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Rs 450 billion spent annually to maintain public institutions

The Government spent about Rs 450 billion annually to maintain public institutions, Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday. He said Janawasama and Elkaduwa Plantations were being operated by the Government incurring heavy losses. He said the Government had come up with 250 project proposals to …

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Criminal gunned down

A 29 year old suspect involved in several murders has been gunned down by gunmen who came on a motor bike at Wewalla Hikkaduwa, our news sources said.

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Indian arrested while attempting to smuggle foreign currency

A foreign national was apprehended by the Customs officials,, at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for attempting to smuggle out foreign currency. The arrested suspect is a 54 year old Indian departing for China, according to the Customs. The Customs officials have seized foreign currencies worth USD 60,000 which was …

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ICC appoints Michael Beloff to hear Chandimal’s appeal

Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, Michael Beloff QC has been appointed as the Judicial Commissioner to hear Dinesh Chandimal’s appeal today (22). ICC further said the hearing will take place on Friday, and legal counsel for both parties and Chandimal will join via telephone or videoconference. Earlier …

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14 individuals linked to LTTE designated by Sri Lankan govt

The government has issued an extraordinary gazette notification listing the names of 14 individuals living overseas with links to the LTTE and banning them from entering Sri Lanka, by placing them in the list of designated persons. The amendment to the List of Designated persons under the United Nations Regulations …

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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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