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* Sri Lanka President assures government's development program will equally benefit all

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has already undertaken a development program that will promote long-term development and eradicate poverty among the poor equally benefitting all the people in the country.
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* World Bank grants Sri Lanka $ 200 million to control non-communicable diseases - Health Minister

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that the World Bank has granted 200 million dollars to control non-communicable diseases. The Minister said this while attending a Health Walk organized by the Sri Lanka Medical Association under the theme "Balanced diet for a healthy body" at the premises of the BMICH in Colombo.
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* PM calls on everyone to work together for the future of the children

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that everyone should work together to bring about a bright future for the children of the country.
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* 4th International Day of Yoga celebrated in Sri Lanka

June 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and thousands of yoga enthusiasts celebrated 4th International Day of Yoga at Independence Square in Colombo on Saturday despite rain.
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* Sri Lanka military personnel, families to visit Bodh Gaya by the courtesy of Indian military

June 23 (CP) Colombo- In a move to foster relationships with Sri Lanka military, Indian military will host about 160 Sri Lanka military personnel and their families for three days in Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
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* Provincial Elections could be delayed as parties argue over system

June 24 (Island) Provincial Council Elections would be held this December or in January next year, Co-Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday. Asked under which system the polls would be conducted, Senaratne said that several parties wanted the earlier District Proportional Representation(PR) system
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* Buddha’s teachings and Hitler’s brutality cannot be reconciled, says PM

June 24 (SO) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday joined in the criticism against remarks by a senior member of the Buddhist Clergy, calling on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to “be like Hitler”, saying he would have condemned the statement immediately if it had been made in his presence.
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* We are still under MR, say 16 SLFP rebels

June 23 (DM) Member of the SLFP of 16 rebels, former Minister W.D.J Seneviratne, while dismissing alleged remarks made against the group by certain members of the Joint Opposition said they would remain in politics under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
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* Sri Lanka PM says plans are afoot to develop Galle as a major tourist destination

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the country will be taken forward by getting foreign investments and generating new income avenues. Addressing a function in Galle today the Premier said the debt burden will not be left to the future.
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* Several schools in Anuradhapura to be closed from tomorrow for Poson celebrations

June 24 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education of the North Central Province has decided to close several schools in Anuradhapura for four days from tomorrow due to the Poson festival.
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* Sri Lanka to introduce an e-Health card for all

June 23 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Healthcare, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says an electronic health card containing all the health information of the patient will be introduced for all soon.
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* Over 1000 applications per month for dual citizenship

June 23 (CP) Colombo- Expatriate Sri Lankans are very much interested in obtaining Sri Lanka's dual citizenship, the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, Nihal Ranasinghe says.
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* Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission organizes film festival to mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 23 (CP) Colombo- The UN General Assembly in 1997 proclaimed 26 June as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with the ultimate aim of total eradication of torture.
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* Committees say postal and SLAS officers’ demands will cost billions

June 24 (ST) Sri Lanka Administrative Service officers and Postal Department unions are demanding increased allowances and salaries but two committees say the demands cannot be granted fully in view of the complications arising in other sectors.
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* Speaker informs parliament of Cultural Affairs Dept. refusal to carry out directives

June 23 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday informed Parliament that the Cultural Affairs Department had failed to comply with the recommendations by the Ombudsman and the party leaders would have to take it up at their next meeting.
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* Rapid progress in next 18 months

June 23 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe launching ‘Enterprise Sri Lanka’ and ‘Gamperaliya’ (Village Transformation) programmes yesterday, said the next 18 months would see accelerated development of the economy.
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