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Last Updated = Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 01:39 am SL Time

* Prime Minister criticizes media for publishing fabricated news

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the responsible media should not highlight false and fabricated news misleading the people of this country. He made this statement at an event held at the parliamentary complex today.
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* Sri Lankan President calls on journalists to present truth

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's mainstream journalists to be truthful in what they are reporting to the people.
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* Sri Lanka, Pakistan target US$ 1 billion trade by 2018

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- In order to invigorate efforts to reach the target of US $ 1 billion trade by 2018, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to redouble trade promotion efforts during the fifth Sri Lanka-Pakistan Foreign Office Consultations held on Tuesday in Colombo, after a lapse of three years.
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* Election Commission requests political parties to include more youth candidates for LG elections

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Elections Commission has decided to call on the political parties in Sri Lanka to give a 25 percent or more opportunity for youth when choosing the candidates to contest for the upcoming local government polls.
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* Prime Minister pledges to pay off Rs. 3 trillion foreign debt within next two years

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledges to complete the foreign debt payment of Rs. 3 trillion within the next two years.
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* Local Government election date is uncertain - PAFFREL

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Rohan Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), an election monitoring watchdog in Sri Lanka, says no comment can be made on the date of the Local Government Election, which is very uncertain.
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* Sri Lanka, Pakistan review entire range of bilateral relations during 5th round of political consultations

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The Fifth Round of Foreign Secretaries Level Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was held in Colombo on 17th October, 2017.
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* Deepavali helpful to bring forth the message of harmony - President

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says cultural ceremonies such as Deepavali are immensely helpful to bring forth the message of harmony.
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* North: 6,500 schoolchildren in landmark event to forge ethnic reconciliation

Oct 19 (Island) A landmark event calling for ethnic and religious harmony and protection of children was held in Mullaitivu last week. Organised by the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with World Concern, 6500 schoolchildren from Mullaitivu District took part in a walk to drive home their message.
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* Govt. ready to accept Mahasangha’s solution to SAITM issue

Oct 19 (DN) The Government is prepared to accept the solution to the SAITM problem proposed by the Mahasangha with due honour and it is hoped that the GMOA will be flexible enough to agree to the proposal to find a final solution, Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said.
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* Possibility of holding LG polls in Jan. receding

Oct 18 (DM) The possibility of conducting the elections to the local authorities in January, next year is now receding because the government has decided to introduce yet another piece of legislation to hold the elections to two Pradeshiya Sabhas in the North under the new electoral system.
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* Sri Lanka Multi-Day trawlers catch over 14,000 kg of tuna in deep sea fishing

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development says a program to provide multi-day trawlers to the fishing community under a 50 percent subsidy scheme has been successful.
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* Sri Lanka to launch national program to eradicate all forms of poverty by 2030

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will implement a national program covering the entire island to alleviate poverty that has become a severe threat to country's economy especially to the rural economy. The national program will be implemented through the Gramashakthi People's Movement, to provide sustainable solutions for the poverty faced by the country while understanding the challenges confront with the country's poverty.
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* Sri Lanka takes disaster minimizing steps to reduce landslide risks

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government plans to implement a special project within the next four years to reduce the landslide risk by taking disaster minimizing steps. Landslides have become a common occurrence in the hilly areas due to heavy rains brought about by the climatic changes and improper land usage, according to the Disaster Management Ministry.
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* Sri Lanka Marxist party says President will be defeated if he contests again for presidency

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the new Constitution should abolish the executive presidency and if President Maithripala Sirisena contests the next presidential election without abolishing the executive presidency he would be definitely defeated.
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* No need for a new Constitution, Sri Lanka Buddhist prelates decide

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Prelates of two main Buddhist chapters today issued a special announcement saying Sri Lanka did not need a new constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country.
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* Sri Lanka Cabinet approves amending laws to control election campaign spending

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has given the nod for a proposal to amend the laws to control unlimited spending of money on Elections by political parties and candidates.
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* Prime Minister calls to let Deepavali be the opportunity to restore lives and rebuild relationships

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a message to mark Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights, calls on the people to light thousand lamps and take the opportunity at the occasion to restore lives, rebuild relationships, and pave the way for harmony and healing.
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* Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness, says World Bank

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- With a domestic market of only 20 million consumers with a modest per capita income, Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness to sustain high and long-term growth, the World Bank says.
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* Will join anti-SAITM forces if solution not found: Rathana Thera

Oct 19 (DM) Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today that he would join hands with students of medical faculties and their parents in their struggle against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) if the government did not act in a flexible manner to resolve the issue within the next two weeks.
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* JO wants no-faith motion against Rajitha before budget

Oct 18 (Island) The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday demanded, in Parliament, that a day be allocated for taking up its no-faith motion against Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne before Nov. 09.
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* Parties want new amendment included in gazette notification

Oct 18 (DN) The delay in the publication of the Gazette notification pertaining to the upcoming Local Government election, is due to the creation of a new polling division within the Nuwara Eliya Electoral district, officials told the Daily News.
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