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Sri Lanka's leader backs arrests of 'official' killers.

President authorises prosecution of security officers involved in an alleged death squad carrying out civilian killings.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Change in parliamentary seat allocations in Jaffna, Badulla.

The allocation of parliamentary seats in the Badulla district has been reduced from 9 to 8 while the 6 seats in the Jaffna district has been increased to 7 based on the 2016 electoral register, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said.

- - LK

Misuse of Divi Naguma funds: Trial against Basil on May 5.

The Colombo High Court today fixed the Rs.29 million Divi Naguma Department funds misappropriation trial against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Director General Kithsiri Ranawaka for May 5.

- - LK

Sandya Eknelygoda: International Woman of Courage.

Mar 29, Colombo: Each year, the U.S. Department of State recognizes the exceptional courage and commitment of women who serve as advocates for human rights, justice, peace, and gender equality.

- - LK

'We reasserted our sovereignty and regained the lost respect for Sri Lanka' - Foreign Minister.

Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national unity government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has managed to unite the entire international community in support of the country and rally around to help the island nation in friendship, the Foreign Affairs Minister ...

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Sri Lanka sentences LTTE suspect in Fort railway station bomb blast to 20-years rigorous imprisonment.

Mar 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Wednesday sentenced a LTTE suspect, who was found guilty of aiding and abetting the conspiracy to detonate a suicide bomb at the Fort Railway Station in 2008 that killed 13 people, to 20-year-rigorous imprisonment.

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UAE Exchange partners with Sri Lanka's eZ Cash.

Mar 29, Dubai: UAE Exchange, a leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, has partnered with eZ Cash, Sri Lanka's largest and pioneering mobile payment network managed by Dialog Axiata, for instant mobile wallet credit.

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Sri Lankan President will not protect anyone found guilty of crimes not connected to national security.

Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday said he is not prepared to make any war hero a suspect in the charges leveled against the armed forces and the government on the alleged violations of human rights during the war against terrorism.

- - LK

LTTE suspect sentenced to 20-years imprisonment in Sri Lanka.

A LTTE suspect was today sentenced to 20-year-rigorous imprisonment by a Sri Lankan court.

- Zee News - IN

Wimal transferred to National Hospital.

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, who was admitted to the Prison Hospital on Sunday, was transferred to the Colombo National Hospital a short while ago, National Freedom Front party sources said.

- - LK

Rajinikanth writes to Sri Lankan Tamils.

After cancelling his trip to Sri Lanka, superstar Rajinikanth has written a letter to Sri Lankan Tamils thanking them for their love.

- - LK

Sri Lankan Human Rights Activist Sandya Eknelygoda recipient of 2017 International Women of Courage award

Mar 29, Washington, DC: Sri Lankan Human Rights Activist Sandya Eknelygoda is among the 13 recipients of this year's International Women of Courage award presented by the United States Secretary of State.

- - LK

Former Honorary Consul in Hawaii Kusuma Cooray honored for work in U.S.-Sri Lanka relations

Mar 29, Honolulu: Kapiʻolani Community College Professor Emerita Kusuma Cooray was honored by the U.S. Pacific Command for her work as Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka from 2001 to 2017.

- - LK

Sri Lanka's Laugfs Terminals to borrow US$ 42.6 mn from People's Bank for construction of gas terminal in Hambantota

Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Laugfs Terminals Limited will obtain a long term loan of US$ 42.6 million from People’s Bank to fund construction of its gas terminal in the Hambantota Port, the company said in a stock exchange filling.

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Invest Sri Lanka Forums make a rallying call to Lankans living in Melbourne and Auckland

Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lankans living in Melbourne and Auckland caught a rallying call to be a part of Sri Lanka's growth at Invest Sri Lanka forums recently organized by the Colombo Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka , the CSE said.

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Fasting MP Wimal Weerawansa transferred to National Hospital

Mar 29, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan minister and leader of National Freedom Front MP Wimal Weerawansa, who is on a hunger strike demanding his release, has been transferred to the Colombo National Hospital from the Prison Hospital.

