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Fish produce in the Mahaweli reservoirs will be increased.

The fisheries minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the officials to start a programme to increase fish produce in the Mahaweli reservoir. The ministry has been given a target of increasing the fresh water fish produce this year up to 238 thousand  metric tons.  The water from the Moragahakanda reservoir has been released to the Mahaweli reservoirs and tanks in the north central province at present. 

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International ayurvedic exhibition will be held in Colombo in July.

Ayurvedha Expo 2018 the international ayurvedic medicine exhibition will be held in July at the BMICH in Colombo. The chamber of commerce in collaboration with the health ministry and several other state institutions has organized this event.

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The party leaders of United national front have decided to vote against the no confidence motion.

The party leaders of the United national front have decided to vote against the no confidence motion.  Expressing views to the SLBC,  minister Mano Ganesh said the sister parties of the UNF will vote with the UNP against the no confidence motion as they still have confidence with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.  He said however. 

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UK plans plastic bottle charge to tackle pollution.

Britain today announced plans for consumers to pay a deposit on plastic bottles as part of a broader push to tackle pollution. The government will introduce a charge on plastic, glass and metal single use drinks containers sold in England, the environment ministry said.

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A 50 kilogram bag of Urea will be issued to paddy farmers at a reduced price of 500 rupees.

The UNP working committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the matters pertaining to the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister. At the Cabinet press briefing held today Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the UNP will take a decision on how to face the no-confidence motion as a single political party.

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The National Housing Development Authority marks its 39th anniversary on Sunday.

The National Housing Development Authority marks its 39th anniversary on Sunday. The authority was established on the 1st of April 1979 by the late President R. Premadasa with the objective of providing housing facilities for the entire nation.

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The G.C.E. O-Level results will be uploaded to the web tonight. - The number of subjects for O-level examination will be reduced to six.

Commissioner General of Examinations Sanath Pujitha says Results of the 2017 GCE Ordinary Level Examination will be released today. The results would be uploaded to the Examination Department’s website www.doenets.lk. Results of outstation schools would be posted tomorrow. 688 thousand candidates sat for the examination last year.

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Civil organizations say that the Joint Opposition has brought no confidence motion not against the Prime Minister but against the majority of 6.2 million voters of the good governance.

Co-convener of the Puravasi Balaya Organization Saman Rathnapriya says that the Joint Opposition has brought no confidence motion not against the Prime Minister but against the majority of 6.2 million voters who voted for change in January 8th 2015.

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The President says, although the world has progressed in high technology, it has failed to subdue the human mind and create a disciplined society.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, although the world has progressed in high technology, it has failed to subdue the human mind and create a disciplined society. He expressed these views participating at a ceremony held at the BMICH, for the appointment of Most Venerable Ganthune Assaji Thera, as the new head of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Chapter. He further stated that paying attention to the suggestions put forward by the Maha Sanga pertaining to the creation of a disciplined society, the government has focused its attention on tuition classes being held on Sundays and Poya days. He added, the government intends to bring about a legal frame work in this regard, in the near future.
He also said, since Vesak Full Moon Poya Day and May Day fall on two days within the same week, May Day will be marked on the 7th of May.

May Day to be marked on the 7th of May

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to mark May Day on the 7th of May, this year. Thereby, the 1st of May will not be a holiday. The government has taken this decision upon requests made by the Maha Nayaka Theras, since Vesak Full Moon Poya Day and May Day fall on two days within the same week. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe announced this decision at a discussion with district secretaries this evening. The Premier advised the district secretaries to establish 'committees of peace' at village level, in order to realize reconciliation. He pointed out that the economy of the country has arrived at a stable level. Development activities are underway. The development plan stretching from Kandy to Hambanthota has commenced. Parallel development activities in the eastern and north central provinces as well as in the Badulla and Nuwara Eliya districts have been launched. The Prime Minister added, a progress evaluation needs to be conducted pertaining to district development projects.

