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  Sri Lanka survey finds Ranil Wickremasinghe is favored by all communities to be the PM

Aug 04, Colombo: A pre-election poll conducted by a non-partisan independent organization in Sri Lanka has found that current Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe has more support from all communities in the country over his would be contender Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the Prime Minister.

Nationally, 39.8% believed Ranil Wickremasinghe is best suited to be the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as opposed to the 27.5% favored Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka President appreciates Turkey's steps to enhance bilateral corporation:
Aug 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday thanked Turkey for the steps taken to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation.

 Nine-member Commonwealth team to observe Sri Lanka parliamentary elections :
Aug 04, London: A team of Commonwealth observers constituted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma following a request from Sri Lanka Election Commissioner's Office will be deployed to Sri Lanka to observe parliamentary elections scheduled for 17 August 2015, the Commonwealth said Tuesday.

 Pakistan condemns the killing of civilians in latest unprovoked ceasefire violations by India at Working Boundary:
Aug 04, Islamabad: The Government of Pakistan Tuesday lodged a protest with the Government of India on the latest unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian security forces in Pukhlian-Aknur sector at the Working Boundary.

 Litro Chairman sends letter of demand to former UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena:
Aug 04, Colombo: Executive Chairman of the Litro Gas Lanka Ltd Shalia Moonasinghe has sent a letter of demand through his lawyer to former government minister Bandula Gunawardena demanding Rs. 1 billion in damage over a statement the former MP made on July 22.

 Australia's MRL Corporation signs agreement with Intelligent Materials to identify commercial applications for Sri Lanka graphite:
Aug 04, Colombo: Australia's MRL Corporation will look to identify commercial applications for graphite from its Sri Lankan projects after signing an agreement with Australian graphene company, Intelligent Materials, the company said in a market disclosure.

 Police asked to take custody of government vehicles still retained by former MPs :
Aug 04, Colombo: The Secretary to the President has asked the police to immediately take into custody of the government vehicles given to members of the former parliament that have not been retuned yet after the dissolution of the parliament.

 Sri Lanka Police arrest 386 on election law violations and related incidents:
Aug 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have made 386 arrests in connection with election law violations and election related complaints by Monday (August 03), according to the Police Media Unit.

 Sri Lanka survey finds Ranil Wickremasinghe is favored by all communities to be the PM :
Aug 04, Colombo: A pre-election poll conducted by a non-partisan independent organization in Sri Lanka has found that current Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe has more support from all communities in the country over his would be contender Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the Prime Minister.

 Saudi employer offers his Sri Lankan housemaid for sale online:
Aug 04, Colombo: A Saudi employer has offered his Sri Lankan housemaid for SR25,000 in an advertisement he published on a local auction website, Emirates 24|7 newspaper reported.

 Former monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena further remanded:
Aug 04, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further remanded the former monitoring MP of United People's freedom Alliance (UPFA) Sajin Vass Gunawardena when his case was heard.

 Central Expressway is the first step to build a new country in 60 months - PM:
Aug 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says Sri Lanka will be turned into the economic center in South Asia and the inauguration of construction work on the Central Expressway will be the first step of the government's program to build a new country in 60 months.

 Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2015 begins today:
Aug 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka 'Economic Summit 2015', an annual event organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), will start today at 9.00 am in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka's investment board to ink agreements with 4 foreign investors:
Aug 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) will sign agreements with four major foreign investors to setup factories for a total investment of US$ 4 billion, BOI Chairman Upul Jayasuriya said.

 Former Sri Lankan leader vows not to leave any room to divide the country:
Aug 03, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapakse says that his alliance United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will stand for a country which establishes the right of all ethnic groups to venerate a religion of their choice.
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 Sri Lanka to issue US$ 100 million development bonds:
Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Central bank today announced that it plans to sell US$ 100 million worth of development bonds to foreign and local investors.

 Promotion procedure of Sri Lanka Police Service to be restructured:
Aug 03, Colombo: The promotion procedure of the Sri Lanka Police Service will be restructured and initiatives will be taken to eliminate the efficiency examination system, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara has said.

 Sri Lankan President calls on parents and students not to abuse modern-day rights and privileges:
Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the parents and students not to abuse Rights and Privileges given in the modern-day society to promote indiscipline.

