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The President says allocations for Provincial Councils to be spent based on a circular on priority areas

President Maithripala Sirisena says he would issue a circular which indicates that the allocations for Provincial Councils should be spent, based on a document which recognized the priorities of development. He added that many injustices have been occurred in many provinces due to spending of money over the personnel opinions of individuals, without recognizing the priorities of development.


France begins to clear Calais camp

More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais. Authorities say some 7,000 people live in the camp in squalid conditions. Dozens of migrants began queuing early at reception points where they will be processed and bussed to refugee centres across France.

But there is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain, and there have been some clashes over the weekend. The UK has begun to accept some of the estimated 1,300 unaccompanied children from the camp.

Bangladesh misses opportunity to re-write Test cricket history

Bangladesh missed an opportunity to re-write Test cricket history as they were beaten by 22 runs in the 1st Test against England played at Chittagong. Batting first after winning the toss England scored 293 runs all out in their 1st innings. In reply Bangladeshis were only able to score 248 runs all out in their 1st innings. Then England set
a target of 286 runs for Bangladesh after scoring 240 runs all out in their 2nd innings thanks to a great knock by Ben Stokes who scored 85 runs.

Bangladeshis were within the victory margin on the final day of the match as they only required 33 runs for victory although they were 8 wickets down. Ben Stokes who was in the action again by taking the rest of the wickets in two consecutive balls, his 5th and 6th wicket of the match respectively. Eventually he was named as the man of the match. Debutant Sabbir Rahaman's attempt to win the match went in vain as he remained unbeaten on 64. Had the Bangladesh won the match they would have become the youngest Test playing nation to beat England.

Govt commends UN's role in SL

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the United Nations.


Main suspect of the Mattakkuliya incident identified

Main suspect of the Mattakkuliya shooting incident has been identified. The magistrate inquiry and the postmortems regarding the persons who died from the incident will be held today. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara says the Colombo Crimes Division is carrying out the investigations under the instructions of the IGP.

Meanwhile former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathne has been remanded. The court had issued a warrant after he was indicted by the Attorney General regarding an accident that took place in Year 2002. He surrendered to the Negombo police today. Additional Magistrate Kapila Dushmantha ordered the suspect to be remanded till 1st of next month after he was produced before the Negombo Magistrate court today.

Meanwhile parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera who had been remanded has been released on a cash bail of 25,000 rupees and two sureties of one million rupees.

2nd generator of Norachcholai Coal Power plant made functional

Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says another generator of the Norachcholai coal power plant was made operational yesterday. Therefore, two generators of the plant have now been switched on. 600 megawatts have been added to the national grid as a result of it. The Ministry expresses belief that its engineers will be able to repair the 3rd generator by the end of this week. It would add another 300 mega watts to the national grid.

Meanwhile adequate rains have not been received by the tanks of hydro power plants to increase the electricity generation. Therefore the electricity generated through hydro power still remains at 25 percent. Media spokesperson of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardhana says however there is no need disrupt the power supply. Most of the electricity is added to the national grid by using fuel. Therefore the CEB has to bear an additional expense. Sulakshana Jayawardhana emphasized however the public will not have to burden that amount.

Cultivation activities of Maha season to commence next month

The Water Management Committee has decided to commence the cultivation activities of Maha season next month. Therefore water will be issued to various districts on 1st, 5th, 10th and 15th of next month. Director General of Irrigation Saman Weerasinghe says a discussion in this regard is now being held under the auspices of Director General of Mahaweli.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" will be vested with the public by the President today.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" constructed to commemorate the Dimbulagala Aranya Senasanadhipathy late Venerable Kithalagama Siri Seelalankara Nayaka Thera will be vested with the public today by President Maithripala Sirisena.


The President says no conflict should take place in the country based on the languages spoken by the communities.

President Maithripala Sirisena says no conflict should take place in the country based on the languages spoken by the communities. He added that in some countries conflicts have occurred based on languages. The President pointed out that that kind of conflicts happened even in Sri Lanka.


Indian delegation arrived in Sri Lanka to expand trade activities.

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for a three-day official visit.
The purpose of the visit of this three-member delegation is observing the potential to promote Indian business in Sri Lanka and investment opportunities.


48 varieties of drugs will be available at the reduced prices, from tomorrow.

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna says people are able to purchase 48 varieties of essential drugs at the reduced price from tomorrow. The Minister has instructed the State Pharmaceutical Corporation to issue them to the public, at the reduced rates from 32 branches of Osu Sala and 130 franchised outlets. Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. H M M Rumy says the Corporation has already imported quality drugs for the people.

He says the Health Minister has instructed them to raid the Pharmacies that do not sell the medicine at the reduced prices. The government is to reduce the prices of more varieties of pharmaceuticals, in future.

The Finance Minister says public views and proposals have also been considered in preparing the Budget.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayaka says public views and proposals have been considered in preparing the Budget proposals this year. Special attention has been focused to reduce government expenses in the next year. Teams of University students have been deployed at rural level to obtain public views and proposals during the past period. In addition, ideas from trade unions and economic experts have also been considered.

The government has planned to spend 1819 billion rupees for the next financial year. The government has planned to reduce 760 billion rupees of government expenses, during the next year.

Medium Entrepreneurs of the Western Province were awarded by the President.

