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  US is looking to resume a 'more comprehensive' military relationship with Sri Lanka

Apr 17, Boston: The United States is looking for resuming a "more comprehensive" military relationship with Sri Lanka once the Sri Lankan government makes progress towards reconciliation and accountability, a top U.S. official said.

Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said that following the March UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, the U.S. continues to call for credible efforts to ensure accountability and justice.

 Sri Lanka police obtain 40 Interpol red notices on suspected LTTE operatives:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have obtained Interpol Red Notices on 40 suspected LTTE operative, the Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohan said Thursday.

 Sri Lanka opposition MPs attacked at new airport in South :
Apr 17, Hambantota: A violent mob attacked a group of parliamentarians from Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party (UNP) today when they visited the newly built Hambantota port and Mattala international airport.

 Sri Lankan health authorities warn people not to purchase medicine through the internet:
Apr 17, Colombo: Health authorities in Sri Lanka have warned the public not to purchase medicines through the internet.

 Sri Lankan public asked to be vigilant on suspicious terrorist activities:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan public have been asked to be vigilant on suspicious terrorist activities in the island, according to the national radio.

 Lot can be learnt from Sri Lanka's experience with non-state actors - Defense secretary:
Apr 17, Putrajaya: As a country that suffered three decades of ruthless terrorism, there is a great deal that can be learnt from the Sri Lankan experience with non-state actors, Sri Lanka's Secretary Defense and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.

 US is looking to resume a 'more comprehensive' military relationship with Sri Lanka:
Apr 17, Boston: The United States is looking for resuming a "more comprehensive" military relationship with Sri Lanka once the Sri Lankan government makes progress towards reconciliation and accountability, a top U.S. official said.

 Apex court in India rejects plea to probe Indian army's involvement in Sri Lanka war:
Apr 17, New Delhi: India's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged role of the Indian Army in Sri Lanka's war.

 Sri Lankan Chief Prelate threatens to launch protest over government failure to amend land laws:
Apr 17, Colombo: A Mahanayake Thero (Chief Prelate) in Sri Lanka has threatened to take to the streets with the Maha Sangha over the government's failure to amend some land laws.

 Governing party of Sri Lanka unlikely to take action against members voted against local government budgets:
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's governing United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is unlikely to act against party members who voted against the budgets in their respective local government bodies.

 Sri Lanka's main opposition prepares for Uva Provincial Council election :
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has commenced preparation work for the Uva Provincial Council election expected to be held this year.

  Indian Supreme Court to hear case against role of Indian Army in Sri Lanka war :
Apr 17, New Delhi: India's Supreme Court on Friday will hear a writ petition for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged role of the Indian Army in the war in Sri Lanka.

 Abu Dhabi-based Rotana Jet starts flights to Sri Lanka:
Apr 17, Colombo: Abu Dhabi-based airline Rotana Jet commenced flights to Sri Lanka's Colombo and Mattala airports from Wednesday April 09.

 Sri Lanka fourth worst place for journalists' murders to go unsolved:
Apr 16, New York: Sri Lanka has been ranked as the fourth worst place for journalists worldwide in the updated Global Impunity Index published by the New York based-Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
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 Sri Lankan government says open for discussion with proscribed organizations:
Apr 16, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka says it is open for discussion with the organizations that were recently proscribed for allegedly having links with the LTTE.

 Sri Lankan authorities set up center for monitoring tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs:
Apr 16, Colombo: Authorities in Sri Lanka have set up a monitoring center to keep a tab on tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.

 Tamil MP says peace and harmony in Sri Lanka yet a distant dream :
Apr 16, Colombo: Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's Tamil National Alliance (TNA) P. Ariyanethran has said that the President had made a good New Year message promoting peace and harmony.

 International body names extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka as a terrorist organization :
Apr 16, Colombo: An extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) has been named as a terrorist organization by an international body called Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC).

 Sri Lanka's Justice Minister discusses Law College admission issues with chief prelate:
Apr 16, Colombo: Justice Minister of Sri Lanka Rauf Hakeem has discussed the issues over the admission of students to the Law College with the Chief Prelate (Mahanayake Thero) of the Malwatta Chapter

 Sri Lanka Defense Secretary meets Malaysian PM:
Apr 16, Putrajaya: Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa made a courtesy call on the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at his office in Perdana Putra Building in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday.

