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Sri Lanka hosts the 11th World Military Golf Championship

 

The 11th World Military Golf Championship with golfers from Bahrain, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, USA and Zimbabwe for the first time, is now underway allowing golfers to enjoy eight days of tournament play in Sri Lanka. The opening ceremony took place yesterday at the Eagle’s Golf Links in China Bay, Trincomalee, headed by Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, as Chief Guest. Sri Lanka participated in the 10th World Military Golf Championship, held in the Netherlands in 2016. This is the first time Sri Lanka is hosting a Golf Championship of this magnitude.

Ministers point out that the government has presented realistic budget proposals.

Debate on the second reading of the budget began in parliament today for the fourth day. Opening the debate minister Vajira Abeywarddena said the government has granted over 30 billion rupees to develop 18,022 Grama Niladari division in the country this year. An additional sum of seven billion rupees has been spent to provide compensations to the flood and earthslips victims. 12 million rupees will be spent on paying the increased salaries of the public servants for next year.

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Sri Lanka’s human rights record will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council tomorrow.

Sri Lanka's Report under the Universal Periodic Review comes up for consideration by the OHCHR Working Group on UPR tomorrow, 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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Human rights activist Dr. Nimalka Fernando says Sri Lanka is placed on favourable situation at the UN in Geneva as the government has strengthened the human rights

Human rights activist Dr. Nimalka Fernando says Sri Lanka is placed  favourable situation at the UN Human rights council in Geneva as the present government has taken many measures to strengthen the human rights in the country.  The government has focused special attention and work hard to establish reconciliation while respecting the rights of all ethnic and religious groups.

Japanese architect to win “Mother Teresa award”

Architect Shigeru Ban has become the first Japanese to receive the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. The award is given by the Harmony Foundation in India to honour individuals and groups promoting peace, harmony and social justice.

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Parliament to get binding vote on final Brexit deal

Parliament is to be given a take-it-or leave-it vote on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said the terms of the UK's exit, such as money, citizen rights and any transition must become law via a new Act of Parliament.Labour welcomed a "climbdown" but some MPs warned of a "sham" if ministers could not be asked to renegotiate.Sources have told the BBC some Tory rebels were unimpressed, with one saying the promise was "meaningless".

2,500 re-awakening villages will be established by 2020.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says

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The functions of the Public Accounts Committee will be networked.

Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna says that the functions of the Public Accounts Committee will be networked. He expressed these views participating at a media briefing held at Parliamentary complex yesterday. He further stated that networking for accounting activity within the year 2015 is now complete. 800 reports have been received for the year 2016. He added that the operations have become efficient after the networking plan was implemented.

Recent media reports stating that the ownership of the Sevanagala Sugar Factory will be changed are false.

A spokesman for the ministry of finance says that recent media reports stating that the Sevanagala Sugar Factory will be owned yet again by Minister of Primary Industries Daya Gamage, are totally untrue. It is emphasized that there will be no transfer of ownership in any way.

The president says that public servants now have the privilege to perform their duties with the sense of dignity.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that public servants are now able to perform their duties with a sense of dignity. He pointed out that during the previous regime due to various interferences from political figures, public officials were denied the space to take appropriate decisions. He made these comments participating at a ceremony held at the parliamentary complex today. This was organized to appraise State Owned Enterprises that have shown a positive trend aligning themselves with monetary controls and administrative regulations released in 2015. Eighty one (81) ministries and institutes were awarded. The president pointed out that under the previous administration presidents of the Public Accounts Committee had to even face termination due to taking the right decisions. The rule of law has now been affirmed. There is no room for fraud and corruption. He also pointed out that there are still some prestigious organizations that still survive with the aid of fraud and corruption. This needs to be rectified. He added that an efficient public service needs to be created strengthening and guiding state sector employees.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that the good governance regime was able to reinstate the financial powers vested with the legislature. He further stated that if the financial administration of the country is left to be forgotten, the entire country would have to bear the consequences of such an oversight.

He also mentioned that SriLankan Airlines has to settle a debt of 740 million US dollars. He made it clear that it is the government’s objective to bring down this debt burden by the year 2020. The government should not in any way led the next generation inherit such a debt burden.

