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Osu Sala outlets issue medicines free for the prescriptions given from state hospitals

The State Pharmaceutical Corporation has made arrangements to issue medicines free for the prescriptions given to the patients from government hospitals. This decision has been taken for the convenience of the patients as the government pharmacists have stated a trade union action at present.


Politicians point out the need to prepare a new constitution.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka says, it is a timely need to introduce a new constitution to the country. Joining the debate on the interim report of proposals for a new constitution held in the parliament today, the minister said the new constitution should be prepared specially considering the needs and responsibilities towards the future generations of the country. A small political group or a political leader cannot reject this necessity . therefore all should join hands to make this golden opportunity a success.

Joining the debate TNA parliamentarian Mawei Senadheeraja said, the election pledges given by the presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena should be fulfilled at present. Supporters of the Rajapakse regime are spreading false information regarding the new constitution.

156 graduates will be recruited as environment officers of the central environmental authority.

156 graduates will be recruited as environment officers of the central environmental authority. The distribution of appointments will be held tomorrow at the Battaramulla ministry auditorium tomorrow  evening under the patronage of president Maithripala Sirisena. The officers have been selected after a written test and through an interview. Chairman of the Central environmental authority Prof.Lal Mervyn Dharmasiri says, the officers will be appointed to the existing vacancies.

The Employees Trust Fund Board is to offer 9,000 scholarships to the Grade 5 students of member families.

The Employees Trust Fund Board has decided to offer 9,000 scholarships to the students of member families who have passed the Year 5 scholarship examination with higher marks.  Each selected student will be granted an annual allowance of 15 thousand rupees.  Applications are now available at the ETF Board head office in Narahenpita and online at  Deputy general manager of the board Wasantha Dissanayake says applications should be sent to the board before the 17th of next month.

The World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives makes several salient proposals to improve trade actives in Sri Lanka.

The World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough makes several salient proposals to improve trade actives in the country. She expressed these views delivering the key note address at a conference on applying new technologies to make Sri Lanka’s International Trade more efficient and Inclusive. The points she proposes include
- The Creation of an investment friendly environment that will benefit trading communities irrespective of the size of their business.
- The Reduction of trade transaction costs faced by the trading community.
- Reducing the number of institutions interfacing with traders. A recent assessment by a World Bank team found at least 22 agencies involved in issuing regulations and approvals related to trade. Another study by the Department of Commerce found 34 agencies involved in publishing regulations that affect trade.
- The Use modern technology.
and finally,
- that institutional culture matters. Technology is as good as the people who use and manage it. All these points mentioned will require institutional behavioral changes, many that will challenge the status quo for doing business, even the skills required to operate in such an environment. Hanging on to the way things were done before, even with new technology, will not go far. This is where many good ideas die, unless culture changes.

Record surge in atmospheric Carbon Dioxide seen in 2016

The World Meteorological Organization states that concentrations of Carbon Dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016. Last year's increase was 50 percent higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove Carbon Dioxide to a level not seen in 800,000 years. Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable. The figures published by The World Meteorological Organization are the remaining levels of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, after significant amounts are absorbed by the Earth's "sinks", which include the oceans and the biosphere.

Indian captain Virat Kohli returnes to top of ICC ODI rankings

Indian captain Virat Kohli today returned to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen after logging career-high rating points, going past the iconic Sachin Tendulkar in the process. Kohli has moved back to the top within 10 days of losing it to South Africa batsman AB de Villiers after the rankings were updated following India’s 2 to 1 home series win against New Zealand. The 28-year-old Delhi batsman, who scored 263 runs in the series, has reached 889 points, which is the best ever by an Indian batsman.

Sri Lanka’s first hyper mall, to open in December

Adding yet another luxury to the Colombo city line, Sri Lanka’s first hyper mall, will open in December at the Colombo City Centre in Slave Island. Being joint venture between Abans Group and Silver Needle Hospitality, the total investment costs 170 million US Dollars. Chief Executive Officer of the Colombo City Centre, Anand Sundaram says that over 70 percent has been sold out stamping investor confidence for the project. Both the apartments and the hotel would be ready by October 2018.  Travelers would select their rooms and pay online via credit card without ever having to go to the reception. Commenting on the retail space which will open in December, he said that some of the world’s top brands would be showcased in it.

Sunil Ratnayake completes 30 years in Sri Lanka’s tele-drama industry.

Sunil Ratnayake completes 30 years in Sri Lanka’s tele-drama industry. The only tele drama to win the most number of tele-drama awards, “Dandubasnamanaya”, was produced by him. Speaking of his humble beginnings and the 30-year journey Ratnayake reveals that his interest in video only began as a hobby while working as a civil engineer at the Highways Department. It was during this time that a documentary he had created on the Badulla district titled “Badulu Siriya” had caught the attention of the then Prime Minster Ranasinghe Premadasa who got him hired as a videographer, which later lead to his first tele-dramas “Ran Doratu” and the more popular “Bhagya”.
He received the coveted Prime Minister’s award for “Apey Gamata Kiri Uthurai” and the Environmental Day Award for the documentary film “Gasakin Kandulak”. He was the pioneer to introduce Digital 3D Animation in Sri Lanka. “Bhavathra”, Sri Lanka’s first ever science fiction TV series to use 3D character animation, was produced by him.

