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The UNP and the SLFP discuss forming a new government

According to Deputy Minister J.C. Alawathuwala, the UNP and the SLFP will join together again to form a new government soon. He also says the discussions between the President and the Prime Minister will decide a new cabinet. The Deputy Minister adds the new ministers will be appointed scientifically.

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The UNP expects to agree on the composition of its new office bearers by April 26th

The UNP expects to reach agreement on the composition of its new office bearers by April 26th when the party's working committee meets to take a decision. State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says a committee appointed to oversee the task could agree on the appointments by that date

The GSP Plus scheme of the United States returns to benefit 120 countries including Sri Lanka.

The GSP Plus scheme of the United States comes into force today to benefit 120 countries including Sri Lanka. The US government has announced the resumption of the duty free entry of around 3,400 items to the country until the end of 2020. A Director of the Ministry of Commerce D.M. Ratnayake said Sri Lanka would receive significant returns from this export concession. Sri Lanka's exports to the US amounted to around three billion dollars last year.

A female accountant who is alleged to have misappropriated over 22.6 million rupees of Gampaha Sanasa bank has been arrested

The former female accountant of the Sanasa head office in Gampaha has been arrested in Kegalle area yesterday for misappropriating a sum of over 22.9 million rupees belongs to the Sanasa movement. She was first taken into custody at the Katunayake airport last Wednesday when she arrived the Island from Dubai. However, she had fled the custody of immigration and emigration officers and gone missing. Later the CID officials traced her via her mobile phone information. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that she was scheduled to produce before Gampaha Magistrate courts today.

The decision to make meters compulsory for the three wheelers has been postponed until August this year

 

Chairman of the national council for road safety Dr. Sisira Kodagoda says the decision to make meters are compulsory for the three wheelers those transport passenger from today has been postponed until August this year. At a press briefing held in Colombo today, he said that this decision has been taken after considering the requests made by three wheel owners association. Many of them have agreed to fix meters and to issues receipts to passengers. Chairman of the All Island Three Wheel Drivers Association said that there should be a mechanism to regulate the Three Wheel Drivers. The government should give a concession to the three wheel owners to purchase meters

Interpol has issued ‘Red Notice’ for former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran

 

Interpol has issued ‘Red Notice’ for former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran in connection with the investigations being carried out by the CID on the central bank Treasury bond scam. Police Media Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara announces that the red notice will be in effect in all countries and not just in a particular region

Addressing the CHOGM in London the President said the Government will act with determination to usher a sustainable and secure future for the country’s people

 
President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Executive Sessions at Lancaster House in London yesterday said his Government will act with determination to usher a sustainable and secure future for the country’s people. The President said Sri Lanka like other countries was striving to achieve a prosperous future through sustainable social and economic development and environmental protection. President Sirisena went on to say that as an island nation, Sri Lanka was especially focusing on preserving and protecting its environment for the benefit of the future generations.
 
While noting that Sri Lanka occupies a strategic geographic location in the Indian Ocean, the President said his country was focusing to maximise this advantage to generate income and spur development at a time when Asia was playing an increasingly dominant role in the world economy.
 
He also said that Sri Lanka fully supports the Clean Ocean Alliance programme proposed by the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May warmly welcomed the President when he arrived at Lancaster House for the Executive Sessions.

Sri Lanka praised at CHOGM for its effort in protecting mangroves

 

Sri Lanka was feted as one of the top countries that comprehensively protect its mangrove forests at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 in London yesterday. During Commonwealth Heads of Government Executive sessions, Sri Lanka was chosen to spearhead efforts in restoring and protecting mangroves in commonwealth countries. A decision had been made to appoint a working committee under Sri Lanka’s leadership to monitor and carry out programmes to preserve mangroves. Since 2015, the programmes launched to protect mangroves under the leadership of the President garnered world praise.

The UNP's working committee and the parliamentary group will meet next week to discuss the continuing of national unity government

 
UNP sources say that the party's working committee and the parliamentary group will meet next week to discuss the continuing of national unity government up to 2020. The party will take a decision under the guidance of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in this connection. 
 
Meanwhile, the new office bearers of the UNP will be announced at the May Day rally which will be held on the 7th of May. 

A decision to increase fuel prices to be taken only in consultation with the President and the Prime Minister.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says, a decision to increase fuel prices will be taken in consultation with the President and the Prime Minister. He disclosed this, speaking at an Aluth Avurudu ceremony at Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited.

South Korea's Moon Jae-in says, a peace treaty with the North 'must be pursued'

South Korean President: Moon Jae-in asserted today, a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War "must be pursued". His comments come ahead of a summit with Kim Jong Un, the leader of the nuclear-armed North.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a 'ceasefire' rather than a 'peace treaty', leaving the two sides 'technically at war', and the Demilitarised Zone between them - where Moon and Kim will meet next Friday - bristles with minefields and fortifications.

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The 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting commences with grandeur.

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says, it is the responsibility of the present generation to provide a solution to the National Issue.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says, it is the responsibility of the present generation to provide a solution to the National Issue. It is a crime to bequeath it to the next generation. He expressed these views addressing the Parliamentary Committee to uplift National and Religious Coexistence in Sri Lanka.

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Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the responsibility of public officials is to assist in the execution of government policy, regardless of which party is in power.

Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the responsibility of public officials is to assist in the execution of government policy, regardless of which party is in power. Such a service is a service to the nation and not a service to the President or the Prime Minister. He expressed these views participating at a ceremony held at his Ministry today. He affirmed that he will always stand by public officials and the duties they perform.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today. He will stay in the Island until tomorrow. During his two day short visit, he will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.

An fffective work plan will be implemented to promote British investors to make direct investments in various business ventures in Sri Lanka.


The British International Trade Minister Liam Fox said effective work plan will be implemented to promote British investors to make direct investments in various business ventures in Sri Lanka. Mr. Liam Fox made this assurance when he met the vising Sri Lankan President Maithipala Sirisena yesterday afternoon in London. The meeting was held in sideline of the CHOGM 2018 summit. The discussion also focused on strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries. President Maithripala Sirisena briefed the British Minister on the available venues and fields where the British businessmen can invest in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has shown considerable progress in foreign investment and tourist arrivals in the recent past. It is also noted that Sri Lanka gained many benefits from friendly foreign policy adopted during the last three years. Mr. Liam Fox pledged British government will extend the fullest support to Sri Lanka in its development, reconciliation and peace efforts.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today.

The speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijhani will make an official visit Sri Lanka today. He will stay in the Island until tomorrow. During his two day short visit, he will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake reiterates that there is no shortage for fertilizers in the country.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake reiterates that there is no shortage for fertilizers in the country. The Minister requested the farmers to obtain a receipt when purchasing the fertilizer from the sales outlets. He also said the consumers and farmers can make complaint by dialing 011 303 66 66 if the traders sell the fertilizers at higher prices than the government controlled price.

Minister of Disaster Management says there is no danger at the Udawalawe reservoir premises.


Minister of Disaster Management Ranjith Siyambalapitiya inspected the dam of the Udawalawe reservoir last morning. Thin cracks have appeared on the bridge which holds the sluice gates of the Udawalawe reservoir. On the account of exceeding the maximum water level, five sluice gates were opened recently.

Deputy Director of the maintenance Department of the Mahaweli Authority H.M. Kalubanda enlightened the Minister that the people should not have any fear regarding these cracks. The Mahaweli Authority is ready to take immediate action in any possible emergency situation.

Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba's parliament has picked Raúl Castro's right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him, ending the family's long rule.Mr Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. An improvement in relations with the US which began under Barack Obama has been partially reversed since Donald Trump entered the White House.
Mr Castro is expected to remain a powerful influence in the communist state even after he steps down.The National Assembly has voted on the nomination but the result will not be announced until Thursday, when he is expected to formally pass the presidency to Mr Díaz-Canel.

The president says, Sri Lanka's "Blue Green Economic Plan" will assure environmental friendly and sustainable development.

‘President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lankan Government’s “Blue-Green” economic plan will ensure the full utilization of the ocean and other natural resources of Sri Lanka in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Delivering the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum, today the president appealed to all to join hands with the Commonwealth countries as well as others to bring prosperity with best business practices that will promote social responsibility and ensure social inclusiveness. In 2015, the world came together and agreed upon a common vision for a sustainable future in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Plan of Action we agreed upon is inspiring. Therefore it is very important to eradicate poverty, to address climate change and to build peaceful inclusive societies.

In many countries, like in Sri Lanka, Heads of State and Government are personally leading these efforts. Inclusive and sustainable business models will lead to sustainable development, especially projected towards the longer term.

The President Sirisena further said that good business practices would be a catalyst for peace and good governance.

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