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* Sri Lanka allows full flights with fully vaccinated passengers from August 1

July 30 (CP) Colombo- The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has granted permission for all passenger Airlines arriving in Sri Lanka to carry fully vaccinated passengers without any limitation of passenger numbers per flight.
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* Highest number of vaccines administered yesterday in Sri Lanka

July 30 (DN) The highest number of vaccines given in a single day in relation to the COVID-19 immunization programme in the country was recorded yesterday with 515,830 persons getting vaccinated, said the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana.
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* Gems in the backyard?: Origin of Sri Lanka sapphire cluster too good to be true

July 30 (NYTIMES) COLOMBO- A tale making the rounds in Sri Lanka this week had all the gleaming ingredients needed to rivet a pandemic-weary nation that had been caught in a cycle of debt even before the coronavirus ravaged the economy.
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* Regional Consular Office of Foreign Ministry opened in Kurunegala

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open a Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry in Kurunegala virtually on 27 July 2021.
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* Prime Minister opens new Urology and Nephrology Institute at the National Hospital

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (29) declared open the new building of the Institute of Urology and Nephrology at the National Hospital in Colombo. With the noble objective of bringing the benefits of the free health service closer to the entire people, EAM Maliban Textile (Pvt) Ltd. has constructed the three-storey building.
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* Japan provides Human Resources Development Scholarships for the Sri Lankan public sector

July 29 (CP) Colombo- The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Program was introduced to Sri Lanka in 2010 by the Government of Japan in order to provide opportunities to the executive level public sector officials to undergo Master Degree programs in prominent universities in Japan.
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* Covid infected have enough oxygen - Deputy Director General of Health Services

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Hemantha Herath, Deputy Director General of Health Services, said that although the need for oxygen in the treatment of Covid infections has increased, the government has the ability to supply enough oxygen to patients.
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* Football Federation of Sri Lanka, Department of Probation and Child Care Services summoned before Parliament

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has summoned the Sri Lanka Football Federation before the Committee on August 03rd whilst The Department of Probation and Child Care Services have been summoned before the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) on August 04th.
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* Ready to promote exports and tourism as country returning to normalcy with vaccination, Ceylon Chamber tells President

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has told President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that it is ready to promote a number of sectors, including exports and tourism, as soon as the country returns to normalcy with the vaccination drive, President’s Media Division said.
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* PM confident of finding a solution to the problems of teachers and principals next Tuesday

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The final decision on the teacher-principal salary anomaly issue and the transformation of the teacher-principal service into a closed service will be taken after the Cabinet meeting next Tuesday, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said at Temple Trees yesterday (27).
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* Land permits issued to 230 families living in ancient Meemure village

July 28 (Island) Two hundred and thirty (230) families living in the ancient village of Meemure, bordering the knuckles range received permits for their lands from State Minister Nimal Lansa last Sunday 25.
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* GMOA Executive Committee opposes KNDU Bill

July 30 (Island) The Government Medical Officers’ Association’s (GMOA) Executive Committee had unanimously decided that the Kotelawala National Defence University bill would have a disastrous impact on education and social stability, GMOA Secretary Dr. Senal Fernando said yesterday.
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* I may even cross over to another party if necessary: Rajitha

July 30 (DM) SJB MP- Rajitha Senaratne said he will cross over to another party if he feels necessary. Dr Senaratne told a press conference that what mattered to a politician were the policies rather than the political party to which he or she belonged to.
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* School children to be vaccinated as second phase of the vaccination program

July 29 (CP) Colombo- According to the Presidential Media Center, preliminary work is underway to administer the Covid vaccine to people between the ages of 12 and 30 from September on the instructions of the President.
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* Sri Lanka seeks New Zealand investments in economic zones and Colombo Port City

July 29 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya and first resident High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka Michael Appleton discussed means of strengthening economic ties between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry said.
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* Presidential Media Centre (PMC) declared open

July 29 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential Media Centre (PMC) was declared open today (29) under the patronage of Senior Advisor to President, Lalith Weeratunga. The Media Centre is located at the ground floor of the old Chartered Bank building in front of the President’s House in Colombo Fort.
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* Afghan envoy discusses growing bilateral relations with Sri Lankan Finance Minister

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Afghanistan Ambassador to Sri Lanka M. Ashraf Haidari called on Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa on July 27, 2021, the Afghan Embassy in Colombo said. The Minister was accompanied by his senior staff and Additional Secretary Ambassador Pakeer Amza of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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* Community water supply schemes to provide drinking water to rural areas

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated at Temple Trees yesterday (28) that a program has been prepared to provide clean drinking water to the people in rural areas who cannot be covered by large water supply schemes through community water supply schemes.
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* Legislation within next three months to raise minimum age for employment to 18 years

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Labor Nimal Siripala de Silva says that the relevant laws will be enacted within the next three months to raise the minimum age for employment of a person in the country to 18 years.
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* Seven political parties not represented in Parliament summoned before the PSC on Election Law Reforms

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Seven political parties that are not represented in Parliament have been summoned before the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) to identify appropriate reforms of the election laws and the electoral system and to recommend necessary amendment, said its Secretary and Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff Kushani Rohanadeera.
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* Laws to increase employment age to 18 - Minister

July 28 (DN) The age at which a person can be employed in this country has been increased to 18 years and laws applicable will be enforced within the next three months, Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.
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* Nurses to stage one-hour protest outside 100 main Hospitals today

July 28 (DM) While claiming that the authorities have failed to resolve their issues, Government Nursing Officers Association President Saman Rathnapriya yesterday said they would stage a protest campaign outside nearly 100 main Hospitals today between 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
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