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Last Updated = Wed, Aug 16, 2017, 09:33 pm SL Time

* Sri Lankan youth leader among ten UNDP talents joining 1000 global talents in Denmark to solve global challenges

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Fadhil Bakeer Markar, Head of Communications & Youth Focal Point at UNDP in Sri Lanka is among the Ten UNDP staff members from across the globe who have joined 1,000 bright global talents at the UNLEASH 2017 Innovation Lab event that is held from the 13th to 21st of August in Denmark.
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* No change in Samurdhi benefits, government assures beneficiaries

Aug 16, Colombo: The government today assured that the Samurdhi allowance given for low income families has not been suspended as reported by some media.The Minister of Social Welfare SB Dissanayake said the Cabinet Sub-Committee has decided to suspend and reconsider the results of a survey conducted by the Samurdhi Development Department to decide on who should receive Samurdhi benefits.
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* UNF to discuss the SLFP decision on 20th amendment with President

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The United National Front has decided to hold discussions with the President on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution that seeks to hold all PC elections in the nine provinces on the same date. United National Front (UNF) leaders met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday and discussed the issue and had agreed to meet with the President.
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* Sri Lanka’s Hambantota gambit

Aug 16 (LM) Late last month, Colombo inked a revised version of a $1.1 billion deal for leasing the Hambantota port to a Chinese state-run company. The port has been controversial ever since the China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) signed a framework agreement in December 2016 with Sri Lanka, taking an 80% stake in the project.
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* Seven JO MPs to support President

Aug 16 (DN) Seven MPs presently aligned with the Joint Opposition will support President Maithripala Sirisena to further strengthen the SLFP, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Youth Front Chairman Shantha Bandara said yesterday.
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* President is not disturbed by insults when serving the country

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena says humiliation and dishonor is immaterial in the journey to create a positive future for the country and the people.
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* Sri Lanka President orders implementation of a proper waste management program by December

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday instructed the officials to complete the implementation of a proper waste management program in the nine provinces of the country by December this year, in accordance with the Government policy of providing a permanent solution for the garbage disposal issue of the country by next year.
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* Thilak Marapana sworn in as Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- Thilak Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments was sworn in as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, before President Maithripala Sirisena today (Aug. 15) at the Presidential Secretariat.
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* Sri Lanka to minimize the use of polythene from September 1

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to restrict the use of polythene to minimize impact of disposing such items on the environment and a ban on certain polythene items will go into effect from the first of September.
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* Sri Lanka’s ‘new Hong Kong’ project risky for all sides

Aug 15 (chinadialogue) Despite the monsoon making the work risky, two dredgers are digging and ferrying sand 24 hours a day for the new Colombo Port City construction site. On land, tight security and vehicle checks are in force at site gates near Colombo’s bustling central business district.
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* SLFP to take action against 5 senior JO members

Aug 15 (DM) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to take disciplinary action against five party seniors, political sources said. According to those sources, some SLFP ministers have requested President Maithripala Sirisena to take steps against these five Joint Opposition members due to the fact that they have acted against decisions taken by the SLFP Central Committee and the common stance of the party.
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* India To Sri Lanka: Forget China, We Want Your Empty Airport

An Indian company has emerged with a bold plan for taking over Sri Lanka's struggling Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA).
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* Rs 28 billion worth health projects next year

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the government will invest Rs 28 billion next year to develop the health sector. Addressing a meeting at the Veediya Bandara Vidyalaya in Morapitiya recently, the Minister said that already the cabinet has approved these projects and will be submitted for next year's budget.
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* Prasad Kariyawasam assumes duties as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Following his appointment by President Maithripala Sirisena on 29 July, as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties on 15 August 2017.
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* As rural Sri Lanka dries out, young farmers look for new job options

Aug 16 (TRF) ADIGAMA- Scorched by a 10-month drought that has killed crops and reduced residents to buying trucked-in water, Adigama's young people are voting with their feet.
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* PC polls postponement decision hangs in the balance

Aug 16 (Island) Amidst speculation that the Cabinet was to take a decision on holding elections to all Provincial Councils early next year, the matter had not been raised at yesterday’s meeting presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena, informed sources said.
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* Pakistan High Commission launches a book pronouncing the 'Enduring Friendship' between Sri Lanka and Pakistan

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been linked since ancient times, a link which is now 2,300 years old.
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* State Minister plans to empower rural fisher organizations

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- Strengthening the National Fisheries Federation and thereby the rural fisher organizations is a priority, said State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi.
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* 71st Independence Day of India celebrated in Sri Lanka

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 71st Independence Day of India on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 at India House in Colombo.
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* UNFPA Sri Lanka raises awareness on the National action plan for women-headed households

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka has attended a stakeholder consultation by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs (MCWA) in Trincomalee last week to create awareness on the National Action Plan for Women-Headed Households (WHHs).
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* Priority bus lanes in Sri Lankan capital go into effect from today

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- From today passenger buses plying in the Sri Lankan capital and suburbs will have a separate lane and other motorists are advised to desist from driving in the bus lanes during morning rush hours.
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* JO MPs to boycott SLFP convention

Aug 15 (Island) Joint Opposition MPs of the SLFP had decided to boycott the SLFP Anniversary Convention scheduled to be held on September 2 at Campbell Park in Borella, JO parliamentarian Ranjith Zoysa told The Island yesterday.
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* GMOA to go to Bribery Commission about Neville Fernando Hospital

Aug 15 (DN) The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) will make a formal complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (CIABOC) in connection with the alleged financial fraud and misuse of public property that had taken place with the taking over of the Dr. Neville Fernando Hospital, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said.
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