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  President presents Sri Lanka's next year budget promising relief for all sectors

Oct 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Finance Minister presented the National Budget 2015 to parliament today.

The National Budget proposed under the theme of 'Unstoppable Sri Lanka' is said to be aimed at creating an innovative, knowledge-based and self-reliant advanced economy.

 Sri Lanka government says it will follow due process if it wants to amend the Constitution:
Oct 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe asked the government today at parliament if the 19th Amendment to the Constitution proposed by the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP Athuraliye Rathana Thero would be tabled in parliament as an urgent bill.

 Central committee of Sri Lanka coalition party JHU meets to discuss whether to support the budget:
Oct 25, Colombo: The central committee of Sri Lanka ruling party's coalition partner Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will meet Saturday to discuss the budget and the future political strategy, JHU sources said.

  German tourist went missing in Sri Lanka jungle found safe :
Oct 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today found a German woman who went missing in a forest area in the hill country yesterday

 Indian fishermen seek BJP leader's help to get Sri Lanka to release their boats :
Oct 25,Chennai: Indian fishermen have sought the help of BJP leader and an ally of the Sri Lankan government Dr. Subramanian Swamy to get their boats released from Sri Lankan custody.

 Indian Tamil party leader accuses BJP government of openly aiding Sri Lanka:
Oct 25, Chennai: A Tamil Nadu Tamil political leader today criticized the Indian government's policy regarding Sri Lanka and charged the government of acting against the minority Tamils

 India issues stamp commemorating Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist:
Oct 25, New Delhi: Indian president Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday released a commemorative stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala, the Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist and writer, at the official presidential residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan.

 INFOTEL ICT exhibition opens in Sri Lanka :
Oct 25, Colombo: INFOTEL, the popular Sri Lankan ICT exposition organized by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) opened yesterday at the BMICH in Colombo.

 Sri Lankan Navy Commander to leave for India tomorrow on an official visit:
Oct 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera will leave for India tomorrow on a five-day visit Navy Media Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said.

  Sri Lanka's Northern Province CM's visit to India not yet decided:
Oct 25, New Delhi: Indian government officials are trying to work out a schedule for Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month.

 Sri Lanka's Sabaragamuwa University to re-open on Monday:
Oct 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sabaragamuwa University, closed more than three weeks due to student protests, is to re-open for the first year students on Monday (27).

 Buddhist monk who abducted a 9-year-old boy in Sri Lanka remanded:
Oct 25, Colombo: A Buddhist monk who was arrested for allegedly abducting a nine-year-old boy from the Batuwita area in Horana has been remanded by the court until 7th November.

 Sri Lanka 2015 Budget highlights:
Oct 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning presented the 2015 Budget proposals in parliament Friday. Some of the proposals are highlighted below.

 UN recognizes post war progress in Sri Lanka, works with government to resolve reconciliation issues :
Oct 24, Colombo: The United Nations (UN) says post-war Sri Lanka has made significant progress in relation to the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in a short span of slightly over five years and the agency is continuing its work with the Sri Lankan government to resolve remaining issues.
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 Former Power and Energy Minister of Sri Lanka clears himself of Rs. 1.5 billion fraud in coal purchase:
Oct 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka today asserted that he is not liable for the Rs. 1.5 billion loss to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) in coal purchases for the Norochcholai coal power plant during his tenure as minister.

 New secretary to Sri Lanka Sports Ministry assumes duties :
Oct 24, Colombo: Retired Major General of Sri Lanka Army Nanda Mallawarachchi assumed duty today as the Secretary to the Ministry of Sports.

 Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow:
Oct 24, Colombo: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013, Commonwealth said in a release today.

 Murali Harmony Cup 2014to launch on 29 October in Sri Lanka's North:
Oct 24, Colombo: The 2014 Murali Harmony Cup will be launched on 29 October, organizers announced in a press release on Thursday.

 President presents Sri Lanka's next year budget promising relief for all sectors :
Oct 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Finance Minister presented the National Budget 2015 to parliament today.

 Sri Lanka's 2015 budget focused on long term development - Central Bank Governor:
Oct 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's budget for next year is prepared with the focus on long term development to strengthen the nation and is not presented targeting future elections, the Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal said today.

