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* Discussions held to obtain more employment opportunities for Sri Lankan migrant workers in Japan

July 07 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara said that the necessary measures will be taken to provide employment opportunities to the Sri Lankan migrant workers in the fields of information technology, nursing, hospice, hotels, industries and agro industry sectors in Japan.
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* Special fuel coupons for those engaged in tourism industry

July 06 (CP) Colombo- To promote the tourism industry amid the fuel crisis, the Ministry of Tourism has implemented a new program with the support of the Sri Lanka Transport Board and the Sri Lanka Army.
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* WFP targets 3 million Sri Lankans to receive emergency food until December

July 06 (CP) Colombo- The World Food Programme (WFP) in its latest situation reports says 6.26 million people in Sri Lanka are food insecure and it targets 3 million people to receive emergency food, nutrition, and school meals until December.
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* PM proposes re-introducing sectoral committee system to strengthen parliament

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament today emphasized the need to re-introduce the sectoral committee system as part of political reforms that must be carried out in parallel with the economic program.
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* Minister steps down as President orders an immediate probe into allegation against Aviation Ministry

July 06 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered an immediate formal investigation into the allegations leveled by the Opposition Leader in Parliament yesterday (05) regarding a transaction made by the Ministry of Aviation with a private company.
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* Train station masters call off the strike, but many office trains are still canceled today

July 06 (CP) Colombo- General Secretary of the Railway Station Masters Union Kasun Chamara Jayasekara said the 24-hour strike that was scheduled to be implemented from midnight Tuesday (05) has been suspended.
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* Sri Lanka: Buddhist monks demand all-party government

July 06 (UCAN) Four leading Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka have called on the government to stop playing political tricks and appoint an all-party government to help the country get international aid and ease the worst economic crisis in its history.
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* Litro Gas ship to be delayed

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Litro Gas company says that the ship carrying 3,724 metric tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas which was expected to reach the country between the 6th and 8th of this month would be further delayed. The ship would be delayed due to changes in the weather conditions, the company said
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* The biggest obstacle to recover the country is the Rajapaksa family - Cardinal

July 05 (CP) Colombo- The Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says the biggest obstacle to freeing the country from the current unfortunate situation is the continuation of the Rajapaksa family in power.
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* Parliament focuses on taking special action against officials who fail to implement decisions given by COPE

July 05 (CP) Colombo- The Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and Member of Parliament Prof. Charitha Herath said the Parliament will focus on taking special measures against officials who do not implement the recommendations and decisions made by COPE.
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* PM says ready to hand over the country to Anura if he has a plan

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said in Parliament that if MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake is able to build the country, he is ready to step down and give the JVP leader the post of Prime Minister.
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* Negotiations with the IMF progressed successfully- Sri Lanka PM

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament today that they were able to successfully proceed with the round of discussions held with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last month.
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* Minister instructs to return Covid-19 treatment center at Colombo Port to Mahapola Institution

July 05 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday instructed the port authorities to hand over the building complex of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) at the port, which provided residential quarantine facilities and medical treatment for those infected with Covid-19 during the pandemic, back to the Mahapola Ports & Maritime Academy, the training wing of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
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* Transport Minister instructs to investigate fuel racket by private bus drivers

July 04 (CP) Colombo- Complaints have been received from various areas to the Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media Dr. Bandula Gunawardena that private bus drivers are engaged in fuel racketeering instead of transporting passengers.
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* Litro Gas, PUCSL summoned before COPE this week

July 04 (CP) Colombo- A number of Parliamentary committees including the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) are scheduled to meet this week.
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* Parliament to convene three days this week

July 04 (CP) Colombo- The Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake has said that the Parliament is scheduled to meet on the 4th, 5th and 6th of this week. This was decided at the Committee on Parliamentary Business held last week under the chairmanship of Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, Speaker of Parliament.
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* Sri Lanka FM discusses restructuring country’s debt with Chinese Ambassador

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris has apprised the Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong of the current crisis situation in the country and the government’s efforts to obtain assistance from various sources to address the challenges faced by the country.
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* Opposition Leader demands the government to resign

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Leader of Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Sajith Premadasa says this government is no longer able to run the country and therefore the government led by the president and prime minister has no other option but to resign immediately.
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* All government schools to remain closed for this week

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education announces that all government schools and government-approved private schools across the island will be given a one-week holiday from Monday to the 8th. The Ministry further states that the school time lost during that week will be covered during the upcoming school holidays
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* US Senate Foreign Relations Committee says IMF agreement with Sri Lanka must be contingent on key reforms

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) has said that any IMF agreement with Sri Lanka must be contingent on independence of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, strong anti-corruption measures, and promotion of the rule of law.
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* I can turn around Sri Lanka’s economy: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

July 05 (Al Jazeera) Ranil Wickremesinghe, the newly appointed prime minister of crisis-hit Sri Lanka, has said he is confident he can turn the economy around – but cautioned it will take 18 months before stability returns.
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* Sri Lanka FM apprises UN Resident Coordinator of the current status of the shortages

