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  Sri Lankan President imposes conditions on former president Rajapaksa's nomination

July 07, Colombo: While Colombo has been in an uproar over President Maithripala Sirisena approving former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's nomination for the upcoming parliamentary elections, recent revelations tell of conditions placed on this approval that may foil latter's plans to be back in a seat of power.

The President has reportedly met a group of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) leaders at his official residence in Wijerama Mawatha Tuesday and the meeting was to focus on the nominations lists of the UPFA.

  Five new envoys to Sri Lanka present credentials to President:
July 07, Colombo: Four new High Commissioners and one Ambassador to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday (07) at a ceremony held in the President's Office at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

 Committee to Protect Journalists concerned over Sri Lanka's move to re-establish media regulatory body:
July 07, Colombo: The New York based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over Sri Lanka's move to re-establish media regulatory body, Sri Lanka Press Council (SLPC).
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  Sri Lanka Tourism search for top global ad agency to promote tourism:
July 07, Colombo: Winning a multitude of awards globally this year at many a Global Travel Fairs, Sri Lanka Tourism, after a lapse of five years, is in search of a top global ad agency to propel Sri Lanka as one of the top destinations in the world.

  Judicial order to examine the former Sri Lankan diplomat's container:
July 07, Colombo: Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera has said that the Foreign Ministry has received a judicial order to examine a container sent by the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia and Ukraine, Udayanga Weeratunga.

 Sri Lankan Army officer ready to plead guilty for conspiring to assassinate the former President:
July 07, Colombo: A former Lieutenant Colonel of Sri Lanka Army, Ranjith Chandrasiri Perera, who has been indicted for attempted assassination of the former head of the state of Sri Lanka has consented to plead guilty for the charge, the counsel of the accused announced today before the court.

 Sri Lanka PM says COPE report on Central Bank bond issue illegal:
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the interim report presented by the former parliamentarian DEW Gunasekara as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) was illegal and breached the Parliamentary Privileges Act.

 Sri Lanka Supreme Court justice arrested over assault, granted bail:
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today arrested a Supreme Court judge who was accused of assaulting a female domestic aide employed in his household.

 Sri Lankan President imposes conditions on former president Rajapaksa's nomination :
July 07, Colombo: While Colombo has been in an uproar over President Maithripala Sirisena approving former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's nomination for the upcoming parliamentary elections, recent revelations tell of conditions placed on this approval that may foil latter's plans to be back in a seat of power.

  Sri Lanka AG Approves arrest of Supreme Court judge accused of assaulting a maid :
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General has given the go-ahead to arrest the Supreme Court Justice Sarath De Abrew over the alleged assault and sexual harassment of the domestic helper at his residence.

 Former monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena denied bail again:
July 07, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today again denied bail to the former monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry Sajin Vass Gunawardena.

 Sri Lankan political parties urged to give women more slots in nominations for election:
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Women's affairs has urged the political parties to give women more opportunities when they prepare nomination lists for the upcoming general elections.

  SLFP nomination committee to meet President today:
July 07, Colombo: The nomination committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is expected to meet President Maithripala Sirisena today to discuss the party nominations.

 Sri Lanka major Tamil party not to give nominations to ex-LTTE cadres:
July 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has barred former members of the terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from contesting parliamentary elections next month.

 Sri Lankan Supreme Court judge accused of assault files a FR petition:
July 06, Colombo: Supreme Court Judge of Sri Lanka Sarath de Abrew, who is accused of assaulting a domestic aide served at his residence, has filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court today.
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 Sri Lanka's civil society takes action to push for clean politics at general election:
July 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's citizen's organizations took actions today to press the political parties to grant nominations only to the respected honest politicians at the upcoming general election.

 Sri Lanka's government political party UNP to hold inaugural election rally in Kandy:
July 06, Colombo: Sri Lankan government political party, the United National Party (UNP) announced today that the party would hold its inaugural election rally in Kandy on July 14th.

 Sri Lanka election watchdog to handover 'March 12 Declaration' for clean candidates today:
July 06, Colombo: The petition carrying signatures of the public in support of the 'March 12 Declaration' demanding the political parties to field 'clean' candidates at the forthcoming election will be handed over to the party leader today.

 Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena witnesses Hirunika Premachandra's wedding:
July 06, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was a witness at the wedding of budding politician Hirunika Premachandra held in Colombo today.

