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* Delimitation Review Committee hands over final report to Minister

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The Delimitation Committee reviewing the demarcation of electoral boundaries in local government wards handed over its much-awaited final report to the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha today.
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* New computerized system implemented to discharge merchant navy certificates

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday implemented a new computerized system for the Continuous Discharge Certificates of merchant navy personnel. Accordingly these discharge certificates of merchant navy personnel issued after their registration at the Merchant Shipping Secretariat will be issued under a protected computerized system.
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* Sri Lanka is making its contribution to the economic integration in South Asia - Prime Minister

Jan 17 (CP) Davos- Sri Lanka is making its contribution to the economic integration in South Asia by making Sri Lanka the hub of Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. Addressing a press conference at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday along with Ministers Malik Samarawickrema, Ravi Karunanayake and Harin Fernando, the Premier said with Sri Lanka's hub concept, logistics and the business hub, the integration will become more viable.
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* Local government elections cannot be held before May - Election Commissioner

Jan 16 (CP) Colombo- The National Election Commission says that Local Government (LG) polls cannot be held before May this year. Speaking to media at the Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya today, the Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said the LG polls cannot be conducted before April 30 even if the final report formulated by the National Delimitation Committee is submitted tomorrow.
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* UN assures Sri Lanka assistance for drought relief

Jan 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka faced with prolonged drought is seeking international assistance to provide relief to the affected people, especially farmers, and President Maithripala Sirisena Monday met with the top officials of international agencies to discuss relief measures.
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* Sri Lankan PM reminds former president advantages of GSP+

Jan 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka did not even manage to increase the revenues from apparel exports twofold from 2003 to 2015 without the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences plus tariff concession.
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* No grouses with majority community against Tamils: Lankan ex Army chief Fonseka

Jan 17 (ANI) New Delhi- Highlighting the changes taking place in Sri Lanka between the majority and Tamils, Field Marshal turned politician Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday said that there are no grouses with the majority community in the northern Sri Lanka regarding the 13th amendment.
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* Uva CM wants to claim compensation from Britain

Jan 17 (DM) Uva Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dasanayake said yesterday he had decided to claim compensation from the British government for the damage caused to the Uva Province during the 1817-1818 rebellion. He told the media that the loans granted by the World Bank should be set off against the damage caused.
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* Sri Lanka meets eligibility criteria for GSP Plus, says EU technical report

Jan 16 (NIE) COLOMBO- The report of the European Commission's technical team which examined Sri Lanka's application for the restoration of General System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) duty concessions has concluded that the island nation now meets the eligibility criteria as set out in Art 9 (1) of the GSP regulations.
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* Chamal calls for new faces in Opposition

Jan 16 (Island) Former Speaker of the parliament Chamal Rajapaksha attended a Viyathmaga discussion forum recently. The Hambantota District MP emphasised the need to provided the grassroots with correct information rather than political rhetoric.
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* Changes cannot be made without referendum: TNA

Jan 16 (DN) The TNA yesterday reiterated its position that it would not settle for any Constitutional Amendment that does not require a referendum, but for a new Constitution which ushers in fundamental changes including the abolition of executive Presidency.
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* Sri Lanka, Iran sign agreement to cooperate on laboratory analysis for oil and gas

Jan 17 (CP) Tehran- Sri Lanka and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on laboratory analysis for oil and gas. Sri Lanka's visiting Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha and Iran's Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari signed the MoU at a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday, Mehr News Agency reported.
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* India funds post of Hindi Professor at Sri Lanka's University of Kelaniya

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 17 January 2017 between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the University of Kelaniya to fund the post of an ICCR Professor for Hindi Language at the University.
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* Sri Lankan government vehemently rejects media reports of pre conditions to GSP+

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has vehemently rejected the media reports which say that the government has agreed to 58 conditions to get the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) tariff concession.
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* Construction of 100 houses for landslide victims in Aranayake begin with Chinese aid

Jan 16 (CP) Colombo- Construction of 100 houses for families displaced by the landslide at Samasara Kanda in Aranayake last year was launched today. The construction work at a cost of Rs. 217 million is supported by the Government of China.
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* Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister visits Sweden

Jan 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera will visit Sweden at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström, from January 17-18, 2017.
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* PM leaves for Switzerland to attend Davos meeting

Jan 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today left the island for Switzerland, to attend the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting from 17-20 January 2017 in Davos-Klosters. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is scheduled to address the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on Tuesday (17) under the topic "Harnessing Regional Cooperation in South Asia".
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* Rice shortage during New Year predicted

Jan 17 (Island) Commissioner General of Agrarian Development M. A. Sunil Weerasinghe yesterday warned that there would be a severe shortage of rice in April as more than 20 per cent of paddy cultivation had been destroyed by the prevailing drought.
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* Executive Presidency to go: Nalin Bandara

Jan 17 (DN) The Executive Presidency would be terminated along with the introduction of the new constitution, UNP Kurunegala district MP Nalin Bandara said. He was speaking at a media briefing at Sirikota yesterday. Bandara said confirmation of the delimitation committee report is being delayed.
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* 'India must rethink opposition to Chinese investment in Lanka'

Jan 16 (PTI) India should rethink its opposition to Chinese investments in Sri Lanka and join the port development in the island nation instead of feeling "jealous", China's state media said on Monday.
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* Rathana Thera to function independently in House

Jan 16 (DM) Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today he is functioning as an independent Member of Parliament. He said he was keen to create awareness among the people for the need to set up a national council with inputs from intellectual politicians and others.
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* Insights on Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process

Jan 16 (HP) Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, a think tank based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He recently served as the Secretary of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF).
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