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Minister G.L. Peiris extols the virtues of Anagarika Dharmapala

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External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L. Peiris, speaking on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of the late Anagarika Dharmapala at the Mahabodhi Society in Colombo, on 17th September, referred to several aspects of the life and work of the Anagarika, which have special relevance to Sri Lankan society today.

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that Sri Lanka will be providing US$ I million in financial assistance to Palestine. A Media Release issued by the Presidential Spokesman and International Media Unit on 14th August 2014 making this announcement was handed over to Ms. Hana Abu Hakemah, Deputy...

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Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup Tournament held in Washington, DC

The Embassies of Cricket playing nations located in Washington, DC held their annual Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup Tournament 2014 last week with a view to further promoting friendship, cooperation and camaraderie that happily exist between Cricket playing nations in the world and extending it towards...

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Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam inaugurates Sri Lankan Restaurant in Washington, DC

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam presenting a Memento to celebrate the inauguration of “Banana Leaf”. Sri Lankan cuisine is known to be one of South Asia’s most complex. While being distinct in its own right, it draws influences from Indian, European, African, and East Asian food culture,...

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Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake represents Sri Lanka at Regional Health Meeting in Bangladesh

A group photograph of the SEARO Member Countries’ Ministers and delegates of the 32nd Health Ministers’ Meeting and 67th session of the WHO’s Regional Committee for South East Asia Region (SEARO) in Dhaka The Deputy Minister of Health of Sri Lanka, Lalith Dissanayake accompanied...

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Sri Lanka donates tea to earthquake victims in China

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China, Ranjith Uyangoda handing over the donation of Ceylon black tea to Mr. Huang Xilian, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. The Government of Sri Lanka has donated a consignment of Ceylon black tea to the victims of the recent earthquake...

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Gains from China

Gains from China

   Friday, 19th September 2014 By: J. Yogaraj As a result of world leaders visiting Sri Lanka, the country's image has received a boost. People around the world now agreed that the country is peaceful and rapid development is taking place. Sri Lanka and China have maintained a good relationship for a long time. Both countries share common religious and cultural values. In 2013, Sri Lanka enjoyed rapid economic growth in the South Asian region and its growth development was next to China's. Sri Lanka has an enduring, multidimensional and deep-rooted relationship with China. The long-standing ties of friendship, between the two countries, is underpinned by mutual trust and...

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Govt. aims for 8.2% growth, 4.4% fiscal deficit in 2015 Budget

Govt. aims for 8.2% growth, 4.4% fiscal deficit in 2015 Budget

Friday, 19th September 2014 Reuters: Sri Lanka is aiming for an economic growth of 8.2% and a fiscal deficit target of 4.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) next year, a Government document showed on Thursday. The $ 67-billion economy is expected to clock higher growth in 2015 than this year’s estimated 7.8% expansion, while fiscal deficit is seen to be lower than this year’s estimated 5.2% of GDP, a Cabinet paper submitted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the Finance Minister, showed. The island-nation also aims to reduce total public debt to 71% of GDP next year from an estimated 75% this year, while increasing the public investment to 6.5% of GDP in 2015 from this year’s...

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Sri Lanka donates medical examination gloves to Ebola-stricken countries

Sri Lanka donates medical examination gloves to Ebola-stricken countries

Friday, 19th September 2014 Sri Lanka yesterday donated one million medical examination gloves to West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak as its contribution to the global appeal, 'Road Map for Ebola' by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The consignment of gloves worth Rs. 5 million will be distributed among medical workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a symbolic hand over of the gloves to WHO's Country Representative Dr. Firdosi Rustom Mehta at Temple Trees last evening. Following the handing over, President Rajapaksa inquired about the status of spreading of the disease and...

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Chinese doctors restore sight of 500 Sri Lankans

Chinese doctors restore sight of 500 Sri Lankans

Friday, 19th September 2014 Three years ago, a cornea from Sri Lanka restored Xu Pengfei's sight in his right eye, and on Wednesday the 10-year-old was able to express his thanks by helping someone in Sri Lanka see again. On Wednesday, Xu and a Chinese doctor together removed the bandages on the eyes of Sudarma Karunaratna, a 74-year-old English teacher, after she had cataract surgery on her right eye at a hospital in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. Karunaratna is one of 500 patients who have received free surgeries from Chinese doctors in the past four days and recovered their eyesight. In the next few days, the Chinese medical team will perform a further 500 surgeries, according...

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“Sri Lanka moving rapidly towards becoming a higher income economy”: P. B.

“Sri Lanka moving rapidly towards becoming a higher income economy”: P. B.

Friday, 19th September 2014 Sri Lanka has truly gotten into a new wave of development with a promising economic outlook, to move rapidly towards a higher income economy over the next decade, Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera declared while addressing the 19th Annual Tax Oration, organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently. Dr. Jayasundera, who is also the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, noted that the upcoming Free Trade Agreement with China will add value by expanding trade, investment and tourism, to the country’s high value exports, technology-based industries and services, enabling to strategize and...

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