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Filling stations run by the Petroleum Corporation continue with the old fuel prices

The government took steps to increase the price of fuel in accordance with the Price Formula, with effect from midnight yesterday.
Changes in the prices of fuel take place in other countries as well, according to a Price Formula.

However, speaking to the SLBC, Director General of the Government Information Centre: Attorney at Law Sudharshana Gunawardhana said, filling stations run by the Petroleum Corporation will continue with the old prices.

Filling stations run by the Lanka Indian Oil Company will sell fuel under the increased prices.

The New York Times points out an Intimidation campaign against Sri Lankan journalists who helped in their investigation


The New York Times says, politicians allied with former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa are engaged in an intimidation campaign against Sri Lankan journalists who had provided assistance to its investigation into the Hambantota port.

A group of Sri Lankan parliamentarians allied with the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a news conference to publicly criticize two journalists who contributed logistical assistance to a rigorously reported and accurate New York Times investigation into the Hambantota port, published on June 26th.

The International Editor of the The New York Times: Michael Slackman says, “it is unacceptable for journalists to be intimidated in this way.

Issuing a statement today he said, this action appears intended to silence critics and curb press freedom, and ultimately deprive Sri Lankans of information in public interest.

He added, “if Mr. Rajapaksa takes issue with Times reporting, they have encouraged him to contact senior editors at The New York Times, rather than intimidating Sri Lankan journalists.

Statement voiced by Vijayakala Maheshwaran regarding the LTTE, condemned.

General Secretary of the UNP: Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says, as a party, the UNP vehemently condemns the statement voiced by State Minister: Vijayakala Maheshwaran regarding the LTTE.

Speaking in Parliament today Minister Lakshman Kiriella said, discussions will be held with the Premier, on the course of action to be taken concerning this statement.

Meanwhile, due to a tense situation which arose as a result of this disturbing statement, today's Parliament proceedings were adjourned at 2.30pm until tomorrow.

A special discussion on protecting the local fruit cultivators was held with the participation of the President.

A special discussion on protecting the local fruit cultivators was held yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.  The discussion focused on reducing the volume of imported fruits. Thereby a special drive will be initiated to increase the local fruit production to meet the market requirements. The discussion also analysed deeply on the ways and means to promote the fruit production in the country. The problems faced by the fruit cultivators also focused during this discussion. The President instructed the relevant officials to provide necessary facilities and technology to the fruit cultivators to improve the production.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says if one of the Rajapaksa's elected as the President then the Geneva resolution will be imposed to Sri Lanka.


Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says if one of the Rajapaksa's elected as the President then the Geneva resolution will be imposed to Sri Lanka. The Minister cautioned the general public that the country will face major challenge in front of the international community if one of the Rajapaksa is elected as the President. Joining the media conference Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the people of this country should know the real story of the malpractices occurred during the Mig aircraft purchase during the Rajapaksa regime. Udayanga Weerathunga has been identified as one of the main culprit of this malpractice. The people of this country will get to know the true story about this transaction very soon.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says there is no other government in Sri Lanka like Rajapaksa regime which supported the underworld menace.


Minister Mangala Samaraweera says there is no other government in Sri Lanka like Rajapaksa regime which supported the underworld menace. The Minister made these remarks at a conference titled "Nidahas Vedikawa" held in Matara recently. Addressing the gathering the Minister further said the Rajapaksa regime had many links with underworld elements. As a result there were many extra martial killings occurred during that time.

Mahinda Rajapaksa says in a newspaper interview that he will take legal action against the New York Times paper.


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday rejected the allegations made by the New York Times article and said no contribution was made by the China Harbour Company to his presidential election campaign in 2015.

In a media statement, Mr. Rajapaksa said if any election campaign contributions had been made to him by China Harbour Company, the Port City contract would not have been restored to them and neither would they have been allowed to bid for the lease of the Hambantota harbour.

Mahinda Rajapaksa says in a newspaper interview that he will take legal action against the New York Times paper.

