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Last Updated = Tue, May 26, 2015, 12:26 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka health sector union launches strike over 10 demands

May 26 (CP) Colombo- A health sector union in Sri Lanka, the All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU) has launched a two-day token trade union action From this morning over several demands. The union, which launched a three-day token trade union action last week, has decided to strike work again to get the health authorities to meet their demands.
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* Maithri wants drug dealers et al ousted from Parliament

May 26 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena says he is committed to eliminating drug dealers and other social undesirables from Parliament and the proposed new electoral system will help achieve that goal.
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* Vasu opposes Gota and Basil

May 26 (DN) UPFA Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara said he was opposed to granting nominations to Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming Parliamentary election from the pro-Rajapaksa camp. “Both Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are not ‘temperamentally suited’ to contest elections.
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* Director General of Sri Lanka Customs resigns

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Finance Minister of Sri Lanka Ravi Karunanayake today said that Director General of Customs Jagath P. Wijeweera has tendered his resignation to the Finance Ministry Secretary.
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* Protecting forests and environment among top priorities for Sri Lankan government - President

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithreepala Sirisena says the conservation of the national forests and protecting the environment are among the government's foremost challenges and therefore among the top priorities of the government. Speaking during a function held today at the President Secretariat, the President said the present government has been able to prevent unwanted political influences that led to deforestation of national forests during the previous administration.
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* Sri Lanka welcomes Cannes award for refugee movie

May 25 (AFP) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's govern 2015ment on Monday hailed the awarding of Cannes' top prize to a film highlighting the plight of the Tamil minority during the island’s civil war, saying authorities were working to redress past injustices.
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* Sri Lanka's former President appoints shadow Cabinet - report

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly appointed a shadow Cabinet that meets on a weekly basis. Local media reports Sunday stated that the shadow Cabinet meets in order to discuss the current political situation, the policies to be adopted and alternative policies.
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* No Room For Separatism And Violence, Says Cannes Star Anthonythasan

May 25 (NIE) COLOMBO- Jesuthasan Anthonythasan, the Tamil Tiger child soldier who attained international stardom when his film Deepan bagged the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year, has well and truly abjured violence and separatism, which had marked his life in Sri Lanka.
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* Wickremabahu defends Ranil against his erstwhile comrade

May 25 (Island) KANDY – What MP Vasudewa Nanayakkara said of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament last Thursday was unparliamentary, the Nawa Sama Samaja Party Leader said in Kandy. Dr. Wickremabahu Karunaratne said that the dignity of parliament should not be affronted by such foul language.
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* Sri Lanka parliamentary committee to commence probe on Treasury Bond issue today

May 26 (CP) Colombo- A parliamentary committee investigating state enterprises will commence its probe today into the allegations against the Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran in connection with the controversial Treasury bond issue.
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* Embassy driver arrested in foreign liquor racket

May 26 (DN) Officers attached to the Excise Special Operations Unit busted a large scale liquor racket carried out by using a foreign embassy and arrested a driver attached to the embassy along with a stock of foreign liquor valued at nearly Rs. 330,000 on Sunday.
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* Sri Lankan authorities commence appointing members to the Constitutional Council

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Authorities in Sri Lanka have appointed four members to the Constitutional Council as outlined in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, according to a local media report.
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* Energy conservation program introduced to Sri Lanka Army

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Power and Energy Ministry's timely national project to create awareness for economical use of energy for the best interests of the Nation was introduced to State's largest employment provider, Sri Lanka Army on Monday (25).
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* Former Sri Lanka ruling party members to seek nominations for remanded colleagues

May 25 (CP) Colombo- A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members loyal to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought nomination for its currently remanded members at the general election. Former minister T.B. Ekanayake has said the group would take the position that none of the members in custody had been proven guilty and therefore nominations should be given to them.
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* French movie based on Sri Lankan immigrants wins highest award at Cannes

May 25 (CP) Cannes- The French movie Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard, has won the Palme d'Or prize for the Best Film at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday. It was a surprise win for the movie, which centers on three Tamil refugees fleeing post-civil war Sri Lanka for a life in France,...
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* Sri Lankan minister says parliament will be dissolved in a few weeks

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Government Whip and the Minister of Plantation Industries Lakshman Kiriella, says that Parliament will be dissolved in a few weeks. Kiriella has said at an event in Udunuwara that parliament will be dissolved in about three weeks.
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* India keeps high stakes game in Sri Lanka at arm's length

With all the attention concentrated on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government's first anniversary, India is not paying much attention to events in its neighbourhood. But what is happening in Sri Lanka is utterly fascinating.
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* Delay in budgetary allocations irks MR supporters

May 25 (DN) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's supporters including former Ministers Dullas Alahapperuma, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, former Deputy Minister Sanath Jayasuriya, Provincial Minister Weerasumana Weerasinghe, Provincial Councillors and former heads of local government institutions voiced their displeasure over the delay in releasing their budgetary allocations and the halt of development work initiated by the former government. A
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