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  Sri Lanka-China to negotiate on FTA during Chinese President's visit

Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka and China in recent years have developed increasingly closer economic and trade relations and a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries will boost Sri Lanka's future development, according to the government of Sri Lanka.

Both Sri Lanka and China anticipate that Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the island tomorrow, a first by a Chinese head of state in 28 years, will expand cooperation and cement the ties in trade and economy between the two countries.

 Sri Lanka committed to full implementation of 13th Amendment, India says :
Sept 15, New Delhi: Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, India said today.

 India has non-diplomatic direct channels with Sri Lanka to tackle spying issue :
Sept 15, New Delhi: India said today it has non-diplomatic direct channels available with Sri Lanka to deal with the reported cases of Sri Lankans spying for Pakistan on India.

 Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Council meeting begins in Sri Lanka:
Sept 15, Colombo: The Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Meeting got underway in Sri Lankan capital Monday with the participation of 150 representatives from 32 member countries.
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 British company Gemfields to mine sapphires in Sri Lanka:
Sept 15, Colombo: A British mining company, Gemfields has announced that it has entered a joint venture with to mine sapphires in Sri Lanka as part of its goal to expand its colored stone business.

 Nigerian lawmaker charges Sri Lankan airport authorities of harassing Nigerian family:
Sept 15, Colombo: A Nigerian lawmaker has accused Sri Lankan authorities at the Colombo International Airport of harassing a Nigerian family who is visiting Sri Lanka during the Ebola scare.

 Traffic restriction in Sri Lankan capital tomorrow due to Chinese President's arrival:
Sept 15, Colombo: Vehicle movement in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo and on airport expressway will be restricted due to Chinese President's arrival tomorrow (16) on a two-day official visit, the Police Headquarters announced.

 Sri Lanka-China to negotiate on FTA during Chinese President's visit :
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka and China in recent years have developed increasingly closer economic and trade relations and a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries will boost Sri Lanka's future development, according to the government of Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka GDP grows 7.8% in second quarter of 2014:
Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 7.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to same period last year, Department of Census and Statistics said in its Quarterly Estimates of Gross Domestic Product report released Monday.

 Sri Lanka donates tea to China earthquake victims:
Sept 15, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has donated a consignment of Ceylon black tea to the victims of the recent earthquake in Yunnan Province, China.

 HNB Finances Softlogic's Strategic Move In ODEL:
Sept 15, Colombo: Hatton National Bank PLC, the premier private sector commercial bank in Sri Lanka,has financed Softlogic Group's strategic investment in the leading fashion brand ODEL, enabling the conglomerate to further strengthen its presence in the apparel and fashion accessories market.

 Access to finance is a major barrier for Sri Lanka's creative productivity:
Colombo: Lack of access to finance, shortage of skilled labor and the country's generous leave policy are some of the factors that had led an Asian Development Bank report to rank Sri Lanka in the bottom six of 22 Asian economies.

 Sri Lanka provincial council election campaign to end Wednesday midnight:
Sept 15, Colombo: All Election campaigning for the Uva Provincial Council polls in Sri Lanka should come to an end by midnight Wednesday, September 17, the Election Department has scheduled.

 Sri Lanka elite police bust ganja transport operation in long-distance luxury buses:
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's elite police , Special Task Force (STF) personnel have arrested a bus driver and conductor along with haul of marijuana (ganja) worth over Rs 2.5 million for transporting the drugs.
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 Sri Lankan government is strengthening free education with technical laboratories in schools:
Sept 14, Badulla: The government is strengthening free education with the establishment of Mahindodaya technical laboratories in schools for the students to meet the future needs of the country as well as the world, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Sunday.

 Sri Lanka IGP instructs police to be strict on election violations:
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Inspector General of Police N K Ilangakoon has advised police to be strict on election violence, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said.

 Sri Lanka main opposition party promises one million jobs under a future government:
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party says that a future government under the party will take measures to provide one million jobs to the island youth.

 Sri Lanka Navy accused of attacking Indian fishing boats :
Sept 14, Rameswaram, TN: Sri Lankan navy personnel are accused of attacking a flotilla of Indian fishing boats and snapping more than 100 fishing nets.

 Sri Lankan government to resume drought relief in Uva Province from tomorrow:
Sept 14, Colombo: Following the Supreme Court's approval, the Sri Lankan government will resume its drought relief program in the Moneragala district of Uva Province from Monday.

 Sri Lanka Marxist party leader accuses President of being the 'biggest obstacle for free & fair election':
Sept 14, Colombo: The Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake says Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the "biggest obstacle for free & fair election."

