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Sri Lanka's Army Commander meets the Prime Minister of Pakistan

Commander of the Army: Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, in what could be regarded as a landmark milestone of the friendship that prevails between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, had the rare privilege of extending courtesies and having a cordial and fruitful bilateral discussion with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on defence cooperation, recently.
The wide-ranging discussion that ensued, touched on a broad spectrum of defence issues and other related concerns, such as the Prevention of Drug-trafficking, Countering of non-traditional threats, the Sri Lanka Army’s 5R Concept which is Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Re-integration, Resettlement and Reconciliation. Attention was also placed on the transformation of Sri Lanka Army to be that of a capacity-based organization to suit modern needs. Measures in effect to win hearts and minds of the public in the North and East, the Army’s engagement with civilians and its contribution to their well-being, the resettlement of IDPs in their own plots of land, and the Maintenance of high standards of discipline among troops were also elaborated.
Pakistan’s Premier visibly impressed with the roles being played by the Sri Lanka Army after its historic win over terrorism a few years ago, pledged his government’s full cooperation towards the multitude of public services being carried out by the Army, as well as by the government, for the greater benefit of all citizens.

A project launched to uplift aqua-farming, by conserving and developing 18 lagoons and 300 inland reservoirs in the Wet Zone

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will launch a project to uplift aqua-farming by conserving and developing 18 lagoons and 300 inland reservoirs in the Wet Zone.  Cabinet approval has been received for this project that will be launched at the cost of 10 million rupees. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, explaining the objectives of this project says, it focuses upon enhancing the fish harvest, generating new employment opportunities, upgrading industries affiliated to the tourism industry, and the launch of processing fish products and value added services.  Economic growth in the rural sector together with an increase in foreign income is anticipated.

The President says the advices and anusasanas of Maha Sangha will be considered when taking important decisions for the country

The President says the advices and anusasanas of Maha Sangha will be considered when taking important decisions for the country. He said that his policy is to adhere to advices and anusasanas of the maha sangha when ruling the country. He made these remarks addressing the State Vesak ceremony held at the Bingiriya Devagiri Raja Maha Viharaya in Kurunegala this afternoon.

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New national organizer of the United National Party says that new culture will be built in the party

New national organizer of the United National Party Minister Navin Dissanayaka says new culture will be built in the party.  He made this remark at a media briefing held at the Sirikotha Party Headquarters today.  He also stated that the UNP members who suffered due to political revenges during the past period will be given compensations speedily.

The State Vesak festival will be held today at Kurunegala Bingiriya Devagiri Rajamaha Viharaya under the patronage of President and the Prime Minister

The state Vesak festival will be held in Devagiri Rajamaha Vihara temple in Bingiriya today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Many religious programmes have been organized in temples and Buddhsit centers, schools and government institutions island wide during this week. 

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The President says, the school is the best place to propagate the message of national reconciliation within the society.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, the school is the best place to propagate the message of national reconciliation within the society. Participating in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Zahira College in Anuradhapura, the president said, that the schools, where students from all communities and religious groups study together contribute a lot to build up a national reconciliation.

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The relics brought from India and Pakistan and the ancient Dipankara Buddha statue from Nepal and Bhutan, Sakyamuni Buddha statue and several other historical value artifacts will be exhibited in the Temple Trees.

All arrangements have been finalised to conduct Buddha Rashmi Wesak Zone on a grand manner organised by the Prime Minister's office and the Hunupitiya Gangarama Vihara. The relics brought from India and Pakistan and the ancient Dipankara Buddha statue from Nepal and Bhutan, Sakyamuni Buddha statue and several other historical value artifacts will be exhibited in the Temple Trees.

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The new Cabinet which will sworn-in after May Day, will pay attention on solving the problems presented by the Maha Sangha to the government.

President Maithripala Sirisena requests the general public to join hands to take the Buddhist principles as a message to local residents and to world countries to establish a disciplined noble society in the country. The President also requests the Buddhist population to get ready to spread this news to the world countries. The president made these remarks at a credential presentation ceremony held last afternoon at Dambulla Sri Valagamba Maha Piriven Viharaya.

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A solution will be provided to the farmers affected due to the price drop in vegetable prices

A special discussion was held under President's advice to address the issues faced by farmers in the dry zone due to sudden drop of vegetable prices. This discussion was held under the chairmanship of Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama and President's Secretary Austin Fernando yesterday at Presidential Secretariat.

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The Central Bank predicts 5.5 economic growth by the end of this year

The stabilisation policy measures taken by the Central Bank and the government in the past two years has resulted in reserves increasing from US dollars 8 billion by end 2017 to a historic 9.88 billion US dollars, said Governor Central Bank, Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday. He expressed these views after submitting the Central Bank Annual report to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

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