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Peace exists in today due to President’s political will , determination & courage
- Defence Secretary

[December 18, 2014]

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that peace exists because the President had the political will, the determination and the courage to see the military campaign through to the very end.


Independence of judiciary safeguarded – President
[December 18, 2014]
President Rajapaksa has emphatically mentioned that the Government safeguarded the independence of judiciary to the maximum.

The President laid this emphasis on Tuesday (Dec. 16), joining in a meeting organized by the Lawyers Association for the Protection of Democracy and Human Rights. The President received a warm welcome from the Attorneys.

The President underscored that everyone should unite to safeguard the victories achieved by the motherland.


President to address two main rallies in Mullaitivu & Kilinochchi, today
[December 18, 2014]
Two main public rallies will be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, today (17) in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi.

Until now five main rallies have been held in Anuradhapura, Nawalapitiya, Panadura, Chilaw and Kuliyapitiya.


Special security arrangement for Presidential Election
Investment for saline production facility for SL
'This election for presidency is proof of vibrancy of democracy ‘
- President
[December 18, 2014]
The Police Department informed that a special security arrangement will be in operation for the Presidential Election. A contingent of 12,000 police officers has been deployed to maintain law and order during the pre-election period. 


[December 18, 2014]
An investment of US$ 20 million is set to take forth towards a facility for the production of saline in Sri Lanka by mid 2015.
[December 17, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the very conduct of this election for the presidency is proof of the vibrancy of the democracy that has been restored.
Committed to create a safer country for children- President
Sri Lanka vehemently condemns terror attack in Pakistan

SL commends India’s move to release fishermen

[December 17, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he was committed to creating a safer country for the children while continuing the program implemented to uplift the living standards of the public.




[December 17, 2014]
The government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemned the terrorist attack yesterday at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan killing over 125 people including 84 children and injuring more than 100 others.
[December 17, 2014]
Sri Lanka commended the move by Indian authorities to release thirty (30) Sri Lankan fishermen and nineteen (19) boats that are currently in Indian custody.
Terror act in Sydney highlights need for concerted action by international community – Sri Lanka
President congratulates Japanese PM on his election victory

 Some foreign elements try to unseat popular, strong leaders to destabilize nations & spread their dominance - President

[December 17, 2014]
Sri Lanka said the act of terror in Sydney highlights the need for the concerted action by the international community to combat the menace of terrorism and ensure global peace and security.


[December 16, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday congratulated the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe who won a snap vote to secure support for his "Abenomics" economic reforms.
[December 16, 2014]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said some opposition politicians were conniving with certain Western powers to create chaos in the country which is currently enjoying peace and harmony.

December 16, 2014  |

* President congratulates Japanese PM on his election victory

* LTTE still wants North-East of Sri Lanka - India

* Over 100 election monitors to arrive in Sri Lanka

* Sri Lankan peace keeping troops of UN mission in Lebanon honored

* Everyone today can talk freely about Executive Presidency & democracy as challenges have been successfully faced – President

* Sri Lanka's population now 20,359,439

December 15, 2014  |

* President expresses concern over Sydney hostage situation

* Let us get together to create a moral society - President

* President assures safeguard religious freedom & unity

* Another international expert appointed to Missing Persons Commission

* External sector makes progress

December 13, 2014  |

* President on campaign trail in South

* Missing Persons Commission to hold public sittings in Vavuniya District

* UK parliament discusses enhancing bilateral trade with Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka, Finland to start new bilateral efforts for greater economic cooperation


December 12, 2014  |

* President pays homage at Sri Dalada Maligawa & Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

* Google begins imaging Sri Lanka for its ‘Street View’ service

* Sri Lanka Air Force transports equipment to repair desalination plant in Malé

* January polls not a mere election but will decide future of country - President

December 11, 2014  |

* Nenasala cash prize from Bill Gates Foundation handed over to President

* Sri Lanka exports from Jan-Oct top US$ 9 billion

* Sri Lanka marks Human Rights Day focusing on reconciliation process

* Sri Lanka improves on its brand value in 2014

* Australian MP expresses outrage over pro-LTTE comments

* Our fishermen treated well by SL-Indian External Affairs Minister

* New Health Minister sworn in

* Udaya Gammanpila pledges support to President

* LSSP pledges support to President

December 10, 2014  |

* Govt strengthened & streamlined public service to obtain maximum benefit for country & people - President

* President returns from India

* Prime aim to build disciplined & secure society for posterity – President

* Financial assistance for farmers to commence Maha season

* President leaves for India

December 09, 2014  |

* UPFA pledges to maintain a fair campaign

* Former Malaysian PM to open development projects

* EDB signs first china mainland MoU

* SL to host int’l conference of Electric Power Supply Industry

December 08, 2014  |

* President’s nomination accepted

* UNP General Secretary joins government

* SAARC’s strength is in its diversity & harmonious coexistence - President

* IT sector to hit $1B mark next year - EDB

* Nominations for Presidential Election accepted today

December 07, 2014  |

* Nominations submission for presidential election tomorrow, 18 pay deposit

* Chevron Lubricants Lanka launches new blending plant and warehouse complex


* Sri Lanka sends 100,000 water bottles to Maldives

* Reconstruction of 25 bridges to commence

* RDA to construct three flyovers to ease traffic congestion

December 05, 2014  |

* I am happy to go before the people - President

* Govt never considers people with disabilities as a burden but as an asset - President

* President hands over gold possessed by LTTE to rightful owners

* Air China to launch direct flights to Colombo

* Kantale Sugar Factory re-opened after 20 years

December 04, 2014  |

* ‘Govt. marches forward to bring maximum benefits to the nation’ – President

* Army to return more LTTE-possessed gold jewellery to rightful owners in North

* Don’t waste time that could serve the country – President to university students

* Tourist arrivals increased

* SriLankan Airlines seals new codeshare deal with JAL

December 03, 2014  |

* Don’t waste time that could serve the country – President to university students

