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The President says the government is committed to take maximum efforts to spread the Theravada Buddhism among the world countries.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is committed to take maximum efforts to spread the Theravada Buddhism among the world countries. Buddhism will create peace of mind through the spiritual life. The western countries have realized the value of Buddhism.

Therawada Buddhism will create a peaceful atmosphere for the human being to live happily. President Sirisena made these remarks at a religious function held at Kobbekaduwa Nelligala International Buddhist Center this afternoon. President also made a courtesy visit to Nelligala Rajamaha Viharaya and had a cordial discussion with the chief incumbent of the viharaya Most Ven. Warakagoda Dhammassiddhi Sri Pagnanannda Gnana-rathanaa-bhidhaana thero. President also planted a Nelli sapling to mark his visit to the viharaya.

The Prime Minister reiterates that bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and Thailand have been strengthened through Buddhism.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe reiterates that bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and Thailand have been strengthened through Buddhism. Mr. Wickremasinghe also emphasized that Sri Lanka being a therawada Buddhist country should follow the steps of Thailand in spreading to the Buddhist principles to the world countries.

The late king of Thailand Monarchy Bhumibol Adulyadej was instrumental in making Thailand economically strong nation after the 2nd world war. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe made these remarks at a ritual ceremony to commemorate the late king of Thailand. The ceremony was held at Kotahena Deepa-duththaa-raamaya premises under the patronage of the Mahanayaka of Amarapura Chapter Most Ven. Davuldena Gnanissara thero. Mahanayka thero participated at this special function on invitation of the chief incumbent ven. Waskaduwe Mahindawansa thero.

Prime Minister holds bilateral talks with Tajikistan President.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe holds bilateral talks with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon. The meeting took place this afternoon in Colombo. The discussion focused on promoting bilateral ties in trade, investment and gem industry. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe expressed confidence on building bilateral ties with Tajikistan to promote Sri Lankan products in the world market.

A special dengue elimination programme has been implemented throughout the island.

A special dengue elimination programme has been implemented throughout the island with the help of all MoH offices. They will carryout fumigation to eliminate mosquito menace. Members of three armed force, police, civil defence force and public health officials will also join this occasion. The special dengue prevention programme continues today. The main objective is to identify the mosquito breeding places and destroy them with the help of mosquito control Exterminators.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of health says dengue is spreading in many districts. Particularly, the disease is prevalent in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Jaffna, Rathnapura, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Batticaloa and Ampara. The Ministry states that leave from duty of health officers in 10 districts where the treat is high has been cancelled. A special circular has been issued in this regard. Meanwhile, the ministry says 25,000 rupee fine will be imposed on the people who run dengue mosquito breeding places. 74 deaths have been reported due to dengue this year.

UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot in Aleppo

The UN says that Syrian pro-government forces have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and killing those inside, including women and children. The UN's human rights office said it had reliable evidence that in four areas 82 civilians were shot on sight. Spokesman Rupert Colville further said that they are filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner of eastern Aleppo.  Rebels, who have held east Aleppo for four years, are on the brink of defeat.

The President emphasizes many problems can be solved through Buddhist teaching.

President Maithripala Sirisena says many problems can be solved through Buddhist teaching. The Buddhism has been an inspiration for the nation. Sri Lanka being a Buddhist nation has set a good example to the other countries of the region. President Sirisena points out some problems in the past were occurred due to not following the Buddhist principles.

President made these remarks at a religious programme held at Kandy Nelligala International Buddhist Center. He further said a real Buddhist will exhibit his qualities through meaningful action. The Buddhism has all important principles to guide the society and the nation.

Many MoUs are established between Sri Lanka and Tajikistan.

President of Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon who is engaged in a state visit to Sri Lanka met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning. Bilateral discussions were held subsequently. The official ceremony to welcome Tajikistan leader was held at the Presidential Secretariat.

