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The Meteorology Department says showers or thundershowers will occur at the several places in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva and Central provinces in the afternoon.

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Former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva emphasizes the 19th Amendment to the Constitution did not curtail Executive Presidential powers

Former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva says, the 13 Amendment to the Constitution has further strengthen the powers of the executive president in connection with the legislature. The President has Constitutional Power to convene , dissolve and prorogue the Parliament.

Expressing his views to SLBC the former Chief Justice said that, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was introduced with the personal objectives of reducing powers of the Executive President.

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The Lawyers Collective says that President Maithripala Sirisena has taken the correct decision on behalf of the country

Convener of the Collective Attorney-at-Law Manoj Gamage said, it was 100 percent constitutional and legal. He told the SLBC that the rulers who are not willing to seek the people’s mandate, are spreading false rumors.

Secretary to the voice for Justice Lalith Pium Perera said that, the decision which would be taken by the people, on the 5th of January will decide the future of the country.

The parliament was dissolved. – The General Election will be held on the 5th of January

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President Maithripala Sirisena says a special programme will be implemented to resolve the issues of the gem and jewellery industry of the country

The President said that a Cabinet Sub-Committee will be appointed in this regard. He made these remarks during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday to discuss about issues prevailed in the gem and jewellery industry.

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The Lanka Sama Samaja Party points out that the Speaker should be independent without engaging in party politics.

Leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party Professor Tissa Vitharane says that it is pathetic that the Speaker is acting as the Deputy Leader of the UNP without showing his impartiality as the Speaker. No Speaker so far has challenged a decision taken by the Executive President. At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday Professor Tissa Vitharane said that the Speaker should be independent and not be involved in party politics.

The Police Department has been taken under the Ministry of defence

An extraordinary gazette notification has been issued with the subjects and duties of the ministers appointed under the 40th article of the constitution.

Accordingly the police department has been taken under the ministry of defence. Earlier it was under the ministry of law and peace.

Mr.Wimal Weerwansa has been appointed as the minister of housing and Social Welfare

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has been appointed as the minister of housing and social welfare. The appointment has been made by President Maithripala Sirisena this morning.

Meanwhile, minister of international trade and investment promotions Bandula Gunawardena assumed duties this morning. He said that steps would be taken to make the economic stronger by increasing investments.

Minister S.B.Dissanayake says, the government has a majority of more than 120 members in parliament

Minister S.B. Dissanayake was appointed as the chief government whip of the parliament, assumed duties at his office in parliament this morning. Speaking to media, he said that the government has a majority of more than 120 members.

He said that the country could not be built during the last three and a half years as wished by the President. The economy was collapsed and insecurity prevailed in the country. The national assets were sold to the foreigners. Therefore, the minister said the new government came into power.

He pointed out the country was able to move forward while taking action against terrorism and facing global economic crisis during the rule of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse. Replying to a journalist, minister S.B,. Dissanayake said that the new government would move forward under a new front.