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Trump-Putin summit agreed by US and Russia in principle


Moscow and Washington have agreed to hold a long-delayed summit between US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin. The announcement follows a meeting between President Putin and US National Security Adviser John Bolton. Mr Trump said his meeting with Mr Putin could take place after next month's Nato summit in Brussels. The president said the meeting could possibly take place in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

150 development projects in Polonnaruwa will be vested with the public in the 1st week of August

President Maithripala Sirisena says, 150 new development projects will be vested with the public from 1st to the 3rd of August under the "Re-awakening Polonnaruwa programme". The president made this comment participating in a religious programme held at the Dimbulagala Forest Hermitage this morning. The president declared open the newly constructed Sanga Wasaya and building complex at the Dimbulagala pirivena. The president further said that, drinking water schemes irrigation and road development projects health facilities development programmes are also among the development activities implemented in the Polonnaruwa district.

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According to a Chinese survey, Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018

In a survey conducted, by the People’s Daily newspaper of China recently Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018. A statement from Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing states that Sri Lanka topped the list of 20 countries that were selected, including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the Maldives.

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Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa"

Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa" . Parents should take the responsibility of mending the children to practice ancient buddhist policies based on righteous living. The minister made these remarks participating in a programme at the Sri Maha Nama ancient temple in Ipologama this morning. The newly constructed Buddha statue was declared open at this ceremony. Addressing the gathering the minister further said that,  Buddhist policies of living lead to peaceful and contended  society.

US Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban

The US Supreme Court handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency yesterday, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.
Trump can now claim vindication, after lower courts had blocked his travel ban announced in September.
The ruling comes as the administration has shifted the US approach concerning immigrants, from that of previous administrations.
Trump also has moved to rescind protections for young immigrants sometimes called 'Dreamers' brought into the United States illegally as children.

Today is Poson Full-Moon Poya Day

Today is Poson full-moon poya day. The day celebrates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion when Arahat Mahinda, the son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main focal point of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda preached the first sermon to the ruling king and at Anuradhapura.

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The postal strike called off

Postal trade unions have decided to temporarily call off their strike, following talks held with the government.

The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front yesterday announced that it would together with 24 of its unions, suspend the postal strike which has lasted for the past 16 days.

The Joint Postal Trade Unions Front Convener: Chinthaka Bandara addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of Posts said, as of 12 midnight yesterday they would suspend the strike until July 7th.

The unions have been holding discussions with the National Salaries and Cadre Commission and the Ministry over the past couple of days.

By July 7th, the work of the National Salaries and Cadre Commission with regard to their demands is expected to end and thereafter a permanent solution has been promised.

'Enterprise Sri Lanka' defined as a turning point in the country's economic and development drive

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka Investment Promotion Programme is fundamental in building a prosperous country. For economic growth to be attained, employment generation is a must. Therefore, the Premier requests the Private Sector to formulate their strategies to reap the maximum benefits from Enterprise Sri Lanka. The government has allocated more than 10 billion rupees for this program. A development finance corporation will also be established to support this programme. The cabinet paper in this regard is being prepared.

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Sandya Ekneligoda rejects allegations that her husband had connections with the LTTE

Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda rejects allegations that her husband had connections with the LTTE. In the court cases taken up for hearing in connection with the journalist, no details in connection with the LTTE can be identified. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday, Mrs. Ekneligoda said, the previous administration, in order to gain political mileage and attain hidden objectives, raised false allegations that her husband was connected to the LTTE outfit.

Many religious activities organized island-wide, in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day.

Many religious activities have been organized island-wide in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day, which marks the arrival of Arahath Mahinda in Sri Lanka. Many programmes will be held in Polonnaruwa under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Renovations at the Dimbulagala Aaranya Senasenaya are underway, under the "Pibidemu Polonnaruwa" District Development Programme. The new Piriven Hall and Sanga Waasaya will be vested with the prelates, by the President, tomorrow.

More than 1 million devotees are expected in Anuradhapura, Mihinthaley, Thanthirimaley and Polonnaruwa this year.

District Secretaries of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa say, all measures have been put in place to provide them with necessary facilities. Additional transport services to the sacred sites in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are now operational.

Minister Malik Samarawickrema addresses a letter to the Mahanayakas and Anunayakas, explaining the content of the Singapore-Sri Lanka Trade Agreement.

