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One day matches of the Super Four Provincial Cricket Tournament, begin on Wednesday.

One day matches of the Super Four Provincial Cricket Tournament, begin on Wednesday. The Colombo Team, Galle Team, Kandy Team and the Dambulla team will be participating. Dinesh Chandimal will captain the Colombo Team, while Upul Tharanga will lead the Galle Team. Angelo Mathews will be the Captain of the Kandy Team, and Kusal Janith Perera will provide leaderships for the Dambulla Team.

The match between Colombo and Dambulla will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.

Today is Vesak Full Moon Poya Day


Alms, meditation, dhamma sermons and other meritorious acts have been organized to mark Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.
The Buddha Rashmi Wesak Zone organized by the Prime Minister's Office and the Gangaramaya Viharaya will be inaugurated this evening.

Devotees will be able to pay homage to most revered Relics from Saranath, relics brought down from Pakistan, as well as relics discovered in excavation activities at the Ampara Lahugala Neelagiri Seya. The display of relics will commence with the participation of the President and the Prime Minister at Temple Trees at 7.30pm. The relics will be exposed until 6.00am on Tuesday

Sri Lanka's Army Commander meets the Prime Minister of Pakistan

Commander of the Army: Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, in what could be regarded as a landmark milestone of the friendship that prevails between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, had the rare privilege of extending courtesies and having a cordial and fruitful bilateral discussion with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on defence cooperation, recently.
The wide-ranging discussion that ensued, touched on a broad spectrum of defence issues and other related concerns, such as the Prevention of Drug-trafficking, Countering of non-traditional threats, the Sri Lanka Army’s 5R Concept which is Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Re-integration, Resettlement and Reconciliation. Attention was also placed on the transformation of Sri Lanka Army to be that of a capacity-based organization to suit modern needs. Measures in effect to win hearts and minds of the public in the North and East, the Army’s engagement with civilians and its contribution to their well-being, the resettlement of IDPs in their own plots of land, and the Maintenance of high standards of discipline among troops were also elaborated.
Pakistan’s Premier visibly impressed with the roles being played by the Sri Lanka Army after its historic win over terrorism a few years ago, pledged his government’s full cooperation towards the multitude of public services being carried out by the Army, as well as by the government, for the greater benefit of all citizens.

A project launched to uplift aqua-farming, by conserving and developing 18 lagoons and 300 inland reservoirs in the Wet Zone

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will launch a project to uplift aqua-farming by conserving and developing 18 lagoons and 300 inland reservoirs in the Wet Zone.  Cabinet approval has been received for this project that will be launched at the cost of 10 million rupees. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, explaining the objectives of this project says, it focuses upon enhancing the fish harvest, generating new employment opportunities, upgrading industries affiliated to the tourism industry, and the launch of processing fish products and value added services.  Economic growth in the rural sector together with an increase in foreign income is anticipated.

The President says the advices and anusasanas of Maha Sangha will be considered when taking important decisions for the country

The President says the advices and anusasanas of Maha Sangha will be considered when taking important decisions for the country. He said that his policy is to adhere to advices and anusasanas of the maha sangha when ruling the country. He made these remarks addressing the State Vesak ceremony held at the Bingiriya Devagiri Raja Maha Viharaya in Kurunegala this afternoon.


New national organizer of the United National Party says that new culture will be built in the party

New national organizer of the United National Party Minister Navin Dissanayaka says new culture will be built in the party.  He made this remark at a media briefing held at the Sirikotha Party Headquarters today.  He also stated that the UNP members who suffered due to political revenges during the past period will be given compensations speedily.

Koreas make nuclear pledge after historic summit

The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, after holding a historic summit. The announcement was made by the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea after talks at the border.


The State Vesak festival will be held today at Kurunegala Bingiriya Devagiri Rajamaha Viharaya under the patronage of President and the Prime Minister

The state Vesak festival will be held in Devagiri Rajamaha Vihara temple in Bingiriya today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Many religious programmes have been organized in temples and Buddhsit centers, schools and government institutions island wide during this week. 


The President says, the school is the best place to propagate the message of national reconciliation within the society.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, the school is the best place to propagate the message of national reconciliation within the society. Participating in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Zahira College in Anuradhapura, the president said, that the schools, where students from all communities and religious groups study together contribute a lot to build up a national reconciliation.


The relics brought from India and Pakistan and the ancient Dipankara Buddha statue from Nepal and Bhutan, Sakyamuni Buddha statue and several other historical value artifacts will be exhibited in the Temple Trees.

All arrangements have been finalised to conduct Buddha Rashmi Wesak Zone on a grand manner organised by the Prime Minister's office and the Hunupitiya Gangarama Vihara. The relics brought from India and Pakistan and the ancient Dipankara Buddha statue from Nepal and Bhutan, Sakyamuni Buddha statue and several other historical value artifacts will be exhibited in the Temple Trees.


The new Cabinet which will sworn-in after May Day, will pay attention on solving the problems presented by the Maha Sangha to the government.

President Maithripala Sirisena requests the general public to join hands to take the Buddhist principles as a message to local residents and to world countries to establish a disciplined noble society in the country. The President also requests the Buddhist population to get ready to spread this news to the world countries. The president made these remarks at a credential presentation ceremony held last afternoon at Dambulla Sri Valagamba Maha Piriven Viharaya.


