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Health Ministry in emergency plan for flood victims

[May 22 2016]

An emergency plan to assist flood victims facing health challenges due to the prevailing weather is now under way in 84 districts, Director General of Health Services, Dr P.G. Maheepala told the media at a special conference at the Health Education Bureau to address issues such as food safety, sanitation and accident prevention during the Vesak season.

 

Jayanthi conquers Mt. Everest

[May 22 2016]

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala became the first Sri Lankan to climb Mount Everest. She left Camp 4 around 9 pm the previous day, with climbing partner, Johann Peries. She continued with her Sherpa to the Death Zone, the region above 26,000ft where climbing is extremely difficult.

 

Police come down hard on looters in flood-hit areas

[May 22 2016]

Police apprehended 15 persons from various flood-affected areas in the country for suspected looting and stealing valuables from houses evacuated by victims of the recent floods.

 

National Vesak Festival 2016

[May 15 2016]

The National Vesak Festival 2016, will be held at the Naigala Raja Maha Vihara, Hambantota district from May 19 to 26.Among the important events are ordaining 25 children at the Kasagala Raja Maha Vihara, workshop on novices and offering robes, display of Vesak lanterns in police stations, cultural display by the Police, Army, Air Force and the National Youth Services Council, Bodhi poojas, Bhakthi Gee, exposition of relics and holding dansalas.

 

Met Dept issues bad weather warning

[May 15 2016]

The Meteorology Department issued a bad weather warning yesterday that the atmospheric disturbance in the South East of Sri Lanka is likely to intensify and develop into a depression and move closer to Sri Lanka, affecting the weather in the country and the surrounding sea areas.

 

Vesak dansalas in Colombo to be registered

[May 15 2016]

As Colombo readies for the upcoming Vesak, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has called upon food dansal organisers, to first register with it.

 

President at Kumbh Mela, Sanchi

[May 08 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India from May 13-14 to attend the Simhasth Kumbh Mela, a popular Hindu festival in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Chandrika to address UN special session in New York

[May 08 2016]

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) will represent Sri Lanka at a special session of the United Nations

 

President tells police: Raid illegal sand mining

[May 08 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed a special police team to be deployed directly under the IGP to raid illegal mining across the country which harms the environment.

 

President to attend G7 Summit

[April 24 2016]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to invite President Maithripala Sirisena as a guest at the G7 summit next month is a further recognition of Sri Lanka’s renewed global credibility.

 

Temporary ban on Yala safari operators

[April 24 2016]

Many safari jeep private operators are temporarily banned from entering the Yala National Park, as directed by the Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation Sumith Pilapitiya.

 

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday inaugurated the construction of the second phase of the Colombo Outer Circular Highway
from Kaduwela to Kadawatha at an estimated cost of Rs. 44.8 billion. The construction of the 29 km highway will be completed in three
stages, linking the gateway to the Southern Expressway at Kottawa to Homagama, Kuduwela, Biyagama, Mahara and Wattala to end at Kerawalapitiya. It will also link the proposed Colombo-Kandy Expressway at Kadawatha as well as the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway at Kerawalapitiya. Here President Rajapaksa inspects an architectural model of the project after inaugurating the second phase at Kadawatha. Pic: Sudath Malaweera

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Minister Vitharana refutes TNA claims :

PSC talks will conclude in six months

Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitharana who refuted TNA claims that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on power devolution was a delaying tactic of the Government said that the PSC has been mandated to conclude its deliberations within six months. A report would be submitted by then recommending constitutional amendments to further strengthen unity and communal amity in the country,

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Solutions to problems of people in N-E:

Sincere political parties should be accommodating

Senior Minister for Human Resources D.E.W. Gunasekara said if political parties are sincere to seek a solution to the problems faced by people in the North and the East, they must be flexible and try to accommodate the views of others and bring about a consensus on the issue.

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Crackdown on bribery and corruption intensifies

The Commission to Investigate Allegations on Bribery or Corruption since its appointment in May 15, 2011 has arrested 48 persons, the highest number of arrests since its inception in 1994, in its effort to crack down on bribery and corruption in Sri Lanka, Dr. Jayantha Wickremaratne, one of the Commissioners in the Bribery Commission told the Sunday Observer.

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Market experts commend EPF returns

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) managed by the Central Bank yielded a return of 11.5 percent last year which had been commended by market experts. Financial experts said that 11.5 percent is a reasonable rate of return by the Fund. Over 90 percent of the EPF is invested in Government Securities which produced a good yield last year and the previous year.

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