 Sri Lanka joins China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank :
Oct 24, Beijing: Sri Lanka as a founding member joined twenty other Asian countries Friday to sign the memorandum of understanding to establish the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

 Sri Lanka hires eighth lobbying firm in the US:
Oct 24, Washington, DC: The government of Sri Lanka has hired its eighth lobbying firm in the United States this year to defend its global status, especially in the U.S. amid the worsening relations with the superpower.

  Sri Lanka business chamber to host seminar on bilateral trade with UK on October 29:
Oct 24, Colombo: The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka will hold a seminar session next week to discuss the bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and the UK.

 Counter arguments raised to support Sri Lankan President's eligibility for the third term:
Oct 24, Colombo: A senior lawyer in Sri Lanka says the 18th Amendment to the Constitution has paved the way for the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for a third term.

 Three Sri Lankans alleged of spying for Pakistan charged in Indian court:
Oct 24, Chennai: Three Sri Lankan nationals alleged of spying for Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI were charged in an Indian court Thursday.

 Sri Lanka ruling party secretary launches campaign for prime minister post:
Oct 23, Colombo: A resolution has been passed in a Sri Lanka Freedom Party meeting on October 22nd demanding that the party secretary, Minister Maithripala Sirisena appointed as prime minister before the presidential election.
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 Beggars under watch in Sri Lanka after an abducted child was found with a beggar:
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have launched a special operation with effect from today to round up beggars who use children in begging.

 Snap presidential election is unconstitutional, Sri Lanka Marxist party tells EC :
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today told the Election Commissioner that the incumbent president holding a snap poll when two years left to his term is unconstitutional.

  Sri Lanka CID investigates Rs. 1.5 billion fraud in purchasing coal for Norochcholai power plant:
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi said in parliament today that an investigation is underway by the Criminal Investigation Department of police regarding a loss of Rs. 1.5 billion to the Ceylon Electricity Board.

 Sri Lanka Opposition MPs who visited Port Authority ordered to appear in court:
Oct 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered the lawmakers of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) who visited the Sri Lanka Port Authority to appear before the court.

 Explosion at Sri Lanka Air Force camp injures three airmen:
Oct 23, Colombo: An explosion at a Sri Lanka Air Force camp this morning has injured three airmen, local media reported.

 Yuwanjana Wanasundera Wijayathilake sworn in as new Attorney General of Sri Lanka :
Oct 23, Colombo: Solicitor General Yuwanjana Wanasundera Wijayathilake was sworn in as the 28th Attorney General of Sri Lanka this afternoon before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.

  Sri Lanka fears de-proscription of LTTE in Europe will increase its activities:
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka fears that the de-proscription of the Tamil tiger terrorist group, LTTE in the European Union will lead to the heightening of activities of the terrorist organization.

 Russian naval ship arrives at Sri Lanka's Colombo port on goodwill mission :
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Russian naval ship "Moskva" arrived at the Port of Colombo today.

 Sri Lanka President concerned about escalating terrorism, even in Canada:
Oct 23, Colombo: Following Wednesday's shooting in Canada's parliament, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today expressed concern over the escalating terrorism in the world.

 Fire destroys row of shops in Sri Lankan capital :
Oct 23, Colombo: A raging fire broke out last night in a three-story building at the First cross street, Colombo, has completely destroyed a row of shops, the Police said.

 Sri Lanka National Chamber conducts Budget Seminar 2015:
Oct 23, Colombo: The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka will conduct a post Budget seminar on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

 Sri Lankan President prepares to present the budget 2015 to parliament tomorrow:
Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning will present the 2015 budget to parliament tomorrow (October 24) for its first reading.

 MRL Corporation starts key test work on Sri Lanka graphite:
Oct 23, Colombo: MRL Corporation, an Australian mining company exploring graphite in Sri Lanka, has commenced delivering bulk graphite samples from its Aluketiya and Pandeniya high-grade graphite projects in Sri Lanka to Wuhan University of Technology in China.

 Tamil Nadu political leaders advise Modi not to have closer defense ties with Sri Lanka:
Oct 22, Chennai: Tamil political leaders of India's southern Tamil Nadu state have advised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government not to keep close security ties with Sri Lanka as it would amount to a major "diplomatic blunder".

 Sri Lankan President opens cricketer Dilshan's luxury hotel :
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday declared open the 'D Pavilion Inn', luxury hotel at Stafford Road in Kirulapone. The luxury hotel is owned by star cricketer Thilakaratne Dilshan.

