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A development drive where all communities will be equally benefited will be implemented - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has urged the general public to support the development drive by obtaining the membership of the United National Party. A national government led by President Maithripala Sirisena was formed to develop the country.

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Norway enlightened on the progress achieved by SL in many fronts.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera has elaborated on the progress Sri Lanka has achieved with regard to reconciliation, development and introducing a new constitution while delivering a lecture in Norway recently.
A white paper on constitutional reforms will be tabled in the parliament on September. It is expected to be passed in the parliament with a two thirds majority. A public referendum will also be held subsequently.

The government has focused special attention on creating reconciliation as well. It is essential for the forward march of the country. Furthermore the proposal to establish a permanent office to look into the missing persons will be presented to the parliament next month. It is another step towards reconciliation. Delivering a lecture at the Norwegian office on international affairs the Minister disclosed that a secretariat to coordinate the reconciliation process has also been established.

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Int'l drug racketeer arrested with 5 kg of heroin.


A Pakistani national who is believed to be the leader of a drug racket between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has been arrested by the Police Narcotic Bureau at the Katunayake airport early today. Five kilos of Heroin has also been found in his possession. The stock of drugs had been hidden in his bag.

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A significant growth in the industrial and service sectors in the first quarter has been reported.

According to the provisional estimates released by the Department of Census Statistics, the economic growth of Sri Lanka has been expanded by 5.3 percent, in comparison to the figure of the final quarter of last year. The industrial and service sectors have been expanded by 8.3 and 4.9 percent, respectively in the first quarter. However, the agricultural sector has shown a growth rate of only 1.9 percent. Many of the state corporations have repaid their debts during this quarter.

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A foundation stone will be laid to the first middle class to be constructed under the shelter for all national housing programme.

The foundation stone will be laid to the first middle class housing project to be constructed under the shelter for all national housing programme, in Wadduwa on next Monday morning. The project has been named as sea breeze housing project.

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The membership promotional drive of the UNP is being conducted islandwide.

The United National Party Membership promotion programme is now being conducted on an electorate level basis. The first stage of the programme will be carried out centering on the Kuliyapitiya town today

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The funeral of late veteran broadcaster Gamini Malawennagama will take place tomorrow.

The funeral of late veteran broadcaster Gamini Malawennagama will take place at the general crematory Borella tomorrow. The remains now lie at a private parlor in Colombo. The 60 year old mediaman has work for more than 35 years as an announcer of the national radio.

President emphasizes the importance of investing in education sector to make the children of this nation to win the challenges of the modern world.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes the importance of investing in education sector to make the children of this nation to win the challenges of the modern world.  President Sirisena further said more funds have been allocated to provincial councils this year.  The President was addressing a function after opening the newly built swimming pool at Kurunegala Maliyadeva boy's school this morning.

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The right to information bill was passed today in parliament unanimously without voting but with amendments.

The right to information bill was passed today in parliament unanimously without voting but with amendments.  Minister Partalee Champika Ranawaka joining the debate in the morning stated that the government has brought forward this bill to provide the necessary information about government affairs to the common public.  This RTI is also identified as one of the basic right of the people.

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The Norwegian government welcome Sri Lanka's efforts on national reconciliation.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera called on Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and had meetings with Foreign Minister Børge Brende, Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg, State Secretary Tore Hattrem and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in the Parliament of Norway recently.

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