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* Traditional Scottish Pipers in Colombo

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Dollar Academy Pipers from Scotland are currently in Sri Lanka. The 10 piece band is in Colombo ahead of the National Day of Scotland "St. Andrew's Day" - celebrated each year on the 30th of November.
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* Sri Lanka receives World No Tobacco Day Award for third time

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka for the third time, won World No Tobacco Day Award 2017, bestowed by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.
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* JO brings no confidence motion against Minister for postponement of elections

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Joint Opposition has handed over a no-confidence motion to the Speaker against Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha saying that the Minister should be held responsible for the continuing postponement of the local government polls.
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* Program launched to assist adopted children to find their Sri Lankan parents

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has launched a program to assist Sri Lankan children adopted by foreign parents to find their biological parents, a Health Ministry spokesman said. According to the spokesman, Minister Senaratne provided information of the program during an interview with a television channel in the Netherlands, recently.
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* SLBFE pays Rs. 51 million this year as compensation to migrant workers

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala says due to the mediation of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) 115 migrant workers who did not receive wages were paid Rs. 51.64 million as salary arrears from January this year.
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* Sri Lankan Prime Minister to hold discussions with Indian Premier tomorrow

Nov 22 (CP) New Delhi- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Rani Wickremesinghe who arrived in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Wednesday will hold extensive talks with his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow with an aim to lift the momentum of bilateral ties.
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* ADB assures to fully support Sri Lanka's infrastructure development plans

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The Asian Development Bank (ADB), which marks 50 years of cooperation in development activities in Sri Lanka has assured that it would extend fullest support to the economic development plans initiated by the Sri Lankan government.
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* Sri Lanka shares its peacebuilding experience with the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam, joined by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, and Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms Mano Tittawella, shared information on Sri Lanka's journey of peacebuilding with the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in New York on 20 November.
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* World Meteorological Organization assures to assist Sri Lanka in strengthening meteorological Services

Nov 22 (CP) Geneva- Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Petteri Taalas, has assured to collaborate with Sri Lanka in strengthening meteorological Services for forecasting purposes, which would be more cost effective and could help avoid calamities caused by changes in weather patterns.
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* Calls to COPE members are a ‘Major Issue’: Dayasiri

Nov 23 (DM) Co- Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara today admitted that there was a “major issue” in the fact that members of the COPE Committee had conversations with Arjun Aloysius.
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* Sri Lanka PM meets PM Modi today, to hold talks on Mattala airport, bilateral ties

Nov 23 (IE) With an eye on China, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, days ahead of the joint venture between China Merchants Port Holding Company and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) starts operations of Hambantota Harbour on December 8.
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* NFF General Secretary resigns

Nov 22 (DM) General Secretary of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Priyanjan Vitharana has resigned from his post yesterday due to personal reasons. He handed over his resignation letter to the Central Committee of the party yesterday.
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* Traditional Scottish Pipers in Colombo

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Dollar Academy Pipers from Scotland are currently in Sri Lanka. The 10 piece band is in Colombo ahead of the National Day of Scotland "St. Andrew's Day" - celebrated each year on the 30th of November.
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* Indian, Sri Lankan Premiers discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations

Nov 23 (CP) New Delhi- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Hyderabad House on Thursday and held bilateral discussions. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday, participated as a Guest of Honor in the Opening Session of 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017 held at the Pullman Hotel in Aero City in New Delhi today.
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* India supports Sri Lanka PM's vision to create a stable and prosperous country

Nov 23 (CP) New Delhi- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (November 23) called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
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* Party leaders meeting tomorrow regarding the postponement of Local Government election

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced in parliament that a party leaders' meeting will be called tomorrow (24) to discuss the postponement of Local Government elections following the Appeal Court's Interim Order suspending the operation of the Gazette notification on the Delimitation report.
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* Colombian delegation visits Sri Lanka to study reconciliation initiatives

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- As part of an initiative by USAID and Common Grounds, a delegation from Colombia comprising 11 members visited the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation on 21 November to draw knowledge, expertise and experiences on the reconciliation and integration efforts of the Sri Lankan Government.
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* No need to postpone LG elections, both SLFP and UNP stress

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Both Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) as well United Peoples Freedom Alliance have no intention to postpone the local government elections, senior members of the parties have told parliament.
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* ADB grants Sri Lanka USD 350 million for development of road networks and wind power project

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted Sri Lanka USD 350 million of financial assistance for two development projects.
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* Sri Lankan President to visit South Korea next week

Nov 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the invitation of President Moon Jae-in will undertake a state visit to the Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 November 2017, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
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* Speaker to decide whether Sujeewa’s criticism of Prez violated Standing Orders

Nov 23 (Island) Leader of the Joint Opposition (JO) Dinesh Gunawardena, raising a Point of Order, requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to investigate and find out whether State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe’s recent remarks on President amounted to a violation of Standing Orders.
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* No comment says Deshapriya

Nov 23 (DN) Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya commenting on the Interim Order suspending the operation of the Gazette notification on the Delimitation report said the weekly meeting of the Elections Commission will discuss the matter on November 25.
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* SLFP praises PM for giving evidence

Nov 22 (Island) Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday praised Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for his appearance at the Presidential Commission of inquiry probing the Central Bank bond scam on Monday. It said the PM had changed the political culture in the country.
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* Hashim on the war path Calls for CoI to probe 'Commonwealth Games' spending

Nov 22 (DN) A commission should be appointed to investigate as to how a private company spent Rs. 200 million state funds for the Commonwealth Games, State Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim said. The Minister said this in response to a question posed by JVP MP Nalinda Jayatissa in Parliament yesterday.
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