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High Court issues an order on Udaya Gammanpila banning the foreign travel.

High Court issues an order on Udaya Gammanpila banning the foreign travel. The Attorney General yesterday opposed Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader MP Udaya Gammanpila’s request that he be allowed to travel to Italy from October 17 to November 4 to attend a function.

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The annual conference of Sri Lanka Airforce will be held today in Rathmalana.

The annual conference of Sri Lanka Airforce under the name of The 'Colombo Air Symposium 2017' will be held today in Rathmalana. This conference is organized in line with the Air Force annual anniversary celebrations. The conference commences today at Rathmalana Eagles’ Lakeside Banquet and Convention Hall, Attidiya. This will conclude tomorrow. The conference will focus on the challenges faced in future in the out circle national region and global arena. The media division of Sri Lanka Air Force said the conference will also pay attention on the challenges of the security, the use of Sri Lanka airforce on critical situations and the mechanism of the usage.

The State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijeyawardane will grace the occasion as the chief guest and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne will deliver the Keynote Address. The Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy will deliver the opening remarks providing an opening to the theme of Asymmetric Threats.

California wildfires kill 21 including elderly couple

A couple who recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary are among the 21 dead in some of California's worst-ever wildfires. Charles Rippey, 100, and his wife, Sara, 98, perished in one of 22 blazes that have destroyed 115,000 acres and 3,500 buildings. The couple, originally from Wisconsin, first met in primary school, their sons told the New York Times. Officials in the hard-hit Sonoma County say 380 people are still missing.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne says the former LTTE members who are still under custody at present without taking any legal actions should be released soon.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne says the former LTTE members who are still under custody at present without taking any legal actions should be released soon. At the cabinet press briefing the minister said a release of such suspects will cause no harm to the security of the country.

Meanwhile , minister Mano Ganeshan has emphasized the fact that the government should focus immediate attention to the problem of the political prisoners who have started a path unto death at present.

The government will conduct a national level review on the taxes and fees charged by local government institution

The government has decided to conducts a national level review on the taxes and fees charged by local government institution. A committee with the participation of Secretary to the local government will be appointed in this connection. Cabinet spokesman Gayantha Karunathilleka told the media that minister Faizer Mustafa has submitted a proposal to the cabinet in this regard. People face many difficulties due to lack of common tax and fees system in local government bodies at present. Therefore the new committee will make recommendations to have proper tax and fees charging system.
Meanwhile, The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to amend Sri Lanka’s Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law, to increase the maximum fine imposed on those found guilty under the law.
Accordingly, the proposal submitted by Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala to draft amendments to the law to increase the fine imposed on an individual found guilty under the aforementioned law from the current, which is not exceeding one thousand rupees, to Rs 100,000, has been approved by the Cabinet.

The cabinet has also approved a proposal to amend the national audit Act.
Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka added that Indian and Sri Lankan governments has signed an MOU regarding the Grama Shakthi Model Villages project. India will grant a sum of 300 million rupees to provide houses to 600 families under this project.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says it was former minister Basil Rajapakse who paved the way for president Mahinda Rajapakse’s defeat.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says  former president Mahinda Rajapakse had lost his position due to unruly behavior of former Minister Basil Rajapakse. At a public rally held in Bulathkohupitiya area today minister Premadasa said, the arbitrary role of the former minister Basil Rajapakse has caused  many party loyalists to deviate the party.

The President says that it is everyone responsibility to dedicate themselves to protect the environment

President Maithripala Sirisena says if responsibilities towards the earth and the environment are not properly fulfilled the country will face a tragic situation in the future. The President was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the program to conserve the catchment areas and the ‘Vanaropa’ National Tree Planting Program held today near the Kandethenna Tank, in Kandy.

Speaking further, the President said the floods, earth slips and draughts faced by the country are the results of humans not fulfilling their responsibility towards the environment.

He pointed out though the development is required, the development process should follow proper plans and policies. They also should adhere to environment protection regulations.

Chairman of the Litro Gas company has been removed from his post.

The secretary to the ministry of state enterprise development Ravindra Hewavitharana has informed the chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Hemaka Amarasooriya to take necessary action to suspend all powers N.M.S. Munasinghe held as chairman of the Litro Gas Company. The Litro Gas Company is administered by the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation. N.M.S. Munasinghe was taken into custody under the money laundering act. The secretary had also requested to appoint a new acting chairman to fill the vacancy.

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