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The President says Sri Lanka is steering as a country with full economic potential.

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is steering as a country with full economic potential. He added that achieving shared prosperity is Sri Lanka's primary objective. Sri Lanka seeks to benefit from the opportunities arising from cooperation while also ensuring that others in the region to benefit.


A special committee has been appointed by the Prime Minister to establish the FCID in accordance with the regulations of the police department.

State Minister Dilan Perera said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has appointed a special committee to establish the FCID in accordance with the police department's regulations. He added that President Maithripala Sirisena's aim is to secure credibility of the judiciary system.


Duration of power cut reduced.

The Ministry of Power and Energy announces that the power-cuts scheduled for two-and-a-half hours in the morning, and an hour in the evening, had been reduced. Power and Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said the cuts now will last for an hour in the morning, and half-an-hour in the evening from midnight today. Earlier today, after the Mahaweli Authority agreed to release more water to generate hydropower, the Ministry of Power and Energy said the duration of power-cuts could be reduced.


24 new subjects will be introduced to the school curricula.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the best investment that any country can make is improving education sector. He added that the present government has allocated a large money for improving country's school education. Minister Kariyawasam was speaking at the prize giving ceremony of the Vishaka College Colombo.


CBSL says performance of the External Sector has developed

The Central Bank says the external sector performance improved in July this year with a reduction of the trade deficit, increased tourist earnings and higher inflows to the financial account. The inflows to the financial account strengthened with the proceeds of 1500 million dollars from the issuance of the 10th International Sovereign Bond, 300 million dollars from the Syndicated Loan facility and net inflows recorded in the government securities market and the Colombo Stock Exchange easing the pressure on the balance of payments.


Russian President re-affirms fullest support to SL

Russian President Vladimir Putin has commended the recent transformation Sri Lanka has undergone. He assured Russia's support to Sri Lanka at any instance it requires. The Russian leader made these remarks when he met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday on the sidelines of the BRICS-BIMSTEC Summit being held at Indian city of Goa.


Prime Minister will hold discussions with top level of officials of European parliament in Brussels today.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who is on an official tour to Brussels is scheduled to meet the high officials of European parliament, European commission and European union today.  These discussions will focus on regaining the GSP plus

facility to Sri Lanka. 


The process of distributing vouchers for school uniforms will commence from the first of next month.

The ministry of education says the process of distributing vouchers to purchase school uniforms will commence from the 1st of next month. The secretary to the state ministry of education Tissa Hevavithana says this voucher system has been designed effectively to provide school uniforms to the school children without any delay. 


The President says Sri Lanka is committed to set up BIMSTEC Technology Transfer Center.

President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated the commitment of the government to establish a BIMSTEC Center for Technology Transfer Facility to contribute to the collective drive for economic advancement. He said that “to take Sri Lanka to the next stage of development, the vision of my government is to create a knowledge based competitive social market economy which is integrated with the world.


Another 30 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu will return to Sri Lanka.

Another 30 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu will arrive in Sri Lanka under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs said.


China poised for space station mission

China is to launch two men into orbit on Monday morning as it continues to develop its ability to explore space. The astronauts will take off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China, Chinese officials said.


The President was warmly welcomed at the Bangalore Airport.

President Maithripala Sirisena who arrived in India to address the BRICS, BIMSTEC Summit was warmly welcomed in India. The President first arrived at the Bangalore Airport, yesterday and then he was taken to Goa by a special aeroplane.  Indian State Minister of External Affairs and Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India Mrs. Chithrangani Wageshwara were present there to welcome the President.

 Indian armed forces also conducted a guard of honour for the Sri Lankan leader.  President Sirisena is in India under a special invitation from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The President will also have bilateral talks with the Heads of States who participate in the BRICS summit.

Power generation in Norochcholei is interrupted due to a technical failure. People are requested to use electricity sparingly.

Ministry of Power and Energy says power generation in Norochcholei is interrupted due to a technical failure. Media Spokesman of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardena says it will take about one weeks time to repair the power  plant.

