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Last Updated = Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 12:31 pm SL Time

* Indonesia, Sri Lanka to form parliamentary cooperation group

Sept 20 (CP) Jakarta- Indonesia and Sri Lanka will soon set up a parliamentary cooperation group to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields such as politics, economy, and culture.
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* President urges International Community to consider Sri Lanka's progress in reconciliation, Human Rights

Sept 20 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to seriously consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law.(Video)
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* PM Challenges JO to contest under new party

Sept 20 (DN) There wouldn’t be a single Joint Opposition member in Parliament after January next year provided they contested the Local Government election from a party other than Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday.
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* Sri Lanka Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says power supply in the country normal amid strike

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says the power supply in the country is being carried out as usual despite the strike launched by the workers union of the power supplier Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) entered its seventh day today.
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* Local government elections in January, government has no intention to postpone, Premier says

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that the government has no intention to postpone elections. The Local Government elections will be held under the new Mixed Electoral System.
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* Parliament not to debate 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill tomorrow

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- It has also been decided not to take up the debate on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill scheduled for Wednesday. Chief Government Whip and Minister Lakshman Kiriella said the United National Party (UNP) Parliamentary Group decided not to take up the draft bill in Parliament tomorrow.
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* Sri Lanka President to address 72nd UN General Assembly today

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- The General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to commence Tuesday, 19th September at the UN Headquarters in New York, on the theme "Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet". Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who arrived in New York Monday morning, will address the UN General Assembly this afternoon.
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* CaFFE alleges govt. bid to put off PC polls Speaker urged to intervene

Sept 19 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has been urged to prevent a controversial move to put off the Provincial Council polls, scheduled for Dec 9, 2017, by proposing far reaching amendments this week in respect of the PC Election Act in the Committee stage of the PC Election Amendment Act.
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* 20th Amendment to the Constitution passed in Central Provincial Council

Sept 19 (DN) The Central Provincial Council agreed to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which suggests to hold all Provincial Council Elections on the same day, a short while ago. Forty voted in favour and nine voted against the decision.
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* Pakistan's new Premier assures continued assistance to Sri Lanka

Sept 20 (CP) New York- Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has assured to continue the assistance provided to Sri Lanka when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
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* GMOA rejects Presidential Committee report recommendations

Sept 20 (Island) The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday rejected the Presidential Committee Report on resolving issues related to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
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* Transfer of power essential to strengthen democracy, Sri Lankan President says at UN Assembly

Sept 20 (UN) Noting that history is marked with leaders who have sought to consolidate power within themselves, the President of Sri Lanka today underscored that as leaders come into power, they must yield it to build democratic institutions and safeguard democracies.
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* Motor Traffic (Amendment) Bill proposes tough action against errant drivers

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva today presented the Motor Traffic (Amendment) Bill to Parliament for debate. Presenting the Bill to lawmakers, the Minister said the bill has been prepared after extensive discussions
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* Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules referendum needed to approve 20th Amendment

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum is needed in addition to a two-third majority vote in parliament to approve the 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill which sought to hold elections to all nine provincial councils on the same day.
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* Debate on draft bill enabling to criminalize enforced disappearance postponed

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to postpone the debate of the draft bill related to the International Covenant on Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
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* Sri Lanka minister takes cover after close shave

Sept 19 (ECONOMYNEXT) Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva overshadowed his own motor traffic amendment bill when he turned up in parliament in stunning jet black hair raising jibes from his fellow parliamentarians.
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* No US visa for me, says SF

Sept 19 (DM) Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Saratha Fonseka said on Monday that despite his name was included in the delegation travelling to the United States with President Maithripala Sirisena to participate at the UN Sessions in New York, he was not granted visa for the tour.
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* Backtracking on accountability measures will harm all Sri Lankans: Tamil leader

Sept 19 (News In Asia) Backtracking and tardiness in the implementation of pledges in regard to accountability measures such as the ratification of the international convention on enforced disappearances, will harm all Sri Lankans, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror.
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