The leader of the two counties discussed many points related to different fields. Tajikistan shows interest on investing in various sectors including tourist promotion, gem industry, apparel sector and sports sector as well. Tajikistan PResi Emomali Rahmon further said his country is interested to exchange the technical know-how and a friendly relationship between the youth communities of the countries. Tajikistan will enter into several MoUs including cooperative partnership of political, tourism, physical exercises and sports sectors.

Few more MoUs will be signed between the two countries to promote the Sri Lankan products in international markets. President Sirisena reiterated that Sri Lanka is determined to push forward while overcoming the economic challenges. Sri Lanka will march forward with a rapid development programme along with the support of Tajikistan. The discussion also focused the ways and means that Sri Lankan business community can invest in various sectors of Tajikistan. The bilateral talks also focused on promoting the trade and economic ties between the two countries. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was also present at this occasion.

Ministers Sajith Premadasa reveals information with regarding to the improper recruitment occurred at Hambantota Port during the previous regime.

Minister Sajith Premadasa alleges the previous government has recruited employees of the Hambantota port not for the Port Authority, but for a private company. The information regarding this has come to light now. Minister Sajith Premadasa made these remarks at a foundation stone laying ceremony held this morning at the proposed Hambantota
Naagara-wewa Udaa-gammana housing project site. He further said the housing project is being implemented with the sole purpose of creating ”shelter for all" in this country.
Udaa-gammana housing project has been a pioneer project based on the Gam-Udawa concept of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa.

New UN Chief sworn in.

António Guterres has sworn in as the ninth and next Secretary-General of the United Nations at a ceremony before the 193-member UN General Assembly. It was administered by the President of the 71st session of the General Assembly Peter Thomson. Guterres has pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community.

He also pointed out the need of UN focusing more on delivery and less on process as well as more on people and less on bureaucracy. Guterres, a former Prime Minister of Portugal and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees took the oath of office following the Assembly’s tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who steps down at the end of this month after leading the global Organization for the past 10 years.

A meeting held between Sri Lankan and Tajikistan leaders.

President of Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon who is engaged in a state visit to Sri Lanka met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning. Bilateral discussions were held subsequently. The official ceremony to welcome Tajikistan leader was held at the Presidential Secretariat. President Rahmon will visit the National Gem and Jewelry Authority this evening. Subsequently, he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

A secretariat to monitor organizing activities of UN Vesak day celebrations to be held in Sri Lanka next year.

Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana Chandrapema Gamage says arrangements are now being finalized for the United Nations Vesak Day celebrations to be held in Sri Lanka next year. The government has allocated 250 million rupees for the organizing activities. A secretariat to monitor its activities will be declared open on Friday under the auspices of Minister Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa. It is situated at No. 115 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo. Furthermore, several committees have also been appointed to look into the organizing activities of UN Vesak Day Celebrations.

The ceremony in this regard will be held at the BMICH on 12th of May next year. 25 head of states will be invited for the ceremony. An international Buddhist conference will be held on the following day at Sri Dalada Maligawa. Members of the Maha Sangha and invitees from various countries will attend the event. A delegation of United Nations is to arrive in the country at the beginning next year to discuss the organizing activities of the event.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana Chandrapema Gamage says the government has planned to celebrate the 2561st Buddhist Era which dawns next year on a grand scale. Religious programmes in this regard will be held centering all divisional secretariats throughout next month.

Use of polythene and plastic water bottles to be banned during the Sripada season.

Sri-paada pilgrimage season commences today. The procession carrying the Relics Casket and the sacred objects which commenced from the Sripada Raja Maha Vihara at Galpotthawala in Pelmadulla which reached Sri-paada yesterday were placed at Sri-Paada Maluwa early this morning. Nuwara Eliya District Secretary K.H.A Meegasmulla told the SLBC that taking polythene and plastic water bottles to Sri-Paada sanctuary during the pilgrimage season is prohibited.

Furthermore, outlets situated along the road from Nallathanniya to Sri-Paada are also not allowed to sell them. The Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat Office has commenced a programme to provide 40,000 cloth bags to keep belongings and essential items. The Litro Gas Company is sponsoring this initiative. In addition all the outlets within Sri-Paada sanctuary will be provided with 1,000 waste bins.

