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  UK encouraged by Sri Lanka's renewed desire for reconciliation and long-term peace

Jan 30, Colombo: UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, who concluded his three-day visit to Sri Lanka today, met with Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

This is UK Minister's second visit to Sri Lanka and the first Ministerial visit since the formation of a new government in the island nation earlier this month.

 US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal to arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday:
Jan 31, Colombo: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will arrive in Sri Lanka next week on an official visit, the U.S. State Department announced Friday. Biswal will travel to Colombo on February 2-3.

 Sri Lanka's John Keells to continue Waterfront property project without gaming facility:
Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lankaís John Keells Holdings (JKH) said it will continue the Waterfront property project as planned despite the new government's amendment to restrict the ability to rent space for gaming activities.

 Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner announces holding elections for two local bodies in North:
Jan 31, Colombo: Elections Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has announced that elections to the Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Mullaitivu District will be held on February 28.

 Canada hopes for a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government in Sri Lanka :
Jan 31, Ottawa: Welcoming the measures taken by the new Sri Lankan government for good governance, Canada yesterday expressed hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a "transparent, responsive and pluralistic government."

 Complaint lodged with Sri Lanka Bribery Commission against the custodian of Temple of the Tooth in Kandy :
Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has received a complaint against the Diyawadana Nilame (Custodian) of Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara.

 Sri Lanka Law College to hold examinations in all three languages:
Jan 31, Colombo: Justice Minister of Sri Lanka Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe says that measures will be taken to provide the opportunity for law students to respond to their examination papers in a language they are comfortable with.

 Sri Lanka Health Ministry orders pictographic warnings on cigarette packets from February 1:
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has ordered the tobacco companies to print pictorial warnings on the cigarette packets from February 1.

 Sri Lanka's PM explains the controversy surrounding former chief justice to parliament :
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today in a special statement explained the illegality of the appointment of Mohan Peiris as the 44th Chief Justice.
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  Packer abandons $ 400 million casino project in Sri Lanka after government bans new casinos :
Jan 30, Colombo: Australian gaming tycoon James Packer's Crown Group says it will not proceed with the proposed development of a mixed resort project in Sri Lanka after the new Sri Lankan government decided to ban new casino projects in the country.

 UK encouraged by Sri Lanka's renewed desire for reconciliation and long-term peace:
Jan 30, Colombo: UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, who concluded his three-day visit to Sri Lanka today, met with Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

  Justice K Sripavan takes oaths as Sri Lanka's Chief Justice:
Jan 30, Colombo: Supreme Court Justice K. Sripavan was sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's Office on Friday.

 Sri Lanka inflation rises to 3.2 percent in January on food prices:
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , rose to 3.2 percent in January from 2.1 percent in December 2014, the Central Bank reported on Friday.

  Sri Lanka's new government to express sympathy to victims of war at Independence Day celebrations :
Jan 30, Colombo: Following the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), Sri Lanka's new government at the Independence Day celebrations this year prepares to expresses sympathy and reach out to the victims of the country's three-decade long war.

 Bakery owners in Sri Lanka to reduce bread prices following reduction in wheat flour prices:
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Bakery Owners' Association has decided to reduce the price of a loaf of bread by Rs. 6 following the government's decision to reduce the price of wheat flour.

 Sri Lankan President's adviser briefs UN HR High Commissioner on new government's policies:
Jan 30, Geneva: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's senior advisor on foreign affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala has met the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in Geneva and briefed him on the new government's policies.

 UN Secretary General hopes Sri Lanka will work with the UN on war probe:
Jan 30, Colombo: The UN has said that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hoped Sri Lanka would work with the UN on the probe on the war despite launching a new domestic investigation.

 Public sector salaries not increased and private sector workers ignored by the Sri Lankan government - trade union leader :
Jan 30, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) trade union wing, K.D. Lalkantha says the salaries of the public sector workers have not been increased in the new government's interim budget.

 Sri Lankan government to audit and investigate into non-strategic investments in Seychelles:
> Jan 30, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka will investigate into the alleged non-strategic investments made by the former government in Seychelles.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party says short or long term economic strategies not included in interim budget:
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the interim budget presented by the new government lacked short and long term economic strategies.

 Opposition legislators of Sri Lanka seek debate on the controversy over Chief Justice, PM to respond today:
> Jan 30, Colombo: Opposition members in the Sri Lankan parliament have sought a parliamentary debate on the controversy surrounding the post of Chief Justice in the country.