* Now Southern Province revenue license online

* “We deserve a ratings upgrade” - CB Governor

* President discusses promoting football in schools with FIFA chief

* LTTE ban : SL welcomes EU decision to appeal the judgment

* Colombo City Centre constructions begin

* Stable prices for fish vendors

* CSE launches a new generation Depository System

December 02, 2014  |

* Nations’ teamwork needed for Indian Ocean security – Indian National Defence Adviser

* Peace & stability in the country are vital to ensure the well being of all - President

* Deposit made on behalf of President

* Missing Persons Commission has acted promptly to deal with complaints

* Investors keen on H’tota Leisure Island

* President opens 'Laksanda Sevana' Housing Scheme

* Japan provides Rs. 240m for provision of Japanese SME's Products

* Foreign banks in Sri Lanka committed to make significant contribution to economy

* Large weekly fair to be opened in Embilipitiya

December 01, 2014  |

* Stable government essential to carry out development work - President

* More buses for Jaffna

* Galle Dialogue 2014 commences

* Guaranteed price for Big Onion

* Sri Lanka among Forbes top ten coolest places to visit in 2015

November 28, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka joins in measures to protect migrant workers at the Abu Dhabi Dialogue

* Emerging markets of Asia present strong opportunities for British businesses - British HC

* SASEAN Dialogue 2014 opens in Colombo

* Northern fishermen benefit from Coast Guard awareness program

* Canadian Minister urges NDP MP to apologize to veterans & all Canadians for the celebration of terrorists

* President returns after successful South Asian dialog

* Government’s vision is to enhance ICT literacy rate to 75%

November 27, 2014  |

* President meets leaders of India and Pakistan in Kathmandu

* SAARC leaders offer best wishes for President Rajapaksa’s re-election and express confidence on his victory

* Indian PM thanks President Rajapaksa for fishermen release

* Presidential election special circular issued by Elections Commissioner

* Army to return more LTTE-possessed gold jewellery to rightful owners in North

* Lanka’s first ever sanitary landfill opens

* Russia approves import of fish & fish products from Lanka

* Holy Mass held in Bethlehem to bless President Rajapaksa

November 26, 2014  |

* Time for SAARC to move towards result-oriented action plans - President Rajapaksa

* President holds bilateral discussions with Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan leaders

* President visits Lumbini

* Forest Conservation offices & quarters to North & East

* No other govt ensured permanent jobs to graduates – Minister W D J Seneviratne

November 25, 2014  |

* President arrives in Nepal

* Presidential Election postal voting on Dec 23, 24

* President leaves for Nepal to attend 18th SAARC Summit

* ADB grants US$ 150m develop green power generation

* Sri Lanka denounces suicide bomb attack on a volleyball tournament in Afghanistan

* Army boosts Jaffna low income families' economy

* Lanka wins IT/BPM destination of the year in UK again

November 24, 2014  |

* Budget passed with a majority of 95 votes

* Motherland would be protected by defeating local & international conspiracies - President

* Doctorate for President from Thai University

* President places Sacred Relics in Sandahiru Seya

* Application for postal voting opens for presidential elections

November 22, 2014  |

* President declares open another mega housing complex for underserved communities

* Presidential elections on January 08

* Sri Lanka launches first ever parliamentary caucus for children with UNICEF support

* Mahinda throws gauntlet to politics of confusion: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* BJP leader seeks ban on Prabhakaran’s birth anniversary celebrations in Tamil Nadu

November 21, 2014  |

* We will let the people to decide - President

* Sri Lanka and Belarus explore expanding trade relations

* Sri Lanka, Thailand celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations

* Lanka hosts World Packaging Confab for third time

* More Divi Neguma housing assistance released

November 20, 2014  |


* President signs proclamation for Presidential Election

* Mahinda Rajapaksa, candidate for further Presidential term

* Sri Lanka ranks within Top 10 of the World Giving Index

* Following divine footsteps: An ascent of Sri Lanka's holy mountain

* Pacific World expands presence in Sri Lanka for MICE operations

* CB maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate

* Belarus to support SL in international arena

November 19, 2014  |

* Govt. working on strategies to implement Green Transport System & Fuel Quality Road Map - President

* Govt's aim is to build prosperous future for all children – President

* President completes fourth year of second term in office

* Inflation declines to 1.6 percent in October 2014

November 18, 2014  |

* President marks 69th birthday leading the nation to prosperity

* Book on defeat of terrorism presented to President

* BJP conveys birthday greetings to President

* Sri Lanka raises concerns over OHCHR Investigation

* Water supply connections up by 100 percent

* Sri Lanka Railways to reconstruct Anuradhapura- Omanthai rail track

November 17, 2014  |

* Govt put a stop to weapon market, eliminating terrorism - President

* Holy Mass in Bethlehem to bless President Rajapaksa

* Sri Lanka designated to chair 2015 UN meeting on the conventional weapons

* Sri Lanka currently looking at all aspects of Tamil Nadu issue

* China and Russia to participate in Sri Lanka's defense confab

* CSE gets highest ever foreign inflows

November 15, 2014  |

* Missing Persons Commission to consider: Civilian casualties and ‘Rule of War’

* Construction work on Northern expressway commenced

* Itinerary of Pope’s visit released

* SL ready to share its demining experience with world

* Parliament extends term of select committee on ethnic issue for another six months


* Sri Lanka targets 20% of power through renewable energy by 2020

November 14, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka and Mauritania sign agreement to establish a Joint Commission on Cooperation

* Construction of Northern expressway to commence today

* International dimension vital for development of our national education institutions - Secretary to President

* Jayalalithaa disqualified for 10 years: TN govt. issues notification

* Sri Lanka signs MOU with Spain for closer cooperation on key areas

November 13, 2014  |

* President to launch Policy Manifesto for election

* SL supports BRICS type SAARC Bank

* Artists can control people's minds, work for betterment of society – President to artists

