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The government has taken effective measures to provide relief assistance to the people affected due to flood and disaster situations

The Ratnapura, Galle, Matara, Kegalle, Kalutara, Anuradhapura, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts were affected by the South-Western monsoonal rains. The Meteorological Department issuing a report yesterday stated, “Showers or thundershowers will continue to occur in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces”.

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As a precaution to the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province, Primary Schools and the primary section of secondary schools in six Education Zones will be closed today and tomorrow

The Southern Province Education Ministry says, as a precaution to the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province, Primary Schools and the primary section of secondary schools in six Education Zones will be closed today and tomorrow. These schools come under the zonal offices of Galle, Matara, Mulatiyana, Akuressa, Tangalle and Walasmulla. In addition, all pre-schools in these zones will also be closed throughout this week.

Meanwhile, Director of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital: Dr. Jayampathi Senanayake says 37 children are presently receiving treatment for influenza in the hospital.

Today Sri Lanka commemorates the 46th Republic Day

Today marks the Republic Day of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka became a Republic on 22nd May 1972, with the adoption of a new Constitution. Today Sri Lanka commemorates the 46th Republic Day. Every year on May 22 All Ministries, Government Departments, Statutory Corporations and other State institutions commemorated Republic Day. Heads of the department with the participation of staff hoisted the national flag and delivered a short speech on the importance of this Day.

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The Minister of Finance points out, even in the face of challenges, the government has been able to strengthen the economy and the administration of the country, to a level far ahead of where it had been in the past

 

Minister of Finance and Media: Mangala Samaraweera issuing a special communique points out, even in the face of challenges, the government has been able to strengthen the economy and the administration of the country, to a level far ahead than where it had been in the past.

The Minister cites the comments made by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has charged that the Unity Government has to make history's highest recorded debt repayment of 4.2 billion dollars in 2019 due to a debt crisis created by the Good Governance Regime.

He points out, after Independence in 1948, the highest amount of foreign debt has to be paid in 2018. The total foreign debt to be paid this year is 2,845 million dollars, and of which 1,789 million dollars has to be paid for foreign debt which was borrowed before the year 2015. Only an instalment of 1,056 dollars has to be paid for the foreign loans borrowed after 2015. Accordingly, 63 percent of debt instalments to be paid this year, are repayments of debts that had been borrowed during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure as Finance Minister!

This crisis will further worsen next year.
4,285 million dollars have to be paid in 2019, of which 3,315 dollars or 77 percent of the repayment are for the debt obtained during the tenure of the Rajapaksa regime.

The Mahinda Rajapaksa regime obtained loans in 2014, not for development work, but for the election propaganda purposes in which they lured unsuspected voters by distributing cheap items such as 'Sil Redi'.

After this Government was voted to power, it has obtained foreign debts of 12 billion dollars during the last three years. Out of this 6 billion was from International Donor Agencies, and under bilateral agreements at concessionary interest rates. They have been spent for various projects. These loans were taken neither under 'commercial basis' nor for 'consumer purposes', as Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa attempts to interpret.

The National ceremony to commemorate the war heroes will be held this afternoon at Battaramulla under the patronage of the president. Many other programs are also organized in line with this ceremony

 

The National ceremony to commemorate the war heroes will be held at Battaramulla. Many other programs are also organized in line with this ceremony.

Three armed forces, police and the civil defense force contributed immensely to eliminate the terrorism. The national ceremony to commemorate the war hearos will be held today in front of the war heroes monument in Batteramulla. President Maithripala Sirisena will participate as the chief guest. SLBC, the National Radio has made arrangements to bring a live broadcast of the ceremony from 3 PM today. The national ceremony will be held from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm today in front of the War Heroes' Monument in Battaramulla.

