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DEYATA KIRULA

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Service Commanders stand to attention as the national anthem is played at the Deyata Kirula ceremony in Weerawila. Left: President Rajapaksa inspects a model of the proposed Weerawila International Airport with Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara, Ports and Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Transport Minister A. H. M. Fowzie, New Rail Road Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and officials. Pictures by Sudath Silva


Political unity building New Sri Lanka

President tells 'Deyata-Kirula' ceremony at Weerawila:

Political and communal amity are bringing Sri Lanka ever closer to peace and prosperity, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. Addressing a public ceremony titled 'Deyata-Kirula' held here to mark his first year in office as President and the groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed Weerawila International Airport, President Rajapaksa said: "The first step to a 'New Sri Lanka', as envisaged in the Mahinda Chinthana, would be uniting the country.

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President directs authorities to ensure adequate food supplies, goods for Jaffna Peninsula

PRESIDENT Mahinda Rajapaksa had directed the relevant Government authorities spearheaded by the Commissioner General of Essential Services to take all possible steps to ensure adequate supplies of food and other goods for the use of civilians in the Jaffna peninsula.

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Samurdhi deposits top Rs.17 billion

THE Samurdhi Bank Societies have made remarkable progress in alleviating poverty, recording total deposits amounting to Rs.17,419 million by end September this year.

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India's Sri Lanka policy - a projection

THERE are other factors that India needs to bear in mind. If India were to turn a Nelsonian eye to LTTE arms smuggling through Indian waters, it would expand the area of operations of the Sea Tigers and allow the LTTE to rebuild its infrastructure in Tamil Nadu; an infrastructure which over the medium and long term, would support militant or irredentist sentiment.

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Chamber lauds private sector help in budget preparation

Key concerns such as the high cost of energy, need for sound infrastructure especially in the regions, maintaining law and order, consistency and continuity in policy, high rate of inflation are a few of the key areas impacting business performance, President, National Chamber of Commerce Nirmali Samaratunga said.

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