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A prisoner about 50 years old has died in prison custody after he was admitted to the Negambo General hospital.

A prisoner about 50 years old has died in prison custody after he was admitted to the Negambo General hospital. Police media spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara says that the OIC of Criminal Division in Divulapitiya Police have been taken into custody as the main suspect of the incident. At the same time as further investigations proceed two inspectors of Divulapitiya Police and one constable have been transferred to Peliyagoda police station to prevent them from interfering into the relevant investigations.

In order to control fuel prices a price formula would be introduced to the fuel market.

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 today. He further said in order to control fuel prices a price formula would be introduced to the fuel market.

Sripadasthanaya named as Gauthama Sripadasthanaya

Sripadasthanaya has been named as Gauthama Sripadasthanaya and steps have been taken to publish it in the gazette. These comments were made by the Sripadasthanadipathi Bengamuve Dhamma Dinna Thero at the meeting held on 2nd October to discuss the preparations for the coming Sri Pada Season.

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy will be visiting the Northern Province to look into debt affairs of the locals.

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy will be visiting the Northern Province on 6 and 7 October 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.

Tomorrow he will meet with Meeting with District Secretaries of five Northern Province districts, DIG Northern Province, Divisional Secretaries and Planning Directors in Jaffna. An engagement with civil societies in Jaffna will be held as well where representatives from civil societies, all district secretaries, deputy secretaries, planning directors, Sri Lanka Police, rural development societies, agricultural societies, fisheries societies, cooperatives societies, chamber of industries, Non-Government Organisations and other relevant societies in Jaffna.

On Friday, the CB Governor will hold a meeting with civil societies in Kilinochchi including the district secretaries of five Northern Province districts, deputy secretaries, representatives from civil societies, cooperative societies, chamber of industries, NGOs and other societies in five districts,. A meeting with regional managers of all licenced commercial banks, licensed specialised banks, reputed finance and leasing companies, Samurdhi and rural banks will be held as well.

Ministry of Power and Energy states that the public will not have to bear an additional cost due to the purchase of electricity.

The cabinet has approved a proposal to procure 100 MegaWatts of electricity from private power producers for a period of 6 months with the option of extending it by a further 6 months. The Ministry of Power said cabinet approval has been obtained to purchase electricity in the short term at competitive prices through international bidding.

The University of Kelaniya temporarily closes down.

The Kelaniya University will be temporarily closed from today  until further notice. The decision had been made by the University Administration following a clash which occurred between two student groups. Eight students were hospitalized following the clash. Discussions held between the two groups to resolve the conflict has not been successful. Therefore a decision had been taken by the University administration to suspend students’ activities in order avoid further damage to lives and properties. However, the closure exempts the Kelaniya Medical faculty.

A new banana leaf bio wrapper introduced

Senior Lecturer of Weligaththa Rural Technical Institute, Hambantota, Dr. Sujatha Weerasinghe says that there is much encouragement among the general public towards the new banana leaf bio wrapper introduced by her institute.  Those who obtained a training have created a network of sale and are earning a high income.  She further states that if there are individuals who have an interested getting trained on this  new banana leaf bio wrapper project, they can send an application to the Weligaththa Rural Technical Institute, Hambantota.

The president pays his attention in creating an insurance scheme for the benefit of handicraftsmen.

President Maithripala Sirisena has paid his attention in insurance scheme for the benefit of handicraftsmen and women. The president made this comment while inaugurating “Shilpa Abhimani 2017” international handicrafts exhibition and festival. This exhibition and festival is annually organized by National Handicrafts Council to make the objective of development and nourishment of local handicrafts.

Minister Field Marshal Sarth Fonseka says that former Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s comments are meant to betray security forces.

Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says that Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s comments made in North were done to win the public opinion of Northern people to his political side. By this comment, former minister has betrayed the security forces. During a media briefing field marshal Fonseka said that why a certain group who oppose one of his comments previously made are silent now. Anybody is equal before the law of the country. If anybody has done any wrongdoing he or she is punishable.

Minister Dilan Perera emphasizes that new constitution is not breaching the unity of the country.

The 12th conference on population and development of Asian Parliamentarians will be held in Colombo on 7th and 8th of this month. The location is BMICH. 30 countries in Asia Pacific region hold membership in this organization. These facts were revealed by Minister S.B Dissanayake who is representing Sri Lanka at the conference. Joining the same press briefing Minister Dilan Perera said that the new constitution never breach the Unity of the country.

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