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Sri Lanka Human rights commission points out the need to include economic and cultural rights in the proposed constitution.

Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission points out the need to include economic, social and cultural rights of the people in the proposed new constitution. The President should lead the matter and Prime Minister and the members of the constitutional council should make their maximum contribution for this purpose.

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The programme to plant one billion Gliricidia saplings was launched by the President.


The programme to plant one billion Gliricidia saplings islandwide to mark the national tree planting day was launched by the President Maithripala Sirisena this morning in Trincomalee. The programme has been implemented with the aim of increasing a renewable energy sources. Accordingly, small power plants fuelled by Gliricidia firewood will be set up in rural areas.

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Sri Lanka proposes to set up an international information unit against narcotics.

Secretary to the ministry of law and order Jagath P. Wijeweera says that Sri Lanka proposes to establish an international information unit to overcome the drug menace. The proposal will be presented to the 40th summit of the heads of national institution against narcotics in the countries of Asian and Pacific regions.

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The Belgian premier says his government will be committed to rejuvenate bilateral ties with Sri Lanka.

 

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says his government will be committed to rejuvenate bilateral ties with Sri Lanka. He added that the ties were weaken in the recent past. The Belgian Premier made these comments when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday. He also noted that present government's journey equipped with the values like human rights, social equality and democracy is commendable.

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Appropriation Bill 2017 presented to the parliament

 

Minister Ravi Karunanayake has presented the appropriation bill for the year 2017 to the parliament which outlines the government's estimated expenditure for the year. A sum of more than 1819 billion rupees is estimated in this regard.

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A compromised budget to be presented - Finance Minister

 

Minister Ravi Karunanayake says a compromised budget made after considering the views and proposals of the UNP and the SLFP will be presented to the parliament on 10th of next month. Priority has been given on creating one million job opportunities and achieving development goals.

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European parliament to maintain robust cooperation with SL based on mutual trust - Chairman EP

The chairman of the European parliament Martin Schulz says it is the intention of the European parliament to maintain robust cooperation with Sri Lanka based on mutual trust.
He points out Sri Lanka is now in a position to achieve stability in the fields of political, socio economical and defence required for it.

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Project to modernize the studio complex of the SLBC commences

 

The project to modernize the studio complex of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation commenced today. It began at the auspicious time of 8.56 a.m. under the auspices of Chairman Attorney-at-Law Nanda Muruththettuwegama.

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Donald Trump ducks election result pledge

 

Republican Donald Trump has refused to commit to accepting the election result if he loses, in the final TV debate against Hillary Clinton. He told moderator Chris Wallace that he will tell it in the time.

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The Prime minister says the EU is ready to extend its fullest support to the present government of Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who is on an official tour to Brussels says the European Union is ready to extend its fullest support at any instance to the present government of Sri Lanka.

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UNDP Announces New Fund to Support Dry Zone Communities in Sri Lanka


The Resident Coordinator of the UN in Sri Lanka and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Ms. Una McCauley, officially announced to the President Maithripala Sirisena, the commencement of the new USD 38.18 million project under the UN Green Climate Fund.

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Application forms for the students who have passed Grade five scholarship examination to apply for popular schools are available at relevant schools from today.

Director of school affairs in the ministry of Education W.K.M.Wijetunga says the application forms for the students who have passed Grade five scholarship examination to apply for popular schools are available at relevant schools from today.

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Clinton and Trump face final debate in US election 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take to the stage in Las Vegas later for the final debate in an increasingly bitter race for the US presidency.

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The President stresses that’s all institutions in the country should be independent and impartial.

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will apply an impartial policy for the well being of the country. Therefore all institutions an officials in the country should act impartial and independent. The president made these remarks today at a ceremony held in Maha-Oya to declare open the Maha-Oya water supply project.

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Minister Rajitha Senarathne says there is no any rift between the president and the prime minister.

Co-cabinet spokesman minister Rajitha Senarathne says there is no any rift between the president and the prime minister. There is no problem between the SLFP and the UNP as well. Media has wrongly published a statement made by the president recently.

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The ETF Board is to provide 9 thousand scholarships to grade five students.

The Employees' Trust Fund Board says applications are now accepted from its members to offer scholarships to their children who have passed Grade 5 scholarship examination with higher marks. The closing date is 30th of this month.

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IS uses human shields in Mosul

The US has accused Islamic State militants of using civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces move closer to the group's stronghold in Mosul. Some 700 thousand people are believed to remain in city, where up to 5,000 IS fighters face the third day of the operation to retake Mosul. News that the nearby town of Qaraqosh had been liberated was later denied by a government commander. But the US-backed coalition say they have driven IS out of 10 villages.

Former MP Tissa Attanayake remanded till 5th of December

Former parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake has been remanded till the 5th of December. The police have filed a case against him for preparing a forged document using the signature of leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremasinghe. The case is heard before the Colombo high court.

PM holds discussions with various parties of European parliament on GSP +

The Sri Lankan delegation led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who is engaged in a visit to Belgium has held discussions with various parties who represent the European parliament on the possibility of regaining the
GSP plus tax concession. The Prime Minister elaborated on the measures Sri Lanka has taken to restore good governance, democracy, human rights, reconciliation and social justice. Therefore, Sri Lanka's eligibility of regaining the tax relief was emphasized at the discussion.

The premier met the parliamentary representatives who belong to the European People's Party who are charged with foreign affairs first. Subsequently discussions were held with the members of the committee on international trade of the European Parliament. Views were also exchanged with the group who represent European People's party at the European parliament. Discussions with the Sri Lanka Friendship Group of the European parliament was held later. All of them urged the government to expedite the measures taken to restore good governance, democracy, social justice, reconciliation and to eradicate corruption.

SL's future will be strengthened under unison government - European Commission

Chairman of the European Commission Jean Claude Junker says Sri Lanka is engaged in a correct journey under the vision of the unison government formed with the support two main political parties. He pointed out it is the expectation of the European community to see Sri Lanka's future being strengthened under the unison government. He made these remarks when the Sri Lankan delegation led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe called on him at the headquarters of the European commission in Brussels.

Sri Lanka has now been able to gain the confidence of the international community. The premier elaborated on the socio economic reforms that are taking place after the victory achieved on 8th of January last year.

Rains to continue

The Met Department says the rainy weather condition will prevail in the next few days as well. Showers are experienced as a result of the inter monsoon weather condition. The highest rain fall of 87 millimeters was recorded from Benthotawaththa area in the 24 hours ended from 8.30 a.m. today. Many parts of the country experienced showers exceeding 50 millimeters. Water levels of Mahaaweli, Kelani, Nilwala and Walawe rivers have gone up considerably.

Meanwhile Director General of Irrigation Saman Weerasinghe says the water required for cultivation activities in Maha season will be issued between 1st and 15th of next month.

Meanwhile our correspondent says heavy showers are experienced in several areas of the Galle district from midnight yesterday ending the drought. However, many tanks and rivers including Ging Ganga, Maadu Ganga, Benthara Ganga as well as lakes can be polluted due to the garbage that have not been dumped properly for several months. Therefore the public should be careful when consuming the water of those rivers and lakes. Southern provincial minister U.G.D.Ariyathilleka says 8600 hectares of land will be cultivated as a result of the heavy showers.

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