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The budget next year was passed in Parliament yesterday by a two third majority

 

The 3rd reading of the budget for next year was passed in Parliament yesterday by a two third majority. 155 votes in favour of the budget and 56 voted against it. The Tamil National Alliance voted in favour of the budget with the government.
The Appropriation Draft Bill including the whole expenditure for next year was presented in Parliament on the 9th of last October

The Local Government Elections Amendment Bill was also passed by a majority of 88 votes

The Local Government Elections Amendment Bill was passed in the parliament yesterday by a majority of 88 votes. The bill was passed with 137 voting for and 49 voting against the proposed amendment Bill. Eight members of parliament abstained from voting.
Commencing the 2nd reading debate of the amendment bill, Minister Faizer Mustafa said this bill bring with the aim to solve several technological issues. The objective is to provide justice for all. Some are acting forwarding the communalism in the country. He also stated that this amendment has been forwarded according to the request of the Election commission.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said it is expected to conduct all LG polls in a single day.

The President signed the Gazette notification declaring railways as an essential service

 

President Maithripala Sirisena signed the Gazette notification declaring railways as an essential service, under the Essential Public Service Act. Accordingly, the General Manger of the Railways informed that all officials of the Railway should report for duty immediately as their leave will be cancelled.
The employees who do not report for duty will be considered to have vacated their posts following the declaration of the railway service as an essential service. The relevant Gazette notification was presented to the Parliament yesterday by the Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella. He asked the Speaker for a voting on this notification. Accordingly, a sudden voting was held. 127 voted in favour 54 were against it. Eleven were abstained from voting.

The railway engine drivers association decides to call off the trade union action. The factors addressing the grievances of association have been submitted to the cabinet.

The railway engine drivers association decides to call off the trade union action. A discussion with  presidential secretary Austin Fernando  was held today at presidential secretariat. The members of the railway engine drivers association participated in this discussion. The discussion was successful. As a result the association decided to call off  the railway strike. It was agreed that a special cabinet paper will be submitted including the grievances of the railway engine drivers in next cabinet meeting.

Parliamentarian Nalinda Jayatissa alleges the Rajapakse family used the public funds to construct monuments to commemorate their parents.

Parliamentarian Nalinda Jayatissa alleges the Rajapakse family used the public funds to construct monuments to commemorate their parents.
The parliamentarian further said this is a wrong precedence adopted by the previous regime. The public funds are wasted to glorify the parents of the Rajapakse family.
The public should understand the real situation. This is also one of the main reason of piling up a huge debt burden on the country.

The general secretary of UNP says the UNP does not have a policy to disregard the grievances of the general public.

The general secretary of UNP Minister Kabeer Hasheem said, the policy of UNP will never ever betray the grievances of the general public. The UNP never gone against the people’s aspirations, The minister made these remarks at a media conference held at UNP  headquarters Sirikotha this morning.

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The correction of GCE ordinary level answer scripts will be held in two stages.

The necessary arrangements are being made to conduct the GCE Ordinary level exam. The commissioner general of the examination Sanath Pujitha says,  the corrections of the GCE ordinary level exam answer scripts will be held in 2 stages.

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15 students of the University of Peradeniya engaged in inhuman ragging receive suspensions.

The administration of University of Peradeniya has suspended for a period of three years 15 students who involved in inhuman ragging of eight new students in the faculty of agriculture. Their suspension letters were released with the signature of Vice Chancellor Professor Upul Dissanayake upon recommendations given subsequent to a disciplinary inquiry conducted by the university. The perpetrators who apprehended on the 19th of February this year were under remand custody for more than three months and were released upon bail with strict conditions.

The government intends to prioritise mathematics, science, technology and engineering subjects in the school curriculum.


Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the government will give priority to mathematics, science, technology and engineering subjects in the school curriculum. He expressed these views participating at the award ceremony of the 2017 all island mathematics do-you-know contest that was held yesterday. He pointed out that many job opportunities are available both locally and internationally in these fields.

Steps have been taken to implement all the loan schemes introduced in the budget, by January next year.

State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne states that the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera has taken steps to implement all the loan schemes introduced in the budget, by January next year. Interest free loans, loans at concessionary rates, and guarenter-less loans are included in these loan schemes. He further stated that loans can be obtained under concessionary interest rates not offered by commercial banks. He expressed these views participating at a media briefing in Sirikotha yesterday.

The third school term ends today for the Christmas vacation.

The third term of the academic year 2017 of government schools and government-approved private schools, ends today. The first term for the year 2018 will begin on the 2nd of January. The Ministry of Education states that commencement dates for schools that will be used for paper marking of the GCE O/L examination, will be notified later.

