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Last Updated = Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 12:40 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka's apparel sector training body to expand services to South Asia

Aug 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's foremost apparel sector training body, Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel (SLITA) is planning to expand its services to South Asia region, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
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* Sri Lanka to be Indian Ocean’s principal focus: PM

Aug 17 (News.lk) The Mahavihara Conservation Project had been launched under the supervision of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and under the guidance of the Maha Sangha, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
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* We thank MR for saving Keith Noyar: Ajith P. Perera

Aug 17 (DM) We must be thankful to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his intervention to prevent the killing of journalist Keith Noyahr in 2009, State Minister Ajith P. Perera said yesterday. State Minister Perera told a news conference that Mr. Rajapaksa intervened to stop the killing of Noyahr when his abductors were about to assassinate him.
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* Possibility to amend the Sri Lanka FTA with Singapore within a year - Minister

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka - Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) signed in January this year can be amended within a year if it has any detrimental effect on the country and the economy, a senior minister of the government said.
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* Sri Lanka and Oman sign agreement on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and Oman have signed agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Sultanate of Oman.
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* British Council honors stakeholders at IELTS Awards Night 2018

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The British Council in Sri Lanka held its IELTS Awards Night on Tuesday, 14 August at Kings Court, Cinnamon Lakeside in Colombo. Initiated in 2010, this annual awards ceremony is hosted by the country's leading IELTS test center...
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* In Pictures: 72nd Independence Day of India celebrated in Sri Lanka

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 72nd Independence Day of India on Tuesday, 15 August 2018 at India House in Colombo.
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* Sri Lanka to sign agreement with Oman on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will sign an agreement with Government of Oman to avoid Double Taxation and a Memorandum of Understanding on exemption from visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic and official service passports.
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* Govt. to address public sector salary anamolies, landlessness soon

Aug 16 (Island) The government said yesterday that it would soon address the issues of salary anomalies in the public sector and landlessness among the poor. The process of distributing land deeds to the poor in various districts had been accelerated,
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* JO mulls legal action against UPFA Secretary’s decision

Aug 16 (DM) The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said it was ready to take legal action against UPFA Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera for giving his 'personal' opinion on the Opposition Leader's post claiming it as the party's opinion.
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* Minister Kiriella to attend former Indian Prime Minister's funeral

Aug 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Leader of the House and Public Enterprise & Kandy City Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella will represent Sri Lanka as the Special Envoy of the government at the funeral of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Delhi today.
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* Private bus strike only partially successful

Aug 17 (Island) Private bus operators threatened to launch a crippling strike yesterday, but they were unable to create an impact on public transportation. However, the bus services in some areas in Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha Districts including long-distance services to the South were disrupted due to the strike.
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* Patali challenges JO MPs to resign from UPFA

Aug 17 (DN) Although members of the Joint Opposition tried to display heroism in public by pledging to resign from UPFA membership and remain independent within Parliament, they are afraid to do so fearing they may lose their Parliamentary membership, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
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* Sri Lanka Premier condoles former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's demise

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is "deeply saddened" by the death of former Indian Prime Minister AtaI Bihari Vajpayee today. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was receiving treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness, at the age of 93.
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* Train service from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar halted temporarily

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Railway Department has decided to temporarily halt the train service from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar from Friday (August 17) for repairs on a bridge. Repair work on a main bridge between Murunkan and Mannar is scheduled to commence tomorrow.
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* UK Government extends partnership with UNDP to support sustainable resettlement in Sri Lanka

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka recently entered into a partnership agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom to extend support for Sustainable Resettlement of recently released lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.
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* Railway trade unions threaten to strike again, scheduled to meet the President today

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Railways trade unions, who launched an island wide train strike launched last week, have issued a fresh warning of trade union action if the government failed to meet their demand to resolve salary anomalies by next Tuesday.
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* No room for racism, religious intolerance - PM

Aug 16 (News.lk) Racism and religious intolerance will not be accommodated again, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said.PM Wickremesinghe observed that some people are unfortunately spreading racism and religious animosity without nurturing empathy and kindness.
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* Acted constitutionally in Opposition Leader post ruling - Speaker

Aug 16 (DN) The decision regarding the post of Opposition Leader was taken by the Speaker after extensive study and probing ideas and views of local and foreign experts and traditions followed by other democratic countries in the Commonwealth, the Speaker's office in a press release stated yesterday.
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