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Let the dust settle

Saner counsel, it appears, has prevailed in the end. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the UNP membership not to criticize the President in public for whatever reason.

Elections and media

A gazette extraordinary is to be published setting out a list of 32 guidelines to be followed by the print and electronic media for the duration of the local government elections, according to a report we carried yesterday.

Sri Lanka, India pledge to increase collaboration in IT

Sri Lanka and India pledged to heighten their cooperation in the field of digital and information technologies yesterday, during the visit of Indian Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Railways on the right track

Here is startling fact: Apart from a brief extension from Anuradhapura to Mihintale, not a single metre of railway has been added to the local railway system during the last 70 years. In other words, we are still dependent on the tracks laid during the colonial period. In fact, we somehow managed to destroy an existing line from Avissawella to Opanaike, with the result that trains cannot now go beyond Avissawella on the Kelani Valley Line.

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Sikkim shines; receives FAO award for becoming world's first organic state

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) prestigious Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan state for setting an example to the world by becoming the first totally organic state.

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China backs Pakistan's request for IMF assistance

China has endorsed Pakistan’s request to the IMF for a bailout package, but cautioned that it should not affect economic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.

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