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  Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund yet to publish accounts for 2011 - Opposition MP

Apr 19, Colombo: Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP), economist Dr. Harsha de Silva says the Rs 1.3 trillion private sector retirement fund, Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) has still not submitted to Parliament its audited accounts for the year 2011 as required by law.

MP de Silva issuing a statement has said that although the issue has been constantly raised in parliament, the EPF has failed to release its annual audit reports. "It is a national tragedy," the MP said.

 International media watch dog condemns an attack on Tamil journalist in Northern Sri Lanka:
Apr 19, Colombo: The international media watch dog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in a statement has condemned an alleged attack on a freelance Tamil media journalist in the northern city of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund yet to publish accounts for 2011 - Opposition MP :
Apr 19, Colombo: Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP), economist Dr. Harsha de Silva says the Rs 1.3 trillion private sector retirement fund, Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) has still not submitted to Parliament its audited accounts for the year 2011 as required by law.

 Sri Lankan government denies allegations that Muslims displaced by naval deployment:
Apr 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today refuted reports that the Muslim families settled in Wilpattu National Park were displaced due to the deployment of Navy in the area during the war.

 Sri Lanka appoints new envoys to US and India:
Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka has made new diplomatic appointments to India, Unite States and Germany, External Affairs Ministry has said.

 Ten killed when tractor falls into a canal in north central Sri Lanka:
Apr 18, Polonnaruwa: At least ten people were killed Friday when the tractor they were traveling in fell into an irrigation canal in Polonnaruwa, north central Sri Lanka, the police said.

 Top UN official to attend World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka:
Apr 18, Colombo: A top United Nations official has confirmed his participation at the 2014 World Conference on Youth scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka next month.
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 Sangakkara officially retires from T20 International cricket:
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's prolific batsman, wicketkeeper and former captain Kumar Sangakkara today announced his retirement from the game's short format.

 President opens Sri Lanka's first auto assembly plant :
Apr 18, Polgahawela: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Sri Lanka's first and only auto assembling plant of the Micro Car Private Limited in Polgahawela export processing zone.

 Provincial Councilor of Sri Lanka main opposition party wanted for assault surrenders to police:
An organizer of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) wanted in connection with assaulting four persons including a woman has surrendered to the police.

 Sri Lanka's ruling party mayor of Hambantota denies allegation of assaulting opposition MPs:
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling party Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando has denied being involved in the attack on several main opposition United National Party (UNP) MPs who were on an inspection tour in Hambantota yesterday.

  Sri Lankan peace organization calls on government to resume dialogue to avoid backslide to past:
Apr 18, Colombo: The National Peace Council (NPC), a nongovernmental organization promoting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, has urged the government and other political parties in the country to urgently set up institutions to enable giving a measure of autonomy to the Tamil people.

 Second major robbery in recent weeks in Sri Lanka's coastal town:
Apr 18, Colombo: In a wave of massive robberies in Sri Lanka, six armed men broke into a jewelry store and a money changer in the Negombo town Thursday and robbed jewelry and cash estimated to be worth around Rs 10 million.

 Sri Lanka police to probe inefficiency of police at Mattala airport and Hambantota harbor:
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka police media spokesman Ajith Rohana, SSP, said that an investigation is underway into yesterday's incident of a mob attacking a group of MPs of the major opposition United National Party (UNP) at Mattala Airport and Hambantota harbor.

 Reconciliation cannot be achieved overnight, Sri Lanka tells US:
Apr 18, Colombo: Reconciliation in a Sri Lanka after a three-decade long war cannot be achieved overnight, Sri Lanka Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya has said.

 India's Prime Ministerial candidate promises to resolve fishermen issue with Sri Lanka :
Apr 18, Ramanathapruam: A Bhaathiya Janatha Party (BJP)-led government under Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister would solve the nagging issue between the Tamil Nadu fishermen and their Sri Lankan counterparts, the party has asserted.

 Sri Lanka to brief diplomatic community about ban on pro-LTTE organizations:
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry together with the Defence Ministry has decided to brief the diplomatic community in Colombo and accredited to Colombo next week on banning 16 Tamil diaspora groups including LTTE.

 Sri Lankan President offers condolences to South Korean counterpart on ferry tragedy:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message of condolence to South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the passenger ferry accident that took place off the southern resort island of Jeju yesterday.

