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  Both ruling and opposition parties are responsible for public welfare, Sri Lankan President says

July 25, Anuradhapura: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the country's development is not one political party's responsibility it is the responsibility of both ruling and the opposition parties to uplift welfare of the public and develop the country.

Addressing the progress review meeting of Anuradhapura district held at the North Central Provincial Council Auditorium today, the President said all should be united to develop the country disregarding party politics.

 Sri Lanka conveys condolences to families of the passengers on Air Algerie flight :
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Friday conveyed condolences to the bereaved families of the passengers and crew on the Air Algerie flight that was found crashed in Mali early Thursday.

 Both ruling and opposition parties are responsible for public welfare, Sri Lankan President says:
July 25, Anuradhapura: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the country's development is not one political party's responsibility it is the responsibility of both ruling and the opposition parties to uplift welfare of the public and develop the country.

 No deaths of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters since 2011 :
July 25, New Delhi: The Indian government has been consistently taking up on the reports of alleged attacks on Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters with the Sri Lankan government, the Defense Minister of India Arun Jaitley said Friday.
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 Norwegian support for post-graduate programs at Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University :
July 25, Colombo: Norway will support Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University to launch post-graduate programs in Water and Environmental Engineering and the cabinet of ministers has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard.

 Major rift in Sri Lanka government doctors' union:
July 25, Colombo: A major split has occurred in the powerful government doctors' union of Sri Lanka, Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) after the Central Working Committee of the union has decided to remove two trustees.

 Maternal deaths in Sri Lanka's Northern Province reduced dramatically:
July 25, Colombo: Maternal deaths during the pregnancy period or due to post-partum complications have reduced dramatically in Sri Lanka's war-torn Northern Province since the end of the conflict.

 International experts advising Sri Lanka's Missing Persons Commission to arrive next week:
July 25, Colombo: The three-member international panel of experts appointed to advise Sri Lanka's Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons will arrive in the island next week, sources said.

 Sri Lankan government reduces taxes on imported grains and lentils:
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Finance Ministry said the special commodity levy on imported grain and lentils will be reduced with effect from tomorrow.

 British authorities arrest Sri Lankan couple for visa application fraud:
July 25, Colombo: A married Sri Lankan couple who applied together for UK visas were arrested yesterday for using deception in their applications and unofficially tampering with their passports, the British High Commission in Colombo said in a release on Friday.

 Sri Lankan government to amend Tea Act to impose hefty fines on unscrupulous tea traders:
July 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received approval from the cabinet of Ministers to amend the legislation regarding refuse tea and several waste tea grades to enable the authorities to impose hefty fines on the unscrupulous tea traders.

 Supplementary medical staff of Sri Lanka government hospitals to strike from August 08:
July 25, Colombo: Supplementary staff in Sri Lanka state hospitals will launch a strike from August 08 if the health authorities failed to meet their demands by then, the Joint Trade Union Federation of Professions Supplementary to Medicine, said yesterday.

 Australia to transfer Sri Lankan asylum seekers from boat to detention center in mainland:
July 25, Colombo: Australian authorities will transfer157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers detained in a Australian Customs ship to a detention center in Western Australia, ABC news reported.

 Momentum building up in Sri Lanka for abolition of executive presidency :
July 25, Colombo: In a rarely seen unity, leaders of Sri Lanka's opposition political parties and civil organizations convened Thursday to build the momentum to call for abolishing of the Executive Presidency.

 Tamil Nadu CM urges Indian PM to give visa to UN team probing Sri Lanka:
July 24, Chennai: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu State in India, J. Jayalalithaa today urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant visa to the United Nations team conducting the probe into Sri Lanka's alleged war crimes.

 Sri Lanka condemns loss of civilian lives in Gaza:
July 24, Geneva: Sri Lanka expressed deep concern at the recent escalation of violence in Gaza, resulting in the tragic loss of civilian lives, and extensive damage to property and condemned "all acts of deliberate attacks causing mayhem and loss of life of civilians."

 Sri Lanka progressively improves in human development :
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka has progressively improved in human development over the years and is ranked 73 in the category of High Human Development Country in the Human Development Report (HDR) 2014 released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) .
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  Coalition party of Sri Lanka ruling alliance likely to contest Uva PC separately:
July 24, Colombo: Coalition party of Sri Lankan government National Freedom Front (NFF) said today that the party would not hesitate to contest the Uva Provincial Council election separately if nomination is not granted to them.

