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Sri Lanka's new government already taken important measures to improve human rights - HRW

[January 30, 2015]
Sri Lanka's new government has already taken important measures to improve free expression and other rights, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said releasing its World Report 2015 Thursday.

The new government, elected after the HRW World Report 2015 was finalized, has restored blocked news websites, eased media restrictions and ordered a fresh investigation into the 2009 killing of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga, the New York-based rights watchdog said in a statement.

Furthermore, activists and journalists have reported a lifting of government surveillance and pressure. The government has also asked for a list of all detainees held under the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act for review. 

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Expense of presidential secretariat brought down to Rs. 2560 million from Rs 95,930 million

[January 30, 2015]
Ravi Karunanayake, in his capacity as Finance and Planning Minister presenting the Interim Budget 2015 in Parliament yesterday (29) said that that expense of presidential secretariat has been brought down to Rs. 2560 million from Rs 95,930 million.

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EC offers Sri Lanka assistance in meeting regulatory requirements to lift EU fishing ban

[January 30, 2015]
The European Commission has offered Sri Lanka assistance in meeting the regulatory requirements that would enable an early lifting of the ban on fish exports to the European Union.

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Dhanapala briefs UNHR Chief

[January 30, 2015]
Senior Advisor Jayantha Dhanapala briefed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on the policies of the newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and the government.

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Swire travels to North

[January 30, 2015]
Visiting UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for Sri Lanka, Hugo Swire, travelled to Jaffna yesterday, 29 January, 2015. This was the Minister's first visit to Jaffna.

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New MP sworn in to fill President's seat

[January 30, 2015]
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Jayasinghe Bandara was sworn in as a Parliamentarian yesterday to fill the parliamentary seat vacated by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Interim Budget 2015 brings an array of relief
President Sirisena Assumes Duties as Minister of Defence
Mini Budget today
[January 29, 2015]
The Interim Budget 2015 presented in Parliament today offering an array of relief to all sections of the society.

 

[January 29, 2015]
The President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Defence Minister assumed duties yesterday (Jan. 28) at the Defence Ministry in Colombo.
[January 29, 2015]
The mini budget will be presented by the Finance Minister in Parliament today (29).
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Two wind power projects to Northern Region
Process of removing CJ Shirani Bandaranayake and appointing Mohan Peiris instead was null and void in law
Criticism is more important than eulogy – President
[January 29, 2015]
NDB granted two long term facilities aggregating to Rs.3.3 billion towards construction and commissioning of two wind power projects in Vallimunai and Puloppalai of the Kilinochchi District.

 

[January 28, 2015]
Dr Shirani Bandaranayake has resumed duties in the office of Chief Justice as there had been no legal removal of her from the post.
[January 28, 2015]
Criticism is more important than eulogy when taking forward a government chosen by you, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
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US President sees new hope in Lanka
All ranks, privileges and pension restored for former Army commander
Peshala Jayaratne takes oaths as NCP Chief Minister
[January 28, 2015]
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, notes that there is new hope for democracy in Sri Lanka and that India can help countries like Sri Lanka forge a better future.

 

[January 28, 2015]
All ranks, privileges and pension have been restored for the former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka following the full Presidential amnesty granted to him by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lanka Army said.
[January 28, 2015]
UPFA Provincial Council member Peshala Jayaratne was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the North Central Province.
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January 28, 2015  | Read More >>

* UK Minister Hugo Swire to visit Sri Lanka

* Economy grows by 7.7% in third quarter

* No change in Sri Lanka's liberal market policies with India, Minister assures

* Sri Lanka Telecom to offer CYREN cybersecurity solution

January 27, 2015  | Read More >>

* Presidential term limited to five years - President

* Six new Governors sworn in

* Northern Province Chief Secretary appointed

* Independence Day celebrations at Parliament grounds

* President assures Moragahakanda Project completion

* Govt. has given priority to rule of law - Archbishop

* Sri Lanka aims to improve ties with India - Prime Minister

* India ready to take bilateral relationship to next level with new government of Sri Lanka – Indian HC

