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Fisher community has commended the government's decision to reduce the price of kerosene oil

State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi says, the price of kerosene oil will be reduced by 31 rupees, with effect from tomorrow. Accordingly, from the current price of 101 rupees per litre, will be brought down to 70 rupees. This step has been taken upon the request of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, to provide relief for fisher-folk and low income families. The relevant proposal will be presented to the cabinet tomorrow for approval. At a meeting held in Tangalle yesterday the state minister said, that price of was increased due to fuel price hike at the World market and misuse of kerosene oil by bus and lorry owners.


An accelerated agricultural development programme has been launched

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera blames the wrong decisions taken by successive governments to the ruination of the sweet orange cultivations in Bibile. He says decisions on agriculture should be made on the field, and not from air-conditioned comfort.


A fully-fledged children's hospital will come up at the Kalutara General Hospital

A fully-fledged children's hospital, inclusive of a maternity ward, will come up at the general hospital in Kalutara. Minister Rajitha Senaratne says the Netherlands will assist in the construction of the 4,600 million rupee hospital. Speaking to the SLBC, he said the government would allocate a further 11,500 million rupees for the development of facilities at the Kalutara general hospital.

Police arrest more than 3,600 suspects during a special operation

Police arrested more than 3,600 suspects during a special operation between 9.00 pm yesterday and 8.00 am today. They include traffic offenders, persons evading the law and other law breakers. Additionally, 6,000 traffic rule violations were recorded. Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara says the operation was carried out on the instructions of IGP Pujith Jayasundara to prevent crime and minimize road accidents. More than 17,000 police personnel participated in the operation.

Unauthorized constructions along the country's coast will be removed

The Coast Conservation Department says unauthorized constructions along the country's coast will be removed. Director General of the Department Prabath Chandrakeerthi says that will be done as per provisions in the Coast Conservation Act. Such constructions on the Mirissa area were removed a few days ago. He adds that unauthorized constructions along the Negombo and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia coasts will next be removed.

The higher education minister alleges that ragging has become a major underworld menace in this country.

Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa alleges that ragging has become a major underworld menace in this country. The Minister made these remarks in parliament yesterday. He said the laws relating to ragging will be strengthened to give severe punishments to the wrongdoers. There is no pardon to the wrongdoers and culprits of ragging. Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka also expressed his views on this subject. Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena also made similar remarks during a function held in Bandarawela yesterday. The president said the inhuman activities taking place in the university education mechanism should be condemned.

The Prime Minister says the former president should reveal the methods to reduce the taxes in this country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa should reveal the methods to reduce the taxes in this country. The former president stated in a function that he will reduce the tax by 20 percent when he comes to power. However, Mr. Wickremasinghe alleged that the former president has made a world record in obtaining loans during his tenure. The premier made these remarks at a function held in Ranwala to open a bridge. The premier also said the previous regime has taken loans upto 7,391 billion rupees. As a result, the monetary system and the economy are facing major crisis in the country.

The government focuses attention on revising already imposed taxes.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the government focuses attention on revising already imposed taxes. The government has imposed various taxes to increase the national income. However, this tax system is a simplified tax which has focused in direct taxing. The lament and others could understand the logic behind this taxing exercise. The Minister assures this tax system will be revised in future to reduce the burden on the common masses.

100,000 entrepreneurs will be established by 2020.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the government expects to create 100,000 new entrepreneurs by 2020. Accordingly, 16 loan schemes will be introduced to promote local production and export. The state banks have been educated in this regard. These proposals were also included in the 2018 budget. The first priority will be given to the agriculture sector in the country. Every potential citizen should come forward to become a stakeholder in this process.

The President stresses the need to prepare a common exercise to eliminate inhuman ragging in the universities

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses the need to prepare a common programme without delay to eliminate inhuman ragging that takes place in the university system. All relevant sections should work collectively to make this a success. University students met a number of bad experiences due to inhuman ragging during the past few years. Some power craving political organizations are also behind such incidents. The President said therefore, all segments of the society should come forward to end student's terrorism in universities.