 Sri Lanka's Central Bank enters into an investment agreement with Reserve Bank of India :
July 24, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today entered into a Bilateral Agreement to gain access into each other's securities markets.

 President sends wishes to Sri Lankan team for the 20th Commonwealth Games:
July 24, Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message to the athletes representing Sri Lanka at the 20th Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow, Scotland.

 Sri Lankan President conveys greetings for the 20th Commonwealth Games:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, has conveyed his warm greetings to the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Prince Tunku Imran for the 20th Commonwealth Games that got under in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.

 No short supply of heroin in Sri Lanka despite regular seizures:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka police say that although large hauls of heroin are seized on a regular basis, the supply has not been weakened in the local market.

 Sri Lanka's apex court dismisses opposition party's petition regarding Uva PC :
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) against the redistribution of seats in the Uva Provincial Council.

 Sri Lanka Air Force proposes a maintenance center for Chinese aircraft :
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has proposed to the government to build an aircraft maintenance center to maintain Chinese aircraft belonging to the Air Force.

 Supreme Court of Sri Lanka orders public institutions not to obstruct people wearing Islamic attire:
July 24, Colombo: Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today ordered the Attorney General to issue instructions to all public institutions not to obstruct people who wear traditional Muslim attire.

  Sri Lanka opposition party leaders to meet today to call for abolishing executive presidency:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka opposition parties, civic organizations and individuals are to meet today to sign a petition calling for the abolishing of executive presidency.

 Sri Lanka Army says returned 19,500 acres of land in Jaffna to civilians:
July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army says that it has gradually returned a large extent of land to the original owners after reducing the size of army camps in Jaffna.

 Subway chain opens its first store in Sri Lanka:
July 24, Colombo: Subway, the US-based fast food franchise popular for its submarine sandwiches has opened its first store in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's economy shows strong growth potential, but government finances remain weak - Moody's:
July 23, Singapore: Moody's Investors Service affirmed Sri Lanka's 'B1' sovereign bond rating with the stable outlook today, citing strong growth potential of the island nation, but said the weakness of government finances is a rating constraint.

 UK court finds suspect guilty of murdering Sri Lankan pizza delivery worker :
July 23, Sheffield: A British court in Sheffield found a suspect guilty of murdering a Sri Lankan pizza delivery worker, who was on his last shift delivering pizza on his last day as a delivery worker before embarking on an IT career.
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 Sri Lanka to conduct survey on mental patients:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health will conduct a census on mental patients in the island to identify the extent of the mental disorders prevailing among the population.

 Sri Lankan university students protest in Colombo :
July 23, Colombo: Thousands of university students in Sri Lanka today marched in the streets of Sri Lankan capital Colombo demanding the authorities to revoke a suspension imposed on 28 of their fellow students at the Rajarata University.

 NGOs in Sri Lanka need government approval before receiving any foreign funds:
July 23, Colombo: The Finance and Planning Ministry of Sri Lanka yesterday has informed all Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs ) in the country that they should receive prior approval from the Ministry before receiving any foreign funds.

 Sri Lanka Cricket extends Marvan Atapattu's tenure as interim coach till August:
July 23, Colombo: The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to extend the tenure of the interim national coach Marvan Atapattu till August, the SLC announced today.

 EU expresses concern over restrictions on NGOs and on freedom of expression in Sri Lanka :
July 23, Colombo: The European Union delegation in Sri Lanka today expressed concerns about the Sri Lankan government imposing restrictions on the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country.

 Indian court asks for written correspondence over the proposed sale of warships to Sri Lanka:
July 23, Madurai: The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in Chennai, hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed on the proposed sale of two naval warships to Sri Lanka, has called for the records of the written correspondence between the central Indian government and the state government of Tamil Nadu over the issue.

 India to upgrade 70 child development centers in Sri Lanka estate sector:
July 23, Colombo: India has agreed to upgrade facilities at 70 child development centers (créches) in Sri Lanka's estate regions, where a majority of the Indian origin Tamil people live and work in tea plantations.

 Sri Lankan and South African cricketers raise funds for the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI:
July 23, Colombo: Standard Chartered joins hands with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to continue its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI and its bid at this year's World Cup in South Africa in November.

 Sri Lankan minister not pleased with government's decision to broaden investigations of alleged war crimes :
July 23, Colombo: The Leader of National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of the Sri Lankan government, Minister Wimal Weerawansa has expressed his opposition to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's recent decision to broaden the scope of the Missing Persons Commission and allow investigations into alleged human rights abuses by the security forces during the war.

