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Mosul displaced hit by food poisoning in Iraqi camp.

Hundreds of people have fallen ill and a child has died of suspected food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near the Iraqi city of Mosul. People were said to be vomiting and suffering dehydration after an iftar meal, to break the daily Ramadan fast. The Hasansham U2 camp, between Mosul and Irbil, houses people displaced by an Iraqi offensive to capture Mosul from so-called Islamic State. IS fighters are currently under heavy siege in the west of the city.

The government refutes the allegations made against it that conditions are made in gaining GSP Plus.

State minister Iran Wickremarathne says that Sri Lanka has not gone under any demands said by any international organization  or country  in obtaining GSP plus facility  to Sri Lankan exports  to European Union countries. Any of these organizations of these countries has not put forward  any condition to the Sri Lankan government the state minister observed.

There is a difference between GSP tax relief and GSP plus tax relief. Under GSP tax relief 7200 commodities can be exported to European union countries  under a 66 percent tax relief. But under the GSP plus tax relief commodities can  be exported to those countries without tax. Only 8 countries in the world have received GSP plus facility.

The Prime Minsiter to hold talks with the striking postal trade unions this afternoon.

Prime minister Ranil Wickramasingha is to hold discussions with postal Unions who are now engaged in trade union action demanding solutions for some of their issues. During the talks the prime minister is scheduled to look in to their problem's which led to the trade union action now taking place.
During the talks minister Abdul Haleem said, that Prime Minister will look into the demands of striking trade unions. In an inquiry made by us Postal trade Unions co-convener H.K.Kariyawasam said to resolve the problems they are looking forward to meet Prime Minister and the President.

Trump travel ban suffers new court defeat.

A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump's revised "travel ban" on people from six mainly Muslim nations. Ruling on a case brought by the state of Hawaii, the appeal judges found that the executive order violated existing immigration legislation It is a further legal setback for the president's efforts to get the ban he promised his supporters. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he disagreed with the ruling. "President Trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe."

The President says it is the responsibility of the political leaders and public officials to properly spend the funds allocated for development activities.

President Maithripala Sirisena says it is the responsibility of the political leaders and public officials to properly spend the funds allocated for development activities. Development should be carried out under systematic plan. The President made these remarks participating in the progress review meeting of the Northern Province held in the Jaffna district secretariat yesterday. At this meeting the President inquired the officials how they are spending the funds given by the central government to the development in the North.

The President focused attention to the lapses and shortages of the infrastructure facilities in the Jaffna district. President also discussed the progress of resettlement in the North. The political representatives pointed out that there is a severe shortage of sand in the construction industry. Then the President instructed the relevant officials to give permission to obtain sand and gravel without causing any damage to the environment. The President instructed to appoint a special committee in this connection.

The committee which is headed by Additional Secretary of the President is also comprised with officials from Forest Conservation and Wilf Life Department and the Central Environment Authority. After the meeting the President met a group of parents of the persons of disappeared. They handed over a letter to the President requesting to find out where about of their children. 

Effective measures have been taken to restore the postal services in the flood affected areas.

The Post Master General Rohana Abeyrathne says effective measures have been taken to restore the postal services in the flood affected areas. Mr. Abeyrathne also said the cost of damage is estimated around 38.2 million rupees. 71 post offices were damaged during the recent flood disaster. Two post offices and eight sub post offices were damaged in Kalutara district. Nine post offices are affected in Galle district. Further 12 sub post offices were also damaged in that district.

Two post offices and 22 sub post offices are affected in Matara district. Two post offices and nine sub post offices are damaged in Rathnapura district.  The renovation and reconstruction activities have already commenced, he added. The damaged post offices and sub post offices are gradually coming back to the normal situation in the affected areas.

The applications for G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination will close day after tomorrow.

The closing date for the applications of G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination will end day after tomorrow. The school candidates should submit their applications through their respective school principals. The private candidates should submit their applications directly to the Examinations Department. The scheduled closing date was 31st of May. However, this date was extended due to the recent flood situation. The date was extended to help the flood affected students to apply for this exam. The date is extended up to 15th of this month. 

Government pays attention in regulating the quality service in passenger transport.

Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva says the time has come to regulate the services of passenger transport. Minister further noted that many problems have arisen due to substandard services. The main reason for this pathetic situation is the unnecessary competitive mindset of the private bus operators. These problems are common in a good governance government. Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva also stated that a just and fair solution to satisfy the bus operators and the passengers will be found in near future. Minister made these remarks at a function held in Battaramulla yesterday. 

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