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  Maithripala Sirisena is Common Opposition candidate for presidency in Sri Lanka

Nov 21, Colombo: The General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister Maithripala Sirisena today announced that he is the Common Opposition candidate contesting for the presidency against the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Addressing the media at the New Town Hall Minister Sirisena said he served 13 years as the General Secretary of the SLFP and he said the political parties have come to an agreement to select him as the common candidate.

 BJP leader seeks ban on Sri Lanka terrorist leader's birth anniversary celebrations in Tamil Nadu:
Nov 21, New Delhi: India's Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy has asked the Indian government to ban a move in Tamil Nadu to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sri Lanka's slain terrorist leader V. Prabhakaran.

 Sri Lankan court extends remand of 24 Indian fishermen till Dec 05:
Nov 21, Jaffna: A Sri Lankan court Friday ordered to further remand 24 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu until December 05 on charges of illegally entering Sri Lankan waters.

 Crucial meeting of Sri Lanka's ruling party to be held tonight:
Nov 21, Colombo: Central Committee of Sri Lanka's ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will meet tonight, political sources say.

  Sri Lanka to hold presidential elections on January 08:
Nov 21, Colombo: Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has announced that the Presidential elections will be held on January 08, 2015.

  Sri Lanka President removes common opposition candidate from ministerial portfolio and party :
Nov 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and his colleagues have been sacked from the ministerial portfolios they held.

 Maithripala Sirisena is Common Opposition candidate for presidency in Sri Lanka:
Nov 21, Colombo: The General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister Maithripala Sirisena today announced that he is the Common Opposition candidate contesting for the presidency against the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Main opposition condemns attack on Sri Lanka monk party leader's temple:
Nov 21, Colombo: The main opposition party of Sri Lanka, United National Party (UNP) 'with shock' condemned the attack on the temple of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Chairman

 Sri Lankan Minister Maithripala Sirisena says he is committed to serve the country:
Nov 21, Colombo: General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena speaking at an event at Battaramulla today said that he is committed to serve the country and the people in the future as he did in the last five years as the Health Minister.

 President to commission irrigation project in Sri Lanka's North Western Province tomorrow:
Nov 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the largest irrigation project in North Western Province, Deduru Oya irrigation and hydro power project Saturday.

 Fitch Rates debentures of Sri Lanka's Abans at 'BBB+(lka) (EXP)':
Nov 21, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has assigned Abans Plc's proposed issue of senior unsecured redeemable debentures of up to LKR2bn an expected National Long-Term rating of 'BBB+(lka)(EXP)'. The rating is contingent upon the final transaction documents conforming to information already received.

 Sri Lankan filmmaker wins at South Asian film festival in Seattle:
Nov 21, Seattle, WA: Renowned Sri Lankan cinematographer Prasanna Vithanage's critically acclaimed movie "With You, Without You" was the winner at the 9th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival, in Seattle, Washington.

 Indian fishermen pardoned by Sri Lankan President return home:
Nov 21, Chennai: The five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were pardoned by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after they were sentenced to death by a Colombo court for alleged drug trafficking, arrive in Chennai Friday.

 Sri Lanka, Thailand celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations:
Nov 20, Colombo: The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand is being launched Thursday, (20 November 2014), the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

 Old rail tracks and signal systems blamed for 120 derailments and 14 train accidents in Sri Lanka in last three years:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Transport Kumar Welgama said in parliament today that the Sri Lanka Railway Department had recorded 120 train derailments in the period between 2011 and 2014.
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 Sri Lanka monk party leader threatened, attempts to take over his temple following withdrawal from ruling coalition:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Chairman Athuraliye Rathana Thero has sought protection from the Inspector General of Police, N.K. Ilangakoon, in written saying that he has security threats following his party's withdrawal from the ruling coalition.

 Coalition party of Sri Lanka government becomes independent:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), the former coalition party of the government, announced today that the party would act as an independent group in parliament, provincial councils and local government bodies.

 Sri Lanka ruling party MP joins main opposition UNP :
Nov 20, Colombo: United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Gampaha District parliamentarian Wasantha Senanayake today joined the main opposition United National Party (UNP) at the party headquarters, Sirikotha.

 Major split in Sri Lanka's ruling party is anticipated ahead of presidential election:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's political circles anticipate a major split in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ahead of the filing of nominations for the presidential elections.

 Sri Lankan President's announcement of his intention to hold office for a third term gazetted:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's announcement of his intention to hold office for a third term at the upcoming Presidential Election has been gazetted today.

