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The main objective of the government is to double the export income by 2020 with the support of the GSP plus facility.

Minister Daya Gamage says the main objective of the government is to double the export income by 2020 with the support of the GSP plus facility. The garment sector showed a 50 percent growth when GSP plus facility introduced to the country in 2002. But the European Union banned the GSP plus facility during the time of previous regime due to deteriorating human rights records. However, the present government has taken effective steps to restore GSP plus facility.

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Few residents in Colombo and suburbs were affected due to the heavy rain and windy condition.


Few residents in Colombo and suburbs were affected due to the heavy rain and windy condition. Our provincial correspondent says the Vesak pandol located at Kiribathgoda town was damaged due to heavy rain yesterday. Meanwhile, the Vesak pandol at Maharagama town also damaged due this condition. Traffic congestion was seen in many roads in Colombo district yesterday. The transport was hampered to a certain extent. Grandpass, Dematagoda, Borella, Kirulapona and the places closed to High Level Road were affected. Police Media spokesman's Office stated that there were few incidents of falling trees on the road were recorded on some roads of Colombo district.

Meanwhile, the Media Spokesman of the disaster management centre Pradeep Kodippili says the rescue and clearing operations in Wellawatta where a building collapsed, are being carried out at present. 11 injured persons were admitted to Kalobowila Teaching Hospital and eight were admitted to the National Hospital. A comprehensive investigation is being carried out to find out the cause of the building collapsed.

National War Heroes' day falls tomorrow.

The National War Heroes' Day falls tomorrow. The special ceremony to commemorate the day will be held in front of war hero monument adjacent to parliament complex tomorrow afternoon. Chief invitees are President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The Commanders of Tri Forces, Inspector General of Police and leading officers of the security forces including the relatives of those who sacrificed their lives for our future will also join. A military guard of honour will be conducted to honour the diseased war heroes. Special traffic arrangement is taking place in view of this war heroes' day ceremony in and around Battaramulla area.

The socio economic survey prior to double line railway construction in Keliniweli line begins tomorrow.

The Kelaniweli double line railway construction project of the ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation is to be commenced shortly. Prior to that, the socio economic survey of the project starts tomorrow. An independent private organization conducts the survey. The project officers say that the survey will take about 6 months.

Survey will undertake the area commencing from Colombo fort to Padukka. At present rail commuters travel to Colombo from four different railway lines. During the busy hours about 15,000 railway commuters use Kelaniweli line. Currently, five trains uses the Kelaniweli railway line and the transport ministry hopes to increase it upto 18 trains after the development of double line railway.

The victory over terrorism completes 8 years tomorrow.

The national war heroes commemoration ceremony will be held on Friday evening at the war heroes monument in front of the parliamentary complex in Battaramulla. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe will be the chief guest.

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The Prime Minister says the contribution made by women to the national economies of the south Asian countries is utmost significant.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the contribution made by women to the national economies of the south Asian countries is utmost significant.  There is a tendency of more women coming forward as entrepreneurs in many South Asian countries. Sri Lanka should also study this pattern and follow the policies of these countries.

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Deputy minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says it is a real victory for the government to be able to secure GSP plus concession again.

Deputy minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says it is a real victory for the government to be able to secure GSP plus concession again.  It is also a fulfillment of an election manifesto given by the UNP at the general election 2015.  Regaining of the GSP will be a strong foundation to strengthen the domestic economy and the export sector.

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Sri Lanka is ready for the celebration of United Nations Vesak Day and Summit.

The United Nations Vesak Day will be celebrated in Sri Lanka this year with the participation of Buddhist leaders from around the world. The three day celebration will begin tomorrow in Colombo and the closing ceremony will be held in Kandy. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Nepali President, Bidya Devi Bhandari will participate in Vesak Day celebrations. She is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on the Saturday.
The Indian Prime Minister will grace the opening ceremony, while the closing ceremony will be attended by the Nepali President. There have been 13 such events so far and this is the first time that the UN Vesak Day celebration is being held in Sri Lanka.
The Committee which organizes the UN Vesak Day celebrations has taken into consideration the request and submissions made by the government of Sri Lanka prior to giving the opportunity to the country.
The Ministry of Buddhsasana says all the arrangements have been finalized and we are ready to have the celebrations.

Police Narcotic Bureau apprehends heavy quantity of heroin offshore Chillaw.

Police Narcotics Bureau has apprehended 198 kilograms of Heroin that has been bought in to the country along the sea waters off Chillaw. The police say the quantity values over than 2 billion rupees. When this heroin quantity was taken into custody it had been located in a Defender Jeep. With the heroin quantity, one person also has been taken into custody.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Sri Lanka today.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Sri Lanka today to take part in the 14th UN Vesak day celebrations is due to visit the Gangaramaya Buddharashmi Vesak Zone upon arrival in Colombo. Indian Premier will be here from today till tomorrow. The Indian Premier will be the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of UN Vesak festival and Buddhist forum at the BMICH tomorrow.

President Maithripala Sirisena will host the Indian leader for lunch at the President’s Official Residence in Kandy tomorrow. India Premier is also scheduled to travel to Dickoya tomorrow to open a hospital for estate workers, built with Indian funding. Later Premier Modi will address a public meeting organized by the Tamil Progressive Alliance. Security has been beefed up in Colombo in view of his visit and the presence of foreign dignitaries.

A police spokesman said they have made security arrangements to ensure the peaceful conduct of the international celebrations where thousands of local devotees are also expected to throng Colombo and Kandy, the main venues of the Vesak festivities. The Police Department has deployed over 6,000 police and STF personnel for the task.

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