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Prophet Mohammed has shown the importance of living with compassion, fellowship and sharing - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the prophet Mohammed has shown the importance of living with compassion, fellowship and sharing. Muslims all over the world believe that Prophet Mohamed was the Last Prophet, the one who preached a message of goodwill and peace to the world.

The prophet Mohammed lived a life exemplary to his followers, filled with kindness, love, compassion, fellowship and sharing.

The Prime Minister emphasise the need of all Sri Lankans to live in peace and harmony as shown by Prophet Mohammed.

Heavy rains and winds across the country have caused widespread disaster leaving 7 people dead.

The Disaster Management Center states that heavy rains and winds across the country have left at least 7 people dead. The deaths were reported from the Galle, Badulla and Gampaha districts.

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The commercial value of land in Colombo sold out cheap during the previous administration to be recovered.

Today is the 12th day of the Committee Stage Discussions of the Budget 2018. Proposed Expenditure Titles of the Ministries of Megapolis and Western Development, urban development and Water Supply were taken up for discussion today. Joining in the debate State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle said that the government’s intention is to provide every citizen w

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The carcass of the “Dala poottuwa” has been identified.

The Veterinary post mortem that was conducted on the carcass of a tusker recovered in the Popithigama area has confirmed that it is the tusker that went missing a few days ago, popularly known as the “Dala poottuwa”.  Meanwhile upon instructions received from Minister of Law and Order Sagala Rathnayake, investigations into this incident and other killings of tuskers for their ivory have been assigned to the CID. Ivory is to be worn by elephants ONLY.

Non-tax revenue increased by three fold in the year 2016 as opposed to 2015.

Wednesday was the 11th day of the committee stage discussions of the budget 2018. Proposed expenditure titles of the ministries of industry and commerce, public enterprise development and rural economic affairs were taken for debate in parliament.

Joining in the discussion, Minister Kabeer Hasheem stated that non-tax revenue increased by three fold in the year 2016 as opposed to 2015. A public enterprises board has been established. Thereby, proper management strategies can be implemented to run state entities. He pointed out that the accumulated losses incurred by Mihin Lanka amounts to 1.9 billion rupees. He recalled that the present government was able to place the full stop to many corrupt and fraudulent deals that took place during the previous administration. He called to mind that since unsuitable air buses had been purchased for the Sri Lankan airlines fleet, the government had to pay penalties. He added that 8 such air buses of the A 350 model were purchased under the previous government. The loss incurred due to this purchase is 4.6 billion rupees.

Also joining in the debate minister Wijith Wijeyamuni Soysa said that the sugar factory will not be privatized. He also pointed out that a programme to strengthen local dairy production needs to be introduced.

The Court of Appeals has rejected the request made by the Attorney General seeking the possibility of taking up in court today, the petition challenging the delimitation gazette notification regarding the LG Polls. It will be taken up as scheduled on the 4th of next month.

The South Korean President says Sri Lanka-South Korea friendship has gained a momentum with benefits for both countries.

President Moon Jae- in of Republic of Korea said President Maithripala Sirisena’s current visit has resulted in the opening of a new glorious chapter of the bilateral friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The visit takes place in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.

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The finance minister says apparel industry has marked an exemplary progress in the industrial sector.

The finance minister Mangala Samaraweera says apparel industry has marked an exemplary progress in the industrial sector.   Therefore, the other industries should also take the example of the apparel industry and to head the export market. 

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The director general of health services says heart surgeries at the national hospital have not been suspended.

The new director general of health services Dr. Anil Jasinghe says that  heart surgeries at the national hospital have not been suspended.  Participating in the programme of the SLBC this morning he said the heart operation theatres are being renovated at present. However, only one operation theatre is not functioning at present due to renovation.

The housing program for middle income families is successfully progressing.

The National Housing Development Authority says housing program for middle income families is successfully progressing. Chairman of the authority Lakvijaya Sagara Palansuriya says the biggest housing scheme under this program is now being constructed at Jalthara area in Homagama.

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