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Spanish Prime Minister dissolves Catalan parliament

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the Catalan parliament and called for snap local elections after Catalonia declared independence yesterday. Mr Rajoy said the unprecedented imposition of direct rule on Catalonia was essential to "recover normality". He also fired Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his cabinet. Mr Rajoy also announced the sacking of the Catalan police chief. Regional elections are scheduled for the 21st of December.

The President ordered the relevant officials to temporarily suspend issuing license for the transport of cattle.

President Maithripala Sirisena orders the relevant officials to temporarily suspend issuing license for the transport of cattle. The reports show that illegal cattle transport was on the rise. As a result the milk production industry and dairy farm industry face many challenges and difficulties. Therefore, it is a timely need to streamline and control the transport of illegal cattle or milk cows.

The divisional secretary has the authority to issue license for transport of cattle at present. Taking these points into consideration, the president has ordered the relevant officials to temporarily suspend issuing these licenses. It is also reported many fatal accidents occurred in the past during illegal transport of cattle.

Sri Lanka and Maldives have jointly implemented programmes to strengthen coastal security in the region.

Ambassador of Maldives in Sri Lanka Mohammed Husain Sherif says Sri Lanka and Maldives have jointly implemented programmes to strengthen coastal security in the region. These programmes have targeted to bring down human and drugs smuggling , terrorism and pirate activities.

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The parliament debate on the report of the constitutional council operational committee will be held next week.

The parliament debate on the report of the constitutional council operational committee will take place for debate  on Tuesday and Wednesday. Minister Lakshman Kiriella says after the debate entertaining public views on this matter will be carried out.  Views and opinions from the Mahanayake Theras, religious dignitaries and civil organisations to the general public will be obtained.

The Speaker says Public accounts and COPE committees are function very efficiently.

A discussion on implementation of the proposal presented to the public accounts committee

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The Prime Minister congratulates the Chinese President for his re-election as the leader of the community party.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe conveyed his well wishes to Chinese President Shi Jinping for his appointment as the general secretary of Chinese communist party for the second time.

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Seven new agreements to enhance the co-operation between Sri Lanka and the State of Qatar signed during the President’s two day official visit to Qatar.

Seven new agreements to enhance the co-operation in bilateral relations, power and energy, water management, health services and in the financial sector, were signed between Sri Lanka the State of Qatar during President Maithripala Sirisena’s two day official visit to the state.

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The President says the government is committed to steer the country towards prosperity amidst any challenge.

Members of the Sri Lankan community in Qatar said they are pleased with the proper direction towards which Sri Lanka is marching under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, who is a simple and humble leader. They expressed these sentiments when President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a two-day State visit to Qatar met the Sri Lankan community in Doha on October 25 afternoon.

President Sirisena was warmly received by the Sri Lankan community working in various sectors in Qatar. Addressing the gathering, President Maithripala Sirisena said the present government is committed to build a prosperous and virtuous country irrespective of the challenges and obstructions confronted by it.

Referring to the false publicity carried out in the internet and certain social media websites due to the democratic and free environment established in the country, the President said Sri Lanka is a much different place to what they see in the internet and certain social media websites.

Although new technology was invented for the betterment of humankind, certain groups misusing it were trying to distort the true image of the motherland, he said.

The President said the government had created a quality political environment in the country today and several social and economic transformations were underway under the Good Governance concept.

The President also created awareness among the Sri Lankan community on the false publicity carried out by a certain group within the country about the Constitutional Reform process.

Solutions to the recruitment of railway engine drivers and assistants.

The National Salaries and Carder Commission says that the problems pertaining to the recruitment of railway engine drivers and assistants has been provided with solutions. Presidential Secretary Austin Fernando appointed a committee last week to look into this issue and the committee has submitted solutions to the issue following negotiations with the relevant parties. The set of solutions will be escalated to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation in order to obtain approval for their implementation.

India grants aid amounting to 600 million rupees for housing development in the country.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says that India has granted aid amounting to 600 million rupees for housing development in the country. He expressed these views participating at a ceremony held at the 44th reawakened village Siribopura, Santhosagama in Hambantota under the “Uda Gammana” project.

Pressure mounts on Catalan leader.

