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Minister of Foreign Affairs South Korea will visit Sri Lanka today

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka today for an official visit to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea. Minister Yun will hold bilateral discussions with Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs today.

This is the first visit to Sri Lanka in 31 years by a Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The last such visit took place in 1986, when Foreign Minister Lee Won-kyung undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka. The visit by Minister Yun is expected to further strengthen the warm ties and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Bus tickets are compulsory in the Western Province from today

The Western Province Commuter Transport Authority says having a ticket is compulsory for the commuters when they travel in buses from today. Conductors must also issue tickets to the passengers. A passenger will be fined a charge of 100 rupees, if there is no ticket.

The conductors also fined a sum of 250 rupees in such offences for the first time. If the same offence is repeated for the 2nd time the fine is 500 rupees. For the third time a fine of thousand rupees will be imposed and the conductor license will be cancelled.

A comprehensive investigation commenced on the incident where pirates have captured a vessel with Sri Lankan flag.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs pays more attention on an incident where pirates have captured a vessel with Sri Lankan flag. The preliminary investigations show that the particular vessel is not registered in Sri Lanka. However, the 8 crew members of the ship are identified as Sri Lankans. The Foreign Ministry seeks the support of international community to carry out a comprehensive investigation on this incident.

A Memorandum of Understanding will be established with the selected projects in the government.


A Memorandum of Understanding will be established with the selected projects in the government. The ceremony in this regard will be held at Ministry of Finance Auditorium tomorrow morning. MoUs of the projects of Ceylon Electricity board, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Airport and Aviation services and Sri Lanka Ports Authority will be established.

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Investigations are carried out with regard to the allegations where mothers were pressurized to undergo birth control at Dambulla Base Hospital.

The Director General of Health Serivces Dr. Jayasundara Bandara says an investigation reports with regard to the incidents where mothers were pressurized to undergo birth control at Dambulla Base Hospital has been submitted to the Ministry of Health.

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The two children from Kalutara who were found HIV positive recently are not school children.

The Director of National Prevention Unit of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV Dr. Sisira Liyanage said the two children from Kalutara who were found HIV positive recently are not school children. The initial investigations show that those children have abandoned the school education in the middle.

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The control prices imposed on white sugar and chicken are removed.

Minister Rishard Badedudeen says effective measures have been taken to release a gazette notification highlighting the removal of control prices on wide sugar and chicken. The decision was taken by the cost of living committee which has compared the import prices with the market prices of these commodities.

As a result the Consumer Affairs Authority has decided to remove the maximum control price of 93 rupees imposed on white sugar. However, there is no a control price imposed on brown sugar. Meanwhile, the control price of 410 rupees imposed on a kilo of chicken with skin has been removed according to the gazette notification. In addition the control price of 490 rupees imposed on a kilo of skinless chicken has also being removed with immediate effect.

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya reiterates that the government will never privatize state organizations at any instance.

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya reiterates that the government will never privatize state organizations at any instance. He rejected the media reports published in this regard as baseless. Minister further said the government does not have any intention to sell state properties under any circumstances. 

The President says the government is committed to secure the right of lands to the farmers in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is committed to provide the right of lands to the farmers in the country. Sri Lanka is a country based on agriculture. Therefore, the farmers should have adequate lands to carryout agriculture in order to achieve economic prosperity.

The President made these comments at a ceremony held in Wellawaya today to distribute lands deeds among the families in the area. About ten thousand families received title deeds for the lands they used so far. The president further said that farming community can accelerate their agricultural programmes as the country receives rain.

Shortage of rainfall hampers the national poverty alleviation programme into certain extent. The President added that funds have been allocated to develop the Wellawaya Base Hospital. President stressed that the unison government will continue up to its full term disregarding some media reports.

The Prime says practical politicians who solve problems of the people are much needed to the country at present.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says practical politicians who solve problems of the people are much needed to the country at present. The government expects to bring the country forward with the support of all parties. Public support is also essential for good governance.

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