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Sri Lanka President says country must unite to win international support

Colombo, Feb 4 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday called on the country to unite and work together in order to win the support and assistance of the international community. Speaking just before a grand Independence Day parade organised by the tri forces to celebrate the country's Independence from British rule, Sirisena paid his tribute to the thousands...

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals break records in January

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals break records in January

Colombo, Feb 3 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Tourism Ministry, on Friday said tourist arrivals were the highest recorded in the month of January, despite a three month partial closure of the country's international airport. The Ministry said tourist arrivals grew by 13 percent reaching 219,360 visitors last month, which is an all time-record for the month of January. “This performance has...

Sri Lanka to hold grand shopping festival similar to Dubai

Sri Lanka to hold grand shopping festival similar to Dubai

Colombo, Feb 3 (NIA) - Sri Lanka has proposed to host a grand shopping festival similar to the world famous 'Dubai Shopping Festival', ‘Great Singapore Sale’ and ‘Malaysian Mega Shopping Carnival’ in order to attract international and local shoppers, a statement said here Friday. The Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA) held a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake,...

Sri Lanka arrests astrologer who predicted President’s death

Sri Lanka arrests astrologer who predicted President’s death

Colombo, Jan 31 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department, on Tuesday, arrested a local astrologer who predicted that President Maithripala Sirisena would die before January 26th. Astrologer Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni was arrested for allegedly misleading the public by making false predictions, police said. He is expected to be produced before a local court later today. In December, Sri Lanka’s Media Ministry secretary Nimal...

Despite India’s rejection, Sri Lanka says talks ongoing with India over Trincomalee Port

Despite India’s rejection, Sri Lanka says talks ongoing with India over Trincomalee Port

Colombo, Jan 30 (NIA) - The Sri Lankan government has planned to develop its Trincomalee harbor, in the eastern part of the country, and discussions are being held with the governments of Japan and India, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Wickremesinghe's remarks come days after India's denial that it was in talks with Sri Lanka over developing the Trincomalee harbor. Indian media, quoting Indian sources...

4 ex-Tamil Tiger rebels held for plotting to assassinate Tamil parliamentarian

4 ex-Tamil Tiger rebels held for plotting to assassinate Tamil parliamentarian

Kilinochchi, Jan 29 - The Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) of the Sri Lankan police has so far arrested four former cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for allegedly plotting to assassinate the moderate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, in Marudankeni in Jaffna district on January 13. The arrests, which were made on January 14, came to public...

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