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The President instructs the public utility commission to accelerate the long term power generation plan.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the officials of the public utility commission to accelerate the long term power generation plan which is scheduled from 2018 to 2037. At a discussion held at the presidential secretariat today the President said that the Ceylon electricity board has already prepared the long term power supply plan and submitted to the cabinet for approval. The President stressed the need to implement this without delay by solving any problem in this regard.  The President also pointed out the need to take humanitarian decision in solving the problems of the public without harassing them.  The President requests the electricity engineers to not to take trade union action to meet their demand and always take negotiable means.

The President felicitates the players who showed their talents at the commonwealth games.


A ceremony to felicitate the players who showed their talents and bagged medals for the country at the commonwealth games in Australia was held at the president's secretariat today under patronage of the President. The President expressed his heart felt thanks to these players and pledged the utmost support of the government for their future activities.

Wesak week begins tomorrow.


The Wesak week begins tomorrow. The state Wesak festival will be held in Devagiri Rajamaha Vihara temple in Bingiriya on Poya day. Many religious programmes have been organized in temples and Buddhsit centers, schools and government institutions island wide during this week. Sil campaigns have also been organized in the Temples during this week. Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrema Prera took part in a ceremony to offer the titles of justice of peace today. He said that all should provide priority to Buddhist policies for spiritual development than conducting materialistic programme.

The SLFP May Day rally will be held in Batticaloa

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that the May rally of SLFP will be held on 07th May in Batticaloa. The SLFP Central Committee has taken this decision during the meeting headed by the President Maithreepala Sirisena, yesterday. And also a ceremony to felicitate the services rendered by late SLFP stalwarts such as T.B.Ilangarathna and Alew Maulana will be held in BMICH Colombo on 1st of May.

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UNP Parliamentarian Wijayapala Hettiarachchi says that the current government has been able to meet the public needs facing all the challenges.

Galle District UNP Parliamentarian Wijayapala Hettiarachchi says that the current government has been able to meet the public needs facing all the challenges. The government has been able to reduce the prices of essential food items and increase salaries of the government employees.

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Sri Lanka has exported over 58,000 metric tons of fish during the past 21 months after the EU lifted the ban

Sri Lanka has exported over 58,000 metric tons of fish during the past 21 months after the EU lifted the ban on Sri Lankan fish exports. The country has earned an income of over 92 billion rupees. The number of fish processing industries in the country has increased upto 68 . During the EU ban there were only 34 industries. Tuna, Prawns, Lobsters and Crabs the most popular Sri Lankan variety of exports.

The Election Commissioner says that delaying the provincial council election is not good.

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says that delaying the provincial council election is not good. It is the responsibility of all the peoples representatives to hold the provincial council election on the due date. The Election Commissioner Made these remarks while participating in a press briefing held in Colombo this evening.

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5432 Management Assistants will be recruited to the government service by the 15th of next month.

Ministry of Public Administration and Management says that 5432 Management Assistants will be recruited to the government service by the 15th of next month. 1377 officers will be recruited under the limited category and 4055 officers will be recruited under the open category. There were 6139 Management Assistant vacancies in the Public Administration sector at the end of last year

No decision has been taken to increase the prices of fuel

Secretary to the ministry of petroleum resources development Upali Marasinghe says that no decision has been taken to increase the prices of fuel.  Although a monthly long discussion was held in this connection, the government has not taken any decision as it may cause additional burden for the public. 

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Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the government has taken maximum measures to implement law and order in the country and curb the drug menace.

Minister of Law and Order: Ranjith Maddumabandara says, the government has taken maximum measures to implement law and order in the country and curb the drug menace. He was speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, together with the IGP.
It has been observed that drugs enter the country from various points along the Southern and Western coast and even through the harbour. The Police are taking all measures to obstruct this trend. It was also revealed that a special programme is now underway to prevent organized crimes and apprehend those connected to such criminal acts. At the media briefing, it was pointed out that legal action has been instituted pertaining to 26 cases of large scale fraud and corruption.

It was also emphasized that the restructuring of the police service will continue. A special discussion in this regard will be held on the 11th of next month.