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The Chairman of the Committee on Strategic Action of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy, along with several other BJP members, met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. Also in the photograph is Prof. Madhav Nalapat.

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India wants excellent relations with Sri Lanka - BJP delegation

[July 22, 2014]

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 President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday.

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Top UNESCO official states
UN became NATO’s PR arm
Selective treatment of countries
President Rajapaksa’s independence has irked West

[July 22, 2014]
The United Nations Organisation has become an instrument of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), UNESCO Chair for the Promotion of the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, Prof. Madhav Nalapat said yesterday.
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President Abolishes Taxes for Financial Institutions
[July 22, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday decided to abolish taxes on state / private banks, financial institutions employees' perks imposed by Special Gazette 1857/8 following a meeting with representatives of the Bank of Ceylon Employees' Union at Temple Trees yesterday (July 21).

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SL Welcomes BRICS Initiative to Establish A Development Bank
[July 22, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa 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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Vocational Training Centre in Orugodawatte
[July 22, 2014]
Sri Lankan Government and Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) signed a loan agreement for implementation of a project for establishing a Vocational Training Centre in Orugodawatte area in Colombo District and to improve Gampaha Technical College, under the loan aids of EDCF Korea.

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President expresses condolences to Dutch and Malaysians over MH17 tragedy

Tanzanian Foreign Minister calls on President

“Pura Neguma” to develop 22 local govt agencies
[July 22, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conveyed condolences to the Dutch and Malaysian families on the loss of loved ones on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

 

 

[July 22, 2014]
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Tanzania Mr. Bernard K. Membe called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (July 21) evening.
[July 22, 2014]
Twenty two local government agencies in the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam and Monaragala districts have been selected for development under the Pura Neguma project, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
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Top South Asian countries refuse visas for UNHRC committee probing SL

Portugal interested in further improving relations with Sri Lanka

Inter-ministerial Programme launched to serve conflict-affected villages in Ampara
[July 21, 2014]
Five South Asian countries expressed their objection to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s international investigation into Sri Lanka by refusing the UNHRC team visas to enter these contricies to conduct the probe. These countries are India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Maldives.

 

 

[July 21, 2014]
Portugal is interested in improving relationships with Sri Lanka further, Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, said when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa for discussions at Temple Trees yesterday.
[July 21, 2014]
The Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms launched the second inter-ministerial programme on July 15 to assist conflict-affected people in the Ampara District.
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Fourteen Lankan workers brought home safely from Libya

Special Projects to Mitigate Landslide Risk

Badulla District gets Rs. 2,657 m. for development
[July 21, 2014]
Officials of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) were able to take 14 Sri Lankans employed in Libya safely to Dubai City on Saturday (19), the bureau stated in a release yesterday (20).

 

 

[July 21, 2014]
Officers of the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) have commenced three special projects to mitigate landslide vulnerabilities with the funding support of international agencies, NBRO Landslide Research and Risk Management Division Head R. M.S. Bandara told the Daily News yesterday.
[July 21, 2014]

The Economic Development Ministry has allocated Rs.2,657 million for developing the Badulla District in the Uva Province under the House-to-House, Village-to-Village National Economic Development Plan.

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July  20, 2014  | Read More >>

* National Nutrition Walk to improve nutrition launched

* The Dutch trade stands ready to engage and explore opportunities in Sri Lanka

* LTTE operatives arrested by Malaysia brought to Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka expresses condolences over lives lost on Malaysian Airlines flight

* Culpability of the forces of terror: A wider mandate in search for Truth and Reconciliation - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

July  18, 2014  | Read More >>

* Muslims praise President’s endeavor for national reconciliation

* Implement streamlined programme to upgrade welfare of teachers – President

* United Nations E-Government Survey 2014: Sri Lanka ranks top among South Asia

* Khuram murder trial: former PS chairman convicted

* Indian Air Force Chief to meet SL President today

* Disappearances Commission receive 19284 complaints

* Galle Harbour earns profit of Rs.20 million

* Maternity and Childcare Centres with modern facilities

* Human Rights Commission visits North

* Hambantota port earns Rs. 750m from bunkering since opening last month

* Basil Rajapaksa attends “Sri Lanka Shines in Shanghai”

