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The government has signed 3 agreements with Asian Development Bank for a loan facility amounting to 270 million dollars to invest on the joint project to develop the water supply system and road network .

The government has signed  3 agreements with Asian Development Bank for a loan facility amounting to 270 million dollars to invest on the joint project to develop the water supply system and road network in Jaffna and Kilinochchi. The joint project on road development will include southern ,central, Sabaragamuwa , north western , north central  and western province.

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Minister Faizer Mustafa points out that no room will be provided to accommodate relations in the nomination list of the forthcoming local government election.

Minister of local government and provincial council Faizer Mustafa emphasizes the importance of eliminating malpractices in the forthcoming local government elections. The minister also said, no room will be provided for the relations to  include in the nomination list in the forthcoming local government election.

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Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam instructs the relevant officials to take stern action against the school principals who try to provide uniform clothes instead of vouchers to the students.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam instructs the relevant officials to take stern action against the school principals who  try to provide uniform clothes   instead of vouchers to the students. The education ministry has strictly given instructions to the schools to distribute free vouchers to the students. The students will use the vouchers to purchase uniform clothes.

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The use of polythene banned in election propaganda activities.


President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday instructed the Central Environment Authority to ban the use of polythene for election decorations. He also advised on strict action to be taken in accordance with the law against those who violate the ban. He ordered the CEA to hold a meeting with all stakeholders and make them aware about the regulation.

These instructions were given during a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat held to discuss matters related to improving efficiency in waste management at local authorities.

The President also inquired into the progress made in implementing the cabinet decisions pertaining to the management of polythene and plastic use. He also discussed matters related to the management of clinical and electronic waste.

Sri Lanka becomes the 163rd country to accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

Sri Lanka has become the 163rd country to accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention. Sri Lanka last year pledged to join the international community in supporting the ongoing landmine elimination programme.

The convention prohibits of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines.

An event to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Convention themed 'A World Free of Landmines' was convened at the UN office. It was organised jointly by the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Canada, and Colombia. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative, Dr Rohan Perera, welcomed the initiatives taken by the Missions and the contribution made by the countries it represents, in making the Ottawa treaty a reality.

French school bus cut in two, in rail crash

At least four children were killed and 19 people injured, when a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France. The bus, which was carrying around 20 students from a local secondary school, was struck by the train in Millas, close to the Spanish border. The bus was split in two by the force of the crash. Around 70 emergency workers and four helicopters were deployed as part of the rescue effort. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who flew to Millas by helicopter, said the process of identifying the victims was "extremely difficult".

The government has decided to create Subsidized Price Markets in view of the upcoming festive season.

The government has decided to create subsidized price markets with the participation of the private sector in view of the upcoming festive season. Thereby, a decision has been made to introduce a ‘relief hamper’ consisting of 8 essential commodities. These essentials include rice, dhal, sugar, sprats, onions, potatoes and canned fish. This decision was taken at a meeting held at Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the participation of Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Rishad Bathiyudeen and representatives from various state and private institutions.

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The Flying Squad of the Consumer Affairs Authority to continue raids against errant traders selling coconuts above the Control Price.

Chairman of the Coconut Cultivation Board, Kapila Yakandaawala states that the Maximum Retail Price of a Coconut is 75 rupees. The Wholesale Price ranges between 40 to 45 rupees. The Consumer Affairs Authority is currently conducting raids to nab errant traders involved in selling nuts for higher prices.

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The Prime Minister focuses his attention on the obstacles faced by Universities.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised the Vice Chancellors of Universities to take necessary steps to provide quality based education, instead of focusing on constructing buildings in University premises. He expressed these views at a discussion held at Temple Trees today regarding obstacles that are faced in universities and future educational plans.

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Nomination lists of the newly formed ‘Lotus Bud’ party have been rejected for several Local Government Bodies.

Nomination lists of the newly formed ‘Lotus Bud’ party, the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna, have been rejected for several Local Government bodies. Nominations for the Local Government bodies of Maharagama, Badulla, Mahiyanganaya, Panadura, Weligama and Agalawatta were rejected.

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The President pledges to provide all required facilities for the security forces to be equip with knowledge and expertise.


President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government will provide all the necessary facilities to equip the Sri Lankan security forces with knowledge as well as expertise when implementing state policy on national security.

He made these remarks speaking at the graduation ceremony of Sapugaskanda Defence Services Command and Staff College yesterday. Addressing the gathering the President further said that when fulfilling responsibilities of national security in a peaceful country as well as fulfilling responsibilities of regional security with the assistance of the international community, our security forces should equip with the technical knowledge and wisdom.

