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Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam points out the lands allocated for cultivation should not be utilized for housing.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam points out the lands allocated for cultivation should not be utilized for housing. The Minister also emphasized the importance of maintaining a balance between cultivation and housing in a developing nation. The Minister made these remarks at a UNP election rally held at Kurunegala yesterday. Addressing the gathering Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam further said the identified suitable cultivation lands should be protected. These lands are important to improve the production of agricultural crops.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says stepping out of the National Unity Government concept, is a betrayal to the mandate received by the citizens.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says stepping out of the National Unity Government concept, is a betrayal to the mandate received by the citizens. Expressing his views participating at a programme held at the Puraana Raja Maha Viharaya, in Kolonnawa,yesterday, he emphasized that the President and the Prime Minister are committed in taking the consensus government forward.

PAFFREL says this time the election campaign activities are comparatively peaceful

The executive director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi said this time the election campaign activities are comparatively peaceful. Mr. Hettiarachchi told SLBC that various election campaigns conducted by political parties have been peaceful so far. According to the information from the monitoring mission, he further said the election campaign activities being carried out islandwide by political parties have adhered to the election regulations to a certain extent. Compared to the previous elections, few complains have been received on election violation incidents.

The UNP is ready to take part in the debate on bond commission report.

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera says the UNP is ready to face the parliament debate on the bond commission report as  it is not yet proved that any leader or a member of the party is involved in the bond scam so far.  The bond commission report has not directly accused the UNP leadership or any member in this connection.   At a press briefing held in Colombo today the deputy minister thanked the President for appointing a commission to investigate into the bond scam incident.  At the relevant parliament debate the people will be able to know the real situation of the bond issue.  The UNP extend its fullest support to take legal action against the relevant culprits for this matter and to recover the defrauded money.  A special court will also be set up in this connection.

Prince Edward of England has arrived in the country to participate at the 70th Independence Day celebrations.

Prince Edward of England arrived in the island today to take part in the 70th Independence Day celebration in Sri Lanka as the special guest representing the Royal family. The prince was accompanied by the princes and seven other envoys. They will visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy tomorrow and will engage in several social welfare activities in several areas in the island. The 70th independence day celebration will be held in Galle Face Green on Sunday under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, ministers and parliamentarians and large number of foreign dignitaries will also participate in this event.
The religious programme prior to the independent day will begin on Friday. An all night pirith chanting ceremony will be held at the Independence Square. An alms giving will be offered to Maha Sangha at the Sri Lanka Vidyala Temple in Maradana on the following day. The Hindu religious observances have been organized at the Ponnambalamn Varneshwaran temple in Colombo on Sunday. The Islam Prayers will be held at Aqbar Jumma Masjid in Colombo. The catholic mass will be conducted at the Pathima church in Colombo 10. The Christian mass will be held at the Methodist church in Dam street.

‘Civilisation existed in Lumbini in 1300 BC’

After fresh geophysical survey and excavation carried out in Tilaurakot, Lumbini, archaeologists have come to the conclusion that there existed a city somewhere around 1300 BC in Lumbini. They came to the conclusion after studying the remnants of ancient infrastructure found during the excavation.

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A wide programme will be implemented to develop economic and tourism sectors in Mannar area.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says a wide programme will be implemented to develop economic and tourism sectors in Mannar area. The infrastructure facilities in the Mannar district will be developed. A ferry service Thalai Mannar pear to Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu will also be started.

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Monthly dry rations given to the drought hit farming families will be extended up to April this year.

The government has decided to continue the relief provided to the farmers who have been affected by the prevailing drought. About 300,000 farming families have been affected by the drought. A cabinet has given approval to a proposal to further extend the relief activities.

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The UNP says no member of the party has been proved responsible for bond scam.

United National Party General Secretary Kabir Hashim said there are no findings against any member of the United National Party including Ravi Karunanayake with regard to the issuance of Treasury Bonds.

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New housing scheme will be constructed at Kalapaluwawa area for married STF officers.

The Government has decided to put up a housing complex for married officers of the Police Special Task Force. It has become an immediate requirement to provide housing facilities for married officers in the STF engaged in various defence activities including maintaining law and order in Colombo and suburbs,

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The Jaffna regional consular office has attested over 10,364 documents, and served over 5000 people during the first year.