Pressure is rising on Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont over his regional government's drive for independence from Spain. He had been due to make a statement to clarify his position, but the move has been suspended. The Spanish government plans to strip the regional government and Mr Puigdemont of their powers. Article 155 of the Spanish constitution lets Madrid take control of institutions, police and finances. The Spanish Senate is set to vote on triggering Article 155 today.

The Prime Minister says that Sri Lanka should go forward in a world that is progressing vastly in the field of technology.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says that Sri Lanka should go forward in a world that is progressing vastly in technology. He expressed these views participating at the prize giving of Devi Balika Vidyalaya this evening.

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The Maldivian High Commissioner commends Sri Lanka’s co-operation with the Maldives

Maldivian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Mohammed Hussain Shareef says that both countries have maintained an excellent relationship throughout history. Sri Lanka and Maldives are collaborating well in tourism, fisheries, trade, investment and defence along with fine co-operation in regional and global issues.

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The President says to Sri Lankans in Qatar that the real Sri Lanka is far different from what they view over the internet.

The Sri Lankan community residing in Qatar say that they are pleased to see the country is now on the correct path under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President met Sri Lankans in Doha Qatar last evening.

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Mr. Wimal Weerawansa’s party protests against the statement he made that parliament should be bombed.

The statement made by MP Wimal Weerawansa that the parliament should be bombed has created a controversy. National organizer of the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna Priyasiri Wijenayake said that this statement is detrimental to democracy and they vehemently reject it. 

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The Parliament focuses its attention on the statement voiced by Wimal Weerawanse saying that the parliament complex should be bombed!

The Office of the Speaker issuing a notice states that action will be taken against the statement voiced by Wimal Weerawanse saying that the parliament complex should be bombed! The notice further stated that the attention of the House will be focused upon the statement at the next parliamentary session. Parliamentarians representing the government and the opposition as well as many groups have repeatedly called upon the Speaker to be attentive about such statements. They have emphasized that such a statement should not be taken lightly. The statement poses a threat to the lives of the people’s representatives and TO THE VERY EXISTENCE OF DEMOCRACY.

Minister Kabeer Hasheem questions as to why Mahinda Rajapakse, who vehemently opposed the 1978 constitution at its inception, is now defending it.

Chairman of the Public Representation Committee that deliberated with the general public and engaged with many organisations on constitution making, attorney at law, Lal Wijenayake says that there is no debate on introducing a new constitution to the country. He further said that the main plea of the public at the 2015 presidential election was that the introduction of a new constitution to the country is essential. He made these comments participating at the “Ethulpeththa” programme of the SLBC this morning.

Expressing views on this matter Minister Kabeer Hasheem said that it is questionable as to why Mahinda Rajapakse, who vehemently opposed the J.R. Jayawardhene constitution at its inception, is now defending it.

Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran says that they are ready to explain to the Sinhala people the opinion of the TNA on the new constitution.

In the meantime, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has challenged Mahinda Rajapakse to a debate on whether the proposed constitution leads to the division of the country.

Information has surfaced that certain private transportation services run buses mixing kerosene oil with Diesel.

The Petroleum Corporation points out that information has surfaced that certain private transportation services run buses mixing kerosene oil with Diesel. Bus owners have resorted to this practice in order to minimize their daily cost. This results in an increased effect to air pollution. The corporation says that it primarily sells Kerosene to the fisher folk and to areas that do not have electricity. However, this unacceptable practice that bus owners have resorted to, creates environmental issues.

Xi Jinping's name and ideology enshrined in China's Communist Party constitution

China's ruling Communist Party has voted to enshrine Xi Jinping's name and ideology in its constitution, elevating him to the level of founder Mao Zedong. The unanimous vote to incorporate "Xi Jinping Thought" took place at the end of the Communist Party Congress, China's most important political meeting. More than 2,000 delegates gathered in Beijing's Great Hall of the People for the final approval process to enshrine into the Communist Party constitution of China "The Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era".

The President says the Government stance on SAITM will be disclosed within next 2 to 3 days.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government stance on SAITM will be disclosed within next 2 to 3 days. All the problematic issues can be solved through negotiations and dialogue. He said this during a religious event in Awissawella . The President further said that all the citizen should be united and take collective efforts to solve national issues.

The Prime Minister says Trincomalee Harbour will also be developed soon.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says in addition to the Colombo and Hambantota harbours Trincomalee Harbour will also be developed soon. At a ceremony held in Kandy recently the Prime Minister said both India and Singapore extend support to port development activities.

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