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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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JAYATHMA WICKRAMANAYAKE is the UN ENVOY ON YOUTH

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth. The success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development depends on empowering young people as rights-holders, agents of change and torchbearers.

Having represented and motivated global youth development on an international level since the age of 21, notably during high-level United Nations initiatives including the declaration of World Youth Skills Day, Ms. Wickramanayake has also played a key role in transforming the youth development sector at the national level, notably through the creation of a large movement for civic and political engagement of young people named “Hashtag Generation.”

Presently working as an officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, Ms. Wickramanayake has previously served as Member and Youth Lead Negotiator, International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 (2013-2014) and Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development (2012-2013).

The Railway Drivers Association says they will not engage in any railway strike.

The Railway Drivers' Association says they will not engage in any railway strike. The Secretary to the Railway Drivers' Association Indika Dodangoda said the workers strike scheduled to be held from midnight has been called off. The decision to call off the railway strike was arrived based on the fruitful discussion held with the Secretary to the Prime Minister today. The Secretary to the Prime Minister has promised to find viable solutions to the problems face by railway drivers.

Senior Attorney-at-law Sudarshana Gunawardena has assumed duty as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Sudarshana Gunawardena, Senior Attorney-at-law has assumed duties as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation this morning. He was appointed by Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Addressing the gathering the new Chairmen said that the media minister has entrusted him not merely a privileged post but a challenge. He requested the employees to extend their support to the fullest to overcome this challenge.
He added that he is just a member of civil society but not a member of any political party. And he appreciated the works of the former chairman Lawyer Nanda Muruththettuwegama for his renders to the SLBC.
Chairmen of the SLRC Ravi Jayawardena said both SLBC and SLRC are national resources therefore employees of these institutions should be committed to protect them.
Director General of SLBC Erananda Hettiarachchi expressed the confidence that the new chairman will be able to increase the quality of the programmes broadcast by SLBC.
Senior media director for the president Dharma sri Bandara Ekanayake was also present.

The Government appeals the general public to use electricity sparingly.

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya appeals the electricity consumers to use electricity sparingly as the water levels in the reservoirs have not risen to a satisfactory level yet. Though  there was torrential rains  causing floods electricity reservoirs have not received sufficient water for the production of electricity that needs the  country. Due to this reason alternative power production methods have been applied for the power production.

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ADB Approves $2 Million Grant for Relief in Sri Lanka

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $2 million grant to finance relief efforts in Sri Lanka following the recent floods and landslides
“Considering the scope of the damage in Sri Lanka and the government’s constrained resources, it is critical that we assist the people of Sri Lanka in this time of urgent need,” said Sri Widowati, ADB Country Director in Sri Lanka.

The $2 million is being provided to the government as a grant under ADB’s Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund to purchase emergency relief materials and help restore community services.

“ADB stands ready to assist in the long-term rehabilitation of the calamity-hit areas,” ADB President Takehiko Nakao said in a letter to Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, as he offered his deepest condolences to the people and affected families in Sri Lanka.

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