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Seven academics of science and technology sectors were honoured with awards of excellence.

Seven academics who have made significant achievement in science and technology sectors were honoured with awards of excellence at a ceremony held in the BMICH under the patronage of president Maithripala Sirisena this evening. They have made a unique research in science, medicine, technology, engineering, IT and bio-Technology subjects.


Minister of Higher education points out the need to train the youth on specialized fields.

Ampara district public employment service center of the man power and employment department  was declared open this evening. The Participating state minister Ravindra Samaraweera said even though there are large scale development projects and industries.


Prime Minister will begin three day official visit in India tomorrow.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will arrive in New Delhi, tomorrow for a three-day official visit.He will hold several discussions with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Sri Modi, and a few other senior ministers. He will also participate in the Indian Economic Forum commenced on 6th October in New Delhi.


The Finance Minister of New Zealand commends the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.

Finance Minister of New Zealand Bill English has commended the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.


The Finance Minister of New Zealand commends the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.

Finance Minister of New Zealand Bill English has commended the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.


Presenting Buddhist Temporalities Bill in parliament postponed.

Presenting Buddhist Temporalities Bill in parliament postponed. Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa said that the Maha Sangha and other stakeholders have requested more time to consider the legislature.


The marks of the Korean language proficiency test will be issued on the 12th of this month.

The marks of the Korean language proficiency test will be issued on the 12th of this month.


Boris Nemtsov murder trial begins at Moscow military court

Five men accused of involvement in the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov have gone on trial at a military court in Moscow. A former deputy prime minister who became a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, Nemtsov was shot dead last year near the Kremlin. The defendants - all Chechens - were allegedly promised cash to kill him. All deny the charges.

Kashmir Valley remains calm

No restrictions were in place on the movement of people anywhere in the Kashmir Valley today where the nearly three-month long agitation is showing signs of fatigue. However, normal life continued to remain affected in Kashmir for the 87th consecutive day today due to the separatist sponsored strike. The Police said security forces have been deployed at some places, including market places, to instill a sense of security among the people so that they can carry out their day-to-day activities without fear.

The Police also added that the situation in Kashmir was improving with each day and there has been a significant increase in the movement of private and public transport, except buses, in uptown areas of the summer capital Srinagar, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

PM to commence a three day visit to India tomorrow

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is to arrive in New Delhi tomorrow for a three day official visit in India. He will leave for India from Wellington after concluding his New Zealand visit. The Premier is scheduled to held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and several senior Ministers.

The Sri Lankan delegation led by the Prime Minister will also attend the Indian Economic Forum which commences in New Delhi on Thursday under the direction of the World Economic Forum.

SL delegation led by Premier visits Fonterra Dairy Production plant in NZ

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Sri Lankan delegation visited the Fonterra Dairy Production Plant in Hamilton, New Zealand yesterday. Fonterra is a world renowned company for dairy products and exports. Its dairy farm is situated in a cooperative village comprised of 10,500 families.

The Fonterra Company processes more than 22 billion litres of milk. Out of it 18 billion litres of milk are processed locally, while the rest are obtained form other countries. The company is also equipped with a plant that can process 200 thousand litres of milk daily.

The main objective of the visit of Sri Lankan delegation was to gain an understanding regarding the modern technology and the equipments used to process milk. Attention was also focused on using the same technology in Sri Lanka to increase the dairy production.

567,000 premises examined during National Mosquito Eradication Week

The National Mosquito Eradication Week will conclude today. The National Dengue Control Unit says 567 thousand premises were examined over the last week. 2484 schools were among them. Dr. Priscilla Samaraweera of the unit says out of the total number of premises that were examined 126,648 were identified as mosquito breeding places. Out of them 52 were schools. Legal action was taken against 1953 premises. More places will be examined today as well.

More than 11,000 dengue patients have been reported so far this year. The number of deaths stands at 65. Dr.Samaraweera says in comparison to the same period of last year the number of patients and the deaths reported have shown an increase. The situation can worsen with the activation of monsoon weather conditions. Therefore
Dr. Priscilla Samaraweera points out the need of general public keeping their environment clean.

3200 persons to receive teacher appointments tomorrow

3200 persons who underwent training at colleges of education are to receive teacher appointments tomorrow.
The ceremony in this regard will be held at the Temple Trees under the auspices of Minister of Education Akhila Viraj Kariyawasam. 1466 will be assigned for national schools while the rest are to be given appointments in provincial schools.

Additional secretary to the Ministry Y.M.K.B.Illangasinghe says they were given appointments according to their desire and considering the vacancies. The Additional Secretary also disclosed that 1014 Tamil Medium Teachers will receive appointments as well.

Meanwhile Chief Commissioner of Teacher Education K.M.H.Bandara says enrolling of students for colleges of education will commence in January next year. Accepting of applications in this regard concluded on Friday.

The Prime Minister visits Hobton Cinema village in New Zealand.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Sir Lankan delegated  visited Hobton Cinema village in New Zealand yesterday. This cinema village has been established in an old ranch as a proposal made by famous New Zealand film director Peter Jackson.  The internationally popular Lord of the Rings film series was also shot in this location.

