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The Paddy Marketing Board says, the Board is ready to purchase the paddy stocks from the Maha Season.

The Chairman of Paddy Marketing Board M.B.Dissanayake says, the Board is ready to purchase the paddy stocks from the Maha Season. Accordingly the paddy cultivation activities are taking place in the districts of Ampara, Kilinochchi and Batticaloa. Mr.Dissanayake further said the government pays a higher price than the market price for these paddy stocks.

Mr.Dissanayake express confidence the farmers will sell their stocks by next month to the Paddy Marketing Board. The rice stocks which are available in the board are being distributed to the SATHOSA outlets islandwide. The Paddy Marketing Board has sold around 30 thousand metric tons of rice to the SATHOSA outlets The consumers will be able to buy their daily needs of rice form these outlets. Another 35 thousand metric tons of rice will be distributed to the SATHOSA outlets in near future.

Plans are being formulated by the ministry of education to commence the 13 year uninterrupted education from the middle of this year.

Plans are being formulated by the ministry of education to commence the 13 year uninterrupted education from the middle of this year.  35 schools have been identified to test the programme.  The ministry said six streams of subjects will be given focus under the first phase.  All the schools in the country will be incorporated to the programme from next year under 24 subject streams.  

The schools are mapped based on the number of students failing the GCE ordinary level examination.  Such is utilized in selecting schools for the first phase. A senior official at the ministry of education divulged to SLBC, vocational training centers under the ministry of skills development and vocational training as well as technical training centers under the purview of the ministry of education were selected for the programme.

The President to lay the foundation stone for the new court complex, Polonnaruwa, tomorrow.

The foundation stone for the new court complex in Polonanruwa will be laid tomorrow under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.  The total investment of the project is 382 million rupees. The project is the result of a special request by the President, in a bid to provide solutions to the issues surrounding space at the existing court offices.

The new court complex will consist of latest facilities including judges quarters, archives, as well as offices for attorneys.  The ministry of justice has commenced a programme to develop building facilities and infrastructure at courts in a bid to provide an efficient system of justice.  The latest court complex in Polonnaruwa comes under the said programme.

Experts say, the public are expectant of a new constitution.

Experts say, the new constitution enables the maximum devolution of power without dividing the country. They elaborated on the matter while joining the programme “Subarathi” of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation this morning. Member of the committee on constitutional reform Dharmasiri Hapuarachchi says the public are expectant of a new constitution. He added it is the public’s view, the powers of the executive presidency be diluted.

He added the public as well as various other organizations show great enthusiasm to put forth ideas and proposals pertaining to constitutional reforms. Furthermore, he made evident, clauses on right to life and equality are matters the public deem necessary to be included in the constitution. The committee on constitutional reforms continues to receive public opinions and proposals while the process has concluded in many districts.
Meanwhile, a member of Puravasibalaya Gamini Viyangoda says, former President Mahinda Rajapakse labels the constitutional reforms as a debt trap to gain political mileage.

13 year uninterrupted education programme, to commence, mid this year.

Plans are being formulated by the ministry of education to commence the 13 year uninterrupted education from the middle of this year.  35 schools have been identified to test the programme.  The ministry said six streams of subjects will be given focus under the first phase.  All the schools in the country will be incorporated to the programme from next year under 24 subject streams.  The schools are mapped based on the number of students failing the GCE ordinary level examination.

 Such is utilized in selecting schools for the first phase. A senior official at the ministry of education divulged to SLBC, vocational training centers under the ministry of skills development and vocational training as well as technical training centers under the purview of the ministry of education were selected for the programme.

Hindus world over celebrate Maha Shivaratri today.- The President and the Prime Minister wishes peace and spiritual bliss for the people on this day.

Hindus around the world will celebrate Maha Shivaratri today. Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of the god Shiva. Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity.

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One million women will be participated in a home garden programme.

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says power supply will continue despite the prevailing weather condition. The Electricity Board is prepared to maintain uninterrupted power supply. Electricity consumers have been motivated to use power sparingly.

If the dry weather condition prevails until June, the government will have to spend additional 51 billion rupees for thermal power. He made these remarks in Parliament yesterday. Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said a society equipped with modern technology should be created to steer the country forward.

He pointed out the need to set up a body to regulate engineers in the country. Minister Daya Gamage said export income will be increased by introducing value added products to international market. Accordingly, a home garden programme will be implemented island wide.

Under this programme ten thousand women will be given seeds and planting materials and technical advice free to encourage them for growing value added crops for the international market.

A group of members from the Chinese communist party now in Sri Lanka says that Sri Lanka is a true friend of the People’s Republic of China.

A group of members from the Chinese communist party  now in Sri Lanka says that Sri Lanka is a true friend of the People’s Republic of China.  Comrade Som Thao the chairman of foreign affairs department of the working committee in Chinese communist party declared this opinion when they met president Maithripala Sirisena this morning at presidential secretariat in Colombo. President and the visiting delegation held extensive discussions strengthening bilateral relations. High on the agenda was tightening present relations furthermore.

 Both parties agreed to continue talks in future further ahead. The visiting delegation invited a Sri Lanka Freedom party delegation to the coming June’s conference, in China. President appreciated and expressed his gratitude to the visiting delegation on China’s support in Sri Lanka’s social economic development. The members of the delegation said,  that there should be an extreme transparency  in  China aided  development projects in Sri Lanka.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera says that the presidential commission appointed to look into the matters of central bank bonds scandal proceeds ahead as expected.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera says that the presidential commission appointed  to look into the matters of central bank  bonds scandal proceeds  ahead  as expected. Addressing a media briefing, in  SLFP headquarters in Colombo today the minister said, political interference  is far away, from the commissioner’s inquiry. He added  there is a judicial judgment  on SAITM issue. The government cannot take any action against judicial decision.

The UGC chairman says, that more than 71 thousand advanced level qualified students have applied for the university entrance this time.

The chairman of university grants commission Prof. Mohan de Silva says, that more than 71 thousand advanced level qualified students have applied for the university entrance for the academic year of 2016 and 2017. Receiving of applications were closed on last Monday. The commission says that it expects to admit 29 thousand three hundred thirty students for the coming academic year.  This number exceeds the students admitted to universities than last year.

The entire admission process  will be completed  within 4 months. Prof.Mohan de Silva said that students were asked to apply online strictly.  The response was  encouraging. All those who applied  will be notified  that their applications have been received  by the University grants Commission.

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