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Sri Lanka's Export Sector records a five percent growth

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The export sector, a key driver of the economy rebounded from last year’s sluggish pace to record a five percent growth during the first quarter of this year as against the corresponding quarter last year. Revenue from exports rose from US$ 1,739 million in the first quarter last year to US$ 1,823 million this year.
This is a noteworthy increase given the slow economic recovery in key markets in Europe and other export markets, Chairman, Export Development Board, Bandula Egodage said.
Merchandise export income rose seven percent to US$ 11,118 million in 2014 compared to US$ 10,394 million in 2013. Merchandise export revenue excludes revenue from Information Technology exports.
The main contributor to exports is the apparel sector which accounts for around 40 percent of exports to the EU region. Textiles, tea, cinnamon, rubber based products, fish, ceramics, processed and fresh fruits and vegetables and ornamental fish are some of the main export items from Sri Lanka.
“Sri Lanka has some of the best entrepreneurs who could carve a niche area in the global market with value-added products,” Egodage added.

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President launches program to electrify rural Sri Lanka

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday launched a rural electrification program to provide electricity to 12,850 families in rural areas of the country.
The ‘Soorya Mangallaya Aluth Avurudhu Eliya’ program was symbolically launched under the patronage of President Sirisena today at the President’s Office.
The program, implemented under the ‘Vindulamu Lanka’ rural electrification scheme, seeks to provide electricity to the families before the New Year.
The enforcement of 758 Rural Electrification Schemes and Power Extensions, for which work has been completed in each district, symbolically took place today at the President’s Office. The Government has spent Rs. 1.975 billion on the program.
Speaking at the event, the President noted that the supply of power to the village was a massive investment made on the behalf of the future generation.
“The real objective of development should be to bridge the gap between the town and the village. With the provision of electricity to villagers and with rural children receiving new technology, the village communities will have the opportunity to win over the world,” the President commented.
The President added said that that the aim of the development programs of the present Government was to eliminate the poverty of rural residents and provide them with the facilities presently being enjoyed by people in urban areas.
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon and Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy B.M.S. Batagoda were among those present at the occasion.

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Sri Lanka Govt. allocates Rs.450 mn for national schools

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Sri Lanka's Education Ministry has allocated Rs. 450 million for 352 national school for 2015.
Accordingly, a national school with 3,000 students or more will receive Rs 1.5 million and a school with less than 3,000 students will receive Rs. 500 for each student. A school with 300 students will receive Rs. 100,000, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
Addressing the media at the Education Ministry on Wednesday (08), the Minister pointed out that the allocations will be utilized to uplift of teaching and learning processes, teacher training, teacher capacity building programmes and subject based extra curricular activities.
About 40 percent of the allocations can be utilized for maintenance and renovation activities of school buildings and instruments, the minister further said.

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Academic Cooperation Agreement deal to be inked

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The Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) of Sri Lanka and the National Defence University(NDU) of Pakistan are set to sign an Academic Cooperation Agreement (ACA), the Government Information Department said The agreement will be formally inked during the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to Pakistan.

The ACA is a proposal of Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

The aim of the initiative is to extend the scope of collaborations, bi-lateral exchanges and share expertise on related educational activities.

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National Centre to uplift households headed by women in Kilinochchi

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The government has taken a decision to establish a National Centre for the uplift of households headed by women in Kilinochchi. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has initiated this decision on a request by the people of the North to establish this centre in their area since many women who lost their husbands live in Kilinochchi.

The persons who suffered the most due to the war are women and children. In the North alone, there are nearly 50,000 families headed by women. They are made destitute due to their inability to provide food, accommodation and educational needs to their children. The Rs. 35,000 loan provided to them to develop a livelihood is not sufficient.

It was revealed that the loan is used for the sustenance of their day to day lives.

Banks too hesitate to grant them loans. Hence, the necessity to provide them more help to generate income for their livelihood. The spread of illegal liquor and drugs, household abuses and subject to sexual violence and abuses are serious problems the women face in the society today.

There is a also a shortage of women police officers to record complaints and take legal action against the offenders-as a result justice is delayed or not served.

The Prime Minister is of the firm belief that the creation of this National Centre for the Households headed by women in Kilinochchi will lay the foundation to solve a problem that has bothered a segment of the society.

Based on the report presented by United Nations on families headed by women, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe appointed a committee to make recommendations to uplift the levels of social and economic conditions of such families.

He has nominated attorney Shanthini Abimanasingham as the Chairperson of this Committee.

The Ministries of Women Affairs, Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, Children and Youth and Cultural Affairs will jointly provide resources to implement this programme, while the Rehabilitation Ministry will provide assistance.

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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 18-pct in March 2015

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Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 18 percent from a year earlier to 157,051 in March 2015, with Western European arrivals recovering after a lull during election in the island and China performing strongly, official data showed.

Total arrivals were up 13.6 percent from a year earlier to 478,838 in the first three months of the year.

Arrivals from China which surged in February to 27,425 during the Chinese New Year becoming the top generating market during the month, continued to grow strongly up 81 percent to 13,975.

In the first three months of 2015, Chinese arrivals were up 84 percent to 53,135 only second to India with 64,781. Indian arrivals during March grew 16.6 percent from a year earlier to 21,838.

Growth in the Western European market which slowed to 11 percent in the peak winter season month of January amid Presidential elections in Sri Lanka recovered to grow 27.4 percent to 57,094 in March.

Arrivals from UK, traditionally Sri Lanka's second largest generating market after India, grew 36.9 percent to 16,191 in March, just ahead of China, but total arrivals during the at 44,813 placed it at third place.

German visitors rose 22.9 percent to 15,294 with the quarterly total up 17.5 percent to 38,725.

Russian arrivals fell 20.6 percent to 7,106 and visitors from Ukraine fell 54.6 percent to1,502 due to continued economic woes in the countries. Visitors from Japan fell 10.7 percent to 3,393 and from Malaysia 23.3 percent to 1,765.

