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* British envoy wishes Sri Lankan team success at Commonwealth Games

July 22 (CP) Colombo- British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives John Rankin today said sport is a wonderful way of uniting young people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
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* Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist monk hits hack at Dalai Lama

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Leader of an extremist Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero today hit back at Dalai Lama for making a statement against Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka.
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* Land acquisition for Sri Lanka's Ratnapura expressway within 26 weeks

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Project Minister of Ports and Highway Nirmala Kotelawala said that the government has decided to pay compensation and acquire the state and private land within 26 weeks to expedite the construction of the Colombo - Pelmadulla expressway via Ratnapura.
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* The Tuticorin-Sri Lanka link

July 22 (Hindu) Tracing the history of maritime trade with Sri Lanka through traditional mode of shipment by vessels from Tuticorin, S. Lasington Fernando, secretary, Coastal Mechanised Sail Vessel Owners Association, said maritime relations between people of these countries were still evolving.
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* India will stand by Sri Lanka's position at the UNHRC - Dr. Swamy

July 22 (DN) Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy while stressing that India will stand by Sri Lanka's position at the UNHRC, said that there is no fundamental conflict in Sri Lanka. He was participating in a panel discussion organised by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies(BCIS) on "India under Modi: Relevance for the Region and the World" at the BMICH, Colombo yesterday.
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* India wants excellent relations with Sri Lanka - BJP delegation

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A group of members from India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including the Chairman of BJP's Committee on Strategic Action and Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy, met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today.
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* Sri Lankan President expresses condolences to Dutch and Malaysians over MH17 tragedy

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conveyed condolences to the Dutch and Malaysian families on the loss of loved ones on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The President issuing messages via twitter to the Prime Ministers of Netherlands and Malaysia has said that the prayers of the Sri Lankan people are with them during this difficult time.
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* Each Sri Lankan is indebted Rs. 12,500 due to losses of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation - Opposition Leader

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) leader and Opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe said that each Sri Lankan is indebted Rs. 12,500 due to the losses incurred by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).
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* GMOA factions exchange fire Alleged financial frauds at docs’ union

July 21 (Island) Former Government Medical Officers Associaton (GMOA) office bearer Prof. Ranjanee Gamage accuses the GMOA of having misappropriated Rs. 20 million and spent funds on various programmes without any transparency or accountability.
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* Minister lashes out at Opposition leader

July 21 (DN) A leader who cannot protect his partisans can never lead a country and a nation towards development. Because of that, the Opposition leader is not suitable for the country's leadership, Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W D J Seneviratne said.
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* Vietnam, Sri Lanka to work closely in fighting transnational crime

July 22 (CP) Ha Noi- Vietnam and Sri Lanka have agreed to step up cooperation in fighting transnational crime, especially those involving e-commerce and credit. During a meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the visiting Sri Lankan Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order, Nanda Mallawarachchi in Ha Noi yesterday, Phuc has asked Sri Lanka to work closely with Viet Nam to fight crimes, especially those involving e-commerce and credit, as per their signed agreements.
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* Tanzania looks forward to further strengthening bilateral ties with Sri Lanka

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Tanzania was extremely satisfied with the bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and looks forward to further strengthening those ties, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Bernard K. Membe has said. The Tanzanian Minister, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka from July 20 -22, made this remark when he called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (July 21) evening. Membe congratulated Sri Lanka on the success of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 and told the President of the "fond memories" the Tanzanian delegation had from that visit to Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka main opposition appoints committees for the Uva Provincial Council election

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) media spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the party had appointed the nomination board and the operational committee for the Uva Provincial Council election.
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* Drought gripped Yala to be closed for one month

July 22 (Island) The prevailing drought had badly affected the country’s most attractive National Park, Yala in the deep South, but the number of visitors had not decreased, Director General of Wildlife Conservation H. D. Ratnayake said.
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* Sri Lanka main opposition hands over petition to Supreme Court against redistribution of seats in Uva Provincial Council

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Main opposition United National Party (UNP) Badulla district parliamentarian Harin Fernando who is slated to hand over nominations to contest to the Uva Provincial Council election filed a petition Monday in Supreme Court against the Election Commissioner.
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* Nomination board of Sri Lanka Freedom Party to meet on 28th to select candidates for Uva PC

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The nomination of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of ruling United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA), will on the 28th of this month to select suitable candidates for the upcoming Uva Provincial Council election.
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* Sri Lanka's opposition to promote a common platform instead of a common candidate

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka opposition parties, groups and organizations are trying to form a common platform with a common aim at the next presidential elections, political activists say. The idea of a common platform is different from the common candidate and the common platform aims to abolish the executive presidency, according to the political activists.
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* Sri Lanka and Singapore to establish a pilot training school at Mattala airport

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to establish a pilot training school at the newly opened Mattala Airport in the Southern Province, Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne said.
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* EPRLF calls for re-merger of north and east

July 21 (DM) The Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by MP Suresh Premachandran, has passed resolutions calling, for among other things, the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces in conformity with Indo-Lanka Accord.
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* The grey slender loris: Conservation success in Sri Lanka

July 21 (BBC) The grey slender loris is found only in Sri Lanka and parts of India. Human activity is threatening the habitat of this nocturnal primate, but one site in Sri Lanka is now seeing a boost in numbers. Hotel Jetwing Vil Uyana in central Sri Lanka put development plans on hold when the animals were discovered there in 2010, and now runs a successful conservation area to protect them.
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