* Work on first stage of University Hostel Project completed

* Govt awards 100 scholarships to journalists

* Sonali Deraniyagala wins PEN/Ackerley Prize for “Wave” tsunami memoir

July  17, 2014  | Read More >>

* President appoints international Advisory Council to the Commission of Inquiry

* North & East get Sinhala language training

* President opens Sri Lanka’s first Medical Reference laboratory

* SL to get two brand new ships

* Troops attend to winds-affected schools & offices

* SriLankan to join oneworld carriers at Terminal-3, London Heathrow Airport

* Nominations for Uva PC polls to be received from 30th

July  16, 2014  | Read More >>

* President reviews development of Ratnapura District

* Sri Lanka deeply concerned at situation in Gaza

* Sri Lanka- Belarus bilateral Foreign Office Consultations focus on increasing bilateral cooperation

* Netherlands commends Lanka’s economic progress

* ADB grants $300 million to aid Sri Lanka's push to cut fuel oil use, boost renewables

* SriLankan to join oneworld carriers at Terminal-3, London Heathrow Airport

* Ambassador Kariyawasam presents credentials to President Obama

* ADB lends 600 Mn USD to Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan

* ‘Village to Village-House to House’ program benefits over 50, 000 people

* Seven year skills development plan drawn up

July  15, 2014  | Read More >>

* Government’s policy to provide better public service - President

* Era which people waiting for flour from abroad ended: People today consuming more rice - President

* President condoles Palestine civilian deaths

* President inspects Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Complex

* India assists set up two faculties for University of Jaffna at Kilinochchi

* Trade deficit narrows 47.9 percent in May 2014

* Social Integration Week commenced

* Lanka-B’Desh trade crosses critical $100M levels for first time

* Rural bridges to help six million people

* Sri Lankan Consulate opens in Zurich

* CB maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate

July  14, 2014  | Read More >>

* Address HR issues through cooperation, not by punitive approach, says Indian MEA Spokesman

* President Opens “Arcade Independence Square”

* FAO endorses Mahinda Rajapaksa Global Agriculture Fund

* Japan – Sri Lanka Parliamentary League to visit Sri Lanka

* Over 425 Tradesmen from East in Army

* Over 800 houses damaged by Strong Wind

* Lankan apparel exports see double digit growth

* Special loan facility for Ramadan celebrators

* Rs.10, 000mn to develop infrastructure for Deyata Kirula

July  12, 2014  | Read More >>

* Rs. 4 billion allocated for agricultural loans to farmers

* Sri Lanka, India discuss economic, security cooperation, fisheries issue, and housing projects

* President reappoints GA Chandrasiri as Northern Province Governor

* The facts on asylum seekers: Sri Lanka, Australia and the boats - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

July  11, 2014  | Read More >>

* Sri Lanka now stands with pride, ending era of receiving pity of others - President

* Belarus offers Sri Lanka help in food security and agriculture, agrees to increase bilateral trade

* World Bank to assist skills development

* Former Australian FM ridicules urban mythology about endemic prosecution of Tamils

* MEA clarifies reports relating to recent instructions for NGOs

* Indian A-320 fleet to undergo major maintenance at Mattala Int. Airport - Economic Times

* Shanghai Travel & Trade Forum creates opportunity for SL

* UAE lifts ban on SL’s export of chicken & eggs to UAE market

July  10, 2014  | Read More >>

* Disappearances Commission receives more than 390 complaints in Mullaitivu

* Ramaphosa concludes Sri Lanka visit

* Indo-Lanka foreign ministers to meet tomorrow

* Tarik Ahsan, new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to SL

* Cocotech Exhibition, IN Conference & Coconut Festival held

* Lanka-Belarus trade talks begin in Colombo

* Central Bank releases publication on Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka - 2014

