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The PAFFREL organization requests for the gazette notification regarding the establishment of local government bodies to be released within this week.

The PAFFREL organization has urged the minister of provincial councils and local government to issue the gazette notification regarding the establishment of local government bodies within this week. Director General of the organization Rohana Hettiarachchi says, that there are many important features in the proposed mixed electoral system. The increase in women’s representation and the counting of votes at the polling centres are two of the significant aspects. He further stated that it is the responsibility of all political parties to field suitable candidates for future elections.
National coordinator of the centre for monitoring election violence Manjula Gajayanayake says, that under the new electoral system the cost involved for conducting an election will see a rapid decline. Election violence will also be controlled.

The JVP explains its stance with regard to constitutional reforms.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna explains its stance with regard to the interim report of the steering committee for constitutional reforms. Speaking at a media briefing today  MP  Vijitha Herath stated that the JVP always stood for a unitary state and was against division. He added that the party also holds firm to its stance  that a new constitution is a must for the country. The executive presidency needs to be abolished.  It was an election pledge at the last presidential election. Therefore, it is the government’s responsibility to fulfil the promise.

The Chinese president pledges to lead China to realize “socialist modernization” by 2035.

Chinese president Xi Jinping said today that the Communist Party of China will lead the country to realize “socialist modernization” by 2035. Xi made these remarks in a report to the 19th National Congress of The Communist Party of China, held at The Great Hall of the People, in central Beijing. Xi called the plan, The Communist Party's "strategic vision for developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era."

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the SLFP will contest the upcoming election under the UPFA.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says no one can divide the Sri Lanka freedom Party. However, a group of the party members are attempting to promote another political party misusing the wider freedom available within the SLFP. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today the minister said the party has taken a number of important decision to purify the party with the aim of facing an immediate election. 

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Police have detected a haul of Kerala Ganja worth over 20 million rupees.

The police headquarters say that the police narcotics bureau has detected a haul of Kerala Ganja worth over 20 million rupees in Wattala area yesterday.  The stock was packed in seven boxes and being transported in a van at the time arrest.

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Many proposals will be included in the budget proposal to empower women.

Deputy minister Mrs. Anoma Gamage says the government is keen on empowering women.  Allocating 25 percent of representation in election for women is the initiation of this empowerment move. She made these remarks participating in a programme of the SLBC this morning. 

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State Minister Mohan Lal Grero says that medical students have become pawns of disruptive political parties.

State Minister Mohan Lal Grero says that medical students have become pawns of disruptive political parties. He pointed out in Parliament today that the government has taken steps to resolve the SAITM issue and that demanding the closure of SAITM is only a one-sided solution.  He further stated that the government has taken many measures to resolve this issue. New medical faculties have also been implemented in state universities. The enrolment of students to the SAITM has been temporarily suspended.  Action has been taken to determine the minimum standards for private medical education in the country.

The laying of pipelines to transport aircraft fuel from Muthuraajawela to the Bandaranayake Internaitonal Airport, to commence soon

Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says that the laying of pipelines to transport aircraft fuel from Muthuraajawela to the Bandaranayake Internaitonal Airport, will commence within the next few months. He expressed these views at the monthly evaluation meeting of the ministry of petroleum resources development. Although it was planned to lay the pipe lines along the Hamilton Canal parallel to the Negombo road, due to obstructions faced a feasibility study was carried out to query into the possibility of laying the pipe lines along the Colombo-Katunayake highway.

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