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Historic Colombia peace deal signed

The Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels have signed a historic agreement that formally brings an end to 52 years of civil war.


The Minister of Finance says the public private partnership will be sought for the infrastructure development in the future.

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says the public private partnership will be sought for the infrastructure development in the future. He added that it is aim to attract more foreign investors. The government will be able to save capital expenditure by entrusting some mega scale infrastructure projects to the foreign investors and the private sector.


Rabies will be eliminated from the country by 2020.

Director General of the Health Services Consultant Dr. Palitha Mahipala states that rabies will be eliminated from the country by 2020. He added that the support of the general public is essential in this regard. The World Health Organization aims to eliminate the disease from the world by 2030.


Commerce and industrial affairs Minister of India arrives in the island.

India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and a delegation comprising of high ranking officials have arrived in Sri Lanka today.


Afghan forces 'kill Pakistan Taliban commander Azam Tariq'

A leading Pakistani Taliban commander has been killed by special forces in eastern Afghanistan, the militants say. Azam Tariq died in Paktika province, near Pakistan's border. His son and nine others were also reported killed.


Colombian President says peace with Farc will boost growth

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the peace deal with the Farc rebel group will boost economic growth and will enable the country to rebuild its social fabric. In an interview with the BBC he said, war is always more costly than peace. Santos and Farc leader Timo-chenko, are due to sign a historic peace deal later today. The Colombian President added that it will take a long time for the country to recover from more than five decades of conflict.

But Colombia's peace deal makes history in many ways, most of all for ending the last of the Cold War conflicts. There's no amnesty, unlike all previous peace accords in the region. Farc, as well as Colombia's security forces, have accepted special tribunals and a truth and reconciliation process.

A SAARC conference to eradicate corruption to commence in Pakistan

A two day conference to eradicate corruption from SAARC countries will commence in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad today. The experiences gained in this regard will be exchanged at the event. Head of the National Accountability Bureau of Pakistan, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said the forum will therefore help the regional countries to work collectively to eradicate corruption.

It has been the major obstacle the countries have faced when achieving economic progress and prosperity. It has also been decided to set up a “SAARC nations' anti-corruption forum”. Chairman of the Bribery Commission former Justice T.B. Weerasooriya will represent Sri Lanka at the conference.

Late Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike commemorated

The ceremony to mark the 57th death anniversary of the late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, who was the founder of Sri Lanka Freedom Party was held at the Horagolla Bandaranaike monument in Nittambuwa this morning. Former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike and former speaker Anura Bandaranaike was also commemorated at the event.
Anu-Nayake of the Asgiri Chapter Venerable Anamaduwe Dhamma Dassi thera who delivered an anushasana on the occasion said late Prime Minister Bandaranaike was a people friendly leader who paved the way for a massive social transformation. The thera expressed belief that the people will always recall the service he rendered to the nation.

Head of Vidyalankara Pirivena Venerable Dr.Welamitiyawe Kusala Dhamma thera and chief incumbent of Attnanagalla Raja Maha Vihara Venerable Pannila Ananda Thera conducted the religious observances on the occasion. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva paid floral tributes to the monument on behalf of President Maithripala Sirisena. Family members including former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga also paid tributes.

Handing over of wheel chairs to differently able persons and nutritional supplements to pregnant mothers took place as well.

Former Prime Minister D.M.Jayarathne, General Secretary of the SLFP Minister Duminda Dissanayake and a large number of persons were present on the occasion.

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