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The President says that, he never blame agitating university students as they act under a cat's paw.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, that a certain section of the society tries to indicate  to the public that government is attempting to curtail the freedom of education while doing injustice to the medical students in the government universities and denying their privileges.

The intended section tries to misguide university students to achieve their objectives. At a function in Lankapura Maha Vidyalaya in Polonnaruwa he said that, he never put the blame on university students because this conspiracy is being operated by an uncivilized political hand.

Every year  more than 250 thousand  students  sit to the advanced level examination in the country. After each examination  nearly 90 thousand are qualified to enter universities ,  but the possibility is  available  only for  nearly 25 thousand, just because of  competition. So,  the government  is taking steps  to provide higher education facilities through   introducing  state universities and high standard private  universities.

But the government never expect to curtail  the free education, the president pointed out.  Annually about 80 thousand Sri Lankan students are migrating to foreign universities for their higher education. They find out funding for their foreign education by mortgaging their poor parents private properties. This is a lamentable reason for him the President pointed out.

The Health minister says, the students who damaged the health ministry received the treatments from government hospitals which comes under his purview.

Health minister Dr.Rajitha Senarathne  condemns  the behaviour of certain section of university students  who entered the ministry premises  yesterday evening. Minister made this observation at a press briefing today. Yesterday was the public day of the ministry  and who visited the ministry  to meet the minister  also condemns the behaviour of so called university students.

All the trade unions who are  attached to the ministry condemns the students action. The ministry has take all the steps to take legal action regarding the violation of law by damaging properties of the ministry.  Minister raised a question whether to consider if it is right to carry out a trade union action, when the country is facing  the menace of dengue.

Police to enforce stringent measures to captivate those who stormed the health ministry yesterday.

Police say that they will take stern action against those who damaged state properties during the agitation conducted by a group of university students yesterday. A special investigation has been launched at the moment. The assessment of the damage is being counted.

Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody addressing a media briefing in Colombo this morning said that they are in the process of obtaining CCTV pictures and other evidence in order to recognise the individuals who are responsible. The protesters have infringed the judicial directives too, said the DIG.

New policy in teacher appointments and transfers before the end of the year.

President Maithreepala Sirisena says that a new scheme will be introduced to change the current teacher appointment system and transfer scheme. According to the new policy, any government school should not have an over staff. A circular will be issued from the education ministry to transfer the teachers of overstaffed schools into the understaffed schools.

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Police will take stern action against those who damaged state properties during the agitation conducted by a group of university students yesterday.

Police say that they will take stern action against those who damaged state properties during the agitation conducted by a group of university students yesterday. A special investigation has been launched at the moment. The assessment of the damage is being counted. Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody addressing a media briefing in Colombo this morning said that they are in the process of obtaining CCTV pictures and other evidence in order to recognise the individuals who are responsible. The protesters have infringed the judicial directives too, said the DIG.

The general public express their deep dissatisfaction over the strike by the government medical officers.

The 'lightning strike' launched by the government medical officers association last night has caused severe difficulties for the innocent patients visiting outpatient departments of government hospitals. It is reported that a lot of visiting patients to the OPDs' had returned without receiving treatment for their ailments. The patients who took appointments for various clinics have also faced severe difficulties. Our provincial reporter said that the general public has expressed their dissatisfaction over the GMOA strike.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake says the animals and other creatures are protected after the introduction of organic fertilizers for cultivation.


Minister Duminda Dissanayake says the animals and other creatures are protected after the introduction of organic fertilizers for cultivation. Minister made these remarks at a function to introduce liquidized organic fertilizers to the farming community. The function was held yesterday.

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The parliament debates the relevant drafted bill to establish an office on disappeared persons.

The parliament debates the relevant drafted bill to establish an office on disappeared persons.  Presenting the debate Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said a definite decision on the disappeared persons cannot still be taken as there is no proper provision  in this regard. The office for disappeared person  would be entirely an independent body.

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The government has focused special attention on the announcement made by Asgiri Maha Sangha Sabha.

The government has focused special attention on the announcement made by Asgiri Maha Sangha Sabha. At the cabinet press briefing held in Colombo today, Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne says the law of the country should be enforced on each individual without any discrimination. There is no unrest among any ethnic or religious group in the country. However, very small amount of extremists are attempting to create social unrest. But they must understand the fact that peace loving majority has always rejected the extremism in the past elections.

A ministerial sub-committee has been appointed to coordinate UN Human Rights Councils recommendations.

A ministerial committee headed by the Prime Minister to coordinate UN Human Rights Council Recommendations has been appointed. A committee comprised with officials will also be appointed to support the ministerial committee. A proposal in this connection has already been approved by the cabinet.
Sri Lanka has gained two more years to implement above recommendations agreed in 2015, at the session held in March 2017.

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