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The Premier will commence official discussions in Japan today.

Prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and his wife prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe arrived at Narita International Airport in Japan at 5.30 pm of Japanese time . The premier and the entourage were welcomed by special advisor to the prime-minister of Japan Hirotho Yushumi, Sri Lankan ambassador in Japan Prof. Ganganath Dissanayake and Japanese Ambassador of Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma. The official discussions of Prime Minister Wickramasinghe will commence today.

A special discussion to regain GSP plus facility will be held in Brussels next week.

A special discussion to regain GSP plus facility will be held in Brussels on 19th of this month. A special delegation comprising the members of European Union, to find the ground situation in Sri Lanka has arrived in the island yesterday.

The delegation will study the present situation in Sri Lanka including the development, reconciliation and political stability. Thereafter, the delegation will present a report on its observation during the discussion in Brussels. 

The Prime Minister leaves the island commencing a state visit in Japan

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has left the island  this morning to visit Japan. The Prime Minister Wickremesinghe will meet his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during this visit. The Government of Japan has announced that they are looking forward to the visit which they believe will serve to further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka. The Premier will be accompanied by Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe, Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickreme, MP Prof Ashu Marasinghe, and several top officials.

President Maithripala Sirisena made an observation tour in Mahaweli areas today.

President Maithripala Sirisena made an observation tour in Mahaweli areas today. He met the people and the farmers in the Dimbulagala are at the Sorivila Sri Maarimuttu Amman Kovil premises.

The president had made a vow at this kovil in the past drought season requesting rain. After the vow it was raining sufficiently in the Dimbulagala Mahaweli zone enabling the farmers to cultivate over 100,000 acres of paddy lands. According to the traditions the President fulfilled the vow at the Kovil premises.

Maha sangha, people representing all the Mahaweli zones sand veddha people were also present at this event. The president also made a mutual discussion with the people and listened to their grievances and pledged to provide solutions without delay.

The number of nurses is to be increased up to 50,000.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne says the human resources of the health sector will be enhanced in order to provide a quality health service to the people. The shortage of nurses has become the main obstacle in achieving this goal. Therefore the number of nurses is to be increased up to 50,000.

The minister made these remarks at a ceremony held at the President's house today to distribute appointment letters to 1,300 nurses. There are about 6,000 vacancies in the health sector yet to be filled. To provide a quality nursing education a faculty of nursing will be setup at the Sri Jayewardenepura hospital in collaboration with the Colombo University.

Foundation stone for this faculty will be laid in May this year. A sum of 12.5 billion rupees will be spent for this purpose. Overtime allowance of the nurses has been increased by the government in line with the salary increase given to them since January last year. Therefore, they will have a good salary from this month.

The dengue epidemic in the province has been controlled.

Director of Health Services in the Southern Province D. Wijesuriya says the dengue epidemic in the province has been controlled. With the rapid increase in cases and deaths due to dengue and H1N1 influenza, the Health Ministry has issued health warnings for the southern province. According to the Epidemiology Unit, over 3500 cases of dengue have been reported during the last three months from the southern province. There are only 5 cases reported from the province in the first week of this month.

Indian Prime Minister will participate in the United Nations Vesak festival which will be held in Sri Lanka.

The Ministry of Buddha Sasana confirmed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state leaders of five countries will participate in the United Nations Vesak festival which will be held in Sri Lanka. The secretary to the Ministry Chandraprema Gamage says the state leaders of Mongolia and Seychelles are some of the participants.

Representatives form 20 countries will also participate in this international festival. The inaugural ceremony of UN Vesak festival will be held on 12th of May at BMICH. Another special event will take place on the 14th of May at Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

The President says the government has created opportunity for the youth to engage in innovative agriculture.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government has created opportunity for the youth to engage in innovative agriculture instead of conventional mud soaked agriculture. Now they have access to international market for their products through mobile phone and internet. The government provides guidance and there are many institutions to provide the youth farmers with loan facilities.

Therefore, the youth can start a new journey by strengthening the agriculture. The President made these remarks at a ceremony held in Anuradhapura public grounds yesterday to distribute agriculture equipment free of charge to farmer organizations. The president further said that farming community should be equipped with new technology in order to strengthen their economy. Agricultural development is a must for a country to achieve its development goals. Enhancement of local good production is an essential factor for a country to face future food crisis.

The Prime Minister will visit Japan tomorrow.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be visiting Japan from tomorrow to 16th April. The Prime Minister Wickremesinghe will meet his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during his visit. The Government of Japan has announced that they are looking forward to the visit which they believe will serve to further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.

The Premier will be accompanied by Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe, Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickreme, MP Prof Ashu Marasinghe, Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Athaudahetti, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Miss Sandra Perera.

The Dambulla water purification plant will be vested to the public today.

The water purification plant constructed under the first phase of the Greater Dambulla Water Supply Project will be vested to the public today. The opening ceremony will be held closed to the Ibbankatuwa reservoir this morning under the patronage of Minister Rauf Hakeem and State Minister Dr. Sudharshani Fernandopulle.

This purification plant will purified 30,000 cubic meters of water per day. A sum of 10 billion rupees has been estimated for the entire project to provide pure water and surrounding areas. This will provide pure water for over 176,000 people.

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