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The Maha sangha says the sport festival of the schools need to be disciplined.

The Maha sangha says the sport festival of the schools need to be disciplined. They say if it is unable to hold the Big Matches and school sports festivals in line with the law and order, they have to be suspended temporarily.

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All the hospitals in the country will be solar powered.

Health minister Rajitha Senarathne has paid his attention to join all the hospitals island-wide with the ‘Suryabala Sangramaya’ initiative by fixing solar panels. The monthly electricity bill of the hospitals island-wide is about 3 million Rupees and annually it amounts to several billions.

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Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia recalls envoy from North Korea

Malaysia has stepped up diplomatic measures against North Korea in an escalating row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. Kim Jong-nam died in mysterious circumstances last week at an airport in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

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4th South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference inaugurated by the President.

The 4th South Asia Region Public Procurement conference, commenced in Colombo today, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The conference will be held to Thursday in Colombo and Kandy. the Procurement Conference, which was launched in Katmandu Nepal, during 2011, was held  in Islamabad Pakistan during 2014. Dhaka in Bangladesh hosted the conference in 2015.  The government, which comprehended the importance of moving towards an electronic procurement mechanism,

decided to host the conference this year. It is organized by the World Bank, The Asian development Bank, The Islamic Bank, The Ministry of Finance and the Department of Finance.  Bangladesh which chaired the conference, handed the position over to Sri Lanka. Accordingly the new Chairman will be P.Algama. Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake and the ministerial secretary, R.H.S.Samaratunga as well as other representatives were present at the occasion.

The ministry of Fisheries cite non adherence to guidelines as the reason for Katukurunda boat capsize.

The boat capsize yesterday, which left 11 dead, has come under the scrutiny of the ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic resource Development. The tragedy occurred in the seas off Katukurunda. The ministry cited, over loading as the cause of the accident. It was also made evident, life jackets were also not provided for the passengers.

The ministry has provided a series of guidelines for owners of fishing vessels as well as their navigators. It said, abandoning the guidelines in favor of money pave way for such incidents. Subject Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said, vessel owners and navigators who were abandoned the guidelines, endangering public life will be brought to book.

Despite passenger services not falling under the purview of the ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, it plans to introduce a set of guidelines for relevant institutes and persons in a bid to regulate the practice. An awareness programme is also in the pipelines. The contribution of the Navy and the National coast guard will be sought in the endeavor.

The provision of life vests is mandatory. As such it is the responsibility of the passengers to refrain from boarding vessels which does not adhere to the stipulation. In addition, attention should also be given to the maximum capacity of vessels as well as the condition of the sea

A 75 day official promotional programme for the UN International Day of Wesak. – The inauguration at the parliamentary complex tomorrow.

A 75 day media campaign will be worked off to promote the UN international Day of Wesak and the Buddhist conference scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka. The programme will commence during a ceremony held in this regard at the parliamentary complex under the patronage of Minster of parliamentary reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilleka.

The contribution of both government and private sector media institutions will be sought. Both local and foreign members of the Maha Sangha, International Buddhist leaders, ministers of Buddhist Affairs, diplomats as well as representatives of Buddhist organizations amounting to over 1000 are due participation. The Ministry of Buddhist Affairs highlight this to be the first International Buddhist festival with a mass participation to be held in the country subsequent to the conclusion of the conflict. Its inauguration ceremony will be held at the BMICH Colombo on the 12th of May.

President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will grace the occasion as Chief Guests. The closing ceremony will be held at the Sri Dalada Maligawa under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The minister of Finance says local farmers will be protected though import tax on rice reduced.

 

Minister Ravi Karunanayke says the reduction of import tax on rice would not make any impact on the local farmers.He added the government’s policy is to protect both consumer and the farmer. Minister Karunanayke made these comments at a meeting held at the Gangarama viharaya of Mattakkuliya.

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A capsized boat kills 11 people in Katukurunda sea.

 

At least 11 persons were killed and several others went missing after a boat carrying a group of people capsized in sea off Katukurunda coast today. 15 people were on the board when the accident took place. The police said the remains of the deceased have been taken to the Nagoda hospital. A search operation is underway with the assistance from the Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force to locate the missing persons. The Navy has deployed several boats, while an Air Force Bell 212 helicopter has also been deployed to assist the rescue operation.  The boat was among several vessels that departed for Kalutara from the Beruwala fisheries harbour for a religious purpose. 19 boats had been deployed for the religious ceremony.

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