  Sri Lanka stock exchange conducts successful live disaster recovery exercise:
July 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has conducted a successful disaster recovery testing exercise, as a part of its Business Continuity Planning (BCP), from its Disaster Recovery site on Friday July 3rd, 2015, the CSE said in a media release.

 Sri Lanka's AG gives an undertaking not to arrest former MP Tiran Alles till July 10:
July 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General Monday gave another undertaking to the Supreme Court that police will not arrest businessman and opposition parliamentarian, Tiran Alles until July 10 regarding alleged financial fraud charges.

 Sri Lankan domestic workers protest against Supreme Court judge:
July 06, Colombo: A group of women of Sri Lanka Domestic Workers' Union staged a protest outside the Supreme Court this morning.

 Sri Lanka police beef up security during nomination process:
July 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka police will strengthen security in areas where the nominations for the general elections are to be submitted, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said.

 Sanath Jayasuriya not to contest parliamentary elections:
July 06, Colombo: Legendary cricketer and Deputy Minister of Provincial Councils and Regional Development Sanath Jayasuriya says he will not contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.

 India considering to establish a rail bridge link to Sri Lanka :
July 06, Chennai: Indian central government is considering a proposal to establish a rail bridge linking Rameswaram in the Tamil Nadu state and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka's northwest, Union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping, Pon Radhakrishna has said.

 Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 11.9 percent in June 2015:
July 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 11.9 percent in June this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
 Nominations for Sri Lanka parliamentary elections will be accepted from today:
July 06, Colombo: All arrangements are in place to accept nominations for the Lanka parliamentary elections August 17 today (06), the election Secretariat said.
 UNP elated over UPFA decision to nominate Rajapaksa :
July 05, Colombo: The United National Party, led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is reportedly elated over the decision taken by the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to nominate the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest next month's parliamentary elections.
 Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange goes for paperless board meetings:
July 05, Colombo: Striving to be a leader in the use of Green technology, Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has moved from paper-based meetings to paperless iPad enabled meetings.
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 Sri Lankan President praises former president Chandrika for not being corrupt:
July 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday paid a glowing tribute to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga praising her for not being corrupt and safeguarding democracy in the country.
 Sri Lankan government recruits 3600 rehabilitated LTTE cadres to the Civil Defence Force:
July 05, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has recently recruited 3,600 rehabilitated former combatants of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the Civil Defence Force.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party JVP accuses President of betraying people:
July 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused President Maithripala Sirisena of betraying the people by allowing the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the general election under the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
 Minister Arjuna Ranatunga in discussions with UNP on contesting elections:
July 05, Colombo: Arjuna Ranatunga, the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organizer for Attanagalle says he is considering to contest the upcoming elections from another party if SLFP gives nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 JHU withdraws from UPFA, forms a new front:
July 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will withdraw from the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and form a new front after the coalition party gave the nod for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest upcoming elections.
 Sri Lanka nationalist party JHU likely to withdraw from UPFA:
July 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) is considering to withdraw from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and form a new coalition after the coalition party gave the nod for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest upcoming elections.
 Western Province Chief Minister says FCID investigation is a conspiracy to arrest him :
July 05, Colombo: The Chief Minister of Western Province Prasanna Ranatunga says an investigation conducted by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police against him is a conspiracy to arrest him for supporting the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation posts profits before tax of Rs. 630 million in 1Q 2015:
July 04, Colombo: The state-owned Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC), a main player in Sri Lanka's growing insurance industry has recorded a profit before tax of Rs. 630 million during the first quarter of the year 2015 despite a marginal decline in revenues.
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 Construction work on Matara-Hambantota segment of Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway commenced :
July 04, Matara: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday inaugurated the construction work on the extension of the Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambantota.
 Former leader of Sri Lanka Marxist party to form a new alternative front :
July 04, Colombo: Former leader of Sri Lanka Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the leader of People's Servants Party Somawansa Amarasinghe plans to form a new alternative front against corruption.
 Former President may contest elections from Kurunegala:
July 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be contesting for the forthcoming General Elections from the Kurunegala district under the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), former parliamentarian T.B. Ekanayake today said.
 UNP warmly welcomes first crossover of SLFP stalwart Nawinna :
July 04, Colombo: The Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Minister of Labor S. B. Nawinna had crossed over to the United National Party (UNP), the UNP said today.
 Sri Lankan President pledges not to reverse 'January 08 Revolution' and family rule to return:
July 04, Matara: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged that he will not allow room to reverse the "silent revolution" achieved on January 08 and the family rule to return.
  Sri Lanka Police to ensure election rules are strictly enforced during polls:
July 04, Colombo: The Police will provide its utmost support to ensure security during the election period, said the Spokesman of Sri Lanka Police ASP Ruwan Gunasekara.
 Work on Matara-Hambantota segment of Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway to begin today:
July 04, Colombo: The construction work on the extension of the Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambantota will be inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena today.
 Sri Lanka inks first trade pact with China's Guangzhou:
July 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Guangzhou, the capital city of mainland China's largest GDP maker Guandong province inked the first ever trade and business pact in Colombo on Friday, July 03.
  Constitutional council meets for the first time:
July 03, Colombo: The first meeting of the Constitutional Council was held Friday at the parliamentary complex under the leadership of Speaker Chamal Rajapakse.
 Government made a great effort to establish democracy in last six months - Harsha:
July 03, Colombo: Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says that the present government made a great effort to establish democracy in the country during last six months which was ruined by the previous regime.
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 Sri Lanka Muslim party meets with UNP officials on election:
July 03, Colombo: The members of the High Command of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress held a crucial discussion today at the party headquarters Darusalam regarding the upcoming general election.
 US Embassy in Sri Lanka celebrates Independence Day :
July 03, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka yesterday marked America's Independence Day, which falls on July 4th, at a ceremony held in the Gall Face Hotel in Colombo.
 Former LTTE cadre sentenced to 10 years for assassination attempt on President in 2006:
July 03, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today sentenced a former LTTE cadre to a 10 year prison term for his involvement in an assassination attempt on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena nine years ago.
  Trade unions, civil organizations in Sri Lanka protest former president Rajapaksa's nomination:
July 03, Colombo: Several trade unions and patriotic movements in Sri Lanka today staged a protest against giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming election.
 Sri Lanka Customs nabs local attempting to smuggle endangered tortoises:
July 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs Friday arrested a local man who attempted to smuggle star tortoises to Malaysia and seized his haul of the endangered reptiles, AFP reported.
 Sri Lankan President gives nod for Rajapaksa to contest upcoming elections under UPFA ticket :
July 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), on Friday, gave the nod to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming general elections under the UPFA.
 Sri Lankan fishermen alleged of attacking Indian fishermen, damaging nets:
July 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan fishermen have allegedly attacked a group of Indian fishermen in the sea off the Kodiakarai coast and damaged their newts, an Indian fisheries department official has said.
 Sri Lankan court extends remand of 14 Indian fishermen:
July 03, Mannar: A Sri Lankan court Friday ordered to further remand the 14 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy last month.
 Sri Lanka - China Business and Investment forum coincides with Ayurveda Expo 2015 today :
July 03, Colombo: A Sri Lanka - China Business and Investment forum will take place in coincidence with the Ayurveda Expo 2015 international medical symposium which opens today.
 President Sirisena to announce final decision on former president Rajapaksa today:
July 03, Colombo: Having decided not to give nomination to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming election as the prime ministerial candidate of UPFA, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to announce his decision today whether Rajapaksa will be granted candidacy for the election under the UPFA ticket.
 SLFP views expected departure of Rajapaksa loyalists from UPFA as a blessing:
July 02, Colombo: A departure of Mahinda Rajapaksa's loyalists from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) after President Maithripala Sirisena rejected giving nominations to the former president from the party, will provide opportunities for the young and educated members of the party to come forward.
 Bangladesh delegation to brief Sri Lankan investors on prospects in their EPZs:
July 02, Colombo: In an initiative to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country, a delegation of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) is expected to visit Sri Lanka in the first week of August 2015.
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 Pakistan will continue to support Sri Lankan youth's nation building capacities: High Commissioner:
July 02, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd.) Shakeel Hussain reiterated Pakistan's continued support to Sri Lanka in enhancing younger generation's nation building capacities with better educational opportunities.
 President Sirisena rejects giving party nomination to former president Rajapaksa:
July 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the leader of the former ruling party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its main constituent Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), has rejected nominating his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming elections.
 Sri Lankan President vows to overcome any challenge for the sake of country and people:
July 02, Mawanella: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today vowed to overcome any challenge thrown at him for the sake of country and people.
 Sri Lanka power monopoly makes profits of Rs. 13.7 billion in first quarter of 2015:
July 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state owned power monopoly Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is one of the few State enterprises that made profit in the first four months of this year, according to a government report.
 Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to contest upcoming election with UNP:
July 02, Colombo: The major Muslim party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is planning to contest the upcoming parliamentary election with the United National Party ( UNP), its leader Rauff Hakeem has said.
 airberlin and NIKI to operate flights to Colombo in codeshare with Sri Lankan Airlines:
July 02, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the national airline of Sri Lanka, is the new codeshare partner of airberlin and NIKI. The three airlines are to operate daily codeshare flights between Germany, Austria and Sri Lanka via Abu Dhabi, which can be booked as of now.
 Sri Lanka aims to reach US$ 12.5 billion export revenue this year:
July 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman and CEO Bandula Egodage said Sri Lanka should strive to reach the US$ 50 billion export revenue target by 2050.
 Sri Lanka Bar Association requests not to list SC judge accused of assault to hear court cases:
July 02, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has requested the Chief Justice not to assign a supreme court judge, who is accused of assaulting one of his female domestic employees, to hear court cases.
 Sri Lanka upcountry Tamil party to contest under UNP:
July 02, Colombo: The Up Country People's Front, a party representing the Indian origin plantation Tamil population in Sri Lanka has decided to contest the upcoming parliamentary election with the United National Party, its leader V. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Hatton.
 Democratic Party to contest Sri Lanka polls independently unless former president becomes a threat:
July 02, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's Democratic Party leader Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said his party would contest the August 1 parliamentary elections independently.
 Sri Lanka regulator bans Lanka Rating from issuing credit ratings:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's capital market regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said that Lanka Rating Agency Limited (LRA), one of the three credit rating agencies in Sri Lanka is not entitled in law, to carry on business as a Credit Rating Agency nor review ratings.
 Afghan Culture Minister leaves for Sri Lanka :
July 01, Kabul: Afghanistan's Minister of Information and Culture Abdul Bari Jahani has left for Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka Tuesday, Bakhtar News Agency reported .
 Sri Lanka Election Chief prepares districts secretaries for elections:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya Wednesday met with the Secretaries of the island's districts to prepare them for accepting nominations for the upcoming elections.
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 Sri Lanka's income at Kunming Fair in China surpasses $ 2 million:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan biz, facilitated by Export development Board (EDB), performed strongly at the recent 23rd China Import & Export Fair held in Kunming, China earning an income surpassing $2 million.
  Former parliamentarian Rukman Senanayake to contest from Kegalle under UNP:
July 01, Colombo: Former parliamentarian Rukman Senanayake is expected to contest the general election from the Kegalle District on the United National Party (UNP) ticket.
 Sri Lankan nabbed for attempting to smuggle over Rs. 11 million worth foreign currency:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested a Sri Lankan national this morning at the Departure Lounge of the Colombo International Airport in Katunayake for attempting to smuggle out foreign currency worth Rs 11.4 million.
