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* Sri Lanka government begins distributing a box of indigenous medicine door to door to fight COVID-19

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The door-to-door distribution of a casket of indigenous medicine to fight the COVID-19 in the country will commence from today, the State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurveda Hospital Development and Community Health Sisira Jayakody said.
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* Sri Lanka begins COVID-19 vaccination of children with co-morbidities today

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will begin vaccinating children aged between 12 - 19 years with co-morbidities from today, Army Commander and Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) General Shavendra Silva said.
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* Prime Minister meets party leaders of Sri Lanka ruling alliance

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The party leadership meeting of the Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance was held under the patronage of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon (23rd September), the Prime Minister’s Office said. The meeting mainly focused on the role of the party in supporting the government in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic and, the proposals to be presented in the 2022 Budget
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* As youngsters refuse vaccines; Medics warn Sri Lanka’s immunization programme at risk

Sept 24 (DM) As health authorities come under severe pressure due to the lack of interest among youngsters to get the COVID-19 vaccines, medical workers yesterday warned that Sri Lanka’s immunization programme will come at risk if youngsters have no confidence on all vaccinations.
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* Sri Lanka promotes boat industry in Southern Africa

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- In collaboration with the State Ministry of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities, Boats, and Shipping Industry Development of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria organized an informative webinar on 13 September 2021 to identify the possible business opportunities for the SL boat industry, paying special attention to the fisheries sectors of Mozambique and Namibia.
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* Sri Lanka doctors urge parents to vaccinate children without falling prey to myths

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Specialist doctors in Sri Lanka have urged parents and adults not to fall prey to myths and superstitions and to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 without hesitation. The vaccination program is carried out with the recommendations of the expert committees of the world and our country, ...
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* Consumer Affairs Authority (Amendment) Bill raising fines for errant traders passed in parliament

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Consumer Affairs Authority (Amendment) Bill was passed in parliament after it was introduced in Parliament yesterday (22) for the Second Reading Debate. The Extraordinary Gazette Notification relating to this (Amendment) Bill was issued on 19th August 2021.
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* Sri Lanka PM’s personal medical adviser Eliyantha White passes away of COVID-19

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s personal physician Eliyantha White has passed away. He died while being treated at a private hospital in Colombo after contracting COVID-19 coronavirus.
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* Sri Lanka President speaks at the UN General Assembly General Debate

Sept 22 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the General Debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday said ensuring everyone everywhere is vaccinated is the best way out of the COVID-19 pandemic and Sri Lanka although still a developing nation has been successful in its vaccination program.
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* Immigrants & Emigrants Act to be amended to increase visa validity to encourage foreign investors

Sept 22, Colombo: The Immigrants & Emigrants (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to encourage foreign investors to extend the validity of visas to five years was considered by the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defense today (22). Accordingly, the Committee agreed to present it to Parliament for a second reading.
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* Sri Lanka, Latvia leaders focus on developing bilateral relations

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met with President of the Republic of Latvia, Egils Levits Tuesday (21) afternoon on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
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* Sri Lanka spends Rs. 2 billion a year to import seeds - Minister of Agriculture

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has spent Rs. 2 billion annually on seed imports alone, Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said in Parliament yesterday (21). "It should regrettably be noted that such a large sum of money has been spent annually and steps will be taken to change this situation gradually," the Minister said.
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* No Govt. had previously appointed Advisory Committee on PTA - Sabry

Sept 23 (DN) Justice Minister Ali Sabry, PC said in Parliament yesterday that while the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was established in 1979 and there is a provision in the PTA to appoint an Advisory Board in order to advise the Defence Minister with regard to somebody who had been detained under the PTA on whether to continue such detention under that law, no Government over the past 40 years had appointed such an Advisory Committee.
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* Delta peak now over but fears of another peak exist

Sept 23 (DM) The peak of the Delta variant is now over in Sri Lanka and the number of deaths and infected patients have reduced but health authorities yesterday warned that another peak could be expected in the coming weeks or months with severe mutations existing in other countries.
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* NMRA data losses, a serious public safety issue - Sajith

