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Librarian vacancies in all school libraries will be filled soon.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says a cabinet paper will be prepared to fill the existing librarian vacancies in all school libraries. At a ceremony held in the Ministry premises yesterday he said all the government libraries will be upgraded by developing their human and physical resources. The Minister emphasises the need to increase appetite for reading among school children.

Sri Lanka becomes the 2nd in the South Asian region in the Global Peace Index.

Sri Lanka becomes the 2nd in the South Asian region in the Global Peace Index according to a report by an Australian think tank. Sri Lanka is in the 67th place, Bhutan is the only country ahead of Sri Lanka in the South Asian region.

India has moved up four places to the 137th rank among 163 countries, due to a reduction in the level of violent crime driven by increased law enforcement. Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark also sit in the top five most peaceful rankings.

Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, a position it has held for the past five years. Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia comprise the remaining least peaceful countries. The index is topped by Iceland, followed by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark, whereas war-torn Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen.

North Korea leader may get US invite for talks.

US President Donald Trump said he would consider inviting North Korea's Kim Jong-un to the White House if their summit in Singapore goes well. Mr Trump made the comment after meeting Japan's PM Shinzo Abe to discuss the 12 June summit. He said it was possible an agreement to end the Korean War could be reached, though he called that "the easy part" of the negotiations.

The President says, intellectuals in various fields, migrating to other countries in search of greener pastures, has become a grave concern

President Maithripala Sirisena says, intellectuals in various fields, migrating to other countries in search of greener pastures, has become a grave concern. However, the government is not prepared to enact legislation and restrict the free movement of labour.
He emphasizes, after enjoying the benefits of free education, in keeping with their conscience, they should dedicate themselves to contribute in their motherland and fulfil their responsibility.

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The Cost of Living Committee requests a report from the Consumer Affairs Authority concerning the canned fish and milk powder industries

The Cost of Living Committee is focussing special attention on the prices of essential food items. The committee comprising Malik Samarawickrama, Rishad Bathiudeen and Mahinda Amaraweera convened yesterday. Speaking to the SLBC, Director to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce: Indika Ranathunge said, sufficient stocks of rice are available in the market, as the Maha cultivation harvest is now being marketed, and the price of rice has now stabilized.

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It has been emphasized, although a few financial institutions are facing a crisis, the country is not facing any financial recess at all

Parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma says, although a few financial institutions are facing a crisis, the country is not facing any financial recess at all. He made this confirmation speaking at the the debate to adjourn Parliament today.

Joining in the debate, Parliamentarian Vasudewa Nanayakkara pointed out the necessity to speedily implement the loan scheme that does not require guarantees, under the Enterprise Sri Lanka Programme.

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There is a risk of the Influenza Virus spreading in the southern province, to enter the Sabaragamuwa Province

There is a risk of the Influenza virus spreading in the southern province, to enter the Sabaragamuwa province. Director of Health services of the Sabaragamuwa Province Dr. Kapila Kannangara says, several patients suspected of contracting the virus were reported from the Embilipitiya Hospital. He points out, it is necessary to seek medical attention if fever symptoms occur.

Six new councilors have been appointed to the Maharagama Urban council causing a chaotic situation

Six members of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna including Kanthi Kodikara have been sworn in as members of the Maharagama Urban Council, replacing the members of the Independent Group which had contested under the ‘Motorcycle’ symbol.

Meanwhile a tense situation has been reported at the Urban Council, a short while ago, after several members opposed the swearing in of the SLPP members including Kodikara.

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Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama points out that if the joint opposition had voted for, parliamentarian Sudarshani Fernandopulle would have been elected as the deputy Speaker

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama says that  parliamentarian Sudarshani Fernandopulle could not be elected as the deputy speaker since the members of the joint opposition did not support her at the voting.  SLFP parliamentarian except the joint opposition members voted for her.

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The Speaker says the reports on an alleged list of names of parliamentarians taking grafts are utterly false

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya says that it is not appropriate to spread falls information regarding the bond scam.  Making statements based on fabricated and false information leads to create negative impact on society.  Some media reports say that there is a list of names of parliamentarians who have accepted money  from various persons. The speaker stressed that it is utterly false.  The Speaker made these comments in the parliament today.

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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