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  U.S. actions seriously hampering reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka, government charges

July 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today charged that the actions of the United States targeting a specific community in the island can seriously hamper the fragile reconciliation process.

"Given the sensitivities involved when the country is going through a sensitive process of national reconciliation, restrictively targeting a specific group of people from a particular community or region can lead to a perpetuation of mistrust among communities, seriously hampering reconciliation efforts," the External Affairs Ministry said.

 Sri Lankan President discusses ICAPP arrangements:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this evening at Temple Trees, met with officials to discuss arrangements for the next meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).

 Fairfax Asia buys 78% stake in Sri Lanka insurer:
July 31, Colombo: Fairfax Asia Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada-based insurance holding company Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, has agreed to buy a 78% holding in the Union Assurance PLC, a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings (JKH), a stock market disclosure said today.

 Two major Sri Lankan drug racketeers live in Peshawar, Sri Lanka police say:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Narcotics Bureau has revealed that the drug kingpins Mohammed Siddik and Wele Suda live in Peshawar in Pakistan.
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 Chairman of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation proposes moves to streamline the national radio:
July 31, Colombo: The Chairman of the Sri Lanka's state owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Hudson Samarasinghe has proposed several measures to streamline the national radio, the oldest radio station in South Asia, its trade union sources say.

 Coalition parties of Sri Lankan government raise concerns over ruling alliance's path :
July 31, Colombo: A coalition party of the Sri Lankan government, Jathika Hela Urumaya said today that the party is worried about the path the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has taken.

  Korean language proficiency test for Sri Lankan applicants in October:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion announced that the Korean language proficiency test for the Sri Lankans applying for jobs in Korea will be held on October 11 and 12.

  Sri Lanka Election Commissioner bans Muslim women wearing burqa or niqab when voting:
July 31, Colombo: The Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka has informed the secretaries of the political parties that the according to the country's law Muslim women may not be allowed wear burqa or niqab when visiting polling stations to cast their vote.

 Sri Lanka President names a road in honor of the artist slain by the Marxists party:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today officially named the road between the national television station Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and the national radio Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation as Premakeerthi de Alwis Mawatha in honor of the artist.

  U.S. actions seriously hampering reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka, government charges:
July 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today charged that the actions of the United States targeting a specific community in the island can seriously hamper the fragile reconciliation process.

 Sri Lanka inflation rises to 3.6 percent in July2014:
July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , rose to 3.6 percent in July 2014 on a year-on-year basis after dropping to a 28-month low of 2.8 percent in June, figures released by the Census and Statistics Department Thursday showed .

 Sri Lanka, Singapore bilateral discussions focus on expanding economic and defense relations:
July 31, Colombo: Bilateral discussions that took place between Sri Lankan and Singapore recently focused on expanding economic relations and cooperation in defense and security spheres.

 Sri Lanka plans to release Indian fishermen before their planned invasion :
July 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is likely to release all the Indian fishermen arrested by the country's Navy before their colleagues from Rameswaram start a journey to breach the International Maritime Boundary Line between India and Sri Lanka and invade the Sri Lankan side.

 Committee appointed to draft amendments to Constitution to abolish executive Presidency in Sri Lanka:
July 31, Colombo: A Committee has been appointed in Sri Lanka to draft an amendment to the Constitution to limit the powers of the executive president and reinstate the 17th Amendment with further amendments, and to completely eliminate the preferential vote system.

 Sri Lankan youth withdraws more than hundred times of his savings from ATMs:
July 30, Colombo: A seventeen year old youth was produced in a Sri Lankan court today for fraudulently withdrawing more than 100 times of the amount he deposited in his account.
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  Sri Lankan Minister warns of severe debt crisis if revenues not increased:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Technology and Research Patali Champika Ranawaka said today that the country is currently confronting a worsening economic crisis as the debt accumulation exceeds the annual household income.

 Abduction of a four year old child shocks Sri Lanka as police remain clueless :
July 30, Colombo: A bold abduction of a four year old boy in the presence of his parents in the Katugampola area of the Meegalewa Police Division in North Western Province of Sri Lanka has shocked the country.

 Sri Lanka securities regulator licenses the country's first ever dollar fund:
July 30, Colombo: Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka today licensed the country’s first ever dollar denominated unit trust today (30 July) with the approval of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Finance.