 Sri Lanka CID seeks AG's advice to exhume murdered rugby player's body:
Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has sought the advice of the Attorney General on exhuming the body of the murdered rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, police said.

 Construction of Colombo-Kandy expressway inaugurated:
Aug 03, Colombo: Construction work on the first phase of the Central Expressway from Colombo to Kandy was ceremonially launched Monday by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Kadawatha.

 Sri Lankan President inspects the progress of the Moragahakanda irrigation project :
Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Monday engaged in an emergency observation tour of the Moragahakanda Reservoir Project, one of the largest irrigation projects in the country, and reviewed the progress of the construction work.

 Australian Federal Police accused of supporting Sri Lanka's CID:
Aug 03, Colombo: The Australia Federal Police (AFP) has been accused of providing equipment and assistance to Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which has been accused of kidnapping and torture, an Australian media report said today.

 Second victim of shooting at Sri Lanka election rally dies:
Aug 03, Colombo: A second victim critically injured at a shooting at an election rally in Kotahena on Friday succumbed to his injuries in early hours of today, the police said.

 Sri Lanka records marginal deflation for July 2015:
Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation rate fell below zero percent recording a marginal deflation of 0.2 percent for the month of July.

 Former UPFA minister arrested for alleged abduction and assault of a political activist:
Aug 03, Matale: Sri Lanka police have arrested a former UPFA minister after he surrendered to the police for allegedly abducting and assaulting a political activist.

