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Meters for three wheelers mandatory from next Friday.

Meters are compulsory for the three wheelers that transport passengers, from next Friday. Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety Dr. Sisira Kodagoda says that this decision has been taken in the best interest of the passengers, and to upgrade the quality of the three wheeler service.

The government is focused upon several amendments in the circular pertaining to admitting students to grade one classes.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed all relevant officials to provide information to the public, with full transparency, when admitting students to Grade One classes. He gave this instruction at a Progress Evaluation Meeting of the Ministry of Education, held recently. Lengthy discussions took place regarding the circular and the procedure in admitting students to Grade One Classes in 2019.

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Parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma says the present government has been able to change the existing political culture in the island.

Parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma says the present government has been able to change the existing political culture in the island.  The tradition that the two major parties ruling the country from time to time has been changed and the two parties joined together to form this government. It is not surprising that the new system faces many challenges in implementing this novel system. Participating in a programme over this SLBC this morning,

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The University non academic staff return to duties

The university authorities say that the university non academic staff has returned to work from today. They added that the activities of the universities will be functioned at full scale with the help of the non academic staff as soon as possible. Dean of the medical faculty of the University of Kelaniya Professor Mrs. Nilanthi de Silva stated that the lectures will be continued even on Saturdays and Sundays to cover up the delayed lectures.

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The national identity card number will be used as the member identity number of the employees provident fund.

The department of Labour has decided to use the national identity card number as the member identity number of the employees provident fund.  Accordingly, the computer data of the EPF members of the semi government and private institutions are being updated at present. 

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The President will address the CHOGM 2018 on Thursday.

President Maithripala Sirisena reached London last morning to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. He will address CHOGM 2018, on Thursday. The theme for this year is ‘Towards a Common Future’, and special attention will be given to the areas of prosperity, security, fairness and sustainability, to achieve goals of Commonwealth countries.

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The special railway services deployed during festive season is still in operation.

The Sri Lanka Railways has announced, additional train services that were put into operation for the convenience of passengers during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, will function today as well. Thereby, two trains with air conditioned compartments will leave Maradana bound for Galle at 9.20am and 11.50am, today.  At 1.05pm and 5.55pm trains will leave Galle bound for Colombo Fort.

A special price formula to the fuel prices in par with the oil prices of World Market.

The Treasury has decided to devise a special price formula to the fuel prices in par with the oil prices of World Market. The price formula will be simplified with the aim of providing relief to the common masses. The Treasury has taken this decision due to the oil price increase in the world Market.

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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.