Parliamentarian Wasudeva Nanayakkara reiterates that the journey of joint opposition is not the same of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.


Parliamentarian Wasudeva Nanayakkara reiterates that the journey of joint opposition is not the same of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Parliamentarian made these remarks during a media conference held in Colombo yesterday. Addressing the media personnel he further said the concept and the journey of joint opposition is completely different from Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's agenda.

Germany migrants: Interior minister Seehofer will not resign


Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says he will not resign, after hours of crisis talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.He said the two conservative parties in the governing coalition had agreed on how to prevent illegal migration across the border from Austria.He had earlier threatened to quit but said tighter border controls had been agreed.Mrs Merkel says a good compromise was found, Reuters news agency reports.

The Prime Minister says the Mattala International Airport will be upgraded to an operational level before the end of this year.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the Mattala International Airport will be upgraded to an operational level before the end of this year. The premier also said an effective work plan will be devised in near future. The Mattala international airport will be developed with the necessary industrial environment like the Katunayaka airport and Biyagama industrial zone. The Premier made these remarks at a commemoration conference of late Dr. Saman Kelagama in Colombo recently. The Hambantota port premises has been identified with a largest swimming pool. This water resource will be filled from next year.

Former president has taken large amount of funds from Chinese company for his presidential election campaign. It is stressed that an investigation should be conducted in this regard.

Civil activists and artists stress that Hitler type rule is not suitable to the country. Expressing views on the statement made by Anunayaka thero of the Asgiriya chapter, Co-convener of the Purawesi Balaya organization Saman Rathnapriya said that the thero's anusasana is detrimental to the constitution. He added that people are not ready to give executive powers to Gotabaya Rajapaksha.
Co-convener of the Purawesi Balaya organization Gamini viyangoda said that Gotabaya Rajapaksha has been clearly proved a dictator by his actions and behaviour.
Ven. Dambara Amila thero said tht a presidential commission should be appointed to investigate this matter.
Veteren singer Jayatilaka Bandara says that Hitler type leaders are not suitable to a peace loving country like Sri lanka.
In the meantime, it is revealed by a New York Times newspaper that the former president has taken large amount of funds from Chinese company for his presidential election campaign. An investigation should be conducted in this regard. Ven. Dambara Amila thera speaking to the media stated a presidential commission should be appointed to investigate this matter.
Joining the media conference, convener of Left Centre Chameera Perera alleged as a Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa acted like an authoritarian during the Rajapaksa regime.
Meanwhile, the artistes point out that this country does not need any military rule. A society which is marching forward by defeating the brutality and inhumanity will never approve a military rule in this country. Recently, the Sri Lanka's human rights records has been appraised by the international community has upgraded to 'A' Grade. This is a great victory to the country. Given this situation all Sri Lankans will never approve an authoritarian rule in this country. Popular singer Jayathilaka Bandara made these remarks while speaking to SLBC.

Minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapaksa said the local cinema industry faces many challenges at present.

Minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapaksa said the local cinema industry faces many challenges at present. The minister emphasized the importance of solving these problems through effective discussion with the relevant stakeholders. The Minister made these remarks at a function held at University Grants Commission auditorium yesterday. Addressing the gathering he further said the problems at the grass root level should be identified first. The main reason for this situation is that four film screening companies were granted this responsibility in the year 2000. The Film Corporation protested for this move at that time. The operating companies received a 10 percent service charge also in this process. Although these companies earned large amount of profit, they have not invested those funds for the betterment of cinema industry.

Trump to name nominee for Supreme Court on 9 July

US President Donald Trump says he plans to announce his nominee for a new Supreme Court judge on 9 July. He told reporters on board the presidential aircraft Air Force One he had narrowed the choice down to "about five" candidates, including two women. The vacancy arose when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement earlier this week.It gives giving President Trump the opportunity to solidify a conservative majority on the top court.

