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* Sri Lanka looking to restrict non-essential imports to face current economic challenges

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Ministry of Finance to study the status of current imports to the country and submit a report on possible imports that can be temporarily restricted in order to manage the economic challenges that Sri Lanka is currently facing due to global economic uncertainty.
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* MP Wimal Weerawansa files petition against Counter-Terrorism bill

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting the court to declare the Counter-Terrorism bill presented to Parliament by the government in place of the Prevention of Terrorism Act is in violation of the constitution. The Attorney General has been named as a respondent in the petition.
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* Pakistan HC in Sri Lanka re-launches official website

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- High Commissioner of Pakistan in Colombo Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat unveiled the new interface of the official website of the High Commission on October 16, 2018.
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* World Bank projects Sri Lanka's economy to grow 4% in 2019-2020, recommends to keep social programs affordable

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- World Bank says recent fiscal and monetary policy measures have broadly contributed to stability of Sri Lanka's economy in the medium-term amid continued natural calamities and outlook remains stable.
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* Malik to meet Chinese Commerce Minister next month

Oct 16 (DM) Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said yesterday he would meet his Chinese counterpart next month in China to discuss how to resume talks on the proposed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.
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* Sri Lanka PM to meet Indian counterpart during visit to New Delhi - report

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit New Delhi later this week and meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to discuss bilateral matters, according to a report.
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* President inspects development work in the Polonnaruwa district

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena toured in Polonnaruwa on Sunday to look into the progress of development work in the district under the 'Pibidemu Polonnaruwa' program.
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* Israel to grant five-year work visas Sri Lankan migrant workers in agriculture sector

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Israeli officials have agreed to grant a five-year work visa for Sri Lankan migrant workers who will be working in the agriculture sector.
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* JO needs a thovile: Akila

Oct 15 (DM) A traditional ritual of thovile will have to be performed to cure the sicknesses suffered by joint opposition, Minister of Education and UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today. Mr Kariyawasam said this at a public function in Galgamuwa this morning.
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* Sri Lankan President reaffirms government's commitment to eliminate malnutrition

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today reaffirmed his government's commitment to end all forms of malnutrition in the country and achieve 'Zero Hunger' by 2030. President Sirisena said that it is important to implement a state policy regarding the production, security, quality and standards of food.
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* Diplomats enlightened on Sri Lanka's Economy, foreign policy

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy Dialogue, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commenced on Monday ( 15 October) with the participation of mid-career diplomats from 23 countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Australasia.
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* Rs. 400 million allocated to pay compensation to Sri Lanka's politically victimized

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said that the cabinet has approved an allocation of Rs. 400 million to compensate those who have been politically victimized. He said about 90 percent of the work in this regard has been completed and the reparations will be made as soon as the money is released from the Treasury.
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* JVP calls for dissolving parliament

Oct 16 (Island) The present crisis cannot be resolved by forming a caretaker government with Mahinda Rajapakass as the PM, the JVP says. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion in Maradana, JVP trade union wing leader and politburo member K.D. Lalkantha said that the need of the hour was to dissolve parliament
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* Inland Revenue Department report reveals Tax defaulters dodge Rs.197 bn.

Oct 16 (DN) The Government had been deprived an income amounting to approximately Rs.197 billion due to taxes in default as at the end of last year, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) performance report for the year 2017 indicated.
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* Transparency International Sri Lanka launches platform to track progress of government's anti-corruption commitment

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) today launched an online platform to track the progress that has been made in key anti-corruption commitments made by the government.
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* Education Ministry begins filling principal vacancies at schools

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education has has taken steps to fill principal vacancies in 302 national schools in the country. The relevant interviews will be held from the 16th of October to the 10th of November at the Ministry of Education.
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* CBOs financially empowered to supply water to rural masses

Oct 15 (Island) Financial assistance was granted to community-based organisations in Kandy district and water tanks were donated to several temples in the area under the patronage of Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem recently.
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* Amaraweera debunks Caretaker Government

Oct 15 (DN) Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday debunked the idea of a Caretaker Government arrangement noting that it was a deliberate lie to mislead the public and create political instability. “Formation of a Caretaker Government has become a hot topic these days.
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