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* LP gas distribution halted until next Tuesday, Litro says

May 27 (CP) Colombo- State-owned supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), Litro Gas says the distribution of domestic gas cylinders will begin in the middle of next week. Due to this Litro also requested the public not to wait in queues to buy gas cylinders.
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* General consensus at the Party Leaders’ Meeting on the draft 21st Amendment to the Constitution

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Party Leaders’ meeting to discuss the draft 21st Amendment to the Constitution was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Prime Minister’s Office this afternoon (27). The purpose of the meeting was to allow the Party Leaders present their observations regarding the draft Amendment.
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* Parliamentary Council agrees to appoint Anthony Nihal Fonseka as a Central Bank Monetary Board member

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Parliamentary Council decided to concur with the recommendation to appoint Anthony Nihal Fonseka as a member of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, The Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake said.
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* France donates 300000 Euros worth of medicines to Sri Lanka

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Government of France has donated a stock of medicine worth 300,000 Euros (around Rs 115 Million) following the request of the Sri Lankan government. French Ambassador to Sri Lanka Eric Lavertu handed over the stock of medicines to the Minister of Health and Water Supply Keheliya Rambukwella at the Ministry of Health yesterday (26).
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* Salaries of the public servants will be increased by the scheduled relief budget

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Steps will be taken to increase the monthly salaries of public servants with immediate effect through the relief budget presented by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken this decision to empower public servants to face the rising cost of living.
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* Sri Lanka Foreign Minister discusses current challenges to food security with FAO, WFP representatives

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris has met with Vimlendra Sharan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative and Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, the Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sri Lanka Wednesday
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* Prime Minister to make a special statement in parliament on the economy

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a special statement on the economy at the next sitting of the parliament scheduled for the 7th of June, Prime Minister’s Office said. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Premier will elaborate on the current economic situation in the country and his future plans to overcome the crisis.
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* COPA emphasizes expediting the formulation of a National Policy on children

May 26, Colombo: The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has emphasized that the Department of Probation and Child Care Services should expeditiously develop a National Policy on children in Sri Lanka and give proper guidance in this regard.
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* Sri Lankan religious leaders want curbs on presidential powers

May 26 (UCAN) Religious leaders in Sri Lanka have urged the government to pass a constitutional amendment to curb the unlimited powers bestowed on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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* Prime Minister emphasizes on making policy decisions to assist the export industry

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pointed out the need to make policy decisions based on building an export oriented economy. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe noted that the current economic crisis faced by the country can only be overcome by promoting exports and these policies can assist the export industry to overcome the current challenges.
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* The supply of jet fuel is also in crisis until the 10th of June

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminal Ltd. (CPSTL) states that sufficient stocks of aviation fuel will be available for the Katunayake International Airport after the 10th of next month as 70,000 metric tons of crude oil is due to be delivered to Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka restricts non-essential public staff reporting to work to minimize government expenses

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The government of Sri Lanka today too measures to restrict the non-essential public sector employees reporting to work to minimize government expenditure amidst the scarcity of resources.
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* No gas distribution until Friday, Litro announces

May 25 (CP) Colombo- State-owned supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), Litro Gas says it will not deliver gas until Friday (27). The Litro Gas Company announced this afternoon (25) that domestic gas distribution will not be operational tomorrow (26).
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* Sri Lanka Cricket to donate US$ 2 million to the country’s Health Sector

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to donate US$ 2 million to support the country’s health sector to purchase essential medicines. Accordingly, US$ 1 million will be donated to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children
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* Minister instructs to expedite the release of fuel required for Yala season paddy cultivation

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Although the 2022 Yala season has already begun, farmers in all agricultural areas of the country are facing severe difficulties due to the lack of fuel needed to operate machinery for sowing crops, Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Wildlife Conservation pointed out.
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* Department of Immigration and Emigration says appointment compulsory to obtain passport services

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Department of Immigration and Emigration announces that it is compulsory to make an appointment to obtain passport services and an advance date and time should be reserved when applying for passports under the one day and normal service.
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* Due to improper storage Rs. 6,259 million worth of pharmaceutical drugs faced a quality failure from 2011 to 2020 - COPA report

May 24 (CP) Colombo- The report of the parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has disclosed that Rs. 6,259 million worth of drugs have faced a quality failure from 2011 to 2020 due to improper storage. The COPA report further discloses that 99% of the drugs were already given to the patients when the condition was brought to attention.
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* Agriculture Minister to launch probe into stocks of chemical fertilizers found in the burned houses of some politicians

May 24 (CP) Colombo- The new Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Wildlife Conservation, Mahinda Amaraweera said steps would be taken to immediately investigate the reports of finding stocks of urea fertilizer in the houses of politicians that were burned down during the riots earlier this month.
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* WHO assures Sri Lanka PM of full support to overcome medical crisis

May 24 (CP) Colombo- World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Sri Lanka, Dr. Alaka Singh called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (24) at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo and assured him of the organization’s full support to overcome Sri Lanka’s medical crisis, Prime Minister’s Office said.
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* USAID Administrator Samantha Power calls Sri Lanka PM, offers support to overcome crisis

May 24 (CP) Washington, DC- USAID Administrator Samantha Power Monday had called Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss how USAID is responding to the country’s political and economic crises.
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* Basil attempting to block 21st Amendment ?