 Sri Lankan President sets first challenge for new parliament:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has set the first task for the new parliament that will be convened on 1st of September.
 Protests organized against former Sri Lankan President's nomination:
July 01, Colombo: Several trade unions and patriotic movements in Sri Lanka have decided to hold a protest campaign against giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming election, local media reports said.
 Former Sri Lankan President announces intention to contest elections:
July 01, Colombo: Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa making a special statement today announced his intention to contest the upcoming general election without stating from which party he would contest.
 Colombo-Dubai flight lands in Mumbai after Sri Lankan passenger fell ill :
July 01, Mumbai: An international Colombo-Dubai flight had to be diverted to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on Tuesday and made an emergency landing due to a medical emergency onboard the plane when a Sri Lankan passenger fell ill, Indian media reported.
 Sri Lanka Navy declares general amnesty for deserters:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has declared a general amnesty period for its absentees, enabling them to receive their legal discharge from the Navy.
 Former Sri Lankan President Kumaranatunga to contest if Rajapaksa nominated as SLFP PM candidate:
July 01, Colombo: If former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is given nomination as Sri Lanka Freedom Party's Prime Ministerial candidate, then his predecessor Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga will also seek candidacy at the upcoming election, Kumaranatunga's Personal Secretary, P. Dissanayaka said.
  Sri Lanka Election monitor says killing of UNP supporter first election violence :
June 30, Colombo: An election watchdog in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair elections (CaFFE) says incidents of election violence have already started to happen with the killing of a supporter of the United National Party (UNP).
 Sri Lankan President highlights the need to change the education system :
June 30, Kurunegala: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today highlighted the need to change the country's education system to suit the knowledge-based economy.
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 Former Sri Lankan President says she has no intention to grab power:
June 30, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan President and former leader of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga says she has no intention of grabbing power again unlike others.
 Sri Lanka government party UNP seeks majority at the election :
June 30, Colombo: The minor party of Sri Lankan government, the United National Party , seeks to be the majority party in a new government that would be formed after the general election.
 Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist group to become a decisive factor in politics:
June 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says it will become a decisive factor in Sri Lankan politics in ten years' time.
 Sri Lankan government's assets or resources will not be used for election - Minister :
June 30, Colombo: The current Sri Lankan government will not use its assets or resources or the government officers during the campaign for the upcoming election, a government minister affirmed today.
 CID to investigate Sri Lanka Supreme Court Judge accused of assaulting a maid:
June 30, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has been instructed to conduct an investigation into the charges of assault against a Supreme Court judge.
 SLFP will not name Rajapaksa as PM candidate, Sri Lankan President affirms:
June 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President has affirmed that the United People's Freedom Party of which Sri Lanka Freedom Party is the main constituent will appoint a prime minister after consultations with the members of parliament elected at the upcoming parliamentary election.
 Sri Lanka inflation drops to record low of 0.1% in June 2015:
June 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined marginally to 0.1 percent on an year-on-year basis in June 2015, from 0.2 percent recorded in May 2015, the Central Bank reported on Tuesday.
 No nominations for former president from SLFP, left parties of Sri Lanka told:
June 30, Colombo: Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be given nominations from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), President Maithripala Sirisena assured the left political parties in the country yesterday, local media reports said.
 UN to close humanitarian affairs office in Sri Lanka by the year end:
June 30, Colombo: The United Nations, planning to downsize its operations in Asia, would close the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sri Lanka by the end of the year, a top UN official has said.
 Sri Lanka's Textured Jersey Lanka to buy Indian knit fabric manufacturer for US$ 15 million:
June 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's knitted fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka (TJL) said it will acquire a controlling stake in an Indian knit fabric manufacturer, Ocean India (private) Limited for US$ 15 million.
 World Bank lending US$ 165 million to Sri Lanka to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation :
June 30, Washington, DC: The World Bank Board has approved a US$ 165 million credit for Sri Lanka to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation in several districts.
  Qatar Airways to fly Dreamliner to Colombo from September 1:
June 29, Doha: Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar will roll out a Boeing Dreamliner to fly to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from September 1.
 Sri Lankan President talks of raising per capita income to US$ 6000:
June 29, Dehiowita: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the aim of his government is to increase the per capita income of Sri Lankans to 6000 US dollars within the next five years.
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 Sri Lanka initiates collaboration with CERN:
June 29, Geneva: Sri Lanka and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have entered into an agreement to begin cooperation between CERN and the scientific community in Sri Lanka
 Sri Lanka Parliament dissolved due to inability to get 20A passed, not to cover up COPE report on bond issue - Deputy Minister:
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the parliament due to the inability to continue the parliamentary activities with the obstruction of opposition and not to cover up the COPE report on the bond issue, a government minister said.
 Sri Lanka Tamil party asks government to release Tamil political prisoners before diaspora festival:
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the Government to free Tamil political prisoners before holding a festival for the diaspora in Sri Lanka.
 Extreme Sri Lankan Buddhist organization forms a political party to contest general election:
June 29, Colombo: The extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has formed a political party to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.
 Heavy industry sector still plays a critical role in Sri Lanka economy - Minister :
June 29, Colombo: Despite economies such as Sri Lanka taking the knowledge economy path to drive growth, heavy industries are still important, and the manufacturing sub sector is the biggest contributor to Lankan industrial value addition, Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
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