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Minister Faizer Mustafa says the local government election will be conducted based on the decision taken to solve the existing problems on the Amendment Act.

Minister Faizer Mustafa says the local government election will be conducted based on the decision taken to solve the existing problems on the Amendment Act. The Minister made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday. Accordingly, it is observed there is a high density of population residing in Ambagamuwa and Nuwara Eliya divisional secretariat areas. Therefore, the cabinet decided to provide a just and fair solution should be provided to these people in terms of local government organizations. The Minister also said that he understood the grievances of the estate people living in these areas. The government decides to conduct all local government elections on one particular day. However, the government does not have any intention to postpone this election. Minister Faizer Mustafa also said the government decides to conduct the local government election in January next year.

California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19

 

The death toll from California's hepatitis A outbreak has reached 19, one week after the state's governor issued a health state of emergency.More than 500 people in California have contracted the viral disease since November, many of whom are homeless.Hepatitis A, which attacks the liver, is usually spread through faecal matter, transmitted through sex or by touching contaminated food or objects.It is the second-largest US outbreak of hepatitis A in the past 20 years.

Pakistan won the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka played at Abu Dhabi stadium yesterday.

Pakistan won the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka played at Abu Dhabi stadium yesterday. Sri Lanka won the toss and batted first. Accordingly, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 208 in 48.2 overs. In reply, Pakistan reached the victory target in 42.3 overs losing only 3 wickets.

The national ceremony of the Grama Shakthi Programme is to be held on Friday.

The national ceremony of the Grama Shakthi Programme which focuses upon the alleviation of poverty, will be held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena, on Friday. Speaking at a media briefing today Presidential secretary Austin Fernando said that the President has given prominence to the Grama Shakthi programme in the process of eradiating poverty. A sum of 600 million rupees will be set aside through the next budget for this project.

The PAFFREL organization requests for the gazette notification regarding the establishment of local government bodies to be released within this week.

The PAFFREL organization has urged the minister of provincial councils and local government to issue the gazette notification regarding the establishment of local government bodies within this week. Director General of the organization Rohana Hettiarachchi says, that there are many important features in the proposed mixed electoral system. The increase in women’s representation and the counting of votes at the polling centres are two of the significant aspects. He further stated that it is the responsibility of all political parties to field suitable candidates for future elections.
National coordinator of the centre for monitoring election violence Manjula Gajayanayake says, that under the new electoral system the cost involved for conducting an election will see a rapid decline. Election violence will also be controlled.

The JVP explains its stance with regard to constitutional reforms.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna explains its stance with regard to the interim report of the steering committee for constitutional reforms. Speaking at a media briefing today  MP  Vijitha Herath stated that the JVP always stood for a unitary state and was against division. He added that the party also holds firm to its stance  that a new constitution is a must for the country. The executive presidency needs to be abolished.  It was an election pledge at the last presidential election. Therefore, it is the government’s responsibility to fulfil the promise.

The Chinese president pledges to lead China to realize “socialist modernization” by 2035.

Chinese president Xi Jinping said today that the Communist Party of China will lead the country to realize “socialist modernization” by 2035. Xi made these remarks in a report to the 19th National Congress of The Communist Party of China, held at The Great Hall of the People, in central Beijing. Xi called the plan, The Communist Party's "strategic vision for developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era."

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the SLFP will contest the upcoming election under the UPFA.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says no one can divide the Sri Lanka freedom Party. However, a group of the party members are attempting to promote another political party misusing the wider freedom available within the SLFP. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today the minister said the party has taken a number of important decision to purify the party with the aim of facing an immediate election. 

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