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  Sri Lanka, China leaders inaugurate Colombo Port City Project

Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at a grand ceremony this morning launched the Colombo Port City Project to build a modern city on a land reclaimed from the sea.

This will be the largest single foreign direct investment of around US$ 1.5 billion for the land development that has potential to attract around US$ 5 billion from all over the world, the government said in a release.

 Chinese Leader concludes visit to Sri Lanka, leaves for India:
Sept 17, Colombo: Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded his two-day visit to Sri Lanka and left for India Wednesday after opening the US$ 1.5 billion mega development project in Colombo.

 Speeding vehicle knocks down ruling party Uva PC candidate in Sri Lanka:
Sept 17, Colombo: One person was dead and 24 others were injured today when a speeding vehicle plowed into the crowd attending a political rally in Bandarawela town of Uva Province.
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 Pope approves canonization for Sri Lanka's first saint:
Sept 17, Vatican: The Pope Francis today approved the canonization for Sri Lanka's first saint Blessed Joseph Vaz, a 17th-century missionary who worked in Sri Lanka amid the persecution of Catholics by the Dutch colonial rulers.

 Over 50,000 estate Tamil youth in Sri Lanka unable to vote at Uva PC election :
Sept 17, Colombo: Over 50,000 Tamil youth from upcountry estates in Sri Lanka will not be able to exercise their right to vote at the elections for the Uva Provincial Council, a human rights organization has alleged.

 Sri Lanka political parties hold final campaign rallies for Uva PC election today:
Sept 17, Colombo: All Election campaigning for the Uva Provincial Council polls in Sri Lanka should come to an end by midnight Wednesday and the three major political parties are holding their final election rallies today.

 Central Bank releases publication on Socio-Economic Data - 2014 of Sri Lanka :
Sept 17, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has released its latest publication on economic and social statistics of Sri Lanka for the current year.

 Sri Lanka's trade deficit widens 55.2 percent in July 2014 mainly due to oil imports:
Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's increase in import expenditure surpassed the increase in earnings from exports in July 2014 on a year-on-year basis widening the trade deficit by 55.2 percent, the Central Bank said in its External Sector Performance Review released today.

 Indian authorities to question Sri Lankan spy suspect :
Sept 17, Chennai: India's Central Bureau of investigation has sought permission from a court on Tuesday to interrogate the Sri Lankan national Arun Selvarajan to question him about his possible links with the LTTE.

  Norway has no interest in creating communal tension in Sri Lanka - envoy:
Sept 17, Colombo: The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Grete LÝchen assured that Norway has no interest in creating communal tension in Sri Lanka and the Norwegian government shares the values of dignity, respect, diversity and dialogue.

  Sri Lanka, China leaders inaugurate Colombo Port City Project:
Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at a grand ceremony this morning launched the Colombo Port City Project to build a modern city on a land reclaimed from the sea.

 Sri Lanka's LOLC Group acquires 60% stake in Cambodian microfinance company for US$ 20.3 million :
Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lankaís Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC) has acquired a 60 percent stake in Thaneakea Phum Cambodia (TPC), a rapidly growing, regulated microfinance institution in Cambodia, for US$ 20.3 million.

 Sri Lanka, China sign 27 agreements to deepen Strategic Cooperative Partnership:
Sept 16, Colombo: Following bilateral discussions between Sri Lanka and China Tuesday, the two countries signed 27 agreements to further cooperation between the two nations.

  Sri Lanka Central Bank enters into a 3-year US$ 1.63 billion currency swap agreement with China bank :
Sept 16, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and the Peopleís Bank of China (PBOC) entered into a bilateral Currency Swap Agreement today, the Central Bank said.
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 Nepal FM to arrive in Sri Lanka to hand over invitation for SAARC summit in Kathmandu :
Sept 16, Colombo: Nepal's Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey left today for Sri Lanka and the Maldives to hand over the invitations for their participation in the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to be held in Kathmandu on November 26 and 27.

 Last phase of Sri Lanka's China-built Norochcholai Power Plant commissioned :
Sept 16, Colombo: Leaders of Sri Lanka and China today commissioned the third and last phase of the China-built Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai of the North Western Province.

 Seminar on Japanese university education for Sri Lankan students on September 20:
Sept 16, Colombo: A seminar on Japanese university education will be held in Colombo this week to enlighten Sri Lankan students interested in obtaining university education at Japanese institutions, the Embassy of Japan said in a release today.

 British Deputy High Commissioner visits Sri Lanka's Eastern Province:
Sept 16, Colombo: British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies visited the Eastern Province from 9-12 September, the High Commission said in a release today.

