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  Sri Lankan President pledges not to reverse 'January 08 Revolution' and family rule to return

July 04, Matara: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged that he will not allow room to reverse the "silent revolution" achieved on January 08 and the family rule to return.

Speaking publicly for the first time after yesterday's announcement that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be given nomination to contest the forthcoming general election under the UPFA ticket, the President said he will not let any party decision to harm the transformation that took place with his election on January 08.

 Western Province Chief Minister says FCID investigation is a conspiracy to arrest him :
July 05, Colombo: The Chief Minister of Western Province Prasanna Ranatunga says an investigation conducted by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police against him is a conspiracy to arrest him for supporting the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation posts profits before tax of Rs. 630 million in 1Q 2015:
July 04, Colombo: The state-owned Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC), a main player in Sri Lanka's growing insurance industry has recorded a profit before tax of Rs. 630 million during the first quarter of the year 2015 despite a marginal decline in revenues.
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 Construction work on Matara-Hambantota segment of Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway commenced :
July 04, Matara: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday inaugurated the construction work on the extension of the Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambantota.

 Former leader of Sri Lanka Marxist party to form a new alternative front :
July 04, Colombo: Former leader of Sri Lanka Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the leader of People's Servants Party Somawansa Amarasinghe plans to form a new alternative front against corruption.

 Former President may contest elections from Kurunegala:
July 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be contesting for the forthcoming General Elections from the Kurunegala district under the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), former parliamentarian T.B. Ekanayake today said.

 UNP warmly welcomes first crossover of SLFP stalwart Nawinna :
July 04, Colombo: The Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Minister of Labor S. B. Nawinna had crossed over to the United National Party (UNP), the UNP said today.

 Sri Lankan President pledges not to reverse 'January 08 Revolution' and family rule to return:
July 04, Matara: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged that he will not allow room to reverse the "silent revolution" achieved on January 08 and the family rule to return.

  Sri Lanka Police to ensure election rules are strictly enforced during polls:
July 04, Colombo: The Police will provide its utmost support to ensure security during the election period, said the Spokesman of Sri Lanka Police ASP Ruwan Gunasekara.

 Work on Matara-Hambantota segment of Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway to begin today:
July 04, Colombo: The construction work on the extension of the Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambantota will be inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena today.

 Sri Lanka inks first trade pact with China's Guangzhou:
July 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Guangzhou, the capital city of mainland China's largest GDP maker Guandong province inked the first ever trade and business pact in Colombo on Friday, July 03.

  Constitutional council meets for the first time:
July 03, Colombo: The first meeting of the Constitutional Council was held Friday at the parliamentary complex under the leadership of Speaker Chamal Rajapakse.

 Government made a great effort to establish democracy in last six months - Harsha:
July 03, Colombo: Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says that the present government made a great effort to establish democracy in the country during last six months which was ruined by the previous regime.
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 Sri Lanka Muslim party meets with UNP officials on election:
July 03, Colombo: The members of the High Command of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress held a crucial discussion today at the party headquarters Darusalam regarding the upcoming general election.

 US Embassy in Sri Lanka celebrates Independence Day :
July 03, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka yesterday marked America's Independence Day, which falls on July 4th, at a ceremony held in the Gall Face Hotel in Colombo.

 Former LTTE cadre sentenced to 10 years for assassination attempt on President in 2006:
July 03, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today sentenced a former LTTE cadre to a 10 year prison term for his involvement in an assassination attempt on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena nine years ago.

  Trade unions, civil organizations in Sri Lanka protest former president Rajapaksa's nomination:
July 03, Colombo: Several trade unions and patriotic movements in Sri Lanka today staged a protest against giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming election.

 Sri Lanka Customs nabs local attempting to smuggle endangered tortoises:
July 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs Friday arrested a local man who attempted to smuggle star tortoises to Malaysia and seized his haul of the endangered reptiles, AFP reported.

 Sri Lankan President gives nod for Rajapaksa to contest upcoming elections under UPFA ticket :
July 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United Peoplesí Freedom Alliance (UPFA), on Friday, gave the nod to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming general elections under the UPFA.

