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Trump Kim summit: US and North Korean leaders to hold historic talks

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are poised to meet for an unprecedented summit on Tuesday aimed at defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula.No sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader.Mr Trump has said the highly anticipated talks represent a "one-time shot" at peace.The meeting marks a dramatic shift in relations between the pair, who last year traded insults and threats of war.

Bera Lake coastal park will be vested in the public today

Bera Lake coastal park will be vested in the public today. A sum of 640 million rupees has been spent on this project. President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka will participate as special guests on this occasion.

Railway trade union action abandoned

Railway trade union action has been called off. The trade union action scheduled to be held mid night today by the joint railway technicians union was called off. The Secretary to the joint union Kamal Peiris said the decision has been taken based on the assurance given by the top management to address the grievances of railway technicians.

The Southern Province viral fever has been brought under control to 75 percent

The Southern Province Health Services Director Dr. G. Wijesuriya says viral fever has been brought under control to 75 percent in the province. Accordingly, the Southern Province Health authorities have taken effective measures to bring this viral fever under control. The patients are educated with relevant precautionary methods. Few hospitals in the Southern Province have made  necessary arrangements to treat these patients.

The court case relating to misappropriation of funds in Tharunyata Hetak movement involving three persons including Nalaka Godahewa will be taken up for investigation on the 16th of October

The case filed against Securities and Exchange Commission former Chairman Nalaka Godahewa and two others, in connection with their alleged involvement in conspiring to misappropriate 5 million rupees belonging to the SEC was yesterday fixed for trial on October 16 by the Colombo High Court.

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A 24 hour telephone consultation service to reduce obesity

A 24 hour telephone consultation service in operation to reduce obesity. The Health Promotional Secretariat has launched this special consultation service. The hotline is
0710 107 107. The public can obtain expert advices from specialist doctors with regard to body mass index and ways and means to reduce the weight. They can also obtain advices with regard to suitable exercises.

The value of non-financial assets of the country has increased up to 814 billion rupees by the end of 2017

The ministry of Finance says, the value of all assets of the government has increased upto 814 billion rupees at present. The amount of non-financial assets was 21 billion rupees in 2015 . It has increased up to 346 billion by 2016. The government has planned to implement an expedite programme to estimate the all non-financial assets of the government within next two years. The Treasury is to use an accounting system under accrual basis to gather all financial information of the government. The ministry of finance says, the government will carry out this accounting system with accountability and in transparent manner.
Chairman of The Sri Lanka Public Utility Commission Saliya Mathew says that, it has sent a letter to the Electrical Engineers' Association of the Ceylon Electricity Board regarding their proposed trade union action. The letter has already been sent to the Chairman and the General Manager of the CEB. The relevant trade unions are expecting the letter from the public utility commission regarding their demands.

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Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera arrived at the CID to make a statement on accepting money from Perpetual Treasuries Limited

Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department a while ago, to give a statement. CID has called on him to obtain a statement on the allegations of accepting 1 million rupees from the Perpetual Treasuries Limited’s subsidiary company, Walt & Row Associates.

The Electrical Engineers' Association is to call off their trade union action

Chairman of The Sri Lanka Public Utility Commission Saliya Mathew says that, it has sent a letter to the Electrical Engineers' Association of the Ceylon Electricity Board regarding their proposed trade union action. The letter has already been sent to the Chairman and the General Manager of the CEB. The relevant trade unions are expecting the letter from the public utility commission regarding their demands.

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Fisher community has commended the government's decision to reduce the price of kerosene oil

State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi says, the price of kerosene oil will be reduced by 31 rupees, with effect from tomorrow. Accordingly, from the current price of 101 rupees per litre, will be brought down to 70 rupees. This step has been taken upon the request of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, to provide relief for fisher-folk and low income families. The relevant proposal will be presented to the cabinet tomorrow for approval. At a meeting held in Tangalle yesterday the state minister said, that price of was increased due to fuel price hike at the World market and misuse of kerosene oil by bus and lorry owners.

