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Colombo Mayor instructs the Commissioner of the Colombo Municipality to suspend all fines charged through parking meters

Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake has instructed the Commissioner of the Colombo Municipality to suspend all fines charged through parking meters. The Mayor further said that with regard to the recent complaints on parking meter fines. Pending council approval she has given instructions to the commissioner to suspend all fines charged relating to parking meters.

Mrs Rosy Senanayake revealed this information during a media conference held in Colombo yesterday. Addressing the media personnel, she further said the particular parking charge meter system introduced last tear under the Colombo Municipal Commissioner , will be reviewed and effective steps will be taken accordingly to ease the complexity of the system. It was reported that a man who failed to pay a parking fee of Rs.30 at a parking slot in Wellawatte, has been fined 10,120 rupees after a lapse of 13 days.

The man had parked his car in Wellawatte on April 25 and had forgotten to pay the fee of Rs. 30 via a machine placed near the parking place

A special project to protect the water sources in Mahaweli areas is being implemented with the support of Asian Development Bank

A special project to protect the water sources in Mahaweli areas is being implemented with the support of Asian Development Bank. The total investment of this project is 675 Million dollars. Out of which the Asian Development Bank has come forward to provide 453 Million dollars as a loan facility for this project. Under the first phase, an MOU has been signed between Sri Lankan government and Asian Development Bank for the loan amount of 150 Million dollars.

The project will also include Upper Elahera Project, North Western Canal construction project and Minipe left bank construction as well.

Local government representatives will be provided short, medium and long term training on local government administration

Minister Faizer Mustafa says local government representatives will be provided short, medium and long term training on local government administration. The Minister made these remarks at a function to launch the handbook for the local government councillors and establish MoUs with UK and the Netherlands to construct 500 rural bridges. A special loan facility scheme was also launched on the same day. The function was held at cinnamon lakeside recently

More than 100 die in Cuba plane crash

 

More than 100 people have died after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuban state media say. Three people have survived but are in a critical condition, Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported. Flight tracking websites indicate the plane departed at mid-morning local time, and it reportedly crashed shortly after. The plane was carrying 104 passengers, according to local media. "There has been an unfortunate aviation accident. The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said after visiting the crash site.

Royal wedding 2018: Millions to watch Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle

 

Millions of people around the world are set to watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor. Hundreds more are settling in for a night on the streets of Windsor to secure the best viewing spot. The couple will wed at noon at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, before travelling through the town in a carriage at about 13:00 BST. In her vows, Ms Markle will not promise to "obey" her husband and Prince Harry has chosen to have a wedding ring.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city.

The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million about 130 kilometers from where the first cases were confirmed. The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa. At least 44 people are thought to have been infected with ebola and 23 deaths are being investigated.

The President says the government is committed to achieve its responsibilities for the Buddha Shasana and Maha Sangha.


President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is committed to achieve its responsibilities for the Buddha Shasana and Maha Sangha. The government always listens to the advice and guidance of the Maha Sangha of tri chapters in this endeavor. Many programmes have been implemented in this regard and many more will be done in the coming months. The President made these remarks participating in a religious ceremony held at the BMICH yesterday. It was held to offer the credentials to the new Anu Nayake of Ramanya Chapter Most Venerable Matale Sri Dhammakusala Thero. The president further said that religious leaders have a great responsibility to direct the society into the right path. The President also commended the service rendered by the new Anu Nayake Thero for the wellbeing of the Buddha Shasana and the society.

The Prime Minister says market oriented dairy products will strengthen rural economy.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the market oriented dairy project launched in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture would strengthen and improve the country’s rural economy. He was speaking at the launch of the Market-Oriented Dairy Project by the United States Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Government at the Movenpick Hotel, Colombo.

The 4.5 year, 14.1 Million US dollars initiative is implemented by the US based International Executive Service Corps.

The Prime Minister said the project was a part of government’s initiatives to uplift the rural economy. “The project will help small and medium scale dairy farmers and other dairy related businesses to meet growing demand by increasing productivity and expanding the trade of milk and dairy products.

The Prime Minister said the small scale dairy farmers produce around four to five litres per day and the project targets to increase it up to 10 litres per day as the first step. He said that in the long run, the farmers will be able to increase four times compared to their present day production.

The Prime Minister further said similar projects would improve rural economy and the living standard of the small and medium dairy farmers. He said the government will strengthen and grow country’s dairy sector. He thanked the US government and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap for their support.

SLFP reforms are to be completed by June 30.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s Central Committee yesterday decided to complete the party’s reform drive by June 30. The Central Committee arrived at this decision at a meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena at President’s official residence yesterday evening. UPFA General Secretary, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera also confirmed that the Central Committee members had an extensive discussion on how the reforms drive should be implemented to make it more stronger to face upcoming elections. He said discussions also focused on strengthening women and youth wings of the party. Minister Amaraweera said that none of the Central Committee members proposed that the SLFP should quit the government.

Former Minister Yapa said President Maithripala Sirisena told the Central Committee members that they should take a decision whether to remain in the government or not soon.

The Premier points out, the government has provided a number of facilities for the nursing sector, including establishing a separate faculty for training nurses.

The Nightingale Commemoration Ceremony to mark International Nurses Day was held at Temple Trees today. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were the chief guests. Speaking at the occasion the Premier pointed out, the government has provided a number of facilities for the nursing sector, including establishing a separate faculty for training nurses. 25,000 million rupees has been allocated for the Health Service this year.

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The Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Ministry, signs an MoU with Microsoft

Today is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. The main objective of this day is to focus upon providing the opportunity for everyone to be able to use artificial intelligence.

Issuing a release to mark this day President Maithripala Sirisena points out, objectives in the path of sustainable development are more attainable when avenues of utilizing artificial intelligence are pursued.

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Fertilizer to be produced locally by the first quarter of next year

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says, fertilizer will be produced locally by the first quarter of next year. A Committee of Experts has been appointed to carry out this task through the Eppawala Phosphate Deposits. Secretary to the State Ministry of Agriculture: D V Bandulasena heads the committee.

A two week awareness programme to be conducted under the theme: "Preparedness Before Disaster Strikes"

A Minister of Water Resources and Disaster Management: Duminda Dissanayake says, the government is prepared to respond to emergencies that could occur with the onset of the South West Monsoons. A two week awareness programme will be conducted from the 22nd of this month to the third of next month under the theme: "Preparedness Before Disaster Strikes".

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Ebola outbreak spreads in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Ebola outbreak in Congo has now spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly difficult to control.
Forty-two people have now been infected, and 23 people are known to have died.
Congo's Health Minister confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people which is about 80 miles from the area where the first cases were confirmed earlier this month. The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa.

Private bus strike called off. 12.5 percent hike accepted. Minimum bus fare is 12 rupees.


Following the discussions with Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva this evening, the All Ceylon Private Bus Association decided to cancel its scheduled strike, which was scheduled to start midnight last night. Speaking to the media, ACPBA Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said the bus associations had agreed to Minister’s decision on amending the bus fare by 12 percent with the minimum fare being 12 rupees with the effect from May 22 midnight. Earlier, the bus associations announced that they would go on a countrywide bus strike from midnight yesterday demanding minimum fare of 15 and 15 percent hike. While holding a media briefing this evening at Narahenpita, the bus associations said they would not stop the strike until the Government reconsidered increasing the minimum fare.

However, a meeting with the Transport Deputy Minister Asoka Abeysinghe failed. During the meeting, the Minister had requested the bus associations to wait until next Tuesday for a final decision.

However, following a meeting with the Transport Minister later bus associations decided to cancel the planned strike.

The appeal court has issued a notice to the ruling party of the Maharagama municipal council and the election commissioner to appear in courts on the 28th of June.

The appeal court has issued a notice to the ruling party of the Maharagama municipal council and the election commissioner to appear in courts on the 28th of June with regard to a writ application filed against them by one Mr.Chandrasena Perera. The plaintiff says, that the ruling party of the Maharagama Municipal Council has contested the local government election in Maharagama violating the basic rules of the local government election. Out of the 25 members of the ruling party 23 members are not residents of Maharagama. They are from Divulapitiya and Wellwatte areas. They contested the local government election for Maharagama Municipal council as an independent group under the symbol of Bi-cycle. The plaintiff points out that they have misled the voters of the Maharagama Municipal Council area by contesting without basic qualifications.  The appeal court postponed the case upto 28th of June this year.

The sluice gates of Kala Wewa and Udawalawe reservoirs opened. - Local residents residing close to river banks are advised to be vigilant.


The sluice gates of Kala Wewa and Udawalawe reservoirs opened. - Local residents residing close to river banks are advised to be vigilant. The Disaster Management Center says Sluice gates have been opened as the water levels of these reservoirs have reached the spill level. The people residing in low lying areas and the close proximity of these reservoirs are advised to be vigilant for the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfalls are reported yesterday in western, central, sabaragamuwa, and north-western provinces and Matara and Galle districts. Some places received rainfalls upto 100 millimetres.

Samurdhi benefits for another 200,000 people.

Minister P. Harison stated the government has taken effective measures to eliminate poverty. Accordingly, the government decides to provide Samurdhi benefits to anoterh 200,000 people from the low income group.

Minister P. Harison says Samurdhi officials should be empowered in order to provide better service to Samurdhi recipients. Therefore, the government has given priority to solve the problems of samurdhi officials soon. Minister Harison said that the government has targeted to grant samurdhi benefits to all suitable.

North Korea summit: US hopeful Trump-Kim meet will go ahead


The Trump administration is hopeful its summit with North Korea will go ahead, despite threats of cancellation. A White House spokesperson said the US president remained ready. Hours earlier, North Korea released an angry statement saying it might pull out of the meeting if the US insisted it gave up its nuclear weapons. The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un is due to take place on 12 June. (BBC)

A ceremony to provide monthly allowances to artists held yesterday at the National Film Corporation under the patronage of the President

A ceremony to provide monthly allowances to artists was held yesterday at the National Film Corporation under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. A monthly allowance of 5,000 rupees will be provided to senior artists who have contributed to the betterment of the Sri Lankan Cinema. This program was initiated in 1987 with an allowance of 500 rupees. Later the amount was increased to 2,000 rupees and 57 artists received it.

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The Premier points out the need to introduce ultra-modern technology that is used worldwide in agriculture, to the country

The Agayadama - Value Chain Development Programme launched by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Primary Industries commenced yesterday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony. Speaking at the event the Premier pointed out the need to introduce ultra-modern technology that is used worldwide in agriculture to the country.

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