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The President says all in the government and the opposition should support him in his efforts to implement the law against all those who are responsible for the bond scam.

President Maithripala Sirisena says all in the government and the opposition should support him in his efforts to implement the law against all those who are responsible for the bond scam. Speaking at a public rally held in Kandy yesterday he said that for this purpose everyone should strengthen his leadership.

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The Prime Minister says the infrastructure facilities of the country have been developed while increasing the investment opportunities to various sectors.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the infrastructure facilities of the country have been developed while increasing the investment opportunities to various sectors. The premier made these remarks at an election campaign rally held at Kalutara, Milleniya yesterday.

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Minister Sagala Rathnayake vows action against corrupt UNP candidates

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake warned all UNP candidates contesting the elections that in the event they are found guilty of corruption or fraud after the elections, action will be taken to initiate legal action against them and the party too would take disciplinary action against them.

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Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says he is prepared to provide relief assistance based on the request of the affected soft drink companies.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says he is prepared to provide relief assistance based on the request of the soft drink companies. According to the new regulations 50 cents tax will be imposed to each gram of sugar in soft drink bottles.

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The Colombo Fort Magistrate orders video footage of the protests launched CEB workers to be produced in courts.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the heads of television channels that televised video footage of the protests launched by the Joint Trade Union Association of the Ceylon Electricity Board, to produce the unedited versions in court. Thereby, Rupavahini, ITN, Sirasa TV, Derana TV and all television stations were ordered to submit their recordings. The magistrate made this order when the OIC of the Slave Island police explained before court that the chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board was held in his office and not allowed to leave. Appearing before court, Police Inspector Nalaka Gunasekara said that the court rulings that were announced were relayed over loud speakers and the CEB's public address system. They were also pasted on all floors and photocopies were distributed. He proved in court with photographs how the protestors continued their protest disregarding the court rulings. The magistrate ordered the Slave Island police to take into custody those responsible and produce them before courts.

Prices of many essential commodities to remain the same for the next 6 months.

The Ministry of Finance, issuing a statement says that there is no truth in certain media reports that taxes on essential food items have been increased by the gazette notification released on the 18th of this month. The said gazette notification only affirms that the tax percentages enforced as given in the gazette notification dated 19th July 2017, remain the same. Thereby, under the said gazette notification, the prices of goods will not see an increase and consumers can continue to purchase under the existing prices for the next 6 months.

Meanwhile, Sathosa has announced the prices of many essential commodities. Thereby, a kilo of white raw rice is 62 rupees. The price of a kilo of locally produce red rice is 73 rupees. A kilo of locally produced Samba rice will be sold at 82 rupees, while a kilo of imported Samba rice will be sold at 69 rupees. A kilo of imported Nadu Rice will be priced at 68 rupees. A kilo of imported big onions will be sold at 142 rupees, while a kilo of potatoes will be sold at 95 rupees. A kilo of red dhal can be purchased at 113 rupees. A kilo of white sugar will be priced at 100 rupees. A tin of canned fish weighing 425 grams will be sold at 149 rupees.

The Singapore Prime Minister arrives in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong has arrived in the country for a 3 day official visit. He was welcomed by Minister Sagala Rathnayaka at the Bandaranaike International Airport this evening. The Singaporean Premier will be received at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow with an official guard of honor and gun salute. Later he will hold official bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena. A Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed following bilateral talks.
During the visit, Prime Minister Lee will also meet his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discuss economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. The visiting Prime Minister is scheduled to attend a Business Forum in which leading business persons and investors from both Singapore and Sri Lanka will be present. This Official visit of a Singaporean Prime Minister to Sri Lanka takes place after 13 years.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation bans the wholesale distribution of the “Lanka Kerosene Oil.


The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation today banned the distribution of the “Lanka Kerosene Oil” to vehicles, factories, barrels and other wholesale distributions.

CEYPETCO said that out of the two types of Kerosene namely “Industrial Kerosene” and “Lanka Kerosene”, the latter is used by the fishing community and those with low income households.

Accordingly, the CEYPETCO has directed all dealers to stop distributing Lanka Kerosene to factories and other wholesale outlets, after discovering that many dealers have been distributing Lanka Kerosene instead of Industrial Kerosene in a bid to maximize profits.

The circular directed all distributors to ensure that the subsidized kerosene was solely given to low income families and the fishing community.

Lanka Kerosene is red in color whilst industrial kerosene is colorless.

Bangladesh says Rohingya return to Myanmar is delayed

Bangladesh says the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar will be delayed amid the huge task of preparing Transit Centres and approving Lists of Returnees. Bangladesh's Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner has not given a revised starting date for the repatriation of some 750,000 refugees who fled unrest and a military crackdown in the Rakhine state in Myanmar.The entire repatriation process is expected to take two years.

In Cricket, Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by five wickets to register their first win in the tri nation tournament

 

Sri Lanka overcame Zimbabwe by five wickets to record their first win in the tri nation one day tournament in Dhaka today. Batting first, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 198 off 44 overs. Brendon Taylor top-scored with 58. In bowling, Thisara Perera claimed four for 33 and Nuwan Pradeep bagged three for 28. Sri Lanka replied with 202 for five off 44.5 overs. Kusal Janith Perera made 49, while Thisara Perera and Dinesh Chandimal contributed 39 and 38 runs respectively to carry their team to victory.

