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The exhibition featuring outstanding achievements of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will be inaugurated at the BMICH today evening.

The exhibition titled "Heta Dakina Ranil" featuring outstanding achievements of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in his four decades long political journey will be inaugurated at the BMICH today evening. President Maithripala Sirisena is the chief guest.

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The president says there is no change in the policy decision to ban the use of polythene.

President Maithripala Sirisena says there is no change in the policy decision to ban the use of polythene. It is the responsibility of the Central Environmental Authority to implement the ban properly. Expressing views at the progress review meeting of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment strict decisions are needed to be taken to make this a success. The president pointed out the need of change in public attitude on the use of polythene.

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President Maithripala inaugurates a digital revolution in savings.

President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurates a digital revolution in savings jointly initiated by National Saving's Bank and Sri Lanka Telecom.The inauguration ceremony was held today at the Headquarters of the bank. NSB-iSaver enables users to save money using Mobitel's mCash Mobile money platform.

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Minister Mangala Samaraweera says government was able to overcome many challenges during last two years.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the present government was able to overcome challenges posted during the period of previous regime. Issuing a communique, the minister has point out that the government is successful in building national reconciliation which was lost during the past.

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  State Minister Dilan Perera insists the need to put "full stop" to any effort creating a conflict situation by highlighting racism and fundamentalism.

The minister was speaking at a function held at Hali-ela recently. The function was held to mark a project on developing the rural roads of Badulla district. Mr.Perra said that politicians who incite hate in the society should learn from Hali-Ela. He said, this place is a good example for ethnic reconciliation.

Minister Patalee Champika Ranawaka says the first phase of priority lanes for buses was very much successful.

The plan was tested yesterday along Galle road in the stretches between Moratuwa and Katubedda, also between Savoy junction in Wellawatte and Bambalapitiya At a press briefing held in Colombo today the minister said the second phase of the priority lane system will be implemented on the 22nd of this month in several other roads. The minister added that attention has been focused to start a semi luxury bus service as well.

The organization "voice against corruption" demands the government to take speedy action against frauds and corruption.

Convener of the organisation voice against corruption  Wasantha Samarasinghe says that the should take speedy action against the persons who are responsible for frauds and corruption.   Majority of the people in the country elected Maithripala Sirisena as the President on January 8th 2015 with the aspiration of the taking action against corruption.

The new list of Samurdhi beneficiaries has been cancelled. The Samurdhi allowances will be paid as usual until January.


Minister S.B. Dissanayake says the Cabinet Sub-Committee has decided to cancel the new list of Samurdhi beneficiaries. The list has been prepared following a survey conducted by the ministry. However, many complaints have been received against the new list and then a cabinet sub committee was appointed to look into this matter. At a press briefing held in Colombo today minister S.B. Dissanayake said the cabinet sub committee has instructed to continue Samurdhi benefits to the recipients as usual up to January next year.
Meanwhile the divisional secretaries have been instructed to prepare another new list of Samurdhi beneficiaries. The minister stressed that no Samurdhi family will be subjected to any injustice.

CID summoned Yoshitha Rajapaksa for questioning.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department in order to make a statement with regard to assassination of Ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen.

It has been emphasized that there is no proposal to postpone the provincial council elections.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara states that there is no proposal to postpone the provincial council election and that the only proposals submitted was the conduct the election on a single day. Speaking at the cabinet media conference today he stated that the proposed 20th amendment is not a proposal to postpone the election.

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