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Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy - China 2015 launched with private sector

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The marketing strategy by Sri Lanka Tourism to the market China for 2015 was launched with a private- public partnership in the presence of the Deputy Mission in Charge of the Sri Lankan Embassy of the People Republic of China with the top 65 photographers from Shanghai Photographic Association capturing the beauty of Sri Lanka under the theme " Sri Lanka - beauty in my eyes".

Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Rohantha Athukorala speaking on the occasion said, "Today is unique as we have the key stakeholders from the private sector who operate the market China at the launch where together, we will firm up the Marketing Plan for China and continuously work together to make an impact to the market place"..

The Chinese Embassy of Sri Lanka Deputy Head of Mission Ren Faqiang Commented "I like the aggressive but focussed strategy of the Sri Lanka Tourism Tourism in the China market. It is well thought through and more over accountable for delivery of results, Already you are having access to 5 key markets and now that you are focussing on testing a market development programme on the Shi-shuan province is commendable given the accessibility for direct air travel between Chengdu and Colombo" .

The Chairman SLTPB Rohantha Athukorala voiced " if we can build the new markets in china like Sichuan province which has 90 million people and 2 million who travel overseas to come to Sri Lanka, we operate 7 flights a week from the current 5 will be ideal so that specific hotels can be targeted in line with the interests and requirements of the target group. As at end February the tourist arrivals from China registers a growth of 85.7% over last year and is poised to be a the number 2 market in the Sri Lankan portfolio.

Founder of ASMET vetaran tourism expert Mervin Fernandopulle mentioned that the need for translators is key and it must be fast tracked if we are really going to make the experience positive to a Chinese traveller. Respected tourism personality and Managing Director for Jetwing Hotels Shiromal Cooray mentioned "for the first time we see the detail marketing plan for the Chinese market and as the GSA for Air China in Sri Lanka I am pleased at the focused development strategy that we are working to build the business in China".

The market head for China at the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chinthaka Liyanarachchi stated in the Marketing Plan that a combination of above the line and below the line advertising, travel trade meets ups, focussed one to one meetings with the travel trade and media visits by Chinese journalists to current and new tourism products in Sri Lanka will be high lighted so that focused deals can be linked with the private sector participants. Separately, join promotions with Air China and screen based marketing will also be implemented quipped the Director Marketing for Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Madhubani Perera.

To make the launch event unique Sri Lanka Tourism on the recommendation of the foreign ministry flew down 65 key photographers from China in partnership with the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka of the People's Republic of China where 650 photographs were captured during a 12 day tour of Sri Lanka and the best photos were uploaded to Chinese digital media WE CHAT and WEIBO. Earlier during the year Sri Lanka tourism launched the one million tree stories project with Miss World Rolene Strauss that reached one hundred million Chinese.

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Special development project for Galle

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A special project for the development of Galle District cities such as Galle, Hikkaduwa and Weligama, has been initiated under the Strategic Urban Planning Programme sponsored by the World Bank, Project Director Champika de Silva said.

He was addressing the Galle District Coordinating Committee (DCC) meeting at Halle De Galle.

As the initial phase of the project, planned by the Moratuwa University, Moragoda Canal Development, the drainage system within the Galle Municipality, upgrading Gamini Mawatha and Havelock Road and expansion of Oruppuwatte market area are in progress, the Director added.

The meeting which was the first Galle DCC under the new government, was co-chaired by Vocational Training and Skills Development Minister Piyasena Gamage, Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake and Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva.

"Much publicity was given for Galle town development. The subject was discussed at all forums while assurance was given for the speedy commencement of the project. Nevertheless, nothing significant was carried out in respect of Galle urban development," Media Minister Karunathilake said. "All propaganda seemed to be for mere political promotional purposes," the minister added.

"A new political culture has emerged in the country now. We should shun all political and personal differences to work for the masses. Let us all get together and cooperate to develop Galle," the minister urged.

Southern Provincial Councillor and Galle District Parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara, Southern Provincial Councillors Wijepala Hettiarachchi and Asoka Danawansa also spoke.

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Free Wifi access from Monday

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Sri Lankans will be able to enjoy free Wifi internet access with up to 100 MB of usage at selected 26 public locations across the island from Monday(30), Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

It said that the service would be expanded up to 1000 public spaces across the island by the end of August.

The ministry said that it had not established any restrictions on the free Wifi service.

“At the beginning there will be no barriers for the Wifi users, but after analysing the service with the time, our technicians will take necessary technological methods to control the service,” the ministry sources said.

The 26 public locations are: Fort Railway Station, Pettah Public and Private Bus Stands, the Temple of the Tooth Kandy, Floating Market in Pettah, Colombo Law College, Colombo Public Library, Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo Racecourse, Colombo Police Head Quarters, Galle Railway Station, Jaffna Railway Station, Fort Dutch Hospital, Galle Face Colombo, Battaramulla Foreign Employment Bureau, Colombo Museum, Karapitiya Hospital, Rathnapura Museum, Polonnaruwa Base Hospital, Matara Bus Stand, Polonnaruwa Railway Station, Matara Railway Station, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden, Jaffna Public Library, Kandy Railway Station and Peradeniya Railway Station.

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Bangladesh High Commissioner meets Sri Lankan President

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Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Tarik Ahsan paid a courtesy call on the newly elected President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirissena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo recently.

During the meeting, the Bangladesh High Commissioner conveyed the greetings of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the Sri Lankan President and reiterated her invitation to him to visit Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time. The High Commissioner lauded the steps taken by the new government of Sri Lanka under President Sirisena for promoting compassionate and good governance for all Sri Lankans. He sought the support of President Sirisena in the efforts for advancing bilateral cooperation between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He focused on the areas of cooperation in trade, pharmaceuticals, shipping, culture and people-to-people contact.

President Sirisena conveyed his regards to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and good wishes to the people of Bangladesh. He recalled the commonalities of history, culture, values and ethnicity between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between the two countries bilaterally and multilaterally. He assured the High Commissioner of his government`s full cooperation in further strengthening the bilateral relation. The President recalled his visits to Bangladesh in 2013 and 2014 in the capacity of Health Minister of Sri Lanka. He expressed his intention to visit Bangladesh in near future.

