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More financial aid from ADB to strengthen the SL's financial sector.

The Asian Development Bank has agreed to provide more allocations to further strengthen Sri Lanka's financial sector considering the future measures the government has announced with regard to it.		
				

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Stranded Sri Lankans in Saudi Arabia to be brought back immediately.

The Saudi government has agreed to issue departure license to send  Sri Lankans who are stranded in Saudi Arabia due to various reasons.		
				

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The era where media was able to topple governments has ended.

Regional Advisor for Asia of the International Media Support Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya says the era where media was able to topple governments has now ended.		
				

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SL Navy exports 9 Patrol Craft for the first time in the history.

Winning one of the biggest defence contracts in the naval history, Sri Lanka Navy has sold 9 small patrol craft, indigenously built by the Inshore Patrol Craft Project of the Navy established at Welisara, to the Nigerian Government at its premises.		
				

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11,000 million rupees have been set a side to enhance construction and infrastructure facilities in the Heda Oya reservoir.

The government will take measures to construct and enhance infrastructure facilities at the Heda-Oya reservoir in the Ampara District at a cost of 11,000 million rupees.

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A growth in the export of non traditional items.

A Central Bank report points out that there has been a growth in exports in non traditional commodity items last year. Accordingly, the exporting of transportation of petroleum and animal foods have gone up.

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Major General Sumith Manawadu passes away.

Major General Sumith Manawadu who was the Colonel Commandant of the Artillery Regiment and the Director General of Sports of the Sri Lanka Army passed away today.

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The Ampara Dayapura re-awakening village to be commissioned tomorrow.

The Ampara Dayapura reawakened village will be commissioned tomorrow under the auspices of Minister Sajith Premadasa. This is the 5th village to be commissioned under the reawakened village programme. It is comprised of 25 housing units.

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International Waters Conference to be held in SL.

The 8th Biennial International Waters Conference of the global environment facility will commence in Colombo on Monday. Its theme will be "scaling up investments from source to sea in the context of achieving sustainable development goals".

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No tax imposed on essential goods - State Minister of Finance


State minister of Finance Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena emphasizes no tax has been imposed on essential goods. Taking part in the Subarathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning the state minister also said no new allocation has been made from the supplementary estimate presented to the parliament yesterday.

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The Presidential community service programme to be held at Balangoda tomorrow.

The Presidential community service programme will be held at Kotavehera Mankada president's college in Balangoda throughout tomorrow.

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In Nepal CPN-UML, UCPN-M ink 9-pt agreement

In Nepal the UCPN-Maoist have decided to continue support to the KP Sharma Oli-led government. UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML on Thursday night signed a nine-point agreement.

In the agreement, the two parties have decided to take initiatives to form a national consensus government with an objective to create conducive environment for the implementation of Constitution and socio-economic transformation.

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SLCERT keeps an eye on Facebook-related complaints.

The Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team or SLCERT says that the number of complaints they received on Facebook has increased.

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Sub committee members appointed have been appointed to constitutional council.

The sub committee members were appointed during the meeting yesterday. The Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella informed the House that Uresha Fernando has been appointed as the additional secretary of the Constitutional Assembly. The Leader of the House also announced the members of the six sub committees namely the “Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Finance, Public Service, Law and Order, Centre-Periphery”.

China, Laos agree on cooperation

China and Laos have agreed on a plethora of cooperative projects after meetings between Chinese leaders and visiting Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit.

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The amnesty period granted to handover illegal firearms ends tomorrow.


Military Spokesman Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera says the amnesty period granted to handover illegal firearms will conclude tomorrow. Authorities have received 175 illegal firearms during the period which commenced on 25th of last month. According to the Military Spokesman, the highest number of firearms has been handed over from the Gampaha district. Illegal firearms can be handed over to the Police stations, district secretariats, and Divisional secretariats in return for financial rewards.

The house committee to convene today to discuss the future actions regarding the recent incident that took place in the parliament.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says the House Committee will be convened today to discuss the action to be taken against the responsible MPs regarding the clash that broke out in the parliament.

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Buddhist artifacts were found in archeological excavations Pakistan.

Sculptures and carvings dating back more than 1,700 years have been discovered in the remains of a shrine and its courtyard in the Pakistani ancient city of Bazira.

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The regional village re-awakening programme recommences.

The regional re-awakening villages programme recommences. The National Housing Development Authority says that the programme will get underway initially in the Anuradhapura and Kurunegala Districts. A total of 20 Udagam villages will be constructed in the 10 Divisional Secretariat

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The Media Minister deplores the behaviour of certain parliamentarians upon a bill for regarding women's political repre (2)

The Minister of Media and Parliamentary Reforms Gayantha Karunathilaka says that an important bill for the representation of women, who forms 53 percent of the population, has been submitted in the parliament yesterday.

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