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Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama said the government has taken effective measures to bring down the cost of living through this budget.

The debate on budget proposals 2018 commenced today. Joining the debate minister Dr.Sarath Amunbugama said the government has taken effective measures to bring down the cost of living through this budget. Accordingly the government has taken steps to reduce the prices of essential commodities .

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Theresa May faces fresh reshuffle after Preethi Patel's resignation

Theresa May is facing a second cabinet reshuffle in a week, as she comes under pressure to say what the Foreign Office knew of Preethi Patel's visit to Israel. Ms Patel resigned as international development secretary yesterday, after holding a series of unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials.

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Proposals of the 2018 budget include several measures that will be taken to provide concessions to many sectors in order to achieve economic development

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera presented his maiden budget in parliament this afternoon. The proposals include several measures that will be taken to provide concessions to many sectors in order to achieve economic development.

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The Pre-paid payment card system, to be implemented for private buses operating in the Western Province, from next year.

Chairman of the western province Road Passenger Transport Authority Thusitha Kularatne says that a system of paying bus fares through pre-paid cards will be implemented for private buses in the western province from next year. 

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A cabinet sub-committee to investigate into the recent petroleum crisis and into steps that need to be taken to prevent a recurrence, has been appointed.

A cabinet sub-committee to investigate into the recent petroleum crisis and into steps that need to be taken to prevent a recurrence will be headed by Minsiter Sarath amugugama. Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Patali Champika Ranawaka and Arjuna Ranatunge are the other members of this committee. Cabinet approval was received to this proposal which was put forward by the President.

The President says that October revolution paved the way to fight for peace and freedom

President Maithripala Sirisena says that October revolution has paved the way to fight for peace, freedom. It also made changes in Sri Lanka. He made these remarks while addressing the centenary celebrations held in lotus pond theatre yesterday.

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Digital technology will be utilized for administration from next year

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that Digital technology will be used for the administration of this country from next year. It will be fully integrated to the system within next three years. He made these remarks while attending the ceremony to launch the “Lanka Government Network” in Colombo yesterday. The government’s policy is to make a Digital Sri Lanka. It is expected to digitalize 3500 institutions.

UPFA will contest the upcoming local government election with many parties

General Secretary of the UPFA Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the party will contest the upcoming local government election with many parties. He was speaking at the press conference held in the SLFP headquarters last evening.

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The order of ‘fuel only to vehicles’ has been removed

Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said that the Petroleum Corporation has issued 123 metric tons of additional stock of patrol yesterday. The Corporation planned to issue 3,000 metric tons of petrol today and it released same amount of patrol yesterday as well.

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Trump urges N Korea to 'come to table' over nuclear issue

US President Donald Trump has urged North Korea to "come to the table" and discuss giving up its nuclear weapons. Striking a different tone from previous fiery rhetoric, he said he "hoped to God" he did not have to use the US military against Pyongyang.

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Sri Lanka cricket team departs island for a tour in India

Sri Lanka cricket team will start a tour in India today. At a ceremony held in Sri Lanka Cricket prior to departure, skipper Dinesh Chandimal said his team is ready accept the challenges of strong Indian team. The first test against India will begin on the 16th.

A project to be launched to enhance fuel storage facilities.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe stated in parliament today that a project will be launched to enhance fuel storage facilities. Discussions are underway with the Indian government with regard to this matter. Another oil refinery will be established in Hambanthota. In addition to the petroleum tanker brought down by the Petroleum Corporation, India has promised to send another tanker. It is expected to dock on Friday.
Meanwhile, minister Arjuna Ranatunga pointed out that the ship that was sent back had oil samples that were rejected at two laboratory tests. The present situation is due to the delay in the arrival of the expected tanker. It is expected to dock by 9 pm tomorrow. Fuel distribution will return to normalcy from Thursday onwards.
A cabinet sub-committee will be appointed to investigate into the petroleum issue and any underlying causes that the paved way to it.

The tax upon imported and dubbed tele dramas, films and commercial programmes, to be increased with immediate effect.

The tax upon imported and dubbed tele dramas, films and commercial programmes will be increased with immediate effect. It has been observed that certain programmes include content that is contrary to local traditions. Experts in the field have requested the Ministry Of Finance And Media to take necessary steps to alleviate the damage caused to the local industry by the import of such material. Thereby, three gazette notifications containing charges for such imported programmes, have been cancelled. A new gazette will be released detailing charges that will come into effect from midnight today. According to the new charges, the present fee of 90 thousand rupees  which is charged  for a programme dubbed in Sinhala or Tamil which has  a duration of 30 minutes and spreads over not more than 4 series, will be increased to 150 thousand rupees. However, if the programmes are telecast in the original form, without being dubbed, the tax will not be applicable.

