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* Sri Lanka’s diplomatic missions on a 24-hour operation to provide assistance to Sri Lankans in China

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Relations said the Sri Lankan diplomatic missions in China are on a 24-hour operation to provide assistance to the Sri Lankans living in China. Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing is taking measures to evacuate the Sri Lankan students and their families in Wuhan.
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* Bar Association appoints six-member committee to resolve issues in legal profession

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has appointed a six-member committee to address issues pertaining to the legal profession.
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* Sajith promises to form a truly democratic party

Jan 27 (Island) Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, yesterday promised a party where everybody would have a say and its leader could be expelled if he or she was at fault. Premadasa, speaking at a meeting consisting of parliamentarians, local council members, provincial council members and supporters, at the Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, Colombo, said he was a seasoned politician
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* Minorities urged to join mainstream society for nation’s progress

Jan 27 (DN) Communal amity is a must in developing a nation and it fosters a sense of security among its citizens, said President’s Counsel Ali Sabry who is the legal advisor to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Sabry was speaking as a special guest at the Nawamani newspaper’s annual awards ceremony held at the AMYS headquarters in Colombo on Friday.
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* National Action Committee on President’s Advice to prevent spread of deadly coronavirus

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi to appoint a National Action Committee to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
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* Qatar to help Sri Lanka in sustainable energy production

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The State of Qatar has expressed willingness to assist Sri Lanka to establish a reliable network for sustainable energy generation and a consortium of top notch companies in the energy sector will join the endeavor.
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* US, Sri Lanka share compelling interests: Alice Wells

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells on Friday said the United State and Sri Lanka have compelling shared interests that include countering violent extremism, ...
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* EU EOM says Sri Lanka’s well managed 2019 presidential election was tainted by biased coverage by private and state media

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) publishing the final report on Sri Lanka’s November 2019 presidential election said the biased election coverage by private and state media tainted the otherwise well managed election process by the Election Commission.
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* Sirisena poured more than Rs. 25 billion into his Polonnaruwa

Jan 26 (ST) During the Presidency of Maithripala Sirisena from January 8, 2015 to November 16, 2019, Rs 25.293 billion was used for various development projects in his Polonnaruwa district as direct government expenditure through various state agencies besides foreign funded projects.
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* Sri Lanka makes arrangements to evacuate Sri Lankan students from Wuhan

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Ministry of Foreign Relations to immediately make arrangements for the immediate repatriation of all Sri Lankan students living in Wuhan, China, where coronavirus pneumonia is spreading.
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* Use electricity frugally, Power and Energy Minister requests

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today requested the public to use electricity conservatively as they do not intend to have power cuts although the water levels in hydro power reservoirs are depleting rapidly.
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* I don’t know if Ranjan recorded my conversations: Karu

Jan 25 (DM) While saying he had spoken to MP Ranjan Ramanayke on a few occasions, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said in Parliament yesterday he had no idea whether Mr Ramanayake had recorded those phone conversations.
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* Government to allocate Rs. 100 billion to purchase this year Maha season paddy harvest

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government plans to spend Rs. 100 billion to purchase the paddy harvest of this year’s Maha season from the farmers. Reaping of the harvest in the Maha Season 2019/2020 has already been commenced
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* Main challenge for state enterprises is economic growth and profit generation - President

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that rapid economic growth is the prime responsibility of all state enterprises and not for profit State institutions should provide an efficient service to the people.
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* Appointments for the medical examination for driver’s license can be made online from today

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The National Transport Medical Institute (NMTI) has launched an Internet application to facilitate reservations of dates and times for obtaining medical certificates for driving licenses.
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* Next meeting last chance: Ranil Tissa to arrange meeting with Ranil, Karu, Sajith

Jan 27 (DM) Former General Secretary of the United National Party, Tissa Attanayake has taken the responsibility of arranging a meeting between UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya. He said that he accepted the responsibility during his meeting with Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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* No one in bond scam would be penalised: Hirunika

Jan 27 (DM) No one involved in the bond scam would be penalised despite the disclosures in the forensic audit report as Perpetual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius and former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran were good friends of seniors of the main parties, Member of Parliament Hirunika Premachandra said today.
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* Star Garment Group earns CarbonNeutral Certification

Jan 27 (Island) Star Garment Group ("Star"), a leading global manufacturing company, announced last week that it has been certified as CarbonNeutral® by The Sustainable Future Group (SFG), Sri Lanka’s foremost sustainability verification and certification body.
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* Update: Sri Lanka to bring back Sri Lankan students residing in Wuhan, China at government’s expense

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Relations has announced the latest measures taken on the instructions of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding the Sri Lankans residing in Wuhan, China.
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* SriLankan Airlines facilitates return of Sri Lankan students in China

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Acting swiftly on the instructions of the President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, SriLankan Airlines has taken steps to facilitate the return home of Sri Lankan students who are currently in China.
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* Chinese citizens in Sri Lanka advised to pay attention to the development of new coronavirus infection

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka has advised the Chinese citizens visiting the island to pay close attention to development of new coronavirus infection pneumonia and report suspected cases to authorities in a timely manner.
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* Easter Bomb Blasts: UNP tells govt. to arrest Sirisena without protecting him

Jan 26 (Island) The UNP, while pledging support to the Rajapaksa government’s fresh investigations into the Easter Sunday bomb explosions at three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21 last year, says that former President Maithripala Sirisena, who was also the then Defence Minister, is answerable for ignoring intelligence warnings and leaving for Singapore on a holiday.
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* National interest, top priority in MCC agreement –Prof. Gunaruwan

Jan 26 (SO) The committee appointed by the Government to study the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement, has started its work based on documents provided by the Government and also through independent studies, Chairman of the MCC review committee, senior economist Prof Lalithasiri Gunaruwan told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
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* President opens Sri Lanka’s first child care center for children with disabilities

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today opened Sri Lanka’s first National Center for Children with Disabilities in Ragama.
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* Nanda to oversee 100,000 job project

Jan 25 (Island) One-time Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Nanda Mallawarachchi has been appointed Director General, Multi Development Task Force responsible for high profile project to recruit and train 100,000 members of low income families.
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* Students allowed to continue courses at University Colleges - Dr.Bandula

Jan 25 (DN) Students who follow courses at University Colleges that were initiated during the Mahinda Rajapaksa era before 2015 would be given the opportunity to continue their courses up to degree level, although the previous UNP led Government attempted to close them down, Information and Mass Media and Higher Education Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardane said in Parliament yesterday.
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* Sri Lanka faces EU ire after government breaks UN war obligations

Jan 25 (Nikkei) BANGKOK- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa faces his first test of diplomacy three months into his inaugural term, as he seeks to dilute the country’s postwar commitments, possibly flouting U.N. resolutions.
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