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NYT and New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein exposé

The New York Times and New Yorker magazine have won a joint Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. The reports brought down film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape

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The President will address the CHOGM 2018 on Thursday.

President Maithripala Sirisena reached London last morning to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. He will address CHOGM 2018, on Thursday. The theme for this year is ‘Towards a Common Future’, and special attention will be given to the areas of prosperity, security, fairness and sustainability, to achieve goals of Commonwealth countries.

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The special railway services deployed during festive season is still in operation.

The Sri Lanka Railways has announced, additional train services that were put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, will function today as well. Thereby, two trains with air conditioned compartments will leave Maradana bound for Galle at 9.20am and 11.50am, today.  At 1.05pm and 5.55pm trains will leave Galle bound for Colombo Fort.

A special price formula to the fuel prices in par with the oil prices of World Market.

The Treasury has decided to devise a special price formula to the fuel prices in par with the oil prices of World Market. The price formula will be simplified with the aim of providing relief to the common masses. The Treasury has taken this decision due to the oil price increase in the world Market.

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The 2nd session of 8th parliament will commence on the 8th of May.

The 2nd session of 8th parliament will commence on the 8th of May. The first session commenced on 2nd September 2015. This session was terminated through a special gazette notification issued by the President on the 12th of April 2018. The gazette notification also highlighted the date of commencement of 2nd parliamentary session which is scheduled to commence on the 8th of May.

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A new map of Sri Lanka, with many changes included, will be released at the end of next month.

A new map of Sri Lanka, with many changes included, will be released at the end of next month. Surveyor General: P.N.P. Udayakantha says, the collating of data for this purpose has already been completed. Due to the construction of the Port City and several geological changes in other areas island-wide, a decision was taken to re-draw the map. The Survey General added, the newly prepared maps will be sent for printing soon.

EU warns Syria of further sanctions, calls on Russia, Iran to act.

The European Union yesterday called for Russia and Iran to help stop more chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, warning of fresh economic sanctions. "The EU calls upon all countries, notably Russia and Iran, to use their influence to prevent any further use of chemical weapons, notably by the Syrian regime," the EU said in a statement. It said the EU had imposed Syrian sanctions in July 2017 and March this year and was "always ready to consider imposing further measures as appropriate".

The President arrives in London

President Maithripala Sirisena reached London this morning (April 16) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. He was received by the Commonwealth officials and Sri Lanka High Commission staff. A Sri Lakan child offered beetle leaves to receive the President in accordance with the traditional custom. A girl offered a boquet to Madam Jayanthi Sirisena.

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A total of 379 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo during the last two days.

Deputy Director General of Colombo National Hospital Dr. Kumara Wickramasinghe says a total of 379 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo during the last two days. He said the number of accidents reported during the New Year had decreased by Three Percent in comparison to the same time last year. Meanwhile, 56 had been admitted during the period due to other violent incidents. Six incidents related to firecracker accidents were reported last year but only one incident had been reported this year.

The oil anointing state festival will be held in Attanagalla tomorrow

 

The national oil anointing ceremony will take place tomorrow at 10.16 am at Attanagalla Purana Raja Maha Viharaya, under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

The ceremony is jointly organized by the Health Ministry, Indigenous Medicine Ministry and the Department of Ayurveda. Oil anointing ceremonies have also been organized at rural level by the Ayurvedic Department.

The main objective of the festival is to promote health and to wish the people a long life.

14,200 houses will be constructed at grama sewa division levels

The government has started a programme to construct housing each grama sewa division. Accordingly, 14,200 houses will be constructed for the homeless families island wide. The programme was launched at the Thissamaharama divisional secretariat area recently under the patronage of Minister Sajith Premadasa. Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority L.S. Palansuriya says that this housing construction programme will be carried out with the labour contribution of housing beneficiaries.

Special bus services are available for the people who visited their village areas to come back to Colombo

Deputy General Manager of the Sri Lanka Transport Board P.T.R. Chandrasiri says adequate buses have been deployed for the people who visited their village areas to come back to Colombo. About 5,400 buses will operate from today to the 25th of this month. More buses will be deployed according to the need arisen in the coming days.

Water levels of the hydro power generating reservoirs are rising due to heavy rain

The Ministry of Power and Energy says water level of the power generating reservoirs have gone up at present due to rain experiencing in the catchment areas. Media spokesman to the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardane told to the SLBC that power supply can be continue in future without any disruption.

The President is due to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which begins on Monday.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to leave the island to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. CHOGM - 2018 is due to commence in London on Monday. The theme for this year is ‘Towards a Common Future’. The last summit was held in Malta. President Sirisena who will be on a 5 day tour of Britain will hold bilateral discussions with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Additional bus and train services that have been put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the festive season, will continue to function.

