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  Malaysia offers to introduce its successful industrialization model in Sri Lanka

Feb 26, Colombo: Malaysia, Sri Lanka's largest global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) partner, has come forward to introduce its successful industrialization model to the island nation, Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

Malaysia's Special Envoy of Infrastructure for India and South Asia attached to Prime Minister's Office, Dato' Seri S. Samy Vellu has suggested introducing the successful Malaysian model and renewing bilateral trade when he called on Minister Bathiudeen in Colombo Thursday.

 Sri Lanka Tourism gathers momentum at key Italian travel fair:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau championed 18 top company representatives in the travel and hotel sectors operating in the Italian market to show case Sri Lanka Tourism at the BIT International Tourism Exchange held from 12th - 14th February 2015 at Fiera Millano, Italy.

 Sri Lankan government takes measures to prevent spread of renal disease:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has taken a series of steps to control and prevent the renal disease that is spreading mostly among the agriculture community in the island.

 Malaysia offers to introduce its successful industrialization model in Sri Lanka :
Feb 26, Colombo: Malaysia, Sri Lanka's largest global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) partner, has come forward to introduce its successful industrialization model to the island nation, Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

 Malaysian Minister of Infrastructure rings opening bell at Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Special Envoy (Ministerial Rank) to India and South Asia on Infrastructure, Malaysia Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Utama S. Samy Vellu rang the ceremonial opening bell at the start of trading at Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) today (26th).
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 Sri Lanka Minister demands police to submit report on corruption cases within 10 days:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga, criticizing the police department for its slow progress on corruption cases, has asked the police to take urgent action and submit a report within 10 days on the cases of large-scale corruption during the previous government of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka Navy accepts former President's son's request to be appointed to father's security detail :
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has granted permission to Navy Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to be attached to his father's security detail.

 Sri Lankan government to establish a special committee for investigating election complaints:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will establish a special committee to investigate election complaints before holding the general elections.

  Five major cases are under intensive investigation by CID, Sri Lanka police chief says:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka police chief, Inspector general of Police (IGP) N.K. Ilangakoon says intensive investigations into five major crimes are currently being conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police.

  Sri Lanka AG seeks six months to submit report to court on former LTTE leader KP :
Feb 26, Colombo: The Attorney General of Sri Lanka today requested six months to present a comprehensive report to the Court of Appeal on former LTTE leader and arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.

 Three new Heads of Mission to Sri Lanka present credentials to President:
Feb 26, Colombo: Three new ambassadors to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday at a ceremony held in the President's Office at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank issues operating instructions on the special interest scheme for senior citizens:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has finalized the procedure for implementation of the Special Interest Scheme for Senior Citizens announced in the Interim Budget 2015 with effect from 1st February 2015.

 Challenges remain for under-capitalized Sri Lankan banks - Fitch:
Feb 26, Colombo: The operating environment for Sri Lankan banks is likely to improve in 2015 and 2016 with pressures on asset quality and the loans/deposits ratio diminishing and the potential for loan growth to pick up, says Fitch Ratings.

 FSP senior party member not to surrender to Sri Lankan authorities:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) in Sri Lanka says senior party member Premakumar Gunaratnam will not surrender to the authorities.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party opposes formation of a national government between UNP and SLFP:
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has opposed the discussion between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) to form a national government.

 Allies of Sri Lanka's former ruling party to urge former president to contest at next general election:
Feb 26, Colombo: Several allies of Sri Lanka's former ruling party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), are to meet with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to call on him to contest at the next general election.

 Sri Lankan government establishes separate police unit to investigate financial crimes :
Feb 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to establish a separate police unit to investigate large scale financial crimes and frauds and the Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga will launch the new police unit today.

 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister leaves for two-day visit to China :
Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera has left for a two-day visit to China in a bid to strengthen relations, an official said Wednesday.

 New Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka ready to push forward the strategic cooperative partnership:
Feb 26, Colombo: The new Ambassador-designate of China to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang arrived in Colombo on Tuesday, February 24, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.

 Sri Lanka's CID questions former minister and former monitoring MP:
Feb 26, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has questioned former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and former Monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry Sajin de Vas Gunawardena.

 UN defends its decision to defer report on Sri Lanka war crime investigation :
Feb 25, Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Wednesday defended its move to defer the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war saying that it was a "very rational" decision taken in a "relatively unique" case.

  Amnesty International notes several human rights violations in Sri Lanka last year:
Feb 25, Colombo: The UK based Amnesty International organization has noted that several human rights violations have taken place in Sri Lanka last year.

