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* Prime Minister to table a bill in parliament on the conduct of Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister and Buddhist Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka D.M. Jayaratne will table a bill on the conduct of the country's Buddhist monks (Maha Sangha) in parliament. Jayaratne has explained that the bill, known as the Sangha Kathikawatha, will be tabled in parliament to protect the dignity of the Maha Sangha.
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* No room for any injustice to any community in Sri Lanka, President assures

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that there is no room for any community to suppress another community on the grounds of religion or ethnicity and assured that no injustice will be done to any ethnicity. Speaking at the opening of the new bridge across Batticaloa lagoon connecting Batticaloa and Ampara, the President said certain foreign elements were trying to create problems between communities and religions and destroy national harmony by spreading false rumors. He said that no race has the right to suppress another and it is the responsibility of everyone to work towards the betterment of the country.
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* Where is law and order in this country? asks Karu J

Apr 20 (Island) Mark the day. Thursday, April 17, 2014 would go down in Sri Lankan history as a ‘black day’. Elected Representatives of the people, a team of UNP Parliamentarians five in number, comprising Ajith Perera, Eran Wickramaratne, R Yogarajan, Nalin Bandara and Ajith Manapperuma visited the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport and Hambantota Harbor projects, the twin-white elephants of this Government.
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* 'China extends unprecedented help to Sri Lanka'

Apr 20 (SO) Although certain countries in the world pressurize smaller nations to display their might, China always lends its co-operation towards both big and smaller nations by extending its hand of friendship to them.
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* New bridge across Batticaloa lagoon connects communities in Eastern Sri Lanka

Apr 19 (CP) Batticaloa- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday declared open the newly constructed Manmunai Bridge across Batticaloa lagoon for the benefit of the people in the East. The bridge across Batticaloa lagoon on Colombo-Batticaloa A-4 road via Pothuvil connects Batticaloa and Ampara via Kokadicholai and fulfills a long-felt need of the people in the Eastern Province.
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* State doctors in Sri Lanka threaten to strike from Tuesday

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's powerful trade union of doctors, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has threatened to commence an island wide strike from Tuesday (April 22). The GMOA has said the doctors would launch the strike action if the government fails to implement the doctors' service minute before Tuesday.
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* Slots in Sri Lankan parliament for Matara and Kurunegala districts reduced

Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Election Department has reduced the number of slots in parliament assigned for Matara District in Southern Province and Kurunegala district in North Western Province. One slot each has been reduced from the Matara and Kurunegala districts and the two slots have been assigned as one each to the Vavuniya and Nuwara Eliya Districts.
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* Sri Lanka appoints new envoys to US and India

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has made new diplomatic appointments to India, Unite States and Germany, External Affairs Ministry has said. Current High Commissioner in New Delhi, Prasad Kariyawasam has been appointed as the new ambassador to the U.S. replacing the incumbent Jaliya Wickramasuriya.
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* Five bridges for Dambulla

Apr 19 (DN) The government has made arrangements to construct five bridges in the Dambulla Pradeshiya Sabha. The five bridges are to be constructed connecting Hainwelayagama-Manewa, Hainwelayagama-Karadagaspitiya, Pothana- Rangirigama, Yakkuragala-Balasuriya Mawatha and Nikawatawana-Egodapitiya.
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* Sri Lanka's Speaker asked to hold formal inquiry into the attack on main opposition MPs

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has requested the Speaker of parliament Chamal Rajapaksa to hold a formal inquiry into the attack on five UNP legislators during an inspection tour in Hambantota. Acting UNP Leader Karu Jayasuriya has made this request on behalf of the UNP MPs from the Speaker.
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* Sri Lankan government considers a limit on duration of visa for foreign journalists

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government is considering to limit the duration of the visa given to foreign journalists, Media and Information Minister and Government Spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella has said.
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* Long arm of the law falls short as thugs hold sway in Rajapaksa-land

Apr 20 (ST) Five parliamentarians from the main opposition United National Party (UNP) left Colombo early Thursday on a fact-finding mission to the controversial Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) and the neighbouring Magampura Port. After departing Colombo around 8.30 am the group travelled by road and reached their first stop, the MRIA around noon, and was cordially welcomed by the staff who guided them into the complex.
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* Sri Lankan President distributes title deeds to 5,500 Mahaweli families

Apr 19 (CP) Girandurukotte- Under the third phase of the national program to distribute 45,000 Mahaweli land title deeds, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday distributed 5,500 title deeds to families in Mahaweli B and C Zones. The ceremonial distribution of deeds took place at the Mahaweli grounds in Girandurukotte today.
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* Sri Lankan Muslim religious body to meet President and Chief Prelates to discuss suppression of Muslim community

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- A Muslim religious body in Sri Lanka plans to meet with the President and the Chief Prelates (Mahanayake Theros) in order to discuss the suppression faced by the Muslim community.
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* Sri Lanka's main opposition to raise privilege issue in parliament and complain to the IPU

Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the party will raise a privilege issue in parliament next week and complain to the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) about the attack on several UNP MPs in Hambantota during an inspection tour.
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* Sri Lankan government denies allegations that Muslims displaced by naval deployment

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government today refuted reports that the Muslim families settled in Wilpattu National Park were displaced due to the deployment of Navy in the area during the war. Strongly rejecting the allegation jointly, the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and the Sri Lanka Navy said only one Muslim family was displaced due to the naval deployment in Mullikkulam and Marichchikaddu areas and that family is not among the families encroached the national park.
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* Hambantota mob attack : UNP MPs to raise privilege issues against Police

Apr 19 (Island) The five UNP MPs who were attacked by UPFA mobs when they visited the Mattala Airport and Hambantota Port, on the ‘invitation’ of the government on Thursday are to raise privilege issues against the police for failing to provide them with security.
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* CMC to control rat population in Colombo

Apr 19 (DM) The rat population in Colombo has increased and immediate measures need to be taken to bring it under control the Chief Medical Officer of Health at the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam said.
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