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Yashodha Rangey Bandara, released on bail

Yashodha Rangey Bandara - the son of Minister Palitha Rangey Bandara, has been released on bail. He was in remanded custody for driving under the influence of liquor and causing a motor accident in the Kottapitiya area in Bangadeniya, resulting in damages to a residence. Chilaw District Judge: Manjula Thilakarathne ordered the release, upon a personal bail of 50,000 rupees. The Judge also ordered his driving license to be cancelled until court proceedings are over.

Two million rupees paid to the husband of the principal who died in a leadership training programme in Hambantota

The National Insurance Trust Fund has offered two million rupees to the husband of the Former Principal of Suchi National School: Rohini Kumari Atapattu who faced an unfortunate death in a sudden accident that occurred during a leadership training programme. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam handed over the cheque to her husband this morning.

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Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6mm annually - a three-fold increase since 2012 when the last such assessment was undertaken. Scientists report the new numbers in the journal Nature. Governments will need to take account of the information and its accelerating trend as they plan future defences to protect low-lying coastal communities.

The presidential investigation commission instructs the CID to submit a report on violating the conditions and rules in establishing Mihin Lanka airline services earlier

The presidential investigation commission instructs the CID to submit a report on violating the conditions and rules in establishing Mihin Lanka airline services earlier.

The Presidential Commission investigating alleged fraud, corruption and misuse of state funds and property in SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan Catering Services and Mihin Lanka yesterday ordered the CID to investigate whether any outside interference prevented the BOI from taking action against Mihin Lanka.

It was found that Mihin Lanka was acting in breach of all BOI conditions. The Commission asked the CID to submit a report to the Commission on this matter urgently.

The Commission through Deputy Solicitor General Shanaka Wijesinghe directed the CID to begin the investigation by visiting the BOI and meeting its monitoring officer. The CID responding to this order began its investigations by noon yesterday.

The health minister says the present government has taken effective measures to fulfil the demands of the doctors

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna says the present government has taken effective measures to fulfil the demands of the doctors. The Minister made these remarks at a media conference to brief the cabinet decision on the imposing 24 percent tax on income. The media conference was held in Colombo yesterday.

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A program to distribute 100,000 saplings will commence

A program to distribute 100,000 saplings will commence today. This program is implemented under the theme "Api Wawalai Api Kanne"- "We cultivate and we eat". This project focuses on promoting fruit varieties. The program is implemented Island-wide under the instructions of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. The inaugural session will be held at Kandy Kundasale agriculture department today under the patronage of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

The 2nd test between Sri Lanka and West Indies will start today

The 2nd test between Sri Lanka and West Indies will start today at Gros Islet. The match will commence at 7.30 PM Sri Lankan time. Sri Lanka lost the first test by 226 runs and expected to put up a better performance this time. Meanwhile former captain Anjelo Mathews has returned to the island to see the new born baby. This could be another setback to the Sri Lanka's batting outfit. However Danushka and Dasun Shanaka will be travelling to west indies as replacements for Anjelo and injured Lahiru gamage.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup kicks off today

The 2018 Fifa World Cup gets under way today when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia following an opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Football's showpiece event features 32 teams, including holders Germany, competing in 64 games over 32 days. The 21st edition will be played out in 12 stadiums, across 11 cities, spread over 1,800 miles. England, winners in 1966, is the only team from the home nations to qualify and start against Tunisia on 18 June.The first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia will commence at 8.30PM Russian time today.

Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North Korea hails 'radical switchover'

Kim Jong Un invited Donald Trump to visit North Korea during their historic summit and the US President accepted, Pyongyang State media reported on Wednesday, calling it the start of a “radical switchover” in the nuclear-armed Cold War foes' fraught relations. The unprecedented encounter in Singapore on Tuesday saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags. Mr. Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way.

