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  Opinion: Without an opposition in Parliament, there is no democracy in Sri Lanka

Feb 28, Colombo: In the previous government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, there were only a few productive opposition voices in parliament. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and United National Party parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva were among the few

 Tamils in eastern Sri Lanka protest Missing Persons Commission's hearings:
Feb 28, Trincomalee: Tamils in Eastern Sri Lanka staged a silent protest Saturday against the government's missing persons commissions sittings in Trincomalee.

 Sri Lanka sending high-level delegation to Maldives to express concern over political crisis:
Feb 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka is sending a high level delegation to Malé to express its 'deep concern' over the developing political crisis in the Maldives following the arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed.
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  Sri Lanka stock exchange to set up a Central Counterparty Clearing system:
Feb 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has signed a contract to set up a Central Counterparty Clearing (CCP) system as a measure to safeguard its transactions.

 Sri Lanka, China committed to strengthen 'all weather friendship':
Feb 28, Beijing: Sri Lanka and China today reiterated their firm commitment to strengthen friendship and bilateral relations amidst the changing political situation in the island nation.

 Sri Lankan PM orders to remove high-maintenance foliage wall from official residence:
Feb 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has instructed the officials to remove a high-maintenance foliage wall that decorated the Prime Minister's official residence Temple Trees in Colombo.

 Top UN official visiting Sri Lanka holds discussions with President :
Feb 28, Colombo: A top United Nations official arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day official visit called on the island nation's President today in Colombo for discussions.

  Sri Lanka Freedom Party central committee to decide on constitutional reforms in a week:
Feb 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), which is headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, is currently in the process of studying the draft constitutional reforms.

 Sri Lanka Police appoint new head to the CID:
Feb 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police have appointed a new director to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), which is currently playing a key role in investigation of alleged frauds and corruption during the previous regime.

 UN Under Secretary General calls on Acting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka:
Feb 28, Colombo: The Under Secretary General of the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday on a four-day visit from 28 February to 3 March 2015.

  Tamil Nadu CM asks Indian PM to get the fishermen and boats released from Sri Lanka promptly:
Feb 28,Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam today asked the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately instruct the Ministry of External Affairs to get the 29 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and their 3 boats released from the Sri Lankan custody.

 Marxist party member gives evidence to CID against former Sri Lankan minister and MP:
Feb 28, Colombo: A Central Committee member of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Wasantha Samarasinghe has given evidence to the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on several complaints lodged by him.

 Sri Lankan minister hands over details on alleged corruption in coal imports to CID:
Feb 28, Colombo: Power and Energy Minister of Sri Lanka Patali Champika Ranawaka said an internal probe conducted by his Ministry regarding the alleged irregularities that had taken place when importing coal for the Norochcholai coal power plant in 2013, has been completed.

 Sri Lanka's new Army Commander assures highest priority for national security:
Feb 28, Colombo: Newly appointed Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Chrishantha De Silva has assured that national security will be given highest priority and will not be compromised at any cost.

 Opinion: Without an opposition in Parliament, there is no democracy in Sri Lanka:
Feb 28, Colombo: In the previous government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, there were only a few productive opposition voices in parliament. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and United National Party parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva were among the few

 Sri Lanka's John Keels terminates agreement with Lanka Fitch Rating :
Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's diversified conglomerate John Keells Holdings has informed Fitch Ratings Lanka, a rating agency that it will terminate its rating agreement with the company with effect from 27 March 2015, the company said in a stock market disclosure.

  Sri Lanka ship builder Colombo Dockyard delivers MV Lagoons to India:
Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading ship builder Colombo Dockyard handed over the second passenger vessel it built for the Government of India at a ceremony held Thursday under the patronage of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

 Laws alone not sufficient to prevent malpractices in public service - Sri Lankan President:
Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena says introducing laws alone is not sufficient to prevent malpractices and corruption at public institutions to make the public services free of such misdeeds.
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 UN Under Secretary General to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow:
Feb 27, Colombo: The Under Secretary General of the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations Jeffrey Feltman will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow on a four-day visit from 28 February to 3 March 2015.

 Sri Lanka inflation drops significantly in February due to reduction in food prices:
Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined considerably to 2.9 percent in February 2015 from 3.2 percent in the previous month on a year-on-year basis, the Central Bank reported on Friday.

