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* Premier Modi expresses disappointment in the delay in implementing Indian projects in Sri Lanka

Oct 20 (CP) New Delhi- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing regret and disappointment over the delay of implementing family development projects agreed under the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between India and Sri Lanka has requested the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to take steps to expedite the projects.
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* Scout movement should move forward with new technology and knowledge - President

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena says, the policies and objectives of the Scout movement founded by Lord Baden-Powell was prepared according to the economic, social and cultural features of the then society and amendments should be made to in par with the modern world based on knowledge and technology while protecting the original values of the movement.
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* Sri Lankan leaders condole loss of lives in Indian rail tragedy

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe today expressed condolences over the loss of lives in the deadly train accident in Amritsar, punjab that killed at least 59 people and injured scores yesterday.
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* Heavy Chemical industrial zone to arise from the defunct chemical factory site in Northern Sri Lanka

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The famed Northern lands where Sri Lanka's chemical giant Paranthan Chemicals Company (PCC) stood are now earmarked for a large industry block which will also pack Sri Lanka's first Heavy Chemical Industry Zone, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says.
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* The curious case of Indian 'plot' to kill Maithripala Sirisena: Spy fiction-like assassination ploys don't change ground reality of Chinese clout

Oct 20 (First Post) Like Alice said when she stepped through the looking glass, this is getting curiouser and curiouser. The usually reliable newspaper, The Hindu, reported that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had alleged during a weekly cabinet meeting, that India's external intelligence agency the Research & Analysis Wing was plotting to assassinate him.
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* Stray cats take over Presidentís House

Oct 20 (DM) The Presidential Secretariat has reportedly informed the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to take immediate steps to remove the stray cats which had invaded the Presidentís House. It said the cat population in the premises was fast increasing.
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* Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi calls on Sri Lankan PM in New Delhi

Oct 19 (CP) New Delhi- Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, on Friday, called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is in New Delhi on an official visit.
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* Digitization of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development to be expedited

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy Dilip Wedaarachchi emphasized the necessity of accelerating the process of digitizing and networking the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and its affiliate institutions.
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* Heads of three State institutions refuse to resign

Oct 19 (DM) Despite a news item that went out from the President's office on Wednesday (17) to the effect that the President had dissolved the Boards of the Bank of Ceylon, Peoples Bank and the Sri Lanka Board of Investment, as of last night none of the heads of these institutions had resigned from their posts, it was reported.
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* Lens on Mahinda Rajapaksa for rumours on Sirisena's assassination plot

Oct 19 (TOI) NEW DELHI- Rumours surrounding an alleged India-backed plot to assassinate Sri Lankan President M R Sirisena might have entirely to do with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa's comeback bid, the success of which largely hinges on creating fissures in the cordial ties between the current regime in Colombo and New Delhi.
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* Sri Lanka mulls restrictions on fruit imports in future

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says that a proposal has been made not to allow imports of fruits in the future without prior consultation of the Ministry of Agriculture.
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* No director boards of any bank has been dissolved - Minister

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Public Enterprise & Kandy City Development Lakshman Kiriella said the powers to dissolve the Board of Directors in any bank is vested with the Minister and director board of any bank has been dissolved.
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* Sri Lanka, India Prime Ministers discuss ways to deepen entire range of bilateral relations

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who paid an official visit to India from 18-20 October 2018, met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi for bilateral discussions.
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* Education Ministry says will take legal action against misleading public with false claims on Suraksha Sisu Insurance

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education states that legal action will be taken against those who are spreading rumors to mislead the public regarding the "Suraksha Sisu Rakshanaya" insurance policy.
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* Asgiriya temple to make special award to Minister Kiriella

Oct 20 (Island) KANDY- Most Venerable Mahanayake Thera and the Supreme Council of Sangha of Asgiriya Chapter have decided to confer the title, "Shshanamamaka Janaprasadani" on Public Enterprise and Kandy Development Minister and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella.
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* Sajith exposes Opposition plot

Oct 20 (DN) Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday accused the Joint Opposition of trying to undermine the flow of foreign aid to the country fearing that it could erode their vote base ahead of the up-coming elections.
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* Pakistan University delegation to visit Sri Lanka to enhance educational cooperation

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat called on Minister for Science, Technology and Research, Dr. Sarath Amunugama at the Ministry recently. During the meeting, the matters of mutual cooperation in varying levels and bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed.
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* Ministerial Consultative Committees restored

Oct 19 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has restored ministerial Consultative Committee system following representations made by some members of parliament. Parliament abolished the ministerial Consultative Committee system in Dec 2015 to pave the way for the Sectoral Oversight Committees.
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* BoI Directors were respected professionals - Malik

Oct 19 (DN) Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama categorically rejected some media reports casting aspersions on the conduct of the Board of Directors of the Board of Investment yesterday.
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