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Daily Archives: March 28, 2018

Govt confirms Udayanga’s arrest in Dubai

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunge has been arrested by Dubai authorities last Monday (26), Co-cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne confirmed today. Answering questions raised by a journalist at the weekly cabinet press briefing held today, the minister said that government officials are now in discussion with the …

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Trump re-authorises GSP for SL, other countries

US President Donald Trump has re-authorised the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which expired on December 31, 2017, for the GSP beneficiary countries including Sri Lanka. Following the expiry, the GSP eligible imports to the US from Sri Lanka and other GSP beneficiary countries were subjected to non-preferential duties …

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Health Minister orders SLMC to stop its election

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne in a letter sent to the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has ordered to stop proceedings in the current election of members to the council stating that there would be legal implications. In a letter dated March 23, the minister had stated that he had received …

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UNP leadership agrees to reorganize party in early April

The reorganization of the United National Party (UNP) will be carried out within the first two weeks of April, UNP parliamentarian Prof. Ashu Marasinghe said. At a media briefing held yesterday at the UNP headquarters, Sirikotha, Prof. Marasinghe said the reorganization work is essential to strengthen the party to go …

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Ranil seeks India, Japan investment to balance China

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said his country is seeking foreign investment from India, Japan and others amid criticism over his country’s reliance on Chinese loans for infrastructure projects.   In an interview to Bloomberg in Colombo, Wickremesinghe defended a deal last year that gave a joint venture led by state-owned …

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New Army Chief of Staff

Major General Dampath Fernando has been appointed as the 52nd Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, the Military Secretariat announced yesterday (27). He succeeded Major General Amal Karunasekara, who retired from the service a few days ago.   Major General Fernando was serving as the Deputy Chief of …

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