Several office trains will be plying to Colombo Fort amidst the ongoing railway trade union action.

The Railway Control Room states that since the railway trade union action is still in force, only a few office trains will be operational this morning. 7 trains from Kandy, Rambukkana, Polgahawela, Maho Junction, Galle, Matara and Awissawella will arrive at the Colombo Fort Railway Station between 08:00 and 09:00 in the morning. Two trains from Chilaw will also arrive during this time period. In addition to the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union, Station Masters and Guards will also be joining the trade union action.

Farthest monster black hole found

Astronomers have discovered the most distant "super-massive" black hole known to Science. The matter-munching sinkhole is a whopping 13 billion light-years away. It is about 800 million times the mass of our Sun and has managed to grow to a surprisingly large size after the origin of the Universe. The newly discovered black hole is busily devouring material at the centre of a galaxy, marking it out as a so-called “quasar”. Quasars are among the brightest and most distant known celestial objects and are crucial to understanding the early Universe. This quasar is interesting because it comes from a time when the Universe was just 5 percent of its current age. At that time, the cosmos was beginning to emerge from a period known as the "dark ages", which was just before the first stars appeared.

California fire burns Bel-Air mansions as spread continues

Residents of Los Angeles' wealthy Bel-Air neighbourhood have found their homes under threat after another wildfire erupted in California. The so-called Skir-ball Fire destroyed several homes in the exclusive area, quickly spreading over 150 acres.

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Railway strike to continues yet steps have been taken to minimize inconvenience to the public.

A special discussion with regard to the trade Union action launched with effect from mid night yesterday by the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union of the Sri Lanka Railways was held at the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation this afternoon. Secretary to the Ministry Sena Withanage, General Manager of Railways S Mahanama Abeywickrama and representatives of the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union participated at this discussion.

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It has been identified that the Estate Sector needs to be provided with basic facilities for it to contribute to the country’s economy on a large scale.

Today is the 16th day of the Committee Stage Discussion of the Budget - 2018. Proposed expenditure titles of the Ministry of National Co-Existence, Dialogue and Official Language, Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development and the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs were taken up for debate in Parliament, today.

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The Sri Lankan Delegation at the United Nations Environment Assembly highlights the concept "Blue Green Enterprise Sri Lanka"

The 3rd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly which was held from the 4th to the 6th of this month, unanimously approved two important resolutions that called upon the global community to reduce toxic pollution sources that impact negatively on the environment and human health.

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The GCE Ordinary Level Examination to commence next Tuesday.

The GCE Ordinary Level Examination will commence next Tuesday. It will be conducted for students sitting the exam in both the new and the old syllabus, until the 21st of this month. The Commissioner General of Examinations B Sanath Pujitha has released a set of guidelines for school principals, students and their parents.

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Parliamentarian Bimbal Rathnayake points out the need to prepare a constitution that will fulfill the aspirations of all segments of the country.

Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake says all the problems of Sinhala and Tamil and Muslim people who were affected by the war should solved without delay. Joining the committee stage discussion today he said the uncontroversial lands which are under the army at present should be returned to their original owners. He pointed out about 5,800 acres of land belongs to the people in the north and east are still under the control of the armed forces. If the lands are important for security purposes, alternative lands will be provided to the owners. He also stressed that a constitution that will fulfill the aspiration of all the communities should be prepared by all relevant parties.
Today is the 16th day of the budget committee stage discussion. Votes of the ministries of national reconciliation, dialogue and state languages, Up country development. Prison reforms and rehabilitation, resettlement and Hindu religious affairs are being taken up for discussion today.

Sri Lanka and Ukraine have further strengthened bilateral relations.

Ambassador for Ukraine to Sri Lanka, Dr. Igor Polikha, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam exchanged Instruments of Ratification of the ‘Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ and the ‘Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons’ this morning. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.
These two treaties that will strengthen legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and transfer of sentenced persons between Ukraine and Sri Lanka were signed in June 2016, during the official visit to Ukraine by former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera.
The two countries are also currently in the process of negotiating several agreements in the areas of promotion and protection of investments, merchant shipping, culture, education and sports with a view to further strengthening and expanding bilateral cooperation.

A discussion is now going on to resolve the railway trade union action.

The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation says the Secretary to the Ministry and the General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways are now holding a special discussion with the railway trade unions to resolve the railway strike. The Railway Engineers Association started a strike from midnight yesterday based on a complaint about the recruitment of assistant train drivers outside the regular procedure.
Meanwhile, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva made a request to trade union leaders not to strike considering the inconvenience to the students who will sit for the GCE (O / L) examination. The Minister requests the union leaders to resolve the issue through discussions.
However, local media reported that many commuters have been inconvenienced severely due to the strike this morning.

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