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The President says today is a significant day of his life as he accepted a great challenge two years ago on the same day.


President Maithripala Sirisena says today is a significant day of his life as he accepted a great challenge two years ago on the same day. It is on the November 21st in 2014 then Minister Maithripala Sirisena gave up all portfolios and left the government to contest the presidential election as the common candidate.

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Minister of Justice says there is a positive image for Sri Lanka's legal system both locally and internationally.

Today is the 2nd day of the committee stage debate of the budget. Votes of the Ministries of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Justice Law and Order and Northern Development were taken up for debate today.

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The government decides to increase the minimum fine for traffic offenses to 25,000 rupees for six offenses.

The government has decided to increase the minimum fine for traffic offenses to 25,000 rupees for six offenses, effectively giving maximum power to traffic police. The six offenses are drunk driving, speeding, driving without a license, driving an uninsured vehicle, overtaking from the left hand side and driving through a rail gate irresponsibly.

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The President says he is committed to look into the demands of all trade unions ignoring party differences.

President Maithripala Sirisena says he is committed to look into the demands of all trade unions ignoring party politics. The President stated this at a meeting held with trade union representatives of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment at the ministry premises today. They enlightened him on several issues faced by employees including promotions and salaries.

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Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says certain politically bankrupted parties are in attempt to disrupt the government's march by making various statements.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says he strongly condemns the statements made by certain persons disrupting the measures taken by the government to create political and social stability in the country. Commenting on the statement made in the parliament regarding a military coup the minister pointed out certain persons are making such statements to obtain petty political gains as they are politically bankrupt.

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The country gets more foreign aid.

The ministry of Finance says the country receives more development assistance from foreign countries under the new administration. The government signed agreements with different parties to obtain more than 1470 million US dollars of the foreign funds for development works in the country. The Chinese government has agreed to provide the highest volume of foreign funds under the bilateral agreements. The Chinese assistance exceeds 77 million US dollars.

The EU has agreed to support under the multi lateral section to support the country with highest funds.

The fundamental rights given pride of place in the new constitution.

Parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathy Wickremarathne who is a member of the steering committee to formulate the new constitution states that an intermediate report will be presented in parliament on the 10th of net month regarding the envisaged constitution.

He added that the e parliamentarians are able to give their suggestions to the report after wards. The parliamentarian was speaking over the SLBC Subarathi programme this morning. Dr.Wickremarathen further said that formation of the new constitution will lead to fulfill the expectations of the people who contributed to the January 8th transformation.

He also said that a vibrant discussion is essential in the society in regard to the new constitution, If the proposed set of fundamental rights would be included in the constitution it will be the strongest declaration of fundamental rights in Asia.

Attorney r\Ravi Jayawardhana said that all the communities in the country has the space to create a new Sri Lankan nation. The former president after defeating terrorism promised to create a new constitution. But he was unable to redeem his promise, Attorney Jayawardenaa said that the time is now opportune to correct historical errors.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the Prime Minister presented the report on fundamental rights to parliament recently. He added that even economic and social rights have been encompassed under the fundamental rights. The assistance of civil society and international experts was also sought in connection with preparing the document.

A comprehensive programme to include the youth in development process.

State minister Niroshan Perera says the youth of the country will  be included in the development agenda of the government. He added that the administration has prepared a well devised economic plan in line with the trenching global economy.

More opportunities will be opened for the youth to obtain vocational training. The concepts like youth parliament and Yovun Puraya are in operation. The state minister said that Sri Lanka is in the 31st of the youth ranking of the Commonwealth. He highlighted that the government has allocated 13.5 billion rupees for the development activities in the rural areas. He highlighted that transparent tender procedures are followed by the government.

Today is the second day of committee stage debate of the budget.

The parliament will meet today at 9.30 am. Today is the second day of the committee stage debate of budget.

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The Prime Minister says that Sri Lanka's police service will be made in best in Asia.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that Sri Lanka's police service will be made in best in Asia while equipping it with cutting edge technology. He added that the duty of the police officers of the country is to ensure ethnic harmony and safeguard national identity. The premier was speaking at a parade held at the police college in Kalutara today.

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