 Colombo Stock Exchange to educate Sri Lankan pensioners on sustainable financial planning:
Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is to launch an awareness programme to provide pensioners with a sound understanding of personal financial planning.

 Law expert says U.S. can try Sri Lanka's ex-Defense Secretary if no domestic probe on him:
Jan 29, Colombo: An expert on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the United States says U.S. can try Sri Lanka's former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa unless there is a credible probe on him by the Sri Lankan government.

 European Commission offers Sri Lanka assistance in meeting regulatory requirements to lift EU fishing ban :
Jan 29, Colombo: The European Commission has offered Sri Lanka assistance in meeting the regulatory requirements that would enable an early lifting of the ban on fish exports to the European Union.
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 Sri Lankan government to merge SriLankan and Mihin to cut losses, increase productivity:
Jan 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to merge the country's two loss-making airlines to cut losses and increase productivity.

 Sri Lanka's new government already taken important measures to improve human rights - HRW :
Jan 29, New York: Sri Lanka's new government has already taken important measures to improve free expression and other rights, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said releasing its World Report 2015 Thursday.

 Sri Lanka bans previous government's luxury casino projects:
Jan 29, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has banned the setting up of casinos and other gaming facilities in projects that come under the Strategic Development Act.

 UK Minister visiting Sri Lanka travels to North :
Jan 29, Colombo: Visiting UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for Sri Lanka, Hugo Swire, travelled to Jaffna today, 29 January, 2015. This was the Ministerís first visit to Jaffna.

 Sri Lankan government's interim budget brings relief to people, imposes heavy taxes on liquor and casinos:
Jan 29, Colombo: The new government of Sri Lanka today presented the Interim Budget 2015 in Parliament offering concessions to all sections of the society.

 New MP sworn in Sri Lanka parliament to fill President's seat:
Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Jayasinghe Bandara was sworn in as a Parliamentarian today to fill the parliamentary seat vacated by President Maithripala Sirisena.

 Sri Lanka Cabinet approves revising bill to cover 80% of cigarette packs with pictorial warnings:
Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers Wednesday approved a proposal made by the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne revise the legislation to require manufacturers to cover cigarette packs with pictorial warnings

 Bribery complaint lodged against Hyatt Regency Hotel project in Sri Lanka:
Jan 29, Colombo: Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development Dr. Harsha de Silva has lodged a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption in Sri Lanka on the irregularities committed in the Hyatt Regency Hotel Project in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka Navy directed to probe former President's son's appointment to Navy :
Jan 29, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy is to commence a probe in to the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's second son, Navy Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka's Chief Justice to resign today making way for the appointment of a new Chief Justice:
Jan 29, Colombo: Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake is to resign today after she resumed duties as Chief Justice yesterday.

 Urgent bill in Sri Lankan parliament today to amend previous government's 2015 Budget:
Jan 29, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka will present to parliament today an urgent bill in the form of an amendment to the 2015 Appropriation Act that was presented by the previous government.

 Sri Lankan President to implement a well-structured plan to strengthen national security :
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday said more attention would be paid to national security and a well-structured plan would be implemented to ensure national security for the welfare of the country and the people.
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 New Chairman of Bank of Ceylon assumes duties:
Jan 28, Colombo: President's Counsel, Ronald C. Perera has been appointed as Chairman of the state-run Bank of Ceylon by Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayaka, with effect from January 27. Perera assumed office Wednesday 28th January.

 Tamil Nadu CM feels conditions in Sri Lanka's North and East not conducive for repatriation of Tamil refugees :
Jan 28, Chennai: The conditions in Sri Lanka's Northern and Eastern provinces are still not conducive for the voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister of that state O. Panneerselvam told the central Indian government today.

 Sri Lanka's economic freedom declines, 2015 index shows:
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka became less economically free last year as the foundations of economic freedom remain weak according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation.

 Sri Lanka's impeached Chief Justice returns to Supreme Court to resume duties :
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake returned to the Supreme Court complex today two years after she was unjustly impeached by the previous government.

 Sri Lanka's North Central Province gets a new Chief Minister:
Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member of the North Central Provincial Council Peshala Jayaratne was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the Province before the new Governor P.B. Dissanayake this morning.

 Sri Lankan government to allocate 6 percent of GDP for education sector :
Jan 28, Colombo: The Education Ministry of Sri Lanka has decided to increase the annual budgetary allocations to the education sector.

