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PM comments on the Treasury officials assigned for public institutions

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe told the parliament today that the treasury officials who have been assigned for public institutions and have given reasons for non-attending their assignments will be given an opportunity to do so.

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Kegalle district former LG representatives express their support to President


Former representatives of Kegalle district local government institutions have expressed their fullest support to President Maithripala Sirisena. Addressing a media briefing held at Nelundeniya area today, former chairman of Bulathkohupitiya Pradeshya Sabha Ruwan Sanjeewa said he will support the President for any decision he takes as the leader of the Party to protect the party discipline.

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New Commissioners appointed to the Mediation Boards Commission.

5 new commissioners have been appointed to the Mediation Boards Commission. President Maithripala Sirisena has made the appointments in this regard. Retired Supreme Court judge Hector S. Yapa is the chairperson of the commission while retired judges Nimal Dissanayaka, Chandradasa Nanayakkara, M. Somasunderam and Palila B. Jurampathy are the members.

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State of emergency declared in Italy quake zone.


Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday's earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged 50 million euros in funds for rebuilding. At least 250 people are now known to have died and 365 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night. However, hundreds of aftershocks have hampered the efforts of the 5,000 rescuers.

Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts.

Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked devastated areas of central Italy, hampering search efforts after a deadly earthquake. A strong tremor with magnitude 4.3 struck on Thursday afternoon, sending rescuers fleeing from already fragile buildings.

About 5,000 rescue workers are combing through rubble for survivors using heavy machinery or bare hands. At least 250 people are now known to have died afterWednesday's quake.

The Colombo Process Summit has decided to take measures on five major topics relating to foreign employments.

Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala says the Colombo Process Summit this year has decided to take future measures on five major topics relating to foreign employments. Accordingly, special attention has been focused to enhance vocational skills of Sri Lankan migrant workers.

At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday the Minister said the Colombo process Ministerial summit was held with the participation of representatives from 11 countries. Cambodia also joined as a new member to this summit. Minister Thalatha Athukorala has been appointed as the Chairman of the Colombo process summit this year. 

The President denies news report of the Australian website.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s attention has been drawn on a news item that was published on the website of Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald in connection with an incident involving a staff member of President Sirisena, during his tenure as Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Services in 2009.

While noting that he had no involvement in the said incident the President has advised the Attorney General to take the necessary steps in this regard. The President has reiterated that during his political career, he has not engaged in any act of corruption or fraud nor has he endorsed anyone who engaged in these acts. 

Minister Ravi Karunanayake attends SAARC Finance Ministers' Summit being held in Islamabad.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake will leave for Pakistan to participate in the 8th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation alias SAARC Finance Ministers' Summit to be held in Islamabad. The two-day SAARC Finance Ministers' Summit commenced in Islamabad today to discuss matters related to banking and free trade among the SAARC countries.

The ministerial meeting to be heldtomorrow will be presided by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The finance ministers' meeting will discuss ways of expanding trade and investment in the region and operation of SAARC Development Fund for Infrastructure Development.

Measures would also be proposed for introducing a South Asian Economic Union. Minister Ravi Karunanayake will be accompanied by Secretary to the Finance Ministry Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga and a group of representatives from the Foreign Resources Department.

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