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  EU expresses concern over restrictions on NGOs and on freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

July 23, Colombo: The European Union delegation in Sri Lanka today expressed concerns about the Sri Lankan government imposing restrictions on the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country.

The European Union delegation in Colombo today issued a joint statement in agreement with the Embassies of EU Member States in Sri Lanka, as well as the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland on restrictions on non-governmental organizations and on freedom of expression in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's economy shows strong growth potential, but government finances remain weak - Moody's:
July 23, Singapore: Moody's Investors Service affirmed Sri Lanka's 'B1' sovereign bond rating with the stable outlook today, citing strong growth potential of the island nation, but said the weakness of government finances is a rating constraint.

 UK court finds suspect guilty of murdering Sri Lankan pizza delivery worker :
July 23, Sheffield: A British court in Sheffield found a suspect guilty of murdering a Sri Lankan pizza delivery worker, who was on his last shift delivering pizza on his last day as a delivery worker before embarking on an IT career.
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 Sri Lanka to conduct survey on mental patients:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health will conduct a census on mental patients in the island to identify the extent of the mental disorders prevailing among the population.

 Sri Lankan university students protest in Colombo :
July 23, Colombo: Thousands of university students in Sri Lanka today marched in the streets of Sri Lankan capital Colombo demanding the authorities to revoke a suspension imposed on 28 of their fellow students at the Rajarata University.

 NGOs in Sri Lanka need government approval before receiving any foreign funds:
July 23, Colombo: The Finance and Planning Ministry of Sri Lanka yesterday has informed all Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs ) in the country that they should receive prior approval from the Ministry before receiving any foreign funds.

 Sri Lanka Cricket extends Marvan Atapattu's tenure as interim coach till August:
July 23, Colombo: The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to extend the tenure of the interim national coach Marvan Atapattu till August, the SLC announced today.

 EU expresses concern over restrictions on NGOs and on freedom of expression in Sri Lanka :
July 23, Colombo: The European Union delegation in Sri Lanka today expressed concerns about the Sri Lankan government imposing restrictions on the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country.

 Indian court asks for written correspondence over the proposed sale of warships to Sri Lanka:
July 23, Madurai: The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in Chennai, hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed on the proposed sale of two naval warships to Sri Lanka, has called for the records of the written correspondence between the central Indian government and the state government of Tamil Nadu over the issue.

 India to upgrade 70 child development centers in Sri Lanka estate sector:
July 23, Colombo: India has agreed to upgrade facilities at 70 child development centers (créches) in Sri Lanka's estate regions, where a majority of the Indian origin Tamil people live and work in tea plantations.

 Sri Lankan and South African cricketers raise funds for the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI:
July 23, Colombo: Standard Chartered joins hands with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to continue its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI and its bid at this year's World Cup in South Africa in November.

 Sri Lankan minister not pleased with government's decision to broaden investigations of alleged war crimes :
July 23, Colombo: The Leader of National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of the Sri Lankan government, Minister Wimal Weerawansa has expressed his opposition to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's recent decision to broaden the scope of the Missing Persons Commission and allow investigations into alleged human rights abuses by the security forces during the war.

 Sri Lanka Supreme Court allows animal sacrifice in Hindu Kovil under controlled conditions:
July 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that the Hindu temples can perform animal sacrifice under controlled conditions.

 Sri Lankan university students to hold protest march in Colombo tomorrow:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka university students' union, Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) will hold a protest march tomorrow from Colombo Fort to the Ministry of Higher Education.
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 British envoy wishes Sri Lankan team success at Commonwealth Games:
July 22, Colombo: British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives John Rankin today said sport is a wonderful way of uniting young people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister opposes installing buoys on the IMBL between India and Sri Lanka:
July 22, Chennai: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again to express her disapproval to a proposal that suggested installing buoys on the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between India and Sri Lanka as a measure to address the fishermen issue.

 Vietnam, Sri Lanka to work closely in fighting transnational crime:
July 22, Ha Noi: Vietnam and Sri Lanka have agreed to step up cooperation in fighting transnational crime, especially those involving e-commerce and credit.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 38 Indian fishermen for poaching:
July 22, Kankasanthurai: Sri Lanka Navy on Monday arrested 38 Indian fishermen along with their nine fishing trawlers on two separate occasions when they were engaged in poaching well within Sri Lankan waters.

 Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council Chief Minister accused of assaulting a man:
July 22, Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council Prasanna Ranatunga is accused of attacking an individual and injuirng him.

 Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist monk hits hack at Dalai Lama:
July 22, Colombo: Leader of an extremist Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero today hit back at Dalai Lama for making a statement against Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka.

 Absconding ruling party legislator in Sri Lanka surrenders to court:
July 22, Kurunegala: A Sri Lankan legislator who was wanted by police for assaulting a government official surrendered to the court today.

 Tanzania looks forward to further strengthening bilateral ties with Sri Lanka:
July 22, Colombo: Tanzania was extremely satisfied with the bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and looks forward to further strengthening those ties, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Bernard K. Membe has said.

  Sri Lankan President orders to remove taxes on loan interests of financial sector employees :
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to abolish taxes imposed under the 1857/8 special gazette notification.

 Land acquisition for Sri Lanka's Ratnapura expressway within 26 weeks:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Project Minister of Ports and Highway Nirmala Kotelawala said that the government has decided to pay compensation and acquire the state and private land within 26 weeks to expedite the construction of the Colombo - Pelmadulla expressway via Ratnapura.

 Sri Lanka main opposition appoints committees for the Uva Provincial Council election:
July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) media spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the party had appointed the nomination board and the operational committee for the Uva Provincial Council election.

 Sri Lanka main opposition hands over petition to Supreme Court against redistribution of seats in Uva Provincial Council :
July 21, Colombo: Main opposition United National Party (UNP) Badulla district parliamentarian Harin Fernando who is slated to hand over nominations to contest to the Uva Provincial Council election filed a petition Monday in Supreme Court against the Election Commissioner.

 Sri Lankan MP wanted for attacking a public official absconding:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana says that the Kurunegala district MP Nimal Nilwala Wijesinghe who is wanted for assaulting a Village Officer is absconding.

 Sri Lanka welcomes BRICS initiative to establish a development bank:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today welcomed the formation of the New Development Bank (NDB) by the five BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
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 India wants excellent relations with Sri Lanka - BJP delegation :
July 21, Colombo: A group of members from India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including the Chairman of BJP's Committee on Strategic Action and Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy, met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today.

 Nomination board of Sri Lanka Freedom Party to meet on 28th to select candidates for Uva PC:
July 21, Colombo: The nomination of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of ruling United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA), will on the 28th of this month to select suitable candidates for the upcoming Uva Provincial Council election.

 Large heroin haul of over 100 kg seized in Sri Lanka:
July 21, Colombo: Narcotics Division of Sri Lanka's Customs Department has seized a large heroin haul of over 100 kilograms today at the Orugodwatta container yard today, the Customs said.

 India refuses visa to UN team probing Sri Lanka :
July 21, Colombo: India has refused to grant visas to the United Nations team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to probe the alleged human rights violations during the last seven years of three-decades long conflict in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka's BOI enlightens Israel business community on investment opportunities:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment recently enlightened the business community of Israel about Sri Lanka's investment climate at a Business Forum held in Tel Aviv.

 Sri Lankan President expresses condolences to Dutch and Malaysians over MH17 tragedy:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conveyed condolences to the Dutch and Malaysian families on the loss of loved ones on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

 Sri Lanka's opposition to promote a common platform instead of a common candidate:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka opposition parties, groups and organizations are trying to form a common platform with a common aim at the next presidential elections, political activists say.

 Sri Lankan government bans sending workers to Libya, brings back all workers home:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion Dilan Perera says that the government of Sri Lanka has banned sending employees to work in Libya.

 Sri Lanka to prevent NGOs from receiving foreign funds - report:
July 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government had decided to prevent certain Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are threats to the national security from receiving foreign funds, according to a local newspaper report.

 Each Sri Lankan is indebted Rs. 12,500 due to losses of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation - Opposition Leader:
July 21, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) leader and Opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe said that each Sri Lankan is indebted Rs. 12,500 due to the losses incurred by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

 Sri Lanka and Singapore to establish a pilot training school at Mattala airport:
July 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to establish a pilot training school at the newly opened Mattala Airport in the Southern Province, Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne said.

