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* Sri Lanka to take stringent domestic measures to protect migrant workers

Aug 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka is committed to ensure that the migrant workers have safe and dignified employment abroad and will take stringent domestic measures to prevent migrant workers falling prey to human trafficking or human smuggling, Sri Lanka's Foreign affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.
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* Sri Lankan President instructs AG to investigate allegations against him in Australian media

Aug 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he instructed the Attorney General of Sri Lanka to investigate the allegations made in Australian media reports that an Australian firm is under investigation for possibly paying kickbacks to Sri Lankan government officials at a ministry of which President Sirisena was the then minister. Issuing a statement President's Media Division (PMD) said President Maithripala Sirisena drew his personal attention to the report published on Aug 24 in the Australian website Sydney Herald that stated to some alleged incident of an employee of his office, when he served as the Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Services.
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* Japan, Sri Lanka exploring port infrastructure deals to counter reliance on China: source

Aug 28 (Kyodo) Japan plans to dispatch a team to Sri Lanka in the coming months to inquire about the potential for infrastructure investment in the key port of Trincomalee, a government source said.
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* Now, Mano proposes ‘revolutionary’ cabinet paper to solve language problem

Aug 26 (Island) National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan on Wednesday said that he would submit a revolutionary cabinet paper to strengthen ongoing efforts meant to induce the Sinhalese to learn the Tamil language.
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* Sri Lankan government clarifies global law firm's role in consultations in response to media reports

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government responding to the media reports on the services provided by a global law firm said the newspaper reports were aimed deliberately at sabotaging the economic development strategy of the Government.
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* Minister Ravi Karunanayake to attend 8th SAARC finance ministers' summit in Islamabad

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake will leave for Pakistan today to participate in the 8th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Finance Ministers' Summit to be held in Islamabad.
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* 5th meeting of manpower ministers in the Colombo Process today

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- The 5th meeting of manpower ministers grouped in the Colombo Process will be held today at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo with the participation of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as the chief guest.
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* My father brought in Sinhala only Bill to give country back its identity: CBK

Aug 25 (DM) Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday said her father had brought in the Sinhala only Bill in 1956 not to as a racist move but as a means of giving back to the country its identity after 450 years of subjugation by foreign rulers.
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* Video: Sri Lanka: Citizen Engagement is Key to Development

Aug 25 (WB) Emerging out of internal conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka has in many respects been a development success story. Now, Sri Lanka has opportunities to build on its success and has set out an ambitious development agenda.
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* Minister Bathiudeen summoned to Presidential Commission to record a statement on Sathosa

Aug 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) today.
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* UN Secretary General to visit Sri Lanka next week

Aug 26 (CP) New York- The United Nations Secretary General ban Ki-moon is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka next week, his spokesman Stepahné Dujarric announced at the press briefing on Thursday. In the evening of August 31, the Secretary-General will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and other members of the Government and of the Parliament.
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* Two rivals on a smooth journey

Aug 26 (Hindu) The first year in office for any government should normally not be problematic. This holds good more or less in the case of Sri Lanka's national unity government, which has completed one year in office despite huge challenges in the areas of economy, constitutional reforms, and, importantly, the Tamil question.
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* Ready to accept any missed amendments to OMP Bill: PM

Aug 26 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government was ready to accommodate changes it may have missed at the Committee stage, to the Office on Missing Persons Act.
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* Foreign Ministry organizes mobile consular service in Nallur, Jaffna from August 28 -31

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be organizing a mobile consular service in the vicinity of Nallur Temple, Jaffna from 28th to 31st August 2016 to coincide with the festival of Nallur Temple, the Ministry announced.
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* Agreement with the lobbying firm is to maximize Sri Lanka's access to the U.S. market - Minister Samarawickrema

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrema Wednesday made a special statement in parliament on the controversy of hiring a United States lobbying firm, raised by a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.
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* COPE Chairman complains of undue pressure from Kiriella over bond scam probe

Aug 25 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday told Parliament that the proceedings of the Parliamentary Committees would be open to the media from September once the draft set of amendments to the Standing Orders was adopted.
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* JHU wants CoI into racism in North and East

Aug 25 (DN) The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday called on the government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry into the campaign carried out of by certain racist and separatist elements of the TNA against Sinhala people in the North and East, and building of Buddha statues, in these regions.
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