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Does Sri Lanka need a Code of Media Ethics? (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Do you consider that Sri Lanka needs to have a 'Code of Media Ethics?' Email your ideas to news@derana.lk or send a fax to 0112 680417. MORE...
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Government recognizes the importance of engaging with the diaspora- Mangala (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The Government recognizes the importance of engaging with the diaspora, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to take the lead in organizing a diapora festival where persons of Sri Lankan origin from around the world in all possible fields...MORE
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Meethotamulla garbage dump- tense situation in Kolonnawa (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The police on Sunday (24) used water cannons to disperse a group of protesters near Meethotamulla area in Kolonnawa. MORE...
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Some schools to remain closed in view of Poson season (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Several schools in the North Central Province will be closed from June 1 to 5 in view of the upcoming Poson season, the Ministry of Education says. MORE...
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SAARC film festival in Colombo from May 26 (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The SAARC Film Festival 2015 will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka over a period of 6 days from May 26 to 31. The Festival will also include a workshop with well-known film directors. MORE...
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Fonseka's Democratic Party to back UPFA at the election- Dayasiri (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will form a coalition government after the forthcoming election, thus several political parties are expected to join hands with the party in near future, North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said. MORE...
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Indian arrested with gems at BIA (Sun, 24 May 2015)
An Indian national, who had allegedly attempted to smuggle out a stock of gems worth Rs. 9.7 million, has been arrested by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), this morning (24). MORE...
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Special flag to be prepared to use at festivals, instead of national flag (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The Cabinet of Ministers have approved a proposal made by the Ministry of Home Affairs to appoint a committee to prepare an officially accepted decoration flag that can be used at festivals by the government as well as the general public, the government's official news portal said in a statement. MORE...
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Two nabbed with a partly charred body (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Two suspects have been arrested while transporting partly charred body in a van, last night (23), in Kahantota road, Malabe, the police said. MORE...
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Criminal action over Sri Lanka cricket sex-bribe scandal (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Sri Lankan authorities on Saturday said they would initiate criminal action against two men managing the women's cricket team following allegations they demanded sexual favours from team members to guarantee their positions. MORE..
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Sri Lankan van driver jailed for killing jogger (Sat, 23 May 2015)
An extremely tired Sri Lankan van driver who hit and killed a jogger near Epsom after working a 12-hour night shift has been jailed for four years by a UK court. MORE..
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Ministers who quit also follow wrong astrologers - Harin (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Uva Province Chief Minister Harin Fernando says that the recent resignation of four SLFP Ministers was a planned game and that he expects more will follow suit. MORE..
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Colombo-Matara bus gutted in fire (Sat, 23 May 2015)
A private bus en route to Matara from Colombo has been completely gutted after fire broke out in the front of the vehicle. MORE..
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Sri Lanka condemns suicide attack on Saudi mosque (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Sri Lanka has condemned Friday's suicide attack on a mosque in Saudi Arabia that left at least 21 people dead and more than 100 injured. MORE..
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India hands over 16 Sri Lankan fishermen (Sat, 23 May 2015)
India on Saturday handed over 16 Sri Lankan fishermen-arrested for allegedly poaching in the Indian waters-to Sri Lankan authorities, several days after they were ordered released by courts. MORE..
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Jayalalithaa takes oath Tamil Nadu CM (Sat, 23 May 2015)
AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on Saturday was sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister, nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges. MORE..
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Govt's immediate priority to reset investment climate - Mangala (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Sri Lanka's foreign minister says that with relatively well developed infrastructure and human capital, the government's immediate priority is to reset the investment climate by making Sri Lanka a secure, efficient and competitive investment destination in South Asia. MORE..
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Post-war systemic breakdown blamed for Jaffna violence (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Dr. Daya Somasundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at Jaffna University, blames the breakdown of traditional social and administrative structures for the gang rape and murder of 18 year old school girl, S. Vithya, at Pungudithivu on May 13, and the mayhem that engulfed Sri Lanka's Northern Province subsequently. MORE..
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Court bans protests in Jaffna Town (Sat, 23 May 2015)
The Jaffna Magistrate Court has issued a stay order banning all types of protests in Jaffna Town, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..
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Sri Lanka ditched as Asian Youth Games host (Fri, 22 May 2015)
Sri Lanka has lost the right to host the 2017 Asian Youth Games because of political interference from the government, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said. MORE..
