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A cabinet paper has been issued to recruit food and medicine inspectors.

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says over 150 complaints have been received to the public complains unit by the public regarding the sale of drugs at higher prices.


The sugar cane research institute is to setup three more regional centers.

The National Sugar Cane Research Institute in Udawalawa is to setup three more regional centers. These research centers will be setup in Pelwatte, Hingurana and Sevenagala areas where the sugar cane plantations are in abundance.


The president's mobile service in Galle has solved many problems in the Galle district.

Minister Vajira Abeywardena says the president's mobile service in Galle has solved many problems of the people in the Galle district. Many rural people have suffered immensely as they haven’t had opportunity to raise their problems with the relevant public officials


World Diabetes Day falls today

The World Diabetes Day falls today. It was declared in 1991 by the World Health Organization together with the International Diabetes Federation. Today was chosen as the World Diabetes Day as it also marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best and John James Rickard Macleod,

first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. The day was declared in 1991 since the number of diabetes patients increased in the year alarmingly. At least two persons who are having diabetes are identified from around the world in every 10 seconds. Around 7 million persons are infected with the disease annually and four million of them die each year.

In Sri Lanka the number of diabetes patients reported was two million in 2011. Another 2 million were vulnerable.

It has been revealed that one fourth of the Sri Lankan population are having diabetes. Limbs of 500 to 600 persons are removed annually due to the disease. Cardiac arrests, kidney diseases, visual impairment, liver ailments, diseases related to skin and bone infections are among the other diseases related to diabetes.

Spending more time in front of the television or the computer, not engaging in exercises and consumption of cigarettes are the main reasons for the diabetes. Therefore, it is important to engage in exercises at least 30 minutes a day and to reduce consumption of food with sugar and flour as well as to consume fresh fruits and vegetables to prevent the disease.

No Sri Lankans affected from earthquakes in NZ

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Sri Lanka's thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. Issuing a twitter message its spokesperson Mahishini Colonne says the government condoles on the loss of life and wishes speedy recovery to those injured. She also told the SLBC that there are no reports so far of Sri Lankans being affected from the earthquakes.

The president stresses the need of common agenda for the nation.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the country needs one common agenda to triumph national interests. He added that the common goals should not be led down by the petty interests of the individuals. The president made these comments at a function held at the BMICH today. The event was organized to celebrate art and culture that consolidate ethnic times.


A special walk organized by the Ministry of Health to mark the World Diabetes Day commenced this morning under the patronage of President.

The World Diabetes Day falls today. A special walk organized by the Ministry of Health commenced this morning at Independence Square under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaking at this function President Sirisena said the world population has faced many serious health problems due to Diabetes defect. He also noted around 15 to 17 percent of Sri Lankan population are affected with Diabetes. Even small children getting affected by Diabetes has become a national problem. President also pointed out the younger generation of this country should have healthy physic to push forward the development programmes of this country. Therefore, awareness programmes should be conducted from the school level to prevent this Diabetes menace.

President Sirisena also presented his views at the Subharathi live programme held at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, this morning. Speaking at this function, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna said a special colour code has been introduced in soft drinks to show the sugar level of those contents.

Railway Service will be developed as an effective service to serve the general public.

Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva says more funds are allocated for the Transport Service in this budget.


2878 youth will be recruited as government management assistant service next year.

2878 youth will be recruited as Government Management Assistant Service next year.  The Director General of Integrated Public Administration and Management Ministry K H P M G Gamage said the relevant gazette notification will be released next month.

 He further said another 1595 persons will be recruited to this service this year.  The relevant interviews for this recruitment will be held on the 15th, 16th and 18th of this month at the Ministry premises.  The candidates for this interview have been selected based on the marks scored at the competitive examination held in April 2015.

The first death anniversary of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha thero will be commemorated tomorrow under the patronage of the President

The first death anniversary of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha thero will be commemorated tomorrow at 4.00 pm in the Kotte Naga Viharaya premises under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Ven. Wathurawila Siri Sujatha will conduct the Anusasana at this ceremony. President Sirisena will launch commemoration stamp at this occasion.