- - LK

U.S. concerned over 'irregularities' in no-confidence motion in Maldives Parliament

, Mar. 29 : The United States has expressed its concerns over the irregularities, ?which it said impeded a free and fair vote in the Maldives Parliament, during the no-confidence motion against speaker Abdulla Maseeh."We are concerned about irregularities that impeded a free and fair vote in the Maldives Parliament on March ...

- Sify - IN

President tells Chief Ministers to prepare for Provincial Council elections

Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has informed the Chief Ministers to prepare for elections to three Provincial Councils.

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Yves Saint Laurent Beauté launched in Sri Lanka

Mar 28, Colombo: Parisian couture brand, Yves Saint Laurent , launched its makeup range in Sri Lanka during a formal cocktail event at the Galle Face Hotel.

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Majority SLPPers from UNP: Chandima

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa fermented division within the United National Party rendering it helpless while most of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna members are from UNP, Minister Chandima Weerakkody said today.

- - LK

Sri Lanka ODI washed out in Dambulla

Taskin Ahmed became the fifth Bangladesh bowler to claim a one-day hat-trick before rain washed out the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla.

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Sri Lanka energy regulator plans to launch guidelines on power outages

Mar 28, Colombo: Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka , the electricity sector regulator exploring the most pressing issues with regard to utilities including electricity plans to launch guidelines on planned and unplanned power outages.

- - LK

Court of Appeal orders CID to find three naval officers acquitted of TNA MP Raviraj murder

Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal today issued an order directing the Criminal Investigations Department of police to find the three navy intelligence officers who were acquitted of the murder of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj.

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Resettlement Ministry constructs over 11,000 houses in war affected areas

Mar 28, Colombo: Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan said that his ministry has constructed over 11,000 houses in war affected areas.

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India announces IIT Entrance Test in Colombo

Mar 28, Colombo: The High Commission of India, Colombo announced today that Government of India has decided to hold Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination 2017 in Colombo for admission of meritorious Sri Lankan students in prestigious IITs for the academic session 2017-18.

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Journey into the clouds along Sri Lanka’s tea trails

Travelers can tour factories, taste a range of brews and see the tea fields' lush beauty.        


Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

Most of the world's tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka. But since 2000, dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch, artisanal tea sold at a premium.

- NPR - US

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka: 2nd ODI in Dambulla

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 104/1 in 21 overs v Bangladesh

- BDNews24 - BD

We didn't ask Rajinikanth to cancel SL visit: TN politicians

Refuting Lyca Production’s charges, Tamil Nadu political parties had said their motive was not to oppose Rajinikanth’s visit to Sri Lanka but only asked him to reconsider his trip since the atmosphere was not ‘conducive,’ Deccan Chronicle reported on Monday.

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Anuki Chamathka tops O/L rankings

Anuki Chamathka of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo topped the island rankings at the GCE O/L examinations held last year, the Examinations Department announced today.

- - LK

15-hour water cut in Colombo

A 15-hour water cut would be imposed in several areas in Colombo and Kaduwela tomorrow from 9.00 am to 12 midnight, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board said.

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Chidambaram bought properties in SL with black money: Swamy

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prosecute former finance minister P. Chidambaram under the new Black Money Act and Benami Act on charges of acquiring properties in Sri Lanka and 13 other countries, the ANI news agency reported today.

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Separate Council for Muslims if North and East re-merged: Hakeem

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem, in an interview with Daily Mirror, stressed the need for a separate council for Muslims if the government opted for re-merging the northern and eastern provinces.

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War crime probes will hinder Sri Lanka's reconciliation - ex-defence secretary

COLOMBO - War crime investigations backed by some Western countries and the United Nations will exacerbate the differences between Sri Lanka's two main ethnic groups instead of uniting them, former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday.

