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44 sports men women who represented Sri Lanka during Olympic International will be felicitated by the President, tomorrow.

44 sports men women who represented Sri Lanka during Olympic International will be felicitated by President Maithripala Sirisena, tomorrow. The Ministry of Sports says that the event is taking place at the President's House in Colombo.  

This is organized by the Ministry in par with 50th Anniversary of the Ministry.  67 sports men and women who represented Sri Lanka since the recent inception of Olympics are still living.  23 out of them are living abroad.  Others will receive Presidential Awards tomorrow.

131 Aids cases reported for the 1st six months of the year.

131 Aids cases are reported for the 1st six months of the year.  The National Aids Control Movement says that it suspects undiagnosed Aids patients numbering more than 2000 could have been unidentified.  Dr. Sisira Liyanage, the Director of National Aids Control Movement suspects a large number of them unaware whether they have aids contaminated into them.

The Prime Minister says that he is collaborating with other countries to make Sri Lanka the economic hub of Indian Ocean.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says that he is collaborating with other countries to make Sri Lanka the economic hub of Indian Ocean. The government has taken steps to have close links with India while strengthening ties with China and Japan for the betterment of the island. Commemorating 40 years for his political life in Parliament, the Premier has stipulated these comments in his personal Facebook.

Investment opportunities have to be increased aiming the generation of more employment chances for the youth in the country. At the meantime, local investors have to face competition with invited foreign investors in a competitive environment. The Premier further says that the human right violations took place during Mahinda Rajapaksa regime have been rectified while making the country acceptable to the international community.

The present government took steps to turn it to be a collision government when it was necessary. Though it is difficult the forward march, we have to embark on it without hesitations. At a turning point to the present as a result of the government being a collision it has laid the foundation to have a firm foundation in the economy and politics in the country.


The government is able to relieve the country from the debt trap and the international community have extended their helping hand to the country. We should be able to make Sri Lanka the best country in the region while novices engaging in politics in the country.

The government vehemently rejects the joint opposition's accusations with regard to war heroes.

The government vehemently rejects the joint opposition's accusations with regard to war heroes, says Minister of State for Defense Ruwan Wijewardena.  The government is always act on behalf of war heroes.  However, the government is not act on behalf of offenders.

 He was addressing a media briefing at Sirikotha this morning.  The Commodore Dasanayaka was taken into custody according to a complaint made by then Navy Commander in 2009.  It was followed by long and extensive investigations.  The State Minister said the tri forces cannot be accused for crimes made by few individuals.

The date of Nominations for the provincial council elections will be announced on the 2nd of October.

The Elections Commission says that the call for nominations for the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern provincial council elections will be announced on the 2nd of October. The Elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya stated this attending a function held in Rathnapura yesterday. He added that the local government elections cannot be held until the parliament prepares the necessary acts and bills.

Minister Sagala Ratnayake has called for a report on the attempted arrest of the Convener of the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee Ryan Jayalath.

Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake has called for a report on the attempted arrest of the Convener of the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee Ryan Jayalath and the behavior of the police during the incident. Issuing a statement the Minister has ordered the Inspector General to compile the report.

The Minister also said he would make a special statement on the incident in Parliament next week. A group of police officers who were dressed in civil attire looked to arrest Jayalath leading to an argument which was pacified by uniformed officers who arrived on scene.

There is a decrease of dengue mosquito density.

Entomologist Association of the Health Department says there is a drop of dengue mosquito density due to intensive mosquito elimination programs launched islandwide. Chairman of the Association Najith Sumanasena says their members are now conducting researches in this connection.

Mosquito eradication programs will be conducted in all schools next week with the help of students, parents and teachers. Over 101 thousand dengue cases have been reported so far this year. 43 percent of them are from the western province.

Over one million people have been affected by the prevailing drought.

Over one million people have been affected by the prevailing drought in 12 districts. The Disaster Management Center says water levels of the several major reservoirs have severely receded.

The water level of the Victoria reservoir is now at 20 percent of its full capacity. The Randenigala reservoir has gone down 8.4 of the full capacity. Bowatenna, Castlereagh and Maussakelle and few other tanks are full upto 60 percent.

The United National Party to organize a number of continuous celebrations to mark the Prime Minister's 40 years in Parliament.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe completes 40 years in Parliament uninterruptedly. He was first elected to the parliament in the General Election of 21st July 1977 contesting Biyagama electorate and was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Thereafter, he held portfolios of Youth Affairs, Employment and Education and Industries Science and Technology.

In 1993 he was appointed as the Prime Minister of the country for the 1st time and thereafter, in 2001 and 2016 he held the Premiership. Premier Ranil Wickremasinghe is the only public representative in Parliament with a record of being at Parliament, continuously for 40 years. After the 1977 General Election, Parliament was first convened in a 4th of August in the same year.


According to a party leaders decision in Parliament, a special parliamentary session will be conducted on the 4th of August in Parliament. The United National Party in which Mr. Wickremasinghe is the leader is also holding number of celebrations to felicitate Prime Minster.


In concurrence with these celebrations a special exhibition to depict the country's revolutionary changes that took place after introducing open economic policy after 1977 will be opened on 27th of this month and will be conducted for 3 days thereafter. The venue is National Youth Services Council premises in Maharagama.

State Minister Dilan Perera says that establishing the Office of Missing Persons has confirmed the safety of the people.

State Minister Dilan Perera says that establishing the Office of Missing Persons and the enforcing of the relevant Act has confirmed the safety of the people in the country.  Various persons can submit many ideologies.  He made these comments to an enquiry by the SLBC.