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The President says that all should be united to achieve true peace and harmony in the country.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena says the right for all communities to live without fear and suspicion in the country should be secured in order to strengthen national reconciliation.  All economic, social and ethnic problems can only be solved through this process.

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The President reiterates that the number of Samurdhi beneficiaries will not be reduced or their payment will not be cut any instant.

President Maithripala Sirisena reiterates that the number of Samurdhi beneficiaries will not be reduced or their payment will not be cut any instant. President Sirisena also said there are many people under the low income category who are not absorbed into Samurdhi beneficiary scheme.

Therefore, effective measures will be taken in future to enroll those people also into this scheme. President made these remarks at a function held at Embilipitiya Gam Udawa ground this morning.

The function was organized to distribute land deed titles to the members of the farming community residing at Walave and Mahaweli "H" zones. Addressing the gathering President further said there is no truth in some media stories relating to reduction of Samurdhi beneficiaries. The main objective of the government is to provide relief assistance to the general public.

President also said the farmer community is one of the prime groups which contribute immensely to build an agricultural economy in the country. Therefore, effective measures will be taken in future to provide more facilities to the agricultural sector to promote the agricultural economy.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the government has taken effective measures to establish peace, reconciliation and democracy in the country.

A special bill on Customs Practices which suit to the country will be presented in near future. Minister Mangala Samaraweera said a special bill with necessary clauses will be introduced in future.  Minister Samaraweera made these remarks after opening the newly constructed Customs goods dispatching Secretariat in Jaffna.  

Addressing the gathering Minister further said peace and reconciliation have been established in the North. Minister also said the government has taken effective measures to establish peace, reconciliation and democracy in the country. As a result, the living standards of the people and the economy also have shown remarkable improvement in the region.  The newly constructed building consist many modern facilities including detection of the variety of goods.

Ravi Karunanayaka's resignation becomes the talking point of the political circle.

Ravi Karunanayaka's resignation becomes the talking point of the political circle. This incident has become a significant feature in the history of Sri Lankan politics. Many views and statements were made at a media conference with regard to the resignation of Former Minister Ravi Karunanayaka.

The media conference was held at UNP Headquarters Sirikotha this morning. Addressing the media personnel Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva said the present government will not protect anyone who is found to be guilty on corruption allegations.

Meanwhile, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka also expressed his views on this matter during a media conference held in Colombo today.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake pledges that the government will not reduce the number Samurdhi beneficiaries.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake says that a number of Samurdhi recipients will not be curtailed anyway over 1.42 million received the Samurdi beneficiary at present. The government has allocated 42 thousand million to provide benefits for them.

But the previous government had allocated only 12 thousand million rupees. The minister made this revelation in parliament today answering a question raised by a MP Dinesh Gunawardena.  The minister also said according to a recent survey about 85 percent Samurdhi beneficiaries have been included.

The balance will be paid considering their appeals. The minister also assured that remedial action will be taken if any offence has occurred. He also said that another 850 thousand have applied for Samurdhi benefits.  The list of beneficiaries will be released by December.

The electricity network to be turned to a Smart grid.

Deputy minister Ajith P. Perera said in parliament that the measures have been taken in to make the electricity supply system in the country a smart grid. Sri Lanka electricity board spends more than 160 million US dollars for the project.  The Board aims to complete the programme by 2020.

In addition to the Sir Lanka electricity board and Lanka electricity private company invest 850 million rupees.  Deputy minister made this comment when he answered a question by parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe.  A factory has been established to produce smart meters in the country.  By turning electricity distribution system into a smart network the protection of the system can be improved.

The case against former Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia has been taken up before courts.

The case filed against former Sri Lanka ambassador to Russia Udanya Weerathunga by Colombo financial criminal investigation unit was taken up by Colombo Fort magistrate Mrs. Lanka Jayaratne.  The officers of the FCID presented their information obtained so far through their investigations.

 The attorney  Anil de Silva who is appearing on behalf of Mr. Udayanga Weeratunga requested the magistrate to reconvene the summon issued against Mr.  Udayanga Weeratunga.  The attorney appealed the magistrate to release the passport of Mr. Udayanga Weeratunga back to him.   The magistrate told the courts that she will consider the request and a fresh order will be given on coming 21st.

The Prime Minister says special loan facilities will be provided to students to continue higher education.

The technical institute at Homagama Diyagama area for the Moratuwa University was declared open by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says special loan facilities will be provided to students to continue higher education. The premier also said a sum of 12 billion rupees has been allocated.

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Land title deeds will be provided to the farmer community of Walava and Mahaweli-H zones under the patronage of the President.


Land title deeds will be provided to the farmer community of Walava and Mahaweli-H zones under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena. The residents and the farmers of this area face immense difficulties without a land title for a long time. Today these farmers will receive the legal documents to show the ownership of the land. The function will be held at 10.00 am at Embilipitiya Gam Udawa grounds.

Minister Susil Premajayanth reiterates that steps will be taken to conduct local government elections before the end of this year.

Minister Susil Premajayanth reiterates that steps will be taken to conduct local government elections before the end of this year. Minister further said a special amendment bill to the local Government Election Act will be submitted to the parliament in October. Meanwhile, effective measures will be taken to conduct the local government election without delay.

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