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Last Updated = Sun, Jun 25, 2017, 07:24 pm SL Time

* Government to gazette terms and conditions for SAITM, halts further enrollment and degree awarding

June 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government said it will gazette the terms and conditions that the government will impose on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), also known as private medical college. The Presidential Secretariat has issued a special announcement on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena to resolve the SAITM crisis.
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* Sri Lanka launches another Dengue eradication program as disease spreads

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka launched a common Dengue eradication program yesterday on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena as health authorities battle to contain the spread of the mosquito-borne disease which has taken lives of over 200 people already in the first six months of the year.
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* Sri Lanka tea farmers struggle after devastating floods

June 25 (AJ) Tea farmers in Sri Lanka are struggling to make ends meet after their land was destroyed by heavy floods and mudslides last month.
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* Drought prevails over coconut triangle where monsoon has failed

June 25 (Island) Coconut plantations in the Chilaw, Kurunegala and Puttalam districts are under severe stress due to extreme dry weather that has not eased despite recent rains in some parts of the country. "There has been no rain worth talking about and although the estates don’t look parched due to some drizzles and light rain that’s not worth talking about, the peak Vesak crop has been a fraction of that a year earlier
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* Sri Lanka state doctors end strike amid heavy protest from public

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's government doctors' trade union has decided to end their indefinite island wide strike commenced Thursday amid the protests from the public. The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said it has called off their trade union action with immediate effect following a discussion held with President Maithripala Sirisena this morning.
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* Sri Lanka to purchase rice from three countries to stabilize local market

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has opened immediate talks with three countries to procure a rice tranche to stabilize its domestic markets as the island nation's food production was hit first by the drought and then by floods.
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* Community Support Key to Protecting Sri Lanka's Biodiversity and Resources

June 24 (WB) In Sri Lanka, authorities are fighting to protect biodiversity, promote conservation and support the livelihoods of communities in ecologically sensitive areas.
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* NFTH will be a dengue treatment centre: Kiriella

June 24 (DM) House Leader and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) would be taken over by the government and turned it into a dengue treatment centre.
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* Peace Winds Japan teams up with local partner to provide emergency relief items for Sri Lanka flood victims

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka affected about 630,000 people. Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) with its local partner Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka (A-PAD Sri Lanka) are teamed up to provide emergency relief items
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* Sri Lanka's ornamental fish sector wins international accolades

June 25 (CP) Colombo- The government has taken several steps to uplift the local ornamental fish industry internationally and as a step of that program an international ornamental fish exhibition will be organized in Sri Lanka in 2018 State Minister of Fisheries Dilip Wedaarachchi said.
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* New laws to check multiple voting by the displaced

June 25 (ST) Displaced people found to have registered to vote in several electorates by submitting false information and documents risk being fined, sentenced to a prison term or both, under new laws now being drafted. Under the new laws, internally displaced people have been allowed to register to vote in the electorate they resided in before being displaced.
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* LG elections by September?

June 25 (SO) The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said during the discussions with Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha on Friday (June 23), he had said that Local Government elections will probably be held by the end of September this year.
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* Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka formally declared landmines Free

June 24 (CP} Colombo- Sri Lanka's landmine affected Batticaloa District of Eastern Province has formally been declared 'mine-free' eight years after the three-decade long war ended in the North and East.
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* Limits of exclusivism

June 24 (Hindu) The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has brought the deep divide in Tamil nationalist politics to the fore.
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* Ramanna Nikaya frowns on Sanga bashing, faults govt. for breakdown in law and order

June 24 (Island) Media Secretary of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thera yesterday said that the Maha Sangha had been very restraint about unsavoury statements made by certain elements with political agendas and their behaviour was totally unacceptable.
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* Strike to go on, SAITM issue has reached its final stage: GMOA

June 24 (DN) The members of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) will continue the island wide strike they launched on June 21,Wednesday night. Issuing a press release, following a media briefing, the GMOA said that the “SAITM issue has reached its final stage”.
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