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  Sri Lankan President links EU decisions to opposition 'conspiracies'

Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has charged that the recent decisions taken by the European Union are a result of the attempts by the opposition parties to oust him.

He accused that certain politicians are working with the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora to oust him at the much anticipated presidential election.

 Sri Lankan President launches sixth phase of Divi Neguma domestic agriculture program:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday (October 20) launched the sixth phase of the "Divi Neguma" domestic agriculture program.

 Trade unions in Sri Lanka protest demanding Rs. 10,000 wage hike:
Oct 20, Colombo: Trade unions affiliated with the opposition political parties in Sri Lanka staged a massive protest demonstration on Monday to demand a Rs. 10,000 pay hike for the state sector workers.

 Five suspects surrender to police over attack on Sri Lanka university students:
Oct 20, Balangoda: Five suspects including a member of the Imbulpe Pradeshiya Sabha today surrendered to Balangoda Police over the recent assault on a group of students of Sri Lanka's Sabaragamuwa University, the police said.

 Sri Lanka Navy deploys personnel to assist flood victims:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has deployed its personnel to assist the people affected by the floods in the Southern district of Galle and the Puttalam district in the North western Province.
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 Sri Lanka Cricket emphasizes India tour is a collective decision :
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket today said that a proper procedure was followed in deciding to tour India and it was a collective decision of its Executive Committee taken in the best interest of the game to accept India's invitation for a short tour.

 Australian travelers advised to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka:
Oct 20, Colombo: Australia has advised its citizens traveling to Sri Lanka to "exercise a high degree of caution" in the country at this time because of the unpredictable security environment in the island.

 Lifting EU sanctions on LTTE is a result of continuous mission against country - Sri Lanka ruling party:
Oct 20, Colombo: The main constituent party of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said the removing of the ban on the Tamil Tiger terrorist group LTTE by the European Union is the result of continuous mission against the country since the government defeated the LTTE five years ago.

 Sri Lankan President to meet JHU leaders tomorrow:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet the leaders of the government coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) tomorrow.

 Sri Lanka cabinet spokesman confirms the Presidential election is in January:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka cabinet spokesman and Minister of Media Information Keheliya Rambukwella revealed today that the Presidential election would be held in January 2015.

 UK seafood importers criticize EU ban on Sri Lanka, willing to help government to improve the industry :
Oct 20, Colombo: UK seafood importers have slammed the European Union's decision to slap a ban on Sri Lanka's fish imports which will go into effect from January 2015.

 Sri Lanka's malaria elimination efforts a 'spectacular achievement' - Global Health Group:
Oct 20, Colombo: The Global Health Group, a California-based action group that assists strengthening the public health capabilities in developing countries, has hailed Sri Lanka's success in Malaria eradication as a "spectacular achievement".

 Sri Lankan President links EU decisions to opposition 'conspiracies':
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has charged that the recent decisions taken by the European Union are a result of the attempts by the opposition parties to oust him.

 Coalition party of Sri Lanka ruling alliance to support a common candidate if Constitution is not amended:
Oct 20, Colombo: Coalition partner of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) announced Sunday that the party would present to the President a set of proposals to amend the Constitution.

 Two MPs of minor party in Sri Lanka to join the main opposition UNP:
Oct 20, Colombo: Two parliamentarians of a minor opposition party would soon join the main opposition United National Party (UNP), party sources said.

 Sri Lanka opposition led workers' protests in Colombo tomorrow:
Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka opposition political parties have planned to summon more than 100,000 workers to Colombo on October 20th and 21st.

 Lifting of sanctions will help LTTE to revive in Sri Lanka - Tamil leader:
Oct 19, Colombo: The decision by the General Court of European Union to lift the sanctions the EU imposed in 2006 against the LTTE, the Tamil Tiger terrorist group, will help to revive the vanquished outfit in Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern Province, a senior Tamil political leader has said.
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 Several foreign countries willing to import fish products from Sri Lanka - Fisheries Minister:
Oct 19, Colombo: After the European Commission proposed to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka, several foreign countries have already expressed their willingness to purchase their fish product requirements from Sri Lanka, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said today.

 Sri Lanka to contest the European Court decision lifting sanctions on LTTE:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka has decided to contest the decision by the General Court of the European Union (EU)to annul the sanctions placed on the Tamil Tiger terrorist group and will send an envoy to seek support in the union against the ruling.

 Sri Lanka develops Standard Operating Procedures for the identification and protection of trafficking victims:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka has developed a national strategy in compliance with the international standards to identify and protect trafficking victims.

