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* Sri Lanka's migrant workers' organization pledges support to opposition candidate

Dec 20 (CP) Colombo- A powerful migrant workers' organization in Sri Lanka, All Island Middle-East Employees Organization today pledged support to the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the next month's presidential elections. Addressing media at the common opposition candidate's operational headquarters president of the organization Ranjith Nanayakkara assured the support of 149,000 families in his organization to ensure the victory of the opposition candidate. The organization had supported President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his reelection in 2010.
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* Heavy rains in Sri Lanka cause havoc with floods

Dec 20 (CP) Colombo- Heavy rains lashing Sri Lanka with over 150 mm rainfalls have made number of reservoirs in the island's north central region to overfill threatening low lying areas with floods. The authorities opened sluice gates of 6 reservoirs including Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa today due to incessant showers.
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* UN adopts Sri Lanka's proposal to establish a 'World Youth Skills Day'

Dec 20 (CP) New York- The United Nations General Assembly Thursday adopted by consensus, a resolution, spearheaded by Sri Lanka, declaring 15th July as the World Youth Skills Day. Sri Lanka initiated this resolution, with the assistance of the G77 & China, to highlight at a global level, the importance of youth skills development.
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* Sri Lanka opposition presidential candidate pledges to reform country's foreign relations

Dec 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's common opposition Friday pledged to reform the country's foreign relations to reflect the government's national opinion if it wins the January 8 election against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Candlelight vigil in Colombo to commemorate the Peshawar attack victims

Dec 19 (CP) Colombo- A peaceful candlelight vigil to commemorate the innocent people, who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Peshawar, will be held Friday, 19 December,2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Viharamahadevi Park, opposite Colombo Municipal Council (CMC).
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* EVKS Likens Rajapaksa to Prabhakaran

Dec 20 (ENS) CHENNAI- TNCC president EVKS Elangovan on Friday compared Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa with LTTE leader V Prabhakaran and said that he considered both as 'evils'.
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* President's strong, fearless leadership helped defeat terrorism - Keheliya

Dec 20 (DN) If President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not wipe out terrorism from this country, we too would have experienced savage terrorist attacks like that of Pakistan even today, said Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.
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* Polls chief bans propaganda activity at state institutions

Dec 19 (Island) Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday ordered all heads of public institutions that they prevent their premises being used for any sort of election propaganda activity.
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* Stability essential for development - GL

Dec 19 (DN) Political stability in Sri Lanka is very marked, compared to other countries, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris said. Addressing a press conference at the SLFP headquarters yesterday, Prof. Peiris said a stable government is the prime need to build a developed nation.
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* Sri Lankan President says common opposition candidate copied his budget proposals

Dec 20 (CP) Ampara- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said all the pledges made by the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena in his election policy manifesto are being implemented at present by the government under the budget proposals.
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* Sri Lanka Election Commissioner asks employers to grant leave for workers to vote

Dec 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya has asked employers to grant leave for their employees on January 8, 2015 to cast their votes at the presidential election. According to the Clause 110 of the Electoral Regulations Act 15 of 1981, all permanent and casual workers are entitled to leave with pay for casting their votes.
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* Sri Lanka does not need a Singapore style management - President

Dec 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today charging that certain groups are attempting to sell the state resources to the private sector, said the country does not need a management of the Singaporean strategy.
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* Sri Lankan President will not participate in a debate with no facts and figures - Minister

Dec 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not participate in a debate where there are no facts and figures, the Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella referring to the challenge extended by the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena for a debate.
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* Sri Lanka opposition candidate releases policy statement amid disruptions

Dec 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena has presented his election manifesto this morning at the Viharamahadevi Park amid disruptions to the program. Read the opposition candidate's election Manifesto in English/Sinhala
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* TNA urged not to mislead Tamils at third consecutive prez poll

Dec 20 (Island) General Secretary of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V. Anandasangaree yesterday urged the Tamil electorate to vote for incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa or Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8, 2015 presidential election, regardless of the instructions given by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
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* Grants to 500 Goans to attend Sri Lanka canonisation ceremony

Dec 19 (NK) Five hundred Goans will be granted financial assistance of Rs.12,000 each for a trip to Sri Lanka for the canonisation ceremony of Blessed Joseph Vaz early next year, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Friday.
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* Church cannot withdraw invitation to Pope: Cardinal Ranjith

Dec 19 (DM) The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is not in a position to ask Pope Francis to cancel his visit to Sri Lanka next month, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said yesterday. “The church cannot just ask the Pope not to come visit Sri Lanka after inviting him in the first place,” the Cardinal told a media briefing yesterday.
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