Therefore, the Colombo City Traffic Police requests the motorists to limit the vehicle movement on the parliament junction along the parliament grounds. Special traffic arrangements are made for this purpose. Many other programs are also organized to commemorate the war heroes. 50 members of the tri forces will receive "Vishishta Sewa Vibhooshana" medals today. A function in this regard will be held at Presidential secretariat at 9.00 am under the patronage of President Maithipala Sirisena. Meanwhile, a special aaloka Pooja is organized by Sri Lanka Army at 6.00 pm at the historical Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya. President Maithripala Sirisena will participate as the chief guest.

A special work plan is implemented to provide relief assistance and and welfare assistance to the members of the security forces who have sacrificed and showed commitment in protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.

A Pirith Chanting ceremony to invoke blessings to the three forces and the people of the country will be held this morning at 10.00 am with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Mahaweli Center.

The Premier stresses the rights of any professional in the country will not be affected by the free trade agreement signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe stresses that rights of any professional in the country will not be affected by the free trade agreement signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore. The Srilankan job market will not be opened to foreigners by this agreement. The premier made these comments when he met a group of engineers and architects at the Temple Trees yesterday. The meeting was held to allay the fears of the professionals of the country alleged to have against the FTA with Singapore.

The premier added that the agreement will pave the way for Srilankans to have jobs in foreign countries and local entrepreneurs to have investment opportunities with foreign companies. The prime minister also agreed to hold more talks in future to solve the problems erupting in this connection.

Colombo Mayor instructs the Commissioner of the Colombo Municipality to suspend all fines charged through parking meters

Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake has instructed the Commissioner of the Colombo Municipality to suspend all fines charged through parking meters. The Mayor further said that with regard to the recent complaints on parking meter fines. Pending council approval she has given instructions to the commissioner to suspend all fines charged relating to parking meters.

Mrs Rosy Senanayake revealed this information during a media conference held in Colombo yesterday. Addressing the media personnel, she further said the particular parking charge meter system introduced last tear under the Colombo Municipal Commissioner , will be reviewed and effective steps will be taken accordingly to ease the complexity of the system. It was reported that a man who failed to pay a parking fee of Rs.30 at a parking slot in Wellawatte, has been fined 10,120 rupees after a lapse of 13 days.

The man had parked his car in Wellawatte on April 25 and had forgotten to pay the fee of Rs. 30 via a machine placed near the parking place

A special project to protect the water sources in Mahaweli areas is being implemented with the support of Asian Development Bank

A special project to protect the water sources in Mahaweli areas is being implemented with the support of Asian Development Bank. The total investment of this project is 675 Million dollars. Out of which the Asian Development Bank has come forward to provide 453 Million dollars as a loan facility for this project. Under the first phase, an MOU has been signed between Sri Lankan government and Asian Development Bank for the loan amount of 150 Million dollars.

The project will also include Upper Elahera Project, North Western Canal construction project and Minipe left bank construction as well.

Local government representatives will be provided short, medium and long term training on local government administration

Minister Faizer Mustafa says local government representatives will be provided short, medium and long term training on local government administration. The Minister made these remarks at a function to launch the handbook for the local government councillors and establish MoUs with UK and the Netherlands to construct 500 rural bridges. A special loan facility scheme was also launched on the same day. The function was held at cinnamon lakeside recently

The President says the government is committed to achieve its responsibilities for the Buddha Shasana and Maha Sangha.


President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is committed to achieve its responsibilities for the Buddha Shasana and Maha Sangha. The government always listens to the advice and guidance of the Maha Sangha of tri chapters in this endeavor. Many programmes have been implemented in this regard and many more will be done in the coming months. The President made these remarks participating in a religious ceremony held at the BMICH yesterday. It was held to offer the credentials to the new Anu Nayake of Ramanya Chapter Most Venerable Matale Sri Dhammakusala Thero. The president further said that religious leaders have a great responsibility to direct the society into the right path. The President also commended the service rendered by the new Anu Nayake Thero for the wellbeing of the Buddha Shasana and the society.