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Last Updated = Mon, Nov 29, 2021, 01:51 pm SL Time

* Several suspended train services to resume today

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Several train services which were temporarily suspended due to the inclement weather conditions will resume from today (29), the Railway Control Room said.
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* Sirisena, other SLFP MPs asked to leave Govt.

Nov 29 (Island) Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) heavyweight and Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has asked the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to leave the government as the SLPP could do without its support.
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* Health laws in public transport very poor: PHI Union

Nov 29 (DM) Adherence to health guidelines in the public transport system which was commendable in the beginning, has become very poor now, Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Union Head Upul Rohana said. He said both state and private public transport systems were taking the maximum number of passengers with more passengers standing than being seated.
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* Sri Lanka should be prepared to face the omicron coronavirus, SLMA warns

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) says the omicron coronavirus spreading worldwide rapidly cannot be prevented from entering Sri Lanka. Chairperson Dr. Padma Gunaratne stated at a media briefing held today that the entry of this variant into the country could be delayed by taking immediate action.
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* Foreign Minister reiterates Sri Lanka’s commitment to combat Gender-Based Violence

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- To mark the annual “Orange the World: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” international campaign, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Colombo Tanja Gonggrijp handed over the “Orange the World” banner to Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
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* Government takes steps to probe explosions of LP gas cylinders

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The use of domestic LP gas cylinders has become risky as six accidents due to gas cylinder explosions have been reported across the country in November, consumer rights protection organizations have pointed out.
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* Vegetable prices in Dambulla fall sharply

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- The Dambulla Economic Center has been receiving stocks of vegetables for several days and the wholesale prices of vegetables have dropped sharply, say traders. It is noteworthy that the price of a kilo of vegetables has come down by between Rs. 100 and Rs. 150
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* Range Bandara calls on the government to take action against gas ‘bombs’ without letting more lives to be lost

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- General Secretary of the United National Party Palitha Range Bandara has called on the government to take immediate action against ‘gas bombs’ without allowing more consumers to be killed. Speaking to the media yesterday (26) former MP said the government has failed to supply the people with the required natural gas. He also said that the gas cylinders given later become ‘bombs’ and explode.
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* Sri Lanka bans travel from several Southern African countries

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka, joining a number of countries that has banned or restricted travel to and from southern Africa, has barred entry to passengers from South Africa and several other southern African countries due to the new Covid variant ‘Omicron’ found in South Africa.
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* Sri Lanka President warns of having to make unpopular decisions to overcome economic challenges

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that in the future too many unpopular decisions will have to be taken to overcome the global economic challenges and to keep the country on the path to prosperity.
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* All road development projects promised in ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor’ will be completed on time

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- Steps will be taken to develop all the roads in a timely manner as promised by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the people from the “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor” policy statement, Highways Ministry Secretary R.W.R. Pemasiri said.
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* Ministerial Consultative Committee approves Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund (Amendment) Bill

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- The Bill to amend the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund Act, No. 66 of 1981 was approved at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Trade. The approval was given at the committee meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Trade
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* Delegation from Embassy of Netherlands visits the Hambantota International Port

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- A delegation from the Embassy of Netherlands in Sri Lanka has visited the Hambantota International Port to explore the potential of the port for future shipping operations.
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* Avoid last-minute shopping - DDG, Health Services

Nov 28 (SO) The shopping season commenced on Friday and it is better to start shopping now than later to avoid crowds and congestion. The next few days are crucial for the country due to the pandemic, Deputy Director General Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath said.
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* Covid: New variant classed ‘of concern’ and named Omicron

Nov 27 (BBC) The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a new coronavirus variant to be "of concern" and named it Omicron. It had a large number of mutations, and early evidence suggested an increased reinfection risk, the WHO said.
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* Church welcomes Prez’s promise to move against those named in Easter Sunday PCoI