 INFOTEL ICT exhibition in Sri Lanka to focus on creating a 'Knowledge Hub':
Oct 19, Colombo: INFOTEL, the popular Sri Lankan ICT exposition organized by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) will be held this year from 24 to 26 October at the BMICH.

 Sri Lanka, India navies discuss maritime issues at IMBL meeting:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka and India have held the 24th International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting in the mid seas Thursday to discuss maritime issues common to both countries.

 Missing Persons Commission of Sri Lanka to hold public sittings in Mullaitivu District again :
Oct 19, Colombo: The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka will conduct public sittings to hear cases of missing in Mullaitivu District again from 2nd to the 5th of November 2014.

 Two Sri Lankan heroin dealers arrested in India:
Oct 19, Chennai: In an inter-state joint police operation, the anti-narcotics wing of the Delhi Police and the Chennai city police have arrested two Sri Lankans and a Chennai resident for possession of narcotics.

 Sri Lanka to launch sixth phase of Divi Neguma domestic agriculture program tomorrow:
Oct 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will launch the sixth phase of the "Divi Neguma" domestic agriculture program on Monday (October 20) , the Ministry of Economic Development announced.

 Japan hands over self-propelled grab hopper dredger to Sri Lanka:
Oct 18, Colombo: Japan today handed over a self-propelled grab hopper dredger constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.2 billion to Sri Lanka today to develop country's fishery industry.
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 Rivers overflow in southern Sri Lanka submerging roads :
Oct 18, Colombo: Major rivers in Southern Sri Lanka, swollen by incessant rain, have overflown submerging roads and low lying areas in the South.

 Sri Lanka to mark 2014 National Safety Day in Hambantota district:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka will mark the National Safety Day, which was commemorated for eight years continuously since 2006, in Hambantota district this year.

 Will abolish Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka when separatism called off - President:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today reiterated that he is prepared to abolish the Executive Presidential System on the day the separatists give up their call for a separate state in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka Railways General Manager removed after the strike:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has removed the General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways B.A.P. Ariyaratne with immediate effect.

 Pro-LTTE Indian political parties call for lifting ban on Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger terrorist group:
Oct 18, Chennai: Following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision to annul the sanctions against Sri Lanka's defunct Tamil Tiger terrorist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) , the pro-LTTE Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu have begun to demand the Indian government to lift the group's ban in India.

 Sri Lanka establishes council for financial sector regulators to share information:
Oct 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has established an Inter Regulatory Institutions Council to facilitate sharing information among financial sector regulators.

 SriLankan Airlines acquires nine wide-body aircraft to replace fleet:
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, replacing its fleet with wide-body aircraft will take delivery of its first brand new Airbus A330-300 aircraft during the last week of October 2014.

 Sri Lanka's former Chief Justice apologizes for his 2005 judgment delivered in favor of current President :
Oct 17, Colombo: In an unprecedented move, Sri Lanka's former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has apologized for his verdict in the "helping Hambantota" case that paved the way for the current President, Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for presidential election in 2005.

 Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association endeavors to bridge digital divide for Sri Lankan Students:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association organized a special ceremony at the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka to present state of the art Computer Tablets to several bright Sri Lankan University Students. The selected students hailed from Medical, Law, Business and Finance faculties of different universities of Sri Lanka.

 Coalition party to push Sri Lankan government for a constitutional amendment:
Oct 17, Colombo: Udaya Gammanpila, the Western Provincial Council Minister of Sri Lanka ruling party coalition partner Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), said today that the party was pushing the government for a constitutional amendment.
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 Sri Lanka main opposition UNP appoints Harin Fernando as Deputy National Organizer:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United national Party (UNP) today has decide to appoint Harin Fernando, the former MP and chief ministerial candidate at the recent Uva Provincial Council Election, as the party's Deputy National Organizer.

 Election Commissioner instructed to remove Sri Lanka Democratic Party leader from voter register:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Attorney General's (AG) Department of Sri Lanka has requested the Commissioner of Elections to remove the name of Sarath Fonseka, Leader of the Democratic Party, from the electoral register.

 Sri Lanka to rehabilitate 537 rural bridges with US$ 162 million credit facility:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka has signed an agreement to obtain a US$ 162 million credit facility to finance the rehabilitation and reconstruct ion of 537 rural bridges across the island.

 Sri Lanka's National Freedom Front to support President for a third term:
Oct 17, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of the Sri Lankan government has extended its support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election.

