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Basic standards for the medical education.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says the government is ready to prepare  basic standards for medical education. He added that, the government's stance is to form medical faculties that live upto higher standards. He stated that,  basic standards will be introduced to the SAITM of Malabe. Minister Kiriella was speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today.


Maha nayake thera of the Lanka Amarapura chapter Most Venerable Daudena Ghanissara thera passed away.

Cremation of the late Mahanayaka of the Sri Lanka  Amarapura chapter most venerable Dauldena Gnanissara nayaka thero will be held at the Inependence Square grounds in Colombo on Thursday with full state honours. The thero was hundred and three years at the time of  his demise this morning.

Remains of the thera will be brought to the Pagoda Vidya Vijayaramaya in Nugegoda by 7.30 pm today for public respect. People can pay homage to the late prelate from 8pm today. The prelate was ordained as a samanera on the 8th of March 1928.  The thera became the Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Nikaya in 2002.

The president pledges his fullest support for the up-liftment of Sri Lanka cricket.

Current players of the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team and the officials of the cricket board met President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's House in Colombo yesterday. The president had the mutual discussion with them and pledged to  provide maximum support of the government for the wellbeing of the sport.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricekt Thilanga Sumathipala  briefed the President on the significant victories achieved by Sri Lankan cricketers during the past 2 years. They also thanked the president for his support rendered to the  upliftment of the Sri Lanka cricket.  The president posed group photos with the cricketers of the past two years as well. Chairman of the Asian cricket council and many top officials of the game were also present at this occasion.

The newly renovated Katunayake airport will re-start its operation on Thursday.

Flight operations of the newly  renovated Katunayake international airport will be carried out without any disruption from the 6th of this month. The operations were partially disrupted due to renovation work.   The chief civil engineer of the Katunayake Airport renovation project Wijaya Vithana says all construction work will be completed on Wednesday as scheduled.  The renovated runaway of the airport is now 3350 meters in length and 45 meters in width.

The project started on the 6th of January and costs 7.2 billion rupees.  Two Chinese companies carryout renovation work and   a Netherland company inspected them. The Katunayake international airport usually operates 25,000 passengers and  3000 metric tons of air freight daily. After the renovations the airport will be abel to operate large scale air buses as well.

The President says the unemployment problem of the graduates will be solved soon


appointments to graduates under proper assessment and scrutiny. The president made these remarks participating in the conclusion ceremony of the Yovun Pura youth camp held in Mackeyzer grounds in Trincomalee. The president further said Yovun pura program is a positive access for youth to join the future. The government is also committed to welfare of the youth in the country.


The president says he is confident over the public and the government official's support in the process of nation building.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes the need of all the public to work collectively to win the challenges of the country. Sri Lanka should march forward as a an independent and self-sufficient country. All should work under common agenda targeting a common achievement.

The president made these remarks, addressing the opening ceremony of the sustainable Lanka National exhibition at the BMICH this evening. The President further said that, the developed countries have achieved their victories by working with self-confidence and hard work. Therefore all the public should work to achieve this goal. The president added that he is confident of the support from the public and government officials in the process of nation building.

Addressing the gathering minister Duminda Dissanayake said, the ddrought affected families will be compensated before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. A monthly allowance of 10,000 rupees will be paid for a period of four months continuously. The agrarian development Council will be set up within next 6 months for the benefit of the farmers.

Making an anusasana parliamentarian Venerable Athureliya Rathana Thera said, the aim of organizing the Sustainable Lanka National Exhibition is to have attitudinal changes in the minds of the people.

The Election Commissioner stresses the need to introduce new voting system.

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya stressed the need to introduce the new voting system and  to hold elections without delay. Addressing the youth in the Youn Pura camp in Trincomalee today, he said, the Youn Pura is a good forum for youth to  express their views on important political issues. He said, such youth forums should be held at district and regional level as well.

Pakistan has granted 10,000 metric tons rice to Sri Lanka as drought relief.

Pakistan government has sent 3 ships, each has thousand metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka.  This is the 1st stock of rice donated by the Pakistani government to Sri Lanka  as a relief for the drought affected people. These ships will arrive in Colombo harbour next week. Prime Minsiter of Pakistan Nawaz Shariff has pledged to provide 10,000 metric tons of rice as a donation. The rest of rice will be brought to Sri Lanka by the end of April.

The Prime Minister says religious and ethnic reconciliation is essential for peace and development.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says all should respect to all religions in the country. Even though people can have various political ideologies they should not discriminate any religion or ethnic group. Only the politically bankrupted elements are attempting to create religious and communal hatred in order to gain petty political mileage. However, the majority people in the country appear for unitary Sri Lanka that has religious, ethnic and cultural freedom.

The Prime Minister made these remarks at a ceremony held in Colombo this morning to declare open the 33 feet height replica of Aukana Buddha Statue constructed at the Sri Abhaya Vijayashramaya in Maradana. The Prime Minister further said that religious and ethnic reconciliation is essential to achieve development economic and social goals in the country. The present government is committed strengthen national reconciliation and to have better future for youth in Sri Lanka. The replica of Aukana Buddha Statue was constructed as a concept of former Colombo Municipal Councilor Kithsiri Rajapaksa. All religious leaders were present at this event.

May rally of UNP will be held at the Campbell ground.

General Secretary of the UNP Minister Kabheer Shasheem says forthcoming may day rally of UNP will be held at the Campbell ground, Colombo. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo the General Secretary noted that the current government has rendered a great deal of service to the country in many facets like reducing drug prices, providing an insurance policy for the school children, slashing gas prices, increasing salary of public employees etc.


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