The minister of Finance and Media says that the trajectory of the country can be changed towards a new direction by the formulation of a new constitu

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says by formulating a new constitution the trajectory of the country can be changed towards a new direction. Economic prosperity can be attained by bringing about an ‘equal citizenship’. He expressed these views participating in the debate held in parliament today with regard to the interim report of the steering committee for constitutional reforms. He further stated that the burning issue the country faces is the ethnic issue, although certain quarters do not seem to be affected by any such issue. Leaders of all political parties over the years have been commenting upon a constitution that secures the rights of all races. The present government has taken steps to make it a reality. The constitutional assembly was established upon the mandate received by the president. The assembly comprises all political parties. He added that the citizen of this country has suffered at the hands of war and rebellion. Therefore, an undivided violence free country is aspired. United, the country should turn on a new chapter.
State Minister Dilan Perera states that no opposition will be voiced against the devolution of power within a unitary state. A flexible approach is needed in debating the proposals of the interim report. He further stated that they will not practice politics in fear of “bombs”. He added that the honour of the constitutional assembly should be bestowed upon Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Minister Dr.Rajitha Senarathne states, that those who opposed the preparation of a new constitution now should be prepared to suffer “shame” in the future. He further stated that a golden opportunity has arisen for a new constitution acceptable to the entirety of the country to be formulated.

Field Marshall Minister Sarath Fonseka says that the proposed new constitution is a fulfilment of an election pledge given to the citizens. He further stated that those who rant about dividing the country never came forward when Prabhakaran held sway in the north and east.

The gazette notification pertaining to the forthcoming local government elections to be certified tomorrow.

Minister Faizer Mustapha is due to certify the gazette notification pertaining to the new Mixed Electoral System under which the Local Government Elections will be held in January next year. Upon certifying the gazette notification the minister will explain the procedure of conducting the election under the new system.

Dr.Neville Fernando expresses his satisfaction within regard to the resolution of the SAITM issue.

Prof.Neville Fernando  says that he is pleased with the stance taken by the GMOA with regard to the SAITM issues. He points out that every medical students ambition is to qualify as a doctor, complete post graduate training and specialize in their selected fields.  He further stated that all stakeholders need to act in a manner  which  benefits  the students.

Tamil national alliance says everyone all must make use of this golden opportunity to create co-existence among people

Joining the debate, parliamentarian S. Sridaran said there is conducive environment in the country to build up inter community co-existence.  We all must make use of this golden opportunity.    The Tamil national alliance also helps this process.  He said that people in the north have rejected LTTE activities.  They are willing to live with other communities in one country.

The JVP emphasises the need of a new constitution to suit the country.

State minister Eran Wickremaratne said the proposal to appoint constitutional council was unanimously passed in parliament. Now, the process of preparing of a new constitution is in progress. The state minister said the government has no hidden agenda in the process.
Participating in the debate Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the stance of the JVP is the need of a new constitution to suit for the country. The rights of communities should be safeguarded through it to create national peace. The wrong committed in the past should be corrected now. He also pointed out that although terrorism is over, still no solution for the reason for terrorism.

The 7th Buddhist conference of the world Buddhist congress will be held in Sri Lanka.

The 7th conference of the world Buddhist congress will be held in Sri Lanka from 2nd to 7th of November. The conference convened at the invitation of  President Maithripala Sirisena and the opening ceremony will be held on Thursday at the Temple Trees.  The President, prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and 300 delegates including  Nayaka theras and laymen from 47 countries will attend for this event. The theme of the conference is “Buddhism for peace in the World”.  It will be conducted by the  Supreme World Buddhist Congress in Japan.  The final ceremony and the cultural pageant will  be held at Nelum Pokuna Theatre Hall on Saturday. The delegates will tour in Anuradhapura and Kandy on 6th and 7th November.

Trump adviser George Papadopoulos lied about Russian links

An election campaign adviser to Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of meetings with alleged go-betweens for Russia.George Papadopoulos admitted the talks happened while he worked for Mr Trump, not before, court papers show.


The present government received a mandate during the last election to establish a new constitution to meet the requirements of all communities in the country - M.A. Sumanthiran

Joining the debate in Parliament MP M.A. Sumanthiran said the present government received a mandate during the last election to establish a new constitution to meet the requirements of all communities in the country.


The GMOA says there are many reasonable points showcased in the solutions put forward by the government to solve the SAITM issue

The Government Medical Officers Association says there are many reasonable points showcased in the solutions put forward by the government to solve the SAITM issue. Dr. Samantha Ananda made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday.


The Presidential Committee to resolve issues related to the Faculty of Medicine of the SAITM, announces its proposals.


The Presidential Committee to Resolve Issues Related to the Faculty of Medicine of the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine, has proposed the following in order to arrive at a permanent solution that is reasonable to all stakeholders and in keeping with Government Policy.


Sri Lanka to be developed as a transshipment hub within the next 25 years.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that once the harbours at Colombo, Hambantota and Trincomalee are upgraded


The United States Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike Group scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka

The United States Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka’s Colombo port for a planned port visit on the 28th of October, reflecting the growing relationship between the US and Sri Lankan navies. It will be the first time a aircraft carrier is visiting Sri Lanka since 1985. The US Embassy says that it is estimated that the carrier strike group will add approximately 1.54 billion rupees to the Sri Lankan economy as the ships purchase supplies and US sailors come ashore and support local businesses. During the visit, the sailors will have opportunities to explore the local community and meet with their counterparts in the Sri Lankan Navy.  While in port, sailors will also work with local non-profit organizations to support community service events at a local hospital, an orphanage, and other sites. The group is scheduled to depart on the 31st of October.

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