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Steps will be taken to transfer the administration of the National Namal Uyana to Central Cultural Fund

Venerable Vanawasi Rahula Thero decides to handover the administration of the National Namal Uyana to Central Cultural Fund. The main objective of this move is to protect largest ironwood forest and pink quartz mountain of Namal Uyana for the benefit of the future generation. A special agreement was signed between the Thero and Central Cultural Fund. The Thero revealed this information at a media conference held at Government Information Department yesterday.

A 70 percent drop in dengue patients

The Epidemic Unit of the National Hospital says there is a sharp drop in dengue patients during the last few months. Accordingly, the reliable statistics say there is a drop of 70 percent in dengue patients during this year. The main reason is that the residents and other individuals have maintained a clean environment. Most of these premises are kept clean without leaving room for mosquito breeding. The health authorities stated the periodic anti dengue chemical spray is also implemented in a systematic manner.

The premier says, it is one of the present government's prime objectives to develop the Northern Province.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says it is one of the present government's prime objectives to develop the Northern Province. Many lapses can be observed in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mulaitivu districts. Therefore, development activities in these districts need to be expedited. The premier made these observations participating at a discussion held at the Jaffna District Secretariat this afternoon. The premier pointed out the various development activities that area already underway under the present government. Resettlement, housing facilities, agriculture, health, drinking water, fisheries and tourism are among these areas. Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray, Minister D.M Swaminathan, State Minister Wijekala Maheshwaran, Parliamentarian Mawei Senadhirajah and Jaffna District Secretary Naagalingam Wedhanayagam participated in this discussion.

The premier also participated in a discussion in Kilinochchi this morning. He proposed to appoint a special committee to look into development activities in the district. He also proposed to initiate a programme to provide employment for unemployed graduates. He further stated a strategy will be put in place to harvest rainwater and distribute it across the district. He added, attention will be focused upon not only the land issue, but on all other issues faced by the people in the district.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says, by attempting to bring about a total change that is not a constitutional amendment, serious consequences could occur.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says, by attempting to bring about a total change that is not a constitutional amendment, it can result in serious consequences. He made these comments speaking at a media briefing held today regarding the proposed 20th amendment to the constitution put forward by the JVP. The Minister said, if the amendment is passed the president will no longer be the head of the government. Furthermore, the appointment of cabinet ministers will have to be done upon the instructions of the Prime Minister. In addition, under the 20th amendment, the president is not a member of the cabinet of ministers. Therefore, the Premier gets the power to assign to other members of the cabinet, portfolios such as the Minister of Defence which are compulsorily held by the President.

He further stated, by the 19th amendment to the constitution the arbitrary powers of the executive presidency were trimmed. He is concerned, by bring about too much of democracy, a political crisis situation could occur in Sri Lanka as experienced in Nepal and the Maldives.

The JVP points out, there is no need for any undue fear of the 20th amendment resulting in an unstable parliament.

A media briefing organized by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna was held in Colombo today. Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake pointed out, the powers vested in the presidency under the 13th amendment to the constitution, remain the same under the 20th amendment. Powers vested in the president's office under the Public Security Act also remain the same. He observed, an undue fear has been created that the passing of this amendment could result in an unstable parliament. He counters this fear saying, amendments have been proposed to prevent crossovers in parliament, which contribute to instability.

A mammoth programme to salvage the public from tobacco, emphasized.


World No Tobacco Day falls on the 31st of this month. This year's theme is "Tobacco and heart disease". The National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol, together with many medical associations, requests the public to refrain from consuming and marketing tobacco products, considering the health hazards it poses. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol Dr. Palitha Abeykoon pointed out, the need for a mammoth programme to salvage the public from tobacco, has become the need of the hour.

Italy plunges into political crisis, after government talks collapse

Italy was plunged into fresh political chaos, as the president prepared to appoint a pro-austerity economist as Leader, after a bid by two populist parties to form a government collapsed.
The crisis was sparked when President Sergio Mattarella vetoed the nomination of fierce euro-sceptic: Paolo Savona as Economy Minister, enraging the far-right League, and leading to the anti-establishment Five Star Movement calling for his impeachment. The decision led to Prime Minister-Elect: Giuseppe Conte stepping aside, exacerbating the political turmoil.
Mattarella has summoned Carlo Cottarelli, an economist formerly with the International Monetary Fund, for talks today, with a temporary technocrat government on the table, as Italy faces the strong possibility of new elections this autumn.

Minister of disaster management says that they were able to face emergency disaster situations successfully due to being pre-prepared

Nearly 53,712 persons belonging to 40,017 families have been affected due to the heavy pre-monsoon rains across Sri Lanka in 19 districts, the Disaster Management Centre said.

The death toll due to the severe weather condition has risen to 19. A total of 84,943 persons belonging to 18,542 families are affected by the prevailing disaster situation in the country.

