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Minister Mangala Samaraweera says Sri Lanka is in the process of taking measures to curb financial crime.

Minister of Finance and Media: Mangala Samaraweera speaking at a roundtable discussion on ‘Financial Regulation: Working Together to Address De-Risking,’ held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, at the Mansion House in London, yesterday said, Sri Lanka has long identified the risk of financial crime as a priority area, given the country’s history in battling a sophisticated terror organization.

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The World Bank points out the need to accelerate means of generating employment in the country.

The World Bank’s latest edition of South Asia Economic Focus titled “Jobless Growth?” alerted that massive job creation is needed in the South Asian countries in the next decade to catch-up with other countries with similar income levels.

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Meters for three wheelers mandatory from next Friday.

Meters are compulsory for the three wheelers that transport passengers, from next Friday. Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety Dr. Sisira Kodagoda says that this decision has been taken in the best interest of the passengers, and to upgrade the quality of the three wheeler service.

The government is focused upon several amendments in the circular pertaining to admitting students to grade one classes.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed all relevant officials to provide information to the public, with full transparency, when admitting students to Grade One classes. He gave this instruction at a Progress Evaluation Meeting of the Ministry of Education, held recently. Lengthy discussions took place regarding the circular and the procedure in admitting students to Grade One Classes in 2019.

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Parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma says the present government has been able to change the existing political culture in the island.

Parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma says the present government has been able to change the existing political culture in the island.  The tradition that the two major parties ruling the country from time to time has been changed and the two parties joined together to form this government. It is not surprising that the new system faces many challenges in implementing this novel system. Participating in a programme over this SLBC this morning,

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The University non academic staff return to duties

The university authorities say that the university non academic staff has returned to work from today. They added that the activities of the universities will be functioned at full scale with the help of the non academic staff as soon as possible. Dean of the medical faculty of the University of Kelaniya Professor Mrs. Nilanthi de Silva stated that the lectures will be continued even on Saturdays and Sundays to cover up the delayed lectures.

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The national identity card number will be used as the member identity number of the employees provident fund.

The department of Labour has decided to use the national identity card number as the member identity number of the employees provident fund.  Accordingly, the computer data of the EPF members of the semi government and private institutions are being updated at present. 

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NYT and New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein exposé

The New York Times and New Yorker magazine have won a joint Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. The reports brought down film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape

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The President will address the CHOGM 2018 on Thursday.

President Maithripala Sirisena reached London last morning to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. He will address CHOGM 2018, on Thursday. The theme for this year is ‘Towards a Common Future’, and special attention will be given to the areas of prosperity, security, fairness and sustainability, to achieve goals of Commonwealth countries.

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The special railway services deployed during festive season is still in operation.

The Sri Lanka Railways has announced, additional train services that were put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, will function today as well. Thereby, two trains with air conditioned compartments will leave Maradana bound for Galle at 9.20am and 11.50am, today.  At 1.05pm and 5.55pm trains will leave Galle bound for Colombo Fort.

A special price formula to the fuel prices in par with the oil prices of World Market.

The Treasury has decided to devise a special price formula to the fuel prices in par with the oil prices of World Market. The price formula will be simplified with the aim of providing relief to the common masses. The Treasury has taken this decision due to the oil price increase in the world Market.

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The 2nd session of 8th parliament will commence on the 8th of May.

The 2nd session of 8th parliament will commence on the 8th of May. The first session commenced on 2nd September 2015. This session was terminated through a special gazette notification issued by the President on the 12th of April 2018. The gazette notification also highlighted the date of commencement of 2nd parliamentary session which is scheduled to commence on the 8th of May.

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A new map of Sri Lanka, with many changes included, will be released at the end of next month.

A new map of Sri Lanka, with many changes included, will be released at the end of next month. Surveyor General: P.N.P. Udayakantha says, the collating of data for this purpose has already been completed. Due to the construction of the Port City and several geological changes in other areas island-wide, a decision was taken to re-draw the map. The Survey General added, the newly prepared maps will be sent for printing soon.

EU warns Syria of further sanctions, calls on Russia, Iran to act.

The European Union yesterday called for Russia and Iran to help stop more chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, warning of fresh economic sanctions. "The EU calls upon all countries, notably Russia and Iran, to use their influence to prevent any further use of chemical weapons, notably by the Syrian regime," the EU said in a statement. It said the EU had imposed Syrian sanctions in July 2017 and March this year and was "always ready to consider imposing further measures as appropriate".

The President arrives in London

President Maithripala Sirisena reached London this morning (April 16) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. He was received by the Commonwealth officials and Sri Lanka High Commission staff. A Sri Lakan child offered beetle leaves to receive the President in accordance with the traditional custom. A girl offered a boquet to Madam Jayanthi Sirisena.

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A total of 379 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo during the last two days.

Deputy Director General of Colombo National Hospital Dr. Kumara Wickramasinghe says a total of 379 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo during the last two days. He said the number of accidents reported during the New Year had decreased by Three Percent in comparison to the same time last year. Meanwhile, 56 had been admitted during the period due to other violent incidents. Six incidents related to firecracker accidents were reported last year but only one incident had been reported this year.

The oil anointing state festival will be held in Attanagalla tomorrow

 

The national oil anointing ceremony will take place tomorrow at 10.16 am at Attanagalla Purana Raja Maha Viharaya, under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

The ceremony is jointly organized by the Health Ministry, Indigenous Medicine Ministry and the Department of Ayurveda. Oil anointing ceremonies have also been organized at rural level by the Ayurvedic Department.

The main objective of the festival is to promote health and to wish the people a long life.

14,200 houses will be constructed at grama sewa division levels

The government has started a programme to construct housing each grama sewa division. Accordingly, 14,200 houses will be constructed for the homeless families island wide. The programme was launched at the Thissamaharama divisional secretariat area recently under the patronage of Minister Sajith Premadasa. Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority L.S. Palansuriya says that this housing construction programme will be carried out with the labour contribution of housing beneficiaries.

Special bus services are available for the people who visited their village areas to come back to Colombo

Deputy General Manager of the Sri Lanka Transport Board P.T.R. Chandrasiri says adequate buses have been deployed for the people who visited their village areas to come back to Colombo. About 5,400 buses will operate from today to the 25th of this month. More buses will be deployed according to the need arisen in the coming days.

Water levels of the hydro power generating reservoirs are rising due to heavy rain

The Ministry of Power and Energy says water level of the power generating reservoirs have gone up at present due to rain experiencing in the catchment areas. Media spokesman to the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardane told to the SLBC that power supply can be continue in future without any disruption.

The President is due to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which begins on Monday.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to leave the island to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. CHOGM - 2018 is due to commence in London on Monday. The theme for this year is ‘Towards a Common Future’. The last summit was held in Malta. President Sirisena who will be on a 5 day tour of Britain will hold bilateral discussions with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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