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Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe expresses confidence Sri Lanka will regain the GSP plus facility by June.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe expressed confidence that Sri Lanka will regain the GSP plus concession by the end of June.  28 member countries of EU will extend the fullest support to Sri Lanka in regaining this facility.

The EU member states will  support Sri Lanka due to the improvement shown on the human rights record and adaptation of good governance policies.  Minister Samarasinghe  made these remarks  at a media conference held at SLFP headquarters today.

The water supply from the Mahaweli reservoir will give prominence to the drinking water facility.

The secretary to the ministry of Mahaweli development and environment Udaya R. Seneviratne says effective measures have been taken to manage the water supply of the Mahaweli reservoir during this drought weather condition. Mr. Seneviratne further said steps have been taken to overcome the challenges of drought condition.

He made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo today. Speaking further at this conference he said the water level of the reservoirs has dropped to 50 percent at present. Therefore, extra precaution is taken when distributing water to other channels.

Meanwhile the secretary to the ministry of water management and urban development Nimal Hettiartachchi said effective measures have been taken to provide drinking water facilities to the difficult areas through bowsers.

United Nations supports for a green economic in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was held discussions with the director of United Nations Environment programme Eric Solheim to obtain expertise guidance to create a green economic and environment in Sri Lanka . The discussions was held at the world economic forum center recently held in Switzerland.

The attention was focused on the forest cultivation. The Prime minister pointed out that when taking forest cultivation lands for development, there should be a proper systematic for reforest cultivation. At the meeting Mr. Solehim said the necessary support in this regard could be given by the United Nations environment programme.

The Pakistan Prime Minister points out the need of a trade agreement with Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan wished to see South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation a vibrant regional organisation and was fully committed to the principles and objectives of the SAARC charter. Talking to his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in Davos, the prime minister said that Pakistan strongly wants peace and cooperation in South Asia.

The Pakistani Prime Minister said that security and stability are vital for eradication of poverty and development of the area. He said Pakistan wants friendly relations with all the regional countries. He said Islamabad wishes people of the regional countries should reap fruit of regional cooperation.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister expressed the desire to increase cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of defense and trade. He called for taking steps to increase bilateral trade.

Foreign minister meets several state leaders in Sweden.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera is currently engaged in an official tour to Sweden . He has held discussions with the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Izebela Lovin. The two parties focused attention on climate change and international relations. The foreign minister also met the foreign affairs minister of Sweden Margret Walston and explained the present situation in Sri Lanka to her.The two Ministers discussed the Sri Lankan Government’s three pillared structure of Democratisation, Reconciliation and Development that would reinforce nation-building as well as ways and means of strengthening bilateral relations.
They also focused on the European Commission’s proposal to restore the GSP + facility to Sri Lanka.

The work plan of establishing sustainable development school societies will commence today under the patronage of the President.

The work plan of establishing sustainable development school societies will commence today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The inaugural ceremony will be held at Digana, Kengalla Maha Vidyalaya today.

The main objective of this programme is to educate the school children on developing the nation through sustainable development policies. The programme will also emphasize the importance of adopting sustainable development mechanisms in day-to-day life. The school societies are expected to take this concept forward among the school children. The school societies will be setup in 3,409 schools Island wide.

A new chairman appointed to police commission.

G.H Manathunga has appointed as the new chairman of the National Police Commission. Mr. Manathunga received his appointment letter from President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.

Mr. Manathunga is considered as the most senior officer serving in the commission for long time.

President advices senior officials that a pragmatic plan on agriculture sector will provide fruitful results.

President Maithripala Sirisena advices senior officials that a pragmatic plan on agriculture sector will provide fruitful results. The president also emphasizes that a practically viable solutions should be provided to farmers and cultivators to yield better results in agriculture sector. President Maithripala Sirisena made these remarks at a meeting held with the officials of Ministry of Agriculture at R. Premadasa International Stadium yesterday.

The president further said it is important to carryout the cultivation activities with the aim of achieving sustainable development. This year has been declared as the year of alleviating poverty. Therefore, it is important for the ministry to focus its development plans with the objective of reducing the poverty among the general public. The activity of the ministry is felt far important at this juncture since the country is going through a lean period with the prevailing drought condition.

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