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Commonwealth Secretary-General & Maldives FM arrive in SL

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Secretary General of the Commonwealth – Patricia Scotland and Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid have arrived in Sri Lanka today (01) to attend the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Independence of Sri Lanka.

They were warmly received by State Minister of Foreign Affairs – Tharaka Balasuriya.

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Heavy rains today as well

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Several spells of showers will occur in Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-western Provinces and in Galle and Matara Districts today (22), the Department of Meteorology said.

It said showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Uva, Central, North-central and Eastern Provinces and in Vavuniya and Mullaitivu Districts during the evening or night.

Fairly heavy showers of above 50mm can be expected at some places.

The public are requested to take precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

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20 Lankans at modern Agri. Tech. talent training workshop in Yunnan

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Twenty Sri Lankan agricultural & livestock experts and instructors have joined the Modern Agricultural Technology Talent Training workshop at the Honghe University of Yunnan province in China from Sep. 20 – 28.

The programme comes as a follow-up of PM Dinesh Gunawardena’s recent visit to Yunnan province, the Chinese embassy in Colombo notes.

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Lenses available only for one week

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The Health Ministry is trying to go ahead with a questionable deal to purchase lenses, trade unions alleged.

Ravi Kumudesh, President of the Health Professionals Association, said that the Health Minister should pay attention to this matter immediately.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said that the number of lenses available in the warehouses of the Medical Supplies Division is sufficient for another week only.

Its Additional Secretary Dr. Saman Rathnayake said that the tender to purchase lenses will be allowed following the input of the Cabinet sub-committee appointed to look into the issue.

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