 Sri Lanka Supreme Court allows animal sacrifice in Hindu Kovil under controlled conditions:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that the Hindu temples can perform animal sacrifice under controlled conditions.

 Sri Lankan university students to hold protest march in Colombo tomorrow:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka university students' union, Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) will hold a protest march tomorrow from Colombo Fort to the Ministry of Higher Education.
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 British envoy wishes Sri Lankan team success at Commonwealth Games:
July 22, Colombo: British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives John Rankin today said sport is a wonderful way of uniting young people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister opposes installing buoys on the IMBL between India and Sri Lanka:
July 22, Chennai: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again to express her disapproval to a proposal that suggested installing buoys on the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between India and Sri Lanka as a measure to address the fishermen issue.

 Vietnam, Sri Lanka to work closely in fighting transnational crime:
July 22, Ha Noi: Vietnam and Sri Lanka have agreed to step up cooperation in fighting transnational crime, especially those involving e-commerce and credit.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 38 Indian fishermen for poaching:
July 22, Kankasanthurai: Sri Lanka Navy on Monday arrested 38 Indian fishermen along with their nine fishing trawlers on two separate occasions when they were engaged in poaching well within Sri Lankan waters.

 Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council Chief Minister accused of assaulting a man:
July 22, Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council Prasanna Ranatunga is accused of attacking an individual and injuirng him.

 Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist monk hits hack at Dalai Lama:
July 22, Colombo: Leader of an extremist Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero today hit back at Dalai Lama for making a statement against Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka.

 Absconding ruling party legislator in Sri Lanka surrenders to court:
July 22, Kurunegala: A Sri Lankan legislator who was wanted by police for assaulting a government official surrendered to the court today.

 Tanzania looks forward to further strengthening bilateral ties with Sri Lanka:
July 22, Colombo: Tanzania was extremely satisfied with the bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and looks forward to further strengthening those ties, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Bernard K. Membe has said.

  Sri Lankan President orders to remove taxes on loan interests of financial sector employees :
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to abolish taxes imposed under the 1857/8 special gazette notification.

 Land acquisition for Sri Lanka's Ratnapura expressway within 26 weeks:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Project Minister of Ports and Highway Nirmala Kotelawala said that the government has decided to pay compensation and acquire the state and private land within 26 weeks to expedite the construction of the Colombo - Pelmadulla expressway via Ratnapura.

 Sri Lanka main opposition appoints committees for the Uva Provincial Council election:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) media spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the party had appointed the nomination board and the operational committee for the Uva Provincial Council election.

 Sri Lanka main opposition hands over petition to Supreme Court against redistribution of seats in Uva Provincial Council :
July 21, Colombo: Main opposition United National Party (UNP) Badulla district parliamentarian Harin Fernando who is slated to hand over nominations to contest to the Uva Provincial Council election filed a petition Monday in Supreme Court against the Election Commissioner.

 Sri Lankan MP wanted for attacking a public official absconding:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana says that the Kurunegala district MP Nimal Nilwala Wijesinghe who is wanted for assaulting a Village Officer is absconding.

 Sri Lanka welcomes BRICS initiative to establish a development bank:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today welcomed the formation of the New Development Bank (NDB) by the five BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
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 India wants excellent relations with Sri Lanka - BJP delegation :
July 21, Colombo: A group of members from India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including the Chairman of BJP's Committee on Strategic Action and Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy, met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today.

 Nomination board of Sri Lanka Freedom Party to meet on 28th to select candidates for Uva PC:
July 21, Colombo: The nomination of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of ruling United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA), will on the 28th of this month to select suitable candidates for the upcoming Uva Provincial Council election.

 Large heroin haul of over 100 kg seized in Sri Lanka:
July 21, Colombo: Narcotics Division of Sri Lanka's Customs Department has seized a large heroin haul of over 100 kilograms today at the Orugodwatta container yard today, the Customs said.

 India refuses visa to UN team probing Sri Lanka :
July 21, Colombo: India has refused to grant visas to the United Nations team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to probe the alleged human rights violations during the last seven years of three-decades long conflict in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's BOI enlightens Israel business community on investment opportunities:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment recently enlightened the business community of Israel about Sri Lanka's investment climate at a Business Forum held in Tel Aviv.

 Sri Lankan President expresses condolences to Dutch and Malaysians over MH17 tragedy:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conveyed condolences to the Dutch and Malaysian families on the loss of loved ones on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

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