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The Disaster Management Centre states over 138 thousand persons across 22 districts have been displaced due to the prevailing inclement weather

The Disaster Management Centre states over 138 thousand persons across 22 districts have been displaced due to the prevailing inclement weather. 15 deaths have been reported. Director of the Disaster relief services Centre Chaminda Pathiraja says the deaths are due to lightning, falling of trees, drowning and landslides.

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The President Media says that there is no truth in the news articles published by the Dinamina and Lakbima newspapers today with regard to country's security situation.

The President Media says that there is no truth in the news articles published by the Dinamina and Lakbima newspapers today under the titles meaning 'Do not allow place any move to create backdrop for a civil unrest' and 'Security forces are on alert on any separatist agenda' respectively. These news reports have been fabricated by some individual or organization and later have been released to media institutions.

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All 20 sluice gates of the Thabbowa reservoir have been opened.

Since the water level of the Thabbowa Reservoir has exceeded spill level and all 20 of its sluice gates have been opened to discharge excess water into the Puttalam lagoon through the Mee Oya. A spokesman for the Irrigation Department said water is gushing out of the sluice gates at very high speed.

Villages around the banks of the Mee Oya lower reaches would be inundated. As such, they had taken precautions to release water from the reservoir in a manner that would not inconvenience the people.

The President has focused attention to solve the problems of immigration and emigration officers.

Members of the Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration Officers’ Association met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday to discuss several issues affecting them. The President had promised to look into the issues and discuss matters further at a future date. The President also appreciate the service rendered by immigration and emigration officers for the wellbeing of the country.

Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council member dead, three injured in Ratmalana shooting.


One person died and three others were injured in a shooting in Ratmalana yesterday night. Police identified 62-year- old Ranjan Silva, a member of the Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council from Ratmalana as the person who had succumbed to gun shot injuries at the Kalubowila Hospital. He was the father of national cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva. The injured have been admitted to the Kalubowila hospital. Police said those responsible for the shooting or the reason for the incident had not been established as yet.

Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea 'hostility'.


US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the North. He said it was possible a meeting could still take place but warned North Korea against committing "foolish" acts. The summit aimed to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and would have been the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader. The "unexpected" decision, Pyongyang said, was "extremely regrettable".

North Korea dismisses remarks by Mike Pence as: "stupid"

A senior North Korean official has dismissed remarks by US Vice-President Mike Pence as: "stupid", casting further uncertainty about a planned meeting between the two countries' leaders.
It comes days after Mr Pence warned that North Korea "may end like Libya" - where then-leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels in 2011, after renouncing nuclear weapons eight years earlier.
The North says, Pyongyang would not "beg" for dialogue, and warned of a "nuclear showdown" if diplomacy failed.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs says, the country is deeply committed to uphold the Rule of Law, and to ensure the equal protection of the law to all individuals - without discrimination.

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Thilak Marapana says, the country is deeply committed to uphold the Rule of Law, and to ensure the equal protection of the law to all individuals - without discrimination, as guaranteed by the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

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54 million rupees set aside to provide relief for those affected. Relief activities to continue uninterrupted

The Disaster Management Centre states 125,954 persons across 19 districts have been displaced due to the prevailing inclement weather. 13 deaths have been reported. Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre: Predeep Kodippili, speaking at a media briefing held today said, 13,832 families have been sheltered in 251 temporary locations. Assistant Director: Savithri Jayakody said, 54 million rupees has been set aside by the government to provide relief for those affected.

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board Amendment Bill taken up for debate in parliament today

The Sri Lanka Tea Board Amendment Bill was taken up for debate in parliament today. Joining in the debate, Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage commended the measures taken by Minister Navin Dissanayake to uplift the tea industry of the country. He further stated, state-owned estate companies need to be maintained, while private estate companies need to be regulated. Parliamentarian: Professor Ashu Marasinghe said, a Housing Complex Project needs to be launched to solve the housing issue in the estate sector.

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Austria provides credit facilities for the enhancement of healthcare in Sri Lanka

The Government is to invest over 900 million rupees to improve University Medical facilities.
Since Medical faculties of the Eastern University, the University of Rajarata, and the Allied Health Science Faculty of University of Peradeniya were established recently, it has become an urgent need to provide necessary facilities with required medical equipment and accessories to those faculties.

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Iran sanctions: Zarif condemns Pompeo announcement

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the US for promising to impose the "strongest sanctions in history" on his country.Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its "failed policies" and it would suffer the consequences.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also criticised the US.She said Mr Pompeo had failed to show how dropping the 2015 nuclear deal would make the Middle East safer.

The government has taken effective measures to provide relief assistance to the people affected due to flood and disaster situations

The Ratnapura, Galle, Matara, Kegalle, Kalutara, Anuradhapura, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts were affected by the South-Western monsoonal rains. The Meteorological Department issuing a report yesterday stated, “Showers or thundershowers will continue to occur in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces”.

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As a precaution to the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province, Primary Schools and the primary section of secondary schools in six Education Zones will be closed today and tomorrow

The Southern Province Education Ministry says, as a precaution to the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province, Primary Schools and the primary section of secondary schools in six Education Zones will be closed today and tomorrow. These schools come under the zonal offices of Galle, Matara, Mulatiyana, Akuressa, Tangalle and Walasmulla. In addition, all pre-schools in these zones will also be closed throughout this week.

Meanwhile, Director of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital: Dr. Jayampathi Senanayake says 37 children are presently receiving treatment for influenza in the hospital.

