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The newly renovated runaway of the Katunayake international airport was declared open.

The newly resurfaced runaway of the Katunayake international airport was declared opened this morning. The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and his deputy Ashoka Abeysinghe.  Now the VIA is able to operate any type of international flights. An average  25 thousand passengers and 300 metric tons of air cargo are handled VIA daily at present.

Title deeds will be offered to Buddhist temples in line with the International Wesak festival.

Title deeds will be offered to Buddhist temples in the country in line with the International Wesak festival. As the first step 60 selected Buddhist temples from 16 districts were provided with title deeds of  sacred premises by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential secretariat this evening.

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The government says required measures have been taken to bring down cost of living and inflation by the end of this year.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne says the government has taken required measures to bring down cost of living and inflation by the end of this year. A slight increase in inflation and cost of living is apparent at present. However, it will be gradually decreased by the end of the year due to pragmatic measures taken by the government. At the cabinet press briefing held in Colombo today, the minister said that the GSP tax concession will come into effect again by May this year.

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The Premier says no plan has been drawn to sell the Hambantota harbour to a Chinese company.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says no plan has been drawn to sell the Hambantota harbour to a Chinese company. Addressing the parliament today, the Premier said discussions are now going on to maintain it as China-Sir Lanka joint venture.

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The first summit on National export strategic development will be held in Colombo tomorrow.

The first national summit on export strategic development will be held at the Temple Trees tomorrow under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. It will end on Friday. More than 150 representatives are scheduled to participate at the summit.

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Maha Sangha and religious dignitaries condoles over the demise of Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Maha Nayake Thero.

Maha Sangha and religious dignitaries condoles over the demise of Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Maha Nayake Thero. Adhikarana Sanga Nayake of the Colombo Nawa Koralaya Venerable Diviyagaha Yasassi Nayake Thero says the late Maha Nayake Thero rendered a priceless service to the country. His demise is an irreparable loss to the nation. 
 
Participating in the Sudharathi programme of the SLBC this morning Most Venerable Kotugoda Dammawasa Thero said the prelate illuminated the Buddha Shasana by rendering unique social and religious service. 
 
Issuing a condolence message, Arch Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says the late Maha Nayake Thero's service provide to the country will not be faded away from the minds of the people. The Thero had done unique service to the Buddha Shasana and the Sri Lankan society. 
 
The cremation ceremony will be held tomorrow, Afternoon at the Independence Square, Colombo with full state honours. The remains of the Mahanayaka are now lying at Vidya Wijayarama Viharaya at Pagoda. The remains will be laid at the viharaya till tomorrow

The veteran filmmaker Dr. Lester James Peiris, will turn 98 today.

Globally renowned and prolific filmmaker, Dr. Lester James Peries, will turn 98 today. The celebrated movie director who had done yeoman service to the industry is undisputedly the biggest brand name amidst the country’s filmmakers. He will imprint his name in world history again by being the oldest living filmmaker in the world.
 
With a career spanning more than 50 years Lester had gifted the industry with so many memorable creations that he had been termed the doyen of Sri Lankan cinema. The greatness of the filmmaker cannot be measured by the quantity of his output. It is the qualitative nature of his films that elevated him to commendable heights.
 
Lester was born on April 5, 1919, to a family of four children. 

4,600 additional SLTB buses will be deployed during the festive season.

Chairman of the national transport commission M. A. P Hemachandra says special bus services will be deployed for the convenience of the commuters who are going to villages during the Sinhala and Tamil new-year festive season. The additional bus services will commence from the 7th of this month.
About 4,600 additional buses will run during this period. Hemachandra told SLBC that some bus services will commence from industrial zones in Katunayake and Biyagama. Additional buses will be deployed on the express-ways as well. The passengers can lodge complains over the bus services through the hotline of 1955.   
 
Superintendent of the railway department Vijaya Samarasinghe says a special train service will commence from 7th of this month for the convenience of people who visit villages during the festive season. Accordingly 24 new trains will be added. The additional trains will ply to Bandarawela, Maho, Jaffna, Galle, Matara and Kandy. The railway department also says that special program is in place to ensure the security of the commuters.

Expressways will provide expanded services to the people during the festive season.

Operational Director of the Express Ways Saman Opanayake says Southern Expressway and the Colombo Katunayake Expressway are ready to provide expanded services to the people to their native places during the festive season. Additional counters and officers have been arranged to expedite entrance and exit of vehicles in the two expressways.

Measures have also been taken to ease any traffic congestion in the exit points. He requests the public to inform them with regard to any complain by the public by dialing 1969.

National summit of the SLFP Youth Front concludes on a successful note.

Chairman of the youth front of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Shantha Bandara says the summit of the youth front was conducted on a successful note with the participaation of youth of every part of the country. He added that the president has taken a decision to setup an authority to implement a program to youth development.
 
Shantha Bandara was speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today. The SLFP May Day rally will be held in Kandy this year. The chairman of the front said that the youth has taken a leading role in SLFP May Day Rally.

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