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A two week awareness programme to be conducted under the theme: "Preparedness Before Disaster Strikes"

A Minister of Water Resources and Disaster Management: Duminda Dissanayake says, the government is prepared to respond to emergencies that could occur with the onset of the South West Monsoons. A two week awareness programme will be conducted from the 22nd of this month to the third of next month under the theme: "Preparedness Before Disaster Strikes".

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The sluice gates of Kala Wewa and Udawalawe reservoirs opened. - Local residents residing close to river banks are advised to be vigilant.


The sluice gates of Kala Wewa and Udawalawe reservoirs opened. - Local residents residing close to river banks are advised to be vigilant. The Disaster Management Center says Sluice gates have been opened as the water levels of these reservoirs have reached the spill level. The people residing in low lying areas and the close proximity of these reservoirs are advised to be vigilant for the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfalls are reported yesterday in western, central, sabaragamuwa, and north-western provinces and Matara and Galle districts. Some places received rainfalls upto 100 millimetres.

Bus fares increase by 6.5 percent - The minimum fare remains the same.

Cabinet approval has been granted for an increase in bus fares by 6.5 percent. The increase will take effect from May 16th.
However, the minimum fare of 10 rupees will remain the same.
The proposal to increase bus fares in view of the increase in fuel prices was tabled before the Cabinet of Ministers by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The price increase was approved upon parameters put forward by a board of experts.

Meanwhile private bus operators say, the approved increase is inadequate. Their demand was for the fares to be increased by 10 percent.

The Department of Education is focused on providing students sitting for the GCE A/Level Examination, with an additional time duration to read and understand the question paper

 

The Department of Education is focused on providing students sitting for the GCE A/Level Examination, with an additional time duration of 10 to 15 minutes to read and understand the question paper. This will be implemented from the next A/Level Examination that is to be held this August.

This additional time duration will be provided for the 3-hour question papers. Commissioner General of Examinations: B Sarath Pujitha says, this practice is seen in many countries. A special discussion was held at the Ministry of Education regarding this idea that was put forward by Minister of Education: Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. He added, this will be introduced for the O/Level Examination in future.

This year's A/Level Examination will be conducted from the 6th of August to the 1st of September.

Fuel prices will be increased with effect from midnight today

Fuel prices will be increased with effect from midnight today. Accordingly, the new price of Octane 92 Petrol will be 137 rupees per litre, while Octane 95 will be 148 rupees. Auto Diesel and Super Diesel will be increased to 109 and 119 rupees per litre, respectively.

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The rail strike has been called off

The railway trade unions decided to called off the strike which they have planned to start at 12 noon today. President of the Railway Station Masters' Union Janaka Fernando told the SLBC that this decision has been taken as the cabinet has agreed to grant solution to their demands. Accordingly, all the trains will run as scheduled from this afternoon.

Railway strike postponed, but likely to be cancelled

Convenor of the Railway Operations and Monitoring Union: Lal Ariyarathne says, the Railway Strike that was due to be launched from midnight today, has been postponed to 12:00 noon tomorrow.
Discussions were held between the government and the Railway Operations and Monitoring Union this morning. The government requested for a period of two weeks for solutions to be given to the demands put forward by the Union. The Convenor of the Union said, there is a possibility to abandon the proposed trade union action, should the government arrive at an agreement regarding their demands.

Golden Peacock Medal found

The Golden Peacock Medal bestowed by India to veteran film producer: Dr Lester James Peiris, that went missing during his funeral, has been recovered. Police spokesman: SP Ruwan Gunasekera said, it was found in Kollupitiya this morning, abandoned in a 177-Kaduwala-Kollupitiya bus. The Police were notified of the find, by the driver and the conductor of the bus.

Dr. Lester James Peiris had received this medal when “Gamperaliya” won the Golden Peacock Award for the Best Feature Film at the 3rd New Delhi Film Festival in 1965.

Chief of President's staff and the chairman of the state timber corporation who were arrested on bribery charges have been remanded until the 9th of this month.

