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The European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka tours northern Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Tunglai Mag who represents European Union in Sri Lanka and Maldives, will call over at northern province, from tomorrow to Friday. united Nations residential representative in Colombo Mrs. Una Mcoally associate with European Union ambassador. Both of them are expected to meet the northern Chief minister C. V. Vigneswaran tomorrow.

They are expected to inspect development programmes implemented in the northern province under European funding. Both of them are expected to declare open the women and child care section in the police station of KanagarayenKulam. The necessary technical equipment to Nelumkulama Technical college will be handed over by them.

Receiving applications for university admissions, ends on Monday.

Latest reception of applications from the eligible candidates who got through from GCE Advaced level 2016 ends in next Monday according to the chairman of university grants commission professor Mohan de Silva. The selected candidates will be enrolled for the education year of 2016 and 2017.

Applications are entertained online only. The chairman says that already more than 40,000 students have been applied. In case of the students who have applied for re correction of their answer papers will not be mistreated professor Mohan De Silva said.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation bags most number of awards at the first state radio award ceremony yesterday.

The State Radio Awards festival was held at the Nelum Pokuna Theater yesterday under the patronage of Ministers S.B. Navinna and Gayanatha Karunathilaka. Many prominent personalities from various radio channels participated in this award ceremony.


The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs reiterates that Sri Lanka will not face any resolutions or challenge at the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council session.

The 34th session of UN Human Rights Council will commence on the 27th of this month.


Trump 'evaluating' embattled aide Flynn.

The White House says President Donald Trump is "evaluating the situation" regarding his national security adviser's contact with a Russian envoy. Michael Flynn came under scrutiny amid reports he spoke to the Russian ambassador to the US about sanctions before Donald Trump's inauguration.


The premier arrives in Melbourne.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has arrived in Melbourne. The premier is undertaking a four day official visit in Australia.


The SLBC bags 23 out of 45 awards at the State Radio Awards festival.

The State Radio Awards festival is being held at the Nelum Pokuna Theater. The SLBC has bagged 23 out of 45 awards. The best male news presenter was Sujeewa Harishchandra and female presenter was Chithra Kumari Paththapperuma.


A national plan on food security.

The national strategy which was compiled to address food security issues was reviewed in Colombo today. The event was taken place under the patronage of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at the South Asian Policy and Research Institute.


1.3 million metric tons of paddy harvest is expected in the Maha season.

The Department of Agriculture announces that only 491,000 hectares of land has been ploughed during the Maha season. The authorities aim to harvest around 800,000 hectares in the season.


43 divisional secretaries are to be set up.

The Ministry of Home affairs announces that another 43 divisional secretariats will be set up to strengthen the local administrative system. According the number of divisional secretariats will be increased to 375 by 2020.


Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes

More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate their homes after both overflow channels at the tallest dam in the US were found to be damaged.


Higher price for Paddy.

Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board M.D Dissanayake says his organization is ready to purchase paddy from the farmers in the Maha season. Keeri Samba will be bought at the rate of 41 rupees per kilogram and Nadu at the rate of 31 rupees.


Rauf Hakeem becomes the leader of the SLMC for the 17th time.

Minister Rauf Hakeem became the leader of the SLMC for the 17th time at the Party’s mandatory high command meeting which gathered yesterday. Mohamed Mansoor Cader was appointed as the General Secretary of the party.


Seven killed in militant battle in India's Kashmir

Four militants and two Indian soldiers were among seven people killed in a gun battle in Kashmir, the latest sign of increasing tension in the Himalayan region disputed by nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan. Militants opened fire on army troops in the village of Prisal south of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The massive development project to provide water to Wayamba will commence tomorrow.

The government has devised a plan to provide water to the people in the Wayamba province as they were suffering for a long time due to lack of water resources. Accordingly, the construction work of the canal of the Wayamba province which is one of the biggest projects of the country will commence tomorrow. President Maithripala Sirisena says some people are devastating the environment due to lack of awareness on the value of nature. Addressing the inaugural session of the green dream 2017 exhibition, the President said that certain activities like mega scale soil and sand mining have resulted huge environmental degradation.


A stern action will be taken against the shop owners do not comply with the controlled price of rice.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake says a stern action will be taken against the shop owners who do not sell the rice at controlled price. He pointed out that an expeditious solution will be given to the problem pertaining to the rice shortage.


A proposal from the deans of the medical faculties to solve the SAITM issue.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says he has no any personnel connection with SAITM. He added that the owner of the SAITM also worked closely with the former president.


A youth arrested possessing counterfeit notes worth over 2.9 million rupees.

A 23-year-old youth was arrested in Horana after being found possessing counterfeit notes worth over 2.9 million rupees, police said. The suspect was apprehended following a raid carried out in Moragahahena, Horana on Sunday afternoon.


Nearly 100 bushfires raging in Australia's New South Wales state

Rural areas of Australia's New South Wales state have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the state, threatening homes and closing roads.


The President declared open the regional offices of Passport and National ID Cards in the North Western Province.

The Office of North Western Province of the Department of Registration of Persons was opened by the President Maithripala Sirisena this morning. The objective of establishing offices affiliated to the Department is to expedite the public service and to enhance the efficiency of issuing National ID Cards.

Such offices will also be established in Kurunegala and Puttlam districts. The 3rd Provincial Office of the Department will be opened in Kurunegala tomorrow. At present, offices for Northern and Eastern Provinces have already been set up. The Cabinet has given approval to set up offices in 9 Provinces. Opportunities will be made for the public to obtain their National IDs from the respective offices in their residences.

The Prime Minister says the Girl Guide Movement will be continued systematically at school level.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the Girl Guide Movement will be continued systematically at school level. The Girl Guides have rendered a priceless service for the war affected people in the war torn areas in the recent past. The Premier made these remarks at the ceremony to mark the centenary of the Girl Guide Movement held at the BMICH in Colombo this morning.

The Prime Minister further said that the Girl Guide movement will help the girls to become responsible individuals in the society. They obtain a knowledge and experience within this movement to live in harmony as Sri Lankans with ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.
The Prime Minister also requested the relevant authorities to present proposals to effectively carry out the movement in the next 5 years.

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