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The Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Ministry, signs an MoU with Microsoft

Today is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. The main objective of this day is to focus upon providing the opportunity for everyone to be able to use artificial intelligence.

Issuing a release to mark this day President Maithripala Sirisena points out, objectives in the path of sustainable development are more attainable when avenues of utilizing artificial intelligence are pursued.

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Fertilizer to be produced locally by the first quarter of next year

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says, fertilizer will be produced locally by the first quarter of next year. A Committee of Experts has been appointed to carry out this task through the Eppawala Phosphate Deposits. Secretary to the State Ministry of Agriculture: D V Bandulasena heads the committee.

Private bus strike called off. 12.5 percent hike accepted. Minimum bus fare is 12 rupees.


Following the discussions with Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva this evening, the All Ceylon Private Bus Association decided to cancel its scheduled strike, which was scheduled to start midnight last night. Speaking to the media, ACPBA Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said the bus associations had agreed to Minister’s decision on amending the bus fare by 12 percent with the minimum fare being 12 rupees with the effect from May 22 midnight. Earlier, the bus associations announced that they would go on a countrywide bus strike from midnight yesterday demanding minimum fare of 15 and 15 percent hike. While holding a media briefing this evening at Narahenpita, the bus associations said they would not stop the strike until the Government reconsidered increasing the minimum fare.

However, a meeting with the Transport Deputy Minister Asoka Abeysinghe failed. During the meeting, the Minister had requested the bus associations to wait until next Tuesday for a final decision.

However, following a meeting with the Transport Minister later bus associations decided to cancel the planned strike.

The appeal court has issued a notice to the ruling party of the Maharagama municipal council and the election commissioner to appear in courts on the 28th of June.

The appeal court has issued a notice to the ruling party of the Maharagama municipal council and the election commissioner to appear in courts on the 28th of June with regard to a writ application filed against them by one Mr.Chandrasena Perera. The plaintiff says, that the ruling party of the Maharagama Municipal Council has contested the local government election in Maharagama violating the basic rules of the local government election. Out of the 25 members of the ruling party 23 members are not residents of Maharagama. They are from Divulapitiya and Wellwatte areas. They contested the local government election for Maharagama Municipal council as an independent group under the symbol of Bi-cycle. The plaintiff points out that they have misled the voters of the Maharagama Municipal Council area by contesting without basic qualifications.  The appeal court postponed the case upto 28th of June this year.

Samurdhi benefits for another 200,000 people.

Minister P. Harison stated the government has taken effective measures to eliminate poverty. Accordingly, the government decides to provide Samurdhi benefits to anoterh 200,000 people from the low income group.

Minister P. Harison says Samurdhi officials should be empowered in order to provide better service to Samurdhi recipients. Therefore, the government has given priority to solve the problems of samurdhi officials soon. Minister Harison said that the government has targeted to grant samurdhi benefits to all suitable.

A ceremony to provide monthly allowances to artists held yesterday at the National Film Corporation under the patronage of the President

A ceremony to provide monthly allowances to artists was held yesterday at the National Film Corporation under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. A monthly allowance of 5,000 rupees will be provided to senior artists who have contributed to the betterment of the Sri Lankan Cinema. This program was initiated in 1987 with an allowance of 500 rupees. Later the amount was increased to 2,000 rupees and 57 artists received it.

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The Premier points out the need to introduce ultra-modern technology that is used worldwide in agriculture, to the country

The Agayadama - Value Chain Development Programme launched by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Primary Industries commenced yesterday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony. Speaking at the event the Premier pointed out the need to introduce ultra-modern technology that is used worldwide in agriculture to the country.

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Bus fares increase by 6.5 percent. The minimum fare remains the same

Cabinet approval has been granted for an increase in bus fares by 6.5 percent. The increase will take effect from today.

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The government has allocated 4 billion rupees to grant fuel concession for the fishermen

The discussion held between the Ministry of Aquatic Resources Development and the members of fisheries associations regarding the preparation of a program to ease the burden due to the increase of fuel prices, ended in a mutual agreement yesterday.

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Grama Niladhari Vacancies to be filled in the coming weeks

The Ministry of Home Affairs says, Grama Niladhari Vacancies will be filled in the coming weeks. Around 2,000 vacancies are to be filled from the existing 14,022 Grama Niladhari Divisions. An exam was held in the year 2016 to to fulfill these vacancies. Interviews in this regard were held last year. 1739 qualified applicants have been selected by the Department of Examinations. The list of selected candidates was forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs.  Accordingly, the appointments will be given to those selected within the next few weeks.