The premier states that the present regime was able to reinstate the financial powers vested with the legislature.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that the good governance regime was able to reinstate the financial powers vested with the legislature. He further stated that if the financial administration of the country is left to be forgotten, the entire country would have to bear the consequences of such an oversight. He also mentioned that SriLankan Airlines has to settle a debt of 740 million US dollars. He made it clear that it is the government’s objective to bring down this debt burden by the year 2020. He added that the government should not in any way let the next generation inherit such a debt burden.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne points out that extremist are active at this crucial juncture to deter the making of a new constitution.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne says that a golden opportunity has dawned upon the nation to formulate a new constitution and progressive minded citizens should not falter before extremist elements in the north and the south who are instrumental in attempting to deter the constitution-making process.

Minister John Amarathunga says that the government is systematically implementing the promises given to its citizens. He points out that special attention has been focused upon various sectors that were neglected. The government proposes to setup a development bank to support the financial needs of small and medium scale entrepreneurships with an allocation of 10 million rupees. The support extended for education and the emphasis placed in setting up additional vocational training institute is a positive step that would provide skilled labour to the market in view of the prevailing shortage in human capital in the industry sector.

Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera says that the proposed budget stands above all criticism. MP C.V Rathnayake commended Minister Mangala Samaraweera describing the latter as a far sighted personality who takes accurate decisions for the benefit of the country.

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan last night.  The worst affected areas were in Iran's western province of Kermanshah, where at least 328 people were dead and another 2,350 were injured. Across the border in Iraq, where the areas are more sparsely populated, the Iraqi health ministry said that eight people had died and several hundred have been injured. Iran's emergency services say that it is difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off due to aftermath landslides.

Iran and Iraq earthquake kills over 200 peo9ple.

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 207 people and injuring about 2,500. One aid agency said 70,000 people needed emergency shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year.

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World Diabetics control day will be marked tomorrow.

The world diabetic control day falls tomorrow. The World Health Organization has declared this day in 1991. Twelve new diabetic patients have been identified in each minute throughout the globe. About 4  million  diabetic patients succumbed to the disease annually. 

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Minister Mano Ganeshan points out that devolution of power is essential to strengthen democracy.

Minister Mano Ganeshan says in preparing a new constitution attention should be focused to abolition of executive president, devolution of power, and to change the existing voting system. Participating in a programme in SLBC this morning the minister said devolut8ion of power means, sharing power with all 9 provinces.

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Information Technology will be made compulsory in school curricular.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says, a large sum of funds has been allocated to provide IT facilities in government schools. The aim of the government is to make the information technology subject compulsory in  school curriculum.  Teachers are now being recruited to teach IT in schools.

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Agricultural processing zones will be set up in Anuradhapura, Vavuniya and Kilinocchi districts.

Minister Daya Gamage says, agriculture , dairy and fish processing zones will be set up in Anuradhapura, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi districts. The feasibility studies for these projects have already been completed, and a sum of 100 million rupees will be spent on them.

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Vatican bans sale of cigarettes

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year. The motive is clear as the Holy See cannot be co-operating with a practice that is clearly harmful to health. World Health Organization statistics reveal that smoking causes more than seven million deaths worldwide every year. The Vatican, a tiny walled city-state surrounded by Rome, is one of the few states to ban smoking. Bhutan, also a tiny country, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005.

The president emphasizes the need for a national programme to control Diabetes

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that a national programme is needed to control Diabetes, which is one of the main non-communicable diseases. He expressed these views participating at the National Diabetes Day Walk that was organized to mark World Diabetes Day that falls on Tuesday. He added that in order to educate the public a “diabetes month” will be declared for the launch of the national programme to control the disease

Trade Union leaders commend the government’s budget proposals

 

Trade Union leaders have commended the government’s budget proposals for next year. Vice president of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya Sunil de Silva says the budget proposals have been prepared with a view of accelerating the country’s economic march forward with the open economy policies. He says the budget proposals will help the people to make their drams come true.

Chairman of the Lanka Guru Seva Sangamaya Priyantha Fernando says many progressive proposals have been included in the budget for the upliftment of the free education.

President of the State Nurses Union Saman Ratnapriya says the budget has been prepared with a forward vision to develop the county.

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