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* Philippines Parliament assures to support programs for development cooperation with Sri Lanka

Jan 18 (CP) Manila- The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines has said that the Parliament of the Philippines will extend fullest support to implement the program for development cooperation with Sri Lanka proposed by the Philippines President, with the aim of assisting Sri Lanka.
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* Sumanthiran accuses media of reporting misleading news

Jan 18 (Island) TNA Jaffna District MP and party spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran issuing a statement in Jaffna on Wednesday (16) accused the media of being "intent on reporting deliberately false and misleading news" on the proposed new Constitution.
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* EC wants President, PM and party leaders to break PC polls deadlock

Jan 18 (DN) The Elections Commission has written to the President, Prime Minister and leaders of each and every political party requesting them to reach an urgent solution within Parliament to conduct the Provincial Council elections soon.
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* Sri Lanka PM says unity government spent over Rs. 1.3 trillion to improve education and health

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the unity government from 2015 to 2018 has spent over Rs. 1 trillion for the betterment of the education and health sectors in the country.
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* Human Rights Watch says Sri Lanka's political crisis threatens justice efforts

Jan 17, (CP) Colombo- The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Thursday said Sri Lanka's political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing truth and justice for abuses from the country's civil war.
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* President appoints Commission to probe corruption and malpractice during unity government

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate into corruption and malpractice committed in the period from 15 January 2015 to 31 December 2018 under the Yahapalana government.
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* Health Minister to reveal fraudulent activities of the GMOA soon

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajith Senaratne says he will soon reveal the fraudulent activities of the state doctors' trade union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), which has become a "political cat's paw".
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* TNA to get ‘formal say’ in N-E development

Jan 17 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to introduce a mechanism to ensure a ‘formal say’ for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the execution of development activities in predominantly Tamil areas in the North and the East, an MP said yesterday.
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* SLPP in disarray as Gota jumps the gun

Jan 17 (DN) Chaos has erupted in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) as two of the Rajapaksa brothers, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa have both signalled their potential candidacy for the upcoming Presidential elections.
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* Mahinda Rajapaksa officially assumes duties at Opposition Leader's office

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has officially assumed duties at the Opposition Leader's Office in Colombo this morning (18). Rajapaksa has not assumed duties at the Opposition Leader's Office before
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* PM agrees to NPDM reflecting Eastern Prov. as well

Jan 18 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acceded to a request made by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to change the name of the Northern Province Development Ministry (NPDM) to reflect the Eastern Province as well, Jaffna District TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said yesterday.
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* Many projects implemented under guidance of Plantation Minister to boost rubber industry

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Plantations Industries and National Organizer of the United National Party (UNP) Navin Dissanayake today handed over appointments to 56 newly recruited Rubber Development Officers with the aim to boost the rubber industry in the country.
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* UNDP hosts dialogue on Youth Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka next week

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka announced that for the second consecutive year it will hold a dialogue next week on Youth Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the participation of 200 youths.
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* Sri Lanka President signs three loan agreements totaling $ 455 mn with ADB

Jan 17 (CP) Manila- Sri Lanka's President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena made his first visit to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila today while conducting a state visit to the Philippines and met with ADB President Takehiko Nakao.
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* Health Ministry bans handling prepared foods by hand

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Food Control Administration Unit of the Ministry of Health has decided to completely ban the practice of handling prepared food by hand when selling to consumers. The ban will take effect from 1st of May, the state TV Rupavahini reported.
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* Duterte drug war 'an example to the whole world': Sri Lanka president

Jan 17 (ABS-CBN) MANILA - After his government vowed last year to "replicate the success" of the Philippines' drug war, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena again heaped praises on President Rodrigo Duterte's top crusade, saying it is an example to the whole world.
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* Prime Minister scotches rumours of new constitution to divide country Defeated politicians lying to Mahanayakes to recapture power

Jan 17 (Island) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, yesterday, that neither a new Constitution nor a draft of it had been prepared. The PM said that some Opposition politicians who had lost power, were lying to the Mahanayaka Theras, claiming that a new federal Constitution to divide the country had been finalised.
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* Is China's investment in Sri Lankan project a debt trap?

Jan 17 (AJ) The first stage of China's biggest investment project in Sri Lanka - a port city intended to become an Asian financial hub - is ending.
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