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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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