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The President says that there is no possibility of prevailing a short-age of rice in the local market at present.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that there is no shortage of rice in the local market at present. The president has convened a special meeting at the president's secretariat this morning to look into the current stocks of rice and future needs of the country. The president
President instructed the officials to look into the current stocks in ware houses and take measures to maintain stocks without any shortage.


The President also focused the attention to the difficulties faced by the consumer's as some vendors sell rice higher than the controlled prices. The president instructed the officials to take legal action against the errant traders. The officials pointed out the President that there are enough stocks n the market. Then the president instructed them to import rice both by estate sector and private sector to ease any possible shortage in future.

The Prime Minister pledges to restore all schools damaged by adverse weather better than the earlier status.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says all the schools damaged by the adverse weather will be restored better than the earlier status. The prime minister made these remarks at a meeting held in Dehigaspe Dudley Senanayake school in Pitabeddera this morning. The prime minister made an observation visit to the flood and landslide hit areas today.He instructed the officials to provide computers and other school equipment to the damaged schools without delay.

The prime minister said that he would be grateful for the people in the island including north and east who came forward disregarding religious and ethnic differences to help the relief activities.


The premier assured that the government will be committed to restore the infrastructure in the weather hit areas. Prime minister also met the business community in the Morawaka town and pledged the government's support to restart their businesses. The premier. The premier met the public officials of the area at the kOtapola divisional secretariat as well. He expressed his thanks to the public servants who were committed to rescue missions and to provide relief to the affected families putting their lives in danger during the disaster.

Minister Champika Ranawaka says no building plan will be approved without proper waste disposal system in future.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka pointed out the need to establish an authority with full powers for waste management. At a ceremony held in his ministry today he said, that solid waste management has been a problem in the urban areas for over 2 decades. An echo friendly waste disposal  programme was launched today specially targeting the  flats and condominium  in Urban areas.

Many precious lands in the Colombo city has gone to decay due to informal disposal of garbage. The minister Ranawaka said that no plan of the new housing schemes will be passed without proper waste disposal system in future.

President Maithripala Sirisena met the national Buddhist think tank at the President's Secretariat last evening.


President Maithripala Sirisena met the national Buddhist think tank at the President's Secretariat last evening. Venerable Professor Kotapitiye Rahula Anu Nayake Thero, Venerable Dr. Akuretiye Nanda Thero and Maha Sangha representing think tank were present at this meeting. Maha Sangha thanked the President for implementing the decisions and recommendations taken by the Buddhist think tank.

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General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Duminda Dissanayake says the country needs a policy based political culture at present.

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Duminda Dissanayake says the country needs a policy based political culture at present. Minister Dissanayake made these comments at a workshop held at BMICH last evening.The Minister further said that women representation in politics should be increased as a move to push the country forward.

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The president instructed the officials to implement wider public awareness program on grading garbage.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the officials to implement wider public awareness program on grading garbage. At a meeting held in the Presidential Secretariat yesterday under the topic of solid waste management, the president instructed the local government authorities to streamline their process of disposing garbage.

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Sri Lanka and Nepal are to start direct flights between Colombo and Kathmandu.

Sri Lanka and Nepal are to start direct flights between Colombo and Kathmandu. Attention was focused on this matter during the discussions held between Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Nepal Ambassador in Colombo Bishwamhar Piyakkurier held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently. They also discussed the measures to further strengthen trade and cultural relations between the two countries.

The government directs law enforcement authorities to take immediate action against instigators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups.

The Cabinet of Ministers issuing a statement said that it directed law enforcement authorities and the Attorney General to take immediate action against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups. 
The National Unity Government, headed by President Maithripala Sirisena reaffirm commitment, in accordance with the mandates received from the people are to ensure that our nation never again returns to a conflict-ridden past, and instead resolve to guide our nation towards reconciliation, sustainable peace, and economic progress. Communal, ethnic and religious hatred and violence, and impunity have no place in the society that we strive to build.

Pakistan pledges the fullest cooperation to Sri Lanka on naval affairs.

The Chief of Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence in Colombo yesterday. During the meeting, the President thanked Pakistan for the close cooperation extended to Sri Lanka during the years of conflict and during peace times. He also referred to the close longstanding political and cultural relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Admiral Zakarullah pledged the fullest cooperation of the Pakistan Navy to the Sri Lankan Government and Navy.  The President and Navy Commander of Pakistan exchanged mementos to signify this occasion. Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne and Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Dr. Safraz Ahmed Khan Sipra, were also present on this occasion.

Over 600,000 individuals have been tested for HIV this year.

The National AIDS and Sexual Transmitted Diseases Control Movement says over 600,000 individuals have been tested for HIV so far this year. Over 100,000 tests have done by private laboratories. Director of the AIDS and STD Control Movement Dr. Sisira Liyanage says more people are keen on get the test done due to enhanced awareness programmes by the health authorities. The HIV can be controlled if it is identified at the early stage. About 120 cases have been tested positive for HIV. 

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