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A 'Cultivation Drive' to commence with the intention of planting 10 million saplings of export crops islandwide, by 2020.

A 'Cultivation Drive' is to commence with the intention of planting 10 million saplings of export crops islandwide, by 2020. This project will be launched by the Ministry of Primary Industries. Minister Daya Gamage says, it will be carried out in three phases.

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The Premier says, when rebuilding the economy there are moments when we need to accelerate, and there are moments when we need to slow down.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, when rebuilding the economic there are moments when we need to accelerate and there are moments when we need to slow down. The premier emphasized the importance of creating a clear vision to build the economy of the country.

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The intellectuals point out the victory over the no-confidence motion should be converted to a great victory.

The intellectuals point out the victory over the no-confidence motion should be converted to a great victory. The 'Puravasi Balaya' organization organized a media conference yesterday afternoon at Mahaweli Centre. Many intellectuals participated in this media conference.

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Additional trains will operate from today to the April 17th during festive season.

The Railway Department will operate three special trains today for the benefit of people during the festive season. The trains will operate between Colombo Fort and Bandarawela and Maho Junction. Deputy General Manager of the Department Wijaya Samarasinghe said additional trains will also operate from today to the April 17th.

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The Ministry of Foreign Employment says more job opportunities are provided by Japan to Sri Lankan youth.

The Ministry of Foreign Employment stated in a media release that more job opportunities are provided by Japan to Sri Lankan youth. An MOU was established between the Ministry and the Japanese organization. The job opportunities include industrial sectors, service sector and small and medium enterprise sectors. Japanese language skills are important for these employment opportunities.

The President says, all necessary facilities will be provided for the heroic members of the military, who fulfill their duties to the motherland.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, all necessary facilities will be provided for the heroic members of the military, who fulfill their duties to the motherland. He added, the security forces should not only be armed with weapons, but also with knowledge, capabilities and innovativeness. The President expressed these views, participating as the Commander of the Tri-Forces, at the grand military ceremony held for the passing out of Elite Special Force Officers and other ranks. Seven officers and 189 other ranks of the army's Elite Special Forces, who followed the intensive nine-month-long 'Training Course No: 48' at the Special Forces Training School in Maduru-Oya, passed out in the glittering ceremony graced by the President.

A project to provide livelihood support to nearly 70,000 people from the farming and fishing communities in the Hambantota District, launched today


A project to provide livelihood support to nearly 70,000 people from the farming and fishing communities in the Hambantota District was launched at a special ceremony held today at the Nonagama Cultural Centre in Ambalantota.

The project focuses on supporting livelihood activities, by providing useful tools and equipment to the beneficiaries. In particular, 7000 bicycles, 1000 sewing machines and 60,000 grub hoes are being disbursed to beneficiaries. The Ceylon Fisheries Harbours Corporation is the implementing agency for the project and the Government of India has provided 138 million rupees as grant assistance for this purpose. It is expected that close upon 70,000 families will be able to improve their income and enhance their livelihood thanks to this project.

Speaking at the occasion, High Commissioner of India: Taranjit Singh Sandhu emphasized the importance of capacity building and recalled the numerous projects being implemented all over Sri Lanka with Indian assistance. He reiterated India’s readiness to continue to assist Sri Lanka wherever possible and whenever needed.

The President and the Prime Minister decide to appoint a new cabinet before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have decided to appoint a new cabinet before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. This announcement was made by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam at a media briefing at Colombo yesterday.

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The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission will inquire into the recent disturbances in Kandy.

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission will inquire into the recent disturbances in Kandy. Officials of the commission will visit the district and gather details of the people affected by the incidents and request the submission of written evidence. Its chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama says evidence in writing not exceeding three pages, together with photographic, audio and video evidence will be accepted until April 21st. The evidence should be submitted to the commission's regional office at number 8/1, Primrose Road, Kandy.

Special train and bus services are in operation during the festive season.

The Railway Department will operate three special trains tomorrow for the benefit of people during the festive season. The trains will operate between Colombo Fort and Bandarawela and Maho Junction. Deputy General Manager of the Department Wijaya Samarasinghe said additional trains will also operate from April 10th to the April 17th.

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