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A special investigation on frauds and malpractices of government chemical and laboratory equipment warehouse is being carried out.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam made and urgent visit to Pattalagedara warehouse and inspected the sources there. Information received with regard to the large amount of chemical substance and scientific equipments worth millions of rupees are said to be destroyed at this premises.


The gazette notification released in 1818 which named the leaders including Kappetipola Adhikaram of 1818 Udarata protest as traitors has been cancelled with immediate effect.

Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa released a communiqué stated that the gazette notification released in 1818 which named the leaders including Kappetipola Adhikaram of 1818 Udarata protest as traitors will be cancelled with immediate effect.


Supreme Court hears government appeal over Brexit powers

The Supreme Court has been told that Allowing ministers to trigger Brexit was Parliament's "clear expectation" when it agreed to an EU referendum.Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the government would be making "lawful" use of "fundamental" powers by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.


Crowds gather after Tamil Nadu CM suffers heart attack

The life of the Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu State hung in the balance today after she went into cardiac arrest, drawing large crowds to the hospital where doctors were fighting to save the hugely popular former actress.
Jayalalithaa Jayaram went into cardiac arrest last night. The Apollo Hospital in the state capital Chennai said, her condition deteriorating sharply after her admission with a severe respiratory ailment in September. Police were deployed in large numbers in case emotional crowds of devoted supporters reacted strongly to further developments. Supporters have been known to commit suicide in the past in reaction to bad news.

Jayalalithaa has been jailed on many occasions for corruption. She has no obvious successor and during her latest illness her picture was put in the chair at the head of the table at state cabinet meetings.

Tissa Attanayake granted bail

Former Minister Tissa Attanayake has been released on bail. He had been remanded over the charges of preparing forged documents. Colombo High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena today ordered to release the former minister on a cash bail of 25,000 rupees and four sureties of 500,000 rupees each. A travel ban was also imposed on him.

Meanwhile, the bail application submitted by former Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman was rejected by Colombo high court today. It will be reconsidered on Wednesday. The Attorneys who appeared on behalf of him had submitted the bail application via a motion.

Police not to be blamed over the parliamentary roundabout incident - Speaker

Speaking in the Parliament today, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya stated that it is not justifiable to blame the police regarding the incident occurred near the parliamentary roundabout on Saturday. The protestors were allowed to engage in their protest without obstructing the traffic along the parliamentary road. However, the Speaker said the police have informed him that the group had act violating the public law and order and the court order.

It is the responsibility of the police to provide security to the parliament. The police had told parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena that only 5 persons can be allowed to meet the MPs and a large number of persons are not permitted to enter the parliamentary complex on one instance.The Speaker stated this in response to the query made by Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena at the Parliament.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who also spoke at the parliament recalled how media had reported quoting the protestors that they will invade the parliament. It is certainly a threat leveled against the parliament. Therefore the police had to take necessary action against it.

GCE O/ Level examination commences tomorrow

Commissioner General of Examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara says arrangements have been finalized for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination which begins tomorrow. The exam will start at 8.30 a.m. The Exams Chief urges all candidates to report to the relevant examination centers at least by 8.00 a.m. It is compulsory to produce the admission card and the national identity card or the passport when entering the center.

The candidates should review their admissions before coming to the examination. The Commissioner General of Examinations informs all candidates to check whether they include correct information regarding them and the subjects as well as the medium they have applied for. No candidate is allowed to have mobile phones, notes, blue tooth devices in their possession or to obtain any kind of support to answer the question papers. An examination ban or cancellation of results can take place if they violate these rules.

Meanwhile, parents or the candidates can inform any examination fraud to the Examination Department via its hot-line 1911. The telephone number of the school development branch of the department is also open for complains. In addition they can be informed to the police headquarters or the number 119. Special investigative teams have been appointed to conduct investigations regarding the complaints. Furthermore activities of the examination will be monitored by the coordinating centers established in provincial and zonal levels.

The President says base of the development is spiritual values.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that religious freedom in Sri Lanka has been established at its utmost. Spiritual philosophies of all faiths lead to do good. Therefore, each individual should have the right to follow a faith of his choice.

The President made these remarks participating in a ceremony to mark the bicentenary anniversary of the Methodist church in Raddolugama this morning. The President pointed out that the spiritual values are essential for development of the country than the physical progress of resources. The President pledged to solve the problems pertaining to the catholic students in school admissions. Bishop of the Sri Lanka Methodist Church Rt. Rev. Asiri Perera also spoke.

