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Dr. Wickremabahu Karunarathne says, the formulation of a constitution acceptable to all communities is not a western conspiracy at all.

Leader of the Lanka Samasamaja Party, Dr. Wickremabahu Karunarathne says, the new Judicature Act is a tool that can expedite the hearing of difficult cases. Speaking at a press briefing held at the 'Centre for Peace and Civil Society' today he said, those who have engaged in theft can be brought to justice within a quick space of time with the passing of this Act. Citing various arguments by certain politicians saying that the Prime Minister needs to be removed to defeat western conspiracies, Dr. Wickremabahu said, the formulation of constitution acceptable to all communities is not a western conspiracy at all.

Prabodha Ratnayake, representing 'Lawyers for Democracy' said, the establishment of a permanent high court comprising three high court judges will definitely fast-track the hearing of cases.

100 lawyers to be recruited to the Attorney General's Department.

The Supreme Court rules that the Active Liability Management Bill is not inconsistent with the constitution.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Dushmantha Mithrapala said in parliament today that 100 lawyers will be recruited to enhance efficiency at the Attorney General's Department. The post of 'Deputy Principal' will be added to the Law College.

Also speaking, Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana pointed out the necessity for state-level intervention in curbing mammoth fraud and corruption. He added, when the process of "catching thieves" progresses, and when the court system functions efficiently to facilitate this task, there are various groups waiting to stand against it.

The Central Cultural Fund to contribute to the reconstruction of religious sites damaged in Kandy, recently.

The Central Cultural Fund is to contribute to the reconstruction of religious sites damaged in Kandy, recently. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says, it intends to prepare an estimate of the damage caused to Viharayas, Mosques and religious sites. A group representing the Central Cultural Fund is currently conducting a study on damaged religious sites, in the Kandy area. This is being implemented parallel to the Sasunodaya programme.

Warrant sought for Cambridge Analytica

The UK's Information Commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm: Cambridge Analytica. The London-based company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members, to influence the US presidential election in 2016. Its executives have also been filmed suggesting it could use 'honey traps' and 'potentially bribery' to discredit politicians.
Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing.

Maha Sangha and religious leaders visit the clashes hit areas in Kandy.

The Maha Sangha and religious leaders visit the clashes hit areas in Kandy. They gathered to Balagolla Buddhist center and later visited the Jumma Muslim mosque and several other places where clashes occurred. They also met the family members of the youth who was killed in a clash. Addressing the gathering the Mahja Nayake of the Kotte chapter most Venerable Iththepane Dhammalankara said that a small incident has triggered a unrest and a communal clash. The Thera stressed that it is the government's responsibility to take maximum legal measures against the culprits and to establish peace and harmony.


The President advises people's representatives to lead by example for a quality and worthy political culture


President Maithripala Sirisena advises people's representatives to lead by example for a quality and worthy political culture. He says the people's representatives should behave and act responsibly and should give their fullest to solve public issues. The President was speaking at a meeting at President's House with the SLFP and UPFA members elected to local government bodies at the recent election.

He also told them to minimize fraud and corruption when undertaking development activities. President Sirisena assured that further financial allocations would be extended depending on the quality and progress of the development work. On the occasion, the newly elected members made a pledge that they would be committed with honesty for clean politics.

India's High Commissioner takes pride in his country's development partnership in Sri Lanka


Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu his country is proud of the fact that she has been able to write the development partnership stories in Sri Lanka, based on Sri Lanka’s own priorities and requirements. He says this is important considering the strong democratic credentials of the two nations. The Indian High Commissioner was speaking at the inauguration of the Master’s Degree programme at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.

He noted that India-Sri Lanka relations are special, unique and stand on its own footing. He highlighted the importance of higher education and research in the growth of a country. The Indian high commissioner said that even while having to confront with its own developmental challenges, India has always believed in sharing what it has.

A delegation heads to Geneva, where it will show progress on Sri Lanka's human rights commitments, at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

A high-level Sri Lankan delegation heads to Geneva tomorrow, where it will show progress on its human rights commitments, amidst implementing reconciliation and accountability measures.

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will lead the delegation to the UN Human Rights Council’s 37th Session, with the Special Assignments Minister also accompanying the delegation as the President’s Representative.

In Geneva, Sri Lanka will unveil a host of measures taken over the past year. These include the operationalisation of the Office of Missing Persons, the enactment of the Enforced Disappearances Act, the ongoing discussions on the draft Counter-Terrorism Legislation to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and a bill to set up the Reparations Office recently approved by Cabinet.

The minimum train fare to remain the same, even though train fares are to be revised


The minimum train fare will remain the same, even though train fares are to be revised. Speaking to the SLBC, the General Manager of the Sri Lanka Railways, S M Abeywickrema said, a committee headed by the Additional General Manger Udaya Kumara has been entrusted with the task of detailing the procedure to be followed in the increase of train fares this year.

He added that the Ministry of Finance has given the go-ahead for amendments to be made to train fares. Once the approval is received, the amended fares will be gazetted.

Around 500,000 passengers travel by train every day. He added that 15 trains were added to the service this year. He also focused his attention on increasing goods transportation by rail, in order to increase revenue

Accepting applications for the proposed interest-free Student Loan Scheme for the year 2018, ends on Tuesday

Accepting applications for the proposed interest-free Student Loan Scheme for the year 2018, ends on Tuesday. Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education, Jayanthi Wijethunga said, the date was extended to the 20th of March, which is next Tuesday.

