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* Belarus MPs to focus on economic ties during next month's visit to Sri Lanka

Oct 22 (CP) Minsk- Senior officials of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka in November, Belarusian parliament announced Wednesday. The Belarusian parliamentary delegation led by the Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko will visit Sri Lanka on 17-21 November.
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* Sri Lankan government will assist the parties to defend the LTTE ban

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government today said the recent statements by interested parties on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE at the European Court seeking the lifting of sanctions are based on an inaccurate premise. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said from the outset of the case being filed the Government of Sri Lanka took action most effectively and provided material of a substantive nature to the defendant and the interveners on a regular basis. The Government of Sri Lanka said it provided all relevant material to the European Commission in order to assist the Commission to resist the claim by the LTTE.
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* Human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka claims lives of over 60 people and 250 elephants annually

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Every year around 60-70 persons are killed as a result of human-elephant conflict and about 250 elephants die due to various reasons, the Wildlife Resources Conservation Minister Gamini Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa said in parliament.
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* Doubts raised on Pope's visit to Sri Lanka amid snap presidential polls

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scuttle the Pope's visit scheduled for January, the AFP news agency reported today.
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* Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist extremist group to contest for the upcoming elections

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist extremist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) announced that the organization would field candidates to the next general election. The secretary of BBS Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero said the party would not however field Buddhist monks as candidates at the elections for the parliament, Provincial Councils or local governments. He said the candidates would be laymen.
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* Iran calls for expanding politico-economic relations with Sri Lanka

Oct 21 (CP) Tehran- Iran and Sri Lanka have underscored that expansion of bilateral ties always tops the agenda of both countries when Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asian and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour met in Teheran on Monday.
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* Sri Lanka Defense Secretary and Indian Defense Minister discuss enhancing military ties

Oct 21 (CP) New Delhi- Sri Lanka's Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Monday, October 20 called on India's Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Arun Jaitley, in New Delhi and discussed a number of issues.
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* Rajapaksa 'politically vulnerable' ahead of early Sri Lanka polls

Oct 22 (DW) Nearly two years ahead of schedule, Sri Lanka will go to the polls in January, with Mahinda Rajapaksa set to run for a third term; a move likely triggered by the President's fading popularity, says analyst Alan Keenan.
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* Sajith suggests bi-partisan motion to urge EU to re-list LTTE as terrorist organisation

oct 22 (Island) UNP Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa said in Parliament yesterday that his party was ready to extend support to the government to pass a resolution to demand the European Union to re-list the LTTE as a terrorist organisation.
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* Sri Lanka enacts ban on foreigners buying land

Oct 21 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka passed legislation banning land purchases by foreigners, a move the government said would curb tax evasion but critics said could hinder its offshore investment ambitions.
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* Party leaders, forced to back down on decision due to public displeasure Quorum in Parliament

Oct 21 (Island) Amidst mounting public displeasure on MPs not attending parliament sessions, party leaders who met yesterday decided to revise their previously reached agreement that quorum as well as prior notification was not required in the House for any vote to be taken during the budget debate, Parliament sources said.
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* Sri Lanka to hold elections in January, two years earlier than planned by president Mahinda Rajapaksa

Oct 21 (ABC) Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January, nearly two years ahead of schedule, with Mahinda Rajapaksa expected to run for a third six-year term. The announcement comes amid signs Mr Rajapaksa's popularity is fading after accusations that his party is abusing power.
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* Belarus parliamentary delegation to visit Sri Lanka in November

Oct 22 (CP) Minsk- Senior officials of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka in November, Belarusian parliament announced Wednesday. The Belarusian parliamentary delegation will be led by the Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko.
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* Sri Lankan President hopes the Deepawali festivities will add to the spirit of reconciliation

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the religious practices and festivities that go with the Deepawali festival add to the spirit of reconciliation that prevails in the country. In a message to celebrate the Deepawali today, the President said the festive day of Deepawali, which underlines the great spiritual values of Hinduism, is filled with the spirit of love and devotion.
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* Sri Lanka monk party leaders discuss reform proposals with the President

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- The leaders of Sri Lanka's nationalist monk party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) met with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday at the Temple Trees to discuss the party's proposals for constitutional changes.
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* Opposition MPs say election materials are being prepared in Sri Lanka Port Authority Defense Training School

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- The group of opposition lawmakers who visited the Sri Lanka Port Authority Defense Training School in Slave Island, Colombo on a fact finding mission, said the premises is used for preparing election campaign materials for upcoming presidential elections.
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* Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister defends ministry secretary against 'unfounded allegations'

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris today came to the defense of his Ministry secretary over "unfounded allegations" swirling in certain sections of the media recently against the official.
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* Sri Lanka Railways to transport fuel to North by trains

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- With the restoration of train services from Colombo to Jaffna last week after a 24-year lapse, Sri Lanka Railways plans to commence transporting fuel to the North by trains. The Railway Department has decided to commence transportation of fuel by train, from Kolonnawa Oil Depot of the Petroleum Corporation to Jaffna.
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* Sri Lanka tells the United Nations that LGBTIs are protected in its constitution

Oct 22 (GSN) The Sri Lankan Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted for the first time this month that its constitution protects people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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* ‘Divi Neguma will make country poverty free’

Oct 22 (DN) Child Development and Women’s Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda said that Divi Neguma symbolized the awakening of the nation. The sixth phase of the Divi Neguma project was launched by the government
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* Ranil’s tour in London did not impinge on EU Court ruling : UNP

Oct 22 (DM) The United National Party (UNP) yesterday rejected the allegation that there was an invisible connection between the European Union General Court’s ruling to lift sanctions on the LTTE and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s trip to London.
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* BASL ready to help govt.

Oct 21 (DM) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) said yesterday it was ready to help if the Government takes up the legal battle in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to reintroduce the proscription on the LTTE.
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* Budget 2015 not an Election Budget - President

Oct 21 (DN) The forthcoming budget is not going to be a budget targetting the election but will be a people-friendly budget which will grant many benefits to the public, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He said he will never cheat the people by presenting a budget aimed at political gain.
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