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The Agrarian Development Department announces its plans to coincide with 'ApiWawalaiApiKanne'

The Agrarian Development Department has announced its plans to coincide with the major cultivation drive 'ApiWawalaiApiKanne'. Director General of the Department W.M.M.W. Weerasekara handed over the five year plan to minister Mahinda Amaraweera in Kandy today. It focusses on market-oriented cultivations, livelihood development of farmers and contributions from agricultural officials.

In news from the Football World Cup

In news from the Football World Cup - Serbia beat Costa Rica one-nil in a group E encounter in Samara, Russia. The solitary goal in the match came through a free kick by AleksandarKolarov in the 56th minute.

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018

The country's foremost economic event - "Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018", organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, is to take place on 12th - 14th September at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. The theme for this year's Economic Summit is "On the Fast Track to a Turnaround".
Sri Lanka's economy is once again at a crucial juncture in need of a swift and well strategized turnaround to bring about economic stability and development. This is in the backdrop of weak local economic growth, rising global commodity prices and uncertainty in global trade.

India facing the 'worst water crisis in its history

India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, with some 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says.
The Niti Aayog report, which draws on data from 24 of India's 29 states, says the crisis is "only going to get worse" in the years ahead.
It also warns that 21 cities are likely to run out of ground water by 2020 despite increasing demand.
This would also threaten food security as 80 percent of water is used in agriculture.
Indian cities and towns regularly run out water in the summer because they lack the infrastructure to deliver piped water to every home.

Visiting former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama met President Maithripala Sirisena

Visiting former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama met President Maithripala Sirisena at the president's official residence yesterday. The Japanese envoy recalled the long lasting friendship between the two countries. The president also praised the Envoy for his visit and requested to come to Srilanka again.
Former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama came to the country to lay foundation stone for the International Buddhist centre in Polgasovita.He has donated entire cost of the 17 storied building.

The government will promote a knowledge based economy for the development of the country during the next decade

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government will promote a knowledge based economy for the development of the country during the next decade. Addressing the NCE ICT Forum 2018 he said a sum of 300 million rupees has been set apart for this year to implement various activities to develop the ICT sector

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Intelectual point out that the country needs a suitable tax policy

Prof. of Colombo university Venerable Wijithapura Wimalarathana thera pointed out that the country needs a suitable tax policy. All should pay taxed to continue the public services. However, some opposition elements are attempting to gain political mileage by highlighting the tax increase. The thero made these remarks participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning.
Joining the programme Member of the UNP Working Committee Lasantha Gunawardena says, the present government has been able to win the economic challenges of the country even amidst severe natural disasters. Former President Mahinda Rajapakse held the election two years in advance as he had many problems regarding the economic management. The present government has to build up the broken economy of the country.

The stay order preventing the election of office bearers to Sri Lanka Cricket, removed

The stay order imposed by the Court of Appeals temporary suspending the Election of Office Bearers to Sri Lanka Cricket, has been removed. The Court had issued the order, upon taking up for examination, the petition filed by a former cricketer and Nishantha Ranathunge who is contesting for the presidency, seeking the prevention of the present President: Thilanga Sumathipala running for office. As the petitioner and respondent's party agreed to call for a new election, the court ordered the stay order to be removed. The Court of Appeals notified the Attorney General to present the agenda for a new election, when the petition is taken up for hearing on the fourth of next month.

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The President gives instructions to let the two rare elephants found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, to continue to remain there

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Secretary to the Environment Ministry and the Director General of the Department of Forest Conservation to let the two rare elephants found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve to continue to remain there.

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Discussions underway to resolve the problems faced by postal workers

Secretary to the Ministry of Posts: R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla says, at this juncture, when the government is in the process of solving the problems faced by postal workers, it is totally unacceptable for the postal service to resort to trade union action. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today he noted, a cabinet paper has been tabled, to address the issues put forward by the trade unions.

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Yashodha Rangey Bandara, released on bail

Yashodha Rangey Bandara - the son of Minister Palitha Rangey Bandara, has been released on bail. He was in remanded custody for driving under the influence of liquor and causing a motor accident in the Kottapitiya area in Bangadeniya, resulting in damages to a residence. Chilaw District Judge: Manjula Thilakarathne ordered the release, upon a personal bail of 50,000 rupees. The Judge also ordered his driving license to be cancelled until court proceedings are over.