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The 21st World Cup Football tournament begins in Russia on Thursday

The 21st World Cup Football tournament organized by the World Football Federation will begin on Thursday in Russia.  The tournament starts with a match between host Russia and Saudi Arabia. The tournament includes with 64 matches. The final match will be played on the 5th of July. The tournament  is organized in every four years and last time it was held in Brazil.

Pakistan urges the establishment of a development fund to eliminate terrorism and extremism

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has urged member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to consider the establishment of a development fund to eliminate terrorism and extremism. His call came at the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Organization in Qindgao, China today. This is the first summit being held after the inclusion of Pakistan as a member state. President Hussain also said that Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in the war against terror to bring peace to the region.

An accelerated agricultural development programme has been launched

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera blames the wrong decisions taken by successive governments to the ruination of the sweet orange cultivations in Bibile. He says decisions on agriculture should be made on the field, and not from air-conditioned comfort.

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A fully-fledged children's hospital will come up at the Kalutara General Hospital

A fully-fledged children's hospital, inclusive of a maternity ward, will come up at the general hospital in Kalutara. Minister Rajitha Senaratne says the Netherlands will assist in the construction of the 4,600 million rupee hospital. Speaking to the SLBC, he said the government would allocate a further 11,500 million rupees for the development of facilities at the Kalutara general hospital.

Police arrest more than 3,600 suspects during a special operation

Police arrested more than 3,600 suspects during a special operation between 9.00 pm yesterday and 8.00 am today. They include traffic offenders, persons evading the law and other law breakers. Additionally, 6,000 traffic rule violations were recorded. Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara says the operation was carried out on the instructions of IGP Pujith Jayasundara to prevent crime and minimize road accidents. More than 17,000 police personnel participated in the operation.

Unauthorized constructions along the country's coast will be removed

The Coast Conservation Department says unauthorized constructions along the country's coast will be removed. Director General of the Department Prabath Chandrakeerthi says that will be done as per provisions in the Coast Conservation Act. Such constructions on the Mirissa area were removed a few days ago. He adds that unauthorized constructions along the Negombo and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia coasts will next be removed.

The price of kerosene will be reduced from tomorrow

 

State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi said that the price of kerosene will be reduced by Rs. 25 to Rs. 30 per litre with effect from tomorrow. Accordingly, the price of kerosene has been brought down to Rs 70- 80 per liter from the current price of Rs 101 per liter. This step has been taken under the request of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ministry, to provide relief for the fisher-folk and low income families

The higher education minister alleges that ragging has become a major underworld menace in this country.

Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa alleges that ragging has become a major underworld menace in this country. The Minister made these remarks in parliament yesterday. He said the laws relating to ragging will be strengthened to give severe punishments to the wrongdoers. There is no pardon to the wrongdoers and culprits of ragging. Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka also expressed his views on this subject. Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena also made similar remarks during a function held in Bandarawela yesterday. The president said the inhuman activities taking place in the university education mechanism should be condemned.

The Prime Minister says the former president should reveal the methods to reduce the taxes in this country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa should reveal the methods to reduce the taxes in this country. The former president stated in a function that he will reduce the tax by 20 percent when he comes to power. However, Mr. Wickremasinghe alleged that the former president has made a world record in obtaining loans during his tenure. The premier made these remarks at a function held in Ranwala to open a bridge. The premier also said the previous regime has taken loans upto 7,391 billion rupees. As a result, the monetary system and the economy are facing major crisis in the country.

The government focuses attention on revising already imposed taxes.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the government focuses attention on revising already imposed taxes. The government has imposed various taxes to increase the national income. However, this tax system is a simplified tax which has focused in direct taxing. The lament and others could understand the logic behind this taxing exercise. The Minister assures this tax system will be revised in future to reduce the burden on the common masses.

100,000 entrepreneurs will be established by 2020.


Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the government expects to create 100,000 new entrepreneurs by 2020. Accordingly, 16 loan schemes will be introduced to promote local production and export. The state banks have been educated in this regard. These proposals were also included in the 2018 budget. The first priority will be given to the agriculture sector in the country. Every potential citizen should come forward to become a stakeholder in this process.

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