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* Sri Lanka tea estate workers continue strike for the seventh day

Dec 10 (CP) Colombo- The strike launched by tea estate workers demanding the plantation companies to increase their basic daily wage up to Rs. 1000 continued for the seventh day today throughout the estate sector.
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* Yellow vest protests: Macron to hold crisis meeting

Dec 10 (BBC) French President Emmanuel Macron is set to meet trade unions and employers' organisations, in a bid to defuse weeks of unrest in Paris and other cities. Monday's meeting comes ahead of a TV address in which he is expected to announce measures in response.
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* Ugly incident in parliament cannot be accepted:Thera

Dec 10 (DM) Ven. Ittepane Dhammalankara Thera, the Mahanayake of the Kotte Parshwaya of the Kalyani Dharma Gree Maha Sanga Sabha told Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna leader Mahinda Rajapaksa that Sri Lankans who are a part of a great history cannot accept the ugly incidents that took place recently within the chamber of the Parliament.
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* Thilina Bandara Thennakoon joins UNP

Dec 10 (DM) Former Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Province Minister Thilina Bandara Thennakoon today met with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and obtain membership of the UNP.
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* Five ministry secretaries to be summoned before parliamentary committees for questioning

Dec 09 (CP) Colombo- A motion to summon five Secretaries to Ministries before parliamentary committees for questioning has been handed over to the Speaker of House, Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
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* Presidential bluff in Sri Lanka

Dec 09 (SLG) President Sirisena is playing a desperate game of bluff and brinkmanship. He is bluffing when he gives deadlines to resolve the current state of legal non-government and the standoff between himself and the legislature.
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* Irrigation Dept. distorts history at Iranamadu

Dec 09 (ST) The plaque which acknowledged the contribution of late Prime Minister, D.S. Senanayake, and the opening of the renovated Iranamadu Tank in 1954 by then Agriculture Minister Dudley Senanayake has been completely destroyed and replaced with a plaque bearing the name of President Maithripala Sirisena.
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* Plantation workers’ strike continues

Dec 09 (SO) The plantation workers’ strike that continued for the fifth successive day yesterday, with no signs of a compromise on the basic wage demand was termed as ‘untimely’ by important stakeholders, including two of the three major trade unions with considerable membership.
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* Sri Lanka President ready to accept the top court verdict with respect

Dec 10 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says he will accept the Supreme Court's verdict with respect and take future political decisions accordingly in the best interest of the country. "I look forward to the constitutional interpretation of the Supreme Court, whatever it may be, I will take future political decisions accordingly, to the best interest of our motherland, not to the benefit of any person, group or party," the President said yesterday.
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* A young UNPer should run for President – SLMC SLMC will back Ranil in Parliament

Dec 10 (Island) Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem has called for fielding someone young from the UNP as a common candidate at the next presidential election.
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* Two person dead in Goraka Ela

Dec 10 (DN) Three individuals, who had sustained severe cut wounds, were found near a transformer on Theppanawa Road yesterday night. Two persons have been hacked to death in Goraka Ela on the Panadura-Ratnapura road.
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* First comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organized by a U.S. museum opens in Los Angeles

Dec 10 (Art Daily) LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka, the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organized by a U.S. museum.
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* JVP says need to defeat the conspiracy first, abolishment of executive presidency is the only solution

Dec 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the current parliament has no legitimacy to govern the country since any party that gets the majority 113 in Parliament would do so by bribing.
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* 100% increase in basic daily wage not sustainable

Dec 09 (Island) In the backdrop of the indefinite strike action launched by Trade Union (TU) leaders from December 4 onwards, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) firmly reiterated the position of its membership – that a 100% increase in daily basic wages as demanded by the TUs simply cannot be sustained by the industry.
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* A Dangerous Precedent In Sri Lanka: The Supreme Court And The Dissolution

Dec 09 (ER) The Supreme Court was presented with a relatively simple case when entities which did not approve the dissolution of Parliament challenged President Sirisena's proclamation.
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* Sri Lanka heads for government shut down as crisis drags

Dec 09 (ECONOMYNEXT) The public sector could be at a standstill from the end of the month unless the political power struggle is ended and parliament makes urgent arrangements to meet expenditure in the New Year, officials warned Saturday.
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