* Sri Lanka's export trade sector recorded 11.1 % growth rate

* Houses for 2789 families to mark President's B'day

* Mauritania’s President arrives today

* Relics of Sandahiru Stupa chamber handed over to President

November 12, 2014  |

* Democratic People's Congress pledges support to President

November 11, 2014  |

* No legal impediment for President to contest for a third term, SC decides

* Government will not alter agricultural policy – President

* Third term candidacy; SC dispatches decision to President

* Upcountry Tamil party to support President at elections

* India hands over relief goods landslide victims

* Indian defense delegation on familiarization tour in Sri Lanka

November 10, 2014  |

* Women-folk contributed immensely towards SLFP’s success at every election - President

* Rataviruvo strengthened economy while Ranaviruvo uniting country - President

* Construction of first phase of Northern Expressway to commence this week

* President felicitated by Postal Department employees

* First-ever Sri Lanka travel guide in Arabic re-launched on popular demand

November 09, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, India should enhance unbroken lineage of friendship - PM


* Sri Lanka responds to un rights chief: ohchr inept in comprehending sri lanka's concerns

November 07, 2014  |

* President distributes 1050 more motorcycles among Public Servants

* Flawed procedure of UN Investigation on Sri Lanka infringes on basic norms of justice and fair play – Prof. Peiris

* ADB grants US$ 800 million assistance to improve road network

* President attended religious activities in Kataragama

* Missing Persons Commission addresses 172 complaints at public sittings in Mullaitivu

* Tourist arrivals surpasses 1.2 million with 13.6 percent rise in October

* India says LTTE active in Tamil Nadu even after 2012 ban

* Sri Lanka condemns suicide bomb attack in Wagah, Pakistan

* First ever Int'l Ornamental Fish Conference in Colombo

November 05, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka tops exotic Christmas breaks contest

* Angelo Mathews named as the captain of ICC Test Team of 2014

* Govt developed sport sector during past decade - President

* Sri Lanka Telecom launches 100g ultra speed national backbone network

* Pakistan sends relief assistance for landslide victims

November 04, 2014  |

* New Zealand offers support for landslide relief efforts

* Rapidly improving economy, political stability made country a popular destination among local & foreign investors - President

* D.A. Rajapaksa memorial ceremony held

November 03, 2014  |

* Govt will never allow police dignity to be devalued – President

* We will not allow terrorism to reemerge in our Motherland - President

* Government finalizing arrangements for Pope's visit to island

* Missing Persons Commission holds public sittings in Mullaitivu District again

* Sri Lanka emphasizes on importance of ethical labour recruitment practices

* Pakistan PM condoles victims, offers relief assistance

* Second reading of Budget 2015 passed

* President opens "Vision of a Nation" Photo Exhibition

November 01, 2014  |

* January Presidential poll: FORBES GIVES PRESIDENT WIN

* Koslanda Landslides: India, Pakistan and United States offers Sri Lanka assistance for disaster relief

* Madhu Road - Thiruketheeswaram sector of Northern Railway line tested

* Sri Lanka landslide: UN saddened by the human loss

* Inflation drops to 1.6 percent in October 2014


October 31, 2014  |

* President meets representatives of Fishermen Associations

* President instructs to ensure care & security for orphaned children in Haldummula

* Several countries and organizations on standby to support Sri Lanka after landslides

* New Heads of Mission present credentials; express condolences on Koslanda Landslide

* Mega housing project for government servants

October 30, 2014  |

* Special cabinet meeting to discuss landslide tragedy: Government to care for surviving children

* Govt takes swift measures for rescue and relief in Haldummulla landslide

* President visits landslide affected area

* Commonwealth encourages Sri Lanka to accelerate efforts towards sustainable reconciliation

* Healthcare policies give due importance to women’s health – President

* Pope's visit to Sri Lanka confirmed

* “The Gathering” – the unknown story

* Jaffna Public Library best in Sri Lanka

* MOU with China to boost rubber industry

October 29, 2014  |

* Give priority to education as it will help you climb up in society, President advises students President opens six more Mahindodaya Laboratories

* President instructs speedy rescue and relief action for landslide victims

* Equal opportunities to Muslims for pilgrimage to Mecca - President

* President hands over motorcycles to Grama Niladharies in East

* Jaffna among leading railway stations, earning higher income

* US – SL on trade & investment dialog

October 28, 2014  |

* Educational sector has responsibility to mould generation rich in knowledge to take country’s economy forward - President

* Sri Lanka denounces terrorist attack in Egypt

* President declares open two new housing schemes

* Sri Lanka, China FTA to be signed in June 2015

* Sri Lanka to issue US$ 500 million sovereign bond next year

* 12 Sri Lanka foods visitors have to try

* Japanese & Thai vehicle exporters to use H’tota as transshipment port

October 27, 2014  |

* Commonwealth Secretary-General calls on President

* SL has an impressive record in planting, production & export of rubber – President

* India issues stamp commemorating Anagarika Dharmapala

* Take the benefits given in the budget to people - President asks Grama Niladharis

* Travel Experiences You’ll Find Only in Sri Lanka

* Commonwealth Secretary General visits North

October 26, 2014  |

* UN recognizes post-conflict progress in Sri Lanka

* Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

* Canada caught in whirl of terror: LET EU show its court, the facts By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Sri Lanka joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

October 24, 2014  |

* 2015 Budget: Abundance of relief to all sectors

* President to present budget 2015 to parliament today

* Yuwanjana Wanasundera Wijayathilake sworn in as new AG

* Compensations for families of deceased migrant workers

October 23, 2014  |

* Mahinda Scouts made tremendous contribution to growth of Scouting in Sri Lanka - President

* President condemns Canada shooting

* SLFP-led governments always placed the trust in public service – President

* Government will continue to assist parties to defend the LTTE ban

* No interference from security forces on public sittings – Missing Persons Commission 