- Reuters - US

Indian authorities seize over 16 kg gold smuggled via sea from Sri Lanka

Mar 28, Ramanathapuram: India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has seized 16.32 kg of gold in Ramanathapuram on late Sunday night.

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Sri Lanka Central Bank says Monetary Board to take action against any wrongdoing in Employees' Provident Fund transactions

Mar 28, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka clarifying its position on media reports that carried "erroneous facts" on the proceedings of the Monetary Board meeting held recently, said the Monetary Board has decided to commence disciplinary proceedings against any wrongdoing if there is evidence.

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U.S., Sri Lanka Marines, Sailors work together on disaster relief, humanitarian assistance operations

Mar 28, Colombo: The United States Marines and Sailors will work with their Sri Lankan counterparts in a training exercise focused on the infantry and logistical skills necessary to implement humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, the US Navy said in a press release on Monday.

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Sri Lanka Finance Minister promises to reduce current taxes and pass benefits to people

Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says Sri Lanka has been able to build a positive international image subsequent to its ability to reform the economy during the last two years.

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Sri Lanka's state owned retail network chain Sathosa will not be privatized, Minister vows

Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has assured that the country's largest state owned retail network chain Lanka Sathosa is strengthened by the government and will not be privatized.

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Seven in a row: India beat Australia to regain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

A clinical India today regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, beating Australia by eight wickets in the deciding fourth Test here to clinch one of the most controversial and hard-fought bilateral contests in recent times.It was Indias seventh Test series win in a row -- continuing the dominance that started in 2015 with Sri ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

War crime probes will hinder Sri Lanka's reconciliation - ex-defence secretary | Reuters

COLOMBO War crime investigations backed by some Western countries and the United Nations will exacerbate the differences between Sri Lanka's two main ethnic groups instead of uniting them, former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday. As defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the brother of former leader ...

- Firstpost - IN

Doval’s obsession with China made India go for regime change in Sri Lanka: Gotabaya

India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s obsession with China led to India’s working for a regime change in Sri Lanka in 2014, the island nation’s former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said.

- BDNews24 - BD

Sri Lanka trade balance widens over 16 percent in December 2016 as import expenditure rises

Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's external sector recorded a mixed performance in December 2016 with a deterioration in the trade deficit as a result of higher import expenditure despite a modest increase in export earnings, the Central Bank said in its External Sector Performance Review released on Monday.

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Former Defense Secretary not certain about entering politics, studying Trump

Mar 28, Colombo: Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says he has not yet taken a decision regarding the next presidential election but hasn't given up the idea of entering politics either.

- - LK

EIB Vice President due here

Newly appointed European Investment Bank Vice President responsible for South Asia, Andrew McDowell is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka this evening on a historic visit to explore new opportunities for future investment.

- - LK

Rajinikanth cancelled SL visit due to political lies: Organisers

The Gnanam Foundation which built 150 homes for Tamils in Jaffna has said the decision of Kollywood Star Rajinikanth to cancel his visit to Sri Lanka to unveil the houses was an outcome of politicians acting on lies and rumours

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Protests against cancellation of Rajinikanth's trip to Lanka

Hundreds of people on Monday rallied in Sri Lanka's Jaffna to protest against Tamil Nadu politicians under whose pressure Rajinikanth cancelled his visit to the country. He was scheduled to hand over...

- The Hindu - IN

Fasting MP Wimal Weerawansa is too weak to attend hearing, court told

Mar 27, Colombo: Prison officers have informed the Colombo High Court, that Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, who is on a hunger strike demanding his release from remand prison, cannot be produced before court today, due to his poor health condition.

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Temporary injunction against appointing a military officer as Sports Director of Education Ministry

Mar 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily suspending the appointment of a military officer as the Sports Director of the Ministry of Education.

- - LK

Buoyant Bangladesh primed to secure first ODI series against Sri Lanka

After a fascinating show in the opening match, Bangladesh go into the second ODI looking to wrap up their maiden series win against Sri Lanka.

- BDNews24 - BD