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The Railway transport is functioning as normal today. - The Railway General Manager says the passengers are not facing any inconvenience

The Railway General Manager S.M. Abeywickrama says the Railway transport is functioning as normal today amidst the trade action carried out by joint trade union of railways. Mr. Abeywickrama further said the passengers are not facing any inconvenience although railway transport has few drawbacks due to ongoing trade union action. He further said all railway stations are reported to be functioning smoothly since this morning.

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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.

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Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption has focused its attention to include betting and match fixing scandals of private sports tournaments into the Bribery Act

The Director General of Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption, President's Counsel Sarath Jayamanna says the commission has focused its attention to include betting and match fixing scandals of private sports tournaments into the Bribery Act. A series of discussion will be launched in this regard.

The felicitation ceremony for Minister Rajitha Senarathne who is appointed as the Vice President of WHO was held this morning at Bandaranaike International Airport

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

Two new underground subways will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city

Two new underground subways will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city. A special MOU was signed this morning between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development and Chinese Petroleum Pipelines Private Limited. A function in this regard was held today at the Ministry auditorium. One underground subway will be constructed at Mutuwella area in Colombo. The length of this subway is 750 meters. The 2nd subway 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.

The Narcotic Bureau of Sri Lanka Police arrested a suspect with a load of Kerala cannabis worth 2.9 million rupees today

The Narcotic Bureau of Sri Lanka Police arrested a suspect with a load of Kerala cannabis worth 2.9 million rupees today. The police seized the stock of cannabis this morning during a raid carried out in Mannar, Maduthuduwawa area. 24 kilograms of cannabis were seized on this occasion. The suspect is a resident of Pesalai area. The Mannar police is conducting a comprehensive investigation in this regard.

The National Insurance Trust Fund says the compensation will be paid for the houses and small business establishments damaged due to adverse weather conditions

The National Insurance Trust Fund says the compensation will be paid for the houses and small business establishments damaged due to adverse weather conditions. Accordingly a sum of 10,000 rupees will be paid as an initial amount for each damaged house. The Disaster Management Ministry has already provided  this amount to the respective house owners. The Chief Executive Officer of National Insurance Trust Fund Sanath de Silva said,  the trust fund is prepared to compensate for  any damaged of movable and immovable properties of the common masses.

The Deputy Minister of Transport says, although a few railway trade unions say they will launch trade union action, it will not have a serious impact on regular train services.

Deputy Minister Ashoka Abeysinghe says, all leave of railway workers have been cancelled. Meanwhile, relief staff who do not report for duty, will be regarded as those who have abandoned their employment. The Minister says, although a few railway trade unions are prepared to launch trade union action, it will not affect regular train services. However, he said, there could be delays due to acts of sabotage, and with Cabinet Approval, stern action will be taken against damages to public property. The Minister added, out of the 375 trains that ply daily, 300 are expected to run tomorrow. At the discussion held with the Trade Unions, it was agreed to meet with all their requests. The Head of the sub-committee appointed in this regard has agreed to arrange for a meeting with Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama within the course of this week. The Minister notes, at such a point, continuing with trade union action brings about suspicion that it may be backed by political influence.

It has been proposed to complete the correcting of answer scripts of the GCE O/level and A/level examinations, during the school holidays.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says, it has been proposed to complete the correcting of answer scripts of the GCE O/level and A/level examinations, during the school holidays. This will prevent unnecessary delays in releasing results. The number of schools that remain closed for paper marking can be minimized, and academic activities of the next school term can commence without delay. The Minister expressed these views participating at a ceremony to offer Letters of Appointments to 85 Principals who were promoted to Class One of the Sri Lanka Principal Service.

He further stated, steps have been taken to issue a gazette notification publishing vacancies that need to be filled for the post of principals in National Schools. He added, in the near future a gazette notification will also be issued for the recruitment of Education Directors.

The Paddy Marketing Board is to continue purchasing paddy from farmers.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says, the Paddy Marketing Board is continuing with purchasing paddy from farmers. Thereby, steps have been taken to provide storage facilities. If store houses run by the government are inadequate, storage facilities will be obtained from the private sector. The Minister added, although the Ministry is not purchasing the entire stock produced by the farmers, if the farmers are not receiving the specified price, the Paddy Marketing Board will intervene to guarantee a high price. Surplus stock from the previous cultivation season that could not be sold, will also be purchased.

One of the six inmates who escaped while at the Baddegama Magistrate's Court, arrested.

One of the six inmates who escaped while in the cell at the Baddegama Magistrate's Court in Galle, was arrested in the Elkanda area, by the Baddegama Police. A special operation to arrest the remaining five, has been launched jointly by the Baddegama Police, the Special Task Force and prison officials. The inmates are residents of Ampegama, Meemaduma, Yahaladoowa, Delkada and Wanduramba.

