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Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to visit Sri Lanka

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop today announced that she will visit India and Sri Lanka from 18-20 July to strengthen Australia’s bilateral, economic and security relations with two important partners in the region. In Sri Lanka, Minister Bishop will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri …

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Debt-free economy by 2020

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government has initiated a huge development program throughout the island and the public will receive the benefits of the program within a very short period. Speaking at a ceremony held in Pannipitiya to lay the foundation stone for second phase of the ‘Wiyathpura’ proposed …

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LG polls will be held towards year end

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday evening met representatives of several political parties including the JVP and the SLFP and the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) at the Temple Trees for a discussion on the much-delayed local government election.   Minister Mano Ganeshan, who represented the TPA, later told the media that …

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SLRC’s ex-chairman, two others appologise in open Court

Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) ex-chairman Ariyaratne Athugala, ex additional director general Devapriya Abeysinghe and G.D. Sugathapala yesterday apologised to the three employees who had complained that they had been threatened and assaulted in 2010. When the cases were taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara the parties …

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UNP will field the best possible at PC elections – PM

The United National Party will select the best qualified team of candidates to contest in the Provincial Council election due in December, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. PM Wickremesinghe was chairing the UNP working committee which was held at Sirikotha yesterday. UNP Working Committee has taken a decision to …

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Human Rights cannot be protected just passing laws-PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that human rights cannot be enforced just by passing laws as it cannot take place without the confidence building measures. “We are addressing the issues of the missing persons. These are difficult ones. There needs to be confidence building measures before you get into it,” …

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