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The general secretary of UNP says the UNP does not have a policy to disregard the grievances of the general public.

The general secretary of UNP Minister Kabeer Hasheem said, the policy of UNP will never ever betray the grievances of the general public. The UNP never gone against the people’s aspirations, The minister made these remarks at a media conference held at UNP  headquarters Sirikotha this morning.


The correction of GCE ordinary level answer scripts will be held in two stages.

The necessary arrangements are being made to conduct the GCE Ordinary level exam. The commissioner general of the examination Sanath Pujitha says,  the corrections of the GCE ordinary level exam answer scripts will be held in 2 stages.


15 students of the University of Peradeniya engaged in inhuman ragging receive suspensions.

The administration of University of Peradeniya has suspended for a period of three years 15 students who involved in inhuman ragging of eight new students in the faculty of agriculture. Their suspension letters were released with the signature of Vice Chancellor Professor Upul Dissanayake upon recommendations given subsequent to a disciplinary inquiry conducted by the university. The perpetrators who apprehended on the 19th of February this year were under remand custody for more than three months and were released upon bail with strict conditions.

The government intends to prioritise mathematics, science, technology and engineering subjects in the school curriculum.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the government will give priority to mathematics, science, technology and engineering subjects in the school curriculum. He expressed these views participating at the award ceremony of the 2017 all island mathematics do-you-know contest that was held yesterday. He pointed out that many job opportunities are available both locally and internationally in these fields.

Steps have been taken to implement all the loan schemes introduced in the budget, by January next year.

State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne states that the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera has taken steps to implement all the loan schemes introduced in the budget, by January next year. Interest free loans, loans at concessionary rates, and guarenter-less loans are included in these loan schemes. He further stated that loans can be obtained under concessionary interest rates not offered by commercial banks. He expressed these views participating at a media briefing in Sirikotha yesterday.

The third school term ends today for the Christmas vacation.

The third term of the academic year 2017 of government schools and government-approved private schools, ends today. The first term for the year 2018 will begin on the 2nd of January. The Ministry of Education states that commencement dates for schools that will be used for paper marking of the GCE O/L examination, will be notified later.

Several office trains will be plying to Colombo Fort amidst the ongoing railway trade union action.

The Railway Control Room states that since the railway trade union action is still in force, only a few office trains will be operational this morning. 7 trains from Kandy, Rambukkana, Polgahawela, Maho Junction, Galle, Matara and Awissawella will arrive at the Colombo Fort Railway Station between 08:00 and 09:00 in the morning. Two trains from Chilaw will also arrive during this time period. In addition to the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union, Station Masters and Guards will also be joining the trade union action.

Farthest monster black hole found

Astronomers have discovered the most distant "super-massive" black hole known to Science. The matter-munching sinkhole is a whopping 13 billion light-years away. It is about 800 million times the mass of our Sun and has managed to grow to a surprisingly large size after the origin of the Universe. The newly discovered black hole is busily devouring material at the centre of a galaxy, marking it out as a so-called “quasar”. Quasars are among the brightest and most distant known celestial objects and are crucial to understanding the early Universe. This quasar is interesting because it comes from a time when the Universe was just 5 percent of its current age. At that time, the cosmos was beginning to emerge from a period known as the "dark ages", which was just before the first stars appeared.

California fire burns Bel-Air mansions as spread continues

Residents of Los Angeles' wealthy Bel-Air neighbourhood have found their homes under threat after another wildfire erupted in California. The so-called Skir-ball Fire destroyed several homes in the exclusive area, quickly spreading over 150 acres.


Railway strike to continues yet steps have been taken to minimize inconvenience to the public.

A special discussion with regard to the trade Union action launched with effect from mid night yesterday by the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union of the Sri Lanka Railways was held at the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation this afternoon. Secretary to the Ministry Sena Withanage, General Manager of Railways S Mahanama Abeywickrama and representatives of the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union participated at this discussion.


It has been identified that the Estate Sector needs to be provided with basic facilities for it to contribute to the country’s economy on a large scale.

Today is the 16th day of the Committee Stage Discussion of the Budget - 2018. Proposed expenditure titles of the Ministry of National Co-Existence, Dialogue and Official Language, Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development and the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs were taken up for debate in Parliament, today.


The Sri Lankan Delegation at the United Nations Environment Assembly highlights the concept "Blue Green Enterprise Sri Lanka"

The 3rd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly which was held from the 4th to the 6th of this month, unanimously approved two important resolutions that called upon the global community to reduce toxic pollution sources that impact negatively on the environment and human health.


