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August & September record a growth in exports earnings

The Central Bank says the months of August and September have recorded growth in export earnings. The deficit in the trade balance contracted by 12 percent as a result of it. Earnings from tourism were estimated to have increased by 14.6 percent during the first ten months of this year.


The workers' remittances recorded a growth of 3.5 percent during the same period. The monetary policy review for the month of November issued by central bank today also says the gross official reserve positions was estimated at 6.1 billion US dollars by the end of last month.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka receives the second tranche of the extended fund facility programme with the international Monetary Fund in November, after the successful completion of the first review of the programme by the IMF.
The continuation of the fund facility programme is expected to strengthen the economic by facilitating medium to long term financial inflows in the period ahead.

Meanwhile, the growth of credit extended to the private sector by commercial banks decelerated considerably during September, in response to monetary policy measures adopted by the central bank since end of 2015.

National Food Safety Week; More than 4,400 food outlets examined in the first day

4,421 cafeterias, bakeries and canteens have been examined by food inspectors and public health inspectors in the first day of the national food safety week which commenced yesterday. Out of them, cases have been filed against 51 food outlets while food items of 208 cafeterias and bakeries were destroyed.

Cafeterias, hotels and bakeries throughout the island are examined during the national food safety week implemented under the instructions of Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne. Soft drink bottles that do not display colour codes will be thoroughly examined. 1,762 soft drink bottles that do not have colour codes that indicate sugar level were found yesterday.

42 cases have been filed in this regard. Furthermore, 682 school cafeterias and food outlets situated around schools were also examined yesterday. Out of them, 112 cafeterias had food items that are unsuitable for consumption. The Ministry of Health says cases were filed against 12 cafeterias while the foods sold at all those outlets were destroyed.

The Court has given approval to proceed with the investigation with regard to 4,012 million rupees fraud in the Nilwala river project.

The Court has given approval to proceed with the investigation with regard to 4,012 million rupees fraud in the Nilwala river project. Earlier the FCID has filed a ‘B’ report in the Colombo Fort magistrate’s court, seeking an order to the Bank of Ceylon to furnish account reports for investigation in connection with the 4,012 million rupees fraud in the Nilwala river project.

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Action will be taken to impose the penalty and the fine for the fishing vessels involved in illegal fishing in inside Sri Lanka oceanic perimeters.


Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says action will be taken to impose the penalty and the fine for the fishing vessels involved in illegal fishing. The fine is imposed in the range of three million to 170 million rupees. The main objective of this practice to prevent illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters. In a meantime, the government announces the varieties of fishing boats which can be used for daily fishing activities.

Time period to register the names for all types of vehicle transfer ownerships will end tomorrow.


Our correspondent says a large number of vehicle owners are visiting the road motor traffic department to transfer the ownership for their names since a time period given for all transfers ends tomorrow. Our correspondent has also observed the people who have not transferred the ownership under their name have taken a serious note on this matter.

The conduct of tuition, seminars and workshops in relation to the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination is banned from tomorrow midnight.

The conduct of tuition, seminars and workshops in relation to the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination is banned from tomorrow midnight. The Examinations Department emphasized that this law will be in place until the 17th of next month, the closing date of the examination.

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A health promotion programme targeted the school children commenced under the patronage of the President.

President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the health promotion programme targeted school children today. The event was held at Nelum Pokuna theatre. Ministries of health and education jointly implement the programme.

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The government pays serious attention on ethnic harmony.

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranathunga says the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation has organized a wide array of programmes to enhance ethnic harmony in the country. She pointed out that a programme has been organized in line with forthcoming Christmas where children of four major ethnic communities given opportunities to perform their skills.

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No room for corruption in the school uniform voucher system.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam states that he will never allow room to anyone to misuse the voucher system introduced to school uniforms. He added that corrupt activities related to school uniform voucher system were diverged recently. Hence the government takes every measure to avert all possible mishandlings.

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Mahapola scholarship is on the 10th of every month.

Acting Director of Mahapola Fund Parakrama Bandara says Mahapola scholarship will be given to the students on 10th of every month. More than 40,000 students receive the scholarship at present. The relevant information has been passed to the university authorities to provide the stipend on the 10th of every month.