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President praises Vietnam’s rapid agricultural growth

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President Maithripala Sirisena said Vietnam’s rapid agricultural and industrial growth is a good example for other developing countries such as Sri Lanka to emulate. He said that Sri Lanka would like to follow the successful Vietnamese methods of utilization of modern technology to enhance agricultural growth. The President made these observations when the Vietnamese Ambassador, Madam Phan Kieu Thu paid a courtesy call at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

Ambassador Thu conveyed the Vietnamese Government’s congratulations to President Sirisena on his Presidential election victory. She also expressed deep appreciation of the successful implementation of the good governance programme.

Madam Thu said that a Vietnamese ministerial delegation would visit Sri Lanka next month for the Meeting of the Sri Lanka Vietnam Joint Commission on Trade and Commerce. She expressed hope that the meeting would result in further expansion of bilateral trade and investment.

The Vietnamese Ambassador briefed the President about the increased cooperation between the two countries in education, trade, tourism, agriculture and industry.

She extended an invitation on behalf of the Vietnamese President to President Sirisena to visit Vietnam. The President said that he has an extremely busy schedule this year and promised to consider a visit to Vietnam in 2016.

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Sri Lanka launches third ICT survey with PwC

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As ICT exports are projected to top $1Bn this year, Sri Lanka has launched the latest ICT Value Survey to find the national hi-tech exports it achieved in 2013/14-and all the ICT exporters are encouraged to actively take part in it. “We have recognized the ICT industry to be a key player in our exports. We a looking for $1 billion exports this year” voiced Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka on Wednesday (18) in Colombo.

Minister Bathiudeen was acknowledging the update on ICT exports by top EDB officials on the latest ICT Value Survey.

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), for the third time, has embarked on the survey of the ICT/ BPM export industry to capture the ICT export values for the years 2013 and 2014. The survey is expected to demonstrate the progress made by the industry and to highlight its growing significance as a top export revenue generator for Sri Lanka. This survey will specifically focus on the export value of the ICT sector for the years 2013 and 2014. While focusing on the capacity available for the industry, the survey also concentrates on the existing global markets.

The survey will be conducted in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

“Sri Lankan President’s 100 Day program aims at export promotion and GSP Plus recovery” stressed Minister Bathiudeen, and added: “We have recognized the ICT industry to be a key player in our exports development. We are looking for $1 billion exports this year. The 2013/’14 ICT Export Value Survey will show us the latest exports value. I urge all the ICT exporters of Sri Lanka to join and support us to find the accurate volumes.”

Mr. Bandula Egodage, Chairman and Chief Executive of EDB, stressed: “To evaluate the progress of ICT/BPM exports, we need to continuously measure the growth of it and its contribution to the country’s economy. The government has recognized the industry to be one of the key players in the Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Export Development Board expects that this survey will be instrumental in facilitating the industry to reach its highest potential. The results of the survey will be useful to assess the current status of the industry in relation to its competitors as well as be the basis for Government policy decisions in the future regarding the ICT industry”.

During the last five years, Sri Lanka’s global brand position improved significantly. AT Kearney ranked Sri Lanka among the top 25 destinations in their global ranking in the last three consecutive rankings. Gartner ranked Sri Lanka among its top 30 global locations. IBM, Tholons and several others ranked Sri Lanka at the top of their respective leader boards. To receive the “Outsourcing Destination of the Year” award from the National Outsourcing Association (NOA), UK twice in a row, was a true validation of the tremendous progress that Sri Lanka has achieved.

When such ICT initiatives are carried out by EDB, EDB is supported by the ICT/BPM industry, the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, Board of Investment, SLASSCOM, FITIS, Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Faculty of IT – University of Moratuwa and School of Computing – University of Colombo.

In 2013, Sri Lanka ICT export revenues stood at $719 Mn. The sector saw growth of 123% over the last five years. London Stock Exchange and HSBC are among recipients of Lankan ICT support. Sri Lanka’s IT/BPM sector vision 2022 is to earn $5Bn in revenues, with 200,000 direct jobs and 1000 start-ups.

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Switzerland ready to support Sri Lanka's national reconciliation

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Switzerland is willing to open a new chapter in bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and ready to extend its full support for a national reconciliation programme Visiting Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, Federal Councilor Didier Burkhalter told President Maithripala Sirisena.

The visiting Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs made this pledge Tuesday (17) when he met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

Mr Burkhalter said that the Swiss government is very happy with the measures taken by Sri Lankan government so far to build up national reconciliation and empower democracy in Sri Lanka.

In talks with President Sirisena and other top government representatives Mr. Burkhalter also discussed possibilities of boosting bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Switzerland.

President Sirisena appreciated the Swiss government's role as a neutral state in helping peace moves throughout the world.

Mr. Burkhalter has also held talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and representatives of the government and of the Tamil population in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

Mr Burkhalter expressed his appreciation for the peaceful elections in Sri Lanka and for the reforms the new government has introduced.

Open and comprehensive dialogue between all parties concerned was an essential prerequisite for building trust, said Mr Burkhalter. He also welcomed the Sri Lankan government's willingness to work more closely with the international community and the UN to investigate and punish human rights violations.

Concerning bilateral relations, Mr Burkhalter said that a "new era" could be starting between Switzerland and Sri Lanka, in terms of economic ties and cooperation in other areas.

At today's meeting with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, Mr Burkhalter discussed options for expanding trade and economic relations.

The trade volume between Switzerland and Sri Lanka is currently around CHF 300 million per year. Many Swiss companies are present in Sri Lanka, and Mr Burkhalter met representatives from several of them while in Colombo today.

Mr Burkhalter also met Tamil National Alliance (TNA) seniors R. Sampathan, and MP M.A. Sumanthiran and discussed the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.

The Swiss Minister will visit the Akkarai project village in Jaffna, tomorrow. Switzerland supported its reconstruction following the civil war, as part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's (SDC) humanitarian reconstruction programme. In total, Switzerland is helping some 5,000 families to build houses, 20% of them are households headed by women. Thirty-five of the supported families live in the Akkarai project village.

