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Tenders for the 3rd phase of the central expressway will be offered next week.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that tenders for the third phase of the Central Expressway have still not been offered. Speaking at a media briefing in parliament today, he stated that the offer will be made next week.  He further stated that fraudulent activity has not taken place when calling for tenders. Compensations higher than the competitive market prices have been granted to residents who lost their lands as a result of this project.

The amended bill of provincial council elections was passed in parliament with two third majority.

The amended bill of provincial council elections was passed in parliament with two third majority. 154 voted for the bill and 43 were against Joining the debate, state Minister Palitha Range Bandara said increasing the women representation in politics is a move to strengthen good governance.

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The dengue control week began today.

The national dengue prevention week began today. Director of the Dengue Control Unit Dr.Hasitha Tissera states, that 3000 groups have been deployed across the country for this campaign. A group will comprise 3 officials. They will be visiting households in uniform, and with their office identity cards. He requests the public to keep their premises clean and tidy to eliminate mosquito breeding places.

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The Prime minister states that the election for local government bodies and three provincial councils will be held before March 2018.

The Prime minister states that elections for local government bodies and the three provincial councils whose term of office expires, will be held before March 2018.

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A 25 percent representation of women has been made mandatory in the provincial council election amendment act.

The provincial council election amendment Bill was taken up for debate in parliament today. Participating in the debate, deputy minister Ajith P. Perera stated that it would be made mandatory to increase the representation of women to 25 percent.

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Bangladeshi Prime Minister says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Refugees

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence. The Bangladeshi prime minister said Dhaka was making diplomatic efforts to persuade Myanmar to take back the refugees, but the Myanmar government is not responding to the calls and is even laying landmines along the border to stop the Rohingyas returning to their homeland.

The Prime Minister says grass root level entrepreneurs should be empowered to build up a strong economy.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says grass root level entrepreneurs should be empowered to build up a strong economy. Addressing the opening session of Asian Credit Associations Forum in Colombo today the premier said state and private banks should focus more attention to grant loans to small scale entrepreneurs. The government has started “Swashakthi” loan scheme for this purpose. The Sanasa Rural Banks Federation has organised this forum and about 480 representatives from 22 countries are taking part in this event.

The proposed railway trade union action has been called off.

The proposed railway trade union action which was scheduled to be started from midnight today has been called off. Chairman of the Railway Guards Trade Union Janaka Fernando told the SLBC that it has been called off following a discussion held at the Prime Minister’s Office this morning headed by Prime Minister’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake. He said that the officials gave a written assurance to fulfil their demands.

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