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50 thousand job opportunities will be created through enterprises Sri Lanka programme

The aim of the government's  enterprises Sri Lanka programme is to create 50,000 job opportunities. The cabinet of ministers has given its approval to conduct a series of exhibitions at national and district levels on vision 2025 related to this subject.  The government will provide MRI scan to the Maharagama Apeksha hospital and Pet scan to the Kandy teaching hospital. The government has also taken measures to make health and physical education subject compulsory upto GCE O/L. Minister Gayantha Karunathilleke revealed this at a news conference held in Colombo today.

A mobile app to control ragging in universities

The University Grants commission has introduced a novel mobile app in order to control ragging in universities. Minister Dr. Wijedasa Rajapakse taking part in a function held for the introduction of this app said that it is the responsibility of vice chancellors, deans of faculties and teachers to control the ragging. At present, the ragging has turned to a cruel act while certain elements are trying to quench their sexual desires. 


Liver transplanting surgeries to be conducted in the evenings at two major hospitals

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has focused on making arrangements to perform liver transplanting  surgeries at the Colombo national hospital and Ragama teaching hospital during the later part of the day. This will contribute to minimize the waiting list of patients. 


The World Bank supports for an agricultural extension programme in two districts

A special agricultural development project will be carried out in Hambantota and Polonnaruwa districts with  World Bank assistance.  Programme Manager of the sustainable development unit in the World Bank Andrew Goodland assured to support this programme at a discussion held with minister  Mahinda Amaraweera.  They also focused on measures including utilization of new technology, implementation of export base-agricultural process, mitigation of the damages caused to cultivation due to climatic changes, required for the development of export agriculture sector in Sri Lanka.

New explosion at Guatemalan volcano

Emergency services in Guatemala are evacuating areas around the Fuego Volcano, after a new eruption sent lava spewing down its south side. At least 72 deaths have been reported since the volcano first erupted on Sunday. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated. Villages on the slopes of the volcano have been buried in volcanic ash and mud.

A special awareness programme launched, to protect children from the viral fever spreading in the Southern Province

A special awareness programme has been launched by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to protect children from the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province. The condition has been identified as the Influenza 'A' Virus. The first signs of this condition are: common cold and fever. The main reason for the spread of the disease is, patients not having a proper understanding of the condition, and thereby failing to seek medical attention. 


Parallel to planned roadways, fly overs and expressways, attention is also focused on developing rural roadways and bridges

Minister Kabir Hashim says, parallel to the planned roadways, fly overs and expressways, attention will also be focused on developing rural roadways and bridges. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday he said, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has agreed to provide the necessary funds, once the relevant plans and estimates are submitted.


J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri elected as Deputy Speaker.

UNP parliamentarian J.M. Ananda Kumarasiri was elected for the post of Deputy Speaker with a majority of 44 votes. He received 97 votes, while Sudharshini Fernandopulle received 53 votes. MPs of the Tamil National Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna were absent when the vote was taken.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya says, various false information surrounding undisclosed details of the Bond Report have caused a slur to the people's representatives, the Parliament, and the Country.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya said in Parliament today, various false information surrounding undisclosed details of the Bond Report have caused a slur to the people's representatives, the Parliament, and the Country. This is a disappointing situation.

The sections from C 350 to C 360 of the report, which had not been released previously, were handed over to the Speaker this morning.

However the speaker says, what has been handed over is only a few sections of the report, and he will table all the reports in Parliament, when he receives the remaining sections, which have been requested.

He requested everyone to conduct themselves with a sense of responsibility at this juncture.

Various groups including the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections had requested the Speaker and Secretary to the President to release these sections of the report, in the wake of media reports regarding MPs accepting money from Perpetual Treasuries.

Sri Lanka hopes to introduce a 'single employment law', consolidating disparate laws that currently exist

Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations: Ravindra Samaraweera says, Sri Lanka has given priority to 'labour rights', through their inclusion in the National Human Rights Action Plan of 2017 to 2021. He further states, Sri Lanka is in the process of introducing a 'single employment law', consolidating disparate laws that currently exist, and giving effect to the principle of non-discrimination. Sri Lanka has also made strides in progressively reducing hazardous forms of child labour, in promoting the rights of the child, and offers to share its expertise in this area to support the endeavours of the International Labour Organisation.
The Minister expressed these views, speaking at the Plenary Meeting of the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference that is being held in Geneva from the 28th of May to the 9th of June.

During his discussion with the Director General of the International Labour Organisation: Guy Ryder, the Minister assured Sri Lanka’s fullest support for declaring the year 2021, as the 'Year of Elimination of Child Labour'.

A loss of over 12,000 million rupees incurred, due to the procurement of coal, outside the tender process, for the Norochcholey Thermal Power Plant.

