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SL has the capacity to become a Upper Middle Income country - WB

The World Bank says the government policy statements have indicated the appetite to implement much needed reforms in the areas of fiscal operations, competitiveness and governance. The World Bank points out if those policy reforms are implemented successfully, while paying attention to the related policy trade-offs, the government will be able to uplift the country into the Upper Middle Income state in the medium term.

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Govt to present a budget that strengthens manufacturing process & builds country

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera says a budget that will help to carryout the ongoing development programmes properly and that builds the nation will be presented to the parliament next month.

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It is emphasized that int'l cooperation is important to tackle organized crimes

The Sri Lankan delegation attending the Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, organized a side event on “International Cooperation on Combating Transnational Organized Crime” recently, as an initiative of the Ministry of Justice.

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Investigations held to arrest inmates escaped from Dalupotha Open Prison Camp

The Prison Department says 6 inmates of the Dalupotha Open Prison Camp at Negambo have escaped early this morning.

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Plane catches fire at Chicago airport

An American Airlines plane has caught fire on the runway of Chicago's O'Hare airport while taking off. Officials involved in the investigation said, the Boeing 767 bound for Miami experienced an "uncontained engine failure".

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House of Diego Maradona turns into museum

The house of Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona has been turned into a museum in the country’s capital Buenos Aires. A former manager of a football team, where Maradona had his first contract, restored the home where the footballer lived between the years of 1978 and 1980.

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Rangana Herath set for late captaincy debut in Zimbabwe's 100th Test.

Sri Lanka will look to maintain a clean sheet when they take on Zimbabwe in the first Test between the nations at Harare today. Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath is set for late captaincy debut in Zimbabwe's 100thTest.

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Great opportunity dawned to take country from darkness to light - President on Deewali

The Deepavali festival which is celebrated by Hindu devotees falls today. It marks the victory of good over bad by defeating darkness over light. The Hindu devotees around the world celebrate the ceremony by lighting up lamps in religious places and in their houses while engaging in religious observances.

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Great opportunity dawned to take country from darkness to light - President on Deewali

The Deepavali festival which is celebrated by Hindu devotees falls today. It marks the victory of good over bad by defeating darkness over light. The Hindu devotees around the world celebrate the ceremony by lighting up lamps in religious places and in their houses while engaging in religious observances.

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COPE report on Central Bank Bond Issue tabled in parliament

The report of the investigation carried out by the Committee on Public Enterprises regarding the Central Bank Bond issue was tabled in the parliament by its chairman MP Sunil Handuneththi this morning. He stated it includes 15 recommendations and 15 conclusions on the incident.

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PM says presentation of COPE report is a victory of the good governance govt


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who expressed views at the parliament said he is thankful to the Committee on Public Enterprises and its chairman for presenting the report. It is a victory achieved by the good governance government led by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Int'l forum against drug trafficking in Asian Oceanic region to be held in CMB

An International forum against drug trafficking in the Asian Oceanic Region will commence in Colombo tomorrow. It has been organized by the ministry of public, law and order and southern development with the support of the office of United Nations on drugs and crimes.

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World's largest marine park created in Antarctic Ocean

Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed today to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square kilometers of ocean.

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Members of the European Parliament to visit Sri Lanka

Progress on national reconciliation and ways to empower Sri Lankan women politically and economically will be the focus of the visit from 31 October to 3 November 2016 by a four member delegation from the European Parliament.

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The President stresses that the people should not be perturbed on national security

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that no perturb should be caused on national security. He added that the government has taken a complete array of measures to enhance national security. The president was speaking at the Ranaviru Wickrama Award Ceremony which was held at the BMICH today.

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Major General Ubaya Medawala appointed as Chief of Staff of Army

 

The ministry of defence says Major General Ubaya Medawala has been appointed as the chief of staff of the Sri Lanka army. Major General Channa Gunatilleke is his deputy. The appointments are effective from first of next month. Meanwhile, air vice marshal D.L.S Dias has been appointed as the chief of staff of the air force. It is effective from first of this month.

3 Indian fishermen who had two kilos of heroin in their possession arrested

Three Indian fishermen who attempted to smuggle drugs into the country have been taken into custody by the Navy. The fishing vessel they were travelling has been seized as well. The fishermen were nabbed during an operation carried out by the Navy in the sea area off Arippu in Mannar early this morning.  Two kilos of heroin were found in their possession. Navy spokes0man Captain Akram Alavi says the suspects will be handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau shortly.

Low income families eligible to receive Samurdhi allowance will be identified within this year - Min S.B.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake says identifying of low income families who are eligible to receive the Samurdhi allowance will be completed before the end of this year. The process will be carried out in a scientific manner. Speaking at the parliament today,

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Fertilizer subsidy now provided for additional crops as well

Additional secretary to the ministry of agriculture and director of fertilizer secretariat Vijitha Chandra Piyathilleke says fertilizer subsidy can now be obtained for additional crops as well as for tea, rubber and coconut.  Previously it was given for only one crop.

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PM outlines future economic plans

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says a revolutionary method is required to take forward Sri Lanka's economy. Making a special statement on the future economic plans of the country in the parliament today, the Premier pointed out the present government granted many relief to the public servants by increasing their wages.

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New inventors receive awards from the President

New inventors have received awards from President Maithripala Sirisena. The awarding ceremony which was organized by the Ministry of Science Technology was held yesterday at the lotus pond theatre in Colombo.

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