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  Sri Lanka Tamil party delegation visits India to seek solutions to national issue

Aug 21, Colombo: A five-member delegation of Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), will leave for India today to hold discussions with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior Indian leaders on a host of issues.

The TNA delegation led by its leader MP R. Sampanthan will meet Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi on August 23.

 Vietnamese parliamentary delegation visits Sri Lanka parliament :
Aug 21, Colombo: A delegation of members of the National Assembly of Vietnam led by the head of Justice Committee Nguyen Van Hien visited Sri Lankan Parliament Thursday and held bilateral talks with Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody at the Parliament complex, the official government news portal said.

 Sri Lanka condoles with Japanese people on landslide tragedy:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka today expressed condolences to the Japanese people on landslide tragedy in Hiroshima that killed at least 39 people.

 Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange Main Index (ASPI) crosses 7000 mark after 3 years:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange's (CSE) All Share Price Index (ASPI) crossed the 7000 mark today (21) closing at 7,004.75 points.

 Sri Lankan bowler Sachithra Senanayake returns from Perth after undergoing remedial work:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake who was sent off to Perth, Australia to undergo remedial work to correct his bowling action has returned after completing the training, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced today.

 Sri Lanka Tamil party delegation visits India to seek solutions to national issue:
Aug 21, Colombo: A five-member delegation of Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), will leave for India today to hold discussions with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior Indian leaders on a host of issues.

 Sri Lanka main opposition party to reinstate two expelled members in electoral organizer positions:
Aug 21, Colombo: Ranil Wickremasinghe, Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP), has decided to reinstate two expelled members of the party in electoral organizer positions, party sources say.

 Two more Deputy Ministers take oaths before President in Si Lanka:
Aug 21, Colombo: Two more Members of Sri Lankan Parliament were sworn in as Deputy Ministers before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees this morning.

 British authorities arrest three Sri Lankans for visa application fraud:
Aug 21, Colombo: A 42-year old Sri Lankan woman and her two adult daughters who applied together for UK visas were arrested today for using deception in their applications by applying in multiple identities, the British High Commission in Colombo said in a release.

 Justice Ministry of Sri Lanka partners with UNICEF to develop an electronic database to speed up justice for children:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General's Department and UNICEF have teamed up to launch the development of an electronic database to speed up justice for abused children by tracking their cases swiftly.

  Sri Lanka's trade deficit narrows 35.3 percent in June 2014:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's external sector strengthened further and trade deficit narrowed for the ninth consecutive month in June 2014 by 35.3 percent to US$ 454 million as earnings from exports substantially increased while expenditure on imports declined during the month, the Central Bank said releasing the External Sector Performance review Thursday.

 International research symposium at Sri Lanka's defense university begins today:
Aug 21, Colombo: The seventh annual International Research Conference 2014 of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) will begin today at the University premises in Ratmalana.

 Sri Lankan President condoles Japan landslide deaths:
Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday mourned the loss of lives and destruction due to the devastating landslides that struck Hiroshima, Japan on Wednesday .

  Sri Lankan President cancels Pakistan visit amid unrest in Islamabad:
Aug 21, Islamabad: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has cancelled his visit to Pakistan that was scheduled for later this week due to the political unrest in the Pakistani capital city of Islamabad, Pakistani Foreign Office has said.

 President orders to resolve Sri Lanka's health sector issues within three months:
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today ordered the relevant authorities to resolve the trade union issues in the health sector within three months.
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 India will not endorse any foreign intervention in Sri Lankan affairs - BJP leader:
Aug 20, Colombo: India's foreign policy is very clear and will not agree to any foreign power interfering in Sri Lanka's internal matters, a senior leader of India's governing Bharatha Janatha Party (BJP) Dr. Subramanian Swamy said.

 Sri Lanka, India discuss eradicating growing drug menace:
Aug 20, New Delhi: Sri Lanka and India together shared concerns today over the growing menace of narcotic drugs and latest trends in narcotics smuggling in Indo-Sri Lankan sector during the firs-ever talks between the top anti-narcotics agencies of both the countries.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank lobbies in US to improve communication between the two countries:
Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank said it has sought the services of lobbying firms in the United States to improve the communication between the two countries to create an environment conducive to attract more US investments.

 UN Chief encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international inquiry:
Aug 20, New York: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international inquiry launched by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights into human rights violations during Sri Lanka's war, his Spokesperson said Tuesday.

 Japanese Vice-Minister, Sri Lankan President discuss Colombo city development:
Aug 20, Colombo: Japan's Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Manabu Sakai called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees Tuesday (August 19).

