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The Central Provincial Operational Committee of the Grama Shakthi Movement will meet in Kandy today

The Central Provincial Operational Committee of the Grama Shakthi People's Movement will meet at the Kandy President's House today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Political authorities of the province and top public official will also participate in this meeting. The Grama Shakthi People's Movement has been implemented in the Central Province to carryout livelihood development programmes for the people in Kandy, Mathale, and Nuwara Eliya districts. The first instalment to implement rural development projects in the three districts will also be distributed among the three district secretaries today.  The president will also leads the central provincial national alcohol and narcotic elimination programme to be held at the Gatambe grounds. He will make an inspection tour at the Kotaligoda manufacturing village as well.

South Asian Speakers’ Summit will be held in Colombo today and tomorrow

The Parliament of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union will hold the South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Colombo today and tomorrow. The summit will follow up on the conclusions of the second Summit of Speakers in India and the first summit held in Bangladesh. It will aim to discuss how Parliaments can be a development actor promoting the effective implementation of the SDGs. The summit is intended for Speakers of Parliament from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The opening ceremony will take place at the Parliamentary premises today. The conference sessions will be held at Hotel Hilton, Colombo. The summit will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who will also deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will deliver the welcome speech.

Death sentence for drug offenders who were found guilty by the court of law

The government has taken a decision to implement the death sentence for drug offenders who were found guilty by the court of law. This decision has been taken unanimously at the weekly meeting of Cabinet Ministers, the Minister of Buddhasasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera revealed yesterday. Holding a media conference, the minister further said that the President has given instructions to Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorala to take necessary steps to implement this decision.

World Population Day falls today

World Population Day falls today. The day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. The theme of this year is “Family Planning is a Human Right”. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right.

Cave rescue: Elation as Thai boys and coach freed by divers

Joy and relief have greeted the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves in northern Thailand after divers completed a daring operation to bring them out. Seventeen days after they got trapped underground, the last five members of the group emerged on Tuesday. Their plight and the complex three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world's attention. Celebrations have swept the South East Asian nation and further afield. There were cheers around the Tham Luang cave system in the country's Chiang Rai province as a rescue operation involving dozens of divers and hundreds of other rescue workers came to an end on Tuesday evening. Offers of hospitality for the boys, the coach and their rescuers have come in from international football clubs including Manchester United and Benfica. (BBC)

Cave divers ready to rescue last five

Divers are preparing to resume a high-risk rescue operation to free the last five members of a group who became trapped in a vast cave system in northern Thailand last month.The health of the four boys and their football coach is said to be good as they ready to be guided through the narrow flooded passages of the complex.Eight boys have been brought out of the caves over the past two days.The operation inside the Tham Luang caves has attracted global attention.The group became trapped on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding. They were found last week by divers.

The much awaited FIFA semi-finals will be worked out today and day after

The much awaited semi-finals will be worked out today and day after.
The match between France and Belgium will be played at St Petersburg grounds.
Meanwhile Croatia and England will be played tomorrow in Moscow.

More internal conflicts inside joint opposition on 'Viyath Maga' Mahinda Chinthanaya concept

It is noted more internal conflicts has arisen inside joint opposition on 'Viyath Maga' Mahinda Chinthanaya concept. It is also stated this concept was devised with the aim of promoting Mahinda Chinthanaya. However, some members of the joint opposition are not in favour of this concept. Former President and parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa also expressed his views on this subject.

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A sum of 60 billion rupees has been allocated to provide a low interest loan facilities under Enterprise Sri Lanka Project

A sum of 60 billion rupees has been allocated to provide a low interest loan facilities under Enterprise Sri Lanka Project. The main objective is to establish 100,000 entrepreneurs by 2020. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of this project yesterday, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna emphasised the importance of protecting the state banks. In a meantime the loan facilities will be provided through the state banks to the entrepreneurs.

It is urged to appoint a presidential commission to investigate the foreign funding during pervious presidential election campaign as mentioned in the recent NYT report

It is urged to appoint a presidential commission to investigate the foreign funding during pervious presidential election campaign as mentioned in the recent New York Times report. Parliamentarian Thushara Indunil requests the President to appoint a presidential commission in this regard. The parliamentarian made these remarks during a media conference held at UNP headquarters Sirikotha yesterday.

Addressing the media personnel he further said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will get an opportunity to explain and make a statement on this issue during the two day adjournment debate next week. The parliamentarian also expressed his views on the alleged funds in Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation.

The deadline to apply to admit students into grade one next year will end today

The deadline to apply to admit students into grade one next year will end today. The applications were called during this year to admit the students to grade one. The Education Ministry said based on the applications the parents can sending their complaints to the Ministry from 30th September to 15th October. Thereafter, the final list of the students will be exhibited on each school on the 1st of December.

