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President's Office says reports in some media that Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has assigned frequencies to some institutions in a fraudulent manner are false and baseless.

A statement of President’s Office reject claims of reports in some media that the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka has assigned frequencies to some institutions in a fraudulent manner are false and baseless. The statement further said the digital television frequency bands in Sri Lanka has not been released to the market yet and in this backdrop allegations that the government has incurred losses by selling frequencies to the private sector without proper tender procedures were false and baseless.

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Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigns.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigns from his portfolio. Making a special statement in Parliament this afternoon he said that a he took this decision to maintain the respect and the dignity of parliament and the government. This is a move to protect democratic rule of the consensus government.

Minister Karunanayake added that he sacrificed his portfolio to build up a positive and exemplary political tradition in the country. Some conspiring movements are attempting to disrupt the democratic process in the country and to topple the government.

Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake said he is not guilty of any offence and always appear for truth. He noted that he has not earned undue wealth from politics. As a frontline leader of the government he always respects law and order. He further said that the time will reveal the truth and will prove his innocence.

The Prime Minister says that this move proves that the government does not influence the investigations on bond issue in any way.

Prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe making a special statement in parliament in the aftermath of the  resignation of foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake said that this move proves that the government does not influence the investigations on bonds issue in any way.

He further said that this is an example in showing the difference between former government and the present government. The premier questioned whether any one of ministers in the previous regime resigned as a result of such controversial issue. It is clear that the fate of the journalists who had criticised the past regime.

Lasantha Wicramathunga had to pay the price by his life. Whereabouts of Pradeep Ekneligoda is still uncertain. The prime minister stresses that total freedom of press is available in the country at present.

The Finance Minister pointed out that former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had directed the fallen economy into the right path.

Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera says there is no base or truth in the allegations made by some opposition elements that Sri Lanka's economy has receded. Joining the debate on 2016 annual report of the Central Bank in Parliament today the Minister said Sri Lanka economy has achieved a satisfactory progress in the past period.

The IMF has also expressed satisfaction on the economic development in Sri Lanka. Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had been able to direct the broken economy into the right path. As a gentlemen Mr. Karunanayake has resigned from his portfolio. Majority of the join opposition should also follow the suit.

Minister Samaraweera further said that ruining public money and lavish expenses committed by the Rajapaksa regime have led to the economic downturn in Sri Lanka.

Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said a separate commission has to be appointed to find out financial irregularities of the past government.

Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that a separate presidential commission has to be appointed to find out financial irregularities of the past government. Greek bond issue, as well as Hedging issue should also be investigated.

Previous governor of the central bank Dr. Ajith Niwrad Cabraal also has not taken part in the parliamentary committee. He has not answered the questions of the COPE committee too. He made these remarks in parliament today.

Joining the debate Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said resignation of Minister Ravi Karunanayake is a good example for the country and the politicians. This is not the first financial fraud revealed by the COPE. Over 3,000 million rupees of frauds had been revealed by the COPE committee.

When it was presided by Wijedasa Rajapaksa. The former regime was defeated as the then leaders did not take any action against the offenders. Addressing the house Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said the economy of the country has now fallen into the right track.

The president stressed that the government will not harm the sovereignty of the country in signing agreements with foreign investors.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that, the government holds a policy of acting in a manner to safeguard the sovereignty of the country in foreign investments. The President was speaking at a intellectual forum held yesterday at BMICH in Colombo.

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The final draft bill of ethics for MPs was presented to the parliament.

The final draft bill of ethics for MPs was presented to the parliament. According to Sri Lanka Mirror website the final draft has been presented to the house by the speaker Karu Jayasuriya. The Speaker says this bill is to be passed without delay. Meanwhile, Minister Mano Ganeshan says language classes will be conducted to parliamentarians from next week.

The President provides financial assistance to the family of child who caught in Piliyandala.

President Maithripala Sirisena provides financial assistance to the family who lost their daughter who caught in the crossfire during Piliyandala shooting. Samadhi Ransika died on the spot after being caught in the crossfire on the 9th of May near Moratuwa road of Piliyandala. The elder brother and the younger sister of the deceased have sustained injuries during the shooting incident.

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The Prime Minister highlights the intention of government on clean politics.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe charges that the previous regime of Mahinda Rajapakse initiated development projects for their own benefits.

Speaking at a public gathering at Hatton, the Prime Minister said that the present government does not approve any stealing. He said, the voters of the country have cast their ballot in order to bring a system which does not allow any thefts. For that reason, the government has asked ministers to go before commissions and give evidence even though they are not guilty.

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The former Turkey Prime minister praises the government for establishing religious reconciliation.

Former Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu hailed the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena for establishing religious and ethnic harmony, thus setting up an example for other countries. He made this comment when he called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning. 

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