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Other English News

It s a great political betrayal Wimal (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, yesterday alleged President Maithripala Sirise..
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Release Lasantha Killing tapes to Cid (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
Mt. Lavinia Magistrate Mohomed Shahabdeen yesterday ordered several media institutions to hand over ..
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Cabinet Sub-committee to review Uma Oya multipurpose project (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena said Cabinet subcommittee will be appointed to review the plans of Um..
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Maithri consolidates moderate image (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena, in his first interaction last week with newspaper editors and publis..
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Ranatunga says likely to return as Cricket Board Chairman (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
Sri Lanka Cricket may get a boost with veteran cricketer and Ports and Aviation Minister Arjuna Rana..
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Colombo VC asked to step down, or will be removed (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama, has been asked to step d..
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The inside story: How Maithripala Sirisena spent election night on a Dodangaslanda estate (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
With President Maithripala Sirisena s revelation to Sandeshaya, BBC s Sinhala Service in London, tha..
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New National Government soon, 9 portfolios likely for SLFP (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
Next week will see the birth of a National Government with at least nine ministerial portfolios go..
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Sri Lanka launches national nutrition program for pregnant mothers (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday launched a national nutrition program fo..
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Large Pakistani Sex Worker Ring in Sri Lanka Exposed (Mon, 23 Mar 2015)
The special investigation unit of the Department of Immigration and Emigration says an extensive inv..
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Lanka fourth in suicides (Thu, 04 Sep 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 04.Aug.2014, 6.00PM) Sri Lanka was ranked fourth among 172 countries in suicides, a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday revealed...
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MaRa’s power greed ! frantically seeks SC ruling for a third term - Hearing on 10 th in camera (Thu, 04 Sep 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 04.Aug.2014, 7.45AM) Medamulana Mahinda Rajapakse driven by his inordinate power mania had made frantic efforts to secure the opinion of the supreme court on whether he could go for a third term as the Executive resident of Sri Lanka (SL), according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division based on sources within the supreme court....
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SLFP vs Rajapakses: SLFP team of leaders warn its Ministers, MPs to safeguard their lives from Rajapakse regime (Thu, 04 Sep 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 03.Sep.2014, 11.55PM) A team of leaders of the SLFP party have sent out secret warnings to their colleagues including Ministers , MPs and politicos of the party to safeguard themselves and their lives from the dire and dangerous threats faced by them posed by the Rajapakse regime.
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Bala Tampoe, Our Comrade No More..! -Dr. Bahu (Mon, 01 Sep 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 01.Sep.2014, 10.30PM) Bala Tampoe, our comrade Bala is no more. He joined the left movement when he was a student and continued to work for the LSSP while he was a lecturer in Botany and Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture. He came into the limelight as a strike leader...
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Moneragala 'ninja' attackers move to Wellawaya - 4UNP offices and 5 JVP offices destroyed (Sun, 31 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 31.Aug.2014, 2.00PM) Nine election offices of opposition political parties have been attacked in Wellawaya and Moneragala between August 29 and 30. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) observes that five Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) offices and four United National Party (UNP) offices have been burnt and three of them have been completely destroyed....
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Students of Law College thanks to Lanka E news..! (Sat, 30 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 30.Aug.2014, 5.30PM) We are a group of students from the Law College Sri Lanka who sat the 2nd year exam in July. We faced much difficulty when we sat the Property 1 and Property 2 papers...
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Gota convenes special security meeting: government to solve its election violence with answers more criminal (Sat, 30 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 30.Aug.2014, 11.30PM) At the brainstorming special meeting summoned by Sri Lanka (SL) criminal defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse last 27th, the reports pertaining to the election results furnished by the defense Ministry intelligence division and that by the State intelligence service (SIS) were absolutely contradictory...
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As Gota’s kudu (heroin) image reveals itself so he makes new diabolic plans to conceal –creates new unit under Wakishta (Sat, 30 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-news- 29.Aug.2014. 1130PM) Following Lanka e news exposing kudu (heroin) Gota’s kudu business with photographs testifying to it , Gota had given orders to the police to arrest ‘kudu Nuwan’ who everyone know is a second row heroin...
