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Yashodha Rangey Bandara, released on bail

Yashodha Rangey Bandara - the son of Minister Palitha Rangey Bandara, has been released on bail. He was in remanded custody for driving under the influence of liquor and causing a motor accident in the Kottapitiya area in Bangadeniya, resulting in damages to a residence. Chilaw District Judge: Manjula Thilakarathne ordered the release, upon a personal bail of 50,000 rupees. The Judge also ordered his driving license to be cancelled until court proceedings are over.

Two million rupees paid to the husband of the principal who died in a leadership training programme in Hambantota

The National Insurance Trust Fund has offered two million rupees to the husband of the Former Principal of Suchi National School: Rohini Kumari Atapattu who faced an unfortunate death in a sudden accident that occurred during a leadership training programme. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam handed over the cheque to her husband this morning.

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The presidential investigation commission instructs the CID to submit a report on violating the conditions and rules in establishing Mihin Lanka airline services earlier

The presidential investigation commission instructs the CID to submit a report on violating the conditions and rules in establishing Mihin Lanka airline services earlier.

The Presidential Commission investigating alleged fraud, corruption and misuse of state funds and property in SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan Catering Services and Mihin Lanka yesterday ordered the CID to investigate whether any outside interference prevented the BOI from taking action against Mihin Lanka.

It was found that Mihin Lanka was acting in breach of all BOI conditions. The Commission asked the CID to submit a report to the Commission on this matter urgently.

The Commission through Deputy Solicitor General Shanaka Wijesinghe directed the CID to begin the investigation by visiting the BOI and meeting its monitoring officer. The CID responding to this order began its investigations by noon yesterday.

The health minister says the present government has taken effective measures to fulfil the demands of the doctors

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna says the present government has taken effective measures to fulfil the demands of the doctors. The Minister made these remarks at a media conference to brief the cabinet decision on the imposing 24 percent tax on income. The media conference was held in Colombo yesterday.

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A program to distribute 100,000 saplings will commence

A program to distribute 100,000 saplings will commence today. This program is implemented under the theme "Api Wawalai Api Kanne"- "We cultivate and we eat". This project focuses on promoting fruit varieties. The program is implemented Island-wide under the instructions of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. The inaugural session will be held at Kandy Kundasale agriculture department today under the patronage of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

A Presidential Task Force has been appointed to operate development programmes in the North and East

A Presidential Task Force has been appointed to operate development programmes in the North and East. The task force headed by President Maithripala Sirisena is responsible for operating coordinating and follow up of all development programmes in the northern and eastern provinces. During the post war era many programmes had been implemented in the two provinces for social and economic development. However, the programmes have not made a significant contribution for uplifting the livelihood of the people there. The President has also informed the cabinet regarding the task force. The Prime Minister, Provincial Governors, Chief Secretaries of the two provincial councils, top military and police officials and representatives of all relevant factions are included in the task force.

The General Secretary of the SLFP says the party will contest future elections as a wide alliance

General Secretary of the SLFP Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa says that the party will contest the future elections as a wider alliance. Accordingly, the party will have a dialogue with all progressive parties and organization. The party has already started restructuring process islandwide. Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning the Professor said that the SLFP will be build up from the grass root level with a broad discussion with a general public.

Police have started extensive investigations into the shooting of Chief incumbent of Kirivehera

The Jeep in which three suspects who open fired at Chief incumbent of Kataragama Kiriwehera Venerable Kobawaka Damminda Thera and another monk was taken into custody by the Police this morning. The Police Spokesman said that 8 Police teams have been assigned to carry out investigations. The Chief Incumbent of Kataragama Kiriwehera and the other monk were shot and injured at the Temple premises this morning.

The Director of Hambantota Hospital says that the chief incumbent of Kirivehera, Ven. Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera will be airlifted to Colombo for further treatment.

The government has allocated 500 billion rupees for health sector during the last year only

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says that the government has spent over 500 billion rupees for health services during the last year. About 472 cabinet papers on developing health sector have been presented to the cabinet of Ministers since 2015 to date. The government has given priority strengthen the free health service in the country.

The Road Development Authority says no problem in the constructions standards of the Rajagiriya Flyover Bridge

The Road Development Authority says there is no any problem over the quality of construction of Rajagiriya Bridge. It has been constructed under international construction standards. Both Moratuwa and Peradeniya Universities have studied the quality of all parts of the bridge including the foundation columns and approved the quality. The Peradeniya University is further conducting a monitoring process to confirm the quality of the flyover bridge.