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India's cheap data is about to get more expensive (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
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Warning for Severe Lightning (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
Warning for Severe Lightning The Department of Meteorology today issued Warning for Severe Lightning says that "thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa and North-western provinces and in Galle, Matara, Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts during the evening or night. Fairly heavy falls about 100 mm can be expected atsome places in Sabaragamuwa, Western and Northwestern provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya,Galle and Matara districts.Temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmphalso possible during thundershowers.
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Showers will occur after 2.00 (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
Showers will occur after 2.00 Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central, Uva and North-western provinces and in Anuradhapura and Mannar districts after 2.00 p.m. Several spells of showers may occur in Northern and Eastern provinces.Fairly heavy falls about 50-75 mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya and Kaluthara districts.Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the morning.General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.
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EU says fundamental freedoms and civic rights respected during election (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
EU says fundamental freedoms and civic rights respected during election The European Union (EU) states that the fundamental freedoms and rights of the citizens of the country have largely been respected during the Presidential Election in Sri Lanka.Issuing a statement on the Presidential Election 2019, the spokesperson for the EU stated that the overall peaceful environment during the election confirms the stability of the democratic institutions and attachment of the Sri Lankan people to their fundamental rights and freedoms. The EU sent an Election Observation Mission to monitor the Presidential Election which was held on Saturday (Nov 16). This is the 6th Sri Lankan election observed by the EU.Stating that the EU remains fully supportive of the broader reform agenda in Sri Lanka, the statement congratulated the newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his victory. The full statement of the EU: “Presidential elections in Sri Lanka took place on Saturday 16 November. The election campaign and process have unfolded in an overall peaceful environment, despite reports of a few violent incidents. This confirms the stability of the democratic institutions and attachment of the Sri Lankan people to their fundamental rights and freedoms after the brutal Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.
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New Secretary to Treasury (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
New Secretary to Treasury Former Central Bank Deputy Governor S. R. Attygalle has been appointed to the position of Secretary to the Treasury and the Ministry of Finance.He was appointed to the post at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (19). He has previously held the same positions – Secretary of the Treasury and the Finance Ministry – back in 2008.Attygalle had also served as the Chairman of the National Savings Bank and represented the Treasury on the Boards of several key State-Owned Enterprises and Statutory Boards including the Bank of Ceylon, National Savings Bank, Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka. TRC gets new Director General Mr Oshada Senanayake has been appointed as the new Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL).He will replace former Director General of the TRC, Mr P.R.S.P. Jayatilake.  New Defence Secretary - Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Defence.The new appointment has been made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who officially assumed duties at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning.Delivering a speech after taking oath as President of Sri Lanka yesterday, Rajapaksa had stated that he will hold the portfolio of Minister of Defence in addition to being the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Kamal Gunaratne is the former Commander Security Forces Headquarters - Wanni, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 53 Division, Colonel of the Regiment, Mechanized Infantry Regiment (MIR) and Master General Ordnance (MGO) of the Army Headquarters.He had also served as a Deputy Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Brazil.Following his retirement from the army in September 2016, Gunaratne authored a book ‘Road to Nandikadal’ on the war against the LTTE.  
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New Secretary to the President (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
New Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara has been appointed the Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka a short while ago.The appointment was handed over to Jayasundara at the Presidential Secretariat by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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President assumes duties (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
President assumes duties Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed duties as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago.Former President Maithripala Sirisena, members of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and several other politicians were also present at the ceremony.Following religious observances and a pirith chanting ceremony, the newly elected President took office.
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Biz community confident about economic revival under new President (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
Biz community confident about economic revival under new President   The Business Chambers congratulated the 7th elected Executive President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and expressed confidence that he would work towards the prosperity of the nation.Rajapaksa in his address to the nation said that he would provide state sponsorship to safeguard the traditional heritage of the nation and will take measures to protect the rights of the civilians to live in peace and reconciliation.
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China congratulates President (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
China congratulates President BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday congratulated Gotabaya Rajapaksa on winning the Presidential election to become Sri Lanka’s new President.“China feels happy for Sri Lanka on smoothly holding the Presidential election and completing the major domestic political agendas, and extends its heart-felt congratulations to Gotabaya Rajapaksa on winning the Presidency,”
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President's Flag (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
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Attygalle appointed Finance Ministry Secretary (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Former Central Bank Deputy Governor S. R. Attygalle has been appointed as the Secretary to the Treasury and the Finance Ministry by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (19).
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Only State emblem will be displayed at government instructions, no President’s image (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –With Gotabhaya Rajapaksa assuming duties as the seventh executive President, on the new president’s instructions it has been decided to display the State emblem at the government institutions instead of the customary President’s image. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has instructed all public institutions not to display the President’s photograph and the photographs of politicians. Accordingly, certain government ministries have taken steps to display the state emblem today. The President has also ordered the removal…
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Kamal Gunaratne appointed Defence Secretary (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne was appointed as the Secretary to the Defence Ministry by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (19).
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P. B. Jayasundara appointed President’s Secretary (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Former Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B Jayasundara has been appointed as the Secretary to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumes duties as 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed duties as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat, a short while ago. Former President Maithripala Sirisena, members of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and several other politicians were also present at the ceremony.
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Stock Market ASPI closes at all-year high (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –After the Presidential election the market witnessed a bullish sentiment for the second consecutive day mainly contributed by JKH and CCS. The benchmark index, All Share Price Index (ASPI), closed for the day at an all year high of 6,129 gaining 107 points. Parcel trades made in JKH, CARG, COMB and HNB constitutes 10% of turnover rising above a 2 month high. Foreigners continued to be net sellers amidst high foreign participation. With…
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Govt created conditions for free and fair election – PM (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a statement yesterday that the Presidential election this year could be conducted in a peaceful and fair manner and voters could go to the polling centre without fear or suspicion and exercise their votes according to their wishes because the Government had created the environment necessary for the Elections Commissioner and his staff to act in a free and fair manner without pressurising them in any…
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UNP’s Working Committee to decide party’s future (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) will convene to decide on the Party’s future course of action, Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara stated. Commenting on the Premiership, Bandara stressed that the Post should be vested with an individual who commands the confidence of a majority in Parliament.
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New President assures neutral foreign policy (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – New President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today assured a neutral foreign policy and refused to get involved in the battles between other countries. The Rajapaksas are known to be close friends with China while the United National Front Government had moved closer to the United States. Addressing the nation after taking oaths as the seventh President of Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa said that he will exercise his executive powers in the best interest of the…
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Port Worker killed in accident at Colombo harbor (Tue, 19 Nov 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A port worker was killed following an accident at the Colombo Harbor Eastern Terminal Monday, the police said. The port worker was seriously injured when the chains of a crane unloading a cargo ship docked at the Eastern Terminal broke free and hit the worker’s head. The accident happened around 9.30am yesterday (18). The victim died on admission to Colombo National Hospital, police said. The deceased has been identified as 47-year-old Gurulupotha…
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