President’s Chief of Staff Dr I.H.K. Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation P. Dissanayake, who were arrested yesterday for accepting a bribe of 20 million rupees, were remanded until 9th of this month. Colombo chief magistrate has ordered them to be remanded when they were produced before the court this morning. The suspects were arrested by Bribery Commission officers yesterday evening while accepting a bribe of 20 million rupees from an Indian businessman. This is with regard to a deal in the shares of the Kantale sugar factory. A Bribery Commission official said the suspects had solicited a bribe of 560 million rupees from the businessman but had later agreed to reduce it to 100 million rupees.
The duo had been arrested in the car park of a five star hotel in Colombo while accepting 20 million rupees as an advance payment.

The Special Commodity Tax imposed on imported big onions and potatoes has been increased to 40 rupees per kilo

The Ministry of Finance says, the Special Commodity Tax imposed on imported big onions and potatoes has been increased to 40 rupees per kilogram, with effect from midnight yesterday.

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Accepting applications for the forthcoming GCE O/Level Examination, ends on the 15th of this month.

Accepting applications for the forthcoming GCE O/Level Examination, ends on the 15th of this month. Applications can be downloaded from the official website of the Department of Education: www.doenets.lk. Commissioner of Examinations: B. Sanath Poojitha requests students and principals to send their applications on or before the closing date, as applications received late will be rejected.

The new Cabinet was sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning


Following are the new ministers:

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Price of 12.5 kg Litro gas cylinder increased

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has given its approval to increase the price of a 12.5 kg LP Litro gas cylinder by 245/- Rupees with effect from midnight yesterday, sources said. Accordingly, the price of a 12.5 kg gas cylinder would be increased to 1,676 Rupees.

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Relevant documentation is being prepared, under the Extradition Law, to get down former Central Bank Governor: Arjuna Mahendran.


Colombo Fort Magistrate: Lanka Jayaratne, today ordered the owner of Perpetual Treasuries: Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer: Kasun Palisena who were in remand custody in connection with the bond scam, to be further remanded until the 10th of May.

The relevant documentation is being prepared under the Extradition Law to get down to Sri Lanka the chief suspect in the case, former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran. A Red notice has been issued by Interpol across 192 countries.


A retired Lieutenant of the Sri Lanka Navy, who had served as the Operations Manager of the Avant Garde Floating Armoury, was arrested by the CID this morning. The suspect, Nilupul De Costa, a resident of Wanawasala Kelaniya, has been arrested in connection with the investigations being carried out by the CID on the vessel: ‘MV Avant Garde’, which was taken into custody by the Navy in 2015.
He is to be produced before the Galle Magistrates Court.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court re-issues an open warrant for the arrest of former ambassador to the US: Jaliya Wirckamasooriya

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court re-issued an open warrant for the arrest of the former ambassador to the US: Jaliya Wirckamasooriya who is currently on bail. Arrest warrants were also issued for his wife and sister. The twosome had got him released on bail, on the promise of handing him back, after treatment abroad. This arrest warrant was issued since Mr. Wickremasooriya failed to appear before court on the given dates, after being overseas for two months.
The FCID informed the court that investigations are being carried out in order to bring the former diplomat back to Sri Lanka.
Wickramasuriya has been charged with allegedly accepting a commission of 332,000 US dollars following a contract awarded to refurbish the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC, while he was serving as the Ambassador to the US, under the previous government.

Interpol has issued ‘Red Notice’ for former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran

 

Interpol has issued ‘Red Notice’ for former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran in connection with the investigations being carried out by the CID on the central bank Treasury bond scam. Police Media Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara announces that the red notice will be in effect in all countries and not just in a particular region

A decision to increase fuel prices to be taken only in consultation with the President and the Prime Minister.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says, a decision to increase fuel prices will be taken in consultation with the President and the Prime Minister. He disclosed this, speaking at an Aluth Avurudu ceremony at Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today. He will stay in the Island until tomorrow. During his two day short visit, he will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.

US GSP for Sri Lanka will be effective again from April 22.

Minister Rishard Badeudeen says the re-authorised US Generelized System of Preference (GSP) to Sri Lanka will be in effect from April 22. US President Donal Trump re-authorised US GSP facility for 120 beneficiary countries when he signed the US Omnibus Spending Bill on March 23. US is the leading buyer of Sri Lankan exports over the years and it continued its lead last year. Sri Lanka’s total exports to US last year was almost notching 3 Billion dollars threshold at 2.9 Billion dollars. This is a growth of 3.65 percent from 2016’s 2.8 Billion dollars.

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.

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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.

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