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Ministers observes renovation of old train compartments

The Department of Railway according to a decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers has taken steps to renovate 200 abandoned compartments with all facilities which have been imported to the country in 1989 and 1992. The renovations have been commenced by the Railway Department together a private company and several renovated compartments have already been added to the fleet. Minister...

Sri Lanka and Oman sign Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion

An agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between Sri Lanka and Oman was signed during the Second Meeting of the Sri Lanka-Oman Bilateral Consultations, held on 15 August 2018 in Colombo at senior officials' level by the leaders of the respective delegations. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign...

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dead

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had been admitted to the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi for the past few weeks, died on Thursday. He was 93. “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 05:05 pm on August 16, 2018,” a statement...

NATIONAL UNITY GOVT. MARKS THREE YEARS

Exactly three year ago, the people went to the polls to reaffirm the mandate given to the two major political forces in the country to work together. President Maithripala Sirisena who won the Presidential Election in January 2015 had already appointed UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. The agreement between the two major political parties in the country...

Disaster Situation: Inform any emergency to hotline 117

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) asks the public to contact the hotline 117 in any emergency due to the prevailing adverse weather or get information on disaster situations. The DMC also requests the people living beside the Kelani River to be vigilant regarding the water levels as the spill gates of several reservoirs in the central hills are open now....

Cabinet nod for special salaries commission to remove public sector salary anomalies

The Government has decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff, and to remove the salary anomalies in public sector institutions, including the Railways Department. The Cabinet of Ministers has granted its approval to appoint the Salaries Commission, on a recommendation made by the Minister of Finance...

187 houses damaged in Kurunegala by strong winds

Gale winds experienced on Wednesday (August 15th) caused serious damages to houses and property across several areas in the island.07 Grama Seva divisions including Algama and Udgama in the Virambugedara Divisional Secretariat area in Kurunegala were the worst affected due to the gale force winds. It is reported that!87 houses were seriously damaged by the strong winds. The Ditraster...

NO ROOM FOR RACISM, RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE – Prime Minister

Racism and religious intolerance will not be accommodated again, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said.PM Wickremesinghe observed that some people are unfortunately spreading racism and religious animosity without nurturing empathy and kindness. Both religious ceremonies held at Madhu Church and Kataragama Devalaya have created a road to reconciliation where people of the North travel to the southern part of the...

Record income from Cinnamon exports last year

Sri Lanka has obtained a record income of US$202.5 million from cinnamon exports in 2017, according to the National Cinnamon Research and Training Center under Department of Export Agriculture. It is an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year. Sri Lanka has been named as a high-quality cinnamon producer in the world. That's why there is a high...

Cabinet nod for special public sector Salaries Commission

Cabinet yesterday granted approval to appoint a Special Commission to increase public sector salaries and remove salary anomalies on a recommendation made by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera.The Government decided to appoint this Commission to make the necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff and to do away with the salary anomalies...
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