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The Prime Minister emphasizes the importance of developing technology in the education sector

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe emphasises the importance of developing a technology and method in the education sector to suit the 21st century. The premier made these remarks at a function to declare open a new building complex at Seelarathana Maha Vidyalaya, Dodangoda yesterday.

Addressing the gathering the premier further said the education sector in the country should be restructured in such a way to guide the students to achieve their career milestones.

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The President says that the death penalty would be imposed on drug racketeers during the next two months.

President Maithripala Sirisena has said yesterday in Parliament that the death penalty would be imposed on drug racketeers during the next two months.

He said that the list of the inmates on the death row has been delayed due to the power of the racketeers involved in the drug trade.

Expressing his views about the activities of human rights organizations the president pointed out that those organizations should strive to create a peaceful and disciplined country, but not to de-stabilize the country and create problems.

The president said that the CID will send the investigation report of the conspiracy to assassinate the president to the Attorney-General's Department within next two weeks. Recording of statements about the incident from the President has been completed.

State Minister Ruwan Wijewardhana said that, discussions will be held with the Dubai government to bring down Makadure Madush who has been arrested in Dubai under the laws prevailing in Dubai to Sri Lanka for further interrogation. 25 others have also been arrested along with Makadure Madush. One of them is reported to be having a diplomatic passport.

The Prime Minister stated that the government will give priority to control human- elephant conflict


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe stated in Parliament, the government will give priority to control human- elephant conflict.

He said that, arrangements have been made to extend the elephant fence up to 7000 kilo meters and the maintenance would be streamlined in future.

An effective work plan will be implemented to educate the public about the pepper and areca rackets

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says a ministerial committee will be appointed to look into frauds at customs. During a media briefing yesterday, he said that, the customs has not been able to generate profits by achieving targets. The minister said, that the Marfia in operation at the Customs are directly linked to Customs frauds and wastage. Addressing the media personnel the Minister further said an effective work plan will be implemented to educate the public about the pepper and areca rackets.

Meanwhile, the activities of the Customs have returned to normal after reinstating Mrs. P.S.M Charles as the Director General of Customs.

New Year will usher in joy and prosperity – President

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The first term of education activities of schools commences tomorrow

The Ministry of Education has announced that the school term for next year will commence tomorrow. The Health Promotional Bureau has pointed out that it is essential to certify before the commencement of New Year all school premises are without mosquito breeding places.

It has requested the relevant authorities to clean the school premises before the commencement of school terms and to ensure health of students and teachers.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says a programme to solve housing problems of the flood affected people in the Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts will be launched

Minister Sajith Premadasa says the programme to solve housing problems in the Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts which were affected by floods will be launched on the 12th of next month. Another programme to provide relief to the affected people took place under the patronage of the Minister. He appreciated the services performed by the armed services to provide relief to the people.

Minister Palani Digambaram and the staff of his Ministry left today to Kilinochchi with relief to the affected people in the Northern Province. The Minister handed over relief items valuing more than two million rupees to the flood affected people in Kilinochchi, Malayalapuram. The Minister said that the importance of reconciliation was evident on the occasion. He said that many Sinhala people in the south assisted to provide aid to the flood affected people.

Meanwhile, the distribution of relief packs collected by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation for the disaster affected people took place today. The Yaal FM service of SLBC collected 900 relief packs and distributed those under the supervision of Jaffna and Kilinochchi district secretaries.

UPFA general secretary says the President will commit himself in future to move the country on a better path.

General secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance MP Mahinda Amaraweera says that the President will take step in future to guide the country on a better path. He said this during a function in Colombo which was held in connection with the agriculture modernization project.  He said that the President will act accordingly after the judgement of the supreme court on the dissolution of parliament was received.

Speaking in Parliament today, Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe pledged to act in a manner which ensures the rights of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all communities within a unitary state

Speaking in Parliament today Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe said, the issues faced by the Tamil community have still not been resolved He pledged to act in a manner which ensures the rights of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all communities within a unitary state.

He further stated, the Provincial Council system will be strengthened. He acknowledged, there have been drawbacks during his government. He noted, when he assumed power in 2015, democracy had been weakened.

Parliament convened at 1.00pm today, chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasooriya. MPs representatives the United People’s Freedom Alliance boycotted today’s parliamentary session, saying the Speaker’s actions are biased and unconstitutional. Speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian: Lakshman Kiriella said, no one can move Courts against affairs taken up in Parliament. Also speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said, the United National Front has been able to win the world.

However, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna: Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake expressed his disappointment that the main political parties have converted politics into a business.

Parliament is set to reconvene on the 18th of this month, at 1.00pm.