Giant Trump Baby Balloon' to fly over London for US President's visit

Plans to fly a giant inflatable figure depicting Donald Trump as a baby, during the US president's visit to London, have been approved. London Mayor: Sadiq Khan has given permission for the balloon to fly.
Trump is due to meet Theresa May at Downing Street on 13th July.

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The President says, keen attention will be focused on the quality and standards of education, maintained at private education institutes

Speaking at a meeting with SAITM students and their parents today, President Maithripala Sirisena said, his dedicated mediation in resolving the SAITM issue was not seen on the part of any previous Head of State for an issue of this nature. He added, he intervened as he wished to ensure that no student be faced with injustice when receiving education in Sri Lanka.

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The Premier will be visiting Singapore this Sunday to attend the World's Cities Summit

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will be visiting Singapore this Sunday to attend the World's Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week, and Clean Environment Summit 2018. During his visit, he is scheduled to meet with his Singaporean counterpart: Lee Hsien Loong, together with many high level dignitaries of the Singapore Government.


The Premier will deliver the key note address at the summit to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre next Monday, covering topics on the Insight, Trends, and Solutions concerning Urban Development and Environment Protection.

The theme for this year's summit will be; "Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration".

A Presidential Awards Ceremony has been planned for journalists

For the first time a Presidential Awards Ceremony has been planned for journalists. It will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena this December. Award winners will be selected by 4 impartial jury councils, while 54 awards will be on offer. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today Minister of Media: Mangala Samaraweera said, the objective of this award ceremony is to appraise competent and creative journalists, in order to build an outstanding Culture of Journalism.

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Filling stations run by the Petroleum Corporation continue with the old fuel prices

The government took steps to increase the price of fuel in accordance with the Price Formula, with effect from midnight yesterday.
Changes in the prices of fuel take place in other countries as well, according to a Price Formula.

However, speaking to the SLBC, Director General of the Government Information Centre: Attorney at Law Sudharshana Gunawardhana said, filling stations run by the Petroleum Corporation will continue with the old prices.

Filling stations run by the Lanka Indian Oil Company will sell fuel under the increased prices.

The New York Times points out an Intimidation campaign against Sri Lankan journalists who helped in their investigation


The New York Times says, politicians allied with former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa are engaged in an intimidation campaign against Sri Lankan journalists who had provided assistance to its investigation into the Hambantota port.

A group of Sri Lankan parliamentarians allied with the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a news conference to publicly criticize two journalists who contributed logistical assistance to a rigorously reported and accurate New York Times investigation into the Hambantota port, published on June 26th.

The International Editor of the The New York Times: Michael Slackman says, “it is unacceptable for journalists to be intimidated in this way.

Issuing a statement today he said, this action appears intended to silence critics and curb press freedom, and ultimately deprive Sri Lankans of information in public interest.

He added, “if Mr. Rajapaksa takes issue with Times reporting, they have encouraged him to contact senior editors at The New York Times, rather than intimidating Sri Lankan journalists.

Statement voiced by Vijayakala Maheshwaran regarding the LTTE, condemned.

General Secretary of the UNP: Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says, as a party, the UNP vehemently condemns the statement voiced by State Minister: Vijayakala Maheshwaran regarding the LTTE.

Speaking in Parliament today Minister Lakshman Kiriella said, discussions will be held with the Premier, on the course of action to be taken concerning this statement.

Meanwhile, due to a tense situation which arose as a result of this disturbing statement, today's Parliament proceedings were adjourned at 2.30pm until tomorrow.

A special discussion on protecting the local fruit cultivators was held with the participation of the President.

A special discussion on protecting the local fruit cultivators was held yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.  The discussion focused on reducing the volume of imported fruits. Thereby a special drive will be initiated to increase the local fruit production to meet the market requirements. The discussion also analysed deeply on the ways and means to promote the fruit production in the country. The problems faced by the fruit cultivators also focused during this discussion. The President instructed the relevant officials to provide necessary facilities and technology to the fruit cultivators to improve the production.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says if one of the Rajapaksa's elected as the President then the Geneva resolution will be imposed to Sri Lanka.


Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says if one of the Rajapaksa's elected as the President then the Geneva resolution will be imposed to Sri Lanka. The Minister cautioned the general public that the country will face major challenge in front of the international community if one of the Rajapaksa is elected as the President. Joining the media conference Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the people of this country should know the real story of the malpractices occurred during the Mig aircraft purchase during the Rajapaksa regime. Udayanga Weerathunga has been identified as one of the main culprit of this malpractice. The people of this country will get to know the true story about this transaction very soon.

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