project Saturday.

 Fitch Rates debentures of Sri Lanka's Abans at 'BBB+(lka) (EXP)':
Nov 21, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has assigned Abans Plc's proposed issue of senior unsecured redeemable debentures of up to LKR2bn an expected National Long-Term rating of 'BBB+(lka)(EXP)'. The rating is contingent upon the final transaction documents conforming to information already received.

 Sri Lankan filmmaker wins at South Asian film festival in Seattle:
Nov 21, Seattle, WA: Renowned Sri Lankan cinematographer Prasanna Vithanage's critically acclaimed movie "With You, Without You" was the winner at the 9th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival, in Seattle, Washington.

 Indian fishermen pardoned by Sri Lankan President return home:
Nov 21, Chennai: The five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were pardoned by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after they were sentenced to death by a Colombo court for alleged drug trafficking, arrive in Chennai Friday.

 Sri Lanka, Thailand celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations:
Nov 20, Colombo: The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand is being launched Thursday, (20 November 2014), the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

 Old rail tracks and signal systems blamed for 120 derailments and 14 train accidents in Sri Lanka in last three years:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Transport Kumar Welgama said in parliament today that the Sri Lanka Railway Department had recorded 120 train derailments in the period between 2011 and 2014.
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 Sri Lanka monk party leader threatened, attempts to take over his temple following withdrawal from ruling coalition:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Chairman Athuraliye Rathana Thero has sought protection from the Inspector General of Police, N.K. Ilangakoon, in written saying that he has security threats following his party's withdrawal from the ruling coalition.

 Coalition party of Sri Lanka government becomes independent:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), the former coalition party of the government, announced today that the party would act as an independent group in parliament, provincial councils and local government bodies.

 Sri Lanka ruling party MP joins main opposition UNP :
Nov 20, Colombo: United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Gampaha District parliamentarian Wasantha Senanayake today joined the main opposition United National Party (UNP) at the party headquarters, Sirikotha.

 Major split in Sri Lanka's ruling party is anticipated ahead of presidential election:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's political circles anticipate a major split in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ahead of the filing of nominations for the presidential elections.

 Sri Lankan President's announcement of his intention to hold office for a third term gazetted:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's announcement of his intention to hold office for a third term at the upcoming Presidential Election has been gazetted today.

 Sri Lanka and Belarus explore expanding trade relations:
Nov 20, Colombo: Expanding trade relations between Sri Lanka and Belarus was the focus when a high-level parliamentary delegation from the National Assembly of Belarus, led by the Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko, met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today.

 Election Commissioner calls a meeting tomorrow to discuss presidential elections:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has summoned all election officials, District Secretaries and Secretaries of all political parties to Colombo tomorrow for a meeting to discuss the upcoming presidential elections.

 Sri Lankan President signs proclamation declaring intention to hold presidential election:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa a short while ago signed the proclamation declaring his intention to hold a Presidential Election seeking another term.

 Sri Lanka police operation to find location where LTTE executed 80 security officers:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have launched an operation to locate the place in the Mullaitivu jungles where the Tamil Tiger terrorists executed 80 police and security officers.

 Sri Lanka's Renuka Hotels and Cargo Boat Development Company to construct Rs. 2 billion office complex in Colombo:
Nov 20, Colombo: Renuka Land (Pvt) Ltd, a joint venture between Renuka Hotels Ltd and Cargo Boat Development Company PLC has initiated a project to construct a modern rentable ‘Class A’ office building complex in Colombo catering to the much needed requirement of such a facility in the rapidly developing city.

 Sri Lanka at risk of increased terrorist activity, ranks 36th in Global Terrorism Index :
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the 13 countries that are being at risk of increased terrorist activity from current levels in the 2014 Global Terrorism Index Report released Wednesday.

 Sri Lanka ruling party central committee unanimously decides to nominate President for a third term:
Nov 20, Colombo: The Central Committee of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of ruling alliance, has unanimously decided to nominate the incumbent President of Sri Lanka as the party's candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

 Sri Lankan Chef Kusuma Cooray presents 'Ocean to Plate':
Nov 19, Honolulu : One of Hawaii's most celebrated chefs, Sri Lankan Professor of Culinary Arts at the Kapi'olani Community College and the honorary consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii Kusuma Cooray has presented, a cook book on cooking fish.

 Pro-Eelam Tamil party in India calls to celebrate Sri Lanka terrorist leader's birthday:
Nov 19, Chennai: The pro-LTTE Tamil Nadu political leader, the general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), V. Goplasamy aka Vaiko today called for grand celebrations of the 60th birth anniversary of slain terrorist leader of Sri Lanka Velupillai Prabhakaran on November 26.

 Report on establishment of a Chinese naval base stirs Sri Lanka parliament:
Nov 19, Colombo: A report in a Namibian newspaper that China is planning to establish 18 naval bases in in various Indian Ocean regions including Sri Lanka has caused a stir in Sri Lankan parliament today.
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 Pacific World expands presence in Sri Lanka for MICE operations :
Nov 19, Colombo: Pacific World, the integrated global DMC and Event Management organization has announced that they are expanding into Sri Lanka, an emerging MICE destination.

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