Additional train services that have been put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the festive season, are functional. Seven special trains were deployed today.
Tomorrow, at 7.20pm, a train with an air condition compartment will leave the Colombo Fort railway Station bound for Bandarawela. Special trains will also be operational at 2.55pm from Maradana to Matara and at 8.00pm from Jaffna to Colombo Fort.

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An E-Health Card to be issued to every citizen, by the year 2020.

The Ministry of Health announces, an E-Health Card with an individual identification number will be issued to every Sri Lankan citizen, by the year 2020.

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says, the objective of this system is to create a unique individual health report for every citizen and further strengthen the health information management system.

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Sri Lanka celebrates the Sinhala and Tamil New Year jubilantly.

With the Sun, crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries in the celestial sphere, The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 8.13 this morning. Preparing meals for the New Year took place at 10.40am. The partaking of meals and engaging in transactions was set for 11.53am.

President Maithripala Sirisena, in his New Year message said, The Sinhala and Tamil New Year showcases the traditional riches we possess. By deeply studying this glorious cultural event, which harvests progressive values and ethics to the whole society, and by celebrating it, we can surely collect a 'bountiful harvest' of 'peace and prosperity'.
Sharing such great values with everybody, the President wished all Sri Lankans here and abroad, a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickrmasinghe issuing a New Year message said, 'the dawn of spring' brings the 'flourish of nature' and nourishes the human spirit, as we meditate on the ideas of co-operation, forgiveness and empathy for all life. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is the foremost national festivity celebrated across the country in the splendour of spring. The Premier pointed out, it provides the ideal setting to deepen our relationship with each other, and share our rich cultural heritage.

The SLBC aired the programme: 'Rata Wataa Avurudu' from 8.00am to 12.30pm over Sinhala National Service and all Regional Services, today. Bank of Ceylon sponsored this programme for the 28th consecutive year.

Steps to be taken to pay salaries and allowances that are in arrears for employees of the Fisheries Corporation, within the next month.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says, steps will be taken to pay salaries and allowances that are in arrears for employees of the Fisheries Corporation, within the next month. A sum of 168 million rupees will be set aside for this purpose. The Minister asserts, the Fisheries Corporation has now become a profit making entity.

The Minister pointed out, the Corporation has taken measures to provide employees with bonuses for the first time, during the Sinhala Avurudu Season. The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation, a government-owned institution, which was scheduled to be closed down due to mismanagement during the previous government, is currently earning profits under a new management.

Accordingly, the Corporation was able to earn a profit of 36 million rupees for the first time, last year. The state-owned corporation is currently undergoing restructuring, and functioning smoothly under an orderly programme.

A high demand for military personnel from Sri Lanka, for International Peace Keeping Operations

Army Commander: Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says, the demand for military personnel from Sri Lanka, for international peace keeping operations, is high, owing to their expertise in launching the largest humanitarian mission during the country's civil war.


Therefore, in keeping with its Commander's objective of elevating the organization to match with international and modern-day standards, The Sri Lanka Army has raised its newest 'Directorate for Overseas Operations', named as: 'The Saama Medura'. This is with the intention of identifying competent and disciplined personnel to be deployed on international peace keeping missions.

The Director General of Government Information says, the prorogation of Parliament has no negative impact on the functioning and operation of the Government.

Director General of Government Information: Attorney- at-Law Sudarshana Gunawardana, issuing a statement states, the prorogation of Parliament has no negative impact on the functioning and operation of the Government. The Parliament was prorogued by Gazette notification, with effect from Thursday the 12th of April 2018. “The prorogation, is the period between the end of a Parliament session and the opening of the next Parliament session.”

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka in a media release said, there will not be any disturbance to Central Bank transactions, due to the prorogation of Parliament. The government's monetary transactions will not be affected due to this decision. The Central Bank will not face any problem with regard to monetary management during the period from the conclusion of the last Parliamentary session, upto the re-commencement of sessions in May.

Western powers strike Syria targets

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against the Syrian regime today, in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks in Douma.
As Donald Trump embarked on a White House address to announce the action, explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in the brutal seven-year Civil War. The Pentagon listed three targets that had been struck.
However, Syrian state television said, government forces had shot down more than a dozen missiles. The Syrian government's main ally, Russia, issued a statement through its US ambassador saying, "such actions will not be left without consequences".
The UN's Secretary General: Antonio Guterres warned about the dangers of an escalation over Syria saying, "the Cold War is back, with vengeance"

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