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The Health ministry says new 2,500 oral cancer patients have been identified annually.

The Ministry of Health says according to a new cancer data research 2,500 cancer patients are being identified annually.  Accordingly six new oral cancer patients per day are being recognized.  It has been revealed that 1,888 male and 534 female cancer patients are among the those detected .

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A national electricity plan has been prepared.

A national electricity plan has been prepared. A national electricity plan has been prepared.  Parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe says obtaining proposals and public views in this regard have commenced.

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A hat-trick by Rangana Herath at the test match against Australia.

A hat-trick by Rangana Herath at the test match against Australia. Sri Lanka cricket team scored 31 runs for three wickets for the second innings of the second test match against Australia when the match halted for lunch in Galle.

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Central Bank releases summary trading statistics on Government Securities

 

As a further policy measure to develop the government securities market, the Central Bank from
today has commenced releasing summary trading statistics on actual trading of government
securities in the secondary market. From August 1, 2016, all primary dealers have been required to
undertake inter-primary dealer trades in the trading platform arranged by the Central Bank through
the Bloomberg which is a major international financial trading and information electronic platform.
Further, all primary dealers will report all outright sales of government securities of value in excess
of Rs. 50 mn to investors to this platform within 30 minutes of each transaction.

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Nepal new Prime Minister issues a four-point directive to concerned ministries

The Newly appointed Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has issued a four-point directive to concerned ministries and government bodies.

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Olympic Games gets underway tonight in Rio, Brazil.

The Olympic Games gets underway tonight with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Rio, Brazil. About 11,000 sportsmen and women from 206 countries will take part in this festival. The opening ceremony will be held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Nine sportsmen and women from Sri Lanka will take part in this ceremony.

Carrying Sri Lanka’s lion flag at the opening ceremony will be veteran marathon runner Anuradha Indrajith Cooray. The long distance runner will be competing in his third Olympic Games, having done so in Athens 2004 and London 2012 Games.

A programme to develop Buddhist temples in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

A programme to develop Buddhist temples in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Accordingly, the Dhamma schools in these temples will be developed with common amenities. Buildings of those temples will also be renovated.

Meanwhile, Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to install water purification plants in the temples in these two provinces as a solution for the spreading kidney diseases. This programme will be implemented from Vavuniya district.

Sri Lanka rubber will get higher prices at the international market by the end of the year.

The Rubber Development Department says Sri Lankan rubber will get higher prices at the international market by the end of the year. The present decline of prices is due to the existing surplus of rubber at the international market. It will be returned to normal by the end of this year and Sri Lanka will again receive higher prices.

Director General of the Department R.B. Premadasa says Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are the main competitors to the Sri Lanka. Rubber production of these countries will go done due to various reasons in future. Therefore, Sri Lanka will have good market for its rubber products.

The government has allocated over 145 million rupees for the fertilizer subsidy to rubber small holders this year. A sum of 18 million rupees has been credited to the accounts of the rubber small holders so far.

Egypt 'kills head of Islamic State's Sinai branch'.

The Egyptian military says it has killed the head of the Sinai branch of so-called Islamic State, along with dozens of its fighters. It said Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed in a series of air strikes on fighters of the Sinai Province - or Ansar Beit al-Maqdis - group. The air strikes targeted jihadist strongholds near the town of El-Arish. Sinai Province is Egypt's most active insurgent group and has been linked to deadly attacks in Sinai and Cairo.

The President requests the students of the Jaffna University to continue their studies as their security has been tightened.

President Maithripala Sirisena requests the students of the Jaffna University to continue their studies without fear or suspicion as the security of the university premises has been strictly confirmed. At a meeting with the Vice Chancellor and lecturers of the university and a group of parents at the Presidential Secretariat this evening, the President said students should not have fear to continue their education in the university.

Police and security forces have been instructed to act sensitively in the matters pertaining to students. The government is committed to strengthen the safety of the students. Addressing the gathering Vice Chancellor Mrs. Wasanthi Alasarathnam said measures have been taken not to repeat clashes among students in the university again. A decision was taken to setup a special committee within the University for their safety.

More jobs for Sri Lankans in Israel.

The Israel government has positively responded to a request made by Minister Thalatha Athukorala to increase job opportunities for Sri Lankan workers in Israel. Accordingly, Israel has granted 300 job opportunities last year it has been increased up to 350 this year. There is high demand for Sri Lankan skilled workers in Israel at present.

New loan system for estate youth to start self employments.

