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Vijayabahu Motorcross to be held on the 17th of June

The Vijayabahu Motorcross organised by the Sri Lanka Racing Drivers' Association will be held on the 17th of June at the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment premises in Boyagane-Kurunegala. Major General Ajith Kariyakarawana speaking at a media briefing said, 80 motor cyclists representing the army, and from all areas of the country, will participate.

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Sathosa signs MoU with the USAID

Lanka Sathosa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Agency for International Development yesterday, launching an agency funded project titled: 'YouLead', designed to help ensure the retail network achieves its ambitious targets.

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The water level of many rivers has begun receding - The Department of Irrigation says, there is no need to have any undue fear

The water level of many rivers has begun receding Therefore, Director of the Department of Irrigation: Mala Alawathugoda says, there is no need for the public to have any undue fear, as there will be no problems in the days ahead.

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The Health Promotion Bureau points out, due to the recent rains there is a risk of accidents and the spread of disease

The Health Promotion Bureau points out, due to the recent rains there is a risk of accidents and the spread of disease.  Thereby, health authorities advise parents to prevent children from wandering in flooded areas. Director of the Health Promotion Bureau: Consultant Dr Pabha Palihawadene says, if fever, cough and rash conditions occur, treatment needs to be obtained from the nearest government hospital. 

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Graduate teachers to be recruited to fill vacancies in National Schools

The Ministry of Education has decided to recruit graduate teachers to fill vacancies in National Schools that teach in the Sinhala and Tamil medium. They will be recruited to fill vacancies in classes from Grade six to eleven.

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The Premier to visit Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Monday

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe will visit Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Monday to evaluate the progress of development activities in Northern Province. Progress Review Meetings will be held on the same day at the Jaffna and Kilinochchi District Secretariats.

The Prime Minister Ranil will make visit to Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Monday to find out the progress of the development activities in northern province.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe plans to make a visit to Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Monday to find out the progress of the development activities in northern province. The progress review meetings will also be held on the same day at Jaffna and Kilinochchi district secretariats.

The 72nd model housing village under the Village re-awakening project "Len Sithuwamgama at Dimbulagala, in Polonnaruwa district will be vested with the public this morning under the patronage of the President.

The 72nd model housing village under the Village re-awakening project "Len Sithuwamgama at Dimbulagala, in Polonnaruwa district will be vested with the public this morning under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena. Minister Sajith Premamdasa will also participate on the occation. This has 25 houses with all facilities. The basic infrastructure facilities including water, electricity and road network are also provided. Chairman of the national housing development authority L S Palansuriya says the main objective of this project is to provide housing facility for those do not have permanent shelter.

Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake submitted the 20th Amendment of the constitution to the Secretary General of the Speaker's office.

Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake submitted the 20th Amendment of the constitution to the Secretary General of the Speaker's office. Addressing a media conference Mr.Anura Kuamra Dissanayake requests the all stakeholder to extend the fullest support to pass this legislature. Parliamentarian Dr.Jayampathy Wickremarathne also expressed his views at this occasion.

The convenor of Citizen's Solidarity Chameera Perera says the main objective of the establishment of OMP is to provide justice to the affected families.

The convenor of Citizen's Solidarity Chameera Perera says the views presented about missing persons and relevant incidents took place during the previous regime seem to be biased at times. The main objective of the establishment of OMP is to provide justice to the affected families. This should also conduct just and fair investigations in this regard.

Chief Minister of Western Province says, effective steps will be taken to abolish the present parking meter system inside Colombo city limits, and a new system will be introduced in near future

Chief Minister of Western Province Isuru Devapriya says, effective steps will be taken to stop imposing  fines on parking inside Colombo city limit. Mr.Devapriya further noted the parking charges  are not exercised in a reasonable manner after hand -overing this task to  the private sector. The Chief Minister also said steps will be taken to abolish this system in near future. Thereafter a new system will be introduced correcting the drawbacks of the old system.

