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Minister Partalee Champika Ranawaka emphasizes the government is not ready to betray the sovereignty of the country to foreign forces by any means.

Minister Partalee Champika Ranawaka stresses that the present government is not ready to betray the sovereignty of the country by any means.  He said that during the Rajapakse government, a plan was made for the outright handover of the lands to China for the port city project. 

Participating in the Subarathi programme of the SLBC this morning,  the minister said the present government has acted to change this situation and provide these lands on 99 year leasing terms.

He pointed out that the country was influenced by forged revolutionists of the past. Their policy was  against all progressive activities . It led to obstruct the forward march of the country. 

A delegation headed by the housing minister will participate at the housing ministers' summit which is to be held in India.

Sri Lanka expects to obtain more contributions at the conference of Urban Development ministers of the Asia and Pacific region countries.  It will be conducted from 14th to 16th December in India.  Sri Lanka will represent by the delegation headed by minister Sajith Premadasa. A preparative session was held in Indonesia recently.

  It dealt with basic issues pertaining to the resolution of common housing, urbanization and human habitat problems in the region.   Chairman of the national housing development authority Lak Vijaya Sagara Palansooriya, who has attended this event said that a special committed was appointed at this occasion  to deal with perplexing to be dealt at the New Delhi conference. 

I am committed to safeguard the pride of security force personnel - President

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes he is always committed to safeguard the pride of tri forces personnel. Furthermore the safety of them will also be ensured.


A group of officials from North to discuss the fisheries issue with India

The government says group of officials from North is to be sent to India on Thursday to discuss the fisheries issue. It will be comprised of 12 representatives from the districts of Jaffna, Mullativu, Kilinochchi and Mannar.


The Central Bank Governor invites expatriates to invest in the north.

Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajith Kumaraswami requests Sri Lankan expatriates to invest in the Northern Province. While addressing the Investors' Summit which was inaugurated in Jaffna today the Central Bank Governor further said that such investments would help to enhance country's reconciliation process.


The national food safety week is on the progress.

The National food Safety week will be marked by the Ministry of Health from today to 29th of August with the view of ensuring better health condition of the people. During this week steps will be taken to check, food outlets, general canteens as well as school canteens said Dr. Palitha Mahipala. All hotels too will be checked this week.


It has been reiterated that the revising of the electoral organizers was intended to strengthen the SLFP.

Many western province ministers reiterate that the amending of the electorate organizers was meant to strengthen the SLFP. Western Province chief minister Isura Devapriya says some of the organizers who had attempted to divide the party during the past one and half years, have been removed. SLFPers as well as the MPs of the joint opposition are being protected today due to the actions of the president.


Purchasing of the paddy harvest of the Yala season begins.

The purchasing of paddy of the Yala season was ceremoniously conducted in Giribawa in Galgamuwa under the patronage of minister P.Harrison . Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board M.B.Dissanayaka says that purchasing has commenced in 5 zones.


The Karainagar fisheries dock yard has been declared open at a cost of 280 million rupees.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that  the government has taken many measures for the economic advancement of the fisher community in the north. He made these remarks at the opening of the new fisheries dock yard in Karainagar this morning. The center set up at a cost of more than 280 million rupees will engage in the manufacturing and repairing of fishing craft.

Unison Govt: SL introduced a new concept to Asia.

General Secretary of United National Party Minister Kabeer Hashim says Sri Lanka has introduced a new concept to Asia by 2 main political parties, who were arch rivals throughout the history, joining hands to form a government. The minister was speaking at the Subarathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning. Speaking further the minister added both parties have decided to extend the agreement that was reached for 2 years upto five years.

General Secretary of the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the unison government was able to gain number of peoples' victories during the last year.

Minister S.B.Dissanayake who joined the programme pointed out persons who had engaged in various corruptions and fraud had organized a march to prevent legal action being taken against them. He also added that although Mahinda Rajapakse defeated the terrorism he was unable to reap benefits from the opportunity. However the present government has addressed number of issues after gaining power.

State Minister Mano Ganeshan said the proposed new constitution will pave the way for national reconciliation. He urged all parties to prevent damaging the harmony among communities by spreading communism.

Deputy Minister Ajith P.Perera stated although the previous government was able to defeat terrorism it was unable to win the hearts of the people in north. Both the president and the prime minister are committed to create reconciliation among communities.

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