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Car bomb hits Australian Christian group

A man has driven a van filled with gas bottles into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra. Australian Capital Territory Police said the incident was not "politically, religiously or ideologically" motivated.
The 35-year-old driver suffered serious burns after the explosion destroyed the vehicle and damaged the empty office. The incident took place at 9:30 p.m. local yesterday and the man walked to Canberra Hospital for treatment. Police said the person appeared to have ignited the gas cylinders within the vehicle. But they ruled out political motivation after briefly speaking with him in hospital. He remains in a critical condition.

New investments to generate more jobs next year

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says number of jobs are to be generated next year. The country is due to receive many foreign investments next year. An investment of more than one billion US dollars is to be made when the Hambanthota harbor will be salvaged as a joint venture with the support of an investor of the Chinese government. Furthermore direct foreign investments are expected for the fields of Petroleum, Electricity, Livestock and Fisheries. It would pave the way for a speedy development as well.

India grants 180 scholarships to SL students

India has announced 180 scholarships for Sri Lankan students for the academic session 2017-2018.
Hundred scholarships are to be granted under the Nehru Memorial Scholarship Scheme for all undergraduate courses except Medicine including Engineering, Science, Business, Economics, Commerce, Humanities and Arts. In addition Twenty five scholarships are to be given under the
Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship Scheme. They will be granted for the undergraduate courses in the fields of IT, business studies and business technology. Furthermore another five scholarships are to be granted under the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme for the doctorates in all subjects except Medicine.

Number of tourist attraction locations in Galle to be developed

A programme to develop places with tourist attractions in Southern province has commenced. Chief Minister of the province Shan Wijeylal says ten places are to be developed in this regard. Another five locations have been identified. They will be developed next year. The southern provincial council hopes to train 100 tourist guides as well. A sum of 20 million rupees have been allocated for this purpose.

Bad habits main reason for 90 percent of diseases - Docs

Southern Provincial community physician Amila Chandrasiri says bad habits are the main cause for 90 percent of the diseases reported at present. Addressing a programme held at the auditorium of the Galle district secretariat he pointed out non epidemic diseases and lack of vitamin and iron are the most common diseases reported. Not having proper nutrition in the younger ages have resulted this situation. This can immensely affect pregnant women as well.

The postal strike ends.

The trade union action and the workers strike of postal services have been called off at yesterday midnight. Around 1.5 million mails and posts have been pilled up due to the trade union action of the postal workers. The employees of the postal service went on a 48 hour strike putting forward few demands including the immediate rectification on the malpractices of promotion and recruitment procedure of postal services. The government has replied positively and assured to address this issue immediately.

Minister S.B Dissanayake says there is nothing wrong to discuss about a super minister post.

Minister S.B Dissanayake says there is nothing wrong to discuss about a super minister post. The Minister made these remarks at an opening ceremony of Samurdhi market complex at Wanathamulla, Borella held yesterday


Measures will be taken to resettle the residents who have been displaced due to the Moragaha-kanda project at Medirigiriya area.

The government has taken effective measures to resettle the residents who have been displaced due to the Moragaha-kanda Kalu-ganga development project at Medirigiriya divisional secretariat area


'Plastic rice' seized in Nigeria

Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of "plastic rice" smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says. Lagos customs Chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.


Sri Lankan Under 19 Cricket team has been qualified for the Finals of Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup tournament.

Sri Lankan Under 19 Cricket team has been qualified for the Finals of Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup tournament. Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 26 runs under Duckworth Lewis method in the 2nd Semi-Final played yesterday at R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo. Batting first Bangladesh made 194 in 48.3 overs. In reply Sri Lanka were 106 for 2 when rain interrupted the play. Wicketkeeper Batsman Vishwa Chathuranga made the highest score of 68 for Sri Lanka.

The President affirms his dedication to build a better country for the next generation.

President Maithripala Sirisena affirms his dedications towards building a better country for the next generation.

Speaking at Literary and Cultural festival of Samurdhi Children Societies, the President said the government is vested with a responsibility to empower next generation to maximum. The event was held this evening at BMICH.


The Prime Minister office expresses satisfaction over the projects initiated in early nineties.

The Prime Minister’s office says that the community projects initiated in between 1993 and 1995 are progressing well.

Jana Saviya Trust Fund started during that period runs development programmes covering the entire island. The Premier’s office has taken action to review the current status of these programmes by obtaining details from divisional secretaries.


The development special provisions bill is to be tabled in the parliament early next year.