Minister Malik Samarawickrema has addressed a letter to the Mahanayakas and Anunayakas explaining the content of the Trade Agreement signed between Singapore and Sri Lanka. The letter responds to several critical allegations voiced by the 'joint opposition' against this agreement.
It highlights, the agreement was sent for observation by the Attorney General, and thereafter the final draft was tabled before the Cabinet of Ministers on the 16th of January this year, and approved. There is a false belief that the country does not have a proper Trade Policy. The Minister points out, on the 1st of August 2017, with cabinet approval, a new Trade Policy was passed. That Trade Policy was formulated, taking into consideration feedback from state institutions, industry associations and chambers of commerce that have been involved in international trade. The Minister denies accusations that under this agreement a Singaporean Manpower Company will be established, and Singaporeans will be awarded employment in Sri Lanka.
The Minister further stated, within one year after signing the agreement, the two sides can discuss and arrive at decisions, if necessary. In the same way, both parties can terminate the agreement completely, giving a twelve month notice period.

The law to be strictly enforced against unsuitable vehicles entering expressways.

The Police say, the law will be strictly enforced against unsuitable vehicles entering expressways. This step has been taken to minimize accidents on expressways. Thereby, tyres and their air-pressure should meet with the required standards. Many other requirements have also been detailed.

In the event of a breakdown on an expressway, assistance can be sought by dialling 1969. Those travelling in the vehicle should not attempt any repairs on the expressway. This is an offence.

Macedonian President refuses to sign law, to change country's name

Macedonia’s President: Gjorge Ivanov has refused to sign an agreement on changing the country’s name to resolve a dispute with Greece, describing the name-change as a “criminal act” that violates the constitution.
This month, the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia agreed to rename the tiny ex-Yugoslav republic as: “The Republic of North Macedonia”, resolving a decades-old dispute that had blocked Macedonia’s entry into the EU and NATO. Macedonia’s parliament ratified the agreement last week.
The President’s refusal to sign, is unlikely to block the agreement. Parliament is expected to override his veto, with a simple majority in a second vote.

US border agents halt migrant family prosecutions

A US border security chief says he has temporarily stopped launching criminal prosecutions of migrants who illegally enter the country with children.Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters in Texas the prosecution referrals were suspended last week.He said it followed an order last week by President Donald Trump calling for an end to migrant family separations.But Mr Trump had suggested the families would instead be detained together.

A meeting between Election Commission and representatives of the political parties will be held today

A meeting between Election Commission and representatives of the political parties will be held today. The discussion will focus on future elections including provincial council election. The Chairman of Elections Commission Mahinda Deshappriya said a collective decision will be arrived at today's meeting with regard to the electoral system. All representatives from different political parties are expected to be present on this occasion.

The Post Master General requests all striking postal employees to report to the nearest post office for duty

Post Master General D.L.P.R Abeyrathne requests all striking postal employees to report to the nearest post office for duty. He also said that he has given instruction to the relevant divisional post offices to make necessary arrangement for this purpose. The Post Master General also said stern action will be taken against those who obstruct the postal employees reporting to work.

The government vehemently rejects the human rights centres allegation with regard to the misuse of UGC and EPF funds

The government vehemently rejects the human rights centres allegation with regard to the misuse of UGC and EPF funds. Minister Kabir Hasheem rejected this claim as false and wrong information. Earlier Sri Lanka Human Rights Centre in a media conference in Colombo alleged that around 1,000 million rupees from UGC and EPF funds have been induced to Central Bank bonds. However, Minister Kabir Hasheem said this statement is a wrong statement. He also alleged the EPF funds were misused during the previous regime.

Around 126,000 voters registered more than once have been removed from the register

Around 126,000 voters registered more than once have been removed from the register. The Elections Commission says this has been revealed during a survey conducted recently. Some voters have been registered twice on the divisional register. This will create an unnecessary complexity during an election time.

The President says a development programme on a long term plan will eliminate poverty

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is implementing a development programme on a long term plan that will eliminate poverty. The intention is to ensure that every citizen enjoys dividends of development. The President was speaking at the setting up of a Sri Lanka Freedom Party Bala Mandalaya in Polonnaruwa yesterday.

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The Prime Minister assures the debt burden will not be passed on to the future generations

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assures that the country's debt burden will not be passed on to the future generations. He says the country will be taken forward by obtaining foreign investments and generating new avenues of income. The Premier was speaking at the opening of a new three-story building at Welivita-Divithura divisional secretariat in Galle yesterday.

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The Geo Fence technology is to be introduced to prevent fraud at examinations

The Geo Fence technology is to be introduced to prevent fraud at examinations by using mobile devices. Commissioner General of Examinations B. Sanath Pujitha says talks are ongoing with the army and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to introduce this technology. According to him, Geo Fence technology will be used from the GCE Advanced Level Examination this August.

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