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The President says, the government will give wide attention to salvage the children from the various vices that are rampant in society.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, the government will give wide attention to salvage the children from the various vices that are rampant in society. He emphasizes, everyone should render their unrestricted support in this endeavour. The National Programme titled "Daruwan Surakimu" - "Let Us Protect The Children" is a prominent step taken in this direction. Speaking at the Kilinochchi District Conference of the Daruwan Surakimu Programme held at the Kilinochchi Madya Maha Vidyalaya the President said, his sole intention is to secure children's education and health requirements, and guarantee a prosperous future for them.

Striking postal workers have been urged to come to the negotiating table

Postmaster General RohanaAbayarathne calls on striking postal workers to come to the negotiating table for a settlement. He also asks them to return to work. Accepting their requests as being reasonable, he promises them an acceptable solution within one month. The postmaster General says the state incurs a loss of more than 170 million rupees a day due to the postal strike.

The Railway Department plans to add 232 more compartments by 2020

The Railway Department plans to add 232 more compartments by 2020 to cater to the more than 400,000 commuters who travel by train each day. General Manager of Railways S.M. Abeywickrama says the compartments would be imported from India and China.

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The private sector will be given the required guidance to win the world market

Minister Malik Samarawickrama says the private sector will be given the required guidance to win the ever-changing needs of the world market. At the same time, the local market will be planned appropriately. The Minister was briefing the media in Colombo today on the upcoming Sri Lanka Boat Show that starts on October 26th. He added that the manufacture of boats has the potential for income and job generation.

The Agrarian Development Department announces its plans to coincide with 'ApiWawalaiApiKanne'

The Agrarian Development Department has announced its plans to coincide with the major cultivation drive 'ApiWawalaiApiKanne'. Director General of the Department W.M.M.W. Weerasekara handed over the five year plan to minister Mahinda Amaraweera in Kandy today. It focusses on market-oriented cultivations, livelihood development of farmers and contributions from agricultural officials.

Visiting former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama met President Maithripala Sirisena

Visiting former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama met President Maithripala Sirisena at the president's official residence yesterday. The Japanese envoy recalled the long lasting friendship between the two countries. The president also praised the Envoy for his visit and requested to come to Srilanka again.
Former prime minister of Japan Dr. Ukiyo hatoyama came to the country to lay foundation stone for the International Buddhist centre in Polgasovita.He has donated entire cost of the 17 storied building.

The government will promote a knowledge based economy for the development of the country during the next decade

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government will promote a knowledge based economy for the development of the country during the next decade. Addressing the NCE ICT Forum 2018 he said a sum of 300 million rupees has been set apart for this year to implement various activities to develop the ICT sector

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Intelectual point out that the country needs a suitable tax policy

Prof. of Colombo university Venerable Wijithapura Wimalarathana thera pointed out that the country needs a suitable tax policy. All should pay taxed to continue the public services. However, some opposition elements are attempting to gain political mileage by highlighting the tax increase. The thero made these remarks participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning.
Joining the programme Member of the UNP Working Committee Lasantha Gunawardena says, the present government has been able to win the economic challenges of the country even amidst severe natural disasters. Former President Mahinda Rajapakse held the election two years in advance as he had many problems regarding the economic management. The present government has to build up the broken economy of the country.

The President gives instructions to let the two rare elephants found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, to continue to remain there

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Secretary to the Environment Ministry and the Director General of the Department of Forest Conservation to let the two rare elephants found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve to continue to remain there.

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Discussions underway to resolve the problems faced by postal workers

Secretary to the Ministry of Posts: R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla says, at this juncture, when the government is in the process of solving the problems faced by postal workers, it is totally unacceptable for the postal service to resort to trade union action. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today he noted, a cabinet paper has been tabled, to address the issues put forward by the trade unions.

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