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  Time has come to focus on economic development, Sri Lanka tells international community

Aug 29, Colombo: Having taken solid measures to address human rights issues that had been at the center for years, Sri Lanka says the time has come to focus on strengthening the economy now.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera addressing the Diplomatic Corps based in Colombo on Friday (August 28) said for far too long Sri Lanka's relationship with the international community has been dictated by ‘human rights’ and now the country needs to focus its attention on the economy.

 New bridge over Kelani River to link Sri Lankan capital and airport expressway:
Aug 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to construct a new bridge over the Kelani River to ease the traffic congestion on the roads linking suburbs to the capital Colombo city.

 First informal meeting on Sri Lanka at UNHRC 30th session on September 17:
Aug 30, Colombo: The United States has informed the Unite Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva that an informal meeting has been scheduled on the sidelines of the 30th session which begins on September 14, to discuss a resolution the U.S. plans to present on Sri Lanka.

 Former ITN chief to appear before presidential CoI Monday:
Aug 30, Colombo: Former chairman of state-run Independent Television Network (ITN), Anura Siriwardena is summoned to appear before the presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges Monday to record a statement.

 Omanthai check point in northern Sri Lanka removed:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan military authorities have removed the security check point located at Omanthai in Vavuniya with effect from Saturday, August 29.

 Sri Lanka's AkzoNobel Paints garners Silver Awards at SLIM NASCO 2015:
Aug 29, Colombo: Two AkzoNobel Paints Lanka sales professionals were recognized with Silver Awards for excellence at SLIM NASCO 2015.

 Former Sri Lankan government paid US$ 6.2 million to fundraiser for Obama to influence U.S. - report:
Aug 29, Colombo: The former Sri Lankan government under Mahinda Rajapaksa paid US$ 6.2 million last year to a private equity fund manager and a political fundraiser for consulting services which included influencing the U.S. government, according to a report in Foreign Policy Magazine.
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 PM instructs to expedite paddy purchasing process as a bumper crop is expected :
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has given instructions to expedite the process of purchasing the Yala season paddy crop from the farmers across the country.

 Sri Lanka main Tamil party lays claim to opposition leader post in parliament:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today said the leader of its main constituent party, Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), should become the opposition leader of Sri Lanka's eighth parliament.

 Sri Lanka President to totally ban the production and importation of asbestos in 2018:
Aug 29, Kandy: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he would enforce strict laws from January 1, 2016 to prevent use of polythene which is a major threat to the environment and the health of the people.

 Shareholders approve Sri Lanka's DFCC Vardhana and DFCC banks merger:
Aug 29, Colombo: Shareholders of DFCC Vardhana Bank and DFCC Bank have approved the proposed amalgamation of the two banks at an extraordinary general meeting held Friday, a stock market disclosure said.

 Meaningful reconciliation in Sri Lanka for durable peace and prosperity will take time - Foreign Minister:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera says meaningful reconciliation for durable peace and prosperity will take time and it is an essential process for the country involving the broad areas of truth seeking, justice, reparations and non-recurrence.

 Time has come to focus on economic development, Sri Lanka tells international community:
Aug 29, Colombo: Having taken solid measures to address human rights issues that had been at the center for years, Sri Lanka says the time has come to focus on strengthening the economy now.

 Final Randoli Perahera of Sri Dalada Maligawa tonight:
Aug 29, Kandy: The final Randoli Perahera of Sri Lanka's premier Buddhist pageant, the historic Esala festival, will parade the streets in the hill capital of Kandy Saturday night.

 Indian Tamil parties condemn U.S. support to Sri Lanka's domestic probe:
Aug 29, Colombo: Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu have strongly condemned the United States for supporting Sri Lanka to conduct a domestic inquiry into the alleged war crimes.

 U.S. grants Sri Lanka $ 3.2 million to develop schools in the East:
Aug 29, Colombo: The United States has agreed to grant US$ 3.2 million for the development of schools in the Eastern Province.

 Nigeria invites Sri Lankan investors, wants to boost bilateral trade:
Aug 28, Colombo: Despite doing business with Sri Lanka for a long time, the bilateral trade between Nigeria and Sri Lanka has not been improved and the country was not represented very well in Sri Lanka, Nigeria's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, S. U. Ahmed said.
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 SLFP empowers President to decide on posts, ministers:
Aug 28, Colombo: The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today entrusted President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Chairman of the party to make the final decision on making parliamentary and ministerial appointments.

