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The minister of agriculture says the agriculture will be made a profitable industry

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the agriculture industry will be made a profitable industry by strengthening farmer community. The farmers will be trained with modern technology in order to make more contribution towards national production.  The programme "We eat what we grow" has been implemented to achieve this target. Under the programme short term, middle term and long term plans will be activated. The minister made these remarks in programme over the SLBC this morning.

The Poson week begins on Sunday

The Poson week begins on Sunday.  Many religious programmes will be implemented within this week under the title Let us calm the mind through compassion. Many programmes have been organized in Anuradhapura sacred city and Atamasthanaya, Mihintale and Thanthirimale sacred areas.  Anuradhapura district secretary R.M. Wanninayake told the SLBC that over one million devotees will come to Anuradhapura during the Poson season.  The Poson committee has already finalized the essential services for them. Over 200 Dansals will be conducted by various organisations.

New variety of petrol for motor cycles and three-wheelers

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says new variety of petrol will be introduced for motorcycles and three wheelers. At a ceremony held at the Kolonnawa installation today he said the government had to increase the price of fuel under unavoidable circumstances. However, the government is committed to provide relied to the people in alternative ways. A group of new engineers have been recruited to the petroleum corporation and the appointment letters were distributed among them at this ceremony.

The President points out that all relevant stakeholders should join hands without any condition to safeguard the future generation of the country

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Government is paying close attention to save children from various menaces in society, and all the parties should support in this regard to the Government unconditionally.

The Daruwan Surakimu (Let’s Protect Children) National Programme is a prominent step towards that vision, the President said that adding the main objective of this programme is to build a prosperous future for the children while ensuring their safety, education and health.

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All leave of postal workers, cancelled - Employees who do not report for duty today, will be regarded as those who have abandoned their employment

All leave of postal workers have been cancelled. Post Master General Rohana Abeyrathne says employees who do not report for duty today will be regarded as those who have abandoned their employment. Issuing a release he stated the Department of Posts will not hold itself responsible for temporary, casual, substitutional, and non-permanent staff who do not report for duty.

The Speaker says the government shows full transparency in each and every monetary transaction

The Parliament will meet today at 1.00 pm. The report on the financial situation of government institutions submitted by parliament subcommittee will be taken up for debate today. Accordingly, the performance of 873 government institutions in the year 2016 will be taken up for debate today. A media conference on this subject was held yesterday at the Parliamentary complex. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya briefed the media personnel on the accounts and votes of the fund allocations. The speaker also said the present government showed a clear transparency in each and every monetary transaction of the government institution. Speaking at this occasion Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said the main objective of this exercise is to minimize the waste and the inefficient processes in the government mechanism.

The case of Roshena Chanaka's death during a protest in previous regime was taken for hearing yesterday

The case of Roshena Chanaka's death during a protest in previous regime was taken for hearing yesterday. Roshen Chanaka succumbed to the injuiries during a protest campaign carried out by Katunayake free trade zone employees during the previous regime. The protest was carried out to show the agitation with regard to misuse of EPF funds by the then rulers. During this protest Roshen Chanaka was injured due to a unruly attack by the police. Roshen Chanaka was pronounced dead when he was admitted to the hospital. The mother of the diseased stated that she expects justice for this loss.

Trump says US will not be a migrant camp

President Donald Trump has said he will not allow the US to become a "migrant camp", as he stood by his administration's immigration crackdown. "The United States will not be a migrant camp," he said at the White House. "And it will not be a refugee-holding facility - it won't be."Photos over the weekend showed undocumented children being held in fenced enclosures at a Texas facility. The UN human rights chief has condemned the policy as "unconscionable".

The President says, the government will give wide attention to salvage the children from the various vices that are rampant in society.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, the government will give wide attention to salvage the children from the various vices that are rampant in society. He emphasizes, everyone should render their unrestricted support in this endeavour. The National Programme titled "Daruwan Surakimu" - "Let Us Protect The Children" is a prominent step taken in this direction. Speaking at the Kilinochchi District Conference of the Daruwan Surakimu Programme held at the Kilinochchi Madya Maha Vidyalaya the President said, his sole intention is to secure children's education and health requirements, and guarantee a prosperous future for them.

The closing date for accepting applications for Grade One Admissions, extended to the 10th of next month.

