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Bilateral discussions will be held with the visiting Foreign Secretary of India.

The government says bilateral discussions will be held with the visiting Foreign Secretary of India S Jaishankar on implementation of various decisions taken during the President and Prime Minister's recent visits to India. The Indian foreign secretary will discuss economic cooperation.

He will also pursue various initiatives discussed between the leadership of the two countries. The contentious issue of capture of fishermen is also likely to figure during the visit to Colombo.

The President says measures will be taken to become the Sri Lanka as the center of publishing the Theravadha Buddhism to the world in parallel to the International Wesak Day celebrations.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the official ceremony to celebrate United Nations International Wesak Day will be held on the 13th of May, next year on a grand scale. The State leaders of the Buddhist countries in the world will participate for the ceremony. He made these remarks at a religious ceremony held at the Bopitiya Siri Indrasabha Piriven Viharaya this afternoon.

He said Theravadha Buddhism is the main resource for the country to go forward as the best state in the world today as well as the tomorrow. The President said measures will be taken to become the Sri Lanka as the center of publishing the Theravadha Buddhism to the world in parallel to the International Wesak Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, the President said a new national programme will be implemented to generate the electricity through the natural resources to meet the present electricity crisis. At present, the government has paid attention to generate electricity using solar power.

A National programme on planting "Ginisiriya" plants has been implemented islandwide recently. The government has dedicated to develop the country during last 20 months transforming economic, political structure in the country. He said the government aim is to march forward as a strong and independent country.

Job opportunities for the youth in the housing construction field this year under the Semata Sevana housing programme.

The Ministry of Housing and Construction has planned to provide job opportunities to 50,000 youth in the housing and construction sector this year under the
"Shilpa Saviya - Shelter for all" programme. The Ministry will also conduct training programmes for the selected youth. They will be given a monthly allowance of ten thousand rupees, two uniforms and a tool kit free.
The Treasury has allocated 500 million rupees this year for the purpose.

The training programmes will be jointly conducted by the Housing Development Authority, construction industrial development authority and the NAITA. Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority Lakvijaya Sagara Palansooriya told the SLBC that during the training the youth will be given the opportunity to serve in the housing projects implemented under the National Housing Programme. They are also allowed to receive an allowance from the house owners. The youth will be given an internationally recognized certificate at the end of the training.

A disposal week for polythene, plastic and electronic wastage will commence on Monday.

Disposal of Polythene, plastic and electronic wastage week will commence on Monday.  President Maithripala Sirisena has declared this week at a function declared at the Central Environmental Authority, recently.  It will be implemented covering all the local government institutions in the island.  

The unsystematic methods of disposing this wastage have become a massive environmental dispute in the country.  People will be enlightened on the management and the recycling of wastage during this week.  The collecting of these wastages during this programme will be handed over to the Central Environment Authority for recycling programme.

A Summit of the Heads of National Institutions against Narcotics of Asia-Pacific Region will be held in Colombo.

Sri Lanka proposes to establish an international information unit to overcome the drug menace. The proposal will be presented to the 40th Summit of the heads of national institution against narcotics in the countries of Asian and Pacific regions. The Summit will begin on Monday and continue till 27th of this month.

Over 110 officials representing 65 countries will take part in this summit. This summit will focus special attention on drug menace and abuse of pharmaceuticals. Sri Lanka has already established a special information unit to coordinate all institutions that worked to control use and smuggling of narcotics.

Meanwhile, Indian Ocean Regional Countries National Defence Ministers' Summit will be held in Colombo on the 29th of this month. Ministers and officials regarding the control of drugs smuggling from 22 countries will take part in this event. These two summits will be hosted by Minister Sagala Ratnayaka and the Chairman of the National Dangerous Drug Control Board, Professor Ravindra Fernando.

The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority inspects errant traders who sell drug at higher prices.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority, Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe says inspection will be carried out from today to look into the way of selling pharmaceutical items in the market.

 A team of Health Ministry and the Authority will engage in the inspection activities. The price control of 48 varieties of drugs was effective from mid night, yesterday.  The drugs on Cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure have been reduced.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" will be vested with the public by the President.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" constructed to commemorate the Dimbulagala Aranya Senasanadhipathy late Venerable Kithalagama Siri Seelalankara Nayaka Thera will be vested with the public on Monday by the President Maithripala Sirisena. This housing scheme constructed at the 19th Post of the Dimbulagala-Polonnaruwa, with 25 houses.

This is the 12th model village re-initiated under the "Gam Udawa" programme. This programme was conducted under the "Semata-Sevana" speedy housing development programme of the Ministry of Housing and Construction.

Several programmes have been conducted under the supervision of the Minister Sajith Premadasa, including providing of 100,000 rupees housing aid for kidney patients and cement for low income families, sets of vocational equipments, uniforms for 50 selected youths and etc.

Death of Jaffna Uni students ; Conduct an impartial & independent investigation on - President

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the officials to conduct an impartial and independent investigation into the death of two Jaffna university students and present the report to the court.


5 police officers arrested in connection with the incident remanded

Five police officers who were arrested over the death of two Jaffna University students have been remanded till 4th of next month. Meanwhile the OIC of the Kalpitiya police has been transferred.


Govt focuses attention on amending Acts and Ordinance in order to achieve development goals

Secretary to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce T.N.K.B. Abeykoon says the government has focused attention amending the acts and ordinances in order to achieve development goals.