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The Prime Minister says loans are repaid and economy stabilized amidst various challenges

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government has been able to repay loans and stabilize the economy amidst various challenges. Addressing an election rally in Nikaweratiya, he said the present regime took over a bankrupt economy without any future. According to him, excessive borrowing prevented the generation of income to repay the loans by 2013. He said therefore, the previous government went for a failed election bid in 2015 with the intention of establishing its power.

The Prime Minister also said a plan to develop the Wanni Hathpattu area would be formulated and implemented this year. He added that vocational training centers and a drinking water project for the area between Galgamuwa and Yapahuwa would be part of this plan.

Thailand promises support for the development of Sri Lanka's agricultural sector.

Thailand has promised support for several programmes that are to be initiated for the development of Sri Lanka's agricultural sector. The promise by Thai ambassador Chulamanee Chartsuwan came at a meeting hosted by President Maithripala Sirisena at President's house this morning. Among the assistance promised are the post-harvest and artificial rain-making technologies.

Schoolchildren will be tested for non-infectious diseases

 

 

Schoolchildren will be tested for non-infectious diseases at special centers to be set up at every school. Minister Rajitha Senarathne told a function in Colombo yesterday that he would consult the Education Minister to take a decision with regard to the foodstuffs being sold at school canteens. A minister added that a special tax on the sugar content of beverages would help prevent non-infectious diseases among schoolchildren.

President instructs the IGP to conduct a comprehensive investigation onto the incident with regard to a school Principal of Badulla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya being summoned to the Chief Minister's Office and punished

 

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundera to conduct a comprehensive investigation onto the incident with regard to a school Principal of Badulla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya being summoned to the Chief Minister's Office and punished.  The alleged incident describes that a school Principal of Badulla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya has been summoned to chief minister's office and punished for not following an instruction.  The President instructed the IGP to conduct the investigation in an impartial manner.  The President also instructed the Uva province governor to take over the Provincial Education Ministry with immediate effect.  President Maithripala Sirisena further said that he will take stern action against anyone irrespective of the social status,  based on the investigation report

The Chief Minister and Provincial Education Minister of Uva province Chamara Sampath Dasanayaka has resigned from the post of Provincial Education Minister this morning

The Chief Minister and Provincial Education Minister of Uva province Chamara Sampath Dasanayaka has resigned from the post of provincial education minister this morning. Mr. Dasanayaka informed the public through a media conference held at Uva province chief minister's office this morning. Addressing the gathering, the chief minister further said he resigned from the education portfolio to leave room for an impartial inquiry on to the recent incident with regard to a punishment of a school principal.

The chief minister requested the provincial governor and IGP to conduct a comprehensive investigation onto this incident. The alleged incident describes that a school principal of Badulla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya has been summoned to chief minister's office and punished for not following an instruction. The chief minister rejects the allegation. However, the chief minister requests the relevant officials to conduct an impartial comprehensive investigation in this regard.

Postal voting for the February 10 Local Government elections will begin tomorrow

 

Postal voting for the February 10 Local Government elections will begin tomorrow. Director General of Election Commission, R. L.A.M. Ratnayaka says that Officials of the police stations, Divisional Secretariats, District Secretariats and election office could cast their postal votes tomorrow. Postal voting for employees at other government institutions will be held on the 25th and 26th of this month. Party representatives who work in those offices cannot participate in monitoring the voting. The official said that one representative of the independent groups or political observer organizations can monitor the voting. The Election Commission says it has accepted around 560,000 applications for postal voting at the local government polls.

Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne says that 40 percent of the distribution of official poll cards for the forthcoming local government election has already been completed.

40 percent of the distribution of official polls cards for the forthcoming local government election has been completed.

Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne says that 40 percent of the distribution of official poll cards for the forthcoming local government election has already been completed. More than 57,000 poll cards have been directed for distribution. The distribution of poll cards is continued until 3rd of next month.

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Sri Lanka earned an income of 670 billion rupees from the apparel export during the past year.

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says that Sri Lanka has earned an income of 670 billion rupees from the apparel export during the past year. The income on the month of November has exceeded 62 billion rupees. US is the largest international market for the apparel sector. the 2nd place has secured by Europe. He made these remarks at a media briefing on the exhibition of AISEX-2018 with suppliers of apparel industry held in Colombo recently.

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2700 million rupees has been set aside for education under the programme of the nearest schools is the best school.

The Ministry of Education says that 27,000 million rupees has been set aside for the development of schools in the island under the programme of "the nearest school is the best school". This programme was initiated in May 2016 with the objective is to transform all schools with all facilities.

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The expected paddy harvest of this year's Maha season is 1.2 million metric tons.

Director General of Agriculture Rohana Wijekoon says paddy cultivation in 600,000 hectares of lands is being carried out for this year's maha season.

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