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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.

Around 126,000 voters registered more than once have been removed from the register

Around 126,000 voters registered more than once have been removed from the register. The Elections Commission says this has been revealed during a survey conducted recently. Some voters have been registered twice on the divisional register. This will create an unnecessary complexity during an election time.

The President says a development programme on a long term plan will eliminate poverty

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is implementing a development programme on a long term plan that will eliminate poverty. The intention is to ensure that every citizen enjoys dividends of development. The President was speaking at the setting up of a Sri Lanka Freedom Party Bala Mandalaya in Polonnaruwa yesterday.

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The Prime Minister assures the debt burden will not be passed on to the future generations

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assures that the country's debt burden will not be passed on to the future generations. He says the country will be taken forward by obtaining foreign investments and generating new avenues of income. The Premier was speaking at the opening of a new three-story building at Welivita-Divithura divisional secretariat in Galle yesterday.

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The Geo Fence technology is to be introduced to prevent fraud at examinations

The Geo Fence technology is to be introduced to prevent fraud at examinations by using mobile devices. Commissioner General of Examinations B. Sanath Pujitha says talks are ongoing with the army and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to introduce this technology. According to him, Geo Fence technology will be used from the GCE Advanced Level Examination this August.

More than 50 billion rupees allocated this year, for 'Enterprise-Sri Lanka'

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says, more than 50 billion rupees has been allocated this year, for the Enterprise-Sri Lanka Programme. The government, through this endeavour, is providing its fullest support, for upcoming entrepreneurs to grow their enterprises to a stable level, with their very own efforts.

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