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  Tamil Nadu demands Sri Lanka to immediately release fishermen's boats

Aug 30, New Delhi: Tamil Nadu, while calling for restoring "traditional" fishing rights for its fishermen to Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974, has reiterated its demand for Sri Lanka to immediately release the 62 boats of the state's fishermen that are being held by Sri Lankan authorities.

The Tamil Nadu fisheries officials made these demands participating in the first India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee (JC) meeting on fisheries at New Delhi on Friday.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party says ruling party thugs terrorizing Uva Province:
Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna during a discussion with the Commissioner of Elections on Friday (29th) has told him that gangs of thugs and underworld figures have been brought down to Uva by the ruling party to terrorize the villagers.

 Sri Lanka Election Commissioner promises legal action against illegal election propaganda:
Aug 30, Colombo: The Election Department has commenced dismantling and removing illegal campaign offices in the Uva Province.
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 Sri Lanka election monitor writes to Election Commissioner on illegal recruitment at Survey Department :
Aug 30, Colombo: An election monitor in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has written to the Election Commissioner over recruitment at the Survey Department violating election laws.

 Families of disappeared persons in Sri Lanka protest to mark International Day of the Disappeared :
Aug 30, Vavuniya: The families of the disappeared persons in Sri Lanka held a protest today at Vavuniya town in the Northern Province to mark the International Day of the Disappeared.

 Supplementary medical professionals of Sri Lanka to end strike tomorrow:
Aug 30, Colombo: The supplementary medical professionals at the state hospitals of Sri Lanka ended their strike today after discussions with Health Ministry officials.

 Competing party leaders of Sri Lanka main opposition to come together on same platform :
Aug 30, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe and his competitor Sajith Premadasa will address people after a long time from the same platform tomorrow.

 Saudi officials to visit Sri Lanka to discuss recruitment of domestic workers:
Aug 30, Colombo: Representatives of Saudi Arabia's National Committee of Recruitment of the Council of Saudi Chambers will pay a five-day visit to Sri Lanka to discuss the issues related to the recruitment of domestic workers.

 National Kite Festival of Sri Lanka gets off ground tomorrow in Negombo:
Aug 30, Colombo: The Kite Sri Lanka Organization will conduct the annual National Kite Festival, 'Nil Ahase Wasanthaya' (Spring of the Blue Sky) 2014 on August 31 at the Negombo Beach Park.

 Sri Lanka aiming for US$ 3 billion rubber industry next decade:
Aug 30, Colombo: As the first ever Global Rubber Confab to be held in Sri Lanka is announced on August 28, the country has positioned its historic rubber industry to be a US$ 3 billion sector.

 Sri Lanka main opposition party reinstates quarrelsome MP:
Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) which is in a bid to unite the party, has decided to revoke a disciplinary probe initiated against the party's Kalutara district parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma.

 Tamil Nadu demands Sri Lanka to immediately release fishermen's boats:
Aug 30, New Delhi: Tamil Nadu, while calling for restoring "traditional" fishing rights for its fishermen to Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974, has reiterated its demand for Sri Lanka to immediately release the 62 boats of the state's fishermen that are being held by Sri Lankan authorities.

 Investment from Europe accounted for 20% of Sri Lanka's FDI last year:
Aug 29, Colombo: Last year 20 percent of Sri Lanka's Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) were from European Union countries, the Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faizer Mustapha said.

 Sri Lankan Minister to speak on reconciliation in Houston:
Aug 29, Houston, TX: Sri Lanka's Minster of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara will deliver a speech in Houston, Texas on the reconciliation process in the country.
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 Sri Lankan court extends order suspending deportation of Pakistani refugees:
Aug 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended an order it issued earlier suspending the repatriating Pakistani nationals who have sought refugee status in Sri Lanka.

 Central Bank of Sri Lanka approves 29 consolidation plans of financial institutions:
Aug 29, Colombo: The Monetary Board of Sri Lanka's Central Bank in-principle has approved another 10 consolidation proposals submitted by banks and Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFIs) in August, bringing the total to 29, the Central Bank said Friday.

 MP of Sri Lanka main opposition threatens to cross over to government:
Aug 29, Colombo: A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has threatened to cross over to the government.

  Sri Lankan court issues injunction against health workers' strike:
Aug 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued an injunction suspending the three-day long strike launched by the supplementary staff at the government hospitals.

 Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to enhance defense cooperation:
Aug 29, Colombo: Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal, Tahir Rafique Butt Staff called on Sri Lankan Secretary Defense and Urban Development, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence in Colombo on Thursday and discussed ways to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries.

