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No hike in fuel prices - Govt.

Secretary to the Ministry of Petroleum Industries Sudharma Karunarathne says no decision has been taken to increase the fuel prices. Therefore prices of Octane 92 and 95 petrol as well as diesel and super diesel will not be changed. The secretary emphasized the Indian Oil Company should also sell fuel under the stipulated prices. Speaking to SLBC she stated that the IOC is only allowed to change the prices of its products according to the agreement reached with the government.

Dehiwela & Rathmalana regional political leaders say they will not leave the SLFP.

Regional political leaders of Dehiwela and Rathmalana have pledged that they will not leave the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at any cost. They urge all the members to rally around the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena to make the party victorious at the upcoming local government polls. The regional political leaders made this request while addressing a media briefing held at Mt-Lavinia this morning under the auspices of state minister Mohan Lal Grero. Sri Lanka had to encounter number of issues both locally and internationally during the last couple of years due to the violation of social ethics. There was even
a risk of Sri Lanka facing international embargos. However the situation changed after President Maithripala Sirisena came to power. The state minister said therefore it is the responsibility and the duty of true SLFPers to support him to create a better future to the country.

UN seeks end to South Sudan violence.

The UN Security Council has called on warring factions in South Sudan to immediately end the recent fighting and prevent the spread of violence. In a unanimous statement, the council condemned the fighting "in the strongest terms" and expressed "particular shock and outrage" at attacks on UN sites.

It also called for additional peace keepers as a response. Hundreds are reported to have died in clashes since Friday.

The vocational training programmes of the national youth council will commence today at 47 training centers and 7 agricultural centers islandwide.

The vocational training programmes of the national youth council will commence today at 47 training centers and 7 agricultural centers islandwide.  Accordingly,  67 training programmes will be conducted in these centers.  46 training fields have been identified in this project.

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The national social protection awards ceremony will be held today at Nelum Pokuna art theatre.

The national social protection awards ceremony will be held today at Nelum Pokuna art theatre under the patronage of minister S.B. Dissanayake.  The government officials who have worked hard to provide social protection benefits to the common masses will be awarded today. This is the first time an award ceremony of this nature is organized.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this week.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this week.

The State Department says that she is accompanied by Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Manpreet Singh. She will travel to Sri Lanka after visiting Dhaka where she will meet with Bangladesh government officials to discuss issues of shared concern and offer U.S. assistance to the Bangladeshi government's efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism.

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The President opens renovated runway and passenger terminal of the Batticaloa domestic airport.

President Maithripala Sirisena declared open the reconstructed runway and passenger terminal of the Domestic Airport of Batticaloa. The President arrived the plane by an aircraft which landed at the domestic airport. It was a special incident that the aircraft which brought the President to was the first one landed at the airport after the renovation.

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The amnesty period for military deserters will be in effect till the 13th of this month.

Over 13,000 military deserters from the tri forces have obtained legal discharge the one-month long general amnesty period declared on June 13th by the Ministry of Defense. The month long general amnesty period was declared from June 13th to July 13th to enable deserters to obtain legal discharge from their respective services

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