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Explosions at several popular locations in Sri Lanka

Our correspondent reports, the injured in the explosion at St Anthony’s Shrine at Kochchikade in Kotahena are being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. The explosion had occurred during Holy Mass, this morning.

Meanwhile, casualties of the explosion at the Zion Church in Batticaloa are being admitted to the Batticaloa General Hospital, while those injured in the blast at the Katuwapitiya Church are being admitted to the Negombo General Hospital.

Explosions were also reported from the premises of the Kingsbury, Shangi-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels in Colombo. The injured are being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.

Police Media Spokesman: SP Ruwan Gunasekera advises the public to refrain from flocking to the explosion sites.

Explosions at several popular locations in Sri Lanka, this morning

An explosion was reported a short while ago at St Anthony’s Shrine at Kochchikade in Kotahena. The explosion had occurred during Easter Sunday Mass, this morning. The injured are being admitted to the Colombo General Hospital.

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The Prime Minister emphasizes the importance of developing technology in the education sector

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe emphasises the importance of developing a technology and method in the education sector to suit the 21st century. The premier made these remarks at a function to declare open a new building complex at Seelarathana Maha Vidyalaya, Dodangoda yesterday.

Addressing the gathering the premier further said the education sector in the country should be restructured in such a way to guide the students to achieve their career milestones.

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The President says that the death penalty would be imposed on drug racketeers during the next two months.

President Maithripala Sirisena has said yesterday in Parliament that the death penalty would be imposed on drug racketeers during the next two months.

He said that the list of the inmates on the death row has been delayed due to the power of the racketeers involved in the drug trade.

Expressing his views about the activities of human rights organizations the president pointed out that those organizations should strive to create a peaceful and disciplined country, but not to de-stabilize the country and create problems.

The president said that the CID will send the investigation report of the conspiracy to assassinate the president to the Attorney-General's Department within next two weeks. Recording of statements about the incident from the President has been completed.

State Minister Ruwan Wijewardhana said that, discussions will be held with the Dubai government to bring down Makadure Madush who has been arrested in Dubai under the laws prevailing in Dubai to Sri Lanka for further interrogation. 25 others have also been arrested along with Makadure Madush. One of them is reported to be having a diplomatic passport.

The Prime Minister stated that the government will give priority to control human- elephant conflict


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe stated in Parliament, the government will give priority to control human- elephant conflict.

He said that, arrangements have been made to extend the elephant fence up to 7000 kilo meters and the maintenance would be streamlined in future.

An effective work plan will be implemented to educate the public about the pepper and areca rackets

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says a ministerial committee will be appointed to look into frauds at customs. During a media briefing yesterday, he said that, the customs has not been able to generate profits by achieving targets. The minister said, that the Marfia in operation at the Customs are directly linked to Customs frauds and wastage. Addressing the media personnel the Minister further said an effective work plan will be implemented to educate the public about the pepper and areca rackets.

Meanwhile, the activities of the Customs have returned to normal after reinstating Mrs. P.S.M Charles as the Director General of Customs.

New Year will usher in joy and prosperity – President

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New Year will be a challenge for Sri Lanka – Prime Minister

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The first term of education activities of schools commences tomorrow

The Ministry of Education has announced that the school term for next year will commence tomorrow. The Health Promotional Bureau has pointed out that it is essential to certify before the commencement of New Year all school premises are without mosquito breeding places.

It has requested the relevant authorities to clean the school premises before the commencement of school terms and to ensure health of students and teachers.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says a programme to solve housing problems of the flood affected people in the Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts will be launched

Minister Sajith Premadasa says the programme to solve housing problems in the Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts which were affected by floods will be launched on the 12th of next month. Another programme to provide relief to the affected people took place under the patronage of the Minister. He appreciated the services performed by the armed services to provide relief to the people.

Minister Palani Digambaram and the staff of his Ministry left today to Kilinochchi with relief to the affected people in the Northern Province. The Minister handed over relief items valuing more than two million rupees to the flood affected people in Kilinochchi, Malayalapuram. The Minister said that the importance of reconciliation was evident on the occasion. He said that many Sinhala people in the south assisted to provide aid to the flood affected people.

Meanwhile, the distribution of relief packs collected by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation for the disaster affected people took place today. The Yaal FM service of SLBC collected 900 relief packs and distributed those under the supervision of Jaffna and Kilinochchi district secretaries.