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The Director General of Government Information says, the prorogation of Parliament has no negative impact on the functioning and operation of the Government.

Director General of Government Information: Attorney- at-Law Sudarshana Gunawardana, issuing a statement states, the prorogation of Parliament has no negative impact on the functioning and operation of the Government. The Parliament was prorogued by Gazette notification, with effect from Thursday the 12th of April 2018. “The prorogation, is the period between the end of a Parliament session and the opening of the next Parliament session.”

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka in a media release said, there will not be any disturbance to Central Bank transactions, due to the prorogation of Parliament. The government's monetary transactions will not be affected due to this decision. The Central Bank will not face any problem with regard to monetary management during the period from the conclusion of the last Parliamentary session, upto the re-commencement of sessions in May.

Western powers strike Syria targets

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against the Syrian regime today, in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks in Douma.
As Donald Trump embarked on a White House address to announce the action, explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in the brutal seven-year Civil War. The Pentagon listed three targets that had been struck.
However, Syrian state television said, government forces had shot down more than a dozen missiles. The Syrian government's main ally, Russia, issued a statement through its US ambassador saying, "such actions will not be left without consequences".
The UN's Secretary General: Antonio Guterres warned about the dangers of an escalation over Syria saying, "the Cold War is back, with vengeance"

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at the auspicious time 8.13 this morning.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 8.13 this morning with the Sun crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries, in the celestial sphere. Preparing meals for the New Year should begin at 10.40 this morning, clad in blue-coloured attire and facing the north. The partaking of meals and engaging in transactions is set for 11.53 am, clad in blue and facing the north.

President Maithripala Sirisena will attend to New Year rituals at his official residence at Mahagamasekera Mawatha in Colombo today. People are invited to exchange New Year wishes.

The SLBC will air the 'Rata Wata Avurudu Programme' from 8.00 AM to 12.30 PM over Sinhala National Service and all Regional Services, today. The live broadcast will be carried from the personal residence of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, and Akuressa, Thalawa, Nuwara Eliya and Kurunegala areas. The Bank of Ceylon sponsors this programme for the 28th consecutive year.

President’s message for Sinhala and Hindu New Year


The evolution of human civilization has taken place from era to era enriching the people as cultured entities. The unique cultural events celebrated by various people around the world indicate the affinity and utmost dedication towards their traditional heritages.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year showcases the traditional riches of the Eastern people.

'Aluth Avurudda' is indeed an introduction of a new human with a new vision and a new attitude to the society. By conforming a study of oneself during the transitional time of the inauspicious period, this advanced person performs New Year rituals, enters the society as a close relative carrying the message of peaceful co-existence and social reconciliation.

The New Year binds with the traditional customs which blooms inter relations and family relationships and showers the human thoughts with refreshing fragrance which flows to the future with our deep understanding and respect we have for the traditions of the New Year.

By deeply studying this glorious cultural event, which harvests progressive values and ethics to the whole society and celebrating it, we can surely collect a bountiful harvest of peace and prosperity.

Another invaluable aspect of New Year celebrations is that they depict the lively bond which the humans share historically with the nature and how this occasion is utilized to express gratitude to the nature, thus exhibiting the great virtues of our ancestors that carried forth for generations.

Sharing such great values with everybody, I wish all the Sri Lankans who are living in the country and outside a Sinhala and Tamil New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

Prime Minister's message for Sinhala and Hindu New Year


The dawn of spring brings the flourish of nature and nourishes the human spirit as we meditate on the ideas of cooperation, forgiveness and empathy for all life.


Sinhala and Tamil New Year is the foremost national festivity celebrated across the country in the splendour of spring. It provides the ideal setting to deepen relationships with each other and share our rich cultural heritage.


This New Year we will celebrate with our traditional customs to convey their importance to the next generation. This will ensure future generations are proud of our traditions and our nation.


I wish all Sri Lankans a joyful Sinhala and Tamil New Year that inspires our commitment in achieving sustained peace and prosperity!

New Year Rituals of Kataragama Devalaya will commence tonight.

New Year Rituals of Historic Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya will commence tonight. After the dawn of the New Year the Maha Devalaya will be open at the auspicious time this evening for the devotees. After the New Year rituals the annual budget of the Devalaya will be presented. Then the first offering will be made to the God Kataragama.

UN chief says Cold War is back

The UN's secretary general has said the Cold War is "back with a vengeance". Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria. The US and its allies are considering launching missile strikes against Syria after a suspected chemical attack, an action which Russia - whose forces are there supporting the government- has said would risk starting a war. Russia has accused the UK of faking an attack, an allegation Britain dismissed as a "grotesque, blatant lie".

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 8.13am on the 14th of April, with the Sun crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries, in the celestial sphere.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 8.13am on the 14th of April, with the Sun crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries, in the celestial sphere. The 'Nonagathaya' begins tomorrow at 1.49am and will last until 2.37pm. Preparing meals for the New Year should begin at 10.40am, clad in blue-coloured attire and facing the north. The partaking of meals and engaging in transactions is set for 11.53am, clad in blue and facing the north.

