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The Prime Minister says, passports will be printed with modern technology in near future.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the government is committed to increase exports by strengthening local entrepreneurs. Measures will also be taken to attract more foreign investors into the country.  The Prime Minister made these remarks when he made an observation visit in the Thomas De La Ru & Company in the Biyagama investment zone yesterday. 

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The government has signed 3 agreements with Asian Development Bank for a loan facility amounting to 270 million dollars to invest on the joint project to develop the water supply system and road network .

The government has signed  3 agreements with Asian Development Bank for a loan facility amounting to 270 million dollars to invest on the joint project to develop the water supply system and road network in Jaffna and Kilinochchi. The joint project on road development will include southern ,central, Sabaragamuwa , north western , north central  and western province.

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Minister Faizer Mustafa points out that no room will be provided to accommodate relations in the nomination list of the forthcoming local government election.

Minister of local government and provincial council Faizer Mustafa emphasizes the importance of eliminating malpractices in the forthcoming local government elections. The minister also said, no room will be provided for the relations to  include in the nomination list in the forthcoming local government election.

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Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam instructs the relevant officials to take stern action against the school principals who try to provide uniform clothes instead of vouchers to the students.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam instructs the relevant officials to take stern action against the school principals who  try to provide uniform clothes   instead of vouchers to the students. The education ministry has strictly given instructions to the schools to distribute free vouchers to the students. The students will use the vouchers to purchase uniform clothes.

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The use of polythene banned in election propaganda activities.


President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday instructed the Central Environment Authority to ban the use of polythene for election decorations. He also advised on strict action to be taken in accordance with the law against those who violate the ban. He ordered the CEA to hold a meeting with all stakeholders and make them aware about the regulation.

These instructions were given during a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat held to discuss matters related to improving efficiency in waste management at local authorities.

The President also inquired into the progress made in implementing the cabinet decisions pertaining to the management of polythene and plastic use. He also discussed matters related to the management of clinical and electronic waste.

Sri Lanka becomes the 163rd country to accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

Sri Lanka has become the 163rd country to accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention. Sri Lanka last year pledged to join the international community in supporting the ongoing landmine elimination programme.

The convention prohibits of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines.

An event to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Convention themed 'A World Free of Landmines' was convened at the UN office. It was organised jointly by the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Canada, and Colombia. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative, Dr Rohan Perera, welcomed the initiatives taken by the Missions and the contribution made by the countries it represents, in making the Ottawa treaty a reality.

The government has decided to create Subsidized Price Markets in view of the upcoming festive season.

The government has decided to create subsidized price markets with the participation of the private sector in view of the upcoming festive season. Thereby, a decision has been made to introduce a ‘relief hamper’ consisting of 8 essential commodities. These essentials include rice, dhal, sugar, sprats, onions, potatoes and canned fish. This decision was taken at a meeting held at Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the participation of Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Rishad Bathiyudeen and representatives from various state and private institutions.

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The Flying Squad of the Consumer Affairs Authority to continue raids against errant traders selling coconuts above the Control Price.

Chairman of the Coconut Cultivation Board, Kapila Yakandaawala states that the Maximum Retail Price of a Coconut is 75 rupees. The Wholesale Price ranges between 40 to 45 rupees. The Consumer Affairs Authority is currently conducting raids to nab errant traders involved in selling nuts for higher prices.

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The Prime Minister focuses his attention on the obstacles faced by Universities.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised the Vice Chancellors of Universities to take necessary steps to provide quality based education, instead of focusing on constructing buildings in University premises. He expressed these views at a discussion held at Temple Trees today regarding obstacles that are faced in universities and future educational plans.

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Nomination lists of the newly formed ‘Lotus Bud’ party have been rejected for several Local Government Bodies.

Nomination lists of the newly formed ‘Lotus Bud’ party, the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna, have been rejected for several Local Government bodies. Nominations for the Local Government bodies of Maharagama, Badulla, Mahiyanganaya, Panadura, Weligama and Agalawatta were rejected.

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