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Steps to be taken to pay salaries and allowances that are in arrears for employees of the Fisheries Corporation, within the next month.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says, steps will be taken to pay salaries and allowances that are in arrears for employees of the Fisheries Corporation, within the next month. A sum of 168 million rupees will be set aside for this purpose. The Minister asserts, the Fisheries Corporation has now become a profit making entity.

The Minister pointed out, the Corporation has taken measures to provide employees with bonuses for the first time, during the Sinhala Avurudu Season. The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation, a government-owned institution, which was scheduled to be closed down due to mismanagement during the previous government, is currently earning profits under a new management.

Accordingly, the Corporation was able to earn a profit of 36 million rupees for the first time, last year. The state-owned corporation is currently undergoing restructuring, and functioning smoothly under an orderly programme.

A high demand for military personnel from Sri Lanka, for International Peace Keeping Operations

Army Commander: Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says, the demand for military personnel from Sri Lanka, for international peace keeping operations, is high, owing to their expertise in launching the largest humanitarian mission during the country's civil war.


Therefore, in keeping with its Commander's objective of elevating the organization to match with international and modern-day standards, The Sri Lanka Army has raised its newest 'Directorate for Overseas Operations', named as: 'The Saama Medura'. This is with the intention of identifying competent and disciplined personnel to be deployed on international peace keeping missions.

The Director General of Government Information says, the prorogation of Parliament has no negative impact on the functioning and operation of the Government.

Director General of Government Information: Attorney- at-Law Sudarshana Gunawardana, issuing a statement states, the prorogation of Parliament has no negative impact on the functioning and operation of the Government. The Parliament was prorogued by Gazette notification, with effect from Thursday the 12th of April 2018. “The prorogation, is the period between the end of a Parliament session and the opening of the next Parliament session.”

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka in a media release said, there will not be any disturbance to Central Bank transactions, due to the prorogation of Parliament. The government's monetary transactions will not be affected due to this decision. The Central Bank will not face any problem with regard to monetary management during the period from the conclusion of the last Parliamentary session, upto the re-commencement of sessions in May.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at the auspicious time 8.13 this morning.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 8.13 this morning with the Sun crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries, in the celestial sphere. Preparing meals for the New Year should begin at 10.40 this morning, clad in blue-coloured attire and facing the north. The partaking of meals and engaging in transactions is set for 11.53 am, clad in blue and facing the north.

President Maithripala Sirisena will attend to New Year rituals at his official residence at Mahagamasekera Mawatha in Colombo today. People are invited to exchange New Year wishes.

The SLBC will air the 'Rata Wata Avurudu Programme' from 8.00 AM to 12.30 PM over Sinhala National Service and all Regional Services, today. The live broadcast will be carried from the personal residence of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, and Akuressa, Thalawa, Nuwara Eliya and Kurunegala areas. The Bank of Ceylon sponsors this programme for the 28th consecutive year.

President’s message for Sinhala and Hindu New Year


The evolution of human civilization has taken place from era to era enriching the people as cultured entities. The unique cultural events celebrated by various people around the world indicate the affinity and utmost dedication towards their traditional heritages.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year showcases the traditional riches of the Eastern people.

'Aluth Avurudda' is indeed an introduction of a new human with a new vision and a new attitude to the society. By conforming a study of oneself during the transitional time of the inauspicious period, this advanced person performs New Year rituals, enters the society as a close relative carrying the message of peaceful co-existence and social reconciliation.

The New Year binds with the traditional customs which blooms inter relations and family relationships and showers the human thoughts with refreshing fragrance which flows to the future with our deep understanding and respect we have for the traditions of the New Year.

By deeply studying this glorious cultural event, which harvests progressive values and ethics to the whole society and celebrating it, we can surely collect a bountiful harvest of peace and prosperity.

Another invaluable aspect of New Year celebrations is that they depict the lively bond which the humans share historically with the nature and how this occasion is utilized to express gratitude to the nature, thus exhibiting the great virtues of our ancestors that carried forth for generations.

Sharing such great values with everybody, I wish all the Sri Lankans who are living in the country and outside a Sinhala and Tamil New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

Prime Minister's message for Sinhala and Hindu New Year


The dawn of spring brings the flourish of nature and nourishes the human spirit as we meditate on the ideas of cooperation, forgiveness and empathy for all life.


Sinhala and Tamil New Year is the foremost national festivity celebrated across the country in the splendour of spring. It provides the ideal setting to deepen relationships with each other and share our rich cultural heritage.


This New Year we will celebrate with our traditional customs to convey their importance to the next generation. This will ensure future generations are proud of our traditions and our nation.


I wish all Sri Lankans a joyful Sinhala and Tamil New Year that inspires our commitment in achieving sustained peace and prosperity!

New Year Rituals of Kataragama Devalaya will commence tonight.

New Year Rituals of Historic Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya will commence tonight. After the dawn of the New Year the Maha Devalaya will be open at the auspicious time this evening for the devotees. After the New Year rituals the annual budget of the Devalaya will be presented. Then the first offering will be made to the God Kataragama.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 8.13am on the 14th of April, with the Sun crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries, in the celestial sphere.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 8.13am on the 14th of April, with the Sun crossing over from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries, in the celestial sphere. The 'Nonagathaya' begins tomorrow at 1.49am and will last until 2.37pm. Preparing meals for the New Year should begin at 10.40am, clad in blue-coloured attire and facing the north. The partaking of meals and engaging in transactions is set for 11.53am, clad in blue and facing the north.

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The United Nations Office in Geneva pledges its continuous support for the success of projects launched with its mediation.

A.L.A Azeez who was appointed as Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva presented his credentials its Director-General: Michael Moller yesterday. The newly appointed representative was briefed on many projects launched with the intervention of the UN Office in Geneva.

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The National Book Development Council of Sri Lanka will be re-established.

The National Book Development Council of Sri Lanka will be re-established. Cabinet approval has been received for a proposal put forward in this regard, by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. The Ministry of Finance will provide the necessary funding. The National Book Development Council, which was under the Ministry of Education at one time, provided a considerable service to writers, publishers and book lovers.

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