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The foreign ministers of Australia and Sri Lanka hold bilateral talks.

Foreign minister Ravi Karunanayaka says that he held productive discussions with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on ways and means of further enhancing our bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

This includes  economic partnership, development cooperation, combating people smuggling, education and skill development, tourism, reconciliation and the role by Overseas Sri Lankans in the development of Sri Lanka.

They also discussed on regional security challenges including maritime security as well as cooperation in the multilateral fora. Sri Lanka’s economic ties with Australia have now transformed itself into a dynamic partnership due to growing trade, investment, and new business interests.

Foreign minister also extended an invitation to Australian investors to take full advantage of Sri Lanka transforming itself into an important and viable logistical hub in the East-West maritime arc. Si Lanka welcomes Australia’s assistance in the planning and development of the Sri Lanka tourism industry. Sri Lankan airlines will commence its operations to Melbourne with effect from October winter 2017.

A literary award ceremony will be held this evening at Kumarathunga Studio under the patronage of the President.

A literary award ceremony jointly organized by the National Radio and Godage and Brothers Private Limited will be held today evening at Kumarathunga Studio. President Maithripala Sirisena will grace the occasion as chief guest in which a total of 15 writers will be felicitated with awards and cash prizes.


The cabinet has approved the proposal on national health policy.

The cabinet has approved the proposal on national health policy. The existing national health policy is now 21 years old and need to be amended. The new health policy will be prepared considering the new trends in the health sector. Special attention will be focused to secure rights of the patients and social justice as well. The government is also keen on providing a wide range of health services free for the general public in future.

Lands will be acquired for the Salawa town development project

Lands will be acquired for the Salawa town development project. Many government and private buildings were damaged due to the Salawa armory blast last year. A special committee was appointed to make recommendations to renovate the damaged buildings and reconstruct the town area.


Netanyahu says EU's policy towards Israel is 'crazy'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the European Union's "crazy" approach to dealing with his country. His comments, made during a closed-session meeting in the Hungarian capital Budapest, were accidentally broadcast to reporters. He said the EU was the only major power to attach "political" conditions to its relationship with Israel. This, he said, was damaging to the bloc's security and economic interests.(BBC)

Officials who act against narcotics will be motivated.

President Maithripala Sirisena says a special programme will be implemented in future to encourage the officials who conduct raids to nab narcotics. Accordingly these officials will be provided with promotions and increments and many other benefits. The president made these remarks participating in the "drugs free country" Kaltuara district programme as the chief guest held in Panadura public grounds this morning.


The cabinet has approved a proposal to rapidly solve the problems of Uma Oya.

The cabinet has given approval to a proposal to immediately solve the problems erupted due to Uma Oya development project. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera who is the chairman of the ministerial sub-committee over this matter had presented this proposal. At the cabinet press briefing held in Colombo today co-cabinet spokesman Minsiter Gayantha Karunathilleka said, the recommendation of the sub-committee will be implemented soon. Accordingly 6 massive tube wells will be set up.


The 66th anniversary of the SLFP will be held on the 2nd of September.

Chairman of the SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara says, plans are afoot to mark the 66th anniversary of the party in grand manner. Anniversary celebration will be held on the 2nd of September at the Campbell Park in Borella under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. A number of important decisions for the country will be taken at this meeting.


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