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The bond commission report and 34 reports of serious acts of fraud will be presented to parliament today.

The report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Bond issue will be handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament today. The 34 reports of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges will also be handed over to Parliament today.

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The Prime Minister inspects the construction work of Central Expressway.

Prime minister says, after completion of central express way Sri Lanka’s economy will go forward with a momentum.  The premier made these remarks participating in an inspection tour in the central express way in Kurunegala area yesterday.  Addressing the gathering the prime minister said, Kandy city will be fully developed in line with the express way project.

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The Polgahawela Flyover Bridge will be vested with the public today.

The Polgahawela fly over bridge will be vested with the public under the patronage of Minister Lakshman Kiriella today.  The length of the bridge is 353 meters.  More than two billion rupees has been spent for the construction work. It was constructed under the financial assistance of Spanish government and was monitored by the Road Development Authority.

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Delivery of official poll cards of the LG polls will begin on Friday.

Election Commissioner General R.M.A.L. Rathnayake says the official poll cards of the upcoming LG polls will be handed over to the Postal Department tomorrow to be dispatched among voters. They will be delivered from Friday to the 4th of February including the Sunday the 28th of this month as a special day of delivering. Mr. Rathnayake informs the public that if anyone does not receive the poll cards until the 4th of February they can collect the poll cards from the relevant post office proving their identity.

The UNP inaugural election propaganda rally will be held in Kandy tomorrow.

The inaugural election propaganda rally of the UNP prior to the LG polls will be held in Kandy on tomorrow under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

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The SLFP points out that the Supreme Court determination regarding the term of office of the incumbent President, portrays that the country is served by an independent judiciary.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party says that President Maithripala Sirisena sought the Supreme Court determination regarding his term of office because of the many development projects that need to be executed during his tenure. Speaking at a media briefing today, the party’s deputy secretary Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that since two interpretations surfaced regarding the term of office of the incumbent president, a Supreme Court determination was sought to douse any confusion. The minister pointed out that the president did not seek the opinion of the Supreme Court with the intention of clinging to power for six years. He placed emphasis on the fact that President Maithripala Sirisena renounced many of the executive powers that were centered around the executive presidency, with the enactment of the 19th amendment to the constitution. He observed that the Supreme Court decision portrays that the country is served by an independent judiciary.

Minister Thalatha Athukorala says the judicial system during the previous regime was under pressure.

Minister Thalatha Athukorala says the judicial system during the previous regime was under pressure. The Minister also stated few external elements exerted unnecessary pressure on the judicial system during the previous regime, which prevail for ten years.

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JVP emphasizes the importance of electing corruption free honest representatives for local government organizations in the forthcoming LG polls.

JVP emphasizes the importance of electing corruption free honest representatives for local government organizations in the forthcoming LG polls. The General Secretary of JVP Tylvin Silva said this time the election campaign does not have any competition between the candidates because the new system has eliminated the preferential vote method.

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The supreme court informs that the president’s term is 5 years.

The Supreme Court has communicated to the Presidential Secretariat that President Maithripala Sirisena’s term was only five years, according to the media release issued by the President’s Media Division today. Last week the President had made a reference to the Supreme Court seeking its opinion whether he could serve up to six years.
The five-member bench of the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the President’s term was restricted only to five years.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep,communicated its opinion to the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

All measures have been finalized to hold the independence day celebrations in grand manner.

The government is getting ready to hold the 70th independence day in a grand manner on the 4th February.. The ministry of Home Affairs says, all arrangements have been finalized to celebrate the 70th independence day at the Galle Face Green under the theme of “a single nation”. According to the ministry chief guest of the ceremony will be Prince Edward in Britain representing queen Elizabeth. Several more world leaders have already confirmed their presence in this ceremony. The celebrations will be held under the patronage of president Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremassinghe. In line with the independence day a cultural show will be held at the Colombo municipal council grounds on the same evening.