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* Sri Lanka PM instructs tri forces and police to provide relief o flood affected people

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he has received a full report on the present climate situation and relevant institutions have informed him that the emergency situation will continue.
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* Minister says sluice gates of hydropower reservoirs will not be opened

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that the sluice gates of hydropower reservoirs that comes under the purview of the Ceylon Electricity Board will not be opened despite the prevalence of the rain.
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* India offers scholarships to children of Sri Lanka estate workers

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Government of India has announced the award of scholarships to the children of Sri Lanka's Indian-origin estate workers. The High Commission of India has invited applications from the children of estate workers, who are residents of estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET).
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* Sri Lanka culinary show at the Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka presented its authentic culinary at the Annual Embassy Chef Challenge held on May 24th at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC.
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* Health Minister highlights Sri Lanka's health achievements at 70th World Health Assembly

May 25 (CP) Geneva- Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajith Senaratne addressing the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva on 23rd May highlighted Sri Lanka's achievements in public health and health services.
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* Sri Lankan President and Australian PM agree to enhance bilateral cooperation

May 25 (CP) Canberra- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a three-day state visit to Australia, met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the National Parliament building in Canberra on Thursday and held bilateral discussions.
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* Sri Lanka cabinet nod to set up a 1040 MW hybrid wind and solar energy park in Pooneryn

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government received the approval from the cabinet of ministers to set up a 1040 MW hybrid wind and solar energy park in Pooneryn in the battle-scarred Northern Province. The Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held on Tuesday has approved plans to build a hybrid renewable energy park including 240MW of wind and 800MW of solar at Pooneryn.
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* Another supplementary estimate to buy vehicles for ministers, officials

May 26 (Island) MEP leader Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday said that the government had submitted a huge supplementary estimate to purchase vehicles for the members and officers of the steering committee of the Constituent Assembly.
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* Sri Lanka: A country trapped in debt

May 26 (BBC) China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure and developments in Sri Lanka, but many local citizens feel the country is being sold to the Chinese. Normally the roads leading to Asian ports are bustling.
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* India should either come up with a better plan for Sri Lanka or send a thank you note to China

May 25 (Forbes) When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean. And it has a good plan in advancing that agenda, including the shoring up of Sri Lanka’s major ports.
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* Those who disturb the peace will be prosecuted : President

May 25 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said he has instructed the authorities responsible for the country’s security to strictly impose the law against those who try to disrupt peace in the country, irrespective of their status.
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* Sri Lanka seeks UN assistance to handle the worsening flood situation

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated the Emergency Response Unit of the Ministry, to coordinate rescue and relief measures related to the flood situation in several parts of Sri Lanka.
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* Australia and Sri Lanka sign new partnership to fight Chronic Kidney Disease

May 26 (CP) Sydney- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today (May 26) visited Australia's nuclear agency, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), on an inspection tour to see its advanced research on utilization of nuclear science for disease diagnosis and medicine.
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* Iran, Sri Lanka sign 2 MoUs on science, technology cooperation

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Iran and Sri Lanka have signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the scientific and technological cooperation, the official news agency of Iran, IRNA reported.
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* Indian handcraft exhibition in Colombo provide a platform for Sri Lankan artisans

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Indian handcraft exhibition Shilpa Kala - 2017 opened in Sri Lanka today provides a platform for Sri Lankan artisans, India's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.
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* Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center warns of flooding of rivers in low lying areas as heavy rains continue

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) today warned the public in low lying areas of the Kelani, Kalu and Walawe Rivers of rising water levels. The DMC issuing a special weather advisory for heavy rain falls for the next 48 hours announced that the water levels of some reservoirs and rivers have been rising and requested the public to be vigilant.
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* Sri Lankan President meets Australian PM for discussions

May 25 (CP) Canberra- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a three-day state visit to Australia, met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the National Parliament building in Canberra on Thursday and held bilateral discussions. Reportedly fight against people smuggling was high on the agenda of the talks between the two leaders among other areas of bilateral cooperation.
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* Violence against religious minorities in Sri Lanka

May 26 (UCAN) Human rights groups, religious leaders, lawmakers and the United Nations have all called on the Sri Lankan government to take immediate action against sectarian violence and growing tensions in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
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* Cabinet reshuffle portends a new direction: Ravi

May 26 (DN) The cabinet reshuffle built up the atmosphere to lead the country on a new direction and to create a new Sri Lanka, Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. The newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister assumed official duties at the Foreign Ministry premises yesterday, following multi religious observances.
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* India rightly recalibrates Sri Lanka policy

May 25 (GN) The recent back-to-back visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to New Delhi and Indian Premier Narendra Modi to Colombo reinforces the two neighbouring countries' commitment to strengthen a long-standing partnership that seeks to enhance all-round prosperity and development.
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* PFC withholds its approval of funds for ministers’ new vehicles

May 25 (Island) The Public Finance Committee (PFC) has decided to withhold its approval for financial allocations for purchasing new vehicles for ministers, Committee’s chairman TNA MP MA Sumanthiran told Parliament on Tuesday.
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