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The Supreme Court issues an Interim Order staying the gazette notification issued by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament.

The Supreme Court has concluded the consideration of petitions filed against the dissolution of the Parliament. The Court was adjourned after the conclusion of submissions made by all petitioning parties and respondents.
The Supreme Court has issued an Interim Order staying the gazette notification issued by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament.
 
The Interim Order is valid until the 7th of December 2018.

Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Mr. Rajapaksa was sworn-in yesterday as the new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

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Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE A/Levels and Grade 5 Scholarship Examination, have been posted

Commissioner General of Examinations: B Sanath Poojitha says, Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Advanced Level Examination and Grade 5 Scholarship Examination, have been posted.

The Grade 5 Scholarship Examination will be held across 3050 examination centres on the 5th of next month. The Commissioner General notifies, conducting tuition classes and conferences for students sitting the Scholarship Exam, is prohibited, after midnight on 31st July.

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.

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.

The postal strike called off

Postal trade unions have decided to temporarily call off their strike, following talks held with the government.

The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front yesterday announced that it would together with 24 of its unions, suspend the postal strike which has lasted for the past 16 days.

The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front Convener: Chinthaka Bandara addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of Posts said, as of 12 midnight yesterday they would suspend the strike until July 7th.

The unions have been holding discussions with the National Salaries and Cadre Commission and the Ministry over the past couple of days.

By July 7th, the work of the National Salaries and Cadre Commission with regard to their demands is expected to end and thereafter a permanent solution has been promised.

The law to be strictly enforced against unsuitable vehicles entering expressways.

The Police say, the law will be strictly enforced against unsuitable vehicles entering expressways. This step has been taken to minimize accidents on expressways. Thereby, tyres and their air-pressure should meet with the required standards. Many other requirements have also been detailed.

In the event of a breakdown on an expressway, assistance can be sought by dialling 1969. Those travelling in the vehicle should not attempt any repairs on the expressway. This is an offence.

The Rajarata University has been closed indefinitely

 

The Rajarata University has been closed indefinitely. Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Ranjith Wijewardena University has announced that university will be closed and ask the all students to leave the hostels before 10.00 am today. This decision has been taken due to an indecent behaviour of a group of students. A group of students have attempted to take a group of deans of faculties to hostage to force them to solve their problems

The 15 percent VAT on doctors’ channelling fees, to be removed with effect from the 1st of July.

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to remove the 15 percent Value Added Tax on doctors’ consultation fee, channelling fee and professional charges with effect from July 1st.
The request in this regard was made by Minister of Health: Dr Rajitha Senaratne upon the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Speaking at a press conference in Colombo today Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said, however, the VAT charged on private hospital rooms will remain unchanged.

The appeal for bail by the Venerable Galabodaaththe Gnanasera Thera will be considered hearing on Friday

Homagama Magistrate Court postpones the hearing of the appeal by Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero till  Friday the 22nd of this month. The Homagama Magistrate court, today  issued this verdict as a result of the absence of an official from the Attorney General’s Department. Gnanasara Thero was found guilty in the case filed against him for threatening Sandya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, within the Homagama court premises.

The closing date for accepting applications for Grade One Admissions, extended to the 10th of next month.

The closing date for accepting applications for Grade One Admissions to schools, has been extended to the 10th of next month. Speaking to the SLBC, Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said, taking into consideration the difficulties faced by parents due to the ongoing postal trade union action, a decision was taken to extend the closing date from the 30th of this month to the 10th of next month.

Railway trade union action abandoned

Railway trade union action has been called off. The trade union action scheduled to be held mid night today by the joint railway technicians union was called off. The Secretary to the joint union Kamal Peiris said the decision has been taken based on the assurance given by the top management to address the grievances of railway technicians.

Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera arrived at the CID to make a statement on accepting money from Perpetual Treasuries Limited

Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department a while ago, to give a statement. CID has called on him to obtain a statement on the allegations of accepting 1 million rupees from the Perpetual Treasuries Limited’s subsidiary company, Walt & Row Associates.

Range Bandara’s son arrested

State Minister Palitha Range Bandara's son Yashoda who was admitted to the hospital following an accident, has been arrested by the Police for driving under the influence of liquor and misuse of public property, police said. Yashoda and Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Anjana Sandaruwan were injured when their vehicle, veered off the road and crashed into a house at Kottapitiya in Chilaw few days ago.

There is a risk of the Influenza Virus spreading in the southern province, to enter the Sabaragamuwa Province

There is a risk of the Influenza virus spreading in the southern province, to enter the Sabaragamuwa province. Director of Health services of the Sabaragamuwa Province Dr. Kapila Kannangara says, several patients suspected of contracting the virus were reported from the Embilipitiya Hospital. He points out, it is necessary to seek medical attention if fever symptoms occur.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera appointed UNP Vice Chairman

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera has been appointed as a vice chairman of the UNP. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has made this appointment with effect from 26th April 2018.

Popular television presenter: Hema Nalin Karunaratne has passed away

Popular television presenter, compere and journalist: Hema Nalin Karunaratne has passed away at the age of 55.
He has served in many channels including Rupavahini.
With over 25 years of experience in the television industry, he headed his own satellite channel in Heritage TV.
Rupavahini’s Education Service was a milepost in his life, and he gained fame for the popular programme: "9.05" - "Namayai Paha", which was a mainstay among Rupavahini's programmes for a long period of time.

The unreleased segment of the bond investigation report has been handed over to the Speaker

The sections C 350 to C 360 of the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the Central Bank bond scam, which had not been released previously, have been handed over to the Speaker of Parliament today .   Officials of the Presidential Secretariat have handed over these documents to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

The Narcotic Bureau of Sri Lanka Police arrested a suspect with a load of Kerala cannabis worth 2.9 million rupees today

The Narcotic Bureau of Sri Lanka Police arrested a suspect with a load of Kerala cannabis worth 2.9 million rupees today. The police seized the stock of cannabis this morning during a raid carried out in Mannar, Maduthuduwawa area. 24 kilograms of cannabis were seized on this occasion. The suspect is a resident of Pesalai area. The Mannar police is conducting a comprehensive investigation in this regard.

Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council member dead, three injured in Ratmalana shooting.


One person died and three others were injured in a shooting in Ratmalana yesterday night. Police identified 62-year- old Ranjan Silva, a member of the Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council from Ratmalana as the person who had succumbed to gun shot injuries at the Kalubowila Hospital. He was the father of national cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva. The injured have been admitted to the Kalubowila hospital. Police said those responsible for the shooting or the reason for the incident had not been established as yet.

A two week awareness programme to be conducted under the theme: "Preparedness Before Disaster Strikes"

A Minister of Water Resources and Disaster Management: Duminda Dissanayake says, the government is prepared to respond to emergencies that could occur with the onset of the South West Monsoons. A two week awareness programme will be conducted from the 22nd of this month to the third of next month under the theme: "Preparedness Before Disaster Strikes".

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