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The “Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office” launched.


Sri Lanka and China jointly launched the “Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office” in Sri Lanka’s southern port of Hambantota yesterday. The office will overlook the operation of the 50-square-kilometer Industrial Zone officially established in January, and serve as a workplace for its Sri Lankan and Chinese staff.

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National Tsunami awareness programs will be held in 14 districts today.

 

 

The World Tsunami Awareness Day falls today. The national ceremony in this regard will be held in Kalutara under the patronage of the Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa today. The Disaster Management Center has made arrangements to conduct a rehearsal programme in 14 districts in coastal areas.

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow.

 

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow to take part in the next round of the U.S. - Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue.

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The 7th World Buddhist Summit ends today

The 7th World Buddhist Summit which is being held at the Temple Trees will end today. Arrangements have been made to conduct the conclusion ceremony at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre this evening. A cultural exhibition, is also to be held there.

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Donald Trump embarks 12 day tour of Asia

 

US President Donald Trump has embarked on an 12-day trip to Asia during which he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. It will be the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years.

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The 11th World Military Golf Championship - 2017 is to be held in Trincomalee this month.

 

The 11th World Military Golf Championship - 2017 is to be held at the Air Force Eagles' Golf Links in China Bay, Trincomalee from 12th -19th of this month. The tournament will be held under the patronage the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. This is the first international golf tournament to be held in Sri Lanka. The tournament will see 84 players from 12 countries competing with each other for the championship trophy. The Sri Lankan team is represented by six male and three female golfers. A highlight of this tournament is the participation of female players for the first time. In addition 27 officials from the International Military Sports Council will officiate during the championship.

Several projects under the development programme titled “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa Rajarata Navodaya” to be bestowed with the public today.


Several projects under the development programme titled “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa Rajarata Navodaya” will be bestowed with the public by President Maithripala Sirisena today. The two storied class room buildings at the Elahera Bakamoona Mahasen Maha Vidyalaya and the Kottapitiya Secondary School will be bestowed with the students today. In addition, the new Bakamuna-Elahera Divisional Secretariat Office and the new building constructed at the Attanakadawela Mihida Jayanthi Pirivena will also be declared open by the President today.

The Premier says that Sri Lanka will receive a sum of 1.1 billion US dollars through the lease agreement of the Hambantota port

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that Sri Lanka will be transformed into an economic hub in Asia centered around the Hambantota port and the Mattala International Airport. He expressed these views participating at a discussion held at the Ruhunu Magam Youth Camp at the Weerawila livestock development center yesterday. The port which was a strain on the economy entered into a partnership with china. He added that Hambantota will be developed as the Biyagama Investment promotional zone was developed earlier. He added that Sri Lanka will receive a sum of 1.1 billion US dollars through the lease agreement of the Hambantota port. The first installment is expected in December.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation says that there is no fuel shortage in the country.

Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage says as there is no shortage of the fuel in the country, the public need not have any undue fear. The government is in position of fuel stocks sufficient for three weeks. Speaking to the SLBC, she further stated that a ship carrying 40,000 metric tons of fuel is due to dock at the Colombo Harbour within the next few days. The reason for the rejection of the same quantity of fuel that was received last week was due to the stock not being of accepted standards. She added that steps have also been taken to increase the release of oil at refineries to 750 metric tons per day.

IS loses Deir al-Zour in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq on same day

The so-called “Islamic State” has lost control of two of its last remaining strongholds in Syria and Iraq. Early yesterday, Syria's army announced it had taken Deir al-Zour. Later in the day the Iraqi prime minister said Al-Qaim, across the border, had been recaptured by government forces. Iraqi forces say they have also seized the last border post between Iraq and Syria that was held by IS. Last month, a US-backed Syrian alliance took control of Raqqa in Syria, the former capital of the Islamic State's self-styled "caliphate". Although its ideology remains powerful, the territorial ambitions of the IS are now almost destroyed.

The President participated in the Damma Preaching session which was held this morning at Narahenpita Dharmayathana Viharaya

President Maithripala Sirisena participated in the Damma Preaching session which was held this morning at Narahenpita Dharmayathana Viharaya. This session is one of the series of Dhamma Preachings under the theme of “Padnama Yatra Dhamma Deshana Malawa” which held to commemorate il-Pura Poya day.