 Postal voting for Sri Lanka's General Election will commence today:
Aug 03, Colombo: The postal voting for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election will commence Monday for the school teachers to cast their postal votes.
 Sri Lankan government to provide domestic power supply to resettled families in North and East:
Aug 03, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to restore provision of electricity connections free of charge to 20,000 resettled families in the North , Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.
 Sri Lankan PM to give priority to strengthen rural economy:
Aug 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says his government's prime responsibility is to strengthen the economy of the people in rural areas.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party opposes separatist agenda of Tamil party, calls for plan for national unity:
Aug 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna(JVP) says it is opposed to the idea of separatism and called for a plan for national unity.
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 Opposition Provincial Minister arrested for assaulting supporters of Sri Lanka's ruling UNP :
Aug 02, Dambulla: Sri Lanka police have arrested a provincial minister of the opposition UPFA for assaulting three supporters of the United National Party (UNP) Sunday.
 Australian assistance to establish clinical waste management systems in Sri Lankan state hospitals :
Aug 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka has received Australian assistance to establish clinical waste management systems in the country's state hospitals.
 Indian fishers appeal central government to get fishermen released from Sri Lanka custody:
Aug 02, Colombo: An Indian fishermen association, the National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF) has appealed to India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take effort to get the fishermen detained by Sri Lankan authorities released from the prisons of Sri Lanka.
 Another victim of shooting at Sri Lanka election rally dies:
Aug 02, Colombo: Another victim of Friday’s shooting at an election rally in the Sri Lankan capital has died, raising the death toll at the first major election violence ahead of the August 17 parliamentary election to two, the police said.
 American Center in Colombo hosts seminar on labor rights in garment industry:
Aug 02, Colombo: The American Center in Colombo will host a public presentation on labor rights in garment industry by an expert in the field of labor rights.
 Veteran Sri Lankan cricketers appointed as brand ambassadors for National Kidney Fund:
Aug 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today officially appointed the veteran cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Thilakaratne Dilshan as the brand ambassadors of the National Kidney Fund.
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 Sri Lanka plans to achieve an economic growth beyond 8 percent next three years:
Aug 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to achieve an economic growth beyond 8 percent in the next three years while keeping the budget deficit reduced to 5.5 percent of Gross National Production (GDP).
 Sri Lankan government to establish a standard for imported fertilizers:
Aug 01, Colombo: The Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to establish a standard for imported fertilizers in agreement with fertilizer importers.
 Catholic Bishops urges Sri Lankans to choose worthy candidates:
Aug 01, Colombo: The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka has urged all citizens to do their utmost in choosing worthy candidates for parliament in the forthcoming general elections.
 Van rams into UPFA Minister's supporters killing one:
Aug 01, Anuradhapura: A van driven by a police officer rammed into a s group of opposition election supporters in Sri Lanka's North Central Province today killing at least one person and injuring four others.
 UN to provide an assistance package to Sri Lanka on the request of Northern Province CM:
Aug 01, New York: The United Nations said Friday that it was exploring the provision of a broad package of technical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka at the request of the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran.
 President inaugurates luxury bus service for pilgrims to Atamasthana in Anuradhapura:
Aug 01, Anuradhapura: Sri Lankan President yesterday dedicated four luxury buses to inaugurating a bus service for the benefit of the pilgrims who come from all over the island to worship the Atamasthana, the eight Buddhist sites.
 Prime Minister reveals development plans for north and east:
Aug 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says a special programme will be implemented to develop the North and East focusing on the development of both agriculture and industry sectors.
 Sri Lankan PM instructs IGP to immediately arrest the suspects of election rally shooting :
Aug 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the Inspector General of Police to immediately arrest the suspects who opened fire at an election rally of his party in Colombo.
 Notice issued for Sri Lanka's Deputy Justice Minister to appear in court:
July 31, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today has issued notice for the Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe to appear in court over election law violations.
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 President opens restored historic Abayagiriya Chaithya for public:
July 31, Anuradhapura: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena opened the archeologically restored historic Abayagiriya Chaithya for public worship today, the Esala Poya Day.
  UNP vehemently condemns attack on party supporters at election rally:
July 31, Colombo: The United National Party of Sri Lanka today vehemently condemned the attack by unidentified gunmen on a party's election rally in Bloemendhal area of Colombo that killed a supporter and injured another 12 people, critically injuring three of them.
 SriLankan Airline's Tokyo schedule changes from end September 2015:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines is adjusting operational schedules for its Colombo -Tokyo Narita route from 30th September 2015, the Routes Online reports.
 Sri Lanka Navy deploys lifesaving teams to assist devotees:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has deployed Rapid, Response, Rescue, and Relief Squadron (4Rs) personnel to provide lifesaving and other necessary assistance to the devotees at Okanda and Thalawila during the festival season, the Navy Media reported.
 Sri Lanka national carrier bags three outstanding titles at the SLIM NASCO Awards 2015:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines managed to bag three, held at the Water's Edge recently.
 Sri Lanka has no comment on Channel 4 'leaked' UN report:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka has refused to comment on a report by Britain's Channel 4 news which, citing a supposedly leaked UN document, said that the UN is preparing to assist Sri Lanka to set up a totally domestic probe into the human rights violations committed during the war.
 Sri Lanka has taken significant strides to make financial reporting system more transparent - World Bank:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka has taken significant strides in improving the quality of its financial reporting to make the reporting system more transparent and attractive to investors, the World Bank said recently.
