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Parliament condoles the demise of late former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayake.

The parliament express its condolences at the demise of former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake.  During the session speaking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that late Rathnasiri Wickremanayake had been an independent and impartial ideologist.  He was not of grave anger of revenge and also was not vindictive.  Mr. Wickremanayake flourished the polity of Sri Lanka.  


UNHRC adopts resolution on Sri Lanka extending time by two years.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the draft resolution on Sri Lanka without vote.

The resolution gives Sri Lanka a two-year extension on Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the United States and four other countries and adopted by the UNHRC in October 2015. Forty countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Macedonia and Montenegro sponsored the Resolution giving Sri Lanka a two-year extension to fulfill obligation relating to reconciliation and accountability.The Minister says Sri Lanka will engage and work with all stakeholders to uphold human rights, establish rule of law, end impunity, strengthen democracy and good governance, and create the stability and peace required in the country for the prosperity of all the people.


State Defence Minister holds talks with Malaysian Defence Minister.

State Minister Ruwan Wijewardena joined in the Lima 2017 Exhibition considered to be the largest Naval Aerospace Exhibition in Southeast Asia to be organized in Malaysia at the invitation of the Malaysian Government. Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunatilake also joined in the occasion.


The President makes floral tribute to the monument of Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

President Maithripala Sirisena today visited the popular monument of Unknown Soldier in Moscow and maid floral tribute to it. This monument has been erected at the Alexander garden in the red square in Moscow to mark the Soviet soldiers who sacrifice their lives during the Second World War. President Sirisena was warmly accepted by the army commander in Moscow at the red square. Special guard of honor was also accorded in respect of the Sri Lankan leader.

New constitution will provide solution for delay of court cases.

Several special orders under the criminal court were taken up for debate in the parliament today. Opening the debate minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapakse said these special orders have been introduce to strengthen the rights of civil society. The government is committed to mete justice to people. The government will never introduce any mechanism detrimental to the constitution. No foreign judges will be called for any judicial affairs in the country.

The government will be committed to safeguard the independence and sovereignty in the country. Sri Lanka has entered in to the path of national reconciliation. All parties have been invited to prepare a new constitution. However a small group is attempting to gain political mileage by disrupting this process.

Minister Rajapakse stress that powers will be decentralized within the framework of unitary constitution. Buddhism will be given the proper place.

The minister added that the new constitution will provide solution for delay of court cases. A cabinet paper has been presented to increase the number of Supreme Court judges from 11 to 15. Measures have been taken to introduce a justifiable salary system for judges.

Joining the debate parliamentarian Vijitha Hearth says that the government should intervene to strengthen and accelerate the services of the judicial service commission.

President Maithripala Sirisena will hold official discussions with his Russian Counterpart in Moscow today.

Today is the 2nd day of the President Maithripala Sirisena's official visit in Russia. The presidents of the 2 countries will meet at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow this afternoon.


Construction of the Kadawatha-Nittambuwa segment of the Kandy road will be completed by the end of this year.

The  Department of Highways says that the development work of Kadawata-Nittambuwa segment of the Colombo-Kandy road will be completed within this year.The 23 kilo meter segment will be developed in 4 lanes at a cost of 6.9 billion rupees.


President Maithripala Sirisena landed in Moscow International airport this afternoon.

President Maithripala Sirisena landed in Moscow International airport this afternoon. The President Sirisena commenced an official visit to Russia today on invitation of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. A delegation headed by Russian foreign affairs deputy minister welcomed President Maithripala Sirisena this afternoon.

 A special discussion between the leaders of the two nations is scheduled to be held tomorrow in Moscow Kremlin auditorium.  President Maithripala Sirisena is also scheduled to participate in a special function to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and Russia.  This is the first time a Sri Lankan leader visits Russia upto 43 years.  Many MOUs relating to fishing and aquatic resources, science and technology and trade will be established during this visit.

The government decides to enter into a sponsorship agreement with Chinese government to develop the Hambantota port.

The government decides to enter into a sponsorship agreement with Chinese government to develop the Hambantota port.   Accordingly, a MOU will be established between Sri Lankan government and Waika Merchant Port Holdings Company owned by Chinese government.  A cabinet subcommittee is appointed to monitor the process.

 Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama will be the chairman of the committee.  Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke revealed these information at a media conference held in Colombo to brief the cabinet decisions. He further said the proposed Hambantota development plan will be implemented in three phases.  It is expected to develop the infrastructure of the Port during the first phase of the development.

The national Shramasakthi programme to alleviate poverty has been implemented.

The national Shramasakthi programme to alleviate poverty has been implemented. The main  objective of this programme is to eliminate the poverty from each divisional secretariat area.  This year has been declared as the year to alleviate poverty. Accordingly, Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke said one million rupees will be provided to each village to focus on this matter.

 In 2011 the poverty level was at 6.7 percent.  Meanwhile, the poverty level at each divisional secretariat area was recorded as 10 to 45 percent.   A special society will be established with the participation of 80 percent of the families from 700 grama Niladari areas.  Training will also be provided to these members. The main objective of this programme is to empower the members of the families to find effective ways to alleviate poverty.

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