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The president says the UN sustainable development programme will be implemented with amendments to suit the country needs.

The president says the UN sustainable development programme will be implemented with the amendments to suit the country needs. Accordingly local and foreign resources should be utilized for sustainable development with proper management. The politicians, public servants the people of the country should achieve their responsibilities at their utmost in this regard. The president made these observations at the ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning to declare the government’s sustainable development vision under the title of the beginning of the 3rd year of a sustainable ere. The president further said that the country need a collective programme for development. Building up the national reconciliation is very much essential to achieve development goals. There should be broader attachment and trust among various religious and ethnic groups in the country.

Joining this event Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the government is ready to win massive development targets. Government expects to obtain the support of the public for this purpose. This is the last chance to achieve national development, therefore all parties should get together to obtain maximum use of this golden opportunity.

People in the country gave a clear mandate to this government and to the president mainly for the objective of promoting national harmony and reconciliation. The government is committed to steer the country towards development by strengthening political stability and peace in the country.

Former President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga, Speaker Karu Jayasooriya, ministers, parliamentarians, foreign dignitaries and UN representatives in Sri Lanka were also present at this occasion.

Minister S.B.Disanayake says the unison government has completed a number of victories amidst difficult challenges.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake says the unison government has made many achievements during the last two years through many difficulties. The Minister made these remarks while participating in a discussion programme of the SLBC this morning. This government has to pay a big debt obtained by the Rajapaksa government. The current government was able to setup a new framework to overcome the debt crisis.

The minister said that the country now has the freedom of expression. The extremists in the past also tried to sabotage the government’s activities. Despite the activities by them, the people in the north like to live in reconciliation. People do not need to fear about the constitutional amendments, because it is not a thing which happens immediately. He also said that attempts of raising communalism of the extremists have failed because of the friendship developed between the communities.

Joining the discussion Minister Mano Ganeshan said that the new constitution will not amalgamate the northern and eastern provinces. The position given to Buddhism will also not be changed. Minister Ganeshan says that he hopes the coming year will be an year with good achievements.

The 30th anniversary of the World housing Year will be marked this year.

30th anniversary of the 1987 world housing day will be celebrated this year. The United Nations has marked 1987 as the world housing day upon the request of former president Late Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1980. The objective of the appeal was to provide a house to each family in the developing countries.

The Sri Lankan program of constructing one million houses was praised by the world leaders at that time. Many countries have started housing programs based on Sri Lankan model. Upon the activities done the “1987 global housing village program” was awarded to Sri Lanka. The Housing Development Authority said that it has started a program yesterday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 world housing day. Activities of constructing 21 villages islandwide started yesterday. There are total of 685 houses in this program.

The first term educational activities of the government schools commences today.

The first term of the government school will commence today. Meanwhile, 68 schools which are being used for answer scripts evaluation activities of GCE Ordinary level examination will be kept closed until the evaluation process is complete.

These schools will commence their first term activities on the 16th of this month. The first term of educational activities will end on 5th of April. The government Muslim schools will close their first term activities on the 6th of April.

The first phase of evaluation process of GCE Ordinary Level examination has commenced. This process will be continued until 12th of this month. The second phase of evaluation will be conducted from 21st to 30th of this month. Around 62 thousand staff members are deployed for evaluation activities. The commissioner general of examination Jayantha Pushpakumara says around 21 million answer scripts are being evaluated during this process.

The loan facility for Samurdhi beneficiaries is increased up to 24 million rupees.

The loan facility for Samurdhi beneficiaries is increased up to 24 million rupees.  The finance director of Divi neguma Development department K.K.L. Chandrathilleke says the relevant instructions are given to the banks.  Accordingly, the loan facilities provided by the banks will be increased up to one million rupees. The loan facilities provided for capital expenditure will be increased up to two million rupees.  These implementations are done according to the instructions of  Minister S.B. Dissanayake.

The President engages in religious observances at Somawathi sacred temple.


President Maithripala Sirisena visited the historic Somawathie sacred premises today and engaged in religious observances. Maha sangha chanted seth pirith and invoked blessings to the president to the New Year. The president also met the chief incumbent of the Somawathi Viharaya Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Nayaka thero and had a cordial discussion regarding the thera’s health and other matters. Large crowds gathered at the temple premises also greeted the president.

The government’s sustainable vision will be declared tomorrow.

The government’s sustainable vision will be declared tomorrow. It will take place at a ceremony to be held in the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. At a press briefing held in Colombo today President’s Secretary P.B Abeykoon says a wider development programme will be implemented island wide this year. Many projects will take place under this programme.

Addressing the Media, President’s Advisor Shiral Lakthilaka says the special programme arranged by the President for sustainable development will be handed over to a special task force and made subjected to a broad discussion among the public. Later a permanent national development vision is to be created by entertaining the views of the public. Sri Lanka is to achieve the UN sustainable development goals by 2030.

The proposed insurance scheme for schoolchildren will come to effect this year.

Minister Ravi Karunanayaka says the proposed insurance scheme for schoolchildren will come to effect this year. It covers 4.5 million children aged 5 to 19 years. Every child will be awarded a policy worth 200,000 rupees that covers hospitalization and outpatient care, with ceilings of rupees 100,000 and 10,000 respectively. The government is expected to bear the premium, with an allocation of 2,700 million rupees.

Another round of Indo – Sri Lanka talks on the fisheries issue begin in Colombo tomorrow.


The 2nd round of talks between India and Sri Lanka to solve the fishermen’s issue between the two countries will begin in Colombo tomorrow. A team of 11 representatives headed by Indian Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh will join the talks for Indian part. A team of 15 members headed by Minister Mahinda Amaraweera will represent Sri Lanka.

The Health Minister says the president will never approve a political solution that is detrimental to the country.


Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says smoking has decreased up to 45 percent due to increase of tax on tobacco products. Participating in a program over the SLBC this morning he said rapid spread of non communicable diseases is one of major health problems in the world at present.