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The world AIDS prevention day falls today.

The world AIDS prevention day falls today. The World Health Organization has published a set of comprehensive guidelines on self examining process for any suspected AIDS cases. This testing process can be conducted with a drop of blood.

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that generous politicians sans corruption often respected by the masses.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that a free democratic society prevails over rules of kings in the contemporary world.

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A process to register tea cultivation lands from tomorrow.

Minister Naveen Dissanayake informs that the tea board has initiated necessary steps to register tea cultivation lands from tomorrow.

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An extensive investigation about adulteration of diesel using kerosene oil.

A comprehensive investigation is underway into the alleged incident of mixing kerosene oil with diesel.

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Govt has been able to regain respect & diplomatic recognition for SL - FM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera says the present government was able to regain the respect and diplomatic recognition for the country within a short period which was lost during the previous regime. Speaking at the Parliament today the Minister pointed out the political situation in the country during the post war period,
authoritarian rule and covering up the theft of Rajapaksa family members from the war victory distanced Sri Lanka from the world. Furthermore, the country did not have a proper foreign policy. Appointing of inappropriate persons for the Foreign Service further worsened the situation. Theft and unruly behaviours became common. 
The expense for the foreign tours of Rajapaksa family members from year 2012 to 2014 was 2.3 billion rupees. 
The government bore more than two million rupees for the visit undertook by youngest son of former President to Japan in year 2014. Furthermore, a house has been rented in year 2013 when there was no consular general in 
Los Angeles. 27 million rupees have been spent to rent the house for a period of one year and nine months. Son of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had lived in the house. 
 
Investigations are now being carried out regarding such fraud. The Minister pointed out former Minister Professor G.L. Peiris is directly responsible for these fraud and malpractices. The Foreign Service will be updated in accordance with the requirements of the modern world. 
An Embassy will be opened in Ethiopia instead of Uganda. Ties with Palestine will be strengthened as well. 
 
Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi who spoke on the occasion proposed to appoint a parliamentary select committee to investigate alleged fraud and malpractices that have said to be taken in the Foreign Service from year 2010 to 2015. 
 
MP Bimal Rathnayake said the Ministry itself should also conduct an investigation in this regard. Today is the 10th day of the committee stage discussion. The votes on accounts of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Employment, Labour and Trade Union Relations are taken up for discussion today. 

Public servants can now forward their problems to PPC

Chairman of the Public Petitions Committee State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe says his committee is rendering an immense service to the public. The public servants can forward the problems they face to the committee and obtain solutions for them.

Addressing a media briefing held at parliamentary complex this morning the State Minister pointed out the committee has been given more powers with the introduction of 19th constitutional amendment. 

Former Deputy Min Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan arrested

Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan has been arrested. The Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the Police has arrested him over the charges of misusing government vehicles. He had been summoned to the FCID this morning to record a statement.

Electricity to be supplied to all households by the end of this year

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera says electricity will be supplied to all households by the end of this year. Out of the total households 92.2 percent have been supplied with electricity. Power was supplied to 224 thousand 738 houses alone after the present government came into power.
The connections have been given without charging a basic fee and a payment for setting up the cables. The number of houses that do not have power at present is 41,174. Out of them majority of households are situated in Kurunegala district. The deputy minister urged the owners of houses that are yet to obtain electricity to forward their applications as soon as possible. He stated this in reply to a question raised by parliamentarian Nalin Bandara in parliament today.

Meanwhile, sesame cultivation is to be expanded. Replying to a question raised by parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana state minister Wasantha Aluvihare said the government has taken measures to introduce high quality seeds and modern technology as well as to provide facilities for the villages sesame cultivation is carried out. Sesame cultivation is currently carried out in the districts of Moneragala, Anuradhapura and Hambantota.
A harvest of a metric ton can be obtained from a hectare of sesame.
The annual sesame consumption of the country is currently 10,000 metric tons. The state minister disclosed 2,700 metric tons of sesame were exported last year.

Meanwhile, Minister Faizer Musthafa told the parliament today that the local government polls will not be postponed due to any reason. He pledged to hold the election as soon as the demarcation process is concluded.

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.