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Possibility of providing on-arrival visa for Chinese nationals, mulled

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The possibility of providing on-arrival visa facility for Chinese nationals and the possibility of providing visa applications through online methods in Chinese has been discussed.

This was taken up during a meeting of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on International Relations on Aug. 22, chaired by MP Namal Rajapaksa.

The Committee Chair instructed the officials who were present representing the Department of Immigration and Emigration to submit a report to the Committee on the said matters. 

In addition to the said, a review was made about the progress of the decisions made in the previous meetings.

There was also a discussion at length about the role of the divisions operating under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to the African and Middle Eastern countries and the diplomatic policies related to those regions.

Members of the Committee – Prof. G. L. Peiris, Niroshan Perera, S. M. M. Muszhaaraff, Dr. Kavinda Heshan Jayawardhana, Akila Ellawala, Shanakiyan Rajaputhiran Rasamanickam, Yadamini Gunawardena, Madhura Withanage were present at the Committee meeting held.

Officials representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration and Emigration Department were also present at this meeting.

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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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