 Sri Lankan fishermen alleged of attacking Indian fishermen, damaging nets:
July 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan fishermen have allegedly attacked a group of Indian fishermen in the sea off the Kodiakarai coast and damaged their newts, an Indian fisheries department official has said.

 Sri Lankan court extends remand of 14 Indian fishermen:
July 03, Mannar: A Sri Lankan court Friday ordered to further remand the 14 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy last month.

 Sri Lanka - China Business and Investment forum coincides with Ayurveda Expo 2015 today :
July 03, Colombo: A Sri Lanka - China Business and Investment forum will take place in coincidence with the Ayurveda Expo 2015 international medical symposium which opens today.

 President Sirisena to announce final decision on former president Rajapaksa today:
July 03, Colombo: Having decided not to give nomination to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming election as the prime ministerial candidate of UPFA, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to announce his decision today whether Rajapaksa will be granted candidacy for the election under the UPFA ticket.

 SLFP views expected departure of Rajapaksa loyalists from UPFA as a blessing:
July 02, Colombo: A departure of Mahinda Rajapaksa's loyalists from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) after President Maithripala Sirisena rejected giving nominations to the former president from the party, will provide opportunities for the young and educated members of the party to come forward.

 Bangladesh delegation to brief Sri Lankan investors on prospects in their EPZs:
July 02, Colombo: In an initiative to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country, a delegation of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) is expected to visit Sri Lanka in the first week of August 2015.
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 Pakistan will continue to support Sri Lankan youth's nation building capacities: High Commissioner:
July 02, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd.) Shakeel Hussain reiterated Pakistan's continued support to Sri Lanka in enhancing younger generation's nation building capacities with better educational opportunities.
 President Sirisena rejects giving party nomination to former president Rajapaksa:
July 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the leader of the former ruling party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its main constituent Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), has rejected nominating his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming elections.
 Sri Lankan President vows to overcome any challenge for the sake of country and people:
July 02, Mawanella: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today vowed to overcome any challenge thrown at him for the sake of country and people.
 Sri Lanka power monopoly makes profits of Rs. 13.7 billion in first quarter of 2015:
July 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state owned power monopoly Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is one of the few State enterprises that made profit in the first four months of this year, according to a government report.
 Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to contest upcoming election with UNP:
July 02, Colombo: The major Muslim party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is planning to contest the upcoming parliamentary election with the United National Party ( UNP), its leader Rauff Hakeem has said.
 airberlin and NIKI to operate flights to Colombo in codeshare with Sri Lankan Airlines:
July 02, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the national airline of Sri Lanka, is the new codeshare partner of airberlin and NIKI. The three airlines are to operate daily codeshare flights between Germany, Austria and Sri Lanka via Abu Dhabi, which can be booked as of now.
 Sri Lanka aims to reach US$ 12.5 billion export revenue this year:
July 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman and CEO Bandula Egodage said Sri Lanka should strive to reach the US$ 50 billion export revenue target by 2050.
 Sri Lanka Bar Association requests not to list SC judge accused of assault to hear court cases:
July 02, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has requested the Chief Justice not to assign a supreme court judge, who is accused of assaulting one of his female domestic employees, to hear court cases.
 Sri Lanka upcountry Tamil party to contest under UNP:
July 02, Colombo: The Up Country People's Front, a party representing the Indian origin plantation Tamil population in Sri Lanka has decided to contest the upcoming parliamentary election with the United National Party, its leader V. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Hatton.
 Democratic Party to contest Sri Lanka polls independently unless former president becomes a threat:
July 02, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's Democratic Party leader Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said his party would contest the August 1 parliamentary elections independently.
 Sri Lanka regulator bans Lanka Rating from issuing credit ratings:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's capital market regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said that Lanka Rating Agency Limited (LRA), one of the three credit rating agencies in Sri Lanka is not entitled in law, to carry on business as a Credit Rating Agency nor review ratings.
 Afghan Culture Minister leaves for Sri Lanka :
July 01, Kabul: Afghanistan's Minister of Information and Culture Abdul Bari Jahani has left for Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka Tuesday, Bakhtar News Agency reported .
 Sri Lanka Election Chief prepares districts secretaries for elections:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya Wednesday met with the Secretaries of the island's districts to prepare them for accepting nominations for the upcoming elections.
