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* US Secretary of State meets President, reaffirms commitment to a sovereign & secure Sri Lanka

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- The United States Secretary of State Michel R. Pompeo, who arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday for a two-day visit, met with the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today for discussions, the President’s Media Division said. Secretary Pompeo sat down with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to reaffirm United States’ commitment to a sovereign and secure Sri Lanka.
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* People not allowed to use trains in Panadura, Moratuwa, Homagama until further notice: SLRSMU

Oct 28 (DM) Following the imposition of quarantine curfew in Panadura, Moratuwa and Homagama yesterday, people in those areas have been restricted from using train services operating on the Kelani Valley and coastal lines until further notice, the Sri Lanka Railways Station Masters’ Union (SLRSMU) said.
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* Food outlets and pharmacies in curfew imposed areas will be open two days a week

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) announces that essential food outlets and pharmacies will be remain open two days a week from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm in the police jurisdictions where quarantine curfew has been imposed in the following districts.
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* All types of Visa extended for all foreign nationals in the country for 60 days

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Considering the spread of the Coronavirus in the country, the Immigration and Emigration Controller General has taken a decision to extend the validity period of all types of visas of foreigners who are currently in Sri Lanka for a period of 60 days.
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* 371 more medical students will be admitted to universities this year - Education Minister

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris said it is planned to enroll about 41,000 students in universities this year and 371 more students will be admitted to medical faculties alone.
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* Many areas in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts designated as high risk areas

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health has declared 28 Public Health Inspectors’ divisions as high risk areas for the COVID-19 epidemic.
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* Special survey on cattle rearing in Batticaloa district

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath has decided to inform the Faculty of Management and Commerce of the South Eastern University to conduct a special survey and submit a report on cattle rearing in the Batticaloa District.
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* China’s Embassy in Sri Lanka protests US official’s remarks ahead of Secretary Pompeo’s visit

Oct 26, Colombo: The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, objecting to the remarks made by the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dean Thompson during a press briefing on October 22 on Secretary Pompeo’s upcoming visit, said China and Sri Lanka have enough wisdom to handle the bilateral relations and don’t need a third party to dictate.
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* Swiss Ambassador, PM discuss trade, tourism, investment and COVID-19 assistance

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka Dominik Furgler Monday called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed a number of areas to further cooperation between the two countries, including investment, exports, tourism and fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
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* As Sri Lanka moves closer to China, what does this mean for India and its interests?

Oct 26 (FP) The short-notice Colombo visit of a high-level Chinese delegation, to be followed now by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s this month-end should be of interest as much to the Indian strategic community as to their counterparts in Sri Lanka.
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* Pompeo’s Sri Lanka visit underscores brewing US-China battle in Indo-Pacific

Oct 27 (SCMP) US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday and Wednesday comes at a time when key powers in the Indo-Pacific – India, China and Japan – are engaged in diplomatic outreach to strengthen ties with Colombo amid its rising strategic profile in the region.
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* CEB to expedite construction of 100-kilowatt solar power plants

Oct 27 (DN) Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation former Minister Basil Rajapaksa has instructed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to expedite the construction of 100-kilowatt solar power plants and connect them to 7250 transformers across the country within the next three years.
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* SLMC calls for explanation from its MPs who voted for 20A

Oct 26 (Island) The four Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) MPs who voted in favour of the ‘20A’, had been asked to explain their position to the High Command of the party, SLMC Secretary, Nizam Kariapper said on Saturday.
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* President capable of bringing development and prosperity - Ven. Pelpola Vipassi Thera

Oct 26 (DN) Chief Sanghanayake for Japan and South East Asia Ven. Pelpola Vipassi Thera on Saturday asked as to why some quarters are in fear of Executive powers through which the country had been ruled for over 30 years.
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* PM’s Committee probing irregularities at State banks receives over 200 complaints

Oct 28 CP) Colombo- Preliminary investigations have revealed that some political allies took loans from major state banks during the period of good governance and deliberately defaulted on them, says the committee appointed by the Prime Minister to look into irregularities committed by state banks and their affiliates during the previous regime.
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* Pompeo says China has brought bad deals and lawlessness to Sri Lanka

Oct 28 (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the Chinese Communist Party has brought “bad deals” to Sri Lanka.
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* U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s visit to Sri Lanka aims to advance Indo-Pacific ties

Oct 27 (CP) Washington, DC- The U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka today for a two-day visit on October 27-28, 2020 following his visit to New Delhi, India.
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* US Secretary of State arrives in Sri Lanka

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Secretary of State of the United States of America, Michael R. Pompeo arrived at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport short while ago, the Government Information Department announced.
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* Dr. Asela Gunawardena appointed as new Director General of Health Services

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Asela Gunawardena has been appointed as the new Director General of Health Services, according to the Ministry of Health. Dr. Asela Gunawardena was serving as the Director of the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital, prior to his appointment.
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* Reconstruction of old tanks in Puttalam District to meet water needs of people

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- A team of officials undertook a tour on Sunday to observe the reconstruction of ancient tanks abandoned in the jungle for many years with the aim to meet water needs of Karuwalagaswewa and Wanathawilluwa, two very destitute Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Puttalam District.
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* U.S. Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will undertake an Official visit to Sri Lanka from 27 to 28 October 2020, on an invitation extended by his Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, the Foreign Ministry said.
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* Ambassador of the Holy See praises cooperation between Sri Lanka Government and Church

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- During a meeting with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning in Colombo, the Ambassador (Apostolic Nuncio) of the Holy See Archbishop Brian Ngozi Udaigwe praised and expressed appreciation for the “wonderful cooperation between the State and the Catholic Church” in Sri Lanka.
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* Parliament will be closed for two days for disinfection

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Parliament will be closed for business today (26) and tomorrow (27), Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Neil Iddawela announced.
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* Central Mail Exchange and Postal Headquarters will not be open for services to customers

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Department of Posts has decided not to open Central Mail Exchange and Postal Headquarters for the services to external customers and suspend mail delivery to areas affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.
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* GMOA hands over COVID-19 exit strategy plan to President

Oct 27 (DM) The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday handed over a comprehensive COVID-19 exit strategy plan to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to control the current pandemic situation in the country.
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* SLMC MPs reached agreement with MR

Oct 26 (DM) The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Parliamentarians who voted in support of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution last week, had reached an understanding with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa before the vote.
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* Operating buses from Central Bus Stand suspended

Oct 26 (DM) All long-distance buses operating from the Colombo Central Bus stand was suspended this evening until further notice, Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) Chairman Kingsley Ranawaka said today. He said the decision was taken considering current pandemic situation.
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