In Jaffna, Mr Burkhalter will also meet the Chief Minister of Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, and the Governor of Northern Province, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, for talks.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith C Perera, Secretary to the President, P B Abeykoon, and Foreign Secretary Chitranganee Wagiswara were also present on this occasion.

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Sri Lanka Tourism taps high potential Czech Republic Market

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With the overall tourism numbers in Sri Lanka growing by 11.6% as at end February 2015, identifying the high potential of generating quality tourism numbers to Sri Lanka will be key is the new ethos of the Tourism hierarchy.

In this clear strategy, the Sri Lanka promotion Bureau selected a key market in Central European -Czech Republic to be the catalyst in driving the quality traveller as predicted by the UNWTO trends of tourism that was announced recently. With this objective the much acclaimed key travel and tourism fair branded Holiday World Travel Fair staged in Prague was selected to be used to reach Central European segment of business by the Sri Lankan Tourism promotion bureau with the industry members said the chairman Rohantha Athukorala.

We also want to test Digital marketing in this market where using tools like trip advisor analytics we can find the people who have researched Sri Lanka as a tourism destination and how we can track them to be linked to the private sector business. This is the newest form of destination marketing that Sri Lanka is challenged with. We have no option but move with the global trends as we must note that the world market is very competitive and the company that is closest to the consumer gets the booking he said.

Sri Lanka Tourism contingent was represented by the engineering background Managing Director of SLTPB Milanka Gajanayake and Market Head of Czech Republic Jagath Perera. The Major travel companies in Sri Lanka like Exotic Holidays International, Deluxe Vacations (Pvt) Ltd, Jetwing Travels and Raffles Leisure (Pvt) Ltd participated for this years show with a single minded idea on how we can convince people of Czech Republic to travel to Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan delegation had a hard sell approach to the trade and an absolute consumer end demand generating discussions with top tour operators of Czech Republic. Some of the discussions centred around commencing charter flights to Sri Lanka whilst some said let's keep innovating for new marketing campaigns so that with the direction Sri Lanka will benefit.

Czech market generates nearly 12,000 tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka annually and has the potential to be twenty thousand this year said Chairman Athukorala. Holiday World is unique outlet where one can access with all possible features related to the tourism package trips and getting into a valet of a typical traveller where multiple countries are visited like Maldives and Sri Lanka.

As the UNWTO Secretary General commented that using all forms of digital communication and not only can act on a feedback loop but also develop new elands that can blossom to a strong relationship. The latest trends reveal that there is growth in the number of visitors attending the fair every year and the conversions from sales leads is a good ROI based evaluation that we are in the process of finalizing together with the bid proposal.

Attendees include hospitality and leisure industries with an higec tighten interest by travel trade members, business travel decision makers, leisure and holiday travelers, travel trade members, and cooperate and business travel decision makers and travel planners. Sri Lanka Tourism visions is to develop the Czech Republic Market which will lead to visitor journalists programmes and many other creative ways to reach the digital consumer commented Athukorala.

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Swiss Foreign Minister called on President

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Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (17).

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith C Perera, Secretary to the President, P B Abeykoon and Foreign Secretary Chitranganee Wagishwara were also participated to this occasion.

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera meets Indonesian Special Envoy

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met Indonesian Special Envoy and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday (17). The Indonesian Ambassador to Sri Lanka and other senior officials were also present. Indonesia is the world's fourth most popular country and South East Asia's largest economy.

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Foreign Minister meets his Maldivian counterpart

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Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met Maldivian Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon at the Foreign Ministry on Monday (16).

The Sri Lankan and Maldivian Foreign Secretaries and other senior officials, including the Maldivian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, also attended the meeting. Foreign Minister Maumoon met Foreign Minister Samaraweera earlier this month in Geneva.

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Sri Lanka and India sign four bilateral agreements

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on a two-day state visit to Sri Lanka presided over the signing ceremony of four memorandums of understanding at the Presidential Secretariat today.

The (MoU) memorandums of understanding signed today are:

1. Agreement between Sri Lanka and India on Exemption from Visa Requirement for holders of diplomatic and official passport holders

2. Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on Co-operation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters

3. Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Youth Development between the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India

4. Memorandum of Understanding between Sri Lanka and India for the Establishment of Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium in the University of Ruhuna

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Japanese grant to improve educational environment of Kilinochchi Primary School

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The Government of Japan has provided US$ 185,425 (Rs.24 million approx.) grant for the ‘Project for Improving Educational Environment of Kilinochchi Primary School under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).

The project aims at construction of a two-storied building and improving sanitation facilities. It is also expected to improve the teaching skill of teachers by conducting a series of teacher’s training programs while conducting training programmes for parents in realizing children’s right to receive education under the proper environment.

Japan provides its assistance to this project under the focus of ‘Development of Emerging Regions’ enshrined in the Country Assistance Policy for Sri Lanka. The Government of Japan believes that recovery of livelihood and economic growth of the people who live in poverty ridden areas, need to be complemented by addressing core issues like infrastructure rehabilitation.

An integrated approach in this nature will pave the way to reconciliation, durable peace and inclusive development in all parts of the country in the long run

Mr.Guido de Vries, Country Director at ZOA Sri Lanka said that through these grants it will be possible to ensure that children aged 0-5 years receive good quality early childhood care and development (ECCD) education and children aged 6-11 years receive good quality primary education through Child Friendly School Framework (CFS).

The Grant Contract was signed between Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Guido de Vries Country Director at ZOA Sri Lanka today (16) at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo.

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Modi flags off Talaimannar train service

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off a train service at the north-western Sri Lankan town of Talaimannar – the closest point to India – restored after decades of civil war, completing the reconstruction of the entire Northern Province Railway Line.

Accompanied by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Modi also unveiled a plaque inaugurating Talaimannar 1650 Pier Railway station.

Modi flew in here by an IAF chopper from the ancient holy town of Anuradhapura where he offered prayers at the sacred Mahabodhi tree. He is on his way to Jaffna, a former war zone in the island’s Tamil-majority Northern Province.

