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The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 8.13am on the 14th of April, with the Sun crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries, in the celestial sphere.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 8.13am on the 14th of April, with the Sun crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries, in the celestial sphere. The 'Nonagathaya' begins tomorrow at 1.49am and will last until 2.37pm. Preparing meals for the New Year should begin at 10.40am, clad in blue-coloured attire and facing the north. The partaking of meals and engaging in transactions is set for 11.53am, clad in blue and facing the north.

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The United Nations Office in Geneva pledges its continuous support for the success of projects launched with its mediation.

A.L.A Azeez who was appointed as Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva presented his credentials its Director-General: Michael Moller yesterday. The newly appointed representative was briefed on many projects launched with the intervention of the UN Office in Geneva.

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The National Book Development Council of Sri Lanka will be re-established.

The National Book Development Council of Sri Lanka will be re-established. Cabinet approval has been received for a proposal put forward in this regard, by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. The Ministry of Finance will provide the necessary funding. The National Book Development Council, which was under the Ministry of Education at one time, provided a considerable service to writers, publishers and book lovers.

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The Director of Highway Maintenance and Operations says, if co-operation is received from motorists, vehicles can be passed through exist points on expressways, within a short duration of ten seconds.

Director of Highway Maintenance and Operations: Saman Opanayake says, if co-operation is received from motorists, vehicles can be passed through exist points on expressways, within a short duration of ten seconds. He requests motorists, when approaching the exist point, to be ready with the ticket issued at the entry point together with change money for payment.

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A new 'national policy' pertaining to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Sector is to be formulated.

A new national policy covering the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Sector is to be formulated. The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has obtained the views of the fisher folk, exporters, experts in the field, and the public in compiling this policy. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says, it will be presented in Parliament as soon as possible in order to obtain the views of the people's representatives.

Russia warns of war, over Syria strikes

Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, could spark a war between the two countries. Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes, but Russia, a Syrian ally, opposes such action. Moscow's UN Ambassador: Vassily Nebenzia says, the immediate priority is to avert the danger of war. He accused Washington of putting international peace 'at risk', and said the situation was "very dangerous".

Syria rebels give up Ghouta, in major win for regime

Rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons, while their leader left the enclave, signalling the end of one of the bloodiest battles of Syria's seven-year Civil War. The Syrian flag was raised above the central mosque in Douma, the site of an alleged chemical attack that sparked outrage and threats of Western military action.

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A group of new Cabinet Ministers, sworn-in today.

Steps have been taken to temporarily fill the vacancies that arose in the Cabinet of Ministers, due to the resignation of a number of SLPF Ministers.

A full cabinet reshuffle will take place after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Until then the following ministers were sworn-in temporarily.

Dr. Sarath Amunugama - Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Minister of Science, Technology and Research.

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The Premier says, the country will be taken forward under the government's new program, and the issues faced by the citizens will be resolved.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says, the country will be taken forward under the government's new program, and the issues faced by the citizens will be resolved.
He expressed these views, participating at a ceremony this morning, to lay the foundation stone, for the housing complex to be constructed for middle class families, in Thalawathugoda.

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An unprecedented number of entrepreneurs to represent Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Business Forum, to be held in London

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says, an unprecedented number of entrepreneurs will represent Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Business Forum to be held in London. The Minister expressed these views participating at a discussion with these entrepreneurs, recently.  Sri Lanka has succeeded in becoming a pioneering nation in the 2018 Commonwealth Business Forum. This forum will be transformed into an avenue that brings foreign direct investments into the country.

The National Mosquito Control Week, reaches a successful completion.

The Ministry of Health says, the National Mosquito Control Week reached a successful completion. The Ministry of Health conducted this programme in collaboration with the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Eradication, from the 3rd to the 9th of this month, island wide. 

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The President will make an official tour to UK next week to participate in Commonwealth state leaders' summit.

