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All warehouses of the paddy marketing board are now ready to store paddy harvest of this season.

Chairman of the Paddy marketing board M.B. Dissanayake says the Board has already prepared 200 warehouses to store paddy harvest of the Maha Season. The Board purchases the paddy harvest from the farmers at the certified prices. Accordingly, a kilo of Nadu variety is purchased at 38 rupees and a kilo of samba variety is sold at 41 rupees a kilo. However, it is reported that some private buyers are purchasing the paddy harvest at higher prices than the certified prices.  The board has purchased 200 metric tons of paddy stocks from the eastern province so far.  Paddy purchases in the southern province will commence today.  The government has allocated a sum of 500 million rupees for paddy purchases.

At least 8 martyred, several injured in Raiwind suicide blast on police check post in Pakistan

At least eight persons, including five policemen, lost their lives and 20 others were injured in a suicide attack which targeted a police check post in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore. Police confirmed that it was a suicide blast which ripped through a police check post located on Raiwind Road leading towards the ground where ijtima of Tableeghi Jamaat is held. The police camp was set up for the security of an ongoing congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat.

India has qualified into the finals of the Nidahas trophy T20 tournament.

India beat Bangladesh by 17 runs in another T20 match played last night at the R. Premadasa stadium. India batted first and made 176 for 3 in 20 overs. In Reply Bangladesh managed to score only 159 for 6 in 20 overs. Incidentally, this is the first match in the series where the team batting second lost the match. With this win, India has qualified into the finals.

Japan plans to lower age of adulthood to 18

Children in Japan will be considered adults when they are 18 as opposed to 20, under a new proposal that is supported by the government. If the change is approved, 18-year-olds will be able to get married, sign contracts and take out loans without the consent of their parents. But teenagers will still be banned from smoking, drinking alcohol and gambling until they are 20. If parliament votes in favour of the bill it will take effect in 2022.

The President says support of the Japanese government will be obtained to solve the garbage disposal problem in Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Japan, made an observation tour of modern waste management centre in Shinagawa in Tokyo, today. The city of Tokyo over 9.3 million people produces 11,000 metric tonnes of waste daily and there are 23 centres for the purpose of  waste management. The waste management centre located in Shinagawa, which is visited by the President, processes 600 metric tonnes of waste daily.


The Prime Minister says the government has not intension to block social media.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the government has no intension to block social media websites. However, they should be utilized positively as they can have considerable influence to economic, education and many other sectors. During the recent past some extremist elements used social media to spread sentiments and violence. Therefore, a system should be arranged to prevent such misuses of social media in future.


The Ministry of Home Affairs has started a program to alleviate the fear and suspicion among communities.

Minister of home affairs Vajira Abeywardana says that His Ministry has started a program to alleviate the fear and suspicion that prevail among communities and religious groups in the country. Accordingly district peace committees will be set up. In addition 14,000 peace committees will be set up at divisional secretariat level.


Colombo Municipal Council has decided to accept only sorted garbage.

The Colombo Municipal Council announced that it will stop collecting non-segregated waste within the municipal limits. CMC acting Commissioner Lalith Wickramaratne issuing a press statement, said legal action will be taken against those who litter the streets reminding that it is illegal.


The President points out, although certain technological tools are enabled for the benefit of society, if they result in inciting aggression, they need to be regulated.

The temporary ban on Face Book will be lifted within the next few days. President Maithripala Sirisena points out that although a certain technological tool is enabled for the benefit of society, if it results in inciting aggression, it needs to be regulated. The President made this explanation,


Foreign investments worth 365 billion rupees, for the development of health services in the country.

Minister Dr.Rajitha Senarathne says foreign investment projects worth 365 billion rupees will be implemented for the upliftment of health services, within the 5 year period of 2015 to 2020. These projects will be carried out under investments from European countries, the USA, Australia, China, Japan, India and Austria.


The 2nd phase of the Mandatory 13 year Education Policy, to commence in May.

The Ministry of Education says, the second phase of the new program which assures 13 years of mandatory education will commence in May. More than 14,000 students in 150 schools will have the opportunity to study in Vocational Subjects Stream.


The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency visits Sri Lanka.

Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency visits Sri Lanka on the 14th of March, for a one day official visit on an invitation extended by the Government.


The ban on Viber has been lifted.

Access on messaging app 'Viber' has been allowed. The government says that the decision to remove the restriction imposed on Viber, was taken after considering the difficulties encountered by those employed overseas to communicate with their families in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the government said it also took into consideration the hardships caused to the business community, tourists arriving in Sri Lanka and small scale entrepreneurs.


Compensations provided to the families of three individuals who died amidst the violence that erupted in the Kandy area.

A grant of 100 thousand rupees and 15 thousand rupees for funeral expenses was provided to the families of three individuals who died amidst the violence that erupted in the Kandy area during the past few days. In a discussion held recently with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe at the Kandy District Secretariat, it was proposed that compensation for loss of lives and damages to property be granted speedily.


Trump sacks Tillerson as secretary of state

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo. Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job". Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.


The President starts an official visit in Japan.

After successfully completing two day official visit to India President Maithripala Sirisena left for Japan for state visit this morning.  The president and the delegation were warmly welcomed by Japanese representatives at the Narita airport. President Sirisena will meet Emperor of Japan Akihitho and the Queen Michiko during this visit. The official ceremony to welcome the president will be held  at the Japanese Prime Minister's office on Wednesday. Later the president will start bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Shinsho Abe.


Stern legal action will be taken against the culprits of the Kandy clashes.

Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera says,  legal action will be taken  strongly  for the culprits who are  connected to the clashes in the Kandy district in the past week.  237 suspects have been arrested in this connection. Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning  the  police media spokesman said that,


75 percent of the construction of the Kalu-Ganga reservoir in Moragahakandaa has been completed.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera made an observation tour yesterday to the Kalu Ganga reservoir site being constructed under the Moragahakanda development project. The minister met the   officials of the site and the public in the area and lengthy discussed the problems faced by them.


SATHOSA is ready to provide essential goods at the reduced prices for the upcoming festive season.

Chairman of Lanka SATHOSA  Mohammed Rizwan Hamid  says that SATHOSA outlets are now ready to  cater to the needs of the customers for the  upcoming festive season. There are 400 outlets throughout the island at present. SATHOSA expects to open 15 more outlets before the Sinhala Tamil New year.SATHOSA Chairman further said that,


Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile

Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. The country's defence ministry released video footage showing the missile detaching from a fighter jet and leaving a fiery trail behind it.


Leaders of India and Sri Lanka pledge their commitment to take forward bilateral relations stronger.

Leaders of India and Sri Lanka have pledged their commitment to take forward bilateral relations stronger. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the International Solar Alliance Summit in New Delhi yesterday. On the occasion, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the importance of a permanent programme to further the economic ties between the two countries.


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