 Sri Lanka and Belarus explore expanding trade relations:
Nov 20, Colombo: Expanding trade relations between Sri Lanka and Belarus was the focus when a high-level parliamentary delegation from the National Assembly of Belarus, led by the Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko, met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today.

 Election Commissioner calls a meeting tomorrow to discuss presidential elections:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has summoned all election officials, District Secretaries and Secretaries of all political parties to Colombo tomorrow for a meeting to discuss the upcoming presidential elections.

 Sri Lankan President signs proclamation declaring intention to hold presidential election:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa a short while ago signed the proclamation declaring his intention to hold a Presidential Election seeking another term.

 Sri Lanka police operation to find location where LTTE executed 80 security officers:
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have launched an operation to locate the place in the Mullaitivu jungles where the Tamil Tiger terrorists executed 80 police and security officers.

 Sri Lanka's Renuka Hotels and Cargo Boat Development Company to construct Rs. 2 billion office complex in Colombo:
Nov 20, Colombo: Renuka Land (Pvt) Ltd, a joint venture between Renuka Hotels Ltd and Cargo Boat Development Company PLC has initiated a project to construct a modern rentable ‘Class A’ office building complex in Colombo catering to the much needed requirement of such a facility in the rapidly developing city.

 Sri Lanka at risk of increased terrorist activity, ranks 36th in Global Terrorism Index :
Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the 13 countries that are being at risk of increased terrorist activity from current levels in the 2014 Global Terrorism Index Report released Wednesday.

 Sri Lanka ruling party central committee unanimously decides to nominate President for a third term:
Nov 20, Colombo: The Central Committee of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of ruling alliance, has unanimously decided to nominate the incumbent President of Sri Lanka as the party's candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

 Sri Lankan Chef Kusuma Cooray presents 'Ocean to Plate':
Nov 19, Honolulu : One of Hawaii's most celebrated chefs, Sri Lankan Professor of Culinary Arts at the Kapi'olani Community College and the honorary consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii Kusuma Cooray has presented, a cook book on cooking fish.

 Pro-Eelam Tamil party in India calls to celebrate Sri Lanka terrorist leader's birthday:
Nov 19, Chennai: The pro-LTTE Tamil Nadu political leader, the general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), V. Goplasamy aka Vaiko today called for grand celebrations of the 60th birth anniversary of slain terrorist leader of Sri Lanka Velupillai Prabhakaran on November 26.

 Report on establishment of a Chinese naval base stirs Sri Lanka parliament:
Nov 19, Colombo: A report in a Namibian newspaper that China is planning to establish 18 naval bases in in various Indian Ocean regions including Sri Lanka has caused a stir in Sri Lankan parliament today.
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 Pacific World expands presence in Sri Lanka for MICE operations :
Nov 19, Colombo: Pacific World, the integrated global DMC and Event Management organization has announced that they are expanding into Sri Lanka, an emerging MICE destination.

 Sri Lanka cabinet and ruling party central committee to hold special meetings today:
Nov 19, Colombo: The Sri Lanka government will hold a special meeting of the cabinet this evening at 7.30 p.m.

 Sri Lankan government to hold budget debate on Ranawaka's Ministry without his presence:
Nov 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan parliament will hold the budget debate on the Ministry of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy without the presence of relevant minister after its Minister, Jathika Hela Urumaya parliamentarian, Patali Champika Ranawaka resigned from his ministerial portfolio yesterday.

 Sri Lanka releases five Indian fishermen sentenced to death :
Nov 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka today released the five Indian fishermen sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court last month on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's order.

  Sri Lanka ranks within Top 10 of the World Giving Index:
Nov 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka is one of the ten most generous countries in the world, according to the recently released 2014World Giving Index (WGI) report.

 USAID visits shelter for Koslanda landslide victims in Sri Lanka:
Nov 19, Colombo: Mission Director Sherry Carlin from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Tuesday visited the Poonagala Tea Factory camp that houses victims of the recent Koslanda landslide.

  Sri Lanka's Matale mass grave skeletons belong to early 1950s :
Nov 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka police Tuesday informed the Matale Magistrate's Court that the skeletons found from a mass grave discovered at Matale in central Sri Lanka belong to early 1950s.

 Sri Lankan President expected to announce Presidential Election today:
Nov 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to give an official statement regarding the upcoming Presidential Election any time after midnight Wednesday, President's media sources said.

 Sri Lankan envoy calls for full exploitation of FTA between Pakistan and Sri Lanka:
Nov 19, Lahore: Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) Jayalath Weerakkody has called for full exploitation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

 Extremist Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka says Ranil is the most suitable common candidate :
Nov 18, Colombo: The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), an extremist Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka says Opposition Leader and Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe is the most suitable common candidate for presidency.

