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  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka hopes to advance America's interests at the UN

July 30, Washington, DC: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison says, if confirmed as the Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, she will work towards advancing America's interests at the UN.

"If confirmed, I will actively pursue our shared priority of ensuring that American taxpayer resources are used effectively to advance U.S. goals and objectives," at the UN, Sison told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.

  Former LTTE members in Sri Lanka tour the South:
July 30, Colombo: Former members of the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberations Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had undergone rehabilitation, have recently visited the southern part of the country.

 Sri Lankan government allocates Rs. 5.8 billion to develop North Central Province:
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has allocated nearly Rs. 5.8 billion under a national plan to develop the North Central Province.

 Fitch assigns Sri Lanka's first dollar bond fund 'BB-':
July 30, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has assigned the newly organized Ceylon Dollar Bond Fund a 'BB-' Fund Credit Rating and 'V-5' Fund Volatility Rating. This is the first time Fitch has assigned international fund ratings to a Sri Lanka based bond fund.

 Sri Lanka needs to increase revenues to maintain current economic growth - IMF:
July 30, Washington, DC: Sri Lanka's economic growth has been one of the fastest among Asia's developing economies in recent years, but broadening the tax base will be essential to maintain the current growth momentum and foster economic development, International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday.

 U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka hopes to advance America's interests at the UN:
July 30, Washington, DC: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison says, if confirmed as the Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, she will work towards advancing America's interests at the UN.

 Tamil Nadu CM writes to Indian PM again on Sri Lanka Navy arresting 50 Indian fishermen :
July 29, Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again to take immediate action through highest diplomatic levels to secure the release of all the Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for poaching in the island's territorial waters.

 Malaysian firm to invest in a hybrid power project in Sri Lanka's North :
July 29, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's state-owned utility company Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has signed an agreement to invest in a hybrid wind and solar power project in Sri Lanka's Northern Jaffna peninsula.
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 Vatican confirms Pope's visit to Sri Lanka January 12 -15:
July 29, Vatican City: The Vatican today confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' trip to Sri Lanka next year.

 Students' Collective at Open University of Sri Lanka lodges a rights complaint :
July 29, Colombo: The Students' Collective of the Open University of Sri Lanka lodged a complaint yesterday at the Human Rights Commission against abolition of students' unions and several other administrative issues.

 Sri Lanka Election Commissioner to meet party secretaries tomorrow on Uva PC elections:
July 29, Colombo: The Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has summoned all the secretaries of the political parties expected to contest for the Uva Provincial Council election.

 Conduct an audit regarding seized drugs, opposition asks Sri Lankan government:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) today asked the government to conduct an audit regarding the seized and destroyed heroin.

 Malinga decides to play for Mumbai Indians at CLT20:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's World Cup winning T20 captain Lasith Malinga has decided to represent the Mumbai Indian in the Champions League T20 - 2014 over the Southern Express team.

 Main opposition to visit Sri Lanka state enterprises without prior notice:
July 29, Colombo: A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said that the party would visit corrupts state enterprises without prior announcement.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party leader discharged from hospital after accident:
July 29, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader and MP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was discharged from the hospital this evening after receiving treatment for injuries sustained in accident yesterday.

 Coalition party of Sri Lanka n government to contest Uva PC separately:
July 29, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has decided to contest the upcoming elections to the Uva Provincial Council separately.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 50 Indian fishermen:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy on Monday night has arrested 50 Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in the country's waters, Indian media reported.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party leader's driver arrested for the accident :
July 29, Colombo: The Police have arrested the driver of Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Leader, parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake in connection with yesterday's accident which caused injuries to the MP.

 Sri Lankan President recalls valued contributions made by the Muslim community:
July 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa sending his greetings to the Muslim community on the occasion of the Eid ul-Fitr today recalled the valued contributions made by them for the country.

 Decrease in respect for religious freedom in Sri Lanka as extremists target religious minorities - Report :
July 29, Washington, DC: Although Sri Lanka's Constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom, there was an overall decrease in societal respect for religious freedom, as Buddhist nationalist groups led campaigns targeting Muslims and Christians, International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 released by the United States yesterday said.

 Sri Lankan President hands over Buddhist relics to temples in US and Korea:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka has donated sacred Buddha relics to be placed in temples in the United States and Korea for the Buddhists in those countries to worship.

