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A ministerial sub-committee has been appointed to coordinate UN Human Rights Councils recommendations.

A ministerial committee headed by the Prime Minister to coordinate UN Human Rights Council Recommendations has been appointed. A committee comprised with officials will also be appointed to support the ministerial committee. A proposal in this connection has already been approved by the cabinet.
Sri Lanka has gained two more years to implement above recommendations agreed in 2015, at the session held in March 2017.

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Prime Minister says the government will not belittle the dengue menace in whatsoever manner.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the government will not belittle the dengue menace in whatsoever manner. It has taken immediate measures to prevent spread of dengue fever and to treat dengue patients. Answering a question raised by parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena in this connection in the parliament, the Prime Minister said the persons who facilitate spread of dengue will be strictly dealt with existing laws.

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JAYATHMA WICKRAMANAYAKE is the UN ENVOY ON YOUTH

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth. The success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development depends on empowering young people as rights-holders, agents of change and torchbearers.

Having represented and motivated global youth development on an international level since the age of 21, notably during high-level United Nations initiatives including the declaration of World Youth Skills Day, Ms. Wickramanayake has also played a key role in transforming the youth development sector at the national level, notably through the creation of a large movement for civic and political engagement of young people named “Hashtag Generation.”

Presently working as an officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, Ms. Wickramanayake has previously served as Member and Youth Lead Negotiator, International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 (2013-2014) and Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development (2012-2013).

A bus fare hike from 1st of July.

Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has said that a bus fare hike has been given cabinet approval. He said the approval for a 6.28 percent bus fare hike was given when cabinet met today and the fare hike will take effect from July 1 this year.

The Minister said that with the bus fare hike the minimum fare of 9 rupees will be increased up to 10 rupees and the new fares will be applicable to private and Government buses.

India coach steps down after rift with captain Virat Kohli

Anil Kumble has stepped down as India head coach after a year in charge because his "partnership" with captain Virat Kohli was "untenable". Kumble said Kohli had "reservations" about his coaching style. The Board of Control for Cricket in India advertised the head coach's job in May but "endorsed an extension" to Kumble's one-year deal.

Before the start of this month's Champions Trophy, Kohli denied reports of a row with Kumble, 46. India were beaten by rivals Pakistan in the final on Sunday. Kumble said the Board of Control for Cricket in India had "attempted to resolve the misunderstandings", but he decided it was "best to move on".(BBC)

Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

Belgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say. He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured.

Prosecutors later said the man had died. They are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. In March 2016, 32 people were killed in attacks on Brussels claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.(BBC)

Several newly constructed buildings in Polonnaruwa will be declared open by the president today and tomorrow.

President Maithripala Sirisena will engage in several opening ceremonies today and tomorrow in Polonnaruwa District. Newly constructed building complex of the Aththana-kadawala area and school building of the Ira-Handa-Ketu-Wewa Vidyalaya will be opened this morning.

Another school building in Diya-beduma Namal-wewa Vidyalaya and new building and auditorium of the Girithalegama Vidyalaya will be declared open this evening. Two school buildings in Lankapura Maha Vidyalaya and and a sanghawasa in Laksha Uyana Weluwanaramaya will be declared open by the president tomorrow.

The president instructs relevant officials to set up a special unit for waste management and dengue prevention


President Maithripala Sirisena instructs relevant officials to set up a special unit for waste management and dengue prevention activities. The proposed unit should be responsible in performing these task to the maximum disregarding the circulars and other stipulated gazette notifications.

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