July 18, 2019
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    The Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia got off to a great start today (April 10), with Sri Lanka advancing through in the qualifying rounds of various sporting categories. Thiwanka Ranasinghe won the quarterfinals of the 46 – 49KG weight class Men’s Boxing event. He will now proceed to the quarterfinals. Ranasinghe is assured of a medal as there is no third place match in boxing, the players defeated in the semi-finals will be awarded bronze medals.

    The government will provide financial aid for youths along with vocational training who prefer self employment, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday. Premier Wickremesinghe also said that the government cannot revive the country and its economy without a major contribution on the part of the country’s youths. The Prime Minister was speaking at the ‘Youth with Talent 2017-Gamata Kotiyak’ awards ceremony held at Temple Trees yesterday morning. Certificates and awards were presented to selected projects among 3,000 community based projects lead by youth participants of this programme.

    Sri Lanka’s health service is one of the best not only in Asia but in the world, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Dr. Ghebreyesus had stated that the reason behind the high quality of Sri Lanka’s health service is because it is freely available. Sri Lanka’s political leadership gives a clear guidance to the Sri Lankan Health Service.The WHO Director-General was addressing the World Health Day celebration in Colombo recently.

    In a special ceremony held today at Nonagama Cultural Centre in Ambalantota in Hambantota District, Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, and Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India, jointly launched a project to provide livelihood support to nearly 70,000 people from the farming and fishing communities in Hambantota District. Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Jagath P. Wijeweera, Chairman Ceylon Fisheries Harbours Corporation, Mr. Amarananda Abeygunasekara, Senior Leaders from the Southern Province, Officials from the Government of Sri Lanka and a large number of beneficiaries attended the function.

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