 NDB grants Rs.3.3 billion for the first wind power projects in Northern Province:
Jan 28, Colombo: NDB granted 2 long term facilities aggregating to Rs.3.3 billion towards construction and commissioning of two wind power projects in Vallimunai and Puloppalai of the Kilinochchi District.

 Sri Lanka lawyers' body and civil society protest demanding resignation of Chief Justice :
Jan 28, Colombo: Lawyers and representatives of trade unions and civil society in Sri Lanka Wednesday commenced a protest campaign demanding the resignation of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris.

 Australia's MRL Corporation to mine graphite from Aluketiya project in Sri Lanka in September:
Jan 28, MRL Corporation, an Australian mining company exploring graphite in Sri Lanka, said it is on track to start production from its Aluketiya graphite project in Sri Lanka in the September quarter 2015 after drilling returned assays of up to 99.3% total graphitic carbon (TGC).

 Rain Forest Protectors of Sri Lanka launch native tree planting project :
Jan 28, Colombo: Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka successfully completed a native tree planting project in a four-acre tea estate in Atabage, Gampola on January 24, 2015.

 Detention of Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea not unlawful, Australian court rules:
Jan 28, Canberra: A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers were legally detained at sea by Australian immigration authorities last year, the High Court of Australia ruled today.

 National Executive Council of Sri Lanka to appoint special unit to investigate attacks on media:
Jan 28, Colombo: The National Executive Council of Sri Lanka has decided to appoint a special unit to investigate the attacks on the media in the past few years.

 Sri Lanka's Bribery Commission receives over 100 complaints of corruption following the Presidential election:
Jan 28, Colombo: The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption in Sri Lanka says it has received over 100 complaints of corruption following the conclusion of the Presidential election.

 Chief Justice of Sri Lanka informed that his position is illegal:
Jan 28, Colombo: The Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Mohan Peiris has been informed that his appointment as Chief Justice is illegal.

 Sri Lanka's government coalition reaches agreement on constitutional proposals:
Jan 28, Colombo: The National Executive Council of Sri Lanka has reached an agreement on proposed constitutional amendments to be introduced during the 100 day programme.

  Former Sri Lankan president says media blitz to vilify him:
Jan 27, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa says a media blitz has been launched to "vilify" him and mislead the public instead of following established procedures to probe wrongdoing.

 All ranks, privileges and pension restored for former Sri Lanka Army commander:
Jan 27, Colombo: All ranks, privileges and pension have been restored for the former Army Commander of Sri Lanka Sarath Fonseka following the full Presidential amnesty granted to him by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Army said today.
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  Sri Lanka Telecom to offer CYREN cybersecurity solution:
Jan 27, McLean, VA: CYREN, a leading provider of cloud-based security solutions today announced that it signed Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) as one of its latest resellers.

 No change in Sri Lanka's liberal market policies with India, Minister assures:
Jan 27, Colombo: There is no change whatsoever in Sri Lankaís international or domestic trade positioning due to the arrival of new government, rather, it stands strengthened even more Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen assured today.

  Six new provincial governors sworn in Sri Lanka :
Jan 27, Colombo: New Governors appointed to six provinces in Sri Lanka took oaths before Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today.

 Senior journalist Dharmasri Ekanayake appointed President's Media Director:
Jan 27, Colombo: Senior Journalist Dharmasri Bandara Ekanayake has been appointed President's Media Director. He received his Letter of Appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena today (27) at the Presidential Secretariat.

 UK Minister Hugo Swire to visit Sri Lanka:
Jan 27, Colombo: The UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire is paying a second visit to Sri Lanka from 28-30 January, shortly after the formation of a new government, the UK High Commission in Colombo said in a release today.

 Sri Lanka's Attorney General summoned by Appeal Court in case against KP:
Jan 27, Colombo: The Appeal Court of Sri Lanka today issued notice on the Attorney General to appear before the Court on February 5 in connection with the writ application filed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) against former LTTE Leader, Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.

 Sri Lankan court orders probe in to UPFA MP's accounts over investigation into drug peddling :
Jan 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered the police to probe the bank accounts of former ruling party parliamentarian who is suspected of drug peddling in the country.

 New Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka takes office:
Jan 27, Colombo: Newly appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Mr. Arjuna Mahendran assumed duties in his new post on Monday, the 26th of January 2015 at the Governorís office in Colombo, the bank said in a media release.

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