The Jaffna Regional Consular Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs marked it's one year anniversary last week. In keeping with the aim to improve and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of consular related service delivery to the general public, particularly those in the Northern Province, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a Regional Consular Office in Jaffna on Thursday 26 January 2017. The regional consular office is located at the District Secretariat in Jaffna.

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Today is the Navam Full Moon Poya day

Today is Navam Full Moon Poya Day. According to Buddhist traditions and literature, two utmost significant incidents took place on Navam Full Moon Poya Day. They are the appointment of Buddha’s two chief disciples - Saraputta and Moggallana. Saraputta was appointed to the prestigious position of “Dharmasenadhipathi” and Moggallana as “Dharmapuroitha” respectively.

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The President says the people in the country will never allow a single family to rule the country again.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the people in the country will never allow a single family to rule the country again. The former regime was rejected by the people on the 8th of January 2015 as they discarded the corruption, frauds and nepotism.

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The Prime Minister says the massive development programmes will be implemented after building up the national economy.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the massive development programmes will be implemented after building up the national economy. The president government is heading towards development with a gigantic plan. The premier made these remarks addressing an election propaganda rally held in Gampaha yesterday.

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It is stressed that the UNP can form a government with the support of 125 parliamentarians at any time.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the UNP can form a government with the support of 125 parliamentarians at any time. Some groups who are ignorant on the political behaviour of the country, are expressing ridiculous views on toppling the government and to form a new government.

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For the first time since 1866, three lunar events will coincide on the same day; a 'Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse', a 'Super Moon' and a 'Blue Moon' will be visible to us today,

For the first time since 1866, three lunar events will coincide on the same day; a 'Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse', a 'Super Moon' and a 'Blue Moon' will be visible to us today, at moonrise in the eastern horizon, after 6.15pm.

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Putin says US sanctions list targets all Russians

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a list of officials and businessmen close to the Kremlin published by the US has in effect targeted all Russian people. The list names 210 top Russians as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the US election.

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The General Secretary of the United National Party epitomizes the arduous task the present good governance regime has undertaken to bring to realization the aspirations of the Rainbow Revolution.

General secretary of the United National Party Kabeer Hassheem issuing a statement says that the present good governance regime has performed an arduous task to realize the citizen's aspirations that sphere headed the Rainbow Revolution that ushered in the present era. The 19th amendment to the constitution is significant among the many tasks executed. In a further strengthening  move of reaffirming democracy in the country, the first steps in formulating a new constitution were taken. The minister pointed out that when the first and second republican constitutions were formulated in 1972 and 1978, public opinion was not sought. The very first task the present government embarked upon in this endeavour, was to collate public views and ideas. Therefore, the mandate given to the good governance regime at the presidential election on the 8th of January 2015 and the 18th of August 2015, cannot be spurned. The minister emphasizes that the stakeholders of the government need to uphold the aspirations of the citizens who gave them this mandate, and should not leave room for the surreptitious motives of those who were defeated into political wilderness by the people's mandate, to surface.  He observed that those who snub the pro-people's agenda, will take frantic efforts to topple the present regime and plunge the country back into dictatorship.

Initial steps taken for the implementation of the proposed new court system to hear cases pertaining to serious acts of fraud and corruption.

Deputy minister Ajith P.Perera says that initial steps have been taken for the implementation of the proposed new court system to hear cases pertaining to serious acts of fraud and corruption. He projected that the said court system could be made operational from next March onwards.  Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today he stated that although the PRECIFAC report recommends stripping off civic rights of the wrong doers, the government has no direct intention to do so. The government will follow legal proceedings for the wrong doers to be punished.

The parliamentary debate on the Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports, to take place on the 6th of next month

The parliamentary debate on the Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports, will take place on the 6th of next month, at 10.30am. The date was fixed upon a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.
At the party leaders meeting that was presided over by speaker Karu Jayasooriya this afternoon, the premier requested for parliament to be convened on the 6th, in accordance with Standing Order 14.

Argentine President bans nepotism

Argentine President Mauricio Macri has announced government job cuts, aimed at reducing the deficit, while attacking a 'patronage system' in place for decades. Thereby, Ministers will be forbidden from employing close family members, while those currently in such posts will have to resign. One in four positions appointed by ministers will also be cut. Mr Macri, who has just returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has said "what we have proposed is much more than economic change, it is cultural change".
Within hours of his announcement, several close relatives of Ministers, left their jobs.

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