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The leader of the JVP says Act on Local Government elections is a one more democratic and progressive than the previous one.


The leader of the People’s Liberation Front Anura Kumara Dissanayaka says that the Act on Local Government elections which was passed by the Parliament is a one more democratic and progressive than the one the country had before.


The construction works of the final and 3rd stage of Colombo Outer Circle road will be completed by 2019.


The government says the construction works of the final and 3rd stage of Colombo Outer Circle road will be completed by the 1st quarter of the 2019. The portion runs from Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya is little lengthier than 9 kilometers.


The construction work of the first stage of lower Malwathu Oya reservoir begins.


The construction work of the first stage of lower Malwathu Oya reservoir begins. During this project, the canal leading to Yoda Weva from Malwathu Oya will be constructed first. Irrigation Ministry says that total length of the canal is 27 kilometers. The total construction work of the project cost the government 13,000 million rupees. Once constructed, Malwathu Oya


Tamil National Alliance is ready to face the forthcoming Local Government elections.


Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran says that Tamil National Alliance is ready to face the forthcoming Local Government elections.  Speaking to SLBC on the subject the MP said that after the Act being certified by the Speaker of the Parliament, it will be forwarded to the Elections Commission enabling it to conduct the polls. The elections are expected during this year or in coming January.

The election commissioner clarifies the preliminary measures on holding the local government election.


The amended bill of local government election was passed in parliament recently. Making a special statement to the SLBC, regarding the new bill election commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that now the amended bill should be signed by the speaker and declared as a law of the country. Then the election department will be able to do the rest to hold an election.


The Colombo Defence Summit begins tomorrow.


The Colombo Defense summit 2017 will be held at the BMICH tomorrow.  It has been organized by the Sri Lanka Army.  The theme of this two days summit is ‘against the Violence Extremism and to Promote Global Development’.  This will be held for the 7th time.  


Alternatives for polythene are now available at the market.


The use and sale of polythene and allied products will be totally banned from the 1st of September. Alternatives for polythene are now available at the market. Deputy Director General of the Central Environmental Authority, Upali Gunarathna says people should get


Hurricane Harvey caused Catastrophic' flooding to hit Texas


Texas will be hit by "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding", the US National Hurricane Center has warned, as Tropical Storm Harvey moves inland. Harvey battered the coast as a category four hurricane - the biggest to strike the US mainland in 13 years.


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England's reign as world champions was ended by a magnificent performance from New Zealand as the Black Ferns ran in seven tries in Belfast. A penalty try and the first of Lydia Thompson's double helped England lead 17-5 approaching the break. But it was a narrow advantage having


Utilizing foreign aid for the country’s development has gained remarkable growth.


Utilizing of foreign assistance for the country’s development has received a remarkable growth.  Ministry of Finance says 440 million US dollars has used for the development activities in the first quarter of this year. Out of this amount 430 million US dollars received as loans and the rest as direct grants.  The higher amount of aid has given by the China.  


The Collective for Disappeared persons expects the justice for them from the government.


The Chairman of the Collective for Disappeared persons Brito Fernando says it is hilarious that Mahinda Rajapaksa is making accusations on hunting of war heroes while the present government is attempting to search of disappeared persons.


The Prime Minister emphasizes that infra structure facilities will be developed to establish a strong economy with an international competitive standard.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the construction sector will be developed to make a large contribution for the national economic programme. Both state and private sector will be encouraged in this endeavor.

The construction giants in the country have already implemented gigantic development programmes throughout the island at present. The Prime Minister made these remarks after opening the “construct 2017” national construction exhibition at BMICH this morning.

Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister further said that two huge tourism zones will be set up in the southern province. Large scale industrial parks will also be constructed in several areas. Thailand investors have come forward to set up an Industrial Park in Bandaragama as well.

The government expects to build a strong economy which can compete the other world countries internationally. Accordingly the present government has initiated many development programmes.

The Prime Minister also recalled the services rendered by former President R. Premadasa to enhance construction sector on this occasion.

The joint opposition is preserving sabotage activities to disturb the people’s centric welfare programmes of the government.

The backbench of UNP parliamentarians alleged that the joint opposition preserves sabotage activities to disturb the people-centric welfare activities of the present government.

The backbench UNP parliamentarians made these remarks at a special media conference held this afternoon at the government information department. Addressing the media personal they further said the joint opposition members are carrying out a malicious campaign against the government to sweep out the corruption charges of the former ministers of previous regime. These bankrupt politicians were involved in large scale financial fraud, money laundering, corruption and misuse of power.

Therefore the members of the joint opposition are making unnecessary hindrance to the forward march of the government. However, the backbench UNPers said those sabotage activities will be defeated. UNP parliamentarians J.C.Alawathuwela and Mujuboor Rahuman also spoke on this occasion.

Minister S.B.Dissanayake says, SLFP remains strong amidst some deserters.

The 66th anniversary of SLFP will be celebrated in a grand scale under the theme of “Eka Mitata,Hari Athata” .Minister S.B.Dissanayake said, the party celebrates the 66th anniversary amidst many challenges.


Two practical exam of GCE Advanced Level postponed due to Haj festival holiday.

The examination department says two practical tests of GCE advanced level exam scheduled to be held on the 2nd of September are postponed to 4thof September due to the Haj festival.

The commissioner  General of Examination Department  W.N\M.N.J.Pushpakumara said the general knowledge paper and information technology paper scheduled to be held on the 2nd are postponed to the 4th of September. Accordingly  the general knowledge paper will be held at 8.30am and information technology paper will eb held at 12.30pm on 4th of September.

A special survey and research will be conducted on the maritime oceanic resources of Sri Lankan waters.

New navy commander Vice admiral Travis Sinniah says, that the navy will prepare a new programme for the protection of regional naval zone. For the purpose  the navy will receive  three new crafts during next year.


The government will launch an eight years development plan on the 4th of next month.

The State Minister of Finance Eran Wickremarathne says a special development programme for the next 8 years will be jointly launched by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on the 4th of next month in Colombo.


The government takes effective measures to provide solutions to the problems face by estate sector.

Minister Palani Digambaram says the government will take effective measures to solve the problems of the estate people. Accordingly, the housing development plan will provide solutions to the estate sector in near future. A decision in this regard was taken after a discussing a matter with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Cases will be filed against two former ministers of previous regime on corruption charges.

Cases will be filed against two former leading ministers of previous regime on corruption charges. These former ministers are charged based on large scale corruption and financial fraud. Two former Ministers and another popular personality will face court charges on misusing the public funds and exploiting the authority on their favour. The final report on the charges is submitted to the Attorney General Department. The investigations were conducted by FCID, the commission bribery or corruption charges of large scale financial frauds.

20,000 development assistance will be recruited next week.

The Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs says 20,000 development assistants to the government service next week. The decision was taken under the advice of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Accordingly, graduates located islandwide including north and east will be recruited as development assistants.


First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker.

A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according to tanker's Russian owners. The 300-metre-long Sovcomflot ship, the Christophe de Margerie, was carrying gas from Norway to South Korea. Rising Arctic temperatures are boosting commercial shipping across this route.

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