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Special transport services for New Year

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Special train services have been launched for the convenience of people visiting their homes outside of urban areas for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Railways Deputy General Manager M. J. Idipolage said.

Mr. Idipolage said that a train from Colombo to Badulla at 7.30 pm and a train from Badulla to Colombo at 5.20 pm have been added as special trains this month.

Meanwhile, the daily train from Colombo Fort to Badulla at 6.30 am and the daily train from Badulla to Colombo Fort at 7.00 am which were added from April 5 will continue until April 17.

In addition, a special train would be operated from Colombo Fort to Galle on both April 15 and 16.

Mr.Idipolage said that a special train will be operated from Galle to Colombo Fort on April 16 and 17.

Meanwhile, special bus services would also be operated during the New Year season.

Sri Lanka Transport Board Deputy General Manager A. H. Panduka Swaranhamsa said that these bus services are being operated from selected major cities including Colombo until April 18.

Meanwhile, Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne said that private buses will also be added to the service as per the requirement.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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