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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. 

The 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting commences with grandeur.

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says, it is the responsibility of the present generation to provide a solution to the National Issue.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says, it is the responsibility of the present generation to provide a solution to the National Issue. It is a crime to bequeath it to the next generation. He expressed these views addressing the Parliamentary Committee to uplift National and Religious Coexistence in Sri Lanka.

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Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the responsibility of public officials is to assist in the execution of government policy, regardless of which party is in power.

Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the responsibility of public officials is to assist in the execution of government policy, regardless of which party is in power. Such a service is a service to the nation and not a service to the President or the Prime Minister. He expressed these views participating at a ceremony held at his Ministry today. He affirmed that he will always stand by public officials and the duties they perform.

An fffective work plan will be implemented to promote British investors to make direct investments in various business ventures in Sri Lanka.


The British International Trade Minister Liam Fox said effective work plan will be implemented to promote British investors to make direct investments in various business ventures in Sri Lanka. Mr. Liam Fox made this assurance when he met the vising Sri Lankan President Maithipala Sirisena yesterday afternoon in London. The meeting was held in sideline of the CHOGM 2018 summit. The discussion also focused on strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries. President Maithripala Sirisena briefed the British Minister on the available venues and fields where the British businessmen can invest in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has shown considerable progress in foreign investment and tourist arrivals in the recent past. It is also noted that Sri Lanka gained many benefits from friendly foreign policy adopted during the last three years. Mr. Liam Fox pledged British government will extend the fullest support to Sri Lanka in its development, reconciliation and peace efforts.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake reiterates that there is no shortage for fertilizers in the country.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake reiterates that there is no shortage for fertilizers in the country. The Minister requested the farmers to obtain a receipt when purchasing the fertilizer from the sales outlets. He also said the consumers and farmers can make complaint by dialing 011 303 66 66 if the traders sell the fertilizers at higher prices than the government controlled price.

Minister of Disaster Management says there is no danger at the Udawalawe reservoir premises.


Minister of Disaster Management Ranjith Siyambalapitiya inspected the dam of the Udawalawe reservoir last morning. Thin cracks have appeared on the bridge which holds the sluice gates of the Udawalawe reservoir. On the account of exceeding the maximum water level, five sluice gates were opened recently.

Deputy Director of the maintenance Department of the Mahaweli Authority H.M. Kalubanda enlightened the Minister that the people should not have any fear regarding these cracks. The Mahaweli Authority is ready to take immediate action in any possible emergency situation.