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German Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of Brexit talks with EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have "illusions" about discussing the UK's future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK's Brexit terms. The future relationship can only be discussed once the exit issues - such as UK payments to the EU budget - are resolved, she told German MPs.

On the sequence of the Brexit talks, she said "some people in the UK still have some illusions on that score". "That would be just a waste of time”. EU leaders are to meet on Saturday to adopt their joint negotiating position on Brexit.

The president says guidance shown by the spiritual leaders are important in solving to current social issues.

President Maithripala Sirisena says guidelines given by spiritual leaders are very much important in finding solutions to current social issues. The president made this comment joining the opening ceremony of the International Islamic forum organized by the Sri Lanka Islamic Centre at the temple trees this morning.  

The forum will be held in Colombo 2 days under the title of ‘Islamic reality and current challenges’. A large number of Islamic representatives from Middle East and Asian countries are participating in this forum. The president further said that all citizens in the country should live in harmony as one Sri Lankan nation.

Then it will be easy to build up peaceful and harmonious society. To make the national reconciliation a reality all should respect to the rights and privileges of the others. There is no end to the war waged by people to earn more power and money. To end up armed conflict we should have talks with the manufacturers of arms but not with the fighting parties. The president said that if each country can stop arms race world peace can easily be established.

The World Bank and the IMF are satisfied Sri Lanka’s monetary policies.

The World Bank and the international monetary fund have praised the Sri Lankan government for its measures taken to maintain a financial discipline in the country and to minimize the budget deficit while providing maximum benefits to the general public. The representatives of the world bank and the IMF has met finance minister Ravi Karunanayake recently and expressed their satisfaction towards Sri Lanka monetary facilities.

At a press briefing held in finance ministry today minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the WB and IMF is are ready to encourage more investors to start ventures in Sri Lanka. They are satisfied with the Sri Lankan government as it acts in transparent manner with the two institutions. The minister added that Sri Lanka will expect a 5.3 percent economic growth this year.

Everything has been finalized to hold the SLFP May Day rally in Kandy in grand manner.

Minister S.B Dissanayake says all arrangements have been finalized to hold the SLFP May Day rally in Kandy in grand manner. People will come in two processions from Kandy and Peradeniya to the Gatabe grounds. At a press briefing held in SLFP headquarters today he said party’s policy is to appoint most effective electoral organizers replacing the inactive leaders.

The water capacity of the Moragahakanda reservoir has exceeded that of the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa.

The water capacity of the Moragahakanda reservoir has exceeded that of the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa. Moragahakanda project office says the maximum capacity of Parakraam Samudraya is 110 thousand acre feet. Now the water capacity of Moragahakanda reservoir is at 115 thousand acre feet.

This is a significant milestone of Sri Lanka’s irrigational development. The Moragahakanda multipurpose development project will ease the water shortage in Anuradapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Matale and Kurunegala districts.

A special progress review meeting on irrigation projects was held yesterday under the patronage of the President.

A special progress review meeting on irrigation projects was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The meeting was held yesterday at the Mahaweli Authority premises. The meeting focused the progress on the current irrigation projects.


Amendment on the Act on Prevention of Terrorism Framework was approved by the Cabinet.

Considering the decision made on 04 April 2017 Policy and Legal Framework for proposed act on prevention of terrorism framework was presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Cabinet has decided to approve the framework and to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft the proposed act based on the said framework. Accordingly, the prevention of terrorism act is amended with the relevant recommendations presented by the ministers and stakeholders.


The 26th Uda Gama under the name 'Sundara-mahadevi-gama', will be declared open today.

Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa today will open the 'Sundaramahadevigama', the 26th Uda Gama under the new Uda Gammana program in Welikanda Divisional Secretariat Division in Polonnaruwa District. The Uda Gama established in a six-acre land comprises of 29 new houses with each house having a garden of 40 perches.

National Housing Development Authority has granted housing loans at low rates to build the houses. Minister Premasada at this event will grant Rs. 10 million as 'Visiri Housing Loans' for 100 low income families, Rs 84 million as donations for houses for 300 Kidney patients' families, Rs. 11.5 million worth vocational equipment sets, uniforms, and subject related text books for 250 youngsters, spectacles for 95 visually handicapped persons, and water filters for pre schools in the area.

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