All the three generators of the plant are out of order at present loosing 900 megawatts to the national grid. Therefore, people are requested to use electricity sparingly. The Electricity Board has not yet decided to resort to a power cut.

The Minister of Home Affairs says rural administration should be strengthened.

The Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena says rural administration should be strengthened to develop the country. Accordingly, powers vested with the divisional secretaries should be strengthened. Then, they will have the power to solve problems of the public without delay. The government has also taken measures to develop all Divisional Secretariats in the island.

Public officials should also be committed to solve the problems of the people. Minister Abeywardena made these remarks participating in an Awareness Programme for the pubic officials and journalists, held in Siridhamma Vidyalaya in Labuduwa, prior to the President's mobile service of Galle district which will be held in the coming weeks.

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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are advancing on Dabiq, a symbolic stronghold of so-called Islamic State. The small town holds great value to IS because of a prophecy of an apocalyptic battle, and features heavily in its propaganda.

The operation began as US and Russian envoys met in Switzerland to discuss possible routes to a new ceasefire. No statement was issued after the talks although both the US and Russian envoys spoke of "ideas" emerging. (BBC)

The "World Food Day" falls today.

The "World Food Day" falls today. This day was declared by the World Food and Agriculture Organization in 1979.  Since then, October 16th of each year will be celebrated as the World Food Day.

 This year's title is "To Empower people against Hunger and Malnutrition".  Many programmes will be held throughout the globe to make the people aware of winning the challenges relating to hunger and poverty.

 According to International Reports, Sri Lanka has almost won the challenges pertaining to hunger and poverty.  Many people in the Sahara Zone in African Continent daily suffer from hunger and poverty.

Many areas in the island yesterday experienced heavy rain ending the drought condition.

Our correspondents say many areas in the island yesterday experienced heavy rain ending the drought condition. Colombo, Kandy, Polonnaruwa, Kataragama and many other districts received rains upto 50 - 100 millimeters. The Met Department forecasts further rain in the coming days.

Germany is ready to extend fullest support to Sri Lanka to achieve its development goals.

German Ambassador in Sri Lanka says his country will extend fullest support to Sri Lanka to achieve its development goals. At a meeting with Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake he said a number of top level German investors are willing to start ventures in Sri Lanka.

Germany believes that Sri Lanka will win the economic challenges in the coming years. The German Government is ready to provide assistance to enhance infrastructure facilities in Sri Lanka.

The President left for India to address an International Summit.

President Maithripala Sirisena left for India today to attend the BRICS Outreach Summit to be held in Goa, today and tomorrow. The Summit will be the eighth annual BRICS summit which will be chaired by India. The BRICS is an international relation conference attended by the heads of state of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
President Sirisena, together with the heads of State of the member countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation will attend this Summit. The President will hold bilateral discussions with several Heads of State at the sidelines of the summit.

The Seelalankara Model Village in Dimbulagala will be declared open by the President on the 24th of this month.

A model village has been constructed in the Dimbulagala area in memory of Venerable Kithalagama Sri Seelaalankaara Nayaka Thera. The village has 30 houses. It will be declared open on the 24th of this month under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Meanwhile, Minister Sajith Premadasa has instructed the National Housing Development Authority to set up model villages under the "National Housing Programme" in line with the Internationally recognized days.

As the initial step of this move, the "Sobha Sethgama" Model village constructed in Tissamaharama area was declared open today in line with the International Rural Women's Day which falls today. The new model village is consisted of 25 housing units. The next model village titled "Seth Sandagama" in Hambanthota electorate will be declared open on Monday in line with the International Day for Alleviating Poverty.

The government is to increase the farmers' pension allowance.

Minister Duminda Dissanayaka says the government has focused attention to increase the farmers' pension allowance.  The government is committed to enhance the safety and security of the farmers. The Minister made the comments at a ceremony held in Kurunegala District Secretariat Auditorium recently to pay pension allowance and compensations for the damages of their crops.

 The government has allocated a sum of 380 million rupees to renovate irrigational schemes in the Kurunegala district.  The Minister further said that satellite technology will be utilized to identify damages to cultivations in order to accelerate paying compensation.

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