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President receives warm welcome in Moscow

President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a State visit to Russia being received at the Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Morgulov, Chief of Protocol and other high officials on behalf of the Russian Fede
President Maithripala Sirisena received a warm welcome at the Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow yesterday.

President Sirisena was received by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Morgulov, Chief of Protocol and other high officials of the Russian Federation. Sri Lankan Ambassador Dr. Saman Weerasinghe and embassy staff and family members were also present at the airport, where the brief ceremony was held.

The ceremonial welcome will be held at the Kremlin in Red Square tomorrow where President Vladimir Putin will welcome him and a guard of honour will also be held.

This is the first official tour of a Sri Lankan leader to Russia in four decades after the state visit of Prime Minister Sirimavo Badaranaike in 1974.

The President was accompanied by Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena and several ministers and officials.

During the visit, the two countries will enter into several new Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand bilateral cooperation in several fields such as energy, trade and commerce, agriculture, education, judiciary and defence.

The visit is expected to strengthen friendship and cooperation further and enhance bilateral trade. An agreement on Cooperation in Fisheries, a Protocol on Cooperation in Education and Culture and two Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Education, Science and Technology and Culture will also be signed during the visit.

President Sirisena is scheduled to meet President Putin, Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev and other leaders in the Kremlin. President Sirsena will also place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. He will also attend the ceremony to mark 60th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. (Daily News)

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Govt. to fine dog dumpers

Cabinet has approved a proposal to increase the fine on the owners of dogs dumped on the street, the Government information department said today.

The Government said that the Registration of Dogs Ordinance No. 25 of 1901 will be amended to address difficulties faced by the public due to stray dogs.

Accordingly, a proposal made by Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapa to instruct the Legal Draftsman to amend the ordinance to make provisions to increase the fine on owners of dogs dumped on the street to Rs. 25,000 and the imprisonment to two years, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Daily FT)

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