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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Proposed expenditure titles of three key ministries passed in parliament today.

Today is the 15th day of the Committee Stage Discussion of the budget 2018. 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 today.
Joining in the debate Minister Faizer Mustaffa stated that the local government elections will be held as announced in February.

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US recognition of Jerusalem dubbed as a 'kiss of death' for Middle East peace process

An expected announcement by President Donald Trump that the US will become the first country to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been dubbed by the Palestinians as a "kiss of death" for the Middle East peace process. However, an Israeli minister urged other countries to follow the US lead.

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The venue of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be announced within the next four weeks

Commonwealth Games-Birmingham may need to wait until next year to find out if it will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games Federation said today that they are "confident" a city will be chosen in the next four weeks and they "will remain flexible". Birmingham was the only interested city before the 30th September deadline, but was deemed "not fully compliant". Last week,

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The low pressure area in the South west Bay of Bengal sea area is moving further away from Sri Lanka.

The low pressure area in the South west Bay of Bengal sea area is moving further away from Sri Lanka. The Met Department says therefore its effect for the country is expected to be lessened. This system is located nearly 850 kilometres to the Northeast of Trincomalee.

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Maximum retail prices for four essential food items.

The Consumer Affairs Authority says they will gazette the maximum retail price for several essential commodities today.

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The President’s Secretary stresses the need to have strong constitutional framework to strengthen mutuality among communities.

President Secretary Austin Fernando says a strong constitutional framework should be formed in order to strengthen mutuality among communities. Physical development cannot strengthen reconciliation among various ethnic and religious groups.

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Stay order on FCID in Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s case has been extended.

The Stay Order issued by the Court of Appeal on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over the misappropriation of public funds was extended till
December 15. The Court of Appeal earlier issued a stay order in this connection on November 29th up to today.

The President will lay the foundation stone for the renal disease hospital in Polonnaruwa today.


President Maithripala Sirisena will lay the foundation stone for the renal disease hospital in Polonnaruwa today. This is considered as the largest hospital for kidney patients in the South Asian region. China has granted a sum of 1200 million rupees for the project. The hospital consists of 200 beds for inmate patients and 100 beds at the dialysis unit. The hospital will provide all clinical and technical facilities and counselling services for the patients in the north central and eastern provinces.

The Prime Minister says the economy will be steered through proper vision in order to get rid of the huge debt burden.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the economy will be steered through proper vision in order to get rid of the huge debt burden. The rules and regulations required for this purpose will be presented to the parliament for approval. The government will not take any loan to pay other debts. The premier made these remarks participating in the prize giving ceremony of the Charted Accounts Institute in the BMICH yesterday. The parliament will be given the sole responsibility of handling public funds. A special office to look into the budget proposals will be setup in the parliament as well. The government is committed to carry out an efficient program to increase the country’s income.

The Media Minister said journalists and politicians together should protect and strengthen the advancement of democracy.

Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said journalists and politicians together should protect and strengthen the advancement of democracy. The Minister made these remarks delivering a public speech under the theme of “Politics in Media” at the official launch of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association website held at Sri Lanka Press Institute yesterday. Minister Samaraweera emphasised that even if one fails, either politics or Journalism, the progress of democracy would be weakened and added that in a democratic country, there is always minor conflicts between the government and the media. The Minister said a new survey conducted in the United States revealed that nurses are the most trusted of all professions, while politicians and journalists are the least. He stated if a similar survey was conducted in Sri Lanka, the results would have been much the same. Unfortunately, the reputation of politicians has fallen to the bottom. It is the responsibility of journalists to figure out why journalism is considered as one of the least trusted professions, similar to politics.

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