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Behind Uva escalating elections violence is none other than the President –Glaring evidence (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 28.Aug.2014, 11.55PM) During the last two days since the Uva elections campaign began , the elections violence had risen meteorically as confirmed by the elections monitoring report released today- it has increased by 76 more cases of violence! All of these incidents of violence involve shooting, threatening using firearms, attacks, arson and...
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Medamulana MR refuses to undergo surgery and returns: Prior to his illness has revealed his self sought disaster (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
(Lanka-e-News- 28.Aug.2014, 11.30PM) Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse who flew to America most secretly to obtain medical treatment for his blood in urine disease (hematuria) has refused the conventional medical treatment , and is returning to Sri Lanka (SL) tomorrow(29) after being treated via injections....
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Vigneswaran discharged from hospital (Fri, 01 Nov 2013)
 Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Vigneswaran was yesterday discharged from hospital, a day after he was admitted to hospital with a chest pain, officials said.   Mr Vigneswaran was invited along with other chief ministers today to attend the Cabinet meeting.   TNA sources said that some of the party members were of the opinion that he should not attend the cabinet meeting. 
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Doctors’ strike postponed (Fri, 01 Nov 2013)
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) announced that the one day, island wide strike planned for the next Monday has been postponed by four weeks following discussions.   The GMOA was scheduled to go on strike to push the government to meet their demands on implementation of a promotion scheme for the government medical officers.    The scheme which has been agreed to by the Ministry of Health, Finance and Public Administration has been delayed for over two years. 
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Jilted lover dies in bizarre attack (Fri, 01 Nov 2013)
A jilted teenage lover attacked his girlfriend with a knife before driving the same weapon into himself in a bizarre incident at a location in Rakwana yesterday night, police said a short while ago. The said the male lover-identified as Nishantha Kumara aged 18 died while under treatment at the Rakwana Hospital while the girl victim is being treated for serious knife injuries. According to police the suspect is alleged to have stormed the girl’s home and attacked her with the knife following a heated argument. Thereafter he turned the weapon on to himself, police added. The Rakwana Police are conducting further investigations.  
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Bridge on a key access road to Colombo collapses (Fri, 01 Nov 2013)
 A part of bridge on a key access road to Colombo collapsed yesterday, Police said.   The left end of a bridge located 100 meters from the Angoda junction along the Colombo-Avissawella had collapsed.   Police said the Colombo- Avissawella road will be temporally closed today due to construction work being carried out on the bridge.   Police said that those wanting to use the road should use alternative routes to reach their destinations. Those approaching Colombo from Avissawella should switch to the Old Avissawella road from the Ambathale junction and switch on to the Avissawella- Colombo through Seda wattha. Drivers going towards Avissawella from Colombo could use the same route, Police said.
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Sri Lanka's joint trade union alliance submits 21 proposals for 2014 budget (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
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.
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UK says polls alone won't bring reconciliation in Sri Lanka (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
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.
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Legal action proposed against political candidates who have not declared assets (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
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.
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U.S. tells Sri Lankan government to work with the Tamil party (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry instructs heads of country's missions to avoid unnecessary travel (Tue, 24 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka welcomes agreement reached between Russia and US on Syria (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Four cement factories to be set up near Sri Lanka's main ports (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka Army high profile team to Haiti to investigate alleged rape by a peacekeeping soldier (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Senior DIG of Sri Lanka Police suspected of forcing police officers to kneel down transferred (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka's former Army Commander says his party will not be satisfied by being the third force (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka's NDB Bank unit to create a Private Equity Fund with US firm (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka Cricket has not received any reports on match fixing (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Commonwealth observers impressed with Sri Lanka's election process, concerned over military involvement (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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U.S. Ambassador views rare Sri Lankan artifacts preserved with Rs. 4 million grant (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lankan court releases 35 Tamil Nadu fishermen (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
Sept 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday ordered to release the 35 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy last month.
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Former opposition MP gets a record number of ruling party preferential votes in Sri Lanka provincial polls (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lankan President Arrives in New York to attend the UN General Assembly (Mon, 23 Sep 2013)
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.
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Delay in issue of preferential vote results heats up Sri Lanka's central city (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress decided to remain independent in the three Provincial Councils (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka Marxist party says election results are not a victory for the people (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
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.
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Former Sri Lanka Army Commander's party second among opposition parties in PC polls (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka main opposition admits setback at the elections (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
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.
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Holding elections in Sri Lanka's North is a victory for the government - President (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
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.