 U.S. support for new hospital in Sri Lanka's former war zone :
Aug 29, Colombo: As part of a United States government program to support the Northern Provincial Council's work to expand medical services in the former conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka's Northern Province, the U.S. has supported the construction of Pooneryn Divisional Hospital In Kilinochchi district at a cost of US$ 517,000 (approximately Rs. 67 million).

 Sri Lanka inflation declines to 3.5 percent in August 2014:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined to 3.5 percent in August 2014 on a year-on-year basis after rising to 3.6 percent in July, figures released by the Census and Statistics Department Friday showed .

  Sri Lanka Tamil party ready to talk with the government:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that the party was ready to resume discussions with the government to reach a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka.

 Weapons belonged to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorists unearthed in Indian forest reserve:
Aug 29, Salem: A cache of weapons unearthed in a forest reserve in India had the symbol of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorist group imprinted on them, Indian police officials have revealed.

 Avis announces new partnership agreement with SriLankan Airlines:
Aug 29, Singapore: Avis, today announced a new partnership agreement with SriLankan Airlines the national carrier of Sri Lanka and the newest member of the oneworld alliance.

 Tough action against Sri Lankan rice traders hiding rice stocks:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Consumer Affairs Authority announced Thursday that the rice millers are required to submit the records of their stocks to the Authority by September 15.

 Sri Lanka to issue a stamp to honor Mahela Jayawardene:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Postal Services, former Sri Lankan cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya said Thursday that he would take steps to issue a stamp to honor recently retired prolific Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene.

 Sri Lanka Tourism welcomes one millionth tourist :
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Thursday welcomed the arrival of one millionth tourist for the year at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday

 Sri Lanka declares national Dengue Prevention Week from September 10 :
Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from September 10-16 as a National Dengue Prevention Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication as well as awareness campaigns.
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 Norochcholai coal power plant will resume power generation today, Sri Lanka power authority says:
Aug 28, Colombo: The problems at the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant at Norochcholai have been rectified and the plant will resume power generation today, Sri Lanka's power authority, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says.

 Sri Lanka's Senkadagala Finance acquires Newest Capital in consolidation move:
Aug 28, Colombo: Senkadagala Finance Company in a stock market disclosure today announced that the company has entered into a Share Purchase Agreement with the Newest Capital.

 Sri Lankan government appeals to supplementary health workers to return to work :
Aug 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today appealed to the striking supplementary medical staff in state hospitals to consider the inconvenience to the people caused by their continuing strike and return to work.

 Sri Lanka's CSE and SEC to conduct an awareness programme in New York:
Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's securities regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) will hold an awareness programme in New York for the international investors.

 Sri Lanka's coal power plant down again:
Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's China-built Lakvijaya Power Station in Norochcholai stopped power generation on Tuesday as the two 300 MW power generators developed technical problems.

 Sri Lanka's demining process 98 percent complete - Army:
Aug 28, Colombo: The demining of Sri Lanka's Northern and Eastern Provinces is nearing completion and 98 percent of the areas that were mined during the armed conflict are now free for public's use while the demining in the remaining areas is progressing fast, the Director of the Media Centre of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said.

 Pakistan Air Force chief arrives in Sri Lanka:
Aug 28, Colombo: The Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt arrived in Sri Lanka today on a mission to boost bilateral ties.

 International rights groups urge protection for Sri Lanka war crime witnesses at UN probe:
Aug 28, Colombo: A collective of international human right organizations has urged the Sri Lankan government and the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure protection for the witnesses at the UN mandated war crime probe against Sri Lanka.

 Colombo's first Seychelles forum attracts Sri Lankan businesses :
Aug 27, Colombo: More than 130 Lankan private sector representatives from 125 companies attended a Seychelles business forum inaugurated in Colombo today.
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 Sri Lanka main ruling party denies any connection to attacks on opposition political party offices:
Aug 27, Colombo: The main constituent of ruling alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today denied any connection to the attacks on offices of opposition political parties and other clashes.

 Sri Lanka police opens new station in Nilaveli:
Aug 27, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police recently opened its 436 Police Station in Nilaveli, in the Trincomalee District of Eastern Province.

 External Affairs Minister reviews progress of Sri Lankan missions in Europe:
Aug 27, Rome: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris has met with several of the country's Ambassadors in Europe at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome for a comprehensive review of their work

 India-assisted industrial park in former Sri Lanka war zone to attract potential local and foreign investors:
Aug 27, Jaffna: The first stage of the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna, the first industrial zone in former war zone in Sri Lanka's Northern Province was inaugurated today by the Minister of Economic Development of Sri Lanka Basil Rajapaksa and the High Commissioner of India Mr. Y.K. Sinha.

