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The Government Information Department stresses it is only customary that the President makes a speech at the inaugural session of parliament

A new session of the House is due to commence on May 08th after President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued parliament on April 12th. The Government Information Department refutes as false and misleading the reports in certain media that the government,

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The President says a country's customs and traditions are more important than the law

President Maithripala Sirisena says a country finds its customs and traditions to be more important than the law. He was speaking as the chief guest at the annual Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival in London yesterday. The President commended the contributions being made by Sri Lankan communities abroad towards giving the pride of place to their motherland in the global arena.

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The second term of government schools commences today

The second term of government schools commences today. Muslim schools began their second term on April 18th.

The Education Ministry has instructed principals to carry out programmes to promote religious reconciliation among the children during a Vesak week that begins on April 26th.

The UNP and the SLFP discuss forming a new government

According to Deputy Minister J.C. Alawathuwala, the UNP and the SLFP will join together again to form a new government soon. He also says the discussions between the President and the Prime Minister will decide a new cabinet. The Deputy Minister adds the new ministers will be appointed scientifically.

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The UNP expects to agree on the composition of its new office bearers by April 26th

The UNP expects to reach agreement on the composition of its new office bearers by April 26th when the party's working committee meets to take a decision. State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says a committee appointed to oversee the task could agree on the appointments by that date

The GSP Plus scheme of the United States returns to benefit 120 countries including Sri Lanka.

The GSP Plus scheme of the United States comes into force today to benefit 120 countries including Sri Lanka. The US government has announced the resumption of the duty free entry of around 3,400 items to the country until the end of 2020. A Director of the Ministry of Commerce D.M. Ratnayake said Sri Lanka would receive significant returns from this export concession. Sri Lanka's exports to the US amounted to around three billion dollars last year.

A female accountant who is alleged to have misappropriated over 22.6 million rupees of Gampaha Sanasa bank has been arrested

The former female accountant of the Sanasa head office in Gampaha has been arrested in Kegalle area yesterday for misappropriating a sum of over 22.9 million rupees belongs to the Sanasa movement. She was first taken into custody at the Katunayake airport last Wednesday when she arrived the Island from Dubai. However, she had fled the custody of immigration and emigration officers and gone missing. Later the CID officials traced her via her mobile phone information. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that she was scheduled to produce before Gampaha Magistrate courts today.

Addressing the CHOGM in London the President said the Government will act with determination to usher a sustainable and secure future for the country’s people

 
President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Executive Sessions at Lancaster House in London yesterday said his Government will act with determination to usher a sustainable and secure future for the country’s people. The President said Sri Lanka like other countries was striving to achieve a prosperous future through sustainable social and economic development and environmental protection. President Sirisena went on to say that as an island nation, Sri Lanka was especially focusing on preserving and protecting its environment for the benefit of the future generations.
 
While noting that Sri Lanka occupies a strategic geographic location in the Indian Ocean, the President said his country was focusing to maximise this advantage to generate income and spur development at a time when Asia was playing an increasingly dominant role in the world economy.
 
He also said that Sri Lanka fully supports the Clean Ocean Alliance programme proposed by the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May warmly welcomed the President when he arrived at Lancaster House for the Executive Sessions.

Sri Lanka praised at CHOGM for its effort in protecting mangroves

 

Sri Lanka was feted as one of the top countries that comprehensively protect its mangrove forests at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 in London yesterday. During Commonwealth Heads of Government Executive sessions, Sri Lanka was chosen to spearhead efforts in restoring and protecting mangroves in commonwealth countries. A decision had been made to appoint a working committee under Sri Lanka’s leadership to monitor and carry out programmes to preserve mangroves. Since 2015, the programmes launched to protect mangroves under the leadership of the President garnered world praise.

The UNP's working committee and the parliamentary group will meet next week to discuss the continuing of national unity government

 
UNP sources say that the party's working committee and the parliamentary group will meet next week to discuss the continuing of national unity government up to 2020. The party will take a decision under the guidance of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in this connection. 
 
Meanwhile, the new office bearers of the UNP will be announced at the May Day rally which will be held on the 7th of May.