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The German government praises effective steps taken by the government to strengthen democracy and improve human rights and reconciliation.

Speaker of the German Parliament Norbert Lammert said that the January 8, 2015 verdict given by the people of Sri Lanka has brought in a new orientation to the country as the government of President Maithripala Sirisena has taken effective steps to strengthen democracy and improve human rights and reconciliation. The Chairman of German Parliament made this statement when he called on President Sirisena at the President’s Residence in Colombo Yesterday.
 
The President warmly received Mr Lammert and his delegation and said that during his discussions with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin last year, a strong foundation could be laid for further expansion of bilateral cooperation. He pointed out that following the visit, German Minister of Economic Affairs and a group og potential investors visited Sri Lanka. Chairman Lammert congratulated the President for strengthening democratic institutions through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and expressed the fullest support for his endeavour for reconciliation through constitutional changes. The delegation of German Bundestag included Mr Michael Rimmel, Frau Saskia and Frau Gelsomiana. Ambassador John Rhode also was present during the meeting.

The President pays last respects to demised Mahanayaka of Amarapura Maha Nikaya, the Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thera Today.

President Maithripala Sirisena paid last respects to demised Mahanayaka of Amarapura Maha Nikaya, the Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thera Yesterday. The mortal remains of the Mahanayake Thera are lying at Sri Vidya Vijayaramaya in Pagoda, Nugegoda.

The President also conveyed his condolence to the Buddhist monks of Amarapura chapter. Late Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thera has rendered a yeoman service for the betterment of Buddha Shasana in the country.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe conveyed his condolence to the demised Most Venerbale Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thera today. The premier stated in his condolence message that most Venerable Thera set an example to the world countries in promoting Buddhism. The Thero also visited the Buddhist countries such as Thailand and Myanmar and contributed a lot for the betterment of Buddhism.

US also conveyed its condolence to demised Mahanayaka of Amarapura Maha Nikaya, the Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thera. The condolence message is sent on behalf of the American Ambassador in Sri Lanka and the people of America. The late most venerable Thero has been instrumental in strengthening bilateral ties between the Sri Lankan public and American people.

The leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Minister Rauff Hakeem also conveyed his condolence to the demised Mahanayaka of Amarapura Maha Nikaya, the Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thera. Minister stated that Thero has done a yeoman service in building the reconciliation and coexistence between the communities in Sri Lanka.

The President says the nurse training colleges will be strengthened to provide necessary training facilities with the aim of solving the shortage of nurses in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the nurse training colleges will be strengthened to provide necessary training facilities with the aim of solving the shortage of nurses in the country. President also stated the nurse shortage which has become a main issue in the health sector will be addressed with effective solutions.

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It is reported that youths were not shown a better tomorrow under the previous governments "Tharunyata Hetak" programme.

Leader of SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara said youth from all communities had attended the national convention held recently. The annual convention was a success. Mr. Bandara made these comments at a media conference held in Colombo today.

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The President ensures that no room will be left for the latter part of the life of artistes to be miserable.

The President ensures that no room will be left for the latter part of the life of artistes who delighted the audiences, to be miserable.  The President stated this at a function held at the President's house yesterday to mark the presentation of 25 million rupees to the security fund for Sri Lanka Singers' Association.

 He added that the government does not hesitate to take every step to value the services of the artistes who delighted audiences through their talents and skills.  There is no place for politics in arts, literature and music.  The President assured them that he treats all the artistes as artistes ignoring the stage where he stands. He recollected that he came forward to grant necessary contributions at funerals of artiste.

The artistes can play an excellent role for the betterment of the country and expressed hope that they will come forward to fulfill that duty.  The President handed over the cheque to the President of Sri Lanka Singers Association Keerthi Pasquel and secretary Janaka Wickremasinghe. Mr. Janaka Wickremasinghe said that this is the first time that such a programme for singers has been implemented. He also said that the President has never make arrangements to get involved  artistes to promote his political aspirations on occasions other than the artistes come forward voluntarily.

Another round of discussions on the Indo-Sri Lanka fishing issues will be held on Friday in Colombo.

The third round of the series of discussions conducted by the joint operations committee set up by the Sri Lanka and Indian government to find a lasting solution to the fisheries problems will be held in Colombo on Friday.  The delegation headed by agriculture and fisheries minister of India Raja Mohan Singh will attend the discussion.  

The Sir Lankan delegation will include minister Mahinda Amaraweera, secretary to the ministry Mangalika Adhikari, director general of fisheries Cristy Lal Fernando and several provincial ministers in charge of fishing subjects. Parliamentarian  M.A. Sumanthiran will also be a member of the Sri Lankan delegation.

 Minister Amaraweera said that the aim of the meeting is to find a lasting solution to the present fishing crisis.  The minister will have a prior meeting with a group of representative of fishing community in the north tomorrow at the ministry.  It is scheduled to make a participation of several members of Tamil fishing community from the north.

Additional bus services from Thursday.

Additional buses will be added to the fleet with effect from Thursday for the convenience of the commuters during the festive season.  3,900 turns will operate from the Pettah main bus stand.

This service will be reintroduced from 15th to 25th of this month to return journey.  Chairman of the SLTB Ramal Siriwardena says that the leave of drivers, conductors and other employees engaged in essential services has been cancelled.   He also said that the official and regional centers have been given instructions to arrange bus services according to requirements in their respective areas.

The students' intake for universities has been increased to strengthen the free education.

The Vice Chairman of UGC P.S.M. Gunarathne says the students' intake for universities has been increased to strengthen the free education. Accordingly, 30,000 students will be given admission during the academic year of 2016/2017. Around 90,000 students have applied for university entrance. The cut out mn marks for 2016/2017 university entrance will be released in August this year.

The Prime Minister says education is the major way forward for the youth and student in the country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the major way forward for the youth and student in the country is education. Therefore, they should work hard to get their education a success. Various individuals have various skills. One may be clever in academic activities while the other is dynamic in sports activities.

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The president condoles over the demise of Most Venerable Davuldena Ghanissara thera .

President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed his deepest condolences on the demise of  the Mahanayaka of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya, the Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thero.

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