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Sri Lanka's victorious Tamil party ready to work with government in power devolution (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
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.
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister proposes talks with Sri Lankan fishermen (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Chennai: Following the arrest of another 20 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has asked the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to facilitate fishermen level talks between the two sides.
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U.S. urges Sri Lankan government to investigate election violence (Sun, 22 Sep 2013)
Sept 22, Colombo: While congratulating the people of Sri Lanka for the historic Provincial Council elections held Saturday (September 21), the United States Embassy in Colombo has urged the government to investigate the election violence, particularly the involvement of uniformed individuals in the attacks.
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Hiru News

Tense situation occurs during a demonstration demanding the removal of Meethotamulla garbage dump (Sun, 24 May 2015)
A tense situation occurred during the protest staged by a group of residents demanding to remove the Meethotamulla garbage dump in Wellampitiya this evening. According to our correspondent, the protestors obstructed the Colombo – Awissawella main... Read More
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3 Special police teams deployed to probe the murder and violent protest incident in Jaffna (Sun, 24 May 2015)
3 special police teams have been deployed to probe regarding the recent rape and murder of the school girl in Jaffna as well as the violent protest which occurred thereafter. According to the police media spokesman’s office, the CID is conducting... Read More
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Transfers of the police officers problematic – says former President (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the transfer of police officers due to the violent protest in Jaffna was problematic. He stated this while responding to the questions raised by a group of journalists after attending a religious event held at a... Read More
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People now have the freedom to criticize anyone – statement by the Prime Minister (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe states that they have created enough freedom and democracy in the country today for a person to address even the prime minister with foul language in parliament. The Premier stated this while attending a meeting of... Read More
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No room left whatsoever for Eelam – says President (Sun, 24 May 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena says that he is working with great confidence and respect towards the war heroes of the country. He added that he will not allow terrorist to revive in the country again. The President stated these views while addressing... Read More
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Maria Sharapova Slams Disrespectful Treatment of Rafael Nadal (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Maria Sharapova has blasted the disrespectful treatment of fellow French Open champion Rafael Nadal. Nadal, the 9 time champion at Roland Garros and who boasts an astonishing record of 66 wins and just 1 defeat, comes into the 2015 tournament ranked 7th... Read More
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mail mistake reveals Bank of Englands EU exit project (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The Bank of England has confirmed it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it inadvertently sent details of its work to a national newspaper. A senior official sent an email about its confidential project on the issue to an... Read More
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Heat wave toll in Andra Pradesh, Telangana reaches 223 (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Heat wave in several parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in India, has claimed 223 lives so far even as people continued to reel under intense heat wave conditions. According to information received, 128 persons have died in Telangana, and in Andhra... Read More
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Dhonis Consistent Leadership is Key to Chennai Super Kings Success: Raina (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Star left-hander Suresh Raina feels that Chennai Super Kings stupendous success as the most consistent team in the eight editions of Indian Premier League cricket tournament should be attributed to their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhonis leadership skills.... Read More
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Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues (Sun, 24 May 2015)
A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritise saving the lives of those still stranded at sea. Southeast Asia is currently battling an exodus of boat... Read More
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2 suspects arrested in Athurugiriya along with a partially charred body (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Athurigiriya police recovered a partially burnt body when they inspected a van last night in Kahan-thota area. 2 suspects in the van were arrested by the police. Police media spokesperson’s office stated that further investigations are underway.... Read More
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EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to cash-strapped Ukraine (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The EU has agreed a 2 billion dollar loan to Ukraine - described as a landmark deal for a non-EU member. The agreement was signed at an EU summit in Latvia, with the leaders of six post-Soviet nations. The loan aims to help cash-strapped Ukraine implement... Read More
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Tourists in control after Williamson century (Sun, 24 May 2015)
England face a battle to stay in the first Test against New Zealand after closing day three on 74 for 2, still 60 runs behind. Conceding a first-innings deficit of 134 at Lords, the home side saw Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance fall cheaply. But Alastair... Read More
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Russias Putin signs law against undesirable NGOs (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill which allows foreign organisations to be banned from operating in the country. The law allows the authorities to prosecute foreign non-governmental organisations or firms designated as undesirable... Read More
