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* Government to develop Eastern port city of Trincomalee as an agriculture and energy hub

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has approved a planning review to be done to develop Trincomalee and surrounding cities in the island's East. According to the Sri Lankan government, Trincomalee area in the East can be developed as an agriculture and an energy hub under the government's development program.
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* JO, JVP allege vote rigging in Parliament

May 06 (Island) The Joint Opposition yesterday called for the immediate resignation of Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake after a recount of a vote taken at the end of yesterday’s debate to give approval for a supplementary estimate of Rs 55 mn for the government revealed original result had been distorted.
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* Parliament adjourned amidst tense situation

May 06 (DN) Yesterday a tense situation prevailed during the last few minutes in Parliament when Joint Opposition and JVP members claimed the results of vote on the Supplementary Estimate of Rs. 55 million were incorrect.
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* Sri Lankan President advises officials to take decisions fearlessly to protect environment

May 05 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today instructed the relevant heads of institutions to take necessary decisions without any fear to protect and conserve the environment. "We cannot postpone taking decisions to protect our environment," the President said assuring that the Government is always ready to stand on behalf of those officials, who take correct decisions.
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* Malaysia explores the possibility of a FTA with Sri Lanka

May 05 (CP) Colombo- Malaysia will explore the possibility of clinching a free trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka in efforts to increase the bilateral trade to a significant level, Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.
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* Sri Lankan President to attend Anti-Corruption Summit in London

May 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for London on May 11 to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit organized by the British government. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who will host the landmark international summit in London on May 12, has extended an invitation to President Sirisena.
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* Sri Lanka to establish a Pirivena in Sanchi to teach Theravada Buddhism

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government plans to establish a Pirivena in Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh of India to teach Theravada Buddhism. According to a proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for the approval of the cabinet of ministers, the government is considering establishing a Pirivena to halt the decline of Buddhism in India, the land of its birth.
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* Rajapaksa faction could not stomach Fonseka speaking on their leader’s security – Govt.

May 05 (Island) Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told a news conference in Colombo that the Rajapaksa Faction of the UPFA had behaved in that manner on Tuesday because they could not stomach Minister of Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka telling them that Police Special Task Force security was sufficient for their leader.
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* US company to recruit 3,000 Sri Lankan nurses for US hospitals

May 06 (CP) Colombo- An agreement has been signed between Sri Lanka and a United States company to provide job opportunities for more than 3,000 local nurses in U.S. hospitals. Karma Services, LLC, a Michigan, USA- based global health care recruitment provider, signed the agreement with the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau on 3rd May in the presence of Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala.
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* Govt., PCs must react to NPC resolution: JHU

May 06 (DM) The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today the Government and other provincial councils should respond to the resolution adopted by the Northern Provincial Council just as was done by the Western Provincial Council which passed a resolution opposing it.
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* Tamil parties form new coalition in Sri Lanka

May 06 (Hindu) Ten Tamil parties and groups in Sri Lanka have come together to form a coalition - Democratic Tamil National Front. Among the parties are the Tamil United Liberation Front of V. Anandasangaree; Eelam People’s Democratic Party of Douglas Devananda and Democratic People’s Congress of Praba Ganesan.
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* Sri Jayewardenepura University and Lipton to uplift productivity of Sri Lankan tea lands

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The Center for Sustainability (CFS) attached to Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in collaboration with Unilever Lipton Ceylon Ltd, aims to conduct a high impact program for uplifting sustainability and productivity levels of tea small holder farmers in Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka parliament suspends Deputy Minister and MP for a week over the brawl

May 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka parliament today approved a proposal to take disciplinary action against the members of parliament who initiated a fistfight in the House on Tuesday and send a fellow member to the hospital.
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* State Minister says 50,000 new employment opportunities to open with the removal of fishery exports ban

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The current government due to its comprehensive vision and strategic plans, was able to remove the ban imposed by the European Union on Sri Lanka's fish exports in a short period of time after coming to power, State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says.
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* Sri Lanka's govt in deep crisis over finance vote

May 05 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's de facto opposition scored a major victory when they successfully challenged the government's narrow margin in getting a supplementary vote passed in the assembly Thursday.
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* Bopage's statement no big deal: DM

May 05 (DM) While admitting that Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage's statement on the joint opposition was a blunder, Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranawithana appealed to the media to desist from creating a furor over it.
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