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Export income from Sri Lankan fish products has doubled in 3 months.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the foreign income from export of fishing products has doubled in three months due to the relaxation of the ban on Sri Lankan fishing products in European Union countries. He further said 37,860 metric tons of fishing products have been exported so far. 6,570 million rupees have been earned from these exports. The minister expressed confidence that the income from the fishing exports will increase further in future as well.

School text books will be distributed among students before the December vacation.

Distribution of school text books for next year has been further streamlined. Commissioner general of educational publications Mrs. Padmini Nalika Weliwatte says provincial educational secretaries have also been informed in this connection.

About 39 million text books have been printed and about nine million have already been distributed. Distributions of books in the northern and eastern provinces are successfully being carried out at present. All text books will be distributed among the students throughout the island before the December vacation.

Meanwhile, the ministry of education has focused attention to print the text books in lasting artificial paper. This may reduce costs as the books of artificial paper can be kept for several years. A sum of 3.8 billion rupees is needed annually for the printing of text books in the normal paper.

All municipal council will collect garbage separately as decaying and non-decaying.

Ministry of provincial council and local government says all municipal councils have decided to collect garbage separately from Tuesday.  Accordingly house owners have to hand over their decaying garbage and polythene waste separately.  

This programme will be initiated by a ceremony to be held at the President's House.  People in Municipal areas are advised not to dispose the garbage altogether.  The ministry requests the public to inform the police through the hotline 119 regarding the persons who dispose garbage improperly.

The President says the policy decision taken by the government to provide medicines at lower rates will be continued.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the policy decision taken by the government to pass the national pharmaceutical act has been implemented at present.  It was a long felt demand by the general public and the government is further committed to provide drugs and medicines to the people at concessionary rates.

All lapses in this Act will be solved through negotiations and agreement with the pharmaceutical companies.  The president revealed these facts at a ceremony held in Gampaha this morning to declare open the Sanasa six storied building which was built for the Gampaha general hospital. A sum of 100 million rupees has been spent for this building complex which has all health facilities.

 The President further said that it is the present government that created environment for the general public to buy quality and standard drugs at concessionary prices.  Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike and several ministers were present at this occasion.

The official mobile service by the ministry of Home Affairs will be held in the Galle district from tomorrow.

Official Mobile service organized by the ministry of Home Affairs will be held in the Galle district from tomorrow. Accordingly, a series of regional programmes will be held in Niyagama, Poddiwela Maha Vidyalaya tomorrow under the patronage of minister Vajira Abeywardene and the others ministers and the parliamentarians of the district.

Another mobile service will be held at the Divithura divisional secretariat on Monday.  More programmes will be held in other divisional secretariats in the Galle district upto the 4th of December.  People can obtain National identity cards and other certificates free of charge.  Housing and land problems, social services and vocational training opportunities and many other services are available at these mobile services.

Beautiful towns will be set up under the megapolis development plan.

Additional secretary to the ministry of megapolis and western development Madawa Waidyarathna says under the megapolis development plan, the government will create beautiful cities instead of concrete structures. The aim of this programme is to build up city complexes instead of single cities. Colombo city will be made the hub of economic and financial hub and the western province will become an attractive area for the investors.

Mr. Waidyaratne made these remarks participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning. Under the megapolis development plan special attention has been focused to recycle the garbage in the Colombo city. It will also introduce a systematic programme to solve the transport needs of the public.
Joining the programme, planning director of the ministry Mrs. Gothami Gannoruwa said about half of the population in the Colombo city live in shanties. They will be shifted to substantial houses under two stages.

SL has the capacity to become a Upper Middle Income country - WB

The World Bank says the government policy statements have indicated the appetite to implement much needed reforms in the areas of fiscal operations, competitiveness and governance. The World Bank points out if those policy reforms are implemented successfully, while paying attention to the related policy trade-offs, the government will be able to uplift the country into the Upper Middle Income state in the medium term.


Govt to present a budget that strengthens manufacturing process & builds country

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera says a budget that will help to carryout the ongoing development programmes properly and that builds the nation will be presented to the parliament next month.


It is emphasized that int'l cooperation is important to tackle organized crimes

The Sri Lankan delegation attending the Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, organized a side event on “International Cooperation on Combating Transnational Organized Crime” recently, as an initiative of the Ministry of Justice.


Investigations held to arrest inmates escaped from Dalupotha Open Prison Camp

The Prison Department says 6 inmates of the Dalupotha Open Prison Camp at Negambo have escaped early this morning.