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Railway strike is called off.

The Railway engine drivers' strike scheduled to commence midnight has been called off. General Secretary of Railway Engine Drivers' Association V.S. Indika said the strike was called off this afternoon based on the fruitful discussion held with transport minister and Prime Minister's Secretary. Meanwhile, the railway guards plan to strike today. However, the director of Railway Department Wijaya Samarasinghe told SLBC that effective solutions have been provided for the problems faced by railway guards.

Several development projects in the Polonnaruwa district will be vested with the public by the President today.

Several development projects in the Polonnaruwa district will be vested with the public by the President Maithripala Sirisena today. Accordingly, the Meegasweva Rural Health Center, new building of the Hingurakkgoda Zonal Education Office, Welikanda Pradeshiya Sabha Building, Aluthweva Community Building in Polonnaruwa and a building consist of classrooms of the Welikanda Maha Vidyalaya will be declared open.

The President engages in an undeclared visit to Kebethigollewa to find out first hand information on difficulties faced by the people affected by severe drought.


President Maithripala Sirisena undertook an undeclared visit to Kebethigollewa area to find out the difficulties faced by village folk in the area due to severe drought. President was well informed by the rural villagers in the Kahatagollewa village .


The Concession Agreement on Hambanthota Port between China and Sri Lanka was signed today.


Sri Lankan signatories were secretary to the Ports Ministry L.P.Jayampathy and chairman of the Ports Authority Dr.Parakrama Dissanayake. Chinese Merchants Port Holding's managing director Dr.Kai Quin Chao represented China as its signatory. Expressing his views during the signing ceremony minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that Sri Lanka will earn an 1.12 Billion American dollars investment by signing this agreement. In addition to this, 600 million American dollar


The annual Pitchchamal Pooja will be held today.

The annual Pitchchamal Pooja organized by the Shanthi Foundation will be held for the 28th consecutive year will be held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi premises today. The Pitchchamal Pooja will commence at 3.00 p.m. and the Shanthi Foundation requests devotees to provide saman pichcha, geta pichcha and pokuru pichcha to the main entrance of the Shanthi Foundation at Ruwanweliseya before 2.00 p.m.  More than 5000 devotees are expected to attend the ceremony.

A Sri Lankan teacher in in the North has won Ramon Magsaysay Award.

A Sri Lankan teacher is to receive prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Awards this year. Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation today announced six winners of the award, including 82 years old Gethsie Shanmugam. Miss Shanmugam, a teacher and psychological counselor, won for braving bombings and threats of arrests to work in conflict zones. She counseled war widows, orphans and children traumatized by three decades of brutal civil war in her country, the foundation said.


The Petroleum trade union action has been called off.

The joint trade unions of Petroleum  Corporation says that they have called off the trade union action following the discussions held with the  President Maithripala Sirisena. Accordingly they will  start work with immediate effect.  The trade unions are to hold another round of discussion over their demands on Tuesday.

The GMOA's strike has called off.



The token strike by government medical officers association has been called off. This follows GMOA discussions with the minister Sagala Rathnayake. 

A literary award ceremony will be held this evening at Kumarathunga Studio under the patronage of the President.

A literary award ceremony jointly organized by the National Radio and Godage and Brothers Private Limited will be held today evening at Kumarathunga Studio. President Maithripala Sirisena will grace the occasion as chief guest in which a total of 15 writers will be felicitated with awards and cash prizes.


The Australia Foreign Minister will arrive in the Island tomorrow.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia Julie Bishop will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow and day after. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will meet Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake tomorrow 2017 evening for bilateral talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that would be followed by Statements to the Media.


The Singapore Foreign Minister will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow. He will have a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Ravi Karunanayake. Special attention will be focused on bilateral issues pertaining to Singapore and Sri Lanka.

The Minister of Buddha Sasana to obtain the advises of Maha Nayaka Theras on falling Wesak full moon poya day on next year's April.


The Minister of Buddha Sasana Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa has said that his Ministry has sought the advices of all Maha Nayakas on the subject of falling next year's Wesak full moon poya day on the Month of April. Usually, the poya days and other days of religious significance are declared by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana.


Dengue eradication program will be carried out in railway stations from today


Dengue eradication program will be carried out in railway stations from today. The Railway Station Masters' Association says the launching of this national program will begin at 9.00 am this morning at the Dematagoda railway station. Under this program all premises belonging to the Railway department will be cleaned to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. Railway commuters, prisoners and volunteer groups will also join with this program.

The President starts a three day visit to Bangladesh today.

President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Bangladesh on a 3 day state visit today.The President will hold discussions with Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Premier Sheikh Hasina during the visit. At these meetings the President will hold bilateral discussions and come into bilateral agreements to strengthen economic and agricultural ties between the two countries.


A comprehensive joint dengue prevention programme organized by government and private media organizations will commence tomorrow.

A joint dengue prevention programme organized by government and private media organizations will commence shortly. Accordingly, the inaugural programme will be held tomorrow from 9.00 am to 11.00 am. It is expected that the government and private media organizations should conduct dengue prevention awareness live programmes during this time.


Health Minister appeals WHO to prepare a plan in eradication of dengue in Sri Lanka.


Health Minister appeals WHO to prepare a plan in eradication of dengue in Sri Lanka. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna met with a WHO delegation recently to discuss the situation of dengue in the country. Two representatives from Thailand was also took part. The two members are scheduled to tour in the dengue affected areas in the country. They appreciated the


Today is the Esala Full Moon Poya day.

Today is the Esala Full Moon Poya Day. It was on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day the Buddha arrived at the deer park of Isipathana to preach Dhamma to Ven. Kondangna, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji, the five ascetics. The Buddha delivered His first discourse Dhamma-cakka-ppavattana Sutta to them. At the end, the eldest Kondangna Thera attained the first stage of sainthood. Esala Full Moon Poya is very important in the Buddhist calendar. According to Buddhist history, many significant events had taken place on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day.


The GMOA has temporary postponed the scheduled island-wide strike.

Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association Dr. Haritha Aluthge says it will temporary postpone the scheduled island-wide strike considering a request made by Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. This was announced during a media gathering held in Colombo this afternoon.


Dehiwala Zoological garden to be opened till 10.00 pm from 9tt of September.

The Dehiwala Zoological Gardens will be open to public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting from 9th September. Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said that the zoo will be open till 10 p.m. with added attractions.

The National Immunization Programme to prevent cervical cancer will commence on Monday.


The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health intends to introduce a human papilloma virus vaccine on Monday in the fight against cervical cancer. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna has decided to introduce this vaccine to the National Immunization Programme.


Postal strike ends.

The strike launched by the postal workers ended yesterday night following discussions between members of the Joint Postal Trade Unions Front, Post Master General and the Postal Services Ministry Secretary. The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front Co-Convenor Chinthaka Bandara said the unions had decided to end the strike as authorities had responded positively to the demands put forward by the Trade Unions Front.


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