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Series of workshops are being held island wide to educate the local government authorities on saving power and electricity.

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya reiterates the electricity supply will not be interrupted under any circumstances. Even under any disaster situation, the power will not be restricted. He further said the country faces difficulties to generate more electricity power under the prevailing dry weather conditions.
As a result the government decides to restrict the power supply to the street lamps in local government areas by two hours in the early morning and evening hours. The government can save around 15 percent of electricity from this practice. Minister request the relevant authorities to pay more attention on this matter.
Minister Siyambalapitiya made these remarks at a workshop held in Colombo to educate the local government authorities on saving power and electricity. Meanwhile the government decides to purchase 60 Megawatt generator for an urgency purpose. Addressing the gathering minister further said the electricity board has to spend an additional 51 billion rupees to meet the overhead expenses.
 
The Deputy General Manager of Ceylon Electricity Board Hemantha Ranasinghe requests the business community to use the electricity sparingly. He further said the traders and shop owners can restrict their electricity consumption through the usage of LED bulbs. Mr. Ranasinghe also requested the consumers to use electricity economically from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Prime Minister’s Office says community project which commenced during 1993-95 UNP regime has been an inspiration to the present community related projects.

Prime Minister’s Office says in a media release that community project which commenced during the past UNP regime has been an inspiration to the present community related projects. Many community development projects were implemented in Balangoda area during 1993-95 period of UNP regime.

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New directives for passenger transport boats.


Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered to cancel licences of boats which transport passengers without following proper guidelines issued by the Ministry.

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Minister Mano Ganeshan says competency in Tamil and Sinhala languages should be made compulsory for all newly elected parliamentarians.

Minister Mano Ganeshan says competency in two languages should be made compulsory for all newly elected parliamentarians. If the parliamentarians and ministers are fluent both Sinhala and Tamil languages, they will face no difficulty in understanding the problems of the people disregarding their ethnicity.

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The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy requests local government bodies to use electricity sparingly.

The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says that the power used for street lamps will be limited countrywide, as a result of the power crisis that has arisen in the country.

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Thailand grants 8 million rupees drought relief to Sri Lanka.


Thailand grants 8 million rupees drought relief to Sri Lanka. The relevant cheque was handed over to Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera by Thai Ambassador to Sri Lanka Nopporn Adchariyavanich today. The event took place at the Ministry of foreign affairs.

The Maha sangha says the sport festival of the schools need to be disciplined.

The Maha sangha says the sport festival of the schools need to be disciplined. They say if it is unable to hold the Big Matches and school sports festivals in line with the law and order, they have to be suspended temporarily.

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All the hospitals in the country will be solar powered.

Health minister Rajitha Senarathne has paid his attention to join all the hospitals island-wide with the ‘Suryabala Sangramaya’ initiative by fixing solar panels. The monthly electricity bill of the hospitals island-wide is about 3 million Rupees and annually it amounts to several billions.

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4th South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference inaugurated by the President.

The 4th South Asia Region Public Procurement conference, commenced in Colombo today, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The conference will be held to Thursday in Colombo and Kandy. the Procurement Conference, which was launched in Katmandu Nepal, during 2011, was held  in Islamabad Pakistan during 2014. Dhaka in Bangladesh hosted the conference in 2015.  The government, which comprehended the importance of moving towards an electronic procurement mechanism,

decided to host the conference this year. It is organized by the World Bank, The Asian development Bank, The Islamic Bank, The Ministry of Finance and the Department of Finance.  Bangladesh which chaired the conference, handed the position over to Sri Lanka. Accordingly the new Chairman will be P.Algama. Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake and the ministerial secretary, R.H.S.Samaratunga as well as other representatives were present at the occasion.

The ministry of Fisheries cite non adherence to guidelines as the reason for Katukurunda boat capsize.

The boat capsize yesterday, which left 11 dead, has come under the scrutiny of the ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic resource Development. The tragedy occurred in the seas off Katukurunda. The ministry cited, over loading as the cause of the accident. It was also made evident, life jackets were also not provided for the passengers.

The ministry has provided a series of guidelines for owners of fishing vessels as well as their navigators. It said, abandoning the guidelines in favor of money pave way for such incidents. Subject Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said, vessel owners and navigators who were abandoned the guidelines, endangering public life will be brought to book.

Despite passenger services not falling under the purview of the ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, it plans to introduce a set of guidelines for relevant institutes and persons in a bid to regulate the practice. An awareness programme is also in the pipelines. The contribution of the Navy and the National coast guard will be sought in the endeavor.

The provision of life vests is mandatory. As such it is the responsibility of the passengers to refrain from boarding vessels which does not adhere to the stipulation. In addition, attention should also be given to the maximum capacity of vessels as well as the condition of the sea

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