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It has been emphasized that the citizenry have endorsed the formulation of a new constitution at every crucial election since 1978

Chairman of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake points out that the entire house of 225 members agreed that the legislature function as a “Constitutional Assembly”, when the proposal for the same was presented on the 9th of January 2016.

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Hotel Shangri La declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Hotel Shangri La was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena

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Saturday, the 25th of November reserved for students to bring up irregularities with regard to National Identity Cards

The Department for Registration of Persons has set aside Saturday, the 25th of November for students sitting their GCE O/L exam who have received National Identity Cards to bring up any irregularities. Candidates can submit amendments during regular working hours on this day.

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The 7th SAARC film festival next week

Colombo, November 15, 2017: The seventh annual SAARC film festival will be held next week. The festival will begin next Tuesday and continue until the 25th of this month.

Organized by the Saarc Cultural Center of Sri Lanka, this year’s event also showcase films from all member countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Films nominated by member countries in three categories will be screened in National Film Corporation Cinema Hall situated at Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07. Those include feature film, short film and master film. Entrance is free to the festival, and viewers will be admitted on first come first served basis.

At press briefing held today at Colombo, consultant to the festival Dhanushka Gunatilake said that the event also include a master class session on the 24th of this month at the Russian Cultural Center. This session allows film personnel, students and enthusiasts to interact with international experts.

Speaking on the occasion, chairman of the National Film Corporation Sitendra Senaratne said, they are proud to host cinematic excellence of, as much as, eight countries for five day festival. Mr.Setendra expressed his happiness to see a film from Maldives for the first time in a festival like this.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says a special monitoring unit to oversee the progress and implementation of the budget proposals has been established in the Finance Ministry.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says a special monitoring unit to oversee the progress and implementation of the budget proposals has been established in the Finance Ministry. The monitoring unit will oversee and review the progress of the implementation of the budget proposals. The unit will commence its work from January next year. The unit will also submit a special report on the progress once a month. Minister Mangala Samaraweera further made these remarks at a business community gathering which was broadcast live through City FM service of the SLBC. Answering to a question, the minister ensured that the budget proposals will be implemented as it is without any alteration. The unit will also ensure the fullest implementation of the budget proposals. Meanwhile, the members of the Business community participate in this program hailed the budget proposals 2018 as the proposals have been more pragmatic and timely act. The members also appreciated the efforts taken by the Finance Minister to provide more tax relief to promote small and medium scale business activities in the country. The budget also help the country to earn more export income and thereby increase and save more foreign reserve in the country. This has also provided more investment opportunities to the business community.

The vote on the 2nd reading of the budget will be held this afternoon.


The parliament will meet today at 9.30 am for the 6th day on the debate discussion of budget proposals 2018. The vote on the 2nd reading of budget proposals 2018 will be held this afternoon. The committee stage debate on fund allocations for each ministerial subject will commence tomorrow. These debate discussions will be held till 9th of December. These sessions will be held daily from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm. The debate discussions on vote on accounts include fund allocations for Presidential Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Public Services Commission, Parliament, Speaker’s Office, the office of Chief Government Whip and Opposition Leader’s Office.

Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva says many countries have extended their fullest support for the reconciliation efforts of Sri Lankan government.

Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva says many countries have extended their fullest support for the reconciliation efforts of Sri Lankan government. The Deputy Minister made these remarks while addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council Session which commenced yesterday. Addressing the gathering he further said the Sri Lankan government been open and transparent in sharing with this Working Group, the progress we have achieved in our human rights commitments, much of which has been achieved within a brief period since the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in 2015.
Our vision is long-term. We want to see the changes and progress we have achieved become firmly entrenched in our nation’s institutions and structures; and ensure that our public engages in processes in the exercise of their rights through greater awareness and understanding. It is such change, that government believes, that will be lasting and sustainable.

The Deputy Minister also shared some of the concerns and challenges face by Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has accomplished much. Yet, we do not consider it a reason to be complacent. Neither are we, as some tend to allege, indifferent or uncaring about human rights. We remain acutely aware and conscious that there is much more to be done, to ensure that all our citizens enjoy the rights due to them to their full extent. The government firmly believes that citizens empowered by their individual rights will strengthen our nation.

The achievements of Sri Lanka over the past 35 months, the government feels, it should be viewed in the context of a developing nation that is firmly committed to taking steps to:
ensure non-recurrence of conflict through reform, including administrative, institutional, constitutional, legal, economic, as well as human rights; it is important to heal the mistrust among communities and restore faith in state institutions that has been eroded through long years of violence and neglect, that has affected all communities at different times and in different ways, including two youth insurrections in the south; and restore the standards and norms of good governance, transparency and efficiency in the functioning of institutions at all levels.

Minister Wijith Wijemuni Soysa pointed out that a long term programme has been designed under the proposed budget to control urban flooding in the Colombo district.

Parliament gathered yesterday for the 5th day debate of the 2018 budget. Joining in the debate parliamentarian S.M. Marikkar stated that he is grateful for the allocation of funds for urban housing projects. He also pointed out that it is necessary to utilize modern technology when executing the slated projects.  Minister Wijith Wijemuni Soysa pointed out that a long term programme has been designed under the proposed budget  to control urban flooding in the Colombo district. Parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma appraised the 2018 budget  as a product of intellectuals.

War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel & impoverish the world

An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices. If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent. “Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let's remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey.

Sri Lanka resume search for first Test win in India. The first test match commences today in Kolkata Eden Gardens.