 Fuel, electricity rates reduced in Sri Lanka to appreciate China-Sri Lanka friendship:
Sept 16, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to reduce the price of fuel and electricity tariff with effect from midnight today.

 Chinese President calls for profound China-Sri Lanka friendship:
Sept 16, Colombo: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Tuesday for a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka arrests Chinese national for attempting to smuggle birds' nests:
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka airport authorities arrested a Chinese national this morning for attempting to smuggle birds' nests out of the country.

  Sri Lankan President welcomes Chinese President at BIA:
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa welcomed the President of Peoples' Republic of China and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning.

 Sri Lanka main opposition welcomes Chinese President's visit:
Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Opposition United National Party said it welcomes the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Colombo this week.

 Sri Lanka committed to full implementation of 13th Amendment, India says :
Sept 15, New Delhi: Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, India said today.

 India has non-diplomatic direct channels with Sri Lanka to tackle spying issue :
Sept 15, New Delhi: India said today it has non-diplomatic direct channels available with Sri Lanka to deal with the reported cases of Sri Lankans spying for Pakistan on India.

 Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Council meeting begins in Sri Lanka:
Sept 15, Colombo: The Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Meeting got underway in Sri Lankan capital Monday with the participation of 150 representatives from 32 member countries.
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 British company Gemfields to mine sapphires in Sri Lanka:
Sept 15, Colombo: A British mining company, Gemfields has announced that it has entered a joint venture with to mine sapphires in Sri Lanka as part of its goal to expand its colored stone business.

 Nigerian lawmaker charges Sri Lankan airport authorities of harassing Nigerian family:
Sept 15, Colombo: A Nigerian lawmaker has accused Sri Lankan authorities at the Colombo International Airport of harassing a Nigerian family who is visiting Sri Lanka during the Ebola scare.

 Traffic restriction in Sri Lankan capital tomorrow due to Chinese President's arrival:
Sept 15, Colombo: Vehicle movement in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo and on airport expressway will be restricted due to Chinese President's arrival tomorrow (16) on a two-day official visit, the Police Headquarters announced.

 Sri Lanka-China to negotiate on FTA during Chinese President's visit :
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka and China in recent years have developed increasingly closer economic and trade relations and a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries will boost Sri Lanka's future development, according to the government of Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka GDP grows 7.8% in second quarter of 2014:
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 7.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to same period last year, Department of Census and Statistics said in its Quarterly Estimates of Gross Domestic Product report released Monday.

 Sri Lanka donates tea to China earthquake victims:
Sept 15, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has donated a consignment of Ceylon black tea to the victims of the recent earthquake in Yunnan Province, China.

 HNB Finances Softlogic's Strategic Move In ODEL:
Sept 15, Colombo: Hatton National Bank PLC, the premier private sector commercial bank in Sri Lanka,has financed Softlogic Group's strategic investment in the leading fashion brand ODEL, enabling the conglomerate to further strengthen its presence in the apparel and fashion accessories market.

 Access to finance is a major barrier for Sri Lanka's creative productivity:
Colombo: Lack of access to finance, shortage of skilled labor and the country's generous leave policy are some of the factors that had led an Asian Development Bank report to rank Sri Lanka in the bottom six of 22 Asian economies.

 Sri Lanka provincial council election campaign to end Wednesday midnight:
Sept 15, Colombo: All Election campaigning for the Uva Provincial Council polls in Sri Lanka should come to an end by midnight Wednesday, September 17, the Election Department has scheduled.

 Sri Lanka elite police bust ganja transport operation in long-distance luxury buses:
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's elite police , Special Task Force (STF) personnel have arrested a bus driver and conductor along with haul of marijuana (ganja) worth over Rs 2.5 million for transporting the drugs.
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 Sri Lankan government is strengthening free education with technical laboratories in schools:
Sept 14, Badulla: The government is strengthening free education with the establishment of Mahindodaya technical laboratories in schools for the students to meet the future needs of the country as well as the world, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Sunday.

 Sri Lanka IGP instructs police to be strict on election violations:
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Inspector General of Police N K Ilangakoon has advised police to be strict on election violence, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said.

 Sri Lanka main opposition party promises one million jobs under a future government:
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party says that a future government under the party will take measures to provide one million jobs to the island youth.

 Sri Lanka Navy accused of attacking Indian fishing boats :
Sept 14, Rameswaram, TN: Sri Lankan navy personnel are accused of attacking a flotilla of Indian fishing boats and snapping more than 100 fishing nets.