President Maithripala Sirisena will make an official tour to UK next week to participate in Commonwealth state leaders' summit. The Commonwealth State Leaders Summit will be held in London from 16th to 20th of this month. The main theme for this year is "Towards a Common Future". The summit will focus on many factors including posterity, equality and sustainability during this four day conference. The last commonwealth forum was held in Malta. The President of Malta Island will officially handover the chairmanship of the Commonwealth to UK during this summit. President Sirisena is expected to hold bilateral talks with UK Premier Theresa May during this summit. The President will make a special address on sustainable development during this forum.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the Opposition Leader position given to TNA leadership is a victory to the present good governance government.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the Opposition Leader position given to TNA leadership is a victory to the present good governance government. The Tamil National Alliance functioning as the Opposition Leader, promotes reconciliation and co-existence in the country. TNA represents the Tamil Speaking community in the country. Therefore, they can present the grievances of the Tamil Speaking Community to the parliament. As an Opposition Leader the TNA will play a pivotal role in achieving a just and fair solution to the ethnic problem.
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Venerable Dambara Amila Thera says the government's new Tax system is people's friendly.

Chairman of the movement for Just Society Venerable Dambara Amila thera says that the new tax Act presented by the government is a people friendly Act. It has provisions to streamline tax collection without discriminating any group of the society. The new Inland Revenue Act will also provide a transparent simplified taxation method to the common masses. Thereby the general public will understand under which category that, taxes are deducted and the reasons for those deductions as well.

Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers

Officials say an Algerian military plane has crashed near the capital killing 257 people on board. The aircraft came down just after taking off from Boufarik military airport, west of Algiers. An inquiry is under way into the cause of the crash - Algeria's worst-ever air disaster. The government has declared three days of national mourning. Most of the dead are army personnel and their families, the defence ministry says. Ten crew members also died. Passengers from Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco after Spain withdrew in 1975, were among the fatalities.

20th anniversary for Ireland's 'Good Friday Agreement'

Former US President: Bill Clinton is in Northern Ireland to mark the 20th anniversary of the 'Good Friday Agreement'. 'The Belfast Agreement' which is also known as the 'Good Friday Agreement', because it was reached on the 10th of April 1998 which was Good Friday, was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, on how Northern Ireland should be governed.

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The SLFP Central Committee convenes today to decide on its role in the government.

The Central Committee of the SLFP will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena this evening, in order to arrive at the crucial decision as to whether the good governance regime will be taken forward. Lengthy discussions in this regard took place at the meeting held on Monday as well.

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Meters for three wheelers to be made compulsory from the 20th of this month.

Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety Dr. Sisira Kodagoda says that meters for commuter transport three-wheelers will be made compulsory from the 20th of this month.  This decision has been taken with the objective of increasing the safety of passengers and the quality of service.

A 'Cultivation Drive' to commence with the intention of planting 10 million saplings of export crops islandwide, by 2020.

A 'Cultivation Drive' is to commence with the intention of planting 10 million saplings of export crops islandwide, by 2020. This project will be launched by the Ministry of Primary Industries. Minister Daya Gamage says, it will be carried out in three phases.

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The landslide warning issued for the Ratnapura and Kegalle districts yesterday, still effective.

Assistant Director to the Disaster Management Centre: Pradeep Kodippilli says, the landslide warning issued by the National Building Research Institute for the Ratnapura and Kegalle district yesterday, is still effective.
The Disaster Management Centre warns residents in Eheliyagoda, Kiriella, Ayagama, Elapatha, Kuruwita, Kolonne and Dehioavita to be vigilant, as these areas face a risk of landslides, due to incessant rains experienced these days.

Zimbabwe invites the West to monitor elections for the first time since 2002

Zimbabwe will invite Western powers to monitor its national elections for the first time in more than 15 years, ending a ban imposed by tyrant former leader: Robert Mugabe. The next election scheduled for July, is seen as a major test for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s democratic credentials, since he came to power in November, after a de-facto army coup ousted 94-year-old Mugabe. Zimbabwe will invite election monitors from 46 countries and 15 organizations. These countries and groups were all previously banned from monitoring elections in 2002, after Mugabe accused them of favouring his opponents.

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