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A Shakya Janapadaya constructed in Pillyandala will be declared open by the President today.

A Shakya Janapadaya constructed in the extent of 75 acres in Pillyandala Kahapola area will be declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena today. The newly constructed structure will depict the ancient castles and other constructions during Lord Buddha's time. A special garden will also be declared open this morning. The whole construction work will be completed by 2018.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Sri Lanka today.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Sri Lanka today to take part in the 14th UN Vesak day celebrations is due to visit the Gangaramaya Buddharashmi Vesak Zone upon arrival in Colombo. Indian Premier will be here from today till tomorrow. The Indian Premier will be the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of UN Vesak festival and Buddhist forum at the BMICH tomorrow.

President Maithripala Sirisena will host the Indian leader for lunch at the President’s Official Residence in Kandy tomorrow. India Premier is also scheduled to travel to Dickoya tomorrow to open a hospital for estate workers, built with Indian funding. Later Premier Modi will address a public meeting organized by the Tamil Progressive Alliance. Security has been beefed up in Colombo in view of his visit and the presence of foreign dignitaries.

A police spokesman said they have made security arrangements to ensure the peaceful conduct of the international celebrations where thousands of local devotees are also expected to throng Colombo and Kandy, the main venues of the Vesak festivities. The Police Department has deployed over 6,000 police and STF personnel for the task.

Local Buddhist communicators are invited to take part in an international Buddhist communication dialogue.

A dialogue on world Buddhist communication organised in parallel to the United Nations Wesak Day celebration will be held on Saturday the 13th at the BMICH in Colombo. A large number of Buddhist communicators, scholars, journalists, and university academics representing world Buddhist countries will participate at this dialogue .

The 14th United Nations international Wesak Day celebration will be held in Sri Lanka from Friday to Sunday. The inaugural session will be held at the BMICH on Friday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest. The theme is dawning of world peace on a just society through Buddhist teaching. A special discussion on the promotion of tourist through Buddhist economy and cultural exchanges has also been organised. The conclusion ceremony will be held at Mahamaluwa in Sri Dalada Maligaya premises in Kandy on Sunday under the patronage of Nepali President Bindya Devi Bhandari.

The President instructs the ministries and local bodies to submit their proposals for the formulation on national policy on waste management.

A national policy will be formulated for the management of waste. President Maithripala Sirisena at a meeting held this morning with government servants including local government commissioners directed ministries and local bodies to forward their proposals for this policy formulation.

The President had convened this meeting to look into the problem that the local bodies have faced in waste management and solution they have found and future action in this regard.  The President instructed the ministry of environment and the central environmental authority to submit their investigation report soon to enable to plan action for waste management.

 He also directed to prepare and submit a new gazette for the prohibition of polythene. The President also instructed to accelerate the construction of waste dump at Aruwakkulu in Puttalam.  A complete report on waste mountains in Sri Lanka has already been prepared.

Deputy minister media says the GMOA has no moral right to go against SITEM

Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana says that the government medical officers' association has no moral right to engage in trade union actions against the SITEM private medical college. The GMOA and the Sri Lanka medical council did not oppose for this medical college at the time of the establishment of it  They have given their approval for setting up the Kothalawala medical faculty.

 The deputy minister emphasises the need of an alternate solution for SITEM issue that brings justice to all parties.  The deputy minister claims that the GMOA without agreeing for such a solution   while making fresh proposals is engaged in an anti government political campaign but not in a trade union action.  Mr. Paranavithana also says that the majority of GMOA do not like its course of action.

Polls open in South Korea presidential election.

Polls have opened in South Korea's presidential election, called early after a corruption scandal that brought down President Park Geun-hye. Left-leaning Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger.

The election is being closely watched at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea. Mr Moon wants to increase contact with the North - in contrast to Ms Park who cut almost all ties to Pyongyang.

A special security plan will be implemented during Vesak week.

Sri Lanka Police says that special security arrangements will be put in place to provide special security for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders during their visit to the country next week to attend the UN Vesak festival.
Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said that there will be strict security measures in Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya and other cities, on the instructions of the IGP.
Mr. Jayakody further said a special security plan has been adopted covering the key Buddhist temples across the country where Vesak events will be held.

The government is to take important decisions on drugs.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the present government has allocated the highest amount of funds for free education and free health services, in spite of some elements alleging that the government is making attempts to privatize health and education. The Minister was speaking at a function to appreciate nurses of the Anuradhapura Nursing Training School yesterday.


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