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The Vocational Subject Streams for the A/Level curriculum has been unveiled.

Several new subjects will be introduced to the A/L curriculum under the programme to provide a mandatory 13 year education for students.  This will begin as a pilot project from next month and will be implemented throughout the entire school network from 2019 onwards.  The new stream which is the vocational subject stream will comprise two parts, namely the general subjects stream and the applied subjects stream.  Nine subject areas will be covered under the general subjects.  It will made compulsory for students entering the vocational subject streams to undergo a six month study in these subjects.   The objective of introducing general subjects  to the stream is to enhance character development that is essential for students who will be engaging in various practical workshops in the vocational subjects stream. 

The interim report of the steering committee of the constitutional council was presented to parliament by the Premier.

The Constitutional Assembly aimed at drafting a new constitution gathered at Parliament this morning. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe submitted an interim report compiled by The Steering Committee, to the Constitutional Council. The premier stated that the objective is to formulate a constitution acceptable to all Sri Lankans.

A Joint forum comprising radio and television heads is established for the first time in the country.

A Joint forum comprising radio and television heads is established for the first time in the country. This forum was established yesterday at the government information department. The forum consists leading broadcasting and television officers. The main objective of this forum is to maintain the media ethics in electronic media. The chairman of this forum is Mr. Ravi Jayawardena who is also the chairman of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. The Secretary to the forum is Mr. Laksiri Wickremage from Derana TV. The treasurer is Chamil mendis from V FM. The Vice President is Asanka Jayasuriya from Neth FM. The Assistant Secretary to the forum is Sudharshana Gunawardena who is also the Chairman of the SLBC. Addressing the gathering the chairman of the forum Ravi Jayawardena said it is a responsibility of the forum to provide a better atmosphere to the common masses with regard to the media reports. The secretary to the forum Laksiri Wickremage also spoke on this occasion. Addressing the gathering the Director General of the Government Information department Dr. Ranga Kalansuriya said that it is a timely decision to establish a forum of this nature to implement good media practices in electronic media.

The world peace day falls today.


The World Peace Day falls today. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people. In 2013 the day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.

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The amended bill of provincial council elections was passed in parliament with two third majority.

The amended bill of provincial council elections was passed in parliament with two third majority. 154 voted for the bill and 43 were against Joining the debate, state Minister Palitha Range Bandara said increasing the women representation in politics is a move to strengthen good governance.

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The dengue control week began today.

The national dengue prevention week began today. Director of the Dengue Control Unit Dr.Hasitha Tissera states, that 3000 groups have been deployed across the country for this campaign. A group will comprise 3 officials. They will be visiting households in uniform, and with their office identity cards. He requests the public to keep their premises clean and tidy to eliminate mosquito breeding places.

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The Prime minister states that the election for local government bodies and three provincial councils will be held before March 2018.

The Prime minister states that elections for local government bodies and the three provincial councils whose term of office expires, will be held before March 2018.

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A 25 percent representation of women has been made mandatory in the provincial council election amendment act.

The provincial council election amendment Bill was taken up for debate in parliament today. Participating in the debate, deputy minister Ajith P. Perera stated that it would be made mandatory to increase the representation of women to 25 percent.

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The Prime Minister says grass root level entrepreneurs should be empowered to build up a strong economy.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says grass root level entrepreneurs should be empowered to build up a strong economy. Addressing the opening session of Asian Credit Associations Forum in Colombo today the premier said state and private banks should focus more attention to grant loans to small scale entrepreneurs. The government has started “Swashakthi” loan scheme for this purpose. The Sanasa Rural Banks Federation has organised this forum and about 480 representatives from 22 countries are taking part in this event.

The proposed railway trade union action has been called off.

The proposed railway trade union action which was scheduled to be started from midnight today has been called off. Chairman of the Railway Guards Trade Union Janaka Fernando told the SLBC that it has been called off following a discussion held at the Prime Minister’s Office this morning headed by Prime Minister’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake. He said that the officials gave a written assurance to fulfil their demands.

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