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The drug prevention activities will be implemented at village level.

Galle District Parliamentarian Wijepala Hettiarchchi says few issues have arisen in implementing the law against drug menace. Mr. Wijepala Hettiarachchi further emphasized the importance of establishing civil societies at village level to prevent drug addiction and menace.


Minister Sagala Rathnayake says the duty of the police is to enforce law and order to establish peace.

Minister Sagala Rathnayake says the duty of the police is to enforce law and order properly and establish peace and harmony. Addressing a meeting of a SSPs and SPs at the Temple Trees today he said he is not satisfied with the way the police officers behaved at the recent incident regarding the Rohingya refugees in Mount Laviniya. Especially in a case of serious offence or incident Superintendent of Police of Senior Superintendent of Police of relevant police division should visit the area and take necessary action.

The President states that the government is carrying forward its duty towards the children of the country, subjecting itself to no boundaries or restrictions.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the present government is following the United Nations, international charters, agreements and statements on children while carrying forward a comprehensive task for the children of the nation. The President was speaking at the ceremony to launch the ‘Suraksha Insurance Scheme’, introduced for school children. The ceremony was held today at the Temple Trees.


A special meeting will be held in parliament tomorrow to mark 70 years of parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka.

A special meeting will be held in parliament tomorrow to mark 70 years of parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka.  The first parliamentary meeting was held on the 14th of October  1947.  The first speaker was Sir Albert Francis Molamurai who was also the speaker of the State Council of Ceylon under the Donoughmore Constitution. Speaker Karu Jayasooriya stated that the parliament of Sri Lanka has over the years passed various Acts for the development and up-liftment of society.  He further stated that at this juncture  when the parliament celebrates 70 years of democracy, it should have the determination to surmount the challenges  placed before the country. He reminisced that throughout the history of 7 decades, the country faced two unsuccessful military coups, two armed struggles derived from youth oppression and a 30 year long ethnic conflict. He added that he is sincerely grateful to all those who gave leadership for the unhindered existence of parliamentary democracy.

The service period of government servants to be extended to 65 years of age.

Minister S B Dissanayake states that attention has been focused upon extending the service period of public servants to 65 years of age. Meanwhile, it is intended to extend the service of private sector employees to 60 years. A cabinet paper in this regard is in preparation.
He expressed these views at a ceremony held at the BMICH to mark World Elders Day , yesterday.
He further says that 1074 day care centres will be set up for elderly citizen next year. Assistance will be sought from Samurdhi Banks for this purpose.

2500 “reawakened villages” to be implemented under the “Udaa gammana” Scheme.

Minsiter Sajith Premadasa states that, at this moment when we mark World Habitat Day, 2.5 million of the general public are suffering due to not having shelter. After the present government came into the power Steps were taken to grant relief to 223 thousand families. 464 “reawakened villages” were implemented under the “Udaa gammana” Scheme. He further stated that under the present government it is intended to launch 2500 villages under this scheme. Heexpressed these views at a ceremony held at the Sanath Jayasooriya sports Complex in Matara to mark the World Habitat Day which falls today.

Also participating in the event, minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera stated that the country is building itself within the walls of democracy and reconciliation. He specifically mentioned that ‘active democracy’ has been established through the Right to Information Act. He pointed out that within the next 3 years Sri Lanka will be the center-stage of Asia.

The president says, the highest investment a country can contribute to the investment on education.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the most valuable investment that a country can contribute is the investment in education. There cannot be boarder markings or demarcations when investments are done on education. President made these comments when he inaugurated “Suraksha School Children Insurance Scheme” this morning at Temple Trees.


A complete intensive care unit and an operation theatre are to be constructed of the Lady Ridgeway hospital.

Lady Ridgeway children’s’ hospital in Colombo will be provided with a ten storied building consists of ultramodern facilities including intensive care units for the hospital pediatric heart surgery section. The expected expenditure is 2000 million rupees. The foundation laying ceremony to the building took place this morning under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena.

A fund raising project for the new building titled Little Hearts also has been established. The financing of the construction work will be done by public contributions and the government.

The sri Lanka Navy is contributing the project through providing labor assistance. The patrons of the Little hearts Projects Venerable Kiribathgoda Ghanananda Nayaka Thera 0and Most Rev. Arch Bishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith also took part in this morning ceremony.
Pediatric Heart Surgeon of the hospital Dr.Duminda Samarasinghe said that the general public also can contribute for the fund. A special account has been opened in Bank of Ceylon Branch in BOrella.

The Colombo Crime Investigation Division record a statement from Venerable Akmeemana Dayarathne Thera on the Rohingiya incident.

The Colombo Crime Investigation Division obtains a statement from Venerable Akmeemana Dayarathne Thera on Rohingiya incident , that took place in Mt-Lavinia on 26th of last month. The police had informed the Buddhist monk to visit the division today.
The police headquarters says that, the recording of the statement began this morning.

The President states that he is dedicated to bestowing society with a future generation that upholds virtues.

President Maithripala Sirisena participated at a children’s concert held at the BMICH to mark World Children’s Day, yesterday. The president emphasized that it is the need of the hour for all to join hands in creating a society which does not go behind money but gives importance to human values.   President Sirisena  also said the society should focus on building a healthy younger generation in future with love, kind and good virtues.  It is also important to inculcate disciplined and good habits among the children.

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