 Sri Lanka ruling United National Party's 69th anniversary celebrations on Sept 6:
Aug 28, Colombo: The 69th anniversary of Sri Lanka's ruling United National Party (UNP) will be held on the 6th of September under the patronage of party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

 Sri Lanka Army investigating Channel-4 video contents since 2013:
Aug 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army said today that it has been investigating the contents in the videos produced by the Britain's Channel-4 TV since 2013.

 President emphasizes need for a national plan and policy to take Sri Lanka's construction sector to international level:
Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today pointed out the necessity for a national plan and policy to take the country's construction sector, which is a major contributor the economy, to international level.

 Construct -2015 trade exhibition opens in Colombo :
Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today declared open the Construct 201trade exhibition at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center (SBMEC) Colombo .

  Sri Lanka appoints Ambassador to Myanmar:
Aug 28, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka with the concurrence of the Government of Myanmar has decided to appoint Mr. K.W.N.D. Karunaratne as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Myanmar, Foreign Affairs Ministry said today.

 Former Treasury Secretary summoned to police SIU:
Aug 28, Colombo: Former Secretary to the Finance Ministry and Treasury Dr. P.B. Jayasundera has been summoned to the police Special Investigations Unit.

 Sri Lanka court dismisses petitions against Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadarshana :
Aug 28, Colombo: A Sri Lanka court today dismissed the petition filed against former UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and former SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.

 Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka launches regional committees to address local complaints:
Aug 28, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has unveiled a program to address human rights issues at the regional level.
 Sri Lanka's Bank of Ceylon leads growth course in first half of 2015 with Rs. 9.1 billion PBT:
Aug 28, Colombo: Having closed the 75th year on a high note by delivering the highest ever profit by a single entity in Sri Lanka, Bank of Ceylon (BoC) continues to lead its growth course in first half of 2015 with Rs. 9.1 billion Profit Before Tax (PBT) achieving 6% growth over the previous year.
 Sri Lanka Freedom Party 64th anniversary celebrations in Polonnaruwa on Sept 2 :
Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will celebrate its 64th anniversary in Polonnaruwa on September 2 under the patronage of party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena, SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said.
 Sri Lanka to hold first ever Colombo International Maritime Conference next month:
Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka will hold its first ever Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) next month in line with International Maritime day & UN observance day.
 Minor Tamil party leaders Thondaman and Devananda to support Sri Lanka's national government:
Aug 28, Colombo: Leaders of two minor Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka have expressed their support to the national government formed by the two major political parties United national Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom party (UNP) .
 India officially gifts Coast Guard Ship to Sri Lanka Navy:
Aug 27, Colombo: India today formally gifted Indian Coast Guard Vessel "Varaha" to the Sri Lanka Navy at a ceremony held at the port of Colombo on according to naval customs and traditions.
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  Sri Lanka armed forces annual joint field exercise Cormorant Strike to commence on September 3:
Aug 27, Colombo: The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries will commence on Thursday (September3) for the sixth consecutive year, the Army said.
 UN Human Rights Chief likely to visit Sri Lanka next month before release of report:
Aug 27, Colombo: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is expected to visit Sri Lanka ahead of the September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, political sources said here on Thursday.
  Sri Lanka did not fully implement 2009 UN resolution, former minister says:
Aug 27, Colombo: Previous administration of Sri Lanka did not seize the opportunity to fully implement the UN resolution presented by the country to the Human Rights Council in 2009, former president's special human rights envoy and former minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.
 Sri Lanka will be judged by actions and achievements, not by promises - U.S.:
Aug 27, Colombo: Although the United States remains hopeful about the promises Sri Lanka's new government made, the island nation will be judged by its actions and achievements and not by the promises, the U.S. asserted Thursday.
 Sri Lanka's Yala National Park to be closed for visitors for a month :
Aug 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's best known nature reserve, Yala National Park will be closed for the visitors for a month as the dry season is approaching, the Wildlife Department has said.
 Court lifts travel ban on Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary:
Aug 27, Galle: A Sri Lankan court Thursday lifted the overseas travel ban imposed on the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over allegation that a criminal offense has been committed maintaining a floating armory.
 Sri Lankan court dismisses petitions against Rajapaksa, Cabraal and Arjuna Mahendran :
Aug 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday dismissed three separate petitions filed against the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and, former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal.
 Pearson Test of English launched in Sri Lanka:
Aug 27, Colombo: The Pearson Test of English (PTE) qualification was officially launched in Sri Lanka by the British High Commissioner James Dauris on 26 August 2015.
 Gazette for first session of Sri Lanka's eighth Parliament issued:
Aug 27, Colombo: A special gazette has been released announcing that the first session of the eighth Parliament will meet at the Parliament Hall, Sri Jayawardenapura from 9.30 a.m. on September 01.
  ADB to strengthen its support to help Sri Lanka become a competitive economy:
Aug 27, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said for the next five years it will strengthen its support for Sri Lanka's human capital development to help the island nation become a competitive economy.
 Navy rescues six Sri Lankan fishermen in distress:
Aug 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has come to the rescue of six local fishermen who were stranded in the deep seas when their fishing trawler developed an engine failure.
 Constituent party of UPFA challenges its national list in court:
Aug 27, Colombo: The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), a constituent party of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court challenging alliance's National List.
 Sri Lanka PM to appoint a committee of intellectuals to formulate constitutional reforms:
Aug 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe plans to appoint a committee comprising intellectuals in the country to formulate the constitutional reforms.
 Sri Lanka's Finance Ministry invites proposals from the public for 2016 Budget :
Aug 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance has requested the public and the private sector institutions and the general public to submit proposals for inclusion in the proposed budget for 2016.
 National security is the priority for Sri Lanka Army - Army Chief:
Aug 26, Colombo: Although Sri Lanka is now a peaceful country, national security is the priority for the Sri Lanka Army as there could be a threat to national security at any moment, the Commander of Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva said.
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 Sri Lanka Tamil party holds talks with U.S. officials:
Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Wednesday met with the visiting top U.S. officials for discussions on critical issues.
 Japanese Prime Minister congratulates Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickramasinghe:
Aug 26, Colombo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had sent a congratulatory message today to Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe following his swearing in as the Prime Minister.
 Sri Lanka election monitor urges government to abolish PTA:
Aug 26, Colombo: A leading election monitor in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair elections (CaFFE) today urged the Sri Lankan government to abolish the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).
 U.S. to sponsor UN resolution supporting domestic probe in Sri Lanka:
Aug 26, Colombo: Indicating a major shift in policy towards Sri Lanka, the United States said Wednesday it would sponsor a resolution at next month's United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva supporting the government of Sri Lanka to conduct its own domestic probe into the alleged war crimes.
