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According to a Chinese survey, Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018

In a survey conducted, by the People’s Daily newspaper of China recently Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018. A statement from Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing states that Sri Lanka topped the list of 20 countries that were selected, including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the Maldives.

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Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa"

Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa" . Parents should take the responsibility of mending the children to practice ancient buddhist policies based on righteous living. The minister made these remarks participating in a programme at the Sri Maha Nama ancient temple in Ipologama this morning. The newly constructed Buddha statue was declared open at this ceremony. Addressing the gathering the minister further said that,  Buddhist policies of living lead to peaceful and contended  society.

Today is Poson Full-Moon Poya Day

Today is Poson full-moon poya day. The day celebrates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion when Arahat Mahinda, the son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main focal point of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda preached the first sermon to the ruling king and at Anuradhapura.

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'Enterprise Sri Lanka' defined as a turning point in the country's economic and development drive

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka Investment Promotion Programme is fundamental in building a prosperous country. For economic growth to be attained, employment generation is a must. Therefore, the Premier requests the Private Sector to formulate their strategies to reap the maximum benefits from Enterprise Sri Lanka. The government has allocated more than 10 billion rupees for this program. A development finance corporation will also be established to support this programme. The cabinet paper in this regard is being prepared.

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Sandya Ekneligoda rejects allegations that her husband had connections with the LTTE

Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda rejects allegations that her husband had connections with the LTTE. In the court cases taken up for hearing in connection with the journalist, no details in connection with the LTTE can be identified. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday, Mrs. Ekneligoda said, the previous administration, in order to gain political mileage and attain hidden objectives, raised false allegations that her husband was connected to the LTTE outfit.

Many religious activities organized island-wide, in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day.

Many religious activities have been organized island-wide in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day, which marks the arrival of Arahath Mahinda in Sri Lanka. Many programmes will be held in Polonnaruwa under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Renovations at the Dimbulagala Aaranya Senasenaya are underway, under the "Pibidemu Polonnaruwa" District Development Programme. The new Piriven Hall and Sanga Waasaya will be vested with the prelates, by the President, tomorrow.

More than 1 million devotees are expected in Anuradhapura, Mihinthaley, Thanthirimaley and Polonnaruwa this year.

District Secretaries of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa say, all measures have been put in place to provide them with necessary facilities. Additional transport services to the sacred sites in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are now operational.

Minister Malik Samarawickrema addresses a letter to the Mahanayakas and Anunayakas, explaining the content of the Singapore-Sri Lanka Trade Agreement.

Minister Malik Samarawickrema has addressed a letter to the Mahanayakas and Anunayakas explaining the content of the Trade Agreement signed between Singapore and Sri Lanka. The letter responds to several critical allegations voiced by the 'joint opposition' against this agreement.
It highlights, the agreement was sent for observation by the Attorney General, and thereafter the final draft was tabled before the Cabinet of Ministers on the 16th of January this year, and approved. There is a false belief that the country does not have a proper Trade Policy. The Minister points out, on the 1st of August 2017, with cabinet approval, a new Trade Policy was passed. That Trade Policy was formulated, taking into consideration feedback from state institutions, industry associations and chambers of commerce that have been involved in international trade. The Minister denies accusations that under this agreement a Singaporean Manpower Company will be established, and Singaporeans will be awarded employment in Sri Lanka.
The Minister further stated, within one year after signing the agreement, the two sides can discuss and arrive at decisions, if necessary. In the same way, both parties can terminate the agreement completely, giving a twelve month notice period.

A meeting between Election Commission and representatives of the political parties will be held today

A meeting between Election Commission and representatives of the political parties will be held today. The discussion will focus on future elections including provincial council election. The Chairman of Elections Commission Mahinda Deshappriya said a collective decision will be arrived at today's meeting with regard to the electoral system. All representatives from different political parties are expected to be present on this occasion.

The Post Master General requests all striking postal employees to report to the nearest post office for duty

Post Master General D.L.P.R Abeyrathne requests all striking postal employees to report to the nearest post office for duty. He also said that he has given instruction to the relevant divisional post offices to make necessary arrangement for this purpose. The Post Master General also said stern action will be taken against those who obstruct the postal employees reporting to work.

The government vehemently rejects the human rights centres allegation with regard to the misuse of UGC and EPF funds

The government vehemently rejects the human rights centres allegation with regard to the misuse of UGC and EPF funds. Minister Kabir Hasheem rejected this claim as false and wrong information. Earlier Sri Lanka Human Rights Centre in a media conference in Colombo alleged that around 1,000 million rupees from UGC and EPF funds have been induced to Central Bank bonds. However, Minister Kabir Hasheem said this statement is a wrong statement. He also alleged the EPF funds were misused during the previous regime.