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The laying of pipelines to transport aircraft fuel from Muthuraajawela to the Bandaranayake Internaitonal Airport, to commence soon

Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says that the laying of pipelines to transport aircraft fuel from Muthuraajawela to the Bandaranayake Internaitonal Airport, will commence within the next few months. He expressed these views at the monthly evaluation meeting of the ministry of petroleum resources development. Although it was planned to lay the pipe lines along the Hamilton Canal parallel to the Negombo road, due to obstructions faced a feasibility study was carried out to query into the possibility of laying the pipe lines along the Colombo-Katunayake highway.

Catalan Separatists in Spanish Custody

A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, who lead prominent separatist groups, are being held without bail while they are under investigation for sedition. The men were leading figures in the October 1st independence vote, which the Spanish Government regarded as illegal. Their detention led to protests overnight, with more expected across Catalonia today. They are being investigated over a protest on the 20th of September in which a crowd blocked Civil Guard officers inside a building in Catalonia's regional capital, Barcelona.

Leader of the opposition is to make a statement before the parliament regarding the rights of Tamil political prisoners.

Opposition leader R. Sambandan has produced a statement before the parliament stating  that it is an infringement of human rights if the court case against  20 inmates who are conducting a hunger strike, transferred to a court hearing cases in Sinhala.  A proposal demanding the immediate release of  Tamil political prisoners who are kept under custody under the prevention of terrorism act  is to be tabled before the parliament during the  adjournment debate today.   The leader of the opposition has informed the Speaker that the issue should be taken up considering as an emergency matter.

The number of Indian fishermen encroaching into Sri Lankan waters decreases as the new Navy commander appointed.

The number of Indian fishermen encroaching into Sri Lankan waters decreases as the new Navy commander appointed.  The deployment of Navy vessels in and around the sea borders between India and Sri Lanka has been increased minimizing Indian fishermen’ s encroachment into Sir Lankan waters.  New navy commander  Traviz Chinnaiah  has introduced the new mechanism in patrolling the coastal lines by Sri Lanka Navy.  Because of this measure, the number of apprehension of Indian fishermen has declined.   However, navy patrols along the boarder lines round the clock.

Deputy Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi says that the joint opposition organizes a protest in Hambantota to protect the land they acquired when they were in power.

State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi says that the joint opposition organizes a protest in Hambantota to protect the land they acquired when they were in power.   Joining the Hambantota rural fisheries federation’s  annual convention he said that the government will reveal how the  joint opposition together with  Nilbalakaya and Carlton  organization  captured the lands of poor people no sooner.

The chairmanship of G-24 summit was offered to Sri Lankan finance minister Mangala Samaraweera


The chairmanship of G-24 summit was offered to Sri Lankan finance minister Mangala Samaraweera in this turn which was held in Washington. Addressing the summit the minister said that it is the responsibility of the member countries to improve the living standards of the people of their countries. The theme of the summit is development, employment, and structural transformation. The minister further said that the attention should be developed for the provision of employment, improving of productivity and provision of monetary facilities for development. He pointed out that international trade, innovation and private sector investment promotion also should be given priority attention.

The President instructs provincial councils to continue their services to the public even after their term of office expires.

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the General Secretaries of all Provincial Councils, to continue services to the public, uninterruptedly, even after the term of office of their respective provincial councils expire. A discussion to inquire into future activities of the provincial councils whose term of office is due to expire, was held at the presidential secretariat today. The president inquired into the functioning of the north central , sabaragamuwa and eastern provincial councils as their term of office  has already expired. The president emphasized that  the functions carried out by the provincial councils should not be  given over to other institutions citing  the expiration as a reason.

The government plans to transform Sri Lanka into a export oriented financial hub in the Indian Ocean.

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera says that many programmes have been launched with the intention of transforming Sri Lanka into an Export-Centric Economy and a Financial Hub in the Indian Ocean. Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, held in Washington, he also said that Sri Lanka will continue to work with the UN and other institutions by aligning the government’s policy strategy with the “Sustainable Development Goals and Targets” to be achieved by 2030. The minister highlighting the recent economic developments and prospects in Sri Lanka said that, although still growing below potential, Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to grow by around 4.5 per cent in 2017 and projected to move to a higher growth path of around 7 per cent by 2020 with the ongoing broader structural reforms and enhanced investor confidence. Sri Lanka’s external sector recorded a mixed performance during the first half of 2017. The country’s gross official reserves improved to 7.3 billion US dollars by the end of September 2017 which was equivalent to about 4.5 months of imports. Mr Samaraweera reiterating the broad development strategy the unity government of the President and the Prime Minister focuses upon, said that it is on a three-pillared agenda of democratization, reconciliation, and sustainable and equitable development with employment generation, that  the benefits of growth, transmits across society. The Minister addressing this august assembly further stated that the country has introduced well thought-out frameworks to manage the country’s fiscal policy, monetary policy and foreign exchange operations to ensure sound macroeconomic policies.  State Owned Enterprises are also being reformed to ensure efficient management and strengthen financial viability.

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