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  United States offers Sri Lanka immediate assistance for disaster relief

Oct 31, Colombo: To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided Rs. 6.5 million (US$ 50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka's National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.

 Procedure announced for foreign passport holders traveling to Sri Lanka's North:
Nov 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense and Urban Development has announced the procedure for foreign passport holders to follow if they wish to travel to the North.

 Sri Lanka Army to take control of relief centers for landslide victims:
Nov 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army on the directions of the Secretary Defense and Urban Development form Saturday (Nov 01) will take full control of the relief centers set up for the victims of Wednesday's massive landslide in Koslanda Meeriya Bedda estate in Badulla district.

  Sri Lanka's Carson group completes acquisition of Millers Brewery:
Nov 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Carson Cumberbatch group which owns Lion Brewery has concluded the acquisition of Millers Brewery, from Cargills Ceylon Plc.

 Controversial Sri Lankan Minister's son assaulted at night club:
Nov 01, Colombo: Malaka Silva, the son of controversial Sri Lankan Minister Mervyn Silva has been hospitalized after allegedly being assaulted by a foreign national, police said.

 Lee Hedges Investments enters into lease agreement with Sri Lanka's UDA for a mixed development project:
Nov 01, Colombo: Lee Hedges Investments Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Lee Hedges PLC that has been incorporated as a company of Board of Investment (BOI) has entered into a lease agreement with Sri Lanka's Urban Development Authority (UDA).

 Sri Lanka to launch two projects to enhance power sector capacity:
Nov 01, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has recognized the need to enhance the power sector capacity to cater to demand of the emerging economic activities as the country's energy sector struggles to meet growing demand for electricity at a low cost and acceptable reliability rate.

  India to contest Sri Lanka court's death sentences of fishermen through legal process:
Oct 31, New Delhi: India said Friday that it will exhaust the legal process and challenge the death sentence passed on five Indian fishermen by a lower court in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka to establish a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to monitor fishing boats:
Oct 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to establish a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to monitor the thousands of multi day fishing boats in the Sri Lankan seas. <

 India pledges Rs.10 million as immediate relief for Sri Lanka landslide victims:
Oct 31, New Delhi: India has pledged Indian rupees five million as immediate relief for victims of landslide in Sri Lanka and is also considering medium and long-term assistance.

 Sri Lanka national carrier receives first of six new A330-300 on order:
Oct 31, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, has taken delivery of its first A330-300 becoming a new operator for the type.

 New mission chiefs to Sri Lanka express condolences on Koslanda landslide:
Oct 31, Colombo: Four new ambassadors and one high commissioner to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (Oct. 30) evening.
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 Catholic Church of Sri Lanka rejects reports of president influencing the church to stop papal visit:
Oct 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has denied that the Sri Lankan President has pressured the Church to stop Pope's visit to the island scheduled for January next year.

 Madhu Road - Thiruketheeswaram sector of Sri Lanka's Northern Railway line tested :
Oct 31, Colombo: Officials of India's state-owned IRCON International and Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) authorities today conducted a successful test run on the reconstructed Madhu Road- Thiruketheeswaram railway track of the Northern Railway Line.

 Pakistan offers assistance to the Sri Lankan landslide victims:
Oct 31, Colombo: Expressing sympathies to Sri Lanka's landslide victims, the Government of Pakistan said it has considered assistance requirements put forward by the Sri Lankan Government and offered relief assistance.

 Coalition party of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance to abstain from voting for the budget:
Oct 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's nationalist coalition partner of ruling alliance, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has decided to abstain from the second reading vote of the government's 2015 budget as the talks with the ruling party on the constitutional amendments submitted by the party were not yet completed.

 Sri Lanka Opposition Leader visits landslide affected village:
Oct 31, Badulla: The Leader of Sri Lanka main oppositional United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe visited Koslanda Meeriya Bedda village in Badulla district today and met the victims of the massive landslide that devastated the area Wednesday morning.

 United States offers Sri Lanka immediate assistance for disaster relief:
Oct 31, Colombo: To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided Rs. 6.5 million (US$ 50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.

 Sri Lanka inflation drops to 1.6 percent in October 2014 :
Oct 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined considerably to 1.6 percent in October 2014 from 3.5 percent in the previous month on a year-on-year basis, the Central Bank reported on Frida

 Sri Lanka landslide: UN saddened by the human loss:
Oct 31, Colombo: The United Nations said today that it is saddened by the loss of human life caused by the deadly landslide in the Koslanda village of Badulla district in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lankan President instructs officials to get the EU ban on fish exports removed:
Oct 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (30) has instructed the relevant officials to do a thorough study on the European Union's ban of Sri Lanka's fishery products exports and get the ban removed.