 Former Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom visits Sri Lanka:
Apr 17, Colombo: Former President of the Maldives Abdul Gayoom, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Nasreena Gayoom, is in Sri Lanka for a visit, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

 Sri Lanka police obtain 40 Interpol red notices on suspected LTTE operatives:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have obtained Interpol Red Notices on 40 suspected LTTE operative, the Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohan said Thursday.
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 Sri Lanka opposition MPs attacked at new airport in South :
Apr 17, Hambantota: A violent mob attacked a group of parliamentarians from Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party (UNP) today when they visited the newly built Hambantota port and Mattala international airport.

 Sri Lankan health authorities warn people not to purchase medicine through the internet:
Apr 17, Colombo: Health authorities in Sri Lanka have warned the public not to purchase medicines through the internet.

 Sri Lankan public asked to be vigilant on suspicious terrorist activities:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan public have been asked to be vigilant on suspicious terrorist activities in the island, according to the national radio.

 Lot can be learnt from Sri Lanka's experience with non-state actors - Defense secretary:
Apr 17, Putrajaya: As a country that suffered three decades of ruthless terrorism, there is a great deal that can be learnt from the Sri Lankan experience with non-state actors, Sri Lanka's Secretary Defense and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.

 US is looking to resume a 'more comprehensive' military relationship with Sri Lanka:
Apr 17, Boston: The United States is looking for resuming a "more comprehensive" military relationship with Sri Lanka once the Sri Lankan government makes progress towards reconciliation and accountability, a top U.S. official said.

 Apex court in India rejects plea to probe Indian army's involvement in Sri Lanka war:
Apr 17, New Delhi: India's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged role of the Indian Army in Sri Lanka's war.

 Sri Lankan Chief Prelate threatens to launch protest over government failure to amend land laws:
Apr 17, Colombo: A Mahanayake Thero (Chief Prelate) in Sri Lanka has threatened to take to the streets with the Maha Sangha over the government's failure to amend some land laws.

 Governing party of Sri Lanka unlikely to take action against members voted against local government budgets:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's governing United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is unlikely to act against party members who voted against the budgets in their respective local government bodies.

 Sri Lanka's main opposition prepares for Uva Provincial Council election :
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has commenced preparation work for the Uva Provincial Council election expected to be held this year.

  Indian Supreme Court to hear case against role of Indian Army in Sri Lanka war :
Apr 17, New Delhi: India's Supreme Court on Friday will hear a writ petition for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged role of the Indian Army in the war in Sri Lanka.

 Abu Dhabi-based Rotana Jet starts flights to Sri Lanka:
Apr 17, Colombo: Abu Dhabi-based airline Rotana Jet commenced flights to Sri Lanka's Colombo and Mattala airports from Wednesday April 09.

 Sri Lanka fourth worst place for journalists' murders to go unsolved:
Apr 16, New York: Sri Lanka has been ranked as the fourth worst place for journalists worldwide in the updated Global Impunity Index published by the New York based-Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
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 Sri Lankan government says open for discussion with proscribed organizations:
Apr 16, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka says it is open for discussion with the organizations that were recently proscribed for allegedly having links with the LTTE.

 Sri Lankan authorities set up center for monitoring tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs:
Apr 16, Colombo: Authorities in Sri Lanka have set up a monitoring center to keep a tab on tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.

 Tamil MP says peace and harmony in Sri Lanka yet a distant dream :
Apr 16, Colombo: Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's Tamil National Alliance (TNA) P. Ariyanethran has said that the President had made a good New Year message promoting peace and harmony.

 International body names extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka as a terrorist organization :
Apr 16, Colombo: An extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) has been named as a terrorist organization by an international body called Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC).

 Sri Lanka's Justice Minister discusses Law College admission issues with chief prelate:
Apr 16, Colombo: Justice Minister of Sri Lanka Rauf Hakeem has discussed the issues over the admission of students to the Law College with the Chief Prelate (Mahanayake Thero) of the Malwatta Chapter

 Sri Lanka Defense Secretary meets Malaysian PM:
Apr 16, Putrajaya: Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa made a courtesy call on the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at his office in Perdana Putra Building in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday.

 Sri Lanka investigates associates of killed LTTE operatives:
Apr 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka security forces have commenced investigations on the people who had close links with the three LTTE operatives killed earlier this month during a confrontation with the Sri Lankan army.

 Condé Nast Traveler features Sri Lankan string hopper mold:
Apr 16, Colombo: Condé Nast Traveler, the world's premier travel magazine, on its online home has featured Sri Lanka's traditional string hopper mold as a souvenir.