 Sri Lanka investigates associates of killed LTTE operatives:
Apr 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka security forces have commenced investigations on the people who had close links with the three LTTE operatives killed earlier this month during a confrontation with the Sri Lankan army.

 Condé Nast Traveler features Sri Lankan string hopper mold:
Apr 16, Colombo: Condé Nast Traveler, the world's premier travel magazine, on its online home has featured Sri Lanka's traditional string hopper mold as a souvenir.

 Sri Lanka accuses Canada of using Commonwealth funds as a political tool:
Apr 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that Canada's decision to use the voluntary funds to the Commonwealth as a political tool based on dictates of electoral compulsions was regrettable.

 Commonwealth expresses disappointment at Canada's decision to suspend funds over Sri Lanka:
Apr 15, London: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma Tuesday expressed disappointment at Canada's decision to suspend voluntary contributions to the Commonwealth over Sri Lanka's human rights situation but looked forward to the resumption of the contributions.

 Sri Lanka's main opposition to appoint co-organizers to some electorates:
Apr 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided to appoint co-organizers to several electorates.

 Sri Lankan aviation authorities get two more applications to commence domestic air services:
Apr 15, Colombo: Aviation authorities in Sri Lanka have received two new applications to commence domestic air services.

 Sri Lankan Minister calls for a Commission to probe Buddhist extremist group and incidents against minorities:
Apr 15, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen has called for a Commission of Inquiry to look into the incident where the Buddhist extremist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) acted in an unruly manner at a press conference organized by the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) and incidents against the minorities.

 Guaranteed price encourages big onion farmers in Sri Lanka:
Apr 15, Colombo: Following the government's measure to set a guaranteed price for big onions, more farmers in Sri Lanka have decided to cultivate big onions in the forthcoming season.
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 Sri Lanka police arrest Chinese nationals for engaging in illegal activities:
Apr 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have arrested seven Chinese nationals in two separate incidents for engaging in illegal activities.

 Road accidents claim 30 lives in Sri Lanka during New Year holidays :
Apr 15, Colombo: During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays 30 people have been killed in 26 fatal road accidents in Sri Lanka, the police said.

  UN investigation on Sri Lanka to examine a broad range of information and evidence:
Apr 15, London: The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will soon begin the process of establishing an investigation on Sri Lanka's alleged violations of human rights and assessing the evidence.

  Canada suspends voluntary Commonwealth funds over Sri Lanka's human rights issue:
Apr 15, Ottawa: Canada has decided to suspend voluntary funds to the Commonwealth over Sri Lanka's human rights issue during Sri Lanka's tenure as current chair of the Commonwealth.

 Next round of fishermen level talks between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo next month:
Apr 14, Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Government Monday agreed to Sri Lanka's proposal to hold the next round of fishermen level talks between the fishermen of the two sides on 12th and 13th of May, 2014 in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka becomes one of Asia's fastest growing economies - report:
Apr 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's economy grew at a rate of 7.2% over the past financial year, making the island one of Asia's fastest-growing markets after China, The Financial Times of London reported.
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 Sri Lankan government to establish special courts to hear women and child abuse cases:
Apr 14, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka is taking measures to set up special courts to hear and expedite cases on abuse of women and children.

 Sri Lankan trade unions hand in nine proposals on formulating a private sector wage policy :
Apr 14, Colombo: Trade unions in Sri Lanka have submitted nine proposals to the National Pay Commission appointed by the President to assist the government in formulating National Wage Policy.

 Legal action called against Sri Lankan minister for resettling people in national park:
Apr 14, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has called to initiate legal action against Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen over the alleged resettlement of Muslim people in the Wilpattu National Park.

 In Pictures: Sri Lanka's First Family celebrates traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year:
Apr 14, Tangalle: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa along with their sons Namal, Yoshitha, Rohitha and other relatives celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year customs today at the President's ancestral home, Carlton House in Tangalle.

 Drought in Sri Lanka may raise global tea prices:
Apr 14, Colombo: The prolonged drought in Sri Lanka's tea growing regions may raise tea prices globally, tea industry analysts predict.

 Indian minister blames Tamil Nadu government for sabotaging fishermen talks with Sri Lanka:
Apr 14, Colombo: An Indian minister has blamed the Tamil Nadu government led by the Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for stalling the second round of the negotiations on the fishermen issue with Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's water buffaloes facing extinction due to slaughter:
Apr 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's water buffaloes, the ancient symbol of agriculture are facing extinction due to slaughter and lack of pastures, according to agricultural organizations.

