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Ranil Wickremesinghe says,Highway network of Colombo to begin soon


Ranil Wickremesinghe

Construction work on a highway network designed to ease the traffic congestion in the Colombo City will begin soon, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

Mr. Wickremesinghe revealed this at a UNP Bala Mandala meeting held at Havelock City last evening.

“Construction work on an elevated highway from Kelaniya to Fort will begin soon with a highway coming from Battaramulla Junction getting connected to it. In addition, internal waterways would be made use of for transportation thus easing the burden on the roads,” the Prime Minister said.

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Rapid bus service within Colombo city limits in the offing


Rapid bus service within Colombo city limits in the offing

The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry is planning to introduce a rapid bus service within the Colombo city limits in line with its new initiative the light railway service.

Minister Champika Ranawaka said the ministry will commence the project before end of this year.

While launching the priority bus lane from Borella to Maradana today, the minister said ministry had identified new measures of strengthening the public transportation as there were no other way to overcome the heavy traffic in the city limits.

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Long-distance trains cancelled due to strike


Sri Lanka train

The Railway Control Room says that several long-distance trains from Colombo Fort have been cancelled this morning due to the trade union action launched by the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union. 

Locomotive Operating Engineers Union (LOEU) announced a strike from midnight yesterday (6), in protest over the enrollment procedure of locomotive engine driver assistants. 

Secretary of the LOEU Indika Dodamgoda stated that the strike action was organized as the government is yet to comply with several demands made by them. 

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8th SAARC Conference Begin Today


8th SAARC Conference Begin Today

The 8th  Conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians (ASSP) is all set to commence at Hotel Hilton, Colombo today (04).

This year’s summit will be chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister. Ranil Wickremesinghe will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony today. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will deliver the welcome speech at the inauguration.

The conference is being conducted under the auspices of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians.

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Priority bus lanes system to be launched tomorrow 15/08/2017


Bus

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka announced that the priority lanes for buses will be made effective from tomorrow (15) onward.

He stated that the priority bus lanes would be in service from 6.00 am till 9.00 am on weekdays.

The priority lane system will thus be implemented along roads between Moratuwa and Colombo and Battaramulla and Colombo that have three lanes.

Private buses, Ceylon Transport Board (CTB) buses and buses transporting students will be allowed to frequent said priority bus lanes.

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UNP Former General Secretary Senarath Kapukotuwa passes away


Senarath Kapukotuwa

Former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), Senarath Kapukotuwa has passed away.

Senarath Kapukotuwa was appointed to the post of UNP General Secretary in the year 2001.

He resigned from party activities following UNP’s defeat in the 2004 election.

He was a former student of Royal College, Colombo.

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Narendra Modi govt hasn’t retrieved a single boat: TNCC chief


Thirunavukkarasar

Thirunavukkarasar, who celebrated his golden jubilee year in politics at his residence in Anna Nagar on Thursday, accused the Modi regime of letting down fishermen in the state. Thirunavukkarasar, who claimed that the Congress led UPA regime had safeguarded the interests of TN fishermen, also urged chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek his intervention to end the arrest of fishermen. 

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Dengue outbreak kills 227, death toll could yet increase


Dengue

A deadly outbreak of dengue fever has ravaged the island nation of Sri Lanka, killing at least 227 people and infecting tens of thousands.

Experts worry the death toll could yet increase, as the country’s health infrastructure struggles to cope with the virus’ rapid spread.

The government has deployed 450 troops in a bid to help combat the spread of the disease.

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Russian sail training ship departs from Colombo harbour


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The Russian sail training ship Nadezda which arrived at the port of Colombo, has set sail from the Colombo harbour. 

The ship that is 108.6 m in length and 14 m in width, had got 120 training cadets on-board.   

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Programme to control rise in child beggars


Child Beggars

A programme has been implemented by the Police Child and Women Bureau Headquarters, to arrest those who use children to earn money by begging.

During the period from March 01 to May, 11 boys and 7 girls who were driven to beg have been taken into Police custody and subsequently produced before the courts.

Following this, 4 of the aforementioned 18 children have been placed in probation custody, whilst the remaining 14 have been placed in parental custody under court bonds.

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