 India will appeal Sri Lankan court's death sentence to five Tamil Nadu drug smugglers:
Oct 31, New Delhi: India's Ministry of External Affairs has said that it will appeal the death sentences handed over to five Tamil Nadu fishermen by a lower court in Sri Lanka on charges of drug smuggling.

 United States to assist Sri Lanka in landslide rescue and relief efforts :
Oct 31, Washington, DC: The United States said Thursday that has received an official request for assistance from the Government of Sri Lanka for rescue and relief efforts after a massive landslide devastated the Koslanda- Meeriya Bedda village in Badulla district.

 Commonwealth Secretary-General conveys his solidarity and condolences to Sri Lanka:
Oct 30, London: The Secretary-General of Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma has sent his solidarity and condolences on behalf of the Commonwealth to the President of Sri Lanka following yesterday's devastating landslides in the country.

 Tamil Nadu CM condemns Sri Lankan court's 'unjust' conviction, says evidence fabricated :
Oct 30, Chennai: The Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu State O. Panneerselvam today strongly condemned the Sri Lankan Court's ruling of death sentences to five Tamil Nadu fishermen on charges of drug trafficking.

 Sri Lankan court sentences 5 Indian and 3 Sri Lankan fishermen to death for heroin trafficking:
Oct 30, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday handed out death sentences to five Indian and three Sri Lankan fishermen accused of trafficking heroin into the island.
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 Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader to visit landslide affected people tomorrow:
Oct 30, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe will visit Koslanda tomorrow to meet the people distressed by the massive landslide.

  Sri Lanka Appellate Court rejects the petition against Tamil National Alliance:
Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Appellate Court today rejected a petition filed against the Tamil National Alliance alleging violation of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

 Ministry of Health to conduct a census on Sri Lanka's psychiatric patients:
Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health will launch a pilot study next week to take census on mental patients in the island to identify the extent of the mental disorders prevailing among the population.

 Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Supreme Council meets to discuss presidential election :
Oct 30, Colombo: The Supreme Council of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the Muslim ally of the Sri Lankan government, will meet on October 31 under the patronage of the SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem, party sources said.

 Sri Lanka Catholic Church call upon all Catholics to help the landslide affected people :
Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Catholic Church today expressing deep concern and shock at yesterday's landslide in the Koslanda Miriyabedda area in Haldummulla village of Badulla District called upon its faithful to help the affected community in "whatever way possible" to restart their lives.

 Sri Lankan President visits landslide affected village:
Oct 30, Badulla: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning visited the Koslanda-Meeriya Bedda Estate village in Haldummulla devastated by the deadly landslide yesterday and met the people affected by the disaster.

 UN Human Rights Committee asks Sri Lanka to repeal 18th Amendment to the Constitution:
Oct 30, Geneva: The United Nations Human Rights Committee, while welcoming several measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure human rights of its citizens, asked the government to repeal the 18th Amendment to the Constitution approved by the parliament in September 2010.

 U.S. stands ready to assist Sri Lanka, commends government's rescue efforts after landslide:
Oct 30, Colombo: The United States today expressed deepest condolences to the Sri Lankan government and the families affected by Wednesday's landslide in Koslanda in Badulla district and offered assistance for the government and the affected people.

 Australia's Wellard Group secures contract to supply 22,500 dairy cows to Sri Lanka:
Oct 30, Colombo: Australian livestock exporter Wellard Group has secured two contracts worth almost $ 100 million from Sri Lanka to supply 22,500 dairy cattle to the Sri Lankan Department of Economic Development (SLDED).

 UN humanitarian wing on standby to support Sri Lanka after landslides:
Oct 30, Colombo: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stands ready to support Sri Lanka after heavy rains have caused deadly landslides in the tea estates villages of Badulla in central Sri Lanka.

 US help not sought for Sri Lanka landslide rescue :
Oct 30, Washington, DC: The United States said Wednesday that government of Sri Lanka has not made any specific requests for assistance in search and rescue operations after an early morning landslide in the upcountry plantations area believed to have buried about 300 people.

 Sri Lanka Army deploys troops and heavy machinery to assist landslide rescue operations :
Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army Wednesday deployed a contingent of over 500 troops from the Security Forces Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-C) to rescue the buried victims of the landslide that wreaked havoc in the Koslandawatta-Meeriyabedda estate areas of Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat in Badulla district Wednesday morning.

 India offers help for Sri Lanka landslide rescue operations :
Oct 30, Colombo: India today has offered assistance to Sri Lanka to help hundreds of people affected by Wednesday's landslide in the central hills of tea plantations.

 Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka expresses sorrow and calls for help for landslide victims:
Oct 29, Colombo: Expressing his sorrow in a media statement the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe requested all Sri Lankans to come forward and help the victims of the massive landslide that struck the MeeriyaBedda village in Koslanda, Haldummulla of Badulla district.

