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The Prime Minister also slammed some media institutions who have been critical of the Central Highway Project. (Colombo Gazette) Replying a query raised by opposition chief whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the Prime Minister said, Sri Lanka has to discuss how to obtain funds in future. “We will not receive concession and aid after 2019. It has been communicated to us by the ADB and WB. It is better to discuss that how we can find the funds in future,” he said. Sri Lanka has been informed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) that it will not receive any concessions or aid after 2019, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe told Parliament today.Wickramasinghe said this while making a special statement  to the House on the Central Highway Project.

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UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the current EU president, signed a Joint Declaration on UN-EU Cooperation in Crisis Management, which defines their roles in military and civilian relief operations and disaster situations.The Secretary-General “hopes that this step will lead to even closer cooperation between the two organizations in both military and civilian areas of crisis management,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement.”The Secretary-General is particularly pleased that the declaration outlines specific area where practical cooperation can advance, such as training, planning, communications and ‘lessons learnt’,” the statement added.