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* Foundation laid for Marine Aquatic Research Center

Aug 23 (CP) Colombo- Dilip Wedaarachchi, State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, yesterday laid the foundation for the construction of a Rs. 50 million Marine Aquaculture Research Center at the premises of the National Aquatic Resources Development and Research Agency (NARA).
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* GMOA trying to steal credit for minimum medical education standards - Rajitha

Aug 23 (Island) Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told Parliament, yesterday, that the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) had launched a strike with a hidden agenda to secure the credit for prescribing the minimum standards for medical education in Sri Lanka.
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* SLFP to field own candidate if SLPP alliance talks fail

Aug 23 (DN) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will field its own presidential candidate if there is no success in forthcoming negotiations with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for an presidential election alliance, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary MP Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday.
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* PM urges party leaders to finalize draft constitution of Democratic National Front

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (22) called on the party leaders of the United National Front to finalize the draft constitution of the Democratic National Front (DNF). The Prime Minister has pointed out that at least he should get the alliance's draft constitution before signing an agreement to form a new alliance led by the United National Party (UNP) or naming a candidate for presidential election.
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* President's office clarifies President did not comment on Kashmir during meeting with Pakistani HC

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President's Office has clarified that President Maithripala Sirisena had not made a comment on the Kashmir issue during a meeting with the Pakistani High Commissioner recently.
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* Sri Lanka Prime Minister aims to modernize and transform Colombo to be best in South Asia

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Colombo, which had been built without a proper plan is now being transformed with ongoing development into a beautiful city in the world as Singapore. Premier Wickremesinghe said the beautification of the capital city is being undertaken with the aim of attracting local and foreign investment to the country.
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* President confers the 'Deshamanya' title on Central Bank Governor

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has conferred the title of 'Deshamanya' on the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy.
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* Passenger boat service in Beira Lake in Colombo for public from today

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- The passenger boat service from Union Place to Colombo Fort implemented as a solution to ease the traffic congestion will be open for public from today.
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* Karunaratne sparkles for Sri Lanka on rain-hit day

Aug 22 (ESPNCI) Dimuth Karunaratne led Sri Lanka's slow but steady progress on a rain-hit first day at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. The Sri Lanka captain blunted the new ball and grew more fluent against the old one, making an unbeaten 49 off 100 balls, on a truncated day that saw only 36.3 overs.
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* Minister Ranawaka calls for eleven amendments to the constitution

Aug 22 (Times) Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has urged that eleven amendments must be made to the constitution in order to establish a common law in the country. Addressing an event in Pandura today (Aug 21), the Minister pointed out that these recommendations have been discussed in Parliament and need to be passed with a majority.
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* Speaker will resign to contest presidential polls: SLPP

Aug 22 (DM) Once the alliance led by the United National Party (UNP) is formed, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will resign from the post to contest the presidential election, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today. MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the Speaker will resign as soon as the alliance is formed.
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* World Food Programme extends support to vulnerable areas in Sri Lanka

Aug 23 (CP) Colombo- World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting Sri Lanka through its innovative and sustainable new project - R5. It is designed to target the most vulnerable rural communities
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* UNP alleges coup attempt, efforts to appoint new PM

Aug 23 (DM) Efforts are being made to create another constitutional coup similar to that of the one on October 26 last year and to appoint a new premier, UNP MPs Ashu Marasinghe and Palitha Range Bandara alleged yesterday. Speaking at a media briefing, the MPs said creating a division within the UNP was part of the conspiracy.
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* Discovery of a metallic-blue tarantula bolsters case for trade protection

Aug 23 (Mongabay) Researchers in Sri Lanka have described an eye-catching new species of tarantula, in a discovery they hope will underscore ongoing efforts to better regulate the global trade of rare and exotic spiders.
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* UNDP reiterates support to Sri Lanka to achieve SDGs

Aug 22 (CP) Colomb- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today reiterated its support for Sri Lanka to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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* PM advises party officials to finalize forming alliance to contest presidential election

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that as the leader of the United National Party he would continue to take the party forward in unity so as not to cause any problems within the party.
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* Enterprise Sri Lanka Mobile Service from August 24 to 25 at Dambulla

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- The second mobile service of the Enterprise Sri Lanka program which provides interest subsidized loans for entrepreneurship will be held on the 24th and 25th of August at the premises of Pelwehera College of Agriculture, Dambulla.
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* GMOA launches token strike, Government Medical Officers Forum doesn't support it

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has launched a token strike from 8am Thursday to 8 am Friday. GMOA media committee member Dr. Prasad Colombage said the one day token strike is being carried out based on several demands.
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* New Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UN presents credentials to UNSG

Aug 22 (CP) New York- The new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Ambassador Kshenuka Dhireni Senewiratne, presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
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* National School admission for taxpayer’s children soon

Aug 22 (DN) The Education Ministry is drawing up a plan to offer Government ‘National School’ admission opportunities to children of parents who pay Income Tax. The idea is to incentivise payment of Income Tax, an Education Ministry communique said.
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* Govt. delays revealing number of vehicles acquired by ministers

Aug 22 (Island) The government, yesterday, in Parliament, asked for six months to answer a question raised by JVP Kalutara District MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa pertaining to the purchase of vehicles for the use of Ministers since the day the Yahapalana regime came to power.
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