YouTube deletes 'violent' music videos

YouTube says, it has deleted more than half of the "violent" music videos that the UK's Metropolitan Police Commissioner asked it to take down.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner: Cressida Dick has blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders and violent crime in London - and has singled out 'Drill Music'.
'Drill music' is a style, originating on the South Side of Chicago. The genre is a prominent feature of Chicago hip hop, and is defined by its dark, grim, violent, nihilistic lyrical content and ominous beats.
The Police Commissioner had asked YouTube to delete all content which 'glamorises' violence.

8,900 housing units will be vested with the public by the end of 2019

Ministry of Megapolis and western development says about 8,900 houses will be constructed and vested with the public within 2018 and 2019.  A sum of 44.5 billion rupees will be spent on these projects.  The ministry has already declared open seven housing projects comprised with 2,270 housing units.

The Poson week will begin from 24th of next month

A Poson week will be declared from  24th to the 30th of next month.  Anuradhapura district secretary R.M. Wanninayake says that the Poson Poya falls on the 27th of next month and special religious ceremonies will be held in Anuradhapura, Atamsthana, Mihintale and Thanthirimale. 

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Relief services for the weather affected people continues

The disaster management center says relief activities for the affected people by the inclement weather are continuing. Assistant director of the center Pradeep Kodippili told the SLBC that cleaning the houses and wells that went under water has already begun. Relief teams are also supporting these services.

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Shortages of nurses in the north and east will be solved

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has decided to recruit nursing trainees to ease the shortage of nurses in the northern and eastern provinces.  Students of the two provinces who have passed for the GCE A/L examination in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in any medium are eligible to apply.  They will be deployed  to fill existing vacancies soon after their training. There are about 31 thousand nurses in the government hospitals, but there are about 7,000 vacancies for nurses.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich 'eligible to be Israeli citizen'

The Russian-Jewish billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich, has flown to Tel Aviv after being found eligible for Israeli citizenship.Immigration officials told the BBC that he was interviewed last week at the Israeli embassy in Moscow. He has faced delays in renewing his UK visa.His spokesman would not comment on reports citizenship had been granted.Mr Abramovich, 51, would be the richest person in Israel.His UK investor visa reportedly expired some weeks ago but the British government has refused to comment on his individual case.

The President conducts a surprise visit at the Ministry of Health to inquire into the programme to control the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province

President Maithripala Sirisena conducted a surprise visit yesterday at the Ministry of Health to inquire into the programme in place to control and treat the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province these days. Discussing with the officials, the President advised them not to make funding a problem, and to strengthen the implemented programme.

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Steps will be taken to transfer the administration of the National Namal Uyana to Central Cultural Fund

Venerable Vanawasi Rahula Thero decides to handover the administration of the National Namal Uyana to Central Cultural Fund. The main objective of this move is to protect largest ironwood forest and pink quartz mountain of Namal Uyana for the benefit of the future generation. A special agreement was signed between the Thero and Central Cultural Fund. The Thero revealed this information at a media conference held at Government Information Department yesterday.

A 70 percent drop in dengue patients

The Epidemic Unit of the National Hospital says there is a sharp drop in dengue patients during the last few months. Accordingly, the reliable statistics say there is a drop of 70 percent in dengue patients during this year. The main reason is that the residents and other individuals have maintained a clean environment. Most of these premises are kept clean without leaving room for mosquito breeding. The health authorities stated the periodic anti dengue chemical spray is also implemented in a systematic manner.

The premier says, it is one of the present government's prime objectives to develop the Northern Province.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says it is one of the present government's prime objectives to develop the Northern Province. Many lapses can be observed in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mulaitivu districts. Therefore, development activities in these districts need to be expedited. The premier made these observations participating at a discussion held at the Jaffna District Secretariat this afternoon. The premier pointed out the various development activities that area already underway under the present government. Resettlement, housing facilities, agriculture, health, drinking water, fisheries and tourism are among these areas. Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray, Minister D.M Swaminathan, State Minister Wijekala Maheshwaran, Parliamentarian Mawei Senadhirajah and Jaffna District Secretary Naagalingam Wedhanayagam participated in this discussion.

The premier also participated in a discussion in Kilinochchi this morning. He proposed to appoint a special committee to look into development activities in the district. He also proposed to initiate a programme to provide employment for unemployed graduates. He further stated a strategy will be put in place to harvest rainwater and distribute it across the district. He added, attention will be focused upon not only the land issue, but on all other issues faced by the people in the district.

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