The World Habitat Day is celebrated today. The national ceremony is at Polonnaruwa.

World Habitat Day falls today. First Monday of October has been declared as the World Habitat Day by the United Nations in response to a proposal made by former Sri Lankan prime Minister late R. Premadasa. Accordingly, the day is celebrated since 1986. This year's theme of the day is priority for houses. Minister Sajith Premadasa says many programmes will be implemented islandwide under this theme.

The National ceremony to mark the day will be held in Polonnaruwa under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Three development programmes implemented at a cost of 330 million rupees will be vested in the public by the President. Sugaladevi model village which has 24 houses will be declared open today. 500 kidney patients of the district will be provided with housing aid. 200 vocational trainees will be provided with vocational equipments and uniforms. Many other community services will also be launched today in line with the day.

Issuing a message, President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is committed to accelerate housing construction programmes during the coming decade in order to fulfill the housing need of all Sri Lankans. Accordingly, a wider programme has been arranged covering all urban and rural areas in the island. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in his message says housing facilities are the basic need of the people and the government will face this challenge in sustainable manner.

Deadly stampede at Ethiopia festival

Many people are reported to have been killed and injured in Ethiopia's Oromia region after security forces fired tear gas and shots to disperse a protest. Some died in a panicked stampede after troops opened fire.

Thousands had gathered for a religious festival in Bishoftu, 25 miles from the capital Addis Ababa. Some reports said troops responded after anti-government protesters threw stones and bottles, while others said demonstrators were entirely peaceful.

The President states that the sports ground is a place to strengthen peace and harmony.

President Maithripala Sirisena states that the present government is committed to promote sports which is known to be a universal language that strengthens peace and harmony. He pointed out that sports ground is a venue where discrimination based on races, religious cast and creed is eliminated.

President Sirisena was speaking at the conclusion ceremony of the 42nd national sports festival which was held at the Doraiappa stadium in Jaffna this afternoon. He also noted that the discipline which is generated by sports will help to transform uncivilized societies in to civilized ones.

The President pointed out that the government will provide every support to uplift the sports sector. Addressing the gathering Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said that the sports festival has reached new vistas in reconciliation and peace. Opposition Leader R. Sambanthan, Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Corey, Chief Minister of the Province C.V Vignashwaran also spoke.

The Presidential championship award went to the western province. The Southern Province became the runner up. M.I.F Mifran of the Eastern province became the best sports person. Nimali Liyanaarachchi won the award for best sports woman.

More than 51,000 families hit by dry weather condition.

Around 51,561 families have been hit by the dry weather condition. The largest section of the victims belongs to the Northcentral province. The Disaster Management Center announced that more than 23,000 families in the Northcentral Province have been caught up with the drought. The dry weather condition has badly impacted on eastern province as well.

The Water Supply and Drainage Board request the people to use water carefully. Chairman of the board K.A Anser says the board has taken measures to provide adequate amount of drinking water even amidst the difficulties. He requests the people therefore, to use drinking water sparingly. Drinking water should not be wasted by bathing animals or washing vehicles or using to cleaning purposes. There is a severe shortage of water in Tangalle and Ranna areas.

6,000 kilometers of rural roads will be developed.

The government has planned to develop 6,000 kilometers of roads under the project to upgrade rural roads. This programme will cover all the rural areas in the island. Minister Lakshman Kiriella says 3 expressways will be constructed connecting Colombo - Kandy, Colombo - Rathnapura and Colombo - Anuradhapura.

The construction work of the Colombo - Kandy expressway has commenced. The other two expressways will be constructed from next year. Minister Kiriella was speaking at a function held at the Sunandaramaya of Karapitiya in Galle. He also said that a new constitution will be presented to parliament that will be condoned by all the sectors.

British PM to trigger Article 50 by end of March

Theresa May will formally begin the Brexit process by the end of March 2017. The PM's announcement on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - which begins the formal negotiation process - means the UK looks set to leave the EU by the end of March 2019.

Mrs May also promised a bill to remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book. She said this would make the UK an "independent, sovereign nation". The repeal of the 1972 Act will not take effect until the UK leaves the EU under Article 50.

The conclusion ceremony of the national sports festival is being held in Jaffna.

The closing ceremony of the national sports festival is being held at the Alfrad Doraiappa grounds in Jaffna under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Western Province became the overall champions of the tournaments by bagging 113 golds, 74 silver and 67 bronze medals.

The southern province became the runner up with 33 gold, 29 silver and 43 bronze medals. The Central Province won the 3rd place with 28 gold 38 silver and 41 bronze medals. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Vigneshawana, Governor Reginald coorey and many Parliamentarians are attending the sports festival.

Meanwhile, two water purification plants installed in the Jaffna University premises were vested in the students today by the President. This can purify about 1,000 liters of water daily solving the problem of drinking water. Two more purification plants are to be installed there. The President also had a mutual discussion with the university students.

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