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The Minister of Finance says the public private partnership will be sought for the infrastructure development in the future.

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says the public private partnership will be sought for the infrastructure development in the future. He added that it is aim to attract more foreign investors. The government will be able to save capital expenditure by entrusting some mega scale infrastructure projects to the foreign investors and the private sector.

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Rabies will be eliminated from the country by 2020.


Director General of the Health Services Consultant Dr. Palitha Mahipala states that rabies will be eliminated from the country by 2020. He added that the support of the general public is essential in this regard. The World Health Organization aims to eliminate the disease from the world by 2030.

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Commerce and industrial affairs Minister of India arrives in the island.


India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and a delegation comprising of high ranking officials have arrived in Sri Lanka today.

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Afghan forces 'kill Pakistan Taliban commander Azam Tariq'


A leading Pakistani Taliban commander has been killed by special forces in eastern Afghanistan, the militants say. Azam Tariq died in Paktika province, near Pakistan's border. His son and nine others were also reported killed.

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Colombian President says peace with Farc will boost growth

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the peace deal with the Farc rebel group will boost economic growth and will enable the country to rebuild its social fabric. In an interview with the BBC he said, war is always more costly than peace. Santos and Farc leader Timo-chenko, are due to sign a historic peace deal later today. The Colombian President added that it will take a long time for the country to recover from more than five decades of conflict.

But Colombia's peace deal makes history in many ways, most of all for ending the last of the Cold War conflicts. There's no amnesty, unlike all previous peace accords in the region. Farc, as well as Colombia's security forces, have accepted special tribunals and a truth and reconciliation process.

A SAARC conference to eradicate corruption to commence in Pakistan

A two day conference to eradicate corruption from SAARC countries will commence in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad today. The experiences gained in this regard will be exchanged at the event. Head of the National Accountability Bureau of Pakistan, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said the forum will therefore help the regional countries to work collectively to eradicate corruption.

It has been the major obstacle the countries have faced when achieving economic progress and prosperity. It has also been decided to set up a “SAARC nations' anti-corruption forum”. Chairman of the Bribery Commission former Justice T.B. Weerasooriya will represent Sri Lanka at the conference.

Late Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike commemorated

The ceremony to mark the 57th death anniversary of the late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, who was the founder of Sri Lanka Freedom Party was held at the Horagolla Bandaranaike monument in Nittambuwa this morning. Former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike and former speaker Anura Bandaranaike was also commemorated at the event.
Anu-Nayake of the Asgiri Chapter Venerable Anamaduwe Dhamma Dassi thera who delivered an anushasana on the occasion said late Prime Minister Bandaranaike was a people friendly leader who paved the way for a massive social transformation. The thera expressed belief that the people will always recall the service he rendered to the nation.

Head of Vidyalankara Pirivena Venerable Dr.Welamitiyawe Kusala Dhamma thera and chief incumbent of Attnanagalla Raja Maha Vihara Venerable Pannila Ananda Thera conducted the religious observances on the occasion. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva paid floral tributes to the monument on behalf of President Maithripala Sirisena. Family members including former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga also paid tributes.

Handing over of wheel chairs to differently able persons and nutritional supplements to pregnant mothers took place as well.

Former Prime Minister D.M.Jayarathne, General Secretary of the SLFP Minister Duminda Dissanayake and a large number of persons were present on the occasion.

All should be united to defeat communalists - Min Daya

Minister Daya Gamage says communalists are attempting to disrupt the forward march of the country when the two main political parties are working collectively. He points out time has come for all parties to work together for national reconciliation to prevent terrorism being resurfaced. Taking part in the Subarathi Discussion Programme of the SLBC this morning the minister pointed out all should be united as Sri Lankans to defeat attempts of communalists.

General Secretary of the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance Minister Mahinda Amaraweera who joined the programme said the two parties have decided to work together putting country first instead of the party for the first time. Although there were concerns about two parties working collectively at first, the initiative has now received blessings of the people. The minister pointed out it has even set up examples for developed countries as well.

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party minister Duminda Dissanayake said the two countries have decided to work together for the betterment of the country. All parties should support the President and the Prime Minister in this regard.

Minister Rauf Hakeem who joined the programme was of the view that finding a permanent solution for the national issue will not be difficult by looking at the number of parties that have supported.

