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The President says that he does not have a personal agenda but an agenda for the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that no one should be panicked over the tenure of his office as he has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court in this regard. He stressed that he is ready to leave the office at any time according to the opinion of the judiciary respecting the democratic norms of the country. The President made these remarks at a public rally held in Akuressa area last evening.
The President says that he does not have a personal agenda but an agenda for the country. He further said that he has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court to verify the correct situation on the 19th constitutional amendment as there are divided social opinions on this matter. The President pointed out that he is not craving for power and committed to strengthen national reconciliation in Sri Lanka. All ethnic and religious groups should be able to live in harmony with fraternity. The President added that he will direct the SLFP to form a better government through establishing better local government bodies and provincial councils in the future. No member of his family will be made the leader of the SLFP. Some opposition elements are accusing the government of withdrawing army camps in the North. The President pointed out that the former regime has even removed army headquarters from the Galle face area and sold out rightly the land to the Chinese company Shangri La for a hotel project.

The Prime Minister pledges that the government will strengthen the rural economy.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasingeh says the government will strengthen the rural economy. He made this pledge participation at the inaugural ceremony of the Udubaddawa divisional secretariat office. He added that an industrial town will be launched centered around Dummalalsooriya, Madampe and Bingiriya. Additionally a tourist zone will be estabslished across Chilaw and Iranawila.

170 million rupees provided as relief for farmers in the Matara district.

The Matara District office of the National Fertilizer Secretariat says that 170 million rupees has been credited to farmers who will be engaged in paddy cultivation in the forthcoming cultivation season. This relief aid is provided in 3 stages this year. Under the first stage 678 farmers received funds for the cultivation of more than 264 hectares of land. More than 13,000 hectares are due to be cultivated in the Matara district during the next cultivation season. More than 31,000 farmers will receive funds to their bank accounts during this stage.

8 contestants among many apprehended for violating election laws.


The police headquarters says that from the 9th of December last year to date 45 complaints regarding violation of election laws have been reported. 97 suspects have been taken into custody so far. Significantly, there are 8 contestants amongst those apprehended.

The trade union action of the nurses union of Sri Jayawardanepura hospital has come to an end.

The trade union action of the nurses union of Sri Jayawardanepura hospital has been called off. The chairman of nurses union Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage said this decision has been taken based on the discussion held with relevant authorities in a successful manner.

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18 electric buses will be deployed for the benefit of the commuters insight Colombo city limit.

Sri Lanka Transport Board is getting ready to deploy 18 electric buses for the benefit of the commuters insight the Colombo city limit. Accordingly, a report including the prerequisites and standard features of the proposed buses have been prepared and submitted to the ministery of transport.

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600 model housing villages will be established during this year.

Minister Sajith Premadasa has given instructions to national housing development authority to complete all pending housing constructions by 31st of March this year. The construction work of 507 housing villages commenced last year.

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Special election broadcasting service under the name of ‘Election FM’ of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation commences today.

The SLBC launched the special election channel “Election FM” this morning under the patronage of chairman of the election commission Mahinda Deshapriya. He expressed confidence that this channel will act impartially providing equal opportunities to every political party and candidates to ensure free and fair election.

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A sum of 7000 million rupees has been allocated to provide compensation for the farmers affected by the draught condition.

The Disaster Management Center says that a sum of 7000 million rupees has been allocated to provide compensation for the farmers affected by the draught condition. Accordingly, monthly allowance of 5000 rupees will be provided to each affected family.

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The President points out that the reason for the increase in poverty in the country is due to large scale fraud and corruption that was practiced various elements.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the reason for the increase in poverty in the country is due to the large scale fraud and corruption that was practiced by politicians state officials and various corrupt businessmen, in every government that came into power in the past. He points out that the citizens elected him as the head of state to eradicate fraud and corruption and create a clean political movement. He expressed these views participating at a public rally held in Medirigiriya, yesterday. The President also called to mind that during the period between 2008 and 2016 irrespective of party differences billions of funds had been subjected to theft. He observed that there is no shortage of intellectuals in the country. In the same way there is no shortage of resources. The only obstacle that has thrown a spanner in the path of development has been the formidable errors committed by politicians. The President added that bringing an end to that corrupt era all should join hands in taking the first steps in a cultured political journey, with genuine love for our Motherland.