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The organization "voice against corruption" demands the government to take speedy action against frauds and corruption.

Convener of the organisation voice against corruption  Wasantha Samarasinghe says that the should take speedy action against the persons who are responsible for frauds and corruption.   Majority of the people in the country elected Maithripala Sirisena as the President on January 8th 2015 with the aspiration of the taking action against corruption.

The new list of Samurdhi beneficiaries has been cancelled. The Samurdhi allowances will be paid as usual until January.


Minister S.B. Dissanayake says the Cabinet Sub-Committee has decided to cancel the new list of Samurdhi beneficiaries. The list has been prepared following a survey conducted by the ministry. However, many complaints have been received against the new list and then a cabinet sub committee was appointed to look into this matter. At a press briefing held in Colombo today minister S.B. Dissanayake said the cabinet sub committee has instructed to continue Samurdhi benefits to the recipients as usual up to January next year.
Meanwhile the divisional secretaries have been instructed to prepare another new list of Samurdhi beneficiaries. The minister stressed that no Samurdhi family will be subjected to any injustice.

CID summoned Yoshitha Rajapaksa for questioning.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department in order to make a statement with regard to assassination of Ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen.

It has been emphasized that there is no proposal to postpone the provincial council elections.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara states that there is no proposal to postpone the provincial council election and that the only proposals submitted was the conduct the election on a single day. Speaking at the cabinet media conference today he stated that the proposed 20th amendment is not a proposal to postpone the election.

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Attention focuses on conducting the presidential election and general election on a single day.

Speaking at the cabinet media conference today Minister Rajitha Senarathne said that attention has been focused on conducting the presidential election and the general election on a single day.

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Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana states that the present government has bestowed democratic freedom upon its people.

Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana states that the victory of the present government within the last two years was the bestowing of democratic freedom for the people of the country. He also stated that there are some who are attempting to reverse the victory.

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A sum of one billion rupees has been released to provide relief for those affected by the drought.

A sum of one billion rupees has been released to six District Secretaries to provide dry rations as relief for those affected by the drought.

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All tuition classes, seminars and workshops on the scholarship exam will be banned from midnight tonight.

The Grade Five scholarship examination will be conducted islandwide at 3,017 examination centers next Sunday. 256,728 candidates will be sitting the exam this year.  All tuition classes, conferences, seminars and workshops pertaining to the scholarship exam will be banned with effect from midnight tonight.

 This ban also covers the printing and distribution of model examination papers and promulgation of such materials through posters, banners, handouts or electronic and print media. The public is advised to inform the nearest police stations or the department of examinations if they are aware of any offenders. They could dial 119 or 1911 or could use telephone lines 0112 42 1111 and 0112 78 42 08 to report of any offenders.

The President says he cannot be discouraged by insults in serving the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says he has to face many insults and contempt with his forward march to create positive future for the people and the country. The president said he will achieve his targets passively facing all these challenges. The Buddha had also faced such difficulties in his move to liberate the people from evils.

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A Sathyagraha Campaign to exert pressure on the government to expedite the process of fulfilling the pledges given to the public commenced today at Viharamaha Devi Park in Colombo this afternoon.

A Sathyagraha Campaign to exert pressure on the government to expedite the process of fulfilling the pledges given to the public commenced today at Viharamaha Devi Park in Colombo this afternoon.

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