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  Sri Lankan government makes arrangements to evacuate expatriates in Yemen

Apr 01, Colombo: Due to the volatile situation in Yemen, the Government of Sri Lanka said it is making arrangements to evacuate all Sri Lankans in Yemen.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement today that the Ministry in coordination with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Muscat, Oman, is exploring all possible avenues to ensure the safe return of the Sri Lankans.

 Sri Lankan government committed to protect natural resources - President:
Apr 01, Colombo: The current government is committed to protect the natural resources of the country and to hand over a corrupt- free and law abiding society to the future generation, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena asserted today.

 Sri Lankan legislator lodges complaint at bribery commission against its head :
Apr 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Galle District parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara today lodged a complaint at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption against its newly appointed Director General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe.

 Sri Lankan PM's office says the university students-police clash 'regrettable':
Apr 01, Colombo: The Office of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today said the yesterday's clash between the protesting university students and the police was 'regrettable'.

 Sri Lanka investment promotion agency joins Customs to facilitate round-the-clock service for exporters:
Apr 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka investment promotion agency, the Board of Investment (BOI) has extended its Green Channel facility to an additional 24 enterprises.

 Sri Lankan government makes arrangements to evacuate expatriates in Yemen:
Apr 01, Colombo: Due to the volatile situation in Yemen, the Government of Sri Lanka said it is making arrangements to evacuate all Sri Lankans in Yemen.

 Sri Lankan court releases UPFA MP Duminda Silva and 10 others on bail:
Apr 01, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today released United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Colombo District Parliamentarian Duminda Silva and ten others who are charged with the murder of former Presidential advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.

  Sri Lanka Supreme Court to hear 18 petitions on 19th Amendment today:
Apr 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court is scheduled to take up for consideration 18 petitions with regard to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution today.

 UN Assistant Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka:
Apr 01, Colombo: Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Chair, United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific and UNDP Assistant Administrator & Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from April 4-10, 2015, the UNDP said in a statement.

 ICC warns Sri Lanka Cricket of suspension over appointing interim committee:
Apr 01, Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has warned that Sri Lanka would face suspension from ICC if the government unjustly interferes in the administration of the cricket board.

  Sri Lankan court grant bail to former foreign minister Bogollagama:
Apr 01, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to former Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who was charged with corruption.

  Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy - China 2015 launched with private sector:
Apr 01, Colombo: The marketing strategy by Sri Lanka Tourism to the market of China for 2015 was launched with a private- public partnership in the presence of the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of China in Sri Lanka with the top 65 photographers from Shanghai photographic association capturing the beauty of Sri Lanka under the theme " Sri Lanka - beauty in my eyes".

 Sri Lanka government ally files petition before Supreme Court against 19th Amendment :
Mar 31, Colombo: An ally of the Sri Lankan government, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

 Leaders of Sri Lanka political parties discuss controversy over post of Opposition Leader:
Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has today convened a special party leader's meeting to discuss the controversy over the post of Opposition Leader.

 Sidath Wettimuny appointed as head of Interim committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket:
Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka sports minister Navin Dissanayake has appointed former Test opener Sidath Wettimuny to head a nine-member interim committee to run the cricket board, Sri Lanka Cricket. The committee will be effective from Wednesday (April 1) and function until an election is held or until further notice.

 Sri Lanka police use tear gas to disperse university students' march:
Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police used tear gas to disperse a group of students of Sri Jayewardenepura University who were in a protest march near the Temple Trees this afternoon.
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 EU considering Sri Lanka's request to grant GSP+ concession, lift ban on fish exports:
Mar 31, Colombo: The European Union is reevaluating Sri Lanka's request to grant the GSP plus concession for its exports to EU and to lift the restrictions imposed on export of fish products.

 Maldivian drug network in Sri Lanka busted:
Mar 31, Colombo: Maldivian Police have busted an international drug network operated by a group of Maldivians in Sri Lanka following a two-year long operation.

 Sri Lanka inflation drops to record low of 0.1% in March 2015:
Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , decreased to 0.1 percent on an year-on-year basis in March 2015, from 0.6 percent recorded in February 2015., the Central Bank reported on Tuesday.

 Sri Lanka launches ten-year energy sector plan for knowledge-based economy:
Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe Tuesday unveiled the energy sector plan for the next ten years formulated to achieve the ambitious goal of 100 percent energy self-sufficiency by 2030.

 Sri Lankan PM hits out at sports and business media in the country:
Mar 31, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe has yet again criticized the media institutions in the country.

