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Special police teams will be deployed at leading girls schools in Colombo.

Police headquarter says the security has been tightened at the leading girls schools in Colombo and suburbs. Accordingly, police officers in civvies and uniform and the emergency Mobile Police Unit would be deployed in the vicinity of all girls’ schools within the Colombo City limits. Stern action will be taken against students who intrude girls' schools using the big match as an excuse.

The Police said the student who was among several others, who had forcibly entered the girls’ school down Kinsey Road yesterday during a parade was produced before courts. The rowdy students had not only frightened staff members but had also assaulted an employee of the school, according to the Police. The Police said they were investigating the incident. 

US and UK ban cabin laptops on some inbound flights.

The US and UK are banning laptops from cabin baggage on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey. The US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone is being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution. It covers inbound flights on nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are not affected. The British ban, announced hours after the American measure, is similar but applies to different airlines.

The Prime Minister emphasizes not room to compromise sovereignty of the nation.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the present government will not leave room never to damage the sovereignty of the nation under any circumstances. Mr. Wickremasinghe also said Sri Lanka will not agree to any condition put forward by the UN Human Rights Council to harm the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.

The Premier made these remarks in Parliament in replying to a question raised by Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena. Mr. Wickremasinghe further said the Sri Lankan government will never allow to establish hybrid courts to probe the war crimes in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister reiterated that the present government will not allow foreign judges to investigate any internal matters of the country.

The premier also reminded the House that President Maithripala Sirisena also maintained a same stance of not agreeing to the International Criminal Court conditions. The premier also said that new laws will be introduced in regard to treasury bonds and treasury bills. He pointed out that the activities regarding to treasury bonds and bills taking place under the law which was passed in 1939. The Prime Minister says that the new laws will be help to make the transactions more transparent.

2500 families in the North will get new housing units.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says 2500 families will be given new housing units in the northern province under the Shelter for all program. He added that 46 Uda Gammana projects will be implemented in the districts belonging to the northern province. 500,000 rupees will be supplied to each housing unit. The participation of the house owners will also be sought. The National Housing Development Authority will provide guidance and materials at concessionary rate.

The President handed over letters of appointments to three new electorate organizers of the SLFP.

President Maithripala Sirisena handed over letters of appointments to three new electorate organizers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for Balapitiya, Akmeemana and Rathgama electorates of the Galle district, at the Presidential Secretariat today.

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The National Consumer Price Index rises by 8.2 percent.

Sri Lanka's country-wide price rises measured by the National Consumer Price Index rose 8.2 percent in the 12 months to 7 February 2017, accelerating from 6.5 percent in January, the statistics office said. The index rose 0.5 percent in February to 119.9 points. In January, prices rose 1.1 percent. Food prices rose 10.2 percent in the 12 months and non-foods rose 6.8 percent, the statistics office said.

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90 percent of the population in the Anuradhapura District will be provided drinking water by pipelines by 2019.

Minister Rauf Hakeem says drinking water will be supplied to 90 percent of the population in the Anuradhapura District by pipelines by 2019. He was speaking at the Parliamentary debate today. The debate was focused on country's economic situation.

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Prime Minister reiterates that the government does not have any intension of privatizing any government organization.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe reiterated that the government does not have any intension of privatizing any government organization. He further said the organizations which underperform will be revived with the support the funds from private sector. Mr. Wickremasinghe made these remarks while addressing the parliament today. He further said the government is not ready to mortgage the future generation under any circumstances.

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