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Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says, stern action will be taken against all illegal constructions in Colombo city.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says, a stern action will be taken against all illegal constructions in Colombo city. He made this remarks at a media conference held in Colombo today. Commenting on the incident of building collapsed in Wellawatte area, minister said the approval for the building complex was given in 2009.

Although it was approved,  the relevant certificate is not there in the file. However the 21ft. distance between the canal and the building was maintained initially according to the law, later the owner of the building has extended its constructions on the distance. This has been identified one of the main cause for disaster. Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka also emphasized the importance of finding out  status of other residencies located in Bambalapitiya and Wellawatte.

The teacher consultants of Colombo and Kalutara districts are being educated on Right to Information Act.

The teacher consultants of Colombo and Kalutara districts are being educated on Right to INformation Act. Accordingly a special workshop was conducted today in the morning at the government information department. Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka participating in the inaugural ceremony stated that the country received a special accord for introducing the RTI act to the common masses.

Sri Lanka also received an international recognition in this regard. The RTI implementation helps the common masses to access important information about the government institutions.   This will also help the country to achieve the sustainable development. Many officers of government organisation have been educated on this act by now. Senior consultant to the ministry of mass media Piyatissa Ranawaka said, two cases have been field with regard to RTI as of this date.

The main objective of the government is to double the export income by 2020 with the support of the GSP plus facility.

Minister Daya Gamage says the main objective of the government is to double the export income by 2020 with the support of the GSP plus facility. The garment sector showed a 50 percent growth when GSP plus facility introduced to the country in 2002. But the European Union banned the GSP plus facility during the time of previous regime due to deteriorating human rights records. However, the present government has taken effective steps to restore GSP plus facility.

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Few residents in Colombo and suburbs were affected due to the heavy rain and windy condition.


Few residents in Colombo and suburbs were affected due to the heavy rain and windy condition. Our provincial correspondent says the Vesak pandol located at Kiribathgoda town was damaged due to heavy rain yesterday. Meanwhile, the Vesak pandol at Maharagama town also damaged due this condition. Traffic congestion was seen in many roads in Colombo district yesterday. The transport was hampered to a certain extent. Grandpass, Dematagoda, Borella, Kirulapona and the places closed to High Level Road were affected. Police Media spokesman's Office stated that there were few incidents of falling trees on the road were recorded on some roads of Colombo district.

Meanwhile, the Media Spokesman of the disaster management centre Pradeep Kodippili says the rescue and clearing operations in Wellawatta where a building collapsed, are being carried out at present. 11 injured persons were admitted to Kalobowila Teaching Hospital and eight were admitted to the National Hospital. A comprehensive investigation is being carried out to find out the cause of the building collapsed.

Trump says FBI inquiry into Russia links 'hurts US terribly'.

President Donald Trump says the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the inquiry into Russian influence on his election "hurts our country terribly". He said the US was being made to look "divided, mixed up", media reported. Earlier, he tweeted that the decision was "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

Corruption 'weakens fight against Boko Haram'

The campaign group Transparency International says corruption in the Nigerian military is weakening the country's efforts to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
It accuses officials of creating fake defence contracts and stealing money meant to provide vital equipment. It says this has left the army under-resourced and insufficiently trained.
A Nigerian defence spokesman Major General John Enenche, said the allegations did not apply to the current crop of military officers.

National War Heroes' day falls tomorrow.

The National War Heroes' Day falls tomorrow. The special ceremony to commemorate the day will be held in front of war hero monument adjacent to parliament complex tomorrow afternoon. Chief invitees are President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The Commanders of Tri Forces, Inspector General of Police and leading officers of the security forces including the relatives of those who sacrificed their lives for our future will also join. A military guard of honour will be conducted to honour the diseased war heroes. Special traffic arrangement is taking place in view of this war heroes' day ceremony in and around Battaramulla area.

Players who dive in English football could face bans from next season.

Players who dive in English football could face bans from next season. The Football Association will vote on retrospective action at its annual general meeting on Thursday and is expected to approve the proposal. The governing body would need the backing of the Premier League, the English Football League and the Professional Footballers' Association to introduce the rule change.

But it is understood they are broadly supportive and already in agreement. Under the proposed new rules, a panel would review footage from the weekend each Monday looking for cases of simulation. Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension.

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