Rains expected by the middle of next month - DG Met Dept

Director General of the Met Department Lalith Chandrapala says the inter-monsoon weather pattern will commence after 10th of next month. Therefore rains can be expected throughout the island subsequently. The main reason for the prevailing dry weather condition is not receiving the rains expected from the South western monsoon weather pattern.

Several districts including Hambanthota, Moneragala, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura have been severely affected from the dry weather condition.

The 57th Commemoration Ceremony of the late Prime Minister S W R D Bandaranayke will be held today.

The 57th Commemoration Ceremony of the late Prime Minister S W R D Bandaranayke will be held at the Horagolla Bandaranaike Samadhi Monument, at 8.30 AM today. Late S.W.R.D Bandanranayake commenced his political life as a Colombo Municipal councilor in 1926.

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The Tamil National alliance says the protest of Eluga Thamil is not suitable at this time when discussions are conducted with regard to new constitution.

The Tamil National alliance says the protest of Eluga Thamil is not suitable at this time when discussions are conducted with regard to new constitution.  Parliamentarian M.A. Sumandiran alleged that this protest was organized by Tamil Council headed by chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran.

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Minister Ruwan Wijewardena says the protests in the north would damage reconciliation efforts.

State Minister Ruwan Wijewardena says the protests in the north would damage reconciliation efforts. He added that the government has taken a wide array of initiatives to promote ethnic harmony and reconciliation in the country.

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The Indian Minister of State for Commerce will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Indian Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow. The Indian Minister would hold a meeting with International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema and other officials to discuss issues of bilateral trade between the two countries.

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The excessive stocks of the paddy will be used for alternative purposes.


Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake states that the excessive stocks of the paddy in the country will be used for alternative purposes. He added that as exporting them is costlier the government has paid attention on coming up with alternative products with the use of rice.

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A different intelligent unit for nabbing drug traffickers.


The government has paid serious attention on setting up a different intelligent unit for nabbing drug traffickers. The initiative will be taken as a concept of President Maithripala Sirisena. Director of the presidential task force on prevention of drugs Dr. Samantha Kithala-arachchi said the new unit will be setup at the dangerous drugs control board. At the first phase drug traffickers of the Colombo district will be nabbed. Dr. Kithala-arachchi added that measures will be taken to rehabilitate the drug addicts as well.

Pope Francis appoints a special envoy to the Asian Bishops’ Conference in Colombo.

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi, as his special envoy to the Asian Bishops’ Conference to be held in Colombo in November, the Vatican Radio reported.

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UK Foreign Secretary says Russia 'may have committed war crime'

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested Russia may have committed a war crime in Syria if it was behind an attack on an aid convoy near Aleppo. He told the media that it was right to ask whether Russian forces had deliberately targeted civilians. Eighteen lorries and a warehouse were destroyed and 20 people killed in last Monday's attack.

76 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India will return to Sri Lanka on Thursday


76 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu will reurn to Sri Lanka on Thursday with the support of the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme. 41 persons are scheduled to arrive from Trichy and the another group of 35 persons are scheduled to arrive from Chennai.

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The Minister of Finance says the government aims to meet the public expectations through the budget that is based on rapid development.

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayaka says the government aims to meet the public expectations through the budget that is based on rapid development. He added that the government's policy is not to develop a certain group or part of the country.

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Cabinet approval sought to increase cigarette Price by 5 rupees

The cabinet approval has been sought to increase Tax on Tobacco. The cabinet has appointed a subcommittee to look into all connected issues and report back to cabinet. The cabinet sub committee has submitted its recommendation to increase Cigarette Price by 5 rupees of all varieties and 15 percent increase on VAT. A cabinet paper incorporating 5 rupee price hike and  15 percent VAT increase on Tobacco will be submitted on Tuesday.

Daily income of the Expressways has increased up to 20 million rupees.

 

The Road Development Authority says daily income of the expressways have increased up to 20 million rupees.  Director of Operations of the Expressways S Opanayaka says the income is utilized to maintain and upgrade the facilities of expressways.  The expressway completes its 5th anniversary in November this year.  Over 45,000 vehicles travel daily along the highways.  The amount increases up to 50,000 on

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