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The much delayed policy for teacher transfers is to be implemented

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the relevant officials to implement the much delayed teacher transfer policy. Thereby, out of the twelve thousand teachers serving continuously in the same national school for more than 10 years, three thousand of them, will receive transfers tomorrow. These transfers will take place in two phases. Under the first phase, 3,000 teachers in the Advanced Level stream will be transferred tomorrow. The second phase will take effect from January next year. 9,000 teachers from grade One to grade eleven are due to be transferred next year.

Finland will grant aid and loans at lower interest rates for development programmes in Sri Lanka.

The Finnish government has agreed to grant aid and loans at lower interest rates for development programmes in Sri Lanka. An agreement in this connection was signed yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. The agreement will be effective under the Finland Cooperative Fund.

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Today is the Public Servants Day of National Food Production move.

Today is the Public Servants Day of National Food Production move, and the inauguration ceremony in this regard will be held at the Auditorium of Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council.

President Maithripala Sirisena launched the National Food Production move on October 06, aiming at taking forward the national food production programme, at Kekirawa in Anuradhapura.

A number of programs will be introduced parallel to the National Food Production move, which directly involves public servants in plantation.

Planting 100,000 plants by public servants, starting home gardens in all state institutions, starting home gardens in government quarters with sufficient space are a number of programs that will be operated parallel to the National Food Production week.

People in Hambantota area expressed their protest over the violent behaviour of supporters of join opposition when parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa was arrested by Hambantota Police.

People in Hambantota area expressed their strong protest over the violent behaviour of supporters of joint opposition when parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa was arrested by Hambantota Police yesterday.

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SLBC chairman Sudharshana Gunawardena has been appointed as acting Director General of the Information Department.

Chairman of the SLBC Senior Lawyer Sudharshana Gunawardena has been appointed as acting Director General of the Information Department. He is a co-founder and the executive director of Rights Now collective for democracy a Sri Lankan civil society organization working for the promotion of democratization.

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MP Namal Rajapaksa and several suspects have been remanded until October 16.

MP Namal Rajapaksa and several suspects have been remanded until October 16. DV Chanaka, Prasanna Ranaweera, PC members Upali Kodikara, Sampath Atukorala and Ajith Prasanna have also been remanded.

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The JVP Leader highlights the failure the Local Government Elections Amendment Act met with in 2012

The leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that the new local government elections system introduced in the year 2012 was unsuccessful, due to the arbitrary interference of Basil Rajapakse. Commenting on the statement voiced by the Chief Prelate of the Malwatta chapter with regard to constitutional reforms, he stated that the custom adopted by certain individuals is to sling allegations at those who do not agree with their views.

MP Namal Rajapakse’s secretary released upon bail.

Colombo High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe ruled that the case HC 129/17 filed against MP Namal Rajapakse with regard to the laundering of funds amounting to 30 million  rupees, earned through   Gowers Corporate Services Pvt Limited,  be taken up in court on the 16th and the 20th of February next year. The judge also ruled that the 4th respondent by the name of Batapola Arachchige Ornela  Iresh de Silva be released on a cash bail of 500 thousand rupees  and upon a surety  of 5 million  rupees. She was also ordered to appear before the FCID on the last Sunday of every month between 9 am and 12 noon. She has been prohibited from leaving the country and her passport was confiscated by the court. The judge ordered the controller of emigration and immigration to be notified of the ruling. This case was filed against five individuals including Namal Rajapakse and Nithiya Senani Samaranayake. The respondent was evading court while being overseas. Upon a request made by the Sri Lanka police, an order was issued by Interpol to arrest her. Thereby she was apprehended at the Bandaranayake International airport when she arrived in the country this morning.

80 percent of the water leak of the Uma Oya multipurpose project has been brought under control.

Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Mahaweli Development Anura Dissanayake says, that relief for those adversely affected by the Uma Oya multi-purpose project, will be granted soon. A special office will be established for this purpose. 70 to 80 percent of the water leak  has been rectified by now. He further stated that the Uma Oya project is an investment of 510 million US dollars. It is intended to add a capacity of 120 mega watts of electricity to the national grid. Through the Uma Oya and Kirindi-Oya residents in the Wellawaya, Moneragala and Hambanthota areas will benefit from clean drinking water and the water requirements for agriculture in these areas will be met. The tunnel has been completed to a distance of 15 kilo meters.  Another 4 kilo meters need to be completed.

Minister P. Harrison reiterates that power should be devolved through an undivided country.

Minister P. Harrison reiterates that power should be devolved through an undivided country. Minister made these remarks at a function held in Nochchiyagama. Addressing the gathering he further said the country has gone through three decades of war in the past.

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