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  Sri Lanka has achieved a lot, Korean envoy tells President

Apr 22, Colombo: A South Korean envoy, who is visiting Sri Lanka, has said that the country has made tremendous progress since the end of the war five years ago.

During a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (April 21) at Temple Trees, Special Envoy and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Yu Myung-hwan said, "Sri Lanka has achieved a lot" since the war ended.

 Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist organization has no plans to topple the government:
Apr 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist movement Bodu Baa Sena (BBS) said today that it had no plans to topple the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund earned over Rs. 550 billion in last five years - Central Bank:
Apr 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank, responding to the Opposition's charge that the Rs 1.3 trillion private sector retirement fund, Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) has lost billions due to the stock market manipulation, said today in a statement that the fund had gained over Rs. 550 billion over the last five years.

 Disciplinary inquiry against Sri Lanka's star cricket players over retirement remarks :
Apr 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's star cricketers Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara will face disciplinary action over remarks they made on the cricket authority Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) over their announcement of retirement.

 Coastal line train services disrupted in Sri Lanka as protesting workers block trains :
Apr 22, Colombo: Protesting substitute workers of Sri Lanka Railways have blocked the southern coastal line trains leaving from the country's central Colombo Fort Station leaving thousands of commuters stranded at the evening rush hour.

  Sri Lanka has achieved a lot, Korean envoy tells President:
Apr 22, Colombo: A South Korean envoy, who is visiting Sri Lanka, has said that the country has made tremendous progress since the end of the war five years ago.

 US Ambassador celebrates Earth Day with Sri Lankan Girl Guides:
Apr 22, Colombo: To celebrate Earth Day 2014, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison met with Sri Lankan Girl Guides as they launched their "Earth Day Ambassadors" program.

 Sri Lanka national coach resigns to take up appointment with ECB:
Apr 22, Colombo: National coach of Sri Lanka Cricket Team Paul Farbrace has tendered his resignation today, the cricket authority announced.

  Sri Lanka takes measures to increase forest cover:
Apr 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to increase the country's forest cover to 35 percent by the year 2020.

 Sri Lanka police ban passenger transport on hand tractor trailers:
Apr 22, Colombo: Following the accident of a hand tractor trailer with passengers toppling into an irrigation canal and drowning 10 people, Sri Lanka Police has banned the unsafe transport of people in these vehicles.

 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate:
Apr 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as its Monetary Board is of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate.

 Sri Lanka police to investigate Hambantota Mayor over the attack on opposition MPs:
Apr 21, Colombo: The mob attack on a group of Sri Lanka opposition party parliamentarians visiting the Hambantota Port and the Mattala Airport on April 17 was reported to the court today, the police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.

 Woman arrested for providing land in Northern Sri Lanka to LTTE operatives:
Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities have arrested a Tamil woman for providing land in the North to suspected LTTE supporters.
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 Doctors' union in Sri Lanka postpones strike scheduled for tomorrow:
Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's powerful trade union of doctors, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), which has threatened to commence an island wide strike from Tuesday (April 22), has decided to postpone the trade union action.

 Sri Lanka's former Army Commander says attack on opposition MPs a violation of human rights:
Apr 21, Colombo: Former Army Commander of Sri Lanka and Leader of the Democratic Party (DP), Sarath Fonseka says the recent attack on main opposition United National Party (UNP) MPs in Hambantota is a violation of human rights.

 Attack on MPs is an attack on Sri Lankan public - JVP MP:
Apr 21, Colombo: The attack carried out on the parliamentarians disregarding ethical and political culture, by the mob in Hambantota, is an attack on the Sri Lankan public, a Marxist party legislator said.

  Sri Lanka's Marxist party blames government for alleged resettlement of people in Wilpattu National Park :
Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that it is the government that should be blamed for the controversy over the alleged resettlement of people in the Wilpattu National Park.

 Joint operation to nab the escaped LTTE prisoner in Sri Lanka:
Apr 21, Vavuniya: Sri Lanka police have launched a manhunt for a former LTTE cadre who had escaped from the Vavuniya prison Sunday night.

 Environmental authority of Sri Lanka addresses issues in animal husbandry :
Apr 21, Colombo: The environmental regulator of Sri Lanka, Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has taken measures to address the environmental issues that had arisen with the growing animal husbandry industry in the country.

 Sri Lanka woos Malaysian investors for infrastructure development:
Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka in an effort to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country after the end of the war is looking to woo Malaysian investors, especially in infrastructure development and the rapidly growing hospitality industry.

