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Health services in North to be strengthened under Dutch financial support

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An agreement has been reached with the ING Bank N.V. of Netherlands to obtain a loan of 45 million Euros to finance 75% of the project cost of “Strengthening the Provision of Health Services in the Northern Province” project.

The remaining 25% will be financed as a grant by the Invest International Public Programmes B.V. of the government of Netherlands.

As of now, the physical progress of the project is about 92%. Considering the current economic situation in Sri Lanka, the government of Netherlands has decided to reduce the loan amount by 10% and increase the grant to 35%. For that, an agreement should be reached with the Invest International Public Programmes B.V.of the government of Netherlands and ING Bank N.V. of Netherlands.

Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the President in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies to enter into the agreement above.

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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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