Nov 26 (Island) The Catholic Church yesterday (25) welcomed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s declaration that the government had the required 2/3 majority in Parliament to take action against those who had been named in the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) by introducing a new Act in Parliament.
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* Tourism Minister expects to amend labor laws affecting those in the tourism sector

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that he expects to amend the labor laws affecting those engaged in the tourism sector next year and discussions will be held with the Ministry of Labor and necessary arrangements will be made for that.
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* New ‘Personal Data Protection Bill’ in Parliament soon

Nov 29 (DN) The Government has presented a new ‘Personal Data Protection Bill’ to regulate the processing of personal data and to provide for the designation of a ‘Data Protection Authority’ (DPA).
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* A special flight to bring home the Sri Lanka women’s cricket team stuck in Zimbabwe

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Cricket authorities have focused their attention on sending a special aircraft to bring the Sri Lanka women’s cricket team stuck in Zimbabwe to the island.
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* Bread prices up by Rs. 10 from midnight today

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association states that the price of loaf of bread weighing 450 grams will be increased by Rs. 10.00 from midnight Sunday. Accordingly, the new price of a 450 gram loaf of bread is 80 rupees.
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* Tourists from six banned countries have not arrived in Sri Lanka, Minister affirms

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that tourists from six banned countries have not arrived in the country in the last 14 days.
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* Friction between ruling SLPP and ally SLFP intensifies - report

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Political tensions between the ruling party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and coalition partner Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have escalated and the SLFP is already preparing to contest the forthcoming provincial council elections separately, Lankadeepa reported according to political sources.
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* PM expects all state institutions to make special progress next year

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that all state institutions should make special progress next year. He said all officials should pay attention to transform the companies that are currently making losses into profit making institutions next year.
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* Cabinet approval to establish a company for oil and gas exploration - Energy Minister

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila said at a media briefing at the Ministry of Energy yesterday (26) that the Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Sri Lanka Oil and Gas Company to commence oil and gas drilling in Sri Lanka and overseas.
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* Foreign Minister emphasizes the need to match formal education with the job market

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris addressing the mismatch between the content of formal education and the availability of livelihoods highlighted the need for a change in the system to result in the production of employable graduates with competencies that match the job market.
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* Four-day holiday for schools to celebrate Christmas

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education has decided to grant leave to all schools in the country on December 23, 24, 25 and 26, for the Christmas festivities, said the Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Prof. Kapila Perera.
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* Sri Lanka Bows to Chinese Pressure Again

Nov 26 (The Diplomat) A Sino-Sri Lankan spat over fertilizer has ended in China’s favor. Sri Lanka has reportedly agreed to pay 70 percent of the claim made by a Chinese organic fertilizer company for a shipment that Colombo had rejected as it was found to be contaminated.
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* President instructs to launch mobile vaccination service to administer booster dose

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the health authorities to take necessary steps to launch a mobile vaccination service to administer a booster dose for people over the age of 60 who had their second dose three months prior.
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* Secs. told to work out post-covid project proposals within weeks

Nov 28 (ST) The Finance Ministry has given Ministry Secretaries just a month to formulate project proposals and action plans–complete with cost estimates–for implementation next year under the post-COVID economic recovery programme announced in the Budget.
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* SL defenceless, warn experts

Nov 27 (Island) Due to the lax testing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), there is a strong possibility that any new variant of COVID-19 entering the country, College of Medical Laboratory Science (CMLS) President, Ravi Kumudesh told The Island yesterday commenting on the detection of a new coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa.
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* Lab tests to find composition of LP Gas in cylinders

Nov 26 (DN) Co-operative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna yesterday said all local and international institutions conducting laboratory tests on the composition of domestic LP Gas cylinders will be registered within next two weeks.
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* Health sector, military and people must decide whether country needs another lockdown or not: GMOA

Nov 26 (DM) With the support of the government led by the health sector, the military, and the people, we can go for a total lockdown of the country or march ahead controlling the spread of the COVID virus, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said.
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