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The minister of Finance says local farmers will be protected though import tax on rice reduced.

 

Minister Ravi Karunanayke says the reduction of import tax on rice would not make any impact on the local farmers.He added the government’s policy is to protect both consumer and the farmer. Minister Karunanayke made these comments at a meeting held at the Gangarama viharaya of Mattakkuliya.

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The health minister wonders at the status of hospitals in the Hambanthota district where an executive president ascended to the power.

Meanwhile, minister Rajitha Senarathne said that the base hospitals that are lacking better administrative system need to be acquired to the central government.  He was speaking at the opening of blood transfusion center at the Tangalle base hospital. The minister said that it is an amazing fact as the hospitals of the Hambanthota district are in least developed status though an executive president was elected from the same district.  The minister promised to  develop all   the hospitals of the district in due course. Ten storyed building will be constructed for the Tangalle base hospital.

Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the abduction of Journalist Keith Noyer

 

The Police say two more suspects have been arrested this morning in connection with the abduction of Journalist Keith Noyer. The two suspects are said to be corporals of Sri Lanka Army. They will be produced before Mount Lavinia Magistrate courts today. Three more suspects including a Major of the Army had been arrested in this connection yesterday.

The minister of electricity assures that there will not be any power cut although low levels of water prevail in several reservoirs.

 

 

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says there will not be any power cut at any means although the water levels of reservoirs are in low. He stated this to the media men when he was engaged in an observation tour to look into the present situation at the Maussa and Casalrey reservoirs. In considering the dry weather situation, the sufficient water for hydro power electricity generation is maintained only until the 21st of April. Anyhow, he said the government has taken necessary measures for further electricity generation.

The three faculties of the Ruhuna university which were closed down will be reopened on Monday.

 

Three faculties that had been closed down in university of Ruhuna, will be reopen on Monday. Vice chancellor professor Gamini Senanayake said this decision has been taken by a special committee comprised of himself, deputy vice chancellor and other professors of the university. Accordingly the faculties of technology, Science and Marine Science will be reopened. All the students are requested to report to their respective hostels from tomorrow. These faculties of the university had to be closed down due to a clash between the students and a group of villagers surrounding the university.

The president will lay the foundation stone for a new court complex in Polonnaruwa on the 25th of this month.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena will lay the foundation stone for the new court complex in Polonnaruwa on the 25th of this month.  The expenditure for the court complex is 382 million rupees.  The complex will be constructed as a solution to the long felt space problem at the existing court office in the Polonnaruwa, to a request made by the President. It will be comprised with magistrate court, district court, high court , headquarters for Judges, and several other important facilities.  The Ministry of Justice has implemented a programme to develop infrastructure facilities in the court offices in the island.

A housing project constructed for the people affected by Aranayake landslide will be opened by the prime Minister tomorrow.

 

A new housing scheme project constructed for the affected people by the Aranayake landslide will be opened by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe tomorrow. The Aranayake Wasanthagama houses were constructed as a  donation provided by the Raino Roofing Products company.  The project comprised with 20 houses with modern facilities.

A series of medical clinics to identity pre-kidney patients will commence at the Wilgamuwa divisional secretariat office.

 

 

A series of medical clinics to identify pre-kidney patients will be held at the Wilgamuwa divisional secretariat office in Matale from tomorrow to the Wednesday. This programme has been organized by the presidential task force on eradication of kidney diseases.  The political leadership in the province, the ministry of health nutrition and indigenous medicine , central provincial council, Matale district secretariat office and Kandy general hospital will support the programme.   The government has focused special attention on the district in the dry zone facing a threat of severe kidney diseases.  The kidney eradication programme is a pledge given by the President at his political manifesto.

The Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed within this year.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong  last night when they stopped over in Singapore on his way home after completing the official visit in Australia.

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The number of university admissions will be increased upto 50 thousand by 2025.

Parliamentarian Prof.Aashu Marasinghe says the government’s policy is to confirm the right of education ,while strengthening the privilege of free education. Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning he said, the government will prepare a clear plan to strengthen Freedom of Education.

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