  President opens new facilities at Sri Lanka's Eastern University :
Apr 21, Batticaloa: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday declared open several newly constructed building complexes at the Eastern University, Batticaloa in the Eastern Province.

 Sri Lankan government clarifies visa issue of BBC correspondent :
Apr 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government dismissed "misleading "reports that the government did not extend BBC Sri Lanka correspondent Charles Havilland's Visa saying that the government, in fact, has extended his visa by three more months.

 Sri Lanka First Lady attends International Autism Seminar in Malaysia:
Apr 21, Kuala Lumpur: Sri Lanka's First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa has arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today to attend the 2014 International Seminar on Autism.

  Proposal to set up 60 mini theaters in 30 towns in Sri Lanka:
Apr 20, Colombo: A Sri Lankan entrepreneur says that plans are underway to establish 60 mini theaters in 30 towns in Sri Lanka to enhance the cinema industry in the country.

 Sri Lanka to raise import taxes on cars and mobile phones - report:
Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan government plans to increase the import taxes on a number of items from next month to enhance the state income, a local media report said.
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 Sri Lanka Army to open third wellness resort for handicapped soldiers in Kurunegala:
Apr 20, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army will open the third wellness resort for the disabled soldiers in Kurunegala in the North Western Province.

 Prime Minister to table a bill in parliament on the conduct of Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks :
Apr 20, Colombo: Prime Minister and Buddhist Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka D.M. Jayaratne will table a bill on the conduct of the country's Buddhist monks (Maha Sangha) in parliament.

 Sri Lanka's Speaker asked to hold formal inquiry into the attack on main opposition MPs :
Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has requested the Speaker of parliament Chamal Rajapaksa to hold a formal inquiry into the attack on five UNP legislators during an inspection tour in Hambantota.

 High-powered Pakistan defense delegation to visit Sri Lanka:
Apr 20, Colombo: A 21-member delegation of the National Defence University (NDU) of Pakistan, will be arriving in Sri Lanka Monday, April 21 on a weeklong visit, the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo said in a statement.

 Sri Lanka seeks assistance from diplomatic community to nab overseas LTTE leaders:
Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will seek assistance from the diplomatic community to apprehend LTTE operatives who have been issued Interpol red notices.

 No room for any injustice to any community in Sri Lanka, President assures:
Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that there is no room for any community to suppress another community on the grounds of religion or ethnicity and assured that no injustice will be done to any ethnicity.

 Presidential Commission probing disappearances in Sri Lanka receives complaints on ruling party Tamil politicians:
Apr 20, Colombo: The Presidential Commission investigating the alleged disappearances of persons in conflict affected areas has received several complaints on Tamil politicians of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government.

 Sri Lankan government considers a limit on duration of visa for foreign journalists:
Apr 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is considering to limit the duration of the visa given to foreign journalists, Media and Information Minister and Government Spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella has said.

  CEO of extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka writes to President over threats to his life:
Apr 19, Colombo: The Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist organization, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) ,which has been identified as a terrorist organization by Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to inform him about the threats to the organization and its leaders.

 Attacked opposition MPs of Sri Lanka ponder legal action :
Apr 19, Colombo: The leaders of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has summoned a meeting of the party leaders to discuss the attack on the party MPs at Mattala airport and Hambantota port on Thursday.

 Sri Lankan President distributes title deeds to 5,500 Mahaweli families:
Apr 19, Girandurukotte: Under the third phase of the national program to distribute 45,000 Mahaweli land title deeds, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday distributed 5,500 title deeds to families in Mahaweli B and C Zones.

 New bridge across Batticaloa lagoon connects communities in Eastern Sri Lanka:
Apr 19, Batticaloa: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday declared open the newly constructed Manmunai Bridge across Batticaloa lagoon for the benefit of the people in the East.
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 Sri Lanka cricket authority has no contact with national coach:
Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket authority, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Saturday that it has been unable to contact the national coach to verify the media reports on his possible recruitment by the England's cricket board.

  Sri Lankan Muslim religious body to meet President and Chief Prelates to discuss suppression of Muslim community :
Apr 19, Colombo: A Muslim religious body in Sri Lanka plans to meet with the President and the Chief Prelates (Mahanayake Theros) in order to discuss the suppression faced by the Muslim community.

 State doctors in Sri Lanka threaten to strike from Tuesday:
Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's powerful trade union of doctors, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has threatened to commence an island wide strike from Tuesday (April 22).

 Sri Lanka’s main opposition to raise privilege issue in parliament and complain to the IPU:
Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the party will raise a privilege issue in parliament next week and complain to the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) about the attack on several UNP MPs in Hambantota during an inspection tour.

