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A National Health Television Channel, commences.

A National Health Television Channel is to be launched. The opening ceremony of the new channel will be held under the patronage of Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, today.

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Minister Mangala Samaraweera alleges that the general public has lost confidence on traditional journalists.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera alleges that the general public has lost confidence on traditional journalists. The minister pointed out this atmosphere is created due to excessive use of smart phones. The reporters are trying to showcase a different picture to the public through their smartphone culture.

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Three special high courts will be established in April to expedite the investigation process on large scale financial fraud and corruption.

Deputy minister Ashoka Abeysinghe said three special high courts will be established in April to expedite the investigation process on large scale financial fraud and corruption. Mr. Abeysinghe also said these investigations will reveal the real culprits of fraud and corruption.

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The chairman of SLTB Ramal Siriwardane says new technology will be introduced this year to improve the services of Sri Lanka Transport Board.

The chairman of SLTB Ramal Siriwardane said new technology will be introduced this year to improve the services of Sri Lanka Transport Board. Mr. Siriwardane further said a special computer training will be provided to the employees of bus depots.

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The Fort magistrate Lanka Jayarathne ordered the relevant officials to ban the sale and mortgage of the property belonging to Udayanga Weerathunga.

The sale and mortgage of the land and building properties of the former Russian Ambassador Udayanga Weerathunaga are banned by the magistrate court. Accordingly, the Fort magistrate Lanka Jayarathne ordered the relevant officials to ban the sale and mortgage of the property belonging to Udayanga Weerathunga namely a residential unit of Trillium Residencies and two land plots located at Dompe area.

Chief of the staff of Nepal army meets the President.

Visiting chief of staff of the Nepal Army general Rajendra Chetri met President Maithripala Sirisena this morning at the President's palace.   They discussed the matters relating to using army personnel and resources for disaster management activities and relief services. 

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The President states that he will stepdown only after effectively punishing corrupt politicians.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will leave the office only after punishing corrupt politicians in the country. At a meeting held in the Kosgama area yesterday the President said he is even ready to take to the streets with the people in protest against fraud and corruption.

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The Premier requests the citizens of the country to support the UNP in order to expand development to rural areas.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the ctizens should vote for the UNP to accelerate development in rural areas. The UNP is committed to expand development in urban areas to the village areas now and after the LG polls as well.

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The Ministry of Education has decided to begin teaching the English Language in National School, from Grade One onwards.

The Ministry of Education has decided to begin teaching English language in national school from grade one onwards. Launched upon a concept of Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, it will begin this year and be implemented fully, next year.

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he will provide his fullest support to the investigations pertaining to the bond commission inquiry.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he will provide his fullest support to the investigations pertaining to the bond commission inquiry. The premier pointed out that he assisted in the inquiry ever since the first accusations were leveled. Issuing a special statement he pointed out that a special committee headed by Minister Thilak Marapana has been appointed to inquire into as to whether any UNP members are also faced with the accusations. The premier cites that Perpetual Treasuries has benefited by illegally earning 9.2 billion rupees through the bond scam. He explained that since the Central Bank that comes under the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs falls under his purview, 12 billion rupees of Perpetual Treasuries have already been withheld. Thereby, it is possible to recover the 9.2 billion rupees alleged to be defrauded. He highlighted the fact that when the allegations surfaced the government did not sweep it under the carpet, but conducted investigations in three stages. No previous government has displayed such a level of transparency.