 Sri Lanka's former Treasury Secretary questioned over oil hedging deal:
Mar 31, Colombo: Former Secretary of Sri Lanka's Finance Ministry, Dr. P.B. Jayasundera is being questioned by the police Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) today.

 Former Sri Lankan ruling party MP granted bail:
Mar 31, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to a United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian facing a bribery case.

 Sri Lanka police arrest navy personnel in connection with murder of Tamil MP:
Mar 31, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka has arrested three former Navy personnel and detained them in connection with the killing of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Nadarajah Raviraj and a policeman providing security to him in 2006.

  Sri Lankan businessman accused of financial irregularities released on bail:
Mar 31, Colombo: A court in Sri Lanka today granted bail to a businessman who was in remand for allegedly misappropriating millions of rupees of public funds.

 Sri Lanka's Supreme Court dismisses FR petition filed against former President:
Mar 31, Colombo: The Supreme Court in Sri Lanka today dismissed a fundamental rights petition filed against the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 Sri Lanka Marxist party to meet President on electoral reforms:
Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya are scheduled to meet the President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday (April 02) to discuss their proposals to change the electoral system.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court to hear FR petition against Central Bank governor on April 28:
Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court will take up the fundamental rights violation petitions filed against the Governor of Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran and the Chairman of the Treasury Bond Tender Committee P. Samarasiri on April 28 and May 5, 2015.
 Russia - Sri Lanka Tourism does focused brand building:
Mar 31, Colombo: Given that the Russian economy is strangling with economic embargoes that has resulted in the currency depreciation by almost one hundred percent and Russian arrivals to Sri Lanka plunging by 32 percent, Sri Lanka tourism went on to invest in the market with strong brand building...
 Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Lakeside hotel partially closed for repairs:
Mar 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's five star hotel, Cinnamon Lakeside, overlooking the Beira Lake in downtown Colombo, will be partially closed from Monday, the hotel management Trans Asia Hotels said in a statement.
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 Complaint lodged at Sri Lanka's Bribery Commission against government minister:
Mar 30, Colombo: A complaint has been lodged against the Industries and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.
 Interim committee to be appointed to run Sri Lanka Cricket Board:
Mar 30, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe says that an interim committee will be appointed to run the cricket board, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
 Sri Lankan court impounds passport of Chinese executive:
Mar 30, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has ordered to impound the passport of a Chinese executive of a Chinese engineering contractor, involved in several mega construction projects in the country.
 Sri Lankan police ordered to arrest former Economic Development Minister:
Mar 30, Colombo: A court in Sri Lanka has today directed the police to arrest former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa upon his return to the country.
 Sri Lankan PM opens free Wi-Fi zones :
Mar 30, Colombo: Fulfilling a pledge given in the 100-day plan of the new Sri Lankan government, the government commenced a program to provide free Wi-Fi facility to all the people in the country.
 Sri Lanka seeks UN, Indian assistance to evacuate stranded expatriate workers from Yemen:
Mar 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of External Affairs has asked the United Nations to assist evacuating Sri Lankan migrant workers in Yemen amid growing unrest in Yemen as Saudi air strikes against the rebels continued.
 British woman falls off train to her death in Sri Lanka:
Mar 30, Colombo: A British woman has been killed after falling off of a moving train in Sri Lanka, while riding on the foot board of the train, local media reported.
 Sri Lanka's UDA facing a shortage of funds to pay families evicted for development project - report:
Mar 30, Colombo: The Urban Development Authority (UDA) of Sri Lanka is reportedly struggling to continue the payment of rents for 582 families evicted to make way for India's Tata Housing company's US$ 429.5 million mixed development project in Slave Island district of Colombo.
 Sri Lanka's Prime Minister to hold discussion with party leaders on proposed electoral reforms:
Mar 30, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe is to hold a discussion at Temple Trees this evening with leaders of political parties on the proposed electoral reforms.
 Sri Lankan minister says Central Bank Governor should resign:
Mar 30, Colombo: A senior minister of the Sri Lankan government says that the Central Bank Governor should resign from the post since the Bank has lost its credibility over the recent events.
 Former governor of Sri Lanka Central Bank questioned on hedging deal:
Mar 30, Colombo: The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police has questioned the former Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal in connection with the controversial hedging deal.
 Sri Lanka's apparel exports readying to cross US$ 5 billion :
Mar 30, Colombo: Within a day after Sri Lanka and the European Union (EU) held discussions in Colombo to reinstate the sought after GSP Plus trade concession to boost Sri Lanka's apparel exports, another coveted technical breakthrough has been extended to Sri Lanka through a surging EU economy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce said in a statement.
