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Electricity charges will not be increased

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya emphasizes the government has no intention to increase electricity charges. The Ceylon Electricity Board projects that the expenses for power generation can go up under special circumstances such as dry weather during the period of six months commencing from first of October.

 Therefore, the CEB has informed the Public Utilities Commission it can be covered by increasing the revenue by five percent.  However, the final policy decision in this regard should be taken by the ministry of power and renewable energy.  Therefore, the ministry has asked for the opinion of the commission in this regard. However, it underscored that the electricity charges will not be increased.

WB predicts SL's economic growth rate to be at 5% next year.

The World Bank predicts that the economic growth rate of Sri Lanka will be five percent next year. It currently stands at 4.8 percent. The World Bank says the increased private consumption and postponed investment last year will help the country to achieve this feat.

It is imperative for Sri Lanka to expedite high priority structural reforms to increase competitiveness, improve governance and consolidate its fiscal balance in order to ensure sustained growth and development. This has been mentioned in the World Bank's twice-a-year report titled "South Asia Economic Focus".

According to it South Asia has defied a sluggish world economy and solidified its lead as the fastest growing region in the world this year. Led by solid performance in India, economic growth is expected to gradually accelerate from 7.1 percent to 7.3 percent next year.

Int'l conference on challenges faced in police service commences in Colombo

A conference titled "Future Policing: The expectations and the challenges that lies ahead in South Asia" commenced in Colombo today. President Maithripala Sirisena graced the occasion as the chief guest. The main objective of this conference is to identify the problems common to the region and to restructure the police service while understanding the differences of each other. The event will be held till Thursday.

It is jointly organized by the National Police Commission, Sri Lanka Police and the regional center for strategic education.

It has been emphasized that introducing a new constitution is a timely need

Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana says all political parties are on the same stance that the country required a new constitution. Therefore, it has become
a timely requirement. The deputy minister made these remarks while taking part in the Subarathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning.

Bankrupt political parties are attempting to create fear among the general public on the introduction of a new constitution. They are the ones who try to resurface communalism. Deputy minister Karunaratne Paranavithana emphasized however, the general public cannot be misled by spreading rumours.

Prime Minister begins a three day official visit in India today.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is to arrive in New Delhi today for a three day official visit in India.


An MOU between Sri Lanka and South Korea to enhance cooperation in the defence sector.

An MOU has been signed between Sri Lanka and South Korea to enhance cooperation in the defence sector. Visiting Chairman of the South Korean National Defence University Leutinent General Vee Sung Ho met State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena and held discussions of the important matters.


US suspends talks with Russia over Syria conflict.

The US has said it is suspending talks with Russia over Syria, accusing Moscow of having "failed to live up" to its commitments under a ceasefire deal.


Sri Lanka set for pink ball debut

Pink-ball cricket will mark its debut in Sri Lanka when the first unofficial Test between Sri Lanka A and West Indies A commences at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today. Sri Lanka currently use the Australian Kookaburra ball in their domestic tournaments.


Seven academics of science and technology sectors were honoured with awards of excellence.

Seven academics who have made significant achievement in science and technology sectors were honoured with awards of excellence at a ceremony held in the BMICH under the patronage of president Maithripala Sirisena this evening. They have made a unique research in science, medicine, technology, engineering, IT and bio-Technology subjects.


Minister of Higher education points out the need to train the youth on specialized fields.

Ampara district public employment service center of the man power and employment department  was declared open this evening. The Participating state minister Ravindra Samaraweera said even though there are large scale development projects and industries.


Prime Minister will begin three day official visit in India tomorrow.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will arrive in New Delhi, tomorrow for a three-day official visit.He will hold several discussions with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Sri Modi, and a few other senior ministers. He will also participate in the Indian Economic Forum commenced on 6th October in New Delhi.


The Finance Minister of New Zealand commends the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.

Finance Minister of New Zealand Bill English has commended the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.