 Sri Lanka condoles loss of lives in Afghanistan avalanches:
Feb 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today condoled the loss of lives in Afghanistan from the deadly avalanches and extended sympathies to the bereaved.

  Maldivian opposition party delegation in Sri Lanka to discuss ex-president's arrest:
Feb 27, Colombo: A Maldivian opposition party delegation arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday and held discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the present political crisis in the Maldives.

 Local government election for two bodies in Mullaitivu halted by Sri Lankan court:
Feb 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued an order halting the local government elections for two councils in the Mullaitivu District in the Northern Province scheduled for Saturday (28).

 Sri Lankan President to visit the UK on March 7th :
Feb 27, Colombo: A senior minister of the Sri Lankan government has said that President Maithripala Sirisena will visit the United Kingdom on March 7th this year.

  Sri Lanka agrees to consult China on Chinese funded projects, assures investors:
Feb 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has said that it will not make any decision on Chinese projects that are currently being reviewed until it consults China

 Former Sri Lankan rugby player's death was not an accident - police:
Feb 27, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police say that the Judicial Medical Officer's report into the death of former Havelock's captain and Sri Lankan rugby player, Wasim Thajudeen, had revealed that his death could not have been due to natural causes.

 US speaks of the progress in Sri Lanka under the new government:
Feb 27, Colombo: The United States has noted the progress that has taken place in Sri Lanka under the new government that assumed office last month.

  Sri Lankan minister says general elections only after fulfilling all election promises :
Feb 27, Colombo: A senior minister of the Sri Lankan government says that the next general election will be held only after fulfilling all promises made during the Presidential election and that it could even go beyond the government's 100 day programme.

 Sri Lankan court orders BMICH to pay compensation to doctor paralyzed due to an accident :
Feb 27, Colombo: A court in Sri Lanka has ordered the management of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) to pay compensation to a female doctor who was paralyzed due to an accident at the premises.

 Sri Lankan court grants bail to former minister's wife accused of passport fraud:
Feb 27, Colombo: A court in Sri Lanka today granted bail to former Minister Wimal Weerawansa's wife Shashi Weerawansa who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Sunday.

  Fitch Affirms Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka at 'AAA(lka)'/Stable :
Feb 27, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC's (DIST) National Long-Term Rating at 'AAA(lka)'. The Outlook is Stable.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 86 Indian fishermen, seizes 10 boats:
Feb 27, Colombo: As many as 86 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their 10 fishing boats seized by the Sri Lanka Navy for allegedly poaching in the country's waters, PTI reported.

 Rights watchdog asks Sri Lanka to press ahead on rights reforms:
Feb 27, New York: The New York-based human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Thursday called on Sri Lanka's new government to advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country.

 Iran to continue funding projects underway in Sri Lanka, look for new contracts:
Feb 27, Teheran: Iran will see to the completion of projects that are underway in Sri Lanka with Iranian funds, a senior Iranian government official said.

 Court rejects request to transfer former Sri Lankan minister's wife from Prison Hospital to National Hospital:
Feb 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday rejected a request made by Counsel representing former Minister Wimal Weerawansa's wife Sashi Weerawansa who is in remand custody.

 Exiled senior Sri Lanka police officer says he fled the country due to pressure from former Defense Secretary:
Feb 27, Colombo: Former Senior Superintendent of the Sri Lanka Police and Police Spokesperson, Prishantha Jayakody who was in exile has returned to the country.

 Sri Lanka Tourism gathers momentum at key Italian travel fair:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau championed 18 top company representatives in the travel and hotel sectors operating in the Italian market to show case Sri Lanka Tourism at the BIT International Tourism Exchange held from 12th - 14th February 2015 at Fiera Millano, Italy.

 Sri Lankan government takes measures to prevent spread of renal disease:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has taken a series of steps to control and prevent the renal disease that is spreading mostly among the agriculture community in the island.

