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Colombo International Financial Center to make the capital a regional hub

Opening Sri Lankan economy to the world, a body called Colombo International Financial Center will be established shortly.

Acting Finance Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the government aims to make Colombo as an attractive regional financial hub. Two centers which operate in Hong Kong and Singapore have contributed much to the economical development of respective countries, the minister added. He was speaking at a media briefing held at Colombo today.


The new central bank governor will be appointed today.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the official term of the incumbent governor of the Central Bank ends tomorrow. He further says that a tax revision will be conducted shortly to grant relief to the ordinary people.


The media minister says that the Right to Information Bill will be speedily implemented.

Minister of parliamentary reforms and media Gayantha Karunathilleka says that the Right to Information Act will be speedily implemented. The country's democracy and good governance could be stabilized by strengthening media. Addressing a media briefing to convey cabinet decisions in Colombo today


The work of the anti corruption committee secretariat will be continued.

The government has decided to carry forward the operations of the anti corruption committee secretariat. The cabinet has granted approval to a proposal presented in this regard by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. It has also been proposed to establish an office to investigate serious crimes, similar to the one set up in the United Kingdom. The institutional structure of the existing anti corruption set up will be restructured.


Govt strongly condemns the attack on Istanbul airport.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Sri Lankan government condemns the attack on Istanbul airport in the strongest terms. Spokesperson of the Ministry Mahishini Colonne says there are no reports of Sri Lankans affected as of now.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena has said Sri Lanka grieves for the victims of the heinous Istanbul attack. In a twitter message the President has stated that Sri Lanka stands in solidarity against global terrorism.

Term of 17 municipal councils, an urban council and five Pradeshiya Sabhas ends tomorrow.

The term of 17 municipal councils, five Pradeshiya Sabhas and urban council will end tomorrow. Secretary to the Ministry of provincial councils and local government Kamal Padmasiri says the peoples' representatives of those institutions should refrain from their activities from tomorrow. The President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of local government are due to hold a special discussion regarding the activities of those local government bodies today. The Secretary points out those local government institutions will come under the purview of urban commissioners officially, after their term ends. The Municipal Councils of Colombo,
Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Dehiwala Mount Laviniya, Moratuwa, Gampaha, Negambo, Kurunegala, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Ratnapura and Galle are among the local government bodies in which the term ends tomorrow.

It is revealed that 12% of school children are addicted to any form of a drug.

Director of the Presidential Task Force on drug prevention Dr. Samantha Kithalawaarachchi says 12 percent of school children are addicted to any form of drug. Therefore, he points out introducing new laws to prevent the drug menace. Dr. Kithalawaarachchi made these remarks taking part in the Subharathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning.

Principal of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya of Colombo Malani Herath says programmes should be implemented in school level to prevent children becoming victims of the drug menance.

Development activities in 10,600 Grama Niladari Divisions begin.

State Minister Niroshan Perera says development activities have been commenced in 10,600 Grama Niladari Divisions. A sum of 13,300 million rupees have been allocated to develop infrastructure facilities in more than 13,300 Grama Niladari Divisions. The programme is being carried out under the theme development for village. The projects are identified through the heads of community based organizations with the mediation of political leadership and the public servants.

MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.

Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption this morning.


Construction work of the Central Express Way to be completed within the next 3 years.

Construction work of the Central Express Way will be completed within the next three years. This was revealed at the Rambukkana Divisional Development Committee meeting held recently.



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