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Last Updated = Sun, Jun 26, 2016, 12:43 pm SL Time

* Special island wide dengue eradication program from tomorrow

June 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka health authorities with the cooperation of the police and tri-forces will commence a special island wide dengue eradication program from Monday (June 27) as the mosquito-borne disease has reached an epidemic level.
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* Government to develop jetty facilities in Jaffna islands for better passenger and cargo transport

June 26 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to develop jetty facilities in the Jaffna Peninsula and the adjoining Islands to improve the safe transport of passengers and cargo between the islands and the Peninsula.
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* Difference Of Opinion In Bid To Form New Party

June 26 (SL) Attempts by the joint opposition to form a new political alliance are facing rocky ground with difference of opinion arising among some of the members.Sources revealed that difference of opinion has arisen primarily between joint opposition members and former provincial council members supportive of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Civil society organisations come out strongly against the Govt.

June 26 (ST) Civil society organisations which supported the candidacy of Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential Election, this week issued a strong warning to the Government that it was taking a path leading the country away from the ideals that inspired the ‘political revolution’ of January 8, 2015.
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* Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa writes to Indian PM again on fishermen issue

June 25 (CP) Chennai- Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again urging him to secure the release of all fishermen and their boats in Sri Lankan custody.
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* Government collects taxes to invest for the future - Sri Lanka PM

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the youth in the country wants to move forward and United National Party is the only party that can take the country forward and fulfill the aspirations of the youth for the future. "The youth want to go forward, get a good education, get a good job, earn a good income, get a good education for children, save some money, buy a vehicle, these are the hopes of the youth, reasonable expectations, aspirations need to be fulfilled. The only way they can achieve them is if the country goes forward," the Premier said.
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* Sri Lanka focuses on generating power from renewable sources

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will focus on generating power from renewable sources and will construct environmentally friendly power plants in future, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says.
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* Sri Lanka to host meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement for Asia-Pacific in October

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will host the meeting of Heads of National Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Asia and Pacific in Colombo from 22-28 October 2016. Annually organized by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), HONLEA is a meeting designed to allow participants to discuss major regional drug trafficking trends and countermeasures.
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* Replying to Weerawansa's accusations COPE Chairman says it has no political agenda

June 25 (Island) The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) had no political agenda and it had never attempted to whitewash Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, COPE Chairman and JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti told Parliament yesterday. He made the observation in reply to an allegation made by MP Wimal Weerawansa on Thursday that the COPE was deliberately acting to take Mahendran off the hook.
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* JVP members ready to quit COPE at anytime: Anura

June 25 (DM) Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader and Chief opposition whip Anura Kumara Dissanayke told Parliament yesterday that JVP members representing the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) are ready to resign from it if anyone thinks the stand taken by his party on certain issues affect the investigations carried out by the said committee.
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* Sri Lanka's Tamil press loses faith in UNHRC's commitment to rendering justice - report

June 26 (CP) Colombo- The Tamil press in Sri Lanka, which was very hopeful that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would render justice to Tamil victims of the last phased of the war against the LTTE, has now lost faith in the international body's commitment to the goals it had set for itself in the resolution it passed at its 30th session in September last year, according to a report in New Indian Express.
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* Is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister On Autopilot?

June 26 (HP) Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently spoke at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo. Mr. Samaraweera has again presented a very optimistic assessment of the current state of affairs in the war-torn island nation.
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* Govt. gives confusing signals on local polls

June 26 (Island) While the government was yet to give a clear date on which Local Elections would be held, the United National Party has launched a drive to enroll three million new members. Leader of the UNP and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at meeting in Colombo on Thursday, with his party’s rank and file, urged them to go to their respective villages and begin recruiting three million more members, especially from among the youth.
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* Auditor General to meet COPE reps on June 29

June 26 (SO) The Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE), the parliamentary watchdog, has completed investigations into 35 state-owned enterprises and would table findings at the next parliamentary session of twenty of these enterprises, Chairman of COPE Sunil Handunnetti told the Sunday Observer.
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* Sri Lanka, Ukraine sign agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters

June 25 (CP) Kiev- Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera met with his Ukrainian counterpart Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Kiev on Saturday, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said. The important practical outcome of the meeting was the signing of Agreements on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Treaty on Extradition.
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* President opens Gem and Jewellery Laboratory in Galle

June 25 (CP) Galle- Opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art Gem and Jewellery Laboratory, established in Galle fulfilling a request from the people in Ruhuna, was held Saturday (25) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
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* Sri Lanka focuses on generating power from renewable sources

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will focus on generating power from renewable sources and will construct environmentally friendly power plants in future, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says.
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* Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission welcomes President's directives on arrests under PTA

June 25, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) welcomed the Directives issued by President Maithripala Sirisena on the arrest and detention of persons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and a state of emergency when in force.
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* Security posts remain unutilised

June 25 (DN) Security posts set up to deploy security officials to provide security to people at Suriyawewa and Hambantota Divisional Secretariat area to protect residents from elephant invasion remain vacant for reasons not known, the residents said.
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* Sri Lankan mission names council to coordinate social services

June 25 (Peninsula) DOHA- The Sri Lankan embassy in Doha has appointed a ten member 'Supreme Council' to coordinate and conducted community oriented social activities, the mission said in a statement.
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