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Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama points out that if the joint opposition had voted for, parliamentarian Sudarshani Fernandopulle would have been elected as the deputy Speaker

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama says that  parliamentarian Sudarshani Fernandopulle could not be elected as the deputy speaker since the members of the joint opposition did not support her at the voting.  SLFP parliamentarian except the joint opposition members voted for her.

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The Speaker says the reports on an alleged list of names of parliamentarians taking grafts are utterly false

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya says that it is not appropriate to spread falls information regarding the bond scam.  Making statements based on fabricated and false information leads to create negative impact on society.  Some media reports say that there is a list of names of parliamentarians who have accepted money  from various persons. The speaker stressed that it is utterly false.  The Speaker made these comments in the parliament today.

50 thousand job opportunities will be created through enterprises Sri Lanka programme

The aim of the government's  enterprises Sri Lanka programme is to create 50,000 job opportunities. The cabinet of ministers has given its approval to conduct a series of exhibitions at national and district levels on vision 2025 related to this subject.  The government will provide MRI scan to the Maharagama Apeksha hospital and Pet scan to the Kandy teaching hospital. The government has also taken measures to make health and physical education subject compulsory upto GCE O/L. Minister Gayantha Karunathilleke revealed this at a news conference held in Colombo today.

A mobile app to control ragging in universities

The University Grants commission has introduced a novel mobile app in order to control ragging in universities. Minister Dr. Wijedasa Rajapakse taking part in a function held for the introduction of this app said that it is the responsibility of vice chancellors, deans of faculties and teachers to control the ragging. At present, the ragging has turned to a cruel act while certain elements are trying to quench their sexual desires. 

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Liver transplanting surgeries to be conducted in the evenings at two major hospitals

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has focused on making arrangements to perform liver transplanting  surgeries at the Colombo national hospital and Ragama teaching hospital during the later part of the day. This will contribute to minimize the waiting list of patients. 

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The World Bank supports for an agricultural extension programme in two districts

A special agricultural development project will be carried out in Hambantota and Polonnaruwa districts with  World Bank assistance.  Programme Manager of the sustainable development unit in the World Bank Andrew Goodland assured to support this programme at a discussion held with minister  Mahinda Amaraweera.  They also focused on measures including utilization of new technology, implementation of export base-agricultural process, mitigation of the damages caused to cultivation due to climatic changes, required for the development of export agriculture sector in Sri Lanka.

A special awareness programme launched, to protect children from the viral fever spreading in the Southern Province

A special awareness programme has been launched by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to protect children from the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province. The condition has been identified as the Influenza 'A' Virus. The first signs of this condition are: common cold and fever. The main reason for the spread of the disease is, patients not having a proper understanding of the condition, and thereby failing to seek medical attention. 

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Parallel to planned roadways, fly overs and expressways, attention is also focused on developing rural roadways and bridges

Minister Kabir Hashim says, parallel to the planned roadways, fly overs and expressways, attention will also be focused on developing rural roadways and bridges. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday he said, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has agreed to provide the necessary funds, once the relevant plans and estimates are submitted.

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J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri elected as Deputy Speaker.

UNP parliamentarian J.M. Ananda Kumarasiri was elected for the post of Deputy Speaker with a majority of 44 votes. He received 97 votes, while Sudharshini Fernandopulle received 53 votes. MPs of the Tamil National Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna were absent when the vote was taken.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya says, various false information surrounding undisclosed details of the Bond Report have caused a slur to the people's representatives, the Parliament, and the Country.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya said in Parliament today, various false information surrounding undisclosed details of the Bond Report have caused a slur to the people's representatives, the Parliament, and the Country. This is a disappointing situation.

The sections from C 350 to C 360 of the report, which had not been released previously, were handed over to the Speaker this morning.

However the speaker says, what has been handed over is only a few sections of the report, and he will table all the reports in Parliament, when he receives the remaining sections, which have been requested.

He requested everyone to conduct themselves with a sense of responsibility at this juncture.

Various groups including the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections had requested the Speaker and Secretary to the President to release these sections of the report, in the wake of media reports regarding MPs accepting money from Perpetual Treasuries.