May 26 (DM) Former Finance Minister and founder of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Basil Rajapaksa is said to be leading attempts to block the 21st Amendment from being passed by Parliament, Daily Mirror learns. Government sources told Daily Mirror that Rajapaksa has secured the support of a number of SLPP members to oppose the 21st Amendment.
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* University professors present a proposal on agricultural development and food security in Sri Lanka

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Taking into consideration the recent situation faced by the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka, a group of Agriculture Professors from three Universities have prepared a proposal for the future agricultural development and food security in the country.
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* U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka emphasizes need for political reforms desired by the people

May 27, Colombo: The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung has called on the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today (27) at the Parliament Premises. The U.S. Ambassador said that she hopes the government, including the new Prime Minister, would be able to bring about political stability and overcome the current economic crisis.
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* Sri Lanka PM instructs to boost agriculture in preparation for a pending food shortage

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held discussions with representatives from the agriculture sector to discuss the pending food shortage in the country. During the discussions the Prime Minister stated that US $600m would be required to ensure adequate supply of fertilizer.
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* No decision taken to increase public sector salaries in relief budget - PM’s Office

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Contrary to media reports, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has not made a decision to increase the salaries of the public sector employees, the Prime Minister’s Office said today in response to media reports to that effect.
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* President seeks experts’ support to increase contribution of renewable energy

May 27 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has called on experts in the power sector to assist in increasing the contribution of renewable energy sources in the national grid. The government has set a target of generating 70% of the total electricity demand from renewable energy sources.
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* Delivery of crude oil to Sapugaskanda refinery will begin tomorrow after 2 months

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera says that the Sapugaskanda refinery is scheduled to commence operations for the first time after March 20 with a crude oil cargo unloading Friday.
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* Transport Minister to restructure public transport as a solution to fuel crisis

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said that public transport will be restructured soon as a solution to the fuel crisis.
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* Sri Lanka President seeks support from friendly countries

May 26 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka has appointed a new Prime Minister and a Cabinet of Ministers and discussions are ongoing in Parliament to reach a national consensus on the way forward.
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* Sri Lanka looks forward to work with ILO to bring change to country’s labor force

May 26 (CP) Colombo- A meeting between the International Labor Organization (ILO) Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Simrin Singh and the Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara was held at the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment Wednesday.
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* WHO assures support for Sri Lanka to overcome current health challenges

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris met with Dr. Alaka Singh, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Sri Lanka on 25 May 2022, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss the current challenges Sri Lanka is facing, particularly with regard to pharmaceutical products.
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* SJB opposes transfer of parliamentary powers to the executive through the government’s 21st amendment

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Today the country is in bane with many crises, as a result of concentrating power around the Executive, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne says. He says the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution by the government, which appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, gives the President the power to keep under his purview subjects of his choice and even the power to dissolve Parliament.
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* UN General Assembly adopts Sri Lanka sponsored resolution to declare March 1st as ‘World Seagrass Day’

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations General Assembly Monday adopted a Sri Lanka sponsored Resolution A/76/L.56, declaring 1st March as World Seagrass Day. The resolution was adopted by consensus, and co-sponsored by 24 countries.
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* PM calls for an immediate report on medicine shortage in Sri Lanka

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, today, instructed the Ministry of Health to immediately submit a report on the essential drugs in Sri Lanka and the drugs which are in short supply, Prime Minister’s Office said.
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* President instructs to implement language and vocational training programs targeting foreign employment

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Pointing out that there are many job vacancies in countries including Japan, Poland and Romania for skilled workers in various fields, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized the need to implement languages and vocational training programs targeting those available opportunities.
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* Litro says no gas distribution today as well, asks consumers not to stay in queues

May 25 (CP) Colombo- State-owned supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), Litro Gas asked people not to wait in line today to buy LP gas. The company said it was making the request to the public as there was no distribution of domestic gas cylinders today (25).
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* Central Bank Governor requests political authorities to support good policy decisions without party affiliation

May 24 (CP) Colombo- The Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe today (24) called on the political authorities to tell the people the true reality of the current difficult economic situation and to support policy decisions for long term economic stability without party affiliation disregarding narrow political interests.
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* President appoints new Secretaries to 23 Ministries

May 24 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed new Secretaries to 23 ministries, President’s Media Division said. Accordingly, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa handed over the letters of appointment to the new Secretaries to the Cabinet Ministries at the President’s House this afternoon (24).
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* UN assures assistance to Sri Lanka in addressing current economic challenges

May 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris met the UN Resident Coordinator in Colombo, Hanaa Singer- Hamdy on 23 May, 2022 to discuss multiple impacts arising out of the current economic situation in the country such as supply of essential items, concerns regarding food security and livelihood matters, Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
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* Fuel prices, bus fares revised from today

May 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka state fuel distributor, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) has taken steps to increase fuel prices from 3.00 am Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said fuel pricing formula that was approved by the cabinet was applied to revise the prices.
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* India-Japan will collaborate to assist Sri Lanka amid its crisis

May 27 (Asiana Times) Recently a meeting was held in Tokyo between Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida. The Japanese government announced that India and Japan had agreed to collaborate on supporting crisis-hit Sri Lanka.
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