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Minister Rauf Hakeem reiterates that only pure drinking water is distributed by Water Supply Board.

Minister Rauf Hakeem reassures that the water supplied by National Water Supply Board is suitable for drinking as well. The water level of Kelani river has increased due to recent floods. As a result, the water was over flowing to the other canals which also became flooded.

Therefore, there was a bad smell in certain surrounding places. Minister Rauf Hakeem said effective measures have been taken to clean those areas. Minister also emphasized the importance of establishing a separate authority to protect the river banks.

Meanwhile, a special debate on recent floods and landslide disasters was held in Parliament today. Joining the debate, Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the government implemented an effective work plan to address the disaster situation. Almost every officer in the government administration has cooperated and extended the fullest support during the difficult situation.

Mr. Abeywardena further said the government gave more importance to save the lives of the people. Joining this debate Opposition leader R Sampanthan said Sri Lanka received many donations and foreign aids during this crucial time. The international community extended the fullest support to Sri Lanka. Mr. Sampanthan highlighted this as a good outcome for Sri Lanka's friendly foreign policy.

Sadaham Charikawa program of the SLBC will be concluded after the Kanchuka Pooja at Abhayagiri Viharaya in Anuradhapura.

Sadaham Charikawa program organized by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will be concluded after the Kanchuka Pooja at Abhayagiri Viharaya in Anuradhapura. The program parade now travels upto Abhayagiri Viharaya from Vihara Maha Devi Aramaya in Anuradhapura. The Kanchuka Poojawa will be commenced by 4.00 O Clock this afternoon. Ven.  Dambagolle Padumasiri Thero, the chief incumbent of Panadure Ariyawasha Buddhist Center conducts the religious observances of the Kanchuka Pooja. This program will be broadcasted live by SLBC's Commercial Service through frequencies of FM 94.3 and 94.5.

All Buddhist monuments and Viharayas will be illuminated by solar power in several stages in coming years.

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that all Buddhist monuments and Viharayas will be illuminated by solar power in several stages in coming years. The Minister made these comments at the event of donating a solar power system to the ancient Ridee Viharaya of Dodamgaslanda. The main objective of this program is to provide green energy through religious solidarity to the public. The Minister added that country's solar power systems had added 50 megawatts to the national grid.

President points out the importance of providing relief assistance to the flood affected people.

President Maithripala Sirisena points out the importance of providing relief assistance to the flood affected people. President also emphasized the importance of maintaining the standards and quality when fulfilling these requirements.

The people who have lost their houses should be provided with new houses or alternatives. President Sirisena also spoke about illegal constructions in the country. All politicians should come to an agreement with regard to elimination of illegal constructions.

President Maithripala Sirisena made these remarks at a meeting held at Hambantota District Secretariat. Addressing the gathering President further said it is important to restore all infrastructure facilities in flood affected areas as soon as possible. Thereby, the life of flood affected people should be restored back to the normal condition. 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says Sri Lanka will extend all necessary support for the effective measures taken for sustainable development across the globe.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says Sri Lanka will extend all necessary support for the effective measures taken for sustainable development across the globe. Mr. Wickremasinghe made these remarks in the United Nations summit on Sustaining Ocean and Oceanic Resources which was held in New York yesterday.

Addressing the gathering Mr. Wickremasinghe further said the environment management and human wellbeing are bound to each other. He also stated many countries across the globe have presented many organizational approaches during the last 40 years with regard to environment management.

Many countries focused on the financial constraints in implementing these objectives. Prime Minister also emphasized the importance that the human being and the environment can be preserved only with the sufficient amount of financial support. He also stressed the importance of all stakeholders joining hands to protect the ocean and ocean based economy. 

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says it is high time to devise an effective plan and mechanism to minimize the damages of floods and landslide disasters in future.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says it is high time to devise an effective plan and mechanism to minimize the damages of floods and landslide disasters in future. Therefore, the Speaker emphasized the importance of all stakeholders extending their fullest support to this venture. The Speaker made these remarks at a Parliament sitting today. A special bill on voters registration will not violate any clauses of the constitution and the judicial system. The Supreme Court has given this verdict and the relevant observation was submitted to the Parliament. 
 
Speaking in Parliament Minister Rajitha Senarathne reiterated that there is no shortage of medicines to treat the dengue patients. A special medicine to control dengue has been brought from Thailand. These stocks of medicine will be distributed to islandwide outlets tomorrow in the morning. Minister also stated these medicines will be available in government hospitals and will not be sold in the market. Minister also said Triposha food for the children is not sold in market at present. 
 
Joining the parliament session Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the teacher transfers of government schools will take place before the end of this year. 

Minister of Mass Media says few agreements and suggestions are presented in UNHRC report for the benefit of Sri Lanka to maintain its identity and sovereignty.

A special debate was conducted in Parliament with regard to the report of United Nations Human Rights Commission. Joining this debate Minister Mangala Samaraweera said few agreements and suggestions are presented in this report for the benefit of Sri Lanka to maintain its identity and sovereignty. 
48 world countries have extended their support to these proposals. These countries and the United Nations Human Rights Council also commended the efforts taken by Sri Lanka to protect human rights at present. However, some elements in the country are carrying out malicious campaign against the government in this regard. Minister Mangala Samaraweera also said if the policies of the previous government had been continued now, Sri Lanka would have faced many sanctions from the international community. Some bankrupt politicians are trying to interrupt the forward march of Sri Lanka. But Sri Lanka will never fall prey to these conspiracies. These bankrupt elements are also engaged in spreading rumours to create rift between communities. But the people of this country have understood the ground situation and the motive of these elements. 

President calls for a report on the Pahiyangala landslide.

President Maithripala Sirisena visited Yatagampitiya in Bulathsinhala and viewed the Naagahadola area impacted by floods and landslides yesterday.
The Naagahadola area at Yatagampitiya was severely impacted by the recent floods and landslides. The President who inspected the devastated houses and property joined in a shramadana programme organized by the Environment Ministry. The shramadana was organized with the contribution of members of the Army and a Chinese Relief team.
Nagahadola was flooded after the Nagahadola River was blocked following the landslide of the Paahiyangala Mountain. The President who inspected the location instructed the Kalutara District Secretary to provide him with an immediate report. The President also informed officials to submit him a report on the reconstruction of the Naagahadola River.
The President gave instructions to the Kalutara District Secretary to moot a special programme on behalf of school children of families impacted by the calamity and also to frequently look into health as well as other needs of the people and the children.
Lands have already been identified for the construction of new houses on behalf of devastated houses. The President further gave instructions to the Kalutara District Secretary to expedite the resettlement process after the conduct of a proper feasibility study indicating that these lands are suitable for resettlement.

President tours flood affected areas in Kalutara and advised officials in taking relief measures.

President Maithripala Sirisena tours to observe in his own eye the damage done to the areas of Bulathsinhala, Yata-gam-pitiya and Naagaha-dola in Kalutara district due to the recent high rainfall and floods. President inspected the damages for the houses and properties and participated in a shramadana campaign marking the international environmental day.

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10,000 rupee initial payment for one affected family.

The Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshan Yapa said that the government is preparing a long term plan in facing natural calamities in future. Foreign assistance will be obtained for the purpose. At the moment JICA of Japan has come forward extending their helping hand. The necessary legal framework will be formulated as soon as possible.

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