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Last Updated = Mon, Sep 25, 2017, 11:50 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka PM underscores need to establish a digital economy to strengthen national economy

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that a digital economy should be established in Sri Lanka to strengthen the national economy and as a first step, Wi-Fi zones will be set up throughout the island.
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* District officials instructed to use all allocated funds for development projects by year end

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena today informed District Secretaries (DS) to utilize all the funds allocated for development projects before 31st December this year and inform about the projects with technical problems to the Ministry and use funds allocated to those for other suitable projects in the district.
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* Sri Lanka's new envoy to Germany looks forward to further strengthening bilateral relations

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The newly appointed Sri Lanka Envoy for Germany, Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi presented credentials to President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Honour Court of Bellevue Castle in Berlin on 20th September 2017.
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* Iceland scientific and research agency to support Sri Lanka's fisheries industry

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Iceland's main scientific and research agency, Matis states that it is ready to support Sri Lanka's fisheries industry. Sveinn Margeirsson the Chief Executive Officer of Matis, which is one of the leading research, development and testing organizations working in the global food industry, during an interview with national television said his organization is willing to share the technological knowledge with Sri Lanka in the realm of the fisheries activities.
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* Health Minister charges trade unions of focusing on political issues, not fulfilling their responsibilities to workers

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says certain trade unions are working according to a political agenda and not paying attention to resolve the trade union related issues.
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* UN assures to support Sri Lanka to build an exemplary nation

Sept 24 (CP) New York- The United Nations Secretary-General Antńnio Guterres has assured Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena that the UN is ready to provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka in its efforts to build a prosperous nation where reconciliation is strengthened. The UN Secretary-General has given this assurance when he met with President Sirisena, on Saturday (23) at the UN in New York.
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* SLMC urges PC polls for EP

Sept 25 (DM) The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a Government ally ruling the Eastern Provincial Council, expressed its concern on the enactment of legislation to bring its administration under the purview of the Governor after its official period lapses, an official said yesterday.
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* Tuk-tuk, school van regulation in Sri Lanka can create a bus fiasco - Bellwether

Sept 25 (ECONOMYNEXT)- Sri Lanka’s rulers and bureaucrats are planning to poke their itchy interventionist fingers on taxis and school vans, twin services that have rapidly evolved in unexpected market-based ways, partly due to price controls, rigid regulations and corruption in the state-regulated road bus system.
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* Govt. finalises minimum standards for medical education

Sept 24 (ST) The Government has finalised the minimum standards for medical education and hopes to gazette them within the next three weeks after consultations with the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the Sunday Times learns.
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* Sri Lanka's development projects receive full international support - President

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the country's development projects get the full blessings of the world powers and international agencies. The President, who just returned to the country after attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, made this observation when he participated in a ceremony held to open an agriculture exhibition at Bombuwela in Kalutara today.
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* Norway assists Sri Lanka on landslide disaster risk reduction

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Norway is supporting Sri Lanka on a project to reduce the risk and impacts of landslides which is considered to be one of the major natural hazards in hill country of Sri Lanka.
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* More skilled Sri Lankan workers go abroad for work

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala said that the aim of the government was to send more skilled workers to foreign countries for employment and it has been successful.
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* Sri Lanka President says results of sacrifices made to gain prosperity and reconciliation are visible

Sept 24 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has gained fruitful results for its commitment in the last two and a half years to achieve prosperity and reconciliation for the country.
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* Rain water harvesting project for Jaffna Peninsula

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- A new project for rain water harvesting has been initiated in the Jaffna Peninsula as a solution to the severe shortage of water, Government Information Department said. Accordingly, it has been planned to save 20 percent of the rain water in an area of 78 square kilometers around the Vadamarachchi lagoon.
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* Putting off PC polls for the greater good of the country acceptable - Purawesi Balaya

Sept 25 (Island) Purawesi Balaya Co-Convenor Gamini Viyangoda yesterday welcomed controversial government decision to put off Provincial Council polls purportedly to hold them simultaneously at a future date, even at the expense of Supreme Court ruling pertaining to the proposed 20 Amendment to the Constitution.
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* Pethiyagoda calls for urgent need to look into social issues of plantation workers

Sept 25 (DN) The responsible authorities should pay more attention towards the day-to-day problems and living conditions of over 200,000 plantation workers in the country, considering the invaluable service rendered by them to uplift the plantation sector.
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* Election laws to be amended for 60-40 split between FPP and PR

Sept 24 (Island) The Local, Provincial Councils and Parliamentary Elections Acts would be amended to incorporate a provision that requires candidates elected on the first-past-the-post (FPP) system to constitute 60% of all elected bodies while the balance 40% will be elected on proportional representation (PR), the government said yesterday.
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* Rupatadine to treat Dengue : Clinical trials begin tomorrow

Sept 24 (SO) The second phase of clinical trials on Rupatadine as a treatment for Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) will commence at the National Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Angoda tomorrow, according to Immunologist and Director of the Jayawardanapura Medical Faculty’s Centre for Dengue Research, Prof. Neelika Malavige.
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