Sept 22 (DN) The Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa told Parliament yesterday (21) that the disappearance of data from the National Medicines Regulatory Authority’s (NMRA) computers has posed a serious threat to the country’s public safety.
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* All stakeholders should work together to transform global food systems to be more sustainable - President

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed that it is essential to transform global food systems to be more sustainable and that all stakeholders should work together in this regard. The President expressed these views while addressing the Virtual Plenary of the UN Food Systems Summit.
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* Sri Lanka opens PCR testing facility for tourists at Katunayake Airport

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that as a country with a history of standing up and overcoming challenges, we can defeat Coronavirus and boost the tourism industry.
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* Questionable deal with US energy firm: Professionals’ National Front asks whether govt. received AG’s consent

Sept 24 (Island) Professionals’ National Front (PNP) Spokesperson Kapila Renuka Perera yesterday warned of dire consequences of going ahead with the government’s controversial agreement with the US energy firm New Fortress Energy. The grouping questioned the rationale behind losing state control/responsibility in ensuring uninterrupted fuel supplies to power stations.
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* Cucumber harvests abandoned in Matale

Sept 24 (DN) Farmers in the Matale District have given up many of their cucumber cultivations since they lack a proper market. They have obtained a bumper cucumber harvest this year. They, however, said that unless they get a proper market for their cucumber harvest, they will not cultivate cucumbers again.
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* GCE O/L 2020 examination results released

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The results of 2020 G.C.E Ordinary Level Examination have been released, the Commissioner General of Examinations, B. Sanath Pujitha announced. The results of this examination can be obtained by entering the correct examination number of the candidate on the official websites
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* PSC for Election Law reforms says Provincial Council elections should be held expeditiously

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- It is the general opinion of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend Necessary Amendments that the Provincial Council Elections should be held expeditiously, said the committee Chairman, Leader of the House, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday (22).
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* High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India presents Credentials to the President of India

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, Milinda Moragoda, appointed with cabinet rank, presented his Letter of Credence to President of India Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi Wednesday.
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* IGP recommends opening bookstores

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Mr. Wickramaratne has requested the Director General of Health Services to allow bookstores to remain open in compliance with the health guidelines imposed by the Government during the travel restriction period and under the supervision of Public Health Inspectors.
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* New regulations for the welfare of tame elephants presented to Parliament

Sept 22, Colombo: New set of regulations under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance aimed at the welfare of tamed elephants was presented in Parliament today (22). The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Wildlife & Forest Conservation held on the September 21st chaired by C. B. Rathnayake, Minister of Wildlife & Forest Conservation, agreed to present the Ordinance in Parliament.
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* Electoral system should be fair and transparent, political parties tell Select Committee

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Political parties presenting their recommendations before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Election law reforms told the PSC that the electoral system should be fair and transparent.
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* Cabinet nod to increase debt ceiling by another Rs. 400 billion as revenue falls

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to increase the national debt ceiling by another Rs. 400 billion from Rs. 2997 billion to Rs. 3397 billion due to the fall in revenue and increase in expenditure.
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* Rajapaksa’s dysfunctional regime in Sri Lanka and its impact on South Asia

Sept 23 (ORF) Basic human rights and liberal democracy are dismissed by the autocratic leadership in Sri Lanka. Such circumstances suppress the public from exercising their democratic rights on a daily basis.
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* ‘Ratwatte’s boorish actions unbecoming of a Minister’

Sept 23 (Island) One-time Prisons Minister Dew Gunasekera yesterday (16) called for an immediate police investigation into SLPP lawmaker Lohan Ratwatte’s recent wild behaviour inside the Anuradhapura prison, where he issued death threats to two LTTEers incarcerated there.
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* Talks with Tamil expats: Civil society ready to support

Sept 22 (Island) Sri Lanka Collective for Consensus (SLCC) yesterday (21) welcomed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s call for a dialogue with the Tamil Diaspora to explore ways and means of addressing reconciliation issues through domestic systems.
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* Ishini Wickremesinghe resigned on her own accord: Minister

Sept 22 (DM) Assuring that there was no influence on Director General of the National Zoological Gardens, Ishini Wickremesinghe to resign from her position, Wildlife and Forest Conservation Minister C.B. Ratnayake said today she resigned on her own accord.
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