 Malaysia offers to introduce its successful industrialization model in Sri Lanka :
Feb 26, Colombo: Malaysia, Sri Lanka's largest global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) partner, has come forward to introduce its successful industrialization model to the island nation, Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

 Malaysian Minister of Infrastructure rings opening bell at Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Special Envoy (Ministerial Rank) to India and South Asia on Infrastructure, Malaysia Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Utama S. Samy Vellu rang the ceremonial opening bell at the start of trading at Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) today (26th).
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 Sri Lanka Minister demands police to submit report on corruption cases within 10 days:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga, criticizing the police department for its slow progress on corruption cases, has asked the police to take urgent action and submit a report within 10 days on the cases of large-scale corruption during the previous government of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka Navy accepts former President's son's request to be appointed to father's security detail :
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has granted permission to Navy Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to be attached to his father's security detail.

 Sri Lankan government to establish a special committee for investigating election complaints:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will establish a special committee to investigate election complaints before holding the general elections.

  Five major cases are under intensive investigation by CID, Sri Lanka police chief says:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka police chief, Inspector general of Police (IGP) N.K. Ilangakoon says intensive investigations into five major crimes are currently being conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police.

  Sri Lanka AG seeks six months to submit report to court on former LTTE leader KP :
Feb 26, Colombo: The Attorney General of Sri Lanka today requested six months to present a comprehensive report to the Court of Appeal on former LTTE leader and arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.

 Three new Heads of Mission to Sri Lanka present credentials to President:
Feb 26, Colombo: Three new ambassadors to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday at a ceremony held in the President's Office at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank issues operating instructions on the special interest scheme for senior citizens:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has finalized the procedure for implementation of the Special Interest Scheme for Senior Citizens announced in the Interim Budget 2015 with effect from 1st February 2015.

 Challenges remain for under-capitalized Sri Lankan banks - Fitch:
Feb 26, Colombo: The operating environment for Sri Lankan banks is likely to improve in 2015 and 2016 with pressures on asset quality and the loans/deposits ratio diminishing and the potential for loan growth to pick up, says Fitch Ratings.

 FSP senior party member not to surrender to Sri Lankan authorities:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) in Sri Lanka says senior party member Premakumar Gunaratnam will not surrender to the authorities.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party opposes formation of a national government between UNP and SLFP:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has opposed the discussion between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) to form a national government.

 Allies of Sri Lanka's former ruling party to urge former president to contest at next general election:
Feb 26, Colombo: Several allies of Sri Lanka's former ruling party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), are to meet with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to call on him to contest at the next general election.

 Sri Lankan government establishes separate police unit to investigate financial crimes :
Feb 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to establish a separate police unit to investigate large scale financial crimes and frauds and the Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga will launch the new police unit today.

 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister leaves for two-day visit to China :
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera has left for a two-day visit to China in a bid to strengthen relations, an official said Wednesday.

 New Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka ready to push forward the strategic cooperative partnership:
Feb 26, Colombo: The new Ambassador-designate of China to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang arrived in Colombo on Tuesday, February 24, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.

 Sri Lanka's CID questions former minister and former monitoring MP:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has questioned former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and former Monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry Sajin de Vas Gunawardena.

 UN defends its decision to defer report on Sri Lanka war crime investigation :
Feb 25, Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Wednesday defended its move to defer the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war saying that it was a "very rational" decision taken in a "relatively unique" case.

  Amnesty International notes several human rights violations in Sri Lanka last year:
Feb 25, Colombo: The UK based Amnesty International organization has noted that several human rights violations have taken place in Sri Lanka last year.

  Sri Lanka Education Ministry to take action against school principals illegally raising funds:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Education says that it has received many complaints regarding the violation of the circular that prohibits educators from inappropriately collecting monetary donations and charges at schools.
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 South Africa to share reconciliation and nation building experience with Sri Lanka:
Feb 25, Colombo: A South African delegation led by the Deputy Minister of International Relation and Cooperation Ms. Nomaindia Mfeketo is visiting Sri Lanka this week and the team will enlighten the Sri Lankan officials on their experience in reconciliation and nation building.

 Malaysia willing to invest in construction of Sri Lanka's Colombo-Kandy Expressway:
Feb 25, Colombo: A group of Malaysian investors have expressed willingness to fund the construction of an expressway from capital Colombo to Kandy, the hill capital of Central Province.

 Sri Lanka concerned over situation in Maldives:
Feb 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today expressed its concern over the developing situation in the Maldives following the arrest of former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.

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