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Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Researchers have discovered a strong association between El Niño-Southern Oscillation conditions in the Pacific to observed weather and dengue epidemics in Sri Lanka, reports Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) of European Commission.
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* Sri Lankan President to visit Russia in March to strengthen bilateral ties

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena would visit Russia next year and would hold discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 23, Russia's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava has said.
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* Sri Lanka to set up a joint operation center to combat drug trafficking

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has planned to establish a Joint Operation Center to prevent the drug trafficking in Sri Lanka, said the Minister of Law, Order, and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake.
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* Voices unheard in Parliament; Budget fails to see largest minority!

By Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera The UN established an essential Convention (2007 March) on the Rights of People with dis-Abilities (CRPD) as a set of legally binding instruments and enforceable obligations on all countries. It came into force on 3 May 2008. Sri Lanka ratified the CRPD last February.
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* Orient Residencies in Nugegoda to ensure ‘strict adherence’ to best construction practices

Dec 05 (Island) C B Ekanayake, Managing Director, Orient Residencies says that the Company's flagship luxury residential complex in Nugegoda will strictly adhere to best practices in the construction industry.
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* SLMC gets ultimatum

Dec 05 (DM) The Elections Commission has issued a deadline on Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to settle its internal dispute with regard to the post of Party Secretary who would deal with matters concerning elections with the Commission.
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* Sri Lanka’s president praises the Church for helping the poor

Dec 05 (HM) Sri Lanka’s president has praised the work of the Catholic Church in helping the poor and underprivileged. President Maithripala Sirisena also thanked Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for his advice in difficult situations.
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* World Bank to provide US$ 70 million to uplift Sri Lanka's plantations sector

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank will provide Sri Lanka US$ 70 million to modernize the estates and factories of Regional Plantations Companies (RPCs), the Ministry of Plantation Industries said in a statement. The funds will mainly be utilized for replanting, improving roads and tea factories, and water management to deal with climate change impact.
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* Government mulls establishing an authority to regulate three-wheel transport

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has focused its attention on establishing an authority to regulate the three-wheeler transport in the country in the wake of the protests and road blocks staged by the three-wheeler drivers last week.
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* Allow fishermen for Katchatheevu festival: S Ramadoss

Dec 04 (DC) Chennai- PMK founder S.Ramadoss on Saturday demanded that fishermen from Tamil Nadu should be allowed to take part in the festival in St. Anthony’s church in Katchatheevu in Sri Lanka on December 7.
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* Indian academic’s proposal for joint fishing rejected by Mannar fishers

Dec 04 (ST) A proposal by an Indian academic for joint fishing by Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen in the Palk Strait, without engaging in bottom trawling, was rejected on Friday by Mannar fishermen. At least 37 fishermen from Mannar representing Pallimunai, Pesalai, and Talaimannar fishing villages were invited for a discussion with Prof. V. Suryanarayan,
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* Nepalese PM extended an invitation to visit Sri Lanka

Dec 05 (CP) Kathmandu- Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Nepal W Swarnalatha Perera has invited the Himalayan nation's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to visit Sri Lanka to mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries in 2017.
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* Malaysian delegation visits a tea plantation In Sri Lanka

Dec 05 (CP) Nuwara Eliya- A Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) delegation on a fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka visited a tea plantation today in this town nestled in the Central Highlands. The delegation, led by the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, who is also UniMAP Chancellor, visited the Blue Field Tea Gardens PVT
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* Religious freedom has been ensured and strengthened in Sri Lanka - President

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has assured that religious freedom in the island nation has been established at its utmost and strengthened. "Religious freedom had been established at its utmost in Sri Lanka and everyone is enjoying it," the President stressed. "Spiritual philosophies of all faiths lead to do good since the spiritual concept was what assisted the people to become disciplined and well-behaved.
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* Gammanpila urges Govt. to ban TNA

Dec 05 (DM) The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today urged the government to ban the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in order to ensure democracy in Sri Lanka. Addressing a media briefing, PHU General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said the TNA was the main opposition of Parliament, and that was the gravest misfortune of the nation.
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* Dy Speaker tells JO MPs to act responsibly

Dec 05 (Island) It would be difficult to conduct parliamentary affairs if all political parties brought their supporters to Parliament roundabout to show their strength, Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala said on Saturday.
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* India's Jayaram Jayalalitha suffers heart attack

Dec 05 (BBC) Large crowds are gathering outside a Chennai hospital after one of India's most popular and powerful politicians, J Jayalalitha, suffered a heart attack on Sunday night. The news has sparked fresh fears about her condition as Ms Jayalalitha has been receiving treatment for months.
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* Defeated JO politicians behind bus strike: JHU

Dec 05 (DN) Jathika Hela Urumaya National Organiser and Media Spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe alleged yesterday that certain defeated Joint Opposition politicians were behind the private bus strike launched on Thursday. Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo, he said the government should arrest the leaders of all private bus associations who participated in the strike which had caused great inconvenience to commuters.
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* Sri Lanka state bus service receives record income during private bus strike

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's state owned public bus service has received a record income during the private bus operators' strike, the government claimed. According to the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) Ramal Siriwardena, the SLTB has received a record income of more than Rs. 110 million during the private bus operators' strike on Friday (02).
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* Rites to supply locomotives, train sets to Sri Lanka

Dec 04 (GT) NEW DELHI- Indian Railways has got the export order of supplying 10 locomotives and six DMU train sets to Sri Lanka. The total size of the order is Rs700 crore.
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* Sri Lanka achieves ‘Malaria Free Country’ status for fourth successive year

Dec 04 (Island) Regional Director, WHO–SEARO, Dr. Poonan Khetrapal Singh presented the certificate on malaria elimination to Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratna last week to mark the distinction of Sri Lanka sustaining ‘malaria free’ statues for four successive years.
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* LG elections: Old system, if all parties agree - Kiriella

Dec 04 (SO) Leader of the House and Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday that the forthcoming Local Government elections could be held under the old preferential voting system if all political parties give their consent for it.
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