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* Prime Minister expresses discontent over assault on cricket fans

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed his displeasure over the assault by the security officers on cricket fans who came to the Sooriyaweva International Cricket Stadium to watch the second One Day International between Sri Lanka and West Indies Wednesday.
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* Core Group led by UK urges Sri Lanka government to advance principles of UN resolutions despite withdrawal

Feb 27 (CP) Geneva- The Core Group on Sri Lanka expressing disappointment over Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from the UN resolutions on promotion of reconciliation and accountability urged the government to advance the principles of the resolution to ensure a prosperous and inclusive Sri Lanka.
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* Chinese Ambassador bids farewell to Sri Lanka

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan, who will be leaving Colombo to take up a new post, has called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (27) to bid farewell to the President.
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* Evacuated Sri Lankan crew members of Diamond Princess in good health

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The Two Sri Lankan crew members of the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship, quarantined in Yokohama, Japan have been evacuated by a charter flight organized by the Indian Government today.
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* Samagi Jana Balawegaya to call applications for selecting candidates for upcoming election

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The General Secretary of Samagi Jana Balawegaya, the United National Party-led alliance, MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara said that applications will be called from tomorrow (28) for the selection of candidates for the upcoming election.
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* MP Ranjan Ramanayake granted bail

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to UNP parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake, who was arrested and remanded on charges of violating the constitution by interfering in the affairs of the judiciary.
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* Large number of applicants for job interviews under President’s 100,000 job program

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- Interviews for the employment of unskilled individuals under the President’s program to provide 100,000 employment opportunities for low income families as envisaged in the policy statement of “Saubhagyaye Dekma” commenced today.
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* UNDP dialogue on youth Leadership in Sri Lanka empowers young people to accelerate implementation of SDGs

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year convened its annual ‘National Youth Dialogue on Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship’ today at the BMICH in Colombo engaging over 250 young people from across the country.
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* Two new international aviation schools to be set up at Mattala, Ratmalana airports

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- Considering the growing demand for aviation education worldwide, the government has taken steps to establish two international aviation schools at Mattala and Ratmalana International Airports, Minister of Industrial Exports and Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga said.
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* Principals’, teachers’ unions in sick note campaign today

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- It is reported that 30 teachers’ and principals’ trade unions have decided to launch an island wide sick note campaign today (26) based on six demands including the issuance of the Teacher-Principal Interim Salary Circular.
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* Sri Lanka’s first ever electric passenger train to be constructed in Kandy

Feb 27 (Times) The government is planning to implement an electrified railway system in the Kandy city to ease the prevailing traffic congestion, Power, Energy and Commuter Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday(26).
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* Students seeking foreign uni’s Govt losing Rs.56 bn annually - Dr.Bandula

Feb 27 (DN) Due to the restriction on the intake of Advanced Level students into state universities, the government loses an estimated Rs.56 billion annually as there are more students seeking university entrance in foreign countries, Co-Cabinet spokesperson and Information, Mass Media, Higher Education,Technology and Innovation Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawardane said.
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* Bathiudeen to back Premadasa’s alliance

Feb 26 (Island) Regardless of the symbol the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) would support opposition leader, Sajith Premadasa, ACMC leader Rishad Bathiudeen told the media, on Sunday. Bathiudeen made this statement at the opening of a party office at Kurumankadu, Vavuniya. "It doesn’t matter what the symbol, Sajith Premadasa gets. We will support him," he said.
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* Paddy purchasing from threshing floor begins

Feb 26 (DN) The government will purchase paddy directly from the threshing floor from this week onwards, Information and Communication Technology State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said. The State Minister said that the purchasing from the 2019/20 Maha paddy harvest is now on
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* President visits villages to solve people’s issues at grassroots level

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The first of a series of District Coordinating Committee Meetings organized to address the issues of the people in each district was held at the Rajagiri Len Viharaya, Homadola, Udugama in the Galle District today (27) under the patronage of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
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* UN, World Bank and UNICEF presents a portfolio to end child malnutrition in Sri Lanka

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The UN, World Bank and UNICEF, recognizing that maternal, newborn and child malnutrition remains a major problem in Sri Lanka, have presented a portfolio to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Wednesday outlining a vision to end child malnutrition.
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* UN Human Rights Chief troubled by Sri Lanka’s increased military administration of civilian functions

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations’ human rights chief Thursday regretting Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of UN resolutions expressed concern over the government’s recent trend towards of increasing military administration of civilian functions.
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* Principal vacancies filled in 153 National Schools

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo: The Ministry of Education has filled the vacancies for principals at 153 national schools in the country. While there are 373 national schools in the country, 278 schools don’t have graded principals appointed, according to the Ministry.
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* UNP-led ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya’ to launch election campaign on March 02

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The nominations for the upcoming election from the United National Party (UNP)- led Samagi Jana Balawegaya alliance under the leadership of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa will be called from today, MP Harin Fernando said.
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* President advises to resolve fisheries industry issues while considering consumers as well

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has advised officials to protect the fisheries industry while providing the consumer with the opportunity to buy fish at reasonable prices.
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* Sri Lanka committed to achieve own goals towards sustainable peace and reconciliation

Feb 26 (CP) Geneva- Formally announcing its decision to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of the UN resolutions, Sri Lanka today informed the UN human Rights Council that the government is committed to achieving the goals set by the people of Sri Lanka on accountability and human rights, towards sustainable peace and reconciliation.
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* Sri Lanka Tourism to continue Nature Interpretation Training in national parks

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) in collaboration with Federation of Environmental Organizations (FEO) and Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) successfully concluded Nature Interpretation Training for Jeep Drivers at the Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks last year and look forward to continuing the same in Yala national park this year.
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* Unplanned power cuts resulted due to stoppage of fuel supply by CPC, CEB informs regulator

Feb 26, Colombo: The state-owned electricity supplier Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says the interruptions to fuel supply by the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is a routine problem for the CEB to meet the power requirements.
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* Parliament faulted, counter measures likely in time for 2025 polls Failure to prevent massive cost

Feb 27 (Island) Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, yesterday, Feb 26, absolved the EC for not adopting measures to restrict the number of candidates and political parties at presidential and parliamentary polls, respectively.
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* Power outages could have been avoided: Ministry

Feb 27 (DM) A committee appointed by the Power and Energy Ministry to probe unannounced power cuts by CEB – which is suspected of sabotaging electricity supply – has submitted a report revealing power cuts on February 3 could have been avoided, Daily Mirror learns.
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* Protesters claim businessman destroying forest reserve

Feb 26 (Times) A protest was held in Naula town Tuesday demanding that authorities take steps to end the environmental destruction inside the Opalgala Forest Reserve. A group of Opalgala villagers and environmental activists held the protest alleging that a businessman had forcibly acquired land inside the reserve.
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* NMRA Chairman responsible for importing inferior medicines

Feb 26 (DM) People’s Movement against Medicinal Mafia yesterday alleged that the current Chairman of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) had imported trial medicines through a private company, in which he was a director.
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* Sri Lankan reforms seen as opening door to marketisation of Higher Education

Feb 26 (WUR) The Sri Lankan government has announced bold plans to reform the country’s university sector, including giving special status to a select group of private institutions and opening up the country to international branch campuses, in a move that critics say will “escalate the marketisation of higher education”.
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