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Last Updated = Mon, Sep 28, 2020, 12:26 pm SL Time

* The tourism industry will generate $ 10 billion in revenue by 2025 - Tourism Minister

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Tour aim Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the government is working to achieve the target of attracting seven million tourists to Sri Lanka and earning $ 10 billion from the tourism industry by 2025.
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* India working on plan to offer $50 million line of credit to Sri Lanka in defence

Sept 28 (ET) India is working on a plan to offer $50 million Line of Credit (LoC) to Sri Lanka in the defence sector –– the first such gesture towards the Southern neighbour as the two sides decided to expand defence and security partnership at Saturday’s summit to stabilise the Indian Ocean Region and the Bay of Bengal in the backdrop of China’s growing ambitions in these zones.
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* Ruwan vows to revive UNP

Sept 28 (DN) United National Party Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene vowed to restore people’s confidence in UNP with a series of measures to boost the party’s image and a new programme of work to attract the public.
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* No plans to import rice, as long as mill owners do not create an artificial shortage: Ministry of Trade

Sept 27 (NF) The government had no plans to import rice, as long as rice mill owners do not hoard stocks and create an artificial shortage, the Ministry of Trade said on Sunday (Sept. 27).
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* “Fumigate examination centres”

Sept 27 (SO) Commissioner General of Examinations B. Sanath Pujitha, in a circular, has asked the Provincial Directors of Education, Ministry of Health and the National Dengue Control Unit to take steps to fumigate GCE(AL) and the Year Five Scholarship Examination centres to prevent the spread dengue fever.
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* The present government does not influence the judiciary - Justice Minister

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The present government is not ready to influence court cases like the previous government, Justice Minister Ali Sabry said in Parliament yesterday (25).
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* India announces $15 million grant for Sri Lanka to strengthen Buddhist ties

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- During the India-Sri Lanka Virtual Bilateral Summit held Saturday, India announced a US$15 million grant assistance to Sri Lanka to strengthen Buddhist cultural links between the two countries.
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* Government warns to take over estates if daily wages for workers are not increased

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Labor Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has warned plantation owners that the estates will be taken over by the government if the daily wage of estate workers is not increased to 1,000 rupees.
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* Minister says will end the racket of sending migrant workers for employment on tourist visa

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Piyankara Jayaratne says that steps will be taken to stop the smuggling of migrant workers on tourist visas.
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* Govt. suspended Sectoral Oversight committees to prevent discussion on 20A – Opposition Leader

Sept 27 (Island) Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa accused the government of suspending the functioning of Sectoral Oversight committees to avoid the 20th Amendment being discussed.
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* Airport to open on health sector recommendations - State Minister D. V. Chanaka

Sept 26 (DN) State Minister of Aviation and Export Development D. V. Chanaka stated that the government is ready to open the airport within 12 hours if recommended by the health sector in view of the prevailing situation in COVID-19.
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* TNA leader falls ill leaving party activities temporarily suspended

Sept 28, Colombo: As the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has suddenly fallen ill again, the party has taken steps to suspend several decisions, including the appointment of a media spokesperson, local media reported.
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* Some opposition MPs to support 20A without crossing over to Govt.

Sept 28 (DM) Several MPs of the opposition will raise their hands in support of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, but without crossing the floor of the House to join the government, Daily Mirror learns.
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* Sri Lankan embassy in Kuwait closed due to COVID-19

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait has been closed after three Embassy staff members and 44 migrant workers accommodated at the Embassy Safe House have been confirmed COVID-19 positive.
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* Five Commonwealth organisations concerned over impact of 20A on independence of judiciary

Sept 27 (ST) Five Commonwealth organisations collectively expressed ‘deep concerns’ about the impact the 20th Amendment Bill would have on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, if adopted. “Of particular concern are the amendments proposed relating to the Judiciary and to the Judicial Services Commission.”
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* Government to promote fruit drinks exports uplifting local farmer

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Fruit drink manufacturers should be encouraged increase their production capacity and buy more produce from the farmers, Basil Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival says.
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* UN congratulates Mohan Peiris for appointment as Permanent Representative to UN in New York

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations today congratulated Dr. Mohan Peiris, a former Chief Justice and President’s Counsel, on his appointment as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York.
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* India PM calls on Sri Lanka government to carry forward reconciliation implementing 13th Amendment

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- India today called on the government of Sri Lanka to carry forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution to address the aspirations of the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka’s technological capacity in ship building highlighted at meeting with the Suez Canal Authority

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s technological capacity in boat and ship building highlighted and dry-dock services were highlighted at a meeting between the Suez Canal Authority and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Egypt recently.
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* UDA plans cycling track

Sept 26 (DM) Mr. Y.A.G.K. Gunathilake, Western province Director of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) yesterday (25) said it was planned to erect a cycling track connecting the Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana and the entrance to the Colombo Port City. According to a statement issued by the Government Information Department, the project is to be completed by 2021.
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* Udaya questions why CPC prevented from entering LPG market

Sept 26 (Island) Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila recently alleged that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) had suffered Rs 37 mn loss due to an abortive bid made by the state enterprise to enter the LPG (liquid petroleum gas) in 2008.
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