This loan scheme has been launched targeting students who passed their 2016 GCE A/Level examination and are interested in pursuing their degrees at non-state higher education institutes. Under this scheme, a sum of 800,000 rupees can be obtained from State Banks. Re-payments begin after a grace period of 5 years. The students can begin re-paying their loans once they graduate and commence employment.

Mrs. Wijethunga stated that the objective is to reach 5000 students under this loan scheme. She added, however, students who have been selected to State Universities or foreign universities cannot apply under this scheme.

The planned island-wide expansion of the ‘1990 Suvasariya Emergency Ambulance Service’, to commence next month

The planned island-wide expansion of the ‘1990 Suvasariya Emergency Ambulance Service’ is to commence next month, with the aim of making the service available to the entire country by the end of this year.
Addressing a forum, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Dr Harsha de Silva said, around 60,000 people have been transported to hospitals during emergencies, since the launch of the service in July 2016. This emergency ambulance service, accessible for the public toll free, by dialling 1990, is presently available in the Western and Southern Provinces. It is learnt that over 550 Sri Lankans are being provided employment through this initiative, including 250 Emergency Medical Technicians who were trained in India as per stringent standards expected from this care.
In addition, 250 pilots and 50 Call Centre Operators have been trained and equipped with know-how and competencies in managing and administering emergency care

The President signs the Gazette Notification to lift the State of Emergency


President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the Gazette Notification to lift the State of Emergency, with immediate effect. The President's Media Division said, the gazette lifting the State of Emergency was signed last night, upon the President's return from Japan

Maha Nayake of Malawathu Chapter says establishing ethnocentric schools is the major cause for the clashes among communities.

Maha Nayake of Malawathu Chapter Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero says that a major cause for the clashes among Sinhala Muslim communities in Kandy area is the establishment of separate schools for each ethnic group. Earlier Sinhala Tamil and Muslim students studied in the same school together. However, separate schools for these communities started later. The Thero said that when the children of all communities study together in one place from the childhood a strong relationship develops among them. The Thero revealed these facts when Minister Faizer Mustapha met the Thero at the Malwatta Temple yesterday. The Thero further said that he does not tolerate such clashes and each community should have the right to practice their religion and the culture.

Minister Faizer Mustapha said that the majority of Muslim community never demand a part of the country. However, extremist groups are living in among not only Muslims but also among the other communities as well.

The construction of the upper Alahera canal is now underway.

State minister of Mahaweli development Mahinda Amaraweera says that the construction of the upper Alahera canal is now underway. This canal will be constructed to carry water from Moragahakanda reservoir to the Northern Province. The 65 kilometers long canal will be connected to Maha Kanadarawa irrigational tank and then the water passes to Iranamadu tank via Padaviya tank. This canal project includes the longest underground tunnel in Sri Lanka.  The Asian development Bank has granted 65 billion rupees for this project.  This project will provide water to cultivate  over 30 thousand acres of lands.

The UN Happiness index says Sri Lankans are than previous year.

Improving from last year, Sri Lanka has moved four places up in the 2018 World Happiness Report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14. Sri Lanka was placed in the 120th slot last year has moved up to 116 in the latest Global Happiness Index. Sri Lanka was ranked 43rd in the sub-category of best improvers from 2008-2010 to 2015-2017. Finland came on top in the United Nations SDSN 2018 World Happiness Report, which ranked 156 countries according to factors such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption. Finland rose from fifth place last year to oust Norway from the top spot while Burundi was placed last.

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks.

The US has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyber-attacks. They include 13 individuals charged last month by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Russians of "destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure". He said the sanctions would target "ongoing nefarious attacks" by Russia.

Indian Chief Justice says "press cannot write anything they imagine about anyone"

Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra says, "journalism has descended into a scenario, where the press thinks they are 'sitting on some pulpit' and can write anything they imagine about anyone".
He added, “that is not real journalism, that is irresponsible reporting, sometimes whatever is written amounts to sheer Contempt of Court”


The President tours Hiroshima.

President Maithripala Sirisena who is an official tour of Japan visited Hiroshima today. Hiroshima is the Japanese city on which an atomic bomb was dropped, during World War Two. The President paid a floral tribute to the Hiroshima War Monument and visited its museum. Hiroshima was totally destroyed by the atomic bomb. 140,000 people died in the attack. The President visited the location and the only remaining building where the catastrophe occurred.

A warrant issued for the arrest of the former Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today issued an arrest warrant on the former Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran.  


Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka emphasizes the need to expedite the establishment of special courts to hear corruption cases.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka emphasizes the need to expedite the passage of the 'Judicature Act As Amended Bill' for the establishment of special courts to hear corruption cases. Speaking at a media briefing held at the headquarters of the Jathika Hela Urumaya he said,


The temporary ban on Facebook has been lifted.

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka to remove the temporary restriction to access the social media site Facebook, with immediate effect.
The President has given this instruction, following a detailed assessment of the decisions taken during the meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, between the Secretary to the President and the representatives from Facebook, today.
The Government took steps to restrict access to some social media platforms temporarily during the last few days,


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