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NSB marks its 45th anniversary today.

The National Savings Bank marks its 45th anniversary today. The NSB was established on the 16th March 1972 by the then finance minister late Dr. M.N. Perera. The bank has now assets over 900 billion rupees and deposits over 650 billion rupees to mark the 45th anniversary and all night pirith chanting ceremony will be held tonight at the Kollupitiya NSB Head office. The employees of the bank will donate an ambulance to the Colombo national hospital this morning.

US judge blocks new executive order to Trump’s travel ban

A Federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump's new travel ban, hours before it was due to begin at midnight today. The ruling by US District Judge Derrick Watson stops the executive order from going into effect. Hawaii is one of several US states trying to stop the ban.


The Prime Minister says all countries should unite to eliminate maritime terrorism.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says it is high time for all countries to unite against maritime terrorism. It has become a severe threat to global economy. Addressing the counter terrorism conference 2017 held in New Delhi yesterday via skype technology, the Prime Minister said maritime terrorism is now pervading in the Indian ocean region than the terrorism in the land. Half of the container transport vessel operating through the Indian ocean region.


Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke says there will be no impeachment against the Speaker.

Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke says Speaker Karu Jayasooriya acts independent and impartially in parliament. His role in the House is fully democratic. However, the joint opposition is attempting to grab political power by disrupting parliamentary proceedings.  Some media institutions also spread false information regarding an impeachment on the Speaker.  Minister Katunatilleke pointed out that there will be no such move to oust the Speaker.


Turkey-Netherlands row: Erdogan slams Dutch over Srebrenica

Turkey's war of words with the Netherlands has worsened after the Turkish president accused the Dutch of carrying out a massacre of Muslim men at Srebrenica, Bosnia, in 1995.

Bosnian Serb forces were in fact behind the massacre but Dutch UN peacekeepers failed to protect the victims. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the failure, still a raw nerve in the Netherlands, revealed Dutch "morality" was "broken".

Consumer Rights Day 2017 will be celebrated today under the patronage of the President.

Consumer Rights Day 2017 will be marked today. The theme for the day declared by the Consumers International is “Consumer Rights in Digital Age”. Considering the vital importance of addressing the consumer issues, a national conference has been planned collectively by the Ministry of Industry & Commerce and Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure with the active involvement of Consumer Affairs Authority and the Information Communication Technology Agency.

The objective of this seminar is to establish a dialog among key stakeholders on “Consumer Rights in Digital Age” in order to facilitate policy recommendations to strengthen consumer rights in digital era. This National Conference will be held at 3.00 p.m. today at “Nelum Pokuna” auditorium under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This will be followed by a workshop to be held on 16th March 2017 8.30 a.m. at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute Auditorium.  CAA will be working continuously with the other stakeholders in order to promote and strengthen Consumer Rights in Digital Age.

Minister of Foreign Affairs South Korea will visit Sri Lanka today

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka today for an official visit to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea. Minister Yun will hold bilateral discussions with Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs today.

This is the first visit to Sri Lanka in 31 years by a Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The last such visit took place in 1986, when Foreign Minister Lee Won-kyung undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka. The visit by Minister Yun is expected to further strengthen the warm ties and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Bus tickets are compulsory in the Western Province from today

The Western Province Commuter Transport Authority says having a ticket is compulsory for the commuters when they travel in buses from today. Conductors must also issue tickets to the passengers. A passenger will be fined a charge of 100 rupees, if there is no ticket.

The conductors also fined a sum of 250 rupees in such offences for the first time. If the same offence is repeated for the 2nd time the fine is 500 rupees. For the third time a fine of thousand rupees will be imposed and the conductor license will be cancelled.

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