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Last Updated = Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 06:30 am SL Time

* Two Universities Visit at Indiana Buddhist Temple

Mar 27, Fort Wayne, USA - Thursday March 26, 2015 was a busy day for Indiana Buddhist Temple. At 9 am, the monks welcomed students from Bluffton University, Bluffton OH. At 3 pm, another group of students came and visitted the temple. They came from Taylor University, Philosophy and Religion Class.
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* Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs attend rally in Ratnapura despite party directive to stay away

Mar 26, Colombo: A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians have violated a party directive and attended rally organized by several allies in the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in support of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Atmosphere and receptivity during third round Indo-Lanka fishermen talks better - spokesperson

Mar 26 (CP) New Delhi- The Atmosphere and receptivity during the recent discussions between the representatives of Sri Lankan and Indian Fishermen were better compared to the two previous meetings they held, India said.
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* ICRC assists clarifying the fate of missing persons in Sri Lanka

Mar 26 (CP) Colombo- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), currently undertaking an assessment in Sri Lanka to understand all the humanitarian needs of the families of missing persons, says clarifying the fate of missing persons in Sri Lanka requires sustained commitment.
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* Some Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs to support call for change of Opposition Leader

Mar 26 (CP) Colombo- A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarian is to support the call for a change in the post of Opposition Leader in parliament. Accordingly, 50 SLFP parliamentarians are to sign a letter calling for the appointment of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Dinesh Gunawardena as the Opposition Leader of parliament replacing the current Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva.
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* Dengue eradication week begins in Sri Lanka from Today

Mar 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from today to 1st April as a National Dengue Prevention Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication and raising awareness.
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* China hopes Sri Lanka will act in its long-term interests

Mar 25 (CP) Beijing- The leaders of Sri Lanka and China will exchange views on the bilateral relations between the two countries as well as international and regional issues of common interest during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's visit to China.
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* Parliamentary committee system to be considered in Sri Lanka after next poll- PM

Mar 25 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government is looking at re-introducing the Parliamentary Committee System after the next general election.
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* Government to implement a system to evaluate Sri Lanka's international schools

Mar 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government will implement a new system to evaluate country's international schools, Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said. According to the Minister, under the new system, a license will be issued to the international schools each year after evaluating their performance and adherence to country's educational standards.
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* Sri Lankan President to leave for China on a four-day state visit

Mar 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for China this afternoon commencing a four-day state visit on the invitation of President of China Xi Jinping, the President's Office said in a release.
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* Sri Lankan President condoles death of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew

Mar 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed his deepest condolences and offered sympathy to the people of Singapore upon the death of former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew.
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* Sri Lanka promises port project to resume after problems "sorted" -China

Mar 26 (Reuters) BEIJING- China said on Thursday that Sri Lanka's visiting president had promised work would resume on a controversial Chinese-backed port development in Colombo that his administration had earlier suspended.
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* Immigration Dept. receives 10 dual citizenship applications

Mar 26 (DM) With the government’s decision to reintroduce dual citizenship status to nine countries, the Department of Immigration and Emigration had already received about 10 such applications by yesterday.
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* UPFA asks govt to extend life of local bodies by one year

Mar 25 (Island) The UPFA has requested the government to extend the life of 234 local government bodies scheduled to expire on March 31, 2015, by one year pending delimitation of wards. UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha made the request on behalf of the SLFP-led alliance in the wake of the UPFA’s dominant constituent accepting Cabinet portfolios in addition to posts of state and deputy ministers.
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* Head of Govt. not specified

Mar 25 (DM) Cabinet approval has been granted to include a change to the draft of the 19th Amendment, through which the Head of the Government has not been specified leading to a further curtailing of executive powers, although the President will remain the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief.
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* President Obama intends to nominate Atul Keshap as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Mar 26 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States President Barack Obama Thursday announced his intent to nominate the current Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Atul Keshap for Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
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* ri Lankan minster writes to President and PM asking not to nominate the 'corrupted' for elections

Mar 26 (CP) Colombo- Ports and Shipping Minister of Sri Lanka Arjuna Ranatunga has in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called on the two leaders to ensure that nominations are not granted to opportunistic and corrupt persons who cross over from major parties when they are not able to secure nominations in their own parties.
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* Former Sri Lankan President to lead task force on reconciliation and national harmony

Mar 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga has been appointed to lead a special presidential task force to identify urgent reconciliation needs of the minority Tamil community, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced Thursday.
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* Sri Lanka, China leaders pledge to continue longstanding friendship

Mar 26 (CP) Beijing- Sri Lanka' new President Maithripala Sirisena, who is paying a state visit to China and to attend the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia, and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged to continue the longstanding friendship between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan welcomed President Maithripala Sirisena and Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena Thursday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing before holding bilateral talks.
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* Sri Lankan minister appreciates Pakistan's assistance during the war

Mar 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka deeply appreciates the assistance provided by Pakistan to Sri Lanka at crucial times during the island nation's fight against terrorism, a government minister said. Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake speaking at a reception hosted by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo on the occasion of the National Day of Pakistan on 23rd March 2015 recalled that the diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka established in 1948, after regaining independence.
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* Sri Lanka lags far behind neighbors in innovation and technological adoption - ADB

Mar 26 (CP) Colombo- Despite that innovation is becoming an important policy agenda for Sri Lanka, the country lags far behind its South Asian neighbors in innovation and technological adoption, a recently released report of the Asia Development Bank (ADB) said.
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* Finance Minister responds to allegation of halting Sri Lanka's development projects

Mar 25 (CP) Colombo- Finance Minister of Sri Lanka Ravi Karunanayake today responded to the allegation leveled by opposition political parties that the government has stopped development projects that were launched under the former regime.
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* Sri Lanka's Marxist party to support the 19th Amendment to the Constitution

Mar 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the party will not oppose the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a news conference that a key pledge during the presidential election campaign was to abolish the Executive Presidency.
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* Sri Lankan President begins four-day state visit to China

Mar 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena, left for China this afternoon commencing a four-day state visit on the invitation of President of China Xi Jinping, the President's Office said.
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* Sri Lanka fishermen agree to consider Indian proposals

Mar 25 (CP) Colombo- Representatives of Sri Lanka Fishermen Associations have agreed to consider the proposals put forward by their Indian counterparts at the talks held Tuesday in Chennai, fishery officials have said.
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* U.S. explores options for supporting the democratic transition in Sri Lanka

Mar 25 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States government Tuesday said it explores options to support the democratic transition in Sri Lanka as the superpower sees "tremendous opportunities" to assist the island nation in improving governance, accountability, commerce, and more.
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* Opposition Leader wants SLFP Ministers to act as watchdogs

Mar 26 (Island) The Opposition would closely monitor the government to keep it in check, said Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva. MP de Silva was among the special invitees to witness newly appointed State Minister of Finance Mahinda Samarasinghe assuming duties yesterday at the Finance Ministry in Colombo.
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* SLFP Ministers to keep away from UPFA meetings

Mar 26 (DN) The group of 26 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians who accepted ministerial portfolios recently, have decided to abstain from meetings convened by the Opposition and may even boycott those of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in future, reliable sources said.
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* Two thirds majority assured for 19 A

Mar 25 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presented the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in Parliament yesterday. The Bill is to be taken up for debate and passed with a two thirds majority at a future date.
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* High-level Meet in Lanka on Fishing Next Month

Mar 25 (NIE) CHENNAI- During the third round of talks between representatives of fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka ended in Chennai on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu fishermen had put forth a seven-point charter of requests to their Lankan counterparts
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