The newly-constructed 63-km railway track between Madhu Road and Talaimannar Pier is the last segment of the 265-km long, prestigious Northern Railway Line Reconstruction Project which is being executed by IRCON International Ltd., a Government of India owned company.

It is designed with a speed potential of 120 km per hour.

The completion of the rail projects in the northern region is a big step towards providing safe, time and fuel efficient, comfortable and environment friendly transport service to the people of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan officials said that after commissioning of the new section, the commitment of the Government of Sri Lanka to restore rail track connectivity in the Northern Province after a lapse of 25 years has been fulfilled.

This will also fulfill the long-cherished dream of the local Tamil people for having direct rail connectivity to Colombo that will also help in the reconciliation efforts of Government of Sri Lanka, they said.

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High time for 'Right to Recall' legislation in Sri Lanka!
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
The stench from Meethotamulla, metaphorically speaking, is being matched by the stench of political rivals lobbing chunks of political garbage at one another.  The politically dispassionate pointing out that there are countries where such disasters resulted in the resignation of relevant subject ministers or officials, called for the resignation of those responsible.  The most uncomfortable thing about all this is that people don't have any position to resign from; they can't give up their citizenship. Much has been written about waste management over the past few days.  Hopefully outrage and cheap politicking will give way to sober... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/17)

කුණු වෙන කුණු ප්‍රශ්නය
නලින් ද සිල්වා
ලෝකයේ ලොකුම නගරය කොළඹ ද කියලා දැන් අහන්න වෙනවා. චම්පක රණවක ඔහුට සුපුරුදු විධියට මීතොටමුල්ලේ කුණු කන්දේ වට ප්‍රමාණය, උස ආදිය ගැන දශමයට ජනතාව දැනුවත් කළා. ඔහු සංඛ්‍යානයෙහි විශේෂඥයකු නොවූවත් සංඛ්‍යා ලේඛන ඉදිරිපත් කරන්න දක්‍ෂයෙක්. ජාතික හෙළ උරුමයෙන් හාමුදූරුවරුන් කී දෙනකු අස්වුණා ද කියලා ඇහුවොත් ඔහු උපසම්පදා භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේ මෙපමණ ය සාමණේර භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේ මෙපමණ ය ආදී වශයෙන් ගණන් හිලවු කියාවි. ඒකට රතන හාමුදුරුවන් ඇතුළත් කරනව ද නැද්ද කියන එක නම් ප්‍රශ්නයක් වේවි. චම්පක කියන අන්දමේ ලොකු කුණු කන්දක් ලන්ඩනයේවත් නිව්යෝක්හිවත්, තෝකියෝවෙවත්, සිංගප්පූරුවෙවත් නැතිව ඇති. මෙරට ජනයාත්,  දේශපාලනඥයනුත්,  උගතුනුත්, නිලධාරීනුත් හැම තිස්සෙ ම කතා කරන්නෙ බටහිර... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/17)

Sithijaya Sirasa TV 19th April 2017 -A brilliant analysis by Dr Dayan Jayatileke
Politics is the last resort of scoundrels----still one cannot blame them, but I will most certainly blame those idiots who voted for them. The difficultynow is to find them is because NO ONE claims having voted for them ------so says even Bernard Shaw! A brilliant analysis by Dr Dayan Jayatileke-----exposing the lack of basic professionalism by a regime that can be best referred to as a group of utter misfits, in a rather charitable manner! This groups record of failed events keeps mounting and horrors of horrors it has ended the lives of at least 36 innocent human beings ,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/17)

Sagala wins praise for braving Meetotamulla appearance
Courtesy The Island
* Prominent yahapalana theoretician talks of ‘failed govt.' * Protests over multiple issues to resume with a vengeance * Derana TV subject to good cop - bad cop routine April 22, 2017, 7:38 pm While the Meetotamulla tragedy drowned out all other news during and after the Sinhala and Tamil new year, one person who seemed to earn some credit even in the eyes of detractors during this period was Minister Sagala Ratnayake who went to the site of the tragedy at least three times braving all the hostility and hooting and jeering by enraged... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/17)

We worked according to a plan - Mahinda (English)
We worked according to a plan - Mahinda (English)
https://youtu.be/06_zTKIU538... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/17)

Sheep aren’t as stupid as you think
Sheep are one of the most unfairly stereotyped animals on the planet. Almost everything we believe about them is wrong.They are one of the most unfairly stereotyped animals on the planet. Almost everything we believe about them is wrong.... -Full Story- (bbc.com - 23/04/17)

How Western civilisation could collapse
Some possible precipitating factors are already in place, and how the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future.... -Full Story- (bbc.com - 23/04/17)

Premajayantha opposes leasing of oil to India (English)
Premajayantha opposes leasing of oil to India
https://youtu.be/FUBGs8xFJ3g... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/17)

Champika is going to implement Gotabaya's plan - Mahinda චම්පික රණවක, ඝෝඨාභයගේ සැළැස්ම ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්න යනවා...
Champika is going to implement Gotabaya's plan - Mahinda
https://youtu.be/FNNbgv2AU9s... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/17)

Multiple protests by residents against dumping garbage from Colombo (English)
Multiple protests by residents against dumping garbage from Colombo
https://youtu.be/xZ0SsaO6u_0... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/17)

Meetotamulla Garbage disaster.
Sudath Gunasekara 17.4.2017.
The President said that the Government would ensure that no garbage would be dumped at the site in the future and the existing site will be shifted soon.  - See more at: http://www.ft.lk/article/609541/Garbage-turns-gorysthash.Mz3Idvd3.dpuf I have two questions on the President decision. How many Presidents and politicians have said the same thing before. But why didn’t they solve this problem until 32 people died and so many displaced and victimized . Presidents decision. ‘existing site will be shifted soon’. First ‘Going by what has happened to many of his previous orders, I am very skeptical about... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

