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Wimal transferred to Colombo National Hospital

Parliamentarian and Jathika Nidahas Peramuna Leader Wimal Weerawansa who is on a hunger strike, demanding his release from remand custody, was transferred in a serious condition of dehydration and low blood pressure to the Colombo National Hospital from the Prison hospital under police guard yesterday. Weerawansa who started his fast at the ‘E’ ward of the Magazine Prison on March 22 refused to take any food at the Prison hospital and he was given water and other liquids from March 28 on medical orders.

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US Marines, Navy in joint training exercises

US Marines on board the USS ‘Comstock’ engaging in joint training exercises with Sri Lankan Navy personnel at the Colombo harbour premises on Tuesday. The Whidbey Island-Class Dock Landing Ship of the United States Navy, USS ‘Comstock’ arrived at the Port of Colombo on a four day training visit on Monday evening.

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Bill to boost SOEs ready

  • Minister Kabir Hashim calls for national consensus for SOE transformation 
  • Revenue of top 10 SOEs accounts for half of all 295 listed companies on CSE

The Bill to boost state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that are loss-making and burdening the public is being studied by the legal draftsman, a top Minister revealed yesterday.


Tourism Vision 2025 to be out in April

  • Rs. 100 m first-ever digital campaign ready for launch in July focusing on Western Europe
  • Awaiting TRO to be sorted to call on bids for digital campaign
  • Ministry Secy. insists on digital marketing as a key promotional tool to attract modern-day tourists

By Charumini de Silva


EIB pledges support for SL

  • Visiting high-powered delegation from European Investment Bank meets PM, Finance Minister and technical teams
  • Identifies crucial new projects focused on transformational investments in SL, expects them to be confirmed by end of the year
  • Commends progress made on EUR 50 m
  • waste water infrastructure project inked in January
  • EU Ambassador says unique opportunity for Govt. to showcase its plans on sustainable development
  • EU earmarks EUR 210 million for SL, keen on investments around environment protection and combating climate change
  • Ravi K hails entry of EIB
  • Says Coalition Government has uplifted country’s democracy to ‘seven-star’ level
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‘Yowun Puraya 2017’

‘Yowun Puraya 2017’ commenced in Trincomalee yesterday. National Youth Services Council Chairman and Director General Erandika Weliange is seen riding a bicycle opposite the Lake House stall joining in a promotional cycling campaign. Picture by Gayan Pushpika