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All municipal council will collect garbage separately as decaying and non-decaying.

Ministry of provincial council and local government says all municipal councils have decided to collect garbage separately from Tuesday.  Accordingly house owners have to hand over their decaying garbage and polythene waste separately.  

This programme will be initiated by a ceremony to be held at the President's House.  People in Municipal areas are advised not to dispose the garbage altogether.  The ministry requests the public to inform the police through the hotline 119 regarding the persons who dispose garbage improperly.

Loans at lower interest rates will be given to purchase solar power panels.

Lanka Electricity Private Company has introduced a special low interest loan scheme for the consumers who come forward to purchase solar power panels. National Savings Bank will provide the financial assistance. Accordingly, a half of the cost can be obtained as a loan at 8 percent interest rates. A maximum one million rupees will be given to the relevant consumers.

Chairman of the Lanka Electricity Private company Lal Gunasekera says the loan scheme will be implemented from next month.


Meanwhile, a mobile service for the electricity consumers in the Ampara district will be held at the Ampara technical college tomorrow. Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and top officials of the electricity board and the ministry of power and energy will take part in this service.

The President says the policy decision taken by the government to provide medicines at lower rates will be continued.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the policy decision taken by the government to pass the national pharmaceutical act has been implemented at present.  It was a long felt demand by the general public and the government is further committed to provide drugs and medicines to the people at concessionary rates.

All lapses in this Act will be solved through negotiations and agreement with the pharmaceutical companies.  The president revealed these facts at a ceremony held in Gampaha this morning to declare open the Sanasa six storied building which was built for the Gampaha general hospital. A sum of 100 million rupees has been spent for this building complex which has all health facilities.

 The President further said that it is the present government that created environment for the general public to buy quality and standard drugs at concessionary prices.  Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike and several ministers were present at this occasion.

The official mobile service by the ministry of Home Affairs will be held in the Galle district from tomorrow.

Official Mobile service organized by the ministry of Home Affairs will be held in the Galle district from tomorrow. Accordingly, a series of regional programmes will be held in Niyagama, Poddiwela Maha Vidyalaya tomorrow under the patronage of minister Vajira Abeywardene and the others ministers and the parliamentarians of the district.

Another mobile service will be held at the Divithura divisional secretariat on Monday.  More programmes will be held in other divisional secretariats in the Galle district upto the 4th of December.  People can obtain National identity cards and other certificates free of charge.  Housing and land problems, social services and vocational training opportunities and many other services are available at these mobile services.

Beautiful towns will be set up under the megapolis development plan.

Additional secretary to the ministry of megapolis and western development Madawa Waidyarathna says under the megapolis development plan, the government will create beautiful cities instead of concrete structures. The aim of this programme is to build up city complexes instead of single cities. Colombo city will be made the hub of economic and financial hub and the western province will become an attractive area for the investors.

Mr. Waidyaratne made these remarks participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning. Under the megapolis development plan special attention has been focused to recycle the garbage in the Colombo city. It will also introduce a systematic programme to solve the transport needs of the public.
Joining the programme, planning director of the ministry Mrs. Gothami Gannoruwa said about half of the population in the Colombo city live in shanties. They will be shifted to substantial houses under two stages.

SL has the capacity to become a Upper Middle Income country - WB

The World Bank says the government policy statements have indicated the appetite to implement much needed reforms in the areas of fiscal operations, competitiveness and governance. The World Bank points out if those policy reforms are implemented successfully, while paying attention to the related policy trade-offs, the government will be able to uplift the country into the Upper Middle Income state in the medium term.

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Govt to present a budget that strengthens manufacturing process & builds country

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera says a budget that will help to carryout the ongoing development programmes properly and that builds the nation will be presented to the parliament next month.

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It is emphasized that int'l cooperation is important to tackle organized crimes

The Sri Lankan delegation attending the Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, organized a side event on “International Cooperation on Combating Transnational Organized Crime” recently, as an initiative of the Ministry of Justice.

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Investigations held to arrest inmates escaped from Dalupotha Open Prison Camp

The Prison Department says 6 inmates of the Dalupotha Open Prison Camp at Negambo have escaped early this morning.

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Plane catches fire at Chicago airport

An American Airlines plane has caught fire on the runway of Chicago's O'Hare airport while taking off. Officials involved in the investigation said, the Boeing 767 bound for Miami experienced an "uncontained engine failure".

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House of Diego Maradona turns into museum

The house of Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona has been turned into a museum in the country’s capital Buenos Aires. A former manager of a football team, where Maradona had his first contract, restored the home where the footballer lived between the years of 1978 and 1980.

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Rangana Herath set for late captaincy debut in Zimbabwe's 100th Test.

Sri Lanka will look to maintain a clean sheet when they take on Zimbabwe in the first Test between the nations at Harare today. Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath is set for late captaincy debut in Zimbabwe's 100thTest.

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Great opportunity dawned to take country from darkness to light - President on Deewali

The Deepavali festival which is celebrated by Hindu devotees falls today. It marks the victory of good over bad by defeating darkness over light. The Hindu devotees around the world celebrate the ceremony by lighting up lamps in religious places and in their houses while engaging in religious observances.

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Great opportunity dawned to take country from darkness to light - President on Deewali

The Deepavali festival which is celebrated by Hindu devotees falls today. It marks the victory of good over bad by defeating darkness over light. The Hindu devotees around the world celebrate the ceremony by lighting up lamps in religious places and in their houses while engaging in religious observances.

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COPE report on Central Bank Bond Issue tabled in parliament

The report of the investigation carried out by the Committee on Public Enterprises regarding the Central Bank Bond issue was tabled in the parliament by its chairman MP Sunil Handuneththi this morning. He stated it includes 15 recommendations and 15 conclusions on the incident.

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PM says presentation of COPE report is a victory of the good governance govt


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who expressed views at the parliament said he is thankful to the Committee on Public Enterprises and its chairman for presenting the report. It is a victory achieved by the good governance government led by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Int'l forum against drug trafficking in Asian Oceanic region to be held in CMB

An International forum against drug trafficking in the Asian Oceanic Region will commence in Colombo tomorrow. It has been organized by the ministry of public, law and order and southern development with the support of the office of United Nations on drugs and crimes.

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World's largest marine park created in Antarctic Ocean

Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed today to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square kilometers of ocean.

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Members of the European Parliament to visit Sri Lanka

Progress on national reconciliation and ways to empower Sri Lankan women politically and economically will be the focus of the visit from 31 October to 3 November 2016 by a four member delegation from the European Parliament.

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The President stresses that the people should not be perturbed on national security

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that no perturb should be caused on national security. He added that the government has taken a complete array of measures to enhance national security. The president was speaking at the Ranaviru Wickrama Award Ceremony which was held at the BMICH today.

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Major General Ubaya Medawala appointed as Chief of Staff of Army

 

The ministry of defence says Major General Ubaya Medawala has been appointed as the chief of staff of the Sri Lanka army. Major General Channa Gunatilleke is his deputy. The appointments are effective from first of next month. Meanwhile, air vice marshal D.L.S Dias has been appointed as the chief of staff of the air force. It is effective from first of this month.

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