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Minister Sagala Rathnayake said that the government plans to enact new laws to curb organized crime.

Minister Sagala Rathnayake said that the government plans to enact new laws to curb organized crime. He said the government will introduce an Organized Crime Prevention Act to control drug trafficking as well.

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More than 21,000 suspected dengue cases have been reported across the island so far this year.

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says that more than 21,000 suspected dengue cases have been reported across the island so far this year. The ministry said that the dengue epidemic has currently spread to 11 districts including Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Galle, Matara,Jaffna, Kurunegala, Puttalam and Ratnapura.

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President says, necessary action will be taken to make the state service a more efficient service under good governance government.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, necessary action will be taken to make the state service a more efficient service under good governance government.  He further said  independent commissions have been established, after passing the 19th amendment of the constitution.

This action has been a good example for the present government. President Sirisena made these remarks while addressing the gathering, at the 34th annual convention of Sri Lanka administrative service  this morning  at Nelum Pokuna Art Theatre in Colombo. Speaking further at this function, president said, Right To Information Act and Audit Act  are important for fund management in a country. The present government has established this environment by the relevant act in the parliament. The legislature will also help the  common masses in a more effective manner. The state service is also strengthen through the legislation  and judicial framework introduced by the good governance government.

Prime Minister says, the present government has established a peaceful atmosphere with media freedom and speech freedom.

A book with collection of editorial messages of newspaper articles written by the editor of Tamil Mirror A.P.Madanavasan was launched this afternoon under the patronage of prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The function was held at the auditorium of ministry of post , postal services and Muslim religious affairs.

This book has 190 articles. Speaking at the gathering prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said, the present government has provided the media freedom and speech freedom in a more comprehensive manner. He also recalled the past instances during the previous regime where the media journalists were threatened.
Ministers including, Rauf Hakeem, and Mano Ganeshan were also present on this occasion,

The former Sri Lankan Ambassador to US Jaliya Wickremasooriya who is in remand for sometimes has been released on bail under strict conditions.

The former Sri Lankan Ambassador to US Jaliya Wickremasooriya who is in remand for sometimes has been released on bail under strict conditions. Jaliya Wickremasooriya was earlier arrested due to an allegation of misappropriation of funds and malpractices during the previous regime. Taking into consideration of his health condition, the court has decided to grant bail with 50,000 rupees and two sureties of rupees one million each.

The annual general meeting of the Sri Lanka Administrative Officers Association, will be held today under the patronage of the President and the Prime Minister.

The annual general meeting of the Sri Lanka Administrative Officers Association, will be held at the Lotus Pond Theater in Colombo this morning. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe are the chief guests of the event. Ministers Ranjith Maddumabandara and Vajira Abeywardena will also be present at this occasion. New team of office bearers will be selected at this meeting.

A special Glaucoma screening clinic will be held at National Eye Hospital today.

Six percent of Sri Lanka’s population have been affected by Glaucoma, Health Services acting Director General Dr. Jayasundara Bandara said. Addressing the media at the Health Education Bureau in Colombo yesterday, he said there is a five percent possibility of transmitting the diseases hereditary.

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The President says an effective program will be implemented to the process to cultivate cultivable vacant lands.

President Maithripala Sirisena  says an effective program with strong objective will be implemented for the process to develop productions through cultivating vacant lands that are cultivable.  The President was speaking at a ceremony to present ‘Ranbimaka Urumaya’ deeds and grant documents by ensuring the land rights of the people in Hambantota District. The ceremony was held today at the new conference hall in Hambantota.

The President pointed out that the lands in the country should be utilized correctly for the process of production as an agricultural country. He said it will be an important matter in alleviating the poverty. He requested all politicians not to act partially when giving the right for lands which is a human right. He further stated that the consensual government today is moving forward giving an example to the world. The importance of this will be discussedtomorrow though it may not be discussed today.

 It is planned to distribute 10,000 title deeds in this year, giving legal rights to land, to the low- to middle-income farming communities as well as for the farmers who illegally occupied these lands and cultivated them for long periods of time in the Hambantota District. They have been given the right to continue the use of land for their residential and agricultural purposes under the Land Development Ordinance. Today, under its first phase 2,946 title deeds were distributed among the recipients.

Government pledges to take every possible measure to rescue Sri Lankan mariners in the abducted vessel.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says every possible measure will be taken to rescue Sri Lankan mariners in the vessel which was abducted by Somalian pirates. Sri Lankan Ambassador in Ethiopia has started talks with the Somalian authorities in this connection.

Meanwhile, the family members of the 8 abducted mariners met Minister Mangala Samaraweera today and the minister pledged to inform them regarding the latest situation.

The Sri Lankan permanent representative says the special Rapporteur on Minority Issues praised and appreciated the current developments taking place in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan permanent representative to UN, Ravinatha Aryasinha says the special Rapporteur on Minority Issues praised and appreciated the current developments taking place in Sri Lanka. He also recalled the event where a special report was presented to UN Human Rights Council by Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Ms. Rita Izsák, following her country visit to Sri Lanka, from 10-20 October 2016 at the invitation of the Government.

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