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* Sri Lanka, China sign 27 agreements to deepen Strategic Cooperative Partnership

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Following bilateral discussions between Sri Lanka and China Tuesday, the two countries signed 27 agreements to further cooperation between the two nations. At the end of the official talks between the Sri Lankan and Chinese delegations, a Plan of Action to deepen the Strategic Cooperative Partnership between the two countries was signed by the Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka, Prof. G.L. Peiris and the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi.
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* Last phase of Sri Lanka's China-built Norochcholai Power Plant commissioned

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Leaders of Sri Lanka and China today commissioned the third and last phase of the China-built Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai of the North Western Province. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping together commissioned the last phase of the Norochcholai Power Plant this evening at a joint event that remotely linked the Presidential Secretariat with Norochcholai via a fiber optic network.
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* British Deputy High Commissioner visits Sri Lanka's Eastern Province

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies visited the Eastern Province from 9-12 September, the High Commission said in a release today. Ms. Davies travelled to Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Oluvil, Kalmunai, Kattankudy, Batticaloa and Trincomalee. She met a range of individuals and communities, including government and military representatives, civil society, political parties and British Nationals.
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* Chinese President calls for profound China-Sri Lanka friendship

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Tuesday for a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa welcomed the Chinese President and First Lady Peng Liyuan in an elaborate welcome ceremony at the airport. Upon his arrival President Xi, the first Chinese leader to visit in 28 years, said he hopes his visit will promote the profound friendship between the two countries and he is looking forward to discussing further cooperation and drawing a blueprint for bilateral ties with Sri Lankan leaders.
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* Sri Lanka main opposition welcomes Chinese President's visit

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Opposition United National Party said it welcomes the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Colombo this week.Issuing a statement the leader of the UNP, Ranil Wickremasinghe said it is an honor to have President Xi in Sri Lanka on this important visit...
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* Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Council meeting begins in Sri Lanka

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- The Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Meeting got underway in Sri Lankan capital Monday with the participation of 150 representatives from 32 member countries. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse inaugurated the five-day conference at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo this morning.
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* Sri Lanka donates tea to China earthquake victims

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka has donated a consignment of Ceylon black tea to the victims of the recent earthquake in Yunnan Province, China. The consignment of tea was handed over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing recently by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China,
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* High cost of electricity turns away investors – Minister Ranwaka

Sept 16 (Island) The high cost of energy in Sri Lanka when compared with the other countries in the region was one of the reasons for the low level of foreign investments here, Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
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* Discrimination between rural and city schools a thing of the past

Sept 16 (DN) Science and English education which were distanced from the villages due to wrong policies are being reestablished through the Mahindodaya Schools program, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
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* China's Xi heads to Sri Lanka to promote 'maritime silk road'

Sept 16 (AFP) President Xi Jinping was Tuesday due in Sri Lanka where he will launch construction of a Chinese-backed $1.4 billion port city as he promotes his vision of a "maritime silk road" in the face of growing competition from Japan and India.
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* UPFA makes a din: JVP

Sept 15 (DM) A novel strategy has been put in place by the leaders of the UPFA to prevent meetings of other parties in the Moneragala District, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) charged today.
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* Nepal FM to arrive in Sri Lanka to hand over invitation for SAARC summit in Kathmandu

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Nepal's Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey left today for Sri Lanka and the Maldives to hand over the invitations for their participation in the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to be held in Kathmandu on November 26 and 27.
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* Seminar on Japanese university education for Sri Lankan students on September 20

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- A seminar on Japanese university education will be held in Colombo this week to enlighten Sri Lankan students interested in obtaining university education at Japanese institutions, the Embassy of Japan said in a release today.
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* Fuel, electricity rates reduced in Sri Lanka to appreciate China-Sri Lanka friendship

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to reduce the price of fuel and electricity tariff with effect from midnight today. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa made this announcement on Tuesday, during the official bilateral discussions held with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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* Sri Lankan President welcomes Chinese President at BIA

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa welcomed the President of Peoples' Republic of China and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning. The Chinese President and First Lady were welcomed by hundreds of students in an elaborate welcome ceremony at the airport, following which they, along with the delegation, travelled to Colombo, the President's Office said in a release.
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* Sri Lanka committed to full implementation of 13th Amendment, India says

Sept 15 (CP) New Delhi- Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, India said today. "We have been assured and reassured by the leaders of Sri Lanka that they are committed to full implementation of the 13th Amendment," the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at the Ministry's press briefing in New Delhi on Monday.
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* Sri Lanka-China to negotiate on FTA during Chinese President's visit

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and China in recent years have developed increasingly closer economic and trade relations and a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries will boost Sri Lanka's future development, according to the government of Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka provincial council election campaign to end Wednesday midnight

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- All Election campaigning for the Uva Provincial Council polls in Sri Lanka should come to an end by midnight Wednesday, September 17, the Election Department has scheduled.
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* Minister puts disputed memo in limbo

Sept 16 (DM) In order to settle a major dispute among officials that has threatened to destroy Sri Lanka’s most popular sport, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has given instructions to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials to shelve a controversial memorandum presented by President Jayantha Dharmadasa recently to the SLC exco, outlining a new administrational and management structure.
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* Patronage for Hindi Growing in Jaffna

Sept 16 (NIE) COLOMBO- A passion for Hindi film music and the Hindi language is commonplace in Sri Lanka. But Jaffna, the stronghold of Tamil nationalism, has been an exception to this rule.
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* A win for UNP will facilitate Ranil’s victory at next presidential poll - Mangala

Sept 15 (Island) UNP strategist Mangala Samaraweera, MP, on Saturday, (Sept 13) declared that a UNP victory at the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council would pave the way for a powerful Opposition coalition required to help UNP national leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe win the next presidential election.
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* Women play pivotal role in country’s development drive – President

Sept 15 (DN) While shouldering the pivotal responsibility of creating a better future generation, the women of Sri Lanka also have a crucial role to play in the country’s development drive, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
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