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The Asian Development Bank agrees to accelerate ongoing bi-lateral projects, which currently surpass 3.6 billion US dollars

 

Minister Mangala Samaraweera while attending the 51st Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Manila had discussions with In-Chang Song, who is an Executive Director of the ADB.
The ADB has worked closely with Sri Lanka since 1966, signing loans, grants, and technical assistance totalling 9.1 billion US dollars as of 31st December 2017.
Over the next 5 years, the ADB will contribute to Sri Lanka’s key development goals of Job Creation, Income Enhancement, Rural Economic Development, Knowledge Formation, and Economic Diversification.
Both sides have agreed at the meeting to accelerate ongoing bilateral projects, which currently surpass 3.6 billion US dollars.

Minister Samaraweera also pointed out, Sri Lanka achieved the highest ever Foreign Direct Investment and highest ever Exports in the history of the country, in 2017, while unemployment was at 4.2 percent.
In 2017 Sri Lanka's Foreign Direct Investments hit 1.9 billion US dollars. Exports grew to 11.3 billion dollars from 10.3 billion dollars.
The Minister told the annual sessions of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, the government expects the economy to accelerate growth, driven by private enterprise and exports
He noted, the country is at the doorstep of becoming an upper-middle income country

The period given for re-registration for the Widows and Orphans Pension Scheme, extended by 3 months

The period given for re-registration for the Widows and Orphans Pension Scheme has been extended by 3 months.  Director General of Pensions: Jagath Dias says, more than 300,000 individuals have registered under this scheme so far.  Another 800,000 are yet to be registered. He added, those who have not registered have the opportunity to register on-line

World War One soldiers remembered in leaflets in Cambridgeshire

 

Eight men who lost their lives in World War One in Cambridgeshire are being remembered in their home village, on "commemoration leaflets" posted through the doors of houses.
The leaflet creator, a keen local historian who wants to remain anonymous says, he began thinking several years ago about how he might commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
He decided to mark the death of each soldier in the village, with a short 'tribute page', which he posts through the door of every home in the village.
The leaflets arrive the day before the 100th anniversary of each soldier's death.

World War One ended in 1918.

The World Rubber Summit to be held in Colombo

 

The World Rubber Summit 2018 organized by the International Rubber Study Group will be held in Colombo on the 7th and the 8th of May, with Minister of Plantation Industries: Navin Dissanayaka as the Chief Guest.

The theme for World Rubber Summit 2018 will be 'Breaking Barriers towards Sustainable Growth'.

Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industries J A Ranjith says, The World Rubber Summit is an unique and exclusive opportunity for the global rubber industry to discuss the current challenges that the industry is facing, and also the future opportunities that might arise from the trends that are transforming the industry by the use of innovative solutions to improve rubber quality and productivity.

The legendary 'Boney M', live in Sri Lanka

 

Come hear your favourite songs from the past, as 'Boney M' performs in Sri Lanka this June. 'Boney M', featuring Liz Mitchell – the original lead vocalist - accompanied by the full 8-piece live band - will be performing in Sri Lanka on June 16th at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre.
For more details see http://www.avpr.lk/boneym/

Golden Peacock Medal found

The Golden Peacock Medal bestowed by India to veteran film producer: Dr Lester James Peiris, that went missing during his funeral, has been recovered. Police spokesman: SP Ruwan Gunasekera said, it was found in Kollupitiya this morning, abandoned in a 177-Kaduwala-Kollupitiya bus. The Police were notified of the find, by the driver and the conductor of the bus.

Dr. Lester James Peiris had received this medal when “Gamperaliya” won the Golden Peacock Award for the Best Feature Film at the 3rd New Delhi Film Festival in 1965.

Chief of President's staff and the chairman of the state timber corporation who were arrested on bribery charges have been remanded until the 9th of this month.

President’s Chief of Staff Dr I.H.K. Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation P. Dissanayake, who were arrested yesterday for accepting a bribe of 20 million rupees, were remanded until 9th of this month. Colombo chief magistrate has ordered them to be remanded when they were produced before the court this morning. The suspects were arrested by Bribery Commission officers yesterday evening while accepting a bribe of 20 million rupees from an Indian businessman. This is with regard to a deal in the shares of the Kantale sugar factory. A Bribery Commission official said the suspects had solicited a bribe of 560 million rupees from the businessman but had later agreed to reduce it to 100 million rupees.
The duo had been arrested in the car park of a five star hotel in Colombo while accepting 20 million rupees as an advance payment.

The Asian development Bank has expedited its development programmes in Sri Lanka.

Asia and the Pacific has made important progress in expanding and deepening its financial systems, but must make further progress to improve financial inclusion using new financial technology , according to participants at a high-level Asian Development Bank (ADB) seminar during its 51st Annual Meeting in Manila, Philippines. This seminar was co-hosted by ADB, the International Monetary Fund , and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

“Governments in the region can improve financial inclusion by broadening access to basic digital infrastructure and providing an enabling environment for innovators and entrepreneurs,” ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao said. “Policymakers should also consider ways to improve regulations, including protecting consumers against cybercrimes and fraud, while striking the right balance between innovation and financial stability.”

Deputy minister J.C. Alawathuwala says that the government has made significant achievements for the welfare of the people during the past three years.