* Export earnings rise

January 26, 2015  | Read More >>

* We were able to introduce a political culture that has won the attention of world leaders – President at Hingurakgoda

* Government officials’ respectful support is expected to take the country forward – President

* Every measure to be taken to prevent kidney diseases - President

* Committed to fulfill obligations toward children – President

* I am totally committed to serve the people - President

* President and Prime Minister meet people of Polonnaruwa

* Govt launches two housing projects to provide houses for 50,000 families

* Expansion of Katunayake airport with Japanese funds to continue

* Easing of ban on foreign tourists to North & East brings benefits

* No additional taxes to offset price reductions – Finance Minister

January 25, 2015  | Read More >>

* As one who knows the pain and tears of the people, President has the strength to take country on correct path – Maha Sangha

* Missing Persons Commission seeks meeting with President on future proceedings

* President meets people of Pulathisipura

* Top European trade delegation in Sri Lanka to initiate US$ 8 million project

* EU to fund Euro 14 million housing project to resettle IDPs

* Arjun Mahendran appointed Governor of Central Bank

* MOVING AWAY FROM A STATE OF DISORDER: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

January 23, 2015  | Read More >>

* Our children should be empowered in every aspect to conquer the universe – President

* President Sirisena condoles on death of Saudi King Abdullah

* Three new Governors sworn in

* Foreign companies not allowed mining gems in Sri Lanka

* HSZ roads reopened

* CSE named the 'Most Sustainable Growth Exchange in Asia' for 2014

* Government's anti-corruption committee to be headed by PM

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan committed to expand bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation

* Sri Lanka, Fiji looking to strengthen bilateral relations

* Govt to construct 50, 000 housing units within a year

* Committee to look into implementation of large scale development projects

January 22, 2015  | Read More >>

* Fuel prices reduced

* Former Army commander given full amnesty by President

* More ministers sworn in

* Economy grows by 7.7% in third quarterca201501/20150122sl_india_exchange_fishermen_at_maritime_border.htm"> Sri Lanka, India exchange fishermen at maritime border

* Subjects under new ministries released

* Passports of Cabraal and Sajin seized

* Sri Lanka’s ‘rainbow revolution’

January 21, 2015  | Read More >>

* Prime Minister seeks support of all MPs for government programs

* UNP MP arrested

* India commends initial steps taken by Sri Lanka for political reconciliation and inclusiveness

January 20, 2015  | Read More >>

* The foremost responsibility of Govt. is to fulfill promises given to people - President

* Govt to introduce 19th Amendment to Constitution empowering independent commissions & judiciary - Premier

* Jaffna Int'l Trade Fair from 23-25 January

* Air China launches flights to Colombo

January 19, 2015  | Read More >>

* Your responsibility is to restore lost image of the Public Service: President tells top bureaucrats

* President inaugurates Attorneys General Conference

* Secretaries appointed to new Ministries

* President pledges to develop country with national and religious reconciliation

* India aims to enhance and qualitatively improve ties with Sri Lanka

* Iran hopes to expand close cooperation with Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka committed to the development of strategic partnership with China

January 17, 2015  | Read More >>

* President leads SLFP

* US Assistant Secretary calls to forge stronger bonds with Sri Lanka

* No special occurrence in North and East after election

* Be an example to people in character and service – President By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

January 16, 2015  | Read More >>

* Orders to remove cut-outs and banners of President

* PM promises pragmatic cooperation with China

January 15, 2015  | Read More >>

* Pope tweets in Sinhala and Tamil

* Pope leaves Sri Lanka for the Philippines

* Sri Lanka to release Indian fishermen and their boats as goodwill gesture for Thaipongal

* President appoints three Advisors

* Pope prays to find inspiration and strength to build a future of reconciliation, justice and peace

