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Special train services to the devotees visiting Mihinthale and Anuradhapura during Poson Season.

Special train services for the benefit of devotees visiting Anuradhapura and Mihinthale during Poson season is to be put in operation by the Sri Lanka Railways. The department has deployed 28 special trains for the convenience of pilgrims attending the upcoming Poson festival to be held in Anuradhapaura and Mihinthale.


Sri Lanka Railways Operations Superintendent Vijaya Samarasinghe said that special train service will commence from June 6 at the Colombo Fort, Maradana and Mahawa railway stations and will continue until Saturday.
The service will be implemented on the instructions of Sri Lanka Railway General Manager B.A.P Ariyarathne and under the directions of Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.
A special train will leave the Colombo Fort station on Tuesday the 6th at 12 noon to Anuradhapura for the convenience of pilgrims, Samarasinghe said. Trains will leave the Colombo Fort at 3.30 am, 8.20 am, 10.40 am, 12.45 pm, 6 pm, and 11.15 pm on June 7. Two trains will leave the Mahawa Station at 2.45 am and 10.40 am, while another two trains will operate from the Colombo Fort at 3.30 am and 6.10 pm to Anuradhapura on June 8, he said.
Two trains will leave Maradana at 4 am and Mahawa at 1.35 pm on June 9. Another train will leave the Mahawa station at 11.30 am on June 10.
Public Utilities Commission to implement an special programme aiming reducing the electricity bill.

The United States of America donates 350 million rupees as flood relief.

 

The United States of America donates 350 million rupees as flood relief.  The donation was handed over to the President Maithripala Sirisena at his official residence yesterday.  The donation was handed over by the American Ambassador in Sri Lanka Athul Keshap.  The US government said that it can assist in developing

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Health Sectors in the country appeals the general public to be cautious about their health aspects.

 

Health Sectors in the country appeals the general public to be cautious about possible epidemic conditions following flooding and landslides.  The President of the Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors Association Upul Rohana says that their Association is taking steps to educate about 2000 Public Health Inspectors over the island on possible health issues.  He said that there is a possibility of outbreak of dengue, Rat fever and  dioriha.

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European Union provides financial aid to the affected people.

The European Union has come forward to provide 300,000 euro worth financial grant to the flood affected people in Sri Lanka. European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said that the European people are with Sri Lankan public at this difficult situation.

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President reiterates that the present government has a friendly foreign policy which has yielded fruitful results.

President reiterates that the present government follows a friendly foreign policy.  As a result, many world countries have extended their support for the development of the country.  The response shown by many world countries to help the flood affected people, has justified this cause.  These countries have come forward to provide variety of assistance including financial and other physical materials.

President Sirisena made these remarks when he met the visiting Maldivian Foreign affairs minister Dr Mohammed Azeema at presidents house today.  The meeting held this morning. Dr Mohammed Azeem said Maldives is ready to help and support Sri Lanka at any time. President Sirisena also said all necessary steps will be taken to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two nations.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says the country desperately needs a people awareness project to prevent illegal constructions.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says the country desperately needs a people awareness project to prevent illegal constructions. This practice is important to prevent unnecessary flood situation in future. Minister made these remarks at a media briefing held in Colombo today.

Speaking further at this conference, Minister said that these effective measures are important to prevent possible flood or landslide threats. Minister further emphasized the importance creating a flood free towns island wide. Legal actions have taken against the house owners who have illegal constructions.

The reconstruction of damaged houses due to floods and landslide disasters has been entrusted to tri forces and National Housing Development Authority.


The reconstruction of damaged houses due to floods and landslide disasters has been entrusted to tri forces and National Housing Development Authority. The Chairman of the authority L.S. Palansuriya says fully and partially damaged houses will be reconstructed with the support of three forces. The government will make the basic expenditure for this purpose. A maximum of 2.5 million rupees will be spent on each fully or partially damaged house, he added.

New identity cards will be issued to the people who have lost or damaged their national identity cards due to the adverse weather.

Commissioner General of the Department for Registration of Persons Viyani Gunathilaka says new identity cards will be issued to the people who have lost or damaged their national identity cards due to the adverse weather. The Grama Niladaries have been provided with a special application forms for this purpose. The person who lost the identity cards should make a complaint at the police station of the relevant area and send the application to the Department through the relevant Divisional Secretary.

Special railway services for the benefit of devotees visiting Anuradhapura during Poson season.

Special railway services for the benefit of devotees visiting Anuradhapura during Poson season. Sri Lanka Railways has deployed 28 special trains for the convenience of pilgrims attending the upcoming Poson festival to be held in Anuradhapaura.

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The government says so far seven ships with relief materials from three countries have reached the island.


The government says so far seven ships with relief materials from three countries have reached the island. The naval forces say ships from Pakistan and China with necessary relief materials have reached the Colombo harbor. This situation has been identified as a unique instance where some of these ships have been deployed for some other naval operations.

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