Two million rupees paid to the husband of the principal who died in a leadership training programme in Hambantota

The National Insurance Trust Fund has offered two million rupees to the husband of the Former Principal of Suchi National School: Rohini Kumari Atapattu who faced an unfortunate death in a sudden accident that occurred during a leadership training programme. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam handed over the cheque to her husband this morning.

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Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6mm annually - a three-fold increase since 2012 when the last such assessment was undertaken. Scientists report the new numbers in the journal Nature. Governments will need to take account of the information and its accelerating trend as they plan future defences to protect low-lying coastal communities.

The presidential investigation commission instructs the CID to submit a report on violating the conditions and rules in establishing Mihin Lanka airline services earlier

The presidential investigation commission instructs the CID to submit a report on violating the conditions and rules in establishing Mihin Lanka airline services earlier.

The Presidential Commission investigating alleged fraud, corruption and misuse of state funds and property in SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan Catering Services and Mihin Lanka yesterday ordered the CID to investigate whether any outside interference prevented the BOI from taking action against Mihin Lanka.

It was found that Mihin Lanka was acting in breach of all BOI conditions. The Commission asked the CID to submit a report to the Commission on this matter urgently.

The Commission through Deputy Solicitor General Shanaka Wijesinghe directed the CID to begin the investigation by visiting the BOI and meeting its monitoring officer. The CID responding to this order began its investigations by noon yesterday.

The health minister says the present government has taken effective measures to fulfil the demands of the doctors

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna says the present government has taken effective measures to fulfil the demands of the doctors. The Minister made these remarks at a media conference to brief the cabinet decision on the imposing 24 percent tax on income. The media conference was held in Colombo yesterday.

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A program to distribute 100,000 saplings will commence

A program to distribute 100,000 saplings will commence today. This program is implemented under the theme "Api Wawalai Api Kanne"- "We cultivate and we eat". This project focuses on promoting fruit varieties. The program is implemented Island-wide under the instructions of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. The inaugural session will be held at Kandy Kundasale agriculture department today under the patronage of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

The 2nd test between Sri Lanka and West Indies will start today

The 2nd test between Sri Lanka and West Indies will start today at Gros Islet. The match will commence at 7.30 PM Sri Lankan time. Sri Lanka lost the first test by 226 runs and expected to put up a better performance this time. Meanwhile former captain Anjelo Mathews has returned to the island to see the new born baby. This could be another setback to the Sri Lanka's batting outfit. However Danushka and Dasun Shanaka will be travelling to west indies as replacements for Anjelo and injured Lahiru gamage.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup kicks off today

The 2018 Fifa World Cup gets under way today when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia following an opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Football's showpiece event features 32 teams, including holders Germany, competing in 64 games over 32 days. The 21st edition will be played out in 12 stadiums, across 11 cities, spread over 1,800 miles. England, winners in 1966, is the only team from the home nations to qualify and start against Tunisia on 18 June.The first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia will commence at 8.30PM Russian time today.

Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North Korea hails 'radical switchover'

Kim Jong Un invited Donald Trump to visit North Korea during their historic summit and the US President accepted, Pyongyang State media reported on Wednesday, calling it the start of a “radical switchover” in the nuclear-armed Cold War foes' fraught relations. The unprecedented encounter in Singapore on Tuesday saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags. Mr. Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way.

A Presidential Task Force has been appointed to operate development programmes in the North and East

A Presidential Task Force has been appointed to operate development programmes in the North and East. The task force headed by President Maithripala Sirisena is responsible for operating coordinating and follow up of all development programmes in the northern and eastern provinces. During the post war era many programmes had been implemented in the two provinces for social and economic development. However, the programmes have not made a significant contribution for uplifting the livelihood of the people there. The President has also informed the cabinet regarding the task force. The Prime Minister, Provincial Governors, Chief Secretaries of the two provincial councils, top military and police officials and representatives of all relevant factions are included in the task force.

The General Secretary of the SLFP says the party will contest future elections as a wide alliance

General Secretary of the SLFP Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa says that the party will contest the future elections as a wider alliance. Accordingly, the party will have a dialogue with all progressive parties and organization. The party has already started restructuring process islandwide. Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning the Professor said that the SLFP will be build up from the grass root level with a broad discussion with a general public.

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