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* Sri Lanka hopes for better relations with new UNHRC Chief

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Monday expressed hope that the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan be "more balanced" in his responsibilities than his predecessor Navanetham Pillay.
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* Sri Lanka state hospitals back to normal as the supplementary staff ends the strike

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The strike launched by the supplementary medical professionals at the state hospitals of Sri Lanka has ended and the hospitals have resumed the normal operations from today, following the discussions with the union, Health officials said.
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* UNP Chief ministerial candidate says meeting with President's son accidental

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Chief ministerial candidate of Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) for Uva Province Harin Fernando said Sunday that his meeting with the Hambantota District parliamentarian and President's son Namal Rajapaksa was a chance encounter and not a planned one.
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* Sri Lankan President likely to meet Indian PM on the sidelines of UN GA

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly session in New York later this month, a Sri Lankan official has told Express News Service.
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* Sri Lankan President instructs to start a sea water purification project

Aug 31 (CP) Bibile- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that he had instructed the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa to start a project to desalinate sea water.
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* UNP MP Sajith Premadasa to participate in campaigning for Uva PC election from tomorrow

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Hambantota district parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa has promised to take part in the party's election campaign for the Uva Provincial Council from tomorrow.
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* China to ensure efficient functioning of Sri Lanka's problem-plagued coal power plant

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- During the upcoming Chinese President xi Jinping's visit to Sri Lanka, the two countries will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure trouble-free, smooth functioning of the China-funded Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai.
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* PM Pledged 100 Per Cent Support, Says TNA

Sept 01 (NIE) COLOMBO- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told a delegation of the Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance (TNA), when the latter met him in New Delhi on August 23, that India would be 100 per cent with the Tamils of Sri Lanka.
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* Uva always stood by govt – President

Sept 01 (DN) The people in the Uva province always stood by the UPFA which was able to take the country forward, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He said Uva bore a historic significance in that it was the patriotic people of Uva who fought for the country’s sovereignty.
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* Sajith’s Pre-conditions shake up UNP

Aug 31 (Nation) The United National Party is caught up in a fresh dilemma with Sajith Premadasa, who is likely to be appointed as the Deputy Leader of the party soon, proposing to abolish the Leadership Council of the party.
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* Local universities to admit 50,000 foreign students by 2020

Aug 31 (SO) The Higher Education Ministry hopes to admit 50,000 foreign students to local universities by 2020 under the Government’s vision of turning Sri Lanka into an international hub of excellence in higher education by 2020.
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* The best we can give our children is education - Sri Lankan President

Sept 01 (CP) Moneragala- Stressing that the best thing a society can give its children is education, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that it is parents' responsibility to provide an opportunity for the children to receive the benefits of free education.
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* Sri Lanka's veteran trade union leader Bala Tampoe passes away

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's veteran trade union leader Bala Tampoe passed away this afternoon at a private hospital in Colombo. He was 92 years old. Tampoe was the longtime leader of the Ceylon Mercantile Union of Sri Lanka. An advocate of criminal law, Tampoe became the General Secretary of the CMU in February 1948.
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* Japanese Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka next week

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe has planned to undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 7th to 8th September 2014, at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, External Affairs Ministry said today in a statement.
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* Sri Lanka Marxist party to lodge complaint with rights commission on election law violations

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused the government of "deviously" deploying state employees in the election campaign and said the party would lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission today. Addressing a media conference Sunday at the party headquarters at Pelawatta, Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath said the party hopes to take legal action regarding the deployment of state employees to campaign for the government which is a blatant violation of law.
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* Former Secretary General of Sri Lanka Parliament Sam Wijesinha passes away

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Former Secretary General of Sri Lanka Parliament Sam Wijesinha passed away at home today, his family announced. He was 93 years old at the time of his death. Late Sam Wijesinha has served as first secretary-general and ombudsmen of parliament, chairman of the Human Task Force and as the Chancellor of the Open University of Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lankan government to consult Supreme Court regarding presidential election

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to consult the Supreme Court to get an interpretation on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution on the holding of a Presidential election.
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* Change in leadership of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party - report

Aug 31(CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is likely to undergo a change in the leadership, local media reports say. According to political reports, the main constituent party of the TNA, Illangai Tamil Arasukachchi (ITAK) will appoint a new leader at the party convention next month.
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* Health sector demands before Cabinet –Health Secy

Sept 01 (Island) Health Secretary Sudhrama Karunaratne yesterday said that the demands put forward by the Joint Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine (JCPSM) had been submitted to the Cabinet Secretary Sumith Abeysinghe for Cabinet approval.
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* Sri Lankan Muslims call for protection of Indonesian Buddhist site

Aug 31 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan Muslims on Sunday called for the protection of an ancient and historical Buddhist site in Borobudur, Indonesia after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists threatened to attack it.
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* Situation in National Hospital improves following court order

Aug 31 (Island) "There is an improvement, but not all of them have returned to work," said Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director of the National Hospital, summing up the situation in the hospital following a `return to work’ court order.
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* Govt. to invest Rs. 230 b more in crisis- ridden CPC

Aug 31 (ST) The Government is to invest more than Rs. 230 billion for a string of projects of the crisis-ridden and loss-making Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) within the next two years, senior officials said.
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