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Minister Kabir Hashim says UNP is ready to bring a true political and social change to the country.


General Secretary of the UNP Minister Kabir Hashim says that his party is ready to bring about a true political and social change to the country and it will be depicted by this times May Day Rally to be held in Campbell Park tomorrow. He made these comments addressing a media briefing at party headquarters Sirikotha this morning. In recent past May Day had been used to show the strength of political parties, but not the strength of the working class. Minister Kabir Hashim said that United National Party is dedicated to change this scenario.

The 106th birth anniversary of the late Hikkaduwe Sumangala Nayaka thera was commemorated .


The 106th birth anniversary of the pioneer leader of Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka late Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera falls today. A commemoration ceremony to mark this occasion was held at the Vidyodaya Pirivena in Maligakanda this evening. Joining the ceremony as the chief guest Minister Gayantha said the late prelate Sri Sumangala Nayaka thera had rendered a unique service for the well being of the Buddha Sasana on the Sri Lankan society. The Maligakanda Vidyodaya Pirivena was also established by the Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera. Making an anusasana Anunayake of the Kotte chapter venerable Prof. Kotapitiye rahula thera said late Sumangala Nayaka thera has set many exaples for both Sangha and laymen society.

The European Union votes to allow Sri Lanka regain GSP+

The European Union Parliament voted to allow Sri Lanka regain GSP+ concession. When the motion to deny granting Sri Lanka GSP+ concession was taken up, 436 voted against, while 119 voted in favour while 22 were absent. Sri Lanka lost trade facility GSP+ in 2010 after mounting human rights abuses allegation during the end of the war.

The President invites leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to investment in Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena invited leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore possibilities of expanding investment and trade and look for the potential of new trade opportunities in Sri Lanka. He stated this when the CEO of Malaysia’s petrochemical giant, Petronas,

Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin called on him with a delegation at the Presidential Secretariat. The CEO of Petronas, the only Malaysian company to be listed in the Fortune 500, said that his company has business interests and joint projects in more than 30 countries, said that he would explore the possibility of long-term business with Sri Lanka. He said,

although there were several instances of supply of petroleum products to Sri Lanka by the Petronas, the company is yet to enter into a long term arrangement. President Sirisena said that the current political stability and peaceful atmosphere is conducive for foreign investments and said the government would welcome established companies like Petronas to invest in Sri Lanka.

Datuk Wan Ariffin said that he was highly impressed with what Sri Lanka could offer for business and thanked the President for giving him an opportunity to meet him and discuss these issues. The delegation will also meet Ministers of Petroleum and Power and Energy. Malaysian High Commissioner Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah also participated in the discussion.

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.



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