The UNP pledges to defeat the No Confidence Motion

Parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe says, the No Confidence Motion to be presented in Parliament by the so called 'joint opposition', will definitely be defeated. Speaking at a press briefing held at Sirikotha today he said, the No Confidence Motion will be converted into a 'Confidence Motion' which places trust in the Prime Minister and the Government. He pointed out that those who are steering the No Confidence Motion are those who have various allegations levelled against them. They are making an attempt to escape the new 'court system' that is due to be established.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake says, the No Confidence Motion is being presented to 'open the doors' to the 'substantial change' the main political parties and the citizens anticipate.

Minister S.B.Dissanayake says it is difficult to oppose the No Confidence Motion as a party and as an alliance. Speaking at a press briefing held at the SLFP Headquarters today the Minister said, points raised by the SLFP have also been featured in the No Confidence Motion.  Thereby, firstly those involved in the bond scam should be punished. He further stated that the No Confidence Motion is not being presented against the President or the Government. It is being presented to 'open the doors' for the 'substantial change' the main political parties and the citizens anticipate. Thereafter, a 'broad governance' will be strengthened with the prime focus on solving Cost of Living issues, while bringing about reconciliation.

Marvia Malik become first Transgender News Anchor in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Marvia Malik is destined to create history. Marvia created a path-breaking history as she became the first transgender newscaster of Pakistan. Her first appearance was aired last Saturday, by the local channel ‘Kohinoor’ that recruited her as their newscaster.
Marvia says, the difficulties faced by people like her in Pakistan are far from over. In a country such as Pakistan, it is common to mock transgender people, who are expected to earn their living mainly by dancing, begging or working in the sex trade.
According to a 2017 census, there are over 10,000 transgender people in Pakistan, a number some people say is much higher.
Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Senate approved a bill for the protection of transgender rights.

Marvia Malik - Pakistan TV airs first transgender anchor

The United States and its European allies are expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in a coordinated response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK.It is said to be the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history.More than 20 countries have aligned with the UK, expelling more than 100 diplomats.Russia vowed to retaliate to the "provocative gesture".

The President says all those attached to the state sector need to fulfil their responsibilities to the best of their ability in their respective fields, without being distracted by political disturbances.

President Maithripala Sirisena says all those attached to the state sector need to fulfil their responsibilities to the best of their ability in their respective fields, without being distracted by political disturbances, in order to maintain development and economic growth.

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The government is determined to provide fuel at the normal rates without any interruption.

The government is determined to provide fuel at the normal rates without any interruption. The Director General of Government Information Department Attorney At Law Sudarshana Gunawardena said the government has not increased the fuel prices at Ceylon Petroleum Corporation sales outlets, although the fuel prices of world market have gone up in the recent past. The government has promised to provide fuel subsistence to common masses.

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Minister Mangala Samaraweera points out that the ulterior motive of the no confidence motion is for defeated politicians to reassume power by 'creeping through the back door'.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera points out that the ulterior motive of the no confidence motion is for defeated politicians to reassume power by 'creeping through the back door'.

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Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says, it has been proved through investigations carried out so far, that no member of the JHU has been involved in the recent incidents in Kandy.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says, it has been proved through investigations carried out so far, that no member of the Jathika Hela Urumaya has been involved in the recent incidents that took place in Kandy. It has been revealed that the majority of those apprehended are Rajapakse supporters.

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Legal action will be taken against the domestic aides over staying in Israel.

Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said effective measures will be taken to bring back the domestic aides illegally over staying in Israel. Legal action will be taken against these domestic aides.

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The President says, it is the responsibility of all political representatives to fulfil their responsibilities on behalf of the citizens, setting aside party differences.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, it is the responsibility of all political representatives to fulfil their responsibilities on behalf of the citizens, setting aside party differences. The President made these comments participating at the Swearing-In Ceremony of the newly elected SLFP councillors in the Polonnaruwa District. The ceremony was held at the Polonnaruwa Royal College primary school auditorium. The President pointed out, no matter what is said regarding the election victory, no political party has been able to secure over 40 percent of the vote. If this was a General Election, no political party would have been able to form a government. Considering the present situation, the President pointed out that no party is able to rule without the support of the SLFP.  Based upon this reality, the SLFP will progress further in the future. The President emphasized the need for people's representatives to adhere to a good political culture and conduct themselves in a disciplined manner. He highlighted the necessity for a 'liquor free', 'well-mannered' set of public representatives.

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