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The association of essential food importers says there is no shortage of essential items.

Hemaka Fernando, the spokesman for the association of essential food importers, says that there is no shortage of essential items, in the market during the festive season. The stocks of sugar and dhal and rice are sufficient for to meet the requirements during the next three months.

The National Transport Commission has taken effective steps to provide necessary transport facilities to the commuters traveling to their home towns during the festive season.

The National Transport Commission has taken effective steps to provide necessary transport facilities to the commuters traveling to their home towns during the festive season. The Commission further said 4,600 additional buses have been deployed for this purpose.

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President points out the government's initiative to create a "alcohol free nation" brought fruitful results.

President points out the government's initiative to create an "alcohol free nation" brought fruitful results. The program is carried out with the sole aim to eliminate drug and alcohol menace from the youth population. This is done for the benefit of the future generation. The president also said the income from the alcohol and smoking products have dropped drastically for the first time in history. President Sirisena emphasized that the alcohol free drive will be continued despite the drop in national income.

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Compensation to the farmers for the damages of crops during the drought season will be paid from yesterday.

Sydney Gajanayake the chairman of Agricultural Insurance Board says that the farmers who lost their harvest due to drought can obtain their compensation after one o' clock this afternoon. The entire amount of compensation for the farmers of 11 districts has been diverted to the relevant banks from last Friday.

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Borussia Dortmund football team bus hit by explosions.

Three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco. In a press conference, the head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team. Spain international Marc Bartra was taken to hospital with an injury to his hand. No other players were hurt. Dortmund police said that the first indications were that this was an "attack with serious explosives".

New Year dawns day after tomorrow at 02.04 AM.

The Sinhalese traditional New Year begins at a time determined by astrological calculations. Accordingly it dawns at 2.04 AM on Friday the 14th of April. The Punnya kalaya is from tomorrow 7.40PM to 8.28 AM on Friday.

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President points out the government's initiative to create a "alcohol free nation" brought fruitful results.

President points out the government's initiative to create a "alcohol free nation" brought fruitful results. The program is carried out with the sole aim to eliminate drug and alcohol menace from the youth population. This is done for the benefit of the future generation.

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Japan extends fullest support to the development activities in Sri Lanka.

President of the Sri Lanka-Japan Parliament friendship association Wataru Takeshita said Japan and Sri Lanka will look to further boost the bilateral relationship. He said this during a reception hosted for visiting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in Tokyo.

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