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President points out the government's initiative to create a "alcohol free nation" brought fruitful results.

President points out the government's initiative to create a "alcohol free nation" brought fruitful results. The program is carried out with the sole aim to eliminate drug and alcohol menace from the youth population. This is done for the benefit of the future generation.

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Health Minister points out the elements which were afraid of "Maha Raja" during the previous regime have come out now to exhibit various protests against the government.

Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne says he will not bow down to the pressure exerted by Government Medical Officers Association. Minister alleged that the leader of this Association was behind the campaign to bring the former President to the power. The GMOA is trying to create a chaotic situation using the SAITM issue.

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SLFP expects to bring around 100,000 youth to the May Day rally this year.


The education activities of the SLFP's political academy will commence on the 7th of May. The leader of the SLFP youth front Shantha Bandara says large no of applications have been received so far. Mr Bandara made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo today. Accordingly, another set of interviews will be conducted on 29th of this month.

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JVP ridicules that 40,000 buses required for the joint opposition May Day rally are not available in the country.

JVP will organize the mayday rally at BRC grounds as usual. The JVP leader parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake says, the main objective of this year's May Day rally is to educate the public on the current situation of the country. JVP leader made these remarks at a media conference held at the party headquarters in Battaramulla today. Meanwhile, the joint opposition said it will bring around 2 million people for the mayday rally. For that, it needs about 40000 buses. But JVP stated that 40,000 buses are not available in the country.

Kuwait Fund provides additional concessional loan for Kalu Ganga Development Project.

Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development provides additional concessional loan of 16.5 million US dollars for Kalu Ganga Development Project. The Kaluganga Development Project is currently being implemented by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the financial assistance of Saudi Fund for Development, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and OPEC Fund for International Development.

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The Kandy magistrate ordered the police, to further remand the 15 suspects of ragging incident in Paredeniya University.

The Kandy magistrate today ordered the police, to further remand the 15 suspects of ragging incident in Paredeniya University till 24th of this month. The suspects have taken 8 junior students of Agriculture faculty to an outside area and ragged them in an inhuman manner. The junior students were subject to many cruelties including keeping them naked and physical assaults. The magistrate rejected the bail plea of the suspects.

The table of New Year's auspicious times was handed over to the president.

This year's table of New Year auspicious times was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena at his official residence this morning. The Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Mr. S.B Navinna and the secretary of the ministry D. Swarnapala following traditional customs presented the auspicious time table to the president. Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Isura Devapriya, the chief minister of Western Province were also present at this occasion.

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Adequate transport services have been arranged for the people who visits their native places for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Transport authorities say that adequate transport services have been arranged for the people who visit their native places for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The national transport commission says additional SLTB and private buses have been deployed from Pettah central bus stand and other suburban towns to rural areas.

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Compensation to the farmers for the damages of crops during the drought season will be paid from today.

Sydney Gajanayake the chairman of Agricultural Insurance Board says that the farmers who lost their harvest due to drought can obtain their compensation after one o' clock this afternoon. The entire amount of compensation for the farmers of 11 districts have been diverted to the relevant banks from last Friday.

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SLFP has appointed district and electoral organizers for the Kurunegala district.

Three new district organizers and new four electoral organizers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in Kurunegala district have been appointed. They received their letter of appointments this morning at the president's official residence in Colombo.

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