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A group of new Cabinet Ministers, sworn-in today.

Steps have been taken to temporarily fill the vacancies that arose in the Cabinet of Ministers, due to the resignation of a number of SLPF Ministers.

A full cabinet reshuffle will take place after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Until then the following ministers were sworn-in temporarily.

Dr. Sarath Amunugama - Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Minister of Science, Technology and Research.


The landslide warning issued for the Ratnapura and Kegalle districts yesterday, still effective.

Assistant Director to the Disaster Management Centre: Pradeep Kodippilli says, the landslide warning issued by the National Building Research Institute for the Ratnapura and Kegalle district yesterday, is still effective.
The Disaster Management Centre warns residents in Eheliyagoda, Kiriella, Ayagama, Elapatha, Kuruwita, Kolonne and Dehioavita to be vigilant, as these areas face a risk of landslides, due to incessant rains experienced these days.

A special discussion between President and the Prime Minister will be held today.

A special discussion between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will be held today. The discussion will focus on the future plans and way forward after the no-confidence motion defeated in the parliament. It is expected that the premier will present his proposals to the president at this occasion.

The Prime Minister thanked everyone who supported to defeat the no-confidence motion.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe thanked everyone who supported to defeat the no-confidence motion. The Premier assured that an effective work plan will be implemented to provide the benefits of the development programs to the common masses next year. The government plans to implement mega development programs in near future. The Ministers and the stakeholders should be strengthened to push forward this development program. The Ministry portfolios and subjects will be divided and the power will be equally shared to those ministers to carryout their day-to-day work effectively.

Ministers and parliamentarians made various views on the no confidence motion.

The debate no confidence motion presented against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe began in parliament this morning. Many ministers and parliamentarians expressed their views at this debate. Joining the debate minister John Amaratunga said the good governance will be further purified by the no confidence.
Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa said the SLFP has been jolted by the no confidence motion while the UNP is moving towards defeat.
Minister Naveen Dissanayake said no confidence motion is a political conspiracy of the joint opposition. Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said the national economy has been totally collapsed under this government.
Parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathi Wickremaratne stated that this motion has been brought against the entire government.
Parliamentarian Chamal Rajapakse said that the inflation has intensified due to failure of the government. Venerable Athureliye Rathana thera stressed that all ruling and opposition parties should be united to save the country from anarchy.

Necessary stocks of essential food items, available for the forthcoming festive season

Public and private entities engaged in the importation and distribution of essential food items say, necessary stocks of essential food items are available for the forthcoming festive season. Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says, steps will be taken to make essential goods available via mobile delivery services. Plans are also underway to have goods available at reasonable prices at Sathosa outlets. Chief Executive Officer of Sathosa Dr. S.H.M Faraz says, the prices of many essentials have been brought down in view of the forthcoming festive season.

Special bus and train services will be operational from next Friday for the convenience of those returning to their hometowns to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Meanwhile, Director General of Pensions Jagath Dias says, steps have been taken to pay this month's pension on Friday in view of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

The G.C.E. O-Level results will be uploaded to the web tonight. - The number of subjects for O-level examination will be reduced to six.

Commissioner General of Examinations Sanath Pujitha says Results of the 2017 GCE Ordinary Level Examination will be released today. The results would be uploaded to the Examination Department’s website Results of outstation schools would be posted tomorrow. 688 thousand candidates sat for the examination last year.


May Day to be marked on the 7th of May

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to mark May Day on the 7th of May, this year. Thereby, the 1st of May will not be a holiday. The government has taken this decision upon requests made by the Maha Nayaka Theras, since Vesak Full Moon Poya Day and May Day fall on two days within the same week. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe announced this decision at a discussion with district secretaries this evening. The Premier advised the district secretaries to establish 'committees of peace' at village level, in order to realize reconciliation. He pointed out that the economy of the country has arrived at a stable level. Development activities are underway. The development plan stretching from Kandy to Hambanthota has commenced. Parallel development activities in the eastern and north central provinces as well as in the Badulla and Nuwara Eliya districts have been launched. The Prime Minister added, a progress evaluation needs to be conducted pertaining to district development projects.

An open warrant issued to apprehend the former secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation

An open warrant has been issued to apprehend the former secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation, Ivan Silva. Mr Silva is being investigated in connection with the misappropriation of funds to the tune of 4012 million rupees, pertaining to the Ging-Nilwala Irrigation Plan. Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne ordered that this warrant be issued in English as well, for Interpol. She also ordered for a copy of the warrant to be forwarded to the Controller of Immigration and Emigration. The Financial Crimes Investigation Division disclosed in court that the suspect is not co-operating with the investigations by evading legal proceedings, and information has surfaced that he is residing in Auckland in New Zealand.

