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The government grants aid for several families affected by the Salawa bomb explosion.

Divisional secretary of Seethawaka M.M.S.K. Bandara says the ministry of disaster management has allocated money to provide 50 thousand rupees each for 41 families who were affected by the Kosgama Salawa explosion to construct temporary houses.

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The 70th Upasampada ceremony of the Sri Lanka Ramannaya Nikaya will be held this afternoon under the patronage of the President.

State ceremony of 70th Upasampada Vinayakarma of the Sri Lanka Ramannaya Nikaya will be held at the Public grounds of Panadura Urban council at 2.00 pm today.

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WFP assistance to flood victims


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing cash assistance to more than 40,000 people affected by recent floods in the hardest-hit districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle and Ratnapura.

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Accelerated inquiries into the missing of three billion rupees of the EPF of the Ceylon Electricity Board.

Minister of Power and Energy has instructed the relevant officials to accelerate inquiries into the missing of three billion rupees of the Employees Provident Fund of the Ceylon Electricity Board. A complaint was filed with the Criminal Investigations Department in this regard by the Minister. The complaint notes that the funds had been invested in treasury bills in 2009 and adds that, however, what happened to the funds remains a mystery. At a discussion held with the representatives of the all trade unions of the Board yesterday, the Minister pledged that stern action will be taken against the culprits disregarding their political powers.

UN Tourism Organization hold a top level forum in Sri Lanka from 11th to the 14th of this month.

The World Tourism Organisation and Sri Lanka Tourism will hold a conference on 'Tourism: A Catalyst for Development, Peace and Reconciliation' in Passikudah from 11th to 14th this month. Prominent personalities including the Secretary General of the UNWTO, a number of tourism experts and over 60 international delegates will be attending this high profile conference. As part of the programme the delegates are scheduled to tour Trincomalee and Jaffna to obtain a first-hand experience of these tourism hubs in the east and north respectively. World Tourism Organization is the United Nation’s specialized agency mandated with the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

The Bill on the Sri Lanka National Research Council was passed in Parliament.

The Bill on the Sri Lanka National Research Council was passed in Parliament today. Minister Susil Premajayanth presented to the bill to the House. Joining the debate over the Bill Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that country's cities will be made smart cities and people will be made smart too. He added that the aim of the programme is to create a smart country eventually.

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NVQ qualification will be equal national examination levels.

The government has decided to a recognize NVQ qualification as one of national examination levels. Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Mahinda Samarasinghe says NVQ three qualification will be equal to G.C.E O-Level and NVQ four will be equal to G.C.E. A-Level.

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The Minister of Finance says that the government has sufficient amount of money to develop the country.

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said that the government has sufficient amount of money to develop the country. He added that some foreign countries and international organizations have also extended their support to country's progress. Minister Karunanayake was speaking in Parliament today.

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A solution to the Indo-Sri Lanka fishing problem during this year.

The Prime Minister further said that measures have been taken to advise the district secretaries to provide necessary facilities to the people affected by the floods during the recent past.

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The government decides to provide 50 percent relief assistance or a loan to produce over 55 feet fishing crafts.

The government has decided to provide 50 percent relief assistance or a loan to the fishing industrialists to produce over 55 feet fishing crafts,  to engage in fishing activities in international  waters.  At present,  the fishermen are using fishing boats with a length of less  than 41 feet in their fishing activities.

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