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  Sri Lanka accuses Canada of using Commonwealth funds as a political tool

Apr 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that Canada's decision to use the voluntary funds to the Commonwealth as a political tool based on dictates of electoral compulsions was regrettable.

Responding to the Canada's announcement that it will suspend the $10 million annual voluntary contribution to the Commonwealth for the next two years over the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, the current chair of the 53-member organization, Sri Lanka said it is not surprised by the Canadian Government's action.

 Condé Nast Traveler features Sri Lankan string hopper mold:
Apr 16, Colombo: Condé Nast Traveler, the world's premier travel magazine, on its online home has featured Sri Lanka's traditional string hopper mold as a souvenir.

 Sri Lanka accuses Canada of using Commonwealth funds as a political tool:
Apr 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that Canada's decision to use the voluntary funds to the Commonwealth as a political tool based on dictates of electoral compulsions was regrettable.

 Commonwealth expresses disappointment at Canada's decision to suspend funds over Sri Lanka:
Apr 15, London: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma Tuesday expressed disappointment at Canada's decision to suspend voluntary contributions to the Commonwealth over Sri Lanka's human rights situation but looked forward to the resumption of the contributions.

 Sri Lanka's main opposition to appoint co-organizers to some electorates:
Apr 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided to appoint co-organizers to several electorates.

 Sri Lankan aviation authorities get two more applications to commence domestic air services:
Apr 15, Colombo: Aviation authorities in Sri Lanka have received two new applications to commence domestic air services.

 Sri Lankan Minister calls for a Commission to probe Buddhist extremist group and incidents against minorities:
Apr 15, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen has called for a Commission of Inquiry to look into the incident where the Buddhist extremist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) acted in an unruly manner at a press conference organized by the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) and incidents against the minorities.

 Guaranteed price encourages big onion farmers in Sri Lanka:
Apr 15, Colombo: Following the government's measure to set a guaranteed price for big onions, more farmers in Sri Lanka have decided to cultivate big onions in the forthcoming season.
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 Sri Lanka police arrest Chinese nationals for engaging in illegal activities:
Apr 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have arrested seven Chinese nationals in two separate incidents for engaging in illegal activities.

 Road accidents claim 30 lives in Sri Lanka during New Year holidays :
Apr 15, Colombo: During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays 30 people have been killed in 26 fatal road accidents in Sri Lanka, the police said.

  UN investigation on Sri Lanka to examine a broad range of information and evidence:
Apr 15, London: The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will soon begin the process of establishing an investigation on Sri Lanka's alleged violations of human rights and assessing the evidence.

  Canada suspends voluntary Commonwealth funds over Sri Lanka's human rights issue:
Apr 15, Ottawa: Canada has decided to suspend voluntary funds to the Commonwealth over Sri Lanka's human rights issue during Sri Lanka's tenure as current chair of the Commonwealth.

 Next round of fishermen level talks between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo next month:
Apr 14, Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Government Monday agreed to Sri Lanka's proposal to hold the next round of fishermen level talks between the fishermen of the two sides on 12th and 13th of May, 2014 in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka becomes one of Asia's fastest growing economies - report:
Apr 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew at a rate of 7.2% over the past financial year, making the island one of Asia's fastest-growing markets after China, The Financial Times of London reported.
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 Sri Lankan government to establish special courts to hear women and child abuse cases:
Apr 14, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka is taking measures to set up special courts to hear and expedite cases on abuse of women and children.

 Sri Lankan trade unions hand in nine proposals on formulating a private sector wage policy :
Apr 14, Colombo: Trade unions in Sri Lanka have submitted nine proposals to the National Pay Commission appointed by the President to assist the government in formulating National Wage Policy.

 Legal action called against Sri Lankan minister for resettling people in national park:
Apr 14, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has called to initiate legal action against Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen over the alleged resettlement of Muslim people in the Wilpattu National Park.

 In Pictures: Sri Lanka's First Family celebrates traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year:
Apr 14, Tangalle: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa along with their sons Namal, Yoshitha, Rohitha and other relatives celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year customs today at the President's ancestral home, Carlton House in Tangalle.

 Drought in Sri Lanka may raise global tea prices:
Apr 14, Colombo: The prolonged drought in Sri Lanka's tea growing regions may raise tea prices globally, tea industry analysts predict.

