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* Government to import rice, essential items until the Sinhala Tamil New Year season

Dec 14 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to continue import rice and other essential items so that consumers can obtain them at affordable prices during the forthcoming holiday seasons.
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* India expects Sri Lanka to keep their security concerns in mind regarding Hambanthota

Dec 14 (CP) New Delhi- India says it continues to take up its security concerns with Sri Lanka and expects the Government of Sri Lanka to keep New Delhi's security concerns and sensitivities in mind with regard to development in the neighborhood.
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* UNP calls on people to join the party for a fair election

Dec 14 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake, reminding the situation in the past, pledged that the United National Party will hold a fair and peaceful election and invited the people to join the party for a fair election.
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* Sri Lanka President addresses gem industry problems

Dec 14 (CP) Colombo- The representatives of Sri Lanka's lucrative gem industry Wednesday met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the problems they face in their work and seek reassurances.
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* Project to extend Marine Drive as an underground road to Colombo Port City

Dec 14 (CP) Colombo- A project will be launched to extend the Marine Drive as an undersea road from the Kollupitiya Railway Station to the Chaithya Road with access to the Colombo Port City.
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* Railways to become closed service … along with Health , Education

Dec 14 (Island) Declaring that the railway strike had been settled, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, who was a member of the committee which negotiated with the striking unions, told the Post Cabinet Press Conference at the Information Department, that the Sirisena -Wickremesinghe administration was not opposed to increasing salaries, provided the demands were reasonable.
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* Electronic Government Procurement soon

Dec 14 (DN) Finance and Mass Media Minister, Mangala Samaraweera together with a Work Group appointed to study the project have proposed the following the preparation of an Action Plan and selection of a suitable business model and financing arrangements.
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* Sri Lanka announces minimum qualifications for medical education

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- The government has announced the minimum educational qualifications for admission to medical education in Sri Lankan Universities. The cabinet of ministers have agreed to prescribe the Minimum Qualification to study medicine in a university as two credit passes and one simple pass in the science stream of the GCE (Advanced Level) exam.
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* Foreign Office Consultations held between Sri Lanka and Norway to review bilateral relations

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and Norway have held Foreign Office Consultations in Oslo on 11 December 2017. Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam met with the Secretary General of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Mr. Wegger Strømmen.
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* Sri Lanka election monitor supports the campaign for more youth involvement in nomination lists

Dec 13, (CP) Colombo- An election monitor in Sri Lanka, Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) says it supports the campaign by the youth organizations requesting more representation of youth in the nominations list for the upcoming local government elections.
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* Will Sri Lanka turn to SMS storm warnings after 'night from hell'?

Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) COLOMBO- In the early evening of Nov. 29, Ajith Dias, an office worker in Colombo, started receiving warnings on Facebook of a brewing storm nearing Sri Lanka’s southern coast.
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* India is buying world's emptiest airport in its battle for territorial dominance with China

Dec 13 (BS) India plans to buy the world's emptiest airport in an effort to limit China's influence in the Indian Ocean. Designed to accommodate one million passengers per year, Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport - a vanity project by Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that opened in 2013 - is a complete dud and receives just a dozen passengers a day.
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* AG calls upon govt . to address international concerns immediately

Dec 13 (Island) Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe yesterday alleged that the failure on the part of successive governments to take tangible measures to tackle state sector waste, corruption and irregularities had contributed to US decision to propose a Colombo-based Resident Legal Advisor.
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* TUs decision today

Dec 13 (DN) The Railway unions will decide on whether to continue with the strike or not based on their meeting with the Ministerial Sub-Committee on the railway issue chaired by Dr Sarath Amunugama, scheduled to be held at 9.00 am today (13).
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* Health Minister orders probe into private hospital charges for outpatient drugs

Dec 14 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has ordered an investigation to find out whether the private hospitals are passing the benefits of the reductions gazetted by the government in the prices of essential drugs, stents and eye lenses.
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* Sri Lanka setting Guinness record for World's tallest Christmas tree shows national coexistence - PM

Dec 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka, a Buddhist majority country, setting the Guinness record for World's tallest Christmas tree shows national coexistence, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says. Prime Minister made this observation when he was presented with the certificate of the Guinness record for the World's Tallest Christmas Tree at the Temple Trees yesterday.
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* Several Podujana Peramuna nominations rejected for lack of female representation

Dec 14 (CP) Colombo- The nominations submitted by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for several local government bodies were rejected today by the election officials. Local Government polls nominations from the SLPP for Weligama and Panadura Municipal Councils, Maharagama Urban Council, Badulla, Mahiyangana, Agalawatta Pradeshiya Sabhas have been rejected.
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* Sri Lanka becomes the 163rd state party to the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty

Dec 14 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka on Wednesday became the 163rd country to accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention fulfilling the pledge made last year to join the international community in supporting the ongoing landmine clearance program.
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* Sri Lanka’s mothers ask international community to help find their children

Dec 14 (AC) SRI LANKA's responses to questions on accountability for rights violations at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November were evasive and packed with clichés.
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* No confidence in management - SriLankan Airlines Unions

Dec 14 (DM) The Alliance of Unions of SriLankan Airlines in a letter addressed to its Chairman Ajith Dias had claimed that they had no confidence in both him and the Board to be in charge of the National Carrier.
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* Passenger terminal facilitating 15 million passengers per year to be built in Colombo Airport

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has focused on improving the passenger handling capacity of its international airport in Colombo significantly. The passenger handling capacity of the current terminal is 6 million passengers a year.
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* UN Volunteers in Sri Lanka celebrate International Volunteer Day 2017

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in Sri Lanka celebrated International Volunteer Day 2017 in November under the theme "Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere," recognizing volunteers as first responders in times of crises.
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* Sri Lanka Railway strike ends

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Railway trade unions have decided to end their seven-day long train strike following discussions with the cabinet sub-committee appointed yesterday by the President to look into their problems.
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* Opposition is in a bankrupt effort to postpone local government elections - CaFFE

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka election monitor, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says that a strong opposition group of field officers is in a bankrupt attempt to postpone the local government polls.
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* Won’t sever regional ties for economic gain: Sri Lanka

Dec 13 (NIE) With Colombo's increasing ties with China giving rise to apprehensions, Sri Lanka's Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Faiszer Musthapha, on Tuesday assured that India will always remain his country's closest neighbour and friend.
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* Sri Lanka draws inspiration from Kerala: Sri Lankan minister

Dec 13 (NIE) Faiszer Musthapha, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Sri Lanka is a man on a mission. To execute 25 per cent representation for women in local government appears a daunting task given the figures for women in government.
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* Public events during election period -- EC restricts political participation

Dec 13 (DM) Amid complaints about public events after the declarations of the local government elections, the Elections Commission (EC) said notices would be issued restricting the participation of politicians at such events and confining them only to government servants.
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