A solution will be provided to the farmers affected due to the price drop in vegetable prices

A special discussion was held under President's advice to address the issues faced by farmers in the dry zone due to sudden drop of vegetable prices. This discussion was held under the chairmanship of Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama and President's Secretary Austin Fernando yesterday at Presidential Secretariat.


Price of 12.5 kg Litro gas cylinder increased

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has given its approval to increase the price of a 12.5 kg LP Litro gas cylinder by 245/- Rupees with effect from midnight yesterday, sources said. Accordingly, the price of a 12.5 kg gas cylinder would be increased to 1,676 Rupees.


Kim Jong-un to meet Moon Jae-in at Korean border for summit

Kim Jong-un is set to become the first North Korean leader to enter South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953, as he prepares to cross the border this morning. South Korea said President Moon Jae-in would personally meet Mr Kim at the border. Both men are on their way to the summit venue in the demilitarised zone. The historic meeting will focus on the North's recent indications it could be willing to give up its nuclear weapons.

The Central Bank predicts 5.5 economic growth by the end of this year

The stabilisation policy measures taken by the Central Bank and the government in the past two years has resulted in reserves increasing from US dollars 8 billion by end 2017 to a historic 9.88 billion US dollars, said Governor Central Bank, Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday. He expressed these views after submitting the Central Bank Annual report to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.


The Minister of Power and Energy says that there is no room for power crisis in the country

Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says Sri Lanka is planning to build 3 liquefied natural gas power plants in the future as a solution to rising demand for electricity. He said that relevant Cabinet paper was submitted to the Cabinet meeting and it was ratified to take necessary actions. Accordingly, he said 3 LNG power plants with a total output of 1400 megawatts will be built. India, China and Japan will assist to build them, the Minister said.


Most revered Relics from Saranath would be in Sri Lanka for public exposition, on the occasion of Vesak.

The High Commission of India has announced that the most revered Relics from Saranath would be in Sri Lanka for public exposition on the occasion of Vesak. This is the first time these Sacred Relics are being brought to Sri Lanka. The public can pay homage to the Relics at Temple Trees from the 28th of April to the 2nd of May.
These Relics are enshrined at the Mulagandhakuti Vihara at Saranath in India. Saranath is historically significant, since Lord Buddha preached his first sermon there.

This is the second time that the High Commission of India has taken an initiative to exhibit the sacred relics of Lord Buddha in Sri Lanka. The first time was the exhibition of the Kapilavastu Relics in 2012.

The UNP Working Committee ratifies names proposed by politburo, for top party posts.

The UNP Working Committee this morning ratified the names proposed by the United National Party politburo for the top party posts. Former General Secretary and Minister, Kabir Hashim was appointed party Chairman.

Education Minister: Akila Viraj Kariyawasam was appointed General Secretary, while Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake was appointed the National Organizer.

State Minister Harsha De Silva was appointed as the Treasurer, while Ruwan Wijewardene was appointed the Deputy General Secretary. State Minister Ajith P. Perera will be the Trade Union Secretary.

Minister Sajith Premadasa was re-appointed as the Deputy Leader and Ravi Karunanayake as Assistant Leader.

Minister Harin Fernando was appointed as the Communication and Propaganda Secretary of the party.

The need to diversify exports and concentrate on diverse production sectors emphasized, in order to strengthen the rupee.

Since the rise of the US dollar against other currencies is a global trend, it needs to be debated in an economic perspective and not with the intention of gaining petty political mileage. Dr. Aminda Methsila Perera of the Faulty of Management at the University of Wayamba says, the government at this moment should identify this trend and device long term policies to meet with this situation. Speaking to the SLBC he pointed out, as it is necessary to strengthen the rupee, attention needs to be focused on diversifying exports and concentrating on diverse production sectors.

Relevant documentation is being prepared, under the Extradition Law, to get down former Central Bank Governor: Arjuna Mahendran.

Colombo Fort Magistrate: Lanka Jayaratne, today ordered the owner of Perpetual Treasuries: Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer: Kasun Palisena who were in remand custody in connection with the bond scam, to be further remanded until the 10th of May.

The relevant documentation is being prepared under the Extradition Law to get down to Sri Lanka the chief suspect in the case, former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran. A Red notice has been issued by Interpol across 192 countries.

A retired Lieutenant of the Sri Lanka Navy, who had served as the Operations Manager of the Avant Garde Floating Armoury, was arrested by the CID this morning. The suspect, Nilupul De Costa, a resident of Wanawasala Kelaniya, has been arrested in connection with the investigations being carried out by the CID on the vessel: ‘MV Avant Garde’, which was taken into custody by the Navy in 2015.
He is to be produced before the Galle Magistrates Court.

South Korea announces Inter-Korean Summit schedule

South Korea's Presidential Office has announced the detailed schedule for tomorrow's Inter-Korean Summit. It says, at 9:30 AM local time, North Korean leader: Kim Jong Un will cross the military demarcation line on foot, where he will be greeted by South Korean President: Moon Jae-in. Kim will be the first North Korean leader to cross the demarcation line. At around 9:40 AM, a Welcome Ceremony will be held in a square between the Freedom House and the Peace House, on the South Korean side. The two leaders will then move to the Peace House, where they will hold talks from 10:30 AM onwards.
They are scheduled to sign a written agreement after their talks.

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