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Sri Lanka is considered as the first country in the South Asian region to eliminate the child labour menace.

Minister of Labour and Labour relations Ravindra Samaraweera says people have forgotten that present government was able to increase the salaries of the government servants by 10,000 rupees and the employees of the private sector by 2,500 rupees. The minister also said there are about 1.4 million government servants working in different government sectors. He further said Sri Lanka was the first country in the South Asian region to eliminate the child labour menace. The Ambassador of ILO has informed the Minister the Sri Lanka's achievement recently during a meeting.

Iran nuclear deal: Europe strives to keep agreement

A flurry of diplomatic activity is under way to rescue the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from it and bring back sanctions against Tehran. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with President Putin of Russia, and UK PM Theresa May has talked to Mr Trump.
French ministers have been loudest in their complaints that major European businesses will be hit hard as US sanctions are re-imposed. Mr Trump says the deal is "horrible".

Severe punishment for racketeers at the Katunayake Airport

Civil aviation amendment Draft Bill was taken up for debate in parliament today. Presenting proposal , minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the aim of this amendment is to prevent the behavior of obstructing the passengers by some organised groups at the Katunayake international airport at the arrival and departure terminals. 25 thousand rupee fine or six months imprisonment period can be imposed on such people.


The Office on Missing Persons is launching a series of regional-level public consultations, commencing in Mannar tomorrow.

The Office on Missing Persons is launching a series of regional-level public consultations, commencing in Mannar tomorrow. The consultations are a vital step in the process to operationalize the functions of the OMP in its search for missing and disappeared persons, the Chairman of the OMP attorney Saliya Peiris said in a statement.


A.H. M Fowzie was sworn in as the minister of national unity and reconciliation

A.H.M. Fowzie was sworn in as the minister of national peace and reconciliation and President's counsellor Ariya Bandara Rekawa was sworn in as the governor of Uva province before the President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential secretariat this morning.

The Gamperaliya project focused on village development will begin in August this year.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says with the implementation of the fuel pricing mechanism, the prices of fuel could be increased or decreased every 2 months. The new fuel pricing mechanism was approved by the Cabinet. The price hike was felt in Sri Lanka as a result of the fuel price hike in the global market, which rose above 70 US dollars on May 8, for the first time since 2014.

He said that the Treasury will be able to save 55.89 billion rupees and the government has decided to use it for rapid development projects, such as the Gamperaliya project focused on village development which is to commence in August this year. He said that the country will witness rapid development in the coming 18 months.

The Minister also said that 2.5 percent tax on children's savings accounts will be withdrawn. He added that writers royalty fee from publishers will be tax-free up to 50,000 rupees monthly or 500,000 rupees per annum.

Prices of several more essential medicines will be reduced within next two weeks.

The Ministry of Health has decided to reduce the prices of more varieties of essential drugs with the next two weeks. The government has already reduced the prices of 18 varieties of essential medicines. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says that maximum relief will be granted to the people under this government by further strengthening the free health service. The Minister revealed these facts participating in a ceremony organized by the Public Service United Nurses Union to mark the International Nurses Day yesterday at the BMICH in Colombo. President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at this event.

Over 380,000 families will receive Samurdhi benefits under the new system which will be implemented in future.

The government has decided to prepare a new system to provide Samurdhi benefits to the low income families amounting to 1.4 million throughout the island. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has instructed the officials to prepare this system. Accordingly, over 380,000 families who had not had the opportunity of receiving the Samurdhi benefits for over three decades even with all required qualifications will be granted the Samurdhi beneficiaries. The Ministry of social empowerment will prepare this in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance.

The newly constructed war heroes' monument in Kurunegala will be declared open by the President today.

The new war heroes monument constructed in Kurunegala will be declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena today. This was constructed by the Sri Lanka Army's Engineering Cops as old war heroes monument was demolished due to the widening of Kurunegala Dambulla main road. The government has spent 27 million rupees for the new monument. Details of all war heroes who made their supreme sacrifices to the motherland have been displayed in this monument.

Trump-Kim Jong-un summit set for Singapore on 12 June.

US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June, he has said. In April, Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Mr Kim in an unprecedented sit-down. The pair had previously exchanged insults and threats. The breakthrough came after landmark talks between North and South Korea. Mr Trump's announcement came hours after he welcomed home three American detainees released by North Korea.

A Beach Volleyball court is to be constructed in every district

A Beach Volleyball court is to be constructed in every district, with the intention of upgrading the sport to high standards. Chairman of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation: Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya announced this decision, at a press briefing held in Colombo today to brief the media on the upcoming 2018 Sunquick National Beach Volleyball Championship. The grand final of this championship will be held at the new artificial beach volleyball court at the Sugathadasa Stadium, on the 19th of this month.