An Awarding Ceremony for (FLAME) Medium Scale   Entrepreneurs in the Western Province was held in Galle Face Hotel in Colombo yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

 39 entrepreneurs were honoured with awards at this ceremony.  Leading South African Entrepreneur Dr. Y K Paik offered a special award to the President at this ceremony.  The President also felicitated him with an award.

Bilateral discussions will be held with the visiting Foreign Secretary of India.

The government says bilateral discussions will be held with the visiting Foreign Secretary of India S Jaishankar on implementation of various decisions taken during the President and Prime Minister's recent visits to India. The Indian foreign secretary will discuss economic cooperation.

He will also pursue various initiatives discussed between the leadership of the two countries. The contentious issue of capture of fishermen is also likely to figure during the visit to Colombo.

The President says measures will be taken to become the Sri Lanka as the center of publishing the Theravadha Buddhism to the world in parallel to the International Wesak Day celebrations.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the official ceremony to celebrate United Nations International Wesak Day will be held on the 13th of May, next year on a grand scale. The State leaders of the Buddhist countries in the world will participate for the ceremony. He made these remarks at a religious ceremony held at the Bopitiya Siri Indrasabha Piriven Viharaya this afternoon.

He said Theravadha Buddhism is the main resource for the country to go forward as the best state in the world today as well as the tomorrow. The President said measures will be taken to become the Sri Lanka as the center of publishing the Theravadha Buddhism to the world in parallel to the International Wesak Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, the President said a new national programme will be implemented to generate the electricity through the natural resources to meet the present electricity crisis. At present, the government has paid attention to generate electricity using solar power.

A National programme on planting "Ginisiriya" plants has been implemented islandwide recently. The government has dedicated to develop the country during last 20 months transforming economic, political structure in the country. He said the government aim is to march forward as a strong and independent country.

Job opportunities for the youth in the housing construction field this year under the Semata Sevana housing programme.

The Ministry of Housing and Construction has planned to provide job opportunities to 50,000 youth in the housing and construction sector this year under the
"Shilpa Saviya - Shelter for all" programme. The Ministry will also conduct training programmes for the selected youth. They will be given a monthly allowance of ten thousand rupees, two uniforms and a tool kit free.
The Treasury has allocated 500 million rupees this year for the purpose.

The training programmes will be jointly conducted by the Housing Development Authority, construction industrial development authority and the NAITA. Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority Lakvijaya Sagara Palansooriya told the SLBC that during the training the youth will be given the opportunity to serve in the housing projects implemented under the National Housing Programme. They are also allowed to receive an allowance from the house owners. The youth will be given an internationally recognized certificate at the end of the training.

A disposal week for polythene, plastic and electronic wastage will commence on Monday.

Disposal of Polythene, plastic and electronic wastage week will commence on Monday.  President Maithripala Sirisena has declared this week at a function declared at the Central Environmental Authority, recently.  It will be implemented covering all the local government institutions in the island.  

The unsystematic methods of disposing this wastage have become a massive environmental dispute in the country.  People will be enlightened on the management and the recycling of wastage during this week.  The collecting of these wastages during this programme will be handed over to the Central Environment Authority for recycling programme.

A Summit of the Heads of National Institutions against Narcotics of Asia-Pacific Region will be held in Colombo.

Sri Lanka proposes to establish an international information unit to overcome the drug menace. The proposal will be presented to the 40th Summit of the heads of national institution against narcotics in the countries of Asian and Pacific regions. The Summit will begin on Monday and continue till 27th of this month.

Over 110 officials representing 65 countries will take part in this summit. This summit will focus special attention on drug menace and abuse of pharmaceuticals. Sri Lanka has already established a special information unit to coordinate all institutions that worked to control use and smuggling of narcotics.

Meanwhile, Indian Ocean Regional Countries National Defence Ministers' Summit will be held in Colombo on the 29th of this month. Ministers and officials regarding the control of drugs smuggling from 22 countries will take part in this event. These two summits will be hosted by Minister Sagala Ratnayaka and the Chairman of the National Dangerous Drug Control Board, Professor Ravindra Fernando.

The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority inspects errant traders who sell drug at higher prices.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority, Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe says inspection will be carried out from today to look into the way of selling pharmaceutical items in the market.

 A team of Health Ministry and the Authority will engage in the inspection activities. The price control of 48 varieties of drugs was effective from mid night, yesterday.  The drugs on Cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure have been reduced.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" will be vested with the public by the President.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" constructed to commemorate the Dimbulagala Aranya Senasanadhipathy late Venerable Kithalagama Siri Seelalankara Nayaka Thera will be vested with the public on Monday by the President Maithripala Sirisena. This housing scheme constructed at the 19th Post of the Dimbulagala-Polonnaruwa, with 25 houses.

This is the 12th model village re-initiated under the "Gam Udawa" programme. This programme was conducted under the "Semata-Sevana" speedy housing development programme of the Ministry of Housing and Construction.

Several programmes have been conducted under the supervision of the Minister Sajith Premadasa, including providing of 100,000 rupees housing aid for kidney patients and cement for low income families, sets of vocational equipments, uniforms for 50 selected youths and etc.

Death of Jaffna Uni students ; Conduct an impartial & independent investigation on - President

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the officials to conduct an impartial and independent investigation into the death of two Jaffna university students and present the report to the court.


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