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The President arrives in London

President Maithripala Sirisena reached London this morning (April 16) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. He was received by the Commonwealth officials and Sri Lanka High Commission staff. A Sri Lakan child offered beetle leaves to receive the President in accordance with the traditional custom. A girl offered a boquet to Madam Jayanthi Sirisena.


A total of 379 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo during the last two days.

Deputy Director General of Colombo National Hospital Dr. Kumara Wickramasinghe says a total of 379 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo during the last two days. He said the number of accidents reported during the New Year had decreased by Three Percent in comparison to the same time last year. Meanwhile, 56 had been admitted during the period due to other violent incidents. Six incidents related to firecracker accidents were reported last year but only one incident had been reported this year.

The oil anointing state festival will be held in Attanagalla tomorrow


The national oil anointing ceremony will take place tomorrow at 10.16 am at Attanagalla Purana Raja Maha Viharaya, under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

The ceremony is jointly organized by the Health Ministry, Indigenous Medicine Ministry and the Department of Ayurveda. Oil anointing ceremonies have also been organized at rural level by the Ayurvedic Department.

The main objective of the festival is to promote health and to wish the people a long life.

14,200 houses will be constructed at grama sewa division levels

The government has started a programme to construct housing each grama sewa division. Accordingly, 14,200 houses will be constructed for the homeless families island wide. The programme was launched at the Thissamaharama divisional secretariat area recently under the patronage of Minister Sajith Premadasa. Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority L.S. Palansuriya says that this housing construction programme will be carried out with the labour contribution of housing beneficiaries.

Special bus services are available for the people who visited their village areas to come back to Colombo

Deputy General Manager of the Sri Lanka Transport Board P.T.R. Chandrasiri says adequate buses have been deployed for the people who visited their village areas to come back to Colombo. About 5,400 buses will operate from today to the 25th of this month. More buses will be deployed according to the need arisen in the coming days.

Water levels of the hydro power generating reservoirs are rising due to heavy rain

The Ministry of Power and Energy says water level of the power generating reservoirs have gone up at present due to rain experiencing in the catchment areas. Media spokesman to the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardane told to the SLBC that power supply can be continue in future without any disruption.

The President is due to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which begins on Monday.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to leave the island to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. CHOGM - 2018 is due to commence in London on Monday. The theme for this year is ‘Towards a Common Future’. The last summit was held in Malta. President Sirisena who will be on a 5 day tour of Britain will hold bilateral discussions with British Prime Minister Theresa May.


Additional bus and train services that have been put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the festive season, will continue to function.

Additional train services that have been put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the festive season, are functional. Seven special trains were deployed today.
Tomorrow, at 7.20pm, a train with an air condition compartment will leave the Colombo Fort railway Station bound for Bandarawela. Special trains will also be operational at 2.55pm from Maradana to Matara and at 8.00pm from Jaffna to Colombo Fort.


An E-Health Card to be issued to every citizen, by the year 2020.

The Ministry of Health announces, an E-Health Card with an individual identification number will be issued to every Sri Lankan citizen, by the year 2020.

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says, the objective of this system is to create a unique individual health report for every citizen and further strengthen the health information management system.


Sri Lanka celebrates the Sinhala and Tamil New Year jubilantly.

With the Sun, crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries in the celestial sphere, The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 8.13 this morning. Preparing meals for the New Year took place at 10.40am. The partaking of meals and engaging in transactions was set for 11.53am.

President Maithripala Sirisena, in his New Year message said, The Sinhala and Tamil New Year showcases the traditional riches we possess. By deeply studying this glorious cultural event, which harvests progressive values and ethics to the whole society, and by celebrating it, we can surely collect a 'bountiful harvest' of 'peace and prosperity'.
Sharing such great values with everybody, the President wished all Sri Lankans here and abroad, a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickrmasinghe issuing a New Year message said, 'the dawn of spring' brings the 'flourish of nature' and nourishes the human spirit, as we meditate on the ideas of co-operation, forgiveness and empathy for all life. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is the foremost national festivity celebrated across the country in the splendour of spring. The Premier pointed out, it provides the ideal setting to deepen our relationship with each other, and share our rich cultural heritage.

The SLBC aired the programme: 'Rata Wataa Avurudu' from 8.00am to 12.30pm over Sinhala National Service and all Regional Services, today. Bank of Ceylon sponsored this programme for the 28th consecutive year.