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Minister orders to investigate the incident where paddy was returned after purchasing paddy from a Pollonnaruwa purchasing centre (Sun, 24 May 2015)
An incident was reported in Polonnaruwa – Madirigiriya area where paddy stored in a centre belonging to the paddy marketing board was again handed over to the farmers. Farmers were notified that there are no funds to purchase the paddy and the... Read More
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Wasu against giving nominations to Basil and Gota (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Leader of the Democratic leftist front, MP Wasudewa Nanayakkara is much talked about in the political arena. MP Wasudewa was highlighted following the manner in which he behaved while voicing his objections to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament... Read More
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Those who received land from Wilpaththu high sensitive zone also own permanent houses in Puthlam (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Recently HIRU CIA programme revealed to the nation the massive forest destruction that is taking place in Wilpaththu under the guise of resettlement. HIRU CIA further investigated whether these lands are actually given to people who were displaced during... Read More
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Probing corruption and malpractices is not taking revenge- Kirialla. (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Plantations Minister Lakshman Kirialla states that summoning various individuals to the Bribery or corruption commission to obtain statements regarding various corruption and malpractices is not political vengeance. Minister made this comment addressing... Read More
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UNP ready to enlighten the Speaker over Wasu’s behaviour (Sat, 23 May 2015)
UNP is ready to enlighten the Speaker regarding the manner in which former Minister Wasudewa Nanayakkara behaved while voicing his objections to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament. This was revealed during a media briefing convened by the... Read More
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Need a change: Says the former President (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that a change is necessary in the prevailing ruling system. He stated this while addressing a meeting held in Buttala yesterday. Elaborating further the former President added that the system requires a change,... Read More
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Nomination boards to select candidates for General Election to be established – President (Sat, 23 May 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena states that SLFP nomination boards to select candidates for the next general election will be established during the next couple of days. President made this comment addressing a meeting in Monaragala today. Read More
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Sherlock Holmes Creator’s Estate Sues Miramax Over Ian McKellan’s ‘Mr. Holmes’ (Sat, 23 May 2015)
The estate of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle has sued Miramax, Roadside Attractions and director Bill Condon, claiming that the upcoming movie starring Ian McKellen in the story of the later life of the famous sleuth, “Mr. Holmes,”... Read More
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Curtly Ambrose Wants Consistency from West Indies (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Legendary fast bowler and current bowling coach of the West Indies Curtly Ambrose believes they should focus in the short term on a top three spot in world cricket, instead of concerning themselves with trying to return to the pinnacle of the global game.... Read More
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Mazda and Mitsubishi recall cars over Takata airbags (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Two more Japanese car giants - Mazda and Mitsubishi - are recalling 630 thousand vehicles to replace faulty air bag inflators made by Takata. The move comes just days after the car parts maker said it was doubling the number of cars it had recalled to... Read More
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Update: Iraq forces start fightback against IS in Ramadi (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Iraqi forces and Shia militias have begun moving against Islamic State militants near Ramadi. The action was concentrating on the town of Husaybah, east of Ramadi. Shia militias began gathering for a counter-offensive after IS fighters captured Ramadi... Read More
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Newsfirst Sirasa

Indian Coast Guard reach stranded SL fishermen in International Waters (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The Indian Coast Guard reached a group of Sri Lankan fishermen who have been stranded in international waters for seven days, earlier this evening. Fishermen at the Nilwella Fisheries Harbour, from where the fishermen had set out, informed News1st that the Indian Coast Guard had agreed to bring back the fishermen, but that they would […] The post Indian Coast Guard reach stranded SL fishermen in International Waters appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Indian Coast Guard to help stranded Lankan fishermen (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Indian Coast Guard personnel have consented to intervene in order to save six Sri Lankan fishermen who were stranded in international waters for seven days. These six fishermen had set out to sea from Nilwella in Matara on May 10. The vessel carrying the fishermen had experienced engine failure in international waters seven days ago. Relatives […] The post Indian Coast Guard to help stranded Lankan fishermen appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Repair work on Jaffna Court building commences after Pungudutivu rape protest (Watch Video) (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Repair work on the Jaffna Court building, which was damaged during protests, when the suspects connected to the rape and murder of a school student from Pungudutivu were brought to court, commenced on Sunday May 24. The court complex was damaged following the incident that took place last Wednesday.While measures have been taken to renovate […] The post Repair work on Jaffna Court building commences after Pungudutivu rape protest (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Children found dead in Dummalasuriya, Kalutara and Bibile (Watch Video) (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Three children from the areas of  Dummalasuriya, Kalutara and Bibile were killed in accidents. A three year old child whose family depends on the coir industry, was killed when she fell into a pit of coconut husks. Police state that the parents were asleep at the time and were unaware of the incident. Police suspect […] The post Children found dead in Dummalasuriya, Kalutara and Bibile (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Voice Against Corruption Movement condemns PM’s statement on CBSL fraud (Watch Video) (Sun, 24 May 2015)
