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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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The Prime Minister rejects the claims and allegations that the mega projects and infrastructure developed in Hambantota district during the previous regime were sold by the present government.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe rejected the claims and allegations that the mega projects and infrastructure developed in Hambantota district during the previous regime were sold by the present government.

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Minister Rajitha Senarathne says the nation is ready to abolish the executive president system completely.

Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the nation is ready to abolish the executive president system completely. He made these remarks at a function held at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday.

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Construction works pertaining national highways would be completed within 2020.

Minister of Lakshman Kiriella assures to complete construction works pertaining highways around the year 2020. Those include highways that are currently being built and planned highways, the minister added. He was speaking at media briefing held at Parliamentary Complex.

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The government focuses its attention to use Mahaweli Economical zones in the production of renewable energy.

The government has focuses its attention on using Mahaweli Economic zones to produce renewable energy.

A proposal in this regard has been approved by the cabinet of ministers. Accordingly unusable lands belonged to Mahaweli Authority will be utilized. The relevant proposal was submitted by the president Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity of the Minister of Mahaweli Development and environment.

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The President says the existing democracy under the present government should not be exploited to gain political mileage.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the existing democracy under the present  government should not be exploited to gain petty political mileage. It is an obstruction to the forward march of the government.  As a strong government this rule is fulfilling the aspirations of the public. Many changes in the government policies have been made to provide the people good governance.  A government cannot provide instant solutions to deep rooted problems as some opposition elements are proposing. The government is committed to provide justice to the public in its utmost through systematic plans.

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The aim of the increase of fines of road rule violations is to enhance the safety of the public.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilleke says the objective of increasing the minimum fine of road rule violation is to save lives of passengers and the pedestrians.  At the cabinet press briefing the minister said 8 to 10 deaths are reported daily by road accidents.  

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