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* Arjuna also turns down a UNP post

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has in writing informed the United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that he will not accept the post of Senior Vice President given to him by the UNP Working Committee. Mr. Ranatunga has stated in his letter to the party leader that the UNP has still failed to formulate a suitable program for the betterment of the country in the future.
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* COVID-19 vaccination to commence at six hospitals

Jan 28 (DM) The coronavirus vaccination programme will commence at six hospitals in and around Colombo. The Health Ministry said that the vaccination programme will be carried out on the staff at six hospitals tomorrow (Friday).
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* Let’s continue investing in Sri Lanka’s future generations - WB

Jan 28 (WB) Sri Lanka is the South Asia region’s top performer in terms of human development outcomes and fares well above the average for Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).
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* Government to take over all private lands in Muthurajawela Eco-Sensitive Zone

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- A decision has been made at the Gampaha District Coordinating Committee meeting held today (27) to take over the part of the Muthurajawela Eco-Sensitive Zone which is said to be privately owned and not to allow any private construction there.
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* Sri Lankan activists pledge support for Indian farmers

Jan 27 (UCAN) Sri Lankan activists have held demonstrations across the country in support of Indian farmers protesting against new farm laws.
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* Sri Lanka to establish diplomatic relations with Lichtenstein

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government is considering establishing diplomatic relations with the state of Lichtenstein, the wealthy landlocked country in the Europe. Lichtenstein is considered as one of the wealthiest countries in the world with higher industrial capability and manufacturing mainly the medical drugs, subtle correction equipment and electronic equipment.
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* Steps to build 12 multi-storey car parks in major cities

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing has taken steps to construct 12 multi-storey car parks in major cities in several districts including Colombo aiming to provide a permanent solution to the problem of traffic congestion and parking.
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* Sri Lanka PM extends greetings on India’s 72nd Republic Day

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of India on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at India House, the residence of High Commissioner in Colombo. Sri Lanka Prime Minster Mahinda Rajapaksa taking to Twitter to extend greetings on the occasion to his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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* COPE instructs Foreign Employment Bureau to use its funds to repatriate COVID-19 affected migrant workers

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has instructed the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) to look into the possibility of repatriation of migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 disaster using its own funds.
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* Cabinet grants approval to raise daily wage of plantation workers to Rs. 1,000

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers’ meeting chaired by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday (25) has decided to implement the minimum daily wage of 1,000 rupees for plantation workers through the Wages Boards.
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* Third party won’t be allowed to take over our duties: Customs TUS warn Govt.

Jan 27 (DM) Ruling out any doubts of a third party or the military taking over their duties as remarked by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as a solution to eliminate all corrupt officials, Customs trade unions yesterday warned the Government that they shall not let such a thing happen at all costs.
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* Covid-19 vaccination programme: MPs not in priority group; President, armed forces chiefs in ‘third category’

Jan 26 (Island) State Minister for Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle yesterday (25) said that members of Parliament were not among those categorised as priority groups expected to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 pandemic.
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* 1919 received more than 1.5Mn. telephone calls to obtain government info.

Jan 26 (DN) Agencies affiliated with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka reported 1919 has received one and half a million telephone calls to obtain government information last year. Subramanium Gawaskar, head of this agency reports that 95% of these requirements have been successfully met
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* GL: Vaccine no panacea, don’t lower guard

Jan 28 (Island) Education Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday (27) warned that vaccines were not the panacea for the unprecedented Covid-19 challenge. Declaring that the government was to receive the first consignment of vaccine on Thursday afternoon, Prof. Peiris, who is also the Chairman of the ruling SLPP, urged the public to follow health guidelines in spite of the launch of a high profile vaccination programme.
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* ‘No influence on NMRA to approve COVID-19 vaccines’

Jan 28 (DN) We did not at any point in time exert any influence on the National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA) to approve COVID-19 vaccines, Head of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and National Development and Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga said.
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* Postal service to be digitalized

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Postal Service is planned to be fully digitalized with the latest technology in the world with the objective to provide the most efficient and reliable service to the customers of the Sri Lanka Postal Service.
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* UN Women in Sri Lanka highlights need to address challenges faced by female-headed households due to pandemic

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- According to the UN Women in Sri Lanka, while the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency of economic empowerment for women and girls all over the world, there is a particular urgency to address the challenges being faced by female-headed households, which make up over a quarter of Sri Lankan homes.
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* Sri Lanka to receive Covid-19 vaccine from India tomorrow

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Senior Advisor to the President and Head of the newly-appointed presidential task force for Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 vaccination drive Lalith Weeratunga said Sri Lanka will receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India by 11 am tomorrow (28) and the vaccination process will commence from Friday (29).
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* Lanka needs to commit to more than commissions

Jan 26 (New Age) PREPARING for the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council cannot be easy for a government that was elected on a nationalist platform that was very critical of international intervention.
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* Sri Lanka PM instructs to expedite the repatriation of migrant workers

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday instructed to expedite the repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers who are waiting to return to Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka is pursuing a flexible policy on the East Container Terminal of Colombo Port

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella Tuesday said that no final decision has been made regarding the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port. Minister further clarified that also, if it is invested in the stock market, only 49% will be invested and 51% will always be kept with the government.
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* UNP to embark on a triumphant journey with the rejoined provincial councilors, Deputy Leader says

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene says that a number of provincial councilors who supported the Samagi Jana Balawegaya at the last general election have rejoined the UNP and the party will resume its journey for victory with their involvement.
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* Foreign Secretary sounds ‘consensual resolution’ as pressure mounts in Geneva

Jan 27 (Island) Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage on Monday (25) night revealed that the government was having discussions with the UK-led Sri Lanka Core Group in a bid to explore the possibility of reaching a consensus
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* Coal tenders above board - Gammanpila

Jan 27 (DN) Co-Cabinet Spokesman Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila yesterday (26) said the statement made by an Opposition MP claiming that several spot tenders were cancelled in a manner that raises serious doubts about the procurement of coal was false.
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* Three-member committee appointed to resolve issues: Fisheries Minister

Jan 26 (DM) Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has appointed a three member committee to make recommendations to resolve the problem of Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, a statement said. According to the statement, Sri Lankan fishing community has been inconvenienced by such acts.
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