The Disaster Management Centre states over 138 thousand persons across 22 districts have been displaced due to the prevailing inclement weather

The Disaster Management Centre states over 138 thousand persons across 22 districts have been displaced due to the prevailing inclement weather. 15 deaths have been reported. Director of the Disaster relief services Centre Chaminda Pathiraja says the deaths are due to lightning, falling of trees, drowning and landslides.

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The President Media says that there is no truth in the news articles published by the Dinamina and Lakbima newspapers today with regard to country's security situation.

The President Media says that there is no truth in the news articles published by the Dinamina and Lakbima newspapers today under the titles meaning 'Do not allow place any move to create backdrop for a civil unrest' and 'Security forces are on alert on any separatist agenda' respectively. These news reports have been fabricated by some individual or organization and later have been released to media institutions.

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All 20 sluice gates of the Thabbowa reservoir have been opened.

Since the water level of the Thabbowa Reservoir has exceeded spill level and all 20 of its sluice gates have been opened to discharge excess water into the Puttalam lagoon through the Mee Oya. A spokesman for the Irrigation Department said water is gushing out of the sluice gates at very high speed.

Villages around the banks of the Mee Oya lower reaches would be inundated. As such, they had taken precautions to release water from the reservoir in a manner that would not inconvenience the people.

The President has focused attention to solve the problems of immigration and emigration officers.

Members of the Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration Officers’ Association met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday to discuss several issues affecting them. The President had promised to look into the issues and discuss matters further at a future date. The President also appreciate the service rendered by immigration and emigration officers for the wellbeing of the country.

Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council member dead, three injured in Ratmalana shooting.


One person died and three others were injured in a shooting in Ratmalana yesterday night. Police identified 62-year- old Ranjan Silva, a member of the Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council from Ratmalana as the person who had succumbed to gun shot injuries at the Kalubowila Hospital. He was the father of national cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva. The injured have been admitted to the Kalubowila hospital. Police said those responsible for the shooting or the reason for the incident had not been established as yet.

Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea 'hostility'.


US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the North. He said it was possible a meeting could still take place but warned North Korea against committing "foolish" acts. The summit aimed to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and would have been the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader. The "unexpected" decision, Pyongyang said, was "extremely regrettable".

North Korea dismisses remarks by Mike Pence as: "stupid"

A senior North Korean official has dismissed remarks by US Vice-President Mike Pence as: "stupid", casting further uncertainty about a planned meeting between the two countries' leaders.
It comes days after Mr Pence warned that North Korea "may end like Libya" - where then-leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels in 2011, after renouncing nuclear weapons eight years earlier.
The North says, Pyongyang would not "beg" for dialogue, and warned of a "nuclear showdown" if diplomacy failed.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs says, the country is deeply committed to uphold the Rule of Law, and to ensure the equal protection of the law to all individuals - without discrimination.

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Thilak Marapana says, the country is deeply committed to uphold the Rule of Law, and to ensure the equal protection of the law to all individuals - without discrimination, as guaranteed by the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

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54 million rupees set aside to provide relief for those affected. Relief activities to continue uninterrupted

The Disaster Management Centre states 125,954 persons across 19 districts have been displaced due to the prevailing inclement weather. 13 deaths have been reported. Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre: Predeep Kodippili, speaking at a media briefing held today said, 13,832 families have been sheltered in 251 temporary locations. Assistant Director: Savithri Jayakody said, 54 million rupees has been set aside by the government to provide relief for those affected.

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board Amendment Bill taken up for debate in parliament today

The Sri Lanka Tea Board Amendment Bill was taken up for debate in parliament today. Joining in the debate, Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage commended the measures taken by Minister Navin Dissanayake to uplift the tea industry of the country. He further stated, state-owned estate companies need to be maintained, while private estate companies need to be regulated. Parliamentarian: Professor Ashu Marasinghe said, a Housing Complex Project needs to be launched to solve the housing issue in the estate sector.

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