Ministry of Upcountry Development along with the Bank of Ceylon has started a new loan system for estate youth to start self employment. Loans will be granted at the concessionary rate of eight percent interest to start various employments. Under the first stage Minister
P. Digambaram distributed loans to a group of youths today. This loan programme is being implemented in Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kandy, Matale, Kalutara, Ratnapura and Kegalle districts.

Indian parliament backs key tax bill

India's parliament has passed the much-awaited Goods and Services Tax  bill.  The tax reform has been labelled a landmark and India's biggest tax reform since independence.

The changes aim to streamline India's fragmented tax system with a single levy. Indian businesses have been lobbying for the single tax rate as it would reduce costs, particularly for shipping goods across state borders.

"Siyasetha Sewana" Housing Complex built at a cost of 1,330 million rupees in Maligawatte will be declared open by the President and Prime Minister tomorrow.

"Siyasetha Sewana" Housing Complex built at a cost of 1,330 million rupees in Maligawatte will be declared open by the President Maithripala Sirisena tomorrow.
"Siyasetha Sewana" housing project was implemented by the Urban Development Authority under the direction of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. It comprises of 266 housing units, each valued at 5 million rupees.


Residents of Maligawatte Tower Flat, Rajagiriya Welupullewatta, and Panchikawatta Abeysingharama road are the main beneficiaries of this project, which provides all sanitary and infrastructure facilities for the owners.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Mega polis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Minister Faizer Musthapa, and Mujibar Rahuman MP will participate.

special discussions will be held tonight to discuss the future plans of the SLFP.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says two rounds of special discussions will be held tonight to discuss the future plans of the SLFP.  Minister made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo today.

 He further said some elements tried to divide the party through Pada Yathara held recently. But, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is strong enough to defend itself.  Minister also noted the 65th anniversary of SLFP will be commemorated on 2nd of September.  The special celebrations to mark this event will be held on the 4th of September in Kurunegala.

The Right to Information Act which was passed recently in parliament will be implemented effective from today.

The Right to Information Act which was passed recently in parliament will be implemented effective from today. The Speaker of parliament has signed the special document in this regard.  Deputy minister of parliamentary reforms and mass media Karunaratne Paranavithana said accordingly, the stage of RTI implementation will be carried within the next six months.

He further said an independent commission will also be established according to the provision of the RTI Act.  The common public can enjoy the benefits of RTI within  the next six months.

 This Act will also strengthened the relationship between the government and common masses.  Speaking at this conference the director general of government information department Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya said the RTI Bill which was passed in Sri Lankan parliament was the 7th best Act in the world.  He also pointed out a special day to commemorate the right to information falls on 28th of September every year.

The government has decided to distribute death certificates for the victims died due to the recent floods and landslide disasters.

The government has decided to distribute death certificates for the victims died due to the recent floods and landslide disasters.  The registrar general G.M. Gunasekera said a relevant gazette notification will be published in near future.

 The district secretaries of the relevant districts have already submitted the details of deceased victims to the register general department. Mr. Gunasekera further said once the gazette notification is published, the death certificates will be issued at the divisional secretariat level.

Leading Indonesian businessmen to invest in Sri Lanka.

Leading Indonesian businessmen say they are keen to commence investing in Sir Lanka, taking into advantage of the  political stability in the country.  

They have discussed on this issue with the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister and its representatives in Jakarta recently. The Indonesian heads of Board of commerce were also participated at the discussion.  Special attention was also focused to exchange views cooperative between the two parties. 

Minister Kabir Haseem said the bilateral agreements signed during the past period has restricted to common documents.

 Minister Kabir Haseem said the expected targets were not able to be achieved during the previous regime as  the bilateral agreements signed during the period were only restricted to mere documents. 

He made this comment at a ministerial session held under the theme of the task force of the private sector of 12th world Islam economic regional summit held in Indonesia.

  He pointed out that the country has prepared the foundation to export opportunities to foreign investors for Sri Lankan production without imposing levy. 

The number of female expatriates engaged in overseas employment has come down.

Deputy minister Manusha Nanayakkara says the female expatriates engaged in foreign employment have  declined between 37 and 40 percent.

  He made this comment at a ceremony held in Colombo recently.  The government has implemented a programme to send more youth for overseas jobs.  

The Olympic torch arrives in Rio de Janeiro

The Olympic torch has arrived in Rio de Janeiro by boat after a three-month tour of Brazilian cities.
The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, carried the torch on its first few laps through the city centre.

The torch arrived in Rio by boat accompanied by Brazilian Olympic gold medallist yachtsmen, Lars Grael (L)
In order to prevent traffic chaos during the Olympic torch relay, Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes announced Thursday will be a holiday.

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