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* Gowri Ramanah appointed as Government Analyst

June 06 (CP) Colombo- The Government has decided to appoint Additional Government Analyst, Mrs. Gowri Ramanah, as the Government Analyst. The Cabinet has approved a Cabinet Memorandum submitted by the Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Law Reforms Nimal Siripala de Silva for the appointment.
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* 236 Sri Lankan ship crew to be flown home today

June 06 (CP) Colombo- The government has taken steps to repatriate 236 Sri Lankan civil ship crew members stranded in foreign ports when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said.
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* EC accused of holding up polls

June 06 (Island) Many an eyebrow has been raised over the inordinate delay on the part of the Election Commission (EC) to inform the Government Printer to issue the gazette containing the names of those contesting the much delayed 2020 parliamentary election.
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* Dengue and rat fever kill 34 this year

June 06 (DN) Twenty-two dengue deaths and 12 deaths due to rat fever (leptospirosis) were reported across the country this year. About 19,940 positive dengue cases and about 2,198 patients suffering from leptospirosis have been identified countrywide this year, Kurunegala District DMO Dr. A. Priyadarshana told the Daily News yesterday (5).
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* Sri Lanka Higher Education Minister reveals plans to build 10 more universities

June 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has given the nod to proceed with a set of proposals presented by the Minister of Higher Education Dr. Bandula Gunawardena for the expansion of the national university system.
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* For Sri Lanka’s dwindling leopards, wire snares are the leading killer

June 05 (Mongabay) COLOMBO— On May 29, a vanishingly rare black leopard — an actual black panther — died at a government wildlife treatment facility in Sri Lanka. It had been brought there three days earlier after being trapped in a snare in a tea estate in the hill town of Hatton, in the central district of Nuwara Eliya district.
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* Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded tourists

June 05 (AP) — The tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. But then the pandemic hit, and they were stranded in Sri Lanka.
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* UNDP hosts dialogue on shaping Sri Lankan businesses to adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

June 05 (CP) Colombo- In commemorating World Environment Day (WED) which falls annually on 5th June, Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL), in collaboration with its Initiating Partner - Dilmah Conservation (DC) and Associate Member - the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will host a virtual dialogue on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the Role of Business on Tuesday, 9th June 2020.
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* Chinese embassy donates masks to Sri Lanka Higher Education Ministry for universities

June 04 (CP) Colombo- The Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, Hu Wei, met with Sri Lanka’s Minister of Higher Education and government spokesman Bandula Gunawardena Wednesday (June 03) and donated masks to the Ministry of Higher Education for the universities, vocational training institutes and other higher education institutions.
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* President instructs to quarantine returnees from overseas after PCR testing

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to send returnees from foreign countries for quarantine only after results of PCR tests conducted at the airport itself are known. The President also said to accommodate them at a separate location equipped with all the necessary facilities until the test results are released.
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* ICRC distributes emergency aid in 24 districts in Sri Lanka

June 04, Colombo: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), along with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, carried out an emergency relief distribution drive in 24 districts of the country, the ICRC said in a media release.
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* Ten new universities proposed

June 05 (DN) The Cabinet of Ministers approved two Cabinet papers presented by Co-cabinet Spokesman, Technology, Higher Education, Innovations and Information and Media Minister Dr Bandula Gunawardena. Accordingly, Cabinet approval has been granted to set up ten new universities in Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, Hambantota, Matale within this year by using the loan granted by the Asian Development Bank in an efficient manner.
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* PM: Supreme Court decision victory for democracy

June 04 (Island) The Supreme Court decision dismissing alll fundamental rights petitions that sought to block the general election was a victory for democracy, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday."We never postponed elections because we believe in the people’s franchise.
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* COVID19 has changed University education - Professor Sujeewa Amarasena

June 04 (DN) The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna Senior Professor Sujeewa Amarasena said that the COVID19 pandemic had changed the mode of University Education in Sri Lanka permanently. The Vice Chancellor shared his views with the media when asked about the impact COVID-19 had on future university education.
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* Election Commission issues media guidelines and code of conducts for political parties contesting election

June 06, Colombo: The National Election Commission has issued extraordinary gazette notifications containing Media Guidelines and Code Of Conduct for contesting political parties, independent groups and candidates of the elections.
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* Printing of candidates’ preferential numbers in progress, Government Printer says

June 06 (CP) Colombo- The printing of candidates’ preferential numbers is in progress and the preferential numbers of candidates in six districts have already been printed, Government Printer Mrs. Gangaani Liyanage has said. The preferential numbers of candidates in other districts will be printed soon, the official has added.
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* Diplomat issue at BIA became a learning moment: Colombage

June 06 (DM) The incident of a senior US diplomat being given the green light to enter into the country sans a PCR test became a learning moment and resulted in the issuance of revised instructions for diplomats to be followed when arriving in Sri Lanka due to Covid-19, Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage, the Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations, said today.
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* Trains to operate according to normal schedule from Monday

June 05 (CP) Colombo- All trains except for a few will operate on a regular schedule from Monday (08), Sri Lanka Railways Deputy General Manager (Commercial) VS Polwattage said.
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* Diplomats entering Sri Lanka required to submit PCR test reports before arriving, otherwise mandatory testing at airport

June 05 (CP) Colombo- The members of the diplomatic staff and their family members entering Sri Lanka are required to submit PCR test reports obtained within 72 hours before arriving in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) said today.
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* UK announces Rs. 10 mn funding for Sri Lanka’s research for Covid-19 vaccine

June 05 (CP) Colombo- The UK hosted the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June, bringing together leaders from around the world at a virtual event to pledge their support to Gavi, the Global Vaccine Alliance.
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* Justice prevails in a virtuous and disciplined society - President

June 05 (CP) Colombo- In his message to mark Poson Poya Day today, Sri Lankan President said he believes justice for all prevails in a spiritually virtuous, disciplined and prosperous society and his government plans for the future based on that foundation.
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* Jeevan Thondaman signs nominations to contest 2020 general election from Nuwara Eliya

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Labor Congress’ Youth Secretary Jeevan Thondaman, the son of the late Arumugam Thondaman, Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development has signed the nominations headquarters today (04) to contest the forthcoming 2020 Parliamentary Election from Nuwara Eliya District.
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* Sri Lanka’s policy is timely immunization of every child – President tells Global Vaccine Alliance

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today told the Global Vaccine Alliance that Sri Lanka provides easy and equitable access to quality immunization services for all children and the country’s immunization policy is based on the right of a child to receive timely immunization.
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* Ranil says SC’s unanimous decision confirmed UNP’s opinion on challenging elections

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the unanimous decision of the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court dismissing the petitions challenging the election confirmed the UNP’s opinion on the elections.
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* Having three members ensures diversity of opinion in EC - Deshapriya

June 05 (Island) The whole purpose of having three members on the election commission was to accommodate a diversity of opinion, head of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday said during a TV talk show.
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* EC to hold mock poll on Sunday

June 05 (DM) The Elections Commission will take a mock poll on Sunday at a selected location as a move to determine the actual time required for the conduct of real polls in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by health authorities, an official said.
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* Will leave national politics: Rosy

June 04 (DM) Colombo Mayoress Rosy Senanayake said that she will not be involved in national politics but will remain as the Mayoress for another term to see that all promises in her manifesto have been fulfilled. “My son is contesting and it’s time to give the chance to newcomers,” she said.
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