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The government's new economic programme, to be launched next week

The new programme to effect speedy economic managerial changes to the country will be carried out via the National Economic Council, next week. The council gathered at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.

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A decision has been taken to maintain the 25 percent women representation unchanged in LG bodies.

Minister Lakashman Kiriella says no decision to reduce the quota for women in LG bodies. Addressing the parliament yesterday he said is has been decided to maintain the 25 percent women representation unchanged in LG bodies.

The government says no price increase for LP gas.

Industry and Commerce Minster Rishard Bathuideen said that no decision has been taken over a possible gas price increase. He explained that though gas companies, Litro and Laugh had requested for a Rs.300 increase in price, Cabinet had decided to go ahead with a gas price formula before instituting any change.

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The Reconciliation Channel of Rupavahini began its transmission

The Reconciliation Channel of Rupavahini began its transmission last evening. President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony. Speaking at the occasion Minister of Media Mangala Samaraweera called to mind that to attain independence all ethnic groups regardless of whether they were Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay or Burgher got together as one nation. He expressed his confidence that the newly launched channel will be a blessing to foster inter-ethnic reconciliation.

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A new four storied office building of the public service commission will be declared this morning.

A new office building has been constructed for the public service commission. New building located at the Rajamalwatte road in Battaramulla will be declared open by Speaker Karu Jayasooriya this morning. 

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Trump pushes for ban on gun 'bump stocks

US President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices, which were used by a gunman who killed 58 Las Vegas concert-goers last year. Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had directed the Department of Justice to propose a law to make the accessories illegal.

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The Israeli military carries out a number of strikes against Palestinian positions in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military has carried out a number of strikes against Palestinian positions overnight in the Gaza Strip. They came in response to a bomb attack which wounded four Israeli soldiers. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza.

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Around 15,000 farmer families are to benefit from the Minipe left bank canal renovation project.

Around 15,000 farmer families are to benefit from the Minipe left bank canal renovation project. Director of the Mahaweli Water Protection and Investment Programme Neil Bandara says the project will help cultivate 7,500 hectares of farmland.

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More hospitals will be given facilities to perform organ transplantations.

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says more hospitals will be given facilities to perform organ transplantations. At present, only Sri Jayawardanepura, Kandy, Peradeniya and Anuradhapura hospitals have the required facilities.

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A six year tea replanting project has been planned for five districts.

A six year tea replanting project has been planned to cover 5,500 hectares of land in the Galle, Matara, Ratnapura, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya districts. The Tea Smallholdings Development Authority says 3,200 tea planting families will benefit from the project. A payment of 675,000 rupees will be made for each hectare that will be replanted with tea.

In sports - Sri Lanka wins the T-20 series against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 75 runs in the second T-20 game in Sylhet to claim the series two-nil. After being invited to bat first, Sri Lanka made 210 for four wickets. Openers Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilake shared a 98-run stand in 11 overs. Mendis top scored with 70 while Gunathilake made 42 and Thisara Perera contributed 31 runs.

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Over 15,000 farmer families receive benefits under the Minipe Left Bank Canal program

 

Director of the Minipe Mahaweli project, Engineer Neil Bandara says over 15,000 farmer families have received benefits under the Minipe Left Bank Canal program. Under this program, the height of the Minipe dam was increased by 3.5 meters and additional mud sluice gates was also fixed. In addition an electric power system was installed to activate all the sluice gates. The 74 kilometers long left bank canal was totally renovated under this program. This will help to cultivate paddy lands of 7,500 hectares in both Yala and Maha seasons. The Asian Development Bank and the Sri Lankan government has allocated a sum of 28 billion rupees for this project. The project was launched in 2016 and expected to be completed in 2020

There is a considerable decrease of dengue cases

 

National Dengue Control Unit of the Health Department says that there is a considerable decrease of dengue cases at present. Director of the unit Consultant Dr. Hasitha Thisera attributed this development to the intensive programs carried out by the government with the help of the community. Participating a program over the SLBC this morning he said more programs have been planned to conduct this year as well to maintain this situation. He said that more public support is expected for the success of this program