 Sri Lanka President expresses condolences to victims of landslide disaster:
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe united in expressing their sympathies to the landslide victims and bereaved families in Haldummulla of Badulla District today.

 Sri Lanka sign MoU with China to develop rubber industry:
Oct 29, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Rubber Research Institute (RRI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s state-owned CETC International for the development of the RRI, the government announced.
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 Landslide rescue operations suspended in Sri Lanka due to bad weather :
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have temporarily halted the operations to rescue the people trapped under the rubble from the massive landslide that had levelled the Meeriya-badda village of Haldummulla in Badulla district.

 Mass rally in Sri Lanka tomorrow against President contesting for a third term:
Oct 29, Colombo: A civil movement in Sri Lanka, People's Movement for Democracy will hold a rally in Colombo tomorrow to protest President Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting for a third election.

  Pakistan awards fully funded engineering scholarships to Sri Lankan students :
Oct 29, Colombo: The Government of Pakistan has awarded fully funded higher professional Engineering Scholarships to three Sri Lankan students under the Higher Education Scholarship Programme for 2014.

 Commonwealth encourages Sri Lanka to accelerate efforts towards sustainable reconciliation :
Oct 29, Colombo: The Commonwealth today encouraged the Sri Lankan government to accelerate its efforts towards sustainable reconciliation and consolidation of its "successful and hard won peace" through continued implementation of the recommendations of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

 Six bodies found, over 300 missing in Sri Lanka landslide:
Oct 29, Colombo: Six people were killed and over 300 are missing on Wednesday after a massive landslide buried around 70 line-houses in the Meeriyabedda Estate of Haldummulla village in Badulla District.

 Pope's visit to Sri Lanka confirmed :
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has confirmed that the Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka from January 13-15 as scheduled amid the fears that Pope's visit may be cancelled due to the presidential elections anticipated in January.

 Doing business getting harder in Sri Lanka in 2015:
Oct 29, Washington, DC: Limitations to freedom of contract and the lengthy times taken to resolve standardized disputes through the courts have made doing business harder in Sri Lanka next year, according to a global survey by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank comparing 189 countries.

 Update : Hundreds trapped and feared dead in massive landslide in Sri Lanka:
Oct 29, Colombo: Hundreds of people are feared dead in Sri Lanka after a massive landslide early Wednesday morning buried a row of line houses in Haldumulla, Badulla in the island's upcountry.

 Sri Lanka parliament adjourns early as no MPs to address budget debate :
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament adjourned early yesterday since there were no parliamentarians to address the debate on the Second Reading of the 2015 budget.

 Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist organizations to support Mahinda Rajapaksa at presidential election:
Oct 28, Colombo: A group of Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist organizations announced today that they would support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election.

 Fishermen of south protest Sri Lanka's Fisheries Minister's move:
Oct 28, Colombo: A group of fishermen held a protest against the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources today at Matara in the Southern Province to protest the measure to grant permission to foreign fishing vessels to harvest fish in Sri Lankan waters.

 Massive crowd throngs to Sri Lanka capital for opposition UNP rally:
Oct 28, Colombo: A massive crowd thronged to the Sri Lankan capital Tuesday to participate in a rally held by the main opposition United National party (UNP).
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 Vaiko says reasons for extending ban on LTTE not valid:
Oct 28, Chennai: MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Mondaypresetnig his case arguments to get the ban on LTTE lifted in India said the reasons cited for extending the ban on the LTTE were not valid.

  Gender gap widens in Sri Lanka in 2014 on lack of political empowerment:
Oct 28, Geneva: Sri Lanka's gender gap increased over the last year and gender equality ranking declined from a 55 in 2013 to a 79 this year out of 142 countries , a report released today by the World Economic Forum showed.

  Two housing projects provide new houses to over 1,000 slum dwellers in Sri Lankan capital :
Oct 28, Colombo: Two housing projects vested in public by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday will provide new houses to over 1,100 families currently living in slums in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo and its suburbs.

 Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lanka jail call off fast after assured release in a week:
Oct 28, Colombo: The Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy and detained have called off their hunger strike after Sri Lankan officials assured their release soon.

 Sri Lanka denounces terror attack in Egypt:
Oct 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Egyptian security and military personnel in North Sinai last week that claimed the lives of 31 soldiers and injured several others.

 Sri Lanka ruling party appoints committee to study JHU proposals:
Oct 28, Colombo: Following a decisive discussion held yesterday between Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), and coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) a five-member committee has been appointed to study the proposals put forward by the JHU.

 UN Counter-Terrorism Committee delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka today:
Oct 28, Colombo: A delegation of the UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) headed by its Executive Director Jean-Paul Laborde is due to arrive in Sri Lanka today on a three-day visit.

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