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The government deployed several hundred security forces personnel to carry out flood relief operations in Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Ratnapura and Puttalam Districts. Naval personnel removing flood victims to safety.

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JO request for debate

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, turned down a request made by the Opposition for a debate on prevailing disaster situation in the country and fuel price hikes instead of the scheduled one an Order to provide for a condominium in Kollupitiya

Speaker Jayasuriya said that it had been decided at the last party leaders’ meeting to debate the Order under the Strategic Development Project Act No 2 made by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade. "Once such a decision is reached we have to stick to it. That is the tradition. I cannot grant the request by the Opposition to debate the prevailing situation in the country now."

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Death toll rises to nine

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Teejay Lanka doubles capacity of its India mill

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Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges

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    Ravin Wickramaratne denies match-fixing allegations

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