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The Agriculture Minister instructs the relevant officials to provide necessary information with regard to adverse weather conditions to the farmers in advance

Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera instructs the relevant officials to provide necessary information with regard to adverse weather conditions to the farmers in advance. The Minister also expects to submit a comprehensive report to the government suggesting the possible ways and means to provide necessary  information and relief assistance to promote agricultural crops in the country.

China warns the US against setting up trade sanctions

China has warned that all trade talks between Beijing and Washington will be void if the US sets up trade sanctions. After talks between Vice Premier Liu He and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, China said it was ready to boost imports from many countries. Mr Ross's China visit comes days after Washington threatened to impose extra tariffs on 50 billion dollars of Chinese goods

New General Secretary of the SLFP Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa expresses commitment to build it as a powerful and populist movement

New General Secretary of the SLFP Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa says he will be committed to building the party as a powerful and populist movement. He said after his appointment that he will help the party to strongly embrace indigenous values, a production economy and a populist vision. Professor Piyadasa added that the main responsibility of the SLFP at this moment was unity.

Applications are now invited for the grade one admissions to government schools next year.

Applications are now invited for the grade one admissions to government schools next year. The Education Ministry says the duly filled applications should receive the respective schools by June 30th. The applicant should have completed five years of age by January 31st, 2019.

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Arrangements are underway to provide facilities for Poson pilgrims in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa

The government has made arrangements to provide facilities to devotees who will be in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa on Poson Full Moon Poya Day on June 27th. District secretary of Anuradhapura R.M. Wanninayake says the facilities would focus on Atamasthana including Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi as well as Mihinthale and Thanthirimale. Polonnaruwa district secretary Ranjith Ariyarathne expects more than 100,000 devotees at Polonnaruwa, Somawathiya, Gal Viharaya, Dimbulagala and Seruwila.

The 74th model village constructed in Arawanamulla in Hambantota under the Gamudawa programme will be vested with the public today.


The 74th model village constructed in Arawanamulla in Hambantota under the Gamudawa programme will be vested with the public today. The Sath-rajagama model village has 22 houses with other required infrastructure facilities. Distribution of housing loans for 170 recipients will also be held today. In addition, 100 vocational trainees will receive self-employment took kits at this ceremony.

The President says he will provide every possible facilities for the uplifting of health and other essential sectors in the country.


President Maithripala Sirisena says he will act as the President to provide every possible facilities for the uplifting of health and other essential sectors in the country. He made this comment participating in the 150th annual convention of the Government Registered and Assistant Medical Officers Association held in the BMICH yesterday. The President stated that registered and assistant medical officers are a group of reputed professionals. They are rendering a unique service for the people in enhancing health services for them. The President recalled that he was committed to provide many privileged to the registered and Assistant Medical Officers during his tenure as the Health Minister. He also commended the service of the present Health Minister. Joining the opposition Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne said the Sri Lanka's free health service has been highly commended by the international community and organizations. It is significant that a Health Minister has become the President of this country at present. The President distributed unique felicitation awards to the medical officers who have completed 30 years of service.

1,650 new Grama Niladaries will be recruited to public service today.

1,650 new Grama Niladaries will be recruited to public service today. Distribution of appointment letters will take place at 11.00 am at the Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. They have been selected from the competitive exam held in September 2016 and the relevant interviews were held at district secretariat level last year.

US confident on plans for Trump-Kim talks.


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said denuclearisation talks with North Korea are "moving in the right direction". After meeting a top Pyongyang official in New York, Mr Pompeo said they had made "real progress". He said Kim Jong-un's right-hand man, Gen Kim Yong-chol, was heading to Washington to deliver a letter to President Donald Trump. The North Korean leader meanwhile also agreed to hold a summit with Russia.

Moscow invites North Korea's Kim to visit

Russian Foreign Minister: Sergei Lavrov has invited North Korean leader: Kim Jong Un to visit Russia, during the first meeting between a Russian official and the head of the reclusive state.
Lavrov arrived in Pyongyang today, ahead of a landmark summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.
His visit comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity to organise next month's summit, with US Secretary of State: Mike Pompeo also meeting Kim's right-hand man: Kim Yong Chol in New York yesterday.

The Minister of Finance points out, the poverty level in the country has reduced over the years

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says, the poverty level in the country which was 6.7 percent in 2012, has been reduced to 4.1 percent. Speaking at a ceremony held in Colombo he said, in line with the '2030 Sustainable Development Objectives', the aim is to alleviate poverty in the country.

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20,000 unemployed graduates to be recruited for trainee positions

The government intends to further expand the Middle-Income Housing Loan Scheme. Cabinet approval has been received for a proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, in this regard.

