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Many important document based information of Sri Lankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka have been submitted to the Presidential Investigation Commission.

Many important document based information of Sri Lankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka have been submitted to the Presidential Investigation Commission. The much important document based information with regard to many transactions occurred from 2006 January to 2018 January were seized by the presidential investigation commission. The information also included the transactions occurred in major banks. Additional solicitor General and a team of legal experts from Attorney General Department are conducting a comprehensive investigation in this regard.

The glyphosate ban relaxed for tea and rubber cultivation.

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said the ban on the Glyphosate weedicide has been lifted for tea and rubber industries with effect from today following the approval of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Minister Navin Dissanayake told a news conference that the government had reached this decision considering the economic damage the ban had caused to the tea and rubber sectors.

He further said the estimated loss of annual yield for the tea industry was Rs. 33.2 million while reduction of export earnings was estimated to be Rs 26.7 billion per year with the ban on Glyphosate.

He also said a Cabinet paper would be presented during the next week seeking the Cabinet’s approval on the said decision.

The defected 16 SLFP ministers will also participate in the SLFP May Day Rally on the 7th of May.

The senior vice president of SLFP and chairman of May Day committee Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the 16 members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party who recently resigned from their ministerial portfolios of the national government after voting for the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, will take part in the party's May Day rally in Batticaloa. The Minister said that the 16 SLFP members have stated in the party's Central Committee meeting that they will definitely participate in the May Day rally of the party.

An agreement with regard to fuel price formula will be reached before the end of this week.

The Ministry of Finance says, a final decision can be taken regarding the price restructuring formula for fuel within this week. The government has the responsibility of introducing the price formula to suit the price fluctuation at the World Market. International monitory fund has also come to an agreement with the Sri Lankan government regarding the fuel price formula.

Nation bade farewell to the Veteran Cinema legend Dr. Lester James Peiris.

Final rites of the late Dr. Lester James Peiris was conducted at the Independence Square in Colombo under full state patronage . Addressing the funeral, President Maithripala Sirisena said that the demise of Dr. Peiris is an irreparable lost to the country. He is the one who introduced local culture and typical village features to the Sri Lankan cinema. Dr. Lester James Peiris brought international fame to Sri Lanka by his creative work.

The Prime Minister says Dr. Lester is the one who created a local typical Sri Lankan cinema industry.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said he is the pioneer who carried local cinema industry into the international arena. He made significant transformation in cinema industry by making films based on Sri Lankan novels.

Addressing the gathering Dr. Sunil Ariyaratne said that Dr. James Peiris dedicated his entire life for Sri Lankan cinema industry. He requested the President and the Prime Minister to set up a cinema museum at the place where he lived.
One of long term friends of Lester James Peiris , famous film director in India R. Gopal Singham also spoke. Venerable Dr. Bellanvila Dharmarathana Thera made an anusasana and archbishop Rt. Reverend Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith delivered a speech on behalf of the Christians.

The JVP is ready to bring the proposal regarding the 20th amendment to the constitution within this month.

The JVP is ready to submit the proposal regarding the 20th amendment to the constitution to the parliament this month. At a press briefing held at the party headquarters today, parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said it will be brought as a private proposal of a parliamentarian.  This new amendment will not cause  whatsoever division in the country.   This will also not transfer the powers of the executive to the Prime Minister . Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath added that if the proposal is passing the House it will be active after the end of the term of office of  the present President.

Eight State Ministers and ten Deputy Ministers were sworn in

The new State Ministers and Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today. Accordingly Eight State Ministers and ten Deputy Ministers were sworn.


Nation bids farewell to Dr. Lester James Peries’ today

The funeral of world renowned film producer Dr. Lester James Peries will be held at 3 pm today at Independence Square with full State patronage.

The remains are now kept at Independence Square till 3 p.m. for the public to pay their last respects.


Cuba is to support Lankan health sector

The Cuban government has extended its support towards developing the Sri Lankan health sector, a Health Ministry spokesman said. According to the spokesman, Cuban Public Health Minister Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda expressed support when Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne met him on an invitation extended to him by the Cuban Health Minister.


The National cinnamon week will begin on the 7th of this month.

The National cinnamon week will begin on the 7th of this month. Director General of Export Agriculture Dr. A.P. Heenkenda says this will be implemented in Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Kalutara and Ratanapura districts where the cinnamon cultivation is abandoned. Accordingly, an agricultural and trade exhibition related to cinnamon products will be held on the 10th and 11th of this month from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm at the Old Dutch Market in Matara.