 Central Bank takes measures to retrieve Sri Lankan coins from till boxes in India:
July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka has initiated measures to bring back a huge stock of Sri Lankan coins that are in the Buddhist pilgrim sites of India, the Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.

 Sri Lanka to expedite legislation permitting 'limited abortions' :
July 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to legalize "limited abortions" under special circumstances, the Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs says.
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 Sri Lanka opposition MP Harin Fernando to resign from parliament next week:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) Badulla district MP Harin Fernando will resign from the parliament next week, UNP sources say.

 Supplementary staff of Sri Lanka government hospitals to strike tomorrow:
July 20, Colombo: The joint trade union committee of the supplementary staff employees of Sri Lanka's hospitals announced they would boycott four hours of work tomorrow as a token measure.

 Sri Lanka lawmaker accused of assaulting a public official:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have initiated an investigation against a Member of Parliament over assaulting a public official.

 President of Sri Lanka Bar Association complains about threats to his life again:
July 20, Colombo: President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), Attorney Upul Jayasuriya has lodged another complaint today at the Thalangama police station about unidentified motorcyclists following him.

 Portugal interested in further improving relations with Sri Lanka:
July 20, Colombo: Portugal is interested in improving relationships with Sri Lanka further, Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, said when he met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for discussions at Temple Trees today.

 Sri Lanka to deport all overstaying foreign nationals :
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Controller of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera said that all overstaying foreign nationals including the Pakistan and Afghan nationals who had applied for refugee status would be deported.

 Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to vie for the Chief Minister position of the Eastern PC:
July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Muslim party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to demand the Chief Minister position of the Eastern Provincial Council.

 Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka says that all races must be safeguarded to save the Sinhala Buddhists:
July 20, Colombo: Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremasinghe said that to save the Sinhala Buddhists in the island, all the other races must also be safeguarded.

 Coalition parties of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance to decide on the Uva PC election next week:
July 20, Colombo: Coalition party of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) announced that the party will decide next week on how it would contest the Uva Provincial Council election.

 Highway traffic controlled in Sri Lanka with high speed bikes to curb accidents:
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's traffic police have taken actions to deploy a Highway Traffic Squadron to minimize road accidents in the country.
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 Sri Lanka Army arrests soldiers trying to sell dry rations to a trader:
July 19, Colombo: A Sri Lanka Military Police surveillance squad has arrested a group of Army soldiers when they attempted to sell the dry rations they were transporting

 Sri Lanka Minister warns of manipulation of elections by way of NGO funds:
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris said that a large amount of money is flowing in to the country at present as funds for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

 LTTE operatives arrested by Malaysia brought to Sri Lanka:
July 19, Colombo: The four former members of Sri Lanka's Tamil terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) arrested by the Malaysian police earlier this month have been brought to Sri Lanka.

  Sri Lanka launches National Nutrition Walk to improve nutrition :
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today launched a National Nutrition Walk and Exhibition to raise awareness among the general public on improving nutrition for better health.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank may take legal action if commercial banks do not reduce interest rat:
July 19, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has the authority to resort to legal action if commercial banks do not further reduce their interest rates in line with the stipulated rates, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal has said

 The Dutch trade stands ready to engage and explore opportunities in Sri Lanka:
July 19, Colombo: Simon Smits, the Vice Minister for Foreign Trade of The Netherlands and a Dutch trade delegation of five high level business representatives concluded a successful visit to Sri Lanka.

 Portugal Prime Minister to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow:
July 19, Colombo: Prime Minister of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho will be arriving in Sri Lanka on Sunday (20) for a two day official visit, the government announced.

 Indian Coast Guard arrests 23 Sri Lankan fishermen :
July 19, Colombo: The Indian Coast Guard has arrested 23 Sri Lankan fishermen along with their four boats on Tuesday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in Indian waters.

 Protest in Jaffna as the suspects of a child abuse case granted bail:
July 19, Colombo: Residents of Karainagar, Jaffna staged a demonstration yesterday demanding the arrest of seven Sri Lanka Navy personnel who were accused of raping an underage girl after they were released on bail yesterday by a court in Jaffna.

 Sri Lanka expresses condolences over lives lost on Malaysian Airlines flight :
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Friday expressed its deepest sympathies to the families of the passengers and the crew who were onboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 crashed in Eastern Ukraine.

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