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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.

President patronage a special awards ceremony in north central province at Anuradhapura.

A special awards presentation ceremony in the  north central province took place  yesterday afternoon under the patronage of president Maithripala Sirisena for those who contributed  dedicatedly through their professions and services to the people of Raja Rata . The ceremony took place at golden Mango hotel in  yesterday evening.


The international dignitaries who take part in United nations Wesak day celebrations begins to arrive in the island on Wednesday.

From next Wednesday the state leaders and international representatives who are taking part in United Nations international  wesak day celebrations will begin to arrive in the island. The chief guest Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive in Colombo on Thursday. The chief guest  of the last day celebrations the Nepali president Bidya Devi Bandarai is expected on Saturday. The final day celebrations of the United Nations  Wesak day  is to be held on 14th of this month  in Kandy. The foreign entourage  consists of 7 50 dignitaries and ministers of 8 Therawadi Buddhist countries.


Three special police teams to trace out the abducted child in Gampola.

Police headquarters in Colombo says that they have deployed three police teams to locate the small child abducted in Gampola day before yesterday. Two teams are working in Colombo and Galle. A gang in Gampola abducted an small child and his uncle on Wednesday and later the uncle had been released in Kandy. The gang has demanded 3 million ransom to release the child.


149 police apprentice officers reinstated after getting married during the apprenticeship.

149 police officers  who got married  during their apprentice-ship and due to that reason who had been de-posted  and again found employment;  in the police force. Police officers who are  recruited as apprentice are not allowed by law  to get married  until three years of service. The police commission had given permission for them to be re-employed. The relevant de-posted police officers had made an appeal to the minister Sagala Ratnayake who had seconded the appeal to the police commission. Soysa says black flags protest on Wesak day is a disgrace to the international Wesak Day celebrations. Soysa says  black flags protest on Wesak day is a disgrace to the international Wesak Day celebrations. It is reported a section of certain politicians are organizing the campaign. India is a very powerful country  Prof.Soysa says.  Prof.Soysa said  parliamentarian  Wimal Weerawansa raises anti Indian voice  just because of political reasons.


The president extends well wishes to the Indian Prime Minister for launching a SAARC Satellite.

President Maithripala Sirisena extends well wishes to the Indian Prime Minister for launching a SAARC Satellite. Addressing the India Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the President's house in Anuradhapura via satellite technology the president said this is a significant development in the communication sector as the Sri Lanka and all other SAARC countries can utilize this satellite for common communication system. The President also thanked the Indian leader for his commitment to enhance the connectivity and relationship among the SAARC countries.

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