 Commercial Bank of Sri Lanka appoints Dheerasinghe as chairman:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's top private bank Commercial Bank of Ceylon (CBC)said in a stock market disclosure Monday that it has decided to appoint deputy Chairman Dharma Dheerasinghe as chairman of the bank with effect from July 29.

 A new political front against the government forming in Sri Lanka:
July 28, Colombo: A trilingual poster put out island wide by a hitherto unknown organization today has caught the attention of Sri Lankans.
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 Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka promises to create a better future for students taking GCE A/L exam :
July 28, Colombo: Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Leader of Sri Lanka's opposition and United National Party (UNP) today met with the students in a popular tuition class.

 Sri Lanka Chief Justice recuses himself from hearing Golden Key case:
July 28, Colombo: The Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Mohan Peiris recused himself from the hearing of Golden Key case related to the deposits of a defaulted financial company.

 Sri Lankan asylum seekers are economic migrants, Australian Minister says:
July 28, Canberra: Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison says the 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers are economic migrants seeking to illegally enter Australia since they came from India, a safe country.

 Sri Lanka a potential location for Japanese SMEs to invest - Japan's State Minister:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's strategically located new infrastructure such as Hambantota airport and port make the island a potential location for Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to invest, a visiting Japanese minister has said today.

  Sri Lanka Marxist party leader injured in an accident:
July 28, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was injured today in a road accident.

 British High Commissioner hopes Sri Lankans will come together respecting differences of faith:
July 28, Colombo: In a message to Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr in Sri Lanka, the British High Commissioner in Colombo John Rankin expressed hope that people of Sri Lanka will come respecting differences of faith or opinion.

 U.S. Embassy concerns on media freedom in Sri Lanka:
July 28, Colombo: The United States said today that it is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend.

 Sri Lanka to host Global Rubber Conference 2014:
July 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka has been selected to host one of the world's leading conferences on natural rubber Global Rubber Conference (GRC) 2014.

 Sri Lanka police seek international support to arrest drug lords:
July 28, Colombo: The Police Narcotic Bureau of Sri Lanka has intensified the operations to apprehend about 30 drug dealers who smuggle heroin to the island.

 Local and foreign companies line up to invest in Sri Lanka's southern port city :
July 28, Colombo: Twelve leading local and foreign companies have lined up to invest in mass scale production facilities in the industrial city that is being developed adjacent to the Hambantota Ruhunu Magampura Port, a senior government official said.

 Sri Lankan government spends millions for lobbying to improve relations with the US - report:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has spent millions of dollars to lobbying firms in the United States to defends its status globally, especially in the U.S., but the relationship with the superpower has soured gradually over the last few years despite the colossal amount spent, a local media report said.
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 Sri Lanka's reconstructed Northern Railway Line to Jaffna will be opened in September :
July 27, Colombo: The reconstructed Colombo - Jaffna, Northern Railway Line up to Jaffna will be completed by September, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.

 Sri Lankan Asylum seekers transferred to detention center in Australia:
July 27, Kimberley, WA: A group of 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers held on board an Australian Customs vessel for nearly a month have been taken to the Curtin Detention Centre in Kimberley, Western Australia.

  Sri Lanka to establish ten new botanical gardens:
July 27, Colombo: The Director General of Department of National Botanical Gardens Dr. Cyril Wijesundara said that ten botanical gardens would be established in the island within the next two years.

 Nomination board of Sri Lanka's main opposition for Uva PC election to meet on July 29:
July 27, Colombo: The nomination board Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) for the Uva Provincial Council election will meet for the first time on July 29, party sources said.

 Ruling party nominations for Sri Lanka's Uva Provincial Council election in a crisis:
July 27, Colombo: The Nominations Board of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of the ruling alliance, to select candidates for the forthcoming election to the Uva Provincial Council will meet at SLFP headquarters tomorrow.

  Minimum postage increased in Sri Lanka:
July 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to revise postage rates with effect from August 01.

  Sri Lanka Army rejects US Embassy claim on Commission to Investigate Missing Persons:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya yesterday rejected the claims of skepticism by an unnamed spokesman of the US Embassy in Colombo regarding the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons.