The government intends to recruit as trainees, 20,000 unemployed graduates who are under the age of 45. Cabinet approval was also received for this proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in his capacity as Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs.

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Accepting applications to admit students to Grade One classes next year, begins tomorrow

Accepting applications to admit students to Grade One classes next year, begins tomorrow. Applications can be forwarded to schools until the 30th of next month.  Director of Education to the School Activities Branch of the Education Ministry: Kamani Perera says, the new circular with regard to next year's grade one admissions has been sent to all principals. She adds, a few necessary amendments have also been incorporated in the circular.

A special function to mark the 76th birth anniversary of late Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera was held yesterday under the patronage of the President


A special function to mark the 76th birth anniversary of late Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera was held yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President said, late Venerable Thera was the role model for him in pursuing social justice and discipline. The President further said, it is the responsibility of the general public to establish a just and fair as per the expectation of the Thera. President Sirisena recalled the past incidents during war times where the Thera was bold enough to visit troubled areas such as Ampara, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and served the people affected due to conflict situation.

Addressing the gathering the President further said, the present government was able to achieve many victories through unity government policy. After taking office on January 2015, the government was able to establish a national pharmaceutical policy, real independence within the country and was able to re-build a cordial relationship with international community. The President also stated democracy was established and media freedom is provided to the maximum. However, some websites published wrong information exploiting the media freedom in the country.

The President also quoted, a national newspaper yesterday criticized and compared the five days administration of newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister and three and a half years of ruling of Sri Lankan President. This has been compared in a teasing manner, the President added.

The President also recalled the past achievement where the 19th amendment to the constitution was passed unanimously, because he was able to gather the support of UPFA members as the chairman of SLFP.

Addressing the gathering parliamentarian Dr.Jayampathy Wickremarathne paid tribute to late Sobitha Thera as a noble statesman who committed and dedicated himself for the establishment of real democracy in the country.

Many prominent representatives and politicians including Speaker Karu Jayasooriya, Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake, Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana were also present at this occasion.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been designated an 'A' status human rights commission by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been designated an 'A' status human rights commission by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in May, 2018. Applications for re-accreditation to 'A' status were not successful in both 2007 and also 2009. GANHRI is the global forum of National Human Rights Institutions. One of its main functions is to assess whether a NHRI deserves full membership of the Forum, based on compliance with the Paris Principles. Those Principles were adopted by the UN General Assembly as the global standards by which the credibility and effectiveness of a NHRI is to be assessed.
One of the main requirements under the Paris Principles is the political independence of a national institution, both in law and practice. The process of selection and appointment of members, the removal procedure as well as whether an institution demonstrates political independence in practice are closely scrutinized. In addition, a national institution must reflect the diversity in society, possess a broad mandate that permits protection of internationally recognized human rights, have adequate powers of inquiry and be adequately resourced.

The Deputy Minister of Transport claims that the railway trade union action is a failure.

Deputy Minister Asoka Abeysinghe claims that the strike launched a few railway trade unions is a failure. He said only two turns out of normal 375 railway turns in a day have been cancelled yesterday. The deputy minister also said that legal action will initiated against to those who have damaged trains through an investigation by the criminal investigations department.

Meanwhile, Co-convener of the railway trade union alliance S.P.Vithanage said that they will not give up their trade union action until they meet their demands.

The felicitation ceremony for Minister Rajitha Senarathne who is elected as the Vice President of WHO was held yesterday at Bandaranaike International Airport.

The felicitation ceremony for Minister Rajitha Senarathne who is unanimously elected as the Vice President of WHO was held last morning at Bandaranaike International Airport. The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine has organized this ceremony. The Minister was appointed as the Vice President World Health Organization during the 71st annual session of WHO held at WHO headquarters in Geneva recently. The session concluded recently.

World No Tobacco Day falls today.


World No Tobacco Day falls today. This year's theme is "Tobacco and Heart Disease". The National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol, together with many medical associations, requests the public to refrain from consuming and marketing tobacco products, considering the health hazards it poses. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo recently, chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol Dr. Palitha Abeykoon pointed out, the need for a mammoth programme to salvage the public from tobacco, has become the need of the hour. A series of awareness programs are organized An island-wide to mark this day.

Two new underground mega drains will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city.


Two new underground mega drains will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city. A special MOU was signed last morning between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development and Chinese Petroleum Pipelines Private Limited. A function in this regard was held yesterday at the Ministry auditorium. One underground mega drain will be constructed at Mutuwella area in Colombo. The length of this subway is 750 meters. The 2nd mega drain will be constructed in Torrington Square area. The length of this subway is 1.2 kilometers. The construction project is expected to be completed by 2020.

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