The SLFP has completed its selection of candidates contesting the forthcoming local government elections.

General secretary of the SLFP Minister Duminda Dissanayake says that the party has completed its selections for candidates contesting the forthcoming local government elections. Speaking at a media briefing held at the SLFP headquarters today he said that, a training programme was also conducted for these selected candidates. He further stated that many have proposed that the party contest the election under the “hand” symbol. However, the contesting symbol has not been decided upon. He called upon the support of all SLFPers to stand by the party in order to continue the development activities that consensus government has already begun.

China to build world's highest planetarium in Tibet

China will begin construction of the world's highest planetarium in Tibet, next year. It will have the region's largest optical astronomical telescope. Planned to be completed in 2019, the planetarium will be built within the Tibet Museum of Natural Sciences in Tibet's provincial capital Lhasa. Dubbed as the "Roof of the World" on account of its altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet has superb clear skies which are ideal for astronomical observation.

The US has agreed to support Sri Lanka to enhance economic and many other bilateral relations

The United States has agreed to support Sri Lanka in trade, investment, foreign aid and direct partnership with all stake holders. The US is also ready to maintain strong trade and economic relations with Sri Lanka.  Issuing a joint statement after the dialogue of Sri Lanka US partnership  held in Colombo yesterday, leader of the US delegation under secretary of state for political affairs ambassador Thomas Sannon said bilateral relations of the two countries are significantly growing.

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The Central Bank has decided to maintain a current fiscal policy set up unchanged

The central Bank monetary board has decided to continue  the current fiscal policy set up unchanged.  The decision has taken as the current policy is consistent with the objective of maintaining inflation at mid-single digit levels over the medium term and thereby facilitating a sustainable growth trajectory.

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China anger after doctor sued over smoker's death

Chinese social media users are reacting angrily after a doctor was ordered to pay compensation for his alleged role in a smoker's death.The doctor, surnamed Yang, was told by a court in central Henan province that he must pay compensation of 2,200 dollars as a matter of "principle fairness" to the family of an elderly man surnamed Feng, who died in May.

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International goodwill will be used to build a better future for children – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government uses the international assistance for Sri Lanka

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The Japanese government extends fullest support to strengthen the maritime security of Sri Lanka

The Japanese government extends fullest support to strengthen the maritime security of Sri Lanka. The Japanese Foreign Affairs State Minister Kazuyuki Nakane made this pledge when he met the State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijayawardena yesterday. Japanese State Minister was an official visit to Sri Lanka on invitation of State Minister Ruwan Wijayawardena.

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The Sri lanka Medical Association calls upon medical students of all state medical faculties to return immediately to their academic activities

The Sri lanka Medical Association issuing a statement on the decision of the government to abolish the SAITM and to establish a not-for-profit institute under the Higher Education Ministry calls upon medical students of all state medical faculties to immediately return to their respective academic activities, without any further delay. It also requests the parents of medical students of all state medical faculties to encourage and ensure that their children return to their academic activities without further delay.
A statement bearing the signature of the President of the Sri lanka Medical Association, Prof Chandrika Wijayaratne, requests the academic staff of all state medical faculties and their respective medical teachers' trade unions to create, ensure and sustain an environment in which students can commence and continue with their already interrupted academic activities, without any further delay. It also states that the University Grants Commission needs to ensure that all categories of staff attached to all medical faculties perform their duties as per UGC and other relevant government rules, regulations and circulars.
The association points out that all medical doctors in Sri Lanka must adhere to and maintain, the highest standards of professionalism in providing healthcare services to the citizens of Sri Lanka without interruption.
The Sri Lanka Medical Association is particularly concerned that under existing rules and regulations in the Medical Ordinance and the Universities Act, the Sri Lanka Medical Council has only limited powers to regulate and ensure standards of medical education in Sri Lanka. Therefore, there is an urgent need to enact legislation to make the SLMC an independent authority with adequate powers to protect the public from unqualified or substandard medical practitioners. The association also wishes to state that this organization, as the apex medical body that represents all grades of doctors in the country, is not against properly constituted and regulated Private Medical Education in the country. It adds that, however, the issue of Private Medical Education needs further discussion.

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