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The United Nations Office in Geneva pledges its continuous support for the success of projects launched with its mediation.

A.L.A Azeez who was appointed as Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva presented his credentials its Director-General: Michael Moller yesterday. The newly appointed representative was briefed on many projects launched with the intervention of the UN Office in Geneva.

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The National Book Development Council of Sri Lanka will be re-established.

The National Book Development Council of Sri Lanka will be re-established. Cabinet approval has been received for a proposal put forward in this regard, by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. The Ministry of Finance will provide the necessary funding. The National Book Development Council, which was under the Ministry of Education at one time, provided a considerable service to writers, publishers and book lovers.

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The Director of Highway Maintenance and Operations says, if co-operation is received from motorists, vehicles can be passed through exist points on expressways, within a short duration of ten seconds.

Director of Highway Maintenance and Operations: Saman Opanayake says, if co-operation is received from motorists, vehicles can be passed through exist points on expressways, within a short duration of ten seconds. He requests motorists, when approaching the exist point, to be ready with the ticket issued at the entry point together with change money for payment.

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A new 'national policy' pertaining to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Sector is to be formulated.

A new national policy covering the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Sector is to be formulated. The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has obtained the views of the fisher folk, exporters, experts in the field, and the public in compiling this policy. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says, it will be presented in Parliament as soon as possible in order to obtain the views of the people's representatives.

Russia warns of war, over Syria strikes

Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, could spark a war between the two countries. Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes, but Russia, a Syrian ally, opposes such action. Moscow's UN Ambassador: Vassily Nebenzia says, the immediate priority is to avert the danger of war. He accused Washington of putting international peace 'at risk', and said the situation was "very dangerous".

Syria rebels give up Ghouta, in major win for regime

Rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons, while their leader left the enclave, signalling the end of one of the bloodiest battles of Syria's seven-year Civil War. The Syrian flag was raised above the central mosque in Douma, the site of an alleged chemical attack that sparked outrage and threats of Western military action.

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A group of new Cabinet Ministers, sworn-in today.

Steps have been taken to temporarily fill the vacancies that arose in the Cabinet of Ministers, due to the resignation of a number of SLPF Ministers.

A full cabinet reshuffle will take place after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Until then the following ministers were sworn-in temporarily.

Dr. Sarath Amunugama - Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Minister of Science, Technology and Research.

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The Premier says, the country will be taken forward under the government's new program, and the issues faced by the citizens will be resolved.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says, the country will be taken forward under the government's new program, and the issues faced by the citizens will be resolved.
He expressed these views, participating at a ceremony this morning, to lay the foundation stone, for the housing complex to be constructed for middle class families, in Thalawathugoda.

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An unprecedented number of entrepreneurs to represent Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Business Forum, to be held in London

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says, an unprecedented number of entrepreneurs will represent Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Business Forum to be held in London. The Minister expressed these views participating at a discussion with these entrepreneurs, recently.  Sri Lanka has succeeded in becoming a pioneering nation in the 2018 Commonwealth Business Forum. This forum will be transformed into an avenue that brings foreign direct investments into the country.

The National Mosquito Control Week, reaches a successful completion.

The Ministry of Health says, the National Mosquito Control Week reached a successful completion. The Ministry of Health conducted this programme in collaboration with the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Eradication, from the 3rd to the 9th of this month, island wide. 

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The President will make an official tour to UK next week to participate in Commonwealth state leaders' summit.

President Maithripala Sirisena will make an official tour to UK next week to participate in Commonwealth state leaders' summit. The Commonwealth State Leaders Summit will be held in London from 16th to 20th of this month. The main theme for this year is "Towards a Common Future". The summit will focus on many factors including posterity, equality and sustainability during this four day conference. The last commonwealth forum was held in Malta. The President of Malta Island will officially handover the chairmanship of the Commonwealth to UK during this summit. President Sirisena is expected to hold bilateral talks with UK Premier Theresa May during this summit. The President will make a special address on sustainable development during this forum.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the Opposition Leader position given to TNA leadership is a victory to the present good governance government.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the Opposition Leader position given to TNA leadership is a victory to the present good governance government. The Tamil National Alliance functioning as the Opposition Leader, promotes reconciliation and co-existence in the country. TNA represents the Tamil Speaking community in the country. Therefore, they can present the grievances of the Tamil Speaking Community to the parliament. As an Opposition Leader the TNA will play a pivotal role in achieving a just and fair solution to the ethnic problem.
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Venerable Dambara Amila Thera says the government's new Tax system is people's friendly.

Chairman of the movement for Just Society Venerable Dambara Amila thera says that the new tax Act presented by the government is a people friendly Act. It has provisions to streamline tax collection without discriminating any group of the society. The new Inland Revenue Act will also provide a transparent simplified taxation method to the common masses. Thereby the general public will understand under which category that, taxes are deducted and the reasons for those deductions as well.

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