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 Sri Lanka's income at Kunming Fair in China surpasses $ 2 million:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan biz, facilitated by Export development Board (EDB), performed strongly at the recent 23rd China Import & Export Fair held in Kunming, China earning an income surpassing $2 million.
  Former parliamentarian Rukman Senanayake to contest from Kegalle under UNP:
July 01, Colombo: Former parliamentarian Rukman Senanayake is expected to contest the general election from the Kegalle District on the United National Party (UNP) ticket.
 Sri Lankan nabbed for attempting to smuggle over Rs. 11 million worth foreign currency:
July 01, 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 Rs 11.4 million.
 Sri Lankan President sets first challenge for new parliament:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has set the first task for the new parliament that will be convened on 1st of September.
 Protests organized against former Sri Lankan President's nomination:
July 01, Colombo: Several trade unions and patriotic movements in Sri Lanka have decided to hold a protest campaign against giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming election, local media reports said.
 Former Sri Lankan President announces intention to contest elections:
July 01, Colombo: Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa making a special statement today announced his intention to contest the upcoming general election without stating from which party he would contest.
 Colombo-Dubai flight lands in Mumbai after Sri Lankan passenger fell ill :
July 01, Mumbai: An international Colombo-Dubai flight had to be diverted to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on Tuesday and made an emergency landing due to a medical emergency onboard the plane when a Sri Lankan passenger fell ill, Indian media reported.
 Sri Lanka Navy declares general amnesty for deserters:
July 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has declared a general amnesty period for its absentees, enabling them to receive their legal discharge from the Navy.
 Former Sri Lankan President Kumaranatunga to contest if Rajapaksa nominated as SLFP PM candidate:
July 01, Colombo: If former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is given nomination as Sri Lanka Freedom Party's Prime Ministerial candidate, then his predecessor Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga will also seek candidacy at the upcoming election, Kumaranatunga's Personal Secretary, P. Dissanayaka said.
  Sri Lanka Election monitor says killing of UNP supporter first election violence :
June 30, Colombo: An election watchdog in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair elections (CaFFE) says incidents of election violence have already started to happen with the killing of a supporter of the United National Party (UNP).
 Sri Lankan President highlights the need to change the education system :
June 30, Kurunegala: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today highlighted the need to change the country's education system to suit the knowledge-based economy.
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 Former Sri Lankan President says she has no intention to grab power:
June 30, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan President and former leader of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga says she has no intention of grabbing power again unlike others.
 Sri Lanka government party UNP seeks majority at the election :
June 30, Colombo: The minor party of Sri Lankan government, the United National Party , seeks to be the majority party in a new government that would be formed after the general election.
 Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist group to become a decisive factor in politics:
June 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says it will become a decisive factor in Sri Lankan politics in ten years' time.
 Sri Lankan government's assets or resources will not be used for election - Minister :
June 30, Colombo: The current Sri Lankan government will not use its assets or resources or the government officers during the campaign for the upcoming election, a government minister affirmed today.
 CID to investigate Sri Lanka Supreme Court Judge accused of assaulting a maid:
June 30, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has been instructed to conduct an investigation into the charges of assault against a Supreme Court judge.
 SLFP will not name Rajapaksa as PM candidate, Sri Lankan President affirms:
June 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President has affirmed that the United People's Freedom Party of which Sri Lanka Freedom Party is the main constituent will appoint a prime minister after consultations with the members of parliament elected at the upcoming parliamentary election.
 Sri Lanka inflation drops to record low of 0.1% in June 2015:
June 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined marginally to 0.1 percent on an year-on-year basis in June 2015, from 0.2 percent recorded in May 2015, the Central Bank reported on Tuesday.
 No nominations for former president from SLFP, left parties of Sri Lanka told:
June 30, Colombo: Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be given nominations from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), President Maithripala Sirisena assured the left political parties in the country yesterday, local media reports said.
 UN to close humanitarian affairs office in Sri Lanka by the year end:
June 30, Colombo: The United Nations, planning to downsize its operations in Asia, would close the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sri Lanka by the end of the year, a top UN official has said.
 Sri Lanka's Textured Jersey Lanka to buy Indian knit fabric manufacturer for US$ 15 million:
June 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's knitted fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka (TJL) said it will acquire a controlling stake in an Indian knit fabric manufacturer, Ocean India (private) Limited for US$ 15 million.
