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Labour offices will be set up in all districts.

Yesterday was the 10th day of the budget Committee stage discussion. Votes on the Ministries of Disaster Management, Ports and Naval Affairs, Labour and Trade Union Relations and Sabaragamuwa Development were passed in parliament last evening.

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St. Francis Xavier’s Church and its surrounding area in Nuwara-Eliya to me made as a sacred site today.

The proclamation of St. Francis Xavier’s Church and its surrounding area in Nuwara-Eliya as a sacred site will take place today. This is the 4th sacred site that has been proclaimed in Sri Lanka. The celebration will be presided over by Bishop of Kandy His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Vianney Fernando.

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The SLFP Youth Front recalls that many programmes under the theme of Reconciliation were launched to prevent terrorism raising its ugly head again.

Chairman of the SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara says that the government launched many programmes under the theme of Reconciliation in order to prevent terrorism raising its ugly head again. Speaking at a media briefing at the SLFP Headquarters today, he pointed out that certain element having connections with the diaspora attempt to portray Prabhakaran as a “hero”, in a bid to capitalise on disunity and conflict!

He further stated that reconciliation is not a one sided achievement. Communities in the north and the south need to be co-sharers in the reconciliation process. He pointed out that the recent behavior of just one political figure in the northern province with regard to the national flag is a bad precedent.

He added that the SLFP is not a political puppet. He emphasized that the bond commission was implemented not to bring the UNP to disrepute, but to unveil the truth to the people.

Employees of the Hambanthota port assured of job security.

Today is the 10th day of the committee stage discussion of the 2018 budget. Proposed Expenditure Titles of the ministries of Disaster Management, Port and Aviation, Labour and Trade Unions and Sabaragamuwa Development were taken up for discussion today.
Joining in the discussion minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that employees of the Hambanthota port have been assured job security. He added that steps have been taken to confirm 284 employees. Their annual bonuses will also be paid.
Also joining in the discussion Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva echoed the government’s vision to transform Sri Lanka in to a maritime hub in the Indian ocean.

The proclamation of St. Francis Xavier’s Church Nuwara-Eliya, as a sacred site, will take place tomorrow.


The proclamation of St. Francis Xavier’s Church and its surrounding area in Nuwara-Eliya as a sacred site will take place tomorrow. This is the 4th sacred site that has been proclaimed in Sri Lanka. The celebration will be presided over by Bishop of Kandy His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Vianney Fernando. Minister of Plantations Naveen Dissanayake issuing a press release stated that in a multi-religious and multi-cultural district such as Nuwara-Eliya St.Francis Xavier’s Church stands as an honour to all Christians in Sri Lanka.

The President has been warmly welcomed in South Korea.

President Maithripala Sirisena received a warm welcome when he arrived at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul this morning for a 3-day state visit to Republic of Korea on an invitation extended by the Korean President Moon Jae-in. He was received by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cho Hyun and some top officials.

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A National plan will be implemented to develop naval sector.

Today is the 10th day of the budget Committee stage discussion. Votes on the Ministries of Disaster Management, Ports and Naval Affairs, Labour and Trade Union Relations and Sabaragamuwa Development are been taken up for discussion, today.

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Light course fishing method has been banned with immediate effect.

Light course fishing method has been banned with immediate effect.  This decision was taken at the progress review meeting held yesterday. At the meeting minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that this fishing system has caused severe damage to the fishing resources. 

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Two million families to receive Samurdhi benefits by the end of next year.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake speaking at the committee stage debate of the budget 2018 in Parliament yesterday stated that 1.4 million low income families will be provided with concessions. He also stated that by the end of next year two million families will benefit under the Samurdhi scheme. “Grama Shakthi” companies will be established in order to integrate the Samurdhi Bank network.

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The President on a 3-day state visit of the Republic of South Korea

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to arrive in Seoul tomorrow on a 3-day state visit to the Republic of South Korea on an invitation extended by the South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The visit is significant in many aspects, since Sri Lanka has highly beneficial economic and investment ties with South Korea. Furthermore, there are about 30,000 Sri Lankan workers employed in the rich industrial nation.

Agreements on economic cooperation and cultural cooperation as well as MoUs on investment cooperation and an Employment Permit System are to be signed between the two Governments during the visit.

The President is also scheduled to attend a business forum and discuss with four major Korean Business associations.

The agreement on establishing an employment permit system will assist current and future Sri Lankan workers in Korea. President Sirisena's visit to Korea is expected to reap substantial benefits in bilateral cooperation, investments, employment, trade and commerce.

President Sirisena will also visit the Jogyesa Temple, an ancient Korean Buddhist shrine.