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Last Updated = Sun, Jan 21, 2018, 01:31 pm SL Time

* Uva Chief Minister resigns from the post of Provincial Minister of Education

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Uva Province Chief Minister, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, who is alleged of humiliating a female principal by making her kneel before him, said he resigned from the post of Provincial Minister of Education with immediate effect.
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* District leaders urged to lead in addressing religious & ethnic tensions

Jan 21 (Island) Keynote speakers at a conference of 25 District Reconciliation Committees held recently at the BMICH as a component of National Reconciliation Week, said that leaders at the grassroots were the best persons to inculcate in people the importance of National Integration and Reconciliation.
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* Cabinet to get cracking on Corruption Court

Jan 21 (SO) The draft legislative framework for a new High Court to hear corruption cases will be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval this week, Sunday Observer learns. The framework for the brand new anti-corruption court has been finalized by the Legal Draftsman and awaiting final approval from the Cabinet of Ministers this week before draft legislation is made to be tabled in Parliament.
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* Sri Lanka President to take over economic management

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday announced that he will take responsibility of economic management in order to reduce cost of living burden of the people. He made this announcement at a public meeting in Kegalle this afternoon. The President said he appointed the National Economic Council three months ago to fulfill this objective.
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* Postal voting for Local Government elections to begin on Monday

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Postal voting for the February 10 Local Government elections will begin on Monday, January 22. Officials of the police stations, Divisional Secretariats, District Secretariats and election office could cast their postal votes on January 22, according to the Director General of Election Commission, R. L.A.M. Ratnayaka.
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* Now, JVP spares PM and blames President for appointing Mahendran

Jan 20 (Island) Addressing a press conference held at the party headquarters yesterday, JVP MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary watchdog committee – COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) Sunil Handunnetti said the President, as the person who signed Arjuna Mahendran’s appointment letter, should take the blame for what Mahendran had done at the Central Bank.
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* Students should be prepared for a changing job market- Akila

Jan 20 (DN) Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam yesterday appealed to education providers to prepare students towards a changing and varied job market.
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* Sri Lanka to establish two more medical faculties to expand higher education

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The University Grants Commission says two more faculties of medicine will be established paving the way forward for further expansion of higher education in the country. Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Mohan de Silva says that for the first time in the history of the country two medical faculties will be set up simultaneously.
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* Speaker brokers SLFP-UNP truce, but undercurrents remain

Jan 21 (ST) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has intervened in a growing spat of angry outbursts among coalition partners – the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) – urging both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to rein in both sides on the eve of the local council elections next month.
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* Special high court will be set up in next two months to expedite hearing of fraud cases - PM

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a special high court will be set up to hear fraud cases and the functions of this court will commence within the next two months.
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* Teachers' union demands arrest of Uva Chief Minister for threatening a Tamil female teacher

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- The teachers' trade union in Sri Lanka says that teachers and principals are ready to go for union action if the Uva Chief Minister is not arrested for threatening and humiliating a female principal of a Tamil girls school in Badulla.
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* Sri Lanka made little progress on transitional justice initiatives in 2017 - HRW

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Global human rights organization, Human Rights Watch says the Sri Lankan government has made little progress on transitional justice initiatives agreed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015.
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* EC says no power to unseat elected candidates

Jan 20 (DM) Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said on Thursday he could do nothing about unseating a field officers or any other candidate if he had been found to have illegally contested the Local Government election and was elected.
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* Gone like a shot: Why did Sri Lanka reinstate alcohol ban for women?

Jan 20 (SCMP) Even in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, women will finally get the right to drive cars this year. Compare that to Sri Lanka, where women recently won the right to buy a drink at a bar - or rather had won it, until it was revoked just days later.
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