 Militant Buddhist monk organization in Sri Lanka invades Ministry of Buddhist Affairs again:
July 30, Colombo: Monks of Ravana Balaya, an extremist Buddhist group in Sri Lanka, again invaded the Ministry of Buddhist Affairs today demanding a discussion with the Minister who is also the Prime Minister.

 Factions of Sri Lanka doctors' union at national hospital clash :
July 30, Colombo: A tense situation erupted at the Colombo National Hospital of Sri Lanka due to a clash between two groups of doctors.

 Minor staff employees of Sri Lanka government hospitals stage protest in capital city :
July 30, Colombo: Thousands of supplementary staff employees of Sri Lanka's government hospitals staged a protest march today after discussions with the authorities to win their demands have failed.

 Sri Lanka's Rajarata University to reopen on August 04 after a month-long closing:
July 30, Colombo: The Vice Chancellor of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka said that the academic work of all the faculties that have been closed for nearly a month would resume on August 04.

 IMF Executive Director, President discuss Sri Lanka's role in Asian region:
July 30, Colombo: The Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) representing Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dr. Rakesh Mohan called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday at Temple Trees.

 Massive investments Sri Lanka made must be utilized for greater economic benefits - President:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka has reached an era where rapid transformation is taking place to become a true middle-income nation and the massive investments the country has made so far, must now be utilized more effectively to generate greater economic benefits to all people, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

  Former LTTE members in Sri Lanka tour the South:
July 30, Colombo: Former members of the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberations Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had undergone rehabilitation, have recently visited the southern part of the country.

 Sri Lankan government allocates Rs. 5.8 billion to develop North Central Province:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has allocated nearly Rs. 5.8 billion under a national plan to develop the North Central Province.

 Fitch assigns Sri Lanka's first dollar bond fund 'BB-':
July 30, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has assigned the newly organized Ceylon Dollar Bond Fund a 'BB-' Fund Credit Rating and 'V-5' Fund Volatility Rating. This is the first time Fitch has assigned international fund ratings to a Sri Lanka based bond fund.

 Sri Lanka needs to increase revenues to maintain current economic growth - IMF:
July 30, Washington, DC: Sri Lanka's economic growth has been one of the fastest among Asia's developing economies in recent years, but broadening the tax base will be essential to maintain the current growth momentum and foster economic development, International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday.

 U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka hopes to advance America's interests at the UN:
July 30, Washington, DC: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison says, if confirmed as the Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, she will work towards advancing America's interests at the UN.

 Tamil Nadu CM writes to Indian PM again on Sri Lanka Navy arresting 50 Indian fishermen :
July 29, Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again to take immediate action through highest diplomatic levels to secure the release of all the Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for poaching in the island's territorial waters.

 Malaysian firm to invest in a hybrid power project in Sri Lanka's North :
July 29, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's state-owned utility company Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has signed an agreement to invest in a hybrid wind and solar power project in Sri Lanka's Northern Jaffna peninsula.
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 Vatican confirms Pope's visit to Sri Lanka January 12 -15:
July 29, Vatican City: The Vatican today confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' trip to Sri Lanka next year.

 Students' Collective at Open University of Sri Lanka lodges a rights complaint :
July 29, Colombo: The Students' Collective of the Open University of Sri Lanka lodged a complaint yesterday at the Human Rights Commission against abolition of students' unions and several other administrative issues.

 Sri Lanka Election Commissioner to meet party secretaries tomorrow on Uva PC elections:
July 29, Colombo: The Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has summoned all the secretaries of the political parties expected to contest for the Uva Provincial Council election.

 Conduct an audit regarding seized drugs, opposition asks Sri Lankan government:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) today asked the government to conduct an audit regarding the seized and destroyed heroin.

 Malinga decides to play for Mumbai Indians at CLT20:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's World Cup winning T20 captain Lasith Malinga has decided to represent the Mumbai Indian in the Champions League T20 - 2014 over the Southern Express team.

 Main opposition to visit Sri Lanka state enterprises without prior notice:
July 29, Colombo: A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said that the party would visit corrupts state enterprises without prior announcement.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party leader discharged from hospital after accident:
July 29, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader and MP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was discharged from the hospital this evening after receiving treatment for injuries sustained in accident yesterday.

 Coalition party of Sri Lanka n government to contest Uva PC separately:
July 29, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has decided to contest the upcoming elections to the Uva Provincial Council separately.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 50 Indian fishermen:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy on Monday night has arrested 50 Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in the country's waters, Indian media reported.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party leader's driver arrested for the accident :
July 29, Colombo: The Police have arrested the driver of Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Leader, parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake in connection with yesterday's accident which caused injuries to the MP.