The Finance Minister of New Zealand commends the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.

Finance Minister of New Zealand Bill English has commended the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.


Presenting Buddhist Temporalities Bill in parliament postponed.

Presenting Buddhist Temporalities Bill in parliament postponed. Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa said that the Maha Sangha and other stakeholders have requested more time to consider the legislature.


The marks of the Korean language proficiency test will be issued on the 12th of this month.

The marks of the Korean language proficiency test will be issued on the 12th of this month.


Boris Nemtsov murder trial begins at Moscow military court

Five men accused of involvement in the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov have gone on trial at a military court in Moscow. A former deputy prime minister who became a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, Nemtsov was shot dead last year near the Kremlin. The defendants - all Chechens - were allegedly promised cash to kill him. All deny the charges.

Kashmir Valley remains calm

No restrictions were in place on the movement of people anywhere in the Kashmir Valley today where the nearly three-month long agitation is showing signs of fatigue. However, normal life continued to remain affected in Kashmir for the 87th consecutive day today due to the separatist sponsored strike. The Police said security forces have been deployed at some places, including market places, to instill a sense of security among the people so that they can carry out their day-to-day activities without fear.

The Police also added that the situation in Kashmir was improving with each day and there has been a significant increase in the movement of private and public transport, except buses, in uptown areas of the summer capital Srinagar, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

PM to commence a three day visit to India tomorrow

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is to arrive in New Delhi tomorrow for a three day official visit in India. He will leave for India from Wellington after concluding his New Zealand visit. The Premier is scheduled to held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and several senior Ministers.

The Sri Lankan delegation led by the Prime Minister will also attend the Indian Economic Forum which commences in New Delhi on Thursday under the direction of the World Economic Forum.

SL delegation led by Premier visits Fonterra Dairy Production plant in NZ

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Sri Lankan delegation visited the Fonterra Dairy Production Plant in Hamilton, New Zealand yesterday. Fonterra is a world renowned company for dairy products and exports. Its dairy farm is situated in a cooperative village comprised of 10,500 families.

The Fonterra Company processes more than 22 billion litres of milk. Out of it 18 billion litres of milk are processed locally, while the rest are obtained form other countries. The company is also equipped with a plant that can process 200 thousand litres of milk daily.

The main objective of the visit of Sri Lankan delegation was to gain an understanding regarding the modern technology and the equipments used to process milk. Attention was also focused on using the same technology in Sri Lanka to increase the dairy production.

567,000 premises examined during National Mosquito Eradication Week

The National Mosquito Eradication Week will conclude today. The National Dengue Control Unit says 567 thousand premises were examined over the last week. 2484 schools were among them. Dr. Priscilla Samaraweera of the unit says out of the total number of premises that were examined 126,648 were identified as mosquito breeding places. Out of them 52 were schools. Legal action was taken against 1953 premises. More places will be examined today as well.

More than 11,000 dengue patients have been reported so far this year. The number of deaths stands at 65. Dr.Samaraweera says in comparison to the same period of last year the number of patients and the deaths reported have shown an increase. The situation can worsen with the activation of monsoon weather conditions. Therefore
Dr. Priscilla Samaraweera points out the need of general public keeping their environment clean.

3200 persons to receive teacher appointments tomorrow

3200 persons who underwent training at colleges of education are to receive teacher appointments tomorrow.
The ceremony in this regard will be held at the Temple Trees under the auspices of Minister of Education Akhila Viraj Kariyawasam. 1466 will be assigned for national schools while the rest are to be given appointments in provincial schools.

Additional secretary to the Ministry Y.M.K.B.Illangasinghe says they were given appointments according to their desire and considering the vacancies. The Additional Secretary also disclosed that 1014 Tamil Medium Teachers will receive appointments as well.

Meanwhile Chief Commissioner of Teacher Education K.M.H.Bandara says enrolling of students for colleges of education will commence in January next year. Accepting of applications in this regard concluded on Friday.

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