 World Bank lending US$ 165 million to Sri Lanka to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation :
June 30, Washington, DC: The World Bank Board has approved a US$ 165 million credit for Sri Lanka to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation in several districts.
  Qatar Airways to fly Dreamliner to Colombo from September 1:
June 29, Doha: Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar will roll out a Boeing Dreamliner to fly to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from September 1.
 Sri Lankan President talks of raising per capita income to US$ 6000:
June 29, Dehiowita: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the aim of his government is to increase the per capita income of Sri Lankans to 6000 US dollars within the next five years.
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 Sri Lanka initiates collaboration with CERN:
June 29, Geneva: Sri Lanka and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have entered into an agreement to begin cooperation between CERN and the scientific community in Sri Lanka
 Sri Lanka Parliament dissolved due to inability to get 20A passed, not to cover up COPE report on bond issue - Deputy Minister:
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the parliament due to the inability to continue the parliamentary activities with the obstruction of opposition and not to cover up the COPE report on the bond issue, a government minister said.
 Sri Lanka Tamil party asks government to release Tamil political prisoners before diaspora festival:
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the Government to free Tamil political prisoners before holding a festival for the diaspora in Sri Lanka.
 Extreme Sri Lankan Buddhist organization forms a political party to contest general election:
June 29, Colombo: The extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has formed a political party to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.
 Heavy industry sector still plays a critical role in Sri Lanka economy - Minister :
June 29, Colombo: Despite economies such as Sri Lanka taking the knowledge economy path to drive growth, heavy industries are still important, and the manufacturing sub sector is the biggest contributor to Lankan industrial value addition, Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 President commends decades long service of retiring Sri Lankan consul in Hong Kong :
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena commended the long service of retiring Sri Lankan Consul in Hong Kong, Dr, Thomas Cheung when he called on the President today (June 29) at the Presidential Secretariat to bid farewell.
 Sri Lanka signs Article of Agreement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank:
June 29, Beijing: Sri Lanka today signed the article of agreement of the China-initiated multilateral bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the signing ceremony held in Beijing, China.
 Sri Lankan nabbed for attempting to smuggle over Rs. 16 million worth foreign currency:
June 29, 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 Rs 16.9 million.
 Sri Lanka Freedom Party to hold talks with minor parties :
June 29, Colombo: The five-member committee appointed by the Maithripala Sirisena faction of the split Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to formulate a strategy for the SLFP's election campaign is planning to hold discussions with minor parties .
  Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, monetary policy appropriate:
June 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate, the Central Bank said Monday in its monetary policy review for June.
 NFF to contest general election with former President:
June 28, Colombo: The leader of National Freedom Front (NFF) will contest the next general election with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, its leader Wimal Weerawansa said today.
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 Sri Lankan people will not allow Rajapaksa regime to return - PM:
June 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the Sri Lankan people will not allow the return of the Rajapaksa regime at the upcoming parliamentary elections.
 Sri Lankan President entrusts Navy with eradicating drug menace:
June 28, Trincomalee: Sri Lanka Navy is vested with the huge responsibility of eradicating drug menace that plagues the society and protect the country from drug smugglers, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said.
 Investigations into financial crimes to continue in Sri Lanka despite dissolution of Parliament:
June 28, Colombo: The investigations into financial crimes by the special police unit, Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) will continue despite the dissolution of Parliament, a government minister said.
 Former Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa plans to comeback as PM candidate at general election:
June 28, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa plans to contest the upcoming general election as the prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition party, loyalists to the former president say.
 Sri Lanka seafood exports drop over 41 percent in April:
June 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's seafood exports which continue to decline since October 2014, declined further in April 2015, the Central Bank data reported in its External Sector Performance for the month.
 US to work with Sri Lankan President on human rights issues:
June 28, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka has said that the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has promised to address the human rights issues and the U.S. is looking forward to work with the President.
  Sri Lanka election monitors to invite foreign observers for upcoming general elections:
June 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's local election monitors plan to invite foreign observers to monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for August 17.
