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Sri Lanka praised at CHOGM for its effort in protecting mangroves

 

Sri Lanka was feted as one of the top countries that comprehensively protect its mangrove forests at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 in London yesterday. During Commonwealth Heads of Government Executive sessions, Sri Lanka was chosen to spearhead efforts in restoring and protecting mangroves in commonwealth countries. A decision had been made to appoint a working committee under Sri Lanka’s leadership to monitor and carry out programmes to preserve mangroves. Since 2015, the programmes launched to protect mangroves under the leadership of the President garnered world praise.

The UNP's working committee and the parliamentary group will meet next week to discuss the continuing of national unity government

 
UNP sources say that the party's working committee and the parliamentary group will meet next week to discuss the continuing of national unity government up to 2020. The party will take a decision under the guidance of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in this connection. 
 
Meanwhile, the new office bearers of the UNP will be announced at the May Day rally which will be held on the 7th of May. 

A decision to increase fuel prices to be taken only in consultation with the President and the Prime Minister.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says, a decision to increase fuel prices will be taken in consultation with the President and the Prime Minister. He disclosed this, speaking at an Aluth Avurudu ceremony at Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited.

South Korea's Moon Jae-in says, a peace treaty with the North 'must be pursued'

South Korean President: Moon Jae-in asserted today, a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War "must be pursued". His comments come ahead of a summit with Kim Jong Un, the leader of the nuclear-armed North.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a 'ceasefire' rather than a 'peace treaty', leaving the two sides 'technically at war', and the Demilitarised Zone between them - where Moon and Kim will meet next Friday - bristles with minefields and fortifications.

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The 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting commences with grandeur.

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says, it is the responsibility of the present generation to provide a solution to the National Issue.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says, it is the responsibility of the present generation to provide a solution to the National Issue. It is a crime to bequeath it to the next generation. He expressed these views addressing the Parliamentary Committee to uplift National and Religious Coexistence in Sri Lanka.

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Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the responsibility of public officials is to assist in the execution of government policy, regardless of which party is in power.

Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the responsibility of public officials is to assist in the execution of government policy, regardless of which party is in power. Such a service is a service to the nation and not a service to the President or the Prime Minister. He expressed these views participating at a ceremony held at his Ministry today. He affirmed that he will always stand by public officials and the duties they perform.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today. He will stay in the Island until tomorrow. During his two day short visit, he will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.

An fffective work plan will be implemented to promote British investors to make direct investments in various business ventures in Sri Lanka.


The British International Trade Minister Liam Fox said effective work plan will be implemented to promote British investors to make direct investments in various business ventures in Sri Lanka. Mr. Liam Fox made this assurance when he met the vising Sri Lankan President Maithipala Sirisena yesterday afternoon in London. The meeting was held in sideline of the CHOGM 2018 summit. The discussion also focused on strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries. President Maithripala Sirisena briefed the British Minister on the available venues and fields where the British businessmen can invest in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has shown considerable progress in foreign investment and tourist arrivals in the recent past. It is also noted that Sri Lanka gained many benefits from friendly foreign policy adopted during the last three years. Mr. Liam Fox pledged British government will extend the fullest support to Sri Lanka in its development, reconciliation and peace efforts.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today. He will stay in the Island until tomorrow. During his two day short visit, he will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake reiterates that there is no shortage for fertilizers in the country.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake reiterates that there is no shortage for fertilizers in the country. The Minister requested the farmers to obtain a receipt when purchasing the fertilizer from the sales outlets. He also said the consumers and farmers can make complaint by dialing 011 303 66 66 if the traders sell the fertilizers at higher prices than the government controlled price.

Minister of Disaster Management says there is no danger at the Udawalawe reservoir premises.


Minister of Disaster Management Ranjith Siyambalapitiya inspected the dam of the Udawalawe reservoir last morning. Thin cracks have appeared on the bridge which holds the sluice gates of the Udawalawe reservoir. On the account of exceeding the maximum water level, five sluice gates were opened recently.

Deputy Director of the maintenance Department of the Mahaweli Authority H.M. Kalubanda enlightened the Minister that the people should not have any fear regarding these cracks. The Mahaweli Authority is ready to take immediate action in any possible emergency situation.

Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba's parliament has picked Raúl Castro's right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him, ending the family's long rule.Mr Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. An improvement in relations with the US which began under Barack Obama has been partially reversed since Donald Trump entered the White House.
Mr Castro is expected to remain a powerful influence in the communist state even after he steps down.The National Assembly has voted on the nomination but the result will not be announced until Thursday, when he is expected to formally pass the presidency to Mr Díaz-Canel.

The president says, Sri Lanka's "Blue Green Economic Plan" will assure environmental friendly and sustainable development.

‘President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lankan Government’s “Blue-Green” economic plan will ensure the full utilization of the ocean and other natural resources of Sri Lanka in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Delivering the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum, today the president appealed to all to join hands with the Commonwealth countries as well as others to bring prosperity with best business practices that will promote social responsibility and ensure social inclusiveness. In 2015, the world came together and agreed upon a common vision for a sustainable future in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Plan of Action we agreed upon is inspiring. Therefore it is very important to eradicate poverty, to address climate change and to build peaceful inclusive societies.

In many countries, like in Sri Lanka, Heads of State and Government are personally leading these efforts. Inclusive and sustainable business models will lead to sustainable development, especially projected towards the longer term.

The President Sirisena further said that good business practices would be a catalyst for peace and good governance.

Fisheries minister says Sri Lanka Fisheries Corporation has been able to provide f fish at lower rates to consumers.

Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera says, Sri Lanka Fisheries Corporation has been able to provide a number of varieties of fish at lower rates to consumers. Due to this more prices of fish in the local market during the festive season were reported very low. The minister said that, some unscrupulous traders attempted to increase the prices to exploit  consumers. The minister added that, Ceylon Fisheries Corporation has earned a recorded income during this festive season.

"LAK SATHOSA" has marked a recorded income of 4 billion rupees during the festive season.

"LAK SATHOSA" has marked a recorded income of 4 billion rupees during the festive season.
Director of the Ministry of Industries and Commerce Mrs.Indika Ranatunga says that, this is the highest income the "LAK SATHOSA has gained in its history. "LAK SATHOSA" has provided 40 percent discount for some essential food items during the festive season. Mrs.Ranatunga told the SLBC that more consumer gathered at "LAK SATHOSA outlets island-wide. She added that no complaint has been receipted from any consumer during this period.

The government says, chemical fertilizers will be provided to farmers without any delay or shortage during the upcoming Maha season.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake assures that the  chemical fertilizer required for farmers during the upcoming maha season will be made available without any shortage or delay. A bag of 50 kilo gram of fertilizer will be sold at a subsidized price of 500 rupees through Agrarian services centres. A 50 KG bag for another crops will be sold at 1500 rupees.  Addressing the media briefing at his ministry today, the minister said, adequate amounts of fertilizer has been stored  in the warehouses island-wide. The minister requests the farmers and the public to inform any mal-practice or irregularities in distributing fertilizer via hot line: 0113 03 66 66

Dilantha Malagamuwa will take part in the first class motor race event in Italy.


Sri Lanka's Motor racing Ace Dilantha Malagamuwa will take part in the Lambogini Super Crossio first class international motor racing competition to be held in Monza Track in Italy on Saturday and Sunday. This is the 1st international event where Malagamuwa participates in. He secured the 3rd place in the same event last year.

CIA chief, made secret trip to North Korea.

CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report.
The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim took place over Easter weekend, unnamed officials said.
Mr Trump had earlier alluded to high-level direct talks with Pyongyang.
But this unexpected and clandestine meeting would mark the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000.

Addressing the Sri Lankans in London the President says that attempts by some elements to propagate false information have become a big blow to Sri Lanka's forward march.

President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the Sri Lankan community living in London said that the attempts made by some to hide the truth and promote the falsehood are a hindrance to the forward march of the Motherland. Therefore, the President invited the Sri Lankan community living in London to assist the journey of building the country with a proper understanding of the real situation of the Motherland. He made these remarks addressing a meeting held with the Sri Lankan community living in London, yesterday.

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The Prime Minister meets the Maha Nayakes of Malwathu and Asgiriya chapters.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe visited the temple of the tooth in Kandy today and engaged in religious observances Maha Sangha chanted Seth Pirith and invoke blessings to the premier. The premier also met Maha Nayake of the Malawatta Chapter in Malwathu viharaya and Maha Nayake of the Asgiriya Chapter at the Asgiriya Temple and had mutual discussions.

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