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The 2nd reading of the Right to Information draft bill to take place in parliament today and tomorrow.

The 2nd reading of the Right to Information draft bill will take place in parliament today and tomorrow. Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka says main objective of this initiative is to safeguard the people's right to information. Such a bill can be introduced only by a government that acts with transparency.

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Prime Minister will inaugurate UNP's membership enhancement programme tomorrow.

A programme to increase the membership of the United National Party will begin tomorrow.

Its leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, will inaugurate this programme at UNP Headquarters Sirikotha next morning.

Stepping into new technology the party will introduce electronic membership card. General Secretary  of the party Kabeer Hasheem said that they aim to integrate young blood and use their skills for the betterment of the country. 

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Minister Faizer Mustaffa insists that the government has no need to postpone the local polls.

Minister Faizer Mustafa emphasizes that the government has no need to postpone the local government elections. Replying into a query made by parliamentarian Dallas Alahapperuma, he said the government aims to complete the process of demarcation of borders properly. He faulted the previous government for not completing the demarcation process affectively.

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Cabinet has approved to develop a domestic air port at Bandarawela.

Government is to build domestic airport at Bandarawela. Cabinet has approved a proposal put forward by minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. Except in Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, all the other provinces have domestic airports. A minimum of 06 hours is required to travel on land from Colombo to Badulla and the duration for air transportation is about 25 minutes. The minister said that establishment of a domestic airport in the district will help in promoting the tourism industry in the region and to improve economic crops cultivation for exportation.

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The president says that the highest punishment that could be imposed on those engaged in the torture of the children is to disclose their information.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that highest punishment to be imposed on those who engaged in the harassment of children by exploiting their labor is to divulge information of such persons to the society. The president was addressing the anti exploitation national programme of world children at the BMICH in Colombo today.

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The Right to Information Draft Bill will be debated in parliament tomorrow.


The draft bill on Right to Information will be debated in parliament tomorrow and the day after. Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka said at the media briefing to convey cabinet decisions that two days have been allocated as this issue needs extensive discussion.

The parliament focuses attention on the guidelines to be followed by the media during a public referendum or poll.

A special discussion on the guidelines or criteria's to be followed by the printed and the electronic media during the period of conducting a referendum or a poll was conducted in parliament today. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said at this occasion that all must commit themselves to conduct the poll according to the proper instructions. This will pave the way to hold the fair and free election. The prime minister has recalled how the state media was used in previous election. He added that all have now been accorded the opportunity to prevent such anomalies and to come into an agreement. The practice of advertising political propaganda through media during a time of election should be controlled. A constitutional clause should be included in this connection.

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Deputy minister Ajith P.Perera says the government has not exceeded the limits of borrowing.


Deputy minister Ajith P.Perera reiterates that the government has not exceeded the limits in borrowing. Addressing a media briefing at the parliamentary complex today he further said that the government will not surpass the limits approved by the parliament with regarding to obtaining loans by the state. He further said that’s the government does not comply with the recommendations of the auditor general in this regard.

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The National Housing Day will be celebrated in Tissamaharama tomorrow.

The National Housing day falls on tomorrow. The ceremony to commemorate the event will be held at Yodakandiya in Tissamaharama tomorrow morning. The chief guests at this occasion will be minister Sajith Premadasa and former state minister of housing Imitiaz Bakeer Markar.

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More than 1,280 business leaders stand firm in their insistence to remain in the European Union.

More than 1,280 executives, including directors from 51 FTSE 100 companies, have signed a letter backing the UK's membership of the EU.

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