 No decision to increase fuel prices in Sri Lanka, Petroleum Minister says:
Aug 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken any decision to increase fuel prices despite the losses from selling fuel at subsidized prices, Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.

 Sri Lanka opposition party leader to hand over Uva PC election to Sajith Premadasa - report :
Aug 20, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) is to immediately appoint the party senior Sajith Premadasa as the deputy leader and entrust him with the operations of the Uva provincial council election, a local media report said.

 Junior heath sector workers of Sri Lanka state hospitals launch strike:
Aug 20, Colombo: The junior workers of Sri Lanka's government hospitals have launched a work strike today to win several demands including a salary increase.

 Sri Lanka Health Ministry inspects all cosmetic clinics in the country:
Aug 20, Colombo: Following the death of a female doctor at the hand of an unqualified plastic surgeon, Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has decided to inspect all cosmetic clinics in the country.

 Sri Lanka's E-Library Nenasala program receives US$ 1 million International Access to Learning Award:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan government's E-Library Nenasala program conducted by the e-Sri Lanka Project of the Presidential Secretariat has received the 2014 Access to Learning Award.

 Sri Lanka's coasts, agriculture under threat from climate change -ADB report:
Aug 19, Colombo: Widespread degradation of Sri Lanka's coastal and agricultural resources due to climate change could cost the country's economy more than 6% of its gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of this century, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) climate and economics report for South Asia.

 Sri Lanka will not allow terrorist acts against India:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka today has assured India that it will not allow anyone to use its soil to carry out subversive acts against its neighbor.
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 No general elections in Sri Lanka at least for another year:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has affirmed that there will be no General Election at least for another year.

 Sri Lanka Election Department to deploy 10,000 officers for Uva Provincial Council election:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Election Department will deploy some 10,000 election officers for election duties at the upcoming elections for Uva Provincial Council, the Department said.

 Swiss specialty chemicals company Sika opens subsidiary in Sri Lanka:
Aug 19, Baar, Switzerland: Swiss specialty chemicals company Sika is expanding its presence in the Asia/Pacific Region with the establishment of new Sika subsidiary in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lankan President may postpone Pakistan visit due to restive situation in Islamabad:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa may postpone his visit to Pakistan scheduled for some time later this month due to unrest in that country, government officials told reporters.

 New BOI company to undertake housing projects in urban areas of Sri Lanka :
Aug 19, Colombo: A new venture has been set up by a construction company with Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Hoard of Investment (BOI) to undertake the construction of housing units in urban areas of the country.

 Sri Lankan President says will not allow UN team entry to probe alleged war crimes:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka will not allow the United Nations team investigating alleged war crimes committed during the last seven years of the three-decade long armed conflict with Tamil Tiger terrorists, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Tuesday.

 Floating market in Sri Lankan capital to be opened Friday:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense and Urban Development announced that the new floating market constructed in Pettah area in the capital city Colombo will be declared open Friday.

 Sri Lankan President appoints two more to the advisory panel of missing persons commission :
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed two more members to the panel of international experts advising the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka.

 Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in landmark agreement to promote Sri Lanka to clients for investment:
Aug 19, Colombo: The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, UFJ became the first bank yesterday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Board of Investment (BOI) in Sri Lanka to encourage Japanese investments.

  Shaan performs at Indian Independence Day Concert in Sri Lanka:
Aug 19, Colombo: To commemorate the 68th Independence Day of India, the Indian CEO Forum, in collaboration with the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, organized an Independence Day Concert by the famous Indian singer, Shaan (Shantanu Mukherjee) at Stein Studio in Colombo on 17 August 2014.

 Relentless international pressure on Sri Lanka is absolutely harmful to country - Minister Peiris:
Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs Prof G.L. Peiris Monday said that the relentless international pressure on Sri Lanka to probe alleged human rights violations is not only unhelpful, but is also absolutely harmful to the country.

  Sri Lanka coalition party to campaign for new constitutional framework and new economy:
Aug 18, Colombo: A coalition party of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, the National Freedom Front (NFF) said today that it will campaign for a new constitutional framework and new economy for the country.

 Two government-owned Sri Lankan plantation companies post profits for 2013:
Aug 18, Colombo: Two government-owned Sri Lankan plantation companies handed over their profits in 2013 to the Treasury today at a function held at Temple Trees.

 Sri Lanka President intends to visit Saudi Arabia to strengthen relations:
Aug 18, Jeddah: The government of Sri Lanka and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have agreed to focus on strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries when Sri Lanka's Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed met Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal in Jeddah on Sunday.
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 Extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka threatens to field a presidential candidate:
Aug 18, Colombo: The Extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has threatened to field a candidate for president at the next presidential election if the current President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other political leaders failed to accept their reforms for governance.