* Belarus MPs to focus on economic ties during next month's visit to Sri Lanka

* Defense Ministry to conduct survey on lost properties in North

* SL exports are of high quality – US Trade Representative

October 22, 2014  |

* Deepavali fosters understanding among communities, increase harmony - President

October 21, 2014  |

* President inaugurates Divi Neguma 6th phase

* UK seafood importers criticize EU ban on Sri Lanka, willing to help government to improve the industry

* Govt renovates 13 schools in Kilinochchi

* Sri Lanka's turn to shine

* Damaged Adikarigoda Mosque re-opens with its former glory

October 20, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka’s malaria elimination efforts a “spectacular achievement” – Global Health Group

* Certain powerful nations try to destabilize other countries, installing puppet leaders - President

* Expert Panel and Missing Persons Commission hold discussion

* Comprehensive plan to prevent violence against women & child abuse - President

* Trinco Port to become industrial harbor

* Intl’ Forum on ICT in Education in Colombo today

* Dubai’s The First Ferry eyes Sri Lanka

October 19, 2014  |

* Missing Persons Commission to hold public sittings in Mullaitivu again

* Will abolish Executive Presidency when separatism called off - President

* Sri Lanka, India navies discuss maritime issues at IMBL meeting

* With dominance in public relations, President moves on trail of politics and service: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

October 17, 2014  |

* Govt establishes council for financial sector regulators to share information

* Sri Lanka expresses concern over the European Court's decision to annul sanctions on LTTE

* US trade delegation backs enhanced US-SL business cooperation

* EXIM Bank of Malaysia impressed by Sri Lanka's economic performance

* Dairy farmers to get 20,000 milch cows

* US, Sri Lanka sign trade and investment agreement to boost bilateral trade

* Northern Expressway construction in two months

October 16, 2014  |

* National policy to stop brain drain & mobilize researchers for economic development - President

* SL is gearing to be Asia’s next tiger – UK Financial Times

* Uva PC Ministers swear in

* Govt to transform Primary Schools to ‘Child Friendly Schools’

* Yal Devi Night Mail Service inaugurated

October 15, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka poised to be springboard to South Asia: NCCIM

* Students should gain maximum benefits from Govt’s education development initiatives - President

* Govt fully aware of value of indigenous resources to strengthen national economy - President

* Sri Lanka poised to be springboard to South Asia: NCCIM

* President launches many development projects in Delft

* Jobs for unemployed youth in Mullaitivu

* Leading Swiss cabling solutions provider enters SL market

* Two key Intl’ meetings in Colombo today

* President hands over 70 buses to North

* Committed to implement Kannangara education policy - President

October 14, 2014  |

* President pays homage to Nagadeepa Temple in Jaffna

* Prompt measures to supply water to North from Mahaweli - President

* Completion of Northern rail line will enhance connectivity between the two countries - India

* President hands over 70 buses to North

* Sri Lanka has the least number of hungry people in South Asia

* President opens two Mahindodaya Laboratories in North

* SL, Indonesia joint efforts to tackle human smuggling

* ICRC to conduct Family Needs Assessment survey for the families of missing persons

* Sri Lanka, South Korea discuss expansion of employment opportunities for Sri Lankans

October 13, 2014  |

* Yal Devi again after 24 years

* President accuses Northern PC of hampering development in North

* Sri Lanka Signs the Minamata Convention on Mercury

* Better housing for every family within next two years - President

* Hit for six by spectacular Sri Lanka: Cricket legend Ian Botham takes his grandchildren to the island country with an enormous soul

October 12, 2014  |

* President handed over land deeds to 20000 people in Jaffna

* President opens Language Lab funded by India

* Special Bureau for Reconciliation to be established

* Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission and Missing Persons commission to share information on cases

* Supreme Court clears Witness Protection Bill


* Sri Lanka welcomes 100,000th Chinese Tourist this year

October 10, 2014  |

* Public service and pension rights will be protected - President

* Sri Lanka's short-term macroeconomic outlook remains positive - World Bank

* Indian Defence Secretary meets President Rajapaksa

* Sri Lanka, Australia foreign ministers discuss bilateral issues

* President participates in religious activities

* SL to surpass US$ 4,000 per capita income mark next year - Governor

* Army celebrates 65th anniversary today

* Australia grants Rs 10 m for sanitation facilities in resettled villages in Mannar

October 09, 2014  |

* New Deputy Minister appointed

* Balance of payments surplus grows to $ 2.15 b; gross reserves to $ 9.2 b

* Sri Lankan peace keeping troops in Haiti receive commendation from UN

* Human Rights Commission and Missing Persons commission to meet today

* President to distribute land deeds to Northern people

* High level Sri Lankan delegation to participate in IPU assembly in Geneva

* Jayalalithaa’s bail plea rejected

* Sri Lanka should be judged in proportion to challenges of a 30 year terrorist conflict – Ambassador Aryasinha

* Capital Market required to play important role in an era of rapid economic growth - President

* President opened Housing Complex in Wellawatte

* Pakistan helps build houses in Mannar

* More British companies to invest in Sri Lanka

October 07, 2014  |

* Reports on softening US stance on Sri Lanka not an official government statement, Ministry clarifies

* Govt allocates Rs. 300m as compensation to conflict affected families in North

* Most Ven Aggamahapanditha Bellana Mahanayaka Thera created a generation of learned Buddhist monks – President

* Only UNHRC failed to recognize freedom enjoyed by Sri Lanka with eradication of terrorism - President

* National Housing Policy presented to President

* President hands over motorcycles to Puttalam District Field Officers

* Ferry service to Rameswaram to be restored next year

* Sri Lanka, US to hold Business Networking Conference on October 16-17

October 05, 2014  |

* President returns after meeting His Holiness

* Teachings of the Holy Quran have given Muslims the ability to live in harmony - President

* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals rise 16.8 percent in September 2014

* Increase in demand for Sinhala Language in China – Prof. Long Peng

* Sri Lanka Navy assists repatriation of another 40 Indian fishermen

* Trial against Sri Lankan fund manager accused of funding LTTE to begin next year

October 04, 2014  |

* Sri Lankans in Italy commends President’s service

* Sri Lankans in Europe extend support to President

* Sri Lanka will outperform the majority of IT markets in the APAC region - market report

* India's week of dual drama: MODI grabs cheers and JAYALALITHAA sheds tears - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

October 03, 2014  |

* President extends invitation to Pope Francis

* President Arrives in Rome

* Sri Lanka wins Asian Games Cricket Gold Medal

* Rebuilt Jaffna Railway Station to be opened

* Sri Lanka asks UNHCR to expedite resettlement of refugees and enhance resources

* Mullaitivu ready for cultivation on demined lands

* BOI to take investment relations forward with EU

* South Korea lauds Lanka’s development after conflict

* SL participates at UN Intl’ Conference on Small Island Developing States

October 02, 2014  |

* President Leaves for Italy and Vatican

* Elders directed us correct path & committed to nourish our economy, culture & ethics - President

* Sri Lanka, best place in South Asia for old people

* Demining nearing completion

* A mechanism to be created to promote coexistence among communities

* Cabinet approves establishing a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences

* Malaysia invites Lankan entrepreneurs

October 01, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka now among best countries for children

* Our children are inheritors of our current achievements - President

* It is the responsibility of people’s representatives to identify needs of people - President

* 76 Indian fishermen released

* President congratulates Grade Five exam toppers

* Public Utilities Commission announces new electricity rates

September 30, 2014  |

* Shashindra takes oaths as Uva CM

* President Chief Guest at World Children's Day national event

* President to visit Vatican to extend official invitation to Pope Francis

* Middle East investments in Sri Lanka to grow

* Missing Persons Commission holds public sittings in Kilinochchi again

* Investment projects worth nearly Rs. 6 billion under operation in Jaffna

September 29, 2014  |

* President returns after successful visit

* BOI investor forum in Jaffna today

* Electricity bills 25% reduction next week

September 28, 2014  |

* President and UN Sec-Gen meet in New York

* President and Indian PM agree to strengthen relations

* Tamil Nadu CM has to resign after sentenced to 4 Years in jail in corruption case

September 27, 2014  |

* Australian PM commends successful implementation of LLRC recommendations

* Sri Lanka wins backing of 22 countries against UN probe

* Jayalalithaa convicted of corruption by Bangalore Court

* President discusses CHOGM 2015 with Malta Prime Minister

* Business Council for International Understanding Hosts Briefing for President


September 26, 2014  |

* Sec-Gen of OIC calls on President Rajapaksa: "OIC expresses continuous admiration for pioneering steps taken by President Rajapaksa"

* President congratulates new Afghan Leader

* President hands over USD 1 million to Palestine President

* Sri Lanka is not a situation that requires immediate attention of UNHRC - Ambassador Ariyasinha

* India invites Lankan investors

* “Turning Point” Investment Summit inaugurated

* Jan-August exports up by 14%

* Sri Lanka projected to maintain 7.5% GDP growth rate next year - ADB

* Govt to give 50, 000 houses for estate workers

September 25, 2014  |

* Depoliticise UN system and mechanism to enhance credibility – President Rajapaksa calls on member nations

* SEC approves Sri Lankans overseas to invest in Ceylon Dollar Bond Fund

* Directory of Social Scientists to be compiled

* Lankan TV broadcast to be digitalized with Japanese assistance

* Rs.10mn to develop Medawachchiya health facilities

September 24, 2014  |

* President holds bilateral discussions at UN Headquarters

* President attends 2014 Climate Summit: Calls for developed nations to help the developing to reduce impact of climate change

* President Rajapaksa joins Secretary Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

** Sri Lanka, China pledge to boost military cooperation

* Central Bank maintains policy rates, limits commercial banks' access to its repurchase rate

* SL-Bangladesh talks conclude successfully

* Ambassador of SL in Austria elects as President IAEA

* Mullaitivu Tamil recruits tour south

* SL is now in the golden age of construction industry – Minister Weerawansa

September 23, 2014  |

* Climate Summit 2014 begins today

* President arrives in New York

* Sri Lanka’s rank for IT/BPM jumps to 16th in the world

* Sri Lanka expresses concern about increasing use of armed drones in counterterrorism

* Yal Devi train runs to Jaffna after 24 years

* Jaffna recruits join national service

* Govt bans milk powder advertisements

* Another 3985 motor bikes given to Govt officers

September 22, 2014  |

* UPFA victory, an endorsement of govt’s development drive - President

* President leaves for New York to address UNGA

* President launches special website on his engagements at UN

* Peace has brought many benefits to Sri Lanka - UK

September 21, 2014  |

* UPFA wins Uva PC election

* Sri Lanka, Maldivian Presidents discuss ways of enhancing bilateral relations

* UN appreciates the services of Sri Lankan Army medical contingent in South

* New focus on Sri Lanka's rise: THE STRATEGIC HUB OF INDIAN OCEAN MARITIME SECURITY- By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

September 19, 2014  |

* At ICAPP General Assembly: President Rajapaksa cautions of dangerous trends to Asian Community

* International Conference of Asian Political Parties begins

* Sri Lanka targets 8.2 percent economic growth in next year budget

* Sri Lanka to set up joint trade commission with Russia

* China Merchants sign two agreements to develop Phase 2 of Hambantota Port Development Project

September 18, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka donates medical examination gloves to Ebola-stricken countries

* I would never stop serving the public : Never neglect development for people - President

