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China-Sri Lanka debt restructuring talks optimistic!

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he recently held discussions with the Chinese Finance Minister on Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring and that he is optimistic that these discussions would be concluded successfully.

President Wickremesinghe made these remarks following an observation tour of the cultivated lands in Rathumada-Weerakandawala area in Siyambalanduwa Divisional Secretariat last morning (16).

The President said that the delegation headed by the State Minister of Finance, who is currently in Washington DC, held initial discussions on Saturday (15) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Sri Lanka’s three main lenders China, India and Japan. He said that the government is giving priority to immediately solve the issue of the country’s bankruptcy and to ensure food security.

The President also discussed the progress of the implementation of the food security programme in Monaragala District with government officials.

He said that there is no issue with having debates and recalled the statements made by some people that they would come forward and shed blood. He said that one should live before shedding blood.

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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