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The President says the unison government is vested with the task of building the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the responsibility of the present government is to solve the problems of the people and to give a better livelihood for them when developing a prosperous country. He also said not only the government but also the people are responsible in the task of building up the country. The President therefore, appealed all factions to join hands to develop the country with positive attitudes in the New Year.
The paramount aim of the Government is to have a prosperous economy in Sri Lanka, a systematic programme has already been implemented in this connection. Government is committed to solve all the problems of the people with special attention to alleviate poverty and unemployment. Although some opposition elements attempt to disrupt the government’s move, it will go forward disregarding any type of obstacles.

The President made these remarks at the closing ceremony of the President’s Mobile Service held at the Labudoowa Siri Dhamma Vidyalaya this morning. The Mobile Service which was held during the last few weeks has solved over 70,000 problems of the people in the district. The President also thanked the government officials for helping to make this service a success.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Minister Vajira Abeywardena and several Ministers, IGP, several senior Officials, Ministry Secretaries and other State Officials were participated in this event.

The main Operational Committee on International Wesak Day Celebration will meet on Monday.

The main Operational Committee of the International Wesak Day Festival will meet on Monday, at the International Wesak Day Secretariat Office established in Waarikaaraamaya in Wijerama. The meeting will be held under the patronage of Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksa. The Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana Chandraprema Gamage said several decisions have been taken in this regard by holding several rounds of discussions.
The President has appointed a special committee including the Maha Nayakas of Malwathu, Asgiri, Amarapura and Ramagnya Nikayas to organize the festival.

Sri Lanka completes 150 years of introducing Commercial Tea Cultivation.

Sri Lanka completes 150 years for this year by introducing commercial tea cultivation. The British rulers had brought the first tea plant to the country in 1867 from the Kolkata tea gardens. At the commencement of tea planting 19 acres of lands had been cultivated. By 1965, 200,000 hectares of lands had been cultivated in upcountry and low country. At present it has become the main export crop in the country. The tea small holders have given 73 percent contributions to the country’s tea export.
Participating in the “Ethul Peththa” programme of the SLBC, the Chairman of the Tea Research Institute Jayantha Gavarammana said that more than 400,000 job opportunities have been created in the tea industry.

The President appeals all factions to join hands to develop the country with positive attitudes in the New Year.

President Maithripala Sirisena says not only the government but also the people are responsible in the task of building up the country.

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Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that he will not hesitate to take any decision for the wellbeing of the students.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that he will not hesitate to take any decision for the wellbeing of the students. The government has taken a number of decisions to develop the quality of education in the country.

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India grants aid to set up 3000 rain water collecting plants Jaffna.

India has come forward to provide financial assistance to set up 3000 rain water gathering plants will be set in Jaffna district. A sum of 300 million rupees will be spent on this project. And agreement in this connection was signed yesterday in Colombo.

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The president says the national reconciliation process is not for the political opportunists, but for the wellbeing of future generations.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government has implemented the national reconciliation and peace building program not for the political opportunists, but for the wellbeing of future generations.

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Hindus all over the world celebrate Thai Pongal today.

Hindus all over the world celebrate Thai Pongal today. Thus, Thai is the first month of the Tamil Almanac, and Pongal is a dish of sweet concoction of rice, moong dal, jaggery and milk. This festival is celebrated by one and all as it is non-relevance to any particular religious faith.

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The President has appointed a special task force to make preparations to face the drought

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a special task force to make preparations to face the drought, with the participation of all related institutions. The President will chair the special task force, which will meet on a weekly basis, while it will consist of all relevant ministries, the President’s Media Division said. The President has taken the decisions at a meeting which was held at the President’s Office this afternoon.

A complete array of issues like providing drinking water to the drought hit people, addressing health risks, ensuring electricity generation was taken into the account during the discussion. The assistance of the Embassies and International Organizations will be sought to obtain water bowsers and other storage facilities.

The President also gave the instructions to the officials to identify geographical particularities of the areas where drought would badly affect. Attention was also drawn on providing relief to the people with dry rations and other essential items. Meanwhile, Minister Ravi Karunanayaka said that price of rice has slashed by 10 rupees after the decision taken to import some stocks.

A programme has been initiated to educate the public on using water and electricity carefully. The President pointed out the importance of carrying out special media campaign on the drought.

A special Information Center to coordinate disaster management activities.

A special Information Center has been set up at the Government Information Department to coordinate disaster management activities. The unit will coordinate all the organizations come under the Disaster Management Ministry.

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