 Sri Lankan government to resume drought relief in Uva Province from tomorrow:
Sept 14, Colombo: Following the Supreme Court's approval, the Sri Lankan government will resume its drought relief program in the Moneragala district of Uva Province from Monday.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party leader accuses President of being the 'biggest obstacle for free & fair election':
Sept 14, Colombo: The Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake says Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the "biggest obstacle for free & fair election."

 Sri Lanka President to Chair CHOGM meetings on the sidelines of UN General Assembly :
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for the United States on September 22 on an official visit, Presidential Secretariat sources said.

 Indian Coast Guard arrests ten Sri Lankan fishermen in two boats:
Sept 13, Chennai: The Indian Coast Guard has arrested ten Sri Lankan fishermen along with their two boats on Saturday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in Indian waters off the Chennai coast.

 More crossovers anticipated in Sri Lanka following the Uva Provincial Council election:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan media speculate that major changes in local politics will take place with crossovers from both ruling and opposition sides after the Uva Provincial Council election.
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 Despite police assurances election violence continues in Sri Lanka's Uva Province - election monitor :
Sept 13, Colombo: Despite the assurances given by the Inspector General of Police that the election violence in Moneragala will be controlled, two more offices of the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) were attacked Friday, an election watchdog reported.

 Sri Lanka police chief tours Moneragala district prone to election violence:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Inspector General of Police N.K. Ilangakoon visited the Uva Province today and toured areas in Moneragala district which were prone to election related violence.

 China's new Silk Road initiative benefits Sri Lanka - President:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is of the view that Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road would benefit Sri Lanka and has reiterated his support for the project.

 Sri Lanka police arrest the chief suspect of four-year-old's abduction:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today arrested the chief suspect in the abduction of a four-year-old girl on early Tuesday from her home Gonagama, Wellawa in Kurunegala district.

  Maldives to deny Sri Lanka's request to allow fishermen through its waters without permission:
Sept 13, Colombo: The government of Maldives has reiterated that it would not grant permission for Sri Lankan vessels permission to cross Maldivian territorial waters without any prior request to do so.

 Right activists to challenge Sri Lanka deporting asylum seekers in Supreme Court:
Sept 13, Colombo: Human right activists in Sri Lanka have filed a petition in the country's apex court against the deportations of the Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers.

 SriLankan Cargo moving towards the future with the adoption of e-air waybill system:
Sept 13, Colombo: Ushering a new era in Sri Lanka's airfreight industry, the national carrier's cargo arm, SriLankan Cargo signed e-AWB (air waybills) agreements with four of its top customers, September 10.

 UN agency expresses ' grave concern' at Sri Lanka deporting asylum-seekers:
Sept 13, Colombo: The United Nations refugee agency Friday expressed grave concern about the Sri Lankan government resuming the arrests and deportation of the asylum seekers after detention.

 India tightens security following the arrest of Sri Lankan alleged of spying for Pakistan:
Sept 13, Chennai: Following the arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of a Sri Lankan national alleged of spying for Pakistan in Chennai, Indian authorities have beefed up the security at vital installations across the state of Tamil Nadu.

 Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in lives of children :
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in the lives of children during the past decade, according to a UN report which commended the country's strong commitment to improve child health and well-being.

 Sri Lanka opposition leader offers two choices to voters in Uva Province:
Sept 12, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's opposition and United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe has offered two choices to the voters in Uva Province to decide before they go to polls on September 20.
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 Supreme Court allows Sri Lankan government to resume drought relief in Uva Province:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Friday gave permission to the government to resume the drought relief program in the Uva Province which was suspended on a request from the Election Commissioner.

 Abducted four-year old child in Sri Lanka found abandoned by the kidnapper, police looking for suspect :
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today found the abducted four-year old girl Tamara Keshani Bandara Wijekoon in Nirawiya area about 12 kilometers away from her home in Gonagama, Wellawa in Kurunegala district, Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.

 Sri Lanka Catholic Church asks not to politicize pontiff's visit :
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church today urged the Sri Lankans not to politicize the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the island as speculations swirled that President Mahinda Rajapaksa may call a snap election for a third term.

 Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund gains over Rs. 10 billion in unrealized profits :
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) with a current asset base of Rs. 1.3 trillion as at December 2013, has gained over Rs. 10 billion in unrealized profits, the Central Bank announced Friday.

 Fitch Affirms Sri Lanka's Dialog Axiata at 'AAA(lka)', Outlook stable:
Sept 12, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka's Sri Lanka's largest telecommunications service provider Dialog Axiata an 'AAA(lka)' National Long-Term rating at a Stable Outlook.

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