The GCE Ordinary Level Examination to commence next Tuesday.

The GCE Ordinary Level Examination will commence next Tuesday. It will be conducted for students sitting the exam in both the new and the old syllabus, until the 21st of this month. The Commissioner General of Examinations B Sanath Pujitha has released a set of guidelines for school principals, students and their parents.


Parliamentarian Bimbal Rathnayake points out the need to prepare a constitution that will fulfill the aspirations of all segments of the country.

Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake says all the problems of Sinhala and Tamil and Muslim people who were affected by the war should solved without delay. Joining the committee stage discussion today he said the uncontroversial lands which are under the army at present should be returned to their original owners. He pointed out about 5,800 acres of land belongs to the people in the north and east are still under the control of the armed forces. If the lands are important for security purposes, alternative lands will be provided to the owners. He also stressed that a constitution that will fulfill the aspiration of all the communities should be prepared by all relevant parties.
Today is the 16th day of the budget committee stage discussion. Votes of the ministries of national reconciliation, dialogue and state languages, Up country development. Prison reforms and rehabilitation, resettlement and Hindu religious affairs are being taken up for discussion today.

Sri Lanka and Ukraine have further strengthened bilateral relations.

Ambassador for Ukraine to Sri Lanka, Dr. Igor Polikha, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam exchanged Instruments of Ratification of the ‘Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ and the ‘Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons’ this morning. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.
These two treaties that will strengthen legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and transfer of sentenced persons between Ukraine and Sri Lanka were signed in June 2016, during the official visit to Ukraine by former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera.
The two countries are also currently in the process of negotiating several agreements in the areas of promotion and protection of investments, merchant shipping, culture, education and sports with a view to further strengthening and expanding bilateral cooperation.

A discussion is now going on to resolve the railway trade union action.

The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation says the Secretary to the Ministry and the General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways are now holding a special discussion with the railway trade unions to resolve the railway strike. The Railway Engineers Association started a strike from midnight yesterday based on a complaint about the recruitment of assistant train drivers outside the regular procedure.
Meanwhile, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva made a request to trade union leaders not to strike considering the inconvenience to the students who will sit for the GCE (O / L) examination. The Minister requests the union leaders to resolve the issue through discussions.
However, local media reported that many commuters have been inconvenienced severely due to the strike this morning.

Minister Fizer Mustafa reiterates in parliament that the local government election can be conducted in February next year.

Today is the 16th day of budget committee stage discussion session. The votes on the ministries of national dialogue, languages and co-existence, prison reforms, rehabilitation, resettlement and Hindu cultural affairs will be taken up for debate today.
The votes on ministries of home affairs, public administration, management, provincial councils and local government were taken up for committee stage debate discussion yesterday.

Proposed expenditure titles of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Public Administration and Management and the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government were passed in parliament yesterday.

Joining in the debate Minister Faizer Mustaffa stated that the local government elections will be held as announced in February.

Also joining in the debate minister Vajira Abeywardhana stated that for the 1st time overseas training will be provided to Grama Niladaris.

Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara stated that steps will be taken to fill in the vacancies for accountants in the public sector. The process will be expedited to fill the vacancies as soon as possible.

A special regulation will be introduced to streamline the standard of a videos exhibited in private busses.

A special regulation will be introduced to streamline the standard of a videos exhibited in private busses. The commissioner of Childcare, probation and social service of southern province Mahesh Karunanayake says special discussion will be held with government officials in this regard. Based on the outcome of the discussion, a special work plan will be devised to implement regulations to prevent screening unsuitable video clips on the private busses.

Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy. Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process. The fate of the ancient city is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.Israel called Mr Trump's move "historic" but there has been sharp international criticism.

The expulsion of the student of the Kekirawa Dotugama Maha Vidyalaya under false allegations of pregnancy declared as a violation of fundamental rights.

The Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka declares that the expulsion of the student of the Kekirawa Dotugama Maha Vidyalaya under false allegations of pregnancy is a violation of fundamental rights. The girl had apparently vomited due to being on an empty stomach. Since there was to be a Children’s Day celebration in the school premises on the said day, the students were informed that lunch will be provided. Therefore, the child had skipped breakfast.


The Leftist Movement accuses Mahinda Rajapakse of causing division amongst all political parties.

The Leftist Movement of the country points out that Mahinda Rajapakse was defeated by the citizens vote twice and will be defeated once again at the forthcoming Local Government Polls. Speaking at a media briefing held today, co-convener of the Leftist Movement Chameera Perera stated that in a desperate bid Mahinda Rajapakse has resorted to causing division amongst ALL political parties.


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