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* Industrial and Technology Development super zone to be established in Kalutara

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government plans to establish 11 Industrial and Technology Development Zones island wide to improve the livelihood of the people in rural areas by providing highly paid employment opportunities and develop the areas.
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* President's permission is mandatory in clearing forests, moving earth

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday that in addition to seeking approval of state institutions, his permission will be mandatory in clearing forests and moving earth.
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* Budget 2017 is a compromise - Finance Minister

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says a cooperated budget prepared for 2017 after considering the views and proposals of both UNP and the SLFP in the unity government will be presented to the parliament on 10th of next month.
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* I will donate money from alleged offshore account, if found: MR

Oct 21 (DM) Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that if anyone found the US$18 billion that the government alleges he has stored in secret offshore accounts, he would use it to remove the tax imposed on medicine and use the money to give relief to patients.
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* How Sri Lanka Demonstrates the Limits of the UN System

Oct 21 (National Interest) In recent years, the island nation of Sri Lanka has received considerable attention from the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. Country-specific council resolutions were passed on Sri Lanka annually from 2012 to 2014.
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* India not to object if Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu returning home voluntarily

Oct 20 (CP) New Delhi- India says it has no objection if Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu want to return to Sri Lanka with the help of the island nation's government. In response to a media query on the return of Sri Lankan refugees to Sri Lanka, official spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup at a media briefing on Thursday said the Indian government will no object to voluntary return.
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* European parliament offers its expertise in drafting Sri Lanka's future policies and plans

Oct 20 (CP) Brussels- The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has said that it was the hope of the European Parliament that they would be able to carry on cooperation between Sri Lanka and Europe based on mutual trust.
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* UN Special Rapporteur recommends Sri Lanka to establish an Independent Commission on minorities with powers

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, who concluded a 10-day mission to Sri Lanka today, recommended the island nation's government to establish an Independent Commission on Minorities under the Constitution with a clear mandate, powers, resources and autonomy.
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* New initiative to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in sugar production

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo: The Sri Lankan government, targeting to make the country self-sufficient in sugar production, has initiated plans to increase sugarcane cultivation and to set up 15 new production plants in the country.
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* Sunethra Jayasinghe appointed as acting DG of Bribery Commission

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Sunethra Jayasinghe, the Deputy Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Bribery Commission as Acting Director General of the commission after accepting the Director General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe's resignation.
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* JO alleges govt. betrayed Muslims to appease US

Oct 20 (Island) Former Parliamentary Affairs Minister A.H.M. Azwer yesterday alleged that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government had abandoned Sri Lanka’s long standing Palestine policy. Azwer said that Sri Lanka had abstained from voting on a recent UNESCO, (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Resolution meant to condemn Israeli violations
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* Hidden hand in country’s governance: Gammanpila

Oct 20 (DN) Referring to the recent remarks by President Maithripala Sirisena about the FCID, CID and the Bribery Commission, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila noted that this indicates there was a hidden hand involved in the governance of the country.
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* Court lifts enjoining order against 'Usaviya Nihandai' documentary

Oct 21 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo District Court this morning lifted the enjoining order placed on acclaimed director Prasanna Vithanage's court documentary 'Usaviya Nihandai' (Silence in the Courts) banning it from screening. The court placed the injunction against the movie on October 5, a day before it was to be screened, after former District Judge Lenin Ratnayake filed a lawsuit alleging that the film tarnishes his character and the reputation of the entire judiciary.
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* High level delegation of Belgian government to visit Sri Lanka next week to promote bilateral relations

Oct 21 (CP) Brussels- Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has assured his Sri Lankan counterpart that his country will closely work with Sri Lanka to revive the relations between the two nations that had weakened during the past few years. Prime Minister Michel told Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe Wednesday that a high level delegation from the Belgian government will visit Sri Lanka next week to explore more avenues in promoting bilateral relations between the two nations.
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* Prez responsible for simmering crisis over CIABOC affair – Ven Sobitha’s group

Oct 21 (Island) Alleging that President Maithripala Sirisena had caused a serious crisis at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) yesterday stressed that the President was now responsible for ensuring its smooth functioning.
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* Report on Central Bank Treasury Bonds controversy : COPE sessions end undecided

Oct 21 (DN) The COPE meeting that lasted for seven hours yesterday ended undecided on the report on the Central Bank Treasury Bonds controversy. The COPE presided by its Chairman JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti held a special meeting at the Parliamentary Complex yesterday to finalise the COPE report on the above matter, which is expected to be tabled in the House next Tuesday.
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* Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

Oct 21 (GV) Sri Lanka recently announced that it will pay as much as USD 170 million (Rs. 25 billion) to the aircraft-leasing company AerCap Holdings, in order to cancel the purchase of four Airbus A350 aircraft, which the country's Rajapaksa government had previously purchased in 2013.
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* Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission calls for incorporation of Economic, Social and Cultural rights in new Constitution

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) today called on the President to give leadership in calling for, and the Prime minister and all members of the Constitutional Assembly to ensure, the incorporation of Economic, Social and Cultural rights in the future constitutional chapter on rights as fully protected rights.
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* Sri Lanka Finance Minister presents Rs. 1.8 trillion Appropriation Bill for 2017

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Thursday moved the Bill entitled Appropriation to provide for the service of the financial year 2017 in parliament. The government has estimated an allocation of Rs. 1.82 trillion (US$ 12.4 billion) for expenditure, which is lower than the 2016 allocation of Rs. 1.95 trillion.
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* Sri Lanka enlightens European Parliament on good governance measures taken to regain GSP+ concession

Oct 20 (CP) Brussels- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister accompanied by his delegation have met with various representative parties of the European Parliament on Wednesday to discuss the European Union's Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) tariff concession and the spaces for support and assistance for Sri Lanka.
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* 2017 Appropriation Bill to be presented in Sri Lanka Parliament today

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Appropriation Bill outlining allocations to be made for each ministry for year 2017 will be presented to parliament this morning for its First Reading. Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake will present the 2017 Appropriation Bill at a special parliamentary sitting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
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* The Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement: Full steam ahead for India and Sri Lanka?

Oct 20 (LSE) At the recently concluded World Economic Forum India Economic Summit, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickeramsinghe indicated that Sri Lanka and India intend to sign the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ECTA) by the end of 2016.
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* Ramanayake criticizes minister for shielding officers

Oct 20 (DM) Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake on Tuesday came out against a minister, who had shielded his ministry officers from being interrogated by the FCID when they were called to give a statement. Mr. Ramanayake said this minister had told the officers not to go to FCID and that he will take care of the investigation carried out by the FCID.
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