Minister Malick Samarawickrema says that the Development Special Provisions Bill will be tabled in the parliament in next February. Speaking to media this evening, the minister said, the government aims a speedy development in the country.


The government measures to ensure price stability in the rice market by importing rice.

The government decides to maintain price stability in the rice market by importing rice. A proposal submitted by Minister Rishard Bathiuddeen has been approved by the cabinet of ministers.Inclement weather prevailed during this year has affected paddy cultivation of Maha Season, resulting less cultivation in paddy lands all over the island.


The President pledges that the government is committed to serve the war heroes.

The national war heroes  collective headed by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera met President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat. The presented the problems faced by war heroes and the President focused special attention to this issue.

The President said that the government is always committed to enhance the welfare of war heroes and their families. All required facilities will be given to them. The proposed new constitution will cause no harm on the national security in the country. The President stressed that he will stand by the war heroes as the Chief of the armed forces.

The present government has arranged a pension scheme for the disabled soldiers who have a service of less than 12 years. They have given the opportunity to rejoin the public service.  The president stated that the government will achieve the responsibility towards the war heroes in future as well.

The war heroes expressed gratitude to the president for the service he has rendered to them. They added that they have strong confidence over the President.

A sum of 7 billion rupees has been allocated for fertilizer subsidy.

The Treasury has released 7 billion rupees to the Agriculture Ministry to be distributed among the farmers to purchase fertilizer for the Maha season.As per the request of the agriculture Ministry another 1.5 billion rupees was released today.


The new electronic national identity card will be issued by mid next year.

Commissioner general of the Department of registration of persons Vianni Gunathilleka says the existing national identity cards will be replaced by a  new electronic card by mid next year. All persons over 15 years will be issued with this e-NIC.

Bio data and bio metric data such as blood group of a person will also be included in this new electronic card. The relevant regulations have already been prepared by the department of legal draft. It will be submitted to the parliament and the cabinet next month for approval.

Lists of all details of persons will be set up in each divisional secretariat and they will be networked with the department of registration of persons by next month. The commissioner general says about 16 million people will be issued with the new e-NIC cards and people will be able to get their services from government institutions very easily by producing the  new card.

Dozens killed in Mexico fireworks blast

An explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City has killed at least 29 people. Dozens of other people were injured as the blast hit the San Pablito fireworks market, about 32 kilometers outside the city. Officials said a number of children were among those who were badly burned, on up to 90 percent of their bodies.
Video from the scene showed a large number of fireworks rocketing into the air as they caught fire. Fireworks continued to explode after the initial blast, as smoke billowed from the area in thick black clouds. Dozens of paramedics and police attended the scene. The cause of the explosions is not yet known. Locals have been told to avoid the area and keep roads clear.

Rs. 7,000m allocated to provide fertilizer subsidy for paddy farmers in Maha season

The Treasury has given 5,500 million rupees to the Ministry of Agriculture to provide fertilizer subsidy for the farmers who are engaged in cultivation in the Maha season. The Ministry of Finance says an additional 1500 million rupees will be released today for the process. A sum of 25,000 rupees is to be given for a farmer to purchase fertilizers for a hectare. The money which is released by the treasury will be deposited in the bank accounts of farmers by the Ministry of agriculture. 
The Treasury has allocated 55,000 million rupees for next year to provide money instead of fertilizer. The treasury is to deposit money directly in the bank accounts of farmers from next year since a data base of farmers who are eligible to receive the fertilizer subsidy has been created. 

Fresh water fisheries industry achieves a remarkable growth

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the freshwater fisheries industry has shown a growth of 4.1 percent, although dry weather prevailed throughout this year. As a whole, 
both the sea water and fresh water fisheries industries have achieved a growth of two percent this year.
The fresh water fisheries industry is expected to have a growth of eight percent next year due to the measures taken to develop the sector. Total fish production of the country till October this year exceeds 432,000 metric tons. 
It has received a contribution of 14 percent from the fresh water fisheries industry. The programme titled 
“Wewak Samaga Gamak” has been implemented for the development of the fresh water fisheries industry. The government and the Indian government will allocate 
300 million rupees each for the programme. This information was revealed at the progress review meeting held at the Ministry of Fisheries recently. 

A national integration and reconciliation week to be implemented from next year

A national integration and reconciliation week is to be implemented from 8th to 14th of Januaryfrom next year with the objective of promoting peace, brotherhood and loving kindness among people. Programmes will be organized with the support of schools, media, government and private institutions to emphasize the importance of national integration. The cabinet has approved the proposal presented in this regard. 

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