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Media should create a dialogue on rights & duties of citizens - Dy Min Media

Deputy Minister of Mass Media Karunaratne Paranavithana emphasizes the present good governance government is committed to ensure media freedom to the fullest and to safeguard it. The government has a clear vision regarding media. Taking part in the Subarathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning, he pointed out media has a responsibility of creating a dialogue on rights and duties of citizens.

The media is allowed to criticize politicians. In return the politicians should have the opportunity to criticize media. But, the politicians do not have any right to crackdown media. The deputy stated certain parties are attempting to create a wrong picture by stating that a crackdown media is taking place at present. While emphasizing that the freedom and democracy will be safeguarded the deputy minister said that no one can be allowed to interrupt the government's activities.

Director General of government information Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya pointed out the need of having an inclusive media culture in the country. He pointed out independent reviews have revealed that the public trust on media is weakening.

Time period granted to register tea lands expires Dec 31

Commissioner General of Tea Jayantha Edirisinghe says there is an immense interest among tea estate owners to register tea lands. They can obtain the application in this regard from the Grama Niladhari Officer of the area. Filled applications should be handed over again to him.

The time period granted for this purpose will expire from 31st of this month. Around 4,000 applications have been given away to cultivators in this regard. Another 200 thousand are to be given. The programme is implemented with the objective of gaining a higher price for Sri Lankan tea in the world market. Subsidies and other benefits will be given for tea lands according to this registration programme hereafter. All tea cultivators will receive a certificate and
a registration number.

Government pays attention on establishing rest houses to provide temporary shelter to the people affected due to national disasters.

Government pays attention on establishing rest houses to provide temporary shelter to the people affected due to national disasters. The main objective of this project is to provide temporary relief to the people affected due to heavy rainfall, landslides, cyclone and flood

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Two road development projects under Colombo national highway development programme, will commence today.

Two road development projects under Colombo national highway development programme, will commence today. Accordingly, the road development project between Godagama to Bope stretching around 11 kilometers will be developed under this scheme. The evaluation committee has finalized the tenders in this regard. It should be noted highway will be constructed from Kottawa to Moragahatenna under the main project.

Safety walls will be developed to prevent the overflow of Kelani River.


Safety walls will be developed to prevent the overflow of Kelani River. The proposed wall will be constructed along the low lying areas of the river basin. The main objective of this project is to protect the general public of Colombo urban area and Kelaniya during the rainy days. Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza stated a special cabinet paper submitted in this regard has been approved during the last meeting. 1,000 million rupees will be spent on this project.

National Productivity awards ceremony was held under the patronage of the President.

National Productivity awards ceremony was held at Rathmalana Stein Hall under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena this evening. This annual awards ceremony was organized by the National Productivity Secretariat. School, public and private enterprises who achieved high productivity during the year were presented with awards at this ceremony by the President.

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A social welfare programme to curtail the spread of cancer was started.


A social welfare programme to bring down cancer was started under the guidance of speaker Karu Jayasuriya. This has been initiated by Indira Jayasuriya Social welfare service.

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State minister of defence says the Virusara benefit cards programme will be further strengthened next year.

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena says the Virusara benefit cards programme introduced by his ministry will be further strengthened next year. At a meeting held with the heads of 64 institutions that provide support to this programme held at the Ministry of Defence the minister said 25,000 war heroes have been provided with Virusara beneficiary cards this year.

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Minister Thalatha Athukorala rejects the allegations leveled against her by the joint opposition.

Minister Thalatha Athukorala rejects the allegations leveled against her by the joint opposition that she had misused money by implementing an insurance scheme for migrant workers. At a press briefing held in Colombo today the minister said she had instructed the Director General of the Bribery Commission to conduct an intensive investigation into these allegations

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The President says the government will provide ample amount of resources and guidance to equip young generation with vocational skills.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will provide ample amount of resources and guidance to make young generation equipped with vocational and technical skills. Trained labour is the Sri Lanka's prime human resource. There is no shortage of employment opportunities in the country at present.

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