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Last Updated = Sat, May 26, 2018, 12:08 pm SL Time

* Government allocates Rs. 69 million to provide relief to people affected by adverse weather

May 26, Colombo: The government has allocated Rs. 33.8 million to provide relief to those affected and displaced by the floods and landslides. The Ministry of Disaster Management says that an additional Rs. 35.3 million have been given to the Divisional Secretaries to pay Rs.10,000 as an advance to each affected family until the payment of compensation to the damaged houses and property made after proper evaluation.
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* Parliament to finally get valid lease

May 26 (Island) The Parliament complex had been in existence for the past 37 years without a ‘valid deed’ for the land, the House was told yesterday. "Parliament building is existing without a proper deed for 37 years since its beginning," Matara District UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana said.
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* Parliament to send 20th Amendment to AG, PM

May 26 (DN) Parliament is to send the 20th Amendment to the Constitution (20A) to abolish the Executive Presidency presented by the JVP to the Attorney General(AG) and the Prime Minister (PM).
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* Five new envoys to Sri Lanka present credentials to President

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Four new ambassadors and a high commissioner to Sri Lanka presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday at a ceremony held at the President's House, Colombo.
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* President looks into problems of Immigration and Emigration Officials

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday met with the officers of the Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration officers' Association at the Presidential Secretariat.
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* Sri Lanka Health Ministry considers increasing percentage of male nurses

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that attention has been paid to increase the percentage of males recruited to the nursing service. Health Minister disclosed this during a discussion held recently with the Government Nursing Officers Association (GNOA) at the Ministry of Health.
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* Caritas delivers relief aid to flood-hit areas of Sri Lanka

May 25 (UCAN) Caritas and other Christian groups are distributing relief aid to Sri Lankan disaster victims amid floods, landslides and lightning strikes attributed to the annual southwest monsoon.
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* SLPP run by ex-military group – PM ...warns journalists backing SLPP digging their own grave

May 25 (Island) Alleging that there were no new faces in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) except for a group of retired military officers, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned a section of the media of dire consequences in case the new outfit won power.
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* Speaker tables names of Watchdog Committee members

May 25 (DN) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday tabled the names of members appointed to Parliamentary Watchdog Committees, the COPE, COPA and Public Finance Committee, for the new session of Parliament.
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* India invites applications for Self-Financing Professional Course

May 26 (CP) Colombo- India is inviting applications from Sri Lankan students (excluding PIO, OCI card holders & NRIs) for nomination to undergraduate course in MBBS, BDS, BE, B.Tech, B.Pharm & B.Arch under the Self-Financing Scheme for the academic year 2018-19.
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* No Govt. funds used to build 'Seemamalakaya': Champika

May 26 (DM) Megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday no government funds were used to build the "Seemamalakaya" in the Diyawanna Oya near the Parliament Road as alleged by joint opposition MP Gamini Lokuge in parliament.
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* ICRC commends the positive post-conflict developments in Sri Lanka

May 25 (CP) Geneva- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has commended the efforts taken by Sri Lanka in post-war peacebuilding and reconciliation when the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A Azeez met with the President of the ICRC Peter Maurer at the ICRC Headquarters recently.
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* Sri Lanka showcases its Fight Against Corruption at UN high level debate

May 25 (CP) New York- Ensuring independence of independent commissions from any kind of political influence is crucial in the fight against corruption and restoring confidence in the system, Sri Lanka's Bribery Chief told the UN.
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* JVP hands over 20th amendment to Constitution to Speaker

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has handed over the 20th amendment of the Constitution to the Secretary General of Parliament as a private member's bill, to abolish the executive Presidency.
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* President Trump nominates Alaina B. Teplitz as Ambassador to Sri Lanka

May 25 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States President Donald Trump Thursday nominated career foreign service officer Alaina B Teplitz as the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lankan weaving art introduced in Vietnam

May 25 (VNA) Hanoi- The art of Sri Lankan traditional costumes and fabric was introduced at a fashion event in Hanoi on May 24. The show is inspired by a rhapsody of colours with Sri Lankan handloom fabric “invading” Vietnamese design space by Sri Lankan designer Dhamique Amarasekara.
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* Members who had allegations can't be in COPE: Mahindananda

May 25 (DM) Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage yesterday alleged that the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) members who had allegations of engaging in telephone conversations with Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius during the Central Bank bond scam investigations, had been reappointed despite pleas not to do so.
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