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The Higher Education Minister requests the university students to continue their education without falling prey to political movements.

Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella requests the university students to continue their education without falling prey to political movements. Political opportunists are attempting to gain political mileage by misleading the students. The SAITM medical college was started by the previous regime.


The president addresses the state leaders’ summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association tomorrow.

President Maithripala Sirisena is attending the Indian Ocean Rim Association Leaders’ Summit in Jakarta. Indonesia, as the current Chair of IORA, is hosting the first ever IORA Leaders’ Summit in Jakarta, under the theme ”Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean”.


Historical Buddhist places in Uva Wellassa will be conserved.

The Buddhist sacred places in Uva Wellassa area will be conserved by the government. Maligawila, Yudaganawa, Buduruwagala, Wellassa and several other areas have been earmarked for the conservation project.


Health Minister requests all private hospitals to hand over data regarding the patients with infectious diseases.

Health Minister, Rajitha Senarathne has requested all private hospitals to hand over data regarding the number of patients with infectious diseases that have been recorded. The information will be sourced via the private health services regulatory council.


Economic Diplomacy Course introduced to the diplomats.

Foreign Ministry and the Department of Commerce to collaborate with Harvard University on Online Economic Diplomacy Course will be held at the Ministry of foreign Affairs tomorrow. Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Harsha de Silva and Harvard University Senior Lecturer Professor Matt Andrews will ceremonially launch the Dynamic Economic Diplomacy Online Course, which is a collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Harvard University’s Center for International Development.


President leaves the island to take part in Indian Ocean Ring Summit taking place in Jakarta Indonesia.

President Maithripala Sirisena left the island this morning, flying to Indonesia to take part in Indian Ocean Ring summit taking place in Jakartha, tomorrow. This summit is considered very important since Indian Ocean Ring leaders 20th conference falls in the same year.

The theme of the summit is making Indian Ocean region a stable, prosperous and peaceful region through a maritime corporation. President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to take part in the inaugural ceremony of the summit and after words deliver a special speech to the visiting leaders. During the visit President will sign special memorandum of understandings between Sri Lanka and Indonesia on fisheries and small and medium scales entrepreneurs

Government is to arrange special training programmes, to make efficient government servants.

The special committee on International Vesak Day Celebration appointed by United Nations has commended Sri Lankan government’s progress in organizing the international event. United Nations has indicated their satisfaction during a special progress review meeting held under the patronage of Minister Vijayadasa Rajapakse.

A ministerial subcommittee assisted by ten ministerial committee of secretaries is also working towards the successful implementation of the programme. President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guests at twelfth of May international Vesak Day celebration to be held at B.M.I.C.H. After the main event Buddhism related subjects of mass communication, economics and education will be discussed by academic seminars at the same location. The concluding ceremony of the event will be held at the sacred temple of Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic in Kandy.

Special government arrangements for the drought affected people with drinking water scarcity.

Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says, that the present drought, has affected 108 secretarial divisions within 16 districts. The number of affected families are amounted exceeding 3.8 million. The government has taken steps to provide them with drinking water 16 districts have been provided with 2360 water bowsers. In addition to this 2800 water tanks, are to be bought. This provision is added with 100 tractor bowsers. Minister explains the necessity using pipe borne and drinking water sparingly.
Pakistan has provided 25,000 metric tons of rice as drought aid. They have agreed to provide more 10,000 metric tons of rice.
Indonesia provided, 5,000 metric tons of rice also as drought aid. At the meantime, India is providing 8 water bowsers.

The President says he is not ready to hear any court case or to submit allegations against the armed forces that is mentioned to be by some non-governmental organizations.


President Maithripala Sirisena says he is not ready to hear any court cases or to submit allegations against the members of the three arm forces that is mentioned by some non-governmental organizations who act on foreign relations. He made the remarks addressing the three armed forces and the police at the Palali Air Force Camp this morning.

The president said he thoroughly rejected the proposal made by United Nations Human Rights Commissioner recently that to hear court cases against the war heroes by bringing foreign judgers. The President has also emphasized that he will appear responsibly on behalf of the war heroes to protect their honor & safety during his tenure period. The President said he is the main security of the war heroes who sacrifice their lives for the freedom of motherland.

Whatever accusations leveled by some non-governmental organizations & political forces who try to obtain narrow political mileage, he will act for the safety of war heroes. He assured that the all duties and responsibilities will be fulfilled safeguarding the sovereignty and independent within the constitution. He pledges to dedicate to provide more training opportunities, technology knowhow and all privileges of the security forces.

The government reiterates that it is committed for the prevention of torture.


The government says that the end objective and aim of it is to prevent and combat torture and the government is committed to taking steps towards this end. In seeking a comprehensive approach to address issues a National Human Rights Action Plan 2017-2021has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in January. This was stated by Sri Lanka's permanent representative to UN Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinghe making the country statement during a Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman Degrading