 Chairman of Commercial Bank to step down:
July 27, Colombo: The Chairman of Commercial Bank of Ceylon Dinesh Stephen Weerakkody will relinquish his office as a director/chairman on 28 July 2014, the Commercial Bank said in a disclosure to the Colombo Stock Exchange.

 First ever international film festival to be held in Sri Lanka :
July 27, Colombo: For the first time an international film festival is planned to be held in Sri Lanka to offer a great international cinema experience to Sri Lankan film enthusiasts.

 Sri Lanka police deny arresting media personnel coming to capital for workshop:
July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka police had vehemently denied that they have arrested a group of media personnel, who were traveling to Colombo to attend a workshop, at a checkpoint in Omanthai in the North.

 President visits international exhibition promoting Ayurveda system in Sri Lanka :
July 26, Kandy: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Ayurveda educational exhibition and trade fair in Kandy today, on the last day of the three-day event held to promote the Ayurveda system.

 Discussions to reopen Rajarata University under direction of Sri Lankan President :
July 26, Colombo: The Vice Chancellor of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka said that a discussion has been called between the parents of students who were subjected to disciplinary inquiries and the university administration.

 Sri Lanka's Yala National Park to be closed for visitors for a month due to drought:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's best known nature reserve, Yala National Park will be closed for the visitors during the month of September as the dry season is approaching, the Wildlife Department said has said.

 Sri Lanka Navy brings home 41 fishermen released from India:
July 26, Kankasanthurai: Sri Lanka Navy Thursday brought home 41 Sri Lankan fishermen released from the custody of Indian officials.
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 Sri Lanka will play an important role in building process of proposed Maritime Silk Route, China says :
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka stands to gain from the proposed Maritime Silk Route policy of the Chinese government as the island's location puts it in a prime position to act as a hub for South Asia and link to Africa and the Middle East, the Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao has said.

 Mental and physical improvement gained during Ramadan helps to build a better society - Sri Lanka Opposition Leader:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe said the mental and physical improvement gained in the Ramadan month helps to build a better society and life.

 Left party march against racism attacked in Sri Lanka by extremist Buddhist mob :
July 26, Colombo: A peace march against racism organized by a far-left party in Sri Lanka today has come under attack by a mob led by Buddhist monks and was stopped by the police.

 Sri Lankan President invites new Indonesian President to visit Sri Lanka:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited newly elected President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo to visit Sri Lanka as the two countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations.

 Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka inquires the progress of investigations into threats to Bar Association president's life :
July 26, Colombo: Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremasinghe questioned the government about the investigations regarding the threats to the life of Upul Jayasuriya, the president of Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL).

 Sri Lanka police to destroy seized drugs in public:
July 26, Colombo: The police had decided to destroy the seized drugs in public before media, Sri Lanka's Police Department says.

 Sri Lanka to decide venue for Chinese aircraft maintenance center after feasibility study:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka has not yet decided the venue for the aircraft maintenance center that was proposed to be established to maintain Chinese aircraft belonging to the Air Force.

 Students of Sri Lanka's private medical college file petition in Supreme Court seeking clinical training:
July 26, Colombo: Five students of Sri Lanka's South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine have filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting to grant them the opportunity to be trained in government hospitals.

 Coalition party may split from Sri Lanka's ruling alliance over nominations to Uva PC election:
July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is likely to experience a rift over the nominations to the Uva Provincial Council elections, party sources say.

 Sri Lanka conveys condolences to families of the passengers on Air Algerie flight :
July 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Friday conveyed condolences to the bereaved families of the passengers and crew on the Air Algerie flight that was found crashed in Mali early Thursday.

 Both ruling and opposition parties are responsible for public welfare, Sri Lankan President says:
July 25, Anuradhapura: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the country's development is not one political party's responsibility it is the responsibility of both ruling and the opposition parties to uplift welfare of the public and develop the country.

 No deaths of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters since 2011 :
July 25, New Delhi: The Indian government has been consistently taking up on the reports of alleged attacks on Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters with the Sri Lankan government, the Defense Minister of India Arun Jaitley said Friday.
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 Norwegian support for post-graduate programs at Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University :
July 25, Colombo: Norway will support Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University to launch post-graduate programs in Water and Environmental Engineering and the cabinet of ministers has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard.

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