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* President and Prime Minister to meet to discuss the cabinet reshuffle

Apr 23 (CP) Colombo- Deputy General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are expected to meet this evening to discuss the cabinet reshuffle.
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* New fuel price formula to the cabinet tomorrow

Apr 23 (CP) Colombo- The price formula prepared for raising fuel prices will be presented to the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, the Finance Ministry said. After obtaining the cabinet approval, the pricing formula will be revised once in two or three months as the oil prices in the world market change.
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* Reports of grand opening of parliament session are false - Speaker's Office

Apr 23 (CP) Colombo- The Office of Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya says the reports of spending a huge sum for the grand opening of parliament next month are totally false.
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* Sri Lanka's State Finance Minister calls on IMF, World Bank to increase assistance on liability management for low income countries

Apr 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne called on global lenders International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to increase assistance on liability management for low income countries since many countries including Sri Lanka have to put in place mechanisms to deal with the debt as debt risk to debt sustainability has increased.
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* Water released to Kaudulla Reservoir for Yala cultivations in Polonnaruwa

Apr 22 (CP) Colombo- The inaugural water to Kaudulla Reservoir from the Moragahakanda Reservoir for the 2018 Yala season cultivations in Polonnaruwa district was released yesterday.
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* A new full cabinet will be sworn in next week - Minister Rajitha

Apr 22 (CP) Colombo- A new full Cabinet will be sworn in next week, Minister of Health and the co-cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. The Health Minister made this statement addressing a ceremony held at the Panadura Divisional Secretariat Saturday to distribute equipment to 14 youth and women's societies in the Panadura Divisional Secretariat Division.
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* Faizer opposes removal of unauthorised structures

Apr 23 (Island) Provincial Council and Local Government Minister Faizer Musthapa, PC, has issued a statement strongly opposing moves to remove unauthorised structures on the Mirissa beach following attacks on foreign tourists.
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* SLFP will leave the Unity Govt. if President decides: SB

Apr 23 (DM) Former Minister S. B. Dissanayake said it would be easy to prevail upon the Central Committee of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to leave the unity government if President Maithripala Sirisena decided for it.
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* 14 unions to defy ban on May 1 rallies

Apr 22 (ST) Some local trade unions, backed by a global trade union body, are bracing for a confrontation with the authorities after deciding to go ahead with May 1 rallies and celebrations despite the Government changing the date of May Day to May 7.
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* CID closes in on masterminds of Keith Noyahr abduction

Apr 22 (SO) The CID is nearing the end of its investigation into the May 2008 abduction and assault of former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper, Keith Noyahr, according to a detailed three-hour oral submission made to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court by Senior State Counsel (SSC) Lakmini Girihagama last Wednesday on behalf of the Attorney General.
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* China dispels 'baseless suspicion' on Chinese militarization of Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port

Apr 23 (CP) Colombo- China today rejected the rumors of 'Chinese Militarization' at the Hambantota Port of Sri Lanka as 'baseless suspicion'. Ambassador of China to Colombo, Cheng Xueyuan, dispelled the rumors that China's Belt and Road initiative aims to use Sri Lanka's Chinese-built port in the Deep South for military purposes.
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* Registry for government social welfare programs set up for efficient management

Apr 23 (CP) Colombo- According to an initiative taken by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs in 2015, the Department of Project management & Monitoring (DPMM) has taken steps to develop a Management Information System (MIS) on social welfare programs implemented under the Government of Sri Lanka.
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* Buddha Sasana Ministry recommends six criteria to hold Dansalas for Vesak

Apr 23 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Buddha Sasana has notified that six criteria have to be followed in setting up dansalas or free food stalls for the forthcoming Vesak season. The Buddhist Affairs Commissioner General Nimal Kotawalagedara has informed all District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries
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* PMD dispels false reports on President's official CHOGM delegation

Apr 22 (CP) Colombo- President's Media Division (PMD) issuing a statement said false information is being reported regarding the official delegation accompanying the President Maithripala Sirisena to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
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* A new agreement to continue Sri Lanka's national government - Minister Amaraweera

Apr 22 (CP) Colombo- The General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that a new agreement will be prepared to continue the coalition government with the United National Party (UNP).
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* Sri Lanka's unity government to form pact to identify weaknesses: Minister

Apr 23 (WION) Sri Lanka's unity government will come up with a new plan to identify its weaknesses and find suitable remedies for them, a senior minister has said, amid the ongoing tussle between the country's president and the prime minister.
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* No debate or vote on Presidents policy statement - Experts

Apr 23 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to deliver the Policy Statement of the coalition government at a ceremonial sitting when the second session of the Eighth Parliament commences on May 8. This statement however, will not be up for debate or a vote, contrary to unfounded claims.
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* Enough of infighting, get back to serious work, President tells SLFPers

Apr 22 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena has called for a return to serious work and an end to the bickering and infighting seen in recent times, senior SLFP sources said yesterday. The sources said that the President was determined to push ahead under a new Cabinet, with Provincial, Presidential and General Elections due within the next two and a half years
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* New-look Unity Government soon? Amunugama Committee completes work

Apr 22 (SO) UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera says that the Unity Government will continue for two more years with a new outlook.Speaking to the Sunday Observer, the Minister stated that discussions and evaluations carried out by the committee appointed to look into the continuity of the government, headed by Minister of Special Assignments Sarath Amunugama have been...
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