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The Postal Work-To-Rule Strike Action, called off.

Convenor of the Joint Postal Trade Union Collective: Chinthaka Bandara has announced, the decision to engage in a work-to-rule-protest has been called off with effect from 12 noon today.
He further states, mail that was held due to the postal trade union action that was underway, have been distributed. Overseas mail that was held at the Katunayake Airport, is also being distributed.

WHO announces; revamped drug could save lives of many new mothers

The World Health Organization says, a revamped drug that can withstand extreme heat and stay effective for 1,000 days could "revolutionise the ability" to keep new mothers alive.
The medicine, known as 'Heat-Stable Carbetocin', helps prevent sometimes fatal bleeding after women give birth.
Existing drugs can help, but hot or humid conditions in many countries may stop the life-saving medicines from working well.
About 70,000 women die each year due to severe bleeding after childbirth. To tackle the problem the WHO currently suggests, an injection Oxytocin be offered to all women undergoing normal deliveries.

All new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the Inland Revenue Department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture.

The Commissioner General of Inland Revenue Department Ivan Dissanayaka said all new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture. He further said this is an international standard adopted by many world countries. The external parties and investors have to pay more than 200,000 rupees to obtain a taxation report form the government. However, the department suggests a consultation fee from each new external party to understand the local taxation mechanism. Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena levelled an allegation against the government recently, but the Commissioner General vehemently rejected the claims of the parliamentarian.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says all political parties representing the parliament have agreed to have a special debate in parliament on the FTA established with Singapore.

The Leader of House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said all political parties representing the parliament have agreed to have a special debate in parliament on the free trade agreement established with Singapore. The Minister further said the debate will be conducted on the next sitting of the parliament. The Minister made this announcement in reply to a question raised by joint opposition parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena. Accordingly, the party leaders will meet once again on or before 18th of July to decide on the debate.

New York Times says Chinese funds financed Mahinda Rajapaksa election campaign

The New York Times newspaper has reported that a Chinese company has granted over sum of 7 million US dollars for the election campaign of Mahinda Rajapakse in 2015. The newspaper has stated that close allies of former president Mahinda Rajapakse had received the money prior to the 2015 presidential election. Money has been transferred to an account in the Standard Chartered Bank maintained by the China Harbour company. The funds were transferred from the accounts of Standard Charted Bank and China Harbour Company. The leader of Nawa Samasamaja party Dr. Wickramabahu Karunarathna said this is an incident of a previous regime which showcased malpractice and misuse of foreign funds. Foreign funds have been used to carryout to personnel agenda. The people of this country will never accept this type of political character. Meanwhile, the convenor of the Left Centre Chameera perera also expressed his views on this subject. 

The Leader of NSSP Dr. Wickramabahu Karunararhna says the wrongdoers and the people who violates the rule of law are punished at present due to the implementation of democracy and rule of law in the country.

The Leader of Nawa Samasamaja Party Dr. Wickramabahu Karunararhna said the wrongdoers and the people who violates the rule of law are punished at present due to the implementation of democracy and rule of law in the country. Accordingly, the government with the help of the police has implemented many programs and operations to nab the wrongdoers and fraudsters.

4-hour countrywide raid: 2,322 arrested for various offences

Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said nearly 2,322 people were arrested for various offences while 5,254 were charged with traffic violations during a four-hour countrywide raid. He said the Police carried out the raid from 10 p.m to 12 midnight on Tuesday and 3.00 a.m to 5 a.m yesterday.

Police Spokesman Ruwan her Gunasekera said Some 14,070 police officers took part in the raid carried out under the direction of IGP Pujith Jayasundara. More than 58,000 people and 29,090 vehicles were inspected after setting up 1,796 road blocks.

He said 650 were charged with drunk driving while 635 people wanted for various crimes were also arrested.

SP Gunasekara said among those arrested were 423 on warrants and 531 persons were arrested on charges of peddling drugs and illegal liquor while 78 people were arrested for unruly behavior and five on charges of possessing weapons.

Trump-Putin summit agreed by US and Russia in principle

Moscow and Washington have agreed to hold a long-delayed summit between US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin. The announcement follows a meeting between President Putin and US National Security Adviser John Bolton. Mr Trump said his meeting with Mr Putin could take place after next month's Nato summit in Brussels. The president said the meeting could possibly take place in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

150 development projects in Polonnaruwa will be vested with the public in the 1st week of August

President Maithripala Sirisena says, 150 new development projects will be vested with the public from 1st to the 3rd of August under the "Re-awakening Polonnaruwa programme". The president made this comment participating in a religious programme held at the Dimbulagala Forest Hermitage this morning. The president declared open the newly constructed Sanga Wasaya and building complex at the Dimbulagala pirivena. The president further said that, drinking water schemes irrigation and road development projects health facilities development programmes are also among the development activities implemented in the Polonnaruwa district.


According to a Chinese survey, Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018

In a survey conducted, by the People’s Daily newspaper of China recently Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018. A statement from Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing states that Sri Lanka topped the list of 20 countries that were selected, including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the Maldives.


Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa"

Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa" . Parents should take the responsibility of mending the children to practice ancient buddhist policies based on righteous living. The minister made these remarks participating in a programme at the Sri Maha Nama ancient temple in Ipologama this morning. The newly constructed Buddha statue was declared open at this ceremony. Addressing the gathering the minister further said that,  Buddhist policies of living lead to peaceful and contended  society.

US Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban

The US Supreme Court handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency yesterday, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.
Trump can now claim vindication, after lower courts had blocked his travel ban announced in September.
The ruling comes as the administration has shifted the US approach concerning immigrants, from that of previous administrations.
Trump also has moved to rescind protections for young immigrants sometimes called 'Dreamers' brought into the United States illegally as children.

Today is Poson Full-Moon Poya Day

Today is Poson full-moon poya day. The day celebrates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion when Arahat Mahinda, the son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main focal point of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda preached the first sermon to the ruling king and at Anuradhapura.


The postal strike called off

Postal trade unions have decided to temporarily call off their strike, following talks held with the government.

The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front yesterday announced that it would together with 24 of its unions, suspend the postal strike which has lasted for the past 16 days.

The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front Convener: Chinthaka Bandara addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of Posts said, as of 12 midnight yesterday they would suspend the strike until July 7th.

The unions have been holding discussions with the National Salaries and Cadre Commission and the Ministry over the past couple of days.

By July 7th, the work of the National Salaries and Cadre Commission with regard to their demands is expected to end and thereafter a permanent solution has been promised.

'Enterprise Sri Lanka' defined as a turning point in the country's economic and development drive

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka Investment Promotion Programme is fundamental in building a prosperous country. For economic growth to be attained, employment generation is a must. Therefore, the Premier requests the Private Sector to formulate their strategies to reap the maximum benefits from Enterprise Sri Lanka. The government has allocated more than 10 billion rupees for this program. A development finance corporation will also be established to support this programme. The cabinet paper in this regard is being prepared.


Sandya Ekneligoda rejects allegations that her husband had connections with the LTTE

Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda rejects allegations that her husband had connections with the LTTE. In the court cases taken up for hearing in connection with the journalist, no details in connection with the LTTE can be identified. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday, Mrs. Ekneligoda said, the previous administration, in order to gain political mileage and attain hidden objectives, raised false allegations that her husband was connected to the LTTE outfit.

Many religious activities organized island-wide, in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day.

Many religious activities have been organized island-wide in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day, which marks the arrival of Arahath Mahinda in Sri Lanka. Many programmes will be held in Polonnaruwa under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Renovations at the Dimbulagala Aaranya Senasenaya are underway, under the "Pibidemu Polonnaruwa" District Development Programme. The new Piriven Hall and Sanga Waasaya will be vested with the prelates, by the President, tomorrow.

More than 1 million devotees are expected in Anuradhapura, Mihinthaley, Thanthirimaley and Polonnaruwa this year.

District Secretaries of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa say, all measures have been put in place to provide them with necessary facilities. Additional transport services to the sacred sites in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are now operational.

Minister Malik Samarawickrema addresses a letter to the Mahanayakas and Anunayakas, explaining the content of the Singapore-Sri Lanka Trade Agreement.

Minister Malik Samarawickrema has addressed a letter to the Mahanayakas and Anunayakas explaining the content of the Trade Agreement signed between Singapore and Sri Lanka. The letter responds to several critical allegations voiced by the 'joint opposition' against this agreement.
It highlights, the agreement was sent for observation by the Attorney General, and thereafter the final draft was tabled before the Cabinet of Ministers on the 16th of January this year, and approved. There is a false belief that the country does not have a proper Trade Policy. The Minister points out, on the 1st of August 2017, with cabinet approval, a new Trade Policy was passed. That Trade Policy was formulated, taking into consideration feedback from state institutions, industry associations and chambers of commerce that have been involved in international trade. The Minister denies accusations that under this agreement a Singaporean Manpower Company will be established, and Singaporeans will be awarded employment in Sri Lanka.
The Minister further stated, within one year after signing the agreement, the two sides can discuss and arrive at decisions, if necessary. In the same way, both parties can terminate the agreement completely, giving a twelve month notice period.

The law to be strictly enforced against unsuitable vehicles entering expressways.

The Police say, the law will be strictly enforced against unsuitable vehicles entering expressways. This step has been taken to minimize accidents on expressways. Thereby, tyres and their air-pressure should meet with the required standards. Many other requirements have also been detailed.

In the event of a breakdown on an expressway, assistance can be sought by dialling 1969. Those travelling in the vehicle should not attempt any repairs on the expressway. This is an offence.

Macedonian President refuses to sign law, to change country's name

Macedonia’s President: Gjorge Ivanov has refused to sign an agreement on changing the country’s name to resolve a dispute with Greece, describing the name-change as a “criminal act” that violates the constitution.
This month, the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia agreed to rename the tiny ex-Yugoslav republic as: “The Republic of North Macedonia”, resolving a decades-old dispute that had blocked Macedonia’s entry into the EU and NATO. Macedonia’s parliament ratified the agreement last week.
The President’s refusal to sign, is unlikely to block the agreement. Parliament is expected to override his veto, with a simple majority in a second vote.

US border agents halt migrant family prosecutions

A US border security chief says he has temporarily stopped launching criminal prosecutions of migrants who illegally enter the country with children.Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters in Texas the prosecution referrals were suspended last week.He said it followed an order last week by President Donald Trump calling for an end to migrant family separations.But Mr Trump had suggested the families would instead be detained together.

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