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Rules and regulations pertaining to the forthcoming local government elections will be enforced form today.

Police spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Guansekera states that rules and regulations pertaining to the forthcoming elections will be enforced from today. Stern action will be taken against those who violate election laws. Accepting nominations will be carried out in three stages. In the first stage nominations will be called  from today until the 14th of this month. 93 local government bodies across 21 districts are included in the 1st stage.  The police headquarters states that 10,000 police officers will be deployed in the exercise of implementing election laws. A police election secretariat has been established at the police headquarters and 42 zonal election officers will be functioning. Political marches are prohibited  until and on the final day of accepting nominations. Posters and banners will also be banned. However,  the candidates vehicle can display a poster bearing his photograph. Loudspeaker system can be used only within the ground used for the purpose of political rallies and not beyond. Since the GCE ordinary level examination will be held during the period of accepting nominations election propaganda obstructing the smooth conduct of the examinations will not be permitted in anyway. Additional elections commissioner M.M.Mohammed announced that the period  for applying for postal votes has been extended  to the 22nd of this month. A separate section will be operational at the election secretariat to accept complaints.

Legal action initiated against errant traders selling cosmetics hazardous to health.

The Consumer Affairs Authority states that legal action will be taken against outlets that sell cosmetics that can cause severe skin disorders. The Authority requests the public to reject cosmetic brands that do not bear the name of the manufacturer, importer or distributor. It points out that the public are lured into purchasing certain creams that promised instant results in bringing about a fair complexion. The public is advised to be conscious regarding the contents of these products. Recently, the Consumer Affairs Authority took samples of creams that were supposed to be of high demand in the Pettah area. It was discovered that these products did not even have an expiry dates. The samples were forwarded for laboratory testing in order to ascertain as to whether they contain heavy metals that are hazardous to health. Thereby the public is discouraged from purchasing the brands; Glow, Meuna, Golden Pearl, Goree – Beauty Cream, Goree – Day & Night Whitening
Cream and Fresh & White Beauty Cream.
The apprehended traders were produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate Court and were fined 5000 rupees each.

UPFA and SLFP General Secretaries sign nomination papers for local government polls.

General Secretaries of the UPFA and the SLFP today signed the nomination papers of their respective candidates contesting the election for local government institutions. It took place at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo. Speaking on the occasion SLFP general secretary Duminda Dissanayake said the party would contest Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Gampaha districts and the Northern and Eastern provinces under the ‘Hand’ symbol.

The cost of living committee meets tomorrow

 

The cost of living committee will meet tomorrow presided by President Maithripala Sirisena. Minister Risath Bathiudeen says relief to be given to the people will be discussed at the meeting. Speaking to the media in Colombo, the minister said the government has taken measures to bring down the prices of rice & coconuts. He added that maximum retail prices of several essential commodities would be gazetted tomorrow. Thereafter, raids will be conducted island wide to nab traders who sell these commodities at high prices.

Accepting postal voting applications close on 15th of December for local government polls

 

Accepting nominations will begin tomorrow for the 93 local government institutions, for which nominations were called two weeks ago. Additional commissioner of elections M.M. Mohammad said nominations would close at 12 noon on the 14th of December. Deposits will be accepted until 12 noon on the 13th of December.
He also said applications would be accepted for postal voting until the 15th of December. According to the additional commissioner of elections, deposits will be accepted until 12 noon on 21st of December for the 248 LG bodies for which nominations were called on the 4th of December. For these LG bodies nominations will be accepted from the 18th to the 21st of December.

Every educational zone is to have a pool of surplus teachers

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam promises to provide employment to 15,000 graduates. He says the country’s youths will not have to stage agitations, demanding jobs. Addressing a recent function in Battaramulla, minister Kariyawasam also said every educational zone would have a pool of surplus teachers in order to improve the efficiency of school education. He said every vacancy in the education ministry would be gazetted on an annual basis.

The budget next year was passed in Parliament yesterday by a two third majority

 

The 3rd reading of the budget for next year was passed in Parliament yesterday by a two third majority. 155 votes in favour of the budget and 56 voted against it. The Tamil National Alliance voted in favour of the budget with the government.
The Appropriation Draft Bill including the whole expenditure for next year was presented in Parliament on the 9th of last October

The Local Government Elections Amendment Bill was also passed by a majority of 88 votes

The Local Government Elections Amendment Bill was passed in the parliament yesterday by a majority of 88 votes. The bill was passed with 137 voting for and 49 voting against the proposed amendment Bill. Eight members of parliament abstained from voting.
Commencing the 2nd reading debate of the amendment bill, Minister Faizer Mustafa said this bill bring with the aim to solve several technological issues. The objective is to provide justice for all. Some are acting forwarding the communalism in the country. He also stated that this amendment has been forwarded according to the request of the Election commission.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said it is expected to conduct all LG polls in a single day.

The railway engine drivers association decides to call off the trade union action. The factors addressing the grievances of association have been submitted to the cabinet.

The railway engine drivers association decides to call off the trade union action. A discussion with  presidential secretary Austin Fernando  was held today at presidential secretariat. The members of the railway engine drivers association participated in this discussion. The discussion was successful. As a result the association decided to call off  the railway strike. It was agreed that a special cabinet paper will be submitted including the grievances of the railway engine drivers in next cabinet meeting.

Parliamentarian Nalinda Jayatissa alleges the Rajapakse family used the public funds to construct monuments to commemorate their parents.

Parliamentarian Nalinda Jayatissa alleges the Rajapakse family used the public funds to construct monuments to commemorate their parents.
The parliamentarian further said this is a wrong precedence adopted by the previous regime. The public funds are wasted to glorify the parents of the Rajapakse family.
The public should understand the real situation. This is also one of the main reason of piling up a huge debt burden on the country.