The President of Tajikistan visits Sri Lanka.

President of Islamic Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon has arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon for a three-day State Visit. He is scheduled to hold discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in Colombo. He will also sign several agreements, visit Kandy, and meet Sri Lankan business community during his stay in the country and will leave the country on Wednesday.

Heavy showers in seas of Bay of Bengal

The Disaster Management Center announces that heavy showers and winds can occur in the Bay of Bengal area due to the VARDAH cyclonic storm. Hence fishing in the Bay of Bengal is risky. The Disaster Management Center requests the people to refrain from fishing and naval activities in Northeastern seas and Mannar Bay areas. The speed of winds will be in between 100 to 120 kilometers per hour.

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Kalashoori Sathischandra Edirisinge felicitated by the President.


President Maithripala Sirisena says veteran artiste Kalashoori Sathischandra Edirisinge has contributed for better society in different fronts. He added that his contribution for carrying out programmes targeting helpless people is highly appreciable. President Maithripala Sirisena made these comments at a felicitation ceremony held for Sathischandra Edirisinge at the Kularathna Hall of Ananda College Colombo yesterday. The event was organized to mark the 75th birthday of him. He has been active in art field for more than 55 years.

Dengue is on the rise in some districts.

The Ministry of health says dengue is spreading in many districts. Particularly, the disease is prevalent in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Jaffna, Rathnapura, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Batticaloa and Ampara.

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Trump on China: Beijing 'seriously concerned' over policy


China says it is "seriously concerned" after President-elect Donald Trump expressed doubts about continuing to abide by the "One China" policy. Under the policy, the US has formal ties with China rather than the island of Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province. In a TV interview on Sunday, Mr Trump said he saw no reason why this should continue without key concessions.

Bill English to succeed New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

New Zealand's governing National Party has officially appointed Bill English to succeed John Key as prime minister. It follows Mr Key's surprise resignation last week. Social housing minister Paula Bennett has been named as deputy prime minister. The appointments were confirmed after a meeting of the National Party's caucus. Mr English, currently finance minister and deputy prime minister, will be officially sworn in at Government House in Wellington later today.

The president assures maximum support and resources will be given to strengthen the defence forces.

President Maithripala Sirisena assures maximum support and resources will be given to strengthen the security forces. Security forces should be equipped with modern know-how and training to strengthen national security. The government is committed to provide it international level knowledge to compete with such other forces in the globe.

The President made these remarks participating as the chief guest in the convocation of the College of Defence Services Command and Staff at Sapugaskanda this morning. The President further said that he had given his maximum support to protect the reputation of the Sri Lankan Security forces. The President pointed out that no other army in the world has the experience of the Sri Lankan army of totally defeating a top level terrorist outfit in the world.

All these knowledge and experience gained by the security forces though the war against terrorism has given Sri Lanka an international reputation. The government's neutrality in its foreign policy has also led to get more international support to the country. The President stressed that all citizens in the country have confidence and respect towards the Sri Lankan armed forces.

The President is scheduled to visit Malaysia from 15th – 17th of this month.

President Mathripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Malaysia from 15th – 17th of this month. During the visit, the President will sign several bilateral Memorandums of Understanding with the Government of Malaysia. Accordingly, the MoUs on cooperation in tourism, trainings, researches, and public administration, Plantation Industries cultural, arts and heritage and youth development will be signed.

The low level road from Ambatale to Orugodawatte will be widened.

The low level road from Ambatale to Orugodawatte will be widened. The 115 years old pipeline system that carries water from Ambatale to Colombo will also be renovated with this road development project

. Chairman of the Road Development Authority Nihal Sooriyaarachchi says the project will be carried out in collaboration with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. The construction work will begin January next year. The cost of the constructions is about 3 billion rupees. A sum of 4 billion rupees will be paid for the houses damaged and the lands acquired for the road widening project.

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