State Minister Ajith P. Perera says, the supply of coal to the Norochcholai Thermal Power Plant has taken place outside the tender process. Speaking in Parliament today he pointed out, due to this, the Ceylon Electricity Board has incurred a loss of 12,500 million rupees during the years 2014 and 2015.

Meanwhile, Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara said, until August 2017, 336 complaints were received by the FCID. Out of these, 101 complaints have been investigated and forwarded to the Attorney General's Department.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella said, measures are in place to pay EPF, ETF and gratuity payments to estate workers serving in state owned estates that come under the Janatha Estates Development Board and the Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation. Within the past 20 years no payment has been made, resulting in arears amounting to 2,310 million rupees as of 2015. The Minister pointed out, the present government was able to bring down the arears to 386 million rupees. 1,800 million rupees has been set aside for the settlement of arears.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera appointed UNP Vice Chairman

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera has been appointed as a vice chairman of the UNP. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has made this appointment with effect from 26th April 2018.

Iran to give notice of uranium work

Iran is to inform the United Nations' Nuclear Agency that it is beginning the process of increasing its capacity to enrich Uranium. Iran says, it would increase its capacity to produce Uranium Hexa-Fluoride, a key ingredient for enrichment.
Iran's Supreme Leader: Ayatollah Khamenei said, he had ordered preparations for enrichment, should the 2015 Nuclear Deal fail completely. US President Donald Trump pulled America out of the deal last month. It is not yet known whether European countries will keep afloat the deal, which strictly limits Iran's uranium enrichment, and is aimed at denying it a 'nuclear weapons capability'.

Popular television presenter: Hema Nalin Karunaratne has passed away

Popular television presenter, compere and journalist: Hema Nalin Karunaratne has passed away at the age of 55.
He has served in many channels including Rupavahini.
With over 25 years of experience in the television industry, he headed his own satellite channel in Heritage TV.
Rupavahini’s Education Service was a milepost in his life, and he gained fame for the popular programme: "9.05" - "Namayai Paha", which was a mainstay among Rupavahini's programmes for a long period of time.

A New deputy speaker will be selected in parliament this evening

Sri Lanka's Parliament will elect a new Deputy Speaker when it meets this evening. UNP parliamentarian Ananda Kumarasiri, SLFP parliamentarian Angajan Ramanadan and  SLFP's 16 group member Mrs. Sudarshani Fernandpulle are in the fray for the post.  The parliament will meet  this evening under the leadership of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the main task of today's session would be to appoint the new Deputy Speaker.

The unreleased segment of the bond investigation report has been handed over to the Speaker

The sections C 350 to C 360 of the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the Central Bank bond scam, which had not been released previously, have been handed over to the Speaker of Parliament today .   Officials of the Presidential Secretariat have handed over these documents to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

The central bank says foreign reserve of the country may increase upto 9.5 billion US dollars by the end of this year

The central bank says foreign reserve of the country may increase upto 9.5 billion US dollars by the end of this year.  The amount is 8.7 US dollars at present.  The IMF recently released 252 million US dollars under the comprehensive loan facilities to Sri Lanka as the IMF has commended the country's economic progress during the past period.  The ministry of finance says Sri Lanka will receive more foreign funds in the coming months.


The drafted plan for National agricultural development has been launched

The drafted national plan for agriculture development was handed over to Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday. The world food and agriculture organization has helped to prepare it with the aim of enhancing local agriculture industry.  This plan will be presented to the cabinet for approval and then to the parliament. 


Guatemala Fuego: Search after deadly volcano eruption

Soldiers are helping firefighters search for missing people after Sunday's horrific volcanic eruption in Guatemala, when torrents of superheated rock, ash and mud destroyed villages.
The official death toll from the destruction at the Fuego volcano has risen to 62, the authorities say.Thousands of people are being housed in temporary shelters.Volcanologists report the eruption, which sent ash up to 10km into the sky, is now over.

World Environment Day falls today

World Environment Day falls today. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment and the first World Environment Day was celebrated on June 5, 1973. World Environment Day is celebrated across the globe to highlight the importance of environmental conservation.


Minister Harin Fernando says, it was not a single decision of the UNP to back a common candidate at the 2015 Presidential Election

UNP Media spokesman and Publicity Unit Chief: Minister Harin Fernando says, it was not a single decision of the UNP to back a common candidate at the 2015 Presidential Election. All forces who opposed the government that was in power arrived at a collective decision to back a common candidate. He made this point clear participating at the launch of the new media unit held at Sirikotha yesterday. This media project has been titled: 'our responsibility - your duty - the people's right', and has been named 'Sathya' - 'The Truth'. He emphasised that restoring the peoples trust in the UNP is the main intention of the Sathya Campaign.


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