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* Sri Lanka to probe previous government's payments to US lobbying firms

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the new government would probe the payments made by the previous government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the lobbying firms in the United States.
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* Former ruling party of Sri Lanka seeks simultaneous implementation of laws curbing executive powers and electoral reforms

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Former ruling party of Sri Lanka, the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has called on the government to ensure implementation of legislation to curb powers of the executive presidency and introduce electoral reforms simultaneously.
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* Sri Lanka, India to revive talks on fishermen issue

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has accepted a request from India to revive the talks between representatives of the Sri Lankan and Indian fishing communities, the Government Information Department said.
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* Sri Lanka's United National Party says general elections will be held as scheduled

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's United National Party (UNP) says the next general election will be held as stated by the new government. General Secretary of the UNP, Minister Kabir Hashim told a news conference today that the next general election will be held according to the promise made by the current government during the Presidential election.
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* Sri Lanka, India fishermen talks may take place on March 11 - report

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- After indefinitely postponing the dialogue between Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen that was scheduled to be held on March 5th in Chennai due to the busy schedule of Sri Lanka's new government, it has been reported that the fishermen may meet on March 11.
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* The final thought : Indiana Buddhist Temple:

Mar 03, Fort Wayne, USA - Bhante Devananda; Abbot, Meditation Instructor and Founder of Indiana Buddhist Temple, delivered the talk about nursing care in Buddhism, the healthcare provider's role in caring for the patient and their family; how to support the family of Buddhist at end of life; compassionate bedside care with patients from Buddhist practice.
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* Sri Lanka's Marxist party calls on government to dissolve parliament after April 23rd

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has called on legislators who supported the formation of the current government to quit after the 23rd of the April. JVP Politburo member, K.D. Lalkantha said at a public meeting in Balangoda that the current government has promised to dissolve parliament and call for general election on April 23rd this year.
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* Sri Lankan President begins visit to North and East

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena commenced his first visit to Northern and Eastern Provinces on Tuesday (03) after assuming office as the President. The President arrived in Jaffna this morning and he was warmly welcomed by the Chief Minister of Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran.
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* Sri Lanka Tamil party plans to discuss power devolution with Indian PM

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka`s main Tamil political party, Tamil National Alliance says it plans to discuss devolution of powers to the provinces with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Sri Lanka.
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* Nothing to hide from international community - PM

Mar 04 (DN) Sri Lanka has nothing to hide from the international community, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Participating in a ceremony at Rukmale Sri Dharmavijayaloka Maha Vihara in Pannipitiya, the Prime Minister said the UN Human Rights Council too has nothing to hide regarding Sri Lanka.
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* Namal hopes the President will resolve the fishing crisis

Mar 03 (DM) UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa said he hoped that President Maithripala Sirisena would resolve the fishing crisis because the postponing of talks would affect the northern fishermen the most.
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* Sri Lanka President launches debate on National Medicinal Drug Policy in parliament

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today addressing the parliament initiated the debate on the National Medicinal Drug Policy which was formulated during his tenure as Health Minister in the previous government.
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* Sri Lanka's Marxist party hands over load of files on corruption to Anti-Corruption Secretariat

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today handed over a load of files containing details of alleged corruption of the former regime to the Anti-Corruption Secretariat set up by the government.
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* Sri Lanka assures international media delegation that Freedom of Information bill would be passed before election

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has assured an international media delegation visiting the country that the long-awaited Freedom of Information bill would be tabled this month and passed in parliament before the upcoming general election.
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* Sri Lanka monk party leader disappointed over the government's failure to honor pledges

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Chairman of Sri Lanka's Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and convener of the Pivithuru Hetak organization, MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera has expressed disappointment over the government's failure to honor the promises made to the people during the presidential election.
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* UN committed to assist the process of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka - official

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- A High ranking official of the United Nations said Tuesday that the global institution is encouraged by the new government of Sri Lanka's commitment to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights and it is committed to assisting in the process of accountability and reconciliation in the island nation.
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* Sri Lanka Freedom Party prohibits party members from attending rallies of other political parties

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today imposed a restriction on its members preventing them from participating at events organized by other political parties or making statements at news conferences organized by other parties.
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* Sri Lankan President pledges to resolve issues of every community equally

Mar 03 (CP) Jaffna- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, who made his maiden visit Tuesday to Jaffna, the heartland city of Tamils in the north, after assuming the office, pledged to resolve the issues faced by the people in the north equally and promptly.
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* Sri Lankan government tables National Drug Policy in parliament

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government will present the much awaited national drug policy in parliament today, the Government Information Department said. The Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will present in parliament the National Medicine Regulatory Authority Bill
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* Mahinda among those invited to opposition rally on Friday

Mar 04 (Island) MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was among those invited to attend the proposed public rally in Kandy on March 06th by the opposition parties. Addressing a press conference, the former Minister said that invitations had been sent to the SLFP and many other parties of the UPFA and organisations to attend the rally
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* Dewasiri alleges deals between govt. and defeated leaders

Mar 03 (Island) Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri has warned a widening gap between the government and civil society organisations could undermine President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100-day programme.The academic alleged that powerful corrupt elements could influence the new government, too.
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* Right to Information Bill ready by March 20

Mar 03 (DN) The Bill on the Right to Information will be ready by March 20 to be presented in Parliament, a member of the working committee preparing the Bill, K. W. Janaranjana said. He was addressing a press
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