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The President reiterates that he will not allow any rice shortage in the market.

President Maithripala Sirisena reiterates that he will not allow any rice shortage in the market. The President emphasized that there should not be room for shortage of rice in the market as well as, an appropriate mechanism should be implemented promptly to provide rice to the public at subsidiary rates. He made these remarks during a meeting with the rice mill owners and the rice importers , held at the Presidential Secreatriat, today.
The President further said that the tax reliefs given when importing rice into the country, should be given to the public at their maximum level. The President added that it is the responsibility of all, to provide rice at a concessionary rate to the public without leaving any room to emerge rice shortage in the market. The President directed officials to declare maximum retail prices for local and imported rice. He also directed the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen to take relevant measure to maintain 100,000 metric tons of rice in government stores to be used at any required time. The proposals for the solutions for the issues faced by the owners of rice mills and also the problems about the price of the rice were presented to the President during this meeting.
 
Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Rishard Bathiudeen, P. Harrison and the Presidential Secretary P. B. Abeykoon were the other officials present on this occasion.

The Prime Minister was awarded an honorary doctorate from Deakin University in Australia for significant contributions in reforms in economy and human rights in Sri Lanka.

Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was awarded an honorary doctorate from Deakin University in Australia for significant contributions in reforms in economy, education and human rights in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s prime minister received the honorary doctorate on the first day of his official visit to Australia. Ranil Wickremasinghe and his wife Maithree Wickramasinghe arrived in Melbourne on Monday night. The prime minister was awarded an honorary doctorate in law at a graduation ceremony at Deakin University in Geelong today. The award recognizes his efforts to help Sri Lanka transition from a country traumatized by protracted, violent conflict toward a stable democracy. A Deakin University spokeswoman told media that 
Mr. Wickremasinghe has emphasized the need for reconciliation, whilst ensuring accountability, and enabled groups riven by conflict to find common ground in a more hopeful future. The premier will also meet with Victorian Governor Linda Dessau. Mr. Wickremasinghe will head to Canberra for a reception with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to commemorate 70 years of Australian-Sri Lankan diplomatic relations. The pair will engage in a spot of cricket diplomacy later this week when Sri Lanka will take on the Prime Minister’s XI team at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

The leader of SLFP Youth Front says many youths in Kilinochchi and Mulativu districts have joined SLFP in the recent past.

The leader of SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara says many youths in Kilinochchi and Mulativu districts have joined Sri Lanka Freedom Party in the recent past. Mr. Bandara made these remarks at a media conference held at SLFP headquarters today. Speaking further at this conference, Mr. Bandara said a special youth conference will be held in Batticaloa and Trincomalee district in near future. The main objective of SLFP is to attract large crowd of younger generation.
 
Mr. Bandara also said the international community which has leveled many allegations against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and war heroes in the past, have been waived off due to the good image created by the present President Maithripala Sirisena. The present government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena maintains a friendly foreign policy among the world countries. The international community has full confidence in President Maithripala Sirisena. As a result Sri Lanka was able to erase the bad picture about the country successfully and establish a good image among the international community. 

The European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka tours northern Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Tunglai Mag who represents European Union in Sri Lanka and Maldives, will call over at northern province, from tomorrow to Friday. united Nations residential representative in Colombo Mrs. Una Mcoally associate with European Union ambassador. Both of them are expected to meet the northern Chief minister C. V. Vigneswaran tomorrow.

They are expected to inspect development programmes implemented in the northern province under European funding. Both of them are expected to declare open the women and child care section in the police station of KanagarayenKulam. The necessary technical equipment to Nelumkulama Technical college will be handed over by them.

Receiving applications for university admissions, ends on Monday.

Latest reception of applications from the eligible candidates who got through from GCE Advaced level 2016 ends in next Monday according to the chairman of university grants commission professor Mohan de Silva. The selected candidates will be enrolled for the education year of 2016 and 2017.

Applications are entertained online only. The chairman says that already more than 40,000 students have been applied. In case of the students who have applied for re correction of their answer papers will not be mistreated professor Mohan De Silva said.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation bags most number of awards at the first state radio award ceremony yesterday.

The State Radio Awards festival was held at the Nelum Pokuna Theater yesterday under the patronage of Ministers S.B. Navinna and Gayanatha Karunathilaka. Many prominent personalities from various radio channels participated in this award ceremony.

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The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs reiterates that Sri Lanka will not face any resolutions or challenge at the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council session.

The 34th session of UN Human Rights Council will commence on the 27th of this month.

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The premier arrives in Melbourne.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has arrived in Melbourne. The premier is undertaking a four day official visit in Australia.

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The SLBC bags 23 out of 45 awards at the State Radio Awards festival.

The State Radio Awards festival is being held at the Nelum Pokuna Theater. The SLBC has bagged 23 out of 45 awards. The best male news presenter was Sujeewa Harishchandra and female presenter was Chithra Kumari Paththapperuma.

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A national plan on food security.

The national strategy which was compiled to address food security issues was reviewed in Colombo today. The event was taken place under the patronage of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at the South Asian Policy and Research Institute.

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