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* Prime Minister commends the initiative to recycle disposable pens and toothbrushes

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera today handed over a recycling drop box for disposable pens and toothbrushes to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. This initiative was launched based on the shared theme of “Discipline, Not Law” to promote recycling.
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* Sajith blames ‘Viyathmaga doc’

Dec 04 (Island) The recent Mahara Prison riot erupted as 120 inmates afflicted with COVID-19 had been taken there from the Welikada prison at the behest of a Director in charge of prisoners’ health, who was a Viyathmaga member, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa told Parliament yesterday.
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* Failure to proscribe TNA after the war was a mistake: Sarath Weerasekara

Dec 04 (DM) The failure on the part of the authorities concerned to proscribe the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) after the end of the war is a mistake since its MPS are now encouraging the resurgence of LTTE, minister Sarath Weerasekara said.
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* NMSJ raises concerns over government’s slashing budget for health sector amid a pandemic

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The National Movement for a Just Society (NMJS) today raised concerns over the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as the entire island has become a high-risk zone.
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* The 2018 income deficit of the Inland Revenue Department is Rs. 1.3 trillion

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- It was disclosed before the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) held yesterday (02), in Parliament, chaired by Prof. Tissa Vitharana that the 2018 income deficit of the Inland Revenue Department is Rs. 1.3 trillion.
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* Rakhil Fernando, Managing Director of Daraz appointed as Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka Goodwill Ambassador

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, an international non-profit organization dedicated towards providing every family in Sri Lanka with a safe and stable place to call home, appointed Rakhil Fernando, the Managing Director of Daraz as its Goodwill Ambassador.
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* Airport will be opened in accordance with COVID guidelines as soon as health authorities approve - Minister of Tourism

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga stated that plans have been made to open the airport in accordance with the COVID guidelines enabling foreign tourists to enter the country and it can be done so as soon as it is approved by the health authorities.
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* No land given for construction of a hotel in Muthurajawela, Central Environmental Authority clarifies

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has not yet given its approval to provide 600 acres for the construction of a hotel in the Muthurajawela wetland, the Environment Minister said.
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* Sri Lanka condemns assassination of Iranian Scientist

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned the terrorist attack against Iranian scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and called for stability and security of the Middle East region.
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* Schools in the Northern Province will be closed Thursday and Friday

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- All schools in the Northern Province will be closed tomorrow (03) and the day after tomorrow (04) due to Cyclone Burevi. It was decided yesterday (01) that all schools in the Eastern Province will be closed from tomorrow to next Friday.
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* Lohan Ratwatte appointed new State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoner Rehabilitation

Dec 02, Colombo: Lohan Ratwatte was sworn in as the new State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoner Rehabilitation before President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (02).
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* Govt. awaits submission of experts’ committee report

Dec 03 (DM) Government awaits the submission of the experts’ committee report to decide on the modalities of using any vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Sri Lanka, an official said yesterday.
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* Remembering Rajani Thiranagama and Examining the Roles of Women in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

Dec 02 (Rise to Peace) ”One day some gun will silence me and it will not be held by an outsider but by the son born in the womb of this very society, from a woman with whom my history is shared.”
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* Over 20 artistes under quarantine, five test positive for COVID-19

Over 20 (DM) Sri Lankan artistes are under quarantine and at least five have tested positive for the COVID -19 virus,supposedly from a dance rehearsal programme which they were involved in for a leading television entertainment channel mid last month,the Daily Mirror learns.
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* Public Utilities Commission can be abolished only by an Act - UNP Leader

Dec 04, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) emphasizes that the abolition of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) established by an Act of Parliament can only be done by another Act. It cannot be done by an order of the President, says UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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* Matale Mayor removed

Dec 04 (DN) Central Province Governor Lalith U.Gamage has removed Matale Mayor Daljith Aluvihare from his post from Wednesday, following an inquiry into his conduct. A special gazette notification has been issued, Wednesday announcing the removal of Daljith Aluvihare as Mayor.
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* Vice President-elect Kamala Harris picks Sri Lankan-American Rohini Kosoglu to be her domestic policy adviser

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- United States Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Thursday named her longtime adviser, Sri Lankan-American Rohini Kosoglu as her domestic policy adviser. "Serving as my domestic policy adviser will be Rohini Kosoglu,
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* Defense Ministry Expenditure Head passed by a majority of 132 votes

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The expenditure head for the Defense Ministry under the 2021 Appropriation Bill was passed Thursday in Parliament with a majority of 132 votes. A vote has been called for the 3rd Reading on the Ministry of Defense budget by the All Ceylon Tamil Congress Party MP Selvarajah Gajendran.
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* Rajapaksas seek Sinhalese supremacy in Sri Lanka

Dec 03 (Asia Times) With Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa clan back in power, the island nation is by any measure firmly back on a path to elected authoritarianism.
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* GCE O/L examination likely to be held in March 2021 - Minister of Education

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The GCE Ordinary Level Examination is expected to be held in March 2021, said the Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris. Joining the media briefing held at the Government Information Department today (03) morning through video technology, the Minister said that the results of the recent GCE Advanced Level examination are expected to be released in March.
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* Kushani Rohanadheera appointed as the Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff of Parliament

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Attorney-at-Law Mrs. Kushani Rohanadheera has been appointed as the Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.
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* Afghanistan and Sri Lanka to sign political consultations MOU and air services agreement

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- Following their last September’s fruitful meeting, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Colombo M. Ashraf Haidari called on Sri Lankan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya to discuss the tangible progress, which the two sides have made in the overall growing Afghanistan-Sri Lanka bilateral relations over the past quarter.
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* Insurance scheme to pay Rs. 1 mn compensation for victims of electrocution due to electrical system error

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma has said that following discussions held with Sri Lanka Insurance Corp. Ltd, it has been decided to set up an insurance scheme to provide compensation worth Rs. one million in the event of a death caused due to defects in the Ceylon Electricity Board’s power system.
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* COPE Chairman informs all state institutions to submit annual reports to Parliament within the stipulated time period

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- The COPE Chairman, Prof. Charitha Herath, has informed all the Secretaries to the Ministries in writing that all government institutions should submit their Annual Reports to the Parliament within the stipulated time period, Parliament Communications Department said.
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* SJB accuses govt. of trying to reward crony with new liquor production licence

Dec 03 (Island) The Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB), yesterday, accused the government of trying to issue a new liquor manufacturing licence to one of its cronies notorious for tax frauds. SJB Matara District MP Buddhika Pathirana told Parliament that he had information of an attempt to issue a new liquor licence
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* Joint-programme to curb deforestation

Dec 03 (DN) The Ministry of Wildlife and conservation along with the Forest Department have taken a decision to collectively mitigate the environmental damage and deforestation that has been rampant over the years, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said.
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* JVP wants govt. to present an amended budget

Dec 02 (Island) JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday called on the government to submit an amended budget to Parliament because three new ministrieshave been set up after the presentation of Budget 2021.
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