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President holds a special meeting with religious and community leaders regarding the present situation in Kandy.

President Maithripala Sirisena held a special meeting at the president's house in Kandy yesterday with the religious and community in Kandy district, regarding the situation erupted there. Members of Maha Sanga representing Malwatta and Asgiri chapters, Muslim Moulawi and other religious of the area were present at this meeting. The President pointed out the need of religious leaders to eliminate the fear and suspicion among the communities and to maintain peace and harmony in the area. Muslim Ministers Rauf Hakeem, A.L.M Haleem, Faizer Mautafa and several MPs also participated in this crucial discussion. The religious leaders said that, some social media networks have worsen the situation by spreading false comments and posts. The president instructed all the relevant parties to work collectively to establish lasting peace in the area. The president stressed that the culprits will be brought to book disregarding their social status.

Strict actions will be carried out under emergency regulations.

Defence Secretary Kapila Vaidyarathne reiterates that strict actions will be carried out under emergency regulations. Accordingly, the general public are advised not to get carried away through rumors and substandard wrong news feeds. If anyone is found guilty on these counts, they will be dealt with strict laws and regulations.

Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda said maximum punishment will be given to those who violate the regulations and involve in sabotage work. Those who create racial violence or break the law will also be punished severely.

Under emergency regulations, the Inspector General of Police has ordered a curfew to be imposed within the Kandy administrative district from 4.00pm yesterday to 4.00pm today.
The Government has requested people in the Kandy administrative district to remain at their homes during the curfew which has been imposed in the area. It is totally prohibited for general public to loiter in public places or to visit such areas during the period of curfew. Violation of curfew is a punishable offence.
Meanwhile, the ministry of education has announced that all schools in the Kandy district will remain close until further notice.

The Prime Minister appeals to the public to extend their support to maintain law and order.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe requests the public extend their fullest support to maintain law and order in their respective areas. Making a special statement the prime minister stresses that there is no truth in many rumours spread by some groups. No member of clergy has been subjected to violence in any area.  Members of three armed forces, special task force, STF and Police have been deployed throughout the Kandy district to beef up security.  Commander of Central Region Major General Rukman Dias has been appointed to coordinate the three armed forces and police. The members of the security forces are ready to control any type of violence situation in future.  An emergency security has been declared throughout the island and the curfew has been imposed I the Kandy district. The prime minister said therefore, the general public should not be fear, for spreading violence. The Prime Minister requested the general public not to be panic by the false information spread by some opportunistic groups.

Around the clock relief centre has been set up to help the victims of Kandy disturbances.

The government information department says that an around the clock relief centre has been set up to help the victims of Kandy disturbances. This is effective at the office of the chief of defence staff. It can be contacted through the hot line 071 12 61 261. The centre is accessible through the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The centre request the public to inform them regarding violent incidents or the damages caused by violent activities.

International Women's Day falls today.

International Women's Day falls today. This day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women's rights. While the first observance of a Women's Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York, March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman's Conference to become an "International Woman's Day." After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Many programs are organized in line with International Women's Day. The national function will be held at Polonnaruwa Royal College premises under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Kosovo-Serbia row makes Europe clocks go slow

The real reason may lie in a dispute between Kosovo and Serbia, which has affected Europe's power grid.Entsoe, the body representing electricity transmission operators across 25 European countries, said bedside clocks had slowed down by up to six minutes since mid-January.Central heating timers and oven clocks are also affected - but not computers or smart phones. Countries from Spain to Turkey and from Poland to the Netherlands are part of a large area in Europe linked together into an electricity grid that operates at a synchronized frequency. This frequency regulates time-keeping in certain devices.

The President has ordered to stop fragmentation of coconut lands in the northwestern province..

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant officials and institutions to stop fragmentation of all coconut cultivations in the north western province with immediate effect. The President gave this instructions at the special di9strict coordination committee meeting held in Kurunegala district secretariat today. The President said that the north western provincial council, relevant Pradesheeya Sabhas and the coconut development board are responsible to take action in this connection. Using coconut cultivation to construct houses has led to increase the prices of coconut. The President said therefore all should focus attention to this important matter.

UK PM to raise Yemen concerns in Saudi crown prince visit

Saudi Arabia's crown prince is starting a three-day visit to the UK amid protests planned against his country's role in the war in Yemen. Mohammed bin Salman, 32, is seen by some as a modernising force in the Gulf State. He is due to hold talks with Theresa May and have lunch with the Queen. The UK hopes to capitalise on the Saudi economy's opening-up but No 10 said the PM would also express "deep concern" at the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Access to several social media networks has been blocked temporarily.

Sri Lanka telecommunication regulatory commission says that some social media websites have been blocked temporarily considering a request made by the defence ministry regarding the national security. Accordingly, websites such as face book, wiber, WhatsApp and all other social media network have been controlled by the commission.
Meanwhile the government has stressed that the persons who are involved in violent activities and the persons who abet such activities will be strictly dealt with the existing law. According to the 28 Article of the Constitution, all citizens should uphold and defend the Constitution and the law to further the national interest and to foster national unity to preserve and protect public property; and to respect the rights and freedoms of others.
Meanwhile, police headquarters announced that leave of all police officers has been cancelled with immediate effect.

Key Trump economic policy adviser Gary Cohn resigns.

US President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said. It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump's team. There has been speculation that Mr Cohn, a supporter of free trade, was angered by Mr Trump's plans to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. In a statement released by the White House, Mr Cohn said it had been "an honour to serve my country".

MVIVO presents the future of Sri Lankan homes

MVIVO (Pvt) Ltd, a building construction company introduced its newest concept of constructing homes in Sri Lanka in Colombo yesterday. The launch now bring their expertise, innovation, and knowledge to the shores of Sri Lanka. Speaking during the launch, Kjell Van Doran, CEO of MVIVO (Pvt) Ltd., stated that their belief at MVIVO is that homes need to change with the times, they need to evolve.


Minister Kabir Hasheem stresses that the government is fully committed for the security of all communities.

Minister Kabir Hasheem stresses that the government is fully committed for the security of all communities. The violent activities occurred recently in various places in the country are seemed to be committed by some organized gangs.


Special Envoy of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention Prince Mired Al-Hussein said that he is satisfied with the progress of demining programme in Sri Lanka.

Special Envoy of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention Prince Mired Al-Hussein said that he is satisfied with Sri Lanka's measures taken to eliminate land mines from the island. At a discussion held in Colombo yesterday he expressed his satisfaction on the progress of demining program implemented in the North.


Curfew has been imposed in Kandy administrative district with immediate effect.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne says that curfew has been imposed in the Kandy district with immediate effect. Therefore, he requested the public in the district to remain in their homes without moving away in the streets.


Italian 'Left' mulls 'Five Star deal', to end deadlock

Senior members of Italy's vanquished Democratic Party are eyeing a possible deal with the triumphant Five Star Movement, following an election that left the country a 'hung parliament', with anti-establishment and far-right parties vying to form a government. Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League, says "his team is ready to govern". The far-right League is the biggest party in the right-


The Premier requests the citizens of the country to conduct themselves, at this decisive moment, in an intelligent manner.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe observes that the incidents that took place during the past few days are not 'instant upheavals'. Those defeated are making frantic efforts to consolidate power by enticing racism and violence.


Settling of claims under the Suraksha Insurance Scheme, underway at an accelerated pace

The Ministry of Education states that the settling of claims under the Suraksha Insurance Scheme is underway at an accelerated pace. The Suraksha Insurance Scheme was introduced covering students of all national and provincial schools, private schools, international schools and pirivenas.


The State Vesak Festival to be held at the Bingiriya Rajamaha Viharaya, this year

The Ministry of Buddha Sasana announces that this year's State Vesak Festival will be held at the Bingiriya Rajamaha Viharaya. This year Vesak full Moon Poya Day falls on the 29th of April. The Vesak Week which begins on the 26th of April ends on the 2nd of May. The State Vesak Festival will commence on the 28th under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This year's theme is "The Subdued Mind Brings Solace".

Sri Lanka won the 1st T20 of the Nidahas trophy

Sri Lanka won the first T20 match of the Nidahas Trophy Triangular Tournament, at the R.Premadasa stadium yesterday. Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field. Batting first, India scored 174 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. In reply Sri Lanka scored 175 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 18.3 overs. Kusal Janith Perera who scored 66 runs was declared the man of the match.

Kim Jong Un and Seoul envoys discuss possible Inter-Korean Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has discussed a possible summit with envoys from the South, in the latest step of an 'Olympics-driven rapprochement' on the divided peninsula. The delegation from Seoul, is the most senior to travel North, for more than a decade.


A State of Emergency has been declared taking into consideration the unsatisfactory security situation in certain areas in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena has promulgated a State of Emergency to address the unsatisfactory security situation prevailing in certain parts of the country. The Police & Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in society and to urgently restore normalcy.


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