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Representatives of the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) headed by Dr. Klaus Sodemann and its Executive Committee members called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. The first ever IVETA Regional conference in the Asia Pacific began on August 19 at the Taj Samudra Hotel. Minister Piyasena Gamage and Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga are also in the picture. Picture by Sudath Silva

The Chariot Festival of the historic Nallur Kanthaswamy Kovil, Jaffna began yesterday.Here a section of the massive gathering of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad at the festival. Picture by Velmurugan


Bio-pirates threaten Customs officials

Sequel to foiling an attempted export of water plants:

The Sri Lanka Customs ‘BioDiversity Protection Unit head Samatha Gunasekera yesterday said , he and his Unit’s officers on duty at Air Cargo Export Terminal at at the Bandaranaike International Airport have been faced with threats to their lives after foiling an attempt to export a consignment of unauthorised water plants from Sri Lanka .

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Constitution of Sri Lanka:

No piecemeal changes

The Government will not go for piecemeal tinkering with the Constitution but overhaul it with a two third majority secured at a general election. Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena addressing a media briefing at his Ministry, said.

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Menik Farm area:

Govt develops drainage system

A two-phase project will be implemented to develop the drainage system in welfare centres in the Menik Farm area, said Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe making a statement during the Adjournment Debate in Parliament yesterday on the situation of Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Vavuniya.

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Clear aim and dedication vital:

Business community should revitalize country’s economy - Defence Secy

Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the business community has to play a vital role to revitalize and sustain the country’s economy. We need to have a clear aim and dedication. A leader should know how to guide his team well and get the maximum of their capabilities.

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