 Sri Lanka President to Chair CHOGM meetings on the sidelines of UN General Assembly :
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for the United States on September 22 on an official visit, Presidential Secretariat sources said.

 Indian Coast Guard arrests ten Sri Lankan fishermen in two boats:
Sept 13, Chennai: The Indian Coast Guard has arrested ten Sri Lankan fishermen along with their two boats on Saturday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in Indian waters off the Chennai coast.

 More crossovers anticipated in Sri Lanka following the Uva Provincial Council election:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan media speculate that major changes in local politics will take place with crossovers from both ruling and opposition sides after the Uva Provincial Council election.
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 Despite police assurances election violence continues in Sri Lanka's Uva Province - election monitor :
Sept 13, Colombo: Despite the assurances given by the Inspector General of Police that the election violence in Moneragala will be controlled, two more offices of the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) were attacked Friday, an election watchdog reported.

 Sri Lanka police chief tours Moneragala district prone to election violence:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Inspector General of Police N.K. Ilangakoon visited the Uva Province today and toured areas in Moneragala district which were prone to election related violence.

 China's new Silk Road initiative benefits Sri Lanka - President:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is of the view that Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road would benefit Sri Lanka and has reiterated his support for the project.

 Sri Lanka police arrest the chief suspect of four-year-old's abduction:
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today arrested the chief suspect in the abduction of a four-year-old girl on early Tuesday from her home Gonagama, Wellawa in Kurunegala district.

  Maldives to deny Sri Lanka's request to allow fishermen through its waters without permission:
Sept 13, Colombo: The government of Maldives has reiterated that it would not grant permission for Sri Lankan vessels permission to cross Maldivian territorial waters without any prior request to do so.

 Right activists to challenge Sri Lanka deporting asylum seekers in Supreme Court:
Sept 13, Colombo: Human right activists in Sri Lanka have filed a petition in the country's apex court against the deportations of the Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers.

 SriLankan Cargo moving towards the future with the adoption of e-air waybill system:
Sept 13, Colombo: Ushering a new era in Sri Lanka's airfreight industry, the national carrier's cargo arm, SriLankan Cargo signed e-AWB (air waybills) agreements with four of its top customers, September 10.

 UN agency expresses ' grave concern' at Sri Lanka deporting asylum-seekers:
Sept 13, Colombo: The United Nations refugee agency Friday expressed grave concern about the Sri Lankan government resuming the arrests and deportation of the asylum seekers after detention.

 India tightens security following the arrest of Sri Lankan alleged of spying for Pakistan:
Sept 13, Chennai: Following the arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of a Sri Lankan national alleged of spying for Pakistan in Chennai, Indian authorities have beefed up the security at vital installations across the state of Tamil Nadu.

 Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in lives of children :
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in the lives of children during the past decade, according to a UN report which commended the country's strong commitment to improve child health and well-being.

 Sri Lanka opposition leader offers two choices to voters in Uva Province:
Sept 12, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's opposition and United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe has offered two choices to the voters in Uva Province to decide before they go to polls on September 20.
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 Supreme Court allows Sri Lankan government to resume drought relief in Uva Province:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Friday gave permission to the government to resume the drought relief program in the Uva Province which was suspended on a request from the Election Commissioner.

 Abducted four-year old child in Sri Lanka found abandoned by the kidnapper, police looking for suspect :
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today found the abducted four-year old girl Tamara Keshani Bandara Wijekoon in Nirawiya area about 12 kilometers away from her home in Gonagama, Wellawa in Kurunegala district, Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.

 Sri Lanka Catholic Church asks not to politicize pontiff's visit :
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church today urged the Sri Lankans not to politicize the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the island as speculations swirled that President Mahinda Rajapaksa may call a snap election for a third term.

 Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund gains over Rs. 10 billion in unrealized profits :
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's private sector retirement fund, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) with a current asset base of Rs. 1.3 trillion as at December 2013, has gained over Rs. 10 billion in unrealized profits, the Central Bank announced Friday.

 Fitch Affirms Sri Lanka's Dialog Axiata at 'AAA(lka)', Outlook stable:
Sept 12, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka's Sri Lanka's largest telecommunications service provider Dialog Axiata an 'AAA(lka)' National Long-Term rating at a Stable Outlook.

 Sri Lanka nurses' union threatens to strike over political transfers :
Sept 12, Colombo: A nursing sector trade union of nurses attached to the state hospitals in Sri Lanka has threatened to strike over political transfers.

 Sri Lankan Minister denies government issued bar licenses in Uva Province:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Youth Affairs Dullas Alahapperuma dismissed allegations that the government issued bar licenses in the Uva Province and offered to resign from his post if the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) can prove the allegations.