 Construction work of Colombo-Kandy expressway to begin on Monday:
July 31, Colombo: The construction work of the Colombo-Kandy expressway will start on Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.
 Ravi Jayawardena to be appointed to lead Sri Lanka Rupavahini after chairman's resignation:
July 31, Colombo: Ravi Jayawardena, director, board member, and current affairs head of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) , is to be appointed chairman of the institution according to local media reports.
 Woman's body found in a travelling bag at bus stand in Colombo identified:
July 31, Colombo: A woman's body found in a travelling bag at the Bastian Mawatha private-bus terminal in Pettah on Wednesday, has been identified as that of a 34-year-old woman from Vaddukoddai, Jaffna, police said.
 Gunmen open fire at Sri Lanka election rally, one killed:
July 31, Colombo: Unidentified gunmen opened fire at an United National Front election rally in Colombo today killing a woman and injuring 12 others, the police said.
 Sri Lanka Railway union strike called off:
July 30, Colombo: The Railways' Professional Trade Union Alliance said it has decided to call off the countrywide strike that was scheduled to launch from midnight Thursday.
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 EU team to visit Sri Lanka to assess the fishery ban on 5th - 9th October:
July 30, Colombo: The office of the Director General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Brussels has expressed interest in sending a technical evaluation mission to Sri Lanka in October to assess the ban imposed by the European Union on the export of Sri Lanka's fishery products.
 Northern Province CM to remain neutral at Sri Lanka election:
July 30, Colombo: The chief minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran has said that he would remain neutral and non-partisan during next month's general election, despite being elected to his seat by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
 Sri Lankan PM asks the people to elect a stable government that could work with the President:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has asked the people to elect a stable government that could work in unison with the President Maithripala Sirisena to continue the good governance established on January 8th.
 Top level New Zealand team to visit Sri Lanka in November to explore investment opportunities :
July 30, Colombo: A high level delegation of investors from New Zealand will be visiting Sri Lanka in the latter part of November to explore investment opportunities, the High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka Graham Morton said.
 Sri Lankan government confirms three new diplomatic posts:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan government Thursday confirmed the appointment of three new diplomatic posts.
 Sri Lankan government to investigate failures of Bribery Commission:
July 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to investigate the failures on the part of the Chairman and Commissioners of the Bribery Commission appointed by the previous government to dispense with complaints lodged with it during the last four years.
 Sri Lankan government allocates additional Rs. 345 million to reconstruct damaged temples in Nepal:
July 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received cabinet approval to allocate an additional provision of Rs. 345 million to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana to reconstruct two temples in Nepal damaged by the 7.8 magnitude quake on April 25.
 Police arrest six for abducting UNF candidate's supporters:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today arrested six persons suspected of abducting three supporters of a United National Front candidate in the Southern Province.
 Another deputy minister resigns from Sri Lankan government:
July 30, Colombo: Another deputy minister of Sri Lankan government has decided to resign from his deputy ministerial post.
 Sri Lankan President seeks international help to eradicate kidney disease:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says international support is needed to save the Sri Lankan farming community affected by kidney disease from their tragic situation.
 Sri Lanka pavilion to showcase the best of Sri Lankan Tea at 3rd Edition of World Tea and Coffee Expo:
July 30, Colombo: With Indian consumption of Sri Lankan tea rising rapidly, the Sri Lanka Tea Board has reserved a special pavilion at the 3rd edition of World Tea & Coffee Expo (WTCE) 2015 being held at Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, from 1st Oct 2015 to 3rd Oct 2015.
 A UPFA government will restart all the suspended projects within a week - Susil Premajayantha :
July 29, Colombo: The General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said a UPFA government will restart all the projects suspended by the current government and reinstate the employees who have lost their jobs due to suspension.
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 Former Indian President's ideas will influence Sri Lanka's development initiatives - PM:
July 29, Colombo: Condoling the demise of former Indian President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said his innovative ideas on sustainable development will influence Sri Lanka's development initiatives and practice for years to come.
 Government is bound to ensure every citizen's rights, Sri Lankan President tells northerners:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the current government, as well as a new government that will be formed after the election, is bound to ensure every citizen's rights to the best.
 Excise unit raids cannabis plantation in Sri Lanka forest reserve:
July 29, Colombo: Officers of the Moneragala Excise Unit have raided a huge cannabis cultivation in a forest reserve in Moneragala area.
 Sri Lanka, Iran defense officials discuss bilateral cooperation:
July 29, Colombo: Defense officials of Sri Lanka and Iran today have discussed bilateral cooperation in defense issues relevant to the two countries.
 Sri Lankan President condoles the death of former Indian President:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he is deeply saddened by the demise of former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam describing him as an "an outstanding visionary, a great teacher and an unparalleled human being."
 Plateno Hotels Group launches luxury Portofino brand in Sri Lanka:
July 29, Colombo: Plateno Hotels Group, one of China's leading hospitality groups, has signed an agreement to launch its luxury Portofino hotel brand in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka investment agency BOI greening its zones for sustainable growth:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment (BOI) as a leading agency in the industrial and economic development of the country has taken the lead in protecting Sri Lanka's environment.
 Sri Lankan court extends order preventing SLFP central committee meetings:
July 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended the injunction preventing the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) Central Committee holding meetings without the party leader's permission.
 Another batch of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees returns home from India:
July 29, Tiruchi: Another batch of 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have left the refugee camps in the Tamil Nadu state of India for their homeland from the international airport in Tiruchi on Tuesday, according to a report in The Hindu.
 Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner tells Private Sector to grant leave for workers to vote:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has emphasized that workers in the Private Sector should be granted leave to exercise their franchise without being deprived of their personal leave or pay.
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 Sri Lanka signs agreement with Google to launch Project Google Loon :
July 28, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Google to launch the Google Loon project in the country to provide affordable high-speed internet services to the entire country.
 President removes five SLFP members who joined the UNF :
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Tuesday suspended the membership of five members of the party who joined the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG).
  Civil organizations and trade unions sign MOU with UNF for good governance:
July 28, Colombo: A collective of 75 civil organizations and trade unions Tuesday signed an agreement with the United National Front to consolidate the January 8th victory and to continue the good governance.
 Sri Lankan ISIS militant's family has left for Pakistan :
July 28, Colombo: The family members of the Sri Lankan ISIS militant, who died in Syria during a battle, have left the country for Pakistan, police investigations have found.
 Sri Lanka opposition party presents election manifesto to President:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's opposition party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today presented its election manifesto to the party chairman, President Maithripala Sirisena.
  Former Sri Lankan rugby player's death was murder, not an accident - CID:
July 28, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday informed the court new investigations into the death of Sri Lankan rugby player, Wasim Thajudeen, had revealed that the cause of death was not an accidental death but murder.
 Sri Lanka not fully compliant with standards but making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking:
July 28, Colombo: Although the Government of Sri Lanka is making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking it does not fully comply with the minimum standards and failed to demonstrate overall increasing anti-trafficking efforts to address human trafficking last year, a US report on human trafficking said.
  Sri Lanka signs an agreement with foreign investors to revive sugar industry:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment yesterday signed an investment agreement with an Indian company to revive presently defunct sugar factory situated in Kantale in the formerly war-torn Trincomalee district of the Eastern Province.
 Sri Lanka gets Rs. 53 million Sapphire order at Expo 2015:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka has secured a Rs. 53 million order for Sapphire gems at the Expo 2015 Milano being held in Milan, Italy, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Dr. Rohantha Athukorala announced.
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 President appeals to South Asian leaders to unite in eradicating drug menace:
July 27, Malé: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appealed to all the South Asian leaders to work in unison to eradicate the drug menace which is a threat to the entire South Asian Region.
  'I am not greedy for power' - Sri Lankan PM:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says unlike the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa he is not greedy for power.
  Sri Lanka's AG gives an undertaking not to arrest former MP Tiran Alles till July 30:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General Monday gave another undertaking to the Supreme Court that police will not arrest businessman and former opposition parliamentarian, Tiran Alles until July 30 regarding alleged financial fraud charges.
 Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue oversubscribed to US$ 172.5 million :
July 27, Colombo: The issue of Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs) for US$ 50 million has been oversubscribed with total bid received amounting to US$ 172.5 million, the Central Bank said on Monday.
  Sri Lankan President Chief Guest at Maldives Independence celebrations:
July 27, Malé: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who arrived in Malé Sunday, attended the Maldives Golden Jubilee of National Independence as the Chief Guest yesterday evening.
 Sri Lanka disaster management authorities to conduct a special awareness campaign in upcountry areas:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's disaster management authorities plan to conduct a special awareness campaign to broaden the horizons on disaster management work, in the near future for the public of the Haldummulla, Hali Ela, Passara, Uva Paranagama and Welimada areas in the upcountry.
 Three global oil giants express interest in exploring oil in Sri Lanka:
July 27, Colombo: Following the exit of Cairn India from offshore oil exploration in Sri Lanka's Mannar basin, three major oil companies have expressed interest in continuing the Cairn's work.
 Special security ordered for Sri Lanka's Drugs Control Board Chairman:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the police to provide special security to Chairman of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board Dr. Chameera Nilanga Samarasinge after he had received death threats.
  Former Sri Lankan president questions government's accomplishments during 100 days:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former president and the UPFA Kurunegala District candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa today questioned what was accomplished by the government during the 100 day program.
 Sri Lanka's PM plans to develop Dambulla to attract high end tourists :
July 26, Dambulla: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says he plans to develop Dambulla, the historic Central Province city, as a tourist hub with the aim to attract high end tourists.
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 Sri Lanka President calls for increased cooperation between professionals and politicians :
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the lack of cooperation between the politicians and the professionals has become an obstacle for the development of the country.
 Sri Lankan President arrives in Maldives to participate in independence celebrations :
July 26, Malé: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who left the country for The Maldives on a State Visit to participate in that country's Golden Jubilee National Independence celebrations, arrived in Malé this afternoon.
 Sri Lanka opposition UPFA to release manifesto on Tuesday:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's opposition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will release its election manifesto on Tuesday in Colombo.
 Sri Lankan President to leave for Maldives today:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for The Maldives today on an invitation to participate in the independence celebrations of the island nation.
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