* Special program to assist war affected in Ampara

July  09, 2014  | Read More >>

* President commissions patrol boats gifted by Australia

* Prevent illegal acquisition of state lands - President

* Cabinet approves witness protection bill

* NGOs not restricted in their work, Defense Ministry clarifies

* South African envoy visits North

* Relatives of Kalawanchikudi Muslims killed by LTTE give evidence

* Central Bank's new credit guarantee scheme for pawning advances benefits borrowers

* Sri Lanka to issue Rs. 4 billion Treasury Bonds

* Independence Square reconstructed

* Ceylon tea at North America’s largest food & beverage fair

* Fuel issued to ships from Magam Ruhunapura Harbour

* Strategic development program to Kandy

* First batch of Lankans leaves for Italian jobs

July  08, 2014  | Read More >>

* South African Deputy President calls on President Rajapaksa

* Over 3000 graduates receive appointments

* Sri Lanka Navy brings 41 Australia bound illegal migrants home

* Program implemented to provide livelihood assistance to war widows

July  07, 2014  | Read More >>

* President hands over 104 houses to Ranaviru families in Anuradhapura

* First Northern Entrepreneur Awards in September

* Cyril Ramaphosa arrives

* South African Special Envoy to meet SL political leaders

* Ratnapura Expressway construction to Commence

* 24,000 university students to get accommodation in 60 new hostels

July  06, 2014  | Read More >>

* Commission on Missing Persons begins public sittings in Mullaitivu

* Malaysia arrest four LTTE operatives suspected of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

* Central Bank clarifies media reports on External Debt Statistics

* Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2014 to focus on economy in 2020

July  04, 2014  | Read More >>

* Those who condemn other religions bring disgrace to their own – President

* Sri Lanka reiterates its stance on UN investigation

* Moody's outlook for Sri Lanka banking system stable

* Tony Abbott praises Sri Lanka's human rights progress

* Sri Lanka’s Unemployment down to 4.2%

* Two Mahindodaya Technological Laboratories to be opened tomorrow

* Methodist Church celebrates bicentennial

* Army to help to Elephant Pass Salt Production

* China to introduce more direct flights to Lanka

* More Tamil youths to join Army

* WB helps prevent flooding Colombo

* Deyata Kirula Construction work to will begin

July  033, 2014  | Read More >>

* All communities should join hands to develop the country - President

* Sri Lanka, China discuss beginning negotiations on proposed free trade agreement

* Mullaitivu women soldiers passed out

* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals rise 14.3 percent in June 2014

* Jayalalithaa unhappy over BJP government’s position on Katchatheevu

* EU Head of Operations in Sri Lanka visits EU funded projects in North and East

* Poddala Handicraft Village opens tomorrow

* Second phase of Dengue crackdown in WP from tomorrow

July  02, 2014  | Read More >>

* President makes appointments to Public Service Commission

* New Heads of Mission present credentials

* CSIRT system launched in Sri Lanka to prevent cyber attacks on banks

* Indian government tells court TN fishermen have no rights to fishing in Katchatheevu islet

* Almost all financial institutions in Sri Lanka finalize consolidation plans - Central Bank

* Missing Persons Commission’s fifth sittings in Mullaitivu

* Rs. 3,000 Mn to upgrade fisheries harbours

July  01, 2014  | Read More >>

* Government totally rejects hate politics - President

* President visits Aluthgama and Beruwala

* Benefits of Sri Lanka defeating terrorism should receive recognition - Minister Peiris

* New Navy Commander takes over today

* Inflation drops in June 2014 to 28-month low of 2.8 percent

June  30, 2014  | Read More >>

* President returns

* Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka Insurance and Mihin Lanka Branches Open in Seychelles

* University College for Wayamba youth

* Dialogue between Xinhua & Sri Lankan Media

June  29, 2014  | Read More >>

* Sri Lanka - Seychelles Agree to Strengthen Relations

* Sri Lanka and Seychelles Sign 06 Agreements Including Establishment of a Joint Commission

