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Earth Day falls today.

Earth Day falls today. The day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries.

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New Year dawns day after tomorrow at 02.04 AM.

The Sinhalese traditional New Year begins at a time determined by astrological calculations. Accordingly it dawns at 2.04 AM on Friday the 14th of April. The Punnya kalaya is from tomorrow 7.40PM to 8.28 AM on Friday.

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Veteran film director Wasantha Obeysekera passes away.


Award winning film director Vasantha Obeysekara passed away this morning. He was 80. Vasantha who has clinched several awards in the best director category, started his film career as a co-scriptwriter and assistant director in ‘Sath Samudura’ in 1967. His first film direction ‘Wes Gaththo’ in 1970. Among his other hit movies were Dadayama, Kedapathaka Chaya, Maruthaya, Sath Samudara,Wal Math Woowo, Diyamanthi, Salelu Warama, Palagetiyo, Doraka Marawa and among others.

The 50th national Aluth Sahal Mangalya will be held in Anuradhapura today.

The 50th national Aluth Sahal Mangalya will be held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya premises in Anuradhapura today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The farmers will offer the first cache of rice produced from the harvest in this season to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya and Maha sangha according to the historic traditions.

Australia’s Minister for International Development to visit SriLanka

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, will visit Sri Lanka on 4-7 April. This will be the Minister’s first visit to Sri Lanka as Minister for International Development and the Pacific.Sri Lanka is a long-standing economic and development partner.

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The railway locomotive engineers suspend their planned strike.

The Railway locomotive operating engineers have suspended their strike that had been planned to begin midnight today. President of their union L.K Dissanayke said that due to success of a discussion they had with minister Nimal Siripala De Silva this decision was arrived. Accordingly the normal railway services will continue.

The next presidential mobile service will be held simultaneously in 5 districts.

 

Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena says the next presidential mobile service will be held simultaneously in 5 districts. It will be held districts including Mannar, Mulaitivu, Vanuniya and Kilinochchi. A discussion to enlighten the public officials will be held today at the Ministry.

The vessel abducted by the Somalia pirates has been released without any condition.


Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker have released it without condition, according to officials. The announcement came hours after the pirates and naval forces exchanged gunfire over a boat believed to be carrying supplies to the hijackers. The tanker, which was en route from Djibouti to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, was seized on Monday with eight Sri Lankan crew members on board. It is the first hijack off Somalia's coast since 2012. There were eight Sri Lankans in the cabin crew of the vessel at the time of abduction.

Sri Lanka wins Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2017 award.

The co-founder of a foundation which supports persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka has been named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2017. Krystle Reid co-founded Enable Lanka Foundation to break stereotypes and stigma, and was recognized along with three other outstanding regional winners in this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work.

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NSB marks its 45th anniversary today.


The National Savings Bank marks its 45th anniversary today. The NSB was established on the 16th March 1972 by the then finance minister late Dr. M.N. Perera. The bank has now assets over 900 billion rupees and deposits over 650 billion rupees to mark the 45th anniversary and all night pirith chanting ceremony will be held tonight at the Kollupitiya NSB Head office. The employees of the bank will donate an ambulance to the Colombo national hospital this morning.

South Korean Foreign Minister to visit Colombo.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on Wednesday for an official visit to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea. Minister Yun is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with  minister Mangala Samaraweera,  on 15th .

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The Parliament will discuss about the SAITM college issue in detail today.

The parliament will meet today at 10.30 am. The Parliament will discuss about the SAITM college issue in detail today.

The speaker rejects the proposal made by M.P Vimal Weerawansa to consider the National Freedom Front as an independent group.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya rejects the proposal made by M.P Vimal Weerawansa to consider the parliamentarians National Freedom Front as an independent group in the house. The speaker said that there is no legal provision for this matter as the NFF members has not contested the general election as an accepted political party. They were part of a UPFA.

SRI LANKAN NAVY CATEGORICALLY DENIES REPORTS OF FIRING AT INDIAN FISHERMEN.


Sri Lanka Navy categorically denies certain media reports and unsubstantiated allegations of firing by small boats of Sri Lanka Navy at Indian fishermen, yesterday (06, March) night.

It is stated that the Sri Lankan Navy patrols in the Northern waters are conducted by Fast Attack Craft and Fast Gun Boats and at no time are small boats being engaged for patrols off the Northern waters, since Indian trawlers are of quite large size.

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The World Bank has approved a 125 million US dollars credit to assist Sri Lanka

 

The World Bank has approved a 125 million US dollars credit from the International Development Association to assist Sri Lanka in modernising its agriculture sector to become more efficient and attractive as a modern business, more responsive to consumer demand, and more environmentally sustainable and resilient to climate change. The project will be implemented through the Ministry of Primary Industries, the Ministry of Agriculture, and five participating provinces, including the Northern, Eastern, Central, North-Central and Uva Provinces, the World Bank said in a release. According to the global lender, Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector is at a strategic cross-road. A major milestone has been the achievement of rice self-sufficiency – a long sought-after goal of successive agriculture strategies since independence.

37 passengers injured in an accident in Galgamuwa .

 

37 passengers who travelled in two  CTB and private buses, when they collided with a lorry have been injured around 7 am in Padeniya main road in Anuradhapura.  The private bus had transported some number of  garment servants during the accident. Police says the accident occurred at Maha Galkadawela junction when CTB bus collided  with private bus traveling behind it.  The injured passengers have been admitted to Galgamuwa hospital. 6 of them have been transferred to Anuradhapura and Kurunegala min hospitals  as they are reported serious.

Five prison inmates and two officers shot dead at Kaluthra.

Five prison inmates and two prison officers have been killed by a gun attack aimed at a prison bus which carried a Group of detainees from Kaluthra prison to Kaduwela Magistrate court this morning. The bus was attacked at the Nagaha junction in Kalutara. Kaluthra police say two prison officers who have been critically injured by the gun fire have been admitted to Nagoda Hospital.

The government says no rice shortage in the country.

Ministrer Rishard Bahiudeen says no rice shortage in the country. He added that the country’s monthly rice consummation is 200,000 metric tons.

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A capsized boat kills 11 people in Katukurunda sea.

 

At least 11 persons were killed and several others went missing after a boat carrying a group of people capsized in sea off Katukurunda coast today. 15 people were on the board when the accident took place. The police said the remains of the deceased have been taken to the Nagoda hospital. A search operation is underway with the assistance from the Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force to locate the missing persons. The Navy has deployed several boats, while an Air Force Bell 212 helicopter has also been deployed to assist the rescue operation.  The boat was among several vessels that departed for Kalutara from the Beruwala fisheries harbour for a religious purpose. 19 boats had been deployed for the religious ceremony.

The 29th death anniversary of veteran politician Vijaya Kumaranathunga is commemorated today.

The 29th death anniversary of popular artiste and veteran politician Vijaya Kumaranathunga is commemorated today. Late Vijaya Kumaranatunga's first film was Hanthane Kathawa, in which he played the lead role.

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A stern action will be taken against the shop owners do not comply with the controlled price of rice.


Minister Ravi Karunanayake says a stern action will be taken against the shop owners who do not sell the rice at controlled price. He pointed out that an expeditious solution will be given to the problem pertaining to the rice shortage.

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