 Sri Lanka to resume road development projects with China :
Mar 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to recommence all the main and provincial road development projects in the island nation with China, a senior government official has said.
 Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara selected to ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup team:
Mar 30, Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and Sri Lanka's prolific batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been selected as the wicketkeeper-batsman.
 Professor Lalitha Mendis appointed as Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo:
Mar 30, Colombo: The University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka has appointed Professor Lalitha Mendis as the Acting Vice Chancellor at the University of Colombo following the leave of Vice Chancellor Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama.
 Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank in a deal with ADB to raise US$ 100 million:
Mar 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank has entered into a landmark agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to raise US$ 100 million by way of a seven-year senior debt.
 Sri Lanka is keen to attract foreign investment to stimulate growth - Finance Minister:
Mar 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka is keen to attract foreign investment to stimulate export-led growth and help alleviate poverty, and therefore, needs to ease barriers of entry for foreign investment, the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has said.
  Senior Sri Lankan lawyer says it's unethical to impose conditions to support reforms:
Mar 29, Colombo: Expert in constitutional law in Sri Lanka, President's Counsel Jayampathy Wickramaratne says that imposing conditions to support the proposed reforms to the executive presidency is unethical.
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 Sri Lanka Securities and Exchange Commission commences probe into closed files:
Mar 29, Colombo: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka is reportedly reopening investigations in to cases that were closed during the former regime. These cases involve alleged malpractices especially when files were closed due to 'insufficient' information.
 Sri Lankan government pledges to work to implement 27 international conventions to regain GSP Plus:
Mar 29, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has informed the European Union (EU) that it will work towards implementing the 27 international conventions in order to regain the GSP Plus trade concession.
  Sri Lankan motorcyclists protest against ban on full face helmets:
Mar 29, Colombo: A group of motorcyclists in Sri Lanka today held a protest in Colombo against the government's announcement of the ban on full face helmets.
 Sri Lanka police raid house in Colombo and arrest persons accused of producing defamatory documentary:
Mar 29, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police have today raided a house in Narahenpita and taken into custody eight persons including a lawyer under suspicion of producing a defamatory documentary on Sri Lanka Army.
 Sri Lanka's Marxist party wants the next general election under proportional system:
Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has said the party wanted the next general election to be held under the proportional representative (PR) system.
 Free Wi-Fi from tomorrow at 26 public locations in Sri Lanka:
Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan citizens will have free Wifi internet access at selected 26 public locations across the island from tomorrow , the Prime Minister's office announced.
 Sri Lanka extends terms of local government bodies:
Mar 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to extend the official term of local government bodies which was due to expire by the end of this month.
 UN Special Rapporteur arrives in Sri Lanka today on a six-day visit:
Mar 29, Colombo: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday, for a six-day visit on an invitation of the Sri Lankan government.
 Sri Lankan PM pledges to strengthen civil administration in the North:
Mar 29, Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is engaged in three-day tour in the conflict-affected Northern Province, said the civil administration in the North should be strengthened to achieve reconciliation among the communities.
  PM orders immediate measures to renovate five main reservoirs in Sri Lanka's war-torn north:
Mar 29, Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has instructed the relevant Authorities to take immediate steps to renovate five main irrigation reservoirs in the conflict-affected north.
 Three Russian naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka's Colombo port:
Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed three Russian naval ships arrived at the Port of Colombo Saturday.
 Sri Lankan PM to meet Tamil party legislators of Northern Province today:
Mar 29, Jaffna: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, who is engaged in a tour in the Northern Province will meet the parliamentarians of the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today.
 EU will extend the ban on LTTE, Sri Lankan PM says:
Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said today that the Europe Union has responded positively to are quest made by him to extend the ban on the Tamil Tiger terrorist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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 Sri Lanka to strengthen economic and business relations with Sweden :
Mar 28, Boao, Hainan: Leaders of Sri Lanka and Sweden today agreed to strengthen economic and business relations between the two countries when they met at the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia in China.
 Sri Lanka's legal intellect is 'simply silenced' - Asian Human Rights Commission:
Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's legal intellect was simply silenced and the prosecuting lawyers and the defence lawyers and the judge all have become irrelevant factors when dealing with crime, as suspects of serious crimes "commit suicide" while in police custody , a human rights group says.
  Sri Lankan PM pledges to uplift Northern Province communities :
Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on Saturday said his government is committed to uplift the communities in the war-torn Northern Province and will work towards providing basic facilities to the entire province
  ADMO Solar signs agreement with Sri Lanka Telecom:
Mar 28, Colombo: ADMO Solar, a leader in advanced energy technology, initiated a partnership with Sri Lanka Telecom, facilitating special packages and services related to solar power systems to its premium customers under their customer loyalty programme.
  Sri Lanka will work with friendly countries to maintain maritime cooperation :
Mar 28, Boao, Hainan: Sri Lanka as a maritime nation with natural ecological advantages will work in tandem with friendly countries to maintain cooperation in the maritime age, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said today.
 Pakistan envoy expresses deep shock and grief over the demise of Sri Lankan President's youngest brother:
Mar 28, Colombo: The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan at Colombo, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra today expressed "deep shock and grief" over the demise of Sri Lankan President's youngest brother.
 Russia, Sri Lanka resolve standoff over stranded research vessel in Colombo :
Mar 28, Colombo: The Russian government ending a long standoff has paid off the dues owed by a stranded Russian research vessel to Sri Lanka's Colombo port, Russian News agency Tass reported.
 Sri Lankan Tamil activist's daughter released from probation:
Mar 28, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday ordered the immediate release of Balendran Vibushika, the daughter of Tamil activist Balendran Jeayakumari, from probation.
 Sri Lankan President's brother dies, funeral on Monday at Polonnaruwa:
Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's younger brother Priyantha Sirisena has died due to the injuries he received from an axe attack .
  Four Indian Navy ships arrive at Sri Lanka's Trincomalee Port on a training mission:
Mar 27, Trincomalee: Sri Lanka Navy along with the officials of the High Commission of India, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed four Indian naval ships arrived at the Port of Trincomalee today.
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 India, Sri Lanka agree to extend ongoing project assisting war-affected women in East:
Mar 27, Colombo: India and Sri Lanka have agreed to extend till June 2016 the ongoing project to assist war affected, poor and destitute women in Batticaloa, High Commission of India in Colombo said Friday.
 Deputy FM denies China's claim that Sri Lanka agreed to resume port project:
Mar 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith P. Perera denied China's claims that Sri Lankan government has agreed to resume the suspended Colombo Port City Project.
  Suspected attacker of Sri Lankan President's brother remanded:
Mar 27, Polonnaruwa: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the suspect, who attacked President Maithripala Sirisena's brother Priyantha Sirisena with an axe.
 Sri Lankan PM tours Tamil heartland in a reconciliation bid:
Mar 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe Friday embarked on a tour in the Tamil dominated Northern Province in a bid to strengthen government's efforts to bring about the reconciliation among the communities.
 Former chief of Sri Lanka Air Force questioned on controversial MIG aircraft deal:
Mar 27, Colombo: The Financial Crimes Investigation Division of Sri Lanka police conducting investigations into the controversial MIG-27 aircraft deal has questioned the former Chief of the Sri Lanka Air Force and Chief of Defense Staff, Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke today.
 Fitch Affirms HSBC Sri Lanka Branch at 'AAA(lka)'; Outlook Stable:
Mar 27, Colombo: Fitch Ratings Lanka has affirmed HSBC Sri Lanka Branch's (HSBCSL) National Long-Term Rating at 'AAA(lka)'. The Outlook is Stable.
 Sri Lankan Prime Minister says decision on proposed electoral reforms within 10 days:
Mar 27, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe says a decision will be reached on the proposed electoral reforms by political parties within the next 10 days.
 Sri Lankan legislator blames former defence secretary for editor's murder:
Mar 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan parliamentarian Mervyn Silva says that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is linked to the murder The Sunday Leader founding editor, Lasantha Wickrematunga.
  Sri Lanka Freedom Party senior says disciplinary action against party members who attended Ratnapura rally:
Mar 27, Colombo: Treasurer of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Minister S.B. Nawinna has said party will take disciplinary action against any representative who violated party directives.
 Sri Lanka, China end stalemate over Colombo Port Project :
Mar 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka and China have ended the stalemate over the Chinese-funded US$ 1.4 billion mega development project suspended by the new government and agreed to put the project back on track.
 Financial Fraud Investigation Unit of Sri Lanka police investigates MIG- 27 deal:
Mar 27, Colombo: The Financial Fraud Investigation Division of Sri Lanka police has begun investigation into the controversial MiG-27 deal carried out by the Defence Ministry in 2006.
  CID questions former Sri Lankan minister over journalists' murder:
Mar 27, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department of the Sri Lanka Police has recorded a statement yesterday day from former minister and United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Mervyn Silva over the killing of a journalist .
