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The President addresses an international summit in Georgia today

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Gerogia yesterday to attend the 5th Session of Open Government Partnership. The President arrived in the Shota Rustavelli International airport in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, where he was welcomed by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, George Sharvashidze.

The President will attend the 5th Open Government Global Summit. The OGP 2018 Global Summit will focus on civic engagement, fighting against corruption, and public service delivery.

Sri Lanka was offered membership of the Open Government Partnership in 2015, following the election of President Maithripala Sirisena, whose commitment to fight corruption gained international attention. President Sirisena will take part in the summit’s key High Level panel discussion today. President Sirisena will also hold a bilateral meeting with the Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

The Prime Minister says government's aim is to make Sri Lanka a trade hub

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says government's aim is to make Sri Lanka an international trade hub. To achieve this target Sri Lanka needs a group of professionals who are expertize in providing goods and services. Sri Lankan manufacturers should be competent enough to secure the right quota in world trade. The Prime Minister made these remarks at a ceremony held in Colombo yesterday. Hambantota and Colombo harbours will be developed.

Unemployed graduates to be employed, within the course of 2018/2019

State Minister Dr Harsha De Silva says, all unemployed graduates will be provided with employment, within the course of this year and next year. Speaking in Parliament yesterday he said, this move will come into effect under 4 stages.

Thereby, all those who have graduated before the 30th of June 2018, will be employed. The State Minister further stated, although the upper age limit for recruitment was 35 years, with cabinet approval it was extended to 45 years. He added, when providing employment opportunities, both internal and external degree holders, will benefit alike.

The new model village Kanchadeva-gama built at Siribopura in Hambantota will be vested in the public today

The new model village Kanchadeva-gama built at Siribopura in Hambantota will be vested in the public today under the patronage of Minister Sajith Premadasa. This village has 34 houses will all infrastructure facilities. In line with the opening ceremony, the minister will distribute housing loans and loans for self employment for over 200 beneficiaries.

President Maithripala Sirisena will tour Georgia today to attend the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena will tour Georgia today to attend the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018. The objective of this summit is to work against corruption. Various topics including 'Empowering Citizens' and 'Promoting Transparency' will be taken up for discussion. President Sirisena is due to address this summit as well.

Meanwhile, the President attended the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry and the 6th World Forest Week in Rome.

Addressing the summit the President said that Sri Lanka is committed to protect the present forest cover and to develop the forest cover, up to 32 percent. The President said that, Humans get many social and economic benefits from forests. He further said that, all member countries should collectively commit themselves to overcome challenges although the agenda is complex. He said the government is implementing several programmes including planting of five million plants by 2020.

The sessions will explore the contributions that forests can make in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

The prime minister says, tee aim of the government is to eliminate drug trade by disrupting the supply chain

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that, the aim of the government is to disrupt drug supply chain and to eliminate that drug trade. He said that, the previous government took legal action only against the people who distribute drugs and political protection as given to large scale drug racketeers. The Prime Minister said this at the opening of Ibbagamuwa district secretariat auditorium recently.

Meanwhile, JVP leader parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake also expressed his views on this subject. He said in parliament that many drug kingpins operated during the Rajapaksa regime. These drug dealers had close links with Rajapaksas.

Addressing the House Minister Duminda Dissanayake said the main drug dealers during the previous regime were given political protection and backing. The country at present is undergoing problems related to drug menace due to these passed incidents.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera emphasised the importance of providing necessary powers and strengthening the police to control the drug trafficking in the country

Allocating seats on the buses from the home through the telephone service has been launched

Allocating seats on the buses from the home through the telephone service has been launched. The new service will provide the commuters and passengers of long distance bus transport to book their tickets without any hindrance. The service is known as 'SLTB Express'. Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation says Sri Lanka Transport Board has made these arrangement for the benefit of the commuters. The commuters can book their tickets through online service available in the web. They can select the location of the seat inside the bus. This will give a comprehensive facility for the commuters and passengers

Another housing scheme for estate workers with the support of Indian government

Another housing scheme will be implemented for the benefit of estate workers with the support of Indian government. Minister of Upcountry, new villages and rural Development P. Digambaran made these remarks after placing foundation stone for the construction of another 80 houses. The Minister further said this project is being implemented under the guidance of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The Minister also stated this housing scheme will be further extended by 2020. The Minister wishes the Prime Minister that Mr. Wickremasinghe will become the leader of this country in 2020. 50 housing units in Agarapathana and 25 houses in Bogawanthalawa will be constructed.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne responds to media reports about a lifting of the ban on glyphosates

According to Minister Rajitha Senarathne, the registrar of pesticides cannot act beyond cabinet decisions to lift the ban on glyphosates. Imposed in 2015 for all crops, the ban was lifted last year with cabinet approval only for tea and rubber. The Minister is responding to media reports that the registrar of pesticides has lifted the ban on all crops.

The government plans to resolve the human-elephant conflict within the next one year

Minister Sarath Fonseka says the human-elephant conflict will be resolved within the next one year. He gave the promise during a visit today to Suriyawewa where threats from elephants are rampant. He was accompanied in the tour by his Deputy Palitha Thewarapperuma. Minister Fonseka also looked into unauthorized cultivations in forest reserves.