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Holy Week of the Christians begins.

Holy Week of the Christians begins today. They commemorate the crucifixion, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ during the Holy Week. This is the period just before Easter Sunday and includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

The week follows the 40 days of lent observed to meditate on the Word of God and practise self-control. The 40 days of lent is observed to recall Jesus’ time in the wilderness where he was tempted thrice by Satan and the subjugation of the evil one and temptations through the Scriptures. Holy Week also marks the period commemorating the betrayal and death of Christ on the Cross.

The President says that, the government has taken every possible step for the development of farmers and the agri-economy in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that, the government has taken every possible step for the development of farmers and agri-economy in the country. The government during the last 2 years  has taken many important decisions for the benefit of the farming community.

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The Prime Minister will engage in a tour in Japan next week.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit Japan from April 10 – 16, the Prime Minister’s Office informed. He is expected to meet Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit, as well other dignitaries.
A group of parliamentarians, including ministers Dr.Sazrath Amunugama and Malik Samazraweera will accompany the prime minister. The Japanese government says that the prime minister's visit to Japan will lead to further strengthening of bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries.

The importers of food items assures sufficient stocks are available

The Importers' Association of Essential food items ensures that there would  not be any  problem of essential food item during the festive season as  adequate stocks are available. The prices of these items are at a lower level when compare with the last week. Media spokesman of the association Hemaka Fernando said that arrangements have been made to distribute essential food through a net work of 250 traders island wide

The Railway Department said that 24 special train services are operative till 17th of this month

The Railway Department said that 24 special train services are operative till 17th of this month for the convenience of the commuters. These services,  commenced yesterday from Maradana and Colombo Fort railway stations, will be conducted to Veyangoda,Mahawa,Anuradhapura, Bandarawela ,Kalutara south, Galle and Matara. Additional compartments have been added to the trains. A Jaffna bound special train will leave Colombo Fort at 10 pm on 12th .

The Fisheries ministry initiates action for the securing the release of a group of fishermen from Indian custody.

The ministry of fisheries has made initial arrangements to get released fishermen  on board of  "Kavisha Putha 3" which was apprehended by the Indian coast guards within Indian waters recently. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera analysing all the facts related to this incident  has instructed  the relevant officials of the ministry  to  submit a full report about the incident and a letter of request for their secure  release to the Indian Authorities and the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo.  The fisheries ministry has already forwarded the request to the Indian Authorities.

A housing program will be implemented for the war heroes.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says a housing program will be implemented for the war heroes who have made supreme sacrifice for the motherland. A sum of 3.19 billion rupees has been allocated for this purpose. Accordingly, 3,650 houses are to be constructed within next 3 years. Minister Premadasa revealed these facts at a ceremony held in Hambantota, Galwewa area yesterday to declare opening the 24th re-awaikaning village, Sath-muthu-gama.

New district organizers and electoral organizers of the SLFP for Kurunegala District.

New district organizers and electoral organizers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for Kurunegala District have been appointed. Four new district SLFP organizers 7 electoral organizers received appointment letters from President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday at a ceremony held at the President's house in Colombo.

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China says it is ready to continue the strengthened genuine relationship with Sri Lanka.

Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengzheng says, China is ready to continue the strengthened genuine relationship with Sri Lanka further. China is committed to strengthen 60 years long friendship and fraternity under the rule of president Maithripala Sirisena.

He made these remarks when he and the Chinese delegation met the President's House in Colombo this morning. He further said that, all investment agreements and development projects with Sri Lanka will be carried out according to the Sri Lanka's constitution and in a manner to safeguard independence and sovereignty of Sri Lanka. The China and its people will extend their fullest support to Sri Lankan government at any moment. Mr.Zhengzheng invited president Maithripala to visit China in the near future.
Addressing the delegation the president expresses gratitude to Chinese government for its contribution made to Sri Lanka's development. He also recalled the support given by China to end the 30 long war against terrorism. The president also thanked Chinese delegation for the financial assistance given to construct a renal disease hospital in Polonnaruwa.

The excise income has quadrupled last year.

Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake says the excise income has increased significantly. The government has earned 168 billion rupees through the excise department last year. The income during the last regime was about 35 billion rupees annually. It has shown a quadrupled increase under this government. Addressing the parliament today, minister Ravi Karunanayake said, government will ease the burden on general public gradually. Several orders under the tobacco and alcohol authorization act were taken up for debate in the House today.
Joining the debate Minister Rajitha Senarathne said two cabinet papers have been presented to prevent selling tobacco and alcohol in the close vicinity of schools. Retail sale of Cigarettes has also been prohibited. All tobacco cultivations will be eliminated by 2030 and the tobacco farmers will be directed to alternative cultivations. The minister added that three persons die daily due to oral cancer. The government has to spend 5 billion rupees annually to treat such patients.
Joining the debate Minsiter Dayasiri Jayasekera said, the Sri Lanka's sport sector will be made free of doping.

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