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* Sri Lanka President rejects all allegations leveled against his administration over Easter Sunday attack

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he refuses allegations leveled against his administration by some sections three months after Easter Sunday attack. President further said as a government his administration fulfilled its duties and responsibilities after the attacks and the terrorist organization that carried out these attacks were wiped out from the country.
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* Sajith should be UNP presidential candidate – Hashim

July 23 (Island) UNP Deputy Leader and Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs, Sajith Premadasa should be the Party’s Presidential candidate, UNP chairman and Minister Kabir Hashim proposed at the party parliamentary group meeting chaired by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe at temple Trees yesterday.
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* EC Chairman wants laws to regulate campaign funding

July 23 (DN) Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday stressed the urgent need for laws to regulate election campaign financing in order to prevent election campaign-related corruption. Addressing a media conference at his office, the Chairman said that Sri Lanka had a comprehensive law on election campaign financing earlier.
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* President emphasizes on assistance to advance science and technology sector

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that In order to develop a country much assistance should be provided to science and technology sector.
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* SLMC decides not to accept ministerial posts until issues are resolved

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, an ally of the government has decided not to accept ministerial portfolios until the proper solutions for the issues of the Muslims are resolved, Parliamentarian Rauf Hakeem says.
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* US wants military cooperation pact with Sri Lanka to tackle red tape

July 21 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the island nation said in a television interview.
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* Champika reveals real kingmaker capable of deciding who next President will be

July 22 (Island) Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that the king maker at the next presidential election will not be any single party but the floating vote comprising around five million electors.
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* Daily milk drink for schoolchildren

July 22 (DN) A glass of fresh milk will be provided as part of a national programme for schoolchildren starting tomorrow (23) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Kalawana Shathodaya Vidyalaya in Ratnapura.
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* Postal workers to take trade union action from midnight today

July 21 (CP) Colombo- All postal workers of the island will report sick leave from midnight today and have decided to engage in a 24 hour trade union action again. Convener of the Joint Postal Trade Unions Alliance Chinthaka Bandara said the one-day sick note campaign will be launched due to non-implementation of the agreements reached regarding the recruitment procedure of postal employees.
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* “We need a broad democratic front and a clear agenda”

July 21 (SO) Although truncated of much of its original powers, the Presidency is yet viewed as Sri Lanka’s ‘top job’, at least by those who aspire full-time political service to the country.
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* Three months on from Easter massacre Colombo Church takes stock of aid work

July 21 (AsiaNews) Colombo- On the eve of the three month anniversary of the Easter Sunday massacres, the Catholic Church of Sri Lanka continues its commitment in favor of relatives of the victims and survivors.
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* President to launch a program to provide milk for every child today

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The 'Kiren Sapiri Dayak', the national program to provide a pack of liquid milk to every child will be inaugurated under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (23).
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* Animal cruelty done in the name of religious beliefs should be stopped: Sobitha Thera

July 23 (DM) All forms of animal cruelty done in the name of religious beliefs should be put to an end. The Parliament should pass the Animal Welfare Bill without further delay to make such possible, Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said yesterday.
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* Emergency extended for another month

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena considering the security situation in the country, on Monday has issued an Extraordinary Gazette announcing the extension of the state of emergency, by another month.
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* Discussion with PM on postal strike today

July 22 (CP) Colombo- A special discussion will be held with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this afternoon regarding the postal strike, Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs M H A Haleem said.
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* PM says new legislation will be introduced to prevent terrorism

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recalling that three months have passed after the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on April 21 said new laws will be introduced to prevent terrorism.
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* UNF to present a new alliance to contest presidential polls on August 5

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A new broad political alliance, headed by United National Party (UNP) leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, will be formally announced to the public on August 5 in preparation for the upcoming presidential election.
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* Easter Sunday attacks: We don’t have faith in probes - Cardinal

July 22 (DM) Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said yesterday that he did not have faith in any of the probes carried out on the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.
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* Sri Lanka: St Sebastian's Church damaged in Easter Sunday blasts reconsecrated

July 21 (PTI) The St Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's western coastal town of Negombo was reconsecrated on Sunday, three months after it was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday blasts that rocked the island nation.
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* PSC probing Easter terror attacks to invite President to testify

July 21 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena will be invited to testify before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks, a member of the Committee said. "We have decided to request the President to come before the PSC this week so that his evidence can be recorded," he said.
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* Visiting UN Special Rapporteur appreciates Sri Lanka's quick recovery from Easter Sunday attacks

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A visiting top UN official has appreciated the fact that Sri Lanka was able to recover and ensure the rule of law in the aftermath of the April 21 tragedy, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
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