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The SLFP Central Committee convenes today to decide on its role in the government.

The Central Committee of the SLFP will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena this evening, in order to arrive at the crucial decision as to whether the good governance regime will be taken forward. Lengthy discussions in this regard took place at the meeting held on Monday as well.

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Meters for three wheelers to be made compulsory from the 20th of this month.

Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety Dr. Sisira Kodagoda says that meters for commuter transport three-wheelers will be made compulsory from the 20th of this month.  This decision has been taken with the objective of increasing the safety of passengers and the quality of service.

A 'Cultivation Drive' to commence with the intention of planting 10 million saplings of export crops islandwide, by 2020.

A 'Cultivation Drive' is to commence with the intention of planting 10 million saplings of export crops islandwide, by 2020. This project will be launched by the Ministry of Primary Industries. Minister Daya Gamage says, it will be carried out in three phases.

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The landslide warning issued for the Ratnapura and Kegalle districts yesterday, still effective.

Assistant Director to the Disaster Management Centre: Pradeep Kodippilli says, the landslide warning issued by the National Building Research Institute for the Ratnapura and Kegalle district yesterday, is still effective.
The Disaster Management Centre warns residents in Eheliyagoda, Kiriella, Ayagama, Elapatha, Kuruwita, Kolonne and Dehioavita to be vigilant, as these areas face a risk of landslides, due to incessant rains experienced these days.

Zimbabwe invites the West to monitor elections for the first time since 2002

Zimbabwe will invite Western powers to monitor its national elections for the first time in more than 15 years, ending a ban imposed by tyrant former leader: Robert Mugabe. The next election scheduled for July, is seen as a major test for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s democratic credentials, since he came to power in November, after a de-facto army coup ousted 94-year-old Mugabe. Zimbabwe will invite election monitors from 46 countries and 15 organizations. These countries and groups were all previously banned from monitoring elections in 2002, after Mugabe accused them of favouring his opponents.

Trump brands raid on lawyer Michael Cohen's office 'disgraceful'

US President Donald Trump says the FBI's raid on the offices of his personal lawyer was a "disgrace" and an "attack on our country".He told White House reporters that he has this witch hunt constantly going on. Officials in New York seized "privileged communications" between Michael Cohen and his clients, his lawyer said after the raid yesterday. Documents regarding a payment to a porn actress were also seized, US media say.

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The Premier says, when rebuilding the economy there are moments when we need to accelerate, and there are moments when we need to slow down.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, when rebuilding the economic there are moments when we need to accelerate and there are moments when we need to slow down. The premier emphasized the importance of creating a clear vision to build the economy of the country.

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The intellectuals point out the victory over the no-confidence motion should be converted to a great victory.

The intellectuals point out the victory over the no-confidence motion should be converted to a great victory. The 'Puravasi Balaya' organization organized a media conference yesterday afternoon at Mahaweli Centre. Many intellectuals participated in this media conference.

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Additional trains will operate from today to the April 17th during festive season.

The Railway Department will operate three special trains today for the benefit of people during the festive season. The trains will operate between Colombo Fort and Bandarawela and Maho Junction. Deputy General Manager of the Department Wijaya Samarasinghe said additional trains will also operate from today to the April 17th.

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Many varieties of essential goods are available at Sathosa outlets at lower prices

The Chief Executive Officer of Sathosa Dr. S.H.M. Faraz said many varieties of essential goods are available at Sathosa outlets at lower prices. The prices of essential goods have been reduced based on the request made by the government. This process is implemented under the relief assistance programme to the common public. The main objective of this practice is to provide relief to the common masses and thereby bring down the cost of living.

The Ministry of Foreign Employment says more job opportunities are provided by Japan to Sri Lankan youth.

The Ministry of Foreign Employment stated in a media release that more job opportunities are provided by Japan to Sri Lankan youth. An MOU was established between the Ministry and the Japanese organization. The job opportunities include industrial sectors, service sector and small and medium enterprise sectors. Japanese language skills are important for these employment opportunities.

The President says, all necessary facilities will be provided for the heroic members of the military, who fulfill their duties to the motherland.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, all necessary facilities will be provided for the heroic members of the military, who fulfill their duties to the motherland. He added, the security forces should not only be armed with weapons, but also with knowledge, capabilities and innovativeness. The President expressed these views, participating as the Commander of the Tri-Forces, at the grand military ceremony held for the passing out of Elite Special Force Officers and other ranks. Seven officers and 189 other ranks of the army's Elite Special Forces, who followed the intensive nine-month-long 'Training Course No: 48' at the Special Forces Training School in Maduru-Oya, passed out in the glittering ceremony graced by the President.

