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The 2nd session of 8th parliament will commence on the 8th of May.

The 2nd session of 8th parliament will commence on the 8th of May. The first session commenced on 2nd September 2015. This session was terminated through a special gazette notification issued by the President on the 12th of April 2018. The gazette notification also highlighted the date of commencement of 2nd parliamentary session which is scheduled to commence on the 8th of May.

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A new map of Sri Lanka, with many changes included, will be released at the end of next month.

A new map of Sri Lanka, with many changes included, will be released at the end of next month. Surveyor General: P.N.P. Udayakantha says, the collating of data for this purpose has already been completed. Due to the construction of the Port City and several geological changes in other areas island-wide, a decision was taken to re-draw the map. The Survey General added, the newly prepared maps will be sent for printing soon.

The President arrives in London

President Maithripala Sirisena reached London this morning (April 16) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. He was received by the Commonwealth officials and Sri Lanka High Commission staff. A Sri Lakan child offered beetle leaves to receive the President in accordance with the traditional custom. A girl offered a boquet to Madam Jayanthi Sirisena.

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A total of 379 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo during the last two days.

Deputy Director General of Colombo National Hospital Dr. Kumara Wickramasinghe says a total of 379 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo during the last two days. He said the number of accidents reported during the New Year had decreased by Three Percent in comparison to the same time last year. Meanwhile, 56 had been admitted during the period due to other violent incidents. Six incidents related to firecracker accidents were reported last year but only one incident had been reported this year.

The oil anointing state festival will be held in Attanagalla tomorrow

 

The national oil anointing ceremony will take place tomorrow at 10.16 am at Attanagalla Purana Raja Maha Viharaya, under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

The ceremony is jointly organized by the Health Ministry, Indigenous Medicine Ministry and the Department of Ayurveda. Oil anointing ceremonies have also been organized at rural level by the Ayurvedic Department.

The main objective of the festival is to promote health and to wish the people a long life.

14,200 houses will be constructed at grama sewa division levels

The government has started a programme to construct housing each grama sewa division. Accordingly, 14,200 houses will be constructed for the homeless families island wide. The programme was launched at the Thissamaharama divisional secretariat area recently under the patronage of Minister Sajith Premadasa. Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority L.S. Palansuriya says that this housing construction programme will be carried out with the labour contribution of housing beneficiaries.

Special bus services are available for the people who visited their village areas to come back to Colombo

Deputy General Manager of the Sri Lanka Transport Board P.T.R. Chandrasiri says adequate buses have been deployed for the people who visited their village areas to come back to Colombo. About 5,400 buses will operate from today to the 25th of this month. More buses will be deployed according to the need arisen in the coming days.

Water levels of the hydro power generating reservoirs are rising due to heavy rain

The Ministry of Power and Energy says water level of the power generating reservoirs have gone up at present due to rain experiencing in the catchment areas. Media spokesman to the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardane told to the SLBC that power supply can be continue in future without any disruption.

The President is due to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which begins on Monday.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to leave the island to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. CHOGM - 2018 is due to commence in London on Monday. The theme for this year is ‘Towards a Common Future’. The last summit was held in Malta. President Sirisena who will be on a 5 day tour of Britain will hold bilateral discussions with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Additional bus and train services that have been put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the festive season, will continue to function.

Additional train services that have been put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the festive season, are functional. Seven special trains were deployed today.
Tomorrow, at 7.20pm, a train with an air condition compartment will leave the Colombo Fort railway Station bound for Bandarawela. Special trains will also be operational at 2.55pm from Maradana to Matara and at 8.00pm from Jaffna to Colombo Fort.

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