* President Declare Open Sri Lanka High Commission in Seychelles

June  28, 2014  | Read More >>

* President Arrives in Seychelles

* Sri Lanka Army troops begin initial repair works in Aluthgama and Beruwala

* EU hands over newly built houses to IDPs

June  27, 2014  | Read More >>

* President Leaves for Seychelles

* Government allocates Rs. 200m to reconstruct property damaged in Aluthgama and Beruwala

* Your Visit is a Milestone in Our Relations – Maldivian Foreign Minister tells President

* President Rajapaksa Agrees to Assist Education Development in Maldives

* Sri Lanka issues travel advisory on Iraq

* Sri Lanka National Human Development Report on Youth and Development to be launched in August

* TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence awarded to Laksala

June  26, 2014  | Read More >>

* We do not approve external pressure, will always support Sri Lanka – Maldivian President

* Sri Lanka and Maldives sign three bilateral agreements

* President receives warm welcome in Male

* Dehiwala & Mt. Lavinia gets new facilities

* Two road projects worth Rs.7, 300m begins today

* SL, Bangladesh sign MOU on pharmaceuticals, medical devices

* 'China always assists smaller nations in region'- Rajitha

* Series of religious reconciliation programs launched

* President begins State Visit to Maldives

* President Rajapaksa and Former Maldivian President in Friendly Talks

* Sri Lanka releases 46 Indian fishermen

* India pursuing fishermen issue with Sri Lanka through diplomatic channels - Spokesman

* Sri Lanka condemns attack on civilian aircraft in Pakistan

* Ambassador Kariyawasam assumes duties in Washington

* Maldivian Higher Education Institute in Sri Lanka

* National Elle Tournament in North

* Special rehabilitation centers for drug addicts opened

* Army trains Northern women on self-employment

* Program to withstand climate change risks

June  25, 2014  | Read More >>

* No discrimination against rural students - President

* President congratulates Sri Lanka team for historic Test win against England

* President felicitates Ven Delduwe Gnanasumana Thero, who completes 50 years in Sasana

* Another batch of Security Forces personnel completes Tamil Language training

* Sri Lanka Development Bonds issue oversubscribed 4.8 times

* Sri Lanka to conduct an economic census

* Basil Rajapaksa warns of possible economic collapse if peace & harmony not achieved

* SL & Cuba strengthen cooperation in sugarcane industry

* Campaign to promote ‘Ceylon Tea’ in 25 countries

* Preparations for Pope's state visit in 2015

* New Ambassador of Sri Lanka to United States

* Agreement Signed for Construction of Jaffna Cultural Centre

June  24, 2014  | Read More >>

* Attempt to drive a wedge between Sri Lanka and Muslim countries - Prof Peiris

* Sri Lanka rejects Canada's claim military contributes to insecurity of women and girls in North

* World Bank approves US$ 101.5 million to Sri Lanka for Skills Development

* Over Rs 800 m worth development projects for Monaragala district

* European Union Ambassador to visit Batticaloa and Mullaitivu

* Central Bank to continue to strengthen regulation of financial institutions

June  23, 2014  | Read More >>

* Everybody should stand for protecting & safeguarding hard won peace - President

* No room for another Prabhakaran - President

* Security forces will take maximum legal action against any individual or organization that attempts to harm communal or religious amity - President

* SL Aviation Industry marks an important milestone

June  22, 2014  | Read More >>

* Extensive plans to develop Uva Province

* President to appoint high-level panel

* President to open oil storage facilities at Hambantota port and airport today

June  21, 2014  | Read More >>

* SL government has taken great strides to reintegrate IDPs - UNHCR

* Sri Lanka briefs UNHRC on Aluthgama situation

* President brings assurance of peace, calm and relief: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Trade deficit narrows 17.7 percent in April 2014

June  20, 2014  | Read More >>

* People have reconciliation, but some politicians lack it - President

* Handful of extremist elements will not be allowed to destroy the nation - President Rajapaksa

