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* World Bank says Sri Lanka is a middle performer in promoting sustainable energy

Feb 25 (CP) Colombo- According to a new report from the World Bank, Sri Lanka is a middle performer in promoting the sustainable energy. Sri Lanka scored 61 out of 100 on the World Bank's RISE (Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy) Index placing in the yellow zone of middling performers.
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* Sri Lanka Chief Justice to retire at the end of the month

Feb 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Chief Justice K. Sripavan will retire from service on February 28 upon reaching the retirement age of 65. The Supreme Court will hold a ceremonial farewell on the same day. Supreme Court Justice Kanagasabapathy Sripavan was sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena on 30 January 2015.
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* Two ministers lock horns over SAITM approval

Feb 25 (Island) Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B. Dissanayake yesterday lashed out at Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera for blaming Higher Education Ministry for approving the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to conduct the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme in 2011 in violation of the recommended procedure.
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* Party promotional work: UNP seniors express desire to offer task to another team

Feb 25 (DM) UNP seniors who are holding top positions in the party are to keep away from party activities and handover party promotional activities to another team, party sources said today. This decision has been made by party seniors who met party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday.
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* Global health leaders adopt 'Colombo Statement' on migrant health

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- To address the health challenges posed by increasingly mobile populations, Global health leaders gathered in Sri Lanka Thursday adopted the 'Colombo Statement' which calls for international collaboration to improve the health and well-being of migrants and their families.
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* Sri Lanka President calls on countries to work together on issue of illegal migrants

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has called on the countries to cooperate on illegal migrants as they create health, social, economic and political issues for a country. "Similar to the way each country take decisions in national levels on the illegal migrants, they should act internationally with other countries regarding this matter," the President said.
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* Maha Siva Rathri Day is a symbol of co-existence and harmony - PM

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Rani Wickremesinghe, in a message to celebrate the Hindu festival Maha Siva Rathri today said the occasion is a deeply symbolic of co-existence and harmony among all and is also an ideal time for reflection.
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* Religious way of life is essential to build a better society - President

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says the religions provide great relief to the people in today's competitive world and the religious way of life is as an essential ingredient for building a better society. Issuing a message to mark the Hindu holiday Maha Shivaratri Day today, President Sirisena said the prime expectation and the noble vision of all religions is to promote spiritual and moral well-being of humankind.
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* Mahinda openly encouraged elected government representatives to be corrupt - Chandrika

Feb 24 (Island) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa openly encouraged elected government representatives to be corrupt, says Ex-President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Whenever Mahinda held meetings, especially with local councillors, he always reminded them to collect their 20 percent Commissions from any project under their purview, as if it was a legal right, she told a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents’ Association in Colombo, last week.
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* Innocent military personnel will not be punished: President on firm stance

Feb 24 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena is on a firm stance that innocent military personnel should not be punished. He was also of the view that those who had committed offences should be dealt with, said Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.
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* Government to introduce legislation to standardize degrees offered by state, private universities

Feb 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Higher Education Ministry plans to introduce legislation in Parliament to standardize the degree courses offered by State and private universities, Minister of Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella said. Minister Kiriella said the government hopes to pass a 'Quality Assurance Bill' that would standardize the degrees offered by both state and non-state universities.
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* SLFP CMs to boycott meeting

Feb 25 (CT) The SLFP Chief Ministers on Thursday unanimously decided to boycott the Provincial Secretaries meeting which is scheduled to be held on 27 February, in protest over moves to absorb the powers vested with the PCs to the Central Government.
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* Make proposals for party reorganisation

Feb 25 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday instructed the top ranking United National Party (UNP) officials to make proposals to reorganise the party. The Premier gave these instructions when leading officials of the UNP met him at Temple Trees last morning.
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* India's 'misadventure' in Sri Lanka

Feb 25 (NST) INDIAN magazine The Week caricatured the 1987 India-Sri Lanka Agreement in mythological terms: "Ravana need not kidnap Seeta to get Rama to invade Lanka — a mere pact is enough!"
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* Human Rights Watch calls on UNHRC for a follow-up resolution on Sri Lanka

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) today called on the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) member states to bring a credible follow-up resolution to the consensus resolution 30/1 adopted by the UNHRC in October 2015.
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* U.S. Congressional delegation applauds achievements of Sri Lanka's unity government

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- A bipartisan Congressional delegation of the United States today called on Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's Official Residence and held discussions on the steps to be taken to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. The eight-member delegation led by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and included four Democrats and four Republicans is the largest ever group of U.S. Congress to visit Sri Lanka.
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* Wimal Weerawansa's NFF withdraws from UPFA, will function as independent group in parliament

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- The National Freedom Front (NFF) led by parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has formally informed the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of its withdrawal from the alliance. The NFF has sent a letter to UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera to officially withdraw from the UPFA, local media reported.
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* MR hits out at CBK

Feb 24 (CT) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a statemet, hit out his predecessor Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga for vilification of the Army, stating that soldiers are sexually harassing war widows in the former in the North.
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* China, Pakistan Ukraine, Russia, Israel supplied us arms: Gota

Feb 24 (DM) Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said China, Pakistan, Ukraine, Russia and Israel were the countries that supplied military equipment in the fight against terrorism at that time whereas India helped immensely in the provision of training for the security forces.
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* Sri Lanka: A small-state response to a multipolar Asia

Feb 24 (Interpreter) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's recent visit to Australia gives us an opportunity to learn more about Sri Lanka than its treatment of returned asylum seekers. In particular, Sri Lanka can provide valuable lessons on how small states are responding to the growth of a multipolar Asia.
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