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Ethnic harmony should be safeguard - FM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera accuses certain persons are attempting to create conflicts between Sinhala and Muslim communities. Their objective is to reverse the forward march of the country. Speaking in the parliament today, the minister pointed out the need of taking measures to safeguard ethnic harmony.

Today is the 3rd day of the committee stage discussion held in parliament. Votes on accounts of the ministries of education, internal affairs, Wayamba development and cultural affairs are taken up for discussion today. State minister of education V Radhakrishnan who joined the debate said the government has given priority to develop schools in rural areas.

Under this the sanitary facilities will be developed while power will also be supplied to those schools. Infrastructure facilities of 3000 primary schools are to be developed as well. He also added 29,000 schools in plantation areas will also be developed.

Electric trains soon in SL

Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil aviation Ashok Abeysinghe says a feasibility report is being prepared to introduce electric trains to the country.  The project had commenced on 7th of July this year.  Preliminary planning has already been completed. A project management institution and a steering committee have been appointed as well.  Speaking in the parliament the deputy minister disclosed a staff will be enrolled within the next month.  Special attention has also been focused on the Kelani Vallley railway line.  All activities will be completed within the next five years.

Govt has created a socio-economic & political transformation - Min Soyza

Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza says the government has created a socio economic and political transformation in the country. It has received support of all communities in this regard. Taking part in the Subarathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning, the minister added the people have placed the fullest trust on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Commenting on the Sri Lanka freedom party minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza said the party is headed by President Maithripala Sirisena. Therefore, all party members should support him. The Minister was of the view that the President has the ability to make the party stronger.

SL admitted to GCSP

Sri Lanka has been admitted to the Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha represented Sri Lanka for the first time at the Foundation Council Meeting held last week
in Geneva. Welcoming Sri Lanka, Chairman of the Center Professor François Heisbourg expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would actively contribute towards the work of the organization.

The International Defence Attache Seminar to be organized by the Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy is scheduled to be held in Colombo next month. The Ministry of Defence and the Kotelawala Defence University will also assist the organizing activities. It will be the first ever seminar to be organized by the center in the South and East Asia region. The Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy is an international foundation established in 1995, which focuses on promoting peace, security and stability through education, research and dialogue.

An amended bill on new contributory pension scheme and local government elections will be submitted to the Parliament in near future.

The government says an amended bill on new contributory pension scheme and local government elections will be submitted to the Parliament in near future. A special cabinet sub committee appointed to look into this matter met recently to discuss about the bill.

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Minister Thalatha Athukorala says the present government has put a full stop to the racism era which existed in the past.


Minister Thalatha Athukorala said the present government has created a peaceful atmosphere without any racism or divisions among the communities. The government has taken effected steps to establish reconciliation and peace.

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The budget proposal for 2017 of Western Province will be submitted today.


The budget proposal for 2017 of Western Province will be submitted today. Chief Minister of Western Province Isuru Devappriya is scheduled to submit the annual budget proposals today. This is the 3rd financial statement of 6th western provincial council. It is reported there are 28 financial statements submitted from the inception.

Earthquake sparks Japan tsunami warning.


A 7.4 magnitude earthquake off north-eastern Japan near Fukushima prefecture has prompted a tsunami warning of possible 3 meters waves. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the quake struck on Tuesday morning at about 06:00 local time.

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The President says today is a significant day of his life as he accepted a great challenge two years ago on the same day.


President Maithripala Sirisena says today is a significant day of his life as he accepted a great challenge two years ago on the same day. It is on the November 21st in 2014 then Minister Maithripala Sirisena gave up all portfolios and left the government to contest the presidential election as the common candidate.

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Minister of Justice says there is a positive image for Sri Lanka's legal system both locally and internationally.

Today is the 2nd day of the committee stage debate of the budget. Votes of the Ministries of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Justice Law and Order and Northern Development were taken up for debate today.

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The government decides to increase the minimum fine for traffic offenses to 25,000 rupees for six offenses.

The government has decided to increase the minimum fine for traffic offenses to 25,000 rupees for six offenses, effectively giving maximum power to traffic police. The six offenses are drunk driving, speeding, driving without a license, driving an uninsured vehicle, overtaking from the left hand side and driving through a rail gate irresponsibly.

