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* Sri Lanka parliament debates on the Meethotamulla garbage dump and waste management

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's parliament has commenced a debate on the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump and the waste management this morning. The parliament was convened today on the order of President Maithripala Sirisena, who issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification summoning an emergency session i
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* Indian Minister pledges assistance to develop North-East roads in Sri Lanka

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- Indian Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has offered to assist Sri Lanka in its efforts to develop roads in the North and the East.
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* TUs criticize SF’s appointment

Apr 28 (DM) A move to appoint Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as the Army Commander or the Overall commander for two years, claiming to instill discipline in the country was highly criticized by several leading state trade unions including the GMOA, teachers’ unions and labour unions.
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* Will protect trade union rights and democracy, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who is rumored to be given a top level post as a head of security divisions, said he will not exert any pressure on trade union rights if he were to get such a post.
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* Transponders for monitoring deep sea fishing vessels from the ground delivered

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has taken measures to deliver the transponder devices to all the multiday fishing vessels which will enable monitoring of multiday fishing vessels engaged in deep sea fishing from the ground.
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* Joint Indo-Lanka working group to be formed to explore infrastructure development in Sri Lanka

Apr 27 (CP) New Delhi- A joint working group will be set up between Sri Lanka and India to explore the development of roads, petroleum development, port and other industries in the eastern port town of Trincomalee in the island nation, India said today.
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* European parliament votes in favor of granting GSP+ to Sri Lanka

Apr 27 (CP) Brussels- The European Parliament Thursday has voted to defeat a resolution tabled to deny granting the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences, Plus known as GSP+ tariff concession to Sri Lanka again.
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* Inspection of school premises for dengue on April 28, 29

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has informed the National Dengue Prevention Unit to submit a report after inspecting the situation of the cleaned school premises on 28th and 29th April.
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* Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives Udaipur on personal visit

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived at Udaipur on Thursday on a three-day personal visit. He will be in the city till April 29. The Sri Lankan prime minister is slated to attend a wedding ceremony.
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* First poll to be held this year should be LG election: Amarawee

Apr 27 (DM) UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday (26) the first election to be held this year would be the local government election and dismissed claims that there had been discussions within the SLFP about a referendum being held instead.
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* European Parliament endorsing GSP+ to Sri Lanka is a vote of confidence - Deputy Minister

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government says European Parliament endorsing to grant the Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus with a huge majority on Thursday was a vote of confidence for the country from the international community. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said Sri Lanka winning the vote 436 to 119 in the 751-member parliament is a huge vote of confidence for the country from the international community.
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* ‘SLFP leadership rescued party from a single family

Apr 28 (DN) The current SLFP leadership rescued the party from the clutches of a single family and its cohorts and has opened its high positions to the common man and revived the five-fold forces, the Maha Sangha, physicians, teachers, farmers, and workers, Central Provincial Councillor and newly appointed Kandy District SLFP organiser Linton Wijesinghe said.
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* No problem of any member state of EU objecting to grant GSP+ to Sri Lanka - MEP Niranjan Deva Adithya

Apr 27 (CP) Brussels- Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Niranjan Deva Adithya said he expects all the member states of the European Union to agree on granting the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences, Plus known as GSP+ tariff concession to Sri Lanka again.
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* Sri Lankan President invites Malaysian investors to explore investment opportunities in Sri Lanka

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today invited leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore possibilities of expanding investment and trade and look for the potential of new trade opportunities in Sri Lanka.
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* President appoints 25 President's Counsels

Apr 27, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed 25 senior lawyers including parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Board of Investment Chairman Upul Jayasuriya and anti-corruption activist J. C. Weliamuna, as President's Counsels.
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* Iran, Sri Lanka call for expansion of all-out defense cooperation

Apr 27 (CP) Moscow- Iran and Sri Lanka have called for expansion of all-out defense cooperation during a meeting between a high ranking Sri Lankan official with Iran's Defense Minister. Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan held talks with Additional Secretary to the Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense Sarath Kumara on Thursday in Moscow.
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* Sri Lanka to expand Priority Bus Lanes to improve bus service, reduce congestion

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- After successful implementation of a priority bus lane to reduce traffic congestion, the Sri Lankan government has decided to expand the concept on several roads in the capital Colombo.
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* Sri Lanka economy showed early signs of stabilization during 2016 - Central Bank

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Following a period of uncertainty, the Sri Lankan economy showed early signs of stabilization during 2016 in response to corrective actions adopted by the government and the Central Bank, country's monetary authority said in its 2016 Annual Report.
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* JO going ahead with May Day rally in spite of SLFP threat

Apr 27 (Island) The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said it would go ahead with its May Day rally at the Galle Face Green though the SLFP leadership had threatened disciplinary action against the SLFP MPs who turned down invitation to attend the Getambe rally chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the SLFP leader.
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* SLFP Gen. Secy. says he was not ready to comment

Apr 27 (DN) SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake noted that he was not ready to comment on Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, since he was behind the January 8 revolution which resulted in bringing President Maithripala Sirisena to office. He said so when the media asked him for his views concerning the removal of Tennakoon from the Dambulla Electoral Organiser post.
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