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* Sri Lanka President asks all parties to protect children unconditionally

June 18 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena said the all parties should render unconditional support to the government to protect the children from various menaces in society.
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* UK to explore opportunities to invest in building rural hospitals and bridges

June 18 (CP) Colombo- Britain's State Minister for Trade Policy Greg Hands during a discussion with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister has said that the UK expects to explore trade and investment opportunities in construction of rural bridges and hospitals in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has met with the State Minister during his recent visit to London, England.
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* No plans to remove any subjects from GCE/O Level Syllabus - Education Minister

June 18 (CP) Colombo- Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that there is no attempt to remove history, language or any other subject from the GCE Ordinary Level syllabuses. The Minister said some parties seeking narrow political gains are mixing education with politics and condemning such attempts said bankrupt political parties will never be allowed to use education for their political slogans.
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* Government to find a solution to prevent crop damage by wild animals

June 17 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says the government will definitely provide a solution to prevent the crop damage caused by wild animals. The wild animals destroy about 30 percent of the crop produced by the farmers and another 40 percent is destroyed post-harvest wastage, the Minister points out.
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* Rs. 20 mn for displaying portraits of WPC Chief Ministers

June 18 (DM) A sum of Rs. 20 millions is reported to be spent to paint the portraits of six former Western Provincial Council Chief Ministers and the sitting Chief Minister to be installed at the Battaramulla new building with plaques and necessary structural arrangements.
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* Harmful human activity polluting Mahaweli river

June 18 (DN) The Mahaweli River faces the danger of joining the band of the 10 most polluted rivers in the world within the next decade due to harmful human activity, a research done by the Peradeniya University Geography Department had revealed.
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* Procurement of oncology drug: Second highest bidder wins the day at Rs. 135,900 per vial Affected party complains to President, Prime Minister

June 17 (Island) The procurement of another fresh stock of the controversial Russian-made oncology drug Trastuzumab (Herceptin) at a cost of more than Rs. 75 million has caused ripples within industry circles over claims that a particular bidder was favored to purchase 557 vials at the second highest bid price of Rs. 135,900 each.
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* Mixed signals on Sinharaja elephant relocation

June 17 (SO) The issue surrounding the relocation of the two last remaining wild elephants in the Sinharaja forest reserve has become a political battle of sorts, environmentalists claim.
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* UK, Sri Lanka celebrate the 70 year friendship

June 18 (CP) Colombo- British High Commissioner James Dauris hosted the Queen's Birthday Party on June 13th, celebrating the friendship between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.
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* No decision to increase price of milk powder - CAA

June 18 (CP) Colombo- The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) states that no decision has been made to raise the price of milk powder at this time.
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* 'Gamperaliya' program initiated to make a huge revolution in village development - President.

June 17 (CP) Colombo- The rapid rural infrastructure investment scheme, 'Gamperaliya' program, initiated to make a huge revolution in the development of the village, will commence in the near future, says President Maithripala Sirisena.
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* Sajith denies taking PTL money, claims accuser is a heroin dealer

June 18 (Island) UNP Deputy Leader and Housing and Construction Minister, Sajith Premadasa, has denied receiving money from the tainted primary dealer, Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) under any circumstances.
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* Seven suspects scanning for hidden LTTE gold nabbed

June 18 (DN) Four suspects travelling in a car with a scanner to search for gold and gold jewellery allegedly hidden by the LTTE in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu during the last stages of the war were arrested by Vavuniya Police STF Officers at Nochchimotai. Vavuniya on June 15 morning.
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* Sri Lanka is helping Japan contain an increasingly assertive China. Can it afford to?

June 17 (Scroll) Reacting to an increasingly assertive China, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has looked to expand his country’s influence in the Indo-Pacific.
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* Assurance from President: Medical specialists put off strike plans

June 17 (ST) Sri Lankan medical specialists, planning to withdraw from private practice tomorrow (Monday, June 18) in protest over unfair taxes, have temporarily called off their action following a “productive” meeting on Friday with President Maithripala Sirisena.
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