Sri Lanka seeks fresh currency swap facility, deferment of debt payments from India

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sought an additional currency swap facility and deferment of debt payments from India during an online bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Indian officials said.

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Police confined to their duties – Chamal Rajapaksa

Minister of Irrigation and State Minister of Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management Chamal Rajapaksa said that of the 84,000 policemen, almost 38,000 have been deployed for work which is outside their legitimate duties

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Maximum retail price for coconut gazetted

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has published an Extraordinary Gazette notification pertaining to the revision of Maximum Retail Prices (MRP) of coconut.

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Udaya questions why CPC prevented from entering LPG market

Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila recently alleged that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) had suffered Rs 37 mn loss due to an abortive bid made by the state enterprise to enter the LPG (liquid petroleum gas) in 2008.

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Justice Ministry does not interfere in judicial cases – Minister

Unlike during the previous regime, the current Justice Minister does not give phone calls to anyone and the Justice Ministry does not get involved in judicial cases, said Justice Minister Ali Sabry.

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Sri Lanka arrests three accused of killing leopard for asthma cure

Sri Lankan police on Friday arrested three people suspected of trapping and killing an endangered leopard and trying to sell its meat as a cure for asthma.

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Russian crew member confirmed COVID-19 negative in final PCR test

The Russian national who earlier tested positive for COVID-19 in Matara, has been tested negative in the final PCR test conducted on him, Army Commander Shavendra Silva said today (25).

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Government will ease imports restrictions gradually, but priority to local industry – Cabraal

The Government will gradually ease restrictions on imports that were put in place to reduce the outflow of foreign exchange, but it will be done in a manner that the emerging local businesses are not negatively impacted, State Minister of Money, Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard Cabraal told Parliament yesterday.

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Speaker should be independent – Anura Kumara

National People’s Power (NPP) Leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, yesterday (24), alleged in Parliament that Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena was biased towards the Government.

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UNP not decided on National List slot yet – Akila

Denying claims made by former Minister John Amaratunge that he will be UNP’s national list member, the UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam yesterday said no such decision has been made by the party as yet.

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President stresses need for educational reforms

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized the need to reform the country’s education system in order to create a citizen who can optimally contribute to the future world, the economy and development.

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12 petitions filed against 20A thus far

Another six petitions have been filed before the Supreme Court against the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution today.

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AG submits a further claim of Rs. 100 Million against MT New Diamond Owners

The owners of MT New Diamond Crude Oil Tanker informed Attorney General Dappula De Livera on Thursday (24) on their agreement to settle in full the interim claim of Rs. 340 Million, said State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne, the Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General.

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Light Rail Transit System project ended

The Secretary to the President P.B Jayasundara has informed the Ministry of Transport to immediately end the implementation of the Colombo Light Rail Transit System project.

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Sirisena instructed not to probe Islamist extremists

Former President Maithripala Sirisena, between 2017 and 2018, had instructed the then Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara not to conduct open investigations into Islamist extremists, including National Thowheed Jama’ath Leader Zaharan Hashim.

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Pillayan appointed co-chair of Batticaloa DCC ahead of vote on 20A

TMVP leader and MP, S. Chandrakanthan, has been appointed the Co-Chairman of the Batticaloa District Coordinating Committee in keeping with an understanding between his party and the SLPP.

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