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One of the LTTE command boats that capsized due to Naval fire during the sea battle being salvaged at the Kankesanthurai harbour last evening.

A major political victory for Government

The Government yesterday termed the approval of six supplementary estimates with a majority in Parliament on Tuesday as a “major political victory” and a successful defeat of a UNP devised plan to topple the Government with the help of JVP and the TNA.

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BIA night flights from July

Twenty four hour operations at the Bandaranaike International Airport will resume next month.

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40 Sea Tigers perish in clash

The Sri Lanka Navy yesterday confirmed that more than 40 Sea Tiger cadres were killed and another 40 cadres injured as the Navy destroyed six Tiger boats in the battle that continued for more than five hours in the sea off Point Pedro on Tuesday.

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Mangala says will continue to be a member of SLFP

Member of Parliament Mangala Samaraweera yesterday said he will continue to be a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and act according to its policies despite crossing over to the Opposition on Tuesday.

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Bangladesh will be no easy meat

 



 

MEETING

Members of Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association met Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Dr. Sarath Amunugama to discuss progress made in the gem and jewellery sector. Chairman of Gem and Jewellery Association Chanaka Ellawala said annual exports of US $ 200 million have been achieved. Minister Amunugama advised Association members to target exports of US $ 1 billion assuring them of the Government’s continued support in achieving this objective. The Association suggested the establishment of a gem laboratory to encourage foreign investment in the gem and jewellery sector. Representatives requested the Minister to make representation to the banks to initiate lending for small and medium scale entrepreneurs in the gem trade. They also have discussed the issues of gem re-exports with the Minister. Minister of Enterprise Development Mano Wijerathna, Chairman, BOI Dammika Perera and Deputy Director General (Investment), BOI, A.M.D. Kulasekera also participated.


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