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Census on Public & Semi-Government sector employment immensely successful - DG Census Dept

Director General of the Department of Census and Statistics Amara Satharasinghe says yesterday's census on Public and Semi-Government sector employment was immensely successful. He requests employees who are yet to provide the required information to handover their applications to the coordinating officer as soon as possible. The director general acknowledges the support extended by all parties including various institutions and journalists.

Maintaining Hambantota port as a joint venture of state & private sectors ; Final decision in the weekend

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says the operational activities of Hambantota Port will be maintained as a joint venture of state and private sectors. Responding to a question raised by parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana in parliament today, the minister disclosed the final decision in this regard will be reached in the weekend. The Hambantota Port is currently suffering immense losses. It cannot be beared by the government. The minister pointed out the profit earned from the Colombo Harbour is spent for the activities of Hambantota Port.

Meanwhile, Minister Malik Samarawickrema said the government will hold discussions with relevant parties when reaching traded agreements with other countries. Attention will be focused on increasing exports and generating job opportunities. The Minister added discussions are being held to reach trade agreements with India and China.

The debate on the budget commenced for the 6th day in parliament today. Chief whip of the opposition parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake who commenced the debate said the country is tangled in an immense debt at present. It is unable to settle interests of the loans obtained. Therefore, he pointed out the government should have a plan to increase the revenue earned from exports and to reduce expenses on imports.

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse who joined the debate said the present government came to power to safeguard the rule of law. The previous regime was rejected by the public since it ignored the rule of law. The minister pointed out the government has been able to create a better country which was under the law of the jungle at one time. Religious extremists will not be allowed to disrupt the harmony of the country. The issue of disabled military personnel surfaced in 2007. However, then government was not concerned to address the issue.

It was the present government that provided a solution to the matter. Certain groups are attempting to label the Aava group as one of the factions of the LTTE. The minister pointed out certain groups are interested in disrupting the day to day life of the country.

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said the deficit between export and import revenue and expenditures should be minimized.

Meanwhile, the vote on second reading of the budget will be held in the parliament this evening.

More graduates recruited to the teacher service in western province

More graduates are to be recruited for the teacher service of the western province.  The provincial ministry of education has called for applications in this regard.  Sinhala and Tamil medium graduates can apply for the available vacancies.

 Sinhala medium graduates will be recruited for the subjects of mathematics, IT, art, western music and English language.  Tamil medium graduates will be enrolled for the subjects of music, dancing, drama and theatre, arts, commerce and science.  The deadline of accepting applications is Tuesday.

The President stresses the need to conserve ancient scripts and documents.


President Maithripala Sirisena says conserving ancient document is a conservation of history. At a discussion held in the President's Secretariat the President said preserving the important documents in the archives should be streamlined.

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A special one day service to issue NICs to O/L students will be held tomorrow.

The Department for Registration of Persons says that a special one day service to issue NICs to Ordinary Level students will be held tomorrow. This is to expedite the provision of identity cards for school children who are sitting the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examinations this December. More information could be obtained over contact numbers 0112 86 22 17 or 0112 86 22.

The President stresses that a national policy should be introduced with the immediate effect to ensure welfare and security of the children.


President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that a national policy should be introduced with the immediate effect to ensure welfare and security of the children. He also noted that it is the duty of the adults to create a world where the children are secured.

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State Minister A.H.M. Fauzie says a wide array of proposals are found in the budget in regard to nation building.

State Minister A.H.M. Fauzie says a wide array of proposals are found in the budget in regard to nation building. He also highlighted that the budget helps to improve social integrity as well. The present government led by good governance policies is endeavoring to provide permanent solutions to the troubles. The State Minister was speaking in Parliament today. Addressing the House Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that the country is treading in the right path of development. State Minister M.L.A.M. Hisbullah said that the budget proposals are extremely important to strengthen the economy.

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180 complaints received on the pharmacies that do not comply with the regulated prices.

180 complaints received on the pharmacies that do not comply with the regulated prices. The Ministry of Health says a special unit has been set up for receiving the complaints. The people can lodge the complaints from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm every day.

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An international summit on disaster warning in Colombo.

An international summit on disaster warning commenced in Colombo today. The event is attended by delegations from 14 countries in the Indian Oceanic Rim. The inaugural session was conducted under the patronage of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

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Sri Lanka says it is deeply conscious of the impacts of Climate Change.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says Sri Lanka is deeply conscious of the impacts of Climate Change. In fact, we are facing its adverse impacts already in the form of droughts, unprecedented and rising temperature, floods, unseasonal rain, and coastal erosion.

Addressing the international summit on climate change held in Morococo, recently the minister said Sri Lanka became party to the Paris Climate Agreement in September this year. Sri Lanka is pleased that the world’s largest economies have become party to this historic Agreement. Their support is needed more than ever for countries around the world to be able to address the threat of climate change which threatens life on this ONE Planet that all of us, rich, poor, small or large, have, to share, and call home.

Sri Lanka, for its part, has taken several initiatives. A National Climate Change Policy, and a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy have been formulated; and a high-level coordination body led by the President has been setup to align the policies with international commitments on environmental issues. The portfolio of Environment is held by the President himself to ensure commitment, action and guidance at the highest level of Government.