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The 74th model village constructed in Arawanamulla in Hambantota under the Gamudawa programme will be vested with the public today.


The 74th model village constructed in Arawanamulla in Hambantota under the Gamudawa programme will be vested with the public today. The Sath-rajagama model village has 22 houses with other required infrastructure facilities. Distribution of housing loans for 170 recipients will also be held today. In addition, 100 vocational trainees will receive self-employment took kits at this ceremony.

The President says he will provide every possible facilities for the uplifting of health and other essential sectors in the country.


President Maithripala Sirisena says he will act as the President to provide every possible facilities for the uplifting of health and other essential sectors in the country. He made this comment participating in the 150th annual convention of the Government Registered and Assistant Medical Officers Association held in the BMICH yesterday. The President stated that registered and assistant medical officers are a group of reputed professionals. They are rendering a unique service for the people in enhancing health services for them. The President recalled that he was committed to provide many privileged to the registered and Assistant Medical Officers during his tenure as the Health Minister. He also commended the service of the present Health Minister. Joining the opposition Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne said the Sri Lanka's free health service has been highly commended by the international community and organizations. It is significant that a Health Minister has become the President of this country at present. The President distributed unique felicitation awards to the medical officers who have completed 30 years of service.

1,650 new Grama Niladaries will be recruited to public service today.

1,650 new Grama Niladaries will be recruited to public service today. Distribution of appointment letters will take place at 11.00 am at the Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. They have been selected from the competitive exam held in September 2016 and the relevant interviews were held at district secretariat level last year.

The Minister of Finance points out, the poverty level in the country has reduced over the years

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says, the poverty level in the country which was 6.7 percent in 2012, has been reduced to 4.1 percent. Speaking at a ceremony held in Colombo he said, in line with the '2030 Sustainable Development Objectives', the aim is to alleviate poverty in the country.

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20,000 unemployed graduates to be recruited for trainee positions

The government intends to further expand the Middle-Income Housing Loan Scheme. Cabinet approval has been received for a proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, in this regard.

The government intends to recruit as trainees, 20,000 unemployed graduates who are under the age of 45. Cabinet approval was also received for this proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in his capacity as Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs.

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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.