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Showery condition to enhance over the island (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
Showery condition to enhance over the island Prevailing showery condition is expected to enhance to some extent over the island in next few days. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces. Heavy falls above 100 mm are likely at some places in these areas. Several spells of showers will occur in Anuradhapura, Jaffna and Mannar districts. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere after 2.00 p.m. Fairly heavy falls above 50 mm are likely at some places in these areas. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning.
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Solution under way for War Hero pensions (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
Solution under way for War Hero pensions Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday agreed in Parliament that the demands of the disabled War Heroes who staged a Sathyagraha opposite the Fort Railway Station were reasonable and said that the government was in the process of solving the issue.The Minister explained that the proposals had been sent to the Defence Ministry for their recommendations regarding the grant of a 100 percent pension and 75 percent pension to the fully and partially disabled War Heroes respectively at their retirement and the Defence Ministry has responded to it. He added that hence the issue would be solved without delay.
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Colombo Int’l Book Fair begins (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
Colombo Int’l Book Fair begins The Colombo International Book Fair 2019, organized by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association for the 21st consecutive year, begins today at the BMICH, Colombo.The exhibition will run till September 29, from 9 am to 9 pm every day.
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Jaffna Enterprise Sri Lanka was highly successful (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
Jaffna Enterprise Sri Lanka was highly successful Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the Enterprise Sri Lanka Programme held in Jaffna was highly successful.The Minister said that during the four days, over 200,000 people visited the programme and that the public said that it was the most successful exhibition held in Jaffna after the war.
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President’s testimony before PSC ends; final report by end of October (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
President’s testimony before PSC ends; final report by end of October The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to inquire into the Easter Sunday terror attacks have concluded the hearing of evidence from President Maithripala Sirisena.Committee member MP Nalinda Jayatissa says that the final report of the PSC will be submitted to the Parliament of Sri Lanka at the end of October.
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EC TO monitor GOVT. recruitments (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
EC TO monitor GOVT. recruitments The Elections Commission has begun accepting applications for postal votes from yesterday and will do so till September 30, Director General of Elections Saman Sri Rathnayake said yesterday. The Commission requests those who are eligible to cast postal votes to submit their applications on or before that date as incomplete or late applications would be rejected.
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Dialogue to enhance youth skills and solutions (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
Dialogue to enhance youth skills and solutions While Sri Lanka has made significant achievements in education, especially in primary and secondary education, this achievement is not sustained at university level. According to the Labor Force Survey (2019), the highest unemployment rate is reported from the G.C.E (A/L) and above age group. The survey further indicates that the youth unemployment rate (age 15-24 years) is currently at 21.6%. A shortage of skills and mismatches with Labor market demands are some of the contributing factors.
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No doubt about winning free and fair elections - PM (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
No doubt about winning free and fair elections - PM Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (19) said the framework for holding free and fair elections has been established by the government and the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will be the most free and fair elections in the country's history.Participating in a function at Temple Trees, the Prime Minister said he has no doubts or fears about winning free and independent elections and added that he is committed to creating a fully democratic society.The Premier stressed that if necessary, he would go beyond the existing constitution to create a more dmocratic system.
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President thank China for continuous support and assistance to Sri Lanka (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
President thank China for continuous support and assistance to Sri Lanka Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chen Min-Er and President Maithripala Sirisena held a detailed discussion on a wide range of subjects on bilateral relations, economic cooperation and regional stability. Mr Chen Min-Er and a CPC delegation called on President Sirisena at the President’s Office yesterday (September 18).The President thanked China for the support extended to Sri Lanka for more than 60 years and made a special mention about the help given to defeat brutal terrorists by supplying modern weapons and standing with Sri Lanka at international forums. He added that this support will never be forgotten by the Sri Lankan people.