REQUEST TO PROBE INTO THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND WAR CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE INDIAN PEACE KEEPING FORCE IN SRI LANKA IN 1987-1990.
Ranjith Soysa Media Spokesperson Global Sri Lankan Forum
Mr Salil Shetty, Secretary General-Amnesty International Dear Mr. Salil Shetty, REQUEST TO PROBE INTO THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND WAR CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE INDIAN PEACE KEEPING FORCE IN SRI LANKA IN 1987-1990. At an interview with the Mr Shamindra Ferdinando the   Deputy Editor of the ‘Island’ news paper of Sri Lanka on 4 April 2017 you have said  that if credible evidence is available, AI will probe into the HR violations committed by the IPKF in Sri Lanka between 1987- 1990. We give below a few instances of HR... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

ORIGINS OF SRI LANKA ACCORDING TO THE OLA MANUSCRIPTS
by, Professor Nishan C. Wijesinha
Long time ago, India consisted of many countries. Vanga was one of the countries in India at that time. The king of Vanga (present-day Bengal) married a princess named Mayavati of the Kalinga country (present-day Odisha). The couple had a daughter named Suppadevi. She was thought to be in the Hindu culture as an extremely beautiful goddess. As an adult at sixteen those-days, Princess Suppadevi left Vanga to seek an independent life. She joined a caravan headed for Magadha; but it was attacked by Sinha a beastly jungle outlaw as of Robin-hood of the Sherwood Forest. Sinha... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

EXPLOITERS OF COMPUTER SKILLS
ALI SUKHANVER
‘Facebook is diminishing the working capabilities of Youth’ and also ‘affecting the students’, said the cabinet of Bangladesh in a letter to the Telecom Ministry. The Cabinet has suggested putting a limited ban on Facebook, according to various Bangladeshi newspapers. If this ban imposed successfully, Bangladesh would be the first country in South-Asian region which took the misuse of social media seriously. God knows better how the Telecom Ministry would spare time to read this letter because this ministry is already too much preoccupied and overburdened. Bangladesh’s Ministry of Telecom recently introduced a video game with the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Fernandez turns green warrior
Courtesy Statesman News Service
Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez played the damsel in distress in the 2016 superhero film A Flying Jatt. “If I could be a superhero, I would love to be Captain Planet. He is one superhero I have grown up watching and always loved the fact that with everything he did, he was making the environment safer, greener and a cleaner space,” Fernandez told IANS. Jacqueline Fernandez (PHOTO: FACEBOOK) RAW Pressery, a cold pressed juice brand, announced her as an investor aka “Green Warrior”. “In a world flooded with highly processed and unhealthy junk, RAW... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Tea road' takes a Sri Lankan to Chinese home
By Yang Yang Courtesy chinadaily.com.cn 
Anura Banda has been in China for over 20 years but he will never forget the fragrant aroma of his first sip of Chinese tea."Chinese tea is very famous in Sri Lanka. The first Chinese tea I ever had was green tea. The aroma was very pleasant. Although it was tea, it tasted like something totally different." After learning more about Chinese tea, Anura founded Beijing Heavenly Trade Co Ltd to do tea business between China and Sri Lanka in 2003. However, Anura faced great challenges due to different business environments and perspectives on... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Trump administration may change rules that allow terror victims to immigrate to the US
Mica Rosenberg and Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters Courtesy  Business Insider
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Raj, a Sri Lankan fisherman, sought refuge in the United States in 2005, he had precisely the kind of fear of returning home that U.S. asylum laws require. In 2004, he was kidnapped by the separatist rebel group the Tamil Tigers and had to pay $500 to secure his release, according to Raj, his lawyer and court records reviewed by Reuters. The group then demanded more money, which he could not pay after a tsunami destroyed his house and fishing boat. Raj, 42, who asked that... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

India, Sri Lanka to Sign Up Deal on Port Development Next Week
Courtesy Sputnik
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to visit India from April 25 to April 29 to strengthen economic cooperation between the two neighbors. His visit will also set the agenda for the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka in May. © PHOTO: DENETH17 Sri Lanka Plays Game of Ports With China and India in Indian Ocean New Delhi (Sputnik) — During the Sri Lankan Prime Minister's visit, the two countries will finalize the MoU for joint development of Trincomalee port to set up a petroleum refinery and a land lease agreement.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Khuram Shaikh 'stabbed 40 times with broken bottles'
Courtesy BBC
An aid worker from Greater Manchester who was killed in Sri Lanka was shot and stabbed more than 40 times with broken bottles, an inquest has heard. Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh, 32, from Rochdale, was attacked at a hotel while on holiday in Sri Lanka on Christmas Day in 2011. A witness, giving evidence for the first time, said when he was attacked it was as if he was being "targeted". The inquest in Heywood recorded a conclusion of unlawful killing. Sri Lankan politician Sampath Vidanapathirana was jailed for 20 years... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

