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* Sri Lanka's Northern Province CM's visit to India not yet decided

Oct 25 (CP) New Delhi- Indian government officials are trying to work out a schedule for Sri Lanka's Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month. An NGO, People's Union for Civil Liberties has said that Chief Minister has been invited to give a public lecture on November 9 and he has accepted the invitation.
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* Champika says Lanka Coal has not followed tender procedure since 2012

Oct 25 (Island) Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday maintained that since 2012 the Lanka Coal Company (LCC) which was the sole importer of coal to Sri Lanka had been doing so without adhering to proper tender procedure.
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* Private sector raves for Budget 2015

Oct 25 (DN) The private sector hailed Budget 2015 maintaining that it was a development oriented one giving numerous benefits for the SME, agriculture, and dairy sectors -- and also state and private sector employees.
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* Former Power and Energy Minister of Sri Lanka clears himself of Rs. 1.5 billion fraud in coal purchase

Oct 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka today asserted that he is not liable for the Rs. 1.5 billion loss to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) in coal purchases for the Norochcholai coal power plant during his tenure as minister.
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* Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow

Oct 24 (CP) Colombo- Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013, Commonwealth said in a release today.
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* Counter arguments raised to support Sri Lankan President's eligibility for the third term

Oct 24 (CP) Colombo- A senior lawyer in Sri Lanka says the 18th Amendment to the Constitution has paved the way for the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for a third term. Raising counter arguments to the opposition view that President Rajapaksa is ineligible to contest the Presidential election for the third time, senior Lawyer, President's Counsel Ali Sabri said the 18th Amendment was brought to remove the legal barrier for all presidents including the incumbent to get elected to the office for more than two terms.
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* TU leaders confident of people-friendly budget

Oct 24 (DN) Addressing the media at the SLFP Headquarters yesterday, Public Service Trade Union Federation President W. H. Piyadasa said that the present government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa always tries to provide maximum benefits to the working people of the country.
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* Poll Date Tied to 8 Fixation?

Oct 24 (NIE) COLOMBO- It is rumoured that the snap Sri Lankan Presidential election will be held in January 2015 with the possible dates being January 8, 17 or 26. Rajapaksa watchers say that he considers these astrologically determined dates as being “lucky” for him because they all add up to “8”.
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* Sri Lanka's Sabaragamuwa University to re-open on Monday

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Sabaragamuwa University, closed more than three weeks due to student protests, is to re-open for the first year students on Monday (27). Addressing a media briefing at the University Friday, Vice Chancellor Professor Chandana Udawatta said the university will be opened for other students on the 3rd of November.
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* Creationists trying to undermine alien research in SL: Wimal

Oct 25 (DM) Western ‘creationists’ were trying to rob Sri Lanka of crucial data related to extra-terrestrial life to further their agenda and undermine Buddhist teachings on the universe, Minister Wimal Weerawansa has said.
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* UN recognizes post war progress in Sri Lanka, works with government to resolve reconciliation issues

Oct 24 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations (UN) says post-war Sri Lanka has made significant progress in relation to the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in a short span of slightly over five years and the agency is continuing its work with the Sri Lankan government to resolve remaining issues.
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* New secretary to Sri Lanka Sports Ministry assumes duties

Oct 24 (CP) Colombo- Retired Major General of Sri Lanka Army Nanda Mallawarachchi assumed duty today as the Secretary to the Ministry of Sports. He was the former secretary of the Ministry of Law and Order.
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* President presents Sri Lanka's next year budget promising relief for all sectors

Oct 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Finance Minister presented the National Budget 2015 to parliament today. The National Budget proposed under the theme of 'Unstoppable Sri Lanka' is said to be aimed at creating an innovative, knowledge-based and self-reliant advanced economy. The 2015 budget has proposed many concessions including pay hikes for all sectors. To accommodate the proposed pay hikes a news salary structure will be introduced for the public sector from January.
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* Cabinet sub-committee on CKD met only once since Nov 2012

Oct 24 (Island) Deputy Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake yesterday acknowledged in Parliament that he couldn't remember precisely how many times 16-member Cabinet sub-committee appointed in November 2012 to look into chronic kidney disease had met.
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* Beijing Assures New Delhi on Silk Road Security Concerns

Oct 24 (NIE) NEW DELHI- China does not want to overstep into India’s sphere of influence by bringing Sri Lanka and Maldives into the maritime New Silk Road, according to an official of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
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