 Indian minister blames Tamil Nadu government for sabotaging fishermen talks with Sri Lanka:
Apr 14, Colombo: An Indian minister has blamed the Tamil Nadu government led by the Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for stalling the second round of the negotiations on the fishermen issue with Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's water buffaloes facing extinction due to slaughter:
Apr 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's water buffaloes, the ancient symbol of agriculture are facing extinction due to slaughter and lack of pastures, according to agricultural organizations.

 Sri Lanka seeks Interpol's assistance to nab overseas LTTE leaders:
Apr 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities will seek Interpol's assistance to nab the LTTE leaders operating from foreign countries to revive the defunct terrorist outfit in the island, police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohan has said.
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  Sri Lanka to completely change the school curriculum from next year:
Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Education Ministry will completely change the school curriculum from next year, the Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena said.

 Essential to build national unity to usher in rapid development in Sri Lanka- President :
Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the country is welcoming the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year at a time when production and development in agriculture and other spheres are making immense progress and it is essential to build national unity to usher in rapid development in the country.

 Sri Lankan government constructs 65,000 housing units for low income people in capital:
Apr 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is constructing 65,000 semi luxury housing units within the city limits of the Colombo Municipal Council for the low income families in the capital city.

 Bodies of three LTTE operatives buried on court order:
Apr 13, Colombo: The bodies of the three LTTE operatives killed early Friday during a confrontation with the Sri Lankan security forces have been buried

 Sri Lankan government in touch with Indian political leaders - Minister:
Apr 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is in touch with the leaders of political parties in India who may come to power at India's general elections, a government minister has said.

 Sri Lanka police take extra measures to nab drunk drivers during holidays:
Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police had launched a round-the-clock operation to nab drunk drivers during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays.

 Loan scheme to encourage female entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka successful:
Apr 12, Colombo: A loan scheme launched especially to encourage female entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka to be self-sufficient has been successful, an official said.

 Sri Lankan government emphasizes the need for maintaining troop presence in North :
Apr 12, Colombo: Following Friday's confrontation between the security forces and LTTE operatives in Vavuniya, the Sri Lankan government emphasized the need to maintain the presence of troops in the North.
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 Sri Lankan Army soldier dies of accidental fire during training:
Apr 12, Colombo: A Sri Lankan army soldier has died of gunshot injuries sustained during a training exercise in the general area north of Vavuniya in the North.

 Attempts to revive Tamil Tiger terrorist organization in Sri Lanka surface:
Apr 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's military authorities say there is a renewed attempt to revive the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the North to launch another phase of its struggle for a separate state.

 Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism in the East:
Apr 12, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government with the dual goal of developing coconut production and promoting tourism in the East plans to open a model Coconut Park in Pasikuda in the Eastern Province.

 US says New Year brings a new opportunity for all Sri Lankans:
Apr 11, Washington DC: The United States today said the upcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year brings a new opportunity for all Sri Lankans to join together in the spirit of tolerance, reconciliation, and peace.
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 Sri Lanka reduces import taxes on corn and Sorghum:
Apr 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to reduce the import taxes on corn and sorghum effective from Friday.

 Sri Lanka's economy continues to face structural challenges despite success in growth - World Bank :
Apr 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan economy has seen robust annual growth at 6.4 percent over the course of 2003 to 2012 and last year recorded a 7.3 percent growth.

 Sri Lanka Army says wanted LTTE suspect Gopi shot dead:
Apr 11, Colombo: The wanted LTTE suspect Ponniah Selvanayagam Kajeeban alias Gopi was among the three LTTE operatives killed by the Sri Lankan security forces in a clash last night in Vavuniya, the military spokesman has confirmed.

 New managing director appointed at Colombo Dockyard:
Apr 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading ship builder, Colombo Dockyard, a listed firm in the Colombo Stock Exchange has appointed a new managing director.

 Sri Lanka to take a coordinated approach for counseling and psychosocial support for conflict-affected people :
Apr 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will soon launch a coordinated and comprehensive approach to provide psychosocial support and counseling for conflict-affected people in the North and East.

 Former President's security officers who assaulted Sri Lankan singers pardoned :
Apr 11, Colombo: Nine officers of the former President's Security Division (PSD) convicted and sentenced for the attack on a renowned Sri Lankan artist and his wife were released under a presidential pardon, Prison Department official said.

 Sri Lanka Army, LTTE operatives clash in North kills four - report:
Apr 11, Colombo: A clash between Sri Lanka security forces and suspected Tamil Tiger terrorist operatives in Vavuniya area in the north has reportedly killed four people including an Army soldier.