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A programme to enlighten school children on eradicating bribery and corruption

The Director general of commission to investigation investigate allegations of bribery or corruption , Presidential Counselor Sarath Jayamanna requests the all people to come forward to build the country by eradicating bribery and corruption. An extensive programme will be implemented in future to enlighten school children.

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Wolf-like creature puzzles US experts

US wildlife experts are baffled by a "wolf-like" animal that was killed by a Montana farmer. The rancher shot the creature last week, when it came within several hundred metres of his livestock.
State wildlife experts say, they have been unable to pinpoint its species. After inspecting the creature, they said they doubt it's a wolf, as its teeth were too short, front paws abnormally small and claws too large.
Bizarre theories have circulated online that it could be a 'werewolf', a young 'grizzly bear' or a relative of 'Bigfoot'.

Vijayabahu Motorcross to be held on the 17th of June

The Vijayabahu Motorcross organised by the Sri Lanka Racing Drivers' Association will be held on the 17th of June at the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment premises in Boyagane-Kurunegala. Major General Ajith Kariyakarawana speaking at a media briefing said, 80 motor cyclists representing the army, and from all areas of the country, will participate.

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Sathosa signs MoU with the USAID

Lanka Sathosa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Agency for International Development yesterday, launching an agency funded project titled: 'YouLead', designed to help ensure the retail network achieves its ambitious targets.

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The water level of many rivers has begun receding - The Department of Irrigation says, there is no need to have any undue fear

The water level of many rivers has begun receding Therefore, Director of the Department of Irrigation: Mala Alawathugoda says, there is no need for the public to have any undue fear, as there will be no problems in the days ahead.

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The Health Promotion Bureau points out, due to the recent rains there is a risk of accidents and the spread of disease

The Health Promotion Bureau points out, due to the recent rains there is a risk of accidents and the spread of disease.  Thereby, health authorities advise parents to prevent children from wandering in flooded areas. Director of the Health Promotion Bureau: Consultant Dr Pabha Palihawadene says, if fever, cough and rash conditions occur, treatment needs to be obtained from the nearest government hospital. 

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Graduate teachers to be recruited to fill vacancies in National Schools

The Ministry of Education has decided to recruit graduate teachers to fill vacancies in National Schools that teach in the Sinhala and Tamil medium. They will be recruited to fill vacancies in classes from Grade six to eleven.

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The Premier to visit Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Monday

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe will visit Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Monday to evaluate the progress of development activities in Northern Province. Progress Review Meetings will be held on the same day at the Jaffna and Kilinochchi District Secretariats.

The Prime Minister Ranil will make visit to Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Monday to find out the progress of the development activities in northern province.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe plans to make a visit to Jaffna and Kilinochchi on Monday to find out the progress of the development activities in northern province. The progress review meetings will also be held on the same day at Jaffna and Kilinochchi district secretariats.

The 72nd model housing village under the Village re-awakening project "Len Sithuwamgama at Dimbulagala, in Polonnaruwa district will be vested with the public this morning under the patronage of the President.

The 72nd model housing village under the Village re-awakening project "Len Sithuwamgama at Dimbulagala, in Polonnaruwa district will be vested with the public this morning under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena. Minister Sajith Premamdasa will also participate on the occation. This has 25 houses with all facilities. The basic infrastructure facilities including water, electricity and road network are also provided. Chairman of the national housing development authority L S Palansuriya says the main objective of this project is to provide housing facility for those do not have permanent shelter.

Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake submitted the 20th Amendment of the constitution to the Secretary General of the Speaker's office.

Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake submitted the 20th Amendment of the constitution to the Secretary General of the Speaker's office. Addressing a media conference Mr.Anura Kuamra Dissanayake requests the all stakeholder to extend the fullest support to pass this legislature. Parliamentarian Dr.Jayampathy Wickremarathne also expressed his views at this occasion.

The convenor of Citizen's Solidarity Chameera Perera says the main objective of the establishment of OMP is to provide justice to the affected families.

The convenor of Citizen's Solidarity Chameera Perera says the views presented about missing persons and relevant incidents took place during the previous regime seem to be biased at times. The main objective of the establishment of OMP is to provide justice to the affected families. This should also conduct just and fair investigations in this regard.

Chief Minister of Western Province says, effective steps will be taken to abolish the present parking meter system inside Colombo city limits, and a new system will be introduced in near future

Chief Minister of Western Province Isuru Devapriya says, effective steps will be taken to stop imposing  fines on parking inside Colombo city limit. Mr.Devapriya further noted the parking charges  are not exercised in a reasonable manner after hand -overing this task to  the private sector. The Chief Minister also said steps will be taken to abolish this system in near future. Thereafter a new system will be introduced correcting the drawbacks of the old system.

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