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Prime Minister holds bilateral talks with Tajikistan President.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe holds bilateral talks with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon. The meeting took place this afternoon in Colombo. The discussion focused on promoting bilateral ties in trade, investment and gem industry. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe expressed confidence on building bilateral ties with Tajikistan to promote Sri Lankan products in the world market.

A special dengue elimination programme has been implemented throughout the island.

A special dengue elimination programme has been implemented throughout the island with the help of all MoH offices. They will carryout fumigation to eliminate mosquito menace. Members of three armed force, police, civil defence force and public health officials will also join this occasion. The special dengue prevention programme continues today. The main objective is to identify the mosquito breeding places and destroy them with the help of mosquito control Exterminators.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of health says dengue is spreading in many districts. Particularly, the disease is prevalent in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Jaffna, Rathnapura, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Batticaloa and Ampara. The Ministry states that leave from duty of health officers in 10 districts where the treat is high has been cancelled. A special circular has been issued in this regard. Meanwhile, the ministry says 25,000 rupee fine will be imposed on the people who run dengue mosquito breeding places. 74 deaths have been reported due to dengue this year.

The President emphasizes many problems can be solved through Buddhist teaching.

President Maithripala Sirisena says many problems can be solved through Buddhist teaching. The Buddhism has been an inspiration for the nation. Sri Lanka being a Buddhist nation has set a good example to the other countries of the region. President Sirisena points out some problems in the past were occurred due to not following the Buddhist principles.

President made these remarks at a religious programme held at Kandy Nelligala International Buddhist Center. He further said a real Buddhist will exhibit his qualities through meaningful action. The Buddhism has all important principles to guide the society and the nation.

Many MoUs are established between Sri Lanka and Tajikistan.

President of Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon who is engaged in a state visit to Sri Lanka met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning. Bilateral discussions were held subsequently. The official ceremony to welcome Tajikistan leader was held at the Presidential Secretariat.

The leader of the two counties discussed many points related to different fields. Tajikistan shows interest on investing in various sectors including tourist promotion, gem industry, apparel sector and sports sector as well. Tajikistan PResi Emomali Rahmon further said his country is interested to exchange the technical know-how and a friendly relationship between the youth communities of the countries. Tajikistan will enter into several MoUs including cooperative partnership of political, tourism, physical exercises and sports sectors.

Few more MoUs will be signed between the two countries to promote the Sri Lankan products in international markets. President Sirisena reiterated that Sri Lanka is determined to push forward while overcoming the economic challenges. Sri Lanka will march forward with a rapid development programme along with the support of Tajikistan. The discussion also focused the ways and means that Sri Lankan business community can invest in various sectors of Tajikistan. The bilateral talks also focused on promoting the trade and economic ties between the two countries. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was also present at this occasion.

Ministers Sajith Premadasa reveals information with regarding to the improper recruitment occurred at Hambantota Port during the previous regime.

Minister Sajith Premadasa alleges the previous government has recruited employees of the Hambantota port not for the Port Authority, but for a private company. The information regarding this has come to light now. Minister Sajith Premadasa made these remarks at a foundation stone laying ceremony held this morning at the proposed Hambantota
Naagara-wewa Udaa-gammana housing project site. He further said the housing project is being implemented with the sole purpose of creating ”shelter for all" in this country.
Udaa-gammana housing project has been a pioneer project based on the Gam-Udawa concept of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa.

A meeting held between Sri Lankan and Tajikistan leaders.

President of Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon who is engaged in a state visit to Sri Lanka met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning. Bilateral discussions were held subsequently. The official ceremony to welcome Tajikistan leader was held at the Presidential Secretariat. President Rahmon will visit the National Gem and Jewelry Authority this evening. Subsequently, he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

A secretariat to monitor organizing activities of UN Vesak day celebrations to be held in Sri Lanka next year.

Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana Chandrapema Gamage says arrangements are now being finalized for the United Nations Vesak Day celebrations to be held in Sri Lanka next year. The government has allocated 250 million rupees for the organizing activities. A secretariat to monitor its activities will be declared open on Friday under the auspices of Minister Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa. It is situated at No. 115 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo. Furthermore, several committees have also been appointed to look into the organizing activities of UN Vesak Day Celebrations.

The ceremony in this regard will be held at the BMICH on 12th of May next year. 25 head of states will be invited for the ceremony. An international Buddhist conference will be held on the following day at Sri Dalada Maligawa. Members of the Maha Sangha and invitees from various countries will attend the event. A delegation of United Nations is to arrive in the country at the beginning next year to discuss the organizing activities of the event.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana Chandrapema Gamage says the government has planned to celebrate the 2561st Buddhist Era which dawns next year on a grand scale. Religious programmes in this regard will be held centering all divisional secretariats throughout next month.

Use of polythene and plastic water bottles to be banned during the Sripada season.

Sri-paada pilgrimage season commences today. The procession carrying the Relics Casket and the sacred objects which commenced from the Sripada Raja Maha Vihara at Galpotthawala in Pelmadulla which reached Sri-paada yesterday were placed at Sri-Paada Maluwa early this morning. Nuwara Eliya District Secretary K.H.A Meegasmulla told the SLBC that taking polythene and plastic water bottles to Sri-Paada sanctuary during the pilgrimage season is prohibited.

Furthermore, outlets situated along the road from Nallathanniya to Sri-Paada are also not allowed to sell them. The Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat Office has commenced a programme to provide 40,000 cloth bags to keep belongings and essential items. The Litro Gas Company is sponsoring this initiative. In addition all the outlets within Sri-Paada sanctuary will be provided with 1,000 waste bins.

The President of Tajikistan visits Sri Lanka.

President of Islamic Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon has arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon for a three-day State Visit. He is scheduled to hold discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in Colombo. He will also sign several agreements, visit Kandy, and meet Sri Lankan business community during his stay in the country and will leave the country on Wednesday.

Kalashoori Sathischandra Edirisinge felicitated by the President.


President Maithripala Sirisena says veteran artiste Kalashoori Sathischandra Edirisinge has contributed for better society in different fronts. He added that his contribution for carrying out programmes targeting helpless people is highly appreciable. President Maithripala Sirisena made these comments at a felicitation ceremony held for Sathischandra Edirisinge at the Kularathna Hall of Ananda College Colombo yesterday. The event was organized to mark the 75th birthday of him. He has been active in art field for more than 55 years.