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The Defence Minister of China calls on the President.

The Minister of Defense and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China General Chang Wanquan who is on a official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the official residence of the President. The President who recalled the long term relationship between Sri Lanka and China thanked for the support given by China for the independence and national security of Sri Lanka.


4 agreements signed with the Norwegian government to improve fisheries sector.

4 agreements have been signed with the Norwegian government to improve fisheries sector. The documents were signed with the presence of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and a delegation from the Norwegian government. Addressing the gathering Minister Amaraweera said that the fisheries sector will be developed at 3 phases under the new agreements.


A new set of laws to avert constructing structures near power lines.

A new set of laws will be introduced to avert constructing structures near power lines. A law is already in effect to keep distance between the power lines and structures. The regulations have been passed by the Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya in accordance with the recommendations given by the Sri Lanka Public Utilities Commission. When obtaining approvals for the new constructions the clearance need to be obtained from the authorities in the future.

Aircraft pound rebel-held eastern Damascus

Syrian government forces are reportedly bombarding eastern areas of the capital, Damascus, a day after rebel fighters launched a surprise offensive. Activists said opposition-held parts of Jobar had been targeted repeatedly by aircraft and artillery, amid fierce clashes along the frontlines.


US intelligence chiefs to give evidence on Trump-Russia claims.

The heads of top US spy agencies are to testify before Congress about possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump's election campaign. They will also address Mr Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama. FBI director James Comey and the NSA's Admiral Mike Rogers will speak at a rare open hearing of the congressional intelligence committee. Russia denies trying to influence the election, while Mr Trump denounced the investigation as a "total witch hunt".

90 citizens who rendered nobel service to the motherland will be honored with national awards today.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will confer National Honors on 90 distinguished personalities, who rendered a noble service to the country and its advancement. The Investiture Ceremony of conferring National Honors will be held today at 6.00 p.m. at the Nelum Pokuna Theater. It should be noted that this ceremony is held after 12 years.

The President will present national honors to 88 distinguished Sri Lankans and two non-nationals lauding their individual contributions in many spheres, stated the Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon. Late music maestro W.D. Amaradeva is to be posthumously conferred with the highest civilian honor "SriLanka- abhimanaya." Ninety individuals were selected out of 426 applications forwarded for this year's award ceremony.

These awards are bestowed on the most distinguished persons who have made outstanding contributions to the country. Among the recipients of the national honors are artistes, scientists, doctors, singers, actors, journalists, businessmen and sports personnel.

The almanac of New Year auspicious times will be presented to the president in the first week of April,

The department of cultural affairs says that the New Year auspicious times have already been prepared and the traditional almanac of the auspicious times will be offered to President Maithripala Sirisena on the 1st week of April. 5000 copies of the new year almanac of auspicious times have been printed.

Meanwhile, the Sathosa outlets, CWE and private traders have taken effective measures to provide essential commodities including food items and variety of cloths during the Sinhala and Tamil New year festive season. The chairman of Sathosa T.M.K.B Thennakoon told the SLBC that enough and sufficient essential commodities will be made available in Sathosa outlets islandwide for the benefit of consumers. Steps will be taken to open further 50 Sathosa outlets in near future. The commodities will be available to fulfill the requirements of the consumers up to the end of April.

Another programme to enlighten state officials on the new constitution will be held in Trincomalee tomorrow.

Another programme to enlighten the government servants headed by district secretaries on the compilation of a new constitution tomorrow will be conducted in Trincomalee. The conference will be held tomorrow at the district secretariat. The Kalutara district seminar was conducted  at Mathugama pradeshya sabha auditorium yesterday.

 The programme commenced  with the holding of 1st seminar at Kilinochchi district secretary S.Aruneinathan and government servants in the district attended the seminar.  The aim of the  organizers is to conclude the series of seminars covering 25 district by the end of next month.

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