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New constitution will provide solution for delay of court cases.

Several special orders under the criminal court were taken up for debate in the parliament today. Opening the debate minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapakse said these special orders have been introduce to strengthen the rights of civil society. The government is committed to mete justice to people. The government will never introduce any mechanism detrimental to the constitution. No foreign judges will be called for any judicial affairs in the country.

The government will be committed to safeguard the independence and sovereignty in the country. Sri Lanka has entered in to the path of national reconciliation. All parties have been invited to prepare a new constitution. However a small group is attempting to gain political mileage by disrupting this process.

Minister Rajapakse stress that powers will be decentralized within the framework of unitary constitution. Buddhism will be given the proper place.

The minister added that the new constitution will provide solution for delay of court cases. A cabinet paper has been presented to increase the number of Supreme Court judges from 11 to 15. Measures have been taken to introduce a justifiable salary system for judges.

Joining the debate parliamentarian Vijitha Hearth says that the government should intervene to strengthen and accelerate the services of the judicial service commission.

President Maithripala Sirisena will hold official discussions with his Russian Counterpart in Moscow today.

Today is the 2nd day of the President Maithripala Sirisena's official visit in Russia. The presidents of the 2 countries will meet at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow this afternoon.

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The UN commissioner for Human Rights acknowledged positive advances of securing human rights in Sri Lanka.

UN high commissioner for Human Rights zeid Rad Al Hussein acknowledges some positive advances on human rights and constitutional reform in Sri Lanka. Issuing a report on Sri Lanka yesterday, he said, he welcomes the constructive engagement of the government with the UN resolutions.

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Construction of the Kadawatha-Nittambuwa segment of the Kandy road will be completed by the end of this year.

The  Department of Highways says that the development work of Kadawata-Nittambuwa segment of the Colombo-Kandy road will be completed within this year.The 23 kilo meter segment will be developed in 4 lanes at a cost of 6.9 billion rupees.

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The government provides concessionary loans to electricity consumers to install solar panels.

The government has decided to provide loans with low interest rates to families to install solar power panels in their houses.  Loans from 150 thousand to 350 thousand rupees will be given by state and private  banks  in this connection.

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President Maithripala Sirisena landed in Moscow International airport this afternoon.

President Maithripala Sirisena landed in Moscow International airport this afternoon. The President Sirisena commenced an official visit to Russia today on invitation of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. A delegation headed by Russian foreign affairs deputy minister welcomed President Maithripala Sirisena this afternoon.

 A special discussion between the leaders of the two nations is scheduled to be held tomorrow in Moscow Kremlin auditorium.  President Maithripala Sirisena is also scheduled to participate in a special function to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and Russia.  This is the first time a Sri Lankan leader visits Russia upto 43 years.  Many MOUs relating to fishing and aquatic resources, science and technology and trade will be established during this visit.

The government decides to enter into a sponsorship agreement with Chinese government to develop the Hambantota port.

The government decides to enter into a sponsorship agreement with Chinese government to develop the Hambantota port.   Accordingly, a MOU will be established between Sri Lankan government and Waika Merchant Port Holdings Company owned by Chinese government.  A cabinet subcommittee is appointed to monitor the process.

 Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama will be the chairman of the committee.  Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke revealed these information at a media conference held in Colombo to brief the cabinet decisions. He further said the proposed Hambantota development plan will be implemented in three phases.  It is expected to develop the infrastructure of the Port during the first phase of the development.

The national Shramasakthi programme to alleviate poverty has been implemented.

The national Shramasakthi programme to alleviate poverty has been implemented. The main  objective of this programme is to eliminate the poverty from each divisional secretariat area.  This year has been declared as the year to alleviate poverty. Accordingly, Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke said one million rupees will be provided to each village to focus on this matter.

 In 2011 the poverty level was at 6.7 percent.  Meanwhile, the poverty level at each divisional secretariat area was recorded as 10 to 45 percent.   A special society will be established with the participation of 80 percent of the families from 700 grama Niladari areas.  Training will also be provided to these members. The main objective of this programme is to empower the members of the families to find effective ways to alleviate poverty.

Sushma Swaraj steps in to rescue Indian woman facing domestic abuse in Pakistan.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directed Indian High Commission to renew the passpart of an Indian woman married to Pakistani man, and facilitate her return. Mohammadia Begum hailing from Telangana was living with her husband in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Ms. Begum complained to her parents that she was being harassed and beaten up by her husband and in-laws and that she wanted to come back to India. Mohammad Akbar, the victim's father appealed to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who in turn asked officials of Indian Embassy to meet Ms. Begum.

Sri Lankan and Russian presidents will hold bilateral talks in Moscow.

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Russia this morning on an official invitation made by the Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is significant that a Sri Lankan Head of State receives an official invitation to visit Russia after four decades and this visit is the first official visit to Russia by a Sri Lankan leader since 1974,
when Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike visited Moscow. During the visit, President Sirisena is scheduled to sign several bilateral agreements in the areas of economics, trade, tourism, science and technology sector, cultural and education cooperation, which brings many developmental benefits to Sri Lanka. During the bilateral discussions with the Russian President Vladimir Putin it is expected to be discussed in detail regarding the ways to further strengthing the ties between two countries.
The President is also scheduled to attend a ceremony organize to mark the  60th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations between the two countries and he will also attend a Sri Lanka-Russia Business Forum, which is organized to further promote trade and investment between two countries. 

Parliamentarians have been enlightened on achieving sustainable development goals.

Parliamentarians have been enlightened on achieving the targets of sustainable development. A special seminar in this connection was held in the parliament complex this morning. Addressing the parliamentarians Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said Sri Lanka has prepared a draft bill on establishing a sustainable development council.

This has been prepared as a shadow bill of the existing act in Canada on this matter. The premier further said that Sri Lanka has a proper mechanism to achieve development goals. The mechanism should also be activated at rural level as well.

The religious centers in villages have a great responsibility to motivate rural folk in accelerating development. Addressing the gathering Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said Sri Lanka is the first country that appointing a parliamentary committee on achieving the sustainable development goals. 

A workshop on management of tuna fishing in Indian Ocean begins in Colombo.

Chairman of the Agricultural Insurance Board Sidney Gajanayake says the list of farmers who have applied for compensation for damages crops will be computerized today. Over 300,000 applications have been received by the board.

The majority of applications are from the Kurunegala district. The relevant application forms are available at the Agrarian Services Centres islandwide. The Agricultural Insurance Board request the farmers to apply for compensations if they have not yet applied. The government has already allocated adequate amount of funds for paying compensation.

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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Prime Minister says 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.

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.

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