 Missing Persons Commission of Sri Lanka begins hearing cases in Trincomalee District :
June 27, Colombo: The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka began its public sittings to hear cases of missing in Trincomalee District in the East Saturday (27).
 Sri Lankan President honors troops for their unwavering commitment to protect country:
June 27, Diyatalawa: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today paid tribute to the war heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect the country's independence and territorial integrity and said the nation pays its tribute to them every day.
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 Sri Lanka Election Department to spend Rs. 4 billion for upcoming general elections:
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Election Department will spend about Rs. 4 billion for the upcoming general election which is scheduled to be held on 17 August, Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said Saturday (27).
 SLFP, UNP appoint committees to steer election campaigns:
June 27, Colombo: Following the dissolution of parliament yesterday by the President Maithripala Sirisena, the two main political parties in Sri Lanka wasted no time in launching their election campaigns for the upcoming general elections.
 Two main parties of Sri Lanka not to grant nominations to individuals facing charges:
June 27, Colombo: The two main political parties of Sri Lanka have decided not to grant nominations for the next general election to individuals facing charges including corruption.
 Sri Lanka Prime Minister calls for people's support to continue the initiative of good governance :
June 27, Gampola: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe said his party will continue the initiative of good governance of President Maithripala Sirisena's government further and asked the people to support the party in ensuring a free and democratic society.
 UN in discussions with Sri Lanka to develop credible mechanisms for accountability and reconciliation:
June 27, Colombo: The United Nations reiterating its call to the Sri Lankan government to establish credible mechanisms for accountability and reconciliation said its agencies are in consultation with the government on the matter.
 Sri Lanka Air Force declares general amnesty for deserters:
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force has declared a general amnesty period for its absentees, enabling them to receive their legal discharge from the Air Force.
 Colombo Port City Project will recommence soon - Minister:
June 27, Colombo: The China-funded Colombo Port City project has not been stopped and the project will re-commence soon in future after resolving some serious legal and environmental issues, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga told Parliament Friday.
  Sri Lanka to establish an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service:
June 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka will set up an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service similar to a service carried out in India successfully to provide expeditious response in emergencies.
 Court order halts Sri Lanka state doctors' union election :
June 27, Colombo: The Annual General Meeting of Sri Lanka's powerful state doctors' union that was scheduled to be held today has been blocked by a court order.
 ICC urges Sports Minister to hold elections to Sri Lanka Cricket board before October:
June 27, Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Friday urged Sri Lanka's Sports Minister to hold "free and fair elections" for the Sri Lanka Cricket board before October.
 Official gazette notification on Sri Lanka parliament dissolution and election released:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Government Printer has released the official gazette notification on the dissolution of the parliament Friday.
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 Former Indian President commends Sri Lanka's development initiatives :
June 26, Colombo: Former Indian President Dr. Abdul Kalam has commended the initiatives taken by the Sri Lankan government for the social and economic development of the country.
 Sri Lanka to implement new mechanism for guaranteed price for rubber, capital loan scheme for tea:
June 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to uplift the industries of the country's two main agriculture exports, tea and rubber.
 Sri Lanka parliament dissolved, elections on August 17:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Parliament has been dissolved effective from midnight Friday, the government noted.
 Sri Lanka Election Chief retires:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Election Chief Mahinda Deshapriya has retired from service but will continue functioning as Elections Commissioner until the next Parliament Elections.
 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 78 illegal migrants bound for Australia:
June 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy early Friday intercepted and arrested 78 illegal migrants bound for Australia in the seas off the southern coast.
 Sri Lankan parliament will be dissolved soon - Deputy Minister :
June 26, Colombo: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P Perera said that the "soothing news" of dissolving parliament would reach the citizens very soon.
 Sri Lanka signs loan agreements with OPEC fund to renovate highways:
June 26, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has signed two new loan agreements with OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) today to obtain a part financing for rehabilitation of a major highway and upgrade several road segments in Western Province.
 No meeting between Sri Lankan President and predecessor at Speaker's House - PMD:
June 26, Colombo: The President's Media Division (PMD) today refuted media reports saying that a meeting was held between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa last night.
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