 India funded development projects worth Rs. 365 million inaugurated in Northern Sri Lanka :
Aug 27, Jaffna: The Government of India has granted Sri Lanka Rs. 365 million for two major development projects in Jaffna, the capital city of Sri Lanka's Northern Province.

 Sri Lanka Tourism's mega taxi advertising campaign in Germany draws high response:
Aug 27, Colombo: A mega taxi advertising campaign launched in Germany early this year by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has drawn heavy response from the target audience in Germany, the government news portal announced.

 Sri Lanka launches program to grant concessionary loans to Divineguma beneficiary families:
Aug 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will launch a programme to grant loans at concessionary rates of interest to Divineguma beneficiary families to commence self-employment and other activities.

 Sri Lanka Election Commissioner asks IGP to strengthen security in Uva Province:
Aug 27, Colombo: Following the attacks on several election offices of opposition political parties in the Uva Province, Sri Lanka Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has instructed the Inspector General of Police, N.K. Ilangakoon to strengthen security in the province ahead of the Provincial Council elections.

 SME's in Japan invited to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka:
Aug 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka business leaders have extended an invitation to Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka.

 DMK Chief's pro-Eelam organization calls UN not to allow Sri Lankan President to address UNGA :
Aug 26, Chennai: Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO), the Tamil Nadu pro-Eelam organization led by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi plans to hold a demonstration on September 3 in Chennai to urge the United Nations not to allow Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to address the General Assembly next month.

 Prison guard and immigration official arrested in Sri Lanka for helping drug kingpin to flee:
Aug 26, Colombo: The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of Sri Lanka police today arrested a prison guard and an assistant immigration controller for aiding a detained drug kingpin to flee the country.
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 Opposition MP Mangala Samaraweera slams Sri Lanka's 'ice bucket' craze amid drought :
Aug 26, Colombo: Main opposition United National Party parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera today slammed the Sri Lankan politicians converting the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to a publicity stunt by blindly following whatever originated in the West.

 India Supreme Court says to resolve TN fishermen issue with Sri Lanka politically:
Aug 26, New Delhi: India's Supreme Court today has observed that the issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen getting arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy needs to be resolved politically and diplomatically and the court cannot intervene in such matters.

 Gunmen attack Sri Lanka Marxist party members in Moneragala, election monitor urges to enforce election laws:
Aug 26, Colombo: Gunmen travelling in Defender Jeeps have opened fire on campaign workers of Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in Moneragala district of Uva Province in two separate occasions last night, the election watchdog, Campaign for Free and Fair elections (CaFFE) reported.

 Japanese cultural exhibition in Sri Lanka :
Aug 26, Colombo: The Embassy of Japan in Colombo in cooperation with the Japanese Language Teacher's Association of Sri Lanka will hold a Japanese Cultural Exhibition this weekend in Colombo.

 Pakistan Air Chief to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow for three-day visit :
Aug 26, Colombo: The Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka Wednesday (August 27) for a three-day visit on the invitation of Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke.

 Supplementary staff of Sri Lanka government hospitals launches continuous strike :
Aug 26, Colombo: Supplementary medical staff in Sri Lanka state hospitals island wide will launch a continuous strike from 8 a.m. today until their demands are granted by the authorities.

 Sri Lankan in New Zealand arrested for 2000 murder in Switzerland:
Aug 26, Auckland: Police in New Zealand have arrested an Auckland-based Sri Lankan man for a murder committed in Switzerland nearly 14 years ago.

  Sri Lanka keen to increase ICT reaching 75 percent of its population :
Aug 26, Colombo: While Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in Sri Lanka is expanding and currently has reached over 50 percent of the population, the government is keen to see this rise with speed to 75 percent and beyond, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.

 Agenda for Pope's apostolic visit to Sri Lanka officially announced:
Aug 26, Colombo: The programme of the Pope's apostolic trip to Sri Lanka, scheduled for January 2015, has officially been announced.

 Sri Lankan Provincial Minister speaks of cooperating with Pakistan to strengthen agriculture sector:
Aug 26, Lahore: Sri Lanka and Pakistan have lot to offer to each other to strengthen the agriculture sectors of the two countries, a Sri Lankan Provincial Minister visiting Lahore said.

 Sri Lanka main opposition party to decide on deputy leader soon:
Aug 25, Colombo: The Working Committee of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) will meet soon to make a decision on the party’s Deputy Leader position, UNP media spokesman Gayantha Karunatilaka told a media conference on Monday.

 Sri Lanka's first floating market opens for public:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's first floating market in the heart of capital Colombo was declared open for the public by Minister Maithripala Sirisena this evening.
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 Sri Lanka increases import taxes of big onions and potatoes again as local crops being harvested:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Finance today announced that the special commodity levy on imported big onions and potatoes had been increased with effect from August 23.

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