* President Xi concludes visit to Sri Lanka, leaves for India

* Balance of Payments surplus tops $ 2 b

* China regards Sri Lanka as all-weather friend – President Xi

* His Holiness Pope approves canonization for Sri Lanka's first saint

* Central Bank releases publication on Socio-Economic Data - 2014 of Sri Lanka

September 17, 2014  |

* Anagarika Dharmapala raised his voice during the darkest era in Sri Lankan history - President Rajapaksa

* Colombo Port City work commences:
President Xi and President Rajapaksa flag off construction work of the Dream City that changes Colombo skyline

* New Silk Route to progress

* Central Bank enters into a 3-year currency swap agreement with China bank

* Nepal FM to arrive in Sri Lanka to hand over invitation for SAARC summit

September 16, 2014  |

* President Xi brings abundance of Chinese generosity

* Sri Lanka and China sign agreements for cooperation in a number of sectors

* Sri Lanka, China Presidents commission last phase of Norochcholai Power Plant

* China and Sri Lanka need to turn the wishes into a driving force – President Jinping

* President Rajapaksa welcomes China’s President Xi

** President inaugurates Asia Pacific Postal Union in Colombo

* Sri Lanka GDP grows 7.8% in second quarter of 2014

* China, Sri Lanka working on building 21st Century Maritime Silk Road – Prof. Peiris

* Houses for Urban low income families

* Sri Lanka-China to negotiate on FTA during Chinese President's visit

September 15, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka donates tea to earthquake victims in China

* World Bank further assists govt.’s key development projects

* China-SL ties ushered into new stage - Chinese ambassador

* Govt is strengthening free education with technical laboratories in schools - President

September 14, 2014  |

* China’s new Silk Route Project benefits Sri Lanka - President

* Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in lives of children – UN report

* Visit of President Xi Jinping Rubber - Rice Pact to Great Wall of Friendship By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* SriLankan Cargo adopts e-air waybill system

September 12, 2014  |

* President visits Mahiyanganaya Rajamaha Viharaya: Agasas Maha Mangalyaya in Girandurukotte

* OCA head appreciates President’s efforts towards development of sports

* CSE’s S&P SL 20 index crosses 4000 mark

* Sri Lanka, Maldives discuss deriving maximum benefits from marine resources

* His Holiness Pope to hold masses at Galle Face and Madhu

* Yal Devi again after three decades

* South & South Asian Nations Defence Dialog in Colombo

* Next Independence Day celebrations in Hambantota district

September 11, 2014  |

* President inspects Morana reservoir & irrigation project

* President opens international book fair

* Witness protection bill presented to Parliament

* Colombo stock exchange Market Capitals crosses Rs. 3 Trillion for the first time

* Open for talks on 13th Amendment: Rajapaksa by Suhasini Haidar ‘Grateful to India for its stand on the U.N. Human Rights Council vote’

** “Not one or two, but hundred trawlers come towards Sri Lankan waters”

* Cuba agrees with Sri Lanka on the need for basic reforms in UN system

* Indian media laud Sri Lanka’s development

* Govt stops potato imports

September 10, 2014  |

* Exim Bank to fund more than 21 projects

* Missing Persons Commission’s next Public Sittings in Killinochchi

* President opens Weras Ganga Development Project

* Chinese President to arrive in Sri Lanka on Sept 16

* Government allocated Rs. 1.38 billion for Northern Province this year

* Outer Circular Highway to be completed in 2015

* Sri Lanka to host ICA’s 16th Congress

* Sri Lanka to host Asian Youth Games 2017

* Delft Island to be a tourist attraction

* First ever Finnish trade delegation due in December

* First group of Sri Lankan Haj pilgrims arrived in Jeddah

September 09, 2014  |

* Cuba sees a promising future for bilateral relations with Sri Lanka  

* Sri Lanka assures cooperation with UNHRC despite rejecting resolution

* Six new Heads of Mission present credentials

* Japanese PM concludes Sri Lanka visit

* Mattala will permanently alter nature of tourism in South Asia - Hong Kong expert

* Japan's Mizuho Bank signs MoU with BOI

* Sri Lanka's bilateral trade with Israel surges 178% since trade pact in 2007

* Japan pledges support to achieve regional hub

September 07, 2014  |


* Maritime security underscores Japan, Sri Lanka ties

* Sri Lanka and Japan sign agreements for cooperation in a number of sectors

September 06, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, a country with growing influence in economic and political domain – Japanese PM

* Prime Shinzo Abe’s visit BRINGING NEW STRENGTH TO JAPAN - SRI LANKA RELATIONS : By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Tourist arrivals rise 13.8 percent in August 2014 surpassing one million mark

* President Rajapaksa and Japanese Premier Abe unveils Phase 2 of BIA Development Project

* Senior Japanese Diplomat Akashi meets President

* Spain Understands the Impact of Terrorism, Spanish FM tells President

* Friendship that helps people

September 05, 2014  |

* Japanese PM to accompany a large business delegation to Sri Lanka

* Govt. takes every possible step to preserve and sustain unity among communities - President

* SL’s positives outweigh negatives: Morgan Stanley official tells NY Investor Forum

* Govt denies claims that state employees deployed for election propaganda

* President pays last respects to Bala Tampoe and Bandula Vithanage

* Thirty million given for sick in North for treatments

September 04, 2014  |

* BOI, Alpine Clothing to create 500 jobs in Wayamba

* Govt pays special attention on Northern education - Minister Bandula Gunawardena

* NASDAQ applauds SL economy

* Govt ended discrimination against rural students in education through Mahindodaya - President

* Postal voting for Uva Provincial Council begins today

* British HC visits UK-funded community policing programme in North

September 03, 2014  |

* Retired differently able War Heroes to receive pay increments

* 1818 Uva Wellassa struggle against imperialists finally succeeded when the country was liberated from terrorists - President

* Sri Lanka has a special place in the hearts of the Chinese people – Assistant FM of China

