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  Sri Lanka slides down the ranks of Global Competitiveness this year

Sept 03, Geneva: Sri Lanka has slipped down the ranking of global competitiveness this year after improving last year, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014/2015 released by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka ranked at 73rd place among 144 countries in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) this year dropping eight notches from last year with a score of 4.2 out of 7.

 Sri Lanka slides down the ranks of Global Competitiveness this year:
Sept 03, Geneva: Sri Lanka has slipped down the ranking of global competitiveness this year after improving last year, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014/2015 released by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday.

 Sri Lanka Freedom Party can consolidate freedom to the whole nation - President:
Sept 02, Badulla: Sri Lanka Freedom Party was borne to establish national freedom and protect national heritage and it is the only party that could consolidate freedom to the whole nation, Sri Lankan Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.
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 Nigerian military delegation in Sri Lanka to learn about welfare systems in Tri Services:
Sept 02, Colombo: An eleven-member delegation from the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) has arrived in Sri Lanka on a study tour to learn about the welfare systems in the country's armed forces.

 IFIMES presents a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister :
Sept 02, Colombo: The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) presented a high award for “special contribution to stability and peace in the Region” to Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris.

 IFIMES presents a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister :
Sept 02, Colombo: The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) presented a high award for “special contribution to stability and peace in the Region” to Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris.

 Secretary of Sri Lanka Ministry of Justice summoned before Human Rights Commission:
Sept 02, Colombo: The Secretary of the Human Rights Commission has issued summons to the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice to appear before the Commission on September 05.

 Sri Lanka to introduce a certified price for rubber:
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Plantations Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the government has taken steps to introduce a certified price for rubber.

 Coalition party of Sri Lankan government proposes 40% increase in basic salary for public employees:
Sept 02, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of the Sri Lankan government today has suggested the government to increase the salary of the public sector employees by 40 percent in the 2015 budget.

 Sri Lanka Election Secretariat to monitor postal voting of Uva Provincial Council election:
Election Secretariat of Sri Lanka has decided to deploy a group of election monitors to observe the postal voting of the Uva Provincial Council election.

 One Health International Conference at Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University:
Sept 02, Colombo: 'One Health International Conference 2014', will be held at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, on 5th and 6th of September, 2014.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests nine Indian fishermen:
Sept 02, Rameswaram: Sri Lanka Navy arrested nine Indian fishermen Monday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in the country's waters.

 Sri Lanka's first ever International Film Festival begins today in Colombo :
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka for the first time will hold an international film festival to offer a great international cinema experience to Sri Lankan film enthusiasts.

 Sri Lanka Freedom Party 63rd anniversary celebrations in Badulla today:
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will celebrate its 63rd anniversary in Badulla today under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

  Sri Lanka's Laugfs Gas ventures into international shipping and maritime services:
Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's private gas retailer Laugfs Gas has incorporated a fully owned subsidiary, Laugfs Maritime Services (LMS) (Pvt) Limited to expand its businesses into the international shipping industry.

 Sri Lanka hopes for better relations with new UNHRC Chief:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Monday expressed hope that the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan be "more balanced" in his responsibilities than his predecessor Navanetham Pillay.

 Bank of Ceylon extends anti-money laundering contract with Callcredit Group:
Sept 01, London: The Bank of Ceylon (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka's largest bank, Bank of Ceylon, has signed a new contract with Callcredit Information Group which will help prevent money laundering and assist in meeting with regulatory compliance.
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 The best we can give our children is education - Sri Lankan President:
Sept 01, Moneragala: Stressing that the best thing a society can give its children is education, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that it is parents' responsibility to provide an opportunity for the children to receive the benefits of free education.

 Sri Lankan court allows deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers:
Sept 01, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court on Monday withdrew the interim order suspending the deportation of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers allowing the Sri Lankan government to send them back to the countries where they fled from.

 Sri Lanka state hospitals back to normal as the supplementary staff ends the strike:
Sept 01, Colombo: The strike launched by the supplementary medical professionals at the state hospitals of Sri Lanka has ended and the hospitals have resumed the normal operations from today, following the discussions with the union, Health officials said.

 Plans underway to give Sri Lanka's phosphate deposit to China, civil society movement charges:
Sept 01, Colombo: The Convener of a civil society movement, The Anti-Corruption Voice of Sri Lanka, Wasantha Samarasinghe said that a plan is being compiled by the Chairman and other officials of Lanka Phosphate Company to sell the Eppawala apatite deposit to China.

