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* Sri Lanka Catholics mark ‘Black Sunday’, stage protest seeking justice to Easter Sunday attack victims

Mar 07 (CP) Colombo- The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka called on all Christians to attend church services today (07), wearing black to mark ‘Black Sunday’ to demand justice for the victims of the 2019 April 21st Easter Sunday Terror Attacks.
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* Sri Lankan High Commission in India remains headless for 14 months

Mar 07 (Island) The Sri Lankan High Commission in India has remained without a Head of Mission for 14 months now. Veteran civil servant Austin Fernando, who was posted here as the High Commissioner, went back home in January last year.
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* Draft on new Constitution Expert Committee report this month

Mar 07 (SO) The Expert Committee led by President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva, appointed to prepare a draft of the new Constitution is expected to present its initial report this month. Justice Minister Ali Sabry in a recent interview with the Sunday Observer said the committee had been meeting party leaders and religious leaders regularly
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* Army completes construction of Lankagama-Pitadeniya road in 90 days

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Army has been able to construct the 18 km long Neluwa-Lankagama Pitadeniya road in as little as 90 days. Lankagama has been isolated for about 40 years and no attention has been paid to the village.
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* National Security is government’s responsibility, no room for extremism, President emphasizes

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today emphasized that the government is responsible for the national security of the country and there will be no room for terrorism of Tamil separatism or Islamic extremism to rise again in the country.
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* Jayanath Colombage: Can Sri Lanka’s civil war wounds heal?

Mar 06 (Al Jazeera) Sri Lanka’s foreign secretary discusses report on ‘path towards recurrence of human rights violations’ in his country. Sri Lanka’s civil war lasted nearly 30 years. Although it ended in 2009, deep wounds are still open.
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* Ten Laxapana hydro power plant workers infected with coronavirus

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- An official of the Ambagamuwa Office of the Medical Officer of Health has confirmed that 10 employees of the Laxapana Hydro Power Plant have been infected with the Covid-19 virus and have been referred to a treatment center.
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* PCoI report on Easter Sunday attacks handed over to Chief Prelates of Ramanna and Amarapura Chapters

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- The copies of the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to investigate and inquire into the Easter Sunday attacks have been handed over to the Prelates of Ramanna and Amarapura Chapters, President’s Media Division said today.
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* UNICEF to deliver first shipment of COVAX vaccines to Sri Lanka on March 07

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- UNICEF has procured and delivering the first shipment of 264,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on 7th March, as part of the first allocation of the 1.44 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility to the Ministry of Health.
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* Former Editor-in-Chief, diplomat Bandula Jayasekara passes away

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- Former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily News and diplomat Bandula Jayasekara has passed away at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital today (05) after a long-term illness. He was 60 years old at the time of his death.
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* Gas prices likely to increase: Bandula

Mar 06 (DM) We have not endorsed a price hike for the last five years These companies ask for a price hike saying they will be bankrupt otherwise. The two domestic gas suppliers have sought approval from the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to increase prices, Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardane said yesterday.
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* VIP among local guests asked to vacate newly certified Level 1 hotels in SL

Mar 05 (DM) A VIP is among long-staying local guests asked to vacate newly certified Level 1 hotels in and around Colombo, Daily Mirror learns. Travel industry sources said that following a warning issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) the long-staying local guests were asked to leave as the hotels they were staying in have been certified as Level 1 Safe and Secure hotels.
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* Dengue spreads in Batticaloa

Mar 05 (DN) Dengue is fast spreading in the Batticaloa District last month. This week Batticaloa, Kattankudy and Valaichchenai have reported 33, 31 and 29 dengue cases respectively.
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* UNICEF delivers first shipment of 264,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka

Mar 07 (CP) Colombo- UNICEF has procured and delivered the first shipment of 264,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Sri Lanka on Sunday, as part of the first allocation of the 1.44 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility to the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health.
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* Work-from-home facility ends; public sector employees must report to office from tomorrow

Mar 07 (ST) Ending the year-long Work from Home (WFH) arrangement for public servants during the COVID-19 pandemic, all state sector employees have been instructed to report to work in their offices from tomorrow.
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* Seven more COVID-infected bodies buried today

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- The bodies of seven other people who died of COVId-19 infection have been buried today as well in the Ottamawadi area in Batticaloa. Accordingly, 16 people who died due to Covid infection have been buried so far with the nine bodies of Covid victims buried yesterday, after the government granted permission to burials, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said.
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* President launches ‘Deyata Eliya’ national program to electrify rural households

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (06) launched the ‘Deyata Eliya’ (Light to Nation) national program in line with the Vistas of Prosperity policy to provide electricity to all rural households without electricity in parallel to the ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandara’ (Conversation with the Village) program in Weribala, Giribawa.
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* India denies Sri Lanka’s claim that Adani group project at Colombo port is cleared

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- India Friday said Sri Lanka’s claim that New Delhi had cleared the proposal of an Adani group company to develop the West Container Terminal (WCT) at Colombo port is “factually incorrect.” “Our high commission in Colombo has already conveyed to the government of Sri Lanka that their media release in so far as the reference to the approval of the high commission was concerned, is factually incorrect.
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* Chiefs of Air Staff of Pakistan and Bangladesh call on Prime Minister

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- The Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, and the Chief of Air Staff of the Bangladesh Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees Friday evening, Prime Minister’s Office said.
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* PM lays foundation to Sri Lanka’s first LNG Power Plant

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says he expects to complete the supply of electricity to the entire country by the end of this year. He was speaking at the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of Sri Lanka’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant at Kerawalapitiya, Wattala today (05).
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* Turning the Tap Off: The Impacts of Social Media Shutdown After Sri Lanka’s Easter Attacks

Mar 05 (Global Network) On Easter Sunday 2019, eight coordinated explosive devices went off at popular hotels and historical churches across Sri Lanka, resulting in the death of more than 250 people. Soon after, Islamic State (IS) claimed the attacks.
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* Sri Lankan lawyer Ranitha Gnanarajah named a recipient of 2021 International Women of Courage Award

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Human Rights Activist and Attorney-At-Law Ranitha Gnanarajah is among the recipients of this year’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) award presented by the United States Secretary of State.
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* Minister proposes involvement of cooperatives to halt sand mafia

Mar 06 (Island) The Ministry of Environment is planning to involve the cooperative system in mining and distribuion of sand in a bid to end illegal sand mining and bring down the sand prices, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday.
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* Indigenous medicine system second to none – Prof. G.L.

Mar 06 (DN) The Indigenous medicine system of Sri Lanka is not second to any other advanced medical system in the world, Education Minister Professor G.L. Peiris yesterday (04) said. Professor Peiris made this observation at the ceremony of re-establishing the Gampaha Wickramarachchi Indigenous Medical College
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* Govt.slams Ahimsa for trying to ’’destroy’’ Sri Lanka

Mar 05 (DM) Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage firmly rebuked a widely distributed article by Ahimsa Wickrematunge published yesterday in the Washington Post criticising President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the present government for denying justice for the murder of her father, founding editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was killed in 2009.
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