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* Sri Lanka will face the global economic crisis successfully - PM

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the government is ready to successfully face the ongoing global economic crisis that has resulted from an increase in the value of the US dollar. The Premier said the government's objective is to build a country with a strong economy for the future generations.
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* Sri Lanka's Constitutional Council's term ends

Sept 22, Colombo: The official tenure of the Constitutional Council, Sri Lanka's constitutional authority, ended yesterday (21).
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* Sri Lankan Marine biologist, Asha de Vos Global winner of Study UK Alumni Awards 2018

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The three global winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2018 were presented with their awards by the British Council's CEO, Sir Ciaràn Devane, at a celebratory lunch at the British Council's headquarters in London.
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* Sri Lanka economic instability caused by government infighting: Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sept 22 (PTI) Sri Lanka's economic and political stability has been affected due to infighting between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed on Saturday.
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* Grasslands to feed wild elephants: SF

Sept 22 (DN) Sustainable development and Wildlife Minister Sarath Fonseka said yesterday steps were being taken to grow grasslands on 15 acres of land to feed wild elephants. He told parliament that forest lands suitable for this purpose were being identified at the moment.
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* Number of chronic kidney disease patients in Sri Lanka are decreasing, President says

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says the number of chronic kidney disease patients are decreasing at a significant rate annually as a result of the comprehensive programs implemented by the government to prevent kidney disease spreading in the country.
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* China Could Spoil Sri Lanka's Chance To Become A Breakout Nation Again

Sept 21 (Forbes) Sri Lanka is ready to rise again -- a nation on the path to sustained growth path, that is. That's according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study,
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* Some ministers’ personal staff got better vehicles than Deputy Ministers-JVP

Sept 21 (Island) The issue of the personal staff of ministers abusing state vehicles was raised in Parliament yesterday. JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake said that the vehicles allocated for the personal staff of Cabinet Ministers were better than those given to the Deputy Minister of the same ministry.
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* Sugar factories will not be privatised: Kiriella

Sept 21 (DN) The government will not hand over the Pelwatte and Sevanagala Sugar factories to a private firm or anyone else, Public Enterprise and Kandy City Development Minister and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said. He was responding to a question by MP Padma Udayashantha about the current status of the factories during the round of questions for oral answers in Parliament.
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* Minister Malik Samarawickrama leads high powered delegation to promote investment and exports in Germany

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- A High powered investment delegation led by Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade will make a strong pitch this week for German investment to Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lankan President to leave for US today to attend UN General Assembly

Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave today (22) for the United States to attend a number of international meetings including the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which is being held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
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* Sri Lanka's economic indicators positive despite rupee depreciation - Finance Minister

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media states that although some people try to show the depreciation of the rupee as a fall in the economy, the economic indicators remain strong.
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* Review Committee seeks more time; PC polls further delayed

Sept 22 (Island) The Delimitation Review Committee (DRC) chaired by UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that it needs two additional months to carry out its task and this will further delay the Provincial Council polls.
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* Eight SLFP electoral organisers appointed

Sept 22 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed eight new Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) electoral organisers by removing the electoral organisers who failed to support the party’s reorganisation drive, SLFP General Secretary Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa said.
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* Sri Lanka parliament suspends JO MP Wimal Weerawansa for two weeks

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka Parliament today passed two motions to suspend MP Wimal Weerawansa from Parliament for two weeks for violating the code of conduct of parliamentarians. The motion to suspend the National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa for two weeks has been passed with a majority of 17 votes.
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* Govt. declares Sept. 21-28 as Information Week

Sept 21 (News.lk) COLOMBO- The Government has declared September 21 to 28 as the Information Week to make the public aware about their right to information and motivating them to use it for their benefit.
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* Eight members of 16 group removed from SLFP organiser posts

Sept 21 (DM) The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to remove electoral organiser posts of eight out of the 16 SLFPers who defected to the Joint Opposition. The decision was taken at the SLFP CC meeting which was held at President Maithripala Sirisena’s residence last evening.
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