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Chinese vessel allowed entry to Sri Lanka

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The Chinese research vessel Shi Yan 6 has been given permission to dock in Sri Lanka, Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabry said.

He said the Sri Lankan Government has permitted the Chinese vessel to dock in November, although China has sought a port call in October.

He said this during the “360” current affairs programme on TV Derana last night (09).

“They asked us for permission to come in October. We told them to come in November. Then they asked again to come at the end of October. But we are still in the same position as before,” he said.

Question: Can you ask them to visit in November when they have made a request to visit in October?

“China is vital. We maintain many important relations with China. At the same time, we also have to think about our country. After considering all of that, we have given them a timeframe to visit. This is not a simple visit with no significance. We have to be prepared for this. We have given a date after looking at the internal facts. As an independent country, we can say at what time they can come or not. We make decisions with an understanding,” he said. 

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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