 Sri Lanka to hold inaugural Defense Chiefs' Dialogue in November:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka will initiate and host the inaugural South and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defence Chiefs' Dialogue- 2014 in November in Colombo, Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya announced Thursday.

  Sri Lanka's premier fashion retailer Odel sold to Softlogic Holdings:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's premier fashion retailer Odel sold all its shares to Softlogic Holdings for nearly Rs. 2 billion Thursday, exiting the internationally acclaimed business.

 Sri Lanka Tamil party leader seeks international observers for talks with the government:
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought an international observer's presence at talks with the Sri Lankan government on resolving the national issue, according to a report in today's The Hindu newspaper.

 Pakistan Foreign Office rejects India's claim of arresting a Sri Lankan spying for Pakistan:
Sept 12, Islamabad: Pakistan has rejected a claim made by Indian authorities that a Sri Lankan national was arrested on charges of allegedly spying for Pakistan.

 Sri Lanka Election Commissioner requests political parties and public to support to hold a free and fair election:
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has requested the political parties and the general public to extend support to conduct a free and peaceful election in the Uva Province.
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 Sri Lanka police offer Rs. 1 million reward for information on 4-year old girl's abduction:
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today offered Rs. one million reward for any successful information on the missing four-year-old girl from Gonagama, Wellawa in Kurunegala district.

 Sri Lanka bourse's S&P SL20 index crosses 4000 mark:
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's bourse, Colombo Stock Exchange crossed another benchmark at the close of trading today (11th), with the S&P SL20 surpassing the 4000 mark for the first time since its launch and closing at 4013.18.

 Tamil Nadu CM asks center to actively pursue 'vexatious' fishermen's issue with Sri Lanka :
Sept 11, Colombo: Following the recent arrest of another 55 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy , the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa fired another letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the center to actively pursue the fishermen's issue.

 Sri Lanka Navy arrests 55 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters:
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on two separate occasions arrested 55 Indian fishermen along with their 8 trawlers for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in well within the country's waters.

 Sri Lanka declares national Dengue Control Week :
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from Wednesday, as a National Dengue Control Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication as well as awareness campaigns.

 Sri Lanka cannot tolerate Indian fishermen destroying resources - President Rajapaksa:
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka cannot tolerate Indian fishermen using destructive methods and depleting the island's fishery resources and destroying the environment, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

 China's Exim Bank to fund more than 21 projects in Sri Lanka:
Sept 11, Colombo: China will sign extended agreements with Sri Lanka for the development of expressways and highways during Chinese President Xi Jingping's visit to Sri Lanka next week, Export and Import Bank of China Deputy General Manager Lei Wentao said.

 Missing Persons Commission of Sri Lanka to hold public sittings in Kilinochchi district again:
Sept 11, Colombo: The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka will begin next round of public sittings to hear cases of missing in Kilinochchi District again due to the large number of complaints it received from the district.

 India arrests Sri Lankan alleged of spying for Pakistan :
Sept 11, New Delhi: India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Chennai on Wednesday arrested a Sri Lankan national for allegedly spying at the behest of Pakistan.

 Sri Lanka re-confirmed as the host for 2017 Asian Youth Games:
Sept 11, Colombo: The President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Chairman of OCA Sports Congress, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabahhas reconfirmed that Sri Lanka would be endorsed as the Host for the 2017 Asian Youth Games in the cities of Colombo and Hambantota.

 Sri Lanka Defense Secretary in discussion with the NGOs:
Sept 10, Colombo: Secretary to the Ministry of Defense of Sri Lanka Gotabhaya Rajapaksa urged the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to discuss issues with him rather than internationalizing them.
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 Uniting opposition against the government is also necessary, says Sri Lanka main opposition media chief:
Sept 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) media chief MP Mangala Samaraweera said today that the party needed a programme to unite the opposition parties while uniting the party internally to topple the government.

 Driver fined for Sri Lankan MP's accident:
Sept 10, Colombo: The driver of the vehicle carrying the parliamentarian of Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) has been fined Rs. 500,000 for reckless driving and damaging the Southern Expressway.

  Sri Lanka preparing to celebrate next Independence Day in Hambantota district:
Sept 10, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government announced today that it has decided to hold the 67th Independence Day celebrations in Hambantota district.

 No decision to postpone the Uva PC election, says Sri Lanka Election Commissioner :
Sept 10, Colombo: Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya announced today that there is no decision to call off the election for the Uva Provincial Council and the election will be held as scheduled.

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