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100 thousand metric tons of rice to be imported from India.

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen  says that 100 thousand metric tons of rice will be imported from India. Under the 1st phase 70 thousand metric tons of Nadu rice, will be received  during the 2nd week of next month. 30 thousand tons of Samba rice will be released to the market by the end of next month. The control price for rice was removed from the 16th of last month. The minister states that the decision  to import rice  was taken to prevent unscrupulous traders from hiding rice stocks and creating a shortage.

Paddy farmers will receive fertilizer subsidy from mid next month.

Director of the National Fertilizer Secretariat P.Pushpakumara states that the release of the fertilizer subsidy for the Maha season paddy cultivation will begin on the 15th of next month. The circular pertaining to this will be released this Friday. The target is to cultivate an area of 800 thousand hectares in the forthcoming Maha season.

The Finance Minister says the objective of the government is to make the country a global trade hub.

The opening ceremony of establishing the new container scanning system in the Sri Lanka customs at the Sri Lanka Harbour premises this evening. Participating in this event Ministser of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said this is a significant milestone in the national security as well. It is also important in effective tax collection.

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Disappeared Persons Families Collective says government should reveal the truth of those disappeared and should expedite this process.

Chairman of the Disappeared Persons Families Collective Brito Fernando states one of the present government’s main pledges was to reveal the truth of those disappeared and should expedite this process.

Speaking at a news briefing today he stated that on the 30th of this month, members of this organization would rally at the Vihara-maha-devi Park to urge the government, political representatives and the international community to proceed speedily in this respect. The present government has the honor in passing the Office of Missing Persons’ Act in parliament. He further emphasized that the government should implement this office as soon as possible.

A new academic committee will be setup to prevent examination frauds committed under sophisticated technology.

Ministry of Education will setup a new academic committee to obtain recommendations to prevent examination frauds and malpractices committed under sophisticated technology. This decision has been taken considering the recent incident of examination frauds. Experts on the rules on examinations as well as Information Technology and new tools will be appointed to this new committee.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that the proposed no-confidence motion against Minister Rajitha Senarathne cannot be presented due to certain legal barriers.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that the proposed no-confidence motion against Minister Rajitha Senarathne cannot be presented to parliament due to certain legal barriers. Addressing the media, after the district coordinating committee meeting in Kandy, he stated that he would make a request from the speaker regarding this matter.

A report released on a pending decision regarding the termination of membership of 7 MPs of the SLFP who represent the joint opposition.

The Sri Lanka Mirror website carries the report that a decision has been taken to terminate the membership of 7 MPs of the SLFP who represent the joint opposition. Pavithra Wanniaarachchi, Rohitha Abeygunwardena, Prasanna Ranathunga, Prasanna Ranaweera, Sanatha Nishantha, Dilum Amunugama and Lohan Rathwatte are the 7 MPs whose membership due to be terminated.

The allegation leveled against them is their failure to abide by party decisions and criticism voiced against party decisions, thereby, contravening the party constitution. According to the 19th amendment to the constitution, when a member of parliament is expelled from the party, the expelled member loses his parliamentary seat.

Minister S.B Dissanayake states that those who defect from the SLFP to form new political parties ultimately affiliate themselves with the SLFP again.

Minister S.B Dissanayake states that in the past also those who defected from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to form new political parties ultimately affiliated themselves with the SLFP again. Maithripala Senanayake and Anura Bandaranaike are perfect examples to prove this point.

Addressing the media after a rally held at Paathadumbara the minister stated that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is prepared to face all forthcoming elections. 80 percent of the candidates were summoned for discussions.

He further stated that although, the “lotus bud” party was formed with the involvement of Basil Rajapaksa considering the political depreciation surrounding that party Mahinda Rajapaksa is now at a desperate state.

5 youth were drowned when a boat capsized in the lagoon near the Ellithivu jetty.

5 youth were drowned when a boat capsized in the lagoon near the Ellithivu jetty. One youth survived and one is reported missing. The police say that bodies are kept at the mortuary of the Jaffna hospital. The navy has begun operations to search for the missing individual. The Kytes police are conducting further investigations.

The tuition teacher involved in the Chemistry Paper fraud in the GCE A/L exam has been taken into custody.

The tuition teacher involved in the Chemistry Paper fraud in the GCE A/L exam, has surrendered to the Gampaha Magistrate Court. Previously 5 suspects were arrested and are in remand custody until Wednesday.