 Sri Lanka's veteran trade union leader Bala Tampoe passes away:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's veteran trade union leader Bala Tampoe passed away this afternoon at a private hospital in Colombo. He was 92 years old.

 UK has provided 3.5 million pounds for Sri Lanka's demining program :
Sept 01, Colombo: British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, visited a demining site in Muhamalai during a visit to the North on Monday, 1 September, 2014. The site is operated by the UK based demining agency, the Halo Trust.

 Chinese national arrested at Sri Lanka airport trying to smuggle Wallapatta:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Customs has arrested a Chinese national at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning while attempting to smuggle Wallapatta.

 UNP Chief ministerial candidate says meeting with President's son accidental:
Sept 01, Colombo: Chief ministerial candidate of Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) for Uva Province Harin Fernando said Sunday that his meeting with the Hambantota District parliamentarian and President's son Namal Rajapaksa was a chance encounter and not a planned one.

 Japanese Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka next week:
Sept 01, Colombo: The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe has planned to undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 7th to 8th September 2014, at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, External Affairs Ministry said today in a statement.

 Sri Lankan President likely to meet Indian PM on the sidelines of UN GA:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly session in New York later this month, a Sri Lankan official has told Express News Service.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party to lodge complaint with rights commission on election law violations:
Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused the government of "deviously" deploying state employees in the election campaign and said the party would lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission today.

 Sri Lanka to begin own probe on war crime allegations soon :
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka will soon begin a probe on alleged war crime violations parallel to the investigations conducted by the to Investigate Into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons.
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  Sri Lankan President instructs to start a sea water purification project:
Aug 31, Bibile: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that he had instructed the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa to start a project to desalinate sea water.

 Former Secretary General of Sri Lanka Parliament Sam Wijesinha passes away:
Aug 31, Colombo: Former Secretary General of Sri Lanka Parliament Sam Wijesinha passed away at home today, his family announced. He was 93 years old at the time of his death.

 Sri Lanka national carrier celebrates its 35th anniversary:
Aug 31, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and the newest member of the oneworld global airline alliance, celebrates thirty-five years of flying, at the Airline Centre in Katunayake, on Monday (September 1st).

 UNP MP Sajith Premadasa to participate in campaigning for Uva PC election from tomorrow:
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Hambantota district parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa has promised to take part in the party's election campaign for the Uva Provincial Council from tomorrow.

 Sri Lankan government to consult Supreme Court regarding presidential election:
Aug 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to consult the Supreme Court to get an interpretation on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution on the holding of a Presidential election.

 Six illegal Sri Lankan migrants caught in India raise suspicions of LTTE revival in Australia:
Aug 31, Colombo: The arrest of four human traffickers while trying to transport six Sri Lankans to Australia through the Prakasam coast in India earlier this week has raised the suspicion among Indian investigators that the defeated Tamil terrorist group, LTTE may be trying to revive in Australia.

  China to ensure efficient functioning of Sri Lanka's problem-plagued coal power plant:
Aug 31, Colombo: During the upcoming Chinese President xi Jinping's visit to Sri Lanka, the two countries will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure trouble-free, smooth functioning of the China-funded Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai.

 Change in leadership of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party - report :
Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is likely to undergo a change in the leadership, local media reports say.

 Sri Lanka armed forces joint field exercise to commence on September 2:
Aug 31, Colombo: The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries will commence on Tuesday (September 2) for the fifth consecutive year, the Army said.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party says ruling party thugs terrorizing Uva Province:
Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna during a discussion with the Commissioner of Elections on Friday (29th) has told him that gangs of thugs and underworld figures have been brought down to Uva by the ruling party to terrorize the villagers.

 Sri Lanka Election Commissioner promises legal action against illegal election propaganda:
Aug 30, Colombo: The Election Department has commenced dismantling and removing illegal campaign offices in the Uva Province.
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 Sri Lanka election monitor writes to Election Commissioner on illegal recruitment at Survey Department :
Aug 30, Colombo: An election monitor in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has written to the Election Commissioner over recruitment at the Survey Department violating election laws.

 Families of disappeared persons in Sri Lanka protest to mark International Day of the Disappeared :
Aug 30, Vavuniya: The families of the disappeared persons in Sri Lanka held a protest today at Vavuniya town in the Northern Province to mark the International Day of the Disappeared.

