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Wesak week begins tomorrow.


The Wesak week begins tomorrow. The state Wesak festival will be held in Devagiri Rajamaha Vihara temple in Bingiriya on Poya day. Many religious programmes have been organized in temples and Buddhsit centers, schools and government institutions island wide during this week. Sil campaigns have also been organized in the Temples during this week. Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrema Prera took part in a ceremony to offer the titles of justice of peace today. He said that all should provide priority to Buddhist policies for spiritual development than conducting materialistic programme.

US and France hint at new Iran nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have suggested there could be a new agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. After talks in the US, Mr Trump, who is sceptical of an accord that was struck in 2015, spoke about "doing a much bigger, maybe, deal". Mr Macron said a new pact must cover Iran's ballistic missile programme and its role in the Middle East. Iran warned of "severe consequences" if the US withdraws from the deal.

The SLFP May Day rally will be held in Batticaloa

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that the May rally of SLFP will be held on 07th May in Batticaloa. The SLFP Central Committee has taken this decision during the meeting headed by the President Maithreepala Sirisena, yesterday. And also a ceremony to felicitate the services rendered by late SLFP stalwarts such as T.B.Ilangarathna and Alew Maulana will be held in BMICH Colombo on 1st of May.

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UNP Parliamentarian Wijayapala Hettiarachchi says that the current government has been able to meet the public needs facing all the challenges.

Galle District UNP Parliamentarian Wijayapala Hettiarachchi says that the current government has been able to meet the public needs facing all the challenges. The government has been able to reduce the prices of essential food items and increase salaries of the government employees.

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Sri Lanka has exported over 58,000 metric tons of fish during the past 21 months after the EU lifted the ban

Sri Lanka has exported over 58,000 metric tons of fish during the past 21 months after the EU lifted the ban on Sri Lankan fish exports. The country has earned an income of over 92 billion rupees. The number of fish processing industries in the country has increased upto 68 . During the EU ban there were only 34 industries. Tuna, Prawns, Lobsters and Crabs the most popular Sri Lankan variety of exports.

The Election Commissioner says that delaying the provincial council election is not good.

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says that delaying the provincial council election is not good. It is the responsibility of all the peoples representatives to hold the provincial council election on the due date. The Election Commissioner Made these remarks while participating in a press briefing held in Colombo this evening.

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5432 Management Assistants will be recruited to the government service by the 15th of next month.

Ministry of Public Administration and Management says that 5432 Management Assistants will be recruited to the government service by the 15th of next month. 1377 officers will be recruited under the limited category and 4055 officers will be recruited under the open category. There were 6139 Management Assistant vacancies in the Public Administration sector at the end of last year

No decision has been taken to increase the prices of fuel

Secretary to the ministry of petroleum resources development Upali Marasinghe says that no decision has been taken to increase the prices of fuel.  Although a monthly long discussion was held in this connection, the government has not taken any decision as it may cause additional burden for the public. 

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Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the government has taken maximum measures to implement law and order in the country and curb the drug menace.

Minister of Law and Order: Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the government has taken maximum measures to implement law and order in the country and curb the drug menace. He was speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, together with the IGP.
It has been observed that drugs enter the country from various points along the Southern and Western coast and even through the harbour. The Police are taking all measures to obstruct this trend. It was also revealed that a special programme is now underway to prevent organized crimes and apprehend those connected to such criminal acts. At the media briefing, it was pointed out that legal action has been instituted pertaining to 26 cases of large scale fraud and corruption.

It was also emphasized that the restructuring of the police service will continue. A special discussion in this regard will be held on the 11th of next month.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court re-issues an open warrant for the arrest of former ambassador to the US: Jaliya Wirckamasooriya

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court re-issued an open warrant for the arrest of the former ambassador to the US: Jaliya Wirckamasooriya who is currently on bail. Arrest warrants were also issued for his wife and sister. The twosome had got him released on bail, on the promise of handing him back, after treatment abroad. This arrest warrant was issued since Mr. Wickremasooriya failed to appear before court on the given dates, after being overseas for two months.
The FCID informed the court that investigations are being carried out in order to bring the former diplomat back to Sri Lanka.
Wickramasuriya has been charged with allegedly accepting a commission of 332,000 US dollars following a contract awarded to refurbish the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC, while he was serving as the Ambassador to the US, under the previous government.

'World Malaria Day', falls tomorrow

Acting Minister of Health: Faizal Cassim says, due to tourist arrivals in the country, the risk of the spread of Malaria is high. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today to mark 'World Malaria Day' which falls tomorrow, he revealed, a mosquito capable of spreading Malaria was discovered in the Northern Province. He points out, it projects the risk for the spread of the disease.