 Sri Lanka's new cabinet to be sworn-in on September 2:
Aug 26, Colombo: The two political parties entered into an agreement to form a national government in Sri Lanka have finally reached a decision over the formation and composition of the new cabinet of ministers.
 Sri Lankan President emphasizes importance of coast conservation :
Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says that a special programme for coast conservation and preservation would be initiated in the near future.
 Blackbird International Corporation announces agreement for manufacturing plant and production of electricity in Sri Lanka :
Aug 26, Tel Aviv: Blackbird International Corporation, a global leader in renewable sea wave energy technology, announced that it has officially entered into an agreement with Help Mankind of Sri Lanka for a twofold joint venture.
 New UPFA General Secretary assumes duties:
Aug 26, Colombo: Following the resignation of the General Secretary of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Susil Premajayantha from the post Prof. Vishwa Warnapala, who was functioning as the Acting General Secretary, assumed duties in the post at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo today.
 Sri Lanka looks forward to regular high level interactions with U.S.:
Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka has agreed to prioritize closer economic cooperation with the United States as the island nation is keen to enhance the bilateral relations with its single largest export market.
 Court extends remand of former Sri Lankan deputy minister arrested for murder :
Aug 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court extended the remand of six suspects including former UPFA Deputy Minister Premalal Jayasekara who were arrested for the shooting death at an election rally during presidential elections.
 Austrian Airlines inaugurates winter flights to Sri Lanka:
Aug 26, Colombo: Austrian Airlines, the flag carrier of Austria expanding its long-haul service in the tourism segment is adding Sri Lanka as a new destination to its network.
 Plans mooted to reconstruct Deegavapi sacred city in Eastern Sri Lanka :
Aug 26, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena, drawing attention on a proposal to develop the Deegawapi sacred land held a special discussion with the relevant officials at the Presidential Secretariat Tuesday.
 Sri Lanka court summons former minister Mervyn Silva to give evidence on white van abductions:
Aug 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has summoned a minister of the former government to give evidence on abductions and disappearances during the previous regime.
 Anantara to open its first hotel in Sri Lanka :
Aug 25, Colombo: The Thailand-based Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will open its first hotel in Sri Lanka in late 2015, with the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in the South.
 Sri Lanka PM seeks support of religious leaders :
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has told the country's religious leaders that he expects their support to usher in peace to carry forward religious coexistence along with national consensus.
 Susil Premajayantha resigns from UPFA general secretary post:
Aug 25, Colombo: General Secretary of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Susil Premajayantha has resigned from his post in the party with effect from August 24.
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 U.S. officials discuss national reconciliation with Sri Lankan leaders:
Aug 25, Colombo: Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, accompanied by the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today.
 Sri Lanka Navy accused of attacking and chasing away Tamil Nadu fishermen:
Aug 25, Colombo: Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan navy of attacking and chasing them away when they were fishing in the territorial waters of the island nation on Monday night.
 Sri Lanka missing persons commission to hand in second interim report to President :
Aug 25, Colombo: The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons (PCICMP) in Sri Lanka will hand over its second interim report to the President this week.
 U.S. promises to stand by Sri Lanka and support the government's forward-looking agenda:
Aug 25, Colombo: The United States will standby Sri Lanka and support the new government to continue its forward looking agenda for the progress, a top U.S. official said today.
 United States supports Sri Lanka's resettlement efforts in Sampur:
Aug 25, Colombo: The United States joining other international donors and has decided to provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur in the East as part of its continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka's peace and development.
 Sri Lanka cabinet swearing-in postponed to Thursday:
Aug 25, Colombo: The swearing-in of the cabinet ministers of the new national government has been postponed for a second time and will take place on Thursday and Friday.
 Top U.S. officials Biswal and Malinowski arrive in Sri Lanka for talks:
Aug 25, Colombo: US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski arrived in Sri Lanka in the early hours of today on a two-day visit.
 Sri Lanka's NSB reaches a profit of Rs. 6.2 billion with a 68% growth in 1H 2015:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state bank, National savings Bank (NSB) recorded the highest half yearly profits in its history with an impressive Profit Before Tax (PBT) growth of 68% as compared to same period last year.
 Sri Lanka Army's fifth annual defense seminar to focus on national security and non-military threats:
Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army's annual Defense Seminar this year will focus on the challenges and threats to national security in a global context.
 CPJ welcomes arrests in disappearance of Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda:
Aug 25, New York: The New York-based international press freedom organization, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomed the arrest of four Sri Lankan army personnel in the disappearance and murder of Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda in 2010.
 Saman Ekanayake appointed as Secretary to Prime minister:
Aug 24, Colombo: Saman Ekanayake, a senior Special Grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, has been appointed to the post of Secretary to the Prime Minister.
 Former UPFA Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena remanded for assaulting UNP supporter:
Aug 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday remanded four suspects including a former deputy minister when they were produced in court for allegedly assaulting a person during the recently held parliamentary elections.
 National trade promotion agency of Malaysia ready to finance projects in Sri Lanka:
Aug 25, Colombo: Malaysia 's national trade promotion agency, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) says it is ready to work with Sri Lanka in the areas of property development, monorail, railway infrastructure development, port operations, real estate, and resort constructions.
 Two top U.S. officials to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow for discussions:
Aug 24, Washington, DC: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Sri Lanka August 25-26 with Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski, the State Department said in a release.
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 Sri Lanka PM says there is no legal basis for an international investigation within country:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today asserted that there is no legal basis to conduct an international investigation into the alleged war crimes within the country and any probe on the matter has to be domestic.
 Former British PM assures support to clear misconceptions about Sri Lanka:
Aug 24, Colombo: The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that he will stand by Sri Lanka to clear the misconceptions about the country within the international community.
 Sri Lanka police arrest four army personnel over journalist's disappearance:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested four army personnel for alleged involvement in the abduction and murder of Lanka e News journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.
 Fitch assigns Sri Lanka's HDFC Bank 'BBB' rating, Stable Outlook :
Aug 24, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has today assigned Housing Development Finance Corporation Bank of Sri Lanka (HDFC Bank) a National Long-Term Rating of 'BBB(lka)' and a Stable Outlook.
 Mangala Samaraweera appointed as Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister:
Aug 24, Colombo: Matara district United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera was appointed today as Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister for a third time.
 Info desk for Sri Lankan lawmakers open from today:
Aug 24, Colombo: An Information Desk to facilitate the arrangements for the First Meeting of the First Session of the Eighth new Parliament will be operative in Parliament from today.
 Sri Lankan President offers UK High Commissioner post to Sangakkara:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today offered the post of Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in the United Kingdom to retiring cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara.
 Three new cabinet ministers take oaths in Sri Lanka:
Aug 24, Colombo: Three Cabinet Ministers took oath before Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (24), President's Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka's former defense secretary appears before presidential commission of inquiry:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Monday appeared before the special Presidential Commission of Inquiry set up to probe corruption and abuse of power under the previous regime.
 Sri Lanka President to receive UN war crimes report this week - report:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to receive an copy of the U.N. report into the investigations of war crimes early this week before its official release, state owned Daily News said quoting diplomatic sources.
 Sri Lanka Election monitors criticize nominating defeated candidates through National List:
Aug 24, Colombo: Election monitoring groups in Sri Lanka have expressed their disappointment with the political parties over the nomination of defeated candidates to parliament through the national list but said the practice was legal.
 Sri Lanka to sign trade promotion MoUs with Hong Kong, Korea and Thailand today:
Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka will sign three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Hong Kong, Korea, and Thailand on Monday to promote trade and investment, the Export Development Board (EDB) said.
  President makes observation tour to Navy camp in Trincomalee:
Aug 23, Trincomalee: President Sirisena also made an observation tour to Navy Camp, Trincomalee this morning (Aug. 23). He was warmly welcomed by the Navy Officers. The President undertook a short tour in a Dvora of the Navy.
 President allow SLFP members choice to sit in opposition:
Aug 23, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to allow Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members to choose if they want to join the National Government or sit in the opposition.
 Sri Lanka President returns land to displaced owners in the East:
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday handed over the land that was taken by the government in the Eastern Province, back to the war displaced families.
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 Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara says farewell to Test career:
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's prolific batsman Kumar Sangakkara today played his last Test match ending a 15-year career filled with many records and accolades.
 International fisheries and aquaculture conference in Sri Lanka from August 25-26:
Aug 23, Colombo: The second International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture 2015 organized by the International Institute of Knowledge Management will begin Tuesday at Hotel Galadari in Colombo.
 Nepal Premier looks forward to closely work with Sri Lanka's Prime Minister:
Aug 23, Kathmandu: Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has congratulated the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka's Ranil Wickremesinghe and expressed his desire to work closely with his Sri Lankan counterpart to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.
 Four Indians arrested in Sri Lanka for visa violations:
Aug 23, Colombo: At least four Indian nationals have been arrested in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province for allegedly abusing visa conditions, police said.
  Grade Five Scholarship examination today:
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Commissioner of Examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara said that all arrangements have been finalized to conduct the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination today.
 US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal to arrive in Sri Lanka on Tuesday:
Aug 23, Colombo: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will arrive in Sri Lanka Tuesday, media reports from Colombo said.
 Sri Lankan nabbed at airport for attempting to smuggle over Rs. 2 million worth foreign currency:
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested a Sri Lankan national this morning at the Departure Lounge of the Colombo International Airport in Katunayake for attempting to smuggle out foreign currency worth over Rs 2 million.
 Discussion between two main parties of Sri Lanka to finalize cabinet portfolios:
Aug 22, Colombo: The two main political parties of Sri Lanka the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), today held another round of discussions to finalize the ministerial portfolios of the new national government.
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 Sri Lanka's President requested to seek a second term to fulfill expectations of people:
Aug 22, Trincomalee: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has been asked to seek a second term to fulfill the expectations of the people.
 UNP has set a noble example in appointing national list MPs - General Secretary:
Aug 22, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) said yesterday that it has set a noble example in deciding the final National List nominations to parliament.
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