 Sri Lankan Prime Minister to visit North to hold discussions with Tamil leaders :
Mar 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will make an official three-day visit to the Northern Province from today to hold discussions with the Northern Province leaders on the issues people in the north are facing.
 Two Universities Visit at Indiana Buddhist Temple:
Mar 27, Fort Wayne, USA - Thursday March 26, 2015 was a busy day for Indiana Buddhist Temple. At 9 am, the monks welcomed students from Bluffton University, Bluffton OH. At 3 pm, another group of students came and visitted the temple. They came from Taylor University, Philosophy and Religion Class.
 President Obama intends to nominate Atul Keshap as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives:
Mar 27, Washington, DC: The United States President Barack Obama Thursday announced his intent to nominate the current Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Atul Keshap for Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
 Suspect attacked Sri Lankan President's brother surrenders:
Mar 26, Colombo: The suspect who was wanted in connection with the attack on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's brother Priyantha Sirisena Thursday has been arrested after he surrendered to the police.
 Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs attend rally in Ratnapura despite party directive to stay away:
Mar 26, Colombo: A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians have violated a party directive and attended rally organized by several allies in the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in support of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 Sri Lanka to participate in the universal exposition World Expo 2015:
Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka,a globally well-known tourist destination, with the objective of promoting trade and tourism will participate in the "Expo Milano 2015" World Trade Fair this year in Milan, Italy from 1st May to 31 October 2015.
 Sri Lankan court orders probe into former Defense Secretary's bank accounts:
Mar 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued a directive to the Criminal Investigations Department to probe the bank accounts of several persons involved in Galle floating armory.
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  Sri Lankan minster writes to President and PM asking not to nominate the 'corrupted' for elections:
Mar 26, Colombo: Ports and Shipping Minister of Sri Lanka Arjuna Ranatunga has in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called on the two leaders to ensure that nominations are not granted to opportunistic and corrupt persons who cross over from major parties when they are not able to secure nominations in their own parties.
  Atmosphere and receptivity during third round Indo-Lanka fishermen talks better - spokesperson:
Mar 26, New Delhi: The Atmosphere and receptivity during the recent discussions between the representatives of Sri Lankan and Indian Fishermen were better compared to the two previous meetings they held, India said.
 Indian Navy squadron to arrive in Sri Lanka for training exercise:
Mar 26, Colombo: Four ships from Indian Navy's First Training Squadron will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow for a three-day training exercise, the High Commission of India in Colombo said in a release today.
 Police unable to deliver court order to former President's brother Basil Rajapaksa:
Mar 26, Colombo: The Financial Crimes Investigation Division of Sri Lanka police was not able to deliver a court order to the former minister and Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa, the Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said.
  Sri Lankan President's brother critically injured in axe attack - report:
Mar 26, Colombo: Priyantha Sirisena, a brother of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, has been hospitalized in critical condition following an axe attack, local media reports said.
 Former Sri Lankan President to lead task force on reconciliation and national harmony:
Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga has been appointed to lead a special presidential task force to identify urgent reconciliation needs of the minority Tamil community, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced Thursday.
 ICRC assists clarifying the fate of missing persons in Sri Lanka :
Mar 26, Colombo: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), currently undertaking an assessment in Sri Lanka to understand all the humanitarian needs of the families of missing persons, says clarifying the fate of missing persons in Sri Lanka requires sustained commitment.
  Sri Lanka, China leaders pledge to continue longstanding friendship :
Mar 26, Beijing: Sri Lanka' new President Maithripala Sirisena, who is paying a state visit to China and to attend the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia, and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged to continue the longstanding friendship between the two countries.
 Some Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs to support call for change of Opposition Leader:
Mar 26, Colombo: A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarian is to support the call for a change in the post of Opposition Leader in parliament.
 Sri Lankan minister appreciates Pakistan's assistance during the war:
Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka deeply appreciates the assistance provided by Pakistan to Sri Lanka at crucial times during the island nation's fight against terrorism, a government minister said.
 Sri Lanka Navy assists repatriation of 54 Indian fishermen:
Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Wednesday assisted the repatriation of 54 Indian fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody just ahead of the talks held in Chennai on Tuesday between the Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.
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