Deputy Minister J.C. Alawathuwala says that the government has been able to make significant achievements for the benefit of the general public during the past three years. Participating in a programme over the SLBC he said that the government has already initiated a large number of development programmes.  Priority has been given to local contractors in implementing them. The government has also been able to secure the media freedom to its utmost. The deputy minister recalled that many journalists had undergone harassments during the past regime. The present government has been committed to fulfill many aspirations of the public so far.

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama mediates to solve the problems of vegetable growers.

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama has mediated to find out market opportunities for the vegetable produce made by the farmers in rural areas. Accordingly,  Keels and cargils food city supermarkets  have come forward to purchase the vegetables from farmers at reasonable prices.  Minister Sarath Amunugama held a special discussion at the president's secretariat recently regarding the problems faced by the vegetable cultivators in rural areas.  The minister instructed the relevant district secretaries and the secretaries to the ministries to provide immediate solution to the problems of the vegetable growers.

President's Chief of Staff is in bribery net while taking bribe of 20 million rupees.


President’s Chief of Staff and State Timber Corporation Chairman were arrested by Bribery Commission officers yesterday evening while accepting a bribe of 20 million rupees from an Indian businessman. This is with regard to a deal in the shares of the Kantale sugar factory. A Bribery Commission official said the suspects had solicited a bribe of 560 million rupees from the businessman but had later agreed to reduce it to 100 million rupees.

The duo had been arrested in the car park of a five star hotel in Colombo while accepting 20 million rupees as an advance payment.

A top official of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption said the present government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe always gives direction and guidance to nab those involved in bribery and corruption irrespective of status and the above high profile arrests too were possible due to this fact.

The Indian investor is said to have presented a proposal to buy shares and develop the Kantale sugar factory recently. The duo had allegedly solicited the bribe promising to get approval for the businessman’s proposal.

The President has directed relevant authorities to interdict these officials. The President’s media unit in a statement said the President also ordered relevant officials to strictly implement the law with regards to the above suspects without any interference.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says political instability in the country.


Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says political instability in the country. A group of bankrupted politicians are attempting to destabilize the government by disrupting its development activities. Participating in a religious ceremony held in Dematagoda area yesterday Minister Ranathunga said the President and the Prime Minister will collectively implement strong development move during the next 18 months. Many rural development programmes will also be implemented in the next few months. He stressed that the government is strong enough to complete its full term.

The State Dancing Awarding Ceremony will be held in the Lotus Pond Theater today.

The State Dancing Awarding Ceremony will be held in the Lotus Pond Theater at 2.00 pm this evening under the patronage of the President. Assistant Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs told the SLBC that the main objective of this ceremony is to evaluate the local dancing artists and their creations. Awards will be presented to the artists in district and the national level.

More than 100 killed in dust storms in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan.

At least 109 people have been killed and scores more injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock. Many of the dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning. Dust storms are common in this part of India during summer but loss of life on this scale is unusual.

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Afghanistan's slain journalists were remembered on World Press Freedom Day which is today, days after the deadliest attack on the country's media, since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Ten journalists, including AFP Chief Photographer: Shah Marai, were killed in blasts last Monday,

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The Special Commodity Tax imposed on imported big onions and potatoes has been increased to 40 rupees per kilo

The Ministry of Finance says, the Special Commodity Tax imposed on imported big onions and potatoes has been increased to 40 rupees per kilogram, with effect from midnight yesterday.

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Farmers assured of fertilizer without shortage

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera who assumed duties as the Minister of Agriculture says, he will focus on shifting the Ministry of Agriculture back to the Govijana Mandeeraya. Responding to a question raised by a journ¬alist, when he assumed duties at a ceremony held this morning the Minister said, a complete study will be conducted on the present situation and necessary steps will be taken to shift the premises.

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The Sadaham Charika Special Train which connects the South with the North begins its journey from the Matara Railway Station tomorrow.

The Sadaham Charika Special Train which connects the South with the North begins its journey from the Matara Railway Station at 7.00am tomorrow. The train is due to reach the Kankasanthurai Railway Station by midnight tomorrow.

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The Central Environmental Authority says, the law will be strictly enforced against the production of banned polythene that takes place ignoring the law.

The Central Environmental Authority says, the law will be strictly enforced against the production of banned polythene that takes place disregarding the law. Thereby, raids on banned polythene will continue. A factory in Mattakkuliya that was manufacturing food wrappers using banned plastic was recently raided by investigation officers of the Central Environmental Authority. When the raid was conducted upon a tip received, the investigation officers discovered four machines that were being used to manufacture food wrappers using banned plastic materials.

The “#FightFakeNews” campaign launched, as combatting disinformation is now one of the biggest challenges for journalism’s defenders.

Today is World Press Freedom Day. A forum on media reforms was held at the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Press Council in Narahenpita to mark the day. Senior lecturer of the Media Department of the Sri Jayawardenapura University: M.J.R. David, delivering the inaugural lecture said, though attacks on media personnel have ceased, they have not been fully curbed.

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Sri Lanka is among the foremost countries that prevent HIV transmission from mother to child.

The national sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS prevention movement says that 91 HIV infected persons have been detected during the first quarter of this year.  Director of the Movement Dr. Dilani Rajapakse says that an awareness programme will be conducted throughout the island regarding this AIDS prevention. She also says that the transmission of HIV from mother to child has been brought under control due to the extensive programme conducted by this unit.  Sri Lanka expects to gain certification as a country that has prevented transmission of HIV from mother to Child from the WHO.

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