New Silk Road Or New Great Game? India Developing New Sri Lanka Port To Combat China
Wade Shepard ,  CONTRIBUTOR Courtesy  Forbes
 Hambantota Port is set to go to China with an impending deal that will see China Merchants take an 80% share for a specified amount of years.  AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI As regional powers like China, Russia, Japan, and India vie for political and economic position throughout the eastern realms of Eurasia, many of the less powerful countries caught in the middle are employing what could be called a ‘multi-vector strategy’ as they engage openly with multiple suitors in an attempt to balance out their respective influences... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Murder at Meethota
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
A recent cartoon in the popular "Marmaduke" series, showed the dog Marmaduke look sadly at the trash cans emptied by urban sanitation workers. The friendly boy tried to make him feel better saying "Don’t be sad, Marmaduke. We can always make more trash." This must be how so many of those we now learn profited from the garbage dump at Meethotamulla may have felt - that there will be more garbage ahead – whenever there was a drop in urban garbage collections. Meethotamulla is the painful buzz just now.  The death toll is more... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Tipping point: what happens when our landfills are full?
By Tom de Castella Courtesy The  Telegraph (UK)
As space in Britain's landfills runs out, the race is on to find environmentally friendly alternatives. Image 4 of 5 The landfill site at Remo, north-east Belgium, which the firm Group Machiels wants to mine in order to reuse the waste I am standing on a manmade mountain, a 260ft monument to human detritus. Below, on terraces carved into the hillside, trucks rumble in and out, laden with fresh waste, and a squadron of diggers charges back and forth, spreading, crushing and covering. On it goes, layer upon... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Methane at 16% may explode in Meethotamaulle 
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Japanese coming all the way from Japan wearing masks coming to tell what I told six month back………… Read Below http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/10/12/we-need-state-of-emergency-or-martial-law-if-state-wants-to-solve-garbage-problem/ Quote We need “State Of Emergency “ or “Martial Law” if state wants to solve Garbage Problem ! Posted on October 12th, 2016 Dr Sarath Obeysekera By now you have seen a fire in Badulle -Garbage Dump and Airforce has to be mobilised ,We saw the mayhem to Jaela when the residents  seized the road transportation by blocking Colombo Negombo Road ( luckily we have Airport Highway ,hence access to airport was not blocked .... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Meethotamulla disaster and political apathy
By Prof. O. A. Illeperuma
April 21, 2017, 8:54 pm Last year I wrote a piece (Island May 24, 2016) on the danger of disposing garbage in open dumps such as the one at Meethotamulla and the immediate need to go for a sanitary landfill. While people in the vicinity of Meethotamulla have been agitating, picketing and clashing with the police, the government adopted the easy wait-and-see approach. Now the worst has happened and the government should wake up from its deep slumber and as a matter of national priority should go ahead with the construction of a sanitary... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

The Buddha you never knew – a response
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada.
April 21, 2017, 8:57 pm The Buddha you never knew, and parts of the Tripitaka that never survived. Bhante Dhammika of Australia, writing in the Island Newspaper (21st April 2017) presents a valuable and timely reminder that what is often believed to be "core facts"of Buddhism cannot in fact be confirmed by linking them to credited original sources. This is of course a well-known problem with many ancient religions. We have to remind ourselves the great quest of Albert Schweitzer ("to find the historical Jesus") where he authored a set of highly erudite volumes to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/17)

Russia should be saluted for preventing a Nuclear War
By: A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA.
The world population articulated a sigh of relief when the newly elected U.S.President Donald Trumph expressed that he would change the American foreign policy of war  mongering and acting as the world Policeman, establish cordial relationship with Russia and China and give priority to national interests of the United States drifting away from Obama/Hillary Clinton policies. However the American weapons industry which dominates the Pentagon was waiting for the slightest opportunity to force Trumph to abandon his admirable foreign policies and dip America once again in its hegemonic policies and precipitate a confrontational attitude with... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

At least now let us, Sinhalese unite as one nation sans political parties (a poisonous bait introduced by Colonial British to keep us eternally divided and that have already brought us to the verge of demise) to save this paradise on  earth and its heritage nourished and protected by our forefathers.
Dr Sudath Ggunasekara 20.4.2017
The following article by ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න  speaks volumes on the future of the Sinhala nation. It unfolds the long standing diabolical conspiracy of the British Colonial administration for the total destruction of the Sinhala Buddhist nation. Talking about Thesawalamei Law they said it is applicable only to the ‘Malabar Inhabitants of the Peninsula of Jaffna” at the beginning. But ever since it was introduced Tamils have been trying to make it a law applicable to Tamils living all over Sri Sri Lanka. At last it had been achieved as this article has pointed out in... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

What is this Commission Who appointed it. What are its TOR ?
Sudath Gunasekara 20. 4.2017.
“Commission to examine Kandyan, Muslim laws By The Nation - Apr 8, 2017 Lawyers are claiming that the legislation had reached a common understanding with regard to the repeal of Article 16 in that a commission would be appointed to hold discussions with those affected by the said Article and the local Personal laws. A period of three years would be granted for the process of bringing about amendments to the Personal laws, namely the Kandyan law, the Muslim law and the Thesawalamai law. The commission would be submitting a report in this regard. On... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

AZAAN ROW IN INDIA Sonu Nigam shaves off hair after azaan row, Muslim cleric asks why he is not wearing garland of shoes.
Courtesy Indian Express
Sonu Nigam shaves off hair after azaan row, Muslim cleric asks why he is not wearing garland of shoes.  Sonu Nigam shaved off his hair on Wednesday in response to a Muslim cleric who announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone who could tonsure the singer. The controversy started after Sonu's azaan Twitter rant. Sonu Nigam shaved off his head during a media interaction in Mumbai on Wednesday after a Muslim cleric announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for anyone who will tonsure the singer. The call came after Sonu’s Monday tweets on being... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

සංහිදියාවේ අමුර්තය හෙවත් කොලබ කුණු
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
රටම මලගෙයක්ව ඇත. ඒ මිනිස් හදවතක් ඇති සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාවට දැනෙන ආකාරයයි. නැකතට මුළු රටේම ජනතාව ගිනි මොලවා කිරිබත් පිස ආහාර අනුබව කරන රටේ, ඊට ස්වල්ප වෙලාවකට පසු ඒ ජනතාවගෙන් කොටසක් කුණු කන්දකට යටවී මියගොස් ඇති මේ අවස්ථාවේදී රටට අලුත් අවුරුදු ප්‍රීතිය යයි හදුන්වනදේ සැබවින්ම සැමරිය හැකියාවක් නැත. මහා හදිසි අවස්ථාවක් ඉස්මතුව, තම දු දරුවන් සොයමින් වැලපෙන් පටාචාරාවන් රාශියක් දකින ජාතියක් තුල හටගන්නේ, මහා නිසරු කාලකන්නි අවධියක් තුලින් අප ගමන් කරමින් සිටින බවයි. ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ සමුහ ඝාතන ක්‍රියාවලින් සමග බැදුණු, සමුහ මිනීවළවල්, යලි යහපාලනය තුලදී ආරම්භව ඇති බවක් අපට දක්නට ඇත. ඒ ප්‍රභාකරන් මෙන් යහාපාලකයින්ද ඝාතන ක්‍රියාවලියක් ආරම්භ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

