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A new set of laws to avert constructing structures near power lines.

A new set of laws will be introduced to avert constructing structures near power lines. A law is already in effect to keep distance between the power lines and structures. The regulations have been passed by the Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya in accordance with the recommendations given by the Sri Lanka Public Utilities Commission. When obtaining approvals for the new constructions the clearance need to be obtained from the authorities in the future.

90 citizens who rendered nobel service to the motherland will be honored with national awards today.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will confer National Honors on 90 distinguished personalities, who rendered a noble service to the country and its advancement. The Investiture Ceremony of conferring National Honors will be held today at 6.00 p.m. at the Nelum Pokuna Theater. It should be noted that this ceremony is held after 12 years.

The President will present national honors to 88 distinguished Sri Lankans and two non-nationals lauding their individual contributions in many spheres, stated the Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon. Late music maestro W.D. Amaradeva is to be posthumously conferred with the highest civilian honor "SriLanka- abhimanaya." Ninety individuals were selected out of 426 applications forwarded for this year's award ceremony.

These awards are bestowed on the most distinguished persons who have made outstanding contributions to the country. Among the recipients of the national honors are artistes, scientists, doctors, singers, actors, journalists, businessmen and sports personnel.

The almanac of New Year auspicious times will be presented to the president in the first week of April,

The department of cultural affairs says that the New Year auspicious times have already been prepared and the traditional almanac of the auspicious times will be offered to President Maithripala Sirisena on the 1st week of April. 5000 copies of the new year almanac of auspicious times have been printed.

Meanwhile, the Sathosa outlets, CWE and private traders have taken effective measures to provide essential commodities including food items and variety of cloths during the Sinhala and Tamil New year festive season. The chairman of Sathosa T.M.K.B Thennakoon told the SLBC that enough and sufficient essential commodities will be made available in Sathosa outlets islandwide for the benefit of consumers. Steps will be taken to open further 50 Sathosa outlets in near future. The commodities will be available to fulfill the requirements of the consumers up to the end of April.

Another programme to enlighten state officials on the new constitution will be held in Trincomalee tomorrow.

Another programme to enlighten the government servants headed by district secretaries on the compilation of a new constitution tomorrow will be conducted in Trincomalee. The conference will be held tomorrow at the district secretariat. The Kalutara district seminar was conducted  at Mathugama pradeshya sabha auditorium yesterday.

 The programme commenced  with the holding of 1st seminar at Kilinochchi district secretary S.Aruneinathan and government servants in the district attended the seminar.  The aim of the  organizers is to conclude the series of seminars covering 25 district by the end of next month.

100 Dengue Prevention Assistants have left for Kinniya.

A group of 100 Dengue Prevention Assistants out of 500 recruited recently for the dengue prevention in Western Province by the Health Ministry will engage in Dengue Prevention activities in Kinniya, Trincomalee from today.

They were attached to the field duties on Saturday after providing a proper training. The ministry says, another 1000 dengue prevention assistants will be recruited to intensify the campaign. Over 21,000 dengue patients have been reported so far during this year. Out of the total 8100 patients are from the western province.

The Speaker says a government's main responsibility is to create an environment for the people to live in a just society.


Karu Jayasuriya says a government's main responsibility is to create an environment for the people to live in a just society. Fairness should prevail in every aspect of the society. Corruption and violence should be eliminated once for all. The speaker made these remarks joining A special discussion on Weligama charter on the task of media for


  A delegation from 2OR Buddhist Charity Organization called on President to discuss about its future philanthropic activities in Sri Lanka.

A delegation from 2OR Buddhist Charity Organization called on President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss about its future philanthropic activities in Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.


A three year programme to develop the City of Katharagama.

Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara says, that  the government has  planned  a three year development programme  for the  City of Katharagama  Expected  expenditure  of the programme is  400 million. The minister who declared open the mobile service  intended to  resolve  land issues of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha vihara this morning expressed these views.


A deputy minister points out that the controversial institute of SAITM should be public private partnership.

Deputy minister Karunarathne Paranavithana says that SAITM Institution in Malabe, should be in-cooperated into government university where students entering the institution can be educated under payment. Deputy Minister’s opinion is, that it can be collaborated with the open university.


500 dengue prevention assistants receive their Letter of Appointment from the hand of President.

President Maithripala Sirisena presented letter of appointments to a group of Dengue prevention assistants this morning.The event took place at the independence square and the 1st group of dengue preventers were referred to the western province. This group consists of 500 dengue prevention assistants. Joining the event, Health Dr.Rajitha Senarathne said, that more 1500 of them will be recruited and the cabinet approval is being granted.


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