January 14, 2015  | Read More >>

* President hopes for peace, unity & prosperity

* Joseph Vaz canonized as Sri Lanka’s first Saint

* UN chief congratulates President Maithripala Sirisena

* Jayantha Dhanapala takes over as Foreign Relations Advisor to President

* Central Bank issues a commemorative coin to mark Pope’s visit

* Harin Fernando sworn in as Chief Minister of Uva

* Central Bank issues a commemorative coin to mark Pope’s visit

* Harin Fernando sworn in as Chief Minister of Uva

January 13, 2015  | Read More >>

* Pope Francis calls on President

* President welcomes blessings from the Pope

* Pope Francis blesses ‘those who serve the beloved people of Sri Lanka’

* For reconciliation & rebuilding process to succeed all must work together - Pope

* Holy Father arrives in Sri Lanka

* Smooth transition of power in Sri Lanka could boost investor confidence - Fitch

* India looks forward to a cordial, warm friendly relationship with Sri Lanka

* Island of Nice: Sri Lanka

* Russia and Japan congratulate President Sirisena

January 12, 2015  | Read More >>

* Ministers should set example to public through conduct and behavior – President

* New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in: 27 Cabinet Ministers, 10 State Ministers and 8 Deputies

* Political Leadership and Public Service should set an example to country – President

* President invites all political parties to form a national government

* In Pictures: Religious leaders bless new President

* China hopes new government will carry forward its amicable policy forward

* Indian President congratulates new President

* New President will be the Chair-in-Office of Commonwealth

* Pakistan expresses solidarity with newly elected Government

* New Zealand welcomes orderly transition in Sri Lanka

* Singapore looks forward to further strengthen bilateral ties with Sri Lanka

January 10, 2015  | Read More >>

* President Maithripala Sirisena pledges: A crusade for socio-economic and political transformatio

* Obama congratulates new President, commends outgoing President

* British PM wishes newly elected President every opportunity to lead a stable, prosperous, united country

* Indian PM invites new President for a visit at the earliest opportunity

* EU looks forward to working with new President

* UN welcomes constitutional transfer of power in Sri Lanka

January 09, 2015  | Read More >>

* New President sworn in

* India, US congratulate President - elect

* President bows to the people’s verdict

January 08, 2015  | Read More >>

* Presidential Election 2015: Long queues, brisk Polling

* Voting for Presidential Poll begins

* Govt expresses concern over UN statement: Repeated calls for a free and fair election in Sri Lanka are misplaced

* President Rajapaksa condemns terrorist attack in Paris

January 07, 2015  | Read More >>

* Elections Commissioner says all arrangements are in place for a free and fair election

* ICT, BPO SECTOR targets US$ 1B

* Tourist arrivals exceeds 1.5 million in 2014

* Special security programme for Presidential Election

* PAFFREL says postal voting peaceful

* Special transport services for voters

January 06, 2015  | Read More >>

* President assures further strengthening of public service

January 05, 2015  | Read More >>

* Govt will never allow any force to bring back dark era again - President

* Won’t divide country whatever groups were active to achieve narrow personal ends - President

* President looks into Polonnaruwa Flood victims needs

* Election campaign ends today

* Government to pay compensation to flood-affected farmers

January 04, 2015  | Read More >>

* President asks Tamils not to be misled by false promises

* SL expresses displeasure over EU statement

* Pope, Vatican finalize trip arrangements

* Sri Lanka expects to maintain economic growth at 8% for next five years

* 'Momentum' - Jaffna, brings together eminent business leaders, professionals and academics from North

* India assists flood victims

* THE WRITING OF HISTORY IN 2015: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

January 02, 2015  | Read More >>

* Join hands to achieve the promised bright future - President Rajapaksa urges people of Jaffna

* Prepared to carry forward pro-people programme - President

* Inflation reached low single digit levels by end 2014

* More interest for senior citizens

January 01, 2015  | Read More >>

* I will be more of a statesman than a politician – President

* Safeguard the Motherland we have built, and take it further to heights of world - winning achievements - President Rajapaksa

* Govt. will leave no room for territorial division - President

* Sri Lanka to reinstate granting Dual Citizenship

* UN to avoid holding meetings on Vesak Day

* UPFA criticizes UN Chief for wrongful inferences

* CSE records stellar performance in 2014

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