  Sri Lanka Education Ministry to take action against school principals illegally raising funds:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Education says that it has received many complaints regarding the violation of the circular that prohibits educators from inappropriately collecting monetary donations and charges at schools.
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 South Africa to share reconciliation and nation building experience with Sri Lanka:
Feb 25, Colombo: A South African delegation led by the Deputy Minister of International Relation and Cooperation Ms. Nomaindia Mfeketo is visiting Sri Lanka this week and the team will enlighten the Sri Lankan officials on their experience in reconciliation and nation building.

 Malaysia willing to invest in construction of Sri Lanka's Colombo-Kandy Expressway:
Feb 25, Colombo: A group of Malaysian investors have expressed willingness to fund the construction of an expressway from capital Colombo to Kandy, the hill capital of Central Province.

 Sri Lanka concerned over situation in Maldives:
Feb 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today expressed its concern over the developing situation in the Maldives following the arrest of former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.

 Sri Lanka's former Army Commander goes to court to get his parliamentary seat back:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka Wednesday filed a petition in the Court of Appeal requesting the court to pronounce the appointment of Jayantha Ketagoda as a parliamentarian is null and void.

 Former Sri Lankan minister's wife further remanded, CID seeks court order to probe bank documents:
Feb 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further remanded Shashi Weerawansa, the wife of former Sri Lankan Minister Wimal Weerawansa when she was produced in court today.

 Sri Lanka CID to probe disappearance of Shashi Weerawansa's documents :
Feb 25, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department of Sri Lanka police is to conduct a separate investigation into the disappearance of documents related to the National Identity Card and passport of Mrs. Shashi Weerawansa, wife of former Construction, Common Amenities and Engineering Services and Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa .

 Sri Lanka trade deficit widens 39.8% in December, 9.1% in 2014:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened 9.1 percent in 2014 to US$ 8.3 billion, according to the Central Bank data released in its External Sector Performance Review Wednesday.

 Sri Lanka Treasury bills rates rise this week for Rs. 12 billion re-issue:
Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Central Bank's issue of Rs.12 billion Treasury bills at the weekly auction on Wednesday for the week ending 27 February 2015 was oversubscribed with higher rates from last week.

 Sri Lankan government to hold discussion on national government and constitutional reforms with the SLFP:
Feb 25, Colombo: The coalition government in Sri Lanka is to hold discussions with the main Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) tomorrow (26) to discuss the proposed constitutional reforms and the formation of a national government.

 Sri Lankan authorities discuss with investors of Shangri-La hotel projects in the country :
Feb 25, Colombo: Official from Sri Lanka's Investment Promotions Ministry on Monday held a meeting with the foreign investors of the Shangri-La hotel projects in Galle Face, Colombo and Hambantota.

 Sri Lankan provincial councilor threatens to take to the streets against attempt to postpone general elections:
Feb 25, Colombo: Councilor of Sri Lanka's Western Province Udaya Gammanpila has threatened to take to the streets with the people if the current government attempts to postpone the holding of general elections.

 Senior UN official to visit Sri Lanka during the weekend:
Feb 25, Colombo: The UN media office has announced that UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will be visiting Sri Lanka on Saturday.

 ICC confirms Upul Tharanga is Sri Lanka squad's replacement player:
Feb 25, Colombo: The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Upul Tharanga as a replacement player for Jeevan Mendis in Sri Lanka's squad for the tournament, Sri Lanka Cricket said today.

 Sri Lanka's National Executive Council to present proposed constitutional reforms to parliament next month:
Feb 25, Colombo: National Executive Council of Sri Lanka, set up to strengthen democracy and good governance, has decided to present the proposed constitutional reforms to parliament next month.

  Sri Lanka investment promotion agency impresses Japanese investors in Singapore:
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka 's investment promotion agency, the Board of Investment (BOI) conducted a series of events in Singapore in collaboration with Mizuho Bank which had recently signed a MOU with BOI to promote Japanese investment into Sri Lanka.

 5th Round of the Sri Lanka - South Africa Partnership Forum reviews wide range of bilateral relations:
Feb 24, Colombo: The 5th round of the Sri Lanka - South Africa Partnership Forum was convened on Tuesday 24th February in Colombo, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced.

 Sri Lanka consumer authority sets maximum retail prices for items reduced through budget:
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has set maximum retail prices for several items commonly used by the consumers.

 Update: Indian Coast Guard ordered to release the arrested Sri Lankan fishermen:
Feb 24, Madurai: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will release the 19 Sri Lankan fishermen who were apprehended with their four boats on charges of trespassing into Indian waters on Tuesday morning.
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 Tamils protest in Northern Sri Lanka over the deferral of the UNHRC mandated report:
Feb 24, Jaffna: Thousands of Tamils in the Northern city of Jaffna staged a massive protest today against the United Nations Human Right Council's decision to defer the report of the UN investigation on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during the war.

