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The Premier says the teachers will be recruited for the teaching sector at the school level in the future.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the teachers will be recruited for the teaching sector at the school level in the future. Currently the teachers are being recruited at national and provincial level. He added that the new method will help to ease the shortage of teachers at remote schools. The Premier was speaking at the convocation of the National Education Institute today. He further noted that the mere physical resources would not result a better education system in the country.

The government has taken measures to improve the quality of the education itself. Accordingly, every child will be given 13 year education with state of art knowledge. Vocational training will be introduced to the school curricula. The premier said that no school principal will be appointed on political biases. Prime Minister Wickremasinghe said that the society should be equipped with well educated people. He said that the education system should be improved with high quality teaching methods.

The Court of Appeal ordered today to the medical council to make arrangements for the medical students of SAITM to register themselves with the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

The Court of Appeal ordered today to the medical council to make arrangements for the medical students of Malambe Private Medical College to register themselves with the Sri Lanka Medical Council. The Court of Appeal gave this order when the case filed by two students of SAITM university taken for hearing today.

The President pledges to further strengthen free health service.

President Maithripala Sirisena says free health service will be further strengthened under this government. Two new hospitals will be set up in Nuwara Eliya and Hambantota. Facilities required for state health service will be provided without any shortage.

The President made these remarks at the opening ceremony of Sri Lanka national dental teaching hospital attached to the Colombo national hospital this morning. The President further said that all segments should focus more attention to prevent spreading of dengue menace. Special dengue control programme will be implemented next week. Support of security forces and state and private institutions will be obtained for this.

Construction of the second phase of the central express way will begin tomorrow

Construction of the second phase of the central express way will begin tomorrow morning under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The main function will be held at Kudagammana in Alawwa-Giriulla road.  The second phase of the project stretches 39 kilometers from Mirigama to Kurunegala.

The four lanes road has a width of 23 meters.  There will be inter changes at Mirigama, Nakalagamuwa, Malpitiya, Pothuhera and Kurunegala.  The ministry of highways says all the constructions are being carried out by the local companies and the construction work is to be completed by 2019.

The National Dentistry Teaching hospital will be declared open by the President today.

The National Dentistry Teaching hospital will be declared open by President Maithrilpala Sirisena today. The cost of the project is estimated as 800 million rupees. The Ministry of health says the new hospital will have modern facilities to treat patients. A 10 storyed building has been constructed for the hospital. The president will also lay the foundation stone for the 2nd phase of the teaching hospital as well. 

The colours night ceremony of Sri Lanka Police will be held today at Nelum Pokuna Art Theater at 6.00 pm under the patronage of the Prime Minister.

The colours night ceremony of Sri Lanka Police will be held today at Nelum Pokuna Art Theater at 6.00 pm under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Minister of Law and Order, Southern Development Sagala Rathnayake, Secretary to the Ministry Jagath P. Wijeweera and many other dignitaries and prominent personalities will participate in this function. Many senior police officers including IGP Pujitha Jayasundara will also participate on this occasion. The police officers who have excelled in various fields will be awarded in this function. 

Minister Faizer Mustapha reiterates that the report on demarcation of local government areas will be gazette within a month’s time.

Minister Faizer Mustapha reiterates that the report on demarcation of local government areas will be gazette within a month’s time. Minister has made this statement to Supreme Court through his lawyers. The Elections Commissioner will decide on the dates of local government election once the gazette notification is released. Minister made these statements in reply to a query made during the 2nd day’s proceedings at the Supreme Court with regard to a fundamental right case filed by the Managing Director of PAFFERAL Rohana Hettiarachchi against the postponement of local government elections. 

New Zealand claimed a six-run win in a thrilling finish to the Chappell-Hadlee series opener against Australia at Eden Park today.

New Zealand claimed a six-run win in a thrilling finish to the Chappell-Hadlee series opener against Australia at Eden Park today. Chasing 287 for victory, the visitors appeared dead and buried at 67-6 before a brilliant century from all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in only his second one-day international took them to the brink of the most unlikely of triumphs. Stoinis hit 146 not out off just 117 balls, including a remarkable 11 sixes, before Black Caps captain Kane Williamson ran out No 11 Josh Hazlewood from the final ball of the 47th over.

Kremlin says Putin and Trump could meet before G20 in July.

The Kremlin said today it was too early to talk about any possible deals with the United States over sanctions on Russia, but that President Vladimir Putin could meet U.S. President Donald Trump before the G20 in July.

Putin and Trump spoke by phone on Saturday and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Monday the exchange had been a good one. Peskov said that Putin and Trump had not discussed sanctions in their phone call on Saturday, their first conversation since Trump's inauguration.

The President reiterates the dedication given to the country by the tri forces and the police should be commemorated gratuitously.

President Maithripala Sirisena reiterates the dedication given to the country by the tri forces and the police should be commemorated gratuitously. The government will make arrangements to provide them with utmost honour in every possible way.