Today Sri Lanka commemorates the 46th Republic Day

Today marks the Republic Day of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka became a Republic on 22nd May 1972, with the adoption of a new Constitution. Today Sri Lanka commemorates the 46th Republic Day. Every year on May 22 All Ministries, Government Departments, Statutory Corporations and other State institutions commemorated Republic Day. Heads of the department with the participation of staff hoisted the national flag and delivered a short speech on the importance of this Day.

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The Minister of Finance points out, even in the face of challenges, the government has been able to strengthen the economy and the administration of the country, to a level far ahead of where it had been in the past

 

Minister of Finance and Media: Mangala Samaraweera issuing a special communique points out, even in the face of challenges, the government has been able to strengthen the economy and the administration of the country, to a level far ahead than where it had been in the past.

The Minister cites the comments made by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has charged that the Unity Government has to make history's highest recorded debt repayment of 4.2 billion dollars in 2019 due to a debt crisis created by the Good Governance Regime.

He points out, after Independence in 1948, the highest amount of foreign debt has to be paid in 2018. The total foreign debt to be paid this year is 2,845 million dollars, and of which 1,789 million dollars has to be paid for foreign debt which was borrowed before the year 2015. Only an instalment of 1,056 dollars has to be paid for the foreign loans borrowed after 2015. Accordingly, 63 percent of debt instalments to be paid this year, are repayments of debts that had been borrowed during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure as Finance Minister!

This crisis will further worsen next year.
4,285 million dollars have to be paid in 2019, of which 3,315 dollars or 77 percent of the repayment are for the debt obtained during the tenure of the Rajapaksa regime.

The Mahinda Rajapaksa regime obtained loans in 2014, not for development work, but for the election propaganda purposes in which they lured unsuspected voters by distributing cheap items such as 'Sil Redi'.

After this Government was voted to power, it has obtained foreign debts of 12 billion dollars during the last three years. Out of this 6 billion was from International Donor Agencies, and under bilateral agreements at concessionary interest rates. They have been spent for various projects. These loans were taken neither under 'commercial basis' nor for 'consumer purposes', as Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa attempts to interpret.

A Bob Dylan guitar fetches 495,000 dollars, at auction

 

A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan's artistic evolution, fetched half a million at an auction yesterday.
The guitar, a 1965 Fender Telecaster that belonged to Dylan's guitarist: Robbie Robertson, was used by Dylan, Eric Clapton and George Harrison.
The guitar marked the singer's path from folk stylings like 'The Times They Are A-Changin', to electric rock, like his 1965 hit 'Like a Rolling Stone'.
George Harrison's first electric guitar, and a Fender Telecaster rosewood guitar made for Elvis Presley in 1968
also went under the hammer.
The sale also included show costumes that belonged to artists from Elton John, to Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.

The National ceremony to commemorate the war heroes will be held this afternoon at Battaramulla under the patronage of the president. Many other programs are also organized in line with this ceremony

 

The National ceremony to commemorate the war heroes will be held at Battaramulla. Many other programs are also organized in line with this ceremony.

Three armed forces, police and the civil defense force contributed immensely to eliminate the terrorism. The national ceremony to commemorate the war hearos will be held today in front of the war heroes monument in Batteramulla. President Maithripala Sirisena will participate as the chief guest. SLBC, the National Radio has made arrangements to bring a live broadcast of the ceremony from 3 PM today. The national ceremony will be held from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm today in front of the War Heroes' Monument in Battaramulla.

Therefore, the Colombo City Traffic Police requests the motorists to limit the vehicle movement on the parliament junction along the parliament grounds. Special traffic arrangements are made for this purpose. Many other programs are also organized to commemorate the war heroes. 50 members of the tri forces will receive "Vishishta Sewa Vibhooshana" medals today. A function in this regard will be held at Presidential secretariat at 9.00 am under the patronage of President Maithipala Sirisena. Meanwhile, a special aaloka Pooja is organized by Sri Lanka Army at 6.00 pm at the historical Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya. President Maithripala Sirisena will participate as the chief guest.

A special work plan is implemented to provide relief assistance and and welfare assistance to the members of the security forces who have sacrificed and showed commitment in protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.

A Pirith Chanting ceremony to invoke blessings to the three forces and the people of the country will be held this morning at 10.00 am with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Mahaweli Center.

The Premier stresses the rights of any professional in the country will not be affected by the free trade agreement signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe stresses that rights of any professional in the country will not be affected by the free trade agreement signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore. The Srilankan job market will not be opened to foreigners by this agreement. The premier made these comments when he met a group of engineers and architects at the Temple Trees yesterday. The meeting was held to allay the fears of the professionals of the country alleged to have against the FTA with Singapore.

The premier added that the agreement will pave the way for Srilankans to have jobs in foreign countries and local entrepreneurs to have investment opportunities with foreign companies. The prime minister also agreed to hold more talks in future to solve the problems erupting in this connection.

Colombo Mayor instructs the Commissioner of the Colombo Municipality to suspend all fines charged through parking meters

Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake has instructed the Commissioner of the Colombo Municipality to suspend all fines charged through parking meters. The Mayor further said that with regard to the recent complaints on parking meter fines. Pending council approval she has given instructions to the commissioner to suspend all fines charged relating to parking meters.

Mrs Rosy Senanayake revealed this information during a media conference held in Colombo yesterday. Addressing the media personnel, she further said the particular parking charge meter system introduced last tear under the Colombo Municipal Commissioner , will be reviewed and effective steps will be taken accordingly to ease the complexity of the system. It was reported that a man who failed to pay a parking fee of Rs.30 at a parking slot in Wellawatte, has been fined 10,120 rupees after a lapse of 13 days.

The man had parked his car in Wellawatte on April 25 and had forgotten to pay the fee of Rs. 30 via a machine placed near the parking place

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