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The President reaffirms his commitment to protect and nurture Buddhism.

President Maithripala Sirisena re-affirms his commitment to protect and nurture Buddhism.

He said, the government will act practically without restricting itself into letters in fulfilling the responsibility of safeguarding Buddhism. The President was speaking, at a religious function held at Kegalle Nape Sri Buddhirukkaramaya.


Heads of Medical faculties agree to introduce standards to SAITM.

Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senarathne says that heads of medical faculties have agreed to introduce standards pertaining to SAITM.


The President says academics & intellectuals should come forward to provide better service to people.

President Maithripala Sirisena says academics & intellectuals should come forward to provide better service to people by clearly identifying existing social problems. The educated experts should not be isolated themselves in their professional sectors.


More Sir Lankan students will have education opportunities in Australia in future.

Australian Minister of Emigration Peter Dutton says more Sir Lankan students will have education opportunities in Australia in future. He made this pledge when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today at Canberra parliament complex.


The government stresses that it will be committed to strengthen free education.

Co - Cabinet spokesman minister Rajitha Senaratne says 83 percent of the students who are qualified for university entrance annually do not have the opportunity for university education. Therefore, the government is in a strong policy to provide them justifiable solution for their plight.


The Australian Prime Minister says Australia will help Sri Lanka to make its new economic and development move a success.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia will help Sri Lanka to make its new economic and development move a success. The two nations will continue to work together to help end the "scourge" of people smuggling. Prime Minister Turnbull said this today when he met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
He added that the Australian and Sri Lankan navies have a strong and growing relationship with joint exercises and officer training. The two nations also have close cooperation aimed at ending the scourge of people smuggling.
Turnbull also took the opportunity to praise the strong bilateral relationship between the two nations, lauding cooperation in a number of key sectors. The Sri-Lankan Australian community has made an enormous contribution to Australia, the most successful multicultural society in the world. In fields as diverse as business, culture, education, law, medicine and sport.
Two memorandums of understanding between Sri Lanka and Australia to strengthen cooperation in sport and economic development were also signed.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says Sri Lankan asylum seekers in pacific islands are safe to come home.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said Sri Lankan asylum seekers held on Pacific island camps who could potentially find new lives in the United States are free to return home without fear of persecution. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe made the comments during a visit to Australia in which he discussed with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull cooperation on combating people smuggling. No Sri Lankan asylum seeker has reached Australia by boat since 2013. But Sri Lankans, Iranians and Afghans are the largest national groups among more than 2,000 asylum seekers living on Nauru and Papua New Guinea.  Australia refuses to resettle any of them. Prime Minister Wickremasinghe said the asylum seekers had nothing to fear from returning

Upper Limit for 15 percent special interest to senior citizens’ deposits increased to 1.5 million rupees.

The upper limit to pay 15 percent special interest on fixed deposits maintained by senior citizens in the licensed commercial banks and the licensed Specialized Banks has been increased up to 1.5 million rupees from the current limit of one million rupees with effect from 1st of next month. On the instruction of the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga has informed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to notify all banks amending the previous circular in this regard.
The present Government, under its 100- day programme, in the Budget - 2015 for the first time introduced a 15 percent special interest scheme for senior citizens’ fixed deposits up to one million rupees maintained by senior citizens over the age of 60 years. Accordingly, the Government pays the difference between the 15% and the market standard interest rate offered by commercial banks. Treasury has incurred 13,000 million rupees for this purpose in 2016. As a result of this offer to senior citizens, the number of fixed deposits by senior citizens rose to 450,000 in 2016 from 91,000 in 2015.
The number of fixed deposits maintained by senior citizens is reported to have risen today to 500,000 since the Minister Ravi Karunanayake announced the continuation of the senior citizens deposits scheme which guarantees an interest of 15 percent for deposits with the increase of the upper limit up to 1.5 million rupees.

The President draws attention on ensuring basic facilities of schools.

President Maithripala Sirisena states that more attention should be drawn on ensuring basic facilities like sanitary equipment, desks and chairs for the school children. He added that educational secretaries of the respective provincial councils and the zonal educational directors should take measures to fulfill the requirements at the schools with the immediate effect.

The President was speaking at the award ceremony of “Suwasara Thaksalawa” programme. The award ceremony was held at the Central Environmental Authority today. The programme aims to create more conducive environment at the schools for continuing educational activities. The President awarded the best performers of environmental activities in year 2016. The Colombo Municipal Council also received an award from the President. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the environment protection activities should be promoted at the school level. 

Industrial production has increased by 3.6 percent in December.

The Department of Census and Statistics has released monthly index of industrial production for December. Director General of the Department A.J. Satharasinghe says the volume of industrial production has increased by 3.6 percent in the month. Furniture, machinery and equipment, basic pharmaceutical products and nonmetallic mineral products have shown remarkable increase. 

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