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  United States offers Sri Lanka immediate assistance for disaster relief

Oct 31, Colombo: To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided Rs. 6.5 million (US$ 50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka's National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.

 Madhu Road - Thiruketheeswaram sector of Sri Lanka's Northern Railway line tested :
Oct 31, Colombo: Officials of India's state-owned IRCON International and Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) authorities today conducted a successful test run on the reconstructed Madhu Road- Thiruketheeswaram railway track of the Northern Railway Line.

 Pakistan offers assistance to the Sri Lankan landslide victims:
Oct 31, Colombo: Expressing sympathies to Sri Lanka's landslide victims, the Government of Pakistan said it has considered assistance requirements put forward by the Sri Lankan Government and offered relief assistance.

 Coalition party of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance to abstain from voting for the budget:
Oct 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationalist coalition partner of ruling alliance, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has decided to abstain from the second reading vote of the government's 2015 budget as the talks with the ruling party on the constitutional amendments submitted by the party were not yet completed.

 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader visits landslide affected village:
Oct 31, Badulla: The Leader of Sri Lanka main oppositional United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe visited Koslanda Meeriya Bedda village in Badulla district today and met the victims of the massive landslide that devastated the area Wednesday morning.

 United States offers Sri Lanka immediate assistance for disaster relief:
Oct 31, Colombo: To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided Rs. 6.5 million (US$ 50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.

 Sri Lanka inflation drops to 1.6 percent in October 2014 :
Oct 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined considerably to 1.6 percent in October 2014 from 3.5 percent in the previous month on a year-on-year basis, the Central Bank reported on Frida

 Sri Lanka landslide: UN saddened by the human loss:
Oct 31, Colombo: The United Nations said today that it is saddened by the loss of human life caused by the deadly landslide in the Koslanda village of Badulla district in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lankan President instructs officials to get the EU ban on fish exports removed:
Oct 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (30) has instructed the relevant officials to do a thorough study on the European Union's ban of Sri Lanka's fishery products exports and get the ban removed.

 India will appeal Sri Lankan court's death sentence to five Tamil Nadu drug smugglers:
Oct 31, New Delhi: India's Ministry of External Affairs has said that it will appeal the death sentences handed over to five Tamil Nadu fishermen by a lower court in Sri Lanka on charges of drug smuggling.

 United States to assist Sri Lanka in landslide rescue and relief efforts :
Oct 31, Washington, DC: The United States said Thursday that has received an official request for assistance from the Government of Sri Lanka for rescue and relief efforts after a massive landslide devastated the Koslanda- Meeriya Bedda village in Badulla district.

 Commonwealth Secretary-General conveys his solidarity and condolences to Sri Lanka:
Oct 30, London: The Secretary-General of Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma has sent his solidarity and condolences on behalf of the Commonwealth to the President of Sri Lanka following yesterday's devastating landslides in the country.

 Tamil Nadu CM condemns Sri Lankan court's 'unjust' conviction, says evidence fabricated :
Oct 30, Chennai: The Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu State O. Panneerselvam today strongly condemned the Sri Lankan Court's ruling of death sentences to five Tamil Nadu fishermen on charges of drug trafficking.

 Sri Lankan court sentences 5 Indian and 3 Sri Lankan fishermen to death for heroin trafficking:
Oct 30, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday handed out death sentences to five Indian and three Sri Lankan fishermen accused of trafficking heroin into the island.
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 Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader to visit landslide affected people tomorrow:
Oct 30, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe will visit Koslanda tomorrow to meet the people distressed by the massive landslide.

  Sri Lanka Appellate Court rejects the petition against Tamil National Alliance:
Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Appellate Court today rejected a petition filed against the Tamil National Alliance alleging violation of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

 Ministry of Health to conduct a census on Sri Lanka's psychiatric patients:
Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health will launch a pilot study next week to take census on mental patients in the island to identify the extent of the mental disorders prevailing among the population.

 Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Supreme Council meets to discuss presidential election :
Oct 30, Colombo: The Supreme Council of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the Muslim ally of the Sri Lankan government, will meet on October 31 under the patronage of the SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem, party sources said.

 Sri Lanka Catholic Church call upon all Catholics to help the landslide affected people :
Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Catholic Church today expressing deep concern and shock at yesterday's landslide in the Koslanda Miriyabedda area in Haldummulla village of Badulla District called upon its faithful to help the affected community in "whatever way possible" to restart their lives.

 Sri Lankan President visits landslide affected village:
Oct 30, Badulla: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning visited the Koslanda-Meeriya Bedda Estate village in Haldummulla devastated by the deadly landslide yesterday and met the people affected by the disaster.

 UN Human Rights Committee asks Sri Lanka to repeal 18th Amendment to the Constitution:
Oct 30, Geneva: The United Nations Human Rights Committee, while welcoming several measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure human rights of its citizens, asked the government to repeal the 18th Amendment to the Constitution approved by the parliament in September 2010.