The Prime Minister says loans are repaid and economy stabilized amidst various challenges

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government has been able to repay loans and stabilize the economy amidst various challenges. Addressing an election rally in Nikaweratiya, he said the present regime took over a bankrupt economy without any future. According to him, excessive borrowing prevented the generation of income to repay the loans by 2013. He said therefore, the previous government went for a failed election bid in 2015 with the intention of establishing its power.

The Prime Minister also said a plan to develop the Wanni Hathpattu area would be formulated and implemented this year. He added that vocational training centers and a drinking water project for the area between Galgamuwa and Yapahuwa would be part of this plan.

Thailand promises support for the development of Sri Lanka's agricultural sector.

Thailand has promised support for several programmes that are to be initiated for the development of Sri Lanka's agricultural sector. The promise by Thai ambassador Chulamanee Chartsuwan came at a meeting hosted by President Maithripala Sirisena at President's house this morning. Among the assistance promised are the post-harvest and artificial rain-making technologies.

  The beneficiaries of the Agra-Haara insurance scheme stand at 900,000

 

The beneficiaries of the Agra-Haara insurance scheme for public servants presently stand at 900,000. CEO of the National Insurance Trust Sanath C. de Silva says a total of 2.5 million families, or 10 per cent of the population, are covered by the scheme. According to him, 1,800 million rupees had been spent last year on the beneficiaries. Employees of around 30 state institutions are members of this insurance scheme

Schoolchildren will be tested for non-infectious diseases

 

 

Schoolchildren will be tested for non-infectious diseases at special centers to be set up at every school. Minister Rajitha Senarathne told a function in Colombo yesterday that he would consult the Education Minister to take a decision with regard to the foodstuffs being sold at school canteens. A minister added that a special tax on the sugar content of beverages would help prevent non-infectious diseases among schoolchildren.

President instructs the IGP to conduct a comprehensive investigation onto the incident with regard to a school Principal of Badulla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya being summoned to the Chief Minister's Office and punished

 

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundera to conduct a comprehensive investigation onto the incident with regard to a school Principal of Badulla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya being summoned to the Chief Minister's Office and punished.  The alleged incident describes that a school Principal of Badulla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya has been summoned to chief minister's office and punished for not following an instruction.  The President instructed the IGP to conduct the investigation in an impartial manner.  The President also instructed the Uva province governor to take over the Provincial Education Ministry with immediate effect.  President Maithripala Sirisena further said that he will take stern action against anyone irrespective of the social status,  based on the investigation report

The Chief Minister and Provincial Education Minister of Uva province Chamara Sampath Dasanayaka has resigned from the post of Provincial Education Minister this morning

The Chief Minister and Provincial Education Minister of Uva province Chamara Sampath Dasanayaka has resigned from the post of provincial education minister this morning. Mr. Dasanayaka informed the public through a media conference held at Uva province chief minister's office this morning. Addressing the gathering, the chief minister further said he resigned from the education portfolio to leave room for an impartial inquiry on to the recent incident with regard to a punishment of a school principal.

The chief minister requested the provincial governor and IGP to conduct a comprehensive investigation onto this incident. The alleged incident describes that a school principal of Badulla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya has been summoned to chief minister's office and punished for not following an instruction. The chief minister rejects the allegation. However, the chief minister requests the relevant officials to conduct an impartial comprehensive investigation in this regard.

Postal voting for the February 10 Local Government elections will begin tomorrow

 

Postal voting for the February 10 Local Government elections will begin tomorrow. Director General of Election Commission, R. L.A.M. Ratnayaka says that Officials of the police stations, Divisional Secretariats, District Secretariats and election office could cast their postal votes tomorrow. Postal voting for employees at other government institutions will be held on the 25th and 26th of this month. Party representatives who work in those offices cannot participate in monitoring the voting. The official said that one representative of the independent groups or political observer organizations can monitor the voting. The Election Commission says it has accepted around 560,000 applications for postal voting at the local government polls.

Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne says that 40 percent of the distribution of official poll cards for the forthcoming local government election has already been completed.

40 percent of the distribution of official polls cards for the forthcoming local government election has been completed.

Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne says that 40 percent of the distribution of official poll cards for the forthcoming local government election has already been completed. More than 57,000 poll cards have been directed for distribution. The distribution of poll cards is continued until 3rd of next month.

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Sri Lanka earned an income of 670 billion rupees from the apparel export during the past year.

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says that Sri Lanka has earned an income of 670 billion rupees from the apparel export during the past year. The income on the month of November has exceeded 62 billion rupees. US is the largest international market for the apparel sector. the 2nd place has secured by Europe. He made these remarks at a media briefing on the exhibition of AISEX-2018 with suppliers of apparel industry held in Colombo recently.

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2700 million rupees has been set aside for education under the programme of the nearest schools is the best school.

The Ministry of Education says that 27,000 million rupees has been set aside for the development of schools in the island under the programme of "the nearest school is the best school". This programme was initiated in May 2016 with the objective is to transform all schools with all facilities.

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The expected paddy harvest of this year's Maha season is 1.2 million metric tons.

Director General of Agriculture Rohana Wijekoon says paddy cultivation in 600,000 hectares of lands is being carried out for this year's maha season.

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