 Sri Lanka seeks Interpol's assistance to nab overseas LTTE leaders:
Apr 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities will seek Interpol's assistance to nab the LTTE leaders operating from foreign countries to revive the defunct terrorist outfit in the island, police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohan has said.
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  Sri Lanka to completely change the school curriculum from next year:
Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Education Ministry will completely change the school curriculum from next year, the Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena said.

 Essential to build national unity to usher in rapid development in Sri Lanka- President :
Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the country is welcoming the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year at a time when production and development in agriculture and other spheres are making immense progress and it is essential to build national unity to usher in rapid development in the country.

 Sri Lankan government constructs 65,000 housing units for low income people in capital:
Apr 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is constructing 65,000 semi luxury housing units within the city limits of the Colombo Municipal Council for the low income families in the capital city.

 Bodies of three LTTE operatives buried on court order:
Apr 13, Colombo: The bodies of the three LTTE operatives killed early Friday during a confrontation with the Sri Lankan security forces have been buried

 Sri Lankan government in touch with Indian political leaders - Minister:
Apr 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is in touch with the leaders of political parties in India who may come to power at India's general elections, a government minister has said.

 Sri Lanka police take extra measures to nab drunk drivers during holidays:
Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police had launched a round-the-clock operation to nab drunk drivers during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays.

 Loan scheme to encourage female entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka successful:
Apr 12, Colombo: A loan scheme launched especially to encourage female entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka to be self-sufficient has been successful, an official said.

 Sri Lankan government emphasizes the need for maintaining troop presence in North :
Apr 12, Colombo: Following Friday's confrontation between the security forces and LTTE operatives in Vavuniya, the Sri Lankan government emphasized the need to maintain the presence of troops in the North.
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 Sri Lankan Army soldier dies of accidental fire during training:
Apr 12, Colombo: A Sri Lankan army soldier has died of gunshot injuries sustained during a training exercise in the general area north of Vavuniya in the North.

 Attempts to revive Tamil Tiger terrorist organization in Sri Lanka surface:
Apr 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's military authorities say there is a renewed attempt to revive the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the North to launch another phase of its struggle for a separate state.

 Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism in the East:
Apr 12, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government with the dual goal of developing coconut production and promoting tourism in the East plans to open a model Coconut Park in Pasikuda in the Eastern Province.

 US says New Year brings a new opportunity for all Sri Lankans:
Apr 11, Washington DC: The United States today said the upcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year brings a new opportunity for all Sri Lankans to join together in the spirit of tolerance, reconciliation, and peace.
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 Sri Lanka reduces import taxes on corn and Sorghum:
Apr 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to reduce the import taxes on corn and sorghum effective from Friday.

 Sri Lanka's economy continues to face structural challenges despite success in growth - World Bank :
Apr 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan economy has seen robust annual growth at 6.4 percent over the course of 2003 to 2012 and last year recorded a 7.3 percent growth.

 Sri Lanka Army says wanted LTTE suspect Gopi shot dead:
Apr 11, Colombo: The wanted LTTE suspect Ponniah Selvanayagam Kajeeban alias Gopi was among the three LTTE operatives killed by the Sri Lankan security forces in a clash last night in Vavuniya, the military spokesman has confirmed.

 New managing director appointed at Colombo Dockyard:
Apr 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leading ship builder, Colombo Dockyard, a listed firm in the Colombo Stock Exchange has appointed a new managing director.

 Sri Lanka to take a coordinated approach for counseling and psychosocial support for conflict-affected people :
Apr 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will soon launch a coordinated and comprehensive approach to provide psychosocial support and counseling for conflict-affected people in the North and East.

 Former President's security officers who assaulted Sri Lankan singers pardoned :
Apr 11, Colombo: Nine officers of the former President's Security Division (PSD) convicted and sentenced for the attack on a renowned Sri Lankan artist and his wife were released under a presidential pardon, Prison Department official said.

 Sri Lanka Army, LTTE operatives clash in North kills four - report:
Apr 11, Colombo: A clash between Sri Lanka security forces and suspected Tamil Tiger terrorist operatives in Vavuniya area in the north has reportedly killed four people including an Army soldier.

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