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Special allowance of 10,000 rupees will be provided to the farmer families affected due to the prevailing dry weather for the next four months.

Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said special allowance of 10,000 rupees will made for the next four months starting from 1st of march to the farmer families who could do their cultivation work due to the prevailing dry weather condition. Minister revealed this information while addressing the parliament today. He further said a special program to protect the income sources of the affected families is being implemented at present.

Accordingly a survey is being done by ministry of agriculture and district secretaries to ascertain the loss of cultivation of those families. Meanwhile Agriculture and Agriculture insurance board is scheduled to provide 10,000 rupees for each acre of cultivation land.   Effective measures have been take to provide drinking water facilities to the affected families.  Around 291,000 families have been severely affected due to the prevailing drought weather condition.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake reiterates that the President will not allow any room to damage the country’s sovereignty, independence and integrity.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake reiterates that the President will not allow any efforts to damage the country’s sovereignty, independence and integrity. Minister also emphasized the President will always take effective measures to strengthen the sovereignty of the country. Some political elements are trying to raise racism and religious divisions among the communities under the name of constitutional reforms.
Minister S.B. Dissanayake said these malicious campaigns should be condemned at the grass root level. Minister made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo today. Speaking further at this conference minister pointed out the President appointed an high court judge recently based on the regulations of the judicial system. But some political elements are carrying out a mudslinging campaign to tarnish the image of the President stating President has made a wrong appointment. These political elements are trying to mislead the public based on this situation. 
 
Meanwhile, the liquor sales have dropped based on the reports from Exercise Department. Minister Dissanayake also recalled a past event that the controversial SAITM College was initially established under the previous regime.

Series of workshops are being held island wide to educate the local government authorities on saving power and electricity.

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya reiterates the electricity supply will not be interrupted under any circumstances. Even under any disaster situation, the power will not be restricted. He further said the country faces difficulties to generate more electricity power under the prevailing dry weather conditions.
As a result the government decides to restrict the power supply to the street lamps in local government areas by two hours in the early morning and evening hours. The government can save around 15 percent of electricity from this practice. Minister request the relevant authorities to pay more attention on this matter.
Minister Siyambalapitiya made these remarks at a workshop held in Colombo to educate the local government authorities on saving power and electricity. Meanwhile the government decides to purchase 60 Megawatt generator for an urgency purpose. Addressing the gathering minister further said the electricity board has to spend an additional 51 billion rupees to meet the overhead expenses.
 
The Deputy General Manager of Ceylon Electricity Board Hemantha Ranasinghe requests the business community to use the electricity sparingly. He further said the traders and shop owners can restrict their electricity consumption through the usage of LED bulbs. Mr. Ranasinghe also requested the consumers to use electricity economically from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Prime Minister’s Office says community project which commenced during 1993-95 UNP regime has been an inspiration to the present community related projects.

Prime Minister’s Office says in a media release that community project which commenced during the past UNP regime has been an inspiration to the present community related projects. Many community development projects were implemented in Balangoda area during 1993-95 period of UNP regime.

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New directives for passenger transport boats.


Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered to cancel licences of boats which transport passengers without following proper guidelines issued by the Ministry.

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Trump names Lt Gen HR McMaster as national security adviser.


US President Donald Trump has named Lt Gen HR McMaster as his national security adviser. He will replace Lt Gen Michael Flynn who was fired after just three weeks and three days in the job. A lieutenant general with the US Army, HR McMaster served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he worked on a government anti-corruption drive. Mr Trump's first choice, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the role, citing "personal reasons".

Minister Mano Ganeshan says competency in Tamil and Sinhala languages should be made compulsory for all newly elected parliamentarians.

Minister Mano Ganeshan says competency in two languages should be made compulsory for all newly elected parliamentarians. If the parliamentarians and ministers are fluent both Sinhala and Tamil languages, they will face no difficulty in understanding the problems of the people disregarding their ethnicity.

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The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy requests local government bodies to use electricity sparingly.

The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says that the power used for street lamps will be limited countrywide, as a result of the power crisis that has arisen in the country.

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