 Sri Lanka accuses Canada of using Commonwealth funds as a political tool:
Apr 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that Canada's decision to use the voluntary funds to the Commonwealth as a political tool based on dictates of electoral compulsions was regrettable.

 Commonwealth expresses disappointment at Canada's decision to suspend funds over Sri Lanka:
Apr 15, London: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma Tuesday expressed disappointment at Canada's decision to suspend voluntary contributions to the Commonwealth over Sri Lanka's human rights situation but looked forward to the resumption of the contributions.

 Sri Lanka's main opposition to appoint co-organizers to some electorates:
Apr 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided to appoint co-organizers to several electorates.

 Sri Lankan aviation authorities get two more applications to commence domestic air services:
Apr 15, Colombo: Aviation authorities in Sri Lanka have received two new applications to commence domestic air services.

 Sri Lankan Minister calls for a Commission to probe Buddhist extremist group and incidents against minorities:
Apr 15, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen has called for a Commission of Inquiry to look into the incident where the Buddhist extremist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) acted in an unruly manner at a press conference organized by the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) and incidents against the minorities.

 Guaranteed price encourages big onion farmers in Sri Lanka:
Apr 15, Colombo: Following the government's measure to set a guaranteed price for big onions, more farmers in Sri Lanka have decided to cultivate big onions in the forthcoming season.
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 Sri Lanka police arrest Chinese nationals for engaging in illegal activities:
Apr 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have arrested seven Chinese nationals in two separate incidents for engaging in illegal activities.

 Road accidents claim 30 lives in Sri Lanka during New Year holidays :
Apr 15, Colombo: During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays 30 people have been killed in 26 fatal road accidents in Sri Lanka, the police said.

  UN investigation on Sri Lanka to examine a broad range of information and evidence:
Apr 15, London: The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will soon begin the process of establishing an investigation on Sri Lanka's alleged violations of human rights and assessing the evidence.

  Canada suspends voluntary Commonwealth funds over Sri Lanka's human rights issue:
Apr 15, Ottawa: Canada has decided to suspend voluntary funds to the Commonwealth over Sri Lanka's human rights issue during Sri Lanka's tenure as current chair of the Commonwealth.

 Next round of fishermen level talks between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo next month:
Apr 14, Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Government Monday agreed to Sri Lanka's proposal to hold the next round of fishermen level talks between the fishermen of the two sides on 12th and 13th of May, 2014 in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka becomes one of Asia's fastest growing economies - report:
Apr 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew at a rate of 7.2% over the past financial year, making the island one of Asia's fastest-growing markets after China, The Financial Times of London reported.
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 Sri Lankan government to establish special courts to hear women and child abuse cases:
Apr 14, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka is taking measures to set up special courts to hear and expedite cases on abuse of women and children.

 Sri Lankan trade unions hand in nine proposals on formulating a private sector wage policy :
Apr 14, Colombo: Trade unions in Sri Lanka have submitted nine proposals to the National Pay Commission appointed by the President to assist the government in formulating National Wage Policy.

 Legal action called against Sri Lankan minister for resettling people in national park:
Apr 14, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has called to initiate legal action against Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen over the alleged resettlement of Muslim people in the Wilpattu National Park.

 In Pictures: Sri Lanka's First Family celebrates traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year:
Apr 14, Tangalle: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa along with their sons Namal, Yoshitha, Rohitha and other relatives celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year customs today at the President's ancestral home, Carlton House in Tangalle.

 Drought in Sri Lanka may raise global tea prices:
Apr 14, Colombo: The prolonged drought in Sri Lanka's tea growing regions may raise tea prices globally, tea industry analysts predict.

 Indian minister blames Tamil Nadu government for sabotaging fishermen talks with Sri Lanka:
Apr 14, Colombo: An Indian minister has blamed the Tamil Nadu government led by the Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for stalling the second round of the negotiations on the fishermen issue with Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's water buffaloes facing extinction due to slaughter:
Apr 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's water buffaloes, the ancient symbol of agriculture are facing extinction due to slaughter and lack of pastures, according to agricultural organizations.

 Sri Lanka seeks Interpol's assistance to nab overseas LTTE leaders:
Apr 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities will seek Interpol's assistance to nab the LTTE leaders operating from foreign countries to revive the defunct terrorist outfit in the island, police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohan has said.
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  Sri Lanka to completely change the school curriculum from next year:
Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Education Ministry will completely change the school curriculum from next year, the Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena said.

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