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  Minister denies receiving resignation letter from Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to UK

Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet Spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella today denied receiving a resignation letter from Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to UK Dr. Chris Nonis.

Responding to the reporters at the cabinet press briefing Tuesday Minister Rambukwella said Dr. Nonis had not tendered his resignation to the Ministry of External Affairs as some media reports have claimed.

 Sri Lanka cabinet approves establishing a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences :
Oct 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers Tuesday gave its approval to initiate activities to establish a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences and Environment.

 Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank acquires 51 percent stake of micro finance company:
Oct 01, Colombo: Hatton National Bank (HNB), one of the largest private sector banks in Sri Lanka, announced that it has entered into a Shareholders' Agreement on Tuesday with Prime Grameen Micro Finance Ltd to acquire 51% stake of the micro finance company.

 Indian Coast Guard arrests 12 Sri Lankan fishermen:
Oct 01, Chennai: The Indian Coast Guard has arrested 12 Sri Lankan fishermen along with their boat on Tuesday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the Chennai coast.

 Sri Lanka has fulfilled most of its responsibilities towards country's children - President :
Oct 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka has set an example to other nations by fulfilling most of its responsibilities towards the country's children, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in his message to mark World Children's Day, today.

 Sri Lanka best place in South Asia for old people:
Oct 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka is the best country in South Asia for older people, according to a new global index that was released Wednesday to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons.

 US$ 70 million French aid to Sri Lanka for water supply system improvement and energy saving project:
Sept 30, Colombo: The French Development Agency (AFD) has agreed to provide a US$ 70 million to the Government of Sri Lanka for a water supply system improvement and energy saving project.

 Sri Lankan President congratulates top winners of Grade Five Scholarship:
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today recognized the students who excelled at this year's Grade Five Scholarship Examination.
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 Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka announces new electricity rates:
Sept 30, Colombo: The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has announced the approved electricity tariffs, in line with the government policy directive on the reduction of electricity tariffs for the domestic sector.

 Minister denies receiving resignation letter from Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to UK:
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Cabinet Spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella today denied receiving a resignation letter from Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to UK Dr. Chris Nonis.

  Sri Lanka to mark World Children's Day tomorrow :
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka will mark World Children's Day tomorrow with a national event at the Maharagama Youth Centre under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lankan President orders the release of 76 Indian fishermen:
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday ordered the release of 76 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody.

  Sri Lanka Customs arrests two with illegal gold stock:
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the international airport arrested today two Sri Lankan nationals when they attempted to illegally bring into the country a gold stock valued at over three million rupees.

 British diplomat in Sri Lanka describes surveillance on her during visit to East:
Sept 30, Colombo: A British diplomat in Sri Lanka says she was continually being watched during a recent visit to the island's East and the people she met have been questioned by the Sri Lankan authorities.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 16 fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy arrested 16 Indian fishermen along with their 4 trawlers for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in well within the country's waters.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank approves 8 more proposals for consolidation of financial institutions:
Sept 30, Colombo: The Monetary Board of Sri Lanka's Central Bank has approved eight more proposals for consolidation of island's financial institutions, bringing the total number of proposals approved to 37.

 Sri Lanka inflation unchanged at 3.5 percent in September 2014:
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , remained unchanged at 3.5 percent in September 2014 on a year-on-year basis, the Central Bank reported on Tuesday.

 Tamil party urges public in north to submit evidence to UN investigation team - report:
Sept 30, Colombo: A minor Tamil party in Sri Lanka's North, has been urging the public to submit evidence against the alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka to the United Nations team conducting the international probe, a local media report said.

 Investment projects worth nearly Rs. 6 billion under operation in Sri Lanka's Jaffna district :
Sept 30, Colombo: All investment projects that are currently in commercial operation under Sri Lanka's Board of Investment (BOI) is recorded to be around Rs. 5.99 billion.

 Sri Lanka doctors' union opposes training at state hospitals for private medical college students :
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's powerful doctors' union, the Government Medical Officers Association has threatened to take action against the government's decision to allow the students of the Private Medical College in Malabe to receive clinical training at the government hospitals.

  U.S. State Department announces 2016 Diversity Visa Program Registration:
Sept 30, Washington, DC: The United States Department of State has announced that the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program, popularly known as the Green Card Lottery, will be accepting on-line applications starting on Wednesday October 1, 2014.

