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Minister Kabir Hasheem says the government will not disturb the ongoing central bank scam investigation process.

Minister Kabir Hasheem says the government will not disturb the ongoing central bank scam investigation process. Minister further said it is important to conduct an investigation if malpractices are found in the process. Minister Kabir Hasheem made these remarks in Parliament joining the debate on COPE report. He further requested the peoples’ representatives not to mislead the common masses on this issue. The government will not leave room for anyone to mislead the common public.
The previous government has misused the treasury funds in various ways. But the present government has introduced strict regulations to manage the public funds. The government also created an atmosphere to protect the public funds without wasting for any unnecessary activity.
The present government implements a better mechanism to eliminate fraud and corruption in government organizations. Minister Kabir Hasheem also stated it is important to investigate many illegal transactions took place during the previous regime on Central Bank bond issues. Minister made these remarks replying to a question raised by JVP. Joining this debate Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said many effective suggestions were put forward by the members of the special committee appointed by SLFP on this issue.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera pointed out that although many wrong doings of previous government were exposed by the COPE committee, no action was taken during that time. But the present good governance government has taken effective measures to conduct comprehensive investigations for any wrong doing or a malpractice. UNP parliamentarian Nalin Bandara alleged about 40 COPE committee reports during the Rajapaksa regime have been concealed. 

 

SLFP says mass rallies cannot topple the government.

The Western Province Minister and the SLFP organizer of Homagama electorate Gamini Thilakasiri requests all party members to join hands to take the party forward shredding the petty differences. He further said organizing various rallies in different junctions have become a joke. Sri Lanka Freedom Party being a strong national party will not resort to these cheap techniques to attract people.

Mr. Thilakasiri also reiterated that the government cannot be toppled by mass rallies. He made these comments at a media conference held in Colombo today. He also stated it is good for SLFP if former President Mahinda Rajapaksha joins hands with the present leader of SLFP President Maithripala Sirisena to take the party forward.

The present government will stay in power till 2020. The government cannot be challenged by a mere 52 parliamentarians in the joint opposition. Mr. Thilakasiri also noted if SLFP does not contest the forthcoming election as a united force, then it will be pave way for UNP to grab more seats in the local government election.

Gemunu requests 5,000 rupees for begging and selling in buses.

The President of Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gemunu Wijerathne requests the government to impose 5,000 rupees as fine for begging and selling goods inside buses. Mr. Wijeratne yesterday further said that he had requested the Finance Minister to include a clause to ban begging and selling goods inside buses and to add 5,000 rupees as fines when the Motor Traffic Act of 1951 is being amended to add seven traffic offences.

He said he had requested Minister Ravi Karunanayake to implement the rules to ban begging and doing businesses inside the buses, which causes inconveniences to the commuters. Many complaints had been received about harassment caused by beggars and sellers. He said drug addicts collect their daily collection and some book sellers sell their books while pick pocketing the passengers.

Since the Act had been implemented for 66 years, there had been no specific fine defined. He said therefore, a request had been made to the Minister to charge a fine of minimum 5,000 rupees for begging and selling goods inside buses. 

Prime Minister emphasizes the need of participation of all stakeholders in dealing with matters important to migrant workers.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that it is necessary to all stakeholders get together dealing with matters important to the migrant workers. Addressing the senior officials meeting and fourth ministerial consultations of  Abu Dhabi dialogue in Colombo today he also said specially for Sri Lanka foreign employment has become a major source of revenue.

It is important to look into the matters relevant to the families of migrant workers . Majority of the migrant workers are women and the problem related to their employment as well as the family and welfare should be looked into. A middle class has emerged in Sri Lanka partly due to  foreign employment. The Prime Minister said that the Asia is becoming a fast growing region. Sri Lanka has made arrangement to develop Sri Lanka as a hub of the Indian ocean.

Minister Thalatha Athukorala who was elected as the chairperson of the Abu Dhabi dialogue for two years said that, she hopes to work with the support of countries in the region for the benefit of migrant workers.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that the government has nothing to hide in central bank bonds transaction.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the supreme court that heard a petition on the central bank bond transaction filed by three persons from the civil society has rejected without giving notice to the respondents. The respondents were unable to prove that illegal activity has taken place.

The minister made these remarks in parliament today taking part in the special debate on the report on the  central bank bonds presented by the COPE.  The minister said that the government has nothing to hide about  this transaction. The government appointed an opposition parliamentarian as the chairman  of the COPE.  But, during the last regime, the then government appointed a government MP as the chairman of  COPE.

Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake moving the proposal for debate said that this transaction has taken place against the standard tradition. Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena presenting the proposal said that the persons who have been involved in this transactions should be punished.

  Leader of the opposition R. Sambandan said all the governments are against corruption but  corruption is increasing daily.  This trend is not conducive for democracy.  He urged the necessity taking prompt action to eliminate corruption. 

The first phase of the multipurpose building complex constructed within Sri Dalada Maligawa premises,will be offered to Maligawa.

The first phase of the multipurpose building complex constructed within Sri Dalada Maligawa premises, Kandy will be offered to the Maligawa tomorrow at 10.30 am.  Foundation stone will be laid for the second stage on this occasion.

Minister Partalee Champika Ranawana and the deputy minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna will present as chief guests.  Governor of the central province Niluka Ekanayake and chief minister Sarath Ekanayake will also attend the function. 

Fiber optic technology will be introduced to the general public this year for a nominal fee.

Minister Harin Fernando says effective measures will be taken this year to introduce new technologies to the general public including high speed internet facilities. These technologies will be introduced under fiber optic procedures.

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A special discussion between the President and the Prime Minister was held focusing on many important factors including economic and political issues of the country.

A special discussion between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was held yesterday focusing on many important factors including economic and political issues of the country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who arrived to the island after attending the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland met President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the important current affairs. The meeting was held at the President’s official residence. The discussion also focused on the future plans of economic development in the country.

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