The closing date for accepting applications for Grade One Admissions to schools, has been extended to the 10th of next month. Speaking to the SLBC, Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said, taking into consideration the difficulties faced by parents due to the ongoing postal trade union action, a decision was taken to extend the closing date from the 30th of this month to the 10th of next month.

Former Cambodian Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh has been injured and his wife killed in a car collision

Former Prime Minister of Cambodia, Prince Norodom Ranariddhhas been injured and his wife killed in a head-on car collision in the south-west of the country.A taxi hit the vehicle they were travelling in. The couple were taken to a local hospital in the Preah Sihanouk province, but his wife died a few hours later.Prince Ranariddhleads a political party that is contesting next month's controversial general elections.

Striking postal workers have been urged to come to the negotiating table

Postmaster General RohanaAbayarathne calls on striking postal workers to come to the negotiating table for a settlement. He also asks them to return to work. Accepting their requests as being reasonable, he promises them an acceptable solution within one month. The postmaster General says the state incurs a loss of more than 170 million rupees a day due to the postal strike.

The Railway Department plans to add 232 more compartments by 2020

The Railway Department plans to add 232 more compartments by 2020 to cater to the more than 400,000 commuters who travel by train each day. General Manager of Railways S.M. Abeywickrama says the compartments would be imported from India and China.

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The private sector will be given the required guidance to win the world market

Minister Malik Samarawickrama says the private sector will be given the required guidance to win the ever-changing needs of the world market. At the same time, the local market will be planned appropriately. The Minister was briefing the media in Colombo today on the upcoming Sri Lanka Boat Show that starts on October 26th. He added that the manufacture of boats has the potential for income and job generation.

The Agrarian Development Department announces its plans to coincide with 'ApiWawalaiApiKanne'

The Agrarian Development Department has announced its plans to coincide with the major cultivation drive 'ApiWawalaiApiKanne'. Director General of the Department W.M.M.W. Weerasekara handed over the five year plan to minister Mahinda Amaraweera in Kandy today. It focusses on market-oriented cultivations, livelihood development of farmers and contributions from agricultural officials.

In news from the Football World Cup

In news from the Football World Cup - Serbia beat Costa Rica one-nil in a group E encounter in Samara, Russia. The solitary goal in the match came through a free kick by AleksandarKolarov in the 56th minute.

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018

The country's foremost economic event - "Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2018", organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, is to take place on 12th - 14th September at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. The theme for this year's Economic Summit is "On the Fast Track to a Turnaround".
Sri Lanka's economy is once again at a crucial juncture in need of a swift and well strategized turnaround to bring about economic stability and development. This is in the backdrop of weak local economic growth, rising global commodity prices and uncertainty in global trade.

India facing the 'worst water crisis in its history

India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, with some 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says.
The Niti Aayog report, which draws on data from 24 of India's 29 states, says the crisis is "only going to get worse" in the years ahead.
It also warns that 21 cities are likely to run out of ground water by 2020 despite increasing demand.
This would also threaten food security as 80 percent of water is used in agriculture.
Indian cities and towns regularly run out water in the summer because they lack the infrastructure to deliver piped water to every home.

Visiting former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama met President Maithripala Sirisena

Visiting former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama met President Maithripala Sirisena at the president's official residence yesterday. The Japanese envoy recalled the long lasting friendship between the two countries. The president also praised the Envoy for his visit and requested to come to Srilanka again.
Former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama came to the country to lay foundation stone for the International Buddhist centre in Polgasovita.He has donated entire cost of the 17 storied building.

The government will promote a knowledge based economy for the development of the country during the next decade

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government will promote a knowledge based economy for the development of the country during the next decade. Addressing the NCE ICT Forum 2018 he said a sum of 300 million rupees has been set apart for this year to implement various activities to develop the ICT sector

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Intelectual point out that the country needs a suitable tax policy

Prof. of Colombo university Venerable Wijithapura Wimalarathana thera pointed out that the country needs a suitable tax policy. All should pay taxed to continue the public services. However, some opposition elements are attempting to gain political mileage by highlighting the tax increase. The thero made these remarks participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning.
Joining the programme Member of the UNP Working Committee Lasantha Gunawardena says, the present government has been able to win the economic challenges of the country even amidst severe natural disasters. Former President Mahinda Rajapakse held the election two years in advance as he had many problems regarding the economic management. The present government has to build up the broken economy of the country.

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