Results of the 2017 GCE O/Level Examination, to be released this Wednesday


The results of the 2017 GCE Ordinary Level Examination will be released on Wednesday. Commissioner of Examinations, Sanath Poojitha says, the results will be released to the department's website on Wednesday.

688,000 candidates sat for the examination last year. This is the highest recorded figure.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway to conduct the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination on the 5th of August. Applications for the examination are being called these days

The President will take part as the chief guest in the Pakistan national day celebrations today.

President Maithripala Sirisena and his Sri Lankan delegation arrived in Pakistan at the Nukhan airport in Islamabad this evening. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and a number of top officials were at the airport to accept the Sri Lankan leader. The President was honoured with 21 gun salutes which was the highest respect and honour given to a foreign leader in Pakistan.

The President will be the chief guest at the Pakistan's 'Republic Day' to be held tomorrow. The President received an official invitation from his Pakistan counterpart Mamnoon Hussain.

This is the first such invitation a Sri Lankan head of state has received in the recent past.

The President will held talks with Prime Minister Shid Abbasi. They will focus special attention on further strengthening economic and cultural relations. Four MOUs in education and tourism sectors will also be signed.

A court order issued for the garment factory from which a gas leak was reported, to be closed for 14 days.

The Negombo Magistrate Court has ordered the garment factory from which a gas leak was reported, to be closed for 14 days until an analyst report is submitted to court. The gas leak resulted in 47 employees suffering allergic conditions and being hospitalized.


The President signs the Gazette Notification to lift the State of Emergency


President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the Gazette Notification to lift the State of Emergency, with immediate effect. The President's Media Division said, the gazette lifting the State of Emergency was signed last night, upon the President's return from Japan

The temporary ban on Facebook has been lifted.

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka to remove the temporary restriction to access the social media site Facebook, with immediate effect.
The President has given this instruction, following a detailed assessment of the decisions taken during the meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, between the Secretary to the President and the representatives from Facebook, today.
The Government took steps to restrict access to some social media platforms temporarily during the last few days,


The ban on Viber has been lifted.

Access on messaging app 'Viber' has been allowed. The government says that the decision to remove the restriction imposed on Viber, was taken after considering the difficulties encountered by those employed overseas to communicate with their families in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the government said it also took into consideration the hardships caused to the business community, tourists arriving in Sri Lanka and small scale entrepreneurs.


Results of the GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2017 will be released at the end of this month.

Results of the GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2017 will be released at the end of this month. Commissioner General of Examinations B. Sanath Pujitha says the marking of answer papers has now been completed. More than 680,000 students sat for the examination.


81 suspects including the main culprit of Kandy disturbances have been arrested.

The main suspect accused of instigating the incidents in Kandy has been arrested along with nine other suspects. The arrests were made yesterday. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunsekara said that they were taken into custody by TID officers in Digana and Poojapitiya. A total of 81 suspects has been arrested so far from Sunday upto 6.00am today in connection with the various clashes which had broken out. The Police Spokesman revealed this during a news conference in Colombo yesterday.

Curfew imposed in the Kandy Administrative District from 6.00 pm today to 6.00 am tomorrow.

A special discussion was held in Kandy this morning, chaired by Army Commander, Mahesh Senanyake, regarding the recent incidents that took place in the Kandy District. Special attention was focused on maintaining law and order and continuing the peaceful environment that prevails now.


Around the clock relief centre has been set up to help the victims of Kandy disturbances.

The government information department says that an around the clock relief centre has been set up to help the victims of Kandy disturbances. This is effective at the office of the chief of defence staff. It can be contacted through the hot line 071 12 61 261. The centre is accessible through the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The centre request the public to inform them regarding violent incidents or the damages caused by violent activities.

Access to several social media networks has been blocked temporarily.

Sri Lanka telecommunication regulatory commission says that some social media websites have been blocked temporarily considering a request made by the defence ministry regarding the national security. Accordingly, websites such as face book, wiber, WhatsApp and all other social media network have been controlled by the commission.
Meanwhile the government has stressed that the persons who are involved in violent activities and the persons who abet such activities will be strictly dealt with the existing law. According to the 28 Article of the Constitution, all citizens should uphold and defend the Constitution and the law to further the national interest and to foster national unity to preserve and protect public property; and to respect the rights and freedoms of others.
Meanwhile, police headquarters announced that leave of all police officers has been cancelled with immediate effect.

Curfew has been imposed in Kandy administrative district with immediate effect.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne says that curfew has been imposed in the Kandy district with immediate effect. Therefore, he requested the public in the district to remain in their homes without moving away in the streets.


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