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October declared as the national tree planting month

The government has declared October as the national tree planting month.  Therefore, tree planting and environmental conservation programmes will be carried out throughout the island with the support of various institutes during the month.  This will be implemented coincide with the 
"Wana Ropa" programme announced by President Maithripala Sirisena which intends to increase forest coverage of the country upto 32 percent within the next three years.  ^The national ceremony in this regard will be held in Trincomalee district on 26th of this month.  President Maithripala Sirisena will grace the occasion as the chief guest. 

A colour code system for sweets as well

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has focused attention on introducing a colour code for sweets as well.  The minister had made this disclosure at a meeting held with the association of sweets manufacturers at his ministry recently.  He stated that this measure will be taken in order to prevent non epidemic diseases.
 A colour code system was introduced for soft drinks with effect from first of August.  Therefore, displaying a colour code in soft drink bottles has been made compulsory.  The relevant laws with regard to the introduction of colour codes for sweets will be announced through a gazette in the near 
future.  He requested the association to discuss any matter pertaining to the issued with the food advisory board. 

China building collapse kills 22

Twenty two people have been confirmed dead after a group of residential buildings collapsed in eastern China.
The incident saw four buildings in Wenzhou in Zhejiang province reduced to rubble, reported the Xinhua news agency.
The buildings were reportedly built by villagers in the 1970s and were in a poor condition.
Most victims were migrant workers who had been renting cheap rooms.

Sri Lanka enters into Visa Waiver Agreement with the Philippines

Sri Lanka and the Philippines further cemented relations with the signature of Visa Waiver Agreement for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders on Friday, 7th October at the Carlos P. Garcia Conference Room of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.

The Agreement facilitates holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports of the two countries to enter and stay in the territory of either country up to thirty (30) days without having to obtain prior visa.

The Ministry of foreign affairs says that the signing of the Agreement is a significant milestone of the bilateral relations as the two countries reach 55 years of Diplomatic relations in 2016.

Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Perfecto R. Yasay,Jr., and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja signed the Agreement on behalf of the two countries.

The Agreement shall enter into force when the two Parties inform each other of the completion of internal procedures and the respective mechanisms being put in place.

The water Supply and Drainage Board requests the public to use water sparingly.

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board has informed the public to save water for a period of one and half days daily, when the supply is available. The water supply for some areas will be limited and it is wise to have water stored for the use of any cut in future.


Mirigama - Kurunegala segment of central express way is to be completed within two and half years.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says construction of the Mirigama - Kurunegala segment of central express way is to be completed within two and half years. It will cover a distance of 39.7 kilometres. The construction work began at the Boyawalana Junction in Giriulla recently.


Putin and Erdogan pledge deeper military contact after gas deal signed.

The Russian and Turkish leaders have agreed to intensify military and intelligence contacts after a meeting in Istanbul. President Vladimir Putin also said he and Recep Tayyip Erdogan had agreed on the need for aid to get to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.


Japan has granted a sum of over 46 billion rupees to accelerate development in the country.

Japan International Cooperation Agency has come forward to grant a sum of over 46 billion rupees to accelerate development activities in the country during the next five years. The funds will be utilized to streamline management in the state sector and make the state institutions competitive with private sector institutes.


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