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The Prime Minister plays down newspaper claims of a revival of the LTTE

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says national unity and brotherhood among the communities became possible only in 2015. According to him, the end of the war six years earlier was a victory for the extremists and a defeat for the country. He made the remark at a discussion at the Jaffna district secretariat today.


Discarded vegetables and fruits will feed wild elephants at Horowpothana

Vegetables and fruits discarded from the Dambulla economic centre are to be used for the feeding of wild elephants at the Horowpothana elephant detention centre. Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma today oversaw the transportation of one consignment by lorries. He says the step will help pacify the wild elephants at the detention centre.

The Premier says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka programme will be a great support in restoring the capital of the Northern Province that was destroyed during the war

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinge says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka programme launched by the government will be a great support in restoring the destroyed capital of the Northern Province during the war. The Premier was speaking at the inauguration of the Enterprise Sri Lanka Lending Counter at the Jaffna Branch of Bank of Ceylon, today.


The progress Sri Lanka has attained, appraised during the President's tour of Rome and Georgia

Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna says, the progress Sri Lanka has attained was specifically appraised during the President's tour of Rome and Georgia. Speaking at a media briefing held at the Government Information Centre this morning, the Deputy Minister said, at the 'Forest Summit' in Rome, Sri Lanka was identified as a country that has the lowest level of de-forestation.


A new Railway Control Room equipped with new technology, to be constructed between the Maradana and Colombo Fort Railway Stations

General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways: SM Abeywickrama says, a new Railway Control Room equipped with new technology will be constructed between the Maradana and Colombo Fort Railway Stations.
Aid will be obtained from the the Asian Development Bank for this purpose.
Construction work will be carried out under three stages. This Control Room will be equipped to cater to the proposed light rail system, and the Megapolis Programme which will include the proposed rail track which will run via Kaduwela-Battaramulla.
Mr Abeywickrama says, Railway Signal Systems will be modernized, while automated rail gate systems will be implemented.

The Treasury begins initial activities of the 2019 Budget

The Treasury has begun its initial work in formulating the 2019 Budget. Deputy Secretary to the Treasury: S R Atigala says, views and proposals of civil organizations, the business community, trade unions and the public, will be sought. Mr Atigala added, when giving consideration to views and proposals, the relevant parties will be called to discuss, if necessary.

300 Suvaseriya ambulances to the northern proivince

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that an industrial zone will be established in the northern province in future. Several development projects will be developed under the medium and long term programme in the province. The first development programme in the Northern Province implemented under the Gamperaliya programme was commenced in Kilinochchi yesterday under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Grain processing centre constructed in Kilinochchi was also vested with the public.


Archbishop Emeritus Rt. Rev. Dr. Oswald Thomas Colman Gomis celebrates the Golden Jubilee


SLTB makes record profits last year

Deputy Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Asoka Abeysinghe said Sri Lanka Transport Board has managed to turn around its fate from a loss-making company, recording a profit of 1.5 billion rupees in 2017. This profit comes after settling overdue employment benefits, ending the loss-making trend over the last seven years.


The President reiterates that the government's decision to impose the death penalty will not be changed