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The President says that, the government has taken every possible step for the development of farmers and the agri-economy in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that, the government has taken every possible step for the development of farmers and agri-economy in the country. The government during the last 2 years  has taken many important decisions for the benefit of the farming community.

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The Prime Minister will engage in a tour in Japan next week.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit Japan from April 10 – 16, the Prime Minister’s Office informed. He is expected to meet Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit, as well other dignitaries.
A group of parliamentarians, including ministers Dr.Sazrath Amunugama and Malik Samazraweera will accompany the prime minister. The Japanese government says that the prime minister's visit to Japan will lead to further strengthening of bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries.

Veteran film director Wasantha Obeysekera passes away.


Award winning film director Vasantha Obeysekara passed away this morning. He was 80. Vasantha who has clinched several awards in the best director category, started his film career as a co-scriptwriter and assistant director in ‘Sath Samudura’ in 1967. His first film direction ‘Wes Gaththo’ in 1970. Among his other hit movies were Dadayama, Kedapathaka Chaya, Maruthaya, Sath Samudara,Wal Math Woowo, Diyamanthi, Salelu Warama, Palagetiyo, Doraka Marawa and among others.

The importers of food items assures sufficient stocks are available

The Importers' Association of Essential food items ensures that there would  not be any  problem of essential food item during the festive season as  adequate stocks are available. The prices of these items are at a lower level when compare with the last week. Media spokesman of the association Hemaka Fernando said that arrangements have been made to distribute essential food through a net work of 250 traders island wide

The Railway Department said that 24 special train services are operative till 17th of this month

The Railway Department said that 24 special train services are operative till 17th of this month for the convenience of the commuters. These services,  commenced yesterday from Maradana and Colombo Fort railway stations, will be conducted to Veyangoda,Mahawa,Anuradhapura, Bandarawela ,Kalutara south, Galle and Matara. Additional compartments have been added to the trains. A Jaffna bound special train will leave Colombo Fort at 10 pm on 12th .

The Fisheries ministry initiates action for the securing the release of a group of fishermen from Indian custody.

The ministry of fisheries has made initial arrangements to get released fishermen  on board of  "Kavisha Putha 3" which was apprehended by the Indian coast guards within Indian waters recently. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera analysing all the facts related to this incident  has instructed  the relevant officials of the ministry  to  submit a full report about the incident and a letter of request for their secure  release to the Indian Authorities and the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo.  The fisheries ministry has already forwarded the request to the Indian Authorities.

The 50th national Aluth Sahal Mangalya will be held in Anuradhapura today.

The 50th national Aluth Sahal Mangalya will be held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya premises in Anuradhapura today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The farmers will offer the first cache of rice produced from the harvest in this season to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya and Maha sangha according to the historic traditions.

A housing program will be implemented for the war heroes.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says a housing program will be implemented for the war heroes who have made supreme sacrifice for the motherland. A sum of 3.19 billion rupees has been allocated for this purpose. Accordingly, 3,650 houses are to be constructed within next 3 years. Minister Premadasa revealed these facts at a ceremony held in Hambantota, Galwewa area yesterday to declare opening the 24th re-awaikaning village, Sath-muthu-gama.

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