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A mobile app to control ragging in universities

The University Grants commission has introduced a novel mobile app in order to control ragging in universities. Minister Dr. Wijedasa Rajapakse taking part in a function held for the introduction of this app said that it is the responsibility of vice chancellors, deans of faculties and teachers to control the ragging. At present, the ragging has turned to a cruel act while certain elements are trying to quench their sexual desires. 

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Liver transplanting surgeries to be conducted in the evenings at two major hospitals

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has focused on making arrangements to perform liver transplanting  surgeries at the Colombo national hospital and Ragama teaching hospital during the later part of the day. This will contribute to minimize the waiting list of patients. 

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The World Bank supports for an agricultural extension programme in two districts

A special agricultural development project will be carried out in Hambantota and Polonnaruwa districts with  World Bank assistance.  Programme Manager of the sustainable development unit in the World Bank Andrew Goodland assured to support this programme at a discussion held with minister  Mahinda Amaraweera.  They also focused on measures including utilization of new technology, implementation of export base-agricultural process, mitigation of the damages caused to cultivation due to climatic changes, required for the development of export agriculture sector in Sri Lanka.

A special awareness programme launched, to protect children from the viral fever spreading in the Southern Province

A special awareness programme has been launched by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to protect children from the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province. The condition has been identified as the Influenza 'A' Virus. The first signs of this condition are: common cold and fever. The main reason for the spread of the disease is, patients not having a proper understanding of the condition, and thereby failing to seek medical attention. 

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Parallel to planned roadways, fly overs and expressways, attention is also focused on developing rural roadways and bridges

Minister Kabir Hashim says, parallel to the planned roadways, fly overs and expressways, attention will also be focused on developing rural roadways and bridges. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday he said, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has agreed to provide the necessary funds, once the relevant plans and estimates are submitted.

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J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri elected as Deputy Speaker.

UNP parliamentarian J.M. Ananda Kumarasiri was elected for the post of Deputy Speaker with a majority of 44 votes. He received 97 votes, while Sudharshini Fernandopulle received 53 votes. MPs of the Tamil National Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna were absent when the vote was taken.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya says, various false information surrounding undisclosed details of the Bond Report have caused a slur to the people's representatives, the Parliament, and the Country.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya said in Parliament today, various false information surrounding undisclosed details of the Bond Report have caused a slur to the people's representatives, the Parliament, and the Country. This is a disappointing situation.

The sections from C 350 to C 360 of the report, which had not been released previously, were handed over to the Speaker this morning.

However the speaker says, what has been handed over is only a few sections of the report, and he will table all the reports in Parliament, when he receives the remaining sections, which have been requested.

He requested everyone to conduct themselves with a sense of responsibility at this juncture.

Various groups including the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections had requested the Speaker and Secretary to the President to release these sections of the report, in the wake of media reports regarding MPs accepting money from Perpetual Treasuries.

Sri Lanka hopes to introduce a 'single employment law', consolidating disparate laws that currently exist

Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations: Ravindra Samaraweera says, Sri Lanka has given priority to 'labour rights', through their inclusion in the National Human Rights Action Plan of 2017 to 2021. He further states, Sri Lanka is in the process of introducing a 'single employment law', consolidating disparate laws that currently exist, and giving effect to the principle of non-discrimination. Sri Lanka has also made strides in progressively reducing hazardous forms of child labour, in promoting the rights of the child, and offers to share its expertise in this area to support the endeavours of the International Labour Organisation.
The Minister expressed these views, speaking at the Plenary Meeting of the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference that is being held in Geneva from the 28th of May to the 9th of June.

During his discussion with the Director General of the International Labour Organisation: Guy Ryder, the Minister assured Sri Lanka’s fullest support for declaring the year 2021, as the 'Year of Elimination of Child Labour'.

A loss of over 12,000 million rupees incurred, due to the procurement of coal, outside the tender process, for the Norochcholey Thermal Power Plant.

State Minister Ajith P. Perera says, the supply of coal to the Norochcholai Thermal Power Plant has taken place outside the tender process. Speaking in Parliament today he pointed out, due to this, the Ceylon Electricity Board has incurred a loss of 12,500 million rupees during the years 2014 and 2015.

Meanwhile, Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara said, until August 2017, 336 complaints were received by the FCID. Out of these, 101 complaints have been investigated and forwarded to the Attorney General's Department.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella said, measures are in place to pay EPF, ETF and gratuity payments to estate workers serving in state owned estates that come under the Janatha Estates Development Board and the Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation. Within the past 20 years no payment has been made, resulting in arears amounting to 2,310 million rupees as of 2015. The Minister pointed out, the present government was able to bring down the arears to 386 million rupees. 1,800 million rupees has been set aside for the settlement of arears.

A New deputy speaker will be selected in parliament this evening

Sri Lanka's Parliament will elect a new Deputy Speaker when it meets this evening. UNP parliamentarian Ananda Kumarasiri, SLFP parliamentarian Angajan Ramanadan and  SLFP's 16 group member Mrs. Sudarshani Fernandpulle are in the fray for the post.  The parliament will meet  this evening under the leadership of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the main task of today's session would be to appoint the new Deputy Speaker.