A project to provide livelihood support to nearly 70,000 people from the farming and fishing communities in the Hambantota District, launched today


A project to provide livelihood support to nearly 70,000 people from the farming and fishing communities in the Hambantota District was launched at a special ceremony held today at the Nonagama Cultural Centre in Ambalantota.

The project focuses on supporting livelihood activities, by providing useful tools and equipment to the beneficiaries. In particular, 7000 bicycles, 1000 sewing machines and 60,000 grub hoes are being disbursed to beneficiaries. The Ceylon Fisheries Harbours Corporation is the implementing agency for the project and the Government of India has provided 138 million rupees as grant assistance for this purpose. It is expected that close upon 70,000 families will be able to improve their income and enhance their livelihood thanks to this project.

Speaking at the occasion, High Commissioner of India: Taranjit Singh Sandhu emphasized the importance of capacity building and recalled the numerous projects being implemented all over Sri Lanka with Indian assistance. He reiterated India’s readiness to continue to assist Sri Lanka wherever possible and whenever needed.

Mumbai Airport’s main runway to remain shut for 6 hours, on 2 days

Flight operations at the Mumbai Airport are likely to be affected for two days, as the closure of the main runway for six hours in order to effect pre-monsoon maintenance work, was announced today. The Mumbai Airport is the primary base of Jet Airways and a bulk of its operations, both domestic and international, are carried out from here. The main runway will be non-operational on April 9th and 10th between 11:00am and 5.00pm.

Canada mourns the junior ice hockey players who died in a vehicle crash.

There has been an outpouring of grief across Canada after 15 people died in a collision involving a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team on Friday. At least nine players on the Humboldt Broncos team, aged between 16 and 21, died when their team bus collided with a semi-trailer in Saskatchewan.

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The President and the Prime Minister decide to appoint a new cabinet before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have decided to appoint a new cabinet before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. This announcement was made by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam at a media briefing at Colombo yesterday.

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The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission will inquire into the recent disturbances in Kandy.

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission will inquire into the recent disturbances in Kandy. Officials of the commission will visit the district and gather details of the people affected by the incidents and request the submission of written evidence. Its chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama says evidence in writing not exceeding three pages, together with photographic, audio and video evidence will be accepted until April 21st. The evidence should be submitted to the commission's regional office at number 8/1, Primrose Road, Kandy.

Special train and bus services are in operation during the festive season.

The Railway Department will operate three special trains tomorrow for the benefit of people during the festive season. The trains will operate between Colombo Fort and Bandarawela and Maho Junction. Deputy General Manager of the Department Wijaya Samarasinghe said additional trains will also operate from April 10th to the April 17th.

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A lengthy discussion to revamp the United national party was held under the patronage of the Prime minister

 

Views and proposals of the UNP parliamentarians will be obtained regarding the fully revamping process of the United national party. Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said that a committee comprised with several ministers has been appointed and the report of the committee has already been received. He told the SLBC that a lengthy discussion in this regard under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was conducted

The restructuring process of the UNP will take place today and tomorrow.


The restructuring process of the UNP will take place today and tomorrow. A supervisory board headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has been appointed to accelerate restructuring activities. Several sub committees headed by Ministers Sajith Premadasa, Ruwan Wijewardena and J.C. Alawathuwala have also been appointed to make recommendations for this purpose. General Secretary of the UNP Kabir Hasheem has already resigned from the post to help the restructuring process.

Intellectuals stress the need to create a true political and democratic changes in the country following the defeat of the no confidence motion.


Intellectuals stress the need to create a true political and democratic changes in the country following the defeat of the no confidence motion against the Prime Minister and the government. The government should accelerate the good governance policies in the coming years. Senior lecturer of the Sri Jayawardenapura University Venerable Dambara Amila Thero says people are having new aspirations after the government's victory over the no confidence motion. The Thero said that it is the government's duty to fulfill the needs of the people and go forward with necessary restructuring in the UNP. Chairman of the organization for the Families of Missing Persons Brito Fernando stated that the government has been able to strengthen national reconciliation and peace following the defeat of the motion. Therefore, the government should look into the problems of the families of missing persons.

Veteran artist Jayathilaka Bandara says that people are now expecting a rapid change in the democratic policies of the government.

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