 Supplementary medical professionals of Sri Lanka to end strike tomorrow:
Aug 30, Colombo: The supplementary medical professionals at the state hospitals of Sri Lanka ended their strike today after discussions with Health Ministry officials.

 Competing party leaders of Sri Lanka main opposition to come together on same platform :
Aug 30, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe and his competitor Sajith Premadasa will address people after a long time from the same platform tomorrow.

 Saudi officials to visit Sri Lanka to discuss recruitment of domestic workers:
Aug 30, Colombo: Representatives of Saudi Arabia's National Committee of Recruitment of the Council of Saudi Chambers will pay a five-day visit to Sri Lanka to discuss the issues related to the recruitment of domestic workers.

 National Kite Festival of Sri Lanka gets off ground tomorrow in Negombo:
Aug 30, Colombo: The Kite Sri Lanka Organization will conduct the annual National Kite Festival, 'Nil Ahase Wasanthaya' (Spring of the Blue Sky) 2014 on August 31 at the Negombo Beach Park.

 Sri Lanka aiming for US$ 3 billion rubber industry next decade:
Aug 30, Colombo: As the first ever Global Rubber Confab to be held in Sri Lanka is announced on August 28, the country has positioned its historic rubber industry to be a US$ 3 billion sector.

 Sri Lanka main opposition party reinstates quarrelsome MP:
Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) which is in a bid to unite the party, has decided to revoke a disciplinary probe initiated against the party's Kalutara district parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma.

 Tamil Nadu demands Sri Lanka to immediately release fishermen's boats:
Aug 30, New Delhi: Tamil Nadu, while calling for restoring "traditional" fishing rights for its fishermen to Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974, has reiterated its demand for Sri Lanka to immediately release the 62 boats of the state's fishermen that are being held by Sri Lankan authorities.

 Investment from Europe accounted for 20% of Sri Lanka's FDI last year:
Aug 29, Colombo: Last year 20 percent of Sri Lanka's Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) were from European Union countries, the Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faizer Mustapha said.

 Sri Lankan Minister to speak on reconciliation in Houston:
Aug 29, Houston, TX: Sri Lanka's Minster of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara will deliver a speech in Houston, Texas on the reconciliation process in the country.
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 Sri Lankan court extends order suspending deportation of Pakistani refugees:
Aug 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended an order it issued earlier suspending the repatriating Pakistani nationals who have sought refugee status in Sri Lanka.

 Central Bank of Sri Lanka approves 29 consolidation plans of financial institutions:
Aug 29, Colombo: The Monetary Board of Sri Lanka's Central Bank in-principle has approved another 10 consolidation proposals submitted by banks and Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFIs) in August, bringing the total to 29, the Central Bank said Friday.

 MP of Sri Lanka main opposition threatens to cross over to government:
Aug 29, Colombo: A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has threatened to cross over to the government.

  Sri Lankan court issues injunction against health workers' strike:
Aug 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today issued an injunction suspending the three-day long strike launched by the supplementary staff at the government hospitals.

 Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to enhance defense cooperation:
Aug 29, Colombo: Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal, Tahir Rafique Butt Staff called on Sri Lankan Secretary Defense and Urban Development, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence in Colombo on Thursday and discussed ways to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries.

 U.S. support for new hospital in Sri Lanka's former war zone :
Aug 29, Colombo: As part of a United States government program to support the Northern Provincial Council's work to expand medical services in the former conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka's Northern Province, the U.S. has supported the construction of Pooneryn Divisional Hospital In Kilinochchi district at a cost of US$ 517,000 (approximately Rs. 67 million).

 Sri Lanka inflation declines to 3.5 percent in August 2014:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined to 3.5 percent in August 2014 on a year-on-year basis after rising to 3.6 percent in July, figures released by the Census and Statistics Department Friday showed .

  Sri Lanka Tamil party ready to talk with the government:
Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that the party was ready to resume discussions with the government to reach a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka.

 Weapons belonged to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorists unearthed in Indian forest reserve:
Aug 29, Salem: A cache of weapons unearthed in a forest reserve in India had the symbol of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorist group imprinted on them, Indian police officials have revealed.

 Avis announces new partnership agreement with SriLankan Airlines:
Aug 29, Singapore: Avis, today announced a new partnership agreement with SriLankan Airlines the national carrier of Sri Lanka and the newest member of the oneworld alliance.

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