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* President to take action against removal of head of Lanka Coal Company

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to take action against the removal of Chairman of the Lanka Coal Company (Private) Limited, Maithri Gunaratne and the Director Board of the Company by the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, according to a local media report.
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* No conditions attached to GSP: UNP

Jan 21 (DM) Sri Lanka's 2500-year-old Buddhist culture is non-negotiable for whatever reasons, even if it were to gain the GSP+ or any other benefit, two United National Party ( UNP) back-benches said yesterday. These views were expressed by UNP MPs Harshana Rajakaruna and Wijepala Hettiarachchi at a media briefing last morning.
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* IMF commends Sri Lanka's strategy to create financial discipline

Jan 20 (CP) Davos- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the new strategy of Sri Lankan government to create financial discipline and lead the country in a correct path to economic development.
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* 'Wilpattu forest cleared by State Timber Corp, not by Muslim IDPs' - environmentalist

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan environmentalist has claimed that the forests in the Wilpattu National Reserve were cleared by the State Timber Corporation and not by the displaced Muslims as alleged.
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* Sri Lankan Prime Minister holds discussions with world leaders on expanding bilateral ties, trade and investment

Jan 20 (CP) Davos- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is leading the Sri Lankan delegation to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland held discussions with several heads of states and business giants on expanding bilateral ties and boosting trade and investment. Meeting with the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, Premier Wickremesinghe exchanged ideas with the Norwegian leader on the course of action that could be taken to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations between the two nations.
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* Sri Lanka to enter into agreements with Ukraine and Denmark on recognition of Certificates issued to seafarers

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will sign Memorandums of Understanding with the governments of Ukraine and Denmark to allow the authorities of those countries to recognize the certificates of competency issued for Sri Lankan seafarers.
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* New Zealand and Sri Lanka discuss trade opportunities, free trade agreement

Jan 20 (CP) Davos- New Zealand and Sri Lanka have discussed a free trade agreement to promote the bilateral trade between the two countries. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay has confirmed New Zealand and Sri Lanka will progress discussions on new trade and investment opportunities, which could include a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.
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* Sri Lanka officially refuses to go Gay

Jan 20 (Roar) Gay rights is in the news again, what with the Cabinet notoriously rejecting a move to decriminalise homosexuality in the country. Social networking sites were abuzz with the news yesterday, with members of the public-
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* Public requested to switch to CFL and LED bulbs to save energy

Jan 20 (DM) The CEB was considering to remove the use of incandescent bulbs in a move to save energy and introduce CFL and LED bulbs, Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Secretary Suren Batagoda said yesterday.
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* Sri Lankan minister urges promotion public-interest driven media

Jan 20 (APP) KARACHI- Sri Lanka's Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms, Gayantha Karunathilaka has stressed that politically and commercially driven media have to be replaced by good ethical and public-interest driven media.
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* Reconciliation to be a compulsory subject at schools

Jan 21 (Island) Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), has said that a proposal had been submitted to the Education Ministry to include reconciliation as a subject in the School curriculum.
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* Reconciliation, peace achievable only if justice is meted out: Wigneshwaran

Jan 21 (DN) Reconciliation and sustainable peace can be achieved only if justice is meted out to the long standing injustice suffered by the people, Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran said. The Northern Province Chief Minister was speaking during a discussion with Political, Trade and Communications Counsellor of the European Delegation in Sri Lanka and Maldives Paul Godfrey.
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* Donald Trump becomes US president

Jan 20 (BBC) Wasington, DC- Donald Trump has taken the oath and now becomes the 45th US president of the United States. President Trump was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington.
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* 4th Ministerial consultation of Abu Dhabi Dialogue in Colombo on 23 -24 January

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- The 4th Ministerial consultation of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) will be held in Colombo next week with the participation of ministers responsible for Foreign Employment of the ADD countries. The event will take place at the Cinnamon Lakeside in Colombo from 23 -24 January with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest.
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* UNHRC Chief satisfied with Sri Lanka's progress on improving Human Rights

Jan 20, Davos: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has expressed his satisfaction towards the positive steps taken by Sri Lanka to improve the country's human rights conditions.
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* Sri Lanka Army personnel deployed for drought relief

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army, in response to a Presidential directive has deployed teams of Army personnel to distribute relief material to those who have been affected by the drought. Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said the teams are being deployed, based on the requirements of the Disaster Management Centre.
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* India denies talks are on to take over development of Sri Lanka's Trincomalee port

Jan 20 (NIE) COLOMBO- Indian official sources on Friday denied Sri Lankan Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for developing the Trincomalee harbor in the Eastern coast of the island nation.
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* CP Leader calls for intellectual debate in parliament on bond scam report

Jan 20 (Island) Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL) yesterday asked all parties to ensure an intellectual debate on the COPE recommendations on the Central Bank bond scams without turning it into a political mud slinging campaign when it is taken up in Parliament.
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* Unhealthy foreign policy deprived former govt. of GSP+: Minister

Jan 20 (DN) The previous government could not obtain international support due to its unhealthy foreign policy, Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said. He said that it was deprived of the GSP plus facility in 2010 due to the same reason and this government could obtain it as the government has been able to convince the international community that the country has a political willingness for reconciliation.
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