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he students and parents association of government medical faculties commended the efforts taken by President to solve the SAITM issue in a just and fair mannTer

The students and parents association of government  medical faculties  commended the efforts taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to solve the SAITM issue in a just and fair manner. The members of the Association request the president to implement all the points mentioned in the proposed solution without fail.  A meeting between the members of  the government 

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15,000 new teachers will be recruited in near future

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam  promised that around 15,000 teachers will be recruited in future. Minister further said these recruitments will be made  as a part of a long term plan  to increase the number of entrants to the College of Education.

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Several development projects in Polonnaruwa to be bestowed with the public tomorrow

Several projects under the development programme titled “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa Rajarata Navodaya” (පිබිදෙමු පොලොන්නරුව රජරට නවෝදය) will be bestowed with the public by President Maithripala Sirisena tomorrow.  The two storied class room buildings at the Elahera Bakamoona Mahasen Maha Vidyalaya and the Kottepitiya Secondary School will be bestowed with the students tomorrow.

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The ministry of education says that vouchers for school uniforms will be issued on the 2nd of next month

The ministry of education says that vouchers for school uniforms will be issued on the 2nd of next month.  This task will come under the observation of a special team.  Meanwhile, benefits of the Suraksha students insurance scheme are now being distributed among students.

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An upturn reported in rail transportation

An upturn has been observed in rail transportation recently. Fuel transportation is particularly noted. Coal and Prima Floor are also being transported by rail now.

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Australian Prime Minister congratulates the President Sirisena for the “great reconciliation programme undertaken by the Sri Lankan government”.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull congratulated President Maithripala Sirisena for the “great reconciliation programme undertaken by the Sri Lankan government”. Turnbull said this when he held bilateral discussions with President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday. The Australian Premier thanked the President for excellent cooperation extended to fight transnational crimes including human smuggling and drug trafficking. The Australian Premier assured assistance to further develop Sri Lanka’s counter-narcotic capabilities.

Today marks the Il moon Poya day the last Poya of the rainy season.


Today is Il Full-moon Poya Day. This is the last Poya in the rainy season. On Il Full Moon Poya Day was the receipt of permission (Niyatha Vivarana) by Bodhisatwa Maitriya to be the next Enlightened One or the Future Buddha Maitriya. The Il Full Moon Poya day marks the end of the Rainy Retreat Period or “Vassana-Samaya. The Bhikkus assign themselves to indoors in the temples and observe “Bhavana” meditation and other religious activities in their “Vihara aramayas” Il Poya can be considered as the end and climax of the Rainy Season. The grand ceremonies of offering “Katina Cheeva” can be considered as a highlight of this poya.

To mark the Poya Day sil campaigns and various pinkamas have been organised in all temples and Buddhist centers in the island. SLBC Sinhala National Service broadcast live Poya programme that has been organised in Shaila-bimbarama in Ruwanwella. Ruhunu Sewaya of the SLBC broadcast poya programmes from ariyadassanarama temple in Kamburupitiya.

First death anniversary of maestro W.D. Amaradewa is marked today.

The first death anniversary of music maestro Pandit W. D. Amaradeva falls today. The ardent music enthusiast, started studying music under yesteryear music director Mohamed Ghouse who was quick to identify his unique talent as a violinist and absorbed him into the orchestra of the second Sinhala film ‘Ashokamala’ (1947), in which he also made his mark as a playback singer.

City FM service of the SLBC completes 28 years.

City FM service of the SLBC completes 28 years today. It is the first radio channel in Sri Lanka operated in frequency modulation. It also broadcast programmes through satellite technology from the 1st of October 2009. Several programmes have been organised by the SLBC to mark the occasion.

Sacked Catalonian ministers held in Spanish jails.


Eight sacked Catalan ministers have been remanded in custody by a Spanish high court judge over the region's push for independence. Prosecutors had asked the judge to detain eight of the nine former regional government members who turned up for questioning in Madrid. They are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Prosecutors are also seeking a European Arrest Warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

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