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Minister Sajith Premadasa says it was former minister Basil Rajapakse who paved the way for president Mahinda Rajapakse’s defeat.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says  former president Mahinda Rajapakse had lost his position due to unruly behavior of former Minister Basil Rajapakse. At a public rally held in Bulathkohupitiya area today minister Premadasa said, the arbitrary role of the former minister Basil Rajapakse has caused  many party loyalists to deviate the party.

The President says that it is everyone responsibility to dedicate themselves to protect the environment

President Maithripala Sirisena says if responsibilities towards the earth and the environment are not properly fulfilled the country will face a tragic situation in the future. The President was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the program to conserve the catchment areas and the ‘Vanaropa’ National Tree Planting Program held today near the Kandethenna Tank, in Kandy.

Speaking further, the President said the floods, earth slips and draughts faced by the country are the results of humans not fulfilling their responsibility towards the environment.

He pointed out though the development is required, the development process should follow proper plans and policies. They also should adhere to environment protection regulations.

Chairman of the Litro Gas company has been removed from his post.

The secretary to the ministry of state enterprise development Ravindra Hewavitharana has informed the chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Hemaka Amarasooriya to take necessary action to suspend all powers N.M.S. Munasinghe held as chairman of the Litro Gas Company. The Litro Gas Company is administered by the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation. N.M.S. Munasinghe was taken into custody under the money laundering act. The secretary had also requested to appoint a new acting chairman to fill the vacancy.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne states that student movements have fallen prey to politics.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that student movement in this country have fallen prey to political tactics.  Speaking at a media briefing held today to notify cabinet decisions, the minister said that although these unions preach democracy, in reality they practice dictatorship.

The much delayed policy for teacher transfers is to be implemented

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the relevant officials to implement the much delayed teacher transfer policy. Thereby, out of the twelve thousand teachers serving continuously in the same national school for more than 10 years, three thousand of them, will receive transfers tomorrow. These transfers will take place in two phases. Under the first phase, 3,000 teachers in the Advanced Level stream will be transferred tomorrow. The second phase will take effect from January next year. 9,000 teachers from grade One to grade eleven are due to be transferred next year.

US bombers overfly Korean peninsula in show of force.

The US has flown two supersonic heavy bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force against Pyongyang, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea. Two B-1B Lancers based in Guam flew a mission in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan late Tuesday, the US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. South Korean defence authorities on Wednesday said the bombers staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two South Korean fighters over the Sea of Japan.

Finland will grant aid and loans at lower interest rates for development programmes in Sri Lanka.

The Finnish government has agreed to grant aid and loans at lower interest rates for development programmes in Sri Lanka. An agreement in this connection was signed yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. The agreement will be effective under the Finland Cooperative Fund.

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Today is the Public Servants Day of National Food Production move.

Today is the Public Servants Day of National Food Production move, and the inauguration ceremony in this regard will be held at the Auditorium of Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council.

President Maithripala Sirisena launched the National Food Production move on October 06, aiming at taking forward the national food production programme, at Kekirawa in Anuradhapura.

A number of programs will be introduced parallel to the National Food Production move, which directly involves public servants in plantation.

Planting 100,000 plants by public servants, starting home gardens in all state institutions, starting home gardens in government quarters with sufficient space are a number of programs that will be operated parallel to the National Food Production week.

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