* SL rejects UN investigation as it exceeds the mandate – Ambassador Kariyawasam

* Nigerian military delegation to learn about welfare systems in Tri Services

* GL briefs Slovania’s President on SL’s development

* VPN system for Police to prevent crimes

* Divi Neguma Sahana Aruna benefits 50, 132 people within two days

September 02, 2014  |

* Death of Bala Tampoe, irreparable loss to the trade union movement and the country - President Rajapaksa

* Those who shed crocodile tears for public service today : forgotten what they did against it - President

* Govt works to achieve development goals, not to gain votes – President

* President tours drought affected areas

* Sam Wijesinha, a public servant & social worker of much commitment, honor & respect - President

* Top IFIMES award for Prof. G. L. Peiris

* On-the-spot-cash for thousands from Divi Neguma banks

September 01, 2014  |

* The best we can give our children is education - President

* Every possible step taken to bring maximum benefits to people - President

* Sri Lanka to begin own probe on war crime allegations soon

* PROPAGANDA WAR EQUALS WAR - Dr. Chris Nonis: LTTE money for arms now diverted for lobbying

* President opens two Mahindodaya Labs in Moneragala

* Japanese PM to visit Sri Lanka

* President visits Bellanvila Raja Maha Viharaya

* Dombagahawela Postal complex vested with people

August  30, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan agree to enhance defense cooperation

* Inflation declines to 3.5 percent in August 2014


* Central Bank approves 29 consolidation plans of financial institutions

August  29, 2014  |

* CSE and SEC to conduct an awareness programme in New York

* Tamil language training for Tri Forces

* Sri Lanka Tourism welcomes 1,000,000th tourist

* Lanka-Seychelles MoU on manpower training

* Increased flights to China see more tourists in Lanka

August  28, 2014  |

* Two major development projects inaugurated in North

* SME's in Japan invited to set up their manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka

* Demining 98% has completed

* Colombo's first Seychelles forum attracts Sri Lankan businesses

* Lanka to host Global Rubber Conference 2014 for first time

* External Affairs Minister reviews progress of Sri Lankan missions in Europe

August  27, 2014  |

* Kachchatheevu Island cannot be retrieved from SL: AG tells SC

* FDIs surpass US$ 817 million during first six months

* Air Chief of Pakistan visits Sri Lanka

* Former Navy Commander Adm. Colombage Appointed Presidential Adviser on Maritime and Naval Hub

* Korea helps improve vocational training

* Lanka tourism campaign in Germany receives high response

* Northern Province to get over 20,000 jobs under seaweed project

August  26, 2014  |

* Govt keen to see ICT reach rise to 75% and beyond – President

* Official announcement on Pope Francis visit to SL

* Floating Market declared open

* Achchuveli Industrial Estate to be opened on August 28

* Central Bank enters into Investment Agreement with People's Bank of China

* More rehabilitated LTTE cadres entrusted to relatives

* SL's first ever Gold Centre next month

* Concessionary loans for Divi Neguma families

* Galle Fort 'Dutch Hospital' will open Aug 28

* Japan considers providing patrol ships to SL

August  25, 2014  |

* India Must Respect Lanka Sovereignty: Avdhash Kaushal

* Tamil diaspora pump in money to create chaos in Jaffna – Jaffna Commander

* True freedom in Sri Lanka today - Indian Federation of Working Journalists

* Sri Lanka is proud to be founder member of Chinese Investment Bank – GL

* Thirty six Tamil Woman Soldiers passed out

* Eighteen Lagoons to be developed

* Super luxury bus service for office workers

August  23, 2014  |


August  22, 2014  |

* International Water Seminar inaugurated

* Trade deficit narrows 35.3 percent in June 2014

* India, Sri Lanka discuss joint strategy to curb narcotics

* Sri Lanka condoles with Japanese people on landslide tragedy

* Vietnamese parliamentary delegation visits parliament

* Justice Ministry partners with UNICEF to develop an electronic database to speed up justice for children

* SL exports increased on EU, US demand for garments

* Central Bank lobbies in US to improve communication between the two countries

August  21, 2014  |

* President Rajapaksa an example for other leaders to emulate - Bill Gates

* London-based group with vested interest only accuse Sri Lanka of committing genocide - Subramanian Swamy

* President instructs urgent solutions for health trade union problems

* Two new deputy ministers take oaths

* LTTE rump fanning the flames of hatred - Dr Chris Nonis

* China supports SL to face challenges in Indian Ocean

* SriLankan buys new plane next month

August  20, 2014  |

* Land ownership gives the people dignity and pride – President

* Japanese Vice-Minister calls on President

* Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in landmark agreement to promote Sri Lanka to clients for investment

* We welcome Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka - President

* India, Sri Lanka meet to discuss narcotics menace

* Non state actors pose a common challenge in the region – Ambassador Kariyawasam

* Draw attention to challenges of terrorists re-grouping Intl level. - Ravinatha Aryasinha

* BOI plans to build 5 factories each District

* Floating market to be opened Friday

* President urges banks to increase involvement in rural development projects

August  19, 2014  |

* Theme proposed by President Rajapaksa selected for next SAARC Summit

* Two members from India and Pakistan to Advisory Committee

* Int’l pressure not only unhelpful but also detrimental – Prof. Peiris

* “Nanasala” wins Bill & Melinda Gates awarded for best IT project


* Two government-owned plantation companies post profits for 2013

* In Pictures: President participates in Mahela's farewell

* Sri Lanka is a model for blending security and development together - Army Commander

* Achchuveli Industrial Park first phase opens on August 28

* Bhutan Health Minister meets SL counterpart

August  18, 2014  |

* Seeking to build ‘Positive Peace’ in a cohesive society with trust and reciprocity - Secretary to the President