The government will strengthen them in utilizing their abilities in building the nation. President Sirisena made these remarks when he presented the presidential insignia and regimental insignia to the Sinha Regiment at Ambepussa when president arrived at Ambepussa quarters of Sinha Regiment, he was well received by the regiment. Afterwards, he inspected the guard of honour presented by the regiment. The regimental library made up to the international standards was also opened by the President Maithripala Sirisena.

The government has made arrangements to hold Independence Day celebration on a grand and solemn manner.

Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena says the government has made arrangements to hold Independence Day celebration on a grand and solemn manner. He added that the theme of the 69th Independence Day is national peace. The main function will be held at the Galle Face at 8.00am on the 4th of February.

The minister revealed the information at a media briefing held at the government information department today. He added that the district level Independence Day celebrations will be held countrywide under the directives of district secretaries in line with the main function. The government has invited diplomats in the country to attend the national event.

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse said that Pride of Place will be accorded to ethnic and religious reconciliation at the Independence day celebrations. A all-night pirith chanting will be held at the Independence Monument on the 2nd of February . Alms giving is scheduled to be taken place at the Vajiraa-Ramaya of Bambalapitiya on the 3rd next month. Hindu religious observations will take place at the Sri Ponnambalam Vaaneshwarar Kovil in Colombo 13.
The Islamic religious activities will be conducted at the Grand Mosque in Colombo 12 from 6 am.
The Catholic mass is slated to be conducted at the St.Thresa’s Church , Thimbirigasyaya from 6.30 am. A floral tribute will be conducted to the statue of Mahamanya D.S.Senanayke at 7 am on the Independence day.

The water level of the reservoirs of the Polonnaruwa district has increased by 50 percent.

Director of the zonal irrigation office of Polonnaruwa R.M.P.Karunarathne says the water level of the reservoirs of the Polonnaruwa district has increased by 50 percent. The Parakrama Samudraya has filled up to 93000 square feet with the rainy weather condition. Kaudulla, Girithale and Minneriya  tanks have also received rain water during last few days.The department of agriculture says the farmers in Polonnaruwa will be able to plough their paddy fields without any hassle with recent showers.

The government requests the consumers to use electricity economically

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya requests the consumers to use the electricity sparingly. He made this request taking into consideration of the prevailing drought condition and water levels of the reservoirs have not picked up although there is a short spell rain during the last few days. Minister Siyambalapitiya also said the electricity consumers should give a serious thought to reduce the daily consumption and thereby they reduce the bill amount as well. Minister further said arrangements are made to provide special awards and cash prizes for the best consumer who has the lowest bill amount. He further said although there were scattered rain in many parts of the island, the hydro catchment areas did not receive sufficient rain.  The government also plans to purchase 60 megawatt production machineries for urgent use of electricity.

President will declare opens the Dental Teaching Hospital in Colombo next Tuesday.

President  Maithripala Sirisena will be the chief guest at the opening of Sri Lanka’s National dental teaching hospital  on January 31st. The project  has received 800 millions for its completion. The most modern equipment and facilities of the hospital consumed another thousand million rupees.

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Chief Editor of Rawaya says that present government came into power to change the corrupt system and not people.

Chief editor of the “Rawaya” news paper K.W.Janaranjana says that previous January 8th political change in only a change of system and not a change of the people.

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Indian High Commissioner in Colombo says Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s neighborhood first policy.

Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu has congratulated the Government of Sri Lanka on completion of two years in office stating that Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy.

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35,000 kilos of rice unsuitable for human consumption have been detected in Kekirawa.

35 thousand kilos of rice not suitable for human conception has been detected by the authorities in Kekirawa Pubbogama area. Public health inspectors in Kekirawa made the detection. They had been imported from a foreign source. Six persons have been taken into custody in suspect.

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UK and US 'committed' to Nato

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have reaffirmed their commitment to the Nato alliance after White House talks. Mrs May confirmed Mr Trump was "100% behind Nato" despite the president's recent comments calling the transatlantic alliance obsolete.

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The first ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played in Port Elizabeth today.

The first ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played in Port Elizabeth today.  Seekkuge Prasanna was not included for the team. Lahiru Kumara, Vikuma Sanjaya and Jefri Vanderse have been named to the team. The match will begin at 1.30 pm Sri Lankan time.

Migrant women will be empowered with the aim of obtaining more useful contribution to the country.

Deputy Minister Anoma Gamage says that migrant women who earn a large amount of foreign revenue for the country will be empowered. She made these remarks while addressing a ceremony held in Temple Trees with the Provincial leaders of United Lak Wanitha Peramuna.

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President Maithripala Sirisena says within next 4 years forest density in the country will be improved upto 32 percent.

Current density of the forestation is between 27 to 28 percent and within next 4 years it will be increased upto 32 percent says President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the minister of the subject.

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