* Sri Lanka's fish export shows remarkable increase

* Term of PSC on ‘One-Nation’ extended

* Troops to start immediate repairs to damaged buildings in Beruwala

* Rural bridges to benefit 300,000 people in Moneragala

* Providing lands for public servants in progress

June  19, 2014  | Read More >>

* President visits Beruwala, promises stern action against perpetrators of recent violence

* Sri Lanka can become another Asian economic success story - ADB President

* All communities live in co-existence in Sri Lanka enriched by Buddhism - President

* Motion against UNHRC probe passed in Parliament

* CB maintains policy rates, current levels appropriate

* Advisory Working Committee on Buddhism appointed

* Program for Kelani River Basin conservation

* Special transport service to public servants

* Emergency Dengue Prevention Programme in Western Province

June  18, 2014  | Read More >>

* President urges ADB chief to visit North to see development

* President returns after successful visit to Bolivia

* Modern cranes for Hambantota Port

* Gov. aims to reduce unemployment rate to 3.2 % by 2016

* Pakistan awards Scholarship to Sri Lankan Students

June  17, 2014  | Read More >>

* President Rajapaksa Receives Award for Contributions to Peace and Democracy

* Sri Lankan and Bolivian Presidents Hold Bilateral Discussions

* President Rajapaksa arrived in La Paz

* Refrain from espousing communal hatred

* Sri Lanka's economy grows 7.6 percent in Q1 2014

* Religious leaders call for restraint and tolerance

* ADB President to meet President Rajapaksa

* WHO admire blood services in Sri Lanka

* SL and Cuba Presidents meet

June  16, 2014  | Read More >>

* South-South Cooperation will achieve a new world order – President

* President in Bolivia Explains Sri Lanka’s Reality to World Leaders

* Govt won’t allow anyone to take law into their hands - President states on Aluthgama incident

* Govt to grow 10, 000 HA rubber in N & E

* ICT literacy rose to 50% from 4% - Minister Siyambalapitiya

* Govt to complete 886 mobile services in Uva

June  15, 2014  | Read More >>

* UK exceedingly unhelpful to Sri Lanka, should work diplomatically, Lord Naseby tells House of Lords

* President Attends Opening Session of G77+China Summit

* Humanitarian crises can be overcome with political commitment – Ambassador Ariyasinha

* “Let Us Work Together to Overcome Obstacles” – President Tells Namibia

June  14, 2014  | Read More >>

* President Rajapaksa arrives in Bolivia

* Parliament set dates to debate UN inquiry

* Sri Lanka has taken concrete steps to address violence against women

* Central Bank responds to charges of under-representing government's external debt

June  13, 2014  | Read More >>

* President participated in religious activities on Poson

* UNESCO South Asian Center for Teacher Development in SL

* Massive project launched to renovate the Beira Lake

* Sri Lanka wins 'Best Booth Design Award' at KOTFA

* President promises super fast highway to Polonnaruwa

June  12, 2014  | Read More >>

* Sri Lanka will have the strongest growth in South Asia in 2014 – World Bank

* President leaves for Bolivia to attend G77 Summit

* Chief of Staff of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force calls on President

* As true Buddhists improve spiritual and social lives - President Rajapaksa

* Govt adopting only populist policies for people's welfare - President

* President to attend G – 77 Summit

* President condemns Karachi terrorist attack

* Retired Senior Police Officers’ Association Requests Investigation of the Murder of 600 Police Officers in 1990

* SriLanka Airlines resumes flights to Karachi

June  11, 2014  | Read More >>

* Children are now raised to a higher level in our country - President

* Sri Lanka rejects OHCHR- driven investigation

* Discussion on strategies to address mental health issues among families of missing persons

