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Discarded vegetables and fruits will feed wild elephants at Horowpothana

Vegetables and fruits discarded from the Dambulla economic centre are to be used for the feeding of wild elephants at the Horowpothana elephant detention centre. Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma today oversaw the transportation of one consignment by lorries. He says the step will help pacify the wild elephants at the detention centre.

The Premier says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka programme will be a great support in restoring the capital of the Northern Province that was destroyed during the war

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinge says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka programme launched by the government will be a great support in restoring the destroyed capital of the Northern Province during the war. The Premier was speaking at the inauguration of the Enterprise Sri Lanka Lending Counter at the Jaffna Branch of Bank of Ceylon, today.

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The progress Sri Lanka has attained, appraised during the President's tour of Rome and Georgia

Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna says, the progress Sri Lanka has attained was specifically appraised during the President's tour of Rome and Georgia. Speaking at a media briefing held at the Government Information Centre this morning, the Deputy Minister said, at the 'Forest Summit' in Rome, Sri Lanka was identified as a country that has the lowest level of de-forestation.

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A new Railway Control Room equipped with new technology, to be constructed between the Maradana and Colombo Fort Railway Stations

General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways: SM Abeywickrama says, a new Railway Control Room equipped with new technology will be constructed between the Maradana and Colombo Fort Railway Stations.
Aid will be obtained from the the Asian Development Bank for this purpose.
Construction work will be carried out under three stages. This Control Room will be equipped to cater to the proposed light rail system, and the Megapolis Programme which will include the proposed rail track which will run via Kaduwela-Battaramulla.
Mr Abeywickrama says, Railway Signal Systems will be modernized, while automated rail gate systems will be implemented.

The Treasury begins initial activities of the 2019 Budget

The Treasury has begun its initial work in formulating the 2019 Budget. Deputy Secretary to the Treasury: S R Atigala says, views and proposals of civil organizations, the business community, trade unions and the public, will be sought. Mr Atigala added, when giving consideration to views and proposals, the relevant parties will be called to discuss, if necessary.

India scraps tampon tax after campaign

India has scrapped its 12% tax on all sanitary products following months of campaigning by activists. The announcement comes a year after the government introduced the tax, known as GST, on all goods - including the 12% duty on menstrual hygiene products. Campaigners argued the tax would make them even more unaffordable in a country where an estimated four out of five women and girls already have no access to items like sanitary pads. The news was welcomed by campaigners.

300 Suvaseriya ambulances to the northern proivince

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that an industrial zone will be established in the northern province in future. Several development projects will be developed under the medium and long term programme in the province. The first development programme in the Northern Province implemented under the Gamperaliya programme was commenced in Kilinochchi yesterday under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Grain processing centre constructed in Kilinochchi was also vested with the public.

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SLTB makes record profits last year

Deputy Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Asoka Abeysinghe said Sri Lanka Transport Board has managed to turn around its fate from a loss-making company, recording a profit of 1.5 billion rupees in 2017. This profit comes after settling overdue employment benefits, ending the loss-making trend over the last seven years.

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The water-filling of the Kalu Ganga reservoir will take place tomorrow morning

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The Gamperaliya national programme commenced in Kilinochchi today

The first development programme in the Northern Province implemented under the Gamperaliya programme was commenced in Kilinochchi today under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Grain processing centre constructed in Kilinochchi was vested with the public today. The Prime Minister said that an industrial zone will be established in the northern province in future. Several development projects will be developed under the medium and short term programme in the province.

Public Private Partnership model proposed for the Hotel Trade

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, participating at the inauguration of the Hotel Show Colombo 2018, suggested converting the hotel school into a Public Private Partnership, with a foreign organisation.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management, more commonly known as the Ceylon Hotel School, is the only state-owned hospitality training organization.
The hotel trade has estimated 100,000 new vacancies to be available in the country over the next three years. However, the current hotel schools train only 10,000 workers annually.
The Premier said, three more hotel schools will be opened outside Colombo in a Public Private Partnership model.
He explained, The Youth Ministry is prepared to do a Public Private Partnership with the Hotel Trade, for two more hotel schools; one down South and one in Kandy, and if they succeed, there will be one more school in the East.

