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The Inter Islands Tourism Forum in Galle.


The Inter Islands Tourism Forum will commence today in Galle. The Forum will be held for three consecutive days with the aim of promoting the tourism in the southern province. The international islands general council has decided to promote different parts of the island in the world.

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Many Buddhist programmes will be implemented under state patronage inline with the International Vesak day ceremony.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the official ceremony of the International Vesak Day celebrations will be held in Colombo in May and many Buddhist programmes will be implemented under state patronage inline with this day.

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Views of Trade Unions were sought for the 2017 budget today.

Views of Trade Unions were sought for the 2017 budget today. Trade Union representatives submitted their proposals to Minister Ravi Karunayake at the Finance Ministry. The Trade Unions proposed that formal training should be imparted to those who are newly recruited to the Public Service.

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Fishing industry will be developed under proper plan during the next five years.

State Minister of Fisheries Delip Wedaarachchi says the fishing industry will be developed under proper plan during the next five years and the income by the industry will also be increased

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"Senehasaka Thotupala" will be vested with the public on the 28th of this month.

The special project named "Senehasaka Thotupala" that was dedicated to reconstruct Alimankada railway station will be vested with the public on the 28th of this month. The project was carried as a concerted effort of the teachers and the students of school islandwide.

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The President says allocations for Provincial Councils to be spent based on a circular on priority areas

President Maithripala Sirisena says he would issue a circular which indicates that the allocations for Provincial Councils should be spent, based on a document which recognized the priorities of development. He added that many injustices have been occurred in many provinces due to spending of money over the personnel opinions of individuals, without recognizing the priorities of development.

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Govt commends UN's role in SL

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the United Nations.

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Main suspect of the Mattakkuliya incident identified

Main suspect of the Mattakkuliya shooting incident has been identified. The magistrate inquiry and the postmortems regarding the persons who died from the incident will be held today. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara says the Colombo Crimes Division is carrying out the investigations under the instructions of the IGP.

Meanwhile former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathne has been remanded. The court had issued a warrant after he was indicted by the Attorney General regarding an accident that took place in Year 2002. He surrendered to the Negombo police today. Additional Magistrate Kapila Dushmantha ordered the suspect to be remanded till 1st of next month after he was produced before the Negombo Magistrate court today.

Meanwhile parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera who had been remanded has been released on a cash bail of 25,000 rupees and two sureties of one million rupees.

2nd generator of Norachcholai Coal Power plant made functional

Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says another generator of the Norachcholai coal power plant was made operational yesterday. Therefore, two generators of the plant have now been switched on. 600 megawatts have been added to the national grid as a result of it. The Ministry expresses belief that its engineers will be able to repair the 3rd generator by the end of this week. It would add another 300 mega watts to the national grid.

Meanwhile adequate rains have not been received by the tanks of hydro power plants to increase the electricity generation. Therefore the electricity generated through hydro power still remains at 25 percent. Media spokesperson of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardhana says however there is no need disrupt the power supply. Most of the electricity is added to the national grid by using fuel. Therefore the CEB has to bear an additional expense. Sulakshana Jayawardhana emphasized however the public will not have to burden that amount.

Cultivation activities of Maha season to commence next month

The Water Management Committee has decided to commence the cultivation activities of Maha season next month. Therefore water will be issued to various districts on 1st, 5th, 10th and 15th of next month. Director General of Irrigation Saman Weerasinghe says a discussion in this regard is now being held under the auspices of Director General of Mahaweli.