 Leading member of Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist party breaks away:
Nov 18, Colombo: Following the resignation of Sri Lanka's coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) members Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Western Provincial Council minister Udaya Gammanpila form government portfolios, a leading member of the party has decided to quit JHU and join the ruling party.
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 Protest march and rally in Colombo against Sri Lankan President contesting for a third term:
Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) led People's Movement for Democracy (PMD) today held a protest march and a rally against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting for third election.

 Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka death row withdraw appeal:
Nov 18, Colombo: Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka death row withdrew the appeal filed on behalf of them in Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal when it was heard in court today.

 Belarusian parliamentary delegation arrives in Sri Lanka on an official visit:
Nov 18, Colombo: A parliamentary delegation of Belarus led by Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko arrived in Sri Lanka today on an official visit.

 Sri Lankan President celebrates 69th birthday and 4th anniversary of his second term today:
Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa celebrates his 69th birthday and the fourth anniversary of his second term in office today with a series of religious activitie

  Sri Lanka's opposition leader to summon party working committee to decide presidential candidate :
Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Leader of Opposition of and the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe has told a group of party Buddhist monks that he alone could not take decisions regarding the presidential candidate.

  Sri Lanka court further remands minister's son and six others over night club brawl:
Nov 18, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered to further remand the son of the controversial government Minister Mervyn Silva until November 25.

 JHU ministers Ranawaka and Gammanpila resign from Sri Lankan government :
Nov 18, Colombo: Members of Sri Lanka's coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) , Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka and Western Provincial Council minister Udaya Gammanpila resigned from their ministerial portfolios in cabinet and provincial levels.

 Accident kills three security officers of Uva Province Chief Minister in Sri Lanka:
Nov 18, Colombo: Three security officers attached to the Uva Province Chief Minister's security detail were killed when their vehicle met with an accident in Buttala in the pre-dawn hours of today, local media reported.

 Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund gains over Rs. 14 billion in unrealized profits:
Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) with a current asset base of Rs. 1.3 trillion as at December 2013, has gained over Rs. 14 billion in unrealized profits, according to the Central Bank.

 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate:
Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as headline inflation declined to its lowest level since November 2009 in October 2014.

 Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews surges to top of ICC ODI Player Rankings:
Nov 17, Colombo: Following India's tour, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has surged to the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders for the first time after accumulating 339 runs, including 139 not out and two half centuries (75 and 92 not out), to finish the series with an average of 113.00 with the bat.

 Sri Lanka Army suspends soldiers involved in fatal water tanker accident in Anuradhapura:
Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army today suspended two army soldiers involved in a fatal accident in Anuradhapura when a water tanker they were driving plowed into a bus stop killing a school girl and a woman and injuring another eight.

  Election observers from several countries to monitor Sri Lanka presidential election :
Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's upcoming presidential election will be monitored by election observers from 35 countries, a local election monitoring organization said.
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 Solheim issues reply to Sri Lanka President on allegations of funding LTTE:
Nov 17, Paris: Erik Solheim, former Norwegian Minister and facilitator of Sri Lanka's peace process today said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has launched a surprise attack on him alleging that he supported and funded the Tamil Tiger terrorist group, LTTE.

 Sri Lanka government to gazette on presidential election on November 19 :
Nov 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will issue a gazette notification regarding the presidential election on November 19, government sources said.

 Sri Lanka raises concerns over OHCHR Investigation:
Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka today protested to the United Nations over the investigation mandated by the UN Human Rights Council and conducted by the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) into the alleged human rights violations and abuses in Sri Lanka.

 Controversial Sri Lankan minister takes law into his hand:
Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's controversial Minister Mervin Silva today took the law into his hand and forced a hotel to shut down, according to local media reports.

 Sri Lanka's Lion Brewery Rs. 2 billion debenture issue approved:
Nov 17, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange announced today that it has in principle approved the application for listing the debt securities of Lion Brewery.

 Sri Lankan Minister's MSD officers among the six arrested for assaulting foreign couple:
Nov 17, Colombo: The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) of Sri Lanka police Monday arrested six persons who accompanied Sri Lanka Minister Mervyn Silva's son Malaka Silva, for assaulting a foreign couple at a night club.

 Sri Lanka's stock exchange records highest ever foreign inflows :
Nov 17, Colombo: Reaching another milestone this year, Sri Lanka's bourse, Colombo Stock Exchange last week recorded the highest ever inflow of foreign investment into the equity secondary market.

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