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Body of Saudi tourist who drowned in Mahawelia River found

The body of the Saudi Arabian tourist, who went missing after an inflatable boat toppled in the Mahawelia River, has been recovered in the Warathenna area. The 24-year-old female university student from Saudi Arabia was reported missing after the white water rafting boat toppled yesterday (20) at Gohagoda, Katugastota. Police …

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Price reduction on more essential drugs- Rajitha

The Health Ministry will reduce the prices of another batch of essential drugs in July to provide further relief to patients, Cabinet spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today. He said the Health Ministry had drastically reduced prices of 48 essential drugs used for diseases such as diabetes, heart …

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US assures continued support to Sri Lanka after quitting UNHRC

Following the announcement that the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the US Ambassador in Colombo Atul Keshap has met with Sri Lankan officials to assure them continued support to fulfill commitments in the UNHRC resolution. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the …

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Bill to absorb SAITM students to KDU passed in Parliament

The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (Special Provisions) Bill, to absorb SAITM medical students into the KDU, was passed in Parliament with amendment, our news sources said. The bill was passed without going for a vote, Ada Derana reporter said. The bill was presented to the Parliament on June …

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IMF urges Sri Lanka to let Rupee slide

The International Monetary Fund urged Sri Lanka to let its rupee keep sliding and not intervene further to bolster the ailing currency as it fell to historic lows. The currency bottomed out at roughly 160 rupees to the US dollar on Wednesday — its weakest ever point — despite efforts …

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Retired Senior DIG Ravi Waidyalankara re-appointed to head FCID

Retired Senior DIG Ravi Waidyalankara has been re-employed to head the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of Police. Waidyalankara, who held the post previously, has retired from service last month. He has been recruited again on a 9-month contract basis from yesterday (19) following cabinet approval, the FCID said. The …

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Striking postal employees to launch indefinite fast from today

The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front says they will launch an indefinite fast today opposite the Central Mail Exchange in Colombo. Co-convener of the trade union front Chinthaka Bandara told local media that they will launch an indefinite fast since the government has not given a satisfactory response to their …

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