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Additional trains operational from today, for the convenience of pilgrims converging towards Anuradhapura in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day

The Department of Railways states, for the convenience of pilgrims converging towards Anuradhapura in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day, twenty six additional trains will be operational from today.

These additional trains, which will begin commuting from Colombo Fort and Maho Junction will be operational until Tuesday.

Thereby, the first train left for Anuradhapura from the Colombo Fort Railway Station, this afternoon.
Trains bound for Anuradhapura from Colombo Fort will also leave tomorrow at 3.30 am, 8.30 am, 12.45 pm and 6.10pm. On Poson Full Moon Poya Day which is this coming Sunday, trains will leave Colombo Fort bound for Anuradhapura at 3.30 am, 9.00 am and 6.10 pm.
The Department of Railways further states, passengers can travel in trains operating between Anuradhapura and Mihintale free-of-charge, from tomorrow. The first train will leave the Anuradhapura Railway Station bound for Mihintale, at 6.00 am tomorrow morning. This toll free service will be available until Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport states, a special joint transport plan will be in operation from today until Tuesday morning.
The CTB have deployed 600 additional buses, and these buses will be operational covering the zones of Colombo, Kandy, Gampaha and the North Western Province. Private bus owners have also agreed to run their buses, right upto Mihintale.

President leaves for Tajikistan.

The 05th 'Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia' will begin tomorrow in Tajikistan with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President is scheduled to deliver a special lecture on the final day of the conference on Saturday. 27 countries including Sri Lanka are members of the summit. Presidential Media Director Dharma Sri Bandara Ekanayake said that the President left for Tajikistan this morning to attend the summit.

The Chief Justice permits Attorney General to file indictments against ten accused in connection with the bond scam

The Chief Justice has given his approval to the Attorney General to file indictments at the special high court against ten accused in connection with the Central Bank bond scam. State Counselor and a coordinating officer of the attorney general Nishara Jayaratne said that indictments have been prepared with 23 charges against former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and ten others in connection with the bond scam. She said that Attorney General Dappula de Livera has requested the chief justice to appoint a permanent three judge bench of the high court to hear the case. She further said that the request has been made in writing to Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya by the Attorney General.

Solutions found for the professional problems of the SLTB employees.


Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board Upali Marasinghe said that it was decided to solve the employee's problem at the SLTB according to the circular on wages and promotions issued by the Ministry of Finance. Therefore, he said that the operations of the bus services will be normalized by this afternoon. The relevant discussion with the participation of Minister Arjuna Ranatunge, State Minister Ashok Abeysinghe, Transport Ministry officials, officials of the salaries commission and trade union representatives took place at the Prime Minister's Office.

The President says that he will not allow downgrading the development of the country under guise of petty personal agendas of some elements

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will not allow downgrading the development of the country under guise of petty personal agendas of some elements. The president expressed these ideas yesterday inaugurating the cascaded irrigation system renovation programme in Kurunegala.

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The Prime Minister has sought a report from the Attorney General with regard to bringing the Batticaloa Campus under the government's purview

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sought a report from the Attorney General with regard to bringing the controversial Batticaloa Campus under the government's purview as set out in Section 70 (F) of the Universities Act.

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His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says that the people who accepted the terrorism will never have a solace

His Eminence Malcom Cardinal Ranjith says that the people who accepted the terrorism will never have a solace. The His Eminence made these comments while addressing the gathering at the St. Anthony’s Shrine Kochchikade yesterday.

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The office of reparation says around 85 per cent of compensation has been provided to the affected people of Easter Sunday bomb attack

The office of reparation says around 85 per cent of compensation has been provided to the affected people of Easter Sunday bomb attack. A sum of 210 million rupees has been spent to provide compensation to the victims and the injured people of Easter Sunday bomb attack.

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National programme for renovation of rural irrigational tanks, the Ellanga system, will begin in Kurunegala today under the patronage of the President

Opening ceremony the national programme of the rural irrigational tanks renovation, the Ellanga system will begin at Panduwasnuwara in Kurunegala today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

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The Prime Minister says he will not betray the sovereignty of the country and the independence of the parliament

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says although, cabinet meetings are not convened, the cabinet will not be dysfunction.

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