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Last Updated = Mon, May 30, 2016, 11:44 am SL Time

* Sri Lanka invited to the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum for the first time

May 30 (CP) Colombo- For the first time, Sri Lanka has been invited to participate in the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), scheduled to take place from August 2-4 at the Jakarta Convention Centre, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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* Sri Lankan activists ask State to promote deep sea fishing

May 30 (Hindu) With the new regime in Tamil Nadu taking charge, activists, experts and the Northern Province's fishing community advocate that the State and Central governments in India encourage deep sea fishing.
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* Rajitha, GMOA at war

May 30 (DN) The battle between the Health Minister and the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) heated up yesterday as Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne refused to be deterred by ‘threats to strike’ and calls for his removal. However, the doctors’ appointments which have stirred much controversy will come to effect from next week, as planned, the minister said.
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* Sri Lankan President returns to island after attending G7 summit

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island Sunday after completing a successful four-day official visit to Japan to attend the G7 outreach summit. Several ministers and other officials welcomed the President on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport this afternoon.
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* Sri Lanka state doctors' union asks President to remove Health Minister

May 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to remove current Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and appoint a qualified person to the post.
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* Sri Lankan PM calls for close cooperation between governments and service organizations for cost effective welfare services

May 29 (CP) Seoul- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the cost effective methods for governments to discharge its obligations to provide welfare services require close cooperation with service organizations. The Prime Minister delivering the opening remarks at the 107th Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday explained that the monetary restraints, budgetary control and reducing the Budget Deficit do not mean that the Governments can abandon responsibility for some of its welfare services.
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* Sri Lanka Marxist party to protest against the government

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) plans to stage a protest against the government this week, General Secretary of the JVP, Tilvin Silva has said. The party senior has criticized the government's decision to impose taxes on people and said the imposing taxes burdening the people is unfair and the party will stage a protest on Thursday in Colombo to pressure the government to reduce the taxes.
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* Flight Attendants Threaten Industrial Action

May 29 (SL) The Flight Attendants Union of SriLankan Airlines is to resort to industrial action in the days to come in the event the airline management fails to accept their legitimacy, SriLankan Airline sources told The Sunday Leader. The present Flight Attendance Union (FAU), which took over office unanimously last year, had been deprived of their legal rights
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* More facilities for MPs in development work

May 29 (SO) Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilake said the Government will provide a vehicle and other required facilities to MPs involved in development activities.
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* Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms to hand over report to PM tomorrow

May 30 (CP) Colombo- The Committee of Public Representations on Constitutional Reforms appointed by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms will hand over its report to the Prime Minister Tuesday (May 31).
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* Residents up in arms over Health Ministry dumping hospital waste at IDH

May 30 (Island) Residents living in the vicinity of the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) at Gothatuwa are up in arms against the health ministry move to dump refuse from the National Hospital in vacant lands in the area transported in ministry vehicles.
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* Chief Minister should apologize unconditionally - SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem

May 29 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed, who humiliated a Sri Lanka Navy officer at a function in Sampur Maha Vidyalaya should apologize unconditionally, Minster Rauf Haleem, the leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, which represents the Chief Minister, said.
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* Elephant calf rescued from uncovered drain in Sri Lanka

May 29 (BBC) A young elephant has been rescued from an uncovered drain in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port. Locals workers joined forces with wildlife officials to use an array of basic tools to carry out the rescue operation.
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* Emirates Red Crescent provides humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka flood affected people

May 29 (CP) Abu Dhabi- The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has provided humanitarian aid to those affected by the floods and landslides in Sri Lanka recently, a statement here said. The ERC, in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, is working on providing the best relief services to reduce the suffering of those affected and to improve the humanitarian situation there.
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* Eastern Province CM condemns tri-forces boycott, says everybody should apologize

May 29 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed condemned the decision taken by the tri-forces to boycott events he attends as a political decision and said everybody involved in the dispute at the event in a Sampur school should apologize for their wrong actions.
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* Sri Lanka Northern Province CM eager to meet Jayalalithaa

May 29 (CP) Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran in a congratulatory message to Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday said he is eager to meet the Chief Minister to discuss Tamil people's needs.
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* Vulnerable children the focus of care agencies

May 29 (ST) Child victims of the flood and landslide disasters – some homeless, some separated from their families amid the chaos of displacement in temporary shelters – are being looked after by a network of state agencies.
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* The Story Behind The World's Emptiest International Airport

May 29 (Forbes) Hardly anybody goes to Sri Lanka's Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) because they have a flight. No, the air transport hub is currently a daily flight or two away from being completely defunct, and the people who do go there tend to be tourists making a side trip from the nearby wildlife parks to see the stunning, fully modern airport in the middle of the jungle for themselves.
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