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Sri Lanka - Finland economic cooperation will be further strengthened.

Measures will be taken to strengthen economic cooperation between Sri Lanka and Finland. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe held a discussion with top level Finnish entrepreneurs in Helsinki today in this connection. Accordingly, more incentives will be provided to Finnish entrepreneurs to attract them to start more investments in Sri Lanka.


Several housing projects will be implemented for the benefit of the people in the Kandy district.

Minister Palani Digambaram says several housing projects will be implemented for the benefit of the people in the Kandy district. Accordingly, line rooms in the estates in the districts will be replaced with single housing units with proper sanitary facilities. At a ceremony held in Pussellawa today the Minister said the government has rendered a significant service to the people in the estates during the past two years.

Tax relief for imported agriculture technical equipment.

President Maithripala Sirisena says all imported agricultural machinery and materials will be made tax free. He made these comments at the inaugural ceremony of national food production drive held in Kekirawe this morning. The president also said next year will be declared as the year of food production to expedite the agriculture promotional activities in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena launched the National Food Production Battle, aimed at taking forward the national food production programme, at Kekirawa in Anuradhapura this morning. The inauguration of this programme was marked by holding the ‘National Wap Magul Ceremony’ under the patronage of President under the theme ‘Let’s get together and rise- Let’s fill the Granary’ at 8.30 a.m. near the Thibbotuwewa Tank, Kekirawa. The President said that there is no political, cultural, national and religious differences, in the food production battle.

Because of recent floods and drought local agro industry suffered a serious setback. This resulted dropping of 50 percent of national food production. The President said that the objective of the national food production drive is to increase food production as well as living standards of farmers.

The assistance of all public and private institutions will be obtained for this project. Public and private banks are also expected to provide their assistance in terms of low interest loans.

Under the cultivation battle all the uncultivated lands and homelands will be cultivated. The ownership of cultivable uncultivated lands will be given to those who can invest on them. Addressing the gathering the President further said, this national food production drive is also initiated to alleviate poverty and establish a self-sufficient economy in the country.

A national policy to construct houses , to promote agriculture sector will also be devised in due course. The President also said, a special work plan will be implemented to ease the dead burden on the farmers and motivate them to increase their food production. This will also pave the way to build an agriculture based economy. The government will also take effective measures to provide necessary facilities and resources to the agriculture sector to increase the food production.

The Students Day of national food production drive will be conducted tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be the 2nd day of the national food production drive. It has been named as the “students day” The opening ceremony will be held tomorrow morning at the Siyane National school in Gamapaha under the patronage of Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.


The Maha Nayaka Thera of Malwathu Chapter Most Venerable Thimbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera expressed his views on the proposed constitutional reforms.

The Maha Nayaka Thera of Malwathu Chapter Most Venerable Thimbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera expressed his views  on the proposed constitutional reforms. Thera made these remarks when a group of opposition parliamentarians headed by parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardhana and representatives of civil societies met  the chief prelate   recently.


The National Food Production Crash Programme begins today. – The main function will be held in Kekirawa under the patronage of the President.

The National Food Production Crash Programme begins today.  Today has been declared as “Farmer’s Day”, while Saturday will be “Student’s Day”. Sunday will be “Livestock Day”, Monday, “Entrepreneurs Day” and Tuesday, “Fisheries Day”. The National Vap festival will begin today opposite the Thibbatuwewa reservoir in Kekirawa with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena.


The government stresses that the prices of fuel will not be increased.

The Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranathunga says that if Indian Oil Company raises the fuel prices his Ministry will take steps to provide fuel to existing rates even the government is making losses. He made this promise addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday. He further said in order to control fuel prices a price formula would be introduced to the fuel market.

Many programmes have been arranged for the welfare of teachers in line with the National Teachers Day.

Today marks “National Teachers Day.” Sri Lanka marks this day in line with the World Teacher’s Day which was first declared by the UNESCO for the first time in Sri Lanka on October 6, 1994. Issuing a message Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam indicates that his Ministry has taken number of steps and launch several programmes to develop the welfare of teachers in the country.


The Central Bank Governor is on a visit to Northern Province.

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy will be visiting the Northern Province today and tomorrow to review the situation of rural level indebtedness with stakeholders in five districts of the province and to discuss the measures and strategies to be taken to overcome the issues as an initial pilot project.


The President in a Twitter message extended the greetings and best wishes to the students who excelled of the grade five scholarship exam.

President Maithripala Sirisena in a Twitter message extended the greetings and best wishes to the students who excelled of the grade five scholarship exam. The President says they are the best hope of the country for the future.

The examinations was conducted at 3,014 examination centers across the island on August 20, 2017. A total of 356,728 applicants had sat for the exam. Dinuka Krishan Kumara, a student from Negambo Harischandra Maha Vidyalaya scored the highest marks of 198 in the Grade Five Scholarship exam. Meanwhile, Indumini Jayarathne of Ganemulla Welipillawa Primary School and Sanjana Nayanajith Thennakoon of Kegalle Thulhiriya secondary school scored 197 and were placed 2nd in the all island rank. Tharul Sahas Dharmarathne of Kirillawala Primary School obtained 196 marks and was placed 3rd.

The cut off marks for the Colombo Gampaha Kandy, Matale, Galle, and Matara Districts for Sinhala medium is 164 while for the Tamil medium is 156.

Commissioner general of examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara says that Candidates who wish to apply for re-correction can do so before the 20th of this month, through their respective school principals.

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