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Last Updated = Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 12:42 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka's new High Commissioner to India pledges to enhance the relationship between two countries

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's new High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara presented credentials to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday 26 September 2016.
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* Leading economies offer Sri Lanka continued assistance to reduce its debt burden

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka received continued support from some rich economies in the world to reduce its Rs. 9 trillion ( US$ 60 billion) debt burden, when their diplomats met with Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake recently. The Ambassadors of United States, Germany and France and the High Commissioner of United Kingdom to Sri Lanka met with the Finance Minister Tuesday at the Ministry while the Ambassadors from Japan and High Commissioner of India along with the World Bank Country Director met with him on Wednesday to discuss ways Sri Lanka can lower its colossal external debt.
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* JO lashes out at govt. for being inactive, while CM Wigneswaran sows communalism

Sept 29 (Island) National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday lashed out at the government for not taking steps against the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran over his recent racist comments.
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* Inputs of all needed to reach goal towards Zero hunger: Chandrika

Sept 29 (DN) A new structure should be designed to bring in a wide segment including the NGOs, international institutions and civil society to make the Zero Hunger and Improved Nutrition programme a success, Lead Convener and Chair, South Asia Policy and Research Institute and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said.
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* FAO launches awareness program for Sri Lankan fishermen on preventing illegal fishing

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will initiate an awareness program for the Sri Lankan fisherman on preventing illegal fishing, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development said.
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* Sri Lanka's India funded free emergency ambulance service launched in Colombo district

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The emergency ambulance service set up with the assistance from the Government of India was launched in the Colombo district today. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva launched the 1990 "SuwaSariya" Emergency Ambulance Service today in Colombo1990 Free Ambulance Service in Colombo District with 21 fully equipped units along with trained Emergency Medical Technicians.
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* Sri Lanka Prime Minister to visit New Zealand, India

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit New Zealand and India next week, the Prime Minister's Office has said. The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for New Zealand tomorrow on a three-day visit from 1-3 October at the invitation of his New Zealand Counterpart Prime Minister John Key.
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* Minor tremor experienced in Galle

Sept 28 (DN) A minor tremor measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale was reported last morning in Galle, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Deputy Director (Geology) Dr. C.H.E.R. Siriwardana told the Daily News yesterday.
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* Miscommunication led to foreign visit: Governor

Sept 28 (DM) Central Province Governor Neluka Ekanayaka said today a miscommunication between her and Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayaka had resulted in 29 PC members travelling to Russia last morning in violation of presidential guidelines. She said the Chief Minister informed her that the President had verbally approved the foreign trip.
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* Notices issued for over 950 premises for mosquito breeding on first day of Dengue Control Week

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health announced that during the first day of the National Mosquito Control Week that began Monday, 22,928 premises throughout the country were examined for mosquito breeding grounds and notices were issued for 956 places and cases were filed against 56 premises.
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* Sri Lanka’s Troubling Turn

Sept 29 (CM) In some ways, Sri Lanka is a model. After decades of civil strife and outright civil war, the Sri Lankan military did what hundreds of well-paid UN officials and diplomats could not: Return peace to the island.
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* Many politicians, officials haven't identified their duties: President

Sept 29 (DM) Many politicians and public official in our country have not identified their duties and responsibilities properly and in many instances they do what is unnecessary while ignoring what is necessary, President Maithripala Sirisena charged yesterday.
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* Sri Lanka's computer literacy rate is gradually increasing in all sectors- Census Department report

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- According to a National Survey conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics, Computer Literacy of Sri Lanka has increased from 16.1 percent in 2006/07 to 27.1 percent in 2015. The urban sector shows the highest computer literacy rate at 39.2 percent.
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* All Party Conference will be convened to approve the delimitation report - Minister

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Provincial Council and Local Government Faizer Mustapha has said that an All Party Conference will be convened to approve the report on the demarcation of local government boundaries once it is submitted.
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* Sri Lankan President stresses citizens' right to information in preventing fraud and corruption

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today stressed that ensuring freedom and democracy is essential to form a good government and the citizens' right to information prevents financial mismanagement and corruption.
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* Sri Lanka slides down the ranks of Global Competitiveness this year

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka has slipped three notches down the index of global competitiveness this year to rank 71st among 138 countries, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2016/2017 released by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) on Tuesday.
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* Kiriella accuses Rajapaksa of trying to get political mileage out of ethnic issue

Sept 28 (Island) Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella lashed out at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa last weekend claiming he was still using the ethnic problem to gain political mileage. Kiriella was addressing the launching of road development project held at the Sucharithagama Junction in Anuradhapura on Sunday.
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