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Over 600,000 individuals have been tested for HIV this year.

The National AIDS and Sexual Transmitted Diseases Control Movement says over 600,000 individuals have been tested for HIV so far this year. Over 100,000 tests have done by private laboratories. Director of the AIDS and STD Control Movement Dr. Sisira Liyanage says more people are keen on get the test done due to enhanced awareness programmes by the health authorities. The HIV can be controlled if it is identified at the early stage. About 120 cases have been tested positive for HIV. 

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has come forward to grant five billion rupees for the construction of new houses for the flood affected people.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the relevant officials to implement a housing project to construct new houses for the people who have lost their houses due to recent flood and landslide disasters. The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has come forward to grant five billion rupees for this project. President Sirisena addressed a special meeting which was held this morning to focus on the progress of relief assistance work on the flood affected areas.

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Former President's Secretary Lalith Weerathunga says he distributed sil cloths under the instruction of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

High Court Judge Gihan Kulathunga says the former President's Secretary Lalith Weerathunga was charged with an allegation of using 600 million rupees of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to distribute sil cloths from March to December 2014. This case was taken for hearing by High Court Judge Gihan Kulathunga.

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The leader of SLFP Youth Front reiterates that SLFP Youth Front will focus on three important factors when formulating the new constitution.

The leader of SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara reiterates that SLFP Youth Front will focus on three important factors when formulating the new constitution. The unitary status of the nation should be assured. The responsibility of the government is to provide the due status to Buddhism and Buddha Shasana. Meanwhile, the constitution should have necessary clauses to support the other religious groups to practice their religious faiths without any hindrance. Mr. Shantha Bandara made these remarks at a media conference held at SLFP headquarters in Colombo today.

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The number of deaths on the railway lines while using mobile phones has gone up in the recent past.

The Chief Security Officer of Railway Anura Premarathne says the number of deaths on the railway lines while using mobile phones have gone up in the recent past. 20 youths have lost their lives during this year. Most number of deaths has occurred on the coastal line. Few incidents took place at the Mount Lavinia coastal railway line due to excess entertainment of youth in the close proximity of this area. A total number of 300 deaths have been reported from railway accidents during this year.

Mosul displaced hit by food poisoning in Iraqi camp.

Hundreds of people have fallen ill and a child has died of suspected food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near the Iraqi city of Mosul. People were said to be vomiting and suffering dehydration after an iftar meal, to break the daily Ramadan fast. The Hasansham U2 camp, between Mosul and Irbil, houses people displaced by an Iraqi offensive to capture Mosul from so-called Islamic State. IS fighters are currently under heavy siege in the west of the city.

The government refutes the allegations made against it that conditions are made in gaining GSP Plus.

State minister Iran Wickremarathne says that Sri Lanka has not gone under any demands said by any international organization  or country  in obtaining GSP plus facility  to Sri Lankan exports  to European Union countries. Any of these organizations of these countries has not put forward  any condition to the Sri Lankan government the state minister observed.

There is a difference between GSP tax relief and GSP plus tax relief. Under GSP tax relief 7200 commodities can be exported to European union countries  under a 66 percent tax relief. But under the GSP plus tax relief commodities can  be exported to those countries without tax. Only 8 countries in the world have received GSP plus facility.

The Prime Minsiter to hold talks with the striking postal trade unions this afternoon.

Prime minister Ranil Wickramasingha is to hold discussions with postal Unions who are now engaged in trade union action demanding solutions for some of their issues. During the talks the prime minister is scheduled to look in to their problem's which led to the trade union action now taking place.
During the talks minister Abdul Haleem said, that Prime Minister will look into the demands of striking trade unions. In an inquiry made by us Postal trade Unions co-convener H.K.Kariyawasam said to resolve the problems they are looking forward to meet Prime Minister and the President.

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