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The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has informed the parliament today that the debated on the No Confidence Motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen will be held on June 18th and 19th.The no-confidence motion against the Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Co-operative Development and Vocational Training & Skills Development Rishad Bathiudeen was handed over to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on May 16.The motion is signed by 64 MPs of the Joint Opposition.

Showery condition is expected to enhance to some extent over most parts of the island, particularly in south-western part. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces.Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere particularly in after 2.00 p.m. Fairly heavy falls about 100 mm can be expected at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and Uva provinces. There may be temporary localized strong winds…

Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri has been appointed as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee to look into and report to Parliament on the terrorist attacks that took place in different places in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2019. Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya announced the appointments to the select committee in Parliament today (23).

The Speaker announced that Minister Rauf Hakeem, Minister Ravi Karunanayake, MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, MP Kavinda Jayawardena,…

The BJP forged ahead of its rivals in 58 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh while the BSP-SP alliance was leading in 19 seats as counting of votes progressed, according to Election Commission trends. In the high-profile Amethi seat, BJP's Smriti Irani established an early lead of 1,931 votes against sitting MP and Congress president Rahul Gandhi while UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was leading in neighbouring Rae Bareli by over 17,000 votes.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh…

A Health Ministry report has shown that stillbirths and neonatal deaths have dwindled in Sri Lanka, recently, Family Health Bureau (FHB) Consultant Physician Dr. Kapila Jayaratne said. The FHB's Maternal and Child Morbidity, Mortality Surveillance Unit, in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has prepared the report by studying stillbirth and neonatal death statistics in the country between 2014 and 2017, Dr. Jayaratne said.

He said that the perinatal…

President Maithripala Sirisena has given strict instructions not to close roads in any way causing obstruction to the public to facilitate VIP convoys.The President made these instructions during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.The President has given these instructions taking into consideration difficulties faced by the public due to the closure of roads to facilitate VIP movements.Authorities have been informed to apprise VIP security personnel and to allow VIP vehicles without obstructing the…

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) signed a supplementary agreement with Global Seafoods Pvt Ltd on May 17, 2019, to process Wakame Seaweed for export in their existing factory complex.The agreement was signed on behalf of the BOI by Mangala Yapa, Chairman of the Board and by Radhika Subasinghe, Director of Global Seafoods and Chandani Weragala signed on behalf of Nexia Corporate Consultants, secretaries to the company. Also present was Parakrama Weerasinghe, Group General Manager.

The Central Bank has arranged three swaps; USD 400 million with the RBI, USD 1 billion equivalent with Central Bank of Qatar in Rial, and USD 1.7 billion equivalent with the Peoples Bank of China in Yuan for further reassurance to meet the country’s debt obligations, Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy said.“These swaps which we have not used give us further reassurance in terms of our capacity to meet our debt obligations,” Dr. Coomaraswamy said, answering questions during a…

Sri Lanka has had universal health coverage (UHC) for nearly seven decades, through a comprehensive and free-of-charge healthcare system incorporating preventive and curative rehabilitation care, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. He was speaking at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The minister commended the measures taken by the government to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Sri Lanka, adding that the prevention and early detection of NCDs…

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday stressed the importance of having a public school system which is not based on religions or races. He said this kind of public school system had been initiated by the first Prime Minister of the country Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake in the country.Prime Minister Wickremesinghe added that this system still prevails in Singapore and a team of Education Ministry officials will be sent to Singapore to study their public school system with an objective of…