 U.S. stands ready to assist Sri Lanka, commends government's rescue efforts after landslide:
Oct 30, Colombo: The United States today expressed deepest condolences to the Sri Lankan government and the families affected by Wednesday's landslide in Koslanda in Badulla district and offered assistance for the government and the affected people.

 Australia's Wellard Group secures contract to supply 22,500 dairy cows to Sri Lanka:
Oct 30, Colombo: Australian livestock exporter Wellard Group has secured two contracts worth almost $ 100 million from Sri Lanka to supply 22,500 dairy cattle to the Sri Lankan Department of Economic Development (SLDED).

 UN humanitarian wing on standby to support Sri Lanka after landslides:
Oct 30, Colombo: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stands ready to support Sri Lanka after heavy rains have caused deadly landslides in the tea estates villages of Badulla in central Sri Lanka.

 US help not sought for Sri Lanka landslide rescue :
Oct 30, Washington, DC: The United States said Wednesday that government of Sri Lanka has not made any specific requests for assistance in search and rescue operations after an early morning landslide in the upcountry plantations area believed to have buried about 300 people.

 Sri Lanka Army deploys troops and heavy machinery to assist landslide rescue operations :
Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army Wednesday deployed a contingent of over 500 troops from the Security Forces Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-C) to rescue the buried victims of the landslide that wreaked havoc in the Koslandawatta-Meeriyabedda estate areas of Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat in Badulla district Wednesday morning.

 India offers help for Sri Lanka landslide rescue operations :
Oct 30, Colombo: India today has offered assistance to Sri Lanka to help hundreds of people affected by Wednesday's landslide in the central hills of tea plantations.

 Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka expresses sorrow and calls for help for landslide victims:
Oct 29, Colombo: Expressing his sorrow in a media statement the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe requested all Sri Lankans to come forward and help the victims of the massive landslide that struck the MeeriyaBedda village in Koslanda, Haldummulla of Badulla district.

 Sri Lanka President expresses condolences to victims of landslide disaster:
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe united in expressing their sympathies to the landslide victims and bereaved families in Haldummulla of Badulla District today.

 Sri Lanka sign MoU with China to develop rubber industry:
Oct 29, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Rubber Research Institute (RRI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s state-owned CETC International for the development of the RRI, the government announced.
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 Landslide rescue operations suspended in Sri Lanka due to bad weather :
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have temporarily halted the operations to rescue the people trapped under the rubble from the massive landslide that had levelled the Meeriya-badda village of Haldummulla in Badulla district.

 Mass rally in Sri Lanka tomorrow against President contesting for a third term:
Oct 29, Colombo: A civil movement in Sri Lanka, People's Movement for Democracy will hold a rally in Colombo tomorrow to protest President Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting for a third election.

  Pakistan awards fully funded engineering scholarships to Sri Lankan students :
Oct 29, Colombo: The Government of Pakistan has awarded fully funded higher professional Engineering Scholarships to three Sri Lankan students under the Higher Education Scholarship Programme for 2014.

 Commonwealth encourages Sri Lanka to accelerate efforts towards sustainable reconciliation :
Oct 29, Colombo: The Commonwealth today encouraged the Sri Lankan government to accelerate its efforts towards sustainable reconciliation and consolidation of its "successful and hard won peace" through continued implementation of the recommendations of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

 Six bodies found, over 300 missing in Sri Lanka landslide:
Oct 29, Colombo: Six people were killed and over 300 are missing on Wednesday after a massive landslide buried around 70 line-houses in the Meeriyabedda Estate of Haldummulla village in Badulla District.

 Pope's visit to Sri Lanka confirmed :
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has confirmed that the Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka from January 13-15 as scheduled amid the fears that Pope's visit may be cancelled due to the presidential elections anticipated in January.

 Doing business getting harder in Sri Lanka in 2015:
Oct 29, Washington, DC: Limitations to freedom of contract and the lengthy times taken to resolve standardized disputes through the courts have made doing business harder in Sri Lanka next year, according to a global survey by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank comparing 189 countries.

 Update : Hundreds trapped and feared dead in massive landslide in Sri Lanka:
Oct 29, Colombo: Hundreds of people are feared dead in Sri Lanka after a massive landslide early Wednesday morning buried a row of line houses in Haldumulla, Badulla in the island's upcountry.

 Sri Lanka parliament adjourns early as no MPs to address budget debate :
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament adjourned early yesterday since there were no parliamentarians to address the debate on the Second Reading of the 2015 budget.

 Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist organizations to support Mahinda Rajapaksa at presidential election:
Oct 28, Colombo: A group of Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist organizations announced today that they would support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election.

