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The Minister of Power and Energy says that there is no room for power crisis in the country

Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says Sri Lanka is planning to build 3 liquefied natural gas power plants in the future as a solution to rising demand for electricity. He said that relevant Cabinet paper was submitted to the Cabinet meeting and it was ratified to take necessary actions. Accordingly, he said 3 LNG power plants with a total output of 1400 megawatts will be built. India, China and Japan will assist to build them, the Minister said.

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Most revered Relics from Saranath would be in Sri Lanka for public exposition, on the occasion of Vesak.


The High Commission of India has announced that the most revered Relics from Saranath would be in Sri Lanka for public exposition on the occasion of Vesak. This is the first time these Sacred Relics are being brought to Sri Lanka. The public can pay homage to the Relics at Temple Trees from the 28th of April to the 2nd of May.
These Relics are enshrined at the Mulagandhakuti Vihara at Saranath in India. Saranath is historically significant, since Lord Buddha preached his first sermon there.

This is the second time that the High Commission of India has taken an initiative to exhibit the sacred relics of Lord Buddha in Sri Lanka. The first time was the exhibition of the Kapilavastu Relics in 2012.

The UNP Working Committee ratifies names proposed by politburo, for top party posts.


The UNP Working Committee this morning ratified the names proposed by the United National Party politburo for the top party posts. Former General Secretary and Minister, Kabir Hashim was appointed party Chairman.

Education Minister: Akila Viraj Kariyawasam was appointed General Secretary, while Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake was appointed the National Organizer.

State Minister Harsha De Silva was appointed as the Treasurer, while Ruwan Wijewardene was appointed the Deputy General Secretary. State Minister Ajith P. Perera will be the Trade Union Secretary.

Minister Sajith Premadasa was re-appointed as the Deputy Leader and Ravi Karunanayake as Assistant Leader.

Minister Harin Fernando was appointed as the Communication and Propaganda Secretary of the party.

The President instructs the officials of the public utility commission to accelerate the long term power generation plan which is scheduled from 2018 to 2037.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the officials of the public utility commission to accelerate the long term power generation plan which is scheduled from 2018 to 2037. At a discussion held at the presidential secretariat yesterday the President said that the Ceylon Electricity Board has already prepared the long term power supply plan and submitted to the cabinet for approval. The President stressed the need to implement this without delay by solving any problem in this regard. The President also pointed out the need to take humanitarian decision in solving the problems of the public without harassing them. The President requests the electricity engineers to not to take trade union action to meet their demand and always take negotiable means.
Meanwhile, a ceremony to felicitate the players who showed their talents and bagged medals for the country at the commonwealth games in Australia was held at the president's secretariat yesterday under patronage of the President. The President expressed his heart felt thanks to these players and pledged the utmost support of the government for their future activities.

The Vesak week commences today - The state Vesak festival will be held in Bingiriya Rajamaha viharaya.


The Vesak week begins today. The Vesak week will be commemorated under the theme "Demunu Sitha Suwa Genade". Sil and meditation programs will be conducted islandwide during this week. The Dhamma School students with the support of youth organizations in the local areas will participate in sil campaigns at the Buddhist temples and viharayas islandwide.

Meanwhile, The state Wesak festival will be held in Devagiri Rajamaha Vihara temple in Bingiriya on Poya day 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. Sil campaigns have also been organized in the Temples during this week. Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrema Prera took part in a ceremony to offer the titles of justice of peace yesterday. He said that all should provide priority to Buddhist policies for spiritual development than conducting materialistic programme.

The UNP politburo yesterday named the new members to the important positions of the party.

The United National Party politburo yesterday named Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam as the General Secretary of the party while Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake was named the UNP National Organizer. Minister Kabir Hashim, the former General Secretary of the party, was named party Chairman.

State Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva was named as the Treasurer of the party while Ruwan Wijewardene was appointed the Deputy General Secretary and State Minister Ajith P. Perera the Trade Union Secretary. Minister Sajith Premadasa will remain as the Deputy Leader while Ravi Karunanayake will continue as Assistant Leader.

Mr. Kariyawasam, who confirmed that he had been named as the new General Secretary of the party, said the other positions will be finalized at the meeting of the working committee.

The Sri Lanka Freedom party will undergo a complete restructuring process.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says the Central Committee of SLFP decided to conduct that the May rally on 07th May in Batticaloa. The SLFP Central Committee has taken this decision during the meeting headed by the President Maithreepala Sirisena recently. A May Day procession will be organized with the participation of SLFP politicians, supporters and trade union members. The Minister also said a ceremony to felicitate the services rendered by late SLFP stalwarts such as T.B.Ilangarathna and Alew Maulana will be held in BMICH Colombo on 1st of May. At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday Minister Samarasinghe further said that the party reorganizing activities will be carried out under the patronage of the president. A committee headed by Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva has been appointed to organize the May Day Rally. The minister added that the president met 53 commonwealth leaders at the London CHOGEM and has arranged to many benefits from those countries to Sri Lanka.

A sports village will be established in each district.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says sports model villages will be set up in all districts for talented players who do not have a block of land of their own. At a ceremony held at his ministry yesterday, he said that a proper plan to provide houses for all who needed them has been implemented at present. The Minister presented a 3.5 million worth house at the Sayurapura Housing Complex to Sri Lanka National Karate team player D.P.B Dinusha Kumari yesterday. The House was constructed under the theme of "Shelter for all" Project.

The Minister also stated construction work of 672 re-awakening villages has already commences. Out of which 59 have already completed. Meanwhile, the construction work of 25 housing villages for the benefit of the three forces has already commenced.

The President instructs the public utility commission to accelerate the long term power generation plan.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the officials of the public utility commission to accelerate the long term power generation plan which is scheduled from 2018 to 2037. At a discussion held at the presidential secretariat today the President said that the Ceylon electricity board has already prepared the long term power supply plan and submitted to the cabinet for approval. The President stressed the need to implement this without delay by solving any problem in this regard.  The President also pointed out the need to take humanitarian decision in solving the problems of the public without harassing them.  The President requests the electricity engineers to not to take trade union action to meet their demand and always take negotiable means.

The President felicitates the players who showed their talents at the commonwealth games.


A ceremony to felicitate the players who showed their talents and bagged medals for the country at the commonwealth games in Australia was held at the president's secretariat today under patronage of the President. The President expressed his heart felt thanks to these players and pledged the utmost support of the government for their future activities.