Also speaking at the media briefing, Director General of Health Services: Dr. Anil Jaasinghe said, due to tourist arrivals from countries where Malaria is prevalent, around 50 Malaria patients are reported every year. Therefore, tests are carried out on all visitors and a programme is to be formulated to provide treatment free-of-charge for them.

Sri Lanka was declared as a Malaria-Free Country in 2016.

The anti-Malaria website was also launched today.

e-Learning Programmes in 20 locations across Sri Lanka.

The United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka has partnered with the National Youth Services Council, Cisco and Citi to conduct e-learning programmes in 20 locations across Sri Lanka.

e-Learning is a powerful tool that has the potential to connect the youth of Sri Lanka to up-to-date learning material, to equip youth with the right tools to contribute to the sustainable development of the country. This innovative mode of learning will also support in developing the entrepreneurial skills of youth, thus providing them with the ability to positively contribute towards the economy.

The e-Learning programme will engage approximately 1000 youth through the National Youth Services Council network island-wide, who will have an opportunity to the Cisco e-Learning Course on Entrepreneurship. The programme will run as a two-day workshop engaging 50 participants at each youth centre. Furthermore, 40 best performers from this pool of participants, assessed at the end of the session, will be given an opportunity to engage with the youth centre instructors, as 'Volunteer Instructor Assistants'. This is in order to expand this initiative further, to other young people within the country.

Iran warns Trump, it might withdraw from 'Non-Proliferation Treaty'

A senior Iranian official said today, Tehran might quit a treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, if US President Donald Trump scraps the nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers in 2015. The treaty Iran refers to is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Trump has said, unless European allies 'fix by May 12th', what he has called “terrible flaws” in the 2015 accord, he will reinstate US economic sanctions on Iran, which would be a severe blow to the pact. The other powers that signed it - Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France - have all said they want to preserve the agreement. In a news conference broadcast on state television, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said, Iran was ready for some “surprising actions”, if the nuclear deal was scrapped.

Toronto van: Ten dead and 15 injured as pedestrians are hit

Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto, police said.The suspect has been named by police as Alek Minassian, 25.A man was arrested several streets away following a tense standoff with officers on the street.Bystander videos appeared to show the driver pointing an object at the officers, who can be heard shouting at him to get down. The man was then detained without any shots being fired.

President Maithripala Sirisena will make a policy statement address to the Parliament on the 8th of May.

President Maithripala Sirisena will make a policy statement address to the Parliament on the 8th of May. A Party Leaders’ Meeting will be held on May 2 to discuss arrangements for the inaugural ceremony of Parliament on May 8 and the Parliamentary business thereafter, Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dassanayake said. Speaking to the media yesterday, he said it will be an informal meeting of the Party Leaders convened by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as the Parliamentary Business Committee stands dissolved following the prorogation of Parliament.

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Minister Sajith Premadasa emphasizes the importance of solving the problems of common masses in the country.

Minister Sajith Premadasa emphasized the importance of solving the problems of common masses in the country. The politicians should focus on solving the people's problem first, he added. The Minister made these remarks at a function held yesterday to declare open the model housing village at Anuradhapura Ipalogama, Swasthigama. The village has 25 housing units. A sum of 26.3 million rupees has been spent on this project.

Another discussion between the President and the Prime Minister is scheduled to be held today to discuss the matters on proposed cabinet reshuffle.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said another discussion between the President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, is scheduled to be held today to discuss the matters on proposed cabinet reshuffle. Deputy General Secretary of the UNP: Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam disclosed this, speaking at the Japan Expo 2018 Exhibition, at the BMICH yesterday.

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Police in Armenia detain an opposition MP who has been leading anti-government protests

Police in Armenia have detained an opposition MP who has been leading anti-government protests. Nikol Pashinyan was picked up after Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan cut short a televised meeting between the two. During their three-minute confrontation Mr Pashinyan insisted that the PM should resign.

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The Government Information Department stresses it is only customary that the President makes a speech at the inaugural session of parliament

A new session of the House is due to commence on May 08th after President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued parliament on April 12th. The Government Information Department refutes as false and misleading the reports in certain media that the government,

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The President says a country's customs and traditions are more important than the law

President Maithripala Sirisena says a country finds its customs and traditions to be more important than the law. He was speaking as the chief guest at the annual Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival in London yesterday. The President commended the contributions being made by Sri Lankan communities abroad towards giving the pride of place to their motherland in the global arena.

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The second term of government schools commences today

The second term of government schools commences today. Muslim schools began their second term on April 18th.

The Education Ministry has instructed principals to carry out programmes to promote religious reconciliation among the children during a Vesak week that begins on April 26th.

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