 Special police operation launched to confiscate illegal firearms in Sri Lanka's Western Province:
Aug 18, Colombo: Following escalating shooting incidents in and around Colombo, Sri Lanka Police Department has launched a special operation today to seize illegal firearms in the Western Province, Police media spokesman Senior superintendent of Police Ajith Rohana said.

  Sri Lanka is a model for blending security and development together - Army Commander :
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka is a present day model of how nations could blend security and development together to provide a better life for its people, Sri Lanka's Commander of Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake said.

 Excavations of Muslim mass grave site in eastern Sri Lanka postponed again:
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have postponed the excavation of a suspected mass grave site in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka for the second time, Police media Unit said.

 In Pictures: Sri Lankan President participates in cricket legend's farewell:
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated in the farewell celebration of legendary batsman Mahela Jayawardena who played his last Test match today.

  Sri Lanka President focused on a manufacturing-based economy :
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa also as the Finance Minister has focused on a manufacturing-based economy for the country when preparing the next year's budget.

 FACETS 2014, Sri Lanka's international gem and jewellery show opens on September 4th:
Aug 18, Colombo: FACETS Sri Lanka 2014, the 24th International Gem & Jewellery Show will be held from 4th - 7th September 2014 at the he BMICH Exhibition and Convention Centre in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka beats Pakistan to give Mahela Jayawardena a winning farewell:
Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 105 runs in the second Test match of the two-match series today and clinched the series 2 -0 to give the retiring batsman Mahela Jayawardena a winning farewell.

 Sri Lanka, Afghanistan agree to jointly work in various sectors strengthening friendly relations :
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have agreed to further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries and jointly work in various sectors when Sri Lanka's new Ambassador to Afghanistan met with the Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Saturday in Kabul.

 Over 10,000 quack doctors in Sri Lanka, the doctor's union finds:
Aug 17, Colombo: There are over 10,000 quack doctors in Sri Lanka practicing western medicine without qualifications, the trade union of government doctors Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has found.

 Sri Lanka UNP leader invites all members who left the party to re-join :
Aug 17, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe has openly invited all the party members, who left the party for various reasons, to forget the past and rejoin the party and build a solidarity against the ruling party and the government.
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  Protests in Chennai against India participating in Sri Lanka's defense conference:
Aug 17, Chennai: Members of a pro-Eelam Tamil nationalist party in Tamil Nadu state of India today staged a protest demanding the Indian government not to participate in Sri Lanka's Defense Seminar 2014.

 Karu Jayasuriya agrees with decision to appoint Sajith Premadasa as deputy leader of Sri Lanka main opposition party:
Aug 17, Colombo: Karu Jayasuriya, the Chairman of the Leadership Council of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP), has said that he also "completely agrees" with appointing Sajith as the deputy leader of the party and providing Premadasa with a "rightful place" in the party in order to rejoin him with active politics of the party.

 Sri Lanka Army's fourth annual defense seminar begins tomorrow:
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army's fourth annual Defence Seminar will begin tomorrow (August 18) at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka not to release Indian fishermen's boats:
Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Saturday released 94 Indian fishermen who were detained in the country's jails for trespassing into Sri Lankan waters but has decided not to release their boats.

 Sri Lanka, India ministerial level talks on fisheries issue on August 29:
Aug 17, Colombo: Officials from the governments of Sri Lanka, India and Indian state of Tamil Nadu will meet in New Delhi on August 29 to hold a round of official level talks to find a solution to the nagging fishermen's issue.

 Sri Lanka main opposition to appoint Sajith Premadasa as deputy leader - report:
Aug 17, Colombo: Senior members of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) have reportedly held discussions regarding a proposal to appoint the rebel party senior Sajith Premadasa as the deputy leader in an attempt to unite the party that is estranged over its leadership.

 Hotline introduced for Sri Lankan consumers to complain on rice prices:
Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's consumer protection agency, Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has introduced a new hot line for the consumers to complain on rice prices exceeding the government controlled price.
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 Sri Lanka police launch investigations on fraudsters claiming connections to President and First Family:
Aug 16, Colombo: The Special Investigation Unit of Sri Lanka Police has received 368 complaints of fraudsters, who have swindled the public claiming close connections to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa or his family.

 Civil Aviation Authorities of Sri Lanka and Maldives sign MoU:
Aug 16, Colombo: Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (MCAA) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) to obtain licensing examination services of the CAASL.

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