N. Korea threatens to reduce US to ashes with super-mighty pre-emptive strike
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Defeat ISIS and go home: Trump rejects US role in Libya nation-building
President Donald Trump does not see a US role in helping its European allies build a government in Libya. Instead, he told reporters, he wants to defeat Islamic State, after which the US can focus on domestic issues. Speaking to reporters in Washington, DC on Thursday, following a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Trump contradicted his guest-s assessment that the US role in stabilizing Libya would be critical, arguing the US has -enough roles… everywhere.- “I do not see a role in Libya,” Trump said. “I do see a role in getting rid of ISIS. We-re being very... -Full Story- (https:/rt.com/ - 21/04/17)

No terrorist group can survive unless some govt finances it - terror economy expert
 Loretta Napoleoni Courtesy RT 
In many ways terrorism works just like a business, and a costly one - the organization needs arms, supplies, and each recruit needs to be fed and equipped; it all costs money. But where do terrorists get their money? How are the atrocities financed? Is jihad even possible when you have no-one to back it with a hefty sum? And can a terror group become independent? We ask these questions to economist and expert of the terrorist financial world, Loretta Napoleoni, on Sophie&Co today. Full Report https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/214403-terrorism-business-money-jihad/ Follow
SophieCo_RT Sophie Shevarnadze: Loretta Napoleoni, economist,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

Harsha admitted that the landfill disaster was the fault of the present Govt. - Mahinda
Harsha admitted that the landfill disaster was the fault of the present Govt. - Mahinda මීතොටමුල්ලට මුදල් වෙන්කළ බව මහින්ද කියයි මීතොටමුල්ල කසළ ගැටළුවට ස්ථීර විසඳුමක් ලබා දීම සඳහා 2015 වසරේ දී තම අවසන් අයවැයෙන් මුදල් වෙන් කළ බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසයි. https://youtu.be/Gle54Uv1j_U... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

මීතොටමුල්ලේ කුණු කන්දේ සිට පැනමා පති‍්‍රකා දක්වා බිලියන ගණන් කෑ කොමිස් කාක්කන් සාක්‍ෂි සහිතව නිරුවත් කරයි…[Video]
ලංකා සී නිවුස්
මීතොටමුල්ලේ කුණු කන්ද සමග බැදී ඇති දේශපාලකයන්ගේ කොමිස් කුට්ටි ගැන අලූත්ම වීඩියෝවක් SLvlog මාධ්‍යවේදී දර්ශණ හදුන්ගොඩ විසින් නිකුත් කර ඇත. ඇමති චම්පික රණවක මහ ඇමති ඉසුර දේවප‍්‍රිය ආදීන්ගේ සියළු සැගවුණු කොමිස් කතා ඔහු නම් ගම් සහිතව හෙලි කලේ මෙසේය. https://youtu.be/P-R0nB_i_MM... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

Waste problem remains unsolved due to garbage mafia - JVP
 By Binoy Suriyaarachchi Courtesy Adaderana
The failure to dump waste in a remote area and recycle it came due to the influence of politicians who make financial gains from the garbage mafia in Colombo, a leftist party parliamentarian said Thursday. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Propaganda Secretary, Vijitha Herath, while speaking to reporters during a media gathering at Battaramulla said neither the United National Party (UNP) nor the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) wanted to come up with a solid solution to resolve the garbage issue. “When one place is full, they dumped waste in another location,” he said. Herath... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

Two years after the Central Bank bond scam, industries are bleeding to death!
Samantha Kumarasinghe (The writer is an entrepreneur and an industrialist.)
It is now an openly-discussed incident that the former Central Bank Governor had misused his authority to allow a company that his son-in-law is a director/major shareholder of to make billions of rupees in undue profits at the expense of Government and other public funds. The subject has been discussed at many forums and media platforms and now a Presidential Commission of Inquiry has been appointed and the investigations are ongoing. It is said that if found guilty, the former Central Bank Governor and his connected parties who made the undue... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

Leaders couldn’t over power the real perpetrators behind Meethotamulla tragedy - vasu පාලකයින් කුණුවලට යට වු හැටි වාසු කියයි
Leaders couldn’t over power the real perpetrators behind Meethotamulla tragedy - vasu පාලකයින් කුණුවලට යට වු හැටි වාසු කියයි මීතොටමුල්ල ඛේදවාචකය කුණු ඡාවාරම්කරුවන්ගේ උවමනාව මත සිදු වුවක් බවත් ඡාවාරම්කරුවන්ට යට වීම නිසා එම අනතුර සිදුවු බවත් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී වාසුදේව නානායක්කාර මහතා පවසයි. අද (18) පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක් වෙමින් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා මේ බව කියා සිටියේ ය. https://youtu.be/VTJ3-PU8AmI... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

We feel ashamed of the Govt- Dinesh Gunawardena -රජය ගැන ලැජ්ජයි - ඒකාබද්ධය කියයි
MP Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the Rs.100000 compensation offered by the government to the victims is a value the government should be ashamed about. රජය ගැන ලැජ්ජයි - ඒකාබද්ධය කියයි මීතොටමුල්ල ඛේදවාචකයෙන් මිය ගිය පුද්ගලයින් සඳහා රජය විසින් රුපියල් ලක්ෂයක මුදලක් ලබා දෙන බව පැවසීම ලැජ්ජාවට කරුණක් බවත් එය ඉල්ලා අස්කර ගත යුතු යෝජනාවක් බවත් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පවසයි. https://youtu.be/jziNplAwfEM... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/17)

FAKE NEWS? YOU BE THE JUDGE!
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Im not a big fan of infowars and dont trust Alex Jones. This report they did however was spot on.A lot of the news you get on your on your television set is all Jewish Propaganda they create the news they don't report it. The topics are Iraq in the past and Syria of today and the involvement of White Helmets a humanitarian aid group first reponders which supported and financed by the UK and US government including Nato. That is no other than ISIS!!! https://youtu.be/MQim5pTG-Ik... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/04/17)

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