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World No Tobacco Day falls today.


World No Tobacco Day falls today. This year's theme is "Tobacco and Heart Disease". The National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol, together with many medical associations, requests the public to refrain from consuming and marketing tobacco products, considering the health hazards it poses. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo recently, chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol Dr. Palitha Abeykoon pointed out, the need for a mammoth programme to salvage the public from tobacco, has become the need of the hour. A series of awareness programs are organized An island-wide to mark this day.

Two new underground mega drains will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city.


Two new underground mega drains will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city. A special MOU was signed last morning between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development and Chinese Petroleum Pipelines Private Limited. A function in this regard was held yesterday at the Ministry auditorium. One underground mega drain will be constructed at Mutuwella area in Colombo. The length of this subway is 750 meters. The 2nd mega drain will be constructed in Torrington Square area. The length of this subway is 1.2 kilometers. The construction project is expected to be completed by 2020.

The president says that the Sri Lanka will work with cooperative and friendly manner with the international community.

President President Maithripala Sirisena says that Sri Lanka is a country, which will work with cooperative and friendly manner with the international community. He stated this when he met a U.S. Congress delegation from House Armed Services Committee at the President’s Official Residence, today.
The delegation comprised of Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, Henry Cuellar, Vickie Hartzler and Carol Shea-Porter.
The president recalled the assistance given by the U.S in training Sri Lankan forces. He also pointed out out the necessity of using more technological knowledge to further promote these programmes, and emphasized that there is no defence without the technology in the modern world. President Sirisena said that the cooperation of the United States Security forces is important to control the ways that drugs smuggled into the country. The Congress committee members agreed to provide assistance to prevent drug trafficking in Sri Lanka. They mentioned that it is their country’s policy to give necessary assistance in order to build Sri Lanka as a strong and prosperous country.

  The Deputy Minister of Transport claims that the railway trade union action is a failure.

Deputy minister Asoka Abeysinghe claims that the strike launched a few railway trade unions is a failure. He said only two turns out of normal 375 railway turns in a day have been cancelled today.
The deputy minister also said that legal action will initiated against to those who have damaged trains through an investigation by the criminal investigations department.

Meanwhile, Co-convener of the railway trade union alliance S.P.Vithanage said that they will not give up their trade union action until they meet their demands.

The Purawesi Balaya says that politicians with a conscience should support the 20th amendment.


Co-convener of the Purawesi Balaya Organization Gamini Viyangoda says that, the office of Presidency should be abolished to create the primary background that should prevail in a democratic society. Addressing a news conference held in Colombo today, he added that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna having identified their responsibility has presented the 20th amendment to the parliament.

Prof.Sarath Wijesooriya said that, parliamentarian according to their conscience should support for the passage of this amendment.

The Railway transport is functioning as normal today. - The Railway General Manager says the passengers are not facing any inconvenience

The Railway General Manager S.M. Abeywickrama says the Railway transport is functioning as normal today amidst the trade action carried out by joint trade union of railways. Mr. Abeywickrama further said the passengers are not facing any inconvenience although railway transport has few drawbacks due to ongoing trade union action. He further said all railway stations are reported to be functioning smoothly since this morning.

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been designated an 'A' status human rights commission by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been designated an 'A' status human rights commission by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in May, 2018. Applications for re-accreditation to 'A' status were not successful in both 2007 and also 2009.

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Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption has focused its attention to include betting and match fixing scandals of private sports tournaments into the Bribery Act

The Director General of Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption, President's Counsel Sarath Jayamanna says the commission has focused its attention to include betting and match fixing scandals of private sports tournaments into the Bribery Act. A series of discussion will be launched in this regard.

The felicitation ceremony for Minister Rajitha Senarathne who is appointed as the Vice President of WHO was held this morning at Bandaranaike International Airport

The felicitation ceremony for Minister Rajitha Senarathne who is elected as the Vice President of WHO was held this morning at Bandaranaike International Airport. The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine has organized this ceremony. The Minister was appointed as the Vice President World Health Organization during the 71st annual session of WHO held at WHO headquarters in Geneva recently. The session concluded yesterday.

Two new underground subways will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city

Two new underground subways will be constructed to control flood inside Colombo city. A special MOU was signed this morning between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development and Chinese Petroleum Pipelines Private Limited. A function in this regard was held today at the Ministry auditorium. One underground subway will be constructed at Mutuwella area in Colombo. The length of this subway is 750 meters. The 2nd subway will be constructed in Torrington Square area. The length of this subway is 1.2 kilometers. The construction project is expected to be completed by 2020.