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The United National Party says some political forces rejected by the people are attempting to re-gain power utilizing racism.

 

The United National Party has expressed their sympathy over the attempts made by some saboteurs to disrupt national reconciliation in the country. Issuing a communique by the Chairman of the Party Malik Samarawickrema said that the government is dedicating to safeguard the country's unitary status and national reconciliation under the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister.

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Charges for two of the dengue blood tests have been reduced.

 

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna says the charges for two blood tests to identify dengue have been reduced. Accordingly, one test has been reduced upto 250 rupees and the other test upto 1000 rupees. The Minister said the government will take measures to regulate these charges under the Private Institute Regulatory Act. All private hospital laboratories and medical institutions have been informed regarding this.

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The President says that there is no possibility of prevailing a short-age of rice in the local market at present.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that there is no shortage of rice in the local market at present. The president has convened a special meeting at the president's secretariat this morning to look into the current stocks of rice and future needs of the country. The president
President instructed the officials to look into the current stocks in ware houses and take measures to maintain stocks without any shortage.


The President also focused the attention to the difficulties faced by the consumer's as some vendors sell rice higher than the controlled prices. The president instructed the officials to take legal action against the errant traders. The officials pointed out the President that there are enough stocks n the market. Then the president instructed them to import rice both by estate sector and private sector to ease any possible shortage in future.

The Prime Minister pledges to restore all schools damaged by adverse weather better than the earlier status.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says all the schools damaged by the adverse weather will be restored better than the earlier status. The prime minister made these remarks at a meeting held in Dehigaspe Dudley Senanayake school in Pitabeddera this morning. The prime minister made an observation visit to the flood and landslide hit areas today.He instructed the officials to provide computers and other school equipment to the damaged schools without delay.

The prime minister said that he would be grateful for the people in the island including north and east who came forward disregarding religious and ethnic differences to help the relief activities.


The premier assured that the government will be committed to restore the infrastructure in the weather hit areas. Prime minister also met the business community in the Morawaka town and pledged the government's support to restart their businesses. The premier. The premier met the public officials of the area at the kOtapola divisional secretariat as well. He expressed his thanks to the public servants who were committed to rescue missions and to provide relief to the affected families putting their lives in danger during the disaster.

Minister Champika Ranawaka says no building plan will be approved without proper waste disposal system in future.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka pointed out the need to establish an authority with full powers for waste management. At a ceremony held in his ministry today he said, that solid waste management has been a problem in the urban areas for over 2 decades. An echo friendly waste disposal  programme was launched today specially targeting the  flats and condominium  in Urban areas.

Many precious lands in the Colombo city has gone to decay due to informal disposal of garbage. The minister Ranawaka said that no plan of the new housing schemes will be passed without proper waste disposal system in future.

President Maithripala Sirisena met the national Buddhist think tank at the President's Secretariat last evening.


President Maithripala Sirisena met the national Buddhist think tank at the President's Secretariat last evening. Venerable Professor Kotapitiye Rahula Anu Nayake Thero, Venerable Dr. Akuretiye Nanda Thero and Maha Sangha representing think tank were present at this meeting. Maha Sangha thanked the President for implementing the decisions and recommendations taken by the Buddhist think tank.

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  Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Dengue and the Ministry of Health has declared an hour every week for cleaning of houses, public institutions, and private company premises.

Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Dengue and the Ministry of Health has declared an hour every week for cleaning of houses, public institutions, and private company premises. It will be implemented from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. every Friday. This program commences today. Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne said that the premises should be cleaned during that hour and the health officers and Tri- Forces personnel will come to inspect them. T

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The chairman of Sathosa T M K tennakoon says Open Market policy is the main reason for White sugar price hike.

The chairman of Sathosa T M K tennakoon says Open Market policy is the main reason for White sugar price hike. The current selling price is Rs 102/-. Mr tennakoon also observed that the sugar price in world market has gone down. A metric ton is sold in the range of 200 – 250 dollars. He also said earlier there was a tax of 30 percent imposed on sugar, but it has been reduced to 25 percent later.

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