Andy Murray due to return to action at the Citi Open in Washington on 30th July

Andy Murray is now the British Men's Number 23, after he dropped to 839 in the world rankings, following his injury problems.
The former World Number One, fell 690 places in Monday's rankings, after he pulled out of Wimbledon.
He had hip surgery in January, after being out of action since last year's Wimbledon. He has only played three matches since then, winning one at Eastbourne last month.
Murray is due to return to action at the Citi Open, which starts in Washington on 30th July.

Former FARC rebels take seats in Colombia congress

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has welcomed former FARC rebels, as they took their seats at the opening session of Parliament.
The new members of congress took their seats yesterday, as part of a peace deal reached in 2016.
The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, is now a political party known as: The Revolutionary Alternative Common Force.
It has five seats in the Senate and five in the House of Representatives.

Five billion rupees has been set aside for interest relief in the loan schemes offered under Enterprise Sri Lanka

Minister of Finance: Mangala Samaraweera, joining in the inauguration of the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka Lending Counter' at the Bank of Ceylon Branch in Mullaithivu said, five billion rupees has been set aside for interest relief of the loan schemes under Enterprise Sri Lanka. These loans are provided under half-interest rates or as interest free loans.

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The first Agricultural Entrepreneurship Model Village project commences from Kahaththewela-Haputale

The first Agricultural Entrepreneurship Model Village project commenced from Kahaththewela-Haputaletoday. It is being implemented under the Cultivation Development Programme of the Ministry of Agriculture titled: 'Api Wawalai Api Kanne'. The cost of this project is estimated at 80 million rupees. Thereby, the main canals in the Kahaththewela Village which are the Yatala-Ela and Sirimal-watte-yaya Ela will be fully reconstructed.
In addition, the implementation of Agriculture Development Projects, the establishment of the Kahaththewela Fruit Village, bee-farming, development of roadways in agriculture areas, the planting of 5000 jak saplings, and the development of religious sites will be carried out.

Around 160 families in the Kahaththewela Village will benefit by this project.

Complaint lodged with the CID, regarding fraud at the Anuradhapura Municipal Council, amounting to millions of rupees

Mayor of the Anuradhapura Municipal Council: S.P.Somadasa says, he has made a complaint to the CID, upon yesterday's release of the Auditor General's report regarding fraud at the municipal council amounting to millions of rupees. The swindled sum is over 3 billion rupees. The chief Clerk of the Salaries Division and her husband who is the Revenue Inspector are directly connected to the fraud.  As per the Auditor General's investigations, the funds have been deposited in 19 personal bank accounts. The Clerk in question, together with 6 others, have been suspended.

Construction work of the China-Sri Lanka Friendship Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa, commences tomorrow

Construction work of the China-Sri Lanka Friendship Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa, will commence tomorrow, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This hospital is being constructed upon the wishes of the President, through a 'full grant' by the Chinese government. It will be the largest Nephrology Hospital in South Asia. The cost involved is 12 billion rupees. The hospital will consist of an ultra- modern Laboratory, and many other facilities supported by high technology. The hospital will comprise; a ward complex consisting of 200 beds, an OPD unit which will have one hundred dialysis machines, a Renal Diseases Clinic, and 6 modern theatres in which Kidney Transplant Surgeries can be performed.

The objective is to complete the project within 24 months.

The second test between Sri Lanka – South Africa

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. Stumps, Day 1

Sri Lanka 1st innings 277/9 (DM de Silva 60 & MD Gunathilaka 57

India's Lok Sabha discusses No-Confidence Motion against the government while Japan's No-Confidence Motion is voted down

India's Lok Sabha is discussing a No-Confidence Motion against the government. The motion was moved by the Telugu Desam Party. Participating in the debate, Congress President: Rahul Gandhi accused the government for giving only "lofty promises" to the people. He alleged that farmers, Dalits, women and youth have been victims of the Government’s "empty promises".
As ruling members objected to these remarks and created noisy scenes, the Speaker adjourned the House for ten minutes.

Meanwhile,

Japan's Lower House has voted down a No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet. The motion was submitted by six opposition groups, and was seen as a last ditch effort to block the passage of a controversial Casino Bill.
The leader of the main opposition party accused the Cabinet of focusing on the Casino Bill, instead of concentrating on efforts to help people in western Japan recover from the recent floods and landslides.
The motion was voted down by lawmakers from the ruling coalition, who hold the majority in the House.
Coalition lawmakers are expected to pass the bill, legalizing casinos in Japan, for the first time.

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