 Former head of Sri Lanka's state television granted bail:
Feb 24, Colombo: Colombo Magistrate's Court of Sri Lanka has granted bail to the former Deputy General Manager of state owned Independent Television Network (ITN), Sudarman Radaliyagoda today.

 Update: Former Sri Lankan minister's wife arrested for passport fraud transferred to prison hospital :
Feb 24, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has directed authorities to transfer former Sri Lankan Minister Wimal Weerawansa's wife Shashi Weerawansa, who is receiving treatment at a private medical hospital in Malabe at the time of her arrest, to the Prison Hospital.

  World Bank reaffirms its commitment to support Sri Lanka:
Feb 24, Colombo: World Bank would partner with the Sri Lankan government to help shape and implement policies aimed at reducing poverty, improving shared prosperity and promoting sustainable growth, World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Annette Dixon, who visited Sri Lanka recently, said.

 Indian Coast Guard arrests 19 Sri Lankan fishermen:
Feb 24, Tuticorin: The Indian Coast Guard has arrested 19 Sri Lankan fishermen along with their four boats on Tuesday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

 U.S. continues to assist demining in Sri Lanka:
Feb 24, Colombo: The United States continuing its assistance for demining in war-affected areas in Sri Lanka has donated nearly Rs. 300 million worth demining equipment to the Sri Lanka Army.

 Singapore continues to support Sri Lanka, commends new government's programs:
Feb 24, Colombo: Singapore today commended the programs of the Sri Lanka's new government and assured to support the island nation at international forums.

 Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank posts Rs 11.18 billion profit in 2014:
Feb 24, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has ended 2014 on a strong note, withstanding challenging conditions in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to post profit before tax of Rs 15.736 billion for the year, an improvement of 8.45%.

 Wife of former Sri Lankan minister accused of using allegedly forged diplomatic passports for overseas travel:
Feb 24, Colombo: Shashi Weerawansa , the wife of former Sri Lankan Minister Wimal Weerawansa, has allegedly used diplomatic passport obtained with forged documents for several overseas travels.

 Dialogue between Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen postponed indefinitely:
Feb 24, Colombo: The dialogue between Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen that was scheduled to be held on March 5th in Chennai has been indefinitely postponed.

 Sri Lankan government appoints committee to study Uma Oya multipurpose project:
Feb 24, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has appointed a committee to study the controversial Uma Oya multipurpose development project.

 Commercial exploration for natural gasses in Sri Lanka's Mannar Basin by 2018:
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that commercial exploration for natural gasses in the Mannar Basin will commence in two years by 2018.

 Sri Lanka's Immigration and Emigration Department unable to locate FSP leader scheduled to be deported :
Feb 24, Colombo: The Immigration and Emigration Department of Sri Lanka says it is unable to locate a leader of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), whose tourist visa has expired and scheduled to be deported.

  Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, as downward shift in inflation expected :
Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as a considerable downward shift in inflation in the period ahead is expected.

 India-Sri Lanka Renewable Energy Growth Forum 2015 on March 11 in Colombo:
Feb 23, Colombo: UBM India, host of the annual Renewable Energy India (REI) expositions in the country, announced its first ever India-Sri Lanka Renewable Energy Growth Forum, to showcase the business opportunities that exist in both the countries in the field of renewable energy.

 Sri Lanka to conduct a Demographic and Health Survey this year:
Feb 23, Colombo: The Health Ministry Sri Lanka will conduct a Demographic and Health Survey this year to collect current information needed for various agencies to make policy decisions for the development of the Health Sector.
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 Sri Lankan President promises to take all possible measures to eradicate kidney disease :
Feb 23, Polonnaruwa: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that his government will take very possible measure to eradicate the chronic kidney disease (CKD) that has become a challenge not only to the North- Central Province, but also to the entire country.

 Finance Ministry approves15% interest on fixed deposits of senior Sri Lankans:
Feb 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Ministry has approved an increase in interest rates on fixed deposits of senior citizens.

 Update: Former Sri Lankan minister's wife remanded, banned from traveling abroad:
Feb 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered to remand the wife of former minister Wimal Weerawansa and banned her from traveling abroad.

 Singapore, Sri Lanka see 'immense potential' for further expanding bilateral cooperation :
Feb 23, Colombo: Singapore today reaffirmed its interest to continue and further expand the robust bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka when the visiting Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law of Singapore K. Shanmugam met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Colombo.

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