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Last Updated = Wed, Apr 14, 2021, 12:23 pm SL Time

* Colombo ‘Park and Ride City Bus’ service to be expanded

Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Transport has decided to expand the "Park and Ride City Bus" service introduced to ease traffic congestion in Colombo. The State Ministry of Transport has planned to extend City Bus service to the Piliyandala 120 bus route
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* Environment Minister says stricter rules will be implemented to reduce the use of lunch sheets

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera says Sri Lanka is the only country in the world that uses lunch sheets and ten million lunch sheets are used daily in the country.
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* Afghanistan looks forward to increased people-to-people ties with Sri Lanka in New Year

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- As the multifaceted relationship between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka continue to grow and deepen in all areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, the South Asian nation looks forward to increased people-to-people ties with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Colombo M. Ashraf Haidari said.
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* President hopes all citizens will join to celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said although adverse health conditions prevented celebrating Sinhala and Tamil New Year last year, this year everyone together have made it possible to enjoy the festivities, duly observing the age-old customs and traditions while adhering to health guidelines.
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* Sri Lanka re-exports crude coconut oil containing carcinogen aflatoxin

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The process of re-exporting a consignment of crude coconut oil found to be containing the carcinogen aflatoxin commenced today. Commencing the process, containers of 105 metric tons of crude coconut oil imported by Katana Refineries (Pvt.) Ltd. were loaded onto a vessel this morning at the Colombo Port.
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* What is behind the anti-Muslim measures in Sri Lanka?

Apr 12 (Al Jazeera) On March 13, Sarath Weerasekara, Sri Lanka’s minister of public security, announced that the government will ban wearing of the burqa and close more than 1,000 Islamic schools in the country.
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* Provision of Rs. 5000 allowance to low-income and Samurdhi families begins today

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to provide an allowance of Rs. 5,000 during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year to the low-income and Samurdhi families affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
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* Sri Lanka, US review bilateral engagements to strengthen ties

Apr 11 (CP) Colombo-Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met with the US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz on 09 April 2021 and reviewed bilateral engagements with a view to further broadening and deepening Sri Lanka - US relations.
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* Motor Traffic Department operations to continue as usual on Monday

Apr 11 (CP) Colombo- The Narahenpita and Werahera offices of the Department of Motor Traffic will remain open as usual Monday (12), Commissioner General of Motor Traffic Sumith Alahakoon said. The Commissioner General has announced that the relevant offices would be kept open for the clients who had booked an appointment
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* Blue Beach Island Underwater Gallery off Nilwella Coast built by Sri Lanka Navy declared open

Apr 11 (CP) Colombo- At the invitation of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne Minister of Youth & Sports Namal Rajapaksa declared open the ‘Blue Beach Island Underwater Gallery’ at Nilwella beach Saturday.
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* Spike in cases can be expected after New Year , but no third wave

Apr 13 (DM) A rise in the number of Covid-19 cases can be expected after the festival but it cannot be viewed as the emergence of a third wave, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said today.
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* JVP women raise fears about cost and safety of food for New Year

Apr 12 (Island) The JVP women’s wing led by Women for Rights says that exorbitant prices of food and fears over their safety will make the forthcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year a miserable affair.
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* Some trying to drag SLPP into racism - State Minister Nimal Lanza

Apr 12 (DN) The State Minister was participating in several road development programmes in Kantale in the Trincomalee District on April 10. He opened the Kantale-Gantalawa Ananda Mawatha and the rehabilitating of the Kantale Rajamaha Vihara Godella Mawatha at a cost of Rs. 75 million.
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* Govt. seeks deals with oil producing countries

Apr 11 (ST) The rapid depreciation of the rupee and an anticipated ballooning of the country’s oil import bill, have forced Sri Lanka for the first time to secure Government-Government (G-to-G) agreements with several oil-producing nations–including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Russia— on long-term credit.
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* More buses, trains from tomorrow to facilitate returnees: Dilum

Apr 14 (DM) Public transport would be enhanced to facilitate those who will return from their home towns after celebrating the New Year from tomorrow (15), State Minister of Motor Traffic, and Transport Dilum Amunugama said.
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* Chinese Defense Minister to visit Sri Lanka later this month

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe is scheduled to pay a visit to Sri Lanka later this month, local media reported according to the Foreign Ministry sources.
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* Chief Nursing Officer of National Hospital emphasizes strict adherence to rules of discipline during the festive season

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Chief Nurse of the Colombo National Hospital, Pushpa Ramyani De Soysa has emphasized the strict adherence to rules of discipline during the festive season to minimize accidents as 85 percent of all accidents are caused by the carelessness of people.
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* Mrs World Pageant says Sri Lanka’s incident will have no bearing on the next Mrs World Competition

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- The Mrs World organization issuing a statement with regard to the Mrs Sri Lanka World 2020 National Pageant said it is fully aware of the alleged incident involving reigning Mrs World Caroline Jurie at the pageant and it is a local matter.
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* Introducing a new electoral system that suits the country is government’s responsibility - Minister Dullas

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power said that it is the absolute responsibility of the present government and the President to introduce a new electoral system that suits the country. He also said that electoral system should be designed to be attractive to future generations as well as to present generations who are fed up with politics.
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* U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation celebrates 20 years of protecting Sri Lanka’s rich and diverse heritage

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- This month marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. State Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), which has provided more than 200 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($1 million) in funding to protect Sri Lanka’s diverse cultural treasures.
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* UNP condemns arrest of Jaffna mayor

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) has condemned the arrest of Jaffna Mayor Manivannan Visvalingam by the police under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Issuing a statement, the UNP noted that the arrest was made due to concerns raised regarding the uniforms worn by members of the Municipal Council.
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* Minister instructs to manufacture water meters in Sri Lanka

Apr 11 (CP) Colombo- Water Supply and Drainage Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara has instructed the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) to take measures for its Maintenance and Industrial Unit to manufacture the water meters provided to the consumers by the Board.
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* Roshan Abeysundera sets new record swimming across Palk Strait from Sri Lanka to India and back in 28 hours

Apr 11 (CP) Colombo- Leading Aircraftman Roshan Abeysundara of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has set a new world record swimming across Palk Strait from Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi and back in 28 hours covering a distance of 59.3 kilometers.
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* Proposed law will turn Port City into a province of China – JVP

Apr 13 (Island) The JVP yesterday warned that Colombo Port City area was going to be another province of China if Parliament passed the proposed legislation for a Colombo Port City Commission, providing for sweeping tax breaks, tax-free salaries and to be an offshore financial centre.
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* UNP-SJB talks in Colombo

Apr 13 (DN) Thirty-eight United National Party (UNP) members of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) yesterday met Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa and had discussions on issues of mutual interest, SJB sources said.
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* Third wave expected in May

Apr 12 (DM) Public health inspectors are expecting the coronavirus third wave to hit Sri Lanka in May after the general public grossly disregarded the health guidelines ahead of the Sinhala and Tamil New Y
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* US envoy warns China-backed Colombo Port project may create safe haven for money launderers

Apr 11 (HT) US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Alaina Teplitz on Saturday warned Sri Lanka of unintended consequences of ‘nefarious actors’ who may try to misuse a China-backed Colombo Port City’s easy business rules as a permissive money laundering haven amid concerns of tax leaks.
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* SLPP will continue in power beyond 2025 – Ramesh Pathirana

Apr 11 (SO) Parliament sittings were adjourned for several minutes on Thursday (April 8) following a heated exchange of words between Government and Opposition lawmakers over the decision on unseating of SJB Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake. Opposition MPs were seen wearing black bands to protest against the Speaker’s decision.
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