* Jewellery industry an important segment of our economy- President

* President opened two roads & Mahindodaya lab in Nuwara Eliya

* Defence Seminar-2014 inaugurates with over 350 delegates

* Focus on manufacture-based economy by next budget

* 2000 new buses to SLTB, 122 arrives

* Bio-gas plant launched in Matara

* Army Para Games attract foreign participants

August  16, 2014  |

* Nuwara Eliya Golf Club; a honored place in development of sports in the country - President

* Sri Lanka Underlines Friendship with Palestine - Lucien Rajakarunanayake

August  15, 2014  |

* Indian High Commissioner Sinha calls on President Rajapaksa

* High Commissioner Pillay seeks to influence the OHCHR investigation process

* Seychelles Health Minister Calls on President Rajapaksa

* President’s Condolences to victims of Iranian Plane Crash

* Pakistan, Sri Lanka enjoy cordial & friendly ties - envoy

* Trade with Indonesia to top US$ 1 mn in 2015

* International exhibition of rubber plastics & manufacturing commences

* Over Rs.100mn for waste management in WP

August  14, 2014  |

* President pledges US$ 1 Million to Palestine

* President orders Indian fishermen's release

* Bilateral ties with Switzerland strengthen further - President Rajapaksa

* India releases 16 Sri Lankan fishermen

* Govt committed to ensure respect for artistes and nurture the arts - President Rajapaksa

* ‘India & Sri Lanka: A Partnership That Transcends Time’ released

* President felicitates Ven Dedunupitiye Upananda Thera

* Development not limited to Colombo - UDA

* Kandy city and suburban towns to develop

August  13, 2014  |

* President instructs officials to address shortcomings in Matale district

* Missing persons figure exaggerated - Commission Chairman

* Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2014 examines role of country's youth

* Gvnt committed to working for well being of youth – Prof G.L. Peris

* President congratulates first elected President of Turkey

* Missing Persons Commission hears 314 complaints at public sittings in Mannar

* Sri Lanka asks foreign envoys to be impartial and refrain from meddling in domestic matters

* 26 young Tamil women join Army

* Sangakkara: No. 1 test batsman

* Sri Lankan envoy falls back on shared past

* First Int’l Ornamental Fish event in Sri Lanka

* SL - China to promote electronic & apparels sectors

August  12, 2014  |

* Pura Neguma to strengthen North & East local bodies

* Present peaceful era conducive for religious harmony - President

* Sri Lanka Tourism mega advertising campaign in UK

* South Asia’s fastest growing economy: A look at modern Sri Lanka with Ambassador Kariyawasam By Michael D. Mosettig

August  11, 2014  |

* President attended religious activities in Kandy

* US statement creates false and alarmist view on Sri Lanka: Ministry of External Affairs

* Sri Lanka’s economic growth: Thumbs up from IMF - Premier

* Secretary General of SAARC calls on President Rajapaksa

* President congratulates victorious cricket team

* Books; Siri Dalada Harasaraniya & Budun Wedi Maga presented to President

* Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader capable of establishing a righteous society - Asgiri Mahanayake

* SL rupee won’t be under downward pressure in foreseeable future - CB Governor

* SL Army opens new hospital in South Sudan under UN Mission

August  08, 2014  |

* No double standards in application of environmental justice - President Mahinda Rajapaksa

* Commission on Missing Persons commences sittings in Mannar today

* President’s condolence on Dr Guruge’s passing away

* President felicitates Ven Ambewela Pannasara Nayake Thero, recipient of Myanmar honours

* Govt resettled 150,202 families in North

* Cabinet approval for budget proposals, 2015

* Magampura Port records Rs.1, 236m income in seven months

August  07, 2014  |

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan to strengthen security cooperation to fight terrorism and transnational crime

* President to visit Pakistan later this month

* President inspected “Knowledge Park” complex in Pettah

* SL - Vietnam two way trade grown by 100 percent

* Pakistan, Sri Lanka have significant potential for trade – PM Nawaz Sharif

* Sathosa makes tremendous progress

* Slum and shanties free Colombo by 2020

August  06, 2014  |

* Term of Missing Persons Commission extended

* Diplomatic community should be conscious of local sensitivities - Foreign Ministry

* Uva election on Sept. 20

* President inspects Kimbulawela model paddy fields

* Korean push for first ever Lanka regional apparel training

* Lanka will reach US$ 150bn GDP by 2020 - Governor

* Over 347 mobile services in Badulla completed

August  05, 2014  |

* 3- member committee is to advise the Commission, no investigative role - President

* WJP Rule of Law Index 2014: Sri Lanka ranks top among South Asia

* Take stern action against who fill paddy lands illegally - President

* Supreme Court rules Chief Minister of Provincial Council cannot issue orders to Chief Secretary

* President condoles China earthquake deaths

* Motorbikes to 600 public servants at Kurunegala

* Europe should not judge Sri Lanka on human rights -Miss Earth – Air 2013

* Tourist arrivals rise 25.2 percent in July

* Conference to show potential of the capital market in Sri Lanka to International investors

* President attended Intl Scouts Jamboree

August  04, 2014  |

* Japan gives Rs.305mn for capacity development

* Rise in demand for local handicrafts

* President assures to launch an exclusive bank for women

* Action plan to meet challenges of droughts - President instructs officials

* Sri Lanka to host 'Galle Dialogue' International Maritime Conference in December

August  03, 2014  |

* Indian govt stresses enhanced economic engagement with Sri Lanka

* asylum seekers, UNHCR slow to address requirements - Govt


* Govt allocates Rs. 1.9 billion to provide drought relief

* Sri Lanka exports record highest first half earnings this year

* Considerable increase in number of tourists visiting botanical gardens

August  01, 2014  |

* President meets with officials to discuss ICAPP arrangements

* Sri Lanka, Singapore bilateral discussions focus on expanding economic and defense relations

* Divi Neguma sixth phase in Moneragala

* Four sugar factories to be developed

* Twelve firms to pump Rs1.5bn in Hambantota industrial city

* Major changes in airport & aviation sectors

* The Kandy Esala Festival begins

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