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National reconciliation will be included in the school curriculum.

Office for National Unity and Reconciliation Chairperson former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said her office was working with the Education Ministry to include ‘reconciliation’ as a special subject in the school curriculum.


Donald Trump's US healthcare bill withdrawn.

US President Donald Trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to pass in Congress. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he and Mr Trump agreed to pull the vote, after it became apparent it would not get the minimum of 215 Republican votes needed. The last minute move was seen as a huge blow to Mr Trump. Repealing and replacing the programme known as Obamacare was one of his major election pledges.

The Russian Prime Minister says, Russia will be committed to pass the benefits of bilateral relations of the two states to the people of Sri Lanka.

Russian Prime Minister Dimithri Medvedev says, Russia will be committed to pass the benefits of bilateral discussions of the two states to the people of Sri Lanka. He made this comment when he met the visiting president Maithripala Sirisena at his office this afternoon.

The two leaders had a lengthy discussion on further strengthening 60 yearlong bilateral relations which were initiated in 1957. President Sirisena said that this official visit by a Sri Lankan leader after 43 years will lead to have significant benefits to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka expects the support of all 20 countries to accelerate its national process.

The government extends its appreciation to all the countries that supported Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

The Government of Sri Lanka extends its appreciation to all the countries that extended support to Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.
The government deeply appreciate the understanding shown by all, and support for Sri Lanka’s processes for promoting reconciliation, justice, and human rights, towards enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.

Following the January 8th 2015 Presidential Election, the National Unity Government, under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, made a promise to the people of Sri Lanka that the Government will shift from the practice under the previous administration, of antagonism and self-isolation, and instead engage and work with all stakeholders including friends and partners in the international community, to uphold human rights, establish rule of law, end impunity, strengthen democracy and good governance, and create the stability and peace required in the country for the prosperity of all our people.

Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs says that the friendship between the presidents of the two countries earmarks high standards of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Russian federations deputy foreign minister Igor Mogiyalov says that the close friendship between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will meet new standards in the bilateral relations of the two countries. Marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, deputy foreign minister of Russian federation hosted a special dinner in honour of visiting Sri Lankan president.


Speaker demands that parliamentarians should protect the respect of the parliament when they take part in parliamentary debates.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya addressing the parliament at the beginning of today's session said that all the members of the parliament should protect the respect of the parliament when they are participating in its debates. Mr. Karu Jayasooriya said that the parliament is the August assembly in practicing democracy in a country.


Parliament condoles the demise of late former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayake.

The parliament express its condolences at the demise of former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake.  During the session speaking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that late Rathnasiri Wickremanayake had been an independent and impartial ideologist.  He was not of grave anger of revenge and also was not vindictive.  Mr. Wickremanayake flourished the polity of Sri Lanka.  


Transport authorities round up 235 private buses that did not issue tickets.

235 passenger buses in Colombo district which have not issued tickets to the commuters have been rounded up.  Mr. Jagath Perera the general manager of the western province  transport authority said that his officials conducted the rounding up operation yesterday.  


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