Malaysia's Mahathir to steer the country forward

After his stunning win over the scandal-plagued coalition that has ruled for six decades, Malaysian ex-leader: Mahathir Mohamad says, "now the hard part begins".
In a huge political upset, Mahathir's opposition alliance ended the hold of the Barisan National Coalition, which has governed Malaysia uninterrupted, since the country's birth as an 'independent nation' in 1957.
Observers say, hope for lasting change in Malaysia may hinge on whether 'triumphant 92-year-old autocrat-turned-progressive: Mahathir Mohamad' has truly changed his ways, and whether he possesses the vigour and clout to heal national divisions.

The owner and CEO of Perpetual Treasuries, re-remanded until the 24th of this month

Colombo Fort Magistrate: Lanka Jayarathne today ordered the owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius and its CEO Kasun Palisena who have been in remand custody in connection with the bond scam, to be re-remanded until the 24th of this month.


The President's Speech at the inauguration of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament, discussed in Parliament today

The President's Speech at the inauguration of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament was discussed in Parliament today. Commenting on the content of the President's speech, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said, the country is in need of a "scientific model of governance devoid of differences". Joining in the discussion, State Minister: Niroshan Perera pointed out, Sri Lanka which was cornered by the international community during the previous regime,


The Apparel Industry Suppliers Exhibition, inaugurated at the BMICH today

The Apparel Industry Suppliers Exhibition & Fabric and Accessories Suppliers Exhibition was inaugurated at the BMICH today. Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was the chief guest. Speaking at the event the Minister said, after regaining the GSP Plus our apparel exports increased, and we are now eagerly looking forward to surpass the 5-billion-dolllar Annual Exports Value this year, compared to the 4.8-billion dollars last year.


Fuel prices will be increased with effect from midnight today

Fuel prices will be increased with effect from midnight today. Accordingly, the new price of Octane 92 Petrol will be 137 rupees per litre, while Octane 95 will be 148 rupees. Auto Diesel and Super Diesel will be increased to 109 and 119 rupees per litre, respectively.


The newly constructed 437 housing units in Dematagoda will be vested in the public today under the patronage of the President and the Prime Minister.

The newly constructed 437 housing units in Dematagoda will be vested in the public today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. This housing project is implemented under the theme "A life instead of house" by Ministry of Megapolis and western development. These houses will be provided to the low income families selected in Colombo city limits. A mega project to construct 1,500 houses for the low income families is being implemented at present. A sum of 7,496 million rupees has been allocated for this project.

The Amended Judicature bill and two more bills passed in parliament with majority of 67 votes.

The Judicature Amendment Bill to provide for the setting up of a permanent High Court at Bar to expedite cases of large scale corruption and financial crimes was passed in Parliament yesterday with a majority of 67 votes.

One hundred and nineteen members voted in favour of the Bill while 52 members voted against following a division called by Joint Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa for the Second Reading.

The UNP and SLFP members in the Government, and TNA voted in favour, while JO MPs voted against.

Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala presented amendments to the Bill at the Committee Stage in line with the Supreme Court ruling. A division was not called for the Third Reading and the Bill was passed with Amendments.

Addressing the house Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara says the amended judicature bill is important to expedite the long standing cases and it should not be interpreted as an attempt to pursue revenge politics.

State Minister Eran Wickremarathne reiterates that this amendment is essential to eliminate bribery and corruption practices in the country.

Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana said this legislature will provide a comprehensive environment to take legal action against large scale corruptions.

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera also spoke on this occasion.

JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the people of this country look forward to an effective method to apprehend robbers.

The Supreme Court last month determined that Sections 12 A (1), 12 A (2) and 12 A (7) are inconsistent with the Constitution and need to be either amended or passed with a two thirds majority.

Only six out of the 16 SLFP members, who joined the Opposition on Tuesday, were present at the time of voting and they voted against. Among them were MPs Susil Premajayantha, Lakshman Yapa, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Lakshman Wasantha Perera and Chandima Weerakkody.

The Government amended those sections as advised by the Supreme Court and passed the Bill with a simple majority.

Malaysia election: Opposition scores historic victory

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has scored a historic victory in the country's general election. The election commission said Mr Mahathir's opposition alliance had won 115 seats, over the threshold of 112 seats needed to form a government.Mr Mahathir, 92, defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power for more than 60 years.He came out of retirement to take on his former protege, Najib Razak.

A cabinet paper will be presented to motivate farmers for organic cultivation.

Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says, a cabinet paper will be submitted next week in order to promote non-toxic organic cultivation. It has many proposals to motivate local farmers for organic cultivation. They will al be provided with financial assistance be carryout the cultivations. There are about 3800 farmers who are engaged in organic cultivation in Sri Lanka.

The supreme court has ruled out that the national auditing bill is not detrimental to the constitution.

The supreme court has ruled out that the national auditing bill is not detrimental to the constitution.
Speaker Karu Jayasooriya informed the House today regarding the The decision of the Supreme Court.

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