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* Sri Lanka is collaborating with other countries to make island the economic hub of Indian Ocean

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka is collaborating with other countries to make island the economic hub of Indian Ocean. Marking 40 years of his political life in Parliament, the Premier in a Facebook post said the government has taken steps to have close links with India while strengthening ties with China and Japan for the betterment of the island.
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* State doctors' union readies for another strike on Tuesday

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has decided to launch an island wide token strike on Tuesday (25th) to protest the attempt by the police to arrest the convener of the Medical Students Action Committee Ryan Jayalath.
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* 2017 POLA Conference opens in Sri Lanka

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The 28th Presidents of Law Associations of Asia (POLA) Conference opened in Sri Lanka on Saturday with the participation of over 300 delegates from the Asia Pacific Region.
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* CDC issues travel watch for Sri Lanka due to dengue outbreak

July 23 (CP) Atlanta- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel watch for Sri Lanka due to the current dengue epidemic. The Level 1 travel watch recommends travelers to Sri Lanka to practice usual precautions preventing mosquito bites
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* Plans to begin construction of three power plants generating power from refuse next month

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday said a project will be initiated next month to build three small power plants in Western Province using waste for energy generation.
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* Laws will be imposed strictly from next month on people disposing garbage indiscriminately - Minister Ranwaka

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says from 2nd August the law will be implemented sternly against those people disposing garbage in an unsystematic manner.
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* 'Prepared to work with government, but cannot wait indefinitely for solutions', Sri Lanka Tamil party tells UN

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the United Nation that the party is prepared to work with the Sri Lankan government on resolving the Tamil people's problems but cannot wait indefinitely for the government to take meaningful actions.
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* President assures to provide a permanent solution to the garbage problem

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says this government will provide a permanent solution to the garbage problem, which was not resolved by any of the previous governments, so that any future government will not have to face the problem.
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* UN assures Sri Lanka continued support for development and reconciliation

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations will continue to extend its full support to Sri Lanka's development process and reconciliation, the visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman has assured Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena when he called on the President on Friday at the President's Official Residence.
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* GMOA says newly formed alliance against SAITM will discuss further trade union action

July 23 (ST) The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) will meet members of political parties and trade unions on Tuesday to decide further trade union action over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
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* Constitution making process: JO raises UN interference with Feltman

July 22 (Island) Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has called for an end to UN interference in on-going constitutional making process in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted in Oct 2015.
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* PM says government will provide necessary solutions to control the dengue menace and waste management

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says the government has taken measures to provide necessary solutions to control the dengue menace and waste management though different quarters are leveling criticism against the government.
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* Nominations for three provincial council elections to be announced in October

July 23, Colombo: Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that the call for nominations for the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern provincial council elections will be announced on the 2nd of October.
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* Sri Lanka President condemns attack on judge, directs police to strengthen security to judges

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today condemned the shooting attack aimed at the Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian yesterday in Nallur.
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* Sri Lanka main Tamil party condemns attack on Jaffna High Court Judge

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today strongly condemned yesterday's attack on Jaffna High Court Judge M. IIIancheIIiyan.
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* Sri Lanka parliamentary staff to be felicitated tomorrow

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Parliament has organized a Felicitation Ceremony on the 24th July at Waters Edge, Battaramulla to honor the staff of the Secretary General of Parliament, who rendered a commendable service to the Parliament for more than two and a half decades.
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* Indian institution invited to enhance skills of underprivileged graduates in Sri Lanka

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has invited the Calicut-based Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST), an autonomous institution under Government of Kerala, to design an employability enhancement program for the underprivileged in Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka Prime Minister marks 40 years of political life

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, marks 40 years of uninterrupted political life this year having entered the parliament in 1977.
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* Sri Lanka government to modernize livestock sector to uplift rural economy

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to modernize the livestock sector to uplift the rural economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. He said the development of the livestock sector is important for the development of the rural economy in all parts of Sri Lanka.
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* Uma Oya contractor buys new machinery to speed up project construction

July 23 (Island) Iranian contractor Farab has purchased extra high-tech machinery to speed up the construction of the multi-million dollar Uma Oya hydro-power and irrigation project, now more than 80 percent complete.
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* The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

Speaking at a book launch last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the draft of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution would be ready by January 2018, yet again shifting the deadline for the challenging task his government took up after coming to power in 2015.
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* No decision to reduce 13-year school academic period: Akila

July 22 (DN) Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam noted that the Education Ministry has not taken any decision yet to reduce the 13-year school academic period by one year. “No decision has been taken to reduce the school academic period by one year
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