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* Thai Business Delegation briefed on Sri Lanka's Investment Potential

July 17 (CP) Colombo- A Thai delegation consisting of 35 leading entrepreneurs from the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok visited Sri Lanka as part of the business delegation accompanying the Prime Minister of Thailand on a State visit to Sri Lanka.
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* Special program launched to update websites of all Divisional and District Secretariats

July 17 (CP) Colombo- The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka in cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs has launched a systematic program to update the primary government websites of Divisional and District Secretariats, the government said.
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* Our media not seeing positive aspects: PM

July 17 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has charged that the local media does not give publicity to positive stories but give space for negative ones. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed these sentiments at a function held in Nikaweratiya on Sunday.
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* Sri Lanka: PM To Present Reparations Bill Before House On Tuesday

July 17 (ER) Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will present the Bill to provide for the establishment of the Office for Reparations in Parliament, Tuesday, for the first reading. The Bill, which was gazetted last month, provides for the provision of individual and collective reparations for aggrieved persons.
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* U.S. to grant Sri Lanka Rs. 80 bn to strengthen development - State Minister

July 16 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera says that the United States is planning to grant Rs. 80 billion to strengthen Sri Lanka's development process. It is proposed to utilize these grants for the development of land, transport, agriculture, higher education and power generation sectors.
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* Sri Lanka highly committed to conserve and increase forest cover to 32 percent - President

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka is now highly committed to conserve its existing forest cover and enhance to 32 percent by adopting better practices, to improve land governance, as a key measure to achieve the SDG target, President Maithripala Sirisena told the Committee on Forestry, of Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.
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* World Bank, Sexual Violence Research Initiative launch 2018 call for proposals for innovation in addressing gender-based violence

July 16 (CP) Washington- The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) today announced a new open call for awards recognizing promising innovations aimed at preventing and responding to gender-based violence.
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* Fisheries Ministry provides over Rs. 440,000 to bring Sindur-2 fishermen back

July 16, Colombo: The Fisheries Department of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has provided over Rs 440,000 to bring home the seven fishermen on Sindur-2 vessel, who were found in Maldives coast after they went missing with their vessel last month.
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* Money circulation down: PM

July 16 (DM) The demand for consumer goods had gone down as a result of money circulation decline in the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
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* Engineering Faculty of Peradeniya University closed indefinitely

July 17 (CP) Colombo- The Vice Chancellor of Peradeniya University has decided to indefinitely close its Engineering Faculty from 6:00 am today due to a crisis situation arisen with conducting exams.
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* CC: JO wants Dinesh to replace Sampanthan

July 17 (Island) Having secured the support of a section of the SLFP parliamentary group loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena, the Joint Opposition intends to step up pressure on Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this week to review his position on the post of Leader of the Opposition.
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* Environment friendly substitute for Glyphosate

July 17 (DN) The Government has expedited research work towards producing a more environment friendly weedicide to replace the glyphosate chemical. It has also decided to phase out the use of glyphosate which has been permitted in respect of tea and rubber plantations within the next three years and introduce the new environment friendly weedicide found through research, in its place.
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* Sri Lanka Minister apologizes for statement regarding death penalty and wrongdoers in high places

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera has apologized for a recent statement he made expressing his views on death penalty and individuals in high positions involved in drug dealing.
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* Adjournment debate on the New York Times report in Sri Lanka parliament on Thursday

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Leaders of political parties in parliament have decided to hold an adjournment debate on Thursday, 19th July on the New York Times report on President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Sri Lanka government ministries, UNICEF propose increased investment in Early Childhood Development

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations children's' organization, UNICEF in Sri Lanka and government ministries jointly presented budget proposals to Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera today requesting increased investment in Early Childhood Development in the next budget.
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* EU joins Canada and Norway to oppose Sri Lankan government's decision to reinstate death penalty

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The Delegation of the European Union (EU) jointly with the diplomatic missions of Canada and Norway in Sri Lanka has issued a statement opposing the Sri Lankan President's recent decision to reinstate death penalty for convicted drug traffickers.
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* Health Minister: No official can reverse Cabinet decision

July 16 (Island) Health Minister and Cabinet Co-spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday that the glyphosate ban had been imposed after a Cabinet decision and it could not be lifted at the whims and fancies of the officials.
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* Reparations Bill before House tomorrow

July 16 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will present the Bill to provide for the establishment of the Office for Reparations in Parliament, tomorrow, for the first reading.
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