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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 www.doenets.lk. Results of outstation schools would be posted tomorrow. 688 thousand candidates sat for the examination last year.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Police Curfew enforced across the Kandy Administrative District, with immediate effect.

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the police and defence units to conduct an impartial and independent investigation into the recent incidents in the Digana area in Kandy. The president has also instructed the police and the Sri Lanka Army to implement a special strategy to ensure the security of residents in the area. He instructed them to take all necessary measures to establish law and order in the area.

Meanwhile, Police Curfew has been enforced across the Kandy Administrative District, with immediate effect. The curfew will be in force until 6.00am, tomorrow. This is in order to bring the tense situation that erupted in the Kandy-Theldeniya Police Division Area, under control.

The Ministry of Education has announced that government schools within the area that come under the enforced police curfew, will be closed tomorrow.

The Premier to address the Invest Sri Lanka Summit today.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is currently on a tour of Singapore.  He will attend the Invest Sri Lanka Summit organised by the Colombo Stock Exchange, today. Many pioneering investors in the region will participate in this summit, which is to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Singapore. The summit will add a boost to the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement that was signed this year.

The Prime Minister commences Singapore tour today.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe's tour of Singapore begins today. The premier will attend the Invest Sri Lanka Summit organised by the Colombo Stock Exchange. Many pioneering investors in the region will participate in this summit, which is to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Singapore. The summit will add a boost to the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement that was signed this year.

Sri Lanka seeks assistance from all quarters for the total eradication of tobacco by 2020.

The Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention states that it intends to totally eradicate tobacco cultivations by 2020. At a media briefing held in Colombo today, assistance was sought from all quarters for this purpose. Representatives of the Study Circle at the University of Colombo that conducted studies into the societal effect of tobacco, were also present. Director of the Circle Dr Mahesh Rajasooriya and Director of the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention Samantha Kumara Kithalawarachchi also took part in the study. They point out that even those who engage in tobacco cultivation are faced with health risks.  Agriculture Director Hemantha Amarawickrema joining in the media briefing emphasized that the Department of Agriculture will provide  no assistance for tobacco cultivators.

A reshuffling of the ministries held by the UPFA is expected within the next two weeks

 

The second cabinet reshuffle of the present government took place this afternoon. Six cabinet ministers, three state ministers and a deputy minister took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will hold the Law and Order ministry for a brief period. Harin Fernando is the Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment. Kabir Hashim took oaths as the Minister of Higher Education and Highways. Sagala Ratnayake will function as the Youth Affairs and Southern Development minister. The new State Enterprise and Kandy area Development Minister is Lakshman Kiriella. Ravindra Samaraweera was sworn-in as the Minister of Wild Life and Sustainable Development.

Piyasena Gamage is the State Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development. The State Minister of Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation is Ajith P. Perera. Dr. Harsha De Silva is the new minister of National policies and Economic Affairs, while J.C. Alawathuwala is the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said the subjects of certain ministries would be reorganized appropriately. He said changes would also be effected to make state corporations and statutory boards more efficient. A reshuffling of the ministries held by the UPFA is expected within the next two weeks.

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