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President Maithripala Sirisena will tour Georgia today to attend the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena will tour Georgia today to attend the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018. The objective of this summit is to work against corruption. Various topics including 'Empowering Citizens' and 'Promoting Transparency' will be taken up for discussion. President Sirisena is due to address this summit as well.

Meanwhile, the President attended the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry and the 6th World Forest Week in Rome.

Addressing the summit the President said that Sri Lanka is committed to protect the present forest cover and to develop the forest cover, up to 32 percent. The President said that, Humans get many social and economic benefits from forests. He further said that, all member countries should collectively commit themselves to overcome challenges although the agenda is complex. He said the government is implementing several programmes including planting of five million plants by 2020.

The sessions will explore the contributions that forests can make in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

The prime minister says, tee aim of the government is to eliminate drug trade by disrupting the supply chain

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that, the aim of the government is to disrupt drug supply chain and to eliminate that drug trade. He said that, the previous government took legal action only against the people who distribute drugs and political protection as given to large scale drug racketeers. The Prime Minister said this at the opening of Ibbagamuwa district secretariat auditorium recently.

Meanwhile, JVP leader parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake also expressed his views on this subject. He said in parliament that many drug kingpins operated during the Rajapaksa regime. These drug dealers had close links with Rajapaksas.

Addressing the House Minister Duminda Dissanayake said the main drug dealers during the previous regime were given political protection and backing. The country at present is undergoing problems related to drug menace due to these passed incidents.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera emphasised the importance of providing necessary powers and strengthening the police to control the drug trafficking in the country

Allocating seats on the buses from the home through the telephone service has been launched

Allocating seats on the buses from the home through the telephone service has been launched. The new service will provide the commuters and passengers of long distance bus transport to book their tickets without any hindrance. The service is known as 'SLTB Express'. Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation says Sri Lanka Transport Board has made these arrangement for the benefit of the commuters. The commuters can book their tickets through online service available in the web. They can select the location of the seat inside the bus. This will give a comprehensive facility for the commuters and passengers

Another housing scheme for estate workers with the support of Indian government

Another housing scheme will be implemented for the benefit of estate workers with the support of Indian government. Minister of Upcountry, new villages and rural Development P. Digambaran made these remarks after placing foundation stone for the construction of another 80 houses. The Minister further said this project is being implemented under the guidance of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The Minister also stated this housing scheme will be further extended by 2020. The Minister wishes the Prime Minister that Mr. Wickremasinghe will become the leader of this country in 2020. 50 housing units in Agarapathana and 25 houses in Bogawanthalawa will be constructed.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne responds to media reports about a lifting of the ban on glyphosates

According to Minister Rajitha Senarathne, the registrar of pesticides cannot act beyond cabinet decisions to lift the ban on glyphosates. Imposed in 2015 for all crops, the ban was lifted last year with cabinet approval only for tea and rubber. The Minister is responding to media reports that the registrar of pesticides has lifted the ban on all crops.

The government plans to resolve the human-elephant conflict within the next one year

Minister Sarath Fonseka says the human-elephant conflict will be resolved within the next one year. He gave the promise during a visit today to Suriyawewa where threats from elephants are rampant. He was accompanied in the tour by his Deputy Palitha Thewarapperuma. Minister Fonseka also looked into unauthorized cultivations in forest reserves.

The Army assures that it will always prioritize national security concerns

The Army says that it will not resort, under any circumstances, to any decisions that will pose a threat to national security. It assures that it will always prioritize national security concerns. In a statement, the Army urges the peace-loving public not to be misled by unfounded and false media reports about an alleged removal of its camps in the North. It also asks the people to consider its past services, roles and tasks and repose full confidence in the Army.

The statement goes on to say that the Army is prepared round-the-clock to respond to all security requirements. After the war, the Army has thrown its full weight behind the government's national building projects as the prime mover. However, certain opportunistic politicians and media organizations are spreading malicious and false propaganda to inculcate the public with untruth and distortion regarding the ongoing right-sizing of the Army. That right-sizing process has been happening even during the war and does not allow any camp to be closed, but allows the majority of troops to be deployed for emergency disaster needs and nation building tasks.

Certain white-clad politicians are accused of being the kingpins of drug trafficking of yesteryears

Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara says that some of today's white-clad politicians had been the kingpins of drug trafficking of yesteryears. These same politicians had brought underworld figures to the fore. The Minister was speaking today at the Moneragala district phase of the 'Gam Peraliya' programme to renovate the Meedeniya bridge in Wellawaya. He also said law and order are important prerequisites for development. The Minster added that justice or freedom was non-existent and more than 15 journalists were murdered during the previous regime.

The importance highlighted of a clear-cut programme to build confidence in the OMP process

A Commissioner of the Missing Persons Office, Dr. Nimalka Fernando, stresses the importance of a clear-cut programme to build confidence of the parents of the missing persons in the OMP process. She was speaking to the SLBC on the sidelines of an awareness programme in Kilinochchi today. Dr. Fernando said humane solutions had to be given for the social requirements of the targeted segments of the OMP.

The President arrives in Rome to attend the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry

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