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Main suspect of the Mattakkuliya incident identified

Main suspect of the Mattakkuliya shooting incident has been identified. The magistrate inquiry and the postmortems regarding the persons who died from the incident will be held today. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara says the Colombo Crimes Division is carrying out the investigations under the instructions of the IGP.

Meanwhile former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathne has been remanded. The court had issued a warrant after he was indicted by the Attorney General regarding an accident that took place in Year 2002. He surrendered to the Negombo police today. Additional Magistrate Kapila Dushmantha ordered the suspect to be remanded till 1st of next month after he was produced before the Negombo Magistrate court today.

Meanwhile parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera who had been remanded has been released on a cash bail of 25,000 rupees and two sureties of one million rupees.

2nd generator of Norachcholai Coal Power plant made functional

Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says another generator of the Norachcholai coal power plant was made operational yesterday. Therefore, two generators of the plant have now been switched on. 600 megawatts have been added to the national grid as a result of it. The Ministry expresses belief that its engineers will be able to repair the 3rd generator by the end of this week. It would add another 300 mega watts to the national grid.

Meanwhile adequate rains have not been received by the tanks of hydro power plants to increase the electricity generation. Therefore the electricity generated through hydro power still remains at 25 percent. Media spokesperson of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardhana says however there is no need disrupt the power supply. Most of the electricity is added to the national grid by using fuel. Therefore the CEB has to bear an additional expense. Sulakshana Jayawardhana emphasized however the public will not have to burden that amount.

Cultivation activities of Maha season to commence next month

The Water Management Committee has decided to commence the cultivation activities of Maha season next month. Therefore water will be issued to various districts on 1st, 5th, 10th and 15th of next month. Director General of Irrigation Saman Weerasinghe says a discussion in this regard is now being held under the auspices of Director General of Mahaweli.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" will be vested with the public by the President today.

"Siri Seelalankara Nahimigama" constructed to commemorate the Dimbulagala Aranya Senasanadhipathy late Venerable Kithalagama Siri Seelalankara Nayaka Thera will be vested with the public today by President Maithripala Sirisena.


The President says no conflict should take place in the country based on the languages spoken by the communities.

President Maithripala Sirisena says no conflict should take place in the country based on the languages spoken by the communities. He added that in some countries conflicts have occurred based on languages. The President pointed out that that kind of conflicts happened even in Sri Lanka.


Indian delegation arrived in Sri Lanka to expand trade activities.

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for a three-day official visit.
The purpose of the visit of this three-member delegation is observing the potential to promote Indian business in Sri Lanka and investment opportunities.


48 varieties of drugs will be available at the reduced prices, from tomorrow.

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna says people are able to purchase 48 varieties of essential drugs at the reduced price from tomorrow. The Minister has instructed the State Pharmaceutical Corporation to issue them to the public, at the reduced rates from 32 branches of Osu Sala and 130 franchised outlets. Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. H M M Rumy says the Corporation has already imported quality drugs for the people.

He says the Health Minister has instructed them to raid the Pharmacies that do not sell the medicine at the reduced prices. The government is to reduce the prices of more varieties of pharmaceuticals, in future.

The Finance Minister says public views and proposals have also been considered in preparing the Budget.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayaka says public views and proposals have been considered in preparing the Budget proposals this year. Special attention has been focused to reduce government expenses in the next year. Teams of University students have been deployed at rural level to obtain public views and proposals during the past period. In addition, ideas from trade unions and economic experts have also been considered.

The government has planned to spend 1819 billion rupees for the next financial year. The government has planned to reduce 760 billion rupees of government expenses, during the next year.

Medium Entrepreneurs of the Western Province were awarded by the President.

An Awarding Ceremony for (FLAME) Medium Scale   Entrepreneurs in the Western Province was held in Galle Face Hotel in Colombo yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

 39 entrepreneurs were honoured with awards at this ceremony.  Leading South African Entrepreneur Dr. Y K Paik offered a special award to the President at this ceremony.  The President also felicitated him with an award.

Bilateral discussions will be held with the visiting Foreign Secretary of India.

The government says bilateral discussions will be held with the visiting Foreign Secretary of India S Jaishankar on implementation of various decisions taken during the President and Prime Minister's recent visits to India. The Indian foreign secretary will discuss economic cooperation.

He will also pursue various initiatives discussed between the leadership of the two countries. The contentious issue of capture of fishermen is also likely to figure during the visit to Colombo.