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The GCE Ordinary Level Examination to begin on the 12th of next month.

The Department of Examinations announced that the 2017 G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination will commence on the 12th of December.

414,694 students will sit the exam under the new syllabus, while 14,799 students will sit under the old syllabus. It will be held across 5,116 examination centers.

The exam ends on the 21st of December.

A "Fisheries Week" announced in connection with World Fisheries Day

State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says that the fisheries industry would be made the third largest foreign exchange earner in the country by the year 2020. He also pledges to create 100,000 employment opportunities in the sector by 2020. The Ministry has declared a Fisheries Week in connection with World Fisheries Day which falls on the 21st of November.

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Today is the 4th day of the 1st test between Sri Lanka and India.

Today is the 4th day of the first test match between Sri Lanka and India which is being played now at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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Rare Tintin art fetches 500,000 dollars at Paris auction

A rare Indian-ink drawing of the cartoon character Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy has been sold for almost 500,000 US dollars at an auction in Paris. The picture from the 1939 comic album “King Ottokar's Sceptre” was among the many items sketched by Hergé, the Belgian artist who created The Adventures of Tintin.

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Enhanced security measures in Gintota to continue, even though law and order has been established.

Minister Sagala Ratnayaka states that the tense situation that occurred in the Gintota area recently has been brought under control completely. Law and order has been established in the area. He extended his gratitude to all parties who acted responsibly to avoid a bloodbath! The Minister, issuing a special statement said that there are elements who are now in the process of disseminating false videos on social media platforms with the ulterior motive of stirring up communal hatred.

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The premier’s decision to testify before the bond commission commended.

Intellectuals and social activists point out that Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s decision to testify before the bond commission is a commendable move. They point out that during the mahinda rajapakse era, such a move by the prime minister of the country was NEVER HEARD OF. As of then the president enjoyed judicial immunity  and  the  higher-ups in power were above the law! Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s appearance before the bond commission depicts that under the Good Governance Regime everyone is equal before the law.

Several arrests made in connection with recent assault attacks in Jaffna

41 individuals have been taken into custody pertaining to recent assault attacks that took place in Jaffna. Previously 6 suspects had been arrested. The police are continuing operations in the Jaffna, Kopai and Manipai police divisions. The police headquarters states that three teams have been deployed to apprehend those involved.

It is stressed that the Premier’s presence at the Bond commission voluntarily is to affirm the responsibility of the rulers

Former Professor of the Peradeniya University M O A de Soysa said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe’s presence at the Bond commission voluntarily is to affirm the responsibility and the purity of the rulers. It will be added to the history of presenting voluntarily by a State leader for a court activity.  He made these comments participating at a programme of SLBC.

The Government says its aim is to provide human rights for all through the reconciliation.

The United Nation Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the third Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka on Wednesday in Geneva. Making a special statement regarding this session Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said in Parliament last afternoon, Sri Lanka accepted 177 out of the 230 recommendations made by the 3rd UPR and noted 53.

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There is no truth on the false propagations made by some groups that the security in the country has collapsed.

The votes on Ministries of Defence, National Policies and Economic Affairs, Law and order and Southern Development were passed in Parliament yesterday. In the reply speech of the votes of Defence Ministry, Deputy Minister Ruwan Wijayawardena said that the budget presented in the Parliament is to strengthen the National security in the country.

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Today is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Today is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The 3rd Sunday of November in every year has been named as the “Day of Victims of Road Accidents”. The objective of this is to decline the harmful effects for the development of a country by losing human lives and work force.

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Today is the 4th day of the 1st test against India.

Today is the 4th day of the first test match between Sri Lanka and India being played at the Kolkata. Sri Lanka has scored runs 165 for 4 wickets in their first innings, at the end of play yesterday.

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The President says that he is committed to establish a noble society in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena said, the Buddhist teachings and concepts are well adopted in many world countries including developed nations. The president also said, the Buddhism has promoted noble services in the society. President Sirisena also said, that he is committed to establish a noble society in the country. The president made these remarks at a function to place the foundation stone for the construction of two storied building for Mawanella, Keppettipola Sri Abhayaraja Maha Viharaya.

The announcement on local government election nominations will be released on 27th of this month.

The Election Commission says, the announcement on Local Government Election nominations will be released on 27th of this month. The nominations can be submitted after 14 days of the announcement.

The Chairman of the Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said, the nominations will be accepted commencing from 27th of November upto 17 days. The district returning officers will accept the nominations from the respective districts.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera says the Commissions appointed by the good governance rule, are now functioning effectively.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera says the Commissions appointed by the good governance rule, are now functioning effectively. The government is fulfilling its election pledges without failure. The Minister made these remarks taking part in the budget committee stage discussions in Parliament today.

Joining the discussion Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa said some elements are attempting to disrupt the country’s development programmes by spreading baseless and false information. A large number of development programmes are being successfully carried out islandwide.

Joining the discussion State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said programmes have been implemented to increase the forest cover and to strengthen rules and regulations for environmental conservation. The government spent a sum of 8000 rupees for each family in order to alleviate poverty.

Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said government is disrupting democracy.

The President says that there is no any secrete detention centres for the present government and no one is held in custody.

President Maithripala Sirisena held a discussion with the family members of the missing persons at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday. During this meeting, they presented their issues and demands to the President in detail. President Sirisena said that he has a clear understanding regarding the issues faced by each community in this country, and said that the government including he himself is committed to provide solutions to those issues in a very open and fair manner.

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The government has further relaxed tax policies on importation of vehicles.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the unity government has always listened to the people. Addressing the parliament yesterday he said through the proposals of the people, the government has been able to further satisfy them with this budget.

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Another reawakening village will be vested with the public today.

Another reawakening village will be vested with the public today. The “Sithujayagama” in Meegahajadura will be opened by Minister Sajith Premadasa. There are 26 housing units with 20 perches home garden in each house. This is the 47th reawakening village under this government.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe 'resists calls to resign'

Zimbabwe's long-time President Robert Mugabe is reportedly refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation. The 93-year-old was put under house arrest during a military takeover on Wednesday, amid a power struggle over who would succeed him.

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Da Vinci artwork sells for a record price of 450 million dollars

A 500-year-old painting of Jesus Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record price of 450 million dollars.

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The Second Reading of the 2018 Budget passed with a two third majority in parliament.

The second reading of the 2018 budget commenced this afternoon. At the vote that was held this evening the budget was passed with a two third majority in parliament. It received 151 votes in favour and 58 against. It was passed with a majority of 93 votes.

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