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Sri Lanka’s joint trade union alliance submits 21 proposals for 2014 budget

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Sept 24, Colombo: The joint trade union alliance in Sri Lanka has submitted a set of 21 proposals to the Finance Ministry to be included in the 2014 budget proposals. Read the Full Article

UK says polls alone won’t bring reconciliation in Sri Lanka

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Sept 24, London: The British government Monday while welcoming the "largely peaceful" provincial elections in Sri Lanka held on September 21, expressed concern over the election violence and asked the government to investigate the serious allegations. Read the Full Article

Legal action proposed against political candidates who have not declared assets

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Sept 24, Colombo: A group of lawyers in Sri Lanka plans to propose to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) to look at initiating legal action against political candidates who have failed to declare their assets and liabilities. Read the Full Article

U.S. tells Sri Lankan government to work with the Tamil party

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Sept 24, Washington, DC: The United States, while congratulating the Sri Lankan people on a successful provincial council election, has asked the government to take the opportunity and work with the Tamil party. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry instructs heads of country’s missions to avoid unnecessary travel

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Sept 24, Colombo: The External Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka has instructed the country's overseas missions to avoid unnecessary travel expenses and to restrict travel requirements within the allocated budget. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka welcomes agreement reached between Russia and US on Syria

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Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka today welcomed the agreement reached between Russia and the United States on securing and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. Read the Full Article

Four cement factories to be set up near Sri Lanka’s main ports

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Sept 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has put forward plans to set up four cement factories adjacent to the main ports in the country under the programme to establish new industrial parks and enterprises within new and existing port premises. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka Army high profile team to Haiti to investigate alleged rape by a peacekeeping soldier

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Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army said a high profile three-member investigative team will shortly be sent to Haiti to investigate the allegations of a rape committed by a Sri Lankan peacekeeping soldier. Read the Full Article

Senior DIG of Sri Lanka Police suspected of forcing police officers to kneel down transferred

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Sept 23, Colombo: The Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Pujith Jayasundara, who was in charge of the Eastern Province has been transferred to the police headquarters with immediate effect. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander says his party will not be satisfied by being the third force

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Sept 23, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's Democratic Party (DP), former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said that the aim of the DP was not to remain in the place of the third force but to be the second force and move further forward. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka’s NDB Bank unit to create a Private Equity Fund with US firm

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Sept 23, Colombo: NDB Capital Holdings PLC, a unit of Sri Lanka's NDB Bank group said it is planning to enter into an agreement with the New York-based Zephyr Management LP to create a Private Equity Fund. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka Cricket has not received any reports on match fixing

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Sept 23, Colombo: Commenting on the reports of a Sri Lankan cricket player's involvement in match fixing, the island's cricket authority, Sri Lanka Cricket said today that it has not received any report from the authorities pertaining to the charge. Read the Full Article

Commonwealth observers impressed with Sri Lanka’s election process, concerned over military involvement

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Sept 23, Colombo: The Commonwealth Observer Mission which has been present in Sri Lanka since 14 September to observe the provincial council election in the North commended the government for largely peaceful well administered election but expressed concern over the heavy military presence and involvement in the elections. Read the Full Article

U.S. Ambassador views rare Sri Lankan artifacts preserved with Rs. 4 million grant

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Sept 23, Colombo: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison visited the Yatala Museum today to view rare antiquities found during the excavations of Yatala Dagaba, which were preserved with a $30,000 (approximately Rs. 4 million) grant from the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation. Read the Full Article

Sri Lankan court releases 35 Tamil Nadu fishermen

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Sept 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday ordered to release the 35 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy last month. Read the Full Article

Former opposition MP gets a record number of ruling party preferential votes in Sri Lanka provincial polls

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Sept 23, Colombo: Crossed over former opposition parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera contesting the provincial council election from ruling United people's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has received the highest number of preferential votes recorded in the provincial council election history. Read the Full Article

Sri Lankan President Arrives in New York to attend the UN General Assembly

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Sept 23, New York: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by the First Lady Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa arrived in New York City Sunday to attend the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters in New York. Read the Full Article

Delay in issue of preferential vote results heats up Sri Lanka’s central city

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Sept 22, Kandy: A warm situation was reported from Kandy, the capital of Sri Lanka's Central Province this evening due to the delay in releasing the results of preferential votes of the Central Provincial Council election. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress decided to remain independent in the three Provincial Councils

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Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Muslim political party and government coalition partner, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said today that the councilors elected from the party to the Northern, Northwestern and Central Provincial Councils would remain independent. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka Marxist party says election results are not a victory for the people

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Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that the outcome of the provincial council elections is not a victory for the people. Read the Full Article

Former Sri Lanka Army Commander’s party second among opposition parties in PC polls

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Sept 22, Colombo: The Democratic Party led by Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has been placed in the second position among the opposition political parties at the recently concluded provincial council elections. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka main opposition admits setback at the elections

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Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National party (UNP) today admitted that the party had faced a setback at the provincial council elections held yesterday for three of the nine provinces. Read the Full Article

Holding elections in Sri Lanka’s North is a victory for the government - President

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Sept 22, Colombo: Holding an election to provide the people in the North, who were under terrorist control for three decades, the right to elect their own administration is a victory for the government, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said following the elections held for three provincial councils yesterday. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka’s victorious Tamil party ready to work with government in power devolution

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Sept 22, Colombo: After emerging victorious in a landslide at the polls for the Northern Province yesterday, Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said it is ready to work with the government to solve the ethnic problem. Read the Full Article