England lose to Belgium, will face Colombia in last 16

A brilliant strike by Adnan Januzaj lit up an otherwise insipid clash as Belgium beat England 1-0 to secure top spot in World Cup Group G in Kaliningrad yesterday.  Januzaj’s superb second-half goal sent Belgium into a last 16 clash with Japan while England will now advance to a second round meeting with Colombia on Tuesday.

By finishing second in the group, England have though avoided a loaded top half of the draw containing past winners Brazil, France, Argentina and Uruguay as well as European champions Portugal.

A consensus arrived at holding the Provincial Council Elections as soon as possible.

A special discussion on holding the Provincial Council Elections was held this morning in the Parliamentary premises, headed by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
The Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, the Chairman of the Election Commission and the Chairman of the Delimitation Commission also participated.

They arrived at a consensus to hold the election as soon as possible. The meeting focused on the Delimitation Committee Report regarding the elections, and on holding the election according to the old and new electoral systems.

The Speaker said, a debate will be held in parliament on the 5th of next month, regarding the Provincial Council Elections. He requested the officials of the Delimitation Commission to take into consideration the points that will be raised at the debate.

The Director General of the Government Information Centre says, those who say that a rigid form of governance is needed, should call to mind the type of governance that prevailed earlier.

Director General of the Government Information Centre: Attorney at Law Sudarshana Gunawardhene says, when the government moves forward ensuring human rights and easing the country's debts, it faces various threats. Those who say that a rigid form of governance is needed, should call to mind the type of governance that prevailed earlier. He points out, under that regime, not only were human rights abused, but the country's financial administration and discipline, and all other sectors also collapsed.

The Supreme Court orders the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province to pay compensation to a school principal over an unfair transfer.

The Supreme Court has ordered the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province, Peshala Jayaratne, to pay 250,000 rupees as compensation to a school principal who had filed a case over an unfair transfer.

The former Principal of the Niwaththaka Chethiya Maha Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura had filed a Fundamental Rights Petition with the Court stating that his transfer from the school in 2016 was unfair.

Delivering the verdict today, the Court ordered the former Chief Minister to compensate the petitioner, and also ordered the government to pay 50,000 rupees as compensation.

The Postal Work-To-Rule Strike Action, called off.

Convenor of the Joint Postal Trade Union Collective: Chinthaka Bandara has announced, the decision to engage in a work-to-rule-protest has been called off with effect from 12 noon today.
He further states, mail that was held due to the postal trade union action that was underway, have been distributed. Overseas mail that was held at the Katunayake Airport, is also being distributed.

WHO announces; revamped drug could save lives of many new mothers

The World Health Organization says, a revamped drug that can withstand extreme heat and stay effective for 1,000 days could "revolutionise the ability" to keep new mothers alive.
The medicine, known as 'Heat-Stable Carbetocin', helps prevent sometimes fatal bleeding after women give birth.
Existing drugs can help, but hot or humid conditions in many countries may stop the life-saving medicines from working well.
About 70,000 women die each year due to severe bleeding after childbirth. To tackle the problem the WHO currently suggests, an injection Oxytocin be offered to all women undergoing normal deliveries.

All new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the Inland Revenue Department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture.

The Commissioner General of Inland Revenue Department Ivan Dissanayaka said all new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture. He further said this is an international standard adopted by many world countries. The external parties and investors have to pay more than 200,000 rupees to obtain a taxation report form the government. However, the department suggests a consultation fee from each new external party to understand the local taxation mechanism. Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena levelled an allegation against the government recently, but the Commissioner General vehemently rejected the claims of the parliamentarian.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says all political parties representing the parliament have agreed to have a special debate in parliament on the FTA established with Singapore.

The Leader of House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said all political parties representing the parliament have agreed to have a special debate in parliament on the free trade agreement established with Singapore. The Minister further said the debate will be conducted on the next sitting of the parliament. The Minister made this announcement in reply to a question raised by joint opposition parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena. Accordingly, the party leaders will meet once again on or before 18th of July to decide on the debate.

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