 Sri Lankan President recalls valued contributions made by the Muslim community:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa sending his greetings to the Muslim community on the occasion of the Eid ul-Fitr today recalled the valued contributions made by them for the country.

 Decrease in respect for religious freedom in Sri Lanka as extremists target religious minorities - Report :
July 29, Washington, DC: Although Sri Lanka's Constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom, there was an overall decrease in societal respect for religious freedom, as Buddhist nationalist groups led campaigns targeting Muslims and Christians, International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 released by the United States yesterday said.

 Sri Lankan President hands over Buddhist relics to temples in US and Korea:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka has donated sacred Buddha relics to be placed in temples in the United States and Korea for the Buddhists in those countries to worship.

 Commercial Bank of Sri Lanka appoints Dheerasinghe as chairman:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's top private bank Commercial Bank of Ceylon (CBC)said in a stock market disclosure Monday that it has decided to appoint deputy Chairman Dharma Dheerasinghe as chairman of the bank with effect from July 29.

 A new political front against the government forming in Sri Lanka:
July 28, Colombo: A trilingual poster put out island wide by a hitherto unknown organization today has caught the attention of Sri Lankans.
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 Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka promises to create a better future for students taking GCE A/L exam :
July 28, Colombo: Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Leader of Sri Lanka's opposition and United National Party (UNP) today met with the students in a popular tuition class.

 Sri Lanka Chief Justice recuses himself from hearing Golden Key case:
July 28, Colombo: The Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Mohan Peiris recused himself from the hearing of Golden Key case related to the deposits of a defaulted financial company.

 Sri Lankan asylum seekers are economic migrants, Australian Minister says:
July 28, Canberra: Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison says the 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers are economic migrants seeking to illegally enter Australia since they came from India, a safe country.

 Sri Lanka a potential location for Japanese SMEs to invest - Japan's State Minister:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's strategically located new infrastructure such as Hambantota airport and port make the island a potential location for Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to invest, a visiting Japanese minister has said today.

  Sri Lanka Marxist party leader injured in an accident:
July 28, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was injured today in a road accident.

 British High Commissioner hopes Sri Lankans will come together respecting differences of faith:
July 28, Colombo: In a message to Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr in Sri Lanka, the British High Commissioner in Colombo John Rankin expressed hope that people of Sri Lanka will come respecting differences of faith or opinion.

 U.S. Embassy concerns on media freedom in Sri Lanka:
July 28, Colombo: The United States said today that it is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend.

 Sri Lanka to host Global Rubber Conference 2014:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka has been selected to host one of the world's leading conferences on natural rubber Global Rubber Conference (GRC) 2014.

 Sri Lanka police seek international support to arrest drug lords:
July 28, Colombo: The Police Narcotic Bureau of Sri Lanka has intensified the operations to apprehend about 30 drug dealers who smuggle heroin to the island.

 Local and foreign companies line up to invest in Sri Lanka's southern port city :
July 28, Colombo: Twelve leading local and foreign companies have lined up to invest in mass scale production facilities in the industrial city that is being developed adjacent to the Hambantota Ruhunu Magampura Port, a senior government official said.

 Sri Lankan government spends millions for lobbying to improve relations with the US - report:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has spent millions of dollars to lobbying firms in the United States to defends its status globally, especially in the U.S., but the relationship with the superpower has soured gradually over the last few years despite the colossal amount spent, a local media report said.
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 Sri Lanka's reconstructed Northern Railway Line to Jaffna will be opened in September :
July 27, Colombo: The reconstructed Colombo - Jaffna, Northern Railway Line up to Jaffna will be completed by September, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.

 Sri Lankan Asylum seekers transferred to detention center in Australia:
July 27, Kimberley, WA: A group of 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers held on board an Australian Customs vessel for nearly a month have been taken to the Curtin Detention Centre in Kimberley, Western Australia.

  Sri Lanka to establish ten new botanical gardens:
July 27, Colombo: The Director General of Department of National Botanical Gardens Dr. Cyril Wijesundara said that ten botanical gardens would be established in the island within the next two years.

 Nomination board of Sri Lanka's main opposition for Uva PC election to meet on July 29:
July 27, Colombo: The nomination board Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) for the Uva Provincial Council election will meet for the first time on July 29, party sources said.

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