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Accepting applications to admit students to Grade One classes next year, begins tomorrow

Accepting applications to admit students to Grade One classes next year, begins tomorrow. Applications can be forwarded to schools until the 30th of next month.  Director of Education to the School Activities Branch of the Education Ministry: Kamani Perera says, the new circular with regard to next year's grade one admissions has been sent to all principals. She adds, a few necessary amendments have also been incorporated in the circular.

A special function to mark the 76th birth anniversary of late Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera was held yesterday under the patronage of the President


A special function to mark the 76th birth anniversary of late Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera was held yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President said, late Venerable Thera was the role model for him in pursuing social justice and discipline. The President further said, it is the responsibility of the general public to establish a just and fair as per the expectation of the Thera. President Sirisena recalled the past incidents during war times where the Thera was bold enough to visit troubled areas such as Ampara, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and served the people affected due to conflict situation.

Addressing the gathering the President further said, the present government was able to achieve many victories through unity government policy. After taking office on January 2015, the government was able to establish a national pharmaceutical policy, real independence within the country and was able to re-build a cordial relationship with international community. The President also stated democracy was established and media freedom is provided to the maximum. However, some websites published wrong information exploiting the media freedom in the country.

The President also quoted, a national newspaper yesterday criticized and compared the five days administration of newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister and three and a half years of ruling of Sri Lankan President. This has been compared in a teasing manner, the President added.

The President also recalled the past achievement where the 19th amendment to the constitution was passed unanimously, because he was able to gather the support of UPFA members as the chairman of SLFP.

Addressing the gathering parliamentarian Dr.Jayampathy Wickremarathne paid tribute to late Sobitha Thera as a noble statesman who committed and dedicated himself for the establishment of real democracy in the country.

Many prominent representatives and politicians including Speaker Karu Jayasooriya, Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake, Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana were also present at this occasion.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been designated an 'A' status human rights commission by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been designated an 'A' status human rights commission by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in May, 2018. Applications for re-accreditation to 'A' status were not successful in both 2007 and also 2009. GANHRI is the global forum of National Human Rights Institutions. One of its main functions is to assess whether a NHRI deserves full membership of the Forum, based on compliance with the Paris Principles. Those Principles were adopted by the UN General Assembly as the global standards by which the credibility and effectiveness of a NHRI is to be assessed.
One of the main requirements under the Paris Principles is the political independence of a national institution, both in law and practice. The process of selection and appointment of members, the removal procedure as well as whether an institution demonstrates political independence in practice are closely scrutinized. In addition, a national institution must reflect the diversity in society, possess a broad mandate that permits protection of internationally recognized human rights, have adequate powers of inquiry and be adequately resourced.

The Deputy Minister of Transport claims that the railway trade union action is a failure.

Deputy Minister Asoka Abeysinghe claims that the strike launched a few railway trade unions is a failure. He said only two turns out of normal 375 railway turns in a day have been cancelled yesterday. The deputy minister also said that legal action will initiated against to those who have damaged trains through an investigation by the criminal investigations department.

Meanwhile, Co-convener of the railway trade union alliance S.P.Vithanage said that they will not give up their trade union action until they meet their demands.

The felicitation ceremony for Minister Rajitha Senarathne who is elected as the Vice President of WHO was held yesterday at Bandaranaike International Airport.

The felicitation ceremony for Minister Rajitha Senarathne who is unanimously elected as the Vice President of WHO was held last morning at Bandaranaike International Airport. The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine has organized this ceremony. The Minister was appointed as the Vice President World Health Organization during the 71st annual session of WHO held at WHO headquarters in Geneva recently. The session concluded recently.

World No Tobacco Day falls today.


World No Tobacco Day falls today. This year's theme is "Tobacco and Heart Disease". The National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol, together with many medical associations, requests the public to refrain from consuming and marketing tobacco products, considering the health hazards it poses. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo recently, chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol Dr. Palitha Abeykoon pointed out, the need for a mammoth programme to salvage the public from tobacco, has become the need of the hour. A series of awareness programs are organized An island-wide to mark this day.

Two new underground mega drains will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city.


Two new underground mega drains will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city. A special MOU was signed last morning between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development and Chinese Petroleum Pipelines Private Limited. A function in this regard was held yesterday at the Ministry auditorium. One underground mega drain will be constructed at Mutuwella area in Colombo. The length of this subway is 750 meters. The 2nd mega drain will be constructed in Torrington Square area. The length of this subway is 1.2 kilometers. The construction project is expected to be completed by 2020.

The president says that the Sri Lanka will work with cooperative and friendly manner with the international community.

President President Maithripala Sirisena says that Sri Lanka is a country, which will work with cooperative and friendly manner with the international community. He stated this when he met a U.S. Congress delegation from House Armed Services Committee at the President’s Official Residence, today.
The delegation comprised of Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, Henry Cuellar, Vickie Hartzler and Carol Shea-Porter.
The president recalled the assistance given by the U.S in training Sri Lankan forces. He also pointed out out the necessity of using more technological knowledge to further promote these programmes, and emphasized that there is no defence without the technology in the modern world. President Sirisena said that the cooperation of the United States Security forces is important to control the ways that drugs smuggled into the country. The Congress committee members agreed to provide assistance to prevent drug trafficking in Sri Lanka. They mentioned that it is their country’s policy to give necessary assistance in order to build Sri Lanka as a strong and prosperous country.

  The Deputy Minister of Transport claims that the railway trade union action is a failure.

Deputy minister Asoka Abeysinghe claims that the strike launched a few railway trade unions is a failure. He said only two turns out of normal 375 railway turns in a day have been cancelled today.
The deputy minister also said that legal action will initiated against to those who have damaged trains through an investigation by the criminal investigations department.

Meanwhile, Co-convener of the railway trade union alliance S.P.Vithanage said that they will not give up their trade union action until they meet their demands.

The Purawesi Balaya says that politicians with a conscience should support the 20th amendment.


Co-convener of the Purawesi Balaya Organization Gamini Viyangoda says that, the office of Presidency should be abolished to create the primary background that should prevail in a democratic society. Addressing a news conference held in Colombo today, he added that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna having identified their responsibility has presented the 20th amendment to the parliament.

Prof.Sarath Wijesooriya said that, parliamentarian according to their conscience should support for the passage of this amendment.