 Emir of Qatar to visit Sri Lanka next month:
Sept 29, Colombo: The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, will arrive in Sri Lanka next month on an invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Investment Promotion Faizer Mustafa has said.

 Sri Lanka Navy seizes 1.7 kilograms of gold hidden in a dingy:
Sept 29, Kankasanthurei: Sri Lankan Navy troops today uncovered a haul of gold hidden in a fiber glass dingy in Northern Jaffna peninsula.
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 Union Bank appointed as Primary Dealer in Sri Lankan government securities :
Sept 29, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Monday announced that the Union Bank of Colombo PLC has been appointed as the Primary Dealer in Government Securities in terms of the Registered Stock and Securities Ordinance and the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance.

 Sri Lanka Muslim Council expresses concern over extremist monk's threats:
Sept 29, Colombo: The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has expressed concern over the threatening remarks made by the General Secretary of the extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera during the convention of Buddhist monks held yesterday in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka Supreme Court rejects petition to halt deportation of asylum seekers:
Sept 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Monday upholding a lower court Ruling dismissed a plea sought to stop the deportation of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers in Sri Lanka.

  Sampanthan to lead Sri Lanka Tamil party political group:
Sept 29, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has been appointed to lead the political group of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the main constituent of TNA.

 Sri Lankan police officer assaulted a girl in public suspended:
Sept 29, Colombo: A police sergeant attached to the Ratnapura police station has been suspended for assaulting a young woman on the street in view of hundreds of people.

  Sri Lankan government decides to shorten Grade 5 scholarship examination from next year:
Sept 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Education has decided to shorten the Grade 5 scholarship examination, Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena said.

 India sets up Language Lab in Sri Lanka's Central Province :
Sept 29, Kandy: Sri Lanka's Central Province was the latest recipient of a language laboratory set up under a project to set up nine language laboratories in the nine provinces of Sri Lanka with the assistance of India.

 U.S. Trade Show 2014 in Sri Lanka offers new opportunities for American, Sri Lankan partnerships:
Sept 29, Colombo: Top American companies from a wide variety of sectors showcased their products, technologies, and services in Sri Lanka at the U.S. Trade Show 2014 held today at the Hilton Residences.

 Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to visit Sri Lanka:
Sept 29, Colombo: The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will visit Sri Lanka on an invitation from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, according to a senior official from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia.

 Logo design competition to celebrate 60 years of Sri Lanka, Thailand diplomatic relations:
Sept 29, Colombo: A series of activities are being organized throughout the next year to celebrate the 60 years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand, the External Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka said.

 Missing Persons Commission of Sri Lanka holds public sittings in Kilinochchi district again:
Sept 29, Colombo: The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka is conducting public sittings to hear cases of missing in Kilinochchi District from 27th to 30th September 2014.

 Myanamar's hard-line Buddhist monk joins hands with Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist group:
Sept 28, Colombo: Leader of Myanmar's nationalist movement 969, the hardline Buddhist monk, Ashin Wirathu, has said that his organization will work with Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to save the Buddhists from extremism.

 Reduced electricity rates in Sri Lanka to go in effect from next month:
Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state-run power monopoly said it will announce the new electricity rates covering the 25 percent reduction ordered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa will on Wednesday.
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 Sri Lankan President to visit Vatican next week:
Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit the Vatican next week to officially invite Pope Francis to visit Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka Police Chief issues instructions to arrest suspects of election violence:
Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's police chief, Inspector General of Police N. K. Ilangakoon has instructed the high-ranking senior officers of police to arrest any suspect connected to the election violence during the recent Uva Provincial Council elections.

 Sri Lanka opposition leader to attend UK's Conservative Party Conference:
Sept 28, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Opposition and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe will leave the island for England on Monday (Sept 29) to participate in the 2014 Conference of the UK's Conservative Party.

 Opposition MP arrested in Sri Lanka for trespassing and assault granted bail:
Sept 28, Puttalam: Sri Lanka Police today arrested a parliamentarian of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) on trespassing and assault charges.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests four Tamil Nadu fishermen, damages boats:
Sept 28, Rameswaram: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested four Tamil Nadu fishermen from Rameswaram near the Kachchativu island today, fishermen's association alleged.