State tax income has improved.

Ministry of Finance says there is a significant growth in tax income this year. The tax income has increased upto 19.6 billion rupees during the first nine months of the year. It is a growth of a 27 percent when compared to the same period last year. The payee tax has also increased upto 2.1 billion rupees during this period by 8 percent. The tax income has increased mainly due to the government's pragmatic measures taken to upgrade tax management.

The JHU says people should go against the private bus mafia.


The Jathika Hela Urumaya says time has come to the people to voice their opposition against the private bus mafia. Provincial councilor of the JHU Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe says it is clear that a political hand is behind the private bus strike. At the discussion held with the President yesterday, representatives of many private bus associations have admitted that they have been misled by false information spread by some politically motivated groups. It has been revealed that defeated and bankrupted political elements are behind the attacked unleashed against the SLTB busses and trains. Stern legal action should be taken against the culprits who attempted to sabotage the public transport services during the strike. 128 busses were damaged by the attacks and 28 people sustained injuries. The provincial councilor Warnasinghe said that the JHU is ready to provide legal aid to the passengers and drivers who suffered injuries by these attacks.

Basil Rajapaksa has been accused for the deterioration of the SLFP.

Kotte Media Organization of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party says the party will definitely win the upcoming local government election. SLFP Organizer of the Kotte electorate Janaka Ranawaka says unity of the party members is essential for this victory. At a press briefing held this evening Mr. Ranawaka said that Basil Rajapaksa's behaviour was the major cause for the SLFP's

The Health Minister says salaries for Professionals should be decided according to the market value.


Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna says salaries for Professionals should be decided according to the market value. The present system of deciding the salaries on a ratio for the professionals like Doctors and Engineers is not fair. Participating over a SLBC this morning, the Minister said all stents required for heart patients will be provided free of charge, at present. Government spends 340 million rupees annually for this free service. A committee has also been appointed to decide the charges of all medical tests


The GCE Ordinary level examination begins on Tuesday.

The GCE Ordinary level examination begins on Tuesday. Over 700 thousand candidates will sit for the Examination at 5,400 centers islandwide. About 40 thousand members of staff will be deployed for exam duties. Commissioner General of Examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara says stern action will be taken against the students who violate regulations at the GCE O/L examination this year.


Government has focused attention to establish an authority to regulate three wheel transport industry.


Government has focused attention to establish an authority to regulate three wheel transport industry.  Deputy Minister Ashok Abeysinghe said in the Parliament yesterday that the relevant draft bill will be presented to the parliament without delay.  Under the new Regulatory System stickers in 9 colours will be pasted on three wheelers, according to the registration of provinces.  This will help to identify the three wheelers easily and to solve the problems of the drivers and the owners.

An International Day of Disabled Persons was held under the patronage of the President.


President Maithripala Sirisena said a National Education Policy will be prepared for the disabled children. He also said necessary Institutional and Statutory backgrounds will also be prepared to avoid the existing shortage when implementing the International Charters.


Drinking Water Supply Project for Kilinochchi will be vested with the public during this month.


Today is the 13th day of the Committee stage discussion of the budget. Votes on Accounts of the Ministries of Megapolis and Western Development, Urban Planning and Water Supply are taken up for discussion today.


Government pays attention on Town Beautification in the vicinity of Airports.


The government pays attention on beautification towns in Airport areas. Accordingly, towns will be developed with the facilities of railways, buses and shopping complexes at the vicinity of International Airports.


A special board to study issues of private bus operators & in the transport sector

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to appoint a special board to study and take necessary measures regarding issues of private bus operators and in the transport sector.


Private bus strike called off

General Secretary of All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Federation Anjana Priyanjith says his association has decided to call off the strike after the discussion held with the President. They had engaged in a strike from midnight Thursday.

MPs should be allowed to arrive and leave the parliament freely - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says parliamentarians should be given the opportunity to arrive and leave the parliament without any interruption. Three parliamentarians have informed that they were obstructed by a group of persons who had engaged in a protest in the parliamentary road recently.


A massive development programme to be introduced by Ministry of Mega Polis

Today is the 13th day of the Committee stage discussion of the budget. Votes on Accounts of the ministries of Megapolis and western development, Urban Planning and Water Supply are taken up for discussion today.


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