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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.

The opposition leader says no one should obstruct government development move.

Today is the 5th day of the budget debate. Opening the debate opposition leader R. Sambandan said no one should obstruct the government's development activities. Productive measures should be taken to strengthen the public service. The country needs a systematic programme to provide employments to graduates. The export sector should also be promoted.

Quality of local production should be made competitive. Import of food items that can be grown locally should be discouraged. The opposition leader further said that the new constitution should address the problems of all ethnic groups in the country. Citizens of Sri Lanka should be provided with the opportunity to live as Sri Lankans in one country. The government has to implement effective development programmes in the northern and eastern provinces.

Joining the debate minister Sagala Rathnayake said unplanned development projects implemented during the past period have led to a downturn of the national economy. Parliamentarian Nihal Galapatti said legal action will be taken against the people who have misused public property.

The government stressed that no land will be sold outright to foreigners.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella said construction of Dambulla-Colombo, Colombo, Kandy and Colombo-Rathnapura express ways will be accelerated.  The Minister stressed that the government will not sell an inch of land to foreigners outright.   Even though former President Rajapakse had been able to win the war but they failed to establish economic development.

The 53rd anniversary of Small and Medium Industries Board and 10th industrial excellence awards ceremony was held yesterday under the patronage of President.

The 53rd anniversary of Small and Medium Industries Board and 10th industrial excellence awards ceremony was held yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla. The entrepreneurs who have excelled in small and medium scale industries were awarded by the President at this event.

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