A Presidential Task Force has been appointed to operate development programmes in the North and East

A Presidential Task Force has been appointed to operate development programmes in the North and East. The task force headed by President Maithripala Sirisena is responsible for operating coordinating and follow up of all development programmes in the northern and eastern provinces. During the post war era many programmes had been implemented in the two provinces for social and economic development. However, the programmes have not made a significant contribution for uplifting the livelihood of the people there. The President has also informed the cabinet regarding the task force. The Prime Minister, Provincial Governors, Chief Secretaries of the two provincial councils, top military and police officials and representatives of all relevant factions are included in the task force.

The General Secretary of the SLFP says the party will contest future elections as a wide alliance

General Secretary of the SLFP Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa says that the party will contest the future elections as a wider alliance. Accordingly, the party will have a dialogue with all progressive parties and organization. The party has already started restructuring process islandwide. Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning the Professor said that the SLFP will be build up from the grass root level with a broad discussion with a general public.

Police have started extensive investigations into the shooting of Chief incumbent of Kirivehera

The Jeep in which three suspects who open fired at Chief incumbent of Kataragama Kiriwehera Venerable Kobawaka Damminda Thera and another monk was taken into custody by the Police this morning. The Police Spokesman said that 8 Police teams have been assigned to carry out investigations. The Chief Incumbent of Kataragama Kiriwehera and the other monk were shot and injured at the Temple premises this morning.

The Director of Hambantota Hospital says that the chief incumbent of Kirivehera, Ven. Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera will be airlifted to Colombo for further treatment.

The government has allocated 500 billion rupees for health sector during the last year only

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says that the government has spent over 500 billion rupees for health services during the last year. About 472 cabinet papers on developing health sector have been presented to the cabinet of Ministers since 2015 to date. The government has given priority strengthen the free health service in the country.

The Road Development Authority says no problem in the constructions standards of the Rajagiriya Flyover Bridge

The Road Development Authority says there is no any problem over the quality of construction of Rajagiriya Bridge. It has been constructed under international construction standards. Both Moratuwa and Peradeniya Universities have studied the quality of all parts of the bridge including the foundation columns and approved the quality. The Peradeniya University is further conducting a monitoring process to confirm the quality of the flyover bridge.

Two new state ministers and five deputy ministers were sworn in

Two new state ministers and five deputy ministers were sworn in today at the president secretariat before the President.  Ranjith Aluvihare is the state minister for tourism development and Christian religious activities.  Lucky Jayawardena  is the state minister for up-country infrastructure development. 

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The cabinet has given approval to decrease the price of litre of kerosene oil upto 70 rupees

The Cabinet has given approval yesterday to reduce the price of kerosene to 70 rupees per litre.
During the recent revision of fuel prices, the price of kerosene was increased by 57 rupees up to 101 rupees per liter.

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The office of missing persons will meet the relations of missing persons in Trincomalee tomorrow

The office of missing persons will meet the relations of missing persons in Trincomalee tomorrow.    They will gather information on the missing persons in the Trincomalee district. They will also look into the possibilities of solving the problems faced by the relatives of the missing persons. The OMP is to meet in Kilinochchi on Thursday and in Jaffna on Friday.

World celebrates International Day Against Child Labour today

World celebrates International Day Against Child Labour today. The International Labour Organization hailed Sri Lanka as a ‘beacon of hope in South Asia’. In recognition of its efforts, Sri Lanka has been highlighted as a ‘Pathfinder Country’ within “Alliance 8.7”, a global movement for the eradication of child labour.

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Trump Kim summit: US and North Korean leaders to hold historic talks

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are poised to meet for an unprecedented summit on Tuesday aimed at defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula.No sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader.Mr Trump has said the highly anticipated talks represent a "one-time shot" at peace.The meeting marks a dramatic shift in relations between the pair, who last year traded insults and threats of war.

Bera Lake coastal park will be vested in the public today

Bera Lake coastal park will be vested in the public today. A sum of 640 million rupees has been spent on this project. President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka will participate as special guests on this occasion.

Railway trade union action abandoned

Railway trade union action has been called off. The trade union action scheduled to be held mid night today by the joint railway technicians union was called off. The Secretary to the joint union Kamal Peiris said the decision has been taken based on the assurance given by the top management to address the grievances of railway technicians.

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