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* No fraudulent activity in awarding tender for Kerawalapitiya LNG power plant to a Chinese company - Ministry

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development today said there has not been any fraudulent activity in awarding the tender for the construction of the 300 megawatt Combined-Cycle LNG power plant in Kerawalapitiya to a Chinese company.
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* Sri Lanka PM reiterates call for reconciliation for the country to move forward

Feb 15 (CP) Kilinochchi- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that it is not worthwhile to open old wounds of the past and act out of hatred for one another and called on the country to seek reconciliation by speaking the truth and forgive each other for the past. "The country will not move forward if we keep exposing the wounds of the past," the Premier said reiterating his call for reconciliation.
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* British Council partners with Government of Sri Lanka on career guidance in schools

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- The British Council of Sri Lanka announced this week that it continues to strengthen its longstanding partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka in education and skills development.
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* Kankasanthurai harbor will be turned into a vibrant economic hub - PM

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Kankasanthurai harbor in the Northern Province will be developed in to a commercial harbor and a vibrant economic hub would be created around the port.
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* EU agrees to work with Sri Lanka closely on human rights, reconciliation, reiterates opposition to death penalty

Feb 15 (CP) Brussels- The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka at their Joint Commission on Thursday in Brussels have agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation while committed to work jointly during next two years to foster rural development, democratic governance, investments and economic growth.
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* Sri Lanka President emphasizes strictly enforcing law against drug smuggling and environmental damage

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the law must be properly enforced against the persons who are engaged in drug smuggling and environmental damage irrespective of their status and positions in the society.
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* Sri Lanka PM instructs to expedite development of Jaffna

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United National Front-led government will focus special attention on the development of Jaffna, capital city of Northern Province.
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* U.S. Embassy inaugurates school construction projects in Eastern Sri Lanka

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- Building educational opportunities for the children of the Eastern Province, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) renovated two schools in Nintavur and Soodaikkudah.
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* A two day Dengue control field program to commence today

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- A two day dengue control field program will take place in high risk areas in selected districts today and tomorrow (14th and 15th) with the intention of preventing a possible dengue outbreak, Health Ministry spokesman said.
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* Sri Lanka gets its first data-based elephant distribution map

Feb 15 (MongaBay) For a large, charismatic and endangered species such as the Asian elephant, you might think scientists would have figured out where they hang out and when. But it turns out, there's very little evidence-based information on their distribution across countries in Asia.
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* Govt. jobs for A/L qualifiers: Prez objects to cabinet proposal

Feb 15 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have objected to a cabinet proposal to grant employment to 7,500 GCE Advanced Level qualifiers in the state sector. The government has submitted this proposal to the regular cabinet meeting conducted on Tuesday.
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* Sri Lankan democracy on the rocks

Feb 15 (EAF) Sri Lanka looks to have averted a political disaster. On 26 October 2018, President Maithripala Sirisena illegally appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister and fired Ranil Wickremesinghe who had served in that role since 2015.
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* Bugs become a menace on trains: Railways Official

Feb 14 (DM) The Railways Department had received complaints from several commuters that there were bugs inside compartments. Dematagoda Railway Motive Power Sub Department Senior Mechanical Engineer Sarath Bandara said,
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* Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry declared open

Feb 15 (CP) Matara- The Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Affairs Ministry was declared open today (15) jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera.
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* Sri Lankan leaders condemn terror attack on Indian police

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan political leaders in unison have condemned the Pulwama terror attack which killed 46 police troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.
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* Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan visits Sri Lanka

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Kentaro Sonoura, M. P. and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, will be visiting Sri Lanka from 15 to 16 February 2019, the Embassy of Japan in Colombo announced today.
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* Sri Lanka has made great progress in its development journey - World Bank

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- A top World Bank official says Sri Lanka has achieved exceptional growth momentum in the development drive and with the right reforms, the country can soon become an upper middle-income country.
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* Sri Lanka to host COP18 CITES Conference in Colombo from 23 May - 3 June 2019

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Preparations are underway for Sri Lanka to host the 18th Session of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference in 2019 from 23rd May to 3rd June in Colombo.
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* Sri Lankan Government writes off loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka will write off nearly Rs. 1.4 billion in capital and interest of loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts whose capital cost is less than Rs 100,000.
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* Poverty in Sri Lanka continues to decline in line with strong economic growth despite challenges- World Bank

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- The latest edition of the World Bank's Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU) highlights that poverty in the country continues to decline in line with strong economic growth despite finding the island in a challenging macroeconomic landscape.
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* President appoints a Committee to present solutions for issues related to tea industry

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a Special Committee to present solutions after studying the short and long term issues related to the tea industry, including the wage issue of the estate workers.
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* ADB, Sri Lankan universities sign agreements to foster science and technology in Sri Lanka's higher education

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and four Sri Lankan universities Wednesday signed project agreements totaling $145 million under the ADB-funded Science and Technology Human Resources Development Project to foster science and technology in Sri Lanka's higher education.
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* Speaker calls for polls on schedule

Feb 15 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, stressed the responsibility on the part of the government to hold elections as scheduled. Jayasuriya said that elections should not only be held in a free and fair environment but on time.
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* Strong leadership needed to address political challenges - Speaker

Feb 15 (DN) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday that a strong and stable national leadership should be created in the country within the next 10 years to address longstanding political challenges and other issues.
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* UNP: Aloysius was at Rohitha Rajapaksa’s wedding mass

Feb 14 (Island) The UNP, yesterday, asked its political rivals why Treasury Bond scam suspect, Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner, Arjuna Aloysius, had been invited to the church wedding of Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s youngest son, Rohitha to Tatyana.
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* Govt. allocates Rs. 1,000 mn to help rice millers

Feb 14 (DN) The Government has decided to allocate Rs.1,000 million to implement a concessionary programme to address the severe financial crisis faced by small and medium scale rice millers and a solution to the problem of non-competitive stocks of paddy in the market.
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