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The Prime Minister point out the needs to establish peaceful and free maritime movement within the Indian ocean region.

Sri Lanka is prepared to convene a summit of all relevant parties in a bid to discuss measures to establish peaceful and free maritime movements within the Indian oceanic region.  The revelation was made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.


10,000 rupees monthly allowance will be given to drought hit families.

An allowance of 10,000  rupees will be provided to every farming family inconvenienced by the severe drought. President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant officials to take necessary measures in this regard.


New England captain to seek advice of former skippers.

New England captain Joe Root says he will seek the advice of his predecessors before taking charge for the first time in July. The 26-year-old has replaced Alastair Cook despite only leading in four previous first-class matches. Root told media that it would be silly not to talk to people who have been in this position before. He also added that he may speak to a few people away from cricket to get different perspectives on things

IS attack on Sufi shrine in Pakistan kills over 72 people.

A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan has killed at least 72 people, police say. The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan, in Sindh province, police said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, which has been claimed by so-called Islamic State. A surge of attacks this week has shattered a period of improving security in Pakistan.

The President says many fruitful measures taken for people’s benefit.

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the government's policy is to strengthen the health service aiming a healthy nation. He said the government allocated more budgetary allocations this year compared with the previous years. President Sirisena said accordingly, 260 billion rupees has been allocated for the health sector this year. The President made these comments after commissioning a newly constructed fully equipped six storied clinical ward complex at the Warakapola Base Hospital yesterday. 
The new clinical ward complex consisting of three theatres, an ICU and a labour room along with 315 beds has been constructed at 1,103.7 million rupees allocated jointly by JICA and the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council. 
President Sirisena said the new hospital is one of the four fully equipped hospital projects carried out in the country with financial assistance from JICA. The service at this hospital, situated close to the Colombo – Kandy, will not be limited to the Kegalle district. When considering its geographical situation, it serves the entire country, he said.
The President noted that even if the government takes measures to improve physical resources in hospitals, it is up to the medical and other staff to provide a quality medical service. President Sirisena said he faced much difficulty when strengthening and establishing good governance.  He added that the government’s aim is to create a peaceful and strong country in which anyone can live happily and peacefully.

The official ceremony to grant right to information to the public will be held today.

The official ceremony to grant right to information to the public will be held at 10.30 am today at the Temple Trees Auditorium under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka, Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana and many top officials in the media sector will be present at this event. 

The President says the government took measures to ensure benefits to the farmers improving irrigational projects in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government took measures to ensure benefits to the farmers improving irrigational projects in the country. He added that 76 percent of the construction work of the Moragahakanda reservoir has been completed. The Uma Oya project is also nearing the completion. The President stressed that the development activities should be carried out as a concerted effort of different organizations come under the government’s purview.
The President made these comments at the progressive review meeting of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry today. Heads and representatives of the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority, Central Environmental Authority, Wild Life Conservation Department, National Gem and Jewelry Authority were present at the event. They discussed about the progress of the plans carried out in 2016 and future plans for 2017. 
300 small scale tanks will be renovated in the Mahaweli zones. The participation of the farming communities in the areas will be sought for the development activities. The tourist bungalows of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry will be developed and made available to the public. The bungalows can be reserved online by any person by May.
The President said that the funds allocated for the Ministry for 2017 need to be spend under a proper plan. He also instructed the officials to expedite the programme of providing 60,000 land deeds to people in the Mahaweli zones. A programme will be implemented in the near future to increase forest cover of the country.


Minister of Mass Media says the SLBC lives up to standards.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka says the youth who were trained at the media academy of Kothmale will serve for the country in a productive way. He further said that the radio is one of strongest media. The Minister made these comments at the certificate awarding ceremony of the media academy of Kothmale of the SLBC today.

The Minister pointed out that thorough training is essential for the media sector. Kind of training organisations are essential in the present context. The Minister said that the SLBC lives up to the standards and fulfill the national interests. Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana, Parliamentarian Ananda Aluthgamage, Chairman of the SLBC Attorney Nanda Muruththettuwegama, Director General of the SLBC Erananda Hettiarachchi were also spoke. 150 trainees received certificates. 

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