 Fishermen of south protest Sri Lanka's Fisheries Minister's move:
Oct 28, Colombo: A group of fishermen held a protest against the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources today at Matara in the Southern Province to protest the measure to grant permission to foreign fishing vessels to harvest fish in Sri Lankan waters.

 Massive crowd throngs to Sri Lanka capital for opposition UNP rally:
Oct 28, Colombo: A massive crowd thronged to the Sri Lankan capital Tuesday to participate in a rally held by the main opposition United National party (UNP).
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 Vaiko says reasons for extending ban on LTTE not valid:
Oct 28, Chennai: MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Mondaypresetnig his case arguments to get the ban on LTTE lifted in India said the reasons cited for extending the ban on the LTTE were not valid.

  Gender gap widens in Sri Lanka in 2014 on lack of political empowerment:
Oct 28, Geneva: Sri Lanka's gender gap increased over the last year and gender equality ranking declined from a 55 in 2013 to a 79 this year out of 142 countries , a report released today by the World Economic Forum showed.

  Two housing projects provide new houses to over 1,000 slum dwellers in Sri Lankan capital :
Oct 28, Colombo: Two housing projects vested in public by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday will provide new houses to over 1,100 families currently living in slums in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo and its suburbs.

 Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lanka jail call off fast after assured release in a week:
Oct 28, Colombo: The Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy and detained have called off their hunger strike after Sri Lankan officials assured their release soon.

 Sri Lanka denounces terror attack in Egypt:
Oct 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Egyptian security and military personnel in North Sinai last week that claimed the lives of 31 soldiers and injured several others.

 Sri Lanka ruling party appoints committee to study JHU proposals:
Oct 28, Colombo: Following a decisive discussion held yesterday between Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), and coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) a five-member committee has been appointed to study the proposals put forward by the JHU.

 UN Counter-Terrorism Committee delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka today:
Oct 28, Colombo: A delegation of the UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) headed by its Executive Director Jean-Paul Laborde is due to arrive in Sri Lanka today on a three-day visit.

 Sri Lankan teachers to protest against budget:
Oct 28, Colombo: An education sector trade union in Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Teachers' Service Union (CTSU) announced that it would start agitations at Provincial level against government's failure to grant promotions for the teachers and pay arrears for three years.

 Old left parties of Sri Lanka divided over supporting President at polls:
Oct 28, Colombo: Old left parties of Sri Lanka are divided on their party stand regarding the Presidential election, according to political analysts in the island nation.

 12,000 grassroots level organizers of Sri Lanka's main opposition party called to Colombo:
Oct 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) has summoned 12,000 party organizers at the polling center level island wide to Colombo for a meeting today.

 Otara bids farewell to Sri Lanka's ODEL:
Oct 27, Colombo: Otara Del Gunewardane, the founder and Executive Director of ODEL, Sri Lanka's premier fashion retailer announced her resignation from the post of Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the firm she founded.

  Sri Lanka main opposition says government may use LTTE assets for election campaign :
Oct 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) today charged that the government may use LTTE assets in its campaign for a Presidential Election.
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 Sri Lankan regime crippled all democratic institutions in the country - Opposition Leader:
Oct 27, Colombo: The present regime added unlimited powers to the Executive Presidency and crippled all the democratic institutions in the country, the leader of Opposition and the United National party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe said today.

 Ground condition blamed for lack of record breaking at Sri Lanka's 40th National Sports Festival:
Oct 27, Colombo: The 40th National Sports Festival in Sri Lanka ended today at the North Central Province Sports Complex in Anuradhapura.

  Sri Lanka ruling party in a decisive discussion with coalition partner JHU :
Oct 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka government sources say that a decisive discussion is underway at the moment between main constituent party of ruling alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party, and coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).

 Fitch downgrades Sri Lanka's Asian Alliance Insurance's National IFS Rating to 'BBB(lka)':
Oct 27, Colombo: Fitch Ratings Lanka has downgraded Sri Lanka-based Asian Alliance Insurance PLC's (AAIP) National Insurer Financial Strength Rating and National Long-Term Rating to 'BBB(lka)' from 'BBB+(lka)', Fitch Ratings.said in a release.

 Sri Lanka to issue US$ 500 million sovereign bond next year :
Oct 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka will issue a US$ 500 million international sovereign bond next year to roll over a maturing bond issued in 2009, a top central bank official told Reuters on Monday.

 India Sri Lanka Foundation invites project proposals for consideration :
Oct 27, Colombo: India-Sri Lanka Foundation, an organization fostering relations between the two countries through economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation, is inviting proposals for funding projects in several areas, High Commission of India in Colombo said in a release.

 Commonwealth Secretary-General, Sri Lankan President discuss CHOGM objectives:
Oct 27, Colombo: Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Mr. Kamalesh Sharma and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday discussed the reforms and objectives agreed upon at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 that took place in Colombo last November.

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