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* First technology city park to be established in Galle

June 14 (CP) Colombo- In line with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Vision of Prosperity policy, the first phase of the creation of new technological city parks with state-of-the-art technology facilities that will create thousands of job opportunities in the IT sector is set to be established at the Walahanduwa Estate in Galle.
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* Bahrain indefinitely suspends work permits for people from red list countries including Sri Lanka

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Bahrain has indefinitely suspended giving work permits to people from coronavirus red list countries who are outside the kingdom, The National reported. “For the time being, individuals who are in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal are not able to gain work permits in Bahrain,"
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* Government’s attempt to suppress opposition by PTA would forfeit GSP plus- JVP

June 13 (CP) Colombo- At a time when Sri Lanka’s economy is in a critical condition, the government would lose the European Union’s GSP+ tariff concession due to the government’s use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to suppress the opposition, the Opposition party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said.
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* Permanent Representative to UN reaffirms Sri Lanka’s commitment to fight corruption

June 13 (CP) Colombo- The first ever United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) against corruption took place in New York from the 2nd to the 4th of June. During the event, countries from across the world came together to discuss challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption while strengthening international cooperation.
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* President justifies fuel price increase as a key factor in a common strategy to strengthen the local economy

June 13 (CP) Colombo- Explaining the reasons for the increase in fuel prices from midnight Friday, the President’s Media Division said these price increases are only one key factor in a common strategy that strengthens the local economy and aims to safeguard the health and welfare of the people. “Further, it is a decision taken to safeguard the health and welfare of the people...
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* Fishing community affected by MV X-Press Pearl fire to receive Rs. 5000 allowance until compensation paid

June 13 (CP) Colombo- A special discussion was held Saturday (12) at the Negombo Town Hall under the patronage of Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda to resolve the problems of the fishing community affected by the MV X-Press Pearl fire and to inform them about the decisions taken by the government in this regard.
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* An influencer’s rant overshadows an ecological disaster in Sri Lanka

June 12 (Economist) For two weeks an inferno blazed on the X-Press Pearl, a container ship, off Sri Lanka’s western coast. Its cargo—everything from frozen fish to hazardous chemicals and tiny plastic pellets known as nurdles—burned up or spilled into the ocean.
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* Project to provide free online education to all children through e-Thaksalawa accelerated

June 12 (CP) Colombo- Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth and Sports, State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development has instructed to accelerate the project to provide education opportunities free of charge through e-Thaksalawa to all children in the country, who are engaged in studies through the online methodology due to the Covid pandemic, without internet service charges.
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* PM instructs to assess situation and reopen the coastline from Panadura to Negombo for fishing activities

June 12 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (11) instructed the relevant officials to assess the situation in the coastal stretch from Negombo to Panadura that was affected by the wrecked X-Press Pearl vessel and reopen the area for the fishermen to resume their fishing activities.
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* Gazette notification issued to prevent hoarding of essential items

June 12 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Trade has issued a special gazette notification to prevent the concealment of stocks of essential commodities including paddy, rice, sugar, milk powder and maize effective from midnight yesterday (11).
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* Accelerated program launched to manufacture organic fertilizer in Mahaweli Zones

June 13 (Island) An accelerated program has been launched to broad-base the manufacture of organic fertilizer in the 10 Mahaweli Zones as an alternative to chemical fertilizer use in the country, Director- General of the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority, Keerthi B. Kotagama says.
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* Health official ignores President’s instructions - GMOA Secretary

June 13 (SO) An official of the Health Ministry or elsewhere is said to be ignoring the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This person is pushing the country into a disaster by ignoring the instructions of the President, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Secretary Dr. Senal Fernando said.
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* Wildlife Dept. inspects traps to protect leopards

June 12 (DM) Considering the series of leopard deaths that have taken place in the hill country, the wild life department is conducting inspections to protect the endangered animals, wildlife sources said. They claimed the decision was made in response to the recent death of a leopard at Dickoya Estate.
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* 55 human and 158 elephant lives lost in the last 6 months in Sri Lanka due to human-elephant conflict

June 14 (CP) Colombo- A report by the Department of Wildlife Conservation has confirmed that 55 people have lost their lives and 158 wild elephants have been killed across Sri Lanka in the past six months due to human-elephant conflict.
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* Construction of Central Expressway in Gampaha District temporarily suspended

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that the construction of the Central Expressway in the Gampaha District has been temporarily suspended until a final decision is reached after reviewing the construction plan.
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* PM instructs education authorities to seek the assistance of pediatricians in re-opening of schools

June 13 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the education authorities to seek the assistance of pediatricians to diagnose diseases and problems of children when re-opening the schools that have been closed due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
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* ICC inducts Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara to ICC Hall of Fame

June 13 (CP) Colombo- The International Cricket Council (ICC) today inducted Sri Lanka’s legendary batsman and wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara along with nine others to the ICC Hall of Fame.
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* Former PM urges the government not to throw away GSP+

June 13 (CP) Colombo- Former Prime Minister and Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe, today urged the Sri Lankan government not to politicize and throw away the GSP Plus trade concession granted by the European Union cautioning that “Our economy will collapse.”
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* Sri Lanka Navy submerges old buses to create artificial reef to nurture marine life

June 12 (CP) Colombo- The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources with the assistance of Navy launched a project to culture artificial reef off the Delft Island. The project is expected to enhance biodiversity in the coastal waters off the islands in Jaffna peninsula.
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* Sri Lanka’s ruling party demands subject minister’s resignation for raising fuel prices

June 12 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s ruling party, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has demanded the resignation of the Minister in charge of the subject, who has taken a decision to raise fuel prices causing inconvenience to the people amidst a pandemic.
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* Domestic violence complainants increase during pandemic related travel restrictions in Sri Lanka

June 12 (CP) Colombo- The National Forum Against Gender Based Violence (FAGBV) in Sri Lanka urges immediate attention to the challenges faced by victims of domestic violence during the pandemic related lockdowns.
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* Hike in fuel prices is an indicator of government’s financial inaction - UNP

June 12 (CP) Colombo- The government’s recent hike in fuel prices is another indication of their continued failed economic management and short-term policies, the United National Party (UNP) says. Commenting on the fuel price hike effective from midnight Friday, the UNP said due to the refusal of this government to continue the positive measures introduced by the previous UNP government the public has borne a growing financial burden.
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* Risk of losing South Korean jobs to Sri Lanka due to overstaying workers

June 12 (CP) Colombo- The South Korean government has informed the Sri Lankan government to immediately repatriate Sri Lankan workers who had been legally employed in South Korea and are overstaying their visas, said Kamal Ratwatte, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE).
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* Urgent moves to increase oxygen supply capacity, as covid cases rise

June 13 (ST) The Health Ministry has decided to increase the capacity of providing oxygen for medical purposes in view of a dramatic increase of the requirements needed to treat COVID-19 patients, officials said. Urgent imports, setting up of new plants and reducing supplies to industries are among some of the emergency plans approved by the Cabinet .
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* JVP slams SUV order

June 12 (Island) JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday called on people not to allow their MPs that they had voted in at the last general election to visit their electorates in super luxury vehicles imported against their wishes.
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* Concrete measures to eradicate child labour - PM

June 12 (DN) As a Government, I am confident that due to the important decisions taken so far to eradicate child labour, Sri Lanka will soon be able to eradicate child labour while achieving the Global Sustainability Goals, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said issuing a message to mark World Day Against Child Labour which falls today.
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