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Afghanistan Kabul mosque suicide attack kills dozens.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people at a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say. At least 35 more people were wounded in the blast at the Baqir ul Olum mosque in the west of the city. The attack came as worshippers gathered for a religious ceremony. So-called Islamic State said that it was behind the blast. It is the latest of several recent attacks on Afghanistan's Shia community claimed by the Sunni Muslim militant group.

The President says he is committed to look into the demands of all trade unions ignoring party differences.

President Maithripala Sirisena says he is committed to look into the demands of all trade unions ignoring party politics. The President stated this at a meeting held with trade union representatives of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment at the ministry premises today. They enlightened him on several issues faced by employees including promotions and salaries.

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Kabul mosque suicide attack kills dozens.


A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people in an attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Another 35 were wounded in the blast at the Baqir ul Olum mosque. Officials said the attacker was on foot and blew himself up among crowds inside the building. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says certain politically bankrupted parties are in attempt to disrupt the government's march by making various statements.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says he strongly condemns the statements made by certain persons disrupting the measures taken by the government to create political and social stability in the country. Commenting on the statement made in the parliament regarding a military coup the minister pointed out certain persons are making such statements to obtain petty political gains as they are politically bankrupt.

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The President and the Premier condole over the demise of veteran actor Wimal Kumara De Costa.

President Maithripala Sirisena has conveyed his condolences over the demise of veteran actor Wimal Kumara De Costa. Issuing a condolence message the President points out Costa was an actor required most by the film makers of the new cinema trend which began in the latter part of 1970's. The guidance received by Sri Lankan theatre greats such as Sugathapala De Silva helped him to become a talented actor.

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The country gets more foreign aid.

The ministry of Finance says the country receives more development assistance from foreign countries under the new administration. The government signed agreements with different parties to obtain more than 1470 million US dollars of the foreign funds for development works in the country. The Chinese government has agreed to provide the highest volume of foreign funds under the bilateral agreements. The Chinese assistance exceeds 77 million US dollars.

The EU has agreed to support under the multi lateral section to support the country with highest funds.

The fundamental rights given pride of place in the new constitution.

Parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathy Wickremarathne who is a member of the steering committee to formulate the new constitution states that an intermediate report will be presented in parliament on the 10th of net month regarding the envisaged constitution.

He added that the e parliamentarians are able to give their suggestions to the report after wards. The parliamentarian was speaking over the SLBC Subarathi programme this morning. Dr.Wickremarathen further said that formation of the new constitution will lead to fulfill the expectations of the people who contributed to the January 8th transformation.

He also said that a vibrant discussion is essential in the society in regard to the new constitution, If the proposed set of fundamental rights would be included in the constitution it will be the strongest declaration of fundamental rights in Asia.

Attorney r\Ravi Jayawardhana said that all the communities in the country has the space to create a new Sri Lankan nation. The former president after defeating terrorism promised to create a new constitution. But he was unable to redeem his promise, Attorney Jayawardenaa said that the time is now opportune to correct historical errors.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the Prime Minister presented the report on fundamental rights to parliament recently. He added that even economic and social rights have been encompassed under the fundamental rights. The assistance of civil society and international experts was also sought in connection with preparing the document.

A comprehensive programme to include the youth in development process.

State minister Niroshan Perera says the youth of the country will  be included in the development agenda of the government. He added that the administration has prepared a well devised economic plan in line with the trenching global economy.

More opportunities will be opened for the youth to obtain vocational training. The concepts like youth parliament and Yovun Puraya are in operation. The state minister said that Sri Lanka is in the 31st of the youth ranking of the Commonwealth. He highlighted that the government has allocated 13.5 billion rupees for the development activities in the rural areas. He highlighted that transparent tender procedures are followed by the government.

Today is the second day of committee stage debate of the budget.

The parliament will meet today at 9.30 am. Today is the second day of the committee stage debate of budget.

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The Prime Minister says that Sri Lanka's police service will be made in best in Asia.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that Sri Lanka's police service will be made in best in Asia while equipping it with cutting edge technology. He added that the duty of the police officers of the country is to ensure ethnic harmony and safeguard national identity. The premier was speaking at a parade held at the police college in Kalutara today.

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