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Sirisena expands his Cabinet, inducts Tamil from Jaffna

Colombo, June 12 (UNI) Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday inducted seven new ministers, including a Tamil Angajan Ramanathan who is the only elected representative of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party from Jaffna, the capital of Northern district.
Angajan Ramanathan was appointed as a Deputy Minister and took the charge of Ministry of Agriculture.
"Among the new Ministers, two are the state ministers and five deputy ministers," the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBS) said.
It said that five out of the seven appointed are from the United National Party (UNP), the main constituent in the coalition that came to power in August 2015, seven months after Sirisena won the presidency with the help of the UNP.
UNP’s Ranjith Aluwihare and Lucky Jayawardena, both from the UNP, were made state ministers while Ajith Mannapperuma, Angajan Ramanathan, Cader Mastan, Edward Gunasekara and Nalin Bandara Jayamaha getting junior ministries.
Aluwihare, a devout Buddhist, got Christian Affairs ministry which also has tourism development included in the portfolio.
Lucky Jayawardena is the state Minister was given Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development.
Ajith Mannapperuma was made deputy minister of Environment, Edward Gunasekara was given Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development deputy Minister while Nalin Bandara Jayamaha takes the deputy post in the Ministry of Public Administration and Management and Law and Order.
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France prepares for more 'Yellow Vests' protests

15 Dec 2018 | 2:18 PM

Paris, Dec 15 (UNI) French authorities mobilized thousands of police and gendarmerie in anticipation of new protest movements in the capital Paris and other cities for the fifth week in a row.

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Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops in Zanzibar

15 Dec 2018 | 2:14 PM

United Nations, Dec 15 (UNI) A year on from the brutal killings of 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) paid a visit to some of the victims’ families on Friday, to honour the memory of the soldiers who died in what was the biggest single loss of ‘blue helmets’ in recent history.

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COP24: Preparing Africa for ravages of climate change

15 Dec 2018 | 2:11 PM

United Nations, Dec 15 (UNI) Africa is at a “tipping point” as global warming increases, and urgent action needs to be taken across the continent now, to mitigate risks and safeguard a decade of social and economic gains, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) at the COP24 climate conference, in Katowice, Poland.

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DR Congo: ‘Excessive use of force’ in campaign must be avoided, says Bachelet

15 Dec 2018 | 2:08 PM

United Nations, Dec 15 (UNI) Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet.

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Civilian death toll continues to mount in Syria

15 Dec 2018 | 2:05 PM

United Nations, Dec 15 (UNI) Although the overall intensity of violence in Syria has decreased, civilians continue to be killed by air and ground-based strikes, Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs has told the Security Council, during a briefing on the current situation in Syria.

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