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* Sri Lanka Tamil party demands to include foreign judges in war crimes probe

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- A day after the UN again adopted a consensus resolution granting Sri Lanka two more years to implement the commitments it made in 2015 resolution, the main Tamil party, Tamil national Alliance on Friday demanded the state to adhere to the commitments and include foreign judges in a judicial mechanism to probe the alleged war crimes.
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* Cloud seeding over Mausakelle Reservoir successfully creates rain in central Sri Lanka

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today (22) launched the first cloud seeding project to successfully create artificial rain over the catchment area of Mausakelle Reservoir in central Sri Lanka.
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* JVP, UNP talk on 20th Amendment to abolish executive presidency

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held talks with the ruling United National Party (UNP) today regarding the 20th Amendment to the Constitution seeking abolition of the executive presidency.
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* Prime Minister says World Water Day is a great opportunity to educate the society on sustainable management of water resources

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations' World Water Day is marked today, March 22 and a number of programs are planned to raise awareness of the importance of water in environment, agriculture, health and trade.
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* UNP May Day rally this year at the CMC grounds

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee has decided to hold its May Day rally at the Colombo Municipal Council grounds at Town Hall, UNP General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
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* Measures to raise the economy to right place - Harsha

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Non-cabinet Minister of Economic Reform and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha de Silva says measures are being taken to bring the economy to the right place to reduce poverty.
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* No official statement from Singapore to Sri Lankan authorities on extradition of Arjuna Mahendran - PMD

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President's Media Office denied that Singapore is working with the Sri Lankan authorities on the extradition request of former central bank chief Arjuna Mahendran.
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* Japan grants Rs. 15 million for waste collection in Sri Lanka's north

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Japan has granted nearly Rs. 15 million to Sri Lanka to acquire used waste collection trucks for Jaffna in Northern Province to facilitate solid waste disposal and improve the hygienic environment.
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* Sri Lankan academic named 10th President of Southwest Minnesota State University

Mar 21 (CP) St. Paul, MN- Sri Lankan born academic Prof. Kumara Jayasuriya has been named as the 10th president of Southwest Minnesota State University by the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the school announced yesterday.
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* JVP raises S’pore snubbing President’s statement

Mar 22 (Island) The JVP yesterday in Parliament queried the Government’s stance on the response from Singapore to President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation that it is sheltering former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.
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* Hambantota oil refinery Main shareholder not Oman Govt. - PM

Mar 22 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday that the main shareholder in the proposed project to build an oil refinery in Hambantota was not the Oman Government. However, he said if the Oman Government is interested, they will have to take a 40% stake in the project.
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* House pays tribute to Speaker over honour conferred by Malwatte Chapter

Mar 21 (Times) MPs from the Government and Opposition came together in Parliament this morning (21) to pay tribute to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and offer their congratulations to the Speaker on him being conferred the “Shashana Keerthi Sri Deshabhimani” award by the Malwatte Chapter.
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* No intention to join UNP - Duminda Dissanayake

Mar 21 (DM) SLFP National Organiser and parliamentarian Duminda Dissanayake said on Tuesday that he was not intend to join the UNP unilaterally. MP Dissanayake, who was speaking to journalists after a function at Nochchiyagama said the relationship he has with the UNP is not a personal one
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* 'Wilpattu is a national treasure, punish me if I destroyed it'- Minister Bathiudeen

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says the Wilpattu Forest is an asset to the country and a huge campaign is being waged to falsely accuse him of destroying a national treasure.
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* Court order to detain 12 for questioning over a plot to assassinate a Tamil politician

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today allowed the police to detain 12 people and question over a plot to assassinated a Tamil politician. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne issued a court order today (12) to detain 12 persons including underworld members and persons, who had connections with LTTE and question them on recovering weapons including firearms, hand grenades and other weapons hidden by the LTTE and selling them to underworld members.
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* Sri Lanka signs agreement for US$ 989 million loan from EXIM Bank of China for Central Expressway project

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka today inked an agreement with the EXIM Bank of China for a concessional loan of US$ 989 million for the construction of the Section one of Central Expressway Project from Kadawatha to Meerigama. The loan agreement was signed on 22nd March 2019...
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* Sri Lanka welcomes adoption of consensus resolution, invites OHCHR to engage closely to verify facts

Mar 21 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lanka today welcomed the adoption of the consensus resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowing two more years to implement the commitments and invited the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to engage with the local institutions closely to verify facts on the ground.
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* Sri Lanka to construct a 100 MW of floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- As a measure to reduce generation of costly thermal power, the Sri Lankan government has planned to set up floating solar power generation plants on the reservoirs in the Mahaweli Economic Zone.
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* Sri Lanka consensus resolution adopted at UNHRC without a vote

Mar 21 (CP) Geneva- The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday without a vote adopted the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka which proposes to give more time to Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice.
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* Sri Lanka becomes less happy, slips 14 notches in World Happiness to rank 130th

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankans are not happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 according to this year's United Nations World Happiness Report released on Wednesday. Sri Lanka ranked 130th with a score of 4.366 slipping 14 notches from 116th last year
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* Minister Rishad Bathiudeen given additional portfolio of Vocational Training and Skills Development

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena in an Extraordinary Gazette Notification has announced the added portfolios of Vocational Training and Skills Development to Minister Rishad Bathiudeen on Monday (18).
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* Will Sri Lanka’s hard line on drugs produce results?

Mar 22 (EAF) Sri Lanka's move in February 2019 to bring back capital punishment for convicted drug offenders has put a spotlight on the growth of narcotics-related crime in the country.
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* Fin. Min. wants to issue liquor licenses on a large scale: Excise TUs

Mar 22 (DM) Excise trade unions have raised serious concerns over an attempt by the Ministry of Finance urging the department to issue liquor licenses on a large scale to several hundred presently unlicensed hoteliers and innkeepers in the Matara District
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* Sri Lanka keeps its domestic political rift from spilling into UN rights meeting

Mar 21 (Diplomat) Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has kept his country's political rift from spilling over to a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting this week by abandoning plans to oppose the prime minister's decision to co-sponsor a resolution giving the nation more time to address war crime allegations stemming from its civil war.
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* Rajitha: Gotabaya will help UNF candidate get minority votes

Mar 21 (Island) Fielding Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the SLPP candidate at the next presidential election will stand the UNF candidate in good stead in that the latter will get the minority votes, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says.
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* ‘Speaker handled political crisis wisely’

Mar 21 (DN) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya succeeded in establishing democracy and the rule of law amidst a tumultuous situation in Parliament, overcoming difficulties and challenges,” said Anunayake Thera of the Asgiri Chapter, Most Ven. Anamaduwe Dhammadassi Thera.
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