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Interviews to enroll students for Grade one classes to end today

Director of School Affairs of the Ministry of Education W.K.M Wijethunga says the interviews with regard to the enrolling of students for Grade one classes of schools for next year will end today. The temporary lists of the selected students will be displayed in the schools within the next few days. The parents will be given the opportunity to present appeals and objections subsequently.

They will be entertained from 15th of next month to the 20th of November. The director says the boards to examine appeals and objections will be appointed by the principal this year. However, the approval of the ministry should be sought if it is a national school or the approval of Provincial Education Director if it is a provincial school.

This year only 39 students will be enrolled to a grade one class. 34 will be chosen from the interviews while a quota of 5 students will be given from the security forces. The final lists of the selected students will be displayed in schools from 1st of December.

Muslim Congress will never agree to merge North and East - Min. Hakeem

Minister Rauff Hakeem says the government will not leave room to harm the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country. Some elements are attempting to create a fear psychosis among the people that the country is to be divided based on ethnic divisions. The President, Prime Minister and the government are committed to work with the minority groups and the entire nation to fulfill their aspirations.

The new constitution will be prepared in a manner to achieve the objectives of the all ethnic and religious groups. There is no truth in the media reports that say the Muslim Congress has agreed to merge the Northern Province with the Eastern Province. Addressing a gathering at the mobile service held at Katugasthota yesterday he said the Muslim Congress always appear for one undivided nation. 

The President states that the law relating to immigration and emigration and registration of the persons will be strengthened.

President Maithripala Sirisena states that the law relating to immigration and emigration and registration of the persons will be strengthened. He added that the migration issue has become a burden to many western countries. He added that the Sri Lanka will also be ready to tackle possible such issues.
The President was speaking at the opening of the Departments of Registration of Persons and Immigration and Emigration that were shifted to Suhurupaya in Battaramulla. The President said that the security council will be called to discuss about future challenges in cases of immigration and emigration and registration of persons.
The new building has been constructed to ensure better service for the general public. It is equipped with latest technology. The President pointed out that as a result of weaknesses of the organizations that serve the general public many chaoses have occurred in the society. He also said that shifting the departments to new premises was done by the present government though it was needed to be done in the past. 
Addressing the gathering Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that Kotte will become a systematic administrative town by 2020. A new light train service is scheduled to be introduced. 113 organizations that are in the Colombo city area will be brought to Kotte. The Colombo city will be developed as the commercial hub of the country. Minister S.B. Navinna also spoke.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe emphasizes that the SLFP would not be thrown to extremism or racism.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe emphasizes that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party would not be thrown to extremism or racism. It will continue as a party of all ethnic groups and religious communities. The Minister was speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today.

The extremist political parties and groups are trying to instigate racism in the island. Their aim is to obtain petty political mileages. He stated that the majority does not stand by the views of extremist elements. He also said that it is confirmed by the appointment of President Maithripala Sirisena to executive presidency by the public mandatory. Minister Samarasinghe elaborated that the majority of Tamil community is not also racist. The Minister highlighted that President Maithripala Sirisena was accorded higher recognition at the UN's general assembly. 

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says the present government is committed to improve country's sports sector.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says the present government is committed to improve country's sports sector. He added that the government hopes to make Olympic level sportsmen in the country. The Speaker stressed that no racism or other biases in the sports sector.

He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 42nd national sports festival which is being held at the Alfred Doraiappa Stadium in Jaffna. He pointed out that the national sports festival can be identified as an event where the youth from the South and the North meet. Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara said that it is a significant milestone in the history of sports of the country as the national sports festival is being held in the North after 42 years.

Passport and National Identity card offices will be established in the Battaramulla new building today.

The department of  emigration and immigration and the department of registration of persons will be established at the "Suhurupaya" new building in Battaramulla this evening.

 The new locations of the two departments has adequate space and modern facilities for the people to get their services without any inconvenience.  President Maithripala Sirisena will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony.

A Habitat week will be declared to mark the World Habitat Day.

30th anniversary of the World Habitat Day will be celebrated on the first of October. The day was first declared by the United Nations in 1986 in response to a appeal made by late  Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa. The main objective of this initiative is to provide houses for low income families.

The National programme to mark this day will be held in Polonnaruwa on Monday.  The newly built Sugaladevi model village at Dimbulagala will be vested to the public to mark this day.    Housing aid and building materials will also be distributed among needy families in the Polonnaruwa district. In addition, the national housing development authority has declared a national Habitat week to make the people aware of the housing construction and other services.

Women are requested to visit well women clinics to get their health enhanced free of charge.

Well women clinics awarding ceremony was held at the BMICH this morning under the patronage of the acting health minister Faisal Casim.  The health ministry conducts the well women clinics free of charge to enhance health and sanitary status of women in the country.

 Another objective of this programme is to identify non-contagious and cancer among women at the early stage.  The awarding ceremony has been organized by the Family Health Bureau. The health ministry advises women to come for well women clinics and get their health checked without any cost.

An all party conference to take final decision on demarcation of LG boundaries

The government has decided to convene an all party conference to take a final decision regarding the report on demarcation of local government boundaries. Minister Faizer Mustapha says all parties will be invited in this regard.


More than 22,000 premises examined during first day of national mosquito eradication week

The Ministry of Health announces 22,928 premises throughout the country were examined during the first day of the national mosquito eradication week. Notices were issued to 956 places while cases were filed against 56 premises.


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