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* Sri Lanka landslide: UN saddened by the human loss

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations said today that it is saddened by the loss of human life caused by the deadly landslide in the Koslanda village of Badulla district in Sri Lanka."We at the United Nations and Humanitarian Community are saddened by the human loss
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* United States to assist Sri Lanka in landslide rescue and relief efforts

Oct 31 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States said Thursday that has received an official request for assistance from the Government of Sri Lanka for rescue and relief efforts after a massive landslide devastated the Koslanda- Meeriya Bedda village in Badulla district.
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* Opposition lays the blame on govt.

Oct 31 (Island) The government could make excuses but it should accept the responsibility for its failure to save the lives of people who perished in the Koslanda disaster, Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga said in Parliament yesterday.
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* Commonwealth Secretary-General conveys his solidarity and condolences to Sri Lanka

Oct 30 (CP) London- The Secretary-General of Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma has sent his solidarity and condolences on behalf of the Commonwealth to the President of Sri Lanka following yesterday's devastating landslides in the country.
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* Ministry of Health to conduct a census on Sri Lanka's psychiatric patients

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health will launch a pilot study next week to take census on mental patients in the island to identify the extent of the mental disorders prevailing among the population.
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* Sri Lanka Catholic Church call upon all Catholics to help the landslide affected people

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Catholic Church today expressing deep concern and shock at yesterday's landslide in the Koslanda Miriyabedda area in Haldummulla village of Badulla District called upon its faithful to help the affected community in "whatever way possible" to restart their lives.
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* UN Human Rights Committee asks Sri Lanka to repeal 18th Amendment to the Constitution

Oct 30 (CP) Geneva- The United Nations Human Rights Committee, while welcoming several measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure human rights of its citizens, asked the government to repeal the 18th Amendment to the Constitution approved by the parliament in September 2010. Presenting the Concluding Observations on the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka, the UN human rights treaty body, which reviewed Sri Lanka on 7 and 8 October, said the Committee is concerned by the 18th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution which, inter alia, discontinues the Constitutional Council and empowers the President to dismiss or appoint members of the judiciary and other independent bodies.
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* UN humanitarian wing on standby to support Sri Lanka after landslides

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stands ready to support Sri Lanka after heavy rains have caused deadly landslides in the tea estates villages of Badulla in central Sri Lanka.
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* Talks deadlocked: JHU threatens street protests

Oct 30 (Island) Ongoing high profile talks between the SLFP and the JHU to resolve a simmering dispute over the latter’s constitutional and political reform proposals primarily meant to dilute presidential powers have failed to produce the desired results. JHU proposals are about political reforms and a range of other contentious issues including police and land powers in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
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* Sri Lankan President instructs officials to get the EU ban on fish exports removed

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (30) has instructed the relevant officials to do a thorough study on the European Union's ban of Sri Lanka's fishery products exports and get the ban removed.
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* Water levels reach spill level; several areas flooded: DMC

Oct 31 (DM) The water levels in Kelani Ganga, Kalu Ganga and the Attanagalu Oya had risen to the spill level, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said DMC Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili asked people living in the low lying areas close to these rivers to exercise caution.
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* Common Presidential candidate' concept, only a dream for the opposition - Minister Sirisena

Oct 31 (DN) The concept of a 'Common Presidential candidate' is but a dream for the opposition, said SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena.
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* Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader to visit landslide affected people tomorrow

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe will visit Koslanda tomorrow to meet the people distressed by the massive landslide. The Opposition Leader will meet the affected people at Koslanda School at 9 a.m. tomorrow and proceed to tour in Meeriyabedda area where the landslide took place.
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* Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Supreme Council meets to discuss presidential election

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Council of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the Muslim ally of the Sri Lankan government, will meet on October 31 under the patronage of the SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem, party sources said. The major purpose of the Supreme Council meeting is to discuss the upcoming presidential election.
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* Sri Lankan President visits landslide affected village

Oct 30 (CP) Badulla- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning visited the Koslanda-Meeriya Bedda Estate village in Haldummulla devastated by the deadly landslide yesterday and met the people affected by the disaster.
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* U.S. stands ready to assist Sri Lanka, commends government's rescue efforts after landslide

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- The United States today expressed deepest condolences to the Sri Lankan government and the families affected by Wednesday's landslide in Koslanda in Badulla district and offered assistance for the government and the affected people.
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* US help not sought for Sri Lanka landslide rescue

Oct 30 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States said Wednesday that government of Sri Lanka has not made any specific requests for assistance in search and rescue operations after an early morning landslide in the upcountry plantations area believed to have buried about 300 people.
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* More funds for women, child welfare

Oct 30 (DN) The Child Development and Women's Affairs Ministry has been allocated Rs. 700 million in addition to the Budgetary allocation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the betterment of women and children, Child Development and Women's Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda said.
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