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The President stresses the need to increase the forest cover in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses the need to increase the forest cover in the country.   He says that the forest cover must be increased soon in order to face the climatic and weather changes experienced in the country.   Felling down trees should be minimized and import of timber should be increased. The national forest cover is about 29 percent of total area and it should be increased upto 32 percent. The President made these remarks participating in the golden jubilee ceremony of the State timber corporation held at the BMICH.

Paying compensation to the victims of the communal violence in Kandy area will be expedited.

The cabinet has decided to expedite the payment of compensation for the victims of the recent communal violence in Kandy area. The relevant officials will be instructed to take necessary measures in this connection. Cabinet has also decided to take stern actions against the persons who publish false and defamatory information. The cabinet has informed the ministries of finance and mass media, law and order, telecommunication and foreign employment and the telecommunication regulatory commission to present necessary recommendations in this regard. Until then, action will be taken against such social media websites and electronic and print media that published false information.
Cabinet has also given approval to sign an agreement between Sri Lanka and Russia on military cooperation. The proposal was presented by President Maithripala Sirisena as the minister of defence with the aim of strengthening bilateral military ties and international security.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne says the no confidence motion will be a turning point to the government.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne says that the no-confidence against Prime Minster will be a turning point of the government and the government will be strengthened through the motion. After the motion a conducive environment will be developing in the country from tomorrow to form a more steady and strong government in the country. Minister Rajitha made this statement during the weekly cabinet briefing held today. He added that this as an opportunity for the government to correct past mistakes and to start a new journey. At the cabinet press briefing held in the parliament complex today the minister said all the members of the UNP and the member parties of the UNF and the TNA will vote in favour of the Premier. No parliamentarian who go against the Premier cannot remain in the government.
Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke said the UNP is ready to hold the vote at any time. He added that today will be recorded in history as a significant day. The UNP will be subjected to complete a whole restructuring process. All parliamentarians and the working committee members of the party will meet on the 7th and 8th of this month for a detailed discussion in this connection.

The No-confidence Motion is being debated in Parliament.

The Parliament convened this morning under the patronage of speaker Karu Jayasuriya to debate on the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Joining the debate Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said this motion has been presented as the majority of the members of the House has no confidence on the Prime Minister.

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The list of auspicious times of the Sinhala and Tamil New year was handed over to the President.

The list of auspicious times of the Sinhala and Tamil New year was handed over to the President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's House this morning. Minister of Cultural Affairs S.B. Navinna handed over it. Accordingly the New Year dawns at 8.13 am on Saturday the 14th.

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Minister Rajitha Senarathne says an unexpected number of SLFP parliamentarians will vote in support of the Prime Minister.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says unexpected number of SLFP parliamentarians will vote in support of the Prime Minister at the vote of the no-confidence motion. Therefore, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will remain in the post for the next two years as well. Participating in a ceremony held at the Karapitiya hospital yesterday

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The No Confidence Motion against the Prime Minister to be taken up for debate in parliament today.

Today's parliament sitting begins at 9.30 am. The no-confidence motion against the premier will be taken up for debate today. The vote on the motion will take place at 9.30 pm.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has decided to defeat the no-confidence motion. They arrived at this decision at a discussion held at the party headquarters last night.

Meanwhile, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress headed by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen has also decided to vote against the no-confidence motion.

The Prime Minister emphasizes, the restructuring of the UNP will commence after the No-Confidence Motion.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, once the No Confidence Motion that is to be taken up for debate today is dealt with, restructuring of UNP will commence.  The premier revealed this decision at a meeting of UNP parliamentarians held yesterday.

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It has been revealed that certain individuals are attempting to destroy the UNP, by paving the way for the party to be betrayed to another camp.

The Collective of Citizens' Organisations points out the need to defeat the No-Confidence Motion which targets the Prime Minister and the government. All should gather around the change brought about on the 8th of January 2015. Speaking at a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday,

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The Minister of Finance points out, the government's tax policy is a step forward in the process of increasing state revenue and streamlining an unsystematic economy.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says, the government's tax policy is a step forward in the process of increasing state revenue and streamlining an unsystematic economy. The present tax system has been devised under a simple but disciplined framework.

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