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Short term and long term plans will be implemented to minimize accidents along the railway tracks

 

The Railway Department says a systematic plan will be implemented to prevent railway accidents. Additional general manager of the Sri Lanka Railway Wijaya Samarasinghe says the accident prone areas will be identified and short term and long term plans will be implemented to prevent accidents in these places.

Railway commuters and pedestrians will be informed regarding proceedings trains by using public addressing systems at railway stations. The railway time table will also change to minimize accidents. Constructions close to the railway line will be discouraged. Mr. Samarasinghe added that a long term plan is underway to develop the coastal line with modern technology.

The final rites of the late Anunayaka of the Sri Lanka Ramagnya Nikaya, Ven. Girambe Ananda Thera, was conducted with full state patronage in Anuradhapura

 

The final rites of the late Chief Incumbent of the Sri Saarananda Pirivena in Anuradhapura and Anunayaka of the Sri Lanka Ramagnya Sect, Ven. Girambe Ananda Thera, was conducted with full state patronage, at the Walisinghe Harischandra grounds in Anuradhapura this evening. Participating at the cremation Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that the late Anu nayaka thera has rendered a great service to the Ramagnya Nikaya and the Buddha sasana. The Thera was acted to propagate the Buddha-Dhamma not only in Sri Lanka but also internationally.

The Prime Minister also said that the thera has expressed directly his ideology on political activities and appreciated the correct and criticized the wrong things. He recalled the advice and anusasanas given to him by the Thera in every occasion of his premiership.


Minister P Harrison presented the condolence message issued by the President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the funeral ceremony. Issuing a condolence message President Maithripala Sirisena the country is indebted to the immense contribution the Thera has made the Buddha sasana. Notably 250 student monks were absorbed to the sasana under the Thera. The president highlighted the tasks conducted by the Thera, such as providing shelters for the homeless and fulfilling the educational needs of the underprivileged children. The Thera fulfilled a service in silence to the society. The President added that the Thera passed away in an era where such great followers of The Buddha are a must for the country.

Delivering the anusasana the maha nayaka of the Ramagnya Nikaya Agga Maha Panditha Most Venerable Naapane Pemasiri thera said that the demise of Ven. Girambe (கிராம்பெ) Ananda Thera is a great loss to the Sambuddha Sasana. The Maha Nayakas of tri Nikayas, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Ministers and large crowd were present at the cremation ceremony

2,564 arrested violation of traffic law in island-wide operations

A total of 2,564 wanted suspects have been arrested for traffic violations during the operation, said following an island-wide operation earlier today. Meanwhile 4,735 cases have been filed, according to Police Media Unit.
The operations were carried out on the directions of Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara from 2 am until 6 am today with the participation 16,526 police officers.

The president has been invited to attend the international solar alliance conference to be held in India.

The International Solar Alliance Founding Conference and Solar Summit will be held in New Delhi on 11th March 2018. An invitation to grace the Conference, was handed over yesterday to President Maithripala Sirisena jointly by High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Ambassador of France Jean-Marin Schuh. Around 500 delegates from all over the world are expected to participate in the Conference including around 30 Heads of States and Government. Sri Lanka is a full-fledged member of International Solar Alliance . As on date, 54 countries have signed the Alliance.

Several kidney disease prevention projects in 12 districts are in progress .

Director of the task force for the prevention of kidney diseases Asela Iddawela says that, it is the aim of the president to commence formal treatment for renal patients by 2020 with a target of eliminating the disease from the country after identifying the causes. Participating in a programme of the SLKBC this morning he said, several projects are being carried out in 12 districts in this regard. Nearly 600 thousand people have been tested for renal diseases.

Consultant Dr.Ranasiri Hewage said that, they need full involvement and support of the people to achieve the target of renal disease prevention programme. He advises the people to attend renal testing clinics at least once a year and follow the instructions issued by the medical staff.

Annual feast of St.Anthoney's Church in Katchathivu is celebrated with the participantion of 8 thousand devotees.

The annual feast of St. Anthony's Church Kachchativu began yesterday, with the hoisting of the flag staff.
The Festive High Mass was celebrated this morning.

Holy Mass was celebrated in both the Sinhala and Tamil languages by Bishop of Galle, Rt. Reverend Raymond Wickremesinghe and Bishop of Jaffna, Rt. Reverend Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam respectively.


About 8,000 devotees from India and Sri Lanka attended the feast today. Deputy minister Wijaya Kala Maheshwara and chief of defence staff Admiral Ravindra Wijayagunarathne were also present. The Sri Lanka Navy had been vested with the responsibility of providing transportation, sanitary and lodging facilities for the devotees. Special security arrangements are also in place.

The Sugar manufacturing season of the Sewanagala Sugar Factory commences tomorrow.

The sugar manufacturing season 2018 of the Sevenagala  sugar company will commence tomorrow. The target is to produce 20,000 metric tons of sugar by crushing 250 thousand metric tons of sugar cane. With the commencement of the manufacturing season about 4000 farmer families who are engaged in sugar cane cultivation allied service providers will be  benefitted.

The Prime Minister states that a special committee will be appointed next week for the restructuring of the UNP.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says the cabinet reshuffle will take place with the mediation of president. The premier revealed this information during a meeting with UNP ministers held at temple trees yesterday. The UNP is committed to create a new generation of young leaders. The premier further said that a special committee will be appointed next week to restructure the party.

The GMOA highly appreciates the solutions given by the President for the SAITM issue.

The Government Medical Officers' Association commended the President's decision to enroll the SAITM students to the Medical Faculty of Kothalawala Defence University in order to solve the SAITM issue. The GMOA representatives made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday. Addressing the media, Secretary to the Association Haritha Aluthge said the President has given a straightforward, just and fair solution to the long standing problem. Chairman of the SAITM Medical Students Parents' Association and Chairman of the Government Medical Faculty Students' Parents' Association jointly thanked the president for providing a reasonable solution to the students.

The Festive High Mass of St. Anthony's Church, Kachchathivu will be celebrated today.

The annual feast of St. Anthony's Church Kachchativu began yesterday, with the hoisting of the flag staff.
The Festive High Mass will be celebrated today.

All necessary arrangements are in place to provide basic facilities to the devotees expected to flock to the island from both Sri Lanka and India. The Sri Lanka Navy has been vested with the responsibility of providing transportation, sanitary and lodging facilities for the devotees. Special security arrangements are also in place.

Holy Mass will be celebrated in both the Sinhala and Tamil languages. Bishop of Galle, Rt. Reverend Raymond Wickremesinghe will celebrate Mass in Sinhala, while Bishop of Jaffna, Rt. Reverend Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam will celebrate Mass in Tamil.