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A special report being prepared on the anti-corruption committee secretariat

The Prime Minister’s office says there is no decision yet on the future of the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat. A statement by the Prime Minister’s office said that the future of the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat will be based on the recommendations of a committee tasked with submitting proposals on the future operations of the Secretariat.


The World's first laser technology Vesak pandal will be setup at Galle face.

The World's first laser technology Vesak pandal will be opened at Galle Face at 7.00 pm on the Vesak full moon poya day under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. It has been setup under the guidance of Minister Arjuna Ranathunga. The pandal will be exhibited till the 14th of this month. The height of the pandal is 60 feet and the width is 40 feet.


Two High Commissioners and two Ambassadors presented credentials to the President.

Two High Commissioners and two Ambassadors presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. Those who presented credentials were Malta High Commissioner, Stephen Borg, New Zealand High Commissioner, Joanna Mary Kempkers, Indonesian Ambassador, Gusti Ngurah Ardiyasa and Nepal Ambassador, Prof Bishwambher Pyakuryal. President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and economic cooperation.


French president-elect to fight 'forces of division'

Emmanuel Macron has vowed to fight "the forces of division that undermine France" after easily winning the run-off election for the French presidency. The centrist candidate, 39, defeated the far right's Marine Le Pen, winning 66.06 percent of the vote to her 33.94 percent. Acknowledging his victory, Mr Macron told supporters he wanted to ensure Le Pen voters "no longer have a reason to vote for an extremist position".

750 dignitaries representing 84 countries to take part in United Nations Wesak day celebrations.

Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Buddhist Affairs says that dignitaries representing 84 countries are taking part at this Wesak Day celebrations which will begin on Friday. They expected number of representatives are exceeding 750. They all have confirmed their participation.

Bangladesh, Cambodia, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Malaysia, United Kingdom , France , Germany, Russia and Singapore are the countries representing at celebrations. An special exposition of sacred tooth relic has been organized for the visiting dignitaries . When the exposition was announced the numbers of participation has gone up. The chief guest at the inaugural ceremony is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modhi. The chief guest at the conclusion ceremony is Nepali President Bidya Devi Bandhari.

Ministers from 8 different countries are also taking part in the ceremony. Indian Prime Minister arrives in the island on Thursday by 6.00pm and expected to be ceremoniously received by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Nepali president is arriving on Saturday afternoon and there too the reception will be done by Prime Minster Wickremasinghe. Both of the leaders will be received with state honours.

National wesak day festival to be held in Wattarama Rajamaha Viharaya in Kegalle tomorrow.

A national Wesak festival will to be held in Wattarama Rajamaha viharaya in Kegalla  from tomorrow and day after. The inaugural ceremony will commence by  1.30pm   under the patronage of  president  Maithripala Sirisena. A number of governmental political leaders  including minister Wijayadasa Rajapakse join the president. President is expected to distribute monitory grants to the Dhamma schools and Buddhist temples in the area. Special commemorative stamp is also be issued. Chandra Prema Gamage  the secretary to the  Ministry of Buddhist Affairs said,  that infrastructure facilities  of Wattarama Raja Mah Vihara were  developed in par with the occasion. A special Buddhist museum and a buddhsit conference hall with a seating facility of 2000 has been constructed. The expenditure of the construction work is 300 million rupees. In addition to this the old library was renovated. The internal road net work was also rehabilitated. Special car park for the Vihara premises has been built.

International red Cross Day falls today.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day falls today. The founder of the International organization of Red Cross Shawn Henry Dununt birthday falls on 8th of May 1828. So the members of the International Committee of Red Cross celebrate 8th of May as the international Red Cross Day. In 1863 Shawn Henry Dununt established international committee of the red Cross to show mercy to the victims of the wars. In 1901 Dununt received the 1st noble peace prize for his contribution for the peace.
By 2011 International Committee of Red Cross acts in 187 countries throughout the world.
In 1936 the Sri Lankan representation of the international committee of the Red Cross was established in Colombo.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka emphasizes that it is everybody's responsibility to protect religious harmony.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says, that a religious reconciliation has been built up in the country at present. It is the responsibility of all the public to savee it. Joining the  Subarathi programme at the SLBC  this morning the minister said, during the Wesak days all at homes could raise up a Buddhist flag irrespective of religious differences and  can show their reconciliative feelings  to the public.  

There is no reason to be afraid  about the protection given to Buddhism by the constitution. Certain sections of the polity express unnecessary fears that government  might be excluding the status given to Buddhism from the constitution.NO political party have given this idea to the parliament or the government. The minister said what ever the position is government will not exclude the status given to  Buddhism from the constitution.

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