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'World Malaria Day', falls tomorrow

Acting Minister of Health: Faizal Cassim says, due to tourist arrivals in the country, the risk of the spread of Malaria is high. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today to mark 'World Malaria Day' which falls tomorrow, he revealed, a mosquito capable of spreading Malaria was discovered in the Northern Province. He points out, it projects the risk for the spread of the disease.

Also speaking at the media briefing, Director General of Health Services: Dr. Anil Jaasinghe said, due to tourist arrivals from countries where Malaria is prevalent, around 50 Malaria patients are reported every year. Therefore, tests are carried out on all visitors and a programme is to be formulated to provide treatment free-of-charge for them.

Sri Lanka was declared as a Malaria-Free Country in 2016.

The anti-Malaria website was also launched today.

e-Learning Programmes in 20 locations across Sri Lanka.

The United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka has partnered with the National Youth Services Council, Cisco and Citi to conduct e-learning programmes in 20 locations across Sri Lanka.

e-Learning is a powerful tool that has the potential to connect the youth of Sri Lanka to up-to-date learning material, to equip youth with the right tools to contribute to the sustainable development of the country. This innovative mode of learning will also support in developing the entrepreneurial skills of youth, thus providing them with the ability to positively contribute towards the economy.

The e-Learning programme will engage approximately 1000 youth through the National Youth Services Council network island-wide, who will have an opportunity to the Cisco e-Learning Course on Entrepreneurship. The programme will run as a two-day workshop engaging 50 participants at each youth centre. Furthermore, 40 best performers from this pool of participants, assessed at the end of the session, will be given an opportunity to engage with the youth centre instructors, as 'Volunteer Instructor Assistants'. This is in order to expand this initiative further, to other young people within the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena will make a policy statement address to the Parliament on the 8th of May.

President Maithripala Sirisena will make a policy statement address to the Parliament on the 8th of May. A Party Leaders’ Meeting will be held on May 2 to discuss arrangements for the inaugural ceremony of Parliament on May 8 and the Parliamentary business thereafter, Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dassanayake said. Speaking to the media yesterday, he said it will be an informal meeting of the Party Leaders convened by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as the Parliamentary Business Committee stands dissolved following the prorogation of Parliament.

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Minister Sajith Premadasa emphasizes the importance of solving the problems of common masses in the country.

Minister Sajith Premadasa emphasized the importance of solving the problems of common masses in the country. The politicians should focus on solving the people's problem first, he added. The Minister made these remarks at a function held yesterday to declare open the model housing village at Anuradhapura Ipalogama, Swasthigama. The village has 25 housing units. A sum of 26.3 million rupees has been spent on this project.

Another discussion between the President and the Prime Minister is scheduled to be held today to discuss the matters on proposed cabinet reshuffle.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said another discussion between the President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, is scheduled to be held today to discuss the matters on proposed cabinet reshuffle. Deputy General Secretary of the UNP: Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam disclosed this, speaking at the Japan Expo 2018 Exhibition, at the BMICH yesterday.

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The Government Information Department stresses it is only customary that the President makes a speech at the inaugural session of parliament

A new session of the House is due to commence on May 08th after President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued parliament on April 12th. The Government Information Department refutes as false and misleading the reports in certain media that the government,

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The President says a country's customs and traditions are more important than the law

President Maithripala Sirisena says a country finds its customs and traditions to be more important than the law. He was speaking as the chief guest at the annual Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival in London yesterday. The President commended the contributions being made by Sri Lankan communities abroad towards giving the pride of place to their motherland in the global arena.

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The second term of government schools commences today

The second term of government schools commences today. Muslim schools began their second term on April 18th.

The Education Ministry has instructed principals to carry out programmes to promote religious reconciliation among the children during a Vesak week that begins on April 26th.

The UNP and the SLFP discuss forming a new government

According to Deputy Minister J.C. Alawathuwala, the UNP and the SLFP will join together again to form a new government soon. He also says the discussions between the President and the Prime Minister will decide a new cabinet. The Deputy Minister adds the new ministers will be appointed scientifically.

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The UNP expects to agree on the composition of its new office bearers by April 26th

The UNP expects to reach agreement on the composition of its new office bearers by April 26th when the party's working committee meets to take a decision. State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says a committee appointed to oversee the task could agree on the appointments by that date