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Sri Lanka's Hambantota port to attract $500m investments: Official

Sri Lanka's southern Hambantota Port is aiming to attract investments worth $500 million as plans are afoot to set up port related industries inside the port as well as general operation expansion, Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasingha said on Friday.

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Ending bribery and corruption

Addressing a number of rallies for the Local Government Election, both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe have pledged to take action regarding the bond issue and other cases of corruption. They repeated this bold statement during separate addresses to the Nation as well.

Waiting for Godot?

Some Joint Opposition stalwarts, it appears, are on cloud nine after the Supreme Court determination that President Maithripala Sirisena’s tenure would be confined to five years.

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.

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Developing countries need support to combat climate change: India

Reminding the developed world of their commitments to developing countries, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said developing countries need support to combat climate change.

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As countermeasure, India hikes import duty on 29 US products

In a retaliatory move against the recent US import duty hikes, India on Thursday raised customs duty on 29 products, including on iron and steel products imported from the US.

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