  Belarus MPs to focus on economic ties during next month's visit to Sri Lanka :
Oct 22, Minsk: Senior officials of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka in November, Belarusian parliament announced Wednesday.
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 CaFFE and CHR condemn attack on Sri Lanka university students :
Oct 22, Colombo: Two right organizations in Sri Lanka, the Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) and Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) strongly condemn the police attack on university students who were engaged in a protest march near the Parliamentary Complex yesterday.

 Sri Lanka Army to assist Bangladesh Army to set up a women corps unit :
Oct 22, Dhaka: In response to a request made by the Bangladesh Army Sri Lanka Army has assured support to set up a Women's Corps Unit in the Bangladesh Army.

 Sri Lanka's Missing Persons Commission says no interference from security forces on public sittings :
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons rejected the concerns raised by a think tank over its public sittings and cautioned the critics not to cast unwarranted doubts in the Tamil community.

  Belarus parliamentary delegation to visit Sri Lanka in November:
Oct 22, Minsk: Senior officials of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka in November, Belarusian parliament announced Wednesday.

 Sri Lankan government will assist the parties to defend the LTTE ban:
Oct 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today said the recent statements by interested parties on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE at the European Court seeking the lifting of sanctions are based on an inaccurate premise.

 Sri Lankan President hopes the Deepawali festivities will add to the spirit of reconciliation :
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the religious practices and festivities that go with the Deepawali festival add to the spirit of reconciliation that prevails in the country.

 Sri Lanka business chamber to hold post budget seminar:
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main business chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) will hold a post budget seminar on October 30 to discuss the 'National Budget of 2015', which will be presented in Parliament on October 24.

 Human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka claims lives of over 60 people and 250 elephants annually:
Oct 22, Colombo: Every year around 60-70 persons are killed as a result of human-elephant conflict and about 250 elephants die due to various reasons, the Wildlife Resources Conservation Minister Gamini Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa said in parliament .

 Sri Lanka monk party leaders discuss reform proposals with the President :
Oct 22, Colombo: The leaders of Sri Lanka's nationalist monk party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) met with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday at the Temple Trees to discuss the party's proposals for constitutional changes.

 Defense Ministry to conduct survey on lost properties of Sri Lankans in the North:
Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense and Urban Development is preparing to conduct a survey on the Sri Lankans who lost their properties in the North and during the war.

  Doubts raised on Pope's visit to Sri Lanka amid snap presidential polls:
Oct 21, Colombo: The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scuttle the Pope's visit scheduled for January, the AFP news agency reported Tuesday.

 Opposition MPs say election materials are being prepared in Sri Lanka Port Authority Defense Training School :
Oct 21, Colombo: The group of opposition lawmakers who visited the Sri Lanka Port Authority Defense Training School in Slave Island, Colombo on a fact finding mission, said the premises is used for preparing election campaign materials for upcoming presidential elections.

 Sri Lanka to appeal to Europe Court of Justice on lower court ruling to lift sanctions on LTTE:
Oct 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to submit an appeal to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) requesting to annul the decision taken by the lower court to lift sanctions on LTTE, the national radio reported.

 Browns Hotels and Resorts of Sri Lanka to develop four-star hotel in Maldives:
Oct 21, Colombo: Browns Hotels and Resorts Ltd. of Sri Lanka, a fully owned subsidiary of Browns Investments PLC today announced that it had sign an agreement to develop a four-star hotel in the Maldives.
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 India to supply two naval offshore patrol vessels to Sri Lanka - report:
Oct 21, New Delhi: India is planning to supply two naval offshore patrol vessels and other military equipment to Sri Lanka, according to an Indian media report.

 Sri Lanka police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse university students' march:
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse a group of students of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) who were in a protest march near the parliamentary complex this afternoon.

 Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist extremist group to contest for the upcoming elections:
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist extremist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) announced that the organization would field candidates to the next general election.

 Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister defends ministry secretary against 'unfounded allegations':
Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris today came to the defense of his Ministry secretary over "unfounded allegations" swirling in certain sections of the media recently against the official.

 Iran calls for expanding politico-economic relations with Sri Lanka:
Oct 21, Tehran: Iran and Sri Lanka have underscored that expansion of bilateral ties always tops the agenda of both countries when Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asian and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour met in Teheran on Monday.

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