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Presidential term limited to five years - President

[January 27, 2015]

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the term of office of the President of Sri Lanka will be reduced to five years from the original six.

“I had insisted that the terms of the Presidency be reduced to four years though the Committee of Constitutional Experts and political leaders did not agree with my demand,” the President said addressing public officials of the Polonnaruwa district at the Thopawewa school grounds on Sunday.

“They said that holding a Presidential Election every four years was not good for the country,” he said.

The President added that they later came to the consensus that the term of the Presidency should be confined to five years due to his strong insistence.

The committee comprising constitutional experts are in the process of discussing on how unlimited powers of the Executive Presidency should be vested in the Legislature.


Six new Governors sworn in

[January 27, 2015]
Six new Governors were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (27).


Northern Province Chief Secretary appointed

[January 27, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed Mr. Anthony Pillai Pathinathan as the Chief Secretary of the Northern Province.


Independence Day celebrations at Parliament grounds

[January 27, 2015]
Celebrations to mark Sri Lanka's 67 th Independence Day will be held on February 4 at 8 am at the Parliamentary ground in Sri Jayawardanepura, Kotte. Under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.


President assures Moragahakanda Project completion

[January 27, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena assures the Moragahakanda Project will be completed as scheduled.


Govt. has given priority to rule of law - Archbishop

[January 27, 2015]
The Government has undertaken the important task of ensuring the rule of law in the country and peace and harmony among different communities by appointing Ministers for


Sri Lanka aims to improve ties with India - Prime Minister

[January 27, 2015]
“Sri Lanka is wanting to go beyond strengthening traditional ties to strengthening economic ties to enter the


India ready to take bilateral relationship to next level with new government of Sri Lanka – Indian HC
Export earnings rise
We were able to introduce a political culture that has won the attention of world leaders – President at Hingurakgoda
[January 27, 2015]
India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Y. K. Sinha his country is ready to work with the new government of Sri Lanka to take the bilateral relationship between the two nations to the next level and stands ready to continue to provide support and partnership to the closest neighbor in realizing its people's aspirations.


[January 27, 2015]
Sri Lanka’s external sector improved further with continued inflows being recorded in the Balance of Payments (BOP).
[January 26, 2015]
I extend my honour and gratitude to all citizens of the country, with those at Pulathisipura in the lead, for enabling the introduction of a new political culture to our country that has won the attention of world leaders, said President Maithripala Sirisena.
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
[January 26, 2015]
The respectful support of the public officials is expected to take the country forward under the new strategies of the government, President Maithripala Sirisena said.


[January 26, 2015]
Every measure will be taken to provide every facility to treat kidney patients as well as to prevent kidney diseases, emphasized President Maithripala Sirisena.
[January 26, 2015]
A special function was organized by the children of the Dharma Vajiraramaya Dhamma School in Polonnaruwa yesterday (25) to welcome President Maithripala Sirisena.

January 26, 2015  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* Fuel prices reduced

* Former Army commander given full amnesty by President

* More ministers sworn in

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* Orders to remove cut-outs and banners of President

* PM promises pragmatic cooperation with China

January 15, 2015  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* New President sworn in

* India, US congratulate President - elect

* President bows to the people’s verdict

January 08, 2015  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* President assures further strengthening of public service

January 05, 2015  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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  |

* 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

December 31, 2014  |

* My government totally committed to maintain free education & free health service in country - President

* Commonwealth sends observer group to monitor Presidential election

* Postal services extends delivery of ballot papers till Jan 04 due to rainy weather

December 30, 2014  |

* I will not allow my soil to be used against my friends and neighbours - President

* Certain foreign forces trying to set up puppet government in the country - President

* Distribution of official ballots extended due to adverse weather

* Sri Lanka, UAE Customs sign agreement to boost technical cooperation

* Iconic Yal Devi train to travel to Kankasanthurai on January 02

* Introducing Jaffna: Sri Lanka's rising star – CNN Travel

* A Special 'Disaster and Relief Centre' by Army

* International observers from today

December 29, 2014  |

* Committed for a better future of people - President

* President instructs relief for flood victims

* HRC issues directive to all public officers to ensure a free and fair election

* Sri Lanka welcomes 1.5 millionth tourist in 2014

* National security should be given priority – Defence Secretary

December 28, 2014  |

* President visits flood affected areas

* Special security arrangement for Pope's visit

* Nenasala completes 1000

* Central Bank to issue Treasury Bills for 12 billion rupees

* President joins tsunami remembrance

December 26, 2014  |

* Committed to safeguard country for even unborn future generation - President

* President orders immediate relief to those who affected by current inclement weather

* Govt finds rapid solutions & long - term plans for effective management of natural disasters - President

* Sri Lanka - China sign Free Trade Agreement

* Sri Lanka marks 2014 National Safety Day today

* Sri Lanka welcomes U.S. - Cuba rapprochement

* SL bans five active pesticide ingredients

December 25, 2014  |

* Christian message of love & tolerance could greatly benefit to the World today - President

December 24, 2014  |

* Govt.had always protected & strengthened state assets - President

December 23, 2014  |

* Mahinda Chinthana - ‘Lova Dinana Maga’ launched

* Only Sri Lanka model will suit country – President

* Assessment of land disputes in North and East Provinces completed

* UN investigation will not derail Sri Lanka's economy - business report

* Employment Opportunities for Rehabilitated LTTE Members

* President's election manifesto today

* Capital Market raise Rs 160 b

* Postal voting begins

December 22, 2014  |

* Decide whether to proceed forward or not by protecting country built with numerous sacrifices - President

* President orders speedy relief to flood affected

* Hundred Day Program, a reprint of Budget 2015 - President

December 20, 2014  |

* President calls Pakistani PM; condemns terrorist attack, conveys condolences

* SL 89th in Forbes’ Best Countries for Business

* Certain groups attempt to sell state resources to private sector - President

* UN adopts Sri Lanka's proposal to establish a 'World Youth Skills Day'

* MAHINDA pledges disciplined society sans poverty and corruption By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

December 19, 2014  |

* This is the golden era of the public service – President

* HRSCL advises local government authorities to obey election laws

* Housing project for Meeriyabedde landslide victims

* SriLankan Airlines' second A330-300 arrives

December 18, 2014  |

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

* Independence of judiciary safeguarded – President

* President to address two main rallies in Mullaitivu & Kilinochchi, today

* Special security arrangement for Presidential Election

* Investment for saline production facility for SL

December 17, 2014  |

* 'This election for presidency is proof of vibrancy of democracy ‘ - President

* 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

* Terror act in Sydney highlights need for concerted action by international community – Sri Lanka

December 16, 2014  |

* President congratulates Japanese PM on his election victory

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

* 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

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