 Sri Lanka's Odel to build a 'Flagship Mall' in Colombo:
Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's high street fashion mall Odel is planning to expand its operations to build a "Flagship Mall" in Colombo.

 UK says Sri Lanka's human rights situation negative in many respects :
Apr 10, London: The United Kingdom said today that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka was of serious concern in 2013 and the overall trend is negative in many aspects despite the progress continued on post-conflict issues.

 Pakistan Announces Jinnah Educational Scholarships 2014 for Sri Lankan youth:
Apr 10, Islamabad: Pakistan has invited applications for Jinnah Scholarship from Sri Lankan high school students pursuing studies at GCE O Levels and A Levels.

 Sri Lankan President receives traditional list of New Year auspicious times:
Apr 10, Tangalle: 'Avurudu Nekath Seettuwa', the traditional document that lists the 'nekath' (auspicious times) for the customs to be followed during the upcoming Sinhala and Hindu New Year was handed over to the country's leader, President Mahinda Rajapaksa today at Carlton House in Tangalle.

 Sri Lanka power authority assures uninterrupted supply as coal power plant is fully operational:
Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's power authority has assured uninterrupted power supply with no cuts as the troubled coal power plant in Norochcholai is fully functional again.

 Financial assistance from Sri Lanka business community sought to host world youth conference:
Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development has sought the financial assistance of the private sector and business community for hosting the World Conference on Youth 2014 (WCY2014) in Sri Lanka.
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 Arrested LTTE leader being interrogated by Sri Lankan authorities:
Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities are interrogating an overseas leader of the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) arrested recently when he entered the country

 Sri Lankan President orders reduced toll on expressways during New Year:
Apr 10, Colombo: The toll for all categories of vehicles on Sri Lanka's expressways has been reduced for the benefit of New Year travelers on the orders of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist monk ordered to appear in police:
Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have summoned the leader of an extremist Buddhist group to appear in police to record a statement on a complaint made by another Buddhist monk activist.

 Sri Lanka to double income from ornamental fish exports by 2016:
Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka has earned over Rs 1.2 billion last year from exporting ornamental fish and measures will be taken to double this income by 2016, the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry says.

 Sri Lanka police arrest 65 persons under suspicion of attempting to revive LTTE:
Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have arrested 65 persons in the past month under suspicion of attempting to resuscitate the defunct terrorist movement Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.

 Banned groups and organizations could clear their names through courts - Sri Lankan military :
Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka military has said that the groups and organizations banned by the government could get their names cleared by going to courts.
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 Editor-in-chief of Sri Lanka's Lakbima newspaper questioned by CID:
Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today questioned the editor-in-chief of Sinhala daily The Lakbima today over an incident of defaming the wife of the secretary of the Ministry of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka's trade unions to protest government's decision on pension :
Apr 09, Colombo: Trade unions in Sri Lanka will jointly protest the government's decision to replace the pension gratuity to state sector employees with a bank loan.

 Members of JTA causing problems to traders doing business in Jaffna - UNP organizer:
Apr 09 (CP) Jaffna- Jaffna District Organizer of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) T. Thuwarakeswaran has said that some members of the Jaffna Traders' Association (JTA) were causing problems to traders doing business in Jaffna.

 Sri Lankan government seeks parliamentary approval for supplementary allocations of Rs. 5 billion:
Apr 09, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has sought parliamentary approval for supplementary allocations of Rs.5 billion to settle the expenditures for various matters.

 Sri Lanka's private bus owners to renew call for a bus fare hike:
Apr 09, Colombo: Private bus owners in Sri Lanka are to renew the call for a bus fare hike, which they have been making for some time.

 Sugar factories took over by the Sri Lankan government make over Rs. 1.4 billion in profits :
Apr 09, Colombo: The two sugar factories expropriated by the Sri Lankan government three years ago have made nearly Rs. 1.5 billion rupees in profit.

  Pakistani delegation visits Sri Lanka to study gems and jewellery sector:
Apr 09, Colombo: A high powered delegation of Pakistan's Gilgit - Baltistan Legislative Assembly members and officials led by Speaker Mr Wazir Baig, recently visited Sri Lanka on an exposure visit to study the Gems and Jewellery sector policy framework.

 Sri Lanka parliament to felicitate WorldT20 champs today:
Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lankan parliament will award a red carpet welcome to Sri Lanka's championship winning national cricket team at the House today.

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