 Slots in Sri Lankan parliament for Matara and Kurunegala districts reduced :
Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Election Department has reduced the number of slots in parliament assigned for Matara District in Southern Province and Kurunegala district in North Western Province.

 International media watch dog condemns an attack on Tamil journalist in Northern Sri Lanka:
Apr 19, Colombo: The international media watch dog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in a statement has condemned an alleged attack on a freelance Tamil media journalist in the northern city of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund yet to publish accounts for 2011 - Opposition MP :
Apr 19, Colombo: Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP), economist Dr. Harsha de Silva says the Rs 1.3 trillion private sector retirement fund, Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) has still not submitted to Parliament its audited accounts for the year 2011 as required by law.

 Sri Lankan government denies allegations that Muslims displaced by naval deployment:
Apr 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today refuted reports that the Muslim families settled in Wilpattu National Park were displaced due to the deployment of Navy in the area during the war.

 Sri Lanka appoints new envoys to US and India:
Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka has made new diplomatic appointments to India, Unite States and Germany, External Affairs Ministry has said.

 Ten killed when tractor falls into a canal in north central Sri Lanka:
Apr 18, Polonnaruwa: At least ten people were killed Friday when the tractor they were traveling in fell into an irrigation canal in Polonnaruwa, north central Sri Lanka, the police said.

 Top UN official to attend World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka:
Apr 18, Colombo: A top United Nations official has confirmed his participation at the 2014 World Conference on Youth scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka next month.
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 Sangakkara officially retires from T20 International cricket:
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's prolific batsman, wicketkeeper and former captain Kumar Sangakkara today announced his retirement from the game's short format.

 President opens Sri Lanka's first auto assembly plant :
Apr 18, Polgahawela: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Sri Lanka's first and only auto assembling plant of the Micro Car Private Limited in Polgahawela export processing zone.

 Provincial Councilor of Sri Lanka main opposition party wanted for assault surrenders to police:
An organizer of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) wanted in connection with assaulting four persons including a woman has surrendered to the police.

 Sri Lanka's ruling party mayor of Hambantota denies allegation of assaulting opposition MPs:
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling party Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando has denied being involved in the attack on several main opposition United National Party (UNP) MPs who were on an inspection tour in Hambantota yesterday.

  Sri Lankan peace organization calls on government to resume dialogue to avoid backslide to past:
Apr 18, Colombo: The National Peace Council (NPC), a nongovernmental organization promoting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, has urged the government and other political parties in the country to urgently set up institutions to enable giving a measure of autonomy to the Tamil people.

 Second major robbery in recent weeks in Sri Lanka's coastal town:
Apr 18, Colombo: In a wave of massive robberies in Sri Lanka, six armed men broke into a jewelry store and a money changer in the Negombo town Thursday and robbed jewelry and cash estimated to be worth around Rs 10 million.

 Sri Lanka police to probe inefficiency of police at Mattala airport and Hambantota harbor:
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka police media spokesman Ajith Rohana, SSP, said that an investigation is underway into yesterday's incident of a mob attacking a group of MPs of the major opposition United National Party (UNP) at Mattala Airport and Hambantota harbor.

 Reconciliation cannot be achieved overnight, Sri Lanka tells US:
Apr 18, Colombo: Reconciliation in a Sri Lanka after a three-decade long war cannot be achieved overnight, Sri Lanka Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya has said.

 India's Prime Ministerial candidate promises to resolve fishermen issue with Sri Lanka :
Apr 18, Ramanathapruam: A Bhaathiya Janatha Party (BJP)-led government under Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister would solve the nagging issue between the Tamil Nadu fishermen and their Sri Lankan counterparts, the party has asserted.

 Sri Lanka to brief diplomatic community about ban on pro-LTTE organizations:
Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry together with the Defence Ministry has decided to brief the diplomatic community in Colombo and accredited to Colombo next week on banning 16 Tamil diaspora groups including LTTE.

 Sri Lankan President offers condolences to South Korean counterpart on ferry tragedy:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message of condolence to South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the passenger ferry accident that took place off the southern resort island of Jeju yesterday.

 Former Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom visits Sri Lanka:
Apr 17, Colombo: Former President of the Maldives Abdul Gayoom, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Nasreena Gayoom, is in Sri Lanka for a visit, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

 Sri Lanka police obtain 40 Interpol red notices on suspected LTTE operatives:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have obtained Interpol Red Notices on 40 suspected LTTE operative, the Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohan said Thursday.
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