 Sri Lanka gets US$ 20 million loan to import 2,500 milk cows :
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka aiming to be self-sufficient in liquid milk by the year 2016 has received a US$ 20 million loan to import 2,500 milk cows.

 US assist Sri Lanka to provide business training for 'war widows':
Oct 17, Colombo: The United States has provided assistance to Sri Lanka to launch a project for the women widowed due to the three-decade long armed conflict to receive business training.

 Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary to visit New Delhi:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will visit New Delhi early next week for high-level talks with India’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, according to an Indian media report.

  Sri Lanka Election Commissioner meets party secretaries:
Oct 17, Colombo: The Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has summoned secretaries of all the registered political parties for a special meeting today.

 Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, current monetary policy appropriate:
Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as low inflation environment continued for the 68th consecutive month.

 Sri Lanka main opposition appoints G20 to lead party's election campaign:
Oct 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has appointed a committee called the ‘Group 20 or G 20’ to lead the party’s election campaign for much anticipated presidential election.
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 ICRC marks 25 years of humanitarian work in Sri Lanka:
Oct 16, Colombo: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today (October 16) marks the 25th anniversary of its humanitarian activities in Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka navy accused of damaging Indian fishermen's fishing nets:
Oct 16, Rameswaram: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lanka Navy of damaging the fishing nets of about 20 Indian boats when they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet.

 Australian company renews Sri Lanka graphite licenses, starting exploration:
Oct 16, Sydney: Bora Bora Resources Limited, an Australian graphite exploration company, has renewed two key exploration licenses for graphite mining at the Matale/Kurunegala Graphite Project in central Sri Lanka for an additional two years.

  Sri Lanka expresses concern over the European Court's decision to annul sanctions on LTTE:
Oct 16, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka today expressed concern over the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16th October, to annul the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE.

 India's Ashok Leyland receives US$ 17 million order for 630 more buses from Sri Lanka :
Oct 16, Chennai: Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, has received an order for additional 630 buses worth US$ 17 million from private bus operators in Sri Lanka, the company said in a release Thursday.

 British Deputy High Commissioner in Sri Lanka visits Jaffna:
Oct 16, Colombo: British Deputy High Commissioner Laura Davies visited Jaffna town in Northern Province of Sri Lanka on 15 October, 2014, the High Commission in Colombo said.

  European Court annuls sanctions on LTTE on technical grounds but maintains asset freeze :
Oct 16, Luxembourg: The European Court on procedural grounds Thursday annulled the European Council measures maintaining Sri Lanka's defunct Tamil Tiger terrorist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the European list of terrorist organizations but allowed measures to keep their assets frozen.

 U.S. trade delegation backs enhanced U.S.-Sri Lankan business cooperation:
Oct 16, Colombo: The American and Ceylon Chambers of Commerce joined the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to co-host U.S.-Sri Lanka Business Forum today to coincide with the 11th Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Joint Council Meeting.

 Extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka invades Bureau of Foreign Employment:
Oct 16, Colombo: An extremist Buddhist group in Sri Lanka, Ravana Balaya today invaded the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and threatened to sack the Chairman from the post by force.

 Tamil Nadu CM asks Indian PM to get the fishermen's boats released from Sri Lanka :
Oct 16, Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam today asked the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally intervene to ensure the immediate release of the 75 Indian fishing boats that are still in Sri Lankan custody.

 Sri Lanka Army officers to receive French language lessons:
Oct 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has requested the assistance of the French Embassy to conduct French language lessons to its officers.

 EXIM Bank of Malaysia impressed by Sri Lanka's economic performance :
Oct 16, Colombo: Following positive discussions with local authorities, EXIM Bank Malaysia President Adissadikin Bin Ali and Head of Banking Nor Shahmir Bin Nor Shahid ended an official visit to Sri Lanka with a press conference on October 15th.

 Malaysia's SME Factors to expand operations to Sri Lanka:
Oct 16, Colombo: SME Factors, one of Malaysia's leading receivables financing houses, announced the expansion of its services into Sri Lanka at a press conference held in Colombo on October 15th.

 US, Sri Lanka sign trade and investment agreement to boost bilateral trade:
Oct 16, Colombo: Further expanding trade ties between the two countries, Sri Lanka and the United States inked a joint trade and investment agreement on Wednesday in Colombo.

 Snap Presidential election is to consolidate power of a single individual - Sri Lanka Marxist party:
Oct 15, Colombo: The move to hold a snap presidential election in Sri Lanka is a mere attempt to consolidate power of a single individual for six more years , the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said.
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