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Delegation to visit NZ over opening a SL High Commission in Wellington

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Following the decision by the Cabinet of Ministers to open a Sri Lanka High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand.

An official delegation led by Director General, Overseas Assets Management & Development Division of the Ministry Pradeepa Saram, is to visit New Zealand next week to attend to matters related to the opening of the High Commission, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs state.

A media release by the MFA states that the delegation will visit New Zealand from April 22- 25 and will engage in meetings with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand as well as with other related agencies and stakeholders.

Sri Lanka is to open a Sri Lanka High Commission in Wellington following a Cabinet decision to do so.

New Zealand has a significant Sri Lankan expatriate community comprising mostly professionals and students.  The opening of a resident Mission will facilitate outreach to the community and pursuit of stronger collaboration in the fields of trade, education, sports, science & technology, tourism and health.

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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