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The customs Department has seized 2 containers of glyphosate chemical which were imported illegally to the country.

The customs Department has seized 2 containers of glyphosate chemical which were imported illegally to the country. Sri Lankan government has banned the import of this chemical due to the reason that the specific chemical commodity is harmful to human use and creates many complications including kidney defects. The two containers consist 160 barrels of the chemical commodity with the volume of 200 liters each. A comprehensive investigation is being carried out in this regard.

Singapore Technologies Electronics wins contract to with a Sri Lankan government agency to provide consultancy services

Singapore Technologies Electronics has won a contract with a Sri Lankan government agency to provide consultancy services for the country's first National Cyber Security Operations Centre.
The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka contract won by ST Electronics requires it to design and implement a strategy for the centre.

Australia has picked four fast bowlers

Australia has picked four fast bowlers -- Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins -- in its 15-man Champions Trophy squad while dropping allrounder James Faulkner, the man-of-the match from its triumph in the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand.

Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process

Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process .Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate "Australian values", PM Malcolm Turnbull said . Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident - three years longer than at present.

The President says that the economy of the country is now on the correct path.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the economy of the country is now on the correct path and people could be able to enjoy the benefit of it in the future. The foreign reserve of Sri Lanka has increased and at present it is about five billion US dollars. The President expressed confidence further improvement of the foreign reserve shortly. At a meeting with the media representatives at the President’s House this morning he told that people can expect a prosperous country as a result of these achievements.
The President also said a committee headed by a retired judge will be appointed to inquire into the causes that led the Meethotamulla tragedy. The report should be presented to the president within one month. The aim is to have an independent and impartial report within one month. The one man committee will also be responsible to submit recommendations to avert reoccurrence of this type incident. The president also said there is no financial problem in granting relief to the victims who will be provided with new housing tomorrow and day after.

The value of a housing unit is 4.5 million rupees. The President denied the allegations made by opponents that there is an economic crisis in the country. He also said that he stands for the curtailment of the powers of the executive presidency or abolishing of it. The government is implementing a number of development project including the Moragahakanda reservoir project. Number of roads will be improved by carpeting them.

He assured that no government venture would be sold to any foreign country or a company. The port city project which has been considered as the biggest betrayal in the country, has been changed in favour of Sri Lanka following the discussion with the government of China. The government had been able to resolve the human rights issues of the United Nations in a manner that does not disadvantage the country.


Referring to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) the President said will be directed to be listed at the Colombo Stock Exchange. He said that the private medical college in Malabe will be removed from sole ownership and that it will come under a governing board to ensure standards of medical education.
The free education will further be strengthened and no graduate will be allowed to be cause injustice. He also said that the efficiency of services delivered by the government institution will be further strengthened and audit bill will be presented to the parliament soon.

The Prime Minister expressed profound grief over the demise of Venerable Brahakmanawatte Seevali Anunayake Thera

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe expresses his profound grief over the death of general secretary of Sri Lanka Amarapura chapter Venerable Brahakmanawatte Seevali Anunayake Thera. He recollects the late Thera resided in Nagadeepa Viharaya had won the respect of the Tamil people in the area.

 He was well versant in preaching Dharma in Tamil and committed for the protection of Nagadeepa Vihara.  The Prime Minister said that the late Brahakmanawatte Seevali Anunayake Thera has written several books in Sinhala and Tamil.  He was the deputy president of the organisation for peace and religious reconciliation and has played a prominent role for the ethnic harmony and reconciliation in the country.

SITEM college will be removed from sole ownership and that it will come under a governing board.

The minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the SITEM was established during the previous regime that had provided 600 million rupees for it.  The minister said that the SITEM had answered the allegations levelled against it.  Minister Dr. Rajithan Senaratne said that the Sri Lanka medical council has so far failed to decide the minimum standard on medical education in Sri Lanka.   The hospital run by the SITEM is comprising with the state of art medical equipment and technology.

 The government for the first time has reduced the drug prices.  A programme has been introduced to provide stains for heart patients and lenses for eye patients.  Minister Anura Priyadarsana Yapa said that a systematic programme would be implemented to remove the garbage from Meethotamulla.  Ministers Gayantha Karunatilleke, Faizer Musthapa and deputy minister Karunaratne Paranavithana were also present.

The President agrees to implement many effective solutions to the problems faced by graduates.

Senior Deputy Leader of Sri Lanka Freedom Graduates Association Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the President has agreed to implement many effective solutions to the problems faced by graduates. This will also solve the graduates’ unemployment crisis. Minister Siyambalapitiya also stated that the discussion held with President yielded positive results to these issues.

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