  Sri Lanka Marxist party to take legal action against Chief Minister of Uva Province for misusing funds:
Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) plans to initiate legal action against the Chief Secretary of the Uva Provincial Council for misusing funds.

 UN Secretary-General encourages Sri Lanka to continue making progress on the post-war agenda :
Sept 28, New York: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for talks on Saturday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

 Sri Lankan President, Indian PM hold bilateral discussions:
Sept 27, New York: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Saturday on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

 Two opposition politicians to join Sri Lanka's major opposition party:
Sept 27, Colombo: Two politicians of minor opposition political parties in Sri Lana are expected to join the main opposition United National Party.
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 Sri Lanka President slated to announce the snap presidential polls after November 19:
Sept 27, Colombo: Political sources in Sri Lanka predict that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would announce a snap election for a third term after he completes four years in his second tenure as the President.

 Sri Lanka backed by 22 nations against UN rights probe:
Sept 27, Colombo: A group of 22 nations have supported Sri Lanka for its ongoing spat with the United nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHGHR) mandated probe into alleged human rights violations during the armed conflict with Tamil Tiger terrorists.

 Lawyers' organization in Sri Lanka to protest President contesting for the third time:
Sept 27, Colombo: A lawyers' organization in Sri Lanka's has organized a series of protests against President Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting the presidential election for the third time.

 Ironwood launches Sri Lanka's first private equity fund with US$ 30 million:
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ironwood Capital Partners, a private equity firm has raised US$ 30 million for the first dedicated private equity investment vehicle for Sri Lanka post-2009, a press release said.

 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has to resign after sentenced to 4 Years in jail in corruption case:
Sept 27, Bangalore: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will have to resign from the Chief Minister post after a court in Bangalore sentenced her to 4 years in jail on corruption charges.

 U.S. Embassy joins opening of H.W. Jayewardene memorial auditorium at Bar Association of Sri Lanka:
Sept 27, Colombo: United States Ambassador Michele Sison today joined the family of the late Dr. H.W. Jayewardene and members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) to inaugurate a newly-renovated auditorium named in honor of Dr. Jayewardene, the first president of BASL.

 U.S. entrepreneurs discuss doing business in Sri Lanka with President :
Sept 27, New York: The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) in New York on Friday morning hosted a breakfast discussion for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the representatives of U.S. businesses.

 Sri Lanka Muslim Council expresses concern over the visit of the controversial Buddhist monk from Myanmar:
Sept 27, Colombo: It has been reported that the radical Buddhist monk from Myanmar Ashin Wirathu has arrived in Sri Lanka to attend the Maha Sangha Council meeting of Sri Lankan Buddhist Organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) on Sunday September 28.

 Tribunal records Indian government's evidence on LTTE :
Sept 27, Chennai: A tribunal set up in Chennai to evaluate the Indian government's ban on Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation, Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has recorded the evidence presented by the Union government in support of the ban.

 Sri Lankan President discusses CHOGM 2015 with Prime Minister of Malta:
Sept 27, New York: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat held talks Thursday on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York primarily to discuss the next year's Commonwealth meeting.

 Australian Prime Minister commends Sri Lanka on successful implementation of LLRC recommendations:
Sept 27, New York: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has commended Sri Lanka for the successful implementation of the LLRC recommendations and the country's ability to maintain a remarkable economic growth.

 Sri Lankan President congratulates new Afghan Leader:
Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has written to the new Afghan President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to congratulate him on his election to the office this month.

 Sri Lanka Supreme Court refuses to grant leave to proceed in Greece Bonds Case against the Central Bank:
Sept 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has refused to grant leave to proceed in the Greek Bond case against the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).

 India ruling party urges Sri Lanka government to address Tamil fishermen issue immediately :
Sept 26, Colombo: India's Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) today urged the Sri Lankan government to address Tamil fishermen issue and other outstanding contentious issues immediately.
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 Resolution of Sri Lanka's Tamil problem is only through devolution - BJP:
Sept 26, Colombo: India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party said today that the resolution of Sri Lanka's Tamil problem is only through devolution and urged the Sri Lankan government to restart the dialogue with the Tamil leaders immediately.

 Indian Coast Guard arrests five Sri Lankan fishermen:
Sept 26, Colombo: The Indian Coast Guard has arrested five Sri Lankan fishermen along with their boat on Thursday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the Chennai coast.

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