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Last Updated = Tue, Sep 1, 2015, 12:43 pm SL Time

* Leader of the House and Chief Government Whip Appointed

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- United National Party (UNP) MP for Kandy District Lakshman Kiriella was appointed as the Leader of the House when the 8th Parliament convened today for the first time. UNP MP Gayantha Karunathilaka was appointed as the Chief Government Whip.
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* Prime Minister requests a report on destruction of last season's paddy stocks

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has requested from the relevant authorities a detailed account on the paddy stocks purchased in the Polonnaruwa district by the Cooperative Societies in the last harvest season.
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* Ranil orders halt to demolishing of historical buildings

Sept 01 (Island) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the Urban Development Authority Chairman Ranjith Fernando to stop demolishing of historical buildings in the city and submit him a report within a week on the places of historical significance which had already been demolished.
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* Wimal apologises to President for using abusive language during Presidential election campaign

Sept 01 (DN) In what is called a dramatic turn of events in the local political arena NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa had tendered an apology to President Maithripala Sirisena when a UPFA delegation met the President yesterday.
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* Sri Lankan President allows the opposition to select own leader

Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to allow the opposition to select its own leader, National Freedom Front leader MP Wimal Weerawansa said. The President had a special meeting on Monday with the constituent party leaders of the United People's Freedom Alliance at his official residence.
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* Former Afghan leader Hamid Karzai arrives in Sri Lanka

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to attend the Sri Lanka Army's annual Defense Seminar that is to begin tomorrow. Karzai was accorded a traditional welcome and was received by Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Mr. BMUD Basnayake upon his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport.
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* Pakistan reiterates support to Sri Lanka in enhancing skills of youth

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan continues to support Sri Lanka in enhancing its younger generation's nation building capacities with better educational opportunities, the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain said.
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* Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa Foiled Again

Aug 31 (Diplomat) Sri Lankan voters have snubbed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the second time in months. On January 8, Rajapaksa was ousted from power in the presidential election, an upset that denied him a third term as the island’s president.
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* Ex-President scotches rumours about Chamal getting high post

Aug 31 (Island) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said rumours that his brother and former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa would be appointed the Opposition Leader or a Minister were baseless. "After hearing it I inquired from the former Speaker whether it was true and he answered in the negative," the former President said.
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* Appointment of ministers: JVP to ask for Parliament debate

Aug 31 (DN) The JVP would ask for a debate in Parliament over the number of ministers appointed under the national unity government, its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. The JVP Leader told the Daily News that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution restricts the number of Cabinet Ministers to 30.
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* Karu Jayasuriya unanimously appointed as the Speaker of Sri Lanka's 8th parliament

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) National List parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya was unanimously appointed as the Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
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* U.S. Embassy building eight Schools in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province for $3.3 million

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The United States Embassy in Colombo on Friday, August 28 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Governor of Eastern Province Austin Fernando to build eight schools for different communities throughout the Province with the support of the Eastern Provincial Council.
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* Ranil states criteria for portfolio

Sept 01 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to have told his party seniors that in assigning Cabinet portfolios he would consider those who had either won their respective electoral districts or improved their performance when compared with previous elections.
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* Australia supports Sri Lankan Government's democratic reform and good governance agenda

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Australia wants to contribute to a strong, prosperous and stable future for Sri Lanka and supports the Sri Lankan Government's democratic reform and good governance agenda, Australia's High Commissioner to Colombo Robyn Mudie said.
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* Sri Lanka Environmental Authority temporarily revokes suspension order on Coca-Cola

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Environmental Authority (CEA) today temporarily revoked a suspension order it imposed on the Environmental Protection License (EPL) of the Coca-Cola beverage factory in Biyagama.
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* Sri Lanka President addresses issues in implementing national program to eradicate drug menace

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today asked the ministries and institutions to commit themselves to fulfill the responsibilities and duties bestowed upon them in a perfectly satisfactory manner when engaged in the programs implemented by the Government to eradicate the drug menace in the country. The President during a special discussion at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday discussed the problems the relevant authorities face when implementing the national program to eradicate the drug menace.
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* President to address the first sitting of the eighth parliament tomorrow

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena will address the first sitting of the eighth parliament when it convenes tomorrow. According to the Memorandum on the Order of Business of parliament, the First Sitting of the Eighth Parliament will commence at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 01, 2015.
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* State, Sri Lanka join hands to study Blue Mormon butterfly

Aug 31 (MidDay) Decision was taken during last week’s meet between forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Sri Lankan ambassador Saroja Sirisena due to inadequate material being available on the butterfly despite it being present in both countries
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* SLFP to help rectify anomalies

Aug 31 (DM) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maitripala Sirisena has decided to look into the shortcomings that may arise in the demarcation of ‘electoral wards’ for conducting elections to the local authorities, party officials said yesterday.
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