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The President says all in the government and the opposition should support him in his efforts to implement the law against all those who are responsible for the bond scam.

President Maithripala Sirisena says all in the government and the opposition should support him in his efforts to implement the law against all those who are responsible for the bond scam. Speaking at a public rally held in Kandy yesterday he said that for this purpose everyone should strengthen his leadership.

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The Prime Minister says the infrastructure facilities of the country have been developed while increasing the investment opportunities to various sectors.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the infrastructure facilities of the country have been developed while increasing the investment opportunities to various sectors. The premier made these remarks at an election campaign rally held at Kalutara, Milleniya yesterday.

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Minister Sagala Rathnayake vows action against corrupt UNP candidates

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake warned all UNP candidates contesting the elections that in the event they are found guilty of corruption or fraud after the elections, action will be taken to initiate legal action against them and the party too would take disciplinary action against them.

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Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says he is prepared to provide relief assistance based on the request of the affected soft drink companies.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says he is prepared to provide relief assistance based on the request of the soft drink companies. According to the new regulations 50 cents tax will be imposed to each gram of sugar in soft drink bottles.

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The Colombo Fort Magistrate orders video footage of the protests launched CEB workers to be produced in courts.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the heads of television channels that televised video footage of the protests launched by the Joint Trade Union Association of the Ceylon Electricity Board, to produce the unedited versions in court. Thereby, Rupavahini, ITN, Sirasa TV, Derana TV and all television stations were ordered to submit their recordings. The magistrate made this order when the OIC of the Slave Island police explained before court that the chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board was held in his office and not allowed to leave. Appearing before court, Police Inspector Nalaka Gunasekara said that the court rulings that were announced were relayed over loud speakers and the CEB's public address system. They were also pasted on all floors and photocopies were distributed. He proved in court with photographs how the protestors continued their protest disregarding the court rulings. The magistrate ordered the Slave Island police to take into custody those responsible and produce them before courts.

Prices of many essential commodities to remain the same for the next 6 months.

The Ministry of Finance, issuing a statement says that there is no truth in certain media reports that taxes on essential food items have been increased by the gazette notification released on the 18th of this month. The said gazette notification only affirms that the tax percentages enforced as given in the gazette notification dated 19th July 2017, remain the same. Thereby, under the said gazette notification, the prices of goods will not see an increase and consumers can continue to purchase under the existing prices for the next 6 months.

Meanwhile, Sathosa has announced the prices of many essential commodities. Thereby, a kilo of white raw rice is 62 rupees. The price of a kilo of locally produce red rice is 73 rupees. A kilo of locally produced Samba rice will be sold at 82 rupees, while a kilo of imported Samba rice will be sold at 69 rupees. A kilo of imported Nadu Rice will be priced at 68 rupees. A kilo of imported big onions will be sold at 142 rupees, while a kilo of potatoes will be sold at 95 rupees. A kilo of red dhal can be purchased at 113 rupees. A kilo of white sugar will be priced at 100 rupees. A tin of canned fish weighing 425 grams will be sold at 149 rupees.

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