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President presents teaching appointments to 1400 graduates in North Western Province (Fri, 20 Sep 2019)
President presents teaching appointments to 1400 graduates in North Western Province President presents teaching appointments to 1400 graduates in North Western Province President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the importance and the responsibility of building a teacher force with creativity and personality necessary for the role of the present-day teacher.It was revealed, according to a latest research done by the Ministry of Education that around 10 % of the teachers in the education sector are not suitable for the teaching profession, the President said, adding that the reason for this is, even though examination certificates were received by them, the standard and quality required for the teaching profession is not there.The President made these remarks addressing a ceremony held at the Welagedara Ground, Kurunegala, today (18) to hand over teaching appointments to graduates in North Western Province.During this ceremony, teaching appointments were presented to 1400 graduates. The President symbolically presented teaching appointments to 100 graduates. The President further said that the task of teachers is not fulfilled only by teaching to students, and the responsibility of students during the school also vested with the class teachers.Furthermore, the President also explained the need for updating the teacher’s knowledge in order to face the challenges of the classroom as students move forward with the latest technology. Governor of the North Western Province Peshala Jayaratne, MPs Dayasiri Jayasekara, Shantha Bandara, former Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dharmasiri Dassanayake, Mr. Athula Wijesinghe and others participated on this occasion.Meanwhile, the President laid the foundation stone for the new office complex of the North Western Province Governor’s Office.Governor of the North Western Province Peshala Jayaratne, Kurunegala Mayor Thushara Sanjeewa and others participated on this occasion.
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Liberia school fire leaves many children dead near Monrovia (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – At least 27 people, many of them children, have been killed in a fire at a boarding school in a suburb of the Liberian capital Monrovia. The fire is believed to have broken out in the early hours of the morning, when Koranic school students were sleeping in a building near their mosque. Police have told the BBC they are still looking for bodies in the building, in the Paynesville area. President…
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Japan provides USD 2 million grant aid for implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Government of Japan has provided a grant aid worth 218 million Japanese Yen (approximately USD 2 million) to implement the project of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in Sri Lanka. The grant is provided through the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to implement the project to accelerate positive change on gender equality, empowerment of women and girls and respect for their human…
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UNP to announce presidential candidate within next week (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the presidential candidate of the UNP will be announced in the next week. He said that UNP leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had informed him about it. A special discussion will be held between the Prime Minister and the party leaders of the United National Front (UNP) this afternoon, the UNP General Secretary added.
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President presents teaching appointments to 1400 graduates in North Western Province (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the importance and the responsibility of building a teacher force with creativity and personality necessary for the role of the present-day teacher. It was revealed, according to a latest research done by the Ministry of Education that around 10 % of the teachers in the education sector are not suitable for the teaching profession, the President said, adding that the reason for this is, even though examination certificates…
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Karannagoda, Gunathilake presented with honorary military ranks (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and former Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunathilake were today presented the highest honorary military ranks by President Maithripala Sirisena. The President had earlier awarded the honorary military ranks in an extraordinary gazette notification and the formal presentation took place today. Karannagoda was promoted as the Admiral of the Fleet while Gunathileke was promoted as Marshal of the Air Force. The…
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Sri Lanka Army advises public not to be alarmed over false news published in media (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka Army today advised the general public not to be alarmed over false news of an attack similar to the Easter Sunday attack. Issuing a statement, Sri Lanka Army Headquarters said the false news of an attack to be launched with the assistance of some Army personnel is now circulating in the internet, print and electronic media. “It is firmly stated that this news is totally fabricated and published with malice…
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COPE to probe Lotus Tower project (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to launch a full scale investigation into the expenses incurred in the construction of the Lotus Tower in Colombo. COPE Chairman MP Sunil Handunneththi said the committee will summon officials of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) and other institutions that have been involved in the construction of the Lotus Tower for questioning. The Committee had made an inquiry with regard to the Lotus Tower…
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Sri Lanka Presidential Elections on November 16 (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s much anticipated Presidential Election will be held on the 16th of November and the acceptance of the nominations will be on the 7th of October, the Election Commission said. The relevant gazette notification regarding the election of the President has been sent to the Government Printer and it is due to be issued tonight. Candidates for the Presidential election can submit their deposits from tomorrow until October 6th. This is the…
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Sri Lanka PM says background prepared to create more employment opportunities (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the necessary background has been laid to create new investments and new revenue streams in the country and steps will be taken to create new employment opportunities within the next five years. Pointing out that when the present government took over the country in 2015, it faced many challenges, the Prime Minister said the government was able to strengthen the economy systematically overcoming those challenges. Based on the…
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Janashakthi Insurance Celebrates 25 Years of Progress (Wed, 18 Sep 2019)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Janashakthi Insurance PLC, a forerunner in the Life Insurance industry,celebrated25 years of progress. Janashakthi Life Insurance Company was inaugurated on 15th September 1994as the first ever specialised Life Insurer in Sri Lanka; the brainchild of Mr. C.T.A. Schaffter, who is fondly known as the father of Insurance in Sri Lanka. “The inception of Janashakthi was linked to our founder’s earnest desire to make insurance accessible to everyone. The name ‘Janashakthi’, which translates…
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