Sri Lanka resume search for first Test win in India. The first test match between Sri Lanka and India will begin today at Kolkata , eden gardens ground. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Sri Lankan team while Virat Kohli will lead the Strong Indian team. However india is under pressure to maintain its no 01 position in the test cricket ratings. Sri Lanka are a young side with some hope of toppling the top side with the confidence of winning the previous test series against Pakistan away from home.

The President points out the importance of students to continue their education with greater enthusiasm while facing the problems and challenges of the society

 

President Maithripala Sirisena points out the importance of students to continue their education with greater enthusiasm while correctly identify the problems and challenges of the society. The students should be vigilant on the inequalities and challenges in present society and to have the required strength to overcome them. The President made these remarks addressing the 75th anniversary awarding ceremony at the Pushpadana Girls High School in Kandy this morning

A seven percent economic growth is predicted due to the budget proposals

 

Professor Milton Rajarathne at Peradeniya University says the country’s economic development growth can be increased up to seven percent by implementing the proposals presented in this budget under the enterprise Sri Lanka programme. Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning professor Rajarathne said the entrepreneurs will be able to obtain capital and other facilities through this programme to revitalize their bankrupted businesses. The Professor also points out that the budget proposals will lead to strengthen women entrepreneurs

The National Tsunami Early Warning Center says that there is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka at present

 
The National Tsunami Early Warning Center says that there is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka at present. Therefore, the people living near and along the coastal areas around the island need not panic. The Department of Meteorology is continuously monitoring such events and will inform the public in the event of an emergency. 

 

The president says women representation in politics is important in the forward march of a nation

 

President Maithripala Sirisena women representation in politics is important in the forward march of a nation and to build up a valuable society. The present government has given proper place for women in public service. The women representation in the legislature will also be increased. Women have been placed in very respectable position in developed countries like Germany and Canada where the half of the cabinet members are females.

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Sri Lanka's Report under the Universal Periodic Review comes up for consideration by the OHCHR Working Group today, in Geneva

 

 

Sri Lanka's Report under the Universal Periodic Review comes up for consideration by the OHCHR Working Group on UPR today, in Geneva. The Universal Periodic Review was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2006, as a process through which the human rights record of every UN Member State is peer-reviewed.

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Examinations Department Commissioner General W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara has been transferred to the Education Ministry

 

Examinations Department Commissioner General W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara has been transferred to the Education Ministry with effect from yesterday. He has been transferred to the Education Ministry to assist with the ongoing investigations into the affairs of the Examinations Department.  An investigation is being carried out over a number of examinations held earlier,

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Iran-Iraq earthquake: Rouhani vows action over collapsed buildings

 

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to "find the culprits" responsible for buildings collapsing in a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Sunday. He suggested that government-built buildings had collapsed while privately-built ones remained standing. As he spoke in the worst-affected city, Sarpol-e Zahab, he gestured to two buildings, one of which had collapsed while the other had not. More than 400 people were killed and close to 8,000 injured in the quake.

Salaries of the public servants will be increased by 15 percent

 

Minister Vajira Abeywardena says Salaries of the public servants will be increased by 15 percent from next year. According the basic salaries of an Office Assistant will be increased upto 23,600. Basic salaried of the other ranks will also be increased accordingly. The Minister revealed these facts participating in the budget debate in parliament yesterday

The Minister of Law and Order stresses the need for a strong legal framework to counter migrant smuggling

Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayaka emphasizes the need for strengthening the country's legal framework to counter migrant smuggling. Addressing the commencement of the second phase of the Project titled “RELAY” which is facilitated by Interpol, the Minister said that the absence or inadequacy of legislation to address the issue means that smugglers can continue to operate, with little or no fear of being apprehended. The project was launched by Interpol to deliver training to law enforcement officials, investigators and front-line border units against migrant smuggling. The Minister also said that various connections between immigration officials and smugglers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India leads to dysfunctional immigration screening, allowing migrants to travel without any obstacle despite having incomplete or fraudulent documents. Many international partners and organisations working on the issue agree that the smuggling of migrants is by nature a transnational crime. He added that at the centre of combating migrant smuggling, there is the need to ensure that the laws in the countries involved are harmonized in order to close loopholes in the system.

The European Union launches one of the largest programmes of development support to reduce poverty in the Uva and Central Provinces

The European Union has launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. It will contribute 5.4 billion rupees to reduce poverty in the Uva and Central Provinces by improving the income level of poor families living in rural areas. Attention is being focused upon eradicating food scarcity even in the midst of hardships. Speaking at the launch with the participation of the Governors, Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of the Uva and Central Provinces, The Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tung-Lai Margue said that this programme has been designed bearing the needs of the poorest in mind. He further stated that from clean water and sanitation to increasing technical knowledge and empowering women, people in these rural areas should see a marked improvement in their lives.
This grant, which is a part of the EU's wider programme of support to rural development in Sri Lanka, will benefit rural communities in the Monaragala, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Matale Districts. The programme is expected to be operational for five years from 2017 to 2022.

1904 newly recruited Samurdhi officials will receive letters of appointment tomorrow

1904 Samurdhi officials have been recruited. They will be offered letters of appointment by minister S.B.Dissanayake at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium tomorrow. This is the 1st time such a large number of new recruits have been absorbed into the Samurdhi Cadre after its inception in 1995 in which 20,000 officials were recruited. Upon being offered appointments they will undergo a three week training in leadership development, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Army, at 14 centres island-wide.

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