At a media briefing convened on Sunday,  the Voice Against Corruption Movement, condemned the Prime Minister’s statement that fraud amounting to Rs.2.7 trillion  had been discovered at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Convener for Voice Against Corruption,Wasantha Samarasinghe stated, on Sunday that the statements that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has made with regard to […] The post Voice Against Corruption Movement condemns PM’s statement on CBSL fraud (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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I am not a king – President Sirisena in Polonnaruwa (Watch Video) (Sun, 24 May 2015)
President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated that his purpose was not to become a king but to bring about a political, social and economic transformation in the country. He made this statement at an event held at the Sri Shakya Bhimbarama Viharaya in Pulasthigama, Polonnaruwa on Saturday. He also noted that even though that he is the […] The post I am not a king – President Sirisena in Polonnaruwa (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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PM says a complete freedom has been achieved (Watch Video) (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that subsequent to Maithripala Sirsena becoming the president, the country has been able to achieve complete freedom. The Prime Minister made this statement at a meeting of UNP activists in the the Kuliyaptiya area on the morning of Sunday May 24. Speaking at the meeting the Prime Minister said that […] The post PM says a complete freedom has been achieved (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Heated situation Kolonnawa over mountain of garbage (Watch Video) (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Tensions flared on Sunday evening during a protest calling for the removal of a heap of refuse in Meethotamulla, Kolonnawa. The people living in the environs of this mountain of waste in Meethotamulla, Kolonnawa, are faced with a myriad of health, environmental and social concerns. The People’s Movement Against the Kolonnawa Garbage Mountain had organised […] The post Heated situation Kolonnawa over mountain of garbage (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Ranbhumi Rally for Unity reaches Dambulla – the 51st town in countrywide journey (Watch Video) (Sun, 24 May 2015)
The Ranbhumi Rally for Unity, which is bringing Sri Lankan hearts together, brick by brick, visited the 51st town in its countrywide journey today. Amid the blessings of countless people who lined either side of the route of the procession, the Ranbhumi Rally for Unity, reached Dambulla. A symbol of the strength of the nation […] The post Ranbhumi Rally for Unity reaches Dambulla – the 51st town in countrywide journey (Watch Video) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Charred remains in Athurugiriya speeding van – more information revealed (Watch Report) (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Two people were apprehended by the police, while transporting the partially charred remains of a murder victim in a van. They were accosted in Arangala, Malabe, on Saturday night. Although the Arangala – Kahanthota road is not a location which is constantly patrolled by the police, a sudden search operation carried out by traffic police […] The post Charred remains in Athurugiriya speeding van – more information revealed (Watch Report) appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Sri Lankan women's cricket team 'forced into sexual favours' - Sydney Morning Herald (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Firstpost Sri Lankan women's cricket team 'forced into sexual favours' Sydney Morning Herald An investigation by Sri Lanka's sports ministry has found evidence that members of the national women's cricket team had been forced to perform sexual favours for officials in order to earn or keep their places in the squad. The probe, sparked by ... Sri Lanka probe finds evidence of sex bribes in women's cricket teamStuff.co.nz Sri Lanka to prosecute women's cricket team managers accused of sexual ...Firstpost Sri Lanka women cricketers 'forced into sexual favours'BBC News Mirror.co.uk -ESPNcricinfo.com -Hindustan Times all 121 news articles »
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OCA strip Sri Lanka of 2017 Asian Youth Games over autonomy - SBS (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Channel News Asia OCA strip Sri Lanka of 2017 Asian Youth Games over autonomy SBS "Amongst the key decisions taken by the OCA Executive Board was the decision to withdraw the 3rd Asian Youth Games in 2017 from Sri Lanka due to problems with the autonomy of the Sri Lanka NOC (National Olympic Committee) and government," the ... OCA strips Sri Lanka of 2017 Asian Youth Games over autonomyChannel News Asia all 11 news articles »
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BCCI announces venues for South Africa tour to India and Sri Lanka T20s - Firstpost (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Firstpost BCCI announces venues for South Africa tour to India and Sri Lanka T20s Firstpost The BCCI has released the venues for the upcoming visits of South Africa and Sri Lanka but not the dates. India will play four Test Matches, five One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa from October to November ... India confirms South Africa, Sri Lanka toursgulfnews.com BCCI announces venues for home series against South Africa, Sri LankaDaily News & Analysis BCCI finalises venues for South Africa, Sri Lanka toursWisden India Cricket Country -New Kerala -indiatvnews.com (press release) (blog) all 18 news articles »
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A whale of a time in Sri Lanka - The West Australian (Mon, 25 May 2015)
The West Australian A whale of a time in Sri Lanka The West Australian The firm was founded in 2008 by a former fisherman, who changed course to “dedicate his life to protect the marine wildlife around Sri Lanka”. Raja and his crew — all family members — say their affection for the sea is born from their close ...
