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Parliamentarian Bimbal Rathnayake points out the need to prepare a constitution that will fulfill the aspirations of all segments of the country.

Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake says all the problems of Sinhala and Tamil and Muslim people who were affected by the war should solved without delay. Joining the committee stage discussion today he said the uncontroversial lands which are under the army at present should be returned to their original owners. He pointed out about 5,800 acres of land belongs to the people in the north and east are still under the control of the armed forces. If the lands are important for security purposes, alternative lands will be provided to the owners. He also stressed that a constitution that will fulfill the aspiration of all the communities should be prepared by all relevant parties.
Today is the 16th day of the budget committee stage discussion. Votes of the ministries of national reconciliation, dialogue and state languages, Up country development. Prison reforms and rehabilitation, resettlement and Hindu religious affairs are being taken up for discussion today.

Sri Lanka and Ukraine have further strengthened bilateral relations.

Ambassador for Ukraine to Sri Lanka, Dr. Igor Polikha, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam exchanged Instruments of Ratification of the ‘Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ and the ‘Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons’ this morning. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.
These two treaties that will strengthen legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and transfer of sentenced persons between Ukraine and Sri Lanka were signed in June 2016, during the official visit to Ukraine by former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera.
The two countries are also currently in the process of negotiating several agreements in the areas of promotion and protection of investments, merchant shipping, culture, education and sports with a view to further strengthening and expanding bilateral cooperation.

Minister Fizer Mustafa reiterates in parliament that the local government election can be conducted in February next year.

Today is the 16th day of budget committee stage discussion session. The votes on the ministries of national dialogue, languages and co-existence, prison reforms, rehabilitation, resettlement and Hindu cultural affairs will be taken up for debate today.
The votes on ministries of home affairs, public administration, management, provincial councils and local government were taken up for committee stage debate discussion yesterday.

Proposed expenditure titles of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Public Administration and Management and the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government were passed in parliament yesterday.

Joining in the debate Minister Faizer Mustaffa stated that the local government elections will be held as announced in February.

Also joining in the debate minister Vajira Abeywardhana stated that for the 1st time overseas training will be provided to Grama Niladaris.

Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara stated that steps will be taken to fill in the vacancies for accountants in the public sector. The process will be expedited to fill the vacancies as soon as possible.

A special regulation will be introduced to streamline the standard of a videos exhibited in private busses.


A special regulation will be introduced to streamline the standard of a videos exhibited in private busses. The commissioner of Childcare, probation and social service of southern province Mahesh Karunanayake says special discussion will be held with government officials in this regard. Based on the outcome of the discussion, a special work plan will be devised to implement regulations to prevent screening unsuitable video clips on the private busses.

The expulsion of the student of the Kekirawa Dotugama Maha Vidyalaya under false allegations of pregnancy declared as a violation of fundamental rights.

The Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka declares that the expulsion of the student of the Kekirawa Dotugama Maha Vidyalaya under false allegations of pregnancy is a violation of fundamental rights. The girl had apparently vomited due to being on an empty stomach. Since there was to be a Children’s Day celebration in the school premises on the said day, the students were informed that lunch will be provided. Therefore, the child had skipped breakfast.

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The Leftist Movement accuses Mahinda Rajapakse of causing division amongst all political parties.

The Leftist Movement of the country points out that Mahinda Rajapakse was defeated by the citizens vote twice and will be defeated once again at the forthcoming Local Government Polls. Speaking at a media briefing held today, co-convener of the Leftist Movement Chameera Perera stated that in a desperate bid Mahinda Rajapakse has resorted to causing division amongst ALL political parties.

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Proposed expenditure titles of three key ministries passed in parliament today.

Today is the 15th day of the Committee Stage Discussion of the budget 2018. Proposed expenditure titles of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Public Administration and Management and the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government were passed in parliament today.
Joining in the debate Minister Faizer Mustaffa stated that the local government elections will be held as announced in February.

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The President laid the foundation stone for the renal disease hospital in Polonnaruwa.

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The low pressure area in the South west Bay of Bengal sea area is moving further away from Sri Lanka.

The low pressure area in the South west Bay of Bengal sea area is moving further away from Sri Lanka. The Met Department says therefore its effect for the country is expected to be lessened. This system is located nearly 850 kilometres to the Northeast of Trincomalee.

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Maximum retail prices for four essential food items.

The Consumer Affairs Authority says they will gazette the maximum retail price for several essential commodities today.

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