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* Proposals to Parliament to formalize the community-based correction process

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- A number of parties will submit their proposals to Parliament Thursday to formalize the community-based correction process in Sri Lanka Parliament Communication Department said. Public opinion and suggestions regarding the report prepared to further formalize the community-based correction system in Sri Lanka will be taken for discussion in Parliament tomorrow.
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* Parliamentary Council approval to appoint former NP Governor to the Election Commission as a member

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Parliamentary Council has approved the appointments of Sundaram Arumainayagam as a member to the Public Service Commission and Mrs. P. S. M. Charles as a member to the Election Commission.
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* Agriculture Minister assures not to import substandard fertilizer

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage states that all fertilizers are imported to Sri Lanka only if they comply with the relevant standards as per the Fertilizer Act. The Minister of Agriculture also emphasized that any type of fertilizer imported from abroad is brought into the country in accordance with the law.
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* Make vaccination card compulsory - Minister of Tourism

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has requested the Minister of Health to look into the possibility of making the use of the Covid vaccination card compulsory as nearly 13.7 million people in the country have been fully vaccinated. Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that this will make the Covid vaccination card compulsory for foreign tourists as well.
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* Newly constructed Magistrate Court buildings vested with the public

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Justice Ali Sabry today (26) declared open to the public the newly constructed Medawachchiya District / Magistrate’s Court and Kahatagasdigiliya District / Magistrate’s Court in line with the Vision of Prosperity Policy Statement.
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* Steps to start universities in batches for fully vaccinated students

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The University Grants Commission (UGC) says it has decided to reopen universities in batches. University Grants Commission Chairman Prof. Sampath Amaratunga said that permission has been granted to resume university studies at any given date
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* First Poppy flower to commemorate the Remembrance Day pinned on President

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The first Poppy flower to commemorate the Remembrance Day was pinned on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (26). Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Major General Upul Perera pinned the poppy flower on President Rajapaksa.
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* Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka meets Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Outgoing Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, Akira Sugiyama called on Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at the Parliament premises yesterday (25).
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* A cost-effective local product to supply electricity to elephant fences

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- It was revealed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Wildlife & Forest Conservation that the energizer used thus far at a high expense to supply electricity to elephant fences is being produced by a private company in Sri Lanka at a cost of Rs. 76,300, Parliament Communication Department said.
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* Health Ministry announces further relaxation of public activities from today

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena has announced revised guidelines for activities in public and work settings with effect from midnight Monday. Accordingly, night time travel restrictions imposed between 11.00 p.m. and 4.00 a.m. have been removed.
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* PM instructs Secretaries of State Ministries to meet Cabinet Secretary once a month to discuss development issues

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (25) instructed the Secretaries of State Ministries to meet once a month with the Secretary to the Cabinet of Ministers to discuss the development projects and the problems that exist in their implementation and the expected program.
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* Pope Francis expresses solidarity with Sri Lankan Church

Oct 25 (UCAN) Pope Francis has expressed his support for the Sri Lankan Church in its attempts to seek justice for the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings.
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* Primary sections of all island wide schools start today after 6 months

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- After a period of 06 months, the academic activities of the primary sections of all schools in the island will commence from today. The Ministry of Education stated that the academic activities will be carried out strictly adhering to the health guidelines.
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* Cardinal urges Sri Lankan govt to sue over X-press Pearl disaster

Oct 27 (UCAN) A cardinal has urged the Sri Lankan government to sue for damage to beaches, the seabed, marine animals, fishermen and the environment caused by a shipwreck.
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* Namal Karunaratne demands Rs.500 Mn as damages from Mahindananda Aluthgamage

Oct 25 (DM) National Organiser of the All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation and former JVP Parliamentarian Namal Karunaratne has sent a letter of demand claiming Rs.500 million as damages from Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage for allegedly making an oral defamatory statement regarding his involvement to the ongoing farmers’ protests.
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* Government loses Rs. 27 billion in excise revenue this year due to COVID

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Government has lost Rs. 27 billion in excise revenue this year due to the current COVID situation, Commissioner General of Excise M J. Gunasiri told the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) at its meeting held recently.
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* Distribution of seeds kits to 1.2 million families during Saubhagya Home Gardening week

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to declare an island wide home gardening week with the aim of producing food free of toxins. The national ceremony to distribute seed kits of seven varieties of home garden vegetables to 1.2 million selected families will be held on November 01
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* ‘Sri Lanka understands the importance of balancing the environment with human needs’ - President

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that Sri Lanka, with its rich philosophical heritage shaped by the teachings of the Buddha, fully understands the importance of balancing environmental boundaries with human needs.
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* President appoints Task Force on ‘One Country, One Law’ chaired by Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 13-member Presidential Task Force to study the implementation of the concept "One Country, One Law" and to prepare a draft Act. An Extraordinary Gazette Notification has been issued establishing the Presidential Task Force of 13 members for one country and one law.
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* PM instructs to submit the development projects of the proposed Kurunegala General Hospital for cabinet approval

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Health today (26) to submit the memorandum of the concept of development projects in the Kurunegala General Hospital to the next cabinet meeting for approval.
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* JVP seeks public views for a new national plan

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka leftist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it has decided to launch a new national plan to find solutions to the current social, economic and political crises facing the country.
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* Rural women need an inclusive approach to recover from COVID 19 negative impact - Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics, and COVID Disease Control and the Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus in the Ninth Parliament of Sri Lanka said that rural women need an inclusive approach to recover from the negative impact of Covid-19.
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* Ministry of Health appoints 1401 interns to island wide hospitals

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Health has taken steps to appoint 1401 Intern Medical Officers to fill vacancies in hospitals island wide. Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella presented appointments to 1,401 interns at the National Blood Transfusion Center in Narahenpita yesterday (25).
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* Student attendance is only 45% on the first day of reopening of all island wide schools

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Secretary to the Ministry of Education Professor Kapila Perera said 97% of the principals and 89% of the teachers had reported for duty when the primary sections of all the island wide schools opened on Monday (Oct 25) while student attendance was only 45% on the first day.
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* Outgoing envoy affirms assistance to strengthen friendship between Japan and Sri Lanka

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- The outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Sugiyama Akira called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (25). The President commended Mr. Sugiyama Akira for rendering his valuable service to Sri Lanka in various ways
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* Government’s decision not to promote Oil Palm cultivation continues

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to continue implementing the decision not to promote oil palm (Katupol) cultivation in Sri Lanka.
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* Adani to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo - report

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group that was chosen to develop a major port terminal project in Sri Lanka, is scheduled to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo on Monday, The Hindu reported according to official sources in Colombo and New Delhi.
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* Another stock of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrives in the island

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Oct 19, Colombo: Another consignment of the U.S. manufactured Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine purchased by the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) has arrived in Sri Lanka early Monday.
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* Teachers, students can cross borders for schooling

Oct 25 (DN) Transport State Minister Dilum Amunugama said schoolchildren and teachers will be allowed to cross provincial boundaries for schools and back home. He said although travel restrictions between provinces exist, the Sisu Seriya buses will be in operation without a shortage.
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