The Archeological Department has started researches at district level to identify ancient archeological sites

The Archeological Department has started researches at district level to identify ancient archeological sites. Commissioner General of Archeology Prof. P.B Mandawela says identifying such places in Batticaloa district has already been completed. There are many places of archeological value in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Buildings and ruins and artifacts that are older than 100 years can be considered as objects of archeological value, according to the provisions of the archeological act 1818. The Survey department will conduct the ground survey activities under the guidance of the relevant divisional secretaries of the area. It is expected that there are over 250,000 places of archeological value in Sri Lanka.

The state drama festival will be held on the 27th of next month

 

The state drama festival will be held at the Lotus Pond Theatre in Colombo on the 27th of next month. This has been organized for the 46th time this year.   The dramas that have been selected for the final rounds are now being played until the 26th of next month at the Tower Hall in Colombo.

The 2nd and final T-20 match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played today

 

The 2nd and final T-20 match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played today.  Sri Lanka won the first T-20 match between the two teams. Sri Lanka also won the first test match played against Bangladesh.  today's match will begin at 4.30 PM local time

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says that the responsibility of the President and the Prime Minister is to carry forward the unity government

 

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says that the responsibility of the President and the Prime Minister is to carry forward the unity government. The people of the country were given a mandate at the January 8th of 2015. The people have given a mandate at the parliamentary election in 2015 to the President and the Prime Minister to solve the problems of the country together. He also said that the people have given a warning to the government at the recently held local government election for their shortcomings.
He made these remarks at a special discussion held yesterday with the fuel distributors in the Northern Province. Explaining news to the media he said the government should do now is to take forward the country by correcting their shortcomings. Currently, Sri Lanka has become a recognition country in the world. Several development work are now being carried out. He said some groups are trying to destroy the unity government to fulfil their narrow political mileage.

The Government had obtained ADB Financial assistance of 100 million US dollars in 2016 to finance the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

 

The Government of Sri Lanka had obtained ADB Financial assistance of 100 million US dollaer in 2016 to finance the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Line of Credit Project. The objective of the project was to strengthen the SME sector by facilitating access to finance and expanding the employment opportunities in the sector. The project is being successfully implemented and given its importance, the Government of Sri Lanka decided to obtain additional financing through a loan of USD 75 million with the intention to scale up the ongoing SME Line of Credit Project. Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media Dr. R H S Samaratunga, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Country Director ADB – Sri Lanka Resident Mission Ms. Sri Widowati, on behalf of the ADB, signed the loan agreement at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media last week.

Another 6000 persons will be recruited to the state management service

Another 6000 persons will be recruited to the state management service.  Director General of the joint service of the Ministry of public administration Mrs K B P M J Gamage said that the relevant interviews for qualified persons will begin on 5th of next month. The results of the competitive exam held recently have already been included to the internet.   1477 persons who passed the exam at the limited stream and 3995 persons who passed the exam  at the open stream will be recruited to the state management service.  The objective is to fill the vacancies existed from these persons.

7000 schools have been selected to the programme of the "nearest school is the best school"

Minister Akila viraj Kariyawasam says that 7000 schools have been selected covering all provinces in the island to the programme of the "nearest school is the best school". Several projects have already been started at these schools. The financial grants from one million to 9 million rupees will be spent for this purpose.
Changing of syllabus of all schools are now being carried out. Measures will be taken to introduce new subjects instead of traditional subjects. The Minister also reiterated that several changes will be implemented during the next two years in the educational sector. Insurance scheme for each student and to digitalize the class rooms are among it.

Florida school shooting: Students demand tighter gun controls

 

Young survivors of Wednesday's school shooting in Florida have taken part in an emotionally charged rally demanding tighter gun controls.
Protesters in Fort Lauderdale chanted "shame on you", referring to US lawmakers and President Donald Trump.
He said last year he would "never" infringe on the right to keep arms.
Suspect Nikolas Cruz has admitted carrying out the attack at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 17 people died.

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