July 07 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris met with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Hanna Singer-Hamdy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week and briefed the Un envoy on the current situation in the country, particularly with regard to fuel, food and pharmaceutical shortage, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
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* Opposition Leader donates scarce medicine worth Rs. 15.6 million fulfilling the pledge

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa said today (06) that neither he nor the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) or the Samagi Jana Sandhanaya have any "no” or “can’t” talk and will fulfill their responsibilities for the people at any time.
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* Gas shortage will be eased by early August - PM

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe today assured that the domestic LP gas shortage will be eased by the end of this month or early next month. Speaking in parliament today, the Premier said since 33,000 metric tons of gas is to be received from July 11 to the first week of August, the current shortage of gas will disappear by the end of July or the first week of August.
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* Sri Lankan President calls Russian counterpart seeking an offer of credit to import fuel

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has called President of Russia, Vladimir Putin requesting an offer of credit support to import fuel to overcome the current economic challenges. President Rajapaksa said in a tweet that he had a very productive telephone conversation with the President Putin today (July 06)
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* Opposition political parties reach consensus to form an all-party government

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Many opposition political parties met yesterday at the Parliament Complex to discuss the preparation of a program related to the formation of an all-party government.
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* UK reinstates warning against travel to Sri Lanka

July 06 (BBC) The UK government has reinstated advice against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka as a severe economic crisis has sparked civil unrest. A shortage of basic necessities including medicines, cooking gas, fuel and food has sparked protests and violence in the Asian country.
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* Second chance for foreign jobs only for those who legally send dollars to the country - Labor Minister

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Labor and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara says when registering with the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau to go abroad for work for a second time, the amount of dollars sent to the country through legal channels while working abroad previously will be checked.
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* Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Labor promote foreign employment

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and Minister of Labor & Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara have discussed possible avenues for promotion of foreign employment which is vital in the current context of the country, and mechanisms that could be introduced to address the bottlenecks in promoting foreign employment.
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* Education Minister announces dates for GCE A/L and Grade 5 Scholarship exams

July 05 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha said in parliament today that it has been decided to hold the GCE Advanced Level examination this year from November 28th to December 23rd.
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* Cabinet nod to present a new budget for 2022

July 05 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal tabled by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe in his capacity as the Minister of Finance to present a new budget for the year 2022. The new budget is to be presented for this year taking into account the devaluation of the rupee and the rise in inflation, as well as the shortage of essential goods such as fuel, gas and electricity.
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* Transforming Tourism: UNDP revitalizing Sri Lanka’s tourism to be a resilient and inclusive industry

July 05 (CP) Colombo- A serene mist envelope an ocean of luscious greenery and hills, deep in the depths of a stillness that is synonymous with the Sri Lanka’s highlands. About 180 kilometers away from the hustle of the capital city Colombo, so lies Riverston, part of the Knuckles Mountain Range—
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* Sri Lanka Opposition protests President’s attendance in parliament

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Opposition today staged a protest in parliament when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in the Parliament to attend the parliament sessions. President Rajapaksa arrived in parliament to listen to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s speech on the progress of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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* Sri Lanka: ‘I can’t afford milk for my babies’

July 05 (BBC), Colombo- The smell hits you first - freshly cooked rice, lentils and spinach, served in ladles from steaming pots. Dozens of families - including mothers with babies - are lined up with plates to get a serving of what will likely be their only meal for the day.
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* 2021 GCE/AL results to be released on August 15, 2022 A/L could be postponed by a month

July 04 (CP) Colombo- Education Minister Susil Premajayantha says that the results of the 2021 GCE Advanced Level Examination will be released on the 15th of August. The Minister said usually the GCE/AL examination is held three months after the results of the previous year’s exam is released
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* Australia provides highest aid to Sri Lanka by a single nation, assures continued support

July 04 (CP) Colombo- Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David Holly assures that Australia will provide support for the development of Sri Lanka’s economic, social and maritime sectors.
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* Extraordinary gazette notification issued declaring several sectors as essential services

July 04 (CP) Colombo- An Extraordinary Gazette Notification has been issued declaring several sectors including fuel and electricity supply as essential services with effect from 03 July 2022. Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath has issued the Extraordinary Gazette Notification as per the order of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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* Agriculture Minister instructs to buy seed paddy from farmers at Rs. 150 per kilo

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Department of Agriculture to buy seed paddy grown in the Yala season at 150 rupees per kilogram.
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* Several fuel shipments are expected to arrive this month, Minister says

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said he hopes that the people will be able to get fuel without interruption from the 10th of this month and once again apologized for the economic damage and inconvenience caused to the people due to the lack of fuel.
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* Sri Lankan delegation to visit Russia with President’s message to seek support

July 03 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan delegation is scheduled to leave for Russia on the 9th to discuss getting Russia’s support to help Sri Lanka recover from the economic crisis it is facing.
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* Record high inflation and skyrocketing prices leave 6.26 million Sri Lankans food insecure

July 06 (UN) As prices keep healthy meals out of reach, some 61 per cent of households are regularly using food-based coping strategies, such as reducing the amount they eat and consuming increasingly less nutritious food.
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