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A special programme to increase student scholarship grants of aesthetic studies

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says a special programme to increase student scholarship grants of aesthetic studies. The Minister further said these aesthetic students receive a sum of 2,000 rupees as a student scholarship up to now. However, the government plans to increase this amount in order to provide maximum support to their studies.

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The President says the Moragahakanda Project is a strength to the National Economy.

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It has been pointed out that the nurses’ trade union action at the Sri Jayawardhanapura Hospital, is illegal.

Authorities point out that the nurses’ trade union action at the Sri Jayawardhanapura Hospital, is illegal. The nurses had resorted to the Trade Union action in protest against having finger print machines to monitor attendance. Last Friday, a court order was issued pronouncing the trade action as illegal. However, they are continuing their action ignoring the court verdict. Chairman of the hospital Dr.Athula Kahandaliyanage states that the plan was launched to uplift the functioning of the hospital to high standards. Thereby all activities including salary payments have been computerized. He added that, if there are any shortcomings they can be resolved through discussions.

Director General of the Ministry of Public Administration and Management W.D.Somadasa, speaking to the SLBC said that, finger print scanning was introduced instead of attendance registers for state institutions, state corporations and statutory boards by a proposal tabled in parliament, in 2009. He added that, public officials from top tier to bottom need to abide by this regulation.

A special parliamentary sitting, on Wednesday.

Acting Secretary General of the Parliament, Neil Iddawela says that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has summoned a special Parliamentary sitting on Wednesday at 10.30am, upon the request of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

According to Mr Iddawela, the Speaker, in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 of Parliament, requests all Members of Parliament to attend this special sitting.

The Moragahakanda Reservoir Project was vested with the public by President Maithripala Sirisena

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The Rajagiriya flyover was declared open this morning

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Distribution of official poll cards begins on the 18th of this month.

The additional election commissioner M.M.Mohammed says, certifying the postal ballot papers will be carried out by the relevant district returning officers today. Then the name lists of government officials who are entitled for postal voting will be displayed at the relevant offices. The secured packets of postal ballot papers will be handed over to the postal department for dispatching on Thursday. Distribution of official poll cards will begin on the 18th of this month and the official poll cards will be delivered on the 28th Sunday as a special day

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Sri Lanka commemorates three years completion of the new political culture and political revolution today. The political culture was established on January 8th 2015.

Sri Lanka commemorates three years completion of the new political culture and political revolution today.  President Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the President of this country on the 8th of January 2015.  Today the government celebrates the victory of establishing democracy, peace, reconciliation and a new political culture. 

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A special party leaders meeting will be convened today under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.

A special party leaders meeting will be convened today under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.  The meeting will focus on the central bank bon scam report.  The Speaker and the leaders of political parties will discuss in detail to decide on a date to conduct a special debate on the central bank bond scam report.

The ban on conducting election propaganda activities at places of religious worship reiterated.

Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya reiterates that conducting election propaganda activities at places of religious worship is prohibited. He says the commission continues to receive complaints about the violation of this ban. The election chief was addressing police officers in the Southern province at the Galle district secretariat yesterday. He added that the election commission would take action against the violation of this ban.