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* Possibility to amend the Sri Lanka FTA with Singapore within a year - Minister

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka - Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) signed in January this year can be amended within a year if it has any detrimental effect on the country and the economy, a senior minister of the government said.
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* Sri Lanka and Oman sign agreement on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and Oman have signed agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Sultanate of Oman.
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* British Council honors stakeholders at IELTS Awards Night 2018

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The British Council in Sri Lanka held its IELTS Awards Night on Tuesday, 14 August at Kings Court, Cinnamon Lakeside in Colombo. Initiated in 2010, this annual awards ceremony is hosted by the country's leading IELTS test center...
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* In Pictures: 72nd Independence Day of India celebrated in Sri Lanka

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 72nd Independence Day of India on Tuesday, 15 August 2018 at India House in Colombo.
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* Sri Lanka to sign agreement with Oman on avoidance of double taxation to enhance economic relations

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will sign an agreement with Government of Oman to avoid Double Taxation and a Memorandum of Understanding on exemption from visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic and official service passports.
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* SriLankan Airlines flights to Cochin temporarily suspended

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has temporarily suspended flights to and from the South Indian city of Cochin until 18th August, following the closure of Cochin Airport due to flooding in the region.
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* Private Bus strike from midnight today to protest new spot fines

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- A private bus association is preparing to launch a strike from midnight today (15) demanding the government to reduce the spot fines that were increased recently. The All Ceylon Private Bus Workers' Association said it would launch a strike from midnight against new fines imposed for violating road rules.
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* Greater Kurunegala Water Supply and Sewerage Project to benefit over 70,000 people

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Monday inaugurated the Greater Kurunegala Water Supply and Sewerage Project that will benefit over 70,000 people in the greater Kurunegala area.
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* Govt. to address public sector salary anamolies, landlessness soon

Aug 16 (Island) The government said yesterday that it would soon address the issues of salary anomalies in the public sector and landlessness among the poor. The process of distributing land deeds to the poor in various districts had been accelerated,
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* JO mulls legal action against UPFA Secretary’s decision

Aug 16 (DM) The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said it was ready to take legal action against UPFA Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera for giving his 'personal' opinion on the Opposition Leader's post claiming it as the party's opinion.
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* Piyadasa reads riot act to JO MPs trying to be independent

Aug 15 (Island) SLFP General Secretary Prof Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, yesterday, challenged the Joint Opposition (JO) members to sit in Parliament as independent MPs. He said all JO members including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been elected on the ticket of UPFA.
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* Govt has stabilised economy - PM

Aug 15 (DN) The government has stabilised the economy and managed the country’s debt burden systematically, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. “Our objective is to limit the debt burden to 70 percent of the country’s budget by 2020. We have already increased the country’s income by 10 percent,” The Prime Minister said
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* Sri Lanka Premier condoles former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's demise

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is "deeply saddened" by the death of former Indian Prime Minister AtaI Bihari Vajpayee today. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was receiving treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness, at the age of 93.
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* Train service from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar halted temporarily

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Railway Department has decided to temporarily halt the train service from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar from Friday (August 17) for repairs on a bridge. Repair work on a main bridge between Murunkan and Mannar is scheduled to commence tomorrow.
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* UK Government extends partnership with UNDP to support sustainable resettlement in Sri Lanka

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka recently entered into a partnership agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom to extend support for Sustainable Resettlement of recently released lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.
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* Railway trade unions threaten to strike again, scheduled to meet the President today

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Railways trade unions, who launched an island wide train strike launched last week, have issued a fresh warning of trade union action if the government failed to meet their demand to resolve salary anomalies by next Tuesday.
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* Sri Lankan Premier promotes peace and reconciliation at annual feast of Madhu Church

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the unity government is working to deliver long term peace to the island nation and religious festivals are important to promote peace and reconciliation.
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* Foreign Ministry holds 2nd Integrated Consular Mobile Service in Mannar

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- The 2nd Integrated Consular Mobile Service (ICMS), coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held on 12 - 13 August 2018 at the Mannar Town Hall.
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* Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission initiates youth camp to mark 70th Anniversary of UDHR

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is organizing a Youth Camp bringing together youth from all 25 districts to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
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* No room for racism, religious intolerance - PM

Aug 16 (News.lk) Racism and religious intolerance will not be accommodated again, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said.PM Wickremesinghe observed that some people are unfortunately spreading racism and religious animosity without nurturing empathy and kindness.
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* Acted constitutionally in Opposition Leader post ruling - Speaker

Aug 16 (DN) The decision regarding the post of Opposition Leader was taken by the Speaker after extensive study and probing ideas and views of local and foreign experts and traditions followed by other democratic countries in the Commonwealth, the Speaker's office in a press release stated yesterday.
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* Will consider if JO wishes to separate – Amaraweera

Aug 15 (AD) If the group of MPs representing the Joint Opposition desires to act independently in the Parliament, they are willing to give the opportunity for it, says UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. He stated this following an event held in Colombo.
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* The Rs.200,000 allowance - Only less than 55 MPs entitled: Ministry

Aug 15 (DM) The number of monitoring MPs receiving a transport allowance of Rs.200,000 each is less than 55 as several of them have been appointed as deputy ministers or state ministers, the Land and Parliament Affairs Ministry said yesterday.
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* Medical waste from Kerala spotted on Sri Lankan shore

Aug 15 (Hindu) After residents and fisher folk of Puttalam district, some 140 km north of Colombo, reported sighting medical waste along their coast, Sri Lankan authorities who inspected the spot have said the items originated from India.
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