The President also appreciated the great humanitarian service rendered by the security forces during national disaster situations, and also valued the excellent support given to the fight against the drugs smuggling and other illegal activities, in addition to their national security responsibilities. President Sirisena awarded degree certificate to several officers and presented awards for the local and foreign officers for their outstanding performances.

Prime Minister says Sri Lankans have the innovations and creative skills to produce the best products in the world.

The Guinness Record Certificate of the tallest Christmas Tree was presented to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, at Temple Trees, yesterday. The Premier stated that considerable tasks can be accomplished optimizing the creativity of Sri Lankans. It was the same creativity that made the tallest Christmas Tree in the world a reality. He pointed out that it is significant for largest Christmas Tree to stand tall in a country where the majority are non-Christians. He observed that there was no division such as “Sinhala”, “Tamil” and “Muslim” when this task was accomplished. He added that it points out the necessity for Sri Lanka to project to the world the importance of national co-existence.

The time period to submit applications for postal voting of the local government election has been extended up to 22nd of this month.

The deadline to accept postal voting applications for the Local Government Election has been extended till the 22nd of December. A release signed by the Chairman of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya was issued citing the extension. The Elections Commission said District Returning Officers have had to reject a majority of postal voting applications received at present. The Commission said the applications were completed according to information in the voter register compiled for the 2015 General Elections. The Commission stressed that applications for the Local Government Election should be directed according to information in the 2017 voter register. The Elections Commission added further details can be obtained through the lists displayed at District Offices, Divisional Secretariats, Local Government bodies, and Grama Niladhari offices, including selected state institutions. Information could also be obtained via www.election.gov.lk.

The Chairman of Elections reiterated the deadline to accept postal voting applications would not be extended after the 22nd of December under any circumstance.

Minister Vajira Abeywardhana states the new electoral system paves way for the election of people’s representatives who are accountable to their respective electorates.

Minister Vajira Abeywardhana states the new electoral system paves way for the election of people’s representatives who are accountable to their respective electorates. He expressed these views at the Galle divisional secretariat when making deposits for the forthcoming local government elections. He added that although it is a challenge to take this new electoral system to the public, the government has successfully surmounted the challenge.

Signs of the price drop in rice of the local market are expected with the import permission is granted to the private sector.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara says signs of the price drop in rice of the local market are expected with the import permission is granted to the private sector. The Minister made these remarks at a media conference held yesterday. Addressing the media personnel he further said the private sector is expected to import around 500,000 metric tons of rice within the next few days. Thereafter, these rice stocks will be distributed to cooperative sales outlets located island-wide. One kilo of a nadu rice will be sold at 72 rupees.

UK PM May defeated over Brexit vote

The UK government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs. In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. The government had argued this would jeopardize its chances of delivering a smooth departure from the EU. Despite a last-minute attempt to offer concessions to rebels, an amendment to the bill was backed by 309 to 305. Ministers said the "minor setback" would not prevent the UK leaving the EU in 2019.

Turkey President urges World leaders to recognize Jerusalem as Palestinian capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged leaders of Muslim nations to recognise Jerusalem as the "occupied capital of the Palestinian state". Addressing a summit of the Organization for Islamic Co-operation, he said the US decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital was "null and void".

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The railway strike has been called off. The train services will return to normal by tomorrow morning.

Railway General Manager S.M. Abewickrama says measures have been taken to normalize the railway services as the trade union action is now over.

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The President pledges to provide all required facilities for the security forces to be equip with knowledge and expertise.

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government will provide all the necessary facilities to equip the Sri Lankan security forces with knowledge as well as expertise when implementing state policy on national security.

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Minimum qualifications for medical education for Sri Lanka has been announced.

The minimum educational qualifications for admission to medical education in Sri Lankan Universities have been announced Sri Lanka Medical Council has announced with the consent of the University Grants Commission and Attorney General. Accordingly, two credit passes and a simple pass at the GCE A/L examination Science stream in one sitting is the minimum qualification.

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New Chairman has been appointed to the SLBC.

Mr. S.M Farooq has been appointed as the Chairman of the SLBC. He is an Old Boy of the Colombo Royal College and a graduate on International Market at the Hong Kong University. He serves as the Director and the CEO of Pan Asian Power (Pvt) Ltd. He is a leading civil activist and has worked as a board member of the SLBC since last June.

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