* Govt to hold a parliamentary debate on the international investigation

June  10, 2014  | Read More >>

* President instructs implement Special Dengue Prevention Program

* President welcomes India releasing 13 Sri Lankan fishermen, returns gesture

* Mihintale Aloka Pooja to be inaugurated by President

* Jaffna gets state-of-the-art Cultural Centre

* Sri Lanka condemns attack on Karachi International Airport

* Pope to visit Sri Lanka 13-15 January 2015

* Hambantota port to begin fuel bunkering operations on June 15

* Victims of political manipulation

* SriLankan Airlines cancels flights to Karachi after attack on airport

June  09, 2014  | Read More >>

* Missing Persons Commission concludes Public Sittings in Batticaloa

* When people distance from temple, church or kovil, society deteriorates giving rise to conflicts - President

* Reconciliation through cricket : Youth in war affected areas get a tour to UK

* President suggests guaranteed price for fish

* Export resilience gathers pace

* Iran to expand cultural, scientific cooperation with Sri Lanka

* Jaffna youths join Civil Security Department

June  07, 2014  | Read More >>

* Govt prioritizes prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease

* President instructs to implement systematic program for disaster relief

* IMF says no side agreements with Sri Lanka

* Tourist arrivals rise 20.3 percent in May 2014

June  06, 2014  | Read More >>

* President gives special directions: Ensuring flood protection, food security & nutrition

* Protecting our environment is safeguarding our children – President

* Be firm against those who put outdated goods to the market – President

* Sri Lanka to make formal objections to Jayalalithaa's genocide accusations

* Missing Persons Commission Commences Public Sittings in Batticaloa

* National Human Resource and Employment Policy on Plan

* Sri Lanka needs to increase fish production but mindful of sustainability of resources – Minister Senaratne

* Over 18,000 acres of Northern land returned

* Govt allocated Rs.240mn to provide fresh milk to children

* Strong Lankan biz delegation to Kunming Fair, China

June  05, 2014  | Read More >>

* President attends National Environment Day celebrations

* Rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres nearing completion

* Sri Lanka, Algeria agree for regular political consultations

* Court releases arrested Indian fishermen

* President donates books for Poson Book Dansala

* Ancient ruins discovered in Kilinochchi

* Seven-year port development plan in progress

June  04, 2014  | Read More >>

* Sarachchandra, a great man who made major contribution to Sri Lankan arts and culture - President

* 2014 Environment Performance Index: Sri Lanka ranked highest in South Asia

* President condoles death of Indian Union Minister

* Scout Service and Public Relations Fortnight Inaugurated

* Saudi Arabia approves Draft Agreement for Lankan housemaids

* 120 Credits criteria for Allied Health Science Degree Program

* Another Rs.140m to improve sanitary facilities in N & E

June  03, 2014  | Read More >>

* Ugandan Minister of International Affairs Calls on President

* Expeditious relief supplies to flood affected; Relief payment Rs 15,000 each

* President orders release of 29 Indian fishermen as a goodwill measure

* Marking of Aranthalava massacre: Reminder of inhumanity of LTTE

* Sri Lanka's investor forum in London receives record response

* Issue of human rights doesn’t hinder foreign investments in Sri Lanka - Cabraal

* SL sees Emerging Market Entry on IPO Outlook – CSEC Chairman

* Japan gives further Rs.245 mn for Human Resource Development

June  02, 2014  | Read More >>

* Will meticulously attend to needs of education - President

* Sri Lanka' debt compared to GDP declines to a record low last year

* President releases baby turtles

* Indian Ocean fisheries conference begins

* Excellent time to invest in Sri Lanka - Emerging Markets Specialists Team

* Birth Centenary of Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra on 3rd June

* Sri Lanka's economy rapidly growing - GL

* Sri Lanka, Russia agree to combat transnational crime

* Sri Lanka expects many benefits from China's Silk Road concept

June  01, 2014  | Read More >>

* IMF says no discussions on Sri Lanka's education system

* Sri Lanka financial sector consolidation progressing satisfactorily - Central Bank

* Sri Lanka curtails sending unskilled migrant workers overseas

* Indian Ocean fisheries confab begins today

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