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AVC: Philippines defeats Sri Lanka in four sets, moves on to 9th to 12th ... - CNN (Sun, 24 May 2015)
CNN AVC: Philippines defeats Sri Lanka in four sets, moves on to 9th to 12th ... CNN (CNN Philippines) — The Philippines got their second win of the Asian Women's Volleyball Championships (AVC) at the expense of Sri Lanka, 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17, on Sunday (May 24). From the get-go, the Philippines was on a mission, starting out ...
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Murder of Tamil student sparks protests in northern Sri Lanka - World Socialist Web Site (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Aljazeera.com Murder of Tamil student sparks protests in northern Sri Lanka World Socialist Web Site Protests have erupted across Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north and east over the rape and murder of an 18-year-old Tamil student in Punguduthivu, a small island west of the Jaffna Peninsula. Vithya Sivalohanathan, an advanced-level student from ... Gang-rape prompts protests in Sri Lanka's northAljazeera.com Outrage in Sri Lanka over teenager's rape and murderBBC News Protests in Sri Lanka over alleged rape, murder of schoolgirlBusiness Standard Colombo Page -GlobalPost all 63 news articles »
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Sick Volleyroos beat Sri Lanka - SBS (Sat, 23 May 2015)
Sick Volleyroos beat Sri Lanka SBS Australia's depleted women's volleyball team have battled to a 3-2 win over Sri Lanka at Asian Championship in China. But a bug sweeping through the squad has coach Mark Barnard struggling to have enough healthy players to form a starting line-up ... Australia's Volleyroos beat China at Asian volleyball championshipsABC Online all 5 news articles »
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Meher Khalil: The ordinary bus driver who turned Sri Lanka's 'hero' - The Indian Express (Fri, 22 May 2015)
The Indian Express Meher Khalil: The ordinary bus driver who turned Sri Lanka's 'hero' The Indian Express Meher Khalil earned fame and success after saving Sri Lanka's cricket team from a deadly 2009 attack in Pakistan, but the bus driver calls the incident “tragic” and says it is best forgotten. The 43-year-old will be one of the guests of honour at ... Hero driver still traumatised by 2009 attack on Sri Lanka cricket teamDunyaNews Pakistan Hero driver still traumatised by 2009 attackThe Express Tribune all 947 news articles »
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Sri Lanka to host 2015 SAARC film festival - Financial Express (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Sri Lanka to host 2015 SAARC film festival Financial Express Sri Lanka is set to host the 2015 SAARC Film Festival in Colombo over a period of six days from May 26 to 31. According to ColomboPage, the festival has gained much momentum in the last four years as it promotes some of the best films from the SAARC ... * Sri Lanka to host SAARC Film Festival 2015 in Colombo next weekColombo Page SAARC Film Festival in ColomboThe Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka all 4 news articles »
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Sri Lanka will engage with the diaspora - Colombo Gazette (Sun, 24 May 2015)
Colombo Gazette Sri Lanka will engage with the diaspora Colombo Gazette DSC_0120 The Sri Lankan Government has reiterated that it will engage with the diaspora and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to take the lead in organizing a diaspora festival where persons of Sri Lankan origin from around the world in all ... Germany hails Sri Lankan Government's meaningful reconciliationThe Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka * Sri Lanka seeks German assistance to ensure durable peace and prosperity for ...Colombo Page all 6 news articles »
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