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Progress reported in HIV controlling in Sri Lanka.

The Global Fund stated that the program implemented in Sri Lanka this year to control HIV AIDS has reported a considerable progress. The Global Fund is annually spending a higher amount of money to control HIV AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Sri Lanka. A delegation led by Mrs. Blanca Gil Antunano, Fund Portfolio Manager, South East Asia recently met with Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne at the Ministry to inspect the Progress of this initiative.


The Inter Islands Tourism Forum in Galle.

The Inter Islands Tourism Forum will commence today in Galle. The Forum will be held for three consecutive days with the aim of promoting the tourism in the southern province. The international islands general council has decided to promote different parts of the island in the world.


Clinton consolidates lead over Trump

The Democratic presidential candidate is stepping up her efforts in key battleground states ahead of U.S. polls.With just over two weeks to go before Americans vote for a new president, Hillary Clinton - who has widened her lead over Donald Trump - is stepping up her efforts in key battleground states to consolidate her lead.


Many Buddhist programmes will be implemented under state patronage inline with the International Vesak day ceremony.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the official ceremony of the International Vesak Day celebrations will be held in Colombo in May and many Buddhist programmes will be implemented under state patronage inline with this day.


Views of Trade Unions were sought for the 2017 budget today.

Views of Trade Unions were sought for the 2017 budget today. Trade Union representatives submitted their proposals to Minister Ravi Karunayake at the Finance Ministry. The Trade Unions proposed that formal training should be imparted to those who are newly recruited to the Public Service.


Fishing industry will be developed under proper plan during the next five years.

State Minister of Fisheries Delip Wedaarachchi says the fishing industry will be developed under proper plan during the next five years and the income by the industry will also be increased


French citizens killed in surveillance plane crash on Malta.

Three French defence officials and two other people died when a surveillance plane crashed shortly after take-off at Malta International Airport. The light aircraft was setting off on a mission over the Mediterranean around 07:20 (05:20 GMT) when it nose-dived and disintegrated in a ball of flames.


Sri Lanka cricket will be developed under three year plan.

Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Thilanga Sumathipala says three year plan has been implemented to develop cricket in Sri Lanka. The amount paid to the national players at an international match win has also been increased.

"Senehasaka Thotupala" will be vested with the public on the 28th of this month.

The special project named "Senehasaka Thotupala" that was dedicated to reconstruct Alimankada railway station will be vested with the public on the 28th of this month. The project was carried as a concerted effort of the teachers and the students of school islandwide.


The Indian Foreign Secretary meets minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jayashankar called on the minister of Foreign affairs Mangala Samaraweera at his ministry today. They were intended to discuss on Progress of the Indian Projects that are being undertaken in Sri Lanka.

Drug Traders support new drug prices.

The All Island Private Pharmacy Owners Association and Sri Lanka Drug Traders' Association have extended their fullest support to reducing prices of 48 drug varieties. They expressed their views at a meeting which was held under the patronage of Chairman of the National Drug Regulatory Authority Prof.Asitha de Silva and Chief Executive Officer Dr.Kamal Jayasinghe following the issuance of gazette notification regarding the reducing drug prices.


The President says allocations for Provincial Councils to be spent based on a circular on priority areas

President Maithripala Sirisena says he would issue a circular which indicates that the allocations for Provincial Councils should be spent, based on a document which recognized the priorities of development. He added that many injustices have been occurred in many provinces due to spending of money over the personnel opinions of individuals, without recognizing the priorities of development.


France begins to clear Calais camp

More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais. Authorities say some 7,000 people live in the camp in squalid conditions. Dozens of migrants began queuing early at reception points where they will be processed and bussed to refugee centres across France.

But there is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain, and there have been some clashes over the weekend. The UK has begun to accept some of the estimated 1,300 unaccompanied children from the camp.

Bangladesh misses opportunity to re-write Test cricket history

Bangladesh missed an opportunity to re-write Test cricket history as they were beaten by 22 runs in the 1st Test against England played at Chittagong. Batting first after winning the toss England scored 293 runs all out in their 1st innings. In reply Bangladeshis were only able to score 248 runs all out in their 1st innings. Then England set
a target of 286 runs for Bangladesh after scoring 240 runs all out in their 2nd innings thanks to a great knock by Ben Stokes who scored 85 runs.

Bangladeshis were within the victory margin on the final day of the match as they only required 33 runs for victory although they were 8 wickets down. Ben Stokes who was in the action again by taking the rest of the wickets in two consecutive balls, his 5th and 6th wicket of the match respectively. Eventually he was named as the man of the match. Debutant Sabbir Rahaman's attempt to win the match went in vain as he remained unbeaten on 64. Had the Bangladesh won the match they would have become the youngest Test playing nation to beat England.

Govt commends UN's role in SL

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the United Nations.


Main suspect of the Mattakkuliya incident identified

Main suspect of the Mattakkuliya shooting incident has been identified. The magistrate inquiry and the postmortems regarding the persons who died from the incident will be held today. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara says the Colombo Crimes Division is carrying out the investigations under the instructions of the IGP.

Meanwhile former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathne has been remanded. The court had issued a warrant after he was indicted by the Attorney General regarding an accident that took place in Year 2002. He surrendered to the Negombo police today. Additional Magistrate Kapila Dushmantha ordered the suspect to be remanded till 1st of next month after he was produced before the Negombo Magistrate court today.

Meanwhile parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera who had been remanded has been released on a cash bail of 25,000 rupees and two sureties of one million rupees.

2nd generator of Norachcholai Coal Power plant made functional

Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says another generator of the Norachcholai coal power plant was made operational yesterday. Therefore, two generators of the plant have now been switched on. 600 megawatts have been added to the national grid as a result of it. The Ministry expresses belief that its engineers will be able to repair the 3rd generator by the end of this week. It would add another 300 mega watts to the national grid.

Meanwhile adequate rains have not been received by the tanks of hydro power plants to increase the electricity generation. Therefore the electricity generated through hydro power still remains at 25 percent. Media spokesperson of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardhana says however there is no need disrupt the power supply. Most of the electricity is added to the national grid by using fuel. Therefore the CEB has to bear an additional expense. Sulakshana Jayawardhana emphasized however the public will not have to burden that amount.

Cultivation activities of Maha season to commence next month

The Water Management Committee has decided to commence the cultivation activities of Maha season next month. Therefore water will be issued to various districts on 1st, 5th, 10th and 15th of next month. Director General of Irrigation Saman Weerasinghe says a discussion in this regard is now being held under the auspices of Director General of Mahaweli.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" will be vested with the public by the President today.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" constructed to commemorate the Dimbulagala Aranya Senasanadhipathy late Venerable Kithalagama Siri Seelalankara Nayaka Thera will be vested with the public today by President Maithripala Sirisena.


The President says no conflict should take place in the country based on the languages spoken by the communities.

President Maithripala Sirisena says no conflict should take place in the country based on the languages spoken by the communities. He added that in some countries conflicts have occurred based on languages. The President pointed out that that kind of conflicts happened even in Sri Lanka.


Indian delegation arrived in Sri Lanka to expand trade activities.

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for a three-day official visit.
The purpose of the visit of this three-member delegation is observing the potential to promote Indian business in Sri Lanka and investment opportunities.


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