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The Railway Drivers Association says they will not engage in any railway strike.

The Railway Drivers' Association says they will not engage in any railway strike. The Secretary to the Railway Drivers' Association Indika Dodangoda said the workers strike scheduled to be held from midnight has been called off. The decision to call off the railway strike was arrived based on the fruitful discussion held with the Secretary to the Prime Minister today. The Secretary to the Prime Minister has promised to find viable solutions to the problems face by railway drivers.

Cuban foreign minister slams Trump policy shift


Cuba's foreign minister has criticized US President Donald Trump for his decision to reinstate travel and trade restrictions on the country.Bruno Rodriguez spoke during a visit to Austria on Monday. He is the first Cuban official to respond publicly to Trump's policy shift, announced last Friday.Rodriguez said the new policy would worsen bilateral relations and hurt the Cuban people.He called Trump's speech announcing the policy a "grotesque spectacle straight from the Cold War."

Senior Attorney-at-law Sudarshana Gunawardena has assumed duty as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Sudarshana Gunawardena, Senior Attorney-at-law has assumed duties as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation this morning. He was appointed by Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Addressing the gathering the new Chairmen said that the media minister has entrusted him not merely a privileged post but a challenge. He requested the employees to extend their support to the fullest to overcome this challenge.
He added that he is just a member of civil society but not a member of any political party. And he appreciated the works of the former chairman Lawyer Nanda Muruththettuwegama for his renders to the SLBC.
Chairmen of the SLRC Ravi Jayawardena said both SLBC and SLRC are national resources therefore employees of these institutions should be committed to protect them.
Director General of SLBC Erananda Hettiarachchi expressed the confidence that the new chairman will be able to increase the quality of the programmes broadcast by SLBC.
Senior media director for the president Dharma sri Bandara Ekanayake was also present.

Health minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna has instructed the National Medicinal Regulatory Authority to investigate about minimizing the prices of the FBC tests.

Health minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna has instructed the National Medicinal Regulatory Authority to investigate about minimizing the prices of the FBC tests for dengue fever in Private hospitals and laboratories which facilitate the consumers. The reduction of the prices has been initiated from yesterday. Actions will be taken the private hospitals and laboratories which violate this new instruction.

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet.

Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after the US shot down a Syrian military plane on Sunday

. The coalition said the Syrian Su-22 had bombed US-backed fighters battling so-called Islamic State in Raqqa province. Russia, the Syrian government's main ally, also said it was halting communications with the US aimed at preventing such incidents. The White House says it retains the right to self-defence in Syria. Spokesman Sean Spicer said it was important to keep lines of communication open with Russia.

The President pointed out the need to take policy decision to ease the shortage of teachers.

President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out the need to take policy decision to solve the problem of teacher shortage. At a meeting held with the Chief Ministers of the provincial councils at the President's Secretariat yesterday, the President further said the policy on teacher transfers should also be streamlined and implemented in total independent and impartial manner.

The President also had a lengthy discussion with the Chief Ministers to find out solutions for the issues discussed at the 33rd Chief Ministers' summit held recently. The President also instructed the officials to fill the vacancies of the administrative service by recruiting new officers to that service annually. The Cabinet will focus attention on solving the problems at provincial level. The President stressed that the proper connection should be maintained between the central government and the provincial councils. 

Effective measures have been taken to solve the teacher shortage in national schools.

Effective measures have been taken to solve the teacher shortage in national schools. Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has given instructions to the relevant officials. The Minister has called for a special report on the information and data with regard to the schools which face a teacher shortage in the island. Based on the report a decision will be taken to solve the problem permanently. The Ministry also plans to recruit new teachers to fill the vacancies in those national schools. 

Minister Thalatha Athukorala says some political elements are trying to create conflicts between communities and religious groups.

Minister Thalatha Athukorala says some political elements are trying to create conflicts between communities and religious groups. The Minister also noted certain bankrupt elements are behind these malicious campaigns. However,

the government will not leave room for these illegal and illicit activities. Minister Athukorala made these remarks at a function